Tuesday, December 31, 2013

A New Year Challenge

Happy New Year to you all.  I hope that 2014 will bring you enough challenges to keep life interesting and, just to get you started, I have one for you.
Everyone knows that brain health comes with learning something new.  This year, I challenge you to learn a new quilting technique; preferably one that you dislike.  If you have never tried paper piecing or applique or .....give it a try.  I am going to learn art quilting.  I have never been particularly interested in this interpretation of quilting but I have been reading magazine articles and studying photos.
I have an idea that I would like to try and think I will do a small wall hanging first to see how it works out.

I also have another idea for a quilt back just to try something different.  I am going to repeat a block used in making the top: just one block enlarged to the size needed.  Border strips will have to be added to turn the block into a rectangle but I think the overall appearance should be nice.

We are going to my brother's for our New Year's Day meal.  His wife is a great cook so I am looking forward to the feast.  I am contributing an apple pie.  I was beginning to think we might not make it as we had to get a repair done to the car.  On Saturday, one of the rear wheels seized and we found that the cause was a brake pad which had come loose.  We were able to buy a new one and my husband and a friend replaced it today.  Today is also when I had to bake as we were out of bread.  I was trying to do that while taking phone calls and listening to my husband talk.  He left and the fellow came to plow the lane.  I couldn't find the money my husband said he was leaving to pay for the snow removal.  Looked everywhere without success and decided he must not have left it.
He had, of course.  It was on the kitchen table in the serviette holder.  I hadn't paid attention when he told me.
The bread is now in the oven.  The apple pie is done although I forgot to add the  butter to the filling and the car, complete with new brake, is home. Tomorrow, we will deliver the money for the snow removal on the way to our dinner. Everything comes together eventually but it sure can take a circular route getting there.
Blessings,

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Learning Curve

I need a break.  I got a tablet for Christmas an am now trying to learn how to operate it.  Actually, dear hubby bought me an e reader which I had been saying I wanted.  Once I got it, however, I realized a tablet would do much more as well as still being able to upload (download?) books.
I have bought an Asus and I think I am going to be really pleased with it but, right now, I am going through another of those learning curves.  I am tempted to believe I am getting too old for this but as long as I have a functioning brain, I will soldier on.
I have taken my first photo with the camera and am pleased with that. So, baby steps, but in the correct direction.

We had a problem yesterday on our way to Huntsville to shop.  Our rear right wheel froze and wouldn't turn.  We dragged the car (fortunately the road was ice covered snow) to a friend who had a nice warm garage.  The men worked at thawing it out only to discover that wasn't the problem.  The brake pad had come loose and was causing the problem.  We have ordered a new pad but I am going to be calling the garage that did out brakes in the spring.  I am so thankful this didn't happen on the highway on Christmas day.

While we were at our friends, another couple arrived on their snow machine.  The women visited while the men did the same in the garage.  During the 'get to know you stage', I mentioned my quilting addiction.  The other lady asked for my web link, looked up the photos of my quilts and asked about a commission!  She is considering an appliqued wall hanging.  I am looking forward to doing this as it is a pattern I have been wanting to make.
I hope everyone is still in a peaceful post Christmas mood.  I am starting to think about undecorating but will leave it until at least New Year's.
Blessings,

Thursday, December 26, 2013

The Day After

I am sure most of you are still celebrating with your families today or are, perhaps, on the trek back home. But, just in case you are like me, and enjoy catching up on all the news, I thought I would share a few thoughts.

Husband and I went to his sister's farm for a family gathering on the big day.  We were scheduled to go to her son's new home but the death of an elderly relative changed that plan. We also missed another couple and their son because of work commitments.  However, we did get to see our new grand nephew born one month and one day before Christmas. 
It was a fairly low key day.  We had the usual turkey dinner, of course, gifts for the children and an exchange for the adults.  This year, all the women bought a small gift suitable for a female and the men did one for their gender.  The packages were placed in a group and starting with the oldest male and female (husband and I) choosing first, then the next in age etc. until  everyone got a package.  Everyone opened at the same time so there was a lot of laughter and sharing. 
I like doing this much more than the usual buy 'something for everyone'.  We are at the point of not needing much and, if we do, it is going to be expensive-new tractor, tires for the vehicle, and so on.
Another tradition was started which is going to be a lot of fun.  Each family received a book from the Chicken Soup series which we are to read, put a signed comment on the fly leaf and pass on.  It is going to be interesting to see what each person shares.
I love books with notes in the margin although some might shudder at the practice.  My mother was a great one for underlined passages often with a series of exclamation marks and written thoughts on any blank space.  I have some of her books and I treasure them.  It is like being able to hear her voice.  I have the same habit.  This something that all those who confine their reading to mechanical devices will not be able to do and I think that is a shame.
I received an e reader for Christmas but it will only be used for on line magazines and books that I would read and toss.
Hope this day after Christmas finds you at peace and enjoying the your left over turkey.  For those who are still without hydro after the big ice storm of 2013, my hope is that you will soon have everything restored and that these past few days will have bonded you closer to your family and reminded you of what is truly important in life.
Blessings,

Friday, December 20, 2013

So What

I hate to sound grumpy just before Christmas but this is something that is really fussing me. So, I am getting really irritated by everyone starting a sentence with so.  So, I think this is a new phenomena but I hope it soon runs its course.  I have noticed that professionals such as news anchor's and motivational speakers do it.  It is even more common in written speech. So, I would be happy if everyone became a little more conscious of their speech and written words.  So many thanks.

We are getting another heavy snowfall.  I don't have anywhere to go so I won't.  I've finished my Christmas sewing and baking so (I have become hyper sensitive to that word) I might start a new quilting project.
 Here is a cute Christmas verse to counteract the previous grumpy.  I am sure none of you need these gifts but hope you enjoy reading it anyway.
Blessings,

Merry Christmas To My Female Friends

If I were ol' Santa, you know what I'd do
I'd dump silly gifts that are given to you
And deliver some things just inside your front door
Things you have lost, but treasured before.

I'd give you back all your maidenly vigor,
And to go along with it, a neat tiny figure.
Then restore the old color that once graced your hair
Before rinses and bleaches took residence there.

I'd bring back the shape with which you were gifted
So things now suspended need not be uplifted.
I'd draw in your tummy and smooth down your back
Till you'd be a dream in those tight fitting slacks.

I'd remove all your wrinkles and leave only one chin
So you wouldn't spend hours rubbing grease on your skin.
You'd never have flashes or queer dizzy spells,
And you wouldn't hear noises like ringing of bells.

