Dec 19, 2008


Today I went into work - for 1 1/2 hours and then got to go home due to storm that hit all of Ontario. Instead of getting anything accomplished, I put in a roast, did a couple loads of laundry and then layed in bed all afternoon watching movies. Having an unexpected day off was not productive at all. I am still dragging my ass.

So 3 weeks ago my son got a dog for Chritmas from his girlfriend. He is so cute..He is now 12 weeks old..and I got to babysit last weekend while we went to cut down the tree. He is such a smart dog and already he is trained to use the outside facilities. Wonderful.

Here he is picking out the Christmas tree. His name is Reece and he is so cute.

Now on to quilting stuff. I have been finishing one item to mail to my sister-in-law, and I guess it won't be there for Christmas. But the fact I am finishing it - is amazing in itself. I will post picture later.

Back in July, I blogged about this designer (GE Designs) asking for donations to help the flood victims in Iowa that were members of the Eastern Iowa Heirloom quilters guild in Cedar Rapids. So I had sent some fabric and yesterday I received a pattern, a book of hers and a thank you letter. How wonderful and thoughtful of her to send something to those that donated.

The letter has a lot of glare so you may not be able to read it.
Here is the book and and pattern.
Go visit her blog and look through her archives. There are quite a few quilts in there that I would like to make.
Thanks for reading!

Dec 4, 2008

One Down

I finally got this off to my out of province BFF. I needed it there by Dec 1 and it got there exactly on time. I procrastinate...ALOT!!!
This was a cute panel that you sewed together and then fused the prints onto felt to put in the pockets as the days progress or put them in the pocket and take them out and put them in the bowl as the dates progress. It is called Cookie Cutter Advent Panel by Janet Wecker-Frisch. I know....I cheated..but sewing a blanket stitch around all the little guys was time consuming.

Then I had made the one below from the Dec 2008 Quilter's World magazine. A table runner designed by Grenzner of Quilter's Roost. The original was quite large 24" x 54" and I could not remember how big her table was so I shrunk it down to approx 16" x36". The first one I made was a disaster and I do not think that the one I sent was a whole lot better. Me and those triangles did not get along. I usually do not have a problem with triangles but this time they had a mind of their own.

Oops!! Note to self - look at the picture before you send things away...I think I forgot to wipe the chalk marks off....Maybe she won't notice.ssssh.

So Cute

This is my son's new dog - collie and lab mix. So cute with my DD.
At least he will have lots of time to train him while he looks for a job.


I have come to the conclusion that I am not superwoman anymore. I have lost that title. I know that Christmas is on Dec 25th around the entire world and yet I look at other blogs and they are sewing up a storm and decorating and baking...and I am wondering...What the ?**#$**? How do they do that?
I have not finished shopping..(maybe it's because I have not started) I go to the stores and just cannot get into the mood this year. I think.." I will get so & so this..and so & so that..and then I just go "nah" and come home and think about how much I have to do and how much time I do not have left. I have no tree up, I have no decorations up, I have not even thought about baking anything...(just as well - I am a horrible baker!!)
Seriously, does no one else work? Do they have alot of free time? Are they just more motivated than I am?

Speaking of work...I know who doesn't son. After 9 years -3 guys got permanently layed off on Tuesday. Economic slowdown. WOW. I actually thought he had a recession proof job but I guess that was a wake up call. So I have been making a few calls to find out some info for the 3 boys and have come to the conclusion that I didn't know all about the labour laws that I thought I did. When the **#@!!** did that happen? My goodness I am slipping.
They were given an offer and a paper to sign that they would not discuss the offer with anyone, but they did discuss it with a lawyer who thought it was not a great offer so they hired him and we will see what happens. I thought the offer was fair..I guess not.

Well I must go to work now and I do have some quilting pictures to post now that they have arrived at their destination.

