Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Aussie's are coming again!

Wednesday afternoon and my Aussie friends (Jennifer and Kevin) will be with us once again.  This will be their third time that they stay with us for a week.  What shall we do this time?  We are all getting older and the weather looks like we will have some snow, so not much outside stuff will be done.

On Monday, I had a sun spot removed from my shoulder, so not much movement can be done because the stitches will pull and the healing will take longer.  So, Jennifer will be helping me with the cooking.

The fireplaces are working.  Jennifer has tumblers she can sew.  I'll just ply Kevin with a glass of Sortilege (whiskey and maple syrup liqueur) on ice and we will just make ourselves comfortable and everyone will be happy.  I might be able to do a bit of EPP.   If we do get snow, maybe my DH and Kevin can keep themselves busy with the snowblower doing our driveway plus a few neighbours.

Now ..... back to EPP.  You all were wondering what I've been doing with that snowflake.

This is the top.  Back in February, my day guild had a jelly roll challenge and I cut a whole bunch of 2-1/2" strips from my stash.  The quilt had to be finished by June.  Well, I'm never on time and my top/quilt never got finished.  Sill, I did plug away at it until finally all the snowflakes were appliqued onto the top.   Leftover hexagons were scattered around the top and appliqued as well.
I had designed this layout on my EQ7 and I was anxious to see how it would look and if everything would fit.  The two borders here have the triangles all pinned on as a tryout.  Yep, everything fits in place.  Whew, that is a huge relief.
The two borders have all the triangles appliqued in place and the borders sewn to the body.   An inch was left unsewn on the bottom right border (where the last triangle is) so so the bottom border could be added and then I went back and sewed the unsewn bit later.  Looking good to me.
Three borders are on!
Finally, the top was done and I love it!  This top will be hand quilted soon so that it is ready to hang come January.  I'm going to try big-stitch quilting to see if I like it or not.  It is now or never!
Here are close-ups of the fussy cutting hexagons.

I didn't have any gold fabric that I could fussy cut, but this fabric was perfect.
What else went on this past week?  My friend, Darlene Brooks and I (garage owner) presented our EPP/Applique trunk show and EPP workshop at the Grand Quilt Guild in Fergus, Ontario.  Sadly, I didn't take any photos.  Uggh .... I can't believe that happened to me.  Darlene and I were just so busy bopping here and there.   If anyone from the guild reads this, can you send me photos (castonguayrosemarie@hotmail.com)?  There were 110 people at the trunk show and 18 members at the workshop.  We shopped on the way down to Fergus and on the way back.  What we earned, we spent!  Woohooo!  Mind you, not much fabric was purchased ..... bath stuff.  Darlene just renovated her bathroom and she needed new accessories:  shower curtain, towels, waste basket, hand lotion container, etc.  I bought new towels, shower curtain, hand lotion container, tumbler and tooth brush holder and rugs.  The whole lot and now my Aussie friends will enjoy them all first.  I do love to change out my bathroom with the seasons as well as my bed quilts.

We stayed with Ruth Kennedy of Dancing Thread Longarm Quilting.  It turns out that her husband and my husband knew each other and worked on a small project years ago.  Such a small world!  Anyway, we were well received and it was lovely to see Ruth again.  My DH and I hosted Ruth twice when she did her trunk show and then a year later her workshop.  We have promised to visit each other again and to keep in touch with her and the other lovely ladies that we met.  I also got reacquainted with Celeste from Meerkat Trading.  Celeste sells Shweshwe fabrics which are absolutely gorgeous!  It was such a busy time and the trip and visit was over before we knew it.

Once home, we went to a quilt show in Powassan on Saturday and in Sudbury on Sunday.  I'm all quilt showed out.  Nope, not just yet .... there is another quilt show in Sturgeon Falls this coming Saturday.

What else?  This cushion got recovered for the ottoman.  I just need to add some tabs to secure the cushion in place to the bottom wood section, but that will happen after the stitches on my shoulder are removed.
So, it has been a very busy week for me and this coming week will be busy as well.  Oh well, life is good!

Have a great day!

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Forgot to show this one!

I was going through my photos and realized that this quilt has not been shown.  It will be going on the wall later this fall and winter.  Happy days, for sure.

I wanted to capture the beauty of the fabrics against the autumn colours.    This photo was taken in our backyard.  No bears ..... I looked around to be sure before climbing the steps.

