Saturday, September 13, 2014

Best Laid Plans

Really thought I would have finished my double wedding ring quilt.

Somehow working full time, being tired, 
running errands, paying bills, catching up on finances, 
going to the dentist and tramping through the snow
this week has hampered my plans to finish off this week.

I don't mind snow but when it falls on September 8 I do have a bit of a problem with that.


My big tree out my front didn't fair so well with all the heavy snow.
Looks like I'll loose that one branch.
Such a shame.

Because I had decided to do an extra row on my wedding ring quilt
I had to cut out a few more pieces.
That was a challenge as I had already given back the templates 
to my friend who lives a couple of hours away.  
I didn't want to wait until I could get out there 
so I made my own templates and they worked good.  

Netflix came in handy here.

I hope next week I can report a finish!


Saturday, September 6, 2014

Crazy, Beautiful, Love Filled Summer

I see again that it has been for-ev-er since I have posted!
How does that happen?!
This has been the most wonderful summer for a long time.

It started in June with a lovely visit with my son in Victoria.

I had time to get away on holidays in early July with my parents.

Was wonderful to reunite with family in July and again in August for a wedding.

My sister and I went to see Michael W Smith in concert.  So fun!!

I spent time with my lovely daughter throughout the summer.

I helped as she got ready to head off to do her Masters in Toronto at Ryerson.

Watched beautiful summer sunsets. 

That meant little time for sewing but that's okay.
I did, however, manage a day away with friends and a couple of days at a friends house to quilt.
So still working away on the same quilt. 
Perhaps next week I can say I have finished this quilt top.

Different seasons in life.  

Life would be too boring if we did the same thing over and over.

There were some very hard and sad moments this summer but all in all, I wouldn't trade it.
At the end of it all there is always a rainbow of hope.

Hope your summer was good.  
I'm looking forward to fall and some time for quilting.


Saturday, August 16, 2014

Spending an Interesting Afternoon

Playing around with Palette Builder makes for
an interesting Saturday afternoon.

So I uploaded a couple of pictures and had way too much fun doing so.

Two very different sunsets with two very different colour ways.
I think I like the colours in the second one better but only because
I am more of a pink kind of girl.

This one is nice too.
I love the earthiness of it with the little pop of colour.

This picture has special meaning.
It was taken back in '85 when my husband and I went to Kenya
to visit my parents who were living there as missionaries at the time.

The plant is called a Desert Rose and only blooms when it is dry.

I must say that the Palette Builder is really easy to use 
and the possibilities are endless.
It's very cool that you can save the Kona Cotton matches.

Give it a whirl - you won't be able to stop!


Thursday, August 14, 2014

Treasure Hunting

So today was a fun day.
A friend at work and I went to an estate sale on our lunch break.

Lots of interesting things in an older house,
probably from the 30's or 40's in an older area of the city.

I came away with a few treasures.

Aren't these lovely?

My birthday is in June so pearls are my birthstone.

The colour on this strand is exquisite. 
Very pearly in colour.
Was hard to photograph and get the colour right.

And this little gem . . .
Isn't it pretty?

Again more pearls and the blue stones really add to the piece.

I rarely, if ever buy myself jewelry and here I found two
pieces that I really liked.

And the last item I picked up was these lovely pink pillow cases.

 Such lovely work on them and I thought they were charming.

Having done cross stitch myself in the past, I can really appreciate
the work that has gone into making these pretty.

I spent a whopping $12 for all these goodies that tickled my fancy.

I've still be working on my wedding ring quilt - what else is new!
 This week I got the corner stones sewn up for the 4th row.

Each row gets better and better and easier to put together.
As much as I complain about this quilt, I am so happy that I am making it.
It really is turning out to be quite nice.

I will once again end with a couple of sunset pictures.

Happy end to your week!


Saturday, August 9, 2014

Melons in the Making

 I haven't posted for a while and thought it was time . . .

I have been very busy at work and also around the home.
Life never seems to slow down it seems.

I'm sure everyone is tired about hearing about my double wedding ring quilt,
but it is what I have been working on.
 I don't really want to put it away until it is done.

What you see here is melon production going on here.

Happy to report that I have 3 rows together - 
a 4th ready to sew on
and . . .
drum roll please . . .

just about enough melons for row 5.

After that I will finally be on the last row.


While I was on holidays, I started something new and finished two blocks.

They're kinda cute.

Just needed to do something different . . .
I bet you all understand.

A couple of days ago we had rain - the first in quite a while.

It felt so refreshing.

July 31, we had the most incredible sunset. 
I think it had to do with a lot of smoke in the air 
but none the less, it was beautiful.
What are you working on these days?
I find it's harder in the summer than in the winter.
One wants to be outside more than inside sewing.

Hope you all have a good weekend.


Sunday, July 20, 2014

It's The Quilt That Never Ends . . .

. . . it goes on and on, my friend.

Sometimes I think that I will never be finished my double wedding ring quilt.
I am now officially half finished so am starting to see an end.

For the second portion of my holidays, I spent time with my friend in Vulcan sewing up a storm.
Wednesday of last week we went out to Bow Bench Retreat for a sewing day.
For $25 you can go and sew for the day and have supper at the end.
Beautiful place and Nancy is a wonderful host.

Here's a view from the outdoor patio.

Wendy and I had a great time together.  
We got our hair done, went for lunch, sewed much and wandered through the cemetery.
I know that sounds strange - wandering through a cemetery.

I used to live in Vulcan so know quite a few people still who live there 
and many who have past on.
It was a great time of reflection about my 5 1/2 years there.

My heart is still there in many ways!

I did work feverishly on my wedding ring quilt - 3 rows now complete!!
Whoo hoo!!

Points are looking pretty good.

 My friend Wendy is a talented quilter also.

The quilt on the bed is the one that she was working on to get done.
Isn't it gorgeous!!  I'm in love with the colours.

Of course the other two wall hangings are ones that she had previously completed.

As I look out my window it appears that we are in for a bit of a storm.

Have a great week everyone!



Monday, July 14, 2014

On Holidays . . .

What does one do when it's HOT out and you are on holidays 
without a sewing machine.

Why you read a good book . . .
You have a glass of wonderfully cold water . . .
You catch up on your emails and FB with your IPhone . . .
And you work on your hand quilting . . .


I spent the last week and a bit with my mom and dad.
What a wonderful holiday it was.
Time in Radium and a little trip to Spokane 
where I got to catch up with my cousin 
whom I hadn't seen for many years!

** Warning . . . pictures of my trip coming up.

The weather was hot and the outdoor life was wonderful in Radium.

On our trip up to Radium we stropped and took pictures of this beautiful rainbow.

A few moments later, the sun came out and was out for the rest of our holiday.

Aren't the Rocky Mountains spectacular?
We forget sometimes that we live in a very beautiful place on this planet.


Once in Radium mom, dad and I sit back 
and enjoy the view from the trailer.

A hike up to Sinclair Falls was a must this trip with a friend.

Middle of last week we took a little excursion to Spokane, WA.
Our trip took us through Sandpoint, ID where we stopped for lunch.

What another beautiful spot! (Oh and the food was great too!)

Once in Spokane we had a lovely visit with my cousin and her daughter.
So nice to reconnect.

On our way back to the city, we made one more stop at Numa Falls.
Again, another beautiful spot.

Thanks mom and dad for a wonderful trip.
So nice to spend time with you!


Thanks for joining me on my trip.

One more week left of my holidays and I'm planning to get some sewing accomplished!