Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year

Good-bye 2015.  You have been a good year and we have had a lot of good times together but it is always fun to see what the new year has in store.
We aren't doing anything to celebrate other than having a few nibblies and watching a Shrek movie.  I got the blocks sewn together on the project that was on the design wall and have them in rows.  Those of us that signed up for the 365 day block challenge received their first one today as  in this country we are a number of hours behind Australia.  So many people had signed up that the server couldn't handle it.  I had to refresh a number of times but was finally able to access and do the download.  I think I will pick out some fabric tonight and then get started sewing tomorrow. I will post photos as I go along.  We will see how long I stay on track.
Enjoy your evening.  Stay safe and I with all the best in2016,
Anna

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

All Deadlines Met.

I hope everyone had a good and safe Christmas.  As mentioned previously, we went to my husband's family for the meal and gift exchange.  The weather and driving was good which is a bonus this time of year.  It was nice to see how much the littlest members of the family had grown. 
When we got back home, I found two phone calls waiting.  One was from my son and we had a nice chat.  The other was from a neighbour and, as soon as I heard her voice, I knew something was wrong.  I was devastated to learn that our next door neighbour had died.  She hadn't been well but was, we all thought, back on the road to recovery.  After all she was five years younger than me and very active.
The funeral was on Monday and there wasn't a seat left available.
I am still finding it hard to accept that I won't see her out gardening or hear her music filtering through the trees.
I am ending the year with all my quilting and writing deadlines met.  It is a great feeling.  I have restored the studio to some semblance of order and am looking forward to getting at the project that has been patiently waiting on my design wall for about two months.
I have signed up for a block of the day challenge which starts Jan. 1st.  It will be interesting to see this time next year how well I did on that.
Blessings

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Temperature Woes and Wins

Hubby and I went carolling with some friends from church tonight.  We just went to a few houses in our neighbourhood but it was fun and well received. Depending on weather conditions, we may make it an annual event.
Just three more days until Christmas.  I have everything done except wrapping a few presents which I will do tomorrow.  I have finished the foundation pieced quilt except for the binding.  I have two more baby quilts and a magazine article that are on my schedule and then I am all caught up.
Our weather is still staying unseasonable mild and looks to stay that way until next Mon.  It will make for better driving conditions for all those who are travelling for the holidays but the lack of snow is costing ski resort operators a lot of money as well as those who benefit by snowmobilers and other winter sports enthusiasts. Those employed by these businesses are also, if you will pardon the pun, being left out in the cold.  The three main ski operations in this area employ over 3,000 people, mostly students.
So, no matter the situation, there is always people who benefit and others who don't.
Hope your Christmas preparations are almost completed and you are finding time to relax.
Blessings,

Thursday, December 17, 2015

De-stressing

It was a relaxing day today.  I got together with a couple of friends and spent it working on a quilt block.  We are all doing the same one so we can help/encourage each other through the steps.  The quilt was originally a block of the month kit so we do a block each time we get together. 
I really needed a day to stop everything and de-stress. 
Step son arrived late this afternoon so he will be able to take over the heavier outside work now which will be much easier for me.  My back and neck are protesting the heavy lifting I have been doing.  I will have to go to the doctor's and get a treatment but will wait until I know I won't be hurting them again.
I am going to get the label on the quilt I finished so I can get into the store tomorrow.  Perhaps it will end up under a tree for a new baby.
Blessings,

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Crib Quilt Finished.

 
This is one of the quilts I had been working on.  the first photo (which is just noticed is upside down) is a close up so you can see what I did with the sashing.  The second, which also appears to be upside down, shows the whole quilt.  This one was fun to make as I loved the colours. The binding is in two sections.  The yellow is a folded strip that was sewn on first and then the back binding added.  If you look at the bottom of the second photo, you can see what I mean as I bent the yellow over the black.
I used the grey background fabric for the backing.
 
 
 
 
 
 
I got the last of my Christmas shopping done today so, other than a bit more baking and setting up nativity scenes, I am finished.
Christmas Blessings,
 


Tuesday, December 15, 2015

White Christmas

We got a tiny dusting of snow here in the backwoods today and the temperature has dropped below freezing.  We are supposed to get snow for the next few days so we may get a white Christmas; at least here in the north.  I have depleted one of the woodpiles hubby did for me in preparation for his operation.  There is another, much larger one, just outside the backdoor so I don't think I will have to do a great deal of carrying before he is able to return to his chores.  It is hard on my neck but has to be done.  I can get a treatment when everything returns to normal.
I finished the binding on my crib quilt today and got the last side of the border on the foundation pieced top.  Then I washed them both.  The crib quilt has a lot of very light grey and it had got dingy.  There was still small bits of paper on the top so I was hoping that washing would take care of them.  Which it did.  Unfortunately, a few seams came lose so I will have to repair them before I start quilting.  It is better that this happened to me rather than a customer.
I posted a link to a block a day challenge on Friday and have heard from some of you that have signed up.  The members of my on line group had, like me, decided not to do it but then one changed her mind and then another and now quite a few are going to give it a try.  I can't imagine actually being able to keep up with one a day but some are, apparently, small, so I might be able to do a number of them on quilt day.
Blessings,

Friday, December 11, 2015

A Block a Day

Hurray!  Hubby is home.  He called at nine this morning to see if I could be there for ten.  I didn't expect him to be released until late morning or early afternoon so I had to do a quick shuffle and out the door.  He is still in a lot of pain which is to be expected but is managing.
I am also managing to get things done.  I finished the quilt that was on the frame and am just sewing on the binding.  I am doing an additional step and putting a folded strip of bright yellow around the edge before adding the black binding.  I know there is a name for that strip but can't think of it.  Once I get the machine part done, I need to get at a couple of baby quilts that have been commissioned.
Have you heard about the 365 day block challenge?  When you register at the link below, you will receive a block a day for the next year.  I don't know how I will manage to get them done but I think I will give it a try.

 
 
Let me know if you register.  A number of people in my on like group have signed up as has at least one lady in our local quilt group.
Have a great weekend.
Blessings,

Thursday, December 10, 2015

An Overnight Stay

Hubby's operation went well although the surgeon decided to keep him in over night because there was scarring from a previous op. in the same place.  He is in a lot of pain so I think he is in the right place although the house is empty without him .
I have had supper and done a few odds and ends and now can relax for the rest of the evening.  We left for the hospital just before 10 a.m. and I didn't get back home until after 4 p.m. so it was a long day.  I got a bit of shopping done but I found it hard to concentrate when I was thinking of my dear one.  I thought he would be done by the time I got back to the hospital but he hadn't gone in yet as an emergency had come up.
He will be laid up for about six weeks before he is able to get back to his usual activities.  Then he will have his hip replacement!  It is going to be a fun few months but he has done as much as possible to get everything ready  Wood is chopped and moved closer to the house so the main job will be looking after the chickens and gathering eggs.
I am just happy we live in a country where all these medical needs not only can be done but they don't cost us anything.
Blessings,