No sore aching feet and no corns on your toes,
No searching for spectacles when they're right on your nose.
Not a shot would you take in your arm, hip or fanny,
From a doctor who thinks you're a nervous old granny.

You'd never have a headache, so no pills would you take.
And no heating pad needed since your muscles won't ache.
Yes, if I were Santa, you'd never look stupid,
You'd be a cute little chick with the romance of a cupid.

I'd give a lift to your heart when those wolves start to whistle,
And the joys of your heart would be light as a thistle.
But alas! I'm not Santa. I'm simply just me,
The matronest of matrons you ever did see.

I wish I could tell you all the symptoms I've got,
But I'm due at my doctor's for an estrogen shot.
Even though we've grown older, this wish is sincere,
Merry Christmas to you and a Happy New Year.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

A Must See Video: Bethlehemian Rhapsody


Peace on Earth



I really like this moose nativity.  It belongs to a friend and he collected the pieces a few at a time.  There is a little drummer boy moose sitting to the right and at the front of the stable building.  You can see it easier on the overhead photo which my friend was kind enough to send.  I went to the web page of the company (Blue Sky Carvings) and they have pages of things I love.  There is a bear nativity as well as one with chickens (be great for my husband).

I hope you are nearing the end of your preparations.  I have a few odds and ends to do but nothing much.  I am making a couple of Christmas wall hangings for next year.  For some reason, I tend to do my seasonal sewing during the season.

Wherever you are in getting things ready, try to find a few moments each day to stop and think why and what you are celebrating.  The birth of the Prince of Peace was, partly, to bring freedom of strife, frustration,  and worry to each of us.  Not something that is easy to grasp but, if we try, we can find it.
Blessings,

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Doubled Fun and a New Link

We had an especially nice day at quilting yesterday.  It was our annual Christmas potluck lunch which tends to go on a bit longer than our usual meals.  Each year everyone brings an edible something which is shared with everyone else.  We have done this long enough that certain items are expected.  One lady always brings her lovely and delicious salad, I contribute home made buns (as well as, this year, our smoked ham).  Another always adds a dessert.  Because we had two new members this year plus another who came for the first time that day, we also had some  additions; a lovely mixed salad, home made lasagna.  The food is wonderful but what makes the day special is the same thing that makes all other Monday's special; the women. 
Nine individual, strong minded ladies all bound by a common interest; the love of quilting.  I hope that you also are able to share your interest with someone else.  the old say, a problem shared is a problem divided is true.  So true is pleasure shared is a pleasure doubled.

I have a new link for you.  If you have a problem determining how much fabric is needed for backing, binding or a specific number of strips or squares, you can download  free charts courtesy of Victoriana Quilt Designs.  www.victorianaquiltdesigns.com.  Scroll down to the bottom on the page and you will see a heading for the calculators. She has a lot of other nifty items on the site so do a bit of browsing before getting your downloads. Sign up for her newsletter for even greater benefits.

Blessings,

Friday, December 13, 2013

More Cookies-the Good Kind.

We didn't make it to the concert last night as it was cancelled.  A lot of the participants are from other communities and driving conditions were treacherous.  We were looking forward to the event but, at the same time, were glad of an evening home.
It is still cold here but the sun is shining and, for the moment, it isn't snowing.  I found a new cookie recipe I wanted to try so did that this morning.  I now have seven dozen molasses cookies to add to the jar and give away.  While flipping through the book, I also found another recipe that looked good so I've asked husband to pick up a needed ingredient when he goes into the village to play euchre today.
Poor man.  He keeps trying to lose weight and I keep cooking.  It will be nice when my sister moves next door so I can spread the bounty around.
I have become interested in art quilts lately.  After Christmas, I am going to see if I can make one. In the meantime, I have other projects to finish. Have you made one?  Did you enjoy the process?
How are your Christmas preparations coming?
Craftsy is having an 'up to 65% off' for a limited time.  www.craftsy.com if you would like to check it out.
blessings,

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Nativities Galore

Window display.  Bottom nativity is over 50 years old.

Fabric Nativity on my stash shelf

Two of my favourite.  First Nations and tiny snowmen

 
Got the quilt sent off to my customer today.  I always feel pleased to have sold a quilt and sad to see one go.  Of course, I still have quite a few left so I don't have an empty nest yet. 
We are going out to a Christmas cantata tonight unless this snow fall gets worse.  It seems as though we are getting a winter's worth in one week.
Tomorrow, I plan on relaxing.  I may get the two vests that I have cut out finished but I may not.  I will take some more photos of my other nativity and post later.
Blessings,
 

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Winter Beauty





We got about 10 inches of snow last night and we had to wait for our driveway to be plowed before going out.  However, as you can see, it looks beautiful.  All these photos were taken this morning as the sun was coming up.  It is now mid afternoon and our back woods looks like a Christmas card.
Tomorrow, I will show you some photos of the nativity sets that I have spread throughout the house.
Just a short post today but I suspect you are as a busy as I am.
Blessings,

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Good News.

I have just sold one of my quilts.  I have to go into the village tomorrow and get an accurate postage cost and then it is off.  I am, of course, thrilled.  It is such an encouragement to have someone like your work enough to pay for it.
It has been snowing heavily here in the backwoods for the past few hours.  Yesterday, we had snow and strong winds so driving wasn't good.  I had a meeting in the evening but it was cancelled because of the weather.  I wasn't disappointed.

I finished my shopping today.  I had to go to Huntsville for an eye appointment so did everything else while I was there.  I have to get my eyes checked every 6 months because of a problem I had earlier in the year.  I always worry in case there is a bad report but everything was fine today. 
The drive down and back wasn't the best and made worse because my windshield wiper needed replacing.  I bought a new one but didn't want to put it on until I got home.  It is an easy enough process but, still...
It is nice to be back snug in our rural rug.  No meetings.  No schedule to meet.  Just my cozy quilt room and time.
Blessings,

Friday, December 6, 2013

Nativity Sets

Dog Gone Fun


 
 
 


This little wall hanging is made from preprinted blocks. Each are different. I love that the dogs look as though they are from a children's colouring book. I quilted the background fabric-which is dark green, in free hand bones. The sky is stippled in variegated blue thread.



I started my favourite part of Christmas preparation this morning: setting out the nativity sets.  I don't know how many I have any more as quite a few of them a very small.  Some of my favourites are: a tiny one from Cuba, one that is snowmen,  another of first nations complete with tent,  nesting dolls and one we had when I was a child.  This last one is a bit worse for wear but it always gets pride of place.
I would like to have glass set.  I do have a glass Mary and Jesus figurine but not all individual pieces.  Eventually, I would like to add sets that depict different countries.
 
