Sunday, August 12, 2018

A PLACE TO STICK IT

I am not sure just where the days go, but I never seem to get all the things done that I plan to. While Mr. O was still working. I would get up every morn ing with him and about 5:20. He left for work just before 6 and I would have my coffee and mess around on the computer for a bit but I just felt like a got a good start on the day, but now even if I wake at 5 or so I crawl back to bed and stay there til at least 7:30, and although it is only 2 hours later I feel lazy and seem to be playing catch up all day. Today I did the regular stuff, dishes, made the bed, straightening up, and I managed to pick a few blueberries to fill up our little bowl that we keep in the fridge for morning cereal and snacking. I got half the deck stained...it’s one of those jobs you have to do in stages so you can still get in and out of the house because the deck area takes in both entry ways. It has been so hot and humid that it really was not great staining conditions but today was sunny and a bit breezy so I thought I best get it done.after those jobs were taken care of, I got to play with my fabric and sewing machine. 
I decided to take a break from the quilt I have been working on and make some fun stuff. 
I have a Pinterest Board titled, A Place To Stick It. I”m sure it would not take to much effort to figure out what the board is all about...
See that blue one in the bottom right corner...a friend made me that one in those exact colours.

Today I decided to make a few of the fun things I had pinned. 







This one “cracks me up” no pun intended.



This next one is prepped and ready for blanket stitching...I think it may be numbered among my favourites.



As you can see, some are cottons and some are wool, so I am getting a nice variety.
Some time back several different bloggers and professional quilters had a bit of a challenge going on. Make a pin cushion a day for 30 days. I thought it seemed like a fun idea but never seemed to get around to joining in the fun. Well I decided that I wanted to try a few of the ideas I had pinned and this is the result.
Carrie Nelson has a new book coming out that I may just have to add to my library. 



Back at home in my sewing room I have a wicker basket filled with thimbles and pin cushions. I have donut pincushions, cupcake pincushions, scrappy ones, bottle cap ones, wrist ones, but I thought I could add a few more to the collection. I also have a little space left on my bookshelf and This book may be just the ticket to help me.




I closed things up around midnight, and wondered in to record the events of the day. That’s all folks. That’s as exciting as my Saturday nights get.






Friday, August 10, 2018

WHAT DAY IS IT?

We had a very rainy Thursday and it was a welcome change from all the extreme heat we have been tolerating lately. After coffee, breakfast and my morning routine, the plan was to try to finish sewing the remainder of the prepped pieces into blocks. My goal was to finish all 36 blocks today.
Today was a good day for a crock pot supper...once the meal was prepped, there was nothing to do but sew and wait for things to cook. I had prepped several batches of cabbage rolls earlier and frozen them in batches and today was going to be a cabbage roll day! 
Don’t you love having prepped meals in the freezer . Perfect for a busy day. I have a friend who says it’s like having money in the bank, and I totally agree.



Cabbage rolls and date squares for dessert, not a gourmet feast but good hearty food! 

Before I go on about my sewing, I have to show you my new travel coffee cup. A couple weeks ago my daughter texted me that she found an online shop that had several designs of YETI cups on sale for half price. They one I just had to have, so I said, “if you put in an order, order one for me too.”
Mine arrived today!






I just know my coffee will taste great in my new cup, and it is perfect for sewing days not just for travel! 



I sewed most of the afternoon away only coming in for bathroom breaks and checking on supper. I was making progress. After supper Mr.O offered to do dishes and I went back out to sew.
I was motivated to keep at it as I saw the blocks starting to pile up. 






Finally the last one was done, and I shut things down for the night, with a plan to come in and write a short blog post before bed. My goodness, when I looked at my watch it was well past midnight and Mr O had gone to bed! (Time to turn the calendar page!)





As I said, my plan was to finish my blocks “today” and even though this is officially Friday, my blocks are finished and it is still “today”




Friday, August 3, 2018

Enough Already!

I’m sure I am not the first one this summer to say it, but it is been just a tad warm! Enough with the extreme weather! When we arrived home from Arizona on the 20th of April, we still had a ton of snow.


