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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!

Shauna

 



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 . . .


Hexagons!!



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.
Breathtaking!!



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!

Shauna

Friday, June 27, 2014

Bogged Down

If I spent as much time sewing as I do looking at quilting blogs
or watching Midsomer Murders on NetFlix,
I'd have a finished product to show you this week.

I'm having a hard time keeping focused to finish off 
this wedding ring quilt.

All I can say is that it's a good thing that neither of my kids
are even close to getting married.
Maybe that's the problem - maybe I need a deadline
to get this one done!




I still only have one completed row done but well on my way to getting a second.
Could get that much done this weekend if I chip away at it.

My birthday was a couple of weeks ago and my daughter
bought me this beautiful bouquet of flowers.




I absolutely LOVE the colours.
Wouldn't they look great in a quilt?
Some of my favourite flowers are represented here.


Lately we have had the most spectacular sunsets.
Here's a couple from two different nights.

 



One can't hold a candle to the beauty that God has created for us to enjoy.

Wishing you all a beautiful weekend!!

Shauna

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Victoria Trip

I've been busy!  
Vacationing, not quilting this past week.
Warning - lots of pictures but only a few about quilting.

I did have a chance to hit the quilt shop (Satin Moon Quilt Shop) in Victoria.
Look what I found on sale!


Also this cute scissor holder.  
It actually will hold up to 3 pairs of scissors.

Super cute!!


The reason I went to Victoria was to see my son, Graham, who currently lives in there.

 As I was traveling there, I was flipping through the Up magazine
and stumbled upon this article.

Was I ever surprised when I saw that one of the hip things 
to do in Victoria is to visit Heist Coffee Co. - my son's cafe!!





Good coffee served with love!


Victoria never disappoints when it comes to flowers.




Somehow your spirit is lifted when you see these beauties.
 




Such beautiful creations and colours that the good Lord has created for us.

Lastly, I saw the ocean!!


And yes, I was there!!


Have a good week, everyone.

Shauna

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Do-Si-Do

If you are not familiar with the term 'do-si-do', it has to do with a move in Square Dancing.
Takes me back to grade 7 gym class!!  Ugh!

I've named this quilt Square Dance.
It has a much better feel than grade 7 square dancing.



Oh my, I just looked back and I started this quilt back in August of 2013.
I guess all good things take time.


Look at all 388 blocks dancing in the sun.
In reality it is only a disappearing 9 patch.



So nice to be able to photograph outside.

The quilt measures 51 x 62 not quilted.


Such juicy, bright, vibrant colours.

The trees are all out in full bloom right now and
 this is the view from my computer window today.


I have an upcoming trip to Victoria to see my son and am getting excited.


We saw each other last summer for my niece's wedding.
Way too long!!


I love the Victoria Harbour.  
One could sit there all day and watch the comings and goings.

Enjoy your evening!!

Shauna
 


Sunday, May 25, 2014

Quilts, Chocolate and Fabric

It's been quite the week!
Exhausting really!!
 
This weekend was the Quilt Festival at Heritage Park in Calgary.
Always lots of inspiration.
 
I think there were less quilts than in previous years,
but nice none the less.

This year the weather cooperated and it was perfect!
 
I met up with some quilting friends who go to the same January retreat.
Always nice to catch up over a free breakfast.

It really is the most perfect setting to hang quilts 
- lots of old buildings that lend itself to a nice cozy quilt.


  
This year they had a display of civil war quilts made by current day quilters.  
Amazing!!

My pictures are not that great as they were in a darker building 
but you would not believe how small 
some of the blocks were in the full size quilts.
 
They also had a display of antique quilts.
 
Here's one that caught my eye.
Looks at that cool border - gives you ideas, doesn't it?
 
 
Some of my favourites modern quilts.
Look at the quilting done on these two.




I guess I gravitate towards the bright and cheery quilts.
Took this picture of this heart one for my friend Reta.


 I looove the colours in this quilt!
A quilt of half square triangles.


My friend Jen sent me some of my favourite UK chocolates last week.
What a treat to get them in the mail!!!
And in such a pretty tin too!
 
 
The same day I got chocolate I also got some fabric that 
I ordered from Sewing Sisters with my gift certificate.
If you haven't checked them out, 
they have a really nice selection of books, fabric, notions. 
 
Their prices are very reasonable as is their shipping prices, at least in Canada
and they are very quick in sending out their packages.

Can't wait to play with these.
Must finish up some projects first though.


 I resisted and did not buy fabric from Heritage Park. (insert sad face here)
They had some really good buys but could not justify anything.
Next year!!!

Hope I didn't bore you with my many pictures and stories.
I'm looking forward to my week - hope you are too!

Shauna