Sunday, January 31, 2010

Nothing new ....

I have nothing new to show you, so instead these are the quilts in my living room and dining room that Debra saw when she came for coffee last week. Quilts on my ladder. The plain blue one in the middle, is just the backing. I didn't have another blue/white quilt so this one just got folded with the back showing. :o) ... in our entryway ...
.... on our dining room walls .....
This one was a swap from May Norway and I just realized the hanger that she sent with the quilt, I forgot to use. Oops, sorry ... The angel holding the quilt on the bureau as well as the big candle, came from Gudrun in Iceland(another swap).
This one also came from Gudrun in Iceland. Ladies, your ears must have been ringing because your quilts and angel were much admired.
Have a great day!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Uncle ....

Lately, I have been working on my Dresden Plate quilt again. The binding has been done, the machine quilting is done and all that is needed now is just more applique in the borders. But it has been a struggle ...... When the girls keep on crawling up on top of my quilt, I have to just cry 'uncle' and give them some loving and call it a night. It is not often both the girls are on my lap at the same time, so this shot is a bonus!
Since the summer, 1930's repro fabric have made their way into my stash. Last month, I purchased a jelly roll from Canton Village Quilt Works and ended up winning a FQ pack of these luscious purples from Jackie. How lucky was I???? Thank you, Jackie and I do have an idea for making something out of them.
Have a great day, eh!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Red/white is a top!

Now that my red and white challenge is a top (sorry ... all my design walls are taken and you are seeing just a portion of the top), it will be put aside until it can be sandwiched. A number of you have asked about the size .... my blocks were increased from 6" to 9" and the quilt when finished will be perfect for a double bed. This is the next UFO that is being worked on ... my pinwheel quilt. You have seen it before in different stages, but it is coming together quickly now. There is only the bottom right section (where you can see all the orange row markers) to be assembled and then the triangle borders to be made and this top will be done too. Perhaps in another week .....
Have a great day!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Challenge moving along ...

Now that my cold virus is behind me, I've been doing some sewing on my Red/white challenge. This is where it was at mid-December ....
moving along ....
to where all the blocks are finished. The rows need to be sewn together (the orange pieces that you see at the top of each row are row markers to make sure the rows are sewn in order) and then borders to be done. Usually, I procrastinate on borders, but not this time!
Have a great day!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

New Year's Flame .....

You know, it is not very often that I share photos and stories of my family, but here are some that can't be missed.

This year, the 2010 Winter Olympics are being held in Vancouver, Canada and the torch is being carried on a path that transverses Canada. On Dec. 31st. (New Year's Eve), the torch passed through Rouyn/Noranda, Quebec.

When the Olympics came to your country, how many of you actually knew a torch bearer? Well, I know someone!

My niece's FIL applied and was chosen to be a torch bearer. He lives in North Bay, Ontario, but was assigned to carry the torch in Rouyn/Noranda in Quebec. So, a bus was hired to bring Dave McMillan and his family to Quebec for the ceremony.

Dave getting a 'good luck' kiss from his sweet granddaugther, Caleigh.
My lovely niece, Nicole and her adorable DH, Jamie with his father.

Receiving the flame from Alison Hearst from North Bay. Alison is a former Olympian (Barcelona '92 and Atlanta '96- Kayaking).

Carrying the flame ..... doesn't Dave McMillan look proud!

Passing the flame to the next torch bearer, a young lady from Huntsville, Ontario.

What a thrilling day for Dave and what a fantastic way to end 2009 ...
Have a great day, eh!
Torch relay tidbits:
Started Oct. 30, 2009 and will end Feb. 12, 2010 which will be the start of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
Torch relay will wind through 45,000 kilometers of Canada and there are 12,000 torch bearers.
It has travelled by plane, snowmobile and dogsled across the most remote northern parts of the country. The Olympic Flame caught a lift on a logging truck in British Columbia, reflecting the province's lush logging industry. It has also travelled by boat, ferry, school bus, tomato harvester, bull, horse, bike, canoe, ice re-surfacer, surf board among others.
Along with the symbolic alternate modes of transportation, the Torch Relay has also marked many other notable moments. It reached the most northern part of any Olympic Torch Relay in history when the flame lit up the military base of Alert, NU. And, when a jet plane landed in Old Crow, YT, bringing the flame to the people of the small community, it was the first time in history that feat had ever been accomplished.
The tidbit information came from here .