Nov 19, 2008

This is Funny

I have been reading on several blogs that many have had or are going for a colonoscopy. My doctor said if our health care system allowed it, that she would have one done on all of her patients over the age of 45. Interesting. Now that mine is finished and I passed with flying colours I had this email sent to me. I think it is funny and anyone who has had a colonoscopy may find it just as funny as I did.
Dave Barry is a Pulitzer Prize-winning humor columnist for the Miami Herald. This is from newshound Dave Barry 's colonoscopy journal:
I called my friend Andy Sable , a gastroenterologist, to make an appointment for a colonoscopy. A few days later, in his office, Andy showed me a color diagram of the colon, a lengthy organ that appears to go all over the place, at one point passing briefly through Minneapolis . Then Andy explained the colonoscopy procedure to me in a thorough, reassuring and patient manner. I nodded thoughtfully, but I didn't really hear anything he said, because my brain was shrieking, quote, 'HE'S GOING TO STICK A TUBE 17,000 FEET UP YOUR BEHIND!'

I left Andy 'S office with some written instructions, and a prescription for a product called 'MoviPrep,' which comes in a box large enough to hold a microwave oven. I will discuss MoviPrep in detail later; for now suffice it to say that we must never allow it to fall into the hands of America 'S enemies.

I spent the next several days productively sitting around being nervous. Then, on the day before my colonoscopy, I began my preparation. In accordance with my instructions, I didn't eat any solid food that day; all I had was chicken broth, which is basically water, only with less flavor. Then, in the evening, I took the MoviPrep. You mix two packets of powder together in a one-liter plastic jug, then you fill it with lukewarm water. (For those unfamiliar with the metric system, a liter is about 32 gallons.) Then you have to drink the whole jug. This takes about an hour, because MoviPrep tastes - and here I am being kind - like a mixture of goat spit and urinal cleanser, with just a hint of lemon.

The instructions for MoviPrep, clearly written by somebody with a great sense of humor, state that after you drink it, 'a loose, watery bowel movement may result.' This is kind of like saying that after you jump off your roof, you may experience contact with the ground.

MoviPrep is a nuclear laxative. I don't want to be too graphic here, but: Have you ever seen a space-shuttle launch? This is pretty much the MoviPrep experience, with you as the shuttle. There are times when you wish the commode had a seat belt. You spend several hours pretty much confined to the bathroom, spurting violently. You eliminate everything. And then, when you figure you must be totally empty, you have to drink another liter of MoviPrep, at which point, as far as I can tell, your bowels travel into the future and start eliminating food that you have not even eaten yet.

After an action-packed evening, I finally got to sleep. The next morning my wife drove me to the clinic. I was very nervous. Not only was I worried about the procedure, but I had been experiencing occasional return bouts of MoviPrep spurtage. I was thinking, 'What if I spurt on Andy ?' How do you apologize to a friend for something like that? Flowers would not be enough.

At the clinic I had to sign many forms acknowledging that I understood and totally agreed with whatever the heck the forms said. Then they led me to a room full of other colonoscopy people, where I went inside a little curtained space and took off my clothes and put on one of those hospital garments designed by sadist perverts, the kind that, when you put it on, makes you feel even more naked than when you are actually naked.

Then a nurse named Eddie put a little needle in a vein in my left hand. Ordinarily I would have fainted, but Eddie was very good, and I was already lying down. Eddie also told me that some people put vodka in their MoviPrep. At first I was ticked off that I hadn't t hought of this but then I pondered what would happen if you got yourself too tipsy to make it to the bathroom, so you were staggering around in full Fire Hose Mode. You would have no choice but to burn your house.

When everything was ready, Eddie wheeled me into the procedure room, where Andy was waiting with a nurse and an anesthesiologist. I did not see the 17,000-foot tube, but I knew Andy had it hidden around there somewhere. I was seriously nervous at this point. Andy had me roll over on my left side, and the anesthesiologist began hooking something up to the needle in my hand. There was music playing in the room, and I realized that the song was 'Dancing Queen' by ABBA. I remarked to Andy that, of all the songs that could be playing during this particular procedure, 'Dancing Queen' had to be the least appropriate.

'You want me to turn it up?' said Andy , from somewhere behind me. 'Ha ha,' I said. And then it was time, the moment I had been dreading for more than a decade. If you are squeamish, prepare yourself, because I am going to tell you, in explicit detail, exactly what it was like.

I have no idea. Really. I slept through it. One moment, ABBA was yelling 'Dancing Queen, feel the beat of the tambourine,' and the next moment, I was back in the other room, waking up in a very mellow mood. Andy was looking down at me and asking me how I felt. I felt excellent. I felt even more excellent when Andy told me that It was all over, and that my colon had passed with flying colors. I have never been prouder of an internal organ.

