Thursday, November 19, 2015

Eye Candy...

 Friend PG's freshly sandwiched quilt.
A block of the month from group.
Love those colors together. 
I think I missed my chance to collect such.
 DL's tree skirt. Done!
Yahoo! Another finish!
 D's awesome top, minus the borders yet.
Love the movement/effect of this one!
Picture taken from the loft above,
 YC's interpretation of Bonnie Hunters "Easy Street"
Looks so very different from others I have seen because 
of her color choices/placement.
Getting my binding sewn onto GS#1's Rag Quilt.
Then the snippy fun starts... which I heard is not fun.
More eye candy next time.


Sunday, November 15, 2015

2015's Annual November Big Retreat

 Just home this afternoon from our annual "big" retreat, as opposed to our 
many small retreats throughout the year. I didn't get more done 
than the first thing on my list, but I kept busy stitching (and "un"stitching).

This flannel side are the rows for GS#1's Rag Quilt. I have one more seam to do 
to complete the assembly, then make and attach the binding, snip seams, and launder.
 Here lays the recycled jean side in rows.
 Hopefully I will get it all done in short order, because I have my Sunshine and Shadows 
 quilt top to complete before the first Bonnie Hunter Mystery clue is released.

Drum-roll please.... This is my friend Doreen's result of my Mystery I led 
a few years ago. She finished her quilt top at the retreat. 
She put a nice twist on the borders.
 Way to go Doreen!!! Love it!!!

Lastly, here is my Oak Tree forest again. I'm really pleased at the 
number of them that have started growing. Awesome!!
I shall share a few photos of all the quilty goodness from the retreat soon.

Hope you've been enjoying sunshine this past weekend 
like we have in my patch of the world.

Heartfelt thoughts and prayers for France.


Thursday, November 12, 2015

I Spy...

Quilt top done!!
Six gals exchanged charms for this project. 
Hoping to get photos of their quilt tops to share.

Heading out to a retreat tomorrow morning! Whoopee!!

Have a great weekend everyone!


Sunday, November 1, 2015

I think I'm ready!?!

Well, I've done it! I've committed to doing "my first" Bonnie Hunter Mystery!! 

There are a few of us in my group that will tackle this BH-M as our firsts. 
We have a few gals that have done the BH-Ms for years already, and we will join them! 
Whether will all join them next year will remain to be seen...?

I've picked out some stash fabrics at home, 
but I still need to go through my scrap bins (at trailer)
 The only fabrics I'm questioning are some of what is in the "gold" pile.
Are some too light? Too yellow? Too dark?
We shall see?

Wish me luck, cause I'll be needing it! :)

Happy Stitching!


Thursday, October 29, 2015

A Bit of Stitching...

 I dug out a project that I must have started about 8-10 years back.
 I ripped out what I had started, and started over again because my 
strips were too wide...?... I think they may be still, but I'm going with it.
 Three Oak trees started now. I'm pointing to the third here.
 This "owl" is for my grandbabies to lay on. All minky. nice and soft. 
I bought it for $2 on an auction site! can't make one for that price!!
Also in the photo, "my" baby-doll from my paternal grandmother. 
A Christmas gift when I was 18 months old. Five of us granddaughters 
received one that year. She's old, but our babies/kids lover playing with her.


Wednesday, October 21, 2015

What's New?

Skirting is done and insulated now. Ready for the winter.Hopefully it will be warm enough so that 
"I WILL be able to stay there" at times during the coldest part of the year.
About three weeks ago I popped out there with hubby for half hour (I needed out a bit while sick). Good thing too!! It seems my propane stove has a leak!! Talk about stink!! TURN OFF propane tanks DH!!! Stove is going. 
Hotplate, toaster oven to take its place, and more micro-wave usage. Much safer!

I've been feeling better (still using puffers though), so have spent a bit of time at my hideaway, though not up to sewing yet. I've been catching up on my reading, and making the odd puzzle. Very relaxing.
Ten weeks ago I collected fifteen acorns, checked to see which ones were good, twelve. I planted them in a pail. One came up two weeks ago, and I'm pointing to a second coming up that I just discovered this morning while watering them. So pleased. I will have to transplant soon.
Next week I get my Flu Shot, and possibly the Pneumonia Shot.
Got to cover all my bases!

I am hoping to start some stitching later this week. Apparently I've got a blue-jean rag quilt to make for my eldest grandson. The weight of it is apparently good for children with sensory issues, so we are going to give it a try.

Happy stitching friends!


Sunday, October 11, 2015

Four Weeks Gone...

 Nothing quilt or family related to show, as I've been sick since my retreat. Bronchitis, possibly Pneumonia Doc says. So, that is four weeks of this year I'm missing on normal living and creating!! Not happy about it, but what'cha gonna do? It happens, right!?! Right now I'd say I'm maybe 30% better. I had wanted to spend our Canadian Thanksgiving weekend out at the trailer sewing with friends, but... So I'll show you some photos from my last stay there.

