Thursday, October 21, 2010

Melinda's Class 1

What a fabulous class I had with Melinda Bula on Monday. She is so down to earth and downright funny. And, a great teacher. Check out her blog here: I also had a class with her on Wednesday , which I'll post about later in the week. This is a picture of Monday's project...not yet completed, but oh so awesome I just had to share. "Coneflowers"


Over the past several months, I've been working on several Blocks of the Month from various quilt shops.

These are called 'Ode to the Thirties' and are from "Sew Sisters Quilt Shop" We are given 3-4 blocks a month. I'm keeping up but with only 2 months completed I'll have to see. Aren't they gorgeous? And, you'll have to wait until it's finished before I reveal who it's being made for.....she reads my blog. Yes, there are two of the same, but I can't seem t0 delete the duplicate.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Super Bowl Sunday

Well, after years of staying home and listening to arguments and just plain silliness, I spent Super Bowl Sunday at the Cockle Doodle Quilt Shop, sitting, sewing and....eating. It seems we do a lot of that there. Oh yes and we talked, of course. I met some new people and Sadie the dog....(shhh...don't tell her that, she thinks she's people).

I got the hanging sleeve on my Punkin Wall hanging and the button embellishments, but I left the eye balls at home. So, one of the pumpkins is missing his (can you spot him in the picture?). I hope to get that done tonight, as well as the label and an up to date picture. And, then it will be officially done! I can't remember when I started it...2 years ago? maybe. I did a bit of work on my 'Busy Little Christmas Elves' and got a lot of blanket stitching done on my 'Tisket Tasket' blocks.....I also got the most awesome backing for a bird house quilt that I have, which is still in the original kit. I don't even want to open it yet till I get some of these UFO's out of the way. When I was changing the blade on my rotary cutter, I somehow managed to slip the blade under my finger nail, yep gonna lose that nail. Pretty painful. My turn for feeling bad. I think Elaine wanted that fabric for the backing on her bird house quilt, but I bought what was left. She bought another fabric from the same line. I figure it's payback for the cookie tin she guilted me out of....just kidding, there are more where that one came from...ooops, now why did I just say that? I'll have to go and make sure the front door is locked. Seems Elaine collects cookie tins. Maybe I'll hide mine as well as lock the front door.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

I have had a wonderful 2 days as well as a wonderful weekend.Friday night I went up to my girlfriends' and stayed the weekend quilting some of my UFO's on her longarm....well, trying to....after wreaking havoc at her office for the past 2 weeks, 'Murphy' (as in "Murphy's Law") came home with her and tried wreaking havoc in her sewing room. The thread kept breaking, the serger wouldn't serge, the iron wouldn't iron...well, you get the picture, but after we chased 'Murphy' out of the room, things pretty well settled down. I did manage to get 2 queen sized quilts quilted and she got some jammies made for her grandchild and a friend. She treated me to dinner and breakfast on the Saturday and her boyfriend treated us both to breakfast on the Sunday. Tuesday started with a visit to the dentist for a broken tooth.....and from there I went to my oldest daughter's house, in Toronto. She took me to a deli for lunch and we had smoked meat sandwiches on rye....umumummm...heaven...we then went to the Textile Museum to see the display of antique quilts....ooohh they were soooo beautiful! And so very well preserved. She then made me a delicious dinner with a 'donut cake' complete with candles for dessert. Today (my birthday) was spent in a quilt shop at a class. It was a stashbusting class and I got the blocks put together, hopefully, this will get finished sooner rather than later....I came home to the sweetest, funniest rendition of 'Happy Birthday' on my answering machine sung by my grandson. I ordered in dinner and ate my favourite ice cream for dessert...Ben and Jerry's Tortoise Soup.....if you have never tried it, be warned, you can't eat just one scoop....I won't even tell you how much I had, but it was soooooo good. Tomorrow will be another visit to the dentist for another broken tooth (I'm thinking my teeth are aging faster than me)...I had a wonderful birthday stretched out over several days, spent with family, friends and fabric. What more could a girl ask for?

Friday, January 8, 2010

Birthday and a first finish for '10

My youngest son is 25 years old today! Now just how did that happen?? Holy smokes!

I've also finished my first quilt for the year, one of many I am hoping. I just love the Bunny Hill Designs by Anne Sutton. This one is Strawberry Fields and what a joy it was to work on. She has a new block of the month starting called 'Snowbound' and it's free. I love the 'Tisket Tasket' she designed last year and hope to get that finished this year as well. So many projects, so little time.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

American Beauty BOM

Jo-Ann at 'Cock A Doodle' quilt shop was driving me crazy with her blog posts about this quilt. I don't know what it is about this quilt, but it caught my eye and I was waiting (not so patiently) for her newsletter to come out, so I could sign up. Well, the newsletter is out and I've signed up. I've also signed Lucie and I up for a mystery class in April. They are always so much fun and the dinners are to die for.....

Saturday, January 2, 2010

What a coincidence

The 'daily puppy' is similar in colouring and size to my new puppy, Qtip. He is now 4 months old and a bundle of energy. He just go, go goes.....I'm sure there is some energizer bunny in him somewhere....At 6 weeks, he weighed just 5 pounds and the vet said he was underweight for his breed (mixed-I'm thinking black lab, husky, collie). At 10 weeks, he weighed 15 1/2 pounds, yes he is going to be a big boy. Don't be fooled by the innocence on his face, he is a puppy after all and into everything.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year!

I spent the night at my grandson's house, where he had a sleep over with 3 of his friends from school. They were celebrating his 7th birthday. Where did the time go? Children at that age are such a bundle of energy. They finally settled down about 11:30, but were up again at 8:00, what a way to ring in the New Year, with 4 energetic, wired boys! It's been a long time since I was up that late and even longer since I rang in a New Year.