Property Update

Well  the lawyers are still dealing with the property sale so we are still here in British Columbia. We did manage the trip to Alberta in order for Shawn and Tish to get away to their concert.  We left here last Friday around 3:00.   DH was having stress once it got dark so I stopped driving in Cranbrook.  We got up early and made it to the farm in Drayton Valley at dinner time.  My son arrived home Saturday night from work around 8:00, just in time to tuck the girls in. We spent Sunday at the farm and planned on heading out Monday morning.  I woke with a migraine, the first in months but managed to drive to Lacombe to my daughters.  The youngest of my great grandkids was there so I managed to see Nova-Leland get some snuggles in between naps.  I also got to see my oldest grandson, Ryan.  Then Greatgrandson, Mason arrived from school and Nicole (my granddaughter) arrived from work.  It was noisy and hectic, to say the least!  We stayed for dinner but DH insisted on heading out.  I was heartbroken at only having such a short visit with my daughter, Stacy and all of her family, but wasn’t surprisedDH wanted to go.  He doesn’t have the same closeness with his children as I do and really doesn’t do well in crowds.  I managed to drive to Red Deer but just couldn’t go further with the migraine still bothering me.  We got up early and I drove straight through.

It was nice to sleep in our own bed and then get up early to be in town for his doctor,s appointment.  Funny thing was, his doctor had moved offices and his appointment had been cancelled.

Life does have a way of laughing at you!

The good news is DH had 2 more days of golf before we woke up to 5 inches of snow on the car.  The snow has almost all melted so he might get to play some more before winter sets in.

Ill keep you posted on the house sale, our possible next move and our plans for a vacation as they firm up.  In the meantime, fabric needs to be played with and quilts need to be made!

 

Some Sewing Happened!



For the past 2 days I have actually had time to get some sewing done!  I managed to organize my 4 feet of space enough to work on some blocks.  How fun is that!

A while back I found a pattern on a great site, The Eclectic Abuela for her Boxes of Strings pattern. It’s a great way to use scraps and since my space is limited, a nice little project.

http://theeclecticabuela.blogspot.com/p/boxes-of-strings

Here is the full sized version of the quilt:

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I managed to get 29 of the blocks done today.  We’ll see how far I get before our Guild Meeting on Wednesday.  It would be nice to have something to show for the first time in months.

This is the sweet little stack of blocks I managed to finish today!

As usual, nothing goes smoothly these days.  As I was cruising along I heard a loud “Ping” and my Janomes machine stopped sewing.  I pulled it apart (thinking it might need cleaning) but it still won’t work right.  DH was the one who put the Ping and an improperly working machine together.  He then reminded me we have to go to Trail tomorrow so the Janomes can go to the hospital.  He then suggested I should start looking for a new machine and thought Amazon might be a good starting point.  I pulled out my Pfaff and was able to finish sewing the last of my blocks that were started.  I think I will have DH come in to Allan’s with me to look at the machines there.  Then he will have an idea of what I really need!

We are also looking at what could be our next home tomorrow  Trail is a logical place with the hospital right there, my favourite repair and fabric shop and diverse shopping available.  It’s also 2 hours closer to visit DH’s sister in law and her hubby in Sandpoint.  We do enjoy sneaking away for a visit and haven’t managed for almost a year.   So yes, I might be back to packing already for another move.

Have a great evening fondling fabric or just plain relaxing.  A new week of adventures starts tomorrow!

 



 

I’m Done!

Finished the last of the dump runs yesterday.  The move was completed October 31st, just on time.  I. Wasn’t sure I’d get it done but I did.  From 3500 sq t home with a 30′ X 80′ shop to  500 sq ft apartment!  My studio space is about 6′ X 3′ now!  Oh well it’s only until March.  Hopefully we will have found our next home by then!

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You can just see my sewing space behind the wicker chair on the left side of the picture.  Once we get back from our trip I will manage to finish unpacking and getting set up.  This photo was early this morning before the sun came up.  I think I will get good use out of the Ottlite I won last month in Marian’s My Favorite Place Row Along!