I’m sure you wouldn’t be surprised to know that Bathurst had the record snowfall for Canada. Over 13 feet up till the first day of Spring but we had a few more storms after that. We still had snow the end of May and although it disappeared quickly, we totally bypassed Spring and went headfirst into a heatwave! We are into our second month of above average temps and I for one, would not say no to a two or three day stretch  with maybe 25 degree  temps. Thankfully we have AC in the trailer but my sewing area does not and I have been neglecting my quilting this summer. I have a few handwork projects on the go, and when the heat gets too much, I stay inside and stitch. 

All of the centre is stitched and I have to cut and stitch the “tongues” to place all around the outside.
I also have another wool and embroidery project on the go.





When I don't feel like stitching I work on knitting a pair of socks. I am on the home stretch...one sock finished and the other one is over half done. The heel is turned and I am working on the foot.



This week I decided to bite the bullet and tough it out so I have been working on a project that my sister and I started in Arizona in February. She is using browns and greys, taupes, creams with rich red/orange for her accent colour. I on the other hand decided to use approximately 100 different colours and various light prints with a black accent. Although they are the same pattern they will definitely look different!
I have 13 blocks finished and up on my design wall, and I’m pretty sure I am going to love it. However I have a long way to go before seeing it finished.



Please excuse the slightly nasty looking ironing board cover. So far I have cut and pieced 588 strips of fabric and then cut them up again into squares. BUT I am a long way from done. 

I have another 539 strips organized in groups and ready to sew together. 

If you have a mathematical mind you are probably way ahead of me, if however you are like me, you need to be told that both these numbers are divisible by 7.  588 divided by 7 = 84  and 539 divided by 7 = 77
I just saved you a few minutes, because you were probably looking for your calculator to check and see if I was correct. 😉

All totalled the quilt should have 2,401pieces according to the pattern. In case you are wondering, yes that is divisible by 7. It is a pattern by Carrie Nelson of Miss Rosie’s Quilt Co.

My goal is to have this quilt all assembled and ready before we close up the cottage for the season, so I hope we get a break in the weather soon. It is too warm to quilt in the heat of the day so I work late into the night.(that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it) I am going to have to kick it into gear though.
This has been a nice refreshing beverage with 0 calories, that I have been enjoying in this heat. I was a Perrier girl but I think this one has won me over!



Icy cold!!! Can you see the beads of sweat on the can? If you try it, let me know what you think.
Well friends it is 1:45 am and I have lots to do tomorrow. We’ll talk later.

















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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

(Backup) OKAY WENDY! BREAK IS OVER!!

Do you realizeit has been 245 days since I last blogged? Shameful! Absolutely shameful. Actually if truth be told, I have blogged about 200 of those days, but just neglected to write it down and post it. I blog almost every day in my head. I take pictures and everything. When I actually sit down to start typing my mind just shuts off, or not really shuts off but gets discouraged. It was so much easier when I blogged with Google, but they started getting difficult to get along with and I downloaded a different APP and that worked for a short time, and now I am working with one I purchased that works better but I find it very slow to get around. Quite possibly it is because I am not very tech savy, but I prefer to think it is the APP. .............
Fast forward to 11p.m. My goodness...I sat to take a break from outside work, and decided to whip out a blog post and Mr O came home from golfing while I was writing. Well we chatted a bit, and then it was lunch time, and dishes and then back to the job I started earlier (with Mr O helping). We worked straight through til supper, then a visit from the neighbours, my evening bike ride, Wednesday evening church service and I am done! Too pooped to finish writing anything sensible...to be continued in the morning. 
A little pic of the hand stitching project I have been working on, and I will be back tomorrow.


GRRRRRR! See what I mean! I tried to post and this is what I get!



I am going to bed! 







Tuesday, November 28, 2017

(Backup) (Backup) On The Road Again

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Ok, telle me the truth...are you humming thatsong now? Cause I am and I fear it may be running  through  my head all night!