I will take photos of some and post closer to Christmas.  It is nice to be able to set them all out so they are displayed properly.  I haven't been able to do that since moving to this home but now my husband has built my lovely large quilt room I have the space.
Blessings,


Thursday, December 5, 2013

Memories and a Free Pattern.

Do you decorate all at once or over a period of days?  I tend to be the latter.  My husband just bought in some more totes this morning and I have no idea what I will find when I open most of them.  I was missing our stockings, door wreaths and tree skirt so I knew that had to be another container.  I don't know where the other ones came from and, to tell you the truth, I am afraid to look.
I have always gone a bit overboard on decorating.  When my son was young, our Christmas started when we went to a nearby tree farm to get our perfect spruce or pine.  We would take the dog and a toboggan as well as a small saw and walk around and around the area until we spotted the right one.  Richard would cut it down while I took a photo.  When we got back home, we would have hot cocoa before getting our prize in its stand ready for decorating.
One year I was so busy that it got later and later into the season and we still hadn't got the tree.  I had two jobs at the time plus various other commitments and I just couldn't find a day to do it.  Finally, my son, who was in his mid teens by then, told me that he didn't mind if we dropped the tradition.  I got an artificial tree that year-second hand, if I remember correctly, and we didn't go again.  I missed it though and when I see the ads for tree farms on television I still think of the fun we had.  In my mind, it was that giant leap from him being a child to an adult.

I have a free pattern for you today as an early Christmas gift.  I saw a photo of a floor tile and drew it up in EQ so it isn't an original.  I think, however, it is a fun pattern and hope you enjoy making it.

It will be on my web site as well as the Free Pattern page of this blog.  Here is a photo of  a sample layout to pique your curiosity.
 
 
Blessings,

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Shopping and Computer Games

I made the mistake of ordering some computer card games and it came this week.  I knew I shouldn't do it because I would be tied (against my will, of course) to my pc desk playing Curds and Whey, Triple Klondike, Kings and Queens etc.
We have this CD on the lap top but as it doesn't work anymore we have been missing out on our games.  I am going to have to try really hard to limit myself to only playing one game when I have other things to do.
Hubby and I drove to a nearby community this morning that has a couple of discount places and I was able to pick up a lovely doll as well as a couple of other things.  I like making clothing for dolls but try not to buy them unless they are special as we only have so much room
I bought stamps today so tomorrow I will get my cards ready to send off. I've already received some in the mail.  I want to tuck a photo into some of them and still haven't got the reprints done.  This means another trip to Huntsville but as Fabricland also has a really good sale I don't think I will complain too loudly.

We seemed to have missed the freezing rain that was predicted for this area or at least the roads were good when we went out.

I am going to take wee Heidi for a walk, hang some more bows along the driveway and then do some more work on a quilt top.  I decide to add another row as I don't want to have a border.  I made three blocks at quilt group on Monday so only need one more.  I am really pleased with the look of this top.  It is reminiscent of the ones made in earlier times because a lot of the fabric is reproduction civil war era.  I will, of course, post a photo when I have it done.
I have a couple of quilt patterns buzzing around in my head so I need to get them done.  One of them will be a freebie so keep an eye out for it.
Blessings,

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

The Tree is Up


As you can see, our tree is decorated.  I also got our fruits cakes made so I've accomplished a little bit.  Last night was one of those times when I woke up just after three and didn't get to sleep until after six. And, of course, dog and husband got up at 7.30.
this isn't a very good photo as I need to replace the batteries in the camera and then change the setting but you can see, at least, that I am getting ready.
We have one little problem this year.  Squirrels got into our tree and it smells of pee.  Not sure why they were using an artificial tree as a bathroom but they did.  I have a scented candle burning in hopes that will absorb the smell.
Blessings,

Friday, November 29, 2013

Flying Geese

Today, I am sewing  some half square triangles into pairs to make, what appears to be, flying geese. I have had these blocks for at least a year (which isn't all that long as I've got some blocks that were made ten years ago).  I am not sure  if I will then turn them into a small runner or use them as border in a larger quilt.  In any case, it will be more of the bits and pieces I have hanging around used up.

The sun is shining quite brightly so I am looking forward to getting outside for my walk and enjoying the crisp day.  My husband has gone off to his euchre game, supper is already made so I have a nice peaceful afternoon spread out before me.

I haven't heard from the person who was interested in having me making a quilt for him so I assume he has changed his mind.  Would be nice if he let me know but I have given him a confirmation deadline so it is up to him.
I am looking forward to turning the panel I bought into a wall hanging.  It is still on my display wall and I really like it.  Perhaps I will put a row of the flying geese around it.  Seems fitting to have that block on a panel that represents the northern lights.
Hope you all have a great weekend and don't spend too much money on the sales today. 
Blessings.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Shopping



I bought this lovely panel at our local quilt store today.  They were having an anniversary sale and everything in the store was 25% off and some up to 60%.  This may be used in a commissioned quilt but, if not, I do have a plan for it.

While in town, I checked out some of the pre Black Friday sales.  Canada is starting to hold these now and there are some good deals.  My pc mouse had started to malfunction so I got a new one and tomorrow I think I will buy a tablet on line.
Always lots of thing on which to spend our hard earned money, isn't there.
Blessings,

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Blue Jays in the Feeder



I have been trying for more than a week to get a photo of the blue jays that have been taking advantage of our feeder.  Every time I got close enough to get a good shot, they would take off.  Today, I was a bit more successful. We are getting up to 5 at a time and, as you can see, they appear to be nice and healthy.
I overheard someone saying that jays are not as common the last few years but we have a lot in this area.  Perhaps they are getting more restrictive in the feeders they visit.
I have been having a hard time getting motivated to do anything much the last couple of days.  I have almost finished the applique touches I am adding to a quilt and have another one with the binding ready to be finished.  But, these are all projects that are done by hand.  I didn't want to start anything new until these are all finished so I think I will check out the drawer that has my unfinished quilts.  I believe I have done all but one and it just needs binding but perhaps there is a top lurking somewhere.
Tomorrow I am going to Huntsville as our local quilt store is having an anniversary sale.  I am getting short on red fabric so this will be a good time to get a meter or five.
Blessings,