DH was smart and stayed out of the way for most of the move.  He got to walk out the door every day and hop on his golf cart and go play.  He even managed to lose a couple of pounds wit all that excercise!

I was really happy the weather held since I was only able to pack, haul or clean for 4 or 5 hours a day.  My heart started acting up and my ankles have been swelling.  Add to that the pulled muscles in the back when DH and I were moving the antique dressing table and he dropped it and you have an idea how the move went.

Still waiting for the final paperwork from the lawyers and the insurance company.

With any luck it will be done tomorrow morning so we can head out to Alberta to watch the grandaughters for a couple of days.  Then a visit with my daughter, grandkids and great grandkids for a day or so.  I might even catch my youngest son on this trip.  He should still be home from Saudi Arabia then.  Then we are heading south.

I’m taking a machine with me (probably my Janome) to try to get some of my projects done before Christmas is here.  I can’t believe I didn’t get any quilting to speak of done this month.  At least I haven’t added to my UFO pile but then, I didn’t start anything this month except for the sweaters my son requested for his girls when he called on my birthday.  I will get pictures in a day or so when the girls try them on.

I hope your month went well and you had a chance to fondle  fabric and found a great reason to smile and laugh every day.  Until next time, Carol

 

2018 Q3 Finish Along

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I am linking up with Leanne at She Can Quilt for the Q3  Finish Along; being very optimistic that the move will be done this weekend after I teach my group at the Guild on Saturday.  I’m being optimistic because I have reached the point where I NEED time with fabric and machines!

My list for this Quarter:

1. Finish Homecoming.  It just needs to be squared up and binding put on.

2.  Finish the Christmas placemats for the kids; my son Shawn and his wife Tish, and my son Darren and his wife Colette.

3.  Design, piece and quilt a baby quilt for my grandson Ryan’s baby due in February.

4. Put the binding on Fynn’s quilt, my youngest grandson.

5. Cut the pieces for Ruby (youngest grandaughter)’s first big girl quilt.

6. Cut the pieces for Charlotte’s new quilt.  She is Ruby’s big sister.

7. Finish quilting and bind the Christmas wall hanging for my daughter, Stacy.

8. Decide on a pattern for our new quilt for our new home.

Definitely an ambitious project list,  but I have been deprived of sewing time for too long with this sale and move!  I will be done by Monday or Tuesday with the cleaning, moving, sorting, putting stuff in storage and unpacking and setting up our temporary 5 month cozy little apartment.  I’m so excited………no stairs!  Then we will be off to look after Charlotte and Ruby for a couple of days so Shawn and Tish can have some time to go to a concert and shop and just be themselves!  Then DH wants to head south for a week or two.  Hopefully we will catch lots of sunshine and no awful storms.  I’m glad we weren’t planning on Florida this trip.  Driving the PCW will be great if we haven’t missed the fall colors.  After that he is thinking a couple of days in Vegas and I’d love to go to San Fransisco again.  I’m sure there are plenty of quilt shops calling  my name.

In the meantime I hope you are taking the time to enjoy the beautiful fall colors, time with family and friends, and of course, fondling fabric and being creative!

 

A

Happy Happy Day


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Moving day is October 15th for the move to our temporary home.  Happy Birthday to me!

I will be getting the keys next week and have already measured and sorted what goes where.  I was a bit concerned that the light might not be adequate but today something wonderful happened!  I won an Ottlite!

I have been following Marian’s My Happy Place Row Along to plan another new project for when I finally get a sewing space set up.  Today Marian emailed me to let me know I had won!  How great is that?!?!  https://www.seamstobesew.com  It has been too much fun collecting block patterns and I found so many new to me bloggers to follow.  Ideas are just jumping out at me for new projects; quilts, wall hangings and even more Christmas presents for my kids, grandkids and great grandkids.  Did I tell you a new one will be arriving in February?  So much to look forward to……….fabric fondling and best of all, time to sew.

