Thursday, 21 December 2017

The Celebrations in Life...

This week past was the celebration of a wedding and some sad news. We always expect our parents to live forever, then one get the phone call to say, they will not be with us for much longer.  When one is far away, it is even more difficult, especially when one is separated by an ocean and a continent in-between.  The only comfort is knowing,  my siblings are close by and can be there to care, to hug and to love.  Modern technology helps the rest of us who are so far away.
 With the weather all getting colder by the day, the time has come to make some gifts.

 These old fashioned doctors bags, aka Retreat Bags, for the ladies.  Inside is something they are all passionate about.
 This is for the Bride, a Maroccan inspired nightie for the honeymoon.
This fabric was not easy on the scissors, it kept on running away. 
 It is soft and super silky...

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Brrr... it is cold outside.

We woke up to very cold temperatures this morning, with the windchill factored in -25C.  Yesterday it was snow, so old man winter has arrived with a blast of frigid weather. Time to hibernate and stay warm and toasty inside...
Time to escape into the world of colour and textiles.
This is the fabric which will be used for this project,  it was at Quilt Canada this summer. 
Fussy cutting one of the fabrics?
Which led me to the next step, it has a black fabric in the bundle. Playing with the fabric and some from my stash. 
A baby quilt, which has been on the backburner for a while, it needed to be finished.
Playing with curved edges and pipping.  This is something I have never attempted on a quilt.
 The finished quilt, will need to practice the curved edges a lot more.
Welcome to the world little one, it has been given to a new baby girl.

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Christmas is twenty days away.

Amazing how one want to get everything ready and done.  That give us time to relax and not worry about anything.  Good intentions to get it prepared and life always make us jump a couple of extra hoops, just for fun.
 Slippery blue fabric, which is keeping me on my toes.
 This fabric was suppose to be white, it arrived and it was not. 
More beanie hats, as you can see I made many more than what I needed to.
The yarn made me do it.
A future project...

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Tick, Tock....the clock is ticking, Christmas is coming.

 Originally it was going to be a quiet one, then life happened and plans changed.
Gifts are all finished.  Now it is time to make a dress, for a very special occasion.  Over the years we collect fabrics, not knowing when we will use them, then all of a sudden that time has arrived.  So hours spent cutting out all the pieces of fabric, then transferring all the notches.  Reading the pattern and following the instructions.  Fingers crossed, all work out well.
 A quick trip on the weekend, to pick up some special bits and pieces. Extra bits, which followed us home.
 Anne of Green Gables, the green fabric is actually a lot brighter, than what the photo shows.
Tools for applique.
Happy Thanksgiving to Madeline and her amazing family.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

November, already?

It is amazing how fast this year has gone.  November is here already.  The colder weather has arrived.  We have turned to indoor activities.  Women as a rule have no problem keeping busy, but what about the men? Our youngest, made this from scratch.  Where are the veggies?
On Mom's, the answer came swiftly. Home made tomato and red pepper sauce, with spinach and olives.
 In our house, everyone enjoy spending time in the kitchen, so no complaints, when anybody want to play.  There is only one rule: if you make a mess, you have to clean it up.
 My hubby enjoy fishing, when time allows.  In the winter, he spends some time, creating flies for fishing. His collection of threads are varied and interesting.
A little red squirrel is stashing some food for the winter...(these are golfball size, how the squirrel is getting it  up to this spot? Seeing it run up the tree, it makes me wonder just how?
The baby blanket is finished, it is made with self stripe yarn, which creates the patterns.
Beanie hats all finished, a few more to go.
Quilting on quilts.  This quilt was at Quilt Canada 2017 in the summer, the quilting added interest to this star quilt. It remind me of Sue Garman's Omigosh pattern.
Fabric for another bargello. This is a fat quarter bundle from Connecting Threads, which a friend is making. 
The stream,  with ice along the edge.

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

The Seasons are changing.

The weather has been steadily going one way, down south.  The temperature is going down and the trees have lost all of their leaves.  A sure sign winter is coming, sooner than we want.  We all cook the foods that remind us of comfort.  Baking smells fill the house, as we stay warm inside.
Bargello that Sylvie made last year, she wanted hers to be Queen size. The larger borders, did the trick.  It is now ready for quilting.
Another one made by Diane this year.
This one for her Maid of Honor, as a Thank You gift. 
 The quilt from the back, Rosie quilted , these two beauties.
The local Rughooking Guild are having a display at the library.
This one was a cat, with a twist.
Bee's and Love.
Some are to large to get a full picture.
This one is for someone special.....