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Cards in the Landfill

Tomorrow is going to be busy and a bit stressful day for my hubby.  He is going to the hospital in the morning for some day surgery.  He will be laid up for awhile and not able to lift anything so I will be taking over the responsibility of looking after the chicken flock and getting in wood.  Our middle son is coming for a visit from Alberta and will be staying for a few weeks so that will really help.
I got all my foundation pieced blocks put together today so I can take a bit of a break and work on some other projects.  It has been a long process getting those done but I am pleased with how they look.
We are just getting our Christmas cards sent off and we have decided that this will be the last year we are going to send them.  The cost of stamps and the cards themselves continues to rise and the money could be better spent on other things.  We will be making a donation to a charitable agency that buys chickens and other items such as school supplies for those in developing countries.  A much better option than a card that will be looked at for a few days and then tossed into the landfill.
I think people are sending less and less cards, largely due to the ease of e cards.  I am not sure I will do that route but we will see next year.  A phone call seems to be a better idea.
Our Christmas celebrates the birth of Christ and I think this decision better reflects that.
blessings,

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Beaver House

We got second prize on our parade float. I think our costumes were fantastic!
It was another day of unseasonable warmth so there was a good crowd watching which always makes it a fun time for those of us on the floats.
 
 
Christmas is getting closer but it just doesn't feel like it with no snow on the ground.  We are still in the above freezing area.
Hubby and I went for a walk to the pond as he thought he had seen a beaver house recently.  It appears he was right.  We haven't had a beaver in residence since moving here and the dam is in poor condition with the water seeping out at every increasing rate.  Nice to have Canada's symbol on the property.
Blessings,

Friday, December 4, 2015

Parades and Tree Lighting

I have spent most of the day ironing.  The village  Christmas parade is tomorrow and our church has a float entered.  A couple of the ladies made fantastic costumes a couple of years ago and they all had to be pressed.  It was a long and tiring job but I was glad to be able to do something to help.  I originated the idea of a float about 5 years ago and did all the organizing.  It was a relief when this (younger) family took over.  They are very creative and detail orientated so our entry has got up a lot in presentation.
We also had our community tree lighting at the park this evening.  Hubby and I go to this each year and enjoy singing carols and watching the children.  There hadn't been a lighting celebration for many years and when I was on the Economic Development Committee, it was something I suggested.  I am thrilled to see that it has become a tradition again.
I haven't done any quilting today other that unstitch one of the sections of the paper piece quilt.  I didn't like how it looked so am redoing that bit.
We still don't have any snow and it looks as though we won't for a while.
Blessings,

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Sticktoitness

My sister recently took up crocheting and this phone case is her first project.  I think she has done a great job; even stiches, good tension.  Helen was in the very beginning stages during her visit a few weeks ago and would get a bit done, tear it out and start over.  She did this numerous times until she felt she was mastering the technique.
My family tends to be like this.  We do not give up or in easily.  This trait comes from our mother who stuck it out and rose above many circumstances that would have defeated those less determined.
I confess there are times when I wished that I were able to just give in but, like my mother and siblings, I can't do it.  I am sure my sister will be turning out more intricate articles very soon.
I finished decorating my trees today and started getting the nativities set up.  I have also finished the last section of the foundation pieced top and can start sewing them into blocks.  Well, I would be able to if I hadn't decided I need to redo one section.  Shouldn't take too long though.  I hope.
Blessings,

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

To the Pond and Back

I know I have said this numerous times before but I really dislike shopping-especially grocery shopping.  It doesn't seem fair that I have to spend so much time doing something I dislike and then having to pay for it.
Hubby and I went to Huntsville just after nine this morning and got home when it was nearly two.  We did get quite a lot done and I remembered everything on my list so it was a successful trip.
I have more or less puttered for the rest of the day: got supper, did a bit more decorating, watched the news.  I need to get back at some sewing now.
Although I was tired, I went I took Heidi out for her walk at the usual time.  I wasn't going to bother but, I swear that dog can tell time and I defy anyone to resist the soulful eyes of a pet they love.  We went through the bush and, what started out to be a short jaunt, turned into a lengthy walk along the ridge, down to the pond and back up the hill on one of the trails.  The fall leaves covered the ground and, although it wasn't slippery, it looked as though it was in spots.  There is, of course, a lot of undergrowth to either go around or over and Heidi's leash got tangled a number of times. 
I came home feeling invigorated and in a much better mood.  I love walking through the bush and it is a good workout because of the deep slope down to the pond.  If I went over the bridge to the other side, I would then get to climb up another very steep hill.  I usually stay on this side, however, as that is enough of a workout.
Blessings,

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Pass the Shoe Horn.

Happy Dec. 1st.  We start the month with a new refrigerator and freezer.  They arrived yesterday .  The day before a neighbour came over and helped us remove everything from the freezer, put it in totes and into the back of the van where they stayed until today.  We were only able to do this because the weather, fortunately, was cold enough.  We got everything put into the new freezer this morning and then, after lunch, tackled the fridge.  We still have another, larger one, in the kitchen, but needed this one because we buy in bulk. 
Where to put the second one was a problem but we finally fund a spot in another area of the kitchen.  We had to take a leaf out of the table, move a stand that was there into the master bedroom.  That fits behind the door and holds the large crockpot, electric skillet etc.
I don't know how people live in little houses or apartments.  This place isn't big-just over 1400 square feet, so we are always having to be creative about storage.  Sometimes, I feel like the old woman in the show. Of course, my hubby is always building so having out buildings help.  Our next project is to redo the mudroom so it is more stable and a bit bigger. When that is done, we can add shelving which will hold my canning supplies and other odds and ends.  I am sure he feels it is going to be a never ending process.  Fortunately, he enjoys doing it.
Our tree lighting and Christmas parade are this weekend so that should push me into finishing my tree and house decorating.  We still don't have any snow on the ground which would do the most to make it feel like Christmas.
Blessings,

Friday, November 27, 2015

The Rut Gets Deeper

I have been working all day and not sure what, if anything, I have accomplished.  Still working on the foundation pieced patterns, making adjustments, redoing them and then going back to the original.  I think, I hope, I have finally finished that part.
Hubby, dear man that he is, is getting supper again.  I think I will take tomorrow off and work on a baby blanket that has already been sold.  There is also a craft sale in the village that I want to see and some shopping to do for pot luck at church on Sunday.
I worked right through and didn't realize how late it was getting.  I didn't take wee Heidi for her walk and, as I was out yesterday, she didn't get to go then either.  I will have to play chase the ball with her so she can get her exercise.  My body is out of luck.
The roads are going to be bad tonight when the temperatures drop again.  If you are travelling, please be careful,
Blessings,

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Another Injury

Just a quick post tonight as I am having a couple of women over for a quilting lesson.
Hubby went to the doctor's today for his pre op checkup and to find out what he did to his side when he hurt it.  He was carrying a chair and banged it into a tree,
Apparently, he has a cracked rib.  Just one more injury to add to the list.
All our snow has gone again and we have 6 degrees plus and rain.  I hate it when the season doesn't settle in.  It will eventually, of course, but right now it is like waiting for the other shoe to drop.
I only have a bit more work to do on the quilt that is on the frame and am making good progress on the foundation pieced top.  I have made a mistake on one section which has to be taken out but, fortunately, I hadn't got many of them done.
Happy Thanksgiving to all of you who live to the south of the border.
Blessings,

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Free Tree Ornament Pattern




 

 

 

Fabric Ornament

You can make numerous ornaments all the same colour with strip piecing method or individually as scrappies.  Instructions will be given for both.
Fabric amounts aren't given as they can be made from small amounts of left over fabric.