Some quilting has occurred with Homecoming almost done.  I should be binding this quilt this week and hope to have it delivered before my next teaching day.    I am glad I have a whole day scheduled to just play with my students before moving day.  I think everything is finally done being sorted and purged and ready to go to storage.  The bulk of the packing is done for our temporary home.  I feel like I have earned a day to play!

Take  the time to fondle some fabric and enjoy this beautiful Indian Summer.  Today we have beautiful blue skies and the trees are turning gorgeous shades of gold and red and the greens are so vibrant now!  What is the weather like where you live?

 

Funny how things change!

Yesterday was DH’s regular weekly doctor’s appointment in Nelson, BC.  Stopped to get the groceries on my list and new SIM cards for our phones.  Then I had to haul butt to the Golf course.  We met Pat and signed a rental agreement.  So it is now decided.  After living in a 3700 square foot house we are downsizing to a 600 square foot 1 bedroom apartment for 5 months.  Obviously the quilt frame won’t fit unless I downsize the livingroom furniture to 2 chairs.  I can use the dining table for my Janome  and cutting table (as long as I put it away).  I have room for my antique desk and can put the Pfaff on it.  There is space for one small shelf for supplies.

Im thinking I have to unpack my stash to pull what I need for the next planned projects.  Then if I manage to go through that I will just have to purchase more.  Trying to sort through boxes and bins at a storage unit, is not going to happen.  I admit it.

DH has decided we are taking a vacation once I finish the move, filling the storage unit and purging the shop.  We did decide that having a garage sale is just beyond what I can do right now.  There just isn’t enough time.  We move Oct. 15 (Happy Birthday to me) and then I will finish filling the storage unit.  Once it is full, we will find new homes for the rest of the furniture.  Shawn is coming to help me with the shop.  He will take all of the tools since he is now starting new building projects at the farm.  They are building the barn for the horses, refinishing Grandma’s cabin for guests, and then starting on the new house.  They have sorted out the house plans and know what they need.  I think Tish’s studio should come first, but they can always convert the house they are living in!

So the next note will be my injury list;

– my knee is recovering ( it would probably do better if I hadn’t packed my brace somewhere).

– when taking a quilt frame apart, be careful.  Things can bounce back and leave you looking as if DH has been punching you in the face!

– the color variation of healing bruises is very inspiring!

On a completely seperate note, some quilting happened.  The Lonestar Quilt is almost done, with only the last 2 feet of quilting to be done on one side.  With taking time between sorting and packing, sleeping and eating, doctor’s appointments and tests, lawyers meetings and meeting with new owners, I have managed to finally get the fm quilting done.  If DH keeps out of my way (I start me day with to do lists) and I can finish today’s chores, then I will finish that last bit, piece my binding (it’s cut) and then sew it on.   What a perfect excuse to sit for a few hours………hand sewing the binding!  Judy will be happy to have her quilt before the snow flies!

Enjoy your day, do something creative, and take the time to find something to smile and laugh about! 😉

The Move Is On!

All went well with lawyer today so possession date is Nov.1!

DH and I then picked up a very busy 6 year old grandson for dinner and a sleepover.  As I have been packing the Studio and the 2 upstairs bedrooms I have been filling the spare room with boxes and stuff.  So Mikey decided we needed to camp out in the livingroom downstairs with the blowup bed.  We got it set up and played fish and Rummicube on the bed while we were watching movies.  When little man decided he was finally ready to sleep he demanded that I tickle his back.  It’s his relax thing when he is missing his Dad.  After half an hour or so he crashed.

I went to turn over and get up off the air bed and dislocated my knee!  After trying to get DH’s attention unsuccessfully, I managed to pop it back in without waking up little man.  Not a good time to do this!

I’m teaching tomorrow since it is the first day of our regular fall and winter monthly Quilting classes.  I’m really excited as I have not only 6 or even 8 of my regulars (this is my 6th year of teaching this amazing group of ladies) but I also have 3 novice quilters starting!

