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Sunday, June 23, 2013

It's Summertime :)

Ode to summertime :) Yeah right - we're hiding inside with the AC on and the curtains/blinds drawn. It's typical SW Ontario heat & humidity. One of my pet peeves are all those silly people who walk around complaining "Boy, it's hot" when usually it's not actually hot, just humid. However, today the sun is shining bright and it is HOT and HUMID, ugh! But hey, that's still way better than being cold and wet and snowing ;)
So a local quilt store owner has decided to retire (good for her!) and is closing her store. Yup, you guessed it = FABRIC SALE :)
I managed to pick up a panel which matches the lovely leaf fabric I used for the water bottles. I don't usually do panels, but this will make a quick summer door hanging for the mater. I also bought some backings for upcoming projects/UFOs.
Yahooooo. And, I am pleased to announce the Felines & Flutterbies (sp?) top is finished. Another Yahooooo.
Not sure I'll rush to get this sandwiched - next weekend is a long weekend so I have some time. It has been unanimously decided I will hand quilt this one. The only plan I have so far is to quilt some flight lines under the Butterflies. So, here's my summer project, wish me luck.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Happy Father's Day

Dad's graduation picture!
Early 1960's with my sister and I.
Ready for Church
At his 80th Birthday party :)
Thanks Dad! 

Sunday, June 09, 2013

Beautiful Sunny Sunday

Oh joy oh bliss, it's Sunday and it's sunnnnny :) My garden has been so beautiful this year, and I am sitting outside enjoy the fruits of my labours. The dwarf Lilac bush was gorgeous this year but it was so rainy I missed most of it. Somehow I wrecked my back last week and spent several days on the couch. None-the-less, I managed to crawl outside and pick a few pink Peonies :) :). I am soooo glad I planted them, even though the Peonies and the Lilac fight for room in the garden and are determined to push each other out of the way. My wee garden must be doing something right as I had a beautiful visitor last night,
I knew they were around (Gold Finches) but all I ever usually see are the Sparrows, Gracklings, occasional Cardinal and Red Winged Black bird.  Not to leave out the front garden, I posted a pic on FB and friends told me what I've got - apparently it's Spiderwort!
I have managed to get a wee bit  done on the quilting front ... the flutterbyes  (butterflies) are all sewn down, I have replaced the ravelled bottom to the mother & kitten (bottom right) and re-sewn all the bottom seams I opened to insert the greenery. Now I guess I have a wee bit more applique for mother & Kitten, then some embroidery and I'm ready to, dare I say it, quilt it!
Just a wee bit more sewing, it's the mater's 86th birthday this weekend, so I've made her a new purse cover .... White with Black & Red , and the reverse is a Turquoise & White print. Rather like this one :)
I have to admit I have also had some success in the kitchen this week - I made Minestrone soup. I know, I know, for all you domestic Divas out there - what's the big deal? Well, I'm no domestic diva ... far from it actually, but have decided to try one new recipe per month, and am always surprised when it's a success! and yummy :)
That's all for this week, hope your past week was as great as your future week will be:)