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Tuesday, 15 April 2014

It Is finally finished and on my bed. I knew it was large but didn't expect it to be this big but I like it. It touches the floor on both sides.  It is 94" by 119". Fits perfectly. This has been so long quilting but well worth it. I even got my husband and son to take off the mattress and put on a new bed skirt but I guess I don't need one. 



I made this pillow last summer to go with this. I need a couple of more I think. 


Connie, Marjorie and I got together this week and made these traveling ironing board  pads. I made two, one for the trailer and one to carry with me when I sew. A fun little project.


 So another great week of accomplishments. I tried signing up this morning for W.I.P. Wednesday but mast have been to early so I am adding this to my blog and signing up with Monika from the Needle and Thread  Network. So hop on over and see what is going on.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

W.I.P Wednesday

I can't believe it is W.I.P. Wednesday again. Where did this week go to? I am linking up with Monika with the Needle and Thread Network. It seems this is the only time I  have to post lately. But I guess once a week is better than nothing.

Last year I won this pattern and finally got around to trying it out.  So Friday I had a sewing day with Connie and Marjorie and decided to get started on this.

It really doesn't look like the picture. It is suppose to fold into the bag above but I wanted to leave it as a carry bag. I made this for my mother for her birthday in the fall to take on our trip to London. Now I need to make one for myself. 


There is a couple of things I want to change on the next one. I need to make the front pockets smaller and I didn't read one step. The pocket should have been one inch from that centre seam.  The center seam looks very nice on the bag. My friend Connie always tells us to read the directions but I am a picture kind of person. 


We did change the inside though and added these pockets. They are big enough to put our e-reader, pass ports and other things. A good suggestion by Connie.



I finished the other quilt for the auction today. It is a rainy day here and a great day to spend in  the sewing room. This should be a great piece for the benefit for my son and his wife. 


One thing I can say is I am so glad that my friend Connie called me  a couple of years ago to go with her to Amerest N.S. for a machine quilting class with Karen at Sew Karen-ly Created . I have bought a few patterns from Karen and love her work. It was the best thing that we did. I didn't do much with it at first until we did two more classes. I  really am  enjoying this. I love being able to start a quilt one week and have it all quilted the next. It is great when something like an auction comes up and I can whip something like this up.


I also started on another Casserole carrier . I want to make this one and one more for Christmas gifts. Love this material. I wasn't sure what I was going to do with it when I ordered it from Connecting threads but I think this will work.


So it has been a good week for getting things done. 

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

W.I.P. Wednesday

I am linking up with Monika at the Needle and
Thread Network. Another week gone. Some days seem long when we are inside with a house full of people but then Wednesday is here again.
 I am happy to get this quilt done and very happy with how it turned out. I didn't even have any puckers on this one. Nice. I am getting the hang of it.

I Love this design. I can see me doing this one often. It flows very nicely and when it is finished it looks great. 



My grand daughter Lauren will like this one for her birthday.


Saturday I got together with my friends Connie, Marjorie and Rose and we made this casserole carrier. I bought this pattern a couple of years ago planning on making this for my daughter n law Jodi. She is a nurse  and they are always having pot lucks.  Now she has a nice carrier to carry and keep her dish hot. The left over piece made a nice mug rug to set her hot dish on. Another Christmas gift done.







I just took a picture of my flower bed. There will be no Mayflowers here. There if about five feet of snow over there. The deer has ate every ceder tree there is so now they will have to be pulled out.  This has been one long winter.  We had another big snow storm yesterday. The kids were home Monday and Tuesday with the schools cancelled. They are also home Friday for teachers meetings. 


You can just see the tips of two little trees here at the edge of my flower bed.


My grand son Owen and I were out playing yesterday and you can walk all around the yard without even falling through. I can see there being a lot of floods this year. 

So other than that I did accomplish something this week. I am having another sewing day with Connie and Marjorie on Friday. Can't wait. What will we come up with next? We will see next week.

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

W.I.P Wednesday

We are getting another snow storm. This is suppose to be the worst  snow storm in years for this time of the year. I am ready for it to end. We can hardly see across the street and we can't see the river.  It feels like a January blizzard.
I am linking up to The Needle and Thread Network  Wednesday. Finally getting back to getting something accomplished in the sewing room. It feels good. I am very happy with what I got done this week. I feel like I am losing touch with everyone lately. With four extra people living here there is a lot more cleaning, cooking and baking. Jennifer is the only one working at the moment. My husband and son are waiting for this snow to end. They are usually back to work by now but the way it is going I don't expect much till the end of April. I shouldn't complain as I know there will be lots of work when they do get back but will make it really busy especially since my son has to build a house also. I feel bad for the maple syrup people. With this snow they might loose their whole season. What a loss. 

Here is what I have got accomplished the last couple of weeks.





I made this lap quilt last winter. I love the colour's in this one and was very happy with the quilting on this one. It was a charm pack that I had won  last year and this was a quilt that I saw on the Internet. I finished quilting this one last week.


