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Monday, June 29, 2015

Mini Vacation!

Hi there ! I've been enjoying a mini vacation from work and got so busy I forgot to blog!!

Remember this one?  I know - it's been awhile!! It's a Judy Niemeyer pattern called "Wild Flowers" which I clipped from Quilt Works Today,  Aug/Sept 2004. I sat  on this pattern for a looooong time as the paper piecing aspect intimidated me. Well, a year ago I finally screwed up my courage and made the arcs (pic on left), then put them together (right).

Then I started making borders which involved making flying geese - another "technique" which has always intimidated me ... don't know why. Over the winter I applique flowers, but only off-and-on, - more off than on ;).

BUT - Tada! This weekend I finished appliqueing the flowers - woohoo!! Now to finish it I will applique "falling leaves" in strategic spots. Oh, and the centres for 3 of those flowers. Then the big question will be - hand quilting or off to the machine quilter ?

 Also this weekend my favourite quilt store had a great Canada Day Sale. I know what you're thinking - Canada Day isn't until Wednesday! Yeah well, any excuse for a sale - right?
 I promised myself I wouldn't buy ANY fabric this year - but saw these lovelies and thought of my upcoming Lucy Boston POTC (which I hope to start on my official summer vacation later in July).
HAPPY CANADA DAY !

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Mater's Birthday

It's June and my Peonies are in bloom ! Luv Luv Luv. It's also the mater's birthay. I won't tell you exactly how old she is (88) lets just say I'm so proud of her - she is still living and managing on her own! My sister, brother-in-law and I are taking her out for dinner. Update - No pics as I forgot the camera :(.
This weekend we had a visit from Claire who now has 8 teeth. She understands a lot of what is being said but so far is only using single words, one of which is NO ....  No pics as once again I forgot the darn camera!!
Not much on the quilting side either as I've been relaxing, reading and trimming bushes in the garden.
 
Just finished Barbara Kingsolver's Flight Behavior Enjoyed it immensely possibly because the copy I purchased was a "Luxe" edition which means it is large print. I hate to admit it but the large print  made it easier on the eyes to read .... 'nough said!

This week's "Canadian" controversy  in the news was the brother & sister act allegedly responsible for an earthquake in Malaysia. They and a few friends took naked pics of themselves at the top of a mountain the locals think is sacred. Here's an interesting BBC report on the prevalence of naked tourist photos. They were sentenced to a 3 day jail sentence and a hefty fine! Did they deserve the fine? or should they have gone scot free? What do you think?

TTFN


Sunday, May 31, 2015

Ohio Rose

Many years ago I purchased a vintage Ohio Rose quilt top. Mother was in need of a new bed spread so I decided, since she liked pink and green, this would do the trick. It wasn't quite big enough to be a bedspread so I added a green & pink print then a white border then hand quilted it. The quilt did the trick for many years, but the green stem/leaves faded and now no longer match the green/pink print border. And finally the inner pink hearts have suffered from age and the sun.
So, the quilt is now back at my place and I am removing those inner pink hearts and appliqueing a nice pink batik heart in their place. First batik heart done, only 59 more to go! I think they'll look good!
TTFN



Sunday, May 24, 2015

Quilts from France

So my week off work is over :(. All in all is was a great week! I had a huge To Do list, and actually got through most of it - yeah. Including a trip to a local quilt festival, Quilts from France. Now that the show is over I can safely post some on my pics. Below is an interesting triptych.




I believe fabric strips were pulled through a muslin background and long threads layered over it creating an interesting waterfall effect. The first one was a lovely pastel, the centre was rather dark greens and blues and blacks, and the one on the right was a vibrant reds and pinks.



I rather expected to see several quilts with Boutis quilting, but I was disappointed. Below is the only work with this style.

There were several "traditional" quilts, all very well done. Unfortunately I can't provide attribution as I was too distracted in getting a good shot of the quilts I once again forgot to take a pic of the sign describing who did what - sorry!

 Of course I couldn't resist taking a pic of  this Hexie quilt ;)
 And then there was this wonder!!! I couldn't get far enough back to get the whole lovely!
Really like what she did in the centre.
 It seems the French guild which sent these quilts had an exchange with a guild in Japan. Their "challenge", I think, was to use some Japanese fabric (possibly old Kimono silk) and some french lace.

I really liked this one as I like the grey background (old kimonos I think), the straight line quilting. The hot air balloons were made of French lace.

The gold fish in the quilt on the right were very well done, and reminded me of our visit to a Japanese Tea Garden when we visited Japan many years ago.