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

In Praise of Groups

It Takes a Village

 
We have all heard the phrase "It takes a village to raise a child".  Sometimes, it also takes a village-or a quilt group at least, to make a quilt.  This top is constructed of fabrics donated by or exchanged with members of our local group.
Our ladies share generously of their stash, patterns, magazines and talent.  They also share their encouragement, support and friendship.  I am sure it is the same in your group or guild.  It is one of the reason's why we belong.  Often on a Monday, I will get up feeling tired or discouraged.  The last thing I feel like doing is getting dressed and going out.  However, off I go and within a short time of arrival, I feel better.
We celebrate each other's birthdays with a cake and a card.  Nothing special except to us.  It is another reminder that the little things in each others lives are shared.
We have faced together; the death of a member, ill health, concerns  of aging relatives, the passing of a spouse, the loss of a beloved pet and much more. 
Quilting is the reason we gather, friendship is the reason we stay.
Blessings,
 

Friday, November 22, 2013

Two Anniversaries and a Birthday

I've just finished making some dog biscuits for Heidi.  They have pumpkin in them and I added some peanut butter.  The recipe calls for rice flour and I did use that but combined it with half a cup of whole wheat as she isn't sensitive to it.  Corn? oh, my yes but not wheat.

Yesterday, I started cutting the smaller pieces of fabric that had I set aside from my sorting.  I am only doing 2.5 inch strips, 5 inch squares and 3.5 X 6.5 inch blocks.  These are what I need for the quilts that are on my agenda to make.
I need to add the binding to two more quilts; one just finished and the other in my 'finish it for goodness sake' pile.  Once that latter one is done, I will have completed all my WIP's.  Whoopee!

I am sure most/all of you are aware of today's anniversary and where you were when it happened.  I was working in a factory in Lindsay, Ont. when the Personnel Officer came on the intercom to tell us that Pres. Kennedy had been shot.  We got the update as we left work.  I remember  everyone in the streets (including myself) was crying.
This date also reminds me of another anniversary.  My mother and younger siblings were on a ship 50 years ago as they were moving to England.  The assassination took place the day after my one sister's birthday so the three events are all fixed together in my mind.

Life has not got any safer since that dreadful day but I think we value our loved ones more.  We have become only too aware of how quickly we can lose them.  Camelot may have passed but we are still blessed, in comparison with many countries,  with relative peace and safety.
Blessings,

Thursday, November 21, 2013

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Tis the Season

Have you started listening to Christmas music yet-intentionally, I mean?  Radio stations and some stores have started already and that odd phenomenon, the fireplace TV station is now on the air.  You can watch an artificial fire while listening to a loop of pre recorded Christmas songs.  You can feel the holiday spirit starting to flow just thinking about it.
I have a few of my favourite CD's lined up ready to play but haven't put them on yet.  Our local parade is the first Saturday in December, the church advent service this coming Sunday and we have the tickets for a community dinner. We have already received our first Christmas card so I guess I have better start getting ready.
I will probably get the decorations and trees out this weekend.  I have the ingredients for fruit cake which will be done next week as well as some festive cookies.
Today, I have taken all my fabric from the shelves and done some sorting.  I am putting the smaller pieces to one side so I can cut them into strips and charms.  This is also giving me a chance to see what I need to buy.  I am getting short on red which I use a lot.  I do have  a lot of black; another favourite, but nearly quarter of it has metallic glitter on the fabric.
I have a weakness for glittery fabric and then, once bought, I don't know what to do with it.  I think I will just set all that material in one pile and make a glittery quilt for Christmas.
We are getting a lovely sunset right now.  The weather has been nice all day as it was yesterday.  I have managed to get outside for a small walk both days which makes Heidi happy and me healthy.
I hoping to have another free scrappy pattern for you soon.
Blessings,

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Shoe Boxes for Christmas

 
Heidi is, as you can see, getting ready to celebrate Christmas.  She told us this morning that she had been saving her allowance and is ready to be taken shopping.  I am not sure what we will be able to buy with three small dog biscuits, but perhaps we can find a sale somewhere.
 
It is, once again, looking seasonal here in the backwoods.  We had a bit of snow fall yesterday along with some strong winds.  If you live in the central part of Ontario, you probably experienced both the wind and the power outage that went with it. 
I left the house early yesterday morning and fought the wind and heavy rain for two hours until I reached my first stop.  I called home to let my husband know I had arrived and he told me the hydro had gone out.  It didn't come back on until around eight in the evening.  I got home just before four, had supper, and then just sat until I decided to go to bed around seven.  I was really tired from driving in those conditions.
Today, my husband and I went over to our church and helped back the shoe boxes that will be sent to children in other countries who have so little.  The church purchases plastic shoe box size containers and these are just as valuable to the recipients as the contents.  The boxes are used to hold water and many other items. Pencils and small notepads are another valued item as, in some countries, children cannot go to school unless they have supplies.  All this emphasizes, once again, how fortunate we are in this country.
I am going to be finishing my small quilt with the dog blocks today.  I quilted in one direction and have turned it to do the other.  I am doing free hand bones and they are turning out well.,
Blessings,

Friday, November 15, 2013

Rambling About Life.

I was thinking back to the humble beginnings of this blog and how it has grown. My first readers were family members and a few friends.  There are now readers from all over the world and 79 registered followers.   Every author has two dreams.  The first is that someone (and eventually many someone's) will enjoy what is written and the second is to be paid for the pleasure of writing.
I have been very fortunate in achieving the second dream right at the beginning.  The editor of the Orillia packet and Times, Jack Marshall hired me to write a weekly column called Branching Out.  I stayed with them for 5 years and, since then have written for a number of newspapers and magazines. I have  written two books-one unpublished, and currently contribute to our local paper and two quilting magazines.  At some point, I would like to do another weekly column similar to the one I did for the Packet but, for now, I have enough to keep me as busy as I want to be.
Writing this blog is what I do for fun.  While I have a self imposed goal of four posts a week, I won't fire myself if I fall short sometimes. I don't have to stick to any particular subject although I do try to include something about quilting as this is what interests the majority of my readers.
Another benefit of the blog is that it keeps my creative muscles in shape.  If you don't write constantly, it is more difficult to do so.  I try to be as conscientious about grammar and spelling  here as I am for my paid work.  My blog readers deserve to be given the same courtesy as those who have purchased a newspaper or magazine.  I also try to write something of interest although this is the area where I am most apt to fail. 
And, finally, I try to entertain.  I am not writing about world changing events nor anything that will solve a life and death problem.  I ramble on about my life, those that share it, where I live and what I do.  Thank you for making them feel noteworthy.
And, on a quilting note; I have all the blocks from my latest top spread out on the floor while I try to decide on the best layout.  Photo next week of my decision.
Blessings

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Uh Oh!

