Sunday, July 26, 2015

I Spy Progress...

 A peek at what I'm doing with my "I Spy" charms from our exchange. 
 I have all my charms boxed in now (about 180), and ready to make into rows. There are probably too many of them to make one quilt, so I may have to make two!!  

 I had my first (of many) quilting friends join me at my trailer for a day of quilting on Friday. We had a lovely and productive time. I then cleaned up my sewing stuff for card friends to join me for a Canasta that night. I got skunked, but we had a great time, good food, and lots of laughs.

A pic of Friday night's sunset out at my home away from home.
You don't see much of that when living in the city...
So peaceful out there...

Happy Stitching!!


Sunday, July 19, 2015

A Fly By Photo!

 I brought my Bro and SIL out to see my trailer last week. Bro came with a small helicopter camera thingy, and took photos from the air. He got some very neat photos!!! Thanks Bro!!!
 This critter visited here last Thursday. Saw him about 4 times that day. I haven't seen him since, and hope that I don't. I don't need another critter living under my deck. That is the rabbits home! lol... I think this is a gopher, but not sure...?
 Spent another day at the trailer sewing up a storm yesterday. Same two projects as mentioned in the previous post. Making 9-patches here...
 Though, I think I made more progress on my I Spy. I got quite a few square-in-a-squares done. Many more to go! I have a feeling that this may end up being a VERY LARGE quilt. TOO large, so I may make two quilts.
Apparently my GS#1 and GS#4 were wondering why Grammy made GD#1 a quilt, and not them. DD2 informed them that they do have quilts from Grammy, and showed them. GS#1 Thinks he should have a red and blue one like GS#4, because those are his favorite colors, but his is green. I guess it is time to make him a big boy quilt! He'll be 4 this September....?... A new quilt for his birthday maybe? Heck why not! I've got so little to do! lol!

That be it for this week!

Happy Stitching!


Monday, July 13, 2015

Myra's Hide-Away...

Photos from Friday.
Getting settled into my hide-away, slowly but surely, with bits and pieces of furniture from here and there... It doesn't have to match, just needs to be functional and comfortable. 
(I already have a future card night planned for here in two weeks!)
 Every trip there to stitch I bring more things with me... That's why you see the plastic tote in the forefront here. It is sitting by the door to go home with me for more items.
 Getting set up. I was going to set up shop in the large bedroom, but it has been too hot in that South facing room. Seems the A/C barely makes it tolerable for me in the living area, thus I set up in the kitchen.
I busied myself with strip piecing for one project (Summer Solstice), and then attaching charms to a WOF strip for my I Spy quilt for the grandchildren.

Photos from Saturday.
On this day I did some pressing in my "sweat shop" (I'm melting....), and got most of my cross cuts done. Only half showing here.
 I just had to put a few 9-patches together to see how it was going to look. I was worried that the green would be overpowering. Now I'm thinking it might be okay...
 I also did some pressing and cutting on my I Spy, but didn't take a photo. Next time...

I haven't stayed overnight in my hide-away yet, as I haven't stocked the cupboards and fridge yet, nor brought any changes of clothes. Rome wasn't built in a day... Right!?! All in good time! 

Hope you all had a great weekend!
Stay safe!
Happy stitchings!


Friday, July 10, 2015

I Spy....

 All my I Spy charms are at the ready, and I've bought and cut up all my background pieces (the white fabric, and the black fabric), and I will start putting the blocks together when my sewing-room, in my "home away from home", is all set up ... Photos to come.
 I just couldn't pass up sharing this cutie-pa-tootie photo of my GD#1.
She is 3 months old now.

Till next time....


Monday, July 6, 2015

Happy Canada Day...

 ...a tad late, but I hope all my Canadian friends had an enjoyable day with family and friends!
 I've been busy with my "home away from home" project. All services connected and working, so I've been busy vacuuming, carpet cleaning, and washing everything down, in preparation for furniture and all my sewing supplies. I'm hoping to bring things in by this coming Wednesday!! Woohoo!!!

Mmmmm..... Strawberries.... 
Especially good because the twins helped pick them!! 
What a cute family selfie photo hey!?!
Back to packing now...

Happy stitching!


Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Ashern Quilt Show

 I forgot to show you some quilt show photos from a few weeks back!!

These are the quilts that really popped for me. Some are sideways, sorry about that.

This one has a lot of depth to it. Of course after seeing this I bought some striped fabric (below)
 How striking is this!?! A mother made for daughter.
 Love the added applique on this one! Gives it so much more interest.
 Love the color scales on this one...
 This one was just plain different. Centers are Yo-yos. Love it!
 My purchases from Mama Bears Quilt Shop (Ashern).
 My purchases from Keystone vendor at show.
Okay! Now I AM going on a fabric diet for the rest of the year! Really! Once I put my mind to it, I do very well. I've done it many times over the last 8 years...

Now it is time to get serious with my sewing!!

Happy stitching!


Saturday, June 27, 2015

WB Shop Hop

 Our Wonky Bits gals did our own shop hop this past week, complete with a nice lunch stop. I needed fabric like I needed a hole in my head, but you know how that goes! I had full intentions of not buying anything, but.....

So here you see six fabric I picked out for a shadow boxes quilt, plus two fat quarters I liked.
 Six of our eight WB gals have decided to make quilts from Helen Frost & Catherine Skow's book Radiant Shunshine & Shadows. These are the fabrics I came home with for the pattern in the photo. It's called Summer Solstice. Approx 50"x64"
I seem to be committing to starting a few new quilts.... I really should finish some that I've started!!
Quilt tops to sandwich, and quilt tops to finish... Ah well... You know how that goes too I am sure...

