Friday, May 19, 2017

Poem.

“You are the trip I did not take, you are the pearls I could not buy,
you are my blue Italian lake, you are my piece of foreign sky.

You are my Honolulu moon, you are the book I did not write,
you are my heart's unuttered tune, you are a candle in my night.


You are the flower beneath the snow, in my dark sky a bit of blue,
answering disappointment's blow with "I am happy! I have you!”

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Hot Today, Chili Later.

We have had our first hot day of the season-too hot for me.  I did get some work done-baked muffins and made chili in the slow cooker and then quilted.  We had the chili for supper and I will take some for lunch tomorrow when I meet with some friends for a day of quilting.  We do this once a month.  We are all working on the same quilt pattern and, each time we get together, we all work on the same section.  Two of us are doing it as a scrappy and the other two bought the kit.


I don't often take spring photos other than of my flowering bulbs but I was noticing how the new leaves contrasted with the evergreens and grabbed the camera.  The little shrub in the second photo is a pin cherry and they are all over the place.  I generally get enough fruit from them in the fall to make some jam.
Blessings,

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

There is Always One

Modern batik quilts with Island Batik
May is Modern Batik challenge month at Island Batik's so, May is my favourite batik month.  I really enjoy making modern quilts because most of the usual design rules can be ignored.  I find that modern quilts can be very freeing and allow for more creativity.
 I made this quilt from the Dotilicious line and it is well named because the fabric design is dots.  Dots in various sizes and dots that swirl.  I didn't add a border and the binding fabric is the same as the background so there isn't any distraction from the focus fabrics.
 
 
You can't see it in the photo but the circle has a hand quilted number one on it.  This is part of the reason that I named the quilt "There is Always One".  The other reason is that the dark green fabric decided to take its own path and be a circle instead of a square.
I really had fun making this quilt and, of course, working with my Island Batik fabrics. 
I almost forgot to mention that I quilted the top using Aurifil thread in a mellow gold.
Blessings,

Friday, May 12, 2017

Meeting the Neighbours

Happy Friday.  I got my Island Batik top finished today and now have to find suitable fabric to make the binding. 
It was such a lovely day, despite the blackflies that are starting to make their presence known, that I took Heidi for an extra long walk.  We have had quite a few new neighbours move in this year and I haven't met them all yet so the warmer weather is a good time to see if any are outside.  One of the couples waved as we went past so I backed up and introduced myself.  We chatted for a bit then we continued on.  Heidi and I completed our walk making sure that if any other dogs took the same route they would know she had been there. 
After supper as we were doing our devotions, our four legged alarm system went into a frenzy.  Hubby thought something might be at the chickens and went outside to check.  He discovered a loose dog that we didn't recognize.  It was quite friendly and, as it had neither collar nor leash I got some for it and we started walking along the road to see if anyone was looking for a dog.  Another of the new neighbours on the other side of us came along and claimed him.  So, we met two neighbours and one dog today. 
I also got some lettuce planted and tomorrow will be seeing if the garden centre has rhubarb plants in yet.  We are moving ours to a new area to see if it will grow better.
Happy Mother's day to those with children of their own as well as those who help mother other peoples little ones.
Judy, would you send me your email addy please.  I can be reached at:  arkangelcreations@gmail.com
Blessings,

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Free Pattern.

Today was another of my attempts to get the studio back in order.  I had mislaid something which wasn't surprising give that the remnants of the last few projects were piled onto the  cutting and ironing table and just pushed to one side.  My preferred method of cleaning is to dump everything onto the floor and then start putting things in organized piles back onto the cutting table.  Leftover and current fabrics from an ongoing project are put with the project etc.
I have got some things done but there is still quite a heap on the floor.  I also got another quilt loaded onto the frame and ready to finish. I will get the tension done tomorrow.  The quilting itself shouldn't take long.
If you didn't win one of the main prizes in my recent contest, I have news for you.  If you go to my Craftsy page, (craftsy.com/annajb) you can chose any pattern that you like and I will send it to you at no cost.  This is a thank  you for reading my blog and entering the contest.  I can't afford to give everyone the main prize as much as I would like to so I hope this little something will let you know that you are appreciated.  Put the name of your pattern in the comment and then I will contact you for your email. Remember this is only for those who entered my last contest.
Blessings,

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Hummers are Back

Both winners have been in touch and I will be sending their beautiful Island Batik prizes out in the mail to them on Friday.  It is such fun to be able to share these lovely fabrics.
We have had a return to seasonable temperatures today as well as the sunshine.  I had a meeting in the morning but,  when I returned home, I sat outside to eat my lunch and then hubby, Heidi and I went for a walk.  A lot of little flowers are popping up amongst the trees and adding some delicate colour to the forest floor.
Later in the afternoon, hubby announced that our first hummingbird arrived so I hustled around and filled one of the feeders for it.  It was probably a male looking for nesting sites.  We do have at least one family here every year and I am assuming it is the same one(s) each time.
Congratulations again to Jenny and QuiltE.  I will be taking a photo of their prizes after they have received them.  Don't want to spoil their surprise.
Blessings,

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

And the Winners Are.....