On the subject of Colonoscopies... Colonoscopies are no joke, but these comments during the exam were quite humorous.... A physician claimed that the following are actual comments made by his patients (predominately male) while he was performing their colonoscopies:
1. 'Take it easy, Doc. You're boldly going where no man has gone before!
2. 'Find Amelia Earhart yet?'
3. 'Can you hear me NOW?'
4. 'Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet?'
5. 'You know, in Arkansas , we're now legally married.'
6. 'Any sign of the trapped miners, Chief?'
7. 'You put your left hand in, you take your left hand out...'
8. 'Hey! Now I know how a Muppet feels!'
9. 'If your hand doesn't fit, you must quit!
10. 'Hey Doc, let me know if you find my dignity.'
11. 'You used to be an executive at Enron, didn't you?'
12. 'God, now I know why I am not gay.'
And the best one of all....
13. 'Could you write a note for my wife saying that my head is not up there?

Nov 16, 2008

Not Liking This...AT ALL

It has been so mild here lately and then the rain started yesterday. By 7 pm it had changed to
Someone didn't get their patio furniture in put away in time.

At least we can see the road this morning. Had to leave my car at work and drive home with a friend last night. It was a brutal drive.

So I can't get a ride to get my car until late this afternoon, so I am off to the sewing room for the entire day. Yipee!

Nov 2, 2008


You may know what this is but if not allow me to tell you. It is for a colonoscopy.

You know what I will be doing today.. My procedure will be done tommorrow at 8 am and they say I will be "legally" impaired until the next day...So my ass of a boss says.." will be okay..they just say you could come for half a day" WHAT AN ASS!! and no I will not be coming for any part of the day...

I will be eating....ALL DAY LONG!!! I had dinner at 5:00pm last night and thats it. Not allowed any food at all today..only clear broth and jello..and alot of Gatorade..yuk...

So I hear this commercial all the time that says you can have up to ten pounds of waste stuck onto your intestinal I should come out 10 lbs lighter. surgeon said to weigh myself before I start drinking the "stuff" and if I lose more that 5lbs I am to call the hospital. Are you crazy..if I lose 5lbs and then 10lbs that she can remove..that's 15lbs and I just may have to drink some more of that "stuff" next Sunday for another 5!

Oct 29, 2008


Close to where I live is an outlet store called Len's Mill. They have several locations in southwestern Ontario. My friend said the other day that she picked up some fabric and was shocked that it cost her $17.99 a metre. So was I but I thought that maybe she just picked a new Xmas fabric. Len's Mill does not carry a full line of any one fabric line - they are an outlet and have fabric from all manufacturers and usually it is the older stuff. So the next day I had to go into Cambridge for work and stopped at the Len's Mill they have over there to check out the Christmas fabric.
I was flabbergasted. I do not pay this for new lines of fabrics from any of our quilt stores in the area. The quilt shop has sale fabric cheaper then Len's.
Furthermore, I found Joann Fabric from the United States there for sale. What's with that?

Here is the email I sent to them...I await their response..

I have to tell you..I went to your store in Cambridge today and was APPALLED at the price of your Christmas Fabric.

Your home page specifically says the following:
Len's Mill Store always offers great quality at unbeatable low prices! There's so much more at Len's Mill Store!
Absolutely this is NOT true. The pricing of your fabric at 14.99 and 17.99 is not an unbeatable low price at all. Further your choice of Christmas fabrics are more often then not from the year 2003 - 2005.
The quilt stores in Guelph, Fergus and Elora sell CURRENT lines of fabric for LESS money then that.

Also even with the dollar less then the American Dollar you can still buy CURRENT fabric from on-line stores at a lower cost then you offer..and you all buy your fabric from the same place.
In fact I am willing to bet that you have purchased fabric this year when our dollar was even with the United States and that you will still sell at your inflated prices.

Furthermore, you are selling "Len's Mill Logo" fabric for 25% off...and alot of that fabric is from Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store in the United States. Are they part of your business partnership? I frequent Jo-Ann Fabric often and the price you are selling is again significantly higher then their price. What is going on? Does Jo-Ann Fabric endorse this?