 

Strip Piecing:

Cut 2-1” X 15” strips of dark or medium colour fabric (A)

Cut 1-2” X 15” strip of light fabric. (B)

Sew a   1” X 15”  strip on either side of the 2” strip.  Press toward centre

Cut into 6-3” X 2” pieces.

 

Cut 2-1” X 15” strips of  bright fabric (C)

Cut 1-2” X 15” strips of (A) fabric

Sew A on either side of C

Cut into 12 3” X 1” pieces and sew onto the top and bottom of the 6 pieces.  Press toward the centre.

 

 

Scrappy Method

 

For each ornament:

Cut 1- 2” square of . (A) light fabric

Cut 4-1” X 2” strips of (B) medium or dark fabric

Sew 2 B strips on opposite sides of A

Cut 1-1” X4” strip bright  © fabric

Sub cut into 4-1” sections and sew onto either end of the 2 remaining B strips.

 

This next step is the same for both methods

 

Cut a 3” square of fabric for backing

Cut a 5” length of ribbon for a hanger.

Fold ribbon in half and place in the center (on the right side) of one of the pieced squares with edges even with raw edge of square.  Pin or baste in place.

Place backing square on pieced square, right sides together, sew around leaving and opening at the bottom for turning.  Trim corners, turn right side out  Lightly stuff with batting and sew opening.

Place a decorative/seasonal button in the centre of the ornament and attach by stitching through all the layers.  Hide end of the thread by pushing needle through top layer and trim.

 

Friday, November 20, 2015

The Invisable Dog.

Our significant weather advisory has changed to a snowfall warning.  We woke to snow on the ground this morning but it had melted by afternoon.  However, it has started again so we should get a bit of accumulation.  This lot isn't likely to stay either as we are predicted to go up to plus 8 by the end of the coming week.
I really wish it would stay.  I feel so more at peace when the ground is snow covered.  I am not sure why this is but winter has always been my favourite season.  I know I am in the minority but I find it both relaxing and invigorating.
I am going to have to buy another of the little lights that clip on to a dogs collar as Heidi is so difficult to see in the snow when she goes out at night.  She is on her rope but I still like to know where she is just in case there is a critter around. Right now, she is doing a good imitation of the invisible dog.
I got quite a lot accomplished today on the foundation pieced top.  I have run out of paper but have enough to finish another section.  I have an order in at my wholesalers for more paper so am in great hopes of finishing all the sections by the end of next week.
Our middle son is coming for a few weeks early in December so we are starting to get things ready.  His plane arrives in the middle of the night so we booked a motel room for him and then we can pick him up the next day.  It will be the first time he has been here and he arrives just after one of hubby's operations so it will be nice to have help doing the heavy lifting.
Enjoy your weekend.
blessings,

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Significant Weather Predicted

We are supposed to get our first 'significant' snowfall tonight and tomorrow.  We are ready.  Hubby just got his snow tires on today, mine are already on, we have wood cut and stacked and a freezer full of food.
The wind has been howling on and off since yesterday and I have been expecting the hydro to go but, other than a flicker, everything is fine.  We don't get as many outages as we did when we first moved here.  In 2008, the power was always going out.  Since then, poles have been replaced and trees trimmed back from the lines.  I would think that is cheaper to do this that pay crews hours of overtime.
I started quilting the crib quilt that is on my frame today but most of my time was spent baking.  I have enough bread for almost two weeks, breakfast cereal that should last almost as long and a huge pot of chili. I need to replace a zipper in my dressier winter coat so will take that out tonight while watching television.
Time for us all to adjust our driving to winter conditions.  Greater following distances from the vehicle ahead is one of the best ways of avoiding a collision  Stay safe.  You are the world to someone.
blessings,

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Buds on the Lilac


 
 
 
These photos were taken at the beginning of November last year.  Today, as we are in the middle of the third week of November, I finished winterizing my roses.  As I was raking up some more leaves to put around the various bushes, I noticed that my lilac was starting to bud.  I know that everyone has been enjoying the weather but I am concerned about what it is doing to the plants.  They need a certain amount of dormancy to produce the following years.  Also, if they are budding now they will certainly be harmed when winter does arrive. We are supposed to get snow on Friday so that should stop any further advancement of bud growth.
 
I got another crib quilt onto the frame today.  I haven't decided how I want to quilt it yet but at least it is loaded and ready.
Hubby went in to see the surgeon who is going to do his hip replacement today and he is ready to go as soon as he has had his hernia operation.  This is good news.  We are anxious for it to be done as soon as possible so he can start healing and get back to life without so much pain.
We thought he might have to wait a while before he was able to get scheduled so are thankful it isn't the case.  A big thank you to those who have been praying for him.
blessings,

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Shopping. UGH!

Is there anything more tiring and unrewarding than grocery shopping?  You have to go through the pantry to determine what is needed, make your list, drive to the next community, shop, get everything on the checkout counter making sure to put all the perishables together so they can be packed first and watch to make sure the clerk puts them in the provided freezer bags.  You have to keep an eye on the  till display in case an item you thought was on sale isn't, while loading your cart with the filled bags.  Hand over the club card, pay for your purchases, load everything in the car, return the cart to its proper location and drive home. 
You want nothing more than to have a cup of tea and something to eat as you didn't stop for lunch but those groceries have to be put away.  Everything is finally finished and you hear the dreaded words "what's for supper'.  Ugh!   I have cook this stuff, too?  Fortunately, my dear one is happy with the half prized salad kit and some home made burgers.
I know I am fortunate to be able to afford groceries and have a vehicle to get to the store and back but shopping is one of my least favourite chores.  I invariably have a problem.  Once it was a clerk who put all the perishables in regular bags and the dish liquid etc in the freezer bags.  I had been talking to a friend and not paying attention.  When I unpacked at home, it was to discover that my ice cream had returned to it original form.  I phoned the office but their suggestion of returning the item didn't help when it involved an hour round trip.
I had another clerk today who wasn't happy with her job and she tried to put toilet cleaner in with fresh produce and then, despite the fact I had enough bags to do everyone in the store, she just put a number of items on the counter for me to load into the cart.  I placed them all in a couple of bags and silently hoped that the rest of her day went better.
I am now enjoying my tea and watching the birds flitter around the feeders.  I am sure they are a bit confused as to what season it is.  We have plus 10C today.  Last year at this time we were knee deep in snow.
Shopping is finished for at least a couple of weeks and I know what I am serving for supper so my world is, once again, rotating smoothly on its axis.
Blessings,



