Saturday, June 30, 2018

Tumbling Triangles

I don't usually post on a Saturday but I want to get a photo of my newest quilt up before the end of the month.
Tumbling Triangles

This little wall hanging made from fabric donated by Island Batik is the June Island Batik Ambassador challenge.  I love making modern quilts and especially using black as the main colour.  I haven't got it quilted yet as you can see but hope to do so shortly now that my schedule is easing up.  I won't be adding borders.

We  had a bit of excitement when putting the chickens in tonight.  This was the first day we have let the banties out and they weren't in any kind of rush to go back in.  Hubby has just gone out again to see if they are ready.  He has been gone a while so I am guessing they are still preferring to be free.  I don't blame them but we don't want them to be  a larger critter's evening meal either.
We went to a motorcycle cancer fund raiser today in a nearby community.  Lovely seeing all the bikes and it reminded us of all the rallies, rides and fundraisers we have been on.  We saw the funniest t shirt which sums up quite nicely where a lot of us are at now.  It read:  Arthritis Riders, Ibuprophen chapter.
Happy Canada day,

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Treadle On

It has been quite warm here today; 28C, but not bad at our place as there was a breeze.  Being surrounded by trees rather than buildings keeps the temperatures down as well.
I have finally been able to spend some time sewing.  I have to get this top done before the end of the month but it should be a problem unless something else gets in the way.
A member of our hands to hearts group just acquired a new sewing machine.  Her husband saw a little hand crank and bought it for her.  I keep thinking about getting one but it would have to be at a really good price.  It would be great for sewing on the deck.

Image result for hand crank sewing machines
Do you have any vintage machines-treadles, hand crank?  They have become quite popular with many people collecting them.  There is at least one  quilt group for treadle owners.  They get together with their machines just like any other group.  I imagine it would be quite soothing to hear the sound of a treadle working rather than the electronic beeps of our modern machines.

This is the link to the treadle group.  It is pretty basic but you will have fun clicking through the links especially the one with photos.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018


This is our lovely new  deck.  It is still needs to be stained but we/hubby is waiting for the weather to be right. In the meantime, we are enjoying being able to have our tea outside as well as just sit and chat.  I imagine it is because we are away from the grass but there are less bugs on the deck.  Not completely eliminated but better.
I wrote and sent off my magazine article today and did a bit of sewing  My machine kept stopping and I am not sure why but I changed feet and it is working properly again.  I have used that foot without problem many times before but not this time.
A cousin of hubby recently bought a new sewing machine and she brought it over today so I could give her a lesson.  She will have fun learning all the new stitches.  
Tomorrow off to buy groceries and other things we need.  It is supposed to be extremely hot this weekend so I am planning on keeping company with the air conditioner.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Are Patterns Really Expensive?

Have you ever complained about the price of patterns?  They do seem high when it appears are the only expense is bit of paper but the reality is that designing a pattern takes a lot of work and money.
The following link will take you to a cleverly written blog which explains just what those few sheets of paper really cost.  You will never be tempted to complain again.

We have been really enjoying our deck.  I can't sit outside to long as I don't really like the heat and I get fidgety not doing anything but I am getting a great deal of pleasure from those few minutes here and there.  There is still work to be done but we are getting there.
I will be posting a picture of two later this week.
Tomorrow, I get to spend the day quilting.  I haven't been able to do that in a long time.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Deck is Done

This is not my usual time for posting but I was too busy yesterday and will be out tonight so, now it is.
Hubby and I have finished the deck.  Finished for now, anyway.  I love it.  We both do.  We have our after breakfast tea on the deck, eat our dessert on the deck and just sit on the deck.  We bought a nice, bright red umbrella yesterday to provide a bit of shade and will get it up later today when it cools down a bit.  We have also added a couple of flat solar lights and tiki lamps.
There is still the staining to be done and a rail added but we can only do a bit at a time.
I also finished the major part of my course today.  I only have the final test and that isn't until the middle of July.  Quilting can now move a bit closer to the top of my activity list again.
We have been having a lovely spring so far with far less bugs than last year.  It is lovely to be able to sit outside without being swathed in netting.
I am hoping to soon have a quilt photo to post.  Hope being the operative word!