I've mentioned previously that when I bake, I do a lot of it at once.  For example, I will start the bread and while I wait for the two rising stages, I make cookie dough.  Once the bread is in the pan, the cookies are baked.  Cookies as in more than one kind.
This morning I was doing one of my favourite and most frequent made cookies.  The recipe calls for 2 cups of raisins to be boiled for 5 minutes in a cup of water.  I put that on while having breakfast.
The mixture cooled while I was doing bread and the other cookies.  As I was adding the flour and other ingredients to the raisin cookies, I thought the dough looked a bit runny.  Uh Oh.  I reversed the directions and did 1 cup of raisins in 2 cups of water.
I put the batter in the fridge for a while so it would cool and set a bit before cooking.  They didn't turn out to bad.  A bit softer than usual but still tasty.

I probably shouldn't try to multi task when baking but it is likely too late to change habits now.  I tend to always be doing two or three things at the same time no matter what it is.  I am not good at waiting while something does whatever it is supposed to do.
Everything is done except for dishes and I am tired so will do some writing before finishing up.  I need to get my next magazine article written.  I was mentally doing that while cooking so it shouldn't take long.
Blessings,

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Quilt Finished.


 
 
 
I finished the binding on this quilt last night.  It is pieced as you can see.  The quilt will be for sale shortly.  It was a lot of work and I don't know if I would do this pattern again but I do like the overall look.
Blessings,

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Babies and Grape jelly



Our back woods haven hasn't yet taken on the beauty shown in this photo which I took last year but it is laying the basis.  It was difficult getting into the village yesterday for the Remembrance Day service as road was covered in about four inches of slushy snow.  I might have turned back but I had the wreath which the pastor of our church was going to place at the Cenotaph and, as he had driven from another community to get there, didn't want to cause him concern.  I did make it but with only a few moments to spare.
Afterwards, I went to the home of one of the quilt members.  We normally meet at the local Legion but as it was being used we decided to gather at a home.  Jen lives about 20 minutes from the village and along another country road but everyone made it. 
This morning I made some grape jelly and now have two big containers full of cut up pumpkin which, once cooked will be mashed and frozen.  I think I can now do some quilting until it is time to take the dog for a walk and then get supper.
My sister in law phoned today to see if we were going to their place for Christmas.  I laughed because  we hadn't even thought about the big day yet.  I will be starting decorating soon, have some gifts ready and have located the cards I bought last year but that is as far as I have got.  Of course, that is further on than I have since retiring and getting lackadaisical.
We are going to have a new grand nephew soon.  He is in his last few days before making an entrance so we expect to be getting the news any time.  I have a quilt already to welcome his arrival.
Blessings,

Friday, November 8, 2013

A Non Service Charge.

Isn't bureaucracy frustrating sometime?  I find it even more so when they offer a service which is supposed to make doing something simple and it results in more difficulty.
Case in point;  Canada Post offers a service called Ship in a Click.  If you want to send a package, you go to the site and enter information such as size and weight of parcel and where it is going. They also need the senders info which created a bit of a problem.  I am used to entering street and post box address.  Nope.  Didn't want that. Also there is a place for post box number, I had to leave out that information.  When everything is completed, you are given a price and the option of paying on line and receiving a label to put on the parcel.  I followed instruction and received my confirmation but no label.  Instead I got an error message.  Drat.
This morning I called the toll free number to get my refund.  The voice menu, naturally, didn't give the Ship in a Click option despite this being the number given.  After a few failed attempts, I punched 0 a few times and got a person.
She facilitated my refund but when I explained the problem with reaching someone I was told that they didn't have room to include SIAC option on the menu.  I suggested that more accurate information be given on the service web page.  She indicated she would pass on the suggestion. By the way, Amanda, said the service was having 'technical' problems.  I have been trying to use it for 3 years and this is the first time I got as far as paying for it.  I should have suggested hiring a different IT service.

I don't know if anyone else finds the lack of service by a service irritating but I certainly do.  I think I will write the Post Master General if I can find accurate contact information.

While I am ranting, another irritation is paying for delivery service when I don't get delivery.  Hydro One charges the same delivery price whether or not there is an outage, Canada Post levies a fuel surcharge when I have to drive 10 km to send or receive mail.  Sears Canada also adds on a delivery charge and I have to drive the same 10 km to get my purchase.
Perhaps I should start deducting a non service payment.

Blessings,


Thursday, November 7, 2013

Nothing Much

My husband's injection went well.  Hardest part is finding where you should park to get to the correct hospital entrance.  Of course, we went to the wrong one and walked the length of the place.  Once we got where we were to be we were in and out in less than an hour.
He will have to have it done again in six months but it will be easier next time as we will know the procedure.
So, other than that and doing a bit of shopping, that has been my day.  I did start sewing the binding on my scrappy heart quilt and I hope this evening to get my baby quilt in the frame.  I am going to be doing something different on this one so will see how I make out.  I am sewing dog bone shapes free hand around the blocks (can't remember if I told you that before) and then doing shadow quilting.
Sorry this is short and not very interesting.
Blessings,

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Scrappy Binding

I made our cranberry chutney this morning.  The recipe didn't make many jars so I tripled it and still just got 8 medium.  That should be enough to last us and, if not, it easy enough to make.  I just have my pepper jelly and chokecherry jelly to make and I will be finished for this year.
I am now putting together the binding for my heart scrappy quilt.  Coming up with the right colour was proving to be a problem so I decided to go with a scrappy.  I have a lot of 2 1/2" wide strips so they are being joined, end to end, until the length is sufficient.  I am trying to use a lot of red strips to bring out that colour in the blocks.
This quilt doesn't have any borders so I think the multi-coloured binding will look just right.  I will take a photo and show you when it is finished.
It is raining quite heavily today but it is warm and snug is our little rural home.  The downpour is keeping the hunters as home so no gun shots to disturb the peace and send our Heidi into a barking fit. There are four or five blue jays at the feeder which is just outside my biggest studio window.  They are my favourite birds.  I love their colour, their spunk and even their squeaky clothesline cry. The other, more timid, birds might be taking refuge in the bush but not the jays.  A little rain isn't going to come between them and their lunch.  The feeder is probably getting low so I had better add some more seed.  If the jays don't mind getting wet, I can be big and brave as well.
Blessings,