Friday, November 13, 2015

Family


We are getting a bit of snow falling this evening.  It is a nice change from the rain that seems to have been non stop for the past week.  Now that the Christmas craft sales are well underway, a little snow will help people get ready for shopping.  I have all my items ready for the sale I will be at tomorrow and only have to make my lunch.  I will do hat tonight as I will be leaving shortly after 8 a.m.
I had a lovely visit with my sister.  We watched a music DVD with hubby while I appliqued and she crocheted.  A very homey and peaceful evening.  She is now back at her son's but I am so glad we had a bit of time together.
I missed my brother's and sister's growing up years as they and my mother moved to England when I was 16.  I had already left home and was working so, although I had the chance, I didn't go with them.  Of course, I thought I was all grown up and could manage on my own.  I did manage but it wasn't until I went for a visit more than 10 years later that I realized what it was like to have a family.  It is still a wonder to me when I notice family traits like my sister and I were winter boots without socks.
Dreadful news coming from Paris this evening.  I have a nephew and his family in France so I will be worrying about him until I hear he is alright.  He does photography in Paris as well as other areas.
What a world.
Blessings,

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Colouring for a Stress free Life

I bought a colouring book for adults a while ago and yesterday I located some crayons I got for quilt marking.  I started colouring one picture but found that I really need to use pencil crayons as the lines are too close together.
Apparently, this is a new craze-adults colouring.  A lady in my on line group mentioned that the staff where she works keep some on hand to give to those who are feeling fretful as it helps them become calmer.
I haven't noticed that I feeling any differently while doing this but perhaps because I have only done a little bit.  I am going to keep the book handy for the next time the hydro goes out as it will be something I can do without a lot of light.
Tomorrow, my sister is coming for a visit so I probably won't be posting.
Blessings

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

The Big Wind.

If you live in Ontario you probably heard about,  or were affected by, the severe winds that blew through our area early Friday morning.  Our hydro flickered and went out just before 10 a.m. and didn't come back on until mid afternoon on Sunday.  Some people waited for a day longer than that. 
We have one phone that works during such times although it was sporadic and that made the situation  a bit easier.  A friend who lives in the village called to say there were a half dozen hydro poles down just north of the community.  There was also a lot of trees and power lines down in other areas so about 80,000 people were affected.
I decided to go into the village and do a bit of shopping and send off a parcel as most businesses have a generator.  Couldn't buy dairy products at the store because they didn't want the cooler's opened and couldn't send my parcel and the computerized stuff wasn't working so I came home.
I had had a bit of a delay before I could leave the house as we had a tree across the driveway.  Dear hubby went out, as you can see in the photo, and removed it for me.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
It was quite exciting when the power came back again and we went around flushing toilets, adjusting clocks and trying to remember we could turn on a light when we went into a dark room.
Today, I have been finishing up the last of the items for a craft sale on Sat.  The final baby quilt is on the frame and only needs a couple more rows to be completed.  I want to add a bit of red ribbon and a few more additions from nature to the table decorations and they will also be finished.

 
Tomorrow we go into the village for the Remembrance Day service.  It is a priority for us.
Blessings,

Thursday, November 5, 2015

The Batting Cupboard??

I got a lot accomplished today again although the day didn't look promising at first.  Last month, I had prepared a craft project ready for assembly and that was one of the things on today's agenda.  However, I couldn't remember where I put it.  I remembered putting it in a shopping bag and that was as far as my recall went.  Searching all the logical spots, followed by the illogical ones failed.  Hubby did a bit of poking around as well without any better result.
I decided to go on with the other things I needed to do and as I got ready for one of them, I had a thought.  And I was right.  I had, for some reason, put the bag in the batting cupboard.
I've spent the rest of the doing crafts and getting a quilt top almost completed.  All these items are for the Christmas craft sale on the 14th.  There is still more to be done but I wanted to get a good start as my sister is visiting from England.  We will, of course, be getting together and I didn't want to be worrying about a craft sale instead of enjoying our time together.
We have had another gloriously warm day which makes it difficult to stay inside.  Heidi and I went for our usual walk and then stayed out a bit longer visiting the chickens and taking to hubby who was puttering around.
Blessings,

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Walking the Line

Hubby was saying today, as we returned from his appointment with a specialist and doing some shopping, that our social life seems to be more focused on the medical than anything else.  As he was saying this, he was noting down his meeting with the surgeon that will be doing his hip replacement.
As much as I hate to admit it, there is a lot of truth in what he says.  When I look at the calendar now, I see that more of the days involve doctor visits that anything else; and they aren't all my husband's.  I realized today that being out nearly seven hours is exhausting.  Especially when you still have to take care of getting a meal and cleaning up as well. 
I am still quite active and healthy but there are days when I am aware that I am almost at another of those birthdays that end in a zero.
We are experiencing some remarkably warm weather.  There were a lot of motorcycles on the road today getting in one more ride.  One year, while we were living in Edmonton, hubby and I had our bikes out for a ride on New Year's day.  The temperature dropped and snow arrived the next day but we had earned bragging rights.
I bought a new bird feeder today that is much bigger than the one we had.  I filled it up this evening so am looking forward to seeing the birds enjoy it tomorrow. I was talking to a lady at the store who was mentioning her problems with squirrels getting into her feeder.  I told her that I turned a wire coat hanger into a hanger that has a hook on either end.  One goes over the clothes line and the feeder hangs from the other.  The squirrels have never bothered the feeder.  I think the clothes line might be the deterrent. 
Blessings,

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Foam Board Ruler

I am going to be going out in a few moments but thought I would take time to post a few words before dashing out the door.  I had a rather long list of things to get done today and got them all accomplished plus visiting with our neighbour and taking the dog for a walk.  It has been unseasonably mild and the neighbour was working in her garden wearing a tank top.  Usually, this time of year we are into winter wear and often have snow on the ground. It is supposed to get colder by the weekend but no snow predicted yet.  I have made an appointment to get my snow tires on next week though as it will arrive before long.
I saw an interesting idea on line today.  I have been wanting to do some quilting using a ruler but haven't got the right tools.  While checking out a sight on a different subject, I saw a post from a lady who had made rulers using foam board.  Great idea.  Minimal cost and easy to do.  I have quite a bit of it left over from another project so am going to start with a simple, gentle curve.  I won't have time to do it just yet but will let you know how it works.
This is another reason I enjoy quilting: there is also ways something new to learn.
Time to dash.
Blessings,

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Saturday Posting.

Have you noticed that I seemed to have changed from posting my blog on Friday to doing it on Saturday?  It didn't start out to be intentional; more just how my scheduled worked out a couple of times.  This weekend, it was a conscious decision.  It seems that by Friday I have nothing to say.  Or, nothing that I can make sound remotely interesting.  By Sat., my brain is working again or for what passes for working anyway.
I am just getting the last of my house work done and then can get back at quilting.  Chicken is in the oven for supper, pumpkin pie pudding is made and laundry done.  What is pumpkin pie pudding you ask?  It is, basically, pumpkin pie without the shell.  Still taste great and no nasty wheat ingestion.  I have created a crust made with garbanzo flour that is good, but, truth to tell, I don't much like making pie crusts anyway.
We have had a really bevy of birds around the feeder today.  These are the year round ones so I hope now that they see that the free lunch is available again they will hang around.  Of course, the feeder also attracts the squirrels which sends the dog into fits and her barks are punctuated by me yelling " Quiet, Heidi".  It doesn't do any good but I like to add something to the noise.
Don't forget to put your clocks back tonight.  I have already done the one in the bedroom. 
If your little ones are going out for Halloween, make sure they are easy to see.  They are too precious to risk for the sake of another piece of candy.
Blessings,

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Make Quilts Not War.