Over the summer 3 of my students splurged and bought new Janomes at my favorite shop.  It means the ladies have to drive almost 2 hours each way to get to Allan’s Sewing Machine in Trail.  As far as I am concerned it is so worth it.  Allan is the best technician I have ever dealt with and he was great helping my ladies pick out machines that are perfect for their needs and skill levels.  He also showed them good machines for when and if they are ready to upgrade and will give them a good deal for a trade in.  It also helps that he has a wonderful selection of fabric, batting and notions.  An hour and a quarter from here we can get to Castlegar or Nelson.  There is another Quilt shop in Nelson, Shannon’s Fabric.  They also carry Janomes and have a good selection of fabric and notions.  In Castlegar there is Fabricland. Then if we go north to New Denver, Kathy Provan has Sew Much More.  It always surprises me how great her selection of fabric, notions, knitting and felting supplies is for the tiny shop she has.  I can honestly say I have never managed to walk in to Allan’s or Sew Much More and come out without purchasing something.  Considering we live on DH’s pension and any commissions I pick up, that is not always a good thing since I am trying to save up for a new or new to me longarm. Mine has given up the ghost.  I think that by the time I recover from my heart surgery next Spring I will be close to having enough to start looking.  Isn’t it great to have goals!

So here we go on to the next adventure in life!  A move and then Studio time for me!  The rush will be on to get a quilt made for my next to be born great grandchild in 4 1/2 months.  I won a beautiful bundle of fabric that will be perfect.  It’s the cutest little foxes and birds and critters panel with (if I remember correctly) 5 or even 6 co-ordinating fabrics.  I think I have the design figured out finally.  I’m sure I filled a notebook with design sketches.  This next little one is my oldest grandson, Ryan’s first child.  Every child is so special ,but this one is more so.  Ryan had been told it was unlikely he would ever have a child but surprise……..baby is on the way.  Best thing is, they don’t want to know if it’s a boy or girl. They want it to be a surprise.  What fun!  I’m itching to get at it, but the fabric is all packed except for the two UFO’s I kept out in case I had time to play with fabric.  I had decided that I have to have all WIP’s finished before I can start anything in the new studio space.  I’m almost there!  Now if I can remember which box I packed my camera cords in I can get some of these photos uploaded to these posts.  I still can’t believe I did that.  Must have been an Oldtimers moment.

Until next time, try to make time to fondle fabric and think of each day as a new adventure.  There’s always something to smile about or better yet, have a good laugh!

Keep reading my posts and my adventures and misadventures in the next month and a half will likely give you a reason to chuckle!  🙂

Carol

News’s

it has been too long since I posted but it has been weird here this summer!

We had a pending sale of the property which dragged on for months.  You know the drill; everything 3/4 packed , purged and sorted, living out of boxes, no time to fondle fabric.

Then the fires started in BC and the smoke was so thick it blocked our internet signal.

The pending sale fell through.  Back to showing the property.  Sometimes 2 viewings on the same day.

This afree on we are going to the lawyers and this sale might go through!  :))

Then we get to pick up the grandson from school and have a sleepover.

Then on Monday we need to start house hunting to find a place to live!  Could be fun!  If we are really lucky, we can get a place which will allow us to move over a week.  This old lady is just too tired with the smoke bothering my chest (silly heart issues) and DH not able to do much with his MS.  Sure wish my kids and grandkids didn’t live 12 hours drive away!  Who know, maybe this move will get us closer to them.  Fingers crossed!

 

more news later and I will even get some pics of the latest projects posted!

Sunny Days!

For the first time in a month we have Internet!  I’m so happy to be back in touch with the world.  Time for an update:

I finished all of the costumes (47 of them) and am proud to say there was an amazing array of herbs, flowers, trees, dwarves, princesses and evil kings dancing around the stage and changing costumes during the play.  I wasn’t able to attend but several friends were thrilled and said they will send pictures.

