This is a picture of our oldest Granddaughter who is a member of the local swim club in her home town, she was on the front page of the sports section and this is her first year and she's loving it. Oh yes, I'm a very proud Grandma and so happy she's found her niche.
Just a quick shot of the hubby working on my latest vintage Singer, this one was free if you can imagine and so I happily gave it a new home. Nothing wrong with it other than it needs a little TLC which my hubby enjoys doing so who am I to say no.
One of my quilting days with a friend saw us making a lunch with a recipe I saw on FB and you never know if it's going to be a keeper or not but this one was a real winner. Actually it's a quiche but with a sweet potato crust and oh my just so tasty.
The wild roses are out now and they are so fragrant but better than that they are a flower that harkens back to my childhood and such fond memories.
Now onto the quilty side this is what I've been working on this past week, after finishing piecing Celtic Solstice I felt I needed something simple and this not only helped use up languishing Batik charm packs but would not take forever to put together. I found the pattern on FB and here is the linkTeresaDownUnder. It's super easy but very effective and I can see it done in a variety of scrappy fabrics don't you think?
Monday is my next Cortisone shot for my neck issues so keep your fingers crossed because I certainly am.
SO...apparently I'm one block short of a full quilt and how did I miss the mark on this one? This is what happens when you can have a UFO squirreled away until the time is right and your math is less than stellar. So today I get to finish making the components for this block of Bonnie Hunter'sCeltic Solstice mystery quilt from about 3 years ago.
Once that's done then I get to put these rows together, this is the small version and I really am having to let the perfectionist in me take a back seat because if my seams and points match at least by 5% I'll be happy.
Have a terrific Tuesday everyone and hopefully I'll have a quilt top to show you in a couple of days, that's if my math doesn't fail me once again.
Well, I had started to explain what my life has been like with the family this past 6 weeks but there is going to be a change of plans, this is going to be the fun side of my time away.
There certainly was alot of hexies basted and I'm debating as to whether I should start thinking about a more concrete plan for a quilt of these or just perhaps let them multiply while we continue to travel.
I was able to stop at Hamels Quilt Shop in Chilliwack, BC when we headed back to Saskatchewan and I picked up some great Genziana wool thread and the price was so reasonable I went a little crazy or not!
I also needed some more Red Wool for the Buttermilk Basin BOM 2016 that I've started on and I found some real great pieces, now remember wool isn't cheap by any means but it does go along way...you don't toss any small pieces because it can always be used.
This is some lovely fabric I also purchased at another quilt shop, Extraordinary Extras , I've spoke of this place before as they not only carry different quilt fabrics than what I see here at home but they also have a Gammil for quilters like me who prefer to have someone else machine quilt their quilt tops. I finally was able to bring the only 2 tops I actually made in the past year for them to do and I just love how they turned out so when I put the binding on them I'll flaunt them on my blog.
I've heard so much about Stella Lights and was able to pick one up at a great price so have been using it in the evenings while doing my handwork.
This is our view on the Ferry when we returned home last Friday and it was the first time we've been at the front of the boat and able to see this view just before we docked, so much fun.
So I'm off to do a bit of quilting, I've missed that room so much and it beckons me.
Two weeks ago we said goodbye to a wonderful man, my Father-in-law who had suffered from Dementia and Kidney Cancer. We were very privileged to be there for his final journey. He was a teacher for most of his life starting at the tender age of sixteen which is hard to believe these days but was very normal then. What one learns during these times is that you must always tell the people you love how much you care about them, please never let that opportunity go by.
This is a picture of Don when he and my MIL Hazel came to visit us back in 2008, he so enjoyed Victoria, BC and we made many memories while they were here.
I was asked to make two sets of Pillowcases and two sets of Placemats (eight in total) for some friends of my son. The friends work in the RV industry and they are holding a showcase and would like these for staging of the RVs. I finished them up yesterday and even free-motioned the placemats rather than straight line quilting. It's been quite awhile since doing any free-motion quilting but it turned out just fine and I was happy with the finished project.
This fabric is perfect for summer time and though it's not my favourite it was very appropriate.
For the fishermen in your family, isn't it too cute. I found this fabric at a local shop called Bib N Tucker Quilting which is a 10 minute walk from where I live. It's been nice to have this shop relocate so close to home or is it?
Yes the VW van fabric makes another appearance but with a little change up on its cuff.
Have a great day everyone and it looks like our rain is back but that just means more quilting time right.
Back in the recesses of my mind and closet I found my next wool project. Purchased quite awhile ago I knew that someday I would feel more capable of doing it justice than I did at that moment in time and yesterday was the day. So here is a picture of getting it prepped and I might add that it took a fair bit of time.
