Sunday, November 22, 2015

Trunk shows

I've done three mini trunk shows in my studio over the past few weeks.  The last one was for my friend, no-blog Mary who came up from Toronto for a visit.  There were a lot of tops that were included in my trunk show as well as UFO's that no one has seen before.  Not even on my blog.  They will get shown in time, you will have to be patient.  :o)
We also had a sewing get-together for her in a friend's garage.  Most of the ladies were at retreat with her last fall and it was good for all of us to be together again.  Of course, there was a show & tell.

Lyn (on the right) from Timmins, Ontario came down at the same time as Mary and it was nice to see her again.  She brought this quilt that she is taking with her when they travel down to Arizona for the winter months.  She was telling us where she got her fabrics from.  Some here in Canada, some from Arizona.  A mish-mash of fabrics but they sure worked out well.
No-blog Mary showed us (in orange outfit) her quilt.  She had some Scottie dog fabric that she fussy cut and sewed onto the border.  How creative!
There were more quilts, but I can't show photos as they are secret for now.  I can only say that there were a lot of ooh's and aah's and drooling.

We had a snowfall overnight.  A great day to stay indoors and sew.  I do have lots to show, but can't for now.  You know .... Xmas gifts.

Have a great day!

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Tumbler Topper

Say those words fast.  LOL

Anyway, my tumbler is now a top!  Oh, happy days are here again ....

My original fabric for the borders were discarded.  They just did not suit the look.  Going through my stash, this stripe is better, much better.

This plain red for the outer border is perfect.  The size of this top finishes at 86-1/2" x 90-3/4".  What started as a Bonnie Hunter leader/ender project ended up being sewn together very quickly.  I just couldn't wait to see the top done and I'm glad that I didn't wait.
 What is up next for borders?  My apple core.  Stay tuned for a photo of this top.

Oh yes, Happy Days Are Here Again!

Have a great day!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Getting there

My tumblers are all sewn together.  They just need borders.  Borders, borders, borders ... the story of my life.  :o)

I have quite a few tops that just need borders and that is something that will get rectified soon enough.

Anyway, after playing around with fabrics, I do believe this will be the final selection.  Now, to just get them cut and sewn on.  Oh procrastination .... go away!
Have a great day!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Aussie visitors

Our Aussie visitors have come and gone for another visit.  What a great time we had!  It didn't seem that it has been 3 years since their last visit with us.  We just picked up where we left off and talked away for hours.

Besides talking, we did a few outings to give them a taste of North Bay and the Great White North.  The weather was beautiful this time and there still was colour in the trees.

We did a haunted walk.  That was interesting.  Even I learned a few things about North Bay and I grew up here.

Jennifer wanted to attend a ukulele session at our local music store (Music City) and that was arranged.  A few emails and viola, she was in.  She was most welcomed and she got to have her fix after being away from her uke for quite a number of weeks now.  There were almost 30 people attending the session of singing and playing the ukulele.  A grand evening indeed!  The leader of the group is hoping that DH and I come back and join the club.  I'm not musically gifted, so not sure about that.
DH and I took them for a drive out to our cottage.  We put them to work helping us do the final closing for this year.  They learned a few things about what is necessary for closing the cottage for winter.  Standing on our front porch, we see Kevin; that is me with my back turned towards the camera and there is Jennifer in the rear.  Our cottage is simple.  No electricity, no running water.  Simple and a great place to go for relaxation.  Now, when I write about quilting at the cottage, she will know what I'm talking about and can visualize being there.
Here we are standing beside our now straightened shed.  It was badly leaning and we just had to do something before it finally tumbled to the ground.  It was greatly admired.  It took quite a number of weeks of hard work by my DH and brother to get it sound and straight.   All the buildings you see belong to our family property that is shared between three siblings.
On the way back from the cottage, we stopped at a lookout beside the highway to admire Lake Nipissing.  It was a beautiful day.
 Here is DH checking out the bear-proof garbage bins.  Even he had trouble getting the lid to open.
A few days were spent just sitting in the living room with ipads and lap tops and soaking up the sunshine streaming through the windows.  Jennifer amused herself with just a wee sample of my quilting books.
This little fella kept us amused with his gathering of peanuts that we tossed out the kitchen patio door.  This was the first time they saw a chipmunk.
A show and tell of all my quilt tops was presented.  No photos were taken, but I should have because they were all over my studio afterwards and what a mess it was.  :o)  Jennifer has seen those tops on my blog, but it just is not the same as seeing them in person.

A few outings to restaurants, local stores and a quilt store rounded off their visit.

They presented me with a huge package of goodies.  I'm still drooling over my pressies.  Thank you so much Jennifer and Kevin.  I do hope your visit with us was enjoyable and safe travels for the rest of your time here in Canada.
It is on my bucket list to make a trip to Australia.  So, we shall see ....

Have a great day!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Winding down

The renovations for now are winding down.  Just in time for my Aussie friends who will be arriving tomorrow and staying for a week.  What fun we will have!

For my appliqué group at day guild this week, three more blocks were presented for them to do.  The ladies are doing good and some are thinking outside the box and I'm keen to see what else they come up with.  The appliqué method this time was using freezer paper.

This is what my pattern is like so far.
These are the three new blocks:

The next set of appliqué blocks will be presented in January 2016.

Have a great day!

Monday, October 12, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving, O'Canada

Well, I can't believe that it is Canada's Thanksgiving today.  What a beautiful day it is.  As I type this post, it is a balmy 21C and that must be a record.  Oh yes, we'll take it!

DH and I have been quite busy around the house doing painting and minor renovations.  I just finished painting doors/closet doors #17 and #18.  Then, I recounted the doors and lo and behold, that number should read #24 and #25.  I guess after painting that amount of doors, it was easy to forget a few.  Only one more to go.  Groan.

A bit of quilting has been going on, but only a bit.

I'm trying to revive/teach appliqué to members of my Day Guild.  There are about 15 ladies that stay after our day meeting ends.  There is much interest and now I've designed a quilt/blocks so that they can practise their sewing skills.  None of the blocks will be hard because I really do want them to stay interested and finish their blocks as they are presented.

This is what I've come up with.  Two heart blocks have already been made and this is their position.  I'm excited to show the ladies the quilt pattern at the next guild meeting next week.  As each month is presented, the empty spaces will get filled in.
I will be making a One Block Wonder quilt and this is the fabric that has been chosen.   This photo was sent to my friend, Debra for her advise since she has taught a number of OBW classes before.  She said it was perfect!  Yeah!
Then, my friend, no-blog Mary sent me a birthday gift.  PJ's.  When I got them, I thought, oh dear, they won't fit because I'm so tall.  What a surprise because they fit perfectly.  The pant legs are long enough and so are the sleeves.  The fabric design is just perfect for me.  Thank you Mary!  Mary is coming for a visit in November and I'll be able to show her they do fit!
My Aussie friends are coming in a couple weeks' time for a visit.  They will be too late to see our autumn colours.  So, Jennifer and Kevin, this is for you!
Have a great day, eh!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Just tumbling along

Well, great strides has been done on my tumbler project.  I just couldn't wait any longer by treating this project as a leader/ender.  I was anxious to get it done.  So, on that note, since my tumblers had all been cut out, it was just a matter of pinning them onto my design wall.

Since that went quickly, it was time to start sewing the rows together.  Here is my top section all sewn together.  Very nice.

Then the middle section got worked on.  That too, went together quickly.
Here is the top and middle sections sewn together and the sides trimmed.  Another couple of days and the bottom section should be done too.
Yep ... I'm just tumbling along ....

Have a great day!