The following two photos were taken about 10 mins. later when the sun wasn't shining.  What a huge difference in the colour value.
 I just love rail fence blocks!  They are so timeless.
Quilt details:
Started:  February 2009
Top Finished:  August 2009
Quilt Finished:  July 2018 (it sat on the shelf for nine years ..... sheesh!)
Quilt Name:  Humble Pie from the book "Simple traditions" by Kim Diehl
Quilt Size:  89-1/2" x 89-1/2" (top size before quilting and washing:  91" x 92")
Batting:  Polyester
Quilted by my friend:  Tella in Toronto.

Another quilt done!  Life can't get any better than that!

We are in the midst of having beautiful Indian Summer weather.  Capris and sandals are back.  We need to enjoy it while we can, because this weather is not going to hang around for long.

It was cold closing the cottage for the year.  Jackets, sweaters, toques and then warm gorgeous weather.  What a drastic change in just two days.  Cold and now warm and muggy.

Beavers have been busy building a dam on our cottage road.  The water is backing up at this bridge.  The white stuff you see in the water is foam of some kind. 
With all the rain we have had lately, the creek is overflowing and creating a waterfall at the edge of the dam.  This will be a problem next year as the bridge and road could be washed out if the dam breaks.
The autumn colours are at 80% right now.  Beautiful display from Mother Nature once again.
I love colour against the dark green.  It gives a gorgeous contrast as we travel down the road.

This week, my friend Darlene and I will be giving a dual trunk show and workshop on EPP at the Grand Quilt Guild in Fergus, Ontario.  We are so excited and have so many quilts to show and talk about.  There will be lots more to share about this event.

Have a great day!
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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

A new ornament

By now, you all know that I love garden ornaments.  The more whimsy, the better.  So, here is my latest addition!  It is the big black thing.  Doesn't it stand out and says 'LOOK AT ME'!
No .... wait a minute ..... that is a real bear!   It was munching on my Lily of the Valley plants.  The plant and berries are poisonous.  It just munched a bit and then stopped.  Did it somehow know it shouldn't be eating that plant?
This bear is about 2 yrs. old.  It kept looking at the chair.  Did it want to sit for a while?  Hang out in our garden and have a snooze?
Not much here to munch on ....
Thank you for coming.  It was a thrill to see you, but we are very glad you kept on going and we won't be offended if you don't come back for another visit.  Truly, we won't be offended.
This all happened on Sunday evening when our neighbour phoned to warn us that a bear was coming our way.  They said that an adult bear was here just half an hour before and that this younger one came behind the larger one.  This bear was big enough and I can only imagine how big the adult one was!  OMG!

The bears are hungry and trying to beef up before going into hibernation.  Since our summer was hot and very dry, their usual food has been scarce for them to feed on.  So, into the city they are coming.  The crab apple trees are loaded and they will be feeding on them. 

What is scary is that my husband has been working on the rock walls lately and was planning on going out for just a while to work off some of his supper.  Good thing he didn't go then because there could have been issues!  My husband has since bought an air horn to use for scaring off bears.  He is taking precautions and looking around him as he works.

Now that my heart has settled back to normal, a bit of sewing got done on this hexagon snowflake.  This has to be a bit secretive at the moment.  More on this later. 
What else has been going on around here?  Painting.  This is a very small area but has five doors and is taking forever.  Sheesh.  Well, it didn't help that I had a cold and didn't have much energy to do much of anything.
This shawl got blocked for my 'karma is a bitch' sister.  Her shawl turned out pretty darn good and the blocking really showed off the lacy border.  Since I have Styrofoam boards and a gazillion pins, it made perfect sense for me to block it for her and she didn't dither when it was offered.
What else?

A couple of Dutch Treat blocks.  My friend Debra and I are doing them together.  She signed up this summer to do them with Meerkat Trading.  Should I mention that I signed up ..... oh, about three years ago to do them with the quilt-along.  Debra finally got me motivated to actually start them.  My blocks are bigger and they will finish at 6" instead of 4" and my applique will not only be reverse but any applique method that suits each block.  Also, my blocks will be on point just to be different .... of course!  🐱🐱
There is more to talk about, but this will be it for this week.

Have a great day!

