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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).

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?