Sunday, November 30, 2008
I've finally finished this gorgeous quilt. It took a lot longer than I anticipated, although some of that was just design work. The infamous 'S & S' technique (stand & stare).
My useless assistant, fiercely guarding the front door.
Doesn't that position look very uncomfortable?
I'm heading off to Zurich after lunch today (the Zurich at Grand Bend, Ontario, not the other one). I will be staying with my friend Diane. On Monday I'm teaching a postcard workshop for her guild in Goderich.
I've made up 50 kits to make Christmas Postcards. This entails 50 ziploc bags, 50 sets of a three page "how-to" pamphlet, 100 pieces of Peltex 72 fusible heavy weight interfacing, 200 pieces of 6.25 x 4.25" fabrics for the fronts and backs, 50 pieces of Steam A Seam, 250 pieces of Christmasey fabrics cut into smaller pieces, 100 pieces of fuzzy yarns for couching or edge trimming, 50 little baggies filled with seed beads, bugle beads and sequins. Are y'all tired yet? I certainly am. To top it off, I simply cannot find loose sequins, so I have to buy them by the yard then UNSTRING them. I make very good use of my skinny tweezers.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Thursday was Red Hat day - this is Barb (our Queen and local quilt shop owner) and Anne (her faithful ally). We had our Christmas luncheon at Cottonwood Mansion in Selkirk.
Our surprise entertainment was a brass couplet who serenaded us after lunch. And dear me, is that one of our members having her afternoon nap???
We even sang Christmas carols. When was the last time I did that in public?
I've finished a couple of quilts and started on this beauty. It is VERY HARD to see black thread on busy, black fabrics. All I want for Christmas is some 20-year-old eyes.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Here is a view of the bread through the window. There is still another 35 minutes to go on the timer. Chances that it will push the lid open attempting to escape are looking pretty good. Why is it so difficult to measure yeast?
Should I try to trade in the kitchen assistant for a new one that looks like this? If successful I don't think I'd really care about the yeast. Seriously. :-)
Class today was good! This is # 7 of 8 classes and the gals are all doing very well. Arlene appears to be praying to the quilting gods. Really, though, she's just marking her border. She is the overachiever this session, as her quilting is mostly finished.
Lorraine is sorting out her border blocks.
Reta has her top finished and plans to hand quilt it over the winter. I will baste the layers for her and she can use her Q-snap frame. The way the sunlight is shining on her quilt it looks like she has some heavenly approval, eh?
Friday, November 14, 2008
I love my Caledonia Guild. We sew all day, have a catered supper from Cafe Amore, then our meeting runs from 7:30 'till 9:30-ish.
At our guild this month we had Judy Lyons, a quilt appraiser from Burlington, On., give us a talk and trunk show. I had her appraise two of my quilts while she was there.
I also brought the Quilt of Valour for show & share. It's all ready to go whenever the need arises. Charlotte completed the binding and Lydia made the label. Thanks girls!
Here is a quilt I've finished working on this week. I taught this class last fall. All the quilts from these classes (I taught it twice) have been just fabulous. The pattern is from the book by Debbie Caffrey, Open a Can of Worms
Do you have a funny little quote that's been in your head for years? Mine is from the book Illusions by Richard Bach (who also wrote Jonathan Livingston Seagull). "You are never given a wish without being given the power to make it true. You may have to work for it, however."
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
I started with the music.
The borders got stitch in the ditch, wonky zig zags, and some leafy/flowery quilting in the applique.
The circles were s.i.d. in the curves, zig zags in the strips, and a wee flower in the centre.
In the background areas I did curly feathers around an oval shape, with ribbon candy inside the oval.
Saturday, November 8, 2008
This morning, I woke up to what I hope is not a forecast of the rest of the day. Someone (!!!) did not quite get the coffee pot underneath the little drippy hole last night, so this morning the whole counter was covered with 10 cups of coffee. Ok, really only maybe 2 cups. Nevertheless, very messy. The first words out of my mouth today (after 'good morning') were the 'F' bomb. If I were a coffee drinking cat I'd have been in 7th heaven, slurping away there on the kitchen counter, belly extended like Jabba the Hut.
I finished work on a second beautiful embroidered quilt. This one is for the maker's son so I took a more manly approach to the quilting.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
You are The Star
Hope, expectation, Bright promises.
The Star is one of the great cards of faith, dreams realised
The Star is a card that looks to the future. It does not predict any immediate or powerful change, but it does predict hope and healing. This card suggests clarity of vision, spiritual insight. And, most importantly, that unexpected help will be coming, with water to quench your thirst, with a guiding light to the future. They might say you're a dreamer, but you're not the only one.
What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.
Monday, November 3, 2008
I used the leftover leftovers, and now I've made little business card holders. More Peltex 72. Instructions were from Two Creative Studios. I could not find any snaps for the closure, so I just used buttons and cording. I made the cording with 4 strands of Perle Cotton #5. These will be going to some friends of mine who've done nice things for me. These could also be used to hold your credit cards or mad money. Or kleenex. Or leftovers. Or snaps. Well, I could go on here forever, couldn't I???
In case you're wondering, yes, now I have leftover leftover leftovers. (ooo - getting dizzy....)