I know I am only one person but I will wait for your response and then I am going to post this on my quilting blog so I no longer will be only one person

I couldn't wait. I am not a patient person when I am getting ripped off!

Oct 19, 2008


There have been a few posts on blogs about copyright infringement and such when it comes to patterns, fabric and making items from both of them.
I am not understanding how a designer puts out a product- either pattern or fabric and then says that you cannot make something and sell it.
I understand that you can not take credit for a pattern that a designer put their hard work into and totally agree with that, but come on - you are not suppose to buy their fabric and then make something with it and resell it? What the --$@!** .
Many people buy fabric and make items for craft shows, gifts, ebay or etsy shops and sell it.
What is the sense of buying fabric if you cannot make something with it and sell it if you so wish?
I just cannot get my head around that.
Do they not design fabric to sell? and yet they say we cannot make anything to sell with it?
Please someone explain this to me!!!
I was sent a link to this website and it makes for interesting read and confuses the matter even more.
Go see for yourself and let me know what you think:

Sep 10, 2008

What was I thinking?

A few posts ago I showed a Crapapple Hill Studio pattern that I purchased when I skipped off work. My goodness..what was I thinking???? This picture shows part of the pattern on the window with me tracing it with a Pigma .01 pen. That is ALOT of tracing. The pattern requires your panel be the WOF x 15" and there are THREE of them --- so I have a ways to go. I have a 12" square light box but that would just involve too much repositioning so I thought it would be easier with the window method. I think I may want to buy one of those Xray viewers that go the length of the wall in the Xray departments that the doctors use to view your Xray. That would make it alot easier eh? I wonder how long it will take me to stitch that...and you can be sure that I will be alot better at stitcheries when the end of this baby is done.
If you click on the picture it will show you the detail alot better.

Sep 8, 2008

One Down

I regularly visit the sites from overseas and admire their stitching abilities from this side of the pond. Stitchery is much bigger over there then it is here. Well at one of the sites I visit daily: said she had asked to be a stitching angel. So I followed the link and got the information but did not sign up - because quite frankly - I am only testing the waters learning embrodiery and did not want to commit to something that I may not be able to do. But the site did offer you the opportunity to download the FREE stitchery pattern that was posted from designers each Monday. So here is the first one. It is an arm chair caddy for holding your pins and two side pockets. So easy..great directions. In hindsight I am glad that I did not sign up for the swap because I definitely need improvement on my stitches and also because I would not have been able to keep pace with these ladies.. They sure can they stitch!!!

You should go and check out the website at:

Have a nice day.

Sep 6, 2008

She Scored !!!!!!!!!

I love garage sales..but I have not been able to get to any this summer. That changed this morning at 7:30 am while I was reading the paper and having my coffee. The ad said "Quilters Dream" several "bags of material". The sale was up the road. I threw on some clothes and flew up there like a 747 Jet. Well the material was nothing to get excited about.. at least not by me. It was mostly polyester and other unknown fibre. So it stayed there. I would never use it. But these things came home with me. Two baskets, flower pot, two wrought iron bicycles...and three Anne Geddes pictures (still in the car) for my daughter. All of it came to $ 5.00.

Then there are these: Who knew someone could get so excited over candles?? Oh, but wait..I am not using them for candles..I will use them as RULERS to mark squiggly lines on some table runners I am making. Oh yes I will, and I am sure they will work just fine. Price - $0.00 - the lady thought I was nuts so she gave them to me..

But the score of the day was a drafting table (still at the sellers house until pickup). I want to use that to draw some pattern ideas....and for a cutting table. It was only $15.00.
It's going to be a good day!

Aug 31, 2008


Well I guess everyone does it/has done it. I looked at this block and realized what I did and un-sewed it...and then sewed it back together the same way..not once...but four flippin' times..grrr.

It is the Churn Dash block..and there is nothing worse then triangles..except taking them apart!

Picture doesn't show what rich colours these are..when it is done I will get a better pic so it will show colours better.