I subscribe to The Quilt Show and have for several years and if you are waffling on whether to spend your hard earned dollars on this Internet based program please don't, it's a wealth of useful information and you are kept informed of what's new and happening in the quilt world. I watched the latest episode and it featured a gal of many talents but one who loves her wool especially. Her name is Anna Bates aka Woolie Mammoth which is her blog name and I gleamed some very useful information on how to prep my wool projects. Between her shared knowledge and Paulette Doyle's which you may know as Sweet P Quilting I feel alot more confident as I embark on this new journey of wool...thanks gals I appreciate it immensely.
Have a wonderful Tuesday and I hope you are able to spend some of this day doing whatever makes your heart "sing".
Block 1 is done for the free Buttermilk Basin's 2016 Mystery BOM and it only makes me excited to see what the next block will be. Can I keep up with the "Woolly Gang", I sure hope so but it really was too cute not to jump on board.
I've been adding to my stash with the hopes of quilting sooner than later and I've found some really fun pieces too. The Family Guy fabric will be pillowcases for my sons and the cording is intended for a fabric bowl which I've never done but thanks goodness for YouTube right. Some neutrals at a great price and the tin box contains Quilt Dots.
News in regards to the pain in the neck (and I'm not referring to anyone I know), I met with the pain specialist and I now have a plan of attack. What I've learnt in all of this is that I'm getting older and my body is starting to reflect this...how did this getting older happen!
I've gone back to doing some wool work and knitting with not being able to do very much sewing. I put in an SOS to Sweet P with my problems with wool applique, what threads one can use, etc.
It's slow but sure and the project is from a kit I bought years ago and let me tell you the wool is horrible, frays something awful even after prepping it the way they stated.
I do like knitting these socks and I'm still amazed that I can actually do this. Knitting was never my forte and the fact that I prefer ankle socks definitely saves on the yarn.
It's all about the name today, some things were just meant to be and this was just like that. A gal named Candy left a comment on my last post in reference to naming my new-to-me Singer 185. She said that she was a beauty, which she is and that she'd call her Ivy. Now that's a perfect name for her because my paternal Grandmother's name was Ivy. Thanks for the your help Candy, your suggestion was bang on.
I've cut alot of scraps lately so there's alot of Tumbler and string quilts in my future and I'm also slowly making my way through Celtic Solstice.
It's wet here in Victoria, BC to day but I have a date with three other quilty friends and are plans are to quilt the day away sew how much fun is that!
This is what I discovered at a local Thrift shop close to home and yes I decided another adoption was in order.
She needs a new bobbin case cover but that is easy to find on the web so though she hasn't a name yet I know she'll fit right in. This is what she looked like in the shop with the case off but she's safely in her new digs now and lovin' it here. My hubby has decided we need a new shelving unit to place all my little beauties in and I sew agree. If you have any ideas on names I'd love to hear what you think.
We wait with such great anticipation for Christmas and before you know it has come and gone! It was very quiet here with just ourselves and our oldest son who flew in from Vancouver.
We relished the 5 days we had with him and have already planned for us to head over to Vancouver in February for a long weekend. It's been quite awhile since we've made a trip over to the mainland and I think we're due. He's close to the water taxis that can take one to Granville Island so I've already planted the seed, I think there is a quilt shop nearby.
Here is a picture of Derek working on a puzzle I brought out to help pass the time on Christmas and Boxing Day as my neck was acting up, again,
He certainly was dedicated to working on that puzzle and I have plans to have it framed to hang in my sewing room as after all I have an empty spot on the wall, heaven forbid.
The mail brought a cute little gift from a High School buddy and yes, I still have a fondness for anything Snoopy and Gang. How sweet of her to think of me after all this time. One thing I need to search for is more Snoopy fabric and let me tell you it's really hard to come by here.
Well I'm going to give quilting a try today but will wear my neck collar hoping I can have at least an hour without any problems so keep your fingers crossed for me alright!
Just a few pillowcases in the making for gifts for Christmas, no muss, no fuss.
OK, maybe just a little untidiness but all is good except when you grab a fat quarter to use and you find this.
I must have done this quite awhile ago because the corners were cut out with pinking shears if you can imagine...now why would I do the that? Dear Lord what must have been going through my mind at that time, quick grab something fast and hack away.
Hopefully this month I'll be able to get into the pain specialist for my neck and shoulder issues that continue to plague me but until then it's a day by day scenario but I won't complain too much because there are far many more people out there with bigger problems than what I'm experiencing, right?
Have a great weekend everyone and hopefully you'll find time to be creative.