Monday, December 10, 2018

A Special Day

Thank you for your kind words regarding the video.  I am sorry some of you had trouble hearing me.  I thought I wasn't talking very loudly but I didn't want to disturb my husband in the other room while he was watching TV.  Perhaps next time, I will wait until he is out tending the chickens.
I have started working on my projects with these fabrics.  They are so nice to use; no fraying, no checking to see which is the correct side and, of course, beautiful colours.  I am planning on doing a full size quilt this time so I am using a 15 inch (finished) block.  My blog hop post will be on the 7th of Jan.  (if I am remembering correctly) so I doubt I will get more than the top done as I still have 3 more customer quilts to do. Don't forget to follow along with the hop as there will be lots of draw prizes.  A full list of participants and the day of each post will be given.
I got to quilting today for the first time in 3 weeks and it was lovely seeing everyone again.  We had our Christmas dinner and exchange a few gifts.  It was a special and fun day.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Show Time

Something a bit different tonight.  I have made a short video showing (besides my messy quilt room) the Island Batik line that has just arrived in the stores.  This is my package.
Hope you enjoy the show.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

More Winter Photos.

We woke up this morning to an additional foot of snow.  I went out after breakfast to clean off the deck and make a path to the bird feeder.  Although there was a lot of snow, it was easy to shovel as it was the light, fluffy kind.  The sun was really bright so, of course, I had to take some photos.  Our plow guy came after supper so I will be able to get out tomorrow to get a hair cut and do a bit of shopping.
I was able to get my little wall hanging quilted and am working on the binding now.  I also made a shopping bag to give as a gift.

Our amazing grandchildren made a couple of ornaments for the hotel staff.  They appreciated it so much they put it on their Facebook page.

Tomorrow, I am opening the surprise package of Island Batik that I received in July.  These fabrics have just been released in the stores and I will be using mine for the January blog hop.  Stay tuned for more photos.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

A Day with the Grandchildren.

Reply to comment:  Brenda, I am sorry to hear about the loss of your dear dog.  They leave behind such a large hole in our heart, don't they?  I hope your memories and knowledge that you gave it a wonderful life helps your through the difficult days.

We got back from our trip to Toronto mid afternoon today.  We are both really tired but I have had to wash all the clothes we took because hubby saw a cockroach in our hotel room.  (He didn't tell me about it until we were driving home.  Smart move.) The luggage is out in the wood shed getting good and cold which, hopefully, will kill any unwelcome hitch hikers.  I will spray the insides before storing.  Ugh!

We had a lovely visit with the grandchildren.  Yesterday their parents took a day for themselves and we spent some lovely hours with them doing crafts, playing games and watching kids tv shows that I didn't know existed.  We drove to MacDonald's for lunch which is where our grandson wanted to go.  As the granddaughter had already been to her favourite place, that seemed fair.  Took a while to find one but find one we did.
It will be another year now before we see them again but Skype helps us keep in touch so we are thankful for that.  Tomorrow, it is time to start decorating the house and getting back to customer quilts.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Puppy Love.

The Island Batik Ambassador challenge for Nov. is to use the log cabin pattern in a quilt.  Log cabin is one of my favourite blocks but I wanted to use it in a different way.  Our little dog is an important part of our home so using the blocks as the border surrounding her seemed to work.  I haven't had time to quilt it yet and won't until we get back from our trip south.  I will post when I get that done.
I won't be posting now for a few days. Stay well and safe.

January is blog hop time again and will involve prizes so be sure to keep following along.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Black and White.

In just a few more days, we will be spending some time with the grandchildren.  It is our favourite Christmas treat.  I have as much quilting as I have to get done, finished, Thurs. I will do some baking and get the house tidied for my friends stay .  Friday is packing and assisting at the Art Centre for our Christmas sale.
We were in North Bay (an hour north of us) yesterday as I had a doctor's appointment.  The weather wasn't the best with wet snow and slushy roads but we made it safely there and back home.  I continued snowing through the night and we work up to a lovely scene of black and white.  We got nearly 10 inches of wet, heavy snow that had to be removed from the deck and vehicles.  Our snow guy did the drive way so hubby was able to get to the village and get some more shavings for the chickens.

This is the table runner and placemat set that was made for a customer.  I might do this again for myself using Island Batik.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Misty Morning.

Something different today.  This is one of my husband's paintings.  Not completely finished but I like it so much that I wanted to share it.  He still has some work to do on the upper left corner but the rest is finished.  I don't think he has a name for it yet but doesn't it remind you of a misty morning just as the sun is starting to break through. I am so proud of him.
I got a lot accomplished today.  I stayed at the sewing machine the whole time except for a break to eat and multiple trips to the bathroom also know as stretching breaks.
According to the Canada Post tracking, it seems that my fabric has reached my mail box so I will be picking it up tomorrow.  I will then be able to finish the last quilt for my Toronto customer.  I only have the two twins to do after that and it isn't imperative that they get done before Christmas.