Sunday, August 5, 2012

New direction....

After many challenges - I have moved over to another Blog - come join the further adventures in 'the county' and in my quilting at

Sadly this platform was giving me many problems in the process of uploading...apparently due to the rural internet we have (though it is the only choice we have out here)

So please come and join me at Wordpress!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Quilting, visitors & weather...

It's been a very busy week at work, so not much else got done this week.  It took all week to finish up one block for the Sew Out Loud {Quilter's Word Play} QAL - but I'm very please with the finished block.  This week's word was "Fabric"!  What do you think?
I also completed the second instalment for the Happy Scrap Quilt Block Swap.  The request was for Wonky Stars - I used fabric from a collection called Tuscany Tiles - I like the bright, vibrant colors.
We have had some crazy weather this year - it's almost the winter that wasn't!  Thursday, March 1st came in like a lion - freezing rain and treacherous driving conditions if you weren't careful.  I look forward to March leaving like a lamb!
Ice covered trees

When that was all melted off - we had a wind storm with gusts up to 90 kph!  Hang on to your hat!  
Lots of waves crashing at Sandbanks Provincial Park
Michelle, Peter's daughter, and her fiance Boris came for a visit this weekend too!  We had a lovely afternoon strolling the Main Street of Picton; exploring all the cute little shops and checking out what is new.  Some shops have closed over the winter, some have moved and the art gallery has new artist's work on display.  Very nice afternoon and topped of with a lovely hot chocolate at Miss Lily's Cafe!  

We made a great dinner of Lemon Garlic Pasta and home made Caesar Salad and peanut butter & chocolate ice cream for dessert.  Everyone had their fill and thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

Wedding plans were discussed and then we watched a movie together (It's Complicated with Meryl Streep and Alex Baldwin) with mixed reviews from the peanut gallery. 

All in all a good end to a rather busy, blustery week.

Talk to y'all again soon,


Wednesday, February 22, 2012

WIP Wednesdays

Wow - how time flies when you are having fun....I can't believe that it is Wednesday already.

I have been pretty busy this week, so let's get to it...

I took up the Mini Quilt Challenge by Ellison Lane Quilts and was inspired by a great tutorial by "Don't Call Me Betsy" - and created this Valentine inspired mini quilt.  It is machine pieced and I hand quilted it. I call it "Be Mine Friendship Star".  I had a bunch of 6" squares of various reds just laying about and being February, they were calling to me.  I put a natural linen border on it and love how it looks...what do you think?
Second finish for the week is a commission for a friend to give to her Mom.  She wanted something very traditional and 'country' colors.  Her Mom also likes here is what I came up with.  It is an original design called, "Keep Your Sunny Side Up" - machine pieced and hand quilted with a pieced back.

I think the one that I am most happy about is finally getting my Tennessee Waltz back from the long-arm quilter - it is now bound and has been washed and dried for that wonderful crinkly look - I am so pleased with how it turned out....
Also on the table are the following:

  • Sew Out Loud {Quilter's Word Play} QAL
  • getting "The Big Flake" ready for quilting (top & back are assembled)
  • Modern Minx Bee - starting to design the layout of all my yummy blocks from my fellow Minx!  
  • Friendship Star Swap Quilt....block are waiting!
  • two more quilts are at the long arm quilter that need to be finished for the quilt show in July! 
Whew - but it feels good to be busy and creating....

That's all for now - see y'all later.


Wednesday, February 15, 2012

WIP Wednesday...

Even though many other demands have been made on my time this week, I have been able to squeeze in precious quilting time.  

I finished up a commission for a friend at work - a mini quilt as gift to her mother.  The request was to be very traditional and very country looking.  I think I achieved that with this little quilt.  I call it "Keep your Sunny Side Up!"  It is a wonky star around a fussy cut little chicken with a circle of flying geese around it.  It measures approximately 18" x 18".  It was designed by me - machine pieced and hand quilted.  The back has a row of flying geese - leftover from the front, as I changed my design, part way through the process - one of the things I like about quilting - you never really know what you will end up with.
My "Tennessee Waltz" was finally returned from the long arm quilter (5 months later than promised) but she did a beautiful job.  I just have to attach the binding and then I will take lots of photos ... hopefully by next week (fingers crossed)

I tried my hand a couple of pouches and they came out OK - I know now what I need to do to make them perfect....but these are still usable.  I used a tutorial, provided by June from Junebugs World - guest blogger on Sew Sweetness by Sara - (


I finished my block for the Modern Minx Bee - February is Stargazing for Vicky - it will be in the post early next week.  I can't wait to see how this quilt turns out!  Very exciting!!! I have already received 9 out 11 "Envy" blocks with the last 2 on the way very soon - January's project - and have started doodling several designs for a layout...they look great together! 

The Modern Round Robin is also coming due soon and I have pulled fabrics and gotten an OK from my partner!  This too, should be completed and in the post by next week...