Thursday, June 14, 2018


I recently was able to help a couple of old friends reunite.  Last week, I received an email that seemed a bit odd but, as the link checked out, I took a chance and opened it.  It was from lady in Germany who was looking for a dear friend.  They had lost contact because of a series of events and now she was hoping to find her again.  She did what we all would have done in her situation and entered the woman's name in a search engine.  The little community news column I write for our local paper popped up as a woman with the same name was mentioned.
She contacted me in hopes that I could help her.  I remembered who had sent me the information concerning the woman and forwarded the email to her.  Today I received the exciting news that this lady was indeed the long lost friend and was thrilled at hearing from the lady in Germany.
I am so pleased for them both and excited that I had a small part in the happy result.  You just never know what one thing will lead to, do you.?

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

A Lovely Surprise.

I got a lovely surprise today.  A dear lady who won one of my Island Batik draw prizes was kind enough to send me a photo of the project she made with the fabric.  What a considerate and gracious thing to do.  You can see a photo by clicking on the link below.

Her post gave me such a boost that I was able to happily spend the rest of the day doing some cosmetic changes to my course web site.

I also got the last of my flowers (unless I buy more) planted in my new bed.  I would be moving a lot of the spring bulbs into it in the fall and then add some miniature roses as well as fall blooming plants.

We are supposed to get some rain tonight which is why I wanted to get the planting done today.  The vegetables could do with a good watering as well.  we do water them each day but it is not as effective as a good electrolyte filled downpour.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Election Day

It is election day in Ontario.  The weeks of campaigning are over and now the voters are having their say.  There is one group of people that often get overlooked that have a very important part in ensuring that we are able to voice our opinions by marking a ballot.
This group of workers are those that you see (as well as those involved in counting the ballots) when you go to the voting station.  They are the ones who will help you get  to the right area, give you information on what is expected and get you registered. It is their responsibility to make sure everything is done correctly.  It is a lot of responsibility and I know they take it seriously.  I hope you remembered to express your thanks to, at least, one of these folk before you left the room.

After we voted, hubby and I picked up some top soil for the new flower garden I want.  I have ideas, he carries them out.  Aren't I a lucky woman?  It will be basic this year but I hope it will eventually turn out to be like an English garden.

I have been in a dressmaking mood lately and am just finishing another top.  Tomorrow, I hope to get back to quilting.  I have a pattern that has been floating around in my head (nice to have something there!) and I would like to see how it works out on paper.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

First Road Trip of the Season

We had a lovely trip through Kilbear park near Parry Sound on Saturday.  The weather was lovely.  We took a picnic lunch and ate it at the park and then did a driving tour around.  The park is on the shore of Georgian Bay which is part of Lake Superior.  I imagine the water was still cold but there were a few people sun bathing  along the sandy beaches.
Hubby and I both took quite a few photos.  These below give a fairly good idea of the area.  Our only complaint is that the signage was poor. We wanted to see the lighthouse and there was just one sign pointing away from the main road and that was it.  We figured it had to be at the edge of the water but there was a lot of that.  So, we went away disappointed.  It was a nice day though and we can mark our first road trip of the season a success.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Gnome Home

Most of our gnomes are in their summer home.  They decided to move this year from the garden at the front to our rock feature  on the south side.  There are a few more to get moved and then that will be another thing done.
It was quite a bit cooler today which made for an easier day of working.  I got quite a lot done to my web site as well as a few odds and ends.  We are going to a day trip so I am trying to get some of the Saturday morning chores done this evening.
Tomorrow, we will pack a lunch including something for the dog and head to a park with a lot of very pretty areas.  We are both taking our cameras.
We have decided to do some day tours this summer as there isn't any reason to do otherwise. Even short jaunts make for a nice break.