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Not much

I've been sidetracked with a cold this past week .... so not much got done.  Last Thursday, DH and I went out for lunch to celebrate my birthday.  Later that afternoon, my throat was sore and by that evening, that was it for me.  Fever and stuffed up sinus and chest and that was the way it was for about four days.

Friday afternoon, while watching the weather station on t.v. for severe storm updates, had me reaching for my phone to call my elderly aunt in Gatineau, Quebec because there was a report of a tornado touching down.  "Are you O.K.?", I croaked.  "Yes, we are still under a tornado warning but we just had a really bad storm."  "No, Aunt, you just had a tornado because that is what I'm hearing on the t.v. here."  They were fine, but she reminded me to take some Tylenol to help reduce my fever.  Too funny.  I was concerned about her and my cousin (they are in their 80's and live together) and here she was dispensing medical advise to me.   My sister phoned a few days later and that was when we learned that the tornado stopped just three blocks away from their senior apartment complex.  No wonder they had a really bad storm and their apartment faces the direction the tornado was travelling.  Things could have gone to worse at any moment.  Someone was watching over them.  Still, it breaks my heart to see all the damage in Dunrobin, Gatineau and Ottawa.

For the weekend, I was down and out and dozing in my chair mostly.  This quilt that needs binding sewn down was pulled out and was worked on here and there.  It kept me warm and gave me something to do when I felt like doing something.  Three sides are done.  Whoo Hoo!
The leaves are starting to turn colour.  In fact, we have seen some trees around town with colour since August.  With such a dry summer, the colour display may not be as vibrant this year.  The nights are cool and daytime temps are hovering around the mid-teen's.  The fireplaces in our living room and t.v. have been on to help with the dampness and cool temps.
By Monday, I was starting to feel much better and was able to pick up a niece from school and bring her to her piano lesson.  Since my timing was going to get me to the school ultra early, a quick stop into a garden nursery just to browse away the extra time and found this delightful cat garden ornament.  It just had to come home with me.
Our garden has lots of statues and ornaments.  They give it a whimsy which we delight in.  Mind you, there is a time to call a halt to getting more.  Where did we get them all?  From purchases.  From gifts.  From hand-me-downs.  From downsizing.  From the garbage.  From everywhere.  Our hill garden is huge and the ornaments will be dispersed so that they don't look too grouped together.
Also, while at the garden nursery, this hummingbird feeder was bought as well as tulip bulbs.  The bulbs need to be planted soon and we will be looking forward to a lovely display next spring.
So, that was my week.  Not much got done .... but that will soon change as I'm now gearing up again.

I forgot to mention that last Tuesday, my friend Darlene and I did another trunk show at our day guild.  Again, lots of questions.  We have one more trunk show and an EPP workshop next month in Fergus, Ontario.  We are so excited.  Plus we found out that the workshop is full.  EPP is alive and kicking.  Whooo Hooo!

Have a great day!

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Latest Happenings

Not too much in the way of quilting is getting done this week.

Instead, the paint brush has come out of hiding and that is keeping me busy.  Odds and ends around the house that has been on hold for a year or two or three.  What can I say.  I'm a quilter and that is what I prefer to be doing!  The reason for this surge of house work is that our friends from Australia are coming to spend a week with us in October.  They just can't see the same blue painter's tape around the house that was there three years ago. 🐱🐱

Still, I need to do some kind of hand work.  Why not some binding?  It is starting to cool down and having a quilt on my lap will keep me warm.  But first though, I am machine quilting the borders.  Stitch-in-the-ditch (SITD).  For some reason, when my quilts come back from the LAer, I like to SITD to finish them off.  I find the quilts look better.  The extra quilting helps to anchor the quilt.  Am I the only one that does this?
So, binding has finally been made for this quilt and as soon as the borders are done, the binding will be sewn on and I can spend time sewing the binding down and watching t.v. in the evenings.  This is a very large quilt and it will take me a few evenings, for sure.
Slowly, but surely, the applique on the borders is getting done on this top.
Next up is some more upholstery.  Between painting, some hand work and upholstery, I'm keeping myself busy and motivated.  Often times, I feel that not much gets done.  Browsing through my blog says otherwise.  Good thing my blog is there for me to see my progress through the years. 

Have a great day!

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Triangles for a little one

My modern triangle quilt is done and given to my little niece for her big-girl bed.  This quilt is so different from my usual, but it was fun to work on something different for a change.