I had a perfectly lovely day quilting with two friends.  Even the snow showers and sloppy conditions driving home weren't enough to take away from the peacefulness of the day.  We each managed to get the two blocks of the first BOM finished, have lunch and visit before it was time to leave.  This is going to be a monthly event; more often if we can and I already am looking forward to the next time.
Getting together with two people who share the same interest, who all respect  (and appreciate) each other's individuality is a rare treat.
 In our world, there is often so much pressure put on an individual to conform or be left out.  Those who think or act differently from the group can frequently feel that have to change who they are to have friends, be employed or succeed in life.
I think quilter's in general are a fairly accepting group of people,  perhaps,  because our craft has so many aspects to it.  One person may like hand quilting, another machine, someone else prefers applique and yet another only does modern quilts.  There are endless variations of the same art and none are thought to be either right or wrong.  Once in a while you may meet a person who insists that unless a quilt is entirely done by hand then it isn't a quilt but they are a rarity.
Perhaps the rulers of countries that want to wage war on another should be made to sit down and learn to quilt first. The new world slogan would be "Make Quilts Not War". 
Blessings,

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

The Sword of Doom

We escaped the worst of the predicted wind and rain storm in our area.  We did get some rain and the wind was quite strong at times but not enough that any trees came down.  I was prepared for power outage which didn't happen either so our day proceeded as normal.
I processed a bushel of apples turning most of them into sauce but also filled a dozen freezer bags with slices for pie and other desserts.
I then spent the rest of the day quilting.  I did a bit of work on the foundation pieced quilt which is slow and tedious but gave me a break from quilting the baby blanket.  I got blanket done and ready for binding.
Tomorrow I will be away for the day as a couple of other quilting friends and I are meeting to-what else-quilt.  We all bought the same kit and thought it would be fun to work on the blocks together.  I have got everything ready to go and am looking forward to the day.  Thursday is hubby's turn to cook so I won't have to rush back and decide what we are going to eat.
I need to really get at the foundation pieced quilt and get it done.  It is another of those projects that hang over your head like a sword of doom.  I think I will see if some of my friends would like to do a couple of blocks.  The quilt will be an illustration for a pattern design I have sold and the quicker it is finished, the better.
Blessings,

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Leaves Dipped in Sugar

I've had a productive day.  I completed two tops: a baby blanket in flannel and a Christmas table runner and am planning on getting the first one loaded into the frame for quilting tonight.  This baby one is for a boy so I want to get another done for a little girl.  These will, along with the table runner, be put into a craft sale in Nov.  If they don't sell, they will go to the on line site or the local store that carries my products.
I sold a wall hanging on the weekend at a large art sale.  It is the first time I have put anything in that and was surprised to hear that it was bought the first day.  Will definitely do that one again next year.
Before I got to the quilting today, hubby, little dog and I went for a drive in the country.  He wanted to take some wood to his family's hunt camp and I went along because I am a good wife.  I hadn't been back there in quite a long time and the roads were just as bad as before.  The scenery and lovely day made up for that though.
I took a couple of photos on the way back.  The other pictures are of an little oak tree in our back yard.  I took it yesterday morning just as the sun was coming up.  I really liked how it made the frosted leaves look like they had been dipped in sugar.
Blessings,










Saturday, October 24, 2015

Squirrels!

It was a wonderful day yesterday other than the Blue Jays disappointing loss.  The weather was sunny and warm so it was a good day to get the yard work done.  I gathered up all the garden gnomes and got them safely tucked into a large tote, packed leaves around the shrubs that needed some protection and stacked up the lawn furniture.  The rose bushes have stakes around them ready for the top soil and burlap that will keep them safe for the winter.
Hubby did a bit of touch up on my car where rust had come through.  We never had a problem with rusting in Alberta as they don't use salt on the roads.  We will have to do a better job of matching the paint come spring but this will keep until then.
After the work was finished, I made mugs of hot chocolate and we sat on the step while drinking it.  Heidi got a marrow bone treat as she had been helping.  Her job is to make sure we are not attacked by squirrels-especially the black ones, when we are either outdoors or in.
We have the snow tires on the van, the car will be going in next week to get done so we are ready for winter.
Blessings
 

 
This mornings sunrise.

 
 
Heidi on alert.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Playing in the Leaves.

I got the scarves delivered and the cheque goes into the bank tomorrow to pay for the two sweaters I ordered.  I decided to buy something for myself as a reward for getting the job done.  Usually everything goes back into my quilting but as this wasn't strictly a quilting job, I thought I deserved a little treat.
It has been another lovely fall day here in the back woods and I took Heidi for a nice long walk through the bush.  I like wandering amongst the trees, up and down the hill that slopes toward the pond.  It is especially nice when there is a carpet of leaves to kick toward the dog and watch her try to catch them before they hit the ground.  I will be raking up the leaves around the house shortly and packing them around by rose bushes and other plants that need extra protection through the winter.
Whenever I do this, I remember that when we lived in Edmonton I used to walk along the back alley picking up bagged leaves that the neighbours put out.  The only trees we had that dropped their leaves was an apple and a plum.  All the rest were evergreens.  Certainly not the case now.  We have 10 acres of falling compost.
I made hubby an apple pie for dessert tonight as he has been so good about taking over extra house duties while I sewed.
Life is good.
Blessings,

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Job Finished.


I finished the neck scarves today.  They will be going to the customer tomorrow and I have let her know that I won't be doing them anymore.  What a relief to have them finished.
Now I can get back to my regular sewing.  I bought some more flannel fabric today to go with the baby panels and once I finish my magazine article, a quilt that is on the design wall and the one I have sold to a magazine, I can do them.
Quilters seem to have no end to  projects but I don't think any of us find it stressful.  Other long 'to do' lists can create anxiety but not quilting.  I think it is just accepted as normal to have half a dozen projects on the go at the same time.  At least, it is for me.
It was nice being able to spend some time with my friend today.  We did some shopping, had lunch and talked non stop.  We have been friends for about 40 years so lots of shared times.
Tomorrow, I am giving a driving lesson to a couple of young lads that are going for their licence.  I was a driver educator before retiring so I enjoy passing on my skills.
Blessings,

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Blue Jays: the team and the birds.

