Friday, May 26, 2017

Feeling Delighted!!!

That my first major fabric art wall hanging is coming along very nicely!!!  I worked on fixing up the large island and distant hills some 2 hrs.  Then this morning instead of going out for coffee with their friends I spent 2 hrs 20 min doing something detailed thread painting on the mountains and trees in the foreground.   LOVE IT!!!!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

My Day!!!

Thank you Thank you Thank you for the birthday wishes.

So far it's been awesome - blue sky, scattered white puffy clouds and lots of warm sunshine!!!  I'm in Dryden ON.  Breakfast at A&W.  Drove to Sioux Lookout with my sister and BinL to Giant Tiger and Red Apple - great buys there and lunch at Tim's and brief limited shopping at both quilting shops and now at home resting.  Tonight is supper at B&B's - I get a discount for my supper equivalent to my age AWESOME - Florence and Roy are joining us too.

And awesome day too!!!  Yes I had my ribs and even two pieces and leftover ceasar salad from Tim's for tomorrow too.  I didn't tell them when making reservations but when ordering mentioned it was my birthday and she asked my age to apply the discount on my meal.  But she brought me the lit cheesecake w carmel sauce - nice finish to my meal!!!  Thank you Sylvia and Len and also to our friends Florence and Roy for joining me - so much nicer than me going out myself - still enjoyable but nicer with others too.  But it sure was noisy in there tonight - large group of middle aged women took over half the restaurant!!!!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Finally a Sunny Day!!!

It's a beautiful day - blue sky and lots of sunshine.  This morning I headed out for a good walk around town but I'm out of routine and cut it short at 5.7 kms.  Arrived back just as Sylvia and Len got home from coffee and she quickly set me to priming the new bedroom wall while she was outside readying her yard decor to put at as soon as the landscape service gets here to build the flowerbeds.  Guess I'll start some stitching shortly.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Feeling Ecstatic!!!

Here's the various stages in photos and time so far!!!

Next is some overstitching to keep all bonded and then the sandwiching and final quilting.   Hopefully these steps go as easily as the layering.  😆  Don't worry Monika Franz-Lien it's for you!!!

Mockup - 6 hrs

Top third - 3 hrs

Middle section - 3 hrs

Middle section fix up - 3 hrs

Foreground and details - 4 hrs

Feeling Ecstatic!!!

It's beautiful - I just LOVE it!!!!!
Hmmmmm wonder if I should let it go or keep for myself???
So far I've spent 19 hours!!!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Aurora Gathering

Enjoying the day with the Aurora Quilters group at Sobeys Community Room earlier today.  Gosh I truly missed the potluck monthly gatherings.

See we previously met upstairs in the River Heights Com Ctr but it lacked space and plug ins - so we brought our own lunches basically and some didn't bother carting up sewing machines etc.

But this place is awesome, easy access, new and we'll equipped kitchen for our potluck lunches with stipulation food had to be purchased from the store.  OK by me and most of the other gals too!  So a couple brought their machines and six others did handwork this first time - to check it out - but probably more will do such too.  The sliding doors closed us off from the store but many peaked through the windows at us and the rooms speakers were turned off too so we weren't bothered by announcements.  It was awesome to have our assortment of dishes and cleanup was a must too.  The only thing lacking was serving bowls - not a biggie but in future individuals buying salads will need to bring their own mixing bowls and salad tongs etc.

Sorry I totally forgot to get pictures of us at the various sewing projects before breaking for lunch and again afterwards.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Feeling Accomplished!

I had a good day but too long before I finally got home.  It started out early getting a new hair do, afternoon dropping the car off for an oil change and estimate of what new tires will cost me soon, and visiting Angela to pass the time by.  Then off to Costco to drop off a new reduced BP prescription but left as the wait was too long and I was tired already - tomorrow pickup.

Then home to do a printing fabric job for Pat before tackling the middle section of the VW camping wall hanger.  It took another 3 hrs cutting and bonding pieces together to look good.  I think doing regular quilting with pattern instructions is lots easier but this free for all is awesome seeing the picture come about.  Hopefully tomorrow evening I can bond the foreground together and then it'll be the embellishing and then the assembly and finally the quilting.  At least I'll be at my sister's for that time frame so if I'm lost and need some advice it'll be easier than over the phone.  LOL!!!

Yesterday's bonding of upper section. 
Tonight's bonding of middle section.
Closeup of layers.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Feeling Inspired!

OK I'm starting the landscape hanger for real (bottom third of backing is out of the picture) but my very late supper bell was ringing so I've stopped for the night.  I like what I see so far and since my pounding headache has lifted I sure don't want to invite it back by pushing on.  There's tomorrow and Saturday so should have this assembled then the embellishing fun begins.

About 15 x 18 inches.

Small mockup.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Out Walking!!!

What a lovely day for our Prairie Pathfinders walk through Kildonan and McBeth Parks this morning with both Edna and Michele.  Even though it was a good bit longer than Michele prefers we all did it even though a might pooped and overdressed.  Time for capris and tees!!!

Then the three of us went to Baba Keys Ukrainian Restaurant just up the street for borscht and I had the grilled kolbassa with my rye bread.  YUMMY but sorry I think The Oakwood Cafe has better borscht!!!   After dropping off Michele, Edna and I checked out Sports Chex at Northgate as they are closing Sunday and had some good deals on walking stuff for us.  We didn't go crazy.  Just got one tee for each of us and I got a pair of knee length shorts and a walking fitbit clip that's compatible with smartphones and PCs.   Will see as once summer gear time comes I've no pocket for my phone and the waist pocket is too small for it - don't want to carry my larger bag either.

