Thursday, August 26, 2010

Busy week

Baby Ethan... not sure he is making good choices on who to hang out with, but his daddy is a fan so I am sure he will follow along!
What a busy week... Susan had her baby and mom and baby are doing fine. But Oma is tired... LOL. I looked after the 2 little ones left at home patiently awaiting the return of mommy, daddy and baby. I wish I had half their energy. Friday was supposed to be a get back to normal day but it didn't quite happen that way. Everyone needed to catch up so lots of phone calls and very little time in the sewing room.

But I did have a moment to work on a quilt for a friend. She is volunteering at Interval house and asked me to quilt a quilt for her that the house will auction to raise money for the quilting program. I have to say that some how, working on that quilt gave me a great feeling. It wasn't easy, I will tell you!. My thread kept breaking, and all though I did everything I could think of, it just wasn't playing nice. I persevered and put a song in my heart, because I knew it was all going to be good in the end, and I felt like I was doing something really special. It's almost finished and Sharon will pick it up tomorrow, and I am glad I took the time to do it. But I have to say... quilting around those little hands and feet, made my heart bleed just a little...

Saturday I worked on some embroidery I want to get finished  and Sunday I booked my flight to Alberta.

Monday I ordered some beautiful "pots" from my niece in Nelson BC.... I can't wait to get them! She is so talented and creative. 
Shannon's Ewer...
The rest of the week has been a train wreck! Unless you are a strong non believer, you will understand when I say there has a been a full moon all week!!!  I have not been able to do anything right, so I stopped doing everything. I leave today at 8 to go to my nieces wedding and I haven't even started to pack yet and we leave in about 4 hours. I got up so early today and came down into the kitchen just as my brother was making his lunch for work. He had left a cupboard open and yes you guessed it... I ran into. I have a cut on my forehead, a huge headache and I foresee a fairly ugly bruise to go with it... Just in time for family pictures at the wedding!!!

Anyway, I am off to do some billings and while I am away I will be on the watch for some new things to tell you about when I get back... September first is the end of my summer vacation and I will be back to work. I am planning on setting some studio time aside each day with a huge do not disturb sign on my door so look out world... A Creative River may flow!!!

See you next week after the wedding...

Monday, August 16, 2010

Oh where of where is summer going..

This was one of my first "class" quilts, which I made 7 years ago and just got quilted last week.
I cannot believe it is the 16th of August. Summer is almost over and life is soon to get back to a routine. I am not sure I am ready to be hustling and bustling yet... but I know one thing... I am looking forward to seeing all my quilting buddies once again.

Tonight is our first Guild Executive meeting for the upcoming year. I have been on the executive for ever it seems and unless something changes in the next ten months this will be my last term. Its bitter sweet really. I loved working with the guild and making a difference ( at least I hope I made a difference). Being involved is a wonderful uplifting experience, and I am beginning to realize that a positive attitude and a helpful hand is very rewarding. I have a good friend who has started to  help teach quilting at a local interval house and every time she talks about it I see a little glimmer of pride for the women she is teaching. Sharon is making a difference in these women's lives and I can tell that her rewards are going to be greater than theirs...

Aimee cuddling under my quilt.
Last week the Nifty quilter's had their summer barbecue and I took some show and tell. My friend took my quilt as it passed by and cuddled up in it. I was sitting thinking at that moment that that is why I quilt. My quilting is almost completely utility and I love to know that people are using my quilts to wrap up in when they need some extra warmth. Every time I make a wall quilt I enjoy the experience, but the end result is never as rewarding as when I see people grab one of my quilts to cuddle in, or have a picnic on or use them for a stage for their next "living room" dance recital. That's where my joy in quilting lies.  And those moments make me glad that I am a quilter.

These last few weeks have been very busy for me. I had to exchange my new sewing machine for another one. My original Bernina  which I bought in March this year, had quite an attitude and since I have quite an attitude, we just didn't seem to get a long. I changed Bernina's and now I have the 830 which I have to say is quite a remarkable machine. This one seems to be towing the line so far and I decided to through some major sewing on it and it has been behaving quite nicely. So hopefully Big Bertha (she is so honkin' huge) and I will have a long and remarkable future.

Carlotta with my Ugly Fabric Challenge Quilt
Victor took me to a jays game a week ago and we stopped at Ikea and I found some very clever items there to add to my notions list.... more about them soon... My stepmother (wicked thing) is coming for a visit on September 12 and I am so looking forward to her being here.. .she is a quilter and we will have lots of fun times sewing up a storm while she is here. Nothing like having a visitor that doesn't mind being in your sewing room with you.... My good friend Carlotta came over 2 weeks ago. I haven't seen her in six years. She has been busy driving a transport truck all over the country with her husband. She admired one of my little quilts so I gave it to her. She said she is going to hang it in the truck  so she can see it every day... how fun! ... My daughter huffed and puffed her way to her babyshower yesterday and I have given her permission to go ahead and have this baby any time now. She is due in a little over a week so lets hope he doesn't keep us waiting tooo long... my niece is getting married in Alberta on the 28th and I won't be able to go but both my sons and their families are going so we will be well represented... my friend Laila comes back today and we are planning a nice dinner out this week to celebrate her birthday so that will be fun. And best of all, we just booked a trip to Newfoundland for the 30th of September... can't wait for that.

The beginning of Nigel's quilt
I managed to quilt a few UFOs last week and started a quilt for Nigel (my step-grandson) and made another one of my nifty totes which is just waiting for a handle and a lining and I will post a picture. I have a quilt for Dade (my grandson)  to quilt this week, (his birthday is next week) and I have some new notions I need to try so I have a very busy schedule for the next two weeks. My head is spinning with some great ideas for you this fall... so hope you will follow along on my little blogging journey. I promise I won't take another 3 week vacation for a while but I might not be here every day... so see you soon.
A small section of my "cozy quilt" which I quilted this week.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

For the faithful

Square in a Square - free download from their web site... great little project!

I am taking a few weeks off to re-group and power up for what I expect to be an awesome busy sewing fall and winter. I have tried to stay right away from the computor and the sewing room has been scrubbed and re-organized and I am just about ready to get busy!!!!

Sorry, if you have been looking for my posts, but I needed this time to refresh and the fact that my daughter is expecting anytime in the next two weeks has my sewing, blogging and notion time focus right now.  Send me an email if you are one of the faithfuls @ and I will gi ve you a heads up when I am back on line... then you won't have to check every day....

Thanks for your patience... I have lots to share... soon!