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Power Up




I am still trying to get caught up from the great power outage on Friday.  Ours went at 7 a.m. and didn't come back on until Saturday around 4 ish in the afternoon.  There were others in the area who had to wait until Monday before they were able to switch on their lights and flush toilets.
I had a table at a Christmas craft sale on Saturday and another lady and I both brought curling irons to do our hair!
My dear husband tried to get our generator going because we were concerned about a freezer full of meat.  When I called to see if we had power, he was gasping like a fish out of water.  He said he had been yanking on the start cord without success.  I told him I would rather have a husband than lights.  A couple of other friends said their generator gave them an argument about working as well. 
I did quite well at the sale.  All my little microwave bowl holders sold as did my pumpkin butter and a few odds and ends.  I made a profit after paying for my table and buying lunch so that is what is considered to be a success.
The picture is of some of the loaves I made last week.  The little one was for communion Sunday.  My posts may be a bit spotty this week as I am taking my husband to the hospital for a procedure on Thurs.  Your prayers for a successful result would be appreciated.  He is in constant pain from a deteriorating hip joint.
Blessings,


Thursday, October 31, 2013

Falling Rain.

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We have been having a steady rainfall although not enough to warrant the warning that has been popping up on my screen all day.  I haven't been able to take our week Heidi out for her walk and she is sitting looking out the window rather hopefully.  I will play a vigorous game of fetch with her later to give her some exercise.

Thank you for your nice comments about the free block, Simple Simon Strippy, which I have placed on my web page.  It is, as the name suggests, easy to do and a great way to get rid of some of those strips that seem to breed whenever you aren't looking. If you haven't checked it out yet, go to my web page and click on Free Patterns.

Stay dry.
Blessings,

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Cooking Aromas.

Evening Sky


 
 
I have a large pot of chili sauce simmering on the stove and another pot of tomato celery soup on the wood stove so the house smells nice.  The soup was made with all the bits and pieces left over from the chili sauce.  It will be nice to take to quilt group or for lunch at home.  Especially with some nice home made buns!
 
My husband is outside doing something with tires getting ready for winter.  He was chopping wood earlier and the sound made a nice back drop to my chopping and the whirring of the processor.
 
I took this photo earlier in the week from our back step.  Don't the clouds and trails make an interesting pattern.
 
Speaking of patterns, I have the free strip block loaded onto my web page now.  It is a download so you will be able to print it easily.
 
I am almost ready for the craft sale.  I found some stuff I had left over from last year so they will help to fill out the table.
And now I need a cup of tea.
 
Blessings,


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Free Scrappy Strip block.

Here is a couple of very simple blocks to use up some left over strips.  Both blocks are 12 inch finished.  Both start with a 4 1/2" center block and finish with a black strip.
The strips in block 1 are 1 1/2" in width.  The strips in block 2 are 2 1/2" wide.

The method is the same for both blocks.  Sew first strip to one side of center block, trim and sew strip of the same fabric to joining side.  Sew second strip onto first strip following same procedure and keep adding until you have a total of 7 strips for block 1 and 3 for block 2 (diagram is one short) .  Add black strip.
This pattern would be most effective if each block (other than the black strip) were different.
Enjoy and if you make this quilt, please send me a photo.  This pattern will also be available on my web page (arkangelcreations.net) as a download.
blessings,
Block 1
Quilt 1
block 2


Quilt 2



Friday, October 25, 2013

Shaped Microwave Potholders


Shaped Microwave Potholders

  

Have you ever tried to take something from the microwave without burning your hands?  Most potholders are too bulky to make the task easy and often result in spills.

These fabric ‘bowls’ are the perfect solution.  Place the container inside the holder, microwave and then remove by holding the corner tabs.

 

These containers can easily be made to any size; just add 5” to the desired base size.  For example, if you would like the base to be 5” square, cut a 10” square of fabric.  One inch will be lost in the construction process and another four for the sides.

 

Materials:

 

Fabric, batting and thread should all be 100% cotton.  Fabric should not have any metallic or glitter added to it.

 

For each holder, cut (2) 10” fabric squares and (2) 10” squares of batting.

 

Lay the batting squares on the table (keeping them together)  and place one fabric square face (right side) up on the batting.  Place the other fabric square on top of the first, face down.  Figure 1



Figure 1


 

 

Pin through all layers and sew around the edges leaving an opening to allow turning.

Slightly round the corners as you reach them.  Turn right side out.

Optional: sew a diagonal line from one corner to another and then from the other side to the opposite corner forming an X in the center of the square.

Measure 2 inches from each corner along the sides and mark.  Topstitch along each side from one mark to the next. Tuck in raw edges of the opening and continue stitching to close.



Figure 2


 

Pinch the two sides of one corner together and sew from mark to top of corner.  Fig. 2

Repeat for remaining corners. A hanger can be added if desired.

Container can be machine washed and dried.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Boots and Blue Jays.

On the Wing


This blue jay was taking advantage of the feeder that is just outside my studio.  I took numerous pictures but couldn't get one where he was sitting still.  Noisy birds but beautiful colouring.  There are my favourite.


Pretty Fabric

 
I really like the 'country' look of these fabrics.  This is the top for which I bought the extra charm pack.   As you can see we are getting sunshine although the temperatures are barely above freezing.  I ordered a new pair of winter boots today.  I have been saying I was going to do that for 3 years now.  I needed something that I could pull on quickly to go for a walk or pop into the village.  I have two pair of dressier boots which will probably last me as long as I can walk.  I am rather lazy when it comes to wearing boots.  I like ones with a Velcro strap or, if I can't get what I want, I will settle for a zipper although I will probably not do it up.  The new ones meet that requirement and have a nice touch of red for cheerfulness.  However, the heel is a bit high so I will have to see how they feel.  I know.  I'm fussy.
Did you know (for those of you who are Canadian) that in our nation's capital there is a Elvis Lives Lane?
Blessings,

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

More Charms

I bought another charm pack today.  I have purchased so many of those 5" squares lately that a person might be forgiven for thinking that I would have enough.  However, I have made two lap blankets and have another top; a double, half done plus a few squares sewn together for a baby or child blanket.  It is the double that needed more squares or, to be more accurate, more of the right colours.  I am not sure if this will be enough but I do have some fabric in my stash that I can use and a lady in our quilt group gave me some left over fabric.
I am looking forward to getting this top done as I really like the fabric.  Not sure how much time I am going to have this week as I have baking to do again tomorrow and am making some items for a craft sale.  I also need to get the quilt done that is in the frame so I can get the smaller ones in.  No matter how much time a person has, it never seems to be enough, does it.
Our snow has melted again as I thought it would.  It did look lovely while it was here.  I know it won't be long though before it will be here to stay.
Blessings,

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Quilter's Lullaby

We had our first snow fall today and, in fact, it is still coming down.  There is a bit of accumulation on the ground but I don't think it is going to stay as we are above freezing.  Still, it is nice to see. 
I have spent the day making pumpkin butter and other baking odds and ends. Also got a few blocks sewn together on a disappearing nine patch top that I have started.
The was sent around by a friend.  If you are a fan of Big Bang Theory, you will know the tune and the original words.