The sale of the property still is in flux but I am hoping it will be resolved this week.  DH and I have been looking at condos and houses.  I must say that trying to find a nice little place that will suit our needs shouldn’t be too difficult.  We have determined that any of the available condos won’t do unless DH gets rid of his tools.  There does not seem to be a space that could be made in to a workshop.  We did find a beautiful house in Trail.  Lovely hardwood floors and wheel chair accessible!  We need to consider the future with DH’s MS being a large factor in our needs.  The basement has a family room, laundry room and a spare room.  All of it can be my studio space.  DH says he will never venture down the stairs.  The main floor has 3 bedrooms so it still is more space than we need.  We will see if we move forward with it or keep looking.  I’m so hoping we will be able to move forward and make some decisions next week.  Another positive note we have a waiting list with 3 names if this deal falls through.  There just aren’t many acreages available here with fabulous water, a humongous shop and beautiful large family home in our price range.

Not much to report in the way of sewing.  I have been doing classes every 2 weeks to help my ladies get their projects done before we move.  Marcy has finished her Churn Dash quilt.  I so love the vibrant colors.  I’m waiting for a photo of the finished quilt.  Layne has progressed to the point that all of her blocks are finished and she is now starting to put it all together.  The first panel is sandwiched and quilted.  It’s going to be lovely and her son will treasure it for years.  Randall is away right now meeting her newest grandson.  Lois finished her fantastic red and grey quilt.  Such an amazing beauty with a perfect mixture of reds and a mid range grey.  Kathy is working on her Storm at Sea.  Now that gardening season has begun, she doesn’t get much time to work on it, but is determined that it will be done in time to go on her bed for the fall season.

I have managed some time to quilt the Lonestar Quilt.  I am up to the point of quilting the borders.  It’s been fun doing free motion quilting on it since the longarm is dismantled for the move.

I also did some pattern testing for an online friend.  It’s finished and pictures sent for the book.  It’s fun to know that pictures of my work will be in a book.  When it’s published I can share details and photos.

I have 3/4 of the studio packed so wasn’t going to do anything but work on UFO’s for the next few weeks.  My daughter telephoned last night to let me know great grandaughter #2 is en route now.  She wasn’t due for another month so I thought I had more time.  I have the pattern figured out but have not yet cut fabric or started piecing it.  Guess I better get a move on.

Then my daughter told me my oldest grandson and his young lady are also expecting!  This baby will be very special because my grandson had an accident while in his teens and was told that having children was not likely in his future!  Sometimes miracles do happen.  It’s early days yet so I admit to saying more than a few prayers that all will go well.  Ryan is one of those young men that will be a fantastic daddy.  He is so amazing with his nephew and niece.  He even changed diapers on them when they were newborns so he isn’t going to have any issues.  He met his young lady at work.  She is a pipeliner like him so they have a lot in common.  She is very healthy and her doctor said all should be well.

Darren is back in Saudi but will be home in 2 weeks.  His last trip home was busy with his sister in law getting married in Mexico.  It was great to see the family pictures from the trip.

Shawn and Tish are both busy; him working and Tish being Mom, working the farm and doing her fitness training.  I sure don’t know how they manage with 2 very active little girls.

My next post will include pictures of everything.  I packed my cords so am unable to add any to this post.  Some days I really dislike technology, but then my grandaughter says I’m older than dirt and technologically challenged.

…….so that’s my life in a nutshell!  Until next time keep happy and find a reason to smile!




Progress!

I am starting to get excited!  Things are progressing here.

First of all, only 2 more costumes and one rose crown to finish for the school.  Not bad for only having 2 weeks to get them done.  At first I was told they needed 37 costumes.  With changes in design and the addition of 2 more characters, it turned out to be 42 with some characters needing 2 changes of their wardrobe.

DH and I finally went to look at a couple of condos.  Next up is some places in a 55+ community.  Our property is sold except for the last negotiations.possession date was to be July 31, but they want it moved up to June 30. The sale was unexpected, but the buyers approached us with a good offer.   Either way, I need to keep moving.  DH ran a construction business before MS forced him to retire.  There is 35 years of accumulation in the shop which is 30′ by 60′.  It’s a never ending chore sorting and packing.  The job is made more difficult by the fact we don’t know where we are moving to or how much space we will have.  To say I’m stressing is putting it mildly!  I have started packing the studio and next week the longarm frame comes down if it hasn’t sold before.