We are suffering through the fourth Jay and Royals game.  We have to go out shortly but are desperately hoping that the Jays will get a few more runs to at least close the gap. 
I have been working away all day at these Scout scarves and should have them finished tomorrow.  the money I make doing this is just simply not worth being tied up for three days.
Tomorrow  I am going to Huntsville to meet a friend, do a little shopping and visit.  Our weather has warmed up a bit and I would have loved to have been outside doing some work.  I did take Heidi for her (and my) walk which was really nice.  Our yard has been filled with blue jays (the birds) and a number of smaller birds and it is a real pleasure watching them flitter around finding seeds.  The squirrels have been fighting for their share of the bounty which is a real source of irritation to the dog.
Well, off I go. 
Blessings,

Saturday, October 17, 2015

First Snowfall.

We had our first snowfall this morning and it is still coming down lightly.  It won't stay, of course, but it is a reminder of the coming season-if anyone actually needs reminding.  We will need to get in our lawn furniture, stow the garden gnomes and other ornaments.  The hummingbird feeder has to be cleaned and the other feeder put out.  I have already got one in place and filled it for the jays who have placed first claim on the seeds.  We had two males sparring on the front lawn this morning.
We have to go into the village today and I think I will go into the feed store and get some sunflower seeds.
I love watching all the birds but the jays have always been my favourite.  I know they are bossy and noisy but they are also intelligent and so colourful.   I would love to see cardinals as well but we don't get those.
I am still feeling the effects of my allergies and the dizziness but getting better.  Now that the cooler weather has arrived, everything should be clearing up.
Have a great weekend.
Blessings,

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Another Top Finished.

A rainy, windy day here in the back woods.  A lot of the leaves are on the ground as you will have seen from yesterday's photo.  It was a good day to go shopping which is what we did.  I bought some flannel fabric for some crib quilts, groceries and a few items to make crafts for a Christmas sale.
I am gradually feeling a bit better each day although not enough to chance driving any distance so hubby took me to Huntsville.  I had to drive back though as his hip was very painful.  I hope he gets the replacement soon.
I finished the quilt top today but it will have to wait for a bit to get quilted.  We are having company for the weekend and I have to do a quick tidy up so I can pretend that our house always looks that way
Blessings,

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

My Favourite Model

Busy day today.  Two meetings plus a Blue Jays game to follow.  I did et out for a walk and have almost finished putting together another quilt top.

I took a couple of photos while on our walk.  The first is, of course, my favourite model and the second shows some of the wood my husband has prepared for this winter.

 
Tomorrow I am off to buy groceries and a few other things and then, hopefully, finish the quilt top.  I should have a photo of it to share before the day is done.
Blessings,

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

I'm a Winner

I've had a busy day here in the backwoods.  I made a large batch of pickled beets, cooked pumpkin and made a curried soup and finished all the blocks for a quilt top.  I had a bit of a problem with the last block as I was short of a piece of fabric 1 inch by 7.  Isn't that the most frustrating situation?  I found some fabric that was pretty close and used it as a substitute.  It won't be noticeable because it is so narrow. 
I am now doing the horizontal sashing strips so should be able to get it all done this week and ready for quilting.
I haven't been feeling well for a few days.  My allergies were making me dizzy and nauseous so I had to spend a lot of time laying down.  I cut back on my medication today and that has helped.  Rather opposite of what you would think would happen but I am sensitive to most medications.  If I take a whole Dristan tablet, I go to sleep.
It has been raining pretty steady since the morning and a lot of our leaves have come down.  Yesterday was so lovely that even though I wasn't feeling well, I had a hard time staying in doors.  Hubby and I went for a short and slow walk through the bush in the afternoon.  It has been a disappointing autumn, colour wise.  I haven't taking any photos.
It is getting darker much earlier now and it will soon be time to put the clocks back to standard time  Then we can snuggle in out personal dens and stay comfortable and warm.
I got a nice surprise on the weekend when I discovered that I had won an award for having the most points in the needlework category at our fair.  First time that has happened.
Blessings.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Sale! Sale! Sale!

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Giant Beets

I expect the streets were quieter than usual in Canada today as we all watched the first Blue Jays play
off game.  Unfortunately, they lost but there is great hopes for tomorrows game.
While I listened to the play by play on my computer, I finished the top I was working on.  It has turned out well and will make a cheerful addition to someone's home.

I pulled and cooked the last of my beets today and thought you might be interested in seeing how big some of them were.  That is a teaspoon laying beside this one.  Don't need many of that size to make a batch of pickled beets.  That is on tomorrows schedule.
Blessings,

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Sewing Marathon

With the exception of preparing and eating meals and taking the dog for a walk, I have been sewing since ten o'clock this morning.  I should be finished this top tomorrow.  I am not going to quilt it right away as I have two more tops to finish. 
It is both tiring and fun having a non-stop sewing session.  I did make sure I spent as much time standing as sitting which is both healthier and less tiring  It was a lovely day so I am gad I did get outside.  I really should have pulled the beets but they will be alright for a bit longer.
Here is one of the blocks I was making:
The pattern is designed by Isobel Meekins and it is both detailed and easy to follow.
I think I will turn everything off now, make myself a cup of herbal tea and watch a bit of television with hubby.  Of course, I will continue quilting but this will be on my hand applique.
Blessings,

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

VR

I have been on a virtual retreat since Sunday afternoon.  I haven't been able to spend as much time with the other VR participants as I would like as I have been quite busy.  I think I am caught up on all the house stuff-tomatoes finished, chickens delivered, stew put in containers and into the freezer.  We took our meat birds to the butchers yesterday and then picked them up after supper.  today, those that placed orders, got their deliveries.  It is hard getting everyone, including our, schedules  co ordinated.  One lady also wanted a dozen eggs and I forgot them and had to go back into the village later to deliver them.
I have got some of the blocks pieced on the VR quilt and hope to get that finished tomorrow.  I will post that so you can see it.
Virtual Retreats are fun as you can stay home but still join in chats, draws and working on quilting.
Just dashing out the door again so will have to go.
Blessings,

Friday, October 2, 2015

More Years, Less Energy

We brought our new-to us van home yesterday, had a lovely visit with dear friends and did a little shopping.  We were both exhausted when we got home.  It is hard to believe that I used to drive for a living and was often in the vehicle for up to 12 hours a day.  Of course that was a few years ago.  I guess that even if age is just a number it does mean something when it comes to energy.
I made a huge pot of stew this morning and it is simmering away on the woodstove.  There is something about having a wood fire that makes me want to cook. 
I also spent quite a bit of time trimming and squaring the blocks I just made.  It is a tedious job but, if not done, will show in the quality of the finished quilt.  I have changed my mind twice about how I was going to put the blocks together but think I have finally made a decision.
It has been quite windy today and the breeze was cool so t was necessary to wear a jacket outdoors.  Our walk was a bit shorter today as the coat I was wearing wasn't quite warm enough.
Tomorrow we are going to a craft show where all the products are made from nature.  It should be interesting and I may get a few ideas for Christmas.  It will be my first ride in the van, albeit as a passenger.
Blessings,

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Blocks Finished

 
 
I got all my blocks made today for my crib quilt and now have to trim and sew together.  It was a tedious day but sometimes you just have to ignore that and keep going.  I am going to be away all day tomorrow and will probably be quit tired when I get home so it is unlikely if I will be posting.
Until Friday then, here is a photo of last nights sunset, the Christmas table runner I made and the set of 4 place mats I just finished.  They would be great for Thanksgiving. These will go to the store for a lucky customer.
Blessings,
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Late Leaves