Soft fabric, warm fabric
Buy it by the ward
Pretty fabric, lovely fabric,
Here's my credit card.


If you have a long arm machine or even the shorter version, I have found a Canadian site that has supplies including Superior thread and pantographs.  Here is the link: http://canadianlongarmsupplies.com.

Their shipping costs are the actual price which is nice to know.  Some places charge according to the dollar amount you spend, which I think is odd.  It doesn't encourage me to spend more if the cost goes up  regardless of the weight or size.  Two patterns should cost no more than one to mail.
Blessings,

Friday, October 18, 2013

A Fowl Life

Our little poultry business got a boost this morning.  We have been waiting for the newest hens to start laying as the older ones are going into retirement mode.  We have only been getting enough eggs to sell to a couple of customers and that often didn't leave me any for baking. 
This morning as my husband went out to feed the flock and let them out of the coop, I said "you will be getting an egg from the new ones today".  He came back with two.  They are quite small but it is a start.  I wish I was that intuitive with financially beneficial matters.
And now I am going to rant for a bit.  I have been aware for many years of how laying hens in the big factories (because that is what they are) are treated.  It is one of the reason why I am so glad we are able to provide for ourselves and others.  There are, in fact, a number of people in the area who do the same thing.  Our hens are allowed to roam free when we are home and the weather suitable.  They are talked to, have plenty of room in their coop and enclosed area.  They are happy healthy birds unlike the poor creatures who are packed into areas so tightly that they literally, go crazy.
What can you do?  Where financially possible, buy free range.  Our eggs are priced the same (and sometimes less) than what is in the stores.  You may find another small producer that does the same.  We aren't trying to get rich just have healthy food. 
I think I am also going to send an e mail to companies such as Loblaw's and McDonald's asking them to ensure that the eggs they buy come from chickens who live in humane conditions.
I know that, in the light of the many thousands of people around the world who also live in dreadful conditions, this may seem to be a non issue.  However, I fully believe that how we treat animals is an indication of our compassion to humans.  A step, no matter how small, is still a step.
Blessings,

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Zippety Bop

Some days you coast along and, when the night arrives, you feel as though you never accomplished anything.  Other days, everything goes zippety bop and, like the wave of the fairy godmother's wand,  all tasks are completed. 
This has been a zippety bop week.  I've finished the yard work, got my magazine article finished and sent off early and have a good start on the quilt in the frame.  The latter had been causing me some problems with the thread breaking every foot or less of stitching.  I changed the thread, adjusted the tension, made sure everything was lint free all without avail.  This morning I raised the take up rod and, voila, magic wand time again.  The take up rod is the one on which you wind the completed part of the quilt.  It rests on the machine bed and, if it is too low, creates drag. Of course, once I was able to complete a row without problem, the bobbin thread ran out but that was a minor bump.
I have about 15 rows to do and this top will be finished.
I also uploaded two completed quilts to the Quilts for Sale site this morning. One is for Christmas and the other is a baby sized quilt. The site owner hasn't got them loaded yet but when she does I will let you know.  In the meantime, if you are having quilt show withdrawals, take a look at the site.  It is a virtual quilt show you can see from the comfort of your home.  (www.quiltsforsale.ca)
Husband went to see the specialist today about his hip problem.  We thought he might need replacement but it appears that he is a candidate for a cortisone injection right to the site.  The surgeon said that this should take care of the problem.  It would be wonderful if it works.  Day surgery, no recovery time, immediate (hopefully) relief.

I took this photo from the studio door earlier today.  The sky is looking less like summer and more like winter.
Blessings,

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Another Quilt


I finally got another quilt loaded into my frame.  This one had been quilted some time ago but it was when I first got my frame so the stitching wasn't very good.  It took ages, as you can imagine, to remove all the stitches and thread.  Then it took ages again to decide what design to do.  I have finally decided on one that is called Renaissance.  I was thinking of doing freehand stars but chickened out.
 
It took my a while getting it loaded, thread tension checked and making sure everything was lined up correctly.  I usually stitch slowly at the beginning to make sure I have the feel of the pattern and that everything was working all right.  Double check, put needle down, press start button and sew.  That sounds doesn't seem right.  Turn everything off, check.  Forgot to put down the foot. Rats. Untangle the mess and restart.
Blessings,













Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Yummy Recipe from A Mouse

 
I trust everyone had a great weekend.  We enjoyed our Thanksgiving weekend with family on Saturday, church on Sunday and quilting friends on Monday.  Our quilt group decided not to have a regular meeting (rare occurrence) so I invited those who were interested to our place.  Three ladies came and we had a nice time, talking and sewing.  We went for a walk after lunch as the weather was so lovely. 
We had frost overnight so I think we are going to be getting to more normal temperatures this week.  I did hang out some laundry this morning but it may be the last time.  I have scheduled the task of finishing the yard chores for later in the day.
Here is  a recipe that I found and really like.  As you can see from the heading, it came from the EQ (Electric Quilt) blog.  I got their permission to pass it on to you as I really like it.  In fact, I will be making it again this week.  The instructions indicate that doubling the recipe works and I can vouch for that as does adding nuts and raisins. I used fresh rather than canned pumpkin.  Make sure to puree it first. This makes a great treat to share with  your quilt group or guild.  Perhaps you might like to add some dark chocolate chips for a  healthy and yummy extra.
Blessings,

 
 
 

Friday, October 11, 2013

All About Thanksgiving.

Here in Canada, we are preparing for Thanksgiving. This is my favourite holiday because it occurs in October, a beautiful month, and it is a reminder of how fortunate I am.  For those of you who live in countries where this holiday isn't celebrated, let me give you a bit of its history. Although usually associated with harvest time and early settlers/pilgrims, the Canadian celebration began when English explorer Frobisher landed safely in Newfoundland.  He wanted to give thanks for his safe arrival.  We don't know how he celebrated but we do now that it was in 1578.  this means the first Canadian thanksgiving took place 43 years before the pilgrims landed in Plymouth and initiated the American holiday.
In the United States, the celebration takes place on the fourth week of Nov.; six weeks later than ours.  This happens because of our geographical location.  The completion of harvest times is another reason for the celebration and our northern climate dictates an earlier  season and, therefore, holiday.

