Friday, March 16, 2018

Fun with Pictures

I have been having fun playing around with photoshop today.  I put bison into an area field, removed the ire tube that my brother was using to float with his dog and just goofed around.  I am not proficient by any means but am learning.
I also did some quilting.  I loaded one of the charity quilts and started getting it quilted.  I am not doing anything fancy as this is a case of 'done' being better than fancy.  I need to get a few more finished so will perhaps try to ignore the computer tomorrow and do another.
It started out as a cool day but warmed up in the afternoon and the sunshine was really nice so I went for a walk with Heidi.  I haven't been able to get out for a while as I have either been busy or it was too icy.  I am hoping I can get back to routine now.
If you are Irish or want to be,  Happy St. Patrick's Day tomorrow.  My father's family came from the Emerald Isle a few generations back so I have a bit of green in my blood.
This was one of the class projects.  The hiker was taken from o a mountain rock and put in this picture.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Sudoku Quilts

Last Saturday, our online group (hearts2hands) had a virtual retreat.  If you can't get away for a real one, this is a great alternative.  A bit of time and a good imagination helps make the event a fun time.  Our group has got very good at imagining our location, wait staff, accommodation and food.  It can get quite exotic with pool boys and food that would be served to the very wealthy.  We have also 'met' at a restored Victorian home with crisp white sheets and four poster beds draped with quilts.  We have be transported by private jet, met with limos and pampered by personal spas and massage therapists.
As my brother said, when you are poor you can dream big.  None of us would claim either poverty or wealth but we can certainly dream.
This quilt was the result of a mystery project taught by one of the members.  It is a Sudoku quilt and comes together very quickly.  It also helped get rid of some more of my fabric that has well aged.

My course is going well.  We are now learning to use the Photoship program and I am having lots of fun experimenting with all the options.
We are still getting snow.  Not a lot but it is still falling and accumulating.

Friday, March 9, 2018


I just found out that I can use code rather than the hosts templates to redesign my web page.  I have started a little work on it this evening but I have a lot of work to do.  I want it to be a lot more interactive and less cluttered.
I baked, baked baked today.  I was going to do some jam but discovered I didn't have any lids.  I id make pumpkin muffins, a couple of casseroles, spaghetti sauce, a quiche and some egg salad for sandwiches.  I also intended to make some cookies but I ran out of steam.
It snowed most of the day so I may get to snowshoe yet.  We are going to try for Sunday.  Tomorrow, our on line group is having a virtual retreat so I will be having fun eating virtual goodies and doing some real sewing.  One of the members has a quilt pattern she is going to teach.  I have my fabric cut out and ready.
Don't forget to put your clock forward tomorrow.  I will do the one in the bedroom tomorrow morning so I will know at least one will be ready.

Sharing a video with you this time.  Amazing!


Thursday, March 8, 2018

Flowers and Quilts

 Here is a preview of a charity top that I have almost completed.  I only have to sew the blocks together and add a couple of borders and I can get this one on the machine.  I got one other top finished and I hope to have it quilted this weekend so I can do the binding at group on Monday.

I am not sure what kind of plant this is but it has been blooming for a number of weeks now adding some colour to my studio.  I have a geranium that I brought indoors last fall in another window and it hasn't stopped showing off its flowers.  Both plants make for a cheery sight on a dreary day.
I need to get my vegetable and flowers seeds started.  It is only 10 weeks until planting time and they will slip away quickly enough.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Happy Family Photo

Have you been nominated in Facebook to post a black and white photo for seven days?  I usually ignore those things but when it is a sister who asks, you do it.  I really like black and white photos and one of my nephews who is a professional photographer takes outstanding ones.
On my last day of the challenge, I posted one of my favourite photos.  My father took a picture of my siblings and I sitting on a snowbank and we all look so happy.  There is something about the photo that really appeals to me. You can certainly tell we are related.  We all have the same smile.
I finished my class work really early this week so now can spend a good bit of time quilting.  Life is good.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Ahead of Schedule.

I am well ahead on my course this week. I sent in one of this weeks assignments today and only have one more to do.  I should have some time to quilt.  I have a few things to get done so if I can catch up on those I will be ready to get my nose back to the grindstone next week.
I finished the binding on my bargello on the weekend and only have a couple more points to do on my lone star so I am managing to get some things done despite my schedule.
I had a magazine assignment that needed to be done before the end of the month and that too is finished.  It really does make a different with hubby taking care of the meals.
Our weather has been nice for getting outside.  The sun is bright and the temperatures around the freezing mark.  The chickens have been enjoying the fresh air as well.  It took a bit of time for the new ones to get up the courage to leave the coop but they were all out today.  It won't be long before I will be able to give them some fresh greenery.  Once the snow is gone they will be allowed to run free.  For now, they are better off in the enclosed area.
A lot of people seem to have a nasty cold right now.  I haven't heard of anyone with the flu but this cold hangs on for a long time.  Hope you are well and enjoying your favourite activities.

Sunday, March 4, 2018


Ignore this post.  I have been goofing around with some coding.  Haven't worked it out yet.
Hope everyone is having a good weekend and thanks for the heads up, Kathleen.

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