I don't especially like tops that are just one block that is repeated over and over although I seem to do a lot of them.  My current crib quilt is just a square in a square with a row of four patch blocks as border.  It doesn't take any thought to make the blocks- just repeat, repeat , repeat. 
I needed a mental break after my last project and I guess this is providing it but I do get bored.  I should have something more involved to do at the same time but I want to get this finished.
We had a lovely sunset tonight.  I saw it in time to get a couple of photos.  Our trees are also finally starting to change colour.  I have been saying all along that they are late this year and tonight's news cast mentioned they are about 2 weeks behind normal.
I made a gigantic crock pot of chili today using some of our garden produce.  Should keep us going for a while.
Well, back to the blocks.  Hope you are having a good week,
blessings

Friday, September 25, 2015

Dusting and Cleaning

Thought I had posted yesterday but apparently not.  I have finished the pattern I was designing and also sent in my monthly article for the Quilt Pattern Magazine so I am now caught up on my schedule.
I had to take all my clothes from my closet today so the water heater could be checked.  We live in a manufactured home and the heater is behind a wall in the closet.  This seems to be the usual place.  I lived in a smaller version of this place forty something years ago and the water heater was in the closet there as well.
Everything was taken out and put on the bed then all put back again.  I took the opportunity to go through what I had and discarded a lot of items.  They will be donated to a charity shop.
I also loaded a quilt onto my frame and it is nearly half done.  The quilt is actually four placemats that, once quilted, will be cut apart and bound.  Doing them all at once is a really quick method.
Before doing that, I gave my machine and the frame a good cleaning.  I remembered to open the front section that is just over the needle and found it was full of lint.  I am sure the Juki enjoyed getting rid of that.
It looks as though our trees are finally starting to change colour.  This time last year and most others they are past the peak and getting ready to drop.
Blessings,

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Sewing, Sewing and More Sewing

I have been tied to my sewing, working furiously since Monday evening.  I finally completed the project this morning after working until 10 p.m. last night.
I pattern to The Quilt Pattern Magazine and have had to work out the design, write it up and then write out the pattern itself.  It is a lot of work but once you see the result in fabric and paper, it is worth it.
I have also been continuing my preserving of the tomato crop.  We have two bushel baskets waiting in the garden for me to get to them.  they aren't quite ripe yet so I don't have to worry about them going bad.  I also slice up some of the green tomatoes and freeze them as we like them in stews and chili.
I haven't got around to cleaning my machine yet but that is next on my list.  Actually, my first project is writing up that list so I can stay on track.
We have been getting some lovely fall weather although the trees haven't got into the really beautiful colours yet.  Hope you are enjoying the season.
Blessings,

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Cleaning Your Machine.

Our tomato plants seem to be on steroids.  I did two six quart baskets today and that doesn't even begin to reduce the crop.  Most of them are Roma which is great for soups, stew and chili.  Parsnips are coming along as are the squash and pumpkin.  I don't think we are going to get many beets though.  The tomatoes self seeded amongst them and took over.
I finished quilting and adding the binding to my table runner and am doing the hand sewing part this evening.  Quilt room is tidied up and ready for the next project but first I need to give the machine and frame a good cleaning. I use a product called Tri-Flo for cleaning in and around the bobbin as well as other areas.  It is actually for bicycles and can be bought at stores that sell them.  It cleans without leaving any residue and only a drop is needed on a QTip.  I also use a bit to clean the rails on the frame.  You still need to use oil for your machine as this is only a cleaner.
Give it a try.
Blessings,

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Customer Quilt Finished

I finished this quilt this evening and called the customer for pick up.  It was one of the most difficult I have done because  my machine will only quilt a small area at a time and I didn't want to stitch over the applique.  Most of the time, especially toward the end, I was able to do about a 3-4 inch square section before rolling. 
Then I started having needle issues.  I broke three before discovering that the thread coming from the spool was catching on the base.  Once I moved it to the other spindle it worked fine.
The first photo shows a more accurate colouring.  The second is a close up of the centre block where I did free hand leaves.  I did trim the threads after taking the photo.
I think I am going to do something simple next.  I sold another crib quilt and have to get more of those done.  I am thinking of an I Spy quilt with  square in a square blocks set on point.
I also have a pattern up to write for TQPM. Looks like the fall will be as busy as the summer was.
Blessings,
 
 
 
 
 


Thursday, September 10, 2015

Bye, Bye Bug.

I finished making the blocks for the Christmas table runner today, got the layout decided and am starting to sew everything together.  I also got quite a bit done on the frame quilt.  I am hoping to have it finished for the weekend.
Our leaves are really slow changing colour this year.  They all have moved from deep green to softer shade and some are tinged with yellow but only a few have any red.  Does this mean we are going to have a late winter?  I did hear that it was supposed to be a warmer than normal fall but I don't have a great deal of confidence in long range forecasts.
Heidi and I are starting to go for longer walks now it is cooler.  She is doing a much better job of staying at heel.  Usually she is at the end of the leash and trying to sniff and pee on everything.  Perhaps she is starting to grow up-finally.
I saw an remarkable thing this morning.  A hummingbird was sitting on the clothes line when a small bug passed by.  The hummer darted out and got it almost before I realized what happened.  I've never seen them catch a bug before.  I also had one feasting on the rose bush the day before.  My roses are still blooming and the bright red adds a wonderful touch of colour to the garden.
Blessings,

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Opportunity for Artists.


If you are a quilt writer, teacher or designer  you may be interested in the following.  One of the most difficult things about being a writer etc. is finding a publisher willing to take a chance on your work.  TQPM is an excellent publication (I write for it) and are always looking for new or established artisans.


The Quilt Pattern Magazine (TQPM) is accepting unpublished projects for publication. Patterns, BOMs, Mysteries, Workshops, and Tutorials are all welcome.
They can be patchwork or applique. They can range from wall hanging size to queen-size quilts. Our main need is intermediate to advanced projects, but beginner projects are also welcome. Publication is planned for summer of 2016.
This is a great opportunity for new designers to get exposure.
If you are interested visit our submission page.



It was nice to be able to go for a long walk with Heidi dog today without having to protect against heat or bugs.  The autumn season is arriving slowly but the change in the weather is noticeable.  I also made a big crock pot of stew and processed some more tomatoes from the garden.  In between, I did some more work on the quilt that is on the frame plus the one that I am piecing. This latter one will is a Christmas themed table runner which will go to the store that sells my products.
Blessings,

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

A Busy Few Days

We have had a busy and tiring few days.  On Sat. we went to the fall fair in a neighbouring community.  We were quite disappointed as there was very little to see.  The farmer's market was bigger than the fair.  We bought a new outfit for Heidi dog and gave it to her today to celebrate her 7th birthday.
I think she makes an adorable lady bug.
Sunday, we went to our fair to watch the English and Western horse shows and thoroughly enjoy it and ourselves. It is going to be on our schedule for next year as well.  I took the opportunity to check out how my entries did and was pleased to see I got either a first or second on everything.
The following day we went to the fair again and looked at all the exhibits including the poultry, watched the children having fun on all the free games, water slides etc., listened to live music and shopped at the vendors area.
Today we drove an hour north to see a specialist about my hubby's hip and then picked up a quilt pattern on the way home.  You didn't think I was going to go a whole weekend without buying something quilt related did you?
Tomorrow, I hope to relax and get caught up on the quilt that is on the frame plus a Christmas table runner I am making.
Blessings,

Friday, September 4, 2015

Make Do Farm

Did anyone see two tiny deer?  I was working on one of my fair entries which included 4 little half inch deer when I mislaid two of them.  I still haven't found them so probably won't be able to enter this craft.  I am not sure if they are hiding under a gnome toadstool or got chased away by teeny, tiny wolves.