I did manage half an hour on my One Block Wonder and about an hour on the Lonestar quilt in the past 2 weeks.  It really bothers me not getting studio time in but purging and sorting, school costumes, DH’s doctors appointments, gardening, cooking, housework and laundry all need to be done first.

The good news is the purging and sorting feels good!  I was able to donate 2 large totes full of fabric, notions, needlepoint kits and wool to our local Guild for the annual fundraiser.  I also decided it’s safe to get rid of my XLarge clothes since I have held steady to a Medium for over a year now.   Between my closet and dresser and DH’s we have 3 large boxes to donate to the second hand stores.   I have 4 boxes of unneeded kitchen pots, pans, serving dishes, etc. ready to go to the Share Shed.  I can’t believe how much stuff people accumulate over the years.

More news as things progress and as soon as there is time, I will get some pictures to update the progress on my WIP’s.

Lonestar Update

Homecoming
A modern variation of a Lonestar Quilt

This quilt is the Lonestar which has so much history attached to it.  It was picked apart when a grandson spilt his grape juice on it.  Then my machine crashed.  Then I had to modify my design several times because I just didn’t’ have enough of the fabric to redo the original which was a Lonestar Circle from the center to the edge.  I had fun working out the design for the border panel which will fall just beneath the top edge of the mattress.  I fretted over the quilting design, but now that I have started I am very happy with the effect.  Finished size will be 108″ by 108″.  Judy knew exactly how large she wanted it to be.  I will use Carstairs Mills wool batting again.  It was interesting using the roving this way; very different from the rolled wool/cotton batting I am used to using.

Another Sewing Adventure

Some days I wonder how I get talked in to things!  I just got home from our local Elementary School where I had a meeting with some teachers, advisors and a good friend who is a grandmother to one of the students.  Turns out I am elected/volunteering to spearhead a group of students making costumes for their year end school play.  Should be a breeze, right?  30 costumes in 3 weeks with novice sewers!

Needless to say, I am off to do my required gardening chores and then I need to hit the studio.  I need some basic hats started for Thursday morning.

I do love my life and each day that brings a new adventure!

One Block Wonder

A couple of weeks ago at my monthly teaching day at the Guild, I had fun showing Monique how to do a whack n stack, or One Block Wonder.  She had some pieces of amazing Tula Pink fabrics that she thought would make fun pieced fronts for her knitting bags.  The block turned out amazing and I can’t wait to see the finished bag.  She brought the block to our monthly meeting to share at our show and tell.

Donna fell in love with the block and saw some of Bruce Seeds finished quilts on line and decided she wants to do one.  She asked Monique to teach a class.  Monique forwarded her request to me.

So now I am doing a One Block Wonder to take to our monthly meeting on Wednesday.  Hopefully it will spark enough interest that we will have enough members to do a class.

I found a nice sized piece of ugly Christmas fabric in my stash that I thought would work well.  After I cut my strips and lined them up, I cut my triangles for 3 3/4″ strips.  I have sewn the first half dozen hexagons and am really liking how this is coming along.

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Aren’t they fun?  I love playing with the triangles to get that just right look for each hexagon.

2018 Finish Along Q2 Monthly Goals

Homecoming
A modern variation of a Lonestar Quilt

I have been seeing all of the lists of everyone else’s projects and have decided that this might be a good tool to help me get organized enough to finish some of my WIPs.