Now onto other things....I have been gnawing at the bit for grandchildren for the last 2 years. My DS has made it quite clear that I need to look elsewhere ~~ simple as that ~~ no specific reason ~~even though he is the when I look at my DD she gives reasons like... needing to be married before that happens. Really? Since when? Lots of people have babies without being married...I don't know why she can't.....( I know I am not being responsible..but they do) So I tell her to get married ...BUT then she says she needs a boyfriend first......well......would you date either one of them when they look like this?

Well at least they know how to have a good time when they get to see each other!!

Thanks for stopping by.

Aug 27, 2008

Thursday's Haul

As I said I skipped out of work last Thursday. I had ordered a book BEFORE I had found out there was a give a way on her blog for the same book. Go check out her site - her name is Healther Mulder Peterson..Anka Treasures

The quilt I want to make is called Meadow Lane and I would like to do it in her "Winter Spice" fabric line also.
While I was there I bought the new Crabapple Hill Stitchery called " Over the River and Through the Woods"

Then when I got back home I went to The Olde Crow our new LQS and picked up backing for my daughters quilt...finally...and these fat quarters. I got to pop a balloon and got another 30% off the total purchase. Yeah for me! They had 3 fabrics of the "Winter Spice" line I want but I want more of a selection. Will have to check on line for those..The colours are gorgeous.

Aug 23, 2008

Another One

I finally finished the top of the quilt with the Mix & Mingle charm packs. I put a little peeper border on it and then a regular border. I will scallop the border after it is quilted to jazz it up a bit since this is the first quilt I made just with charms packs. When I went to the LQS to pick up some yardage for the peeper and the outside border I had in mind to do the peeper in the torqouise which I did, but I wanted a dark fabric for the outside and they did not have any. So I picked the yardage from the Fall Back in Time line. It looks more yellow then I expected but at least it is done. AND I still love those colours....
I skipped out of work for the afternoon on Thursday and tommorrow I shall post what I bought.

Aug 17, 2008

This is funny

I was browsing - again..and came upon this site: If you click on the link and scross down the page you will come to her post about Quilt Police. I am sure you will find this hilarious!! And check out the awesome Kaleidoscope quilt she has done.

Now, when I was at work last Saturday night, we seen all these cars pulled over on the highway. Wondering what they were doing we had to go see. Well, they all had their cameras out taking pictures of this. It was at 8p.m. after it had rained and the sun peaking through as it was going down made this field look absolutely beautiful. This is when you want to be a good photographer!

Aug 10, 2008


I was putting in time at work Friday and thinking how much I DO NOT want to be there and that I should take a break and go down and buy some fabric..I tried talking myself out of it...because I knew it was totally out of boredom...but the urge just took over.
Well la~de~da..I am so glad I did because our fabric outlet Len's Mills has put in alot more charm squares...and I found the Mix & Mingle by Sandy Gervais there...INCORRECTLY priced at $4.99....Actually there were 5 packs priced at $4.99 and the rest were priced at $8.99. I quickly snatched up those 5 packs..and the whole time I kept thinking of the Ikea commercial where the girl is scurrying out of the start yelling for her husband to start the car!!!

I took the packs and shuffled them up and just started sewing the charms together. Top is now done except for borders and I wll get some yardage today at the LQS.

Aug 6, 2008

Time Flies By

I can't believe that I have not visited my own blog in so long. Time Flies.

I have not been doing much of anything. Busy season at work..actually both jobs are in their busy season ... and then with the heat and humidity I go home I've been reading. I just finished my second Jodi Picoult book that my daughter insisted I read. My Sisters Keeper is a very good book..and it really makes you think. I hear there is or going to be a TV movie out for it. It may already be out in the States but we cannot get it here yet.

I did go to my son's in London for holiday Monday and had a visit with him. It was their annual RibFest but by the time we went to go the rain had started. Oh's all good.

I have been making some table runners - no pics yet - from scraps. I really do want to start another quilt! There is just so many choices for fabrics and's crazy! It is driving ME crazy. First I like one, then I like another one, then it's this colour and then that colour..and on and on I go.

When my daughter hears that I went to a quilt store she just about hyperventilates... she wants to know where HER quilt is. Well princess, it is beside the machine waiting to get quilted...geez .. where do you think it is. So maybe I can't decide what quilt to make next as I am feeling a little..okay...maybe ALOT guilty that I have not finished hers yet. But her birthday is coming in January 2009 and she never really said "which" birthday she wanted it for.