I have started to pull fabrics for the "Sew Out Loud" QAL.  The first block has been posted and I think I know what I plan for it...tricky paper piecing - but that is the reason I joined this group and it is being lead by some GREAT quilters...
Lastly, I made up a mini quilt, inspired by Elizabeth's "Friendship Hexagon Mini" (using tutorial found here: with a bunch of red squares that I had laying around for a long time.  I have bordered in in a natural linen and love how it looks.  I needed something small to take along while my Mom is having a procedure done in the hospital.  She will be there for a day or so, and I need to keep my hands busy while I am worrying and trying not to look like I am worrying ... No pictures yet of this one, but I will get them as soon as I go home again.....

Very productive week - squeezed in with work and family ....  oh yes, and Valentine's!  My hubby surprised me with a wonderful Prime Rib dinner and a romantic movie - Dr. Zhivago!  Romance for me and the Russian Revolution for him - life can't get better than that.

We all are keeping positive thoughts for Mom - and see you all soon,

Linking up with WIP over at Freshly Pieced found here:


Saturday, February 11, 2012

Quilt Guild

February is when our Guild, (Prince Edward County Quilters' Guild) has its annual Pot Luck.  It was another roaring success and everyone had a great meal.  I really love how we didn't plan what to bring and there was an even amount of sweet and savory dishes.

We also presented our finished "Whisper Challenge" quilts.  This is based on the game, Telephone, that we used to play as children.  Teams were formed and one member drew a sealed envelope with a photo to use as inspiration.  Once they were finished, they passed their project on to the next team member who used that as their inspiration, and so on....

The REAL fun started when we all presented out finished projects and usually the last person's project had no relation at all to the photo.  There was much laughter and excitement.  All the team projects will be presented at our bi-annual quilt show to be held this July!  Sadly, I forgot my camera and don't have pictures of the presentations.  

My Whisper Challenge is shown here.  I had a photo of a dresser with some pretty bottles and jewellery on it.  I call this mini wall quilt, "My Favourite Things".  Sorry, I don't have a copy of the photo, but I am quite happy with the results here.
My Favourite Things

There was also a good turnout of show and tell, in which I showed my "12 Days of Christmas" QAL and finished "Indigo Stars".  

See you all soon,


Wednesday, February 1, 2012

WIP Wednesday

I am almost finished my 12 Days of Christmas QAL - Yay....All that is left to do is the label and a hanging sleeve, as I am entering it in my Quilt Guild's Show (July 2012)...wish me luck!  Then it will be ready for gifting to my daughter, Melissa, as promised.  {picture to be posted a bit later, when washed and all crinkly}

Since I finished this project - I feel free to join another QAL.  So join me if you like for the "Sew Out Loud" QAL - details can be found here: 

Go take a peek and see the great giveaway included...

My Modern Minx Bee is moving along nicely.  My blocks from the January Bee are starting to come in and I will post pictures once a few more arrive.  They are looking fantastic.  February's Minx (patchwork queen) has also posted her wishes and we are challenged to make a variety of stars - I am still pulling fabric and waiting for my solid to arrive in the mail. 

That's all this week....


Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Sad farewell...

This past weekend we said goodbye to my father-in-law, who passed away suddenly, at the age of 87, of a massive heart attack.  We will miss you Dad!


I must down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by,
And the wheel's kick and the wind's song and the white sail's shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea's face, and a grey dawn breaking.

I must down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.

I must down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull's way and the whale's way where the wind's like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick's over.

By John Masefield (1878-1967).

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

WIP Wednesday

It has been a crazy week.  I have not been quilting very much - life has been intruding.  Thankfully quilting is a sanctuary for me and I get at it as much as I can.

This is what I have been working on...

I finally made the starting block for the {Modern} Round Robin.  I dropped it in the post today and am eagerly waiting for my partners block to work on.
I call this "Button, Button"
... and I am still working on the 12 Days of Christmas Quilt Along - the hand quilting is pretty soothing for me...and I still have to put the button on it.  It is really looking nice.

Sad to say - that is all for this week.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

WIP Wednesday

I missed a week and thought that I would have so much more to post... but here is my update.  

I'm still working on Melissa's 12 Days of Christmas.  I only have a couple more block to hand quilt and will embellish a few of them with some interesting buttons.

My Indigo Stars quilt is completely finished.  I have washed it and put it in the dryer, so it is all crinkly and 'antique' looking.  My hubby Peter likes it and it is draped over a chair in the living room waiting to be cuddled.

The Tourmaline runner is also finished.  I had a lot of waiting around to do last week and hand quilted it too.  It is going to be a 'thank-you' gift for a wonderful lady that has been helping out my mom.

I have also completed the first assignment for 'fresh-squeezed projects'.  It was a trio of Courthouse steps blocks.  I used shirt and suit material for them.  I love how they turned out.  