So here goes my list:

  1. Homecoming, a custom variation of a Lonestar Quilt.
  2. Road to Arkansas, my variation -need to finish piecing.
  3. Barkerville Chinese Lanterns from 2012 Barkerville Retreat- finish putting the top together
  4. One Block Wonder sample to use for teaching
  5. Shawn’s TShirt Quilt fabric pulled.  Need to start trimming shirts and stabilize
  6. Charlotte’s new quilt -fabric is pulled. Need to find a pattern she likes
  7. Ruby’s first big girl quilt.  Fabric is pulled, pattern is drafted.  Need to wait for bed size?
  8. Night Eyes Pattern by Teresa Marai from Sewn up, both throw and Queen size need to be sandwiched, quilted and bound.
  9. Finish sorting studio to see what other treasures can be found hidden in the stash!

 

Now to see if I can add a link to my page!

Continued progress on Lonestar

Homecoming
A modern variation of a Lonestar Quilt

Well I’m happy to say that this treasure is finally progressing along.  I had issues with machines breaking down and needing to go to Allan for some much needed repairs and a service while he had possession of them.  Can you believe all 3 machines went down one after the other or at the same time?

The Pfaff Hobby Quilter is not co-operating with my longarm frame so I am doing the quilting the old fashioned way on my domestic, free motion quilting and some ruler work.  The pieced borders were fun to design and I am very satisfied with the element they add to the overall design.

I do like using wool roving for the batting and it is definitely warm and cozy.  I will use this again.

 

Introducing Nova-Lee

This sweet angel is Nova-Lee, born December 27, 2017.  I finally had the chance to meet her (they live in Red Deer, Alberta.

I did have a nice visn’t with Miss Nova-Lee, her brother, Mason, her Mom, Nicole and her Nanny, Stacy.  It was too short as there is never enough time to visit when you are snuggling with a wee one.  My granddaughter, Nicole sent a photo when Nova-Lee was playing on her quilt.

I peiced the Road to Oklahoma Quilt with fabrics from my stash and my scrap bin so it’s a mix from all of my favorite fabric suppliers.  Once I had it sandwiched I quilted with some stitch in the ditch and cross hatching, made a label and did my binding.  All in all, I had a great time with this one and Nicole and Stacy were happy to get it, especially when I told them it’s machine washable!  I used Warm and Bright batting; love it for baby quilts.

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I love it when we get to FaceTime.  Nova-Lee laughs, smiles and “talks” now.

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.I think I have found another pattern to add to my favourites list.  I have another Road to Oklahoma Quilt on the cutting table.  I had some beautiful fabric in my stash which just was crying for a traditional pattern so off we go!

In the meantime my Lonestar Quilt is coming along.  It near broke my heart when I came home from a Guild Meeting and discovered DH’s grandson had visited my studio and spilled his grape juice on it.  After doing a complete Stitch picking job on it, I did salvage what I could, but was short of the original fabric so I’ve had to rework the design and it’s got a modern twist to it now.  I’m using wool roving from Carstairs Woolen Mill for the batting.  The couple it’s for live off grid here in the Kootenays so a warm quilt is a necessity.  I will be sad to see this one go, but it is past time it was in its new home.  More on this when I finish the last border!

Winter Fun

This has been a busy winter, fondling fabric and a trip to Alberta to look after my two youngest granddaughters for a few days while Mom attending a seminar and Dad was working.  We had too much fun feeding animals and building an ice and snow castle.  We also began our first sewing lessons, and Charlotte and Ruby were having a grand time choosing fabric.

I’ve been teaching again at our local Guild.  My monthly quilting group have each been working on various quilting projects and we had three beginners start quilting projects this year.  Such fun sharing the love of fabric with young moms.  When the quilts are done and hung for our spring show I will get pictures.

Our members decided they needed a Members Day learning Raggy quilts so of course I had to get busy making some examples.  I did a traditional quilt with 8″ squares in lovely cottons.  It found a new home with one of our members newest granddaughter.   It’s pictured above.   I also did a fun Churn Dash raggy quilt with some fun leftover border print flannel.  This one became a present for my new great niece.  I hope Jenny likes it because one of our Guild Members wanted to take it home with her!

Then I had to play with some leftover bits of flannel; a Cathedral Window Raggy Quilt made from leftover train fabric.  This is slated to be for my great grandson; he needs a new car blanket.