We do share a love for turkey, pumpkin pie and parades.

As a Christian, this holiday is also when I give thanks to God for all that I have.  I live in a country that is amongst the most desired world destinations and migration. My home is comfortable and located in an area that surrounds me with natural beauty.  I am married to a wonderful man, am blessed with a great family as well as my husband's, have a marvellous little dog, am healthy and am able to spend my days doing what I love.  I also have many friends for whom I am thankful.

However, and for whatever reason, you celebrate, take a moment to truly take stock of your blessings.
To my list of blessings, I can add you, my readers. You are kind enough to spend part of your valuable time reading about my life.  That, in turn, has frequently given my day focus and made me realize, once again, how fortunate I am.
blessings,

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Yahoo Rant

I have just finished making three pies and now have half a dozen buns plus 4 loaves of bread in the oven.  Thursday is my baking day and I usually go all out.  Yesterday I made 2 large loaves of pumpkin bread from a recipe I got from a mouse.  This particular mouse is the EQ mascot and he? she? seems to be a great cook.  The ingredients include applesauce instead of oil and I really like both the flavour and texture.  I have asked permission to print it for you but you may be able to find it yourself if you go to their site (www.electricquilt.com).
Has anyone noticed a changed in  Yahoo mail recently.  They have, once again, changed their format.  I can no long use just black and white for the background so it is harder to see.  There isn't a place to click so that once I've logged in, I don't have to do that again for a couple of weeks.  Now, I have to log in every time.
I am not sure who advises them that all these changes are a good thing. It is we mature people who are the major users of e mail for communication.  The younger prefer twitter and other media. This being so you would think that they would recognize that change for the sake of change is not something that is tolerated by those of us who have lived through enough of it.
I have been sewing together a couple dozen or so half square triangles that I received in an exchange.  I am turning them into little blocks and flying geese.  It is a time filler but as I am not sure what project I want to do next, filling in time is okay.
blessings,

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Doggie Quilt

 



I just finished this little top yesterday.  I love the dog blocks.  They look as though they stepped off the page of a child's colouring book.  Each one is different.  There were three others in the panel that I bought and I will turn them plus another block into a little pillow cover.  I will applique a bone or something on the fourth block, perhaps with the child's name if I know who the recipient will be.  This will be for sale on  my Quilts for Sale page.

The weather is absolutely amazing.  I hung out my laundry this morning.  It is plus 18C right now.
I am going to take the dog for a walk and then I better get at some sewing.  I was in the village this morning doing some shopping for the weekend and haven't got myself motivated to get at anything.
Blessings

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Crispy Day

It is getting a bit crispier here in the backwoods although I haven't yet packed away my summer clothes.  I am cooking a crock pot full of pumpkin.  Dear husband, peeled and cut into pieces, a couple of our pumpkins yesterday while I was at quilt group.  We still have a lot more.
Once they are cooked I will mash and put them into freezer bags for soup and baking.  I am going to make some pumpkin bread on Thursday so I will have something for Thanksgiving company.
I am working on another quilt top (have a quilt in the frame and another that is waiting to be finished) which will be for a child.  The blocks have dogs on them and they look just as though they came from a colouring book.  This quilt will be for sale.  I really should train someone how to use my frame machine and then they could do the quilting while I do what I prefer: piece tops.
As this is Tuesday, Roger has gone to his euchre game.  He has promised to bring home fish and chips so I won't have to cook.  Our chip trucks are getting ready to shut down for the season so I soon won't have this culinary escape. Poor me!
My brother and his wife are going to be having Thanksgiving dinner with us so we are looking forward to that.  I will cook one of the chickens that is taking up so much space in the freezer.  I have a new left over chicken recipe that I want to try.  I am sure there will be left overs even with four people as free range birds have much denser meat. 
My husband has been hinting about pumpkin pie so I will have to make sure I have all the ingredients for that.  I don't make pies very often but they are nice for special occasions and, goodness knows, the man deserves a treat.
Blessings,

Friday, October 4, 2013

Moose and Magazines

It is a bit dreary today but the trees still have much of their colour which brighten the bush if not the weather.  We had a moose on our driveway this morning.  It apparently wandered from our neighbour's property on its way to the wetland at the front of ours.  This area has been designated as wetland by the municipality but it is the driest wet I have seen.  There are areas that are a bit mushy but you can walk through without boots.  However, we don't care what the designation is, we aren't planning on doing anything with it.  Our home is situated about 300 feet from the road on a hill.  The wet land is on one side of the driveway for about 50 feet then shrubs take over and continue up the hill to the vegetable garden.  The other side of the driveway which is fairly close to the neighbour's property is bordered by small trees, raspberry canes and shrubs.  They wander up the drive and on to the pond at the back. All this naturalization provides a nice habitat for the wildlife that have called this area home for hundreds of years.

I have been trying to decide what to work on today.  I have a few (a few!) projects that need finishing so I am going to put the binding on a lap quilt and finish the border quilting on another.  I am also going to put some borders on a Christmas panel.  I have a book on making borders so I will use it to do something other than the usual strips. As I enjoy the process of making the main part of the top more than everything else, I really have to discipline myself to pay as much attention to the borders, quilting and binding.

Following is the info on getting 4 issues of a great on line quilt magazine.  Write down the code and group name then click on the link and follow the directions.  You do not need to belong to a group/guild to take advantage of the offer.
Blessings,



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• Please Note: This offer is for new TQPM subscribers only.
 
With this information ready, go to the website at
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Offer expires November 30th, 2013.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

More Pictures

The following comment was sent from Bonni  regarding yesterday's post about getting free issues of the Quilt Pattern Magazine.  You have a chance to get 4 month's of this great publication without cost.  Just click my post for Oct. 2nd (past posts are listed on the right side of the page) and follow the information.  This is a time limited offer!!

"I'm not a writer for the magazine but am a subscriber and just wanted to jump in and say that there isn't another magazine that packs so many patterns into one magazine. If you decide to subscribe it's a GREAT price and you'll find they are approachable and willing to answer any questions you have about the patterns, etc."

I just made my first lot of jam today as well as some pickled coleslaw.  I woke up too early this morning so am tired.  I think I will sit outside and pick threads from a top that I 'unsewed'.
As promised, here are some more fall photos.
blessings,