They are going to have a bennif for my son and his family next month for the loss of their home so I thought I would make a lap quilt for the auction.  My grand daughter Lauren really liked the colours in this one so I made her one with the left over fabric.



I did a better job of laying this one out. The material below will be the back for this one. 


I have it all pinned together ready to quilt tomorrow. This will be for her birthday. It should be ready for her new bedroom. Hopefully they will be in their new home by her birthday in August.

I am still working on this quilt. I am happy to say I am working on the last set of blocks and then just the boarder. I think this is going to be my last hand quilted quilt. It just takes to long. This one is for me. I am getting more accomplished  on this each day. 
So pop over to Monika's The Needle and Thread Network and visit some Canadian sites. Have a great week and hopefully see you next week.




Saturday, 15 March 2014

My Stash Stars

 

After my grand daughter's basketball game this morning I came home and spent part of the afternoon in the sewing room. I got a good start on my Stash Stars quilt. These are four of the colors. It is going to be a very bright and pretty quilt. I have eight done and a lot more to make. These are 10 inch blocks. This is a very easy quilt. No pinning. Nice. 
It certainly was a beautiful day here today. You can see the snow melting. I see when I went for my walk that people are out tapping the trees. A good sign that spring is on the way.  

Friday, 14 March 2014


I finished my quilt today. I made this for my mother for Christmas. The colors are so soft. I am not sure what the pattern is called but the block is the Bear Paw. I used a fleece sheet for the quilt batt just to try. I really like how it had worked It laid so smooth and no puckering. Why I used the fleece sheet was that it belonged to my grandmother. Mom was so close to her mother. Not to many people have their mother's with them until they are 99 years of age. I thought this would be a part of my grandmother and a part of me where I made it and now will be a part of her when she receives it. I know my mother will love the idea of this quilt.  


If you can see by these pictures I just did a three loop pattern. I like the way they went and it looks really nice.

Did you notice the snow bank I was standing on. I was half way up that bank. There is still so much snow. It is so pretty but enough is enough. I did go snow shoeing for the first time this winter with my friend Connie this afternoon. It was so nice out. She has such a pretty view of the river from behind her house. So relaxing.

We just got back from my grand daughter's basketball game. I really have a hard time with school sports. They are so unfair on how they play the kids. Two kids never got to play and Lauren was on for less than two minutes. She made a mistake and they pulled her off. With boys we were always involved in hockey and every kid got to play no matter how good they were.  Basketball is going to be hard to watch and hold my tongue. Hopefully my husband will. He coached hockey for years and was always fair. Enough growling.  

So back to sewing. It is nice to get back to the sewing room. I am back to working on some hand quilting and hope to get my quilt out soon. That is going to be my first priority. Then I need to get a birthday gift done and then there is Mother's day. I see my friends Connie and Marjorie started their quilt that we are all working on together called Stash Stars already. So I will start mine tomorrow.  I am also working on a crass stitch piece for my grand daughter for Christmas also. 

Saturday, 8 March 2014

It has been awhile since I have posted. We went on vacation and had a great time. First we spent four nights in New Orleans. We did a city tour and a steam boat ride up the Mississippi to the plantation where the Battle of New Orleans was. We learned a lot about the history and glad to see that |NewOleans is doing well. We enjoyed the French Quarter and got our eyes opened on a few occasions. My husband enjoyed the buskers on Royal street. We managed to see a parade for Mardegra. We left for our Cruise on the Carnival Sunshine for Montego Bag. Cozumel and Grand Cayman. The food was great and I gained to much. The weather was hot and everything went well.


I love the color of all the house and the beautiful settings. 


We drove through a very beautiful park. 


Walking through the French Quarter. So many interesting little nooks and crannies.


We got suck a kick out of all the music on the streets.


The plantation where the Battle of New Orleans So much history here. Listening to the tour guide you could almost feel that you were there.



Our ship. We enjoyed it so much. We sat with a very nice couple from Missouri for supper each night. All the suppers were great. I didn't have any complains about the food. 


Our last sunset from the airport before we headed home to a full house. As we were eating out last breakfast on the ship last Sunday morning we got a test from our son Mark. Their house burned down Thursday night and they lost everything. Another five minutes and they would not have made it out. Thank God Mark was not to bed yet. A power bar where his cutter for work and his computer was plugged into blue up. He heard a pop. By the time he ran up to the second and third floor to get his wife and two kids out, called 911 it was to late to get anything. They ran out in their bare feet. He carried them to his truck and by the time the fire fighter got there is was gone. They are now living here. We got home on Monday and I have spent the whole week organizing my house so everyone has a little space. It was a shock to get the email but it could have been a lot worse. Everyone has been so great bringing them so much. That is one nice thing about living in a small community. Everyone cares so much.
This has also been March break so haven't even been to my sewing room to put away the few things I bought while I was away. Tomorrow I think it is off for a sewing day with my friend's Marjorie and Connie. It will be nice to get back at it.