Wednesday, April 16, 2014

View From My Window Tonight

 Can you believe how bleak and dreary it is?

I think this is the winter of our discontent 
and the one that never will end.

On the flip side, it is nice that it is light quite late into the evening.

Since it's so dreary and wearying, one needs something to brighten up their little spot of the world.

What better way than with 'High Street' material by Moda.

Phew, much better than the view outside.

I have been itching to do something with this jelly roll that I purchased a while back.
I've had my eye on Good Night Irene or Briar Rose pattern out there.
Went with Briar Rose by Shontelle at England Street Quilts 
and am very happy with the combo of fabric and pattern.

 The colours are so luscious!

Have completed four rows only but have only been working on it 
off and on for the last couple of weeks.
There hasn't been a lot of spare time around here.

Hoping to get a little bit more sewing done over the Easter weekend.

A couple of weeks ago I was able to take a day off work 
and spend the day with my good friend, Debbie.
We were in prenatal classes together and our eldest children are now 27 
so it's been a long time that we have been friends.

We used to spend time cross stitching and doing crafts together in the early years.
Such fun we had!!

Both Debbie and tend to like the same things - food, crafting, thrifting, 
spending time together and collecting any Bessie Pease Gutmann items we can find.

So our day together was perfect as we met over lunch,
shared and talked for a couple of hours, and went thrifting together and look what we found!!

Bessie Pease Gutmann mugs!!!!
We split them up and she took two and I took two.
What a find!!

 It's enough to tickle your fancy and some days that's just what you need.

Hope that spring has arrived in your neck of the woods.  
One day, we'll get there too!

Until then . . . .



Saturday, March 29, 2014

Butterflies are Beautiful and so are Sisters

Butterflies are Beautiful reminds me of a movie from the 70's with
Goldie Hawn.  I just happened to catch it the other day as it was on T.V.


What do butterflies and sisters have in common?
They are both beautiful!!

I have been blessed to have two sisters in my life, Sheila and Shannon.
We all live in the same city and yet we don't see each other
very often as life dictates otherwise.

I had the privilege of spending an evening with Sheila tonight.
Good timing as she is going through a really tough time right now so we
talked and cried and encouraged each other tonight.

Sheila looooves butterflies - she even has a butterfly tattoo.

I had originally intended to donate this table centerpiece for the silent
auction happening at my church in May but I felt compelled to give it to Sheila.

I hope it has cheered her up a little.

I left the backing off while I sewed the strips onto batting around the butterfly center.
Then I cut out the top and backing putting right sides together to sew it together.

I didn't feel like I wanted to bind this one like I did the last one - too fiddley!
Once it was turned right side out, I just went around the outside with a stitch about 1/8".

I'm happy with the way it came out.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!


Sunday, March 23, 2014

Puddle Jumping or Ski Jumping

Yes, that's right . . .
We have had another dump of snow so I think I should 
change the name of this quilt from Puddle Jumping 
to Ski Jumping.

Okay, so that may be a little extreme 
because this quilt is really springy in it's feel.
I really love the softness of the colours.

I still need to put on the borders and then of course quilt it.

It even looks good with my new picture hanging above the bed.

I have also been working on this little gem.
The ladies at our church put on a dinner once a month or so.
In May, the dinner is called 'Spring Fling' and I am thinking I may donate
as one of the auction items.

 It says, 'What is there not to love in a butterfly'.
Better not show this to my sister as she just may claim it! 
She loves butterflies!!

This week has been really hard for me with personal 'stuff' going on.
Life can be really tough. 
Sometimes all you can do is take one moment at a time.

"Remember," they say, "that the darkest hour of all, is the hour before day."
I'm hopeful that my 'day' is just around the corner.

It's on weeks like this that I tend to hole up in my quilting room, play uplifting music 
and meditate as my sewing machine hums along.
Our sermon today really challenged me so I will have a lots to think about this week.

Remember this quilt from a year ago?

It was for my Auntie who was very ill and wasn't expected to live a year ago.
I finished it last Mar / Apr and my dad sent it in the 
post 'overnight' so that she would get it.
She surprised us all by being on this earth until now.
She past away just a day ago and leaves a void in all of our lives.

I am optimistic that even though life is hard, God is still good.
There is a lot to be thankful for and if you look around, 
you will see things to be thankful for no matter how small they are.

On that note, I hope you all have a marvelous week
filled with pleasant surprises!


Friday, March 14, 2014

Feeling 'Blue' and a need for a Fresh Start

 This is how I have been feeling lately . . .

I moved into my place in the city just over a year and a half ago 
and am now just starting to discover who I am and what I like.

I have decided that I like soft pinks, greens, teal blue and yellow colours.
 I have always been wired this way but I think lost my way for a while.