Drum roll please!  The winners of my  draw contest is QuiltE  who won the blog prize and Jenny won the Facebook prize.  Congratulations.  Please contact me with your name and mailing address by the end of the week so I can end you your lovely Island Batik fabrics.  I would have liked to share these with every one but then I wouldn't have anything left for myself.  I will be having another contest though.
Our IB project this month is to make a modern quilt.  This is one of my favourite designs because it is so freeing.  I completed the top today and now have to decide on the quilting pattern.
Another day of sunshine.  Below seasonable temperatures but no rain or snow.  Our trilliums are almost ready to bloom and I notice a couple of fiddleheads have made an appearance.  It seems that a pair of eagles have decided that our home would be a good place for them to start a home of their own.  There have been a couple flying around for a bit.  They will probably build further to the back of the property or perhaps on our neighbours 100 acres which is behind ours.  Nice to have them around but will keep an extra eye on our chickens just in case.
Blessings

Friday, May 5, 2017

Contest-Day 4 and Markers.

It is still raining although it is more a steady drizzle here.  Had to go into the village for some blood work and then, once I was back home, I have spent the day quilting. 
I am working on a quilt top that consists of 3 inch strips made up of 3 inch squares.  Each strip is slightly different that the previous so it is necessary to keep track of which one goes where.  I am not a big fan of little strips of numbered paper to keep things organized.  I tend to lose the paper  or the pins get in the way when I quilt.  I have a method which works well and doesn't have any down side.  I use washable Crayola markers.  A lady in our quilt group tried each colour on a number of fabrics and all washed out without any problem so I bought a box.  I have successfully used them to mark fabric when doing the back basting method of applique and to number fabric pieces.  I really like them and they are much cheaper than markers made specifically for quilting. And they really do easily wash out.
Have you entered my contest yet?  For full details check Day 3 blog. Contest ends on May 9th.
Blessings,

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Contest-Day 3

I was in a baking mood today. I made  dozen white chocolate muffins and a small loaf of the same and a dozen pumpkin muffins and a large loaf.  All were made from the same recipe with the main ingredient changed.  The other main ingredient is canned chickpeas, rinsed, drained and pureed.  I should have enough company treats in the freezer to last for a while now.
The Burk's Falls Art Centre opens this month for another season so I finished the day getting some items ready to sell. 
We have been keeping an eye on the weather all day as we are supposed to get a heavy rainfall.  It has held off so far so the midnight prediction for it to start seems that it might be accurate.  The rain is supposed to continue for a few days which means our driveway will be flooded again.  I am not complaining though as there are places in Quebec that have been evacuated.
This is day 3 of my contest.  I am pleased to see so many entries.  Remember that if you are a follower of this blog you can enter by posting a comment telling me what your favourite quilt block is.  You can also put in a second entry by 'liking' my Facebook page.  If you are not a follower, you can enter on Facebook.  You can only enter once in each place.  (Thank you Roberta for asking about that as I didn't mention it on the preceding days.
Blessings

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Contest, Day 2

Nothing exciting to tell you today other than the sun shone for the first time in a few days and for the last time in a few more.  Did some shopping and the usual house stuff but also went for a nice long walk to the lake that is just a block or so south of us.  There are a lot of houses along the shore line but the water is still visible from the road. 
There have been a few entries for my contest so don't forget to add yours.  You must be a member/follower of this blog and then just send a comment telling me your favourite block i.e. star, log cabin etc.  The comment button is at the end of the blog.
You have a second chance to enter by going to my Facebook page and clicking like under the blog post.  Don't forget to leave your name.
If you are not a blog follower, you can still enter on Facebook.
Blessings,

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Time to Enter to Win

Contest time.  If you are a member/follower of this blog, you are eligible to enter to win a great prize.  As you know, I am an Ambassador for Island Batik and I enjoy being able to share these wonderful fabrics.
If you would like to enter, leave a comment stating your favourite quilt block.  The winner will be chosen from all entries on May 9th.  There will be a second draw from those who enter on my Facebook page.  If you are a follower, you can enter in both places.
To enter on Facebook, all you have to do is like the page and leave a comment.
Remember; if you are not a follower of this blog, you can only enter on Facebook.  If you are a member, you can enter in both places.  This gives  you two chances to win a prize.
Good luck.
blessings,

Monday, May 1, 2017

Applique Adventures





Island Batik fabrics April project was entitled Adventurous Applique.  I debated for some time, and changed my mind just as often, about what I would make until I settled on the doves on either side of the heart.  It is a anniversary gift for a friend.
I love the pastel batik colours against the dark background.
 
 
I haven't been able to bind it yet as I hadn't been able to hold a needle properly.  I tried a bit of hand applique yesterday evening and the puncture (from the sewing machine needle) seems to have healed enough that I can use it. 
 
We had a real downpour today just as we were unloading our quilt supplies to take inside the Legion.  We were all drenched but even a bad weather day can't dampen (sorry) our quilting spirits.
Blessings,