This is a rag quilt that I made 2 years ago. I made one for each of my kids. My Out of Province BFF had made a Christmas rag quilt and I really liked it so I had to try also. Hers was detailed ..mine is simple. So when I was in the States I bought some homespun fabric....Well I was happier then a pig in *#!& when I got it so cheap..come home - cut it all out...then realized I forgot to double the quantity for the backing..Oh I go to Len's Mill Fabric Store who had a terrible selection to start with and ended up paying three times as much for the back as I did for both of the tops....grrrr.

This next picture was a panel I picked up at the Creative Sewing Festival in April 2007. When my other friends father passed away last September she kept reciting the Serenity Prayer over and over. So I took that panel...did some bead embellishment on the wreath and wrote out the prayer with a black Pigma pen and stippled it. She now has it hanging in her guest bedroom.

I was quite pleased with how it turned out.

Below is a mirror frame that I want to paint. It is not primed here but I do have that much done. While I was in London on Monday I went to Home Depot and picked up a quart of Ralph Lauren paint for $22.00. It had better go on like silk..actually for that price it should get itself out of the can and get on there all by itself. I wanted a dark brown/black and Ralph was the only one that had a colour even close to what I wanted. It is called Turret Stairs..and it is all because of this blog: Love her site and how she decorates with refurbished estate and garage sale finds. If I lived down there in Atlanta I would be following her all around every weekend.

That's all for today...Thanks for stopping by.

Jul 22, 2008

Helping Others

I mentioned the other day that Gudrun had put out a call to help quilters that lost so much in Cedar Rapids, IA due to floods.

So here is my box and tommorrow I shall ship it out.
It feels pretty heavy!

Jul 16, 2008


I was reading blogs this morning and happened upon Gudrun Erlas' blog. I am not familiar with her but she is a designer. She has put out a message on her blog to help the quilters in Cedar Rapids,Iowa and surrounding areas that lost so much in the recent floods. She is looking for donations of quilting supplies to help those quilters that lost it all!.
You can go to her blog and read more about it and maybe you also can donate.
You can click on this link and the post is on July 11, 2008.

Jul 15, 2008


Oh yes, that's right. I am lusting...and if BFF is reading this from the new province then she had better be lusting also. We both lusted after Keith Urban..but he is old news and ever since he got married he has turned into a girl...HOWEVER, I will never fall out of lust with my new love - GARY ALLAN.....he will never turn into a girl..and I will think of him everytime I am in an airplane. I have spent about 2 hours now reading his bio from every available site that had any actual info on him and listening to his music. I have pretty much watched all his videos on You Tube also... I heard about Gary Allan last year when my daughter went to see Rascal Flatts in Toronto and he opened for them, and she told me his wife had died and the song he sang was one he wrote after she passed away..but selfish..terrible me...I was too busy quilting to pay attention..when I should have been consoling him. You can check him out here if you wish:
Did I mention how much I am lusting after him?
Must go - Gary is waiting!!!

Jul 11, 2008


So I put in a full week without taking care of my bosses wife...Weird..I did not know how to work for a full 8 hours. For the last 6 months I have only been getting 3/4 of a days work in as the rest of the time was taking care of Carolyn. It will take me a bit to get back in the swing of things I think. On Wednesday I mailed for them ...get this...450 thank you cards..and they were waiting for their order of another 200 thank you cards from the funeral home!. Wholly.........who knows that many people?? Just think...those thank you cards only went to those that made donations to a charity or sent flowers....Seriously....who knows that many people???? They used 2 guest books at the funeral home....I am gobsmacked..................... Like I said I was there 10 years and I am thinking...where the hell were all these people for the last 10 years and why did you not come and see or call or send cards in the last 6 months of her life?

On the quilting front - I have not done any sewing.....but I think I shall work on my daughter's quilt. That would be the RIGHT thing to do. BUT...... Oh I know...I shall go to the quilt store in town in the morning to see what else I can buy that I don't need.

Last time I went there they had fat quarters for $1.00 and yardarge for $5.00 of Northcott Fabric Line called Hanky Panky by Ro Gregg. Who could resist those prices and they had some of the entire line. So with them I have put together this pattern called Porch Swing by Bella Moon. I had seen it made up at the Creative Sewing Festival Spring show in Toronto with April Cornell "Sunshine Fabric".

