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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Autumnal Equinox

Autumnal Equinox - what?! How can that be - where did September go? YIKES, I'm not nearly ready ...
I tucked my head down and quilted all week, and as a result I completed the wall hanging  innards last week. So now I'm working on the borders, much slower going I must say.
 Last weekend I got busy and made another mug rug - it's golf balls! Now that my boss has officially announced my retirement (Nov. 11th - yippee!) I have to get serious and get these done! So here's another one I did yesterday - knives and forks !
I did a lot of cutting last weekend and got enough blocks cut out so I could spend Saturday afternoon doing assembly piecing. Whooppee I got another 12 Fancy Foxes done.
I decided there is not enough blue especially dark blue, so while at the local fabric store which was having it's 50% off sale I picked up 2 fat quarters, both of which will work. Think I'll spend today cutting up more blocks - almost ready to put these togetrher.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Stitchin time ...

Last weekend I got quite a few Foxes cut, so yesterday I sat down and sewed them up! I'm really liking the colours I chose and am looking forward to getting more sewing done on this project! It was a dull gray rainy Saturday yesterday so the Pater and I went to a movie - Florence Foster Jenkins. What a HOOT. Meryl Streep wonderfully sings off key - not an easy thing to do, Hugh Grant is so convincing as the overly charming husband, and Simon Helberg - of Big Bang fame - was absolutely hilarious!! If you need a feel good movie and a good laugh take in this flick!
I also got more stitching done on my Wild Flowers wall hanging and am starting to think I may just may make the quilt show deadline!

Sunday, September 11, 2016

They're Back!

Yup ! They're back - University students that is. City traffic has increased by a good 40-50% and is ridiculously stupid and dangerous again. It's the season for driving defensively as those SYM (stupid young men - actually the acronym should apply to all students regardless of gender) are out and about :(.One good thing is I can officially count this as my LAST SCHOOL SEPTEMBER EVER ! Woohoo!!!  I handed in my official intent to retire letter on the first day of classes, and actually felt a wee bit of regret. Didn't last long and disappeared immediately as soon as I got the first "where are the printers?" question. 9 possibly 10 weeks to go (not that I'm counting) Yippeee!
The heat/humidity has finally dissipated and today is a wonderfully comfortable sunny Sunday. My Hibiscus is still flowering and was visited by a Humming bird yesterday - nice! My Lavender is also flowering and giving me a better showing than last year's batch. Not bad for a garden that was badly neglected most of the summer.
Still getting used to having my weekends free again. Well sort of ....  I started the evening with grocery shopping and found myself picking up items for mother. When I realised what I had done I had a sad moment in the grocery aisle then put it all back. Now I'm doing a weekly Friday night date with the Pater. This week we went for pizza, a good way to start the academic year. Dad was impressed and always appreciates the company.  Later I ran off to hospital for another CT scan this time @ 10:00 pm! So Friday was a bust, but Sat I managed to get into the sewing room - yeah! I actually accomplished some Fancy Foxes blocks. I think this baby quilt will be lots of fun.

Monday, September 05, 2016

Summer's Over - Wahhhh!

Well, the summer is over. Guess 2016 is the summer that wasn't, at least for me. This last month has
been a terrific blurr, but it's all over 'cept for the crying. Mother's apt. is emptied and her possessions are dispersed amongst family, friends and charities. Well, almost. I inherited my great aunt's Limoges china, service for 12 + all kinds of extra pieces including egg cups, except for a Teapot :(.

We tried to sell our Grandmother B's china, also a set for 12,  to one of my quilting friends who is interested in china and vintage stuff, but no luck :( So next step is to see if one of the relatives is interested. It's just too nice to dump off at the Goodwill....

Along with the china I also inherited two lovely end tables with marquetry tops. They fit perfectly in my small living room and are lovely real wood. I was with mother on one of our "antiquing" trips when she purchased them , one of my
fonder memories of our time together.

 I also inherited a lovely maple parlor table, another acquisition from one of our antiquing trips :)  The Royal Dolton (Autumn Breeze) and the Cranberry glass basket also come from mother.

The crystal and pewter lamp mother purchased online a few years back. It was made in Poland and is excellent quality. We were all shocked when mother purchased it online ! Who knew she was that tech savvy :) ! It's a tri-light and adds to the ambience of my room wonderfully.

This long weekend has been a Downton Abbey marathon on PBS, so I spent the weekend watching, and in between episodes got some much needed cleaning done. I also spent some time in my sewing room - FINALLY, and got the cutting done for the Fancy Foxes baby quilt. November isn't that far away!! I'm hoping to actually get one block done today.

My quilt guild does a lovely thing, they make Friendship Star quilts and give them to members who have/are experiencing trauma/loss in their family. So, over the weekend I was the recipient of a lovely grey, yellow and white friendship star quilt which I have shared with my sister & family (sorry I forgot to take a pic!) Thank you LFQG!