Land-Gulls were following the farmer around while tilling up the land around me.
 The western sky in the early morning. Sun shining on the tree, with the dark clouds behind it.
 Early moon on the day of the lunar eclipse.
 Best photo of 25, taken with my iPhone, of the Lunar Eclipse.
To "my quilting gals" that have been keeping track that I post once a week for 2015, am I forgiven for these last few weeks? Hmmm...?

Happy stitching!
Be well!


Saturday, September 19, 2015

Retreat Time!

 I had a wonderful retreat weekend, though I came home sick. 
Hey! It happens right!?
There were seven of us, with three pop in visitors on Saturday.
This is my work space. I was working on my "I Spy".
 This is our set up. Cozy right!?!
 This is one of the quilt tops worked on this weekend. It is friend Yn's.
 This is my Sunshine and Shadows "Summer Solstice" project I had mentioned in past posts. I'm finally getting to blocks put into rows! Do you see anything amiss? 
 I think I will give it another name though, because it is not done in the colors as the one in the book.

GrS#1 turned 4!! I can't believe he is 4 already!!! And started pre-school too yet!
 His younger brother, GrS#4, just got glasses, and is finding some interesting spots to hide them from his mother when he doesn't want to wear them. Little stinker!
 Summer is coming to a close for many of us, and I look forward to my favorite time of the year. Fall.

Happy stitching!


Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Retreat time!!

Summer is over, and it is time for retreats to start up again!!
Boy am I and my gals ready for one!!!
Getting things packed up... 
... and ready to head out tomorrow morning...
First stop my Wonky Bits quilt group gathering,
and then on to the retreat house from there!!

Some serious stitching will be done!! 

Hope you have a good and productive weekend!


Saturday, September 5, 2015

A lovely quiet week...

 ...at my home away from home. My trailer. A place to sew, 
read, and watch the odd favorite video. 

During this week there, a start on the driveway was made. 
Due to heavy rain, it is at a stand still till it dries up again.
 I got a good start on quilting my Row Robin quilt.
 Quilt a row, read a chapter, quilt, read, and so on...

I even got the binding ready!
Still working some on my I Spy, and Summer Solstice projects.
(recently blogged about)

I am very pleased with the progress I am making
with my renewed interest and effort in my hobby.
All due, I am sure, to having a nice and quiet place to be.

Happy stitching!


Friday, August 28, 2015

Wonky Bits...

Added to my display wall are the first six rows of blocks for my "Summer Solstice" Quilt, from the Sunshine and Shadows book, mentioned in this post, if you wish to check out the links there.
Definitely out of my color comfort zone with the pink and the yellow, but I think it works? Perhaps you can see the green and yellow in the pink print? There are six of us doing a project from the book, and the majority of us went out of our color comfort zone. It will be interesting to see all the projects together when done. A future show and tell post for sure!!! 

It was a Wonky Bits day yesterday, and here is what some of the gals have put together.

PG put together another lovely Bonnie Hunter quilt top. We helped her sandwich it.
 PK's darling baby quilt just needed the binding hand-sitched yet.
 Another of PK's, needing some finishing up on the binding.
And, I didn't take photos of PD's sandwich that she put together, nor the sandwich they helped me with, but here is a link to the quilt top that I'll be quilting next week, hoping to have done and bound for a Sept 10th quilt retreat I have coming up.

Hope you are all having a wonderful summer!

Happy stitching!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

"I Spy"

I've got my display wall put up at my trailer, and already put to good use! Here is the "I Spy" project I am putting together for the grands. 
Not the greatest photo. Cell phone photo...
 Row 2, 3, 4, is how the rows will be when done, the rest is just laid out as to where I want what block. There still needs to be a sashing in between them...

Edit: Sitting here to do today's post (August 28), and it seems I forgot to hit publish for this post for last week. Oops!

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Went to two Quilt Shows today...

So I thought I'd share some wonderful eye candy that I've seen today.

Only machine quilted circles on this quilt, and I love the way they 
stand out on this very simple use of scraps! Very effective!
 Love the fabrics used on these pieces! I bought the tote bag pattern (kit), and friend PD bought the the pattern for the other pieces. Looking forward to making them!
 This one really caught my eye! Take a good look at how the blocks 
are put together, using 9-patches.
 I bought the pattern for this quilt that was on display in a vendors booth. 
Hexies and 3D Flowers that I thought was cute...
 This one would make a great one for a man in one's life. 
I find it very striking...
 A modern quilt. Love it! Something to try at some point...
 This one caught my eye as something totally different. 
Unusual even. I like it!
There were many vendors at this quilt show, and even a few long-arm machines to be tried. Have you ever heard of "George". Tried it. Loved it!!

Happy Stitching, and I hope you are all enjoying a wonderful summer!


Sunday, August 2, 2015

Hot Days of Summer.

 DD#1 is here again for a wedding in Regina this August long weekend...
  Yours truly and the twins.

Fur-girls soaking up the sun, after many rain and cloudy days this past week.
 Friend PD came to my creativity trailer for a day of stitching.
This is her project on the go.
 Fun photo booth pics for a bride and groom keepsake album of all the guests.
DD#1 and twins leave for home Wednesday, and Grammy needs a holiday...