Monday, August 3, 2015

A LAZY SUMMER......AND A FINISH

Well Helloooooooo : )  I trust your summer is going great so far.  Last month, hubby and I took a little trip to the East Kootenays back to where my father was born.  We stayed at a beautiful ski lodge for a reasonable price as it is off season. Each day, we came down off the mountain into the little town of Fernie, B.C.   I think I'd like to retire there. It's very quaint with lots of nice shops and good eats.


city hall


While there, I finished up a quilt for my grandson who wasn't born yet.  He is my father's name sake, so I thought it was kind of neat to be wandering around the town that his Great Grandpa toddled in : )

I pulled fabrics from my stash after seeing Ashley's quilt over at Film in the Fridge.  The fabrics were sitting out on the table and my daughter in law commented how much she loved that combination. 
Well, you don't have to ask me twice! Sewing commenced right away and as luck would have it, I found this yarn that was a perfect match too.






It's just little, measuring 36" x 45" but is perfect for his cradle.  

He did arrive, 2 weeks late, after I returned to work. That's ok though. I had the privilege of being there when he was born at home, so we had a little chat about keeping Gramms waiting : )



It's nice to be back in this space. Thanks for reading and enjoy your day


Tuesday, July 7, 2015

JULY

I love summer.  As someone who is always cold, July is my favourite month of the year.  Number 1 it's hot, and number 2, well........it's hot!

I've taken the better part of July off of work to snuggle my new grandson when he arrives and do a bit of traveling.

This has given me a chance to do some catch up on my sewing.
I made a couple of pouches.



This 'bubbles' block for Rene in the Mid Century Modern group.  This was a lot of work, but I love it


these improv Log Cabin blocks for Emily who asked for grey/cream solids for the outer ring. These were so fun to just grab random scraps from my basket and sew without thinking


If you're familiar with the Row by Row shop hop, the license plates came for Katja's quilt shop and of course she had to have something to do with hexagons. After all, she wrote the book  : )
I want this on my car.......




This fall, we are going to be doing the Patchwork City Quilt as a block of the month so I have started the sample blocks


and lastly, the other day, two of my daughter in laws came over for a sew day. One of them made her first little quilt and the other covered a piece of foam for a cradle that has been around for 50+ years.
It's the cradle that I was in as a baby. We used this laminated cotton in an elephant print. 


My job is to sew this stack of flannels into sheets to cover it and seeing as baby is due tomorrow, I best get on with that.

Have a lovely July.  I hope to have lots of finishes to show you when I get back from vacation !

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

DISTRACTIONS

As I've mentioned here before, I'm easily distracted  : )  I should be finishing quilts, but I've got the knitting bug again and there just aren't enough hours in the day to do it all. Recently I finished off the little hat I was making for my soon to be grandson.  The little shoes were a thrift store find


My co-worker Barb brought me this lovely skein of yarn all the way from Amsterdam.  It was so nice to work with. I'm excited I've got lots left for something else

Quiltmania has been a favourite magazine for a very long time.  I managed to get my hands on the Spring 2015 issue and there is a quilt in there I am dying to make..........but not yet.  I did however start a different project from the issue


more english paper piecing


which led to this little sunflower.  My 'accordion' stem needs some work.......

Oh and then there's this


This is a quarter of a circle.  It took a while to piece, but I love how it came out.  Three more sections to go, then I will show you the whole thing.

Hope you get lots of sewing time  : )

*****Thanks so much for all the nice comments on my house quilt.  I'm really looking forward to the real finish : )  I've had a few people comment lately that I can't reply to.  I do try each time, but if there is no e-mail on your profile page, then I just can't find you.     : (

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

A MID WEEK FINISH

I sewed the last few seams together to finish the Hillside Houses quilt top.  Hubby held it up for me to snap a couple of pictures.   This was a really fun top to make, and I'm a fan of solids now for sure!



I used a few different yellows for the windows which makes it have more depth


Next month, I have an appointment with the quilter.  So looking forward to seeing what she does  : )


Just LOOK at this backing!  Houses no less.  It's called Shanty Town by Brandon Mably for Westminster Fibers.  I think that's what I will call this quilt when it's finished.

Have a lovely week end

linking up with Needle and Thread Thursday
let's bee social

Saturday, June 13, 2015

BASKET BLISS AND A RECIPE

This past week I've had some pretty amazing happy mail!  The basket blocks have been pouring in from two of the Bee's I'm involved with



These are so very fun, and there are more to come!!!


It's even fun in black and white

I used to eat Yogourt every day for lunch.  Like for years.  After a painful scare with Kidney Stones,  my daughter in law told me about Apple Cider Vinegar.  Yuck.  It apparently helps with all kinds of things if you can get it past your nose..........



Then I had a Quinoa salad in a little cafe downtown and was instantly a fan of the stuff.  I had never actually cooked Quinoa myself, but gave it a shot to see if I could make something similar to what I had enjoyed so much.


I've blown through a whole bottle of apple cider vinegar just with this one recipe. It's so crispy and fresh !  If I don't eat this for a couple of days, I find myself craving it.

My family is wondering where the yogourt eating,  muffin wielding women went that they used to know !   She's gone......

..........and the great thing?  After switching to this for lunch I dropped 10 pounds.  Without trying.
Not long ago, we had about 14 for lunch. Some of the men had seconds, and then thirds. There wasn't a sniff of it left.  I was a little upset  : )

I thought I would share how I make it here in case you would like to try yourself.  I serve this as a side dish to anything and everything !

It makes a lot, so start with a big bowl

1 cup of organic Quinoa, cooked  (this fluffs up to quite a lot)
1 small bag blanched almonds, whole or slivered
1 113g bag of organic dried cranberries
1 cup chopped broccoli
1 yellow pepper diced
1 cup diced carrots
1/2  cup feta cheese chopped small  (cow feta, not the stinky stuff)
1 apple diced

dressing:

1/3 cup blood orange infused Olive oil
2 tblsp. Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
1 tsp. salt                                                            Whisk all these ingredients together and drizzle over
1/2 tsp. pepper                                                     ingredients in bowl.  Gently fold into mixture.
1 clove of garlic chopped fine                             Chill and serve.
1 tsp. honey



Hope you enjoy  : )

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Monday, June 8, 2015

A PROJECT / DIAPER BAG

The other night, I took a class and made my first bag. Insert happy face here!  This bag was designed to hold a 15" square plastic tote, but I decided to scale it back a bit and make mine into a diaper bag.
It's still pretty big,  but it needs to be  : )


I just love this text print.  It's a heavier weight and worked perfect for the bag. The bottom is a linen stripe


Inside I put a zipper pocket and a couple of other pockets to hold necessities....



like diapers and such



Once again, I sewed up a pair of reversible pants


and the back.  So cute!!! These are Organic cottons from Birch Fabrics and the pattern is Quick Change Trousers from the book Handmade Beginnings


I'm thrilled with how the bag came out.  Thanks Barb for a fun class.  Just a few more weeks and I can gift it to Mommy : )

stats:
15 x 15 x 7
made by me
pattern by Barb

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD

There's been a bit of construction going on this week. These house blocks have been a lot of fun to piece.


My neighbourhood is getting big fast!


I need to stop and re-read the instructions because I'm a bit lost right now. Time to sew my pieces together into rows and go from there.  I think the quilt sort of 'twinkles'  : )

Thanks so much for all the nice comments of my last post. A couple of readers suggested a hat to match.  I do have a hat on the needles but it's not turquoise. Perhaps the next one, as a baby can never have too many hats.


Enjoy your week.

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wool on Sundays  (on Sunday)