Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Pain In The Neck

That's exactly what's been happening in my world this past 5 weeks, headache with neck and shoulder pain.  No sewing here, no anything really lately as it is painful to bend my neck so I'll just follow along with everyone else's quilting and crafting fun.
When things get better I'll sew the binding down on this little Bargello runner which is actually leftovers from a larger quilt.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Love At First Sight

I've been perusing Ebay for a Vintage Singer 401A and with the difference in the dollar from American to Canadian I knew it was going to be awhile before I would seriously consider buying one.  Low and behold last night I checked out our local site Used Victoria and what should I see but the above mentioned sewing machine for sale.  Yes, and only a 15 minute drive from home and the best part of all the lady was only asking $40.00.  I know, only $40 big ones, well I was hyperventilating let me tell you.  Just take a peek at what I so lovingly brought home today.
Look at this beautiful wooden case and just itself it is a heavyweight.
Inside is this most beautiful Vintage Singer and I know we'll be fast friends.

Also included was a cute case along with a plethora of spools of thread, laces and bindings, oh so much fun.
She has a few cobwebs but I'll give her a Spa day tomorrow and she'll feel almost like brand new!

OK, the grin is from ear to ear I admit but some things were just meant to be and now "Gloria" has a new home.

Show and Share

Here are a few pictures of another Show and Share at Cloth Castle's Quilt Club awhile back, so enjoy.

I'm busy finishing up some bindings on wall hangings and runners to gift to my Mom when we make our annual trek back to Alberta for the dreaded tax season.  Seeing family is always fun but the tax man is never a happy encounter.  Enjoy your day everyone.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Quietness means Progress

I've pieced 2 quilt tops for friends who are dealing with Cancer and will have them machine quilted within the month.  There was enough leftover from one of the quilts that I made a spare, don't you like that when it happens.
My DIL's sister and her husband had their first child and it was a sweet little girl so I quickly pieced a top and the plan is to quilt it up this weekend and have it ready for gifting when we see them in about 3 weeks.  I'm so looking forward to holding this tiny bundle of greatly anticipated joy.
Yesterday I took a class that showcased a new to me ruler the " Mini Hex N More" by Julie Herman aka Jaybird Quilts.   It was a relaxed but informative class and I came home with many tips and to me that's a win, win situation.  All that is left to do is sew them together and add the binding and I say that like it'll only take a minute or two but we all know better than that.
Enjoy your Thursday everyone and may it involve anything that feeds your creative soul.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Chocolate Addiction

Yes, I love chocolate and the darker the better so this is what I brought back from our Portland trip last weekend.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Class with Maureen Wood

I really enjoyed my class with Maureen Wood last week who is a Judy Niemeyer Certified instructor.  This was through the Victoria Quilt Guild of which I'm a member and I learned tons of useful information.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Portland Weekend

After four days in Portland we had to say goodbye but we'll be back, you know there are some places that call your name and we hear it at least once a year.

 After two full days of nonstop walking downtown Portland my husband was beyond tuckered, so I was fortunate enough to have a couple of hours at Fabric Depot on Sunday.  Holly Hill Quilt shop was on my radar but they were closed that day and as we were leaving very early Monday morning it wasn't meant to be.
Fabric Depot Retail Store in Portland, Oregon
I really didn't have anything specific to buy but you know how all sense of reason can leave you once you open those magical doors.  I decided to just look for neutrals and I think I succeeded in that department and I also picked up a couple of notions that were a really great price, everything was 30% off that day except for a Yoko Saito book I purchased though it was 20% off.   After that we made a quick stop at Joann's so  here is a sneak peek of what I had go declare when we came home to Victoria, BC.

I picked the Artbin up at Joann's for 50% off and I just love them for my threads, kinda like keeping chaos under control.  They have great storage for so many things so look them up and you won't be disappointed, in fact it'll be hard to rein yourself in!
While my hubby is down and out with a nasty cold I'm going to fondle the fabric just a little bit before I find it a new home then it's back to quilting, woot, woot.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Mom picked the Winners

This picture was taken of Mom and myself days before Christmas at her Christmas Party at the Seniors Lodge where she now lives.  This is my personal Random Generator and she does it so you Mom!

Whew, finally I was able to contact my Mom to pick the winners of my Giveaway and yes I said winners because the first winner will receive her choice of Charm Pack, the "Civil War Reunion" or the "Snap Pop" along with the other goodies.  Also I thought as I had two choices available to chose from for the charm packs that I would giveaway the charm pack that didn't win the heart of the first winner.

