Thursday, April 15, 2021

Another Quilt to Do

 This top is my next customer quilt to do.  It is going to an elderly lady for her bed in a long tern care facility.  I think she will find it very cheerful.  It is made with batik fabric so will stand up to a lot of washings.  I haven't decided how to quilt it yet but it won't be closely stitched as I don't want it to be stiff.  I am thinking that I may use flannel for the backing.  Will see what the customer says.

I didn't get very much done today.  Had a meeting this morning, did a bit of sewing in the afternoon and then laid down on the couch and fell asleep.  Not sure if it is age, or the weather but I felt draggy all day. Hope I have more energy tomorrow.


Monday, April 12, 2021

Reversed Quilting

 It is a bit dreary today.  When we have had a run of nice sunny weather, I appreciate having one that is not as nice.  I have a hard time staying in doors most times but sunshine, whether accompanied by heat or cold, definitely drags me through the door.  Of course, when I am outside, it means all the things that need doing indoors remain unfinished.

Today, I gave the kitchen floor a good scrub and started exchanging winter clothes for summer.  The latter usually takes at least two days as I 1: have too many clothes and 2: I try to lessen number one.  There are always things that I didn't wear because they shrunk in the closet or they don't fit comfortably.  This winter I had bags (literally) of clothes given to me that were previously owned by someone who, like me, was tall.  This is a rarity so I had great fun adding slacks, tops and skirts to my closet.  I doubt if I will ever be able to wear them all so I am going to have to get ruthless and take some of them to the thrift store-when it opens.


Have you every quilted a top from the back?  I needed to add more stitched rows to a quilt I finished and, as the pattern I had done was a large diamond and I was going to do straight lines through all the points, I decided to reverse it.  I can see the previous pattern easier and a few guide marks are all that are needed to keep me going in a straight line.


Friday, April 9, 2021

Doggie Play Date

 Yesterday was a busy and lovely day as I celebrated reaching the age of 75.  It feels like a real milestone year as I think I may have finally matured as well as realizing I have a lot less years ahead than I do behind.

In addition to the many good wishes and cards I received, one of my favourite happenings was my little dog Heidi having a play date.  A friend came over with her dog who is about the same size as mine and really calm.  Heidi has never really liked other dogs although she has been changing a bit now she is older.  She seemed to be okay so we let both dogs loose in the house and watched the fun.  They had a great time with each other to the point of sharing a water dish and toy.

Heidi is the one with the shaggier hair.

This morning hubby woke me with the distressing news of Prince Philips death.  It shouldn't have been unexpected at his age but it wasn't.  I feel bad for the Queen.  Losing your spouse is never easy but I imagine it is especially difficult when you have been married so long.


Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Titanium Needles

 This and That mentioned that she had all her machines need to go to shop at the same time once.   That would be a real pain.  Not to mention expensive. My Juki seems to be working alright at the moment but I really do need to take it in for service.

I ordered some more batting and a few notions from my suppliers and they arrived yesterday.  One of the things I got was some titanium coated machine needles.  I have a friend that uses them all the time and she really likes them.  Apparently they last longer and are less likely to cause thread breakage.  I am going to give one of them a try as soon as I need to change a needle.  I hope I don't run over a pin or something and damage it.

I hope everyone had a nice Easter.  Hubby and I cooked the turkey that we couldn't use at Christmas due to a lack of working oven.  I also made a pumpkin pie.  Of course, we ate too much.  We zoomed with the grandchildren after supper and found that our granddaughter is self isolating again.  This is the third time someone in her school has tested positive.  Very frustrating.

I can't remember if I mentioned that we are in lock down again.  We had to grocery shop today and I thought we would have to line up but everything was okay.  The only place there was a line up was at the dollar store so we just went to another.


Thursday, April 1, 2021

Why I Have so Many Machines.

 I guess this is my week for things to break down.  I have been working on another customer quilt and my favourite Janome kept jamming.  It had done this before and a friend gave me a new foot pedal for it which seemed to solve the problem.  Unfortunately, it was only a temporary fix.  So back to the service people with that one.

I switched to my Juki machine and it started breaking the upper thread.  I have changed to a different brand and it is working right now but I think it too will be taken in for service.  Fortunately, I do have another 2 machines.  My little basic Janome is still working as is the other one that I bought at Costco for back up.  And some people wonder why we have so many machines!

Ontario is back under lock down again.  I am trying not to get frustrated  but it is beginning to feel as though we are never going to get out of this.  I am most annoyed that we didn't get a longer period of notice.  We were told today that lockdown starts 12.01 a.m. Saturday.  Friday, of course, is a holiday so no buying of groceries etc.  I feel bad for the restaurants that had bought extra supplies for the Easter weekend.  I was able to get the hair appointment that was booked for next week changed to today so I won't be looking like a shaggy dog by the time this lockdown is lifted.

And that is my whine.  I will now do my best to focus on the positive and be thankful for all I have.  I do hope you all have a wonderful Easter celebration.  He is risen.


Monday, March 29, 2021

Walking in the Bush.

 I have had a productive day.  I wrote two thousands words of my book and sewed another round of borders on my latest quilt.  In between, I took the dog for a walk through the bush.  We haven't been able to do that for a while as there was too much soft snow and I kept sinking.  It is way to hard walking when each step sinks a half dozen inches.  Even though
Heidi is considerable lighter, she wasn't able to stay on top.  Today most of the snow was gone from the trail as well as large patches around it.  We did have to cut through the bush to the trail from a different point as the road to it was mud.

When we got back home, I felt as though I had been on a week's vacation.  I don't know what it is about the woods but I find it far more relaxing than walking on the road.

I have been having problems with my Samsung tablet.  The past couple of days, it will not link to the internet.  I have checked everything I can think of both on it and the desk top but can't see a problem.  Hubby's laptop is working alright so it isn't the internet connection.  I don't want to take it in for service as that will cost more than a new tablet.

Friday, March 26, 2021


 When I was around eight years old, I had a blue quilt with applique bunnies on it.  The bunnies were each on a square that were sewn together to make the top.  I have often thought about that quilt and how I would like to make one.  Of course, I have never done it.

Earlier this week, I got a post from Free Motion By the River, a blog I follow.  Connie always shares

a free pattern and this was the one for this week.  The four corner bunnies are the same as the ones on my quilt!

I am inspired once again to make my quilt.  I will let you know when/if it is done.  In the meantime, I would encourage you to check out Connie's blog.  She has some great patterns,