When I am set up in my trailer and staying there, I hope to have a friend over to quilt with me every other day. I know I'll get lots done then. I always seem to get more done in company of a fellow quilting friend.

Happy stitching!


Sunday, June 21, 2015

Happy Father's Day!

 Family Time...
 All five grand-children... Too bad GD#1 isn't in pink...
 Grammy made popcorn for the twins...
They are heading back to Wisconsin Tuesday.


Thursday, June 18, 2015

Trailer Thoughts...

 I drew out my trailer get-away dimensions, to figure out what piece 
of furniture I want where, especially for the room I'll be sewing in.
It is going to be a tight fit, but doable...

Hydro should be hooked up soon... I hope!!

If I get things moved in by the end of this month, to be able to function, 
would be sooooo very happy... 

Happy stitchings!
Hope you are all having wonderful weather!


Saturday, June 13, 2015

GD#1's Quilt - Done!

 Not the best photo, but here it is. Quilt-as-you-go, 
complete with Prairie Points and Yo-Yos...
 A label on the back, and now to wash it, and give it to our little darling grand-daughter...

We have DD#1 here with the twins.
Busy, busy boys...
Grammy needs a rest!!!


Friday, June 5, 2015

What's been going on?

 At Wonky Bits last week, friend PG had 6 Bonnie Hunter quilts left in her car (of 25 quilts) from a trunk show she did at Manitoba Prairie Quilt Guild's "International Day". All the ladies at that even loved her trunk show, and were totally in awe of her work... 
Our WB ladies OOed and AWed over these six beauties!!
 Yesterday I dropped by our area's newest (only) quilt shop, Keystone Quilt Shop to order a roll of batting. Good sale on right now. Anyway, I should have known better... I should have just called in my order, but no! I had to stop in, and you know what that means!!! Not good for the credit card... Tsk-Tsk!

I love blues. It must be from my Dutch heritage (the art of Delft Blue in ceramics), so of course 
I couldn't pass these fabrics up. I thought they would work great in this pattern I have at home.
 Then there is the "sale" shelves to look at, and the fat quarters to look through... Sigh...
I also could not pass up the cloth License Plate that they are promoting for the "Row by Row Experience" shop hop. I had to have one, even though I'll not be taking part in that experience. 
It would be nice, but I have enough on my plate right now...
 Then a stop at the grocery store for a few things, ended up with these goodies in the cart. 
You can never have enough magazines.... Ya right!!! Don't know why I buy, 
because there is soooo much on the internet to see, find, etc...
 Yo-Yos on my GD#1's quilt. Fifteen to be exact! Now all I have to do is the label 
and binding... All I have to do... whether I get to it right away is the question...
 I have a quilt show to attend tomorrow in Ashern!!!
Of course while out there, I'll have to visit the vendors, 
and drop by Mama Bear's Quilt Shop!!
I'm in big trouble... Yikes!!

Happy stitchings!


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Retreat Photos...

 As mentioned a couple posts back, we were doing an "I Spy" exchange at this retreat. Six of us taking part, and agreed we should have a due date as to when the quilt tops were due to be shown, but for some reason a date was not agreed on...yet! 
 I'm recalling that they should be done by the end of this year. 
"I Spy" pattern is up to the individual.

These blocks were done by friend LS. Toonie-Tuesday packages she collected from a local quilt shop a while back... She/we are quite proud of her success with her points, to the point she is saying, that maybe she is ready for a Bonnie Hunter Mystery. 
 I said, that if she does, I will join her. Been wanting to do a Bonnie Hunter 
for a while now, but I just haven't jumped in yet.

DW brought a quilt to show us that her sister had made while wintering down south.
Lovely! I believe is was all Batiks.
 A few posts back I showed you a new book that I purchased with this pattern in it. I never should have brought the book to share with my gals "yet", as now I wasn't the first of my group to do this pattern. The "Disappearing Churn-dash". DL, who is very quick at whipping up a quilt-top, decided fabrics she brought to the retreat would work great with this pattern, so proceeded to whip up the blocks... Love the print background.
 So now, my accomplishments from the weekend...

A pillowcase for our GS#4.
 A Quilt-as-you-go quilt (like YN's done here) for GD#1. 
All it needs now is a few Yo-Yos, and the binding...
 Much needed receiving blankets for our grand-daughter. It is ok to have her wrapped in the boy's blankets at home, but not when out visiting or in public!!  ;)
 I sewed some more 25-patch blocks, pieced some rows, and combined them, just to see how it was going to look. Much more to be done to finish this quilt top up...
Pattern - Quick Quilts - March 2010 - Raspberry Cheesecake, I posted about it here too...
 And now, a photo of DGS#1, with his very first catch, on his very first "gone fishing with Daddy" trip. A very small catfish in his hand. 
 "It was really wiggly Grammy, and then a put it back in the water."

Wonky Bits on Thursday. I may have some more show and tell photos from that gathering...

Happy Stitching!


Saturday, May 23, 2015

Retreat Time Again!

We are at our five-day May retreat having a great time! I can't seem to figure out how to access my photos on my iPod, so that will have to wait till I'm home to do in my desktop comp.

Wonderful weather here! Hope you are enjoying some in your patch of the world!

Happy stitching!


Saturday, May 16, 2015

A Shop Day + G-Babes

Bought a few FQ for an I Spy Charm exchange.
Had to stop in at a 10,000 Villages Shop.
Love my new bracelet!
 I envy our NFLD friend's backyard view... 
Photo taken 2 weeks ago.
All five of our grand-babies. Hopefully we will have them all 
in one photo, together, very soon.

Hope you are enjoying your May long-weekend!