Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Destashing - FABRIC FOR SALE - CHEAP!!

Once upon a time there was no quilt shop in Caledonia.  I was the only local place where you could come and get some emergency fabric.  Then Barb opened a quilt shop and I stopped, for the most part, selling fabric.  Then Barb's stock was sold to Sue, and then Sue sold to Lauranne, and then Lauranne closed.  So that is the history of quilt shops in Caledonia, as I know it.

Moving on... I am destashing.  I have so much fabric, I will never use it all if I live to be 100 years old.  Those of you who follow me on Instagram or Facebook have seen these posts floating by for the past couple of weeks.  It has all been either $7 or $8 per m.  (One m. is 39" for those of you in the USA.)  And I'm not done yet, there will be more to come.

Contact me if you want any of this stuff.  There is an email link on the right hand side-bar.  No you don't have to take the whole bolt.
SHIPPING TO USA OR CANADA:  I WILL LIMIT THE SHIPPING COST TO $10.00 FOR UP TO 5 M. OF FABRIC.  If you are purchasing more than that you'll have to pay the full shipping.







Sunday, March 12, 2017

Trees 'n Stars #2 and Bitchin' About the Season

What a difference a change in colour makes.  This is the same quilt as two posts ago.

I swear (a lot, but that's beside the point) that ribbon border is one of my all time favorites.

Everything was s.i.d.  The background was cross-hatched, inside the stars got a circle & bowknot motif, the trees were quilted with a continuous loopy-thing, and the ribbon border was inside 1/4 inched.

Much easier to see the quilting on the back.  I love the Celtic Braid in the outer border.

BITCHIN'
Today is the SPRING FORWARD time change.  You have no idea how much I hate this coming week.  I will be dragging my ass every day trying to acclimate myself to an earlier wake-up.  I mean, it's 1:00 in the afternoon already.

The other unpleasant event this week is the impending STORM arriving tomorrow and continuing through Tuesday.  I don't have to go anywhere except the sweat shop in my basement, but it's the middle of March for Pete's sake!  When the temperature dropped from +10 c. to -5 c my poor little crocuses pulled their heads back into themselves like turtles.  I treated myself to a pot of tulips on the way home from retreat last Sunday, and they FROZE on the front porch, dammitall.  We are anticipating up to 30 cm. of snow (translation:  12 inches).

Today I plan to get a little feel-good into my schedule.  Seed Starting!

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Retreat!!

If I'm in a room full of women & sewing machines, I must be on a quilting retreat. When I get tired of stitching, I  can move on to wine & cheesies.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Trees 'n Stars, and UFOs

This quilt belongs to one of my favorite piecers.  She is VERY accurate and her quilts are always perfectly flat.

I will really miss her - she's moving out-of-country soon. 😞

THE CURRENT CROP OF UFOs

There are actually a few more than what I've included here.  These are the ACTIVE projects.

1)  150 Canadian Women - this gets attention every week, when the three new block patterns arrive to my inbox.  I've completed 40 blocks so far, two are behind schedule, and three more arrived this morning.  I normally work on this one night a week as I enjoy a glass of "magic sparkle juice" (ha ha, cute new term for wine, as per Angela Walters).

2)  Leader & Ender quilt, pattern by Bonnie Hunter.  I think I started this last summer.  It stays beside my sewing machine.  Whenever I'm sewing anything, as I finish a seam, instead of cutting the threads I stick in a bit of this patchwork.  Last week I completed the 60 x 9-patch units and I had no more pieces cut.  I spent two hours last night cutting green 2" x 5" pieces, and yellow 2" x 2" pieces so I can carry on with the next part of this quilt.  Hopefully this will be completed before my 70th birthday (9 years from now - waddaya think... will I do it???).

3) Hugs & Kisses quilt.  This is a very scrappy quilt that I drag along when I go to retreats.  It hasn't seen the light of day since last fall, but the Binbrook retreat is coming up in early March so I should make some progress on it.  Oops, it HAS seen the light of day, when I took it out to take this pic. 😉
You may have noticed that quilts 1) and 2) live in the clear plastic boxes that your pre-cut salad greens are in.  I LOVE those things.  I actually pulled one out of the ditch last week when Sadie & I were out for a walk.  They're wonderful for keeping your cut pieces nice & flat and they easily hold blocks up to 6 1/2" without wrinkling them.  And that is your free tip for the day....

Monday, February 13, 2017

First Red & White of the Year & Winterruption & Winner!!

As you may (or may not?) know, this is Canada's sesquicentennial year.

Quilters LOOOVE to celebrate.  Any excuse will do.

How better to celebrate than to make a quilt to memorialize the occasion?

Mmm, plain backs with custom quilting are so pretty.

WINTERRUPTION 2017

Another winter holiday with my girlies has come & gone.  Girlies = my longarm besties:  Diane, Deb, Carol Anne & Karen.  We missed Karen this year - she stayed home to teach her new puppy proper potty etiquette.  (don't try and say that when you're on your second martini)
I managed to get almost caught up on my 150 Canadian Women quilt (did you notice that the cocktail is red to match?), and I pieced a cute doggie placemat for another friend with a new puppy.
Diane was suffering from The Plague.  We filled her full of lemon/honey tea and sent her to bed each night with a bellyfull of Nyquil.  When they all left on Sunday I (hopefully) disinfected all surfaces where germs may potentially lurk.

Leftover food that DH and I are working our way through:

  • Yogurt.  Lots of yogurt.
  • Oatmeal Bake with Peaches & Blueberries.
  • Danishes.  Although these seem to have disappeared when I had my back turned.  Oddly, the same thing happened to the leftover tarts.
  • No-Peek Chicken.
  • Chinese Food.
  • Beef Stroganoff.
  • Salad.
  • Wine.  Yum. 👌
BREAKING NEWS:
I won the Block of the Month at Caledonia Guild last week.  Another UFO, ha ha ha...



Sunday, February 5, 2017

Valentines Hearts, Roman Blinds, the Current Book

Here are your February hearts. 💟

This was the bedroom in the process of being painted.  My left knee still hurts.  Ow.  My friend said "You turned 60 last year, didn't you?  That's when it starts." (as in breaking down)

This past week I finished the Roman Blinds.  Next up will be the side drapes, and then valances.

This is the current book at my bedside.  See the comment above about my knee. 😉



Sunday, January 29, 2017

A couple pantos and ... what? More fabric?

This is a wonderfully cozy, flannel quilt.

Quilted with a holly panto - it should be ready in plenty of time for Christmas.

Ooh, a Sampler quilt in Blue & White.  Yum!

Quilted with a great feather-ey/paisley panto.

I should not be allowed to go on field trips to "help a friend" find fabric.  The only one who found fabric was me.  Not even one full month into the new year yet, either.  Perhaps I should pretend I was celebrating Chinese New Year?
The preponderance of red & white fabrics will help me with my 150 Canadian Women quilt