My niece (her mother) showed me a photo of a triangle quilt that she found on Pinterest and sent it to me with a selection of colours for me to follow.  She knew that I would be adding my own twist to the mix.  Yep, I sure did.  The walls in my little niece's room are all painted different colours that are in this quilt.  What an interesting idea and look.  Her room is definitely not boring and my little niece is quite proud of her room.  My sister and I babysat her on Saturday and I asked to see her room with the quilt on the bed.  My little niece scurried upstairs to her room and closed the door waiting for my sister and I to climb the stairs and when we were all ready, she opened the door with a ta-da.  So funny.
A simple grid pattern was quilted.
A striped binding finishes this quilt perfectly.
The back.  It was time to do something creative with the backing.  I've long admired quilts that have interesting backings and since there were quite a bit of leftover triangles .... well, why not do something with them.
Note to self .... if ever doing a creative backing like this, do an allover machine quilting design.  The horizontal stitching looks not too bad here.
But, when I pan out, you can see where my horizontal stitching line wavers here and there.  Oh well, it is what it is.  I tried really hard to keep the top and back straight and lined up as much as possible when basting all the layers together and didn't do too badly.
It just looks so odd to not have any borders on this quilt.

Quilt details:
Quilt size:  50-1/2" x 77-3/4" (top size 53" x 81" before washing and drying)
Started:  November 2017
Top Finished:  July 2018
Quilt Finished:  September 2018
Batting:  Hobbs poly batting

What else am I working on?

Sewing binding for this hand pieced quilt and using up more of my precious striped fabric.
Adding applique to this border.  Another EPP project almost coming to an end!
Those two items will keep me out of trouble for a few weeks.  LOL

One trunk show was done this past Monday at my night guild.  Another trunk show this coming Tuesday at my day guild and then one more trunk show and workshop in October. 

For the day guild trunk show, my friend and I were asked to spend more time explaining how we did our quilts.  There was a little buzz after the night guild showing and we seem to have sparked an interest.  Oh joy!  Who else can we get hooked doing EPP?

Have a great day!

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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Borders on .... FINALLY!

Procrastination ..... I think that should be added to the numbers of things that I do very well!  🐱🐱

Remember this photo?  I was on a roll to get the borders on these five tops.  This first photo was taken June 22, 2017 as the motivation to just get them done ..... darn it!
 On July 21, 2017 .... two tops done!  Oh my, this gave me inspiration.
Then, September 14, 2017 .... three tops are done.  Yes, yes, yes.
A slight pause, but by February 25, 2018 four tops are done.  Then, my feet kinda dragged a bit.
Still, finally by today's post, all five of these tops are officially DONE.  Borders on all of them.
Do you realize that it has taken me over a year to get those borders on?  Yes, procrastination reigns supreme with me!  Must be in my genes.  🐱🐱  Should I do this again?  Take another photo of five more tops that need borders?  With my record .... hummm .... no, it didn't work out as well as I thought it would!  Still, that is five projects out of bins and three of them have been quilted to date.

So, the story continues for the final top.  My lovely split apple core.  Loved working on this EPP project.  Here the inner borders are added.  Then off to the cottage for a few days leaving this top on my design wall and a mess in my studio.
Back home from the cottage and the desire to get the outer borders on.  As you can see, I have the proper work space for getting borders on.  Table perfect height and length.  No excuse, really.
Ah ... FINALLY, borders are on!  How happy am I?  Glorious happy!  This top is big.  101" wide and 95" tall.
My DH asked if this was one for the LAer.  No, not this one.  I have had visions of machine quilting this one in a simple grid pattern and no other design will do.  You can see how the design has been marked up on this photo below.  So simple.

To see what all those folded up tops look like .... well, here you go!   Two of them are completely done.  The one on the upper left and the one on the bottom right.  The quilt on the upper right is quilted but has no binding on it yet.  You know, when I think about it, it was a good idea after all.
While the iron is still hot ..... maybe I should as well get borders on this top too!  Another EPP project.
To round out my quilting for this week, the binding is getting sewn down on this quilt.   It really feels odd to me to not have any borders on this quilt.  Different for me.  Light bulb moment ... this top and quilt got done a lot quicker than usual .... no borders!  Hey, perhaps that is how I should do my tops from now on!  LOL
What else have I been up to?  Getting ready for trunk shows.  Two this month and one next month.  More on them later.

Have a great day!

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