Under the Needle

Last fall I was awarded a commission to make a very special quilt for a couple that lost their home to the ravages of fire.  Fire has touched my family on several occasions, from the Firestorm in Kelowna, to the house fires that my ex-husband and his family experienced to the house fire my son and daughter in law survived.  It does something to my heart when I hear of another victim.  I met with Judy and she showed me the remains of some quilt treasures she had found and valued over the years.  She asked me if I could recreate one of the quilts.  We had fun discussing fabrics and colors and batting.  I started on the quilt; which was a variation of the Lonestar Pattern; a circle.  I used Lynne Goldsworthy’s pattern. Lone Star Circle Quilt from Krista Hennebury’s Book; Make It, Take It.  Krista has a blog which I enjoy poppyprintcreates.blogspot.ca.  .I’m so excited!  I just figured out how to insert a link!).  You might want to take a peek at her adventures.

Lonestar Circle QuiltThis is the quilt I was going for sort of!

 

 

 

and this is the book DH gave me for my birthday!

imake it Take It

I had the top 3/4 pieced when disaster struck!  DH’s grandson was being babysat by his Grampa when I was working in the greenhouse.  I have to tell you grape juice does not come out of a quilt top.  I did not have enough of the fabric to redo the top, so my stitch ripper and I spent many hours picking the diamonds apart.  I had to start over and redo my design.  I have now finished the center medallion and was quilting it when my machine decided it needed a rest and some servicing.  It is in the shop now and  I am getting closer to the top of the queue.  It turns out that a lot of people decide to get their servicing done over the Christmas and New Year holidays since they will not have time to sew with all of the festivities!  I have the border panel pieced and ready to go.  Now I just need my machine in order to sandwhich and quilt the top and add the borders.  I do my own version of QAYG when working on king sized quilts.  This one will be gorgeous and I am using 100% wool batting from Carstairs Custom Woolen Mills to keep my friends nice and warm in their off the grid home!  The backing is an incredible batik, full of light and color.  I am using a mix of Northcott, Moda, and of course my favorite, Robert Kaufman fabric for the top.  Once I have my machine back, I will update my progress with more pictures!

 

 

 

Night Eyes from Sewn Up

I am so in love with this pattern!  It is great for beginners and a quick pattern for charity quilts.  As soon as I got the pattern, I whipped up the throw size to familiarize myself with the pattern.  Our local community golf course is not very secure right now, so I volunteered to do a quilt for them to sell as a fundraiser.  I had some fun golf fabric in my stash, but had to go to Allan’s Sewing in Trail, BC to find some additional fabric because I just didn’t have the right red in my stash.  Luckily Allan had the perfect one in stock.  The cutting only took a couple of hours.  I had the blocks done in 3 days, in between starting my garden seeds, prepping the garden, having company and dealing with hubby and home chores.  Had to make an out of town trip for a few days so I was itching to get back to start putting the blocks together on point.  It went together easily and I only had to pick out one block which I had inverted.  I very satisfied with the finished top and am still thinking about how to quilt it.  It might not get done until the winter because my busy summer season is about to begin and I now have 6 other quilts (including 2 commissions) in the queue.  I will post again when the quilt is done.

Throw made from TeresaDownUnder’s Night Eyes Pattern

imageThis is the first quick test of Teresa’s pattern. I had volunteered to test patterns for her and had to try the throw before I pulled fabric from my stash to do the queen sized quilt she needed me to do.  Once I had pulled the fabrics from my scrap bin and from my stash of larger bits, it only took me an hour to cut the fabrics.  I’m not sure about the brand of the batik, but I did find a bit of Bernatex and some of my favorite Northcott Fabric that worked well.  The colors were chosen to get a throw done for a Christmas present for a good friend.  I’m so proud of how organized I am; thinking of Christmas in April.  When I have time to quilt this beauty, I am thinking a cross hatch straight line quilting might be the plan, but that could change when I get to that point.

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