Love the Cranes in this one, the fans and the Fairy (?) playing her flute.

And of course this quilt, also with musical notes, and flying Kimonos!


And finally, one with a Shinto gate. I really like the use of colours in the background, and the well placed stones reminiscent of a Shinto garden.
The Quilts from France show also had a challenge to use blue. Here is an eye catching example


The flowers here were lovely, I am partial to embroidery on quilts, especially well done ribbon embroidery! So here is a closeup.



And finally - this beauty !!!


Monday, May 18, 2015

Victoria Day - Garden time!

This was my front garden on Sat. morning. Mourning is a better word. My poor Weigelias at the front barely survived last winter - just like me! And to top it off, last winter was the first year  tented them - for protection! So, last week I gave them a good dousing of Miracle grow, and this weekend the nephew came over to help put my pation together (THANKS MARK!), so I had him tote a big bag of black earth and gave these poor babies some new dirt to live in.
We also moved the tower from the back yard to the front. Here's hoping these bushes recover this summer. Shall be babying them along! I moved the bird bath to the back - you know sometimes you just need a change! Those are decorative cement Mushrooms at the foot of the bath ...
My lavender from last year only half survived, so I lucked out and was able to purchase 2 small bunches to supplement last year's crop. Here's hoping it will be happier in its new location atop the bird bath, and produce some florets before the end of summer!
Last fall's garden work paid out and my White Irises are blooming! Last fall we (Mark and I, but mainly Mark) added some nice black earth and cedar chips. I guess this gave them the protection they needed.
My Caragana is in full bloom, and the bumble bees love it! While I sat and enjoyed the patio last night there were at least 5 buzzing around. What an extra bonus - I get a beautiful tree and the bees get much needed food.
Well, the wonders of the season never end, at last week's guild meeting I WON!!!! First I won a fat quarter - a rare, usually once a year event, then I won the door prize basket - an unheard of, never happened before event !! And indeed it was a basket, with a small cutting mat at the bottom, an "Elegant Quilts Country Charm" book, a charm pack, 4 fat quarters in matching solids, a tape measure, pack of flower head pins, a pair of snippers, a bobbin holder and a pack of Heat n Bond. Can't beat that eh!
WooHoo!!!
And last but not least of all the good things happening so far this month - I have this week off work - yeah - it's sunny and warm - yeah, and it's the Quilt Festival in Ailsa Criag this week = Quilts of France! Whoopee !!
I finished off the May Flowers door hanging for mother - finding the perfect scrap of blue for the binding ...

  TTFN









Sunday, May 10, 2015

Pow!

Summer has arrived! Spring  is over ! Pow! It happened so fast I barely got a chance to enjoy Spring and now the heat and humidity are here :(.  The Forsythia has gone from brilliant yellow to green and both trees in the back have popped their leaves. The Bumble bees will soon make an appearance to get the nectar from the Caragana flowers. The nephew is coming over next weekend to help me put out the patio furniture just in time so I can sit outside and enjoy this season on my week off. YEAH! I am soooo looking forward to having some time away from work.
I've got some of my cooking mojo back and tried a new soup recipe last week - Russian cabbage roll soup. Verdict = YUMMMMMM. It made way more than I could eat in a week of lunches. I was afraid  it would not freeze well, so took some over to the nephew who also pronounced it Yummmmmy.
Still working on my May flowers wall/door hanging. Almost finished quilting the white background. Plan on doing some quilting in the borders, probably just follow the circles in the fabric. Hope to have enough done for Show-n-Tell @ guild this week.

TTFN



Sunday, April 26, 2015

Yeah Spring !

This is what I woke up to last Sunday and they are still in full bloom! Thankfully the wee bits of snow have disappeared, although we did get one last (least we hope it was the last) snowfall this week. Although my backyard faces east and gets full sunlight all morning, for some reason my back garden is slow to bloom. This spring that is a lucky situation as my Daffodils were barely in bud and not affected by the late snowfall. Got my finger's crossed for the Daffs and the Irises later in the Spring.
Wasn't feeling the very best in the early part of the week, both cats had gastro-intestinal issues and so did mommy :(. None-the-less I rallied by mid week and enjoyed my evening out with the Sew What's ladies. I also got a start on another door hanging, or maybe I'll keep this one for my bulletin board at work.
Spring flowers with mini Dresden plates, yellow yoyos and green rickrack. The outer border, found in my stash, is the leftover from a baby Kaleidoscope quilt I did maybe 10 years ago. Just goes to show you it's worth saving all your scraps!!
 
  Have a great sunny week everyone,