A neighbour has been clearing some of his land to build a large barn and we have been the recipient of the wood.  Hubby went over today to get another load.  He had to use the tractor to pull the trailer as the truck no longer has brakes.  A small problem arose when the tractor stalled in the driveway.  It won't start unless it either is rolling down a hill or pulled.  We tried towing it with the quad but it wasn't strong enough and I was really nervous about driving it in case it tipped over if I gave it too much gas.  Hubby went back up the hill and drove the truck down.  I was waiting for it to crash into the tractor but he turned off the ignition and it rolled to a stop.  Thank goodness for standard transmissions.
Got the tractor hooked up and I started back up the driveway-backwards because there wasn't any room to turn around.  Tractor started, chain was removed and I continued to back around the curve and up the hill and parked the truck where it was out of the way. The tractor is parked on a downgrade.

Hubby and I think we should call our place the Make Do Farm!!
Blessings,

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Scrambled

You just know that if the phone rings early in the morning that chances are pretty good you would rather not want to know why.  The call this morning only resulted in a quick adjustment of our day's schedule but it took a bit of scrambling. 
I had an appointment with a surgeon in Huntsville about my thyroid for a week this Monday.  Her office called to say she had an emergency surgery and could I switch to this morning.  Hubby and I already each had an appointment in the village but we were able to get them done in good time and scramble off down the highway.  I was finished that appointment in time for us to be able to keep our plans to meet friends for lunch.  Did a bit of shopping after that and was back home for two and ready for a cup of tea.
I got a bit more quilting done on the customer's quilt but it is really too hot to do much.  I have been getting my entries ready for our fall fair and discovered the back of one quilt had some thread snarls.  I've removed them and also have to take off the label and that one is ready.
Hubby and I are going to try and have the weekend for ourselves.  We will see how that goes. Maybe I just won't answer the phone.
Blessings,

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Quilts and Mice




This is the customer quilt I am working on right now.  I flipped it around so you could see it right side up.  She has done a lovely job on the applique especially considering that the fabric is a slippery polyester.  It is going to take a bit of time doing the quilting as I only have a 9 inch harp (space between body and needle) so there is a lot of stopping and starting.  I am doing around the applique and then meandering over the while background.

I have been having trouble with my keyboard mouse sticking so, even though I was sure that wasn't the problem, I moved the computer and redid the wires so they were at the back of the stand.  The new location will ensure more are around the tower the lack of which can cause overheating.  As I suspected, the mouse still malfunctioned but I have moved the keyboard a bit to the left and it now seems to be working. 
I am not sure if the surface was causing the problem (I tried using a pad) but I don't care as long as it works.
I have just been puddling at one thing and another today.  Had a Skype conversation with my youngest sister which is always splendid.  Took Heidi for a walk through the bush and now will do a bit more quilting before it is time to get supper.
Tomorrow we are going to Huntsville to have lunch with dear friends.
Blessings,


Tuesday, September 1, 2015

September Sunshine

We took a quick trip to Orillia this morning to take hubbies mother back home.  She has been visiting for a few days.  We took advantage of the journey to do a little shopping and then had lunch at the park.
Couchiching Park is one of the loveliest urban parks I have seen.  It is on the shore  of Lake Couchiching (hence the name) and is renowned for its beautiful old growth maple trees and statue of Champlain which was sculpted by Fredric March.  There is a long boardwalk used by dog walkers and bicyclists.  We joined the former with Heidi and got a bit of exercise before the drive back.
Hubby has been having a lot of hip pain and long trips are a problem for him even with me driving.  He has an appointment with a specialist next week so, hopefully, he will decide on a course of action.

The brakes on our little and very old truck went on Sat.  We need to look at a replacement but it will have to wait for a little bit as we look for something both cheap and reliable.  It will be a bit of an inconvenience for such things as taking garbage to the dump and our meat birds to the butcher but we will make do.

It has warmed up at bit (well, a lot really) and the sun is shining.  It is nice to see the end of the grey weather although I did like the cooler temperatures.  We saw quite a bit of colour in the Orillia area.  Their trees seem to be changing faster than ours which is odd as we are further north.
Remember to watch out for school buses and children as the season is starting once again. Our grandchildren went back yesterday although the children in this area don't start until next Tues. after the long weekend.
Blessings,

Friday, August 28, 2015

Bacon, Bacon, Bacon.

It is to nice outside to be in today but, other than going for a walk and checking the garden, there isn't much to do.  I did take out a quilt magazine to read while I had a cup of tea and enjoyed the warmth and lack of bugs.  Other than that though, I have been indoors.   And accomplishing nothing.
I didn't sleep well last night and that, as long time readers know, means I spend the day dragging around feeling like I have a mild case of the flu. 
I intended getting a label onto my last quilt and I may still get that done.  It will be taken to the store where I sell my products.  I was going to Huntsville to buy a few groceries and other needed items but that is going to have to wait until tomorrow.
Yesterday was National Dog Day so Heidi got an extra bit of bacon.  I noticed that her nails needed a trim while we were sitting on the step this morning and told her to stay while I went in to get the clippers.  She zipped through the door and went to the furthest corner of the house.  How did she know what I was going to do?  She did still get the clipping and her bacon reward.  Our little dog LOVES bacon.  So do I but I don't get it as often as she does.
Blessings,

Thursday, August 27, 2015

False Alarm

Today was my turn to volunteer at the Burk's Falls Arts and Craft Centre.  It gets pretty slow this time of year as most tourists have gone home so I was glad to have another lady to share the day.  She is a fellow quilter and, like me, belongs to the local quilt group. 
I worked on the binding for a quilt and she cut some fabric for a project she was doing so we got some thing accomplished besides just keeping our chairs warm.   A few folk came by and we made a sale which helped pass the time.  Often, people drop in just to browse through the displays and that is fine.  If they like what they see they will come back as well as letting other people know about us.  It also gives us a chance to tell them about other artisan shops in the area which they might otherwise overlook.
I had a bit of a restless night as our smoke alarm malfunctioned and started beeping just after midnight.  They all have to be replaced along with the other ones whose names I can never remember.  They can be annoying things when they react to the tiniest bit of smoke coming from a toaster but that sensitivity lets us know they will also work when there is a real emergency.
May all your alarms be false ones,
blessings,