I also had lots of strips left over so put them to use and made a few mug rugs.  One for my hubby, Peter; one for myself at the office and one for a friend who is always very helpful.  

I guess that's not bad for a couple of slow weeks.  See y'all next Wednesday.


Saturday, January 14, 2012

Winter has arrived...

First winter storm of the season.
This is the view from our living room window.  It is much better than it was yesterday - you couldn't see out! 
We have not had much snow, so far this year.  Not a very typical Canadian winter, so far...that is until yesterday.  The first storm of the season arrived and this morning, I took a few photos to share with you.  What you can't see, is how cold it is!  

A small drift formed between the house and the gazebo.  It's about 1 1/2 feet high.

The workshop and part of the garden

Here is Gun Club Road.  This year, it seems, that they are only plowing just past our driveway! 

Peter's workshop from the road.

The driveway side of our house.  It is the sheltered side, so the snow really piled up here.
The creek is starting to freeze.  You can see the drift forming from our back fence.  
Now - off to make hot chocolate....Peter is almost finished digging out the truck!  

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

WIP Wednesday

I decided to jump onto the band wagon and participate in WIP Wednesday.  I find that if you have to report your findings, you are a little more focused on finishing the products.  So - since this is a new year, I am going to try to be a little more organized - get some of those UFO's completed.

I have been hand quilting a lot lately.  I'm working on Melissa's 12 Days of Christmas - I machine quilted the basic quilt and am now enhancing the individual blocks with some hand quilting.  It is looking really good.
I am also working on the Indigo Stars quilt that I started a couple of years ago....It is entirely hand quilted.  I have quilted the all the blocks and am working on the border.  Again, I think it looks pretty good.
I had a day of organizing and found some charm squares that I can't remember where they came from and put them together in a small table topper, using a great pattern called Tourmaline - I will machine quilt it next week.
I am pretty pleased with what I have accomplished, along with working full time - but a girl has to support her fabric habit! ;)

Monday, January 2, 2012

Winter Stitching...

I have copied my last "Winter Stitches" post here and will update my accomplishments.  I made good progress in December, even though it is a busy month with lots of holiday activities.  Peter & I had a really great holiday season and hope that everyone else did too! 

1.  Complete 'mug rugs' for the office Christmas Exchange - completed

2.  Participate in the 12 Days of Christmas Quilt Along - the first such event I have joined - status - Quilt top is now complete and I hope to start quilting it this weekend (for my daughter, Melissa) I have now machine quilted this quilt and have decided that since it missed the Christmas deadline for this year, I am adding some hand quilting to it.....
12 Days of Christmas Quilt Along 

3.  Mystery Quilt (Prince Edward County Quilters' Guild - PECQG).  The project is called Beyond the Block.  I need to have this completed for the Guild's quilt show in July 2012 - status - all sections completed to date.  December's installment was on how to put it all together...which has now been done.  I am now debating on a border...does is need one or not?  
Beyond the Block
4.  Finish hand quilting "Indigo Stars" - status - approximately 2/3 complete inside blocks are now all hand quilted - only the border left to do
Indigo Stars
5.  Bind "Tennessee Waltz" once returned from long arm quilter 

6.  Quilt and bind "Freezin' Season 2010" {Freezin' Season is an annual mystery quilt that is mailed out from The Quilt Patch in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan}
The Big Flake

7. "Freezin' Season 2011" - start and finish?

8.  Quiltsy Team on Etsy - join something - left this team - it was one thing too many to add to my quilitng world.

9.  Organize quilt room

10.  Visit my daughters in Toronto

11.  Start quilting with friends at work (once a week or once a month)

12.  Complete "Winter Enchantment" - Christmas present for Diny - status - complete

13.  Finish "Stars Over Fort Sumter" - top is finished and is in the 'que' at the long arm quilter...
Stars Over Fort Sumter

14.  Make gift for Mary Lou - new apartment/Christmas - status - completed and given

15.  Complete gift for Amanda - status - completed and given

16.  Mug Rugs - last minute gifts to be added to Christmas gifts for mother in law, sister in law, Mum, neighbour
...for SIL
...for MIL
...for Mum
...for neighbour
17.  Last minute Christmas makes - table runner for my daughter (made with left-overs from the 12 Days of Christmas Quilt Along
12 DoC Table Runner for Missy
18.  Last minute Christmas table runner for my living room
My holiday Table Runner
19.  Swap - Japanese x and + blocks - made 20 for exchange.
Blocks for swap
20.  Modern Minx Bee - I am the January Minx and have prepared the tutorial for the Envy block (from "Modern Blocks - 99 Quilt Blocks from your Favorite Designers" compiled by Susanne Woods)  Let the sewing begin! :)
January Bee block - Envy
I have made good progress and still have lots to do.  The cold winter is the PERFECT time for sewing and quilting.