My first winner as chosen by Mom, aka Random Number Generator is Kathy E so please send me your snail mail and whether you prefer milk or dark chocolate.  Congratulations !

Second place goes to Greta Honeycutt, you will receive the other charm pack that is left.  Please send me your snail also and I'll get your win in the mail as soon as possible also.  Congratulations!

Have a great Sunday everyone!

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Time running out for the Giveaway

Yes time is running out for you to get your name in for my 200 Blog post Giveaway so you can get to make my Mom's day when she gets to choose a random number.  Enter "here "so you can enhance your stash or who knows even start one...  I think charm packs are a great way to give a person a taste of a Designer's line without breaking the bank so you will have two options to choose from.

 Door number one will be a Barbara Brackman "Civil War Reunion" charm pack with the rest of the goodies.
Door number two will be a Sandy Gervais "Snap Pop" with all the goodies.
So you see there's going to also be Clover Flower Head pins and a Clover stitch ripper along with a pair of my  favourite small scissors by Karen Kay Buckley.  For your sweet tooth I'm going to add some chocolate goodness once I know if you go to the  milk or dark chocolate side.  So I think it's worth adding your name to my  Mom's aka Random Number Generator.  Good luck everyone.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Getting Closer

With the building blocks almost completed I'm getting closer to constructing the main components of Bonnie Hunter's GI Mystery Quilt and it feels fabulous.  I remember when I first started the project I thought this is really taking me out of my comfort zone and thanks to my Hubby who literally stood by me at the sewing machine and said "you can do this Kathy" I realize that comfort doesn't always teach you new skills.
Yes, I would've been farther along but like everyone else, life can make you stand up and take notice of the important things which it did for me in December and I have no regrets.

I'm not a prolific blogger but this is my 200th post and I think that should be celebrated with a giveaway and as quilters that'll mean some fabric and other goodies, just not sure what but hopefully you can trust my good judgement and yes I can see your eyes roll!  So please leave a comment on this post and I'll let the Random Generator called my Mother pick a number because she just thinks that is so much fun!  I'll leave it open until next Sunday, Feb 8 so there is oodles of time to get your name in. Good luck and just so you know there probably will be some chocolate coming your way too!

Thursday, January 1, 2015


My oldest Granddaughter wanted me to teach her how to sew and with my Mom's old Kenmore machine we put together an apron for her.  I was tickled to help her and within an hour she now has a new apron and will think of sewing with Gramm when she wears it.  That little Kenmore even being plastic has been the best little machine, it'll sew through heavy denim no problem, I always have a jean hemming session when I'm back in SK, I"m sure they stockpile them.

I would like to thank everyone for all their support on the blog, it was a stressful time these past three weeks, losing my oldest brother was heartbreaking but with time the hurt will lessen.  Though I didn't respond individually to all your kind comments know I read them and felt comforted by them, many thanks.

But we are home at last and looking forward to a new year and wishing everyone all the best that 2015 can be.

Friday, December 26, 2014

I made a Start

Yes, I had the first clue started for Bonnie Hunter's GI Mystery Quilt and it'll be great to get back to it when we head home next week.  I have missed my quilting and realize now how therapeutic it is for me.
 The frost has been spectacular while we've been spending our time here in Saskatchewan and I'll  always think of my brother Edwin when I see it.

Monday, December 22, 2014


My oldest brother Edwin was granted his Angel Wings today and may he soar, we'll miss him dreadfully.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

No Other Place I'd Rather Be

Life is full of Joy and also of Sorrow and as we spend our time with my oldest brother as he journeys through his final days of battling Colon Cancer we experience both, the joy of his life he shared with us and the sorrow of knowing we'll soon have to say goodbye.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Wrestling my Christmas Quilt

Yesterday I wrestled my Christmas quilt and added the binding, now to stitch it down and add the  hanging sleeve.  I was a good girl and did all my domestic chores before settling into my sewing room, gotta keep those dust bunnies at bay sometimes.
Notice how I wrapped my binding around the knee lift, it worked really well and I only had a few twists, there's more than one way "to skin a cat".
 The last touch will be a quilt label and I'm liking the looks of the ones that are added to the binding in the corner at an angle.  Note to self, if I'm going to do that I best be doing it before the binding is stitched down right!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Where did that month go

I admit I'm a lazy blogger but more than that I've lost my mojo so if you've found it please send it back to me ASAP, please.
Here is a sampling from last month's Quilt Club which is hosted by one of our local quilt shops, The Cloth Castle.   You'll always see something different from quilting to knitting so sit awhile and enjoy.

 Daphne Grieg gave an interesting presentation on her association with Northcott Fabrics and brought a show and tell of her own.