Now packing up my sewing stuff, dropping it off at home before visiting with Jacqui to show her my finished 'O Canada' hanger before I need to hand it in.  Then tomorrow back home for awhile until the next trip somewhere some when!!!!  😉

Sunday, May 14, 2017

OK after SIX hours on my feet at the kitchen island I finally have a fabric mockup completed.   Now keep in mind that this is not final as I find the lake and road is way too dark and naturally I would ensure the far lakeshore is even, but the rest looks good to me.  I loved planning this with fabric.  I love creating!!!!

Feeling Inspired!!!

Has got me forgetting about lunch until my stomach started to growl.  😃  So this is a quick fix as supper is not that far away!  I got carried away searching my fabrics and cutting up pieces for my landscape mockup.  Yes I'm onto my next project.  I love creating!!!!

"O Canada"

OMGG my "O Canada" hanger is FINALLY completed!!!!  My creativity representing Canada's diversity of its people.  I wanted to share my love of shuttle tatting within this creation to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday and for this event.   It took me ages to tat all of the nine items and then determination in the quilting aspect as I had no clue what and how to finish it off!!!  I bit the bullet so to speak as I'm running out of time and went with echoing.

The tatted designs from left to right and top to bottom were obtained from the following free online patterns:
My Heart from Pinterest plus Mary's Heavenly Heart by Mary Joseph Donahue
Hearts Entwined/Crowning Hearts by Tat-a-Renda
Li'l Heart by Brigitte Phelps plus Mary's Heavenly Heart by Mary Joseph Donahue
Simple Heart by Sharon Briggs
Canadian Sugar Maple Leaf by Gale Marshall
Modern Heart Motif by Mark Meyers
Jon's Heart by Jon Yusoff
Heart's Desire by Susan K Fuller
Small Tatted Heart by Betsy Evans plus Mary's Heavenly Heart by Mary Joseph Donahue

Since the maple leaf was larger than the hearts it was tatted with size 20 Lizbeth cotton (finer thread) and the hearts with size 10 Crochet cotton (thicker thread) for a better fit.  These were all tatted and hand stitched onto fabric blocks, sized and assembled with sashing before quilted.

This was a joy to stitch and I hope it brings more joy to whomever garners this treasure from the auction in support of the Manitoba Crafts Museum and Library.  Once I know when and where this will happen I'll post that too.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Pet Sitting

I finally am able to catch a picture of Simba but not of him grooming in the sun.  He saw me with the camera and made his way around the table and back downstairs!  He does come up for the sunny patches or zips outside into his huge playhouse.  Finally went outside and he showed off for me.  See the 2-way cat door in the basement window - he comes and goes for fresh air and anything venturing inside his pen.

Free cycle Saturday Find

Look what I found on the curbside freebies this morning.  I'm hoping to strip the black and varnish dark red brown or paint to match my table chairs but keep oak trim.  They also need some wood glue anchoring too.  Nice eh???

Friday, May 12, 2017

Break from Quilting!

I just spent a lovely but brief afternoon with Michelle chatting and checking out my projects.  Then we had afternoon tea with awesome dainties I picked up at Sobeys and talk about delicious!!!!!  We shared a black forrest cheesecake and a mango mouse and each had a shortbread mouse topped with a kiwi slice!!!!  I also had some watermelon and pineapple bites too.  NOW I think why didn't I take a picture of our desserts!!!!  They weren't only pretty to look at - that's why there were three desserts cause I couldn't decide on one - they were also so yummy tooooo!!!

We then relaxed and tatted some with Michelle showing me her next scrappy yarn afghan in whites greys blacks and a bit of bright colours thrown in.  So pretty that I can't wait to see it finished.   She's using up all her leftover balls from various projects - all different and together so very lovely!!!

Productive Week

Ohhhh it's been quite the productive week for me!  I'm going to miss this house and it's open spaciousness.  Hmm maybe incentive to declutter my place?

Yes I'm now quilting my "O Canada" hanger - still not happy with my quilting but getting better.  I also with Linette's help got the binding on my Mickey and Friends table topper or wall hanging last weekend and I finished my Moody Manitoba 3/4 inch strip therapy landscape and this week put the labels on them.  I should be finished my "O Canada" hanger today too!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Oh Canada!

Naturally I've had to put a few of my projects on hold as time is running away on me and still enjoying life.  LOL!!!

OK I'm so happy things are moving along faster than I thought on my OH Canada project.  Now that I've sewn up the top sonnet than I thought - I hope I can assemble the hanger and quilt it tomorrow.  If all goes well I should have this finished Friday.  I hope all goes fine!!!

Then onto a commissioned piece needed for June.  I've the design and fabrics together - just need to get to work on it.

Monday, May 08, 2017

Feeling Pained!!!

Dang it.  Getting ready for my morning walk and I missed the last step and crashed down hard on my but and banged my left big toe and right knee!!!!!   Crap Crap Crap guess I won't be speedy Gonzalez on the walk today.

Well I enjoyed being out with the walkers and it stopped raining just in time.  I'm glad the 5 km was in a park setting so it was slower speed and even with the aching knees and left ankle/toe I was able to keep up.  But at lunch at Oakwood Cafe it began to throb so Tylenol to the rescue and now resting with feet up.  Can't bend my toe - hmmmm.

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Retreat Update

Here's Virginia who's stitched more in the past two days than I've ever seen her stitch!!!

As the weekend progresses I'm so happy with the looks of this wall hanging so far.  I've still more hand stitching of hearts but am switching to some fun quilting now!!!  Wonder what Melissa thinks so far?

See I'm having fun on my new baby!

Thank you Jeanette for taking this last photo!