Back in February of this year, I convinced Mr O to agree to spend winter in Arizona again. He liked Arizona but he always says, “I want to go somewhere new, somewhere I haven’t been before.” I on the other hand like familiarity, and I liked the place we usually stayed at, I had a large circle of quilting friends there, I was comfortanle with the area...why wouldn’t I want to back? I love having familiar things around me. That’s why when we go on a road trip I pack so much...I think I suffer with separation anxiety.
If we were travelling there in a U-Haul I would have had no trouble packing but alas we were driving there in our personal vehicle, so many choices had to be made. I had no shortage of fabric at home so Mr O “urged” me to figure out what projects I wanted to make and make kits from what I hadcts for  on hand. Brilliant suggestion, but also a lot of work, and what if I forgot something important and necessary for the project? It takes a lot of time and energy to assemble kits for each project and to make sure I prepared enough projects for 4 months; and projects and tools needed for a couple of workshops I was asked to give. 
The job seemed insurmountable, especially to someone who was recovering from whooping cough but thankfully I have been blessed with very good friends, one of whom came to my rescue. She offered to come and help me prep kits and it was just the kickstart I needed because as you know, starting the job is half the battle.This friend came to the house 2 or 3 times and helped choose fabrics, AND cut fabric amounts for each of these big projects. Once these projects were prepped, I felt like I was on my way and slowly but surely I managed to get the rest of the kits ready. Thank you Sue!

All totalled I think I packed about 25 different projects for the winter! That does not include my knitting project or the projects I prepped for working on in the car, because it is a long way from New Brunswick to Arizona, especially when you make lengthy stops in Ontario and Colorado!  Hope I have enough...I will keep you updated as I check them off my list. ( I even packed printed sheets off the internet for oraganizing my projects and keeping me on track) Genius or insanity?
I saw this little quote on line one day and it made me smile, because I do exactly that!

Along the way I had a lovely visit with my brother, and other family members. My brother lives in a nursing home and is always thrilled to go out on outings. We were able to rent a little cottage and that allowed us to have him come and stay with us for five days. He was thrilled with his mini vacation!
















When we brought him back home it was with a new warm winter jacket and boots, a batch of homemade fudge, photos of his mini vacation and a touch of Christmas decorations for his room. All in all a good visit!



I miss you little brother; stay warm, enjoy your treats and have a Merry Christmas. I love you. xx

I told you I brought a few projects to work on in the car. One of them was a sewing box. I painted the box before leaving home and then did the wool cover for it along the way.
The project is from this book. Civil War Sewing Circle by Kathleen Tracey. This is just one of several projects that spoke to me. 







The little piece of gold wool that you see here is very special to me. After Mom passed away and we  cleaned out her apartment we gave many of mom’s clothes away, but my sister and decided to keep a few items that we thought we could incorporate in some of our special quilting projects. This piece of gold wool is part of one of Mom’s blazers. I miss you mom!





This is the finished project and it holds tiny scissors, needles and thread for whatever project I am working on.  I was only 2 days into the trip and already I was finished a project, so on to the next one...a little hand stitching kit I purchased a couple years ago at an amazing little quilt shop in Bethany Ontario. From The Heart. If you haven’t been there and you ever get the opportunity to stop, you wont be sorry.

This is the kit I bought.

The pattern has you making 1/2” hexies and then joining them together then appliqueing them to a background piece of fabric. Sandwich, quilt and bind and then it fits inside this tiny tray. It is great to sit beside your work area and corral you frequently used tools. 






I am feeling pretty good about this project. All hand stitched! Not a machine stitch anywhere! All the hexies, made and pieced together, sandwiched and hand quilted and then I attached the binding all around by hand and then sewed the binding down. That was the trickiest part, but I channeled my inner pioneer spirit and soldiered through. I love it! It is about 4.5”.  8.5” and fits the tray perfectly!
My third project is a woolie project. 
Pattern  by Threads That Bind



I have taken it as far as I can go, because I put the wrong backing piece in my work bag, so I am left with only a knitting project to work on. All in all I am pleased with my progress. All of this was finished before leaving Colorado.(more about Colorado happenings) 
It has been a great trip so far. Weather is perfect and accommodations have been good, and Mr O has had lots of interesting activities planned all along the way. The only complaint I have is that wifi is not always the best so I am behind in my posts. Hopefully I will be almost caught up by tomorrow.









A PLACE TO STICK IT

I am not sure just where the days go, but I never seem to get all the things done that I plan to. While Mr. O was still working. I would get...