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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Will it or Won't it ?

So my purple orchid given to me as a retirement gift  has decided to bud - whoppee! The question is will the buds ever open? These buds are large and have been there for over 2 weeks now. When will I get flowers ? I put it into the sun and have given it a wee bit of water. Not sure what else I can do to encourage these buds to flower.  Any advice ??
Speaking of flowers I harvested a wee posy from my Lavender plant. Had I known a super humid hot spell was coming which would burn up everything I would have harvested all the Lavender flowers!
Life has calmed down a wee bit this week and I have finally - yes FINALLY got into my sewing room and back to my Facebook Canada 150 quilt-along.  Now that the sewing room is cleaned out (almost) I feel more comfortable in that room. I've been housecleaning and downsizing for several weeks now. What was once 2 overflowing book shelves full of quilt books, 2 shelves of binders full of paper patterns from the internet, and another 2 shelves with magazines, I am proud to say is now 1/2 shelf of books, 1 shelf of magazines and paper patterns from the internet. MUCH more reasonable for my lifetime ;).  So, I have been working on catching up with my fellow quilt-along ladies and have sewn 3 blocks a day. We get 3 blocks a week since January and the group is now at Block 108. I am proud to say I am now up to block 22. Yippee! BUT long way to go ! Wish me luck ;)
A long way yet to go with the downsizing/housecleaning, but I'm feeling a sense of accomplishment having sent out 3 bags of shredded paper, 3 bags of non shredded paper for recycling and 3 boxes to the Goodwill just last week. Wish me luck again !

Saturday, July 01, 2017

Happy Canada Day !!

Happy150th Canada Day !!
This wall hanging was done in 2008 for a guild challenge and has served me well since then. It only comes out for the Canada Day week as I don't want it to fade. I love the Mountie with her horse!

I have finally arrived in the sewing room and along with digging up lots of "I'm going to use that someday" stuff (now to go to the Goodwill - with lots more to find yet!) I have started sewing again. YEAH ! But have I re-started my Canada 150 Facebook quilt-along ? Noooo, and I'm 93 blocks behind ! YIKES ! No, I did some mending for my niece and my sister and did some sewing for Wellspring, my sewing group's charity. Wellspring is a cancer charity, and they have a craft booth which helps support them. We make all kinds of fabric items and I was once again asked to co-ordinate our group's donations to their booth.
So, I made this lunch bag. I used a cupcake  version of it when I was still at work and really appreciated it. The lunch bag is roomier than it looks and I'm happy to have finally made use of this terrific cutlery fabric. I have another one cut out and may get to it today. The pattern tutorial is from Pink Penquin and is well written. This pattern would also make a fabulous sewing bag - with different fabrics of course ;).
I saw this fabulous fat quarter at the local FL store and just had to make this bib for my grand nephew William. I thought it was more "manly" than the owl bibs I made for his sister which my niece is now using for him ;) Also, it kinda goes along with his theme of Foxes - and other wild life! Purchased 2 FQs so I can make a second one for William.
            HAPPY CANADA DAY
(Love this image - sorry, don't know it's origin/creator)