On Thursday a group of bloggers link with LeeAnna of Not Afraid of Color to share lists of things that fill them with gratitude or bring them joy.
I’m late getting my post up for a reason that brings me a lot of joy. My Quilting group meets at our Guild on the third Thursday and Saturday of the month. Because so many members are busy with their gardens we usually have a small turnout. This week was no different, but I was busy enough that I forgot to take photos!
I had a new member/quilter come that was looking for some help with her first quilt. I gave her some base advice (get a 1/4” foot to help keep your piecing accurate, pressing seams to alleviate bulk and how to nest seams, squaring up blocks, etc) and helped her square up her center medallion. She is starting with a Lemoyne Star and adding borders that remind me of a Carpenter Star. The design is one she created based on several photos she had seen in a book and doesn’t have a pattern. It was so much fun to see such creativity in a first quilt. We also discussed her machine which is giving her some problems. I took it apart (while showing her how to do so) and cleaned and oiled it. I tried to find some extra bobbins to fit her machine (we keep spares and extra bits at the Guild for these emergencies)but realized that we had none and that is the reason for her issues. She had the wrong bobbin for her sweet little Pfaff.
One other new member came to the Quilting Day. She claims to not be a quilter, but she was working on an appliquéd I Spy quilt: needle turned circles in a square block. She also wanted advice as to what to do with a collection of over 200 quilt tops she had inherited. After several discussions amongst our members, I can foresee some quilting days where I’ll be “teaching” sandwiching quilt tops and how to finish quilts on a domestic machine. 😉. We have already got a couple of charities in mind to receive the quilts once we can get them finished. Can’t you just imagine the fun we will have digging through the piles of quilt tops to find the ones we want to finish? 😁
The bloggers who take part in LeeAnna’s linky party are following weekly prompts to add to our lists of likes. This week’s prompt is:
“ what are your favorite kind of sandals?”
I’m not a real stickler for wearing particular brands of footwear , but I do have a few preferences. Normally I try to buy good quality footwear that will last for years. I choose leather over synthetic materials, and always look for a good arch support.
My favourite summer sandals are made by Earth Spirit. They are leather and usually last for 5 or 6 years. When I lived up north we only had a Walmart for in person shopping to purchase shoes and clothing at if you had to try things on. that’s where I discovered this brand. I have found other great shoes locally in Nelson, but can’t justify spending $150.00 on sandals so I keep going back to Earth Spirit sandals.
I also was thrilled to receive another box of goodies from Denise. She has moved and is still continuing to clean out her sewing room as she is getting it organized in her new home. She keeps a box handy and add projects she no longer loves, orphan blocks, scraps and even larger pieces of fabric to the box. Once it is filled she mails it off to me. I checked my mail Wednesday afternoon and guess what I received? Another surprise box! I didn’t have time to open it Wednesday (sometimes real life gets in the way of creative fun 😂) and Thursday was my Guild Day so I had to wait to see the goodies until this morning. Just look at what the treasure box held;
Last weekend we were gifted the privilege of dog sitting for some friends while they attended their son’s wedding. Unfortunately they both contracted Covid (they are fully vaxed and boosted) while they were there. It meant we got to enjoy Ally’s company a while longer. Last night after testing negative they came to pick up our guest 😢. They surprised me with one of the floral arrangements from the wedding. I now get to enjoy these beauties before they are completely done. There’s some intriguing flowers in here that I’ve never seen before.
Thank you for stopping by my blog. 😉 Carol