It was gorgeous made out of the Sunshine Fabric Line so I bought the pattern. HOWEVER, I was quite surprised to find out that the whole thing is made only with one block - and a LOG CABIN block at that. How did I miss that? I didn't need a pattern to do that. So when I got the Hanky Panky fabric so cheap I decided I would use that. I still have a final border to put on it. Maybe that will get done tommorrow???? So here it is so far:

Here's a couple of close ups of the fabric.....Geez, I take awful pictures....The colours are much nicer in person. My daughter has the same camera so she is going to have to show mama how to take a proper picture. I've seen her pics and they are nice..must just be me or our lighting here.

Then again..I really should pull some weeds before the neighbours think I have abandoned the house. I hear they send the city in to clean up the yard and send you the bill after it becomes an eye sore so I could wait for that....wonder how much that costs? Probably more then I would save on fabric - even if they had more at $1.00 a fat quarter.

Have a great weekend..thanks for stopping by.

Jul 5, 2008

Back in January I went with my daughter to Ikea in Burlington. On the way I HAD to stop at a quilt store in Waterdown. Well they had a sample of this quilt hanging up with these exact colours and my daughter asked me if I could make that for her birthday, which is in January. Well OF COURSE I can, lets pick out the material! I want those exact colours she said. Well I was surprised but said to the lady "Can you collect me the exact same fabrics as your sample?"
So she did, we left, I put the top together and there it sits UNFINISHED. I think she should have been a bit clear on which birthday year she wanted it.
The pattern is Cheese 'n Crackers from Atkinsons Designs and if I had not seen the pattern made with these colours I would probably never would have purchased the pattern. The colours shown on the pattern cover is not very enticing at all. Goes to show you - it's all about colour!!. It was such an easy and fun pattern that I will do another one....eventually.

The first picture is from the package and the second is the one I made for my daughter.
I actually just love the colours in it. They look wild but go together so nice. I think it is the white that makes it stand out. Love. Love. Love. It.

Jul 4, 2008

Another Journey

I work in a small construction company's office..the office being attached to my employers house and have been there for 10 years. I became the adopted daughter. Two years ago my bosses wife was diagnosed with terminal cancer and it had held its own until this past January. After a few days in hospital her wish was to come home to live her final days and it was at this time that her palliative care started. Between my boss and I, we have taken care of her since then. I looked after her the most, probably because the office is right there and I certainly could not just shut the door and pretend she was not on the other side. Her family did what they could, when they could but the main care was from me and my boss. She passed away July 1 at age 64!
This is the message she was given at the cancer centre when first treated: Any women who spots blood after menopause needs to have their doctor prove to them that it is NOT CANCER. before allowing them to prescribe progestrone for spotting. Unfortunately by the time she had her hysterectomy it had spread to her adominal cavity. It was a rare form of pappillary serous carcenoma and she was diagnosed at Grade 4. Her only symptom was spotting.
In fairness to her was suggested to her that she have a hysterectomy about 8 yrs ago but she did not want to have that done ( no one had mentioned the "C "word only that she did not need her uterus any longer ) so she was quick to accept whatever treatment they prescribed to her in the early stages that did not involve surgery. Would the outcome be any different? Who knows.

Today is a Gift.....Tommorrow is promised to NO ONE.

Jun 27, 2008

How blogging started

A friend of mine that does not sew or quilt sent me a link one day to Bonnie Hunters' site and that was it. I became hooked on her site with all the generous patterns and tutorials that she put up and that led me to following blogs.

This quilt is the first I made from Bonnie's tutorials. Of course it is not finished yet..but it will get done...someday!

Soon I found and began following her adventures and and I have been waiting patiently for her to put a tutorial up on the way she did a hexagon quilt. Yesterday she got it up. So this is the next quilt I will be making for sure. Check it out..
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Jun 24, 2008

Last post I had shown a picture of the quilt I made for my (future) granddaughter. But I was prepared..I made one for my (future) grandson also. Oh yes I did...and actually I made two of each..exactly the same..just in case my DS or DD decided "theirs" was better for "their" child. So no need for any bickering...if they both have girls first...done..if they both have boys first...done..if they have one of each...done...Like I said I am prepared..or hmmm..maybe a bit desperate for a grandchild? The one I made for the "boy" was from a panel ( yeah I cheated after all the pinwheels in the girls) but the panel was so crooked I had to cut each alphabet square out and put a small sashing in between. I do NOT use panels any more. Lesson learned. I can make it crooked squares all by myself-I do not need to pay good money for them.

