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Wednesday, 24 May 2017

What I’m working on...

I’m back to work on quilting. I’m managing an hour or two a day, which isn’t great, but it’s getting better after that horrible bout of illness. I loaded a quilt for Maria today. She wanted a feather meander in the body of the quilt and feathers in the border as well. It’s been quite a while since I had to opportunity to do feathers on a quilt.I’m hoping to have it done by the end of the week. It feels so good to be getting back to what I love to do.

We spent the past long weekend camping with family. It was our grandson Avery’s 6th birthday. We went to Sauble Falls Provincial Park. There is some wonderful hiking and scenery to be seen there.

Avery and his daddy Noel
Our little Abbie discovering the joy of digging in the sand
A wonderful picture of Avery
Avery and I
I’m so glad we were able to get away and do some quality family bonding time. And when, as it was on Sunday, it’s cold and wet outside, and there are 6 adults, 2 children and one dog inside a 21 foot trailer, it is most definitely family bonding time! (grin)










Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Back after a long break

It’s been over a month since I’ve had the chance to write up a blog post. Half of that time was spent with a really really nasty case of a blocked bile duct, which ended up with an hospital stay of ten days, after two very nasty emergency room visits. I am so very grateful for our health care in this country. I think it ranks one of the best in the world. However, it has one large flaw..... emergency rooms are backed up and packed to the limits. I spent over five hours in pain and retching, laying out on a couch in the emergency room waiting room, before getting in to be seen. After that though, the care and the speed in which things were looked after was fine.
I was discharged from hospital April 29th, and I’m just now beginning to get back to something close to normal. I still don’t have the energy or stamina to be able to get things done, but it’s coming. Needless to say, I have no desire to EVER repeat that experience. The true measure of just how sick I was is found in the fact that there were three weeks during which there was no needle, thread or fabric even touched.
About a week ago I started back in working on Orion’s Belt. I would love to get this done because there are so many more designs using this kite shape floating around in my brain, itching to get out.


We’re heading out for our first camping trip of the year this weekend. It’s our grandson’s 6th birthday today. He’s going to be coming camping with us, so we’ll celebrate with him then.
It’s so hard to believe it’s been six years already. It seems like only a week or two. It has been so much fun watching him grow, finding out the person that he’s becoming. So far, he is very much his Daddy’s son, both in looks and also in temperament and behaviours. It’s like watching our son grow up all over again.
We’re getting to spend some extra time with our grand daughter this week. Her baby sitter is sick, so we are filling in. What a joy she is, even if she is trying my currently limited energy reserves. Scott’s been doing the majority of care and chasing, and he’s so very good at it.
What makes her even so much more fun is that, as much as our grandson is so much like our son, our grand daughter is every bit as much like our daughter. It’s like we’re able to enjoy both our children all over again, only better, because we can spend so much more time enjoying them, rather than the every day things that seem to be so overwhelming as a parent. I’ve heard it said so many times, and that’s because it is so true..... being a grand parent is the best thing ever!
I’m going to link up to Lorna’s Let’s Bee Social and then maybe get a bit more hand stitching done on Orion’s Belt before this little girl wakes up from her nap.



Sunday, 16 April 2017

Slow Sunday Stitching

It’s a glorious Resurrection Sunday morning. It’s warm out, and the doors and windows are open, letting in the breezes and sounds of spring. It seems like it’s been such a long winter. But that makes the first warm days of spring even more precious. It’s a perfect time to, as Kathy said in her post today, “just be”.  Not feeling like I have to be doing, but rather to sit and be still, to enjoy the thought of what Resurrection Sunday means to me, and to enjoy the beauty of our Lord’s creation. There are cardinals out there, singing their songs to each other..... what a wonderful sound.
I’m making progress on Orion’s Belt. All of the stars are finished, and I’m starting to put it together.
I’m trying to do it in a logical manner, taking photos as I go, so that I can write it up as a pattern later.
So for the rest of today, after I link up to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching, I’m going to sit here by the door, or maybe even venture outside, and enjoy the breezes and sounds of a perfect spring day, while taking many slow stitches.

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Slow Sunday Stitching

I left a comment on somebody’s blog this morning, after reading that they were sitting outside stitching. The comment was something to the effect that it wasn’t warm enough here yet for outside stitching. Well, this afternoon proved me wrong. It was gorgeous, and allowed for a blissful hour sitting in the sun and stitching. It felt so good!!
I’m still working with my kites and diamonds. I’ve got a few of them surrounded by the Kona Pepper now, and am liking the way that they look, sparkling against the night sky. This one will be called Orion’s Belt. I’m trying to diversify the fabric selection a bit, and not just stick to the batiks, as much as I love them.
I’m probably going to make four of the blocks and then call it finished. I’m making these more as samples for patterns, rather than full size quilts. I have at least three more designs, based on the kite shape, to make up. As long as I’m having fun with these, I’ll keep going.
It’s time to link up to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching and get some supper.

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

More stars from Kites

After finishing Castor and Pollux I had a bunch of kite shapes left over. So, what's a quilter to do but start something else with them. I’m doing sets of fours with them this time, two lights and two darks, and they’ll be part of another new pattern. However, There is going to come a point when I’ll have to stop sewing in order to actually write up the patterns. But for the moment, I’m having fun. There seems to be an over abundance of orange in this mix, so it just might be time to drag out my bins of scrap strips and get a greater variety of colours going. I might throw some prints into the mix, too in order to break up the preponderance of batiks and tone on tones. The background is going to be a Kona solid, probably the pepper colour, which is as close to black as it can get without actually being black, if that makes sense. I’m hoping it will be easier on the eyes to sew than black. The idea is for it to look like stars in the night sky. I seem to be on a roll when it comes to these kites, and blocks that look like stars. I just might start a series of quilts named after constellations. This one is going to be named Orion’s Belt.
I’m going to link up to Lorna’s Let’s Bee Social. Then it will be time to get some lunch and head up to the quilting studio to get some more work done. I’m having a three way race up there to see what will happen first.... the quilt gets finished..... I run out of the bobbin colour I’m using..... the new thread order with more of the bobbin thread arrives. Stay tuned for the results of this exciting race. (grin)

Edit: running out of bobbin thread won. Now, I wait for the delivery of more thread. And maybe, make some more stars.

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Slow Sunday Stitching

I’ve managed to finish Castor and Pollux. By doing no other hand stitching, other than this project, it’s been finished in record time, for me at least. According to the blog, I started this somewhere around the first week of March, which means this was finished in under a month. I have enough left over kites to start something else, too.  So, with no further delay, I’m going to dig out those leftovers, find other stuff to go with them, and start the next project. I’m having so much fun!!!
I’m linking up to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching. Stay tuned for what comes next!

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Castor and Pollux

My newest English Paper Piecing project, called Castor and Pollux, is slowly growing. I am hoping to have a large amount of time today to dedicate towards getting it to a finish. I’ve been taking photos along the way, since I have plans for this to become a pattern in the not too distant future. there will be a kit of papers and acrylic templates for it too, also hopefully in the not too distant future. In the meantime, we keep plugging away. We are hoping that also in the not too distant future the maintenance notice found at http://eagleswingsquilts.ca will turn into the actual web site where this pattern, and others, will be available. In the meantime, I’m having fun sewing.
I’m linking up to Lorna’s Let’s Bee Social and also to the Needle and Thread Network WIP Wednesday, even though it’s a day late and it’s Thursday. Then it’s back to stitching.