Based on this new 'knowledge' about myself, 
I have decided to paint the upstairs of my condo 
a nice teal blue, aqua, blue, or tourquoise  colour.  

Now to find 
the right colour, 
the time 
and the energy 
to bring my vision to fruition.

This would include my craft room, bedrooms and bathrooms.
I'm excited what this summer will bring.

In keeping with my theme, I need to finish off a quilt that I started eons ago.
 The top in finished and it just needs to be quilted.


This was such a fun quilt to work on as it definitely was 'my' colours.

I learned to accomplish a lot of different blocks in this quilt and each border was different.
I learned how to do flying geese, bear's paw and working with triangles.

After an appointment I had this afternoon I took some time 
to unwind and wander around my favourite furniture consignment shop.  
Oh my, do they ever have some neat and unique items.

Well, in keeping with my girly, romantic and soft theme, 
I found this beauty for 1/2 the price.  It will grace the wall above my bed.

So even though I am feeling 'blue' emotionally, I can start to see a future.

I have adopted this verse since the beginning of the year . . .

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, 
"plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
Enjoy your weekend!


Monday, March 3, 2014

Addicted to Cuteness

Remember this pattern that I picked up in Phoenix?

And remember this lovely stack of fat quarters?

Well, I couldn't resist cutting into the fabric and starting this pattern.

All sixteen blocks are done.

 Super cute fun pattern and fabrics!!

Now to just cut the sashing, put the corner stones in and sew it together.

My favourite block.
Don't you just love this colour?

When finished the quilt should measure 75" x 75".

I needed something springy in this dreadful midwinter weather.
And this quilt provided that for me.  
Even the name is appropriate 'puddle jumping'.

Have a great week!!


Saturday, February 22, 2014

This 'n That

This week I finished off putting on the borders on my Tessellating Crosses quit.

Not sure I'm enamored with it.  

I had a tough time finding a red that I liked for my first border 
so bought a chocolate brown, then the off white 
and finally the coral red for the large border.

It works well, just not what I had envisioned.

Having said that I totally enjoyed doing this pattern and would do it again!

Looks nice with my red kitchen wall.

My daughter was putting in an order with Amazon and asked if I wanted anything.
I had taken this book out of the library and said that at some point I would like to purchase it.

It came yesterday and I am looking forward to exploring and playing.

I was off work on Wednesday because I had an appointment 
with the dentist to take out one a wisdom tooth 
that she deemed 'should come out.'
In and out in half hour with just freezing.  

So glad that's over!!

The next morning I got up to get ready for work and was greeted with this lovely sunrise.

What spectacular colours that were on display.

Stay warm this weekend!!


Sunday, February 16, 2014

I Fell Off the Wagon . . .

. . . big time!

Where to begin . . . it's been a crazy and unusual couple of weeks.

I had a chance to leave this snowy, cold weather for a week 
and go with a friend to her condo in Phoenix.  
What a good choice as it was very cold here last week.

We basked in the sun at her condo and also did some buzzing around.

We were on the shuttle bus to pick up the rental car 
and my friend realized that she forgot her driver's license.  

Thankfully I had mine!!  

We joked about it that she would then have to go where I wanted to go.  
It was then that she reminded me that I was staying in her condo.  

Guess, we'd have to compromise!

So in doing research, I realized that AQS Quilt Week was on 
in Phoenix at the convention center.

mmmm . . . . . how could we not go?

So we figured out how to take the LRT (light rail transit) 
to the downtown core and spend a few hours drooling 
over the many fantastic quilts on display.  

There was not a bad one in the lot.

The display also included quilts done by the Tentmakers of Cairo.


I think most of them are done by hand applique and they are exquisite.

Lots of neat vendors at the show and many were ones that I had read about on the web or blogs.
It was so much fun to see what's out there.  

I visited the booth of Me and My Sister and purchased 4 bundles of fat quarters.
Love the colours!

Another Jelly Roll that I picked up for a fantastic price.  
Pays to go on the last day . . . as some of the vendors didn't want to take 
their wares back home with them and reduced their prices.

 We also went to the swap meet and found some fabric there too.

I picked up these 4 fat quarters and backing so that I could make 4 Christmassy placemats

We found a lovely little quilt shop in Mesa called, A Quilter's Oasis.
 The selection was good but I have to say that I realized 
that our prices in Canada are not that far off 
especially if your factor in the exchange rate. 

I was, however, very tickled to find this pattern.
 I find myself looking at Camille's blog often and have liked this pattern for a while now.

Just a couple of little things that I picked up.

Well, from now on, no more fabric purchases.
I'll restart my diet again.

I'll finish off with just a couple of photos from Phoenix.
If you have never been, it's worth a trip.

Enjoy your weekend and in our case, the long weekend because of Family Day.