Jun 22, 2008

Get on with it

I am feeling alot better then I was Friday, so I decided that I would wait until I get a CatScan done on my back before I let the physio people at me again.

I still can't sit very long but it is getting no excuse for not going to work tommorrow.

Since I can't sit and sew I think I shall clean the sewing cave this afternoon and leave you with some pictures of a quilt I made for my grandaughter. I can't remember where I had seen this quilt but thought it was an easy one. I made it 2 yrs ago and it was hand stitched...I know I need practice doing that, but it won't be anytime too soon!

Oh, did I mention that I don't have a granddaughter yet? Just thought I should do one because I may not be here by the time my DS or DD decide to give me one! DD has no interest in even dating right now..DS is seeing a girl off and on who has 2 children so I let him know that pre-made grandchildren would be perfectly acceptable with me. The clock is ticking..maybe not theirs but mine is...They need to get on these things in a timely manner eh!!

Jun 19, 2008


Who would have thought? I have comments!! Hurray!! I joined two Quilting Rings..and all in one day I might add.

I have been lurking around this quilters website quite a while and absolutely love her "A Bit Askew" quilt that she made for her aunt. Go and check it out.

I have been stalking for a long long time and am still wondering how she gets her quilts done so quick and hosts quilt alongs also...Amazing I say. My BFF that is moving to another Province at the end of the month did the first quilt along..Wonder if she finished it??

Today was 2nd physio appointment. Yesterday I was in more pain then I was when I went in there and not a happy camper at all. So I called and complained - well not really - I only voiced my opinion in an agitated tone - one that one would expect one to have when they are in agony...however..these girls don't scare easily as they convinced me to go back today. Hmmm..well I can walk straight, but can't sit I am on my knees at this time typing away here. I haven't tried quilting on my knees yet....But I am sure I will be able to kneel at my desk tommorrow at work. My boss will make sure of that no doubt.

So enough of all that whining.....let me show you a table runner I have made. It is from the Spring 07 issue of America Loves Scrap Quilts by Jo Beth Simons. I did not make it exactly like the pattern as I had these scraps I wanted to use and they were only 2.0". Being the novice quilter I am I thought I would find it easier to lay it out on quilter grid and sew on the lines..NOT!! I do not like that stuff. But it's done and it was a bit more experience so it's all good in the end. The applique is raw edge and sewed with a satin stitch. I think you can double click to make it larger if you wish.
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Jun 18, 2008

Table Topper

I received these gorgeous Northcott fat quarters from my friend at Xmas. I really should have picked off the threads before I took the picture..but I didn't. I did however take them off after I took the picture! Originally I was going to make something for her with them, but I didn't. Then I decided it would go to my brother in Nova Scotia, but it didn't. It did go to a friend of my son's on Saturday night when they were in town visiting me. Hope she really does use it on a table and not put it in a closet.

Getting old is Not for the weak!

So my back has been bothering me off and on and finally I decided to break down and pay for physiotherapy. WELL that did not go well. I feel worse today then when I went in there!! After that tortured me for an hour I came home and went to bed and that is where I probably should be right now. However, the whole idea behind going to physio was I may as well pay up since I would end up losing work time if I didn't. Well low and behold, I am not going into work any time soon this morning!!! Then at noon I will call them and ask them what the heck they did to me!!

Jun 16, 2008

First Day

Today is the first day of setting up this blog. I guess after stalking..oops "lurking" at other blog for the past year I felt like getting in the game. It looks like it may be fun. Another reason, my BFF is moving out of the province so I will need to be able to post my quilting attempts for her to see. I am going to miss her !! This post will be short and sweet since I am trying to figure out what the heck I am doing. Why does it not help that I have a Diploma that says "Microcomputer Business Applications Specialist"? I knew I got ripped on that one.