Friday, April 21, 2017

What Are You Making This Weekend?

Another drizzly day but it is warm in the house.  Before I get into todays post, I would like to pass on a thought from Karen, a regular reader in response to yesterdays blog on pillowcases.  She mentioned that she made flannelette pillowcases for her Grandmother and how much the older lady enjoyed the softness.  A great idea if you decide to make cases for a hospice.
I finished the place mats today and they have gone on to their new home.  I now need to get at this months Island Batik project.  We are to make a quilt using applique and I have had a bit of a problem coming up with an idea but think I have one now. I don't have a lot of time to get it done but it shouldn't take to long.  Also have this month article for the Quilt Pattern Magazine to finish.
Some areas are getting a lot of flooding.  Our driveway still have a good bit of water in the lower area but it is going down.  Of course, if it would quit raining, it would go a lot faster.
Have a great weekend.  If you are quilter, I would love to have you share a photo of what you made.  Stay tuned for a draw which will happen next month. 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Pillowcase Blessings.

Quilters are wonderful.  I have been searching for 5.5 inch square of fabric to finish my granddaughters quilt and had just about come to the conclusion it wasn't going to happen.  I was considering some other options when I was contacted by a lady on a Facebook group.  She has the fabric.  Yahoo. 
While waiting for it to arrive, I am making some place mats as a gift. 
I noticed something the other day when watching the news which I will pass on as you may be looking for another charity project.  The item was about a Hospice centre and I noticed that the pillows on the bed were very colourful.  What a wonderful way to add a bit of cheer to a person's last days.  We have a wonderful hospice in this area and I think I will contact them to see if they will accept pillowcases.  Pediatric wards might be another place. A quick and easy way to bless someone.
We had 3 wild turkeys in our yard this morning.  Haven't seen any here for quite a while so it was good to see they had returned.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017


I finally have my income tax done and submitted.  It is usually sent in long before now.  In fact, I have usually spent my return before this date.  This was just one of those things that kept getting put off but once I got started it was done, thanks to a program, very quickly.

I am sure, if you are a quilter, you are familiar with most, if not all, of these quilting short forms.  These were part of Quilting Concessions blog and, as there were a few that I hadn't seen before, I thought I would share.

WISP—Work In Slow Progress

SABLE—Stash Accumulation Beyond Life Expectancy

PhD—Projects Half Done

STASH—Special Treasures All Secretly Hidden

UFO—Unfinished Objects

PIGS—Projects in Grocery Sacks

HIPS—Hundreds of Ideas Piling Skyward

WOMBAT—Waste of Money, Batting and Time—my fav, I have a few!

TGIF—Thank God It’s Finished

WHIMM—Works Hidden in My Mind

FOB—Fear of Binding

CRAFT—Can’t Remember a Flipping Thing (Cynthia’s favourite)

PIPS—Projects in Process

PITS—Projects in Totes

TOAD—Trashed Object Abandoned in Disgust

WWIT—What Was I Thinking

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Fabric Needed

This is frustrating.  I am just finishing up my granddaughter's quilt and discovered that I am short a 5.5 inch square of fabric.  I have looked everywhere and cannot find another bit tat will work.  I will probably switch the colour on the top row but am hoping someone has a bit somewhere.
Just on the off chance you might have a bit, I have included a photo.  I bought it at Fabricland.  The colour shown is accurate.  The largest flower is under a half inch wide.  I only need that square but if you have more and want to get rid of it, I will take it.  There isn't any info on the side selvage.

It has been another lovely day and I went for a long walk, helped hubby take the sap buckets from the trees and then just sat outside for a while.  Hope you had a good holiday weekend.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Cutter Review

Our bird feeder has really been busy the past couple of days.  They must know that this is going to be the last time I am filling it.  In addition to the usual chickadees, sparrows and other little brown birds we have also had redpolls, finch and a starling.
I expect that the bears will be coming out of hibernation soon, if they aren't already, and feeders are always a draw.  We rarely see a bear on our property although they are in the area.  We work on the principal that the animals were here first and, as long as they don't because a nuisance or attack our chickens, they are free to come and go as they wish. Our responsibility is to make sure we don't do anything to contribute to them being a problem.
Hubby decided to do another day of boiling sap as the pails filled up again.  He has been out all day and I have been a good wife taking him food and drinks.  Heidi and I went for a walk mid day and then I did a bit of work in the garden although it is really not dry enough yet to do much.  I am planning on hanging my laundry on the line tomorrow.  I am tempted to wash all the sheets and towels just to get that lovely outdoor smell again.
In between all that, I have made good progress on my granddaughter's quilt.  I almost have the blocks sewn into rows.  I might not get them finished tomorrow as I have a couple of sewing jobs to do for neighbour's. 
I almost forgot to mention that my Fiskar's rotary cutter/ruler combo came today.  I did a few test cuts with it and I think I am going to really like it.  It is certainly easy to use and much easier on the hands than the regular rotary cutter.  It is called Rotary Cutter and Ruler Combo if you would like to check it out.  This one is made specifically for fabric.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Tomorrow is Another Day


It doesn't seem that long ago that I could spend a whole day driving without showing any effect.  Now, a couple of hours tires me out.  We went to North Bay this afternoon (an hour away) for hubby's last doctor's appointment from his hip replacement.  It was basically just there and back with  just a bit more than an hour for the appointment, some shopping and going to Timmy's but I am tired.  I also had a meeting in the morning so that didn't help. The weather was a bit nasty for the drive up but not as bad as a normal winter day.
In any case, I am glad to be back home, supper over and cleaned away and ready for a relaxing evening.  I was going to do a bit of quilting but I don't think I could see to sew when I am yawning this much.  Tomorrow is another day as Scarlett would say.
The photo is an old one but I was looking at it the other day and remember how sweet our little dog was when she was a pup.  She is still sweet but now she has a bit of an attitude sometimes.


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Who is in Control?

I am not sure who was walking whom but Heidi and I were able to get out for a nice stroll through the bush today.  I am not sure that 'stroll' is the right word.  Clamber might be a better one.  Now that most of the snow is gone, I can climb up and down all the slopes which makes for very good exercise in a short area.  Heidi made sure my arms also got a workout.  She was excited about all the new smells and was pulling in all directions.  I had to keep giving her a sharp reminder that there was an older two legged human on the other end of the leash.  She was trying to dash through shrubs and over rocks and fallen trees and I was just trying to stay on my feet.  She is usually more considerate and became so today finally when I made her sit and then shortened the leash.  She got the idea.
I have been working on my granddaughter's quilt.  I have 10 more blocks to go and then can start sewing the rows together.  She is going to love the colours.