Smelt Run

It must be spring, the smelts were running this weekend. Erik and I went out at about 11pm Friday night and finished at round 2am. I wish my pictures showed the whole picture. There were 100’s of people there all ages, there is always a lot of talk about how much better smelting used to be and that every time you’d put your net in the water it would be so full of smelts some would be jumping out. I do remember hearing of people having so many they’d use them for fertilizer. For those of you who haven’t heard of Smelt fishing, my understanding is that the smelts swim upstream from the lake into the creeks to lay their eggs. Some people love them many won’t touch them. Erik cleans them and cooks them in Shore Lunch and lots of butter, very yummy!

Saturday was moving day for Mary and she and I spent the day moving most of her things to her new place. All in all the day went very smoothly esp considering how tired her mom was 🙂 She didn’t want any pictures taken of her place until it was set up.
One Saturday picture I did get was of Katie and friends and the breakfast they made.
ok so 2 pictures (Katie’s the one in the middle)

On the quilting front I finished up a customer quilt and last night cleaned my studio and gave my longarm a good cleaning and oiling. I’m hoping to get a quilt loaded and started after work tonight. and speaking of work I’d better get going…
Have a great day!!


Change, seems to be the theme to life these days. On the quilt front I’ve noticed that my fabric choices have changed, almost everything I’ve done this year has had red in it and I love everything I’ve made this year. Maybe I needed that extra punch that red adds to a quilt.
The pattern I’m using is Gypsy Rose from the book Fat Quarter Five by Heather Mulder Peterson, the Fabric is Picket Fence by Cloe’s Closet that I’ve had for a few years, it was a Moda University Kit that I really didn’t love the pattern so its been patiently waiting. I’m almost finished the 31 blocks, I’m not sure where this quilt will live but so far I really like it.

I’ve already shown my Hello Betty top, which screams red to me, it makes me think of picnics and fun times with little ones


And I’ve finished my first Schnibble from Miss Rosie’s Quilt Co Hot Cross Buns in the Patisserie collection by Fig Tree Quilts


and the mail came today, I’m planning a couple of quilts for my older girls with this fabric, 2 of whom have their own places and the other will soon have her own home, The pattern I’m using is in Heather Mulder Peterson’s book Livin’ Large, her website shows the quilt in 2 versions one says Faith Hope Love that was the quilt Emily would like and separately Sarah saw Live Laugh Love and that’s the one she loves. Marys will be a surprise. The girls already have quilts but thankfully they love them and are always more than happy to receive more.
Seeing the girls become young women is very exciting but challenging as well. I guess this is the stage of parenting that I have to trust that I’ve done my job well and let them spread their wings to become who they are meant to be. Katie will still be home for a while and it will be a big change for both of us when Sarah really does fly, the house is already quieter and for Katie she’s always had big sisters around, she won’t really be the baby when its just the two of us.


Another change was announced last week that one of our Local Quilt Shops Patchworks is closing, the owner wants to retire. I attended the last Thimbleberry club meeting Monday which was sad, alot of those ladies really enjoy the smaller group and sharing. Our local guild has a membership of 200 or so. That shop opened when my girls were little and I have so many memories. Patchworks really helped to bring Quilting to Thunder Bay.

One more change, its a big and exciting Happy change too
Spring is coming and with any luck the deer will not help themselves before I see the blooms this year. (the little white curls are shavings of Irish Spring soap which is supposed to help deter the deer as well as the cat if anyone has any more ideas to naturally keep them out I’d love to hear about it)

Hot Cross Buns

Although Easter is over, I’m finally getting my Hot Cross Buns made. Well my wall hanging that is. This is a Schnibble Pattern from Miss Rosie’s Quilt Co. Carrie Nelson has designed so many patterns that I love and these little Schnibbles of hers are irresistible, they use a couple of charm packs and abit of yardage and not as much time a a bed quilt. I can’t wait to have this one finished and hanging up.


I’ve also discovered another designer that I’ve fallen in love with her designs, both her fabric lines and patterns. Heather Mulder Peterson of Ankas Treasures I have a couple of her books and if I work didn’t’ take up so much of my time I’d have a few of those quilts made up.

I have a cute and pink sampler on my machine right now and if all goes well I’ll have it finished tomorrow. I believe the pattern is called Elizabeth’s Sampler this is one of 2 that I’ll be quilting.



The other night, I was upstairs in my room and I had a feeling that someone was looking at me from outside. I was right there was a deer standing just below my window partway on my deck. My camera was nearby, but I wasn’t fast enough. A couple nights later it was back with friends.



Just when I grounded myself from adding to my fabric collection for awhile…
I won!
As a mom of girls I’ve been thinking grandsons will be fun one day which is why I guessed that the Jolly’s are having twin boys. How exciting for them! so I will be adding a Charming Jelly Roll Cake to my collection and I’ve decided that what I make will be mine. I love making quilts for others but this collection is so me 🙂

I finished Rosebud Lane and delivered it to its owner yesterday. Margaret quilts are always wonderful to quilt, this one was really fun for me to quilt.





and last but not least the back, I always love how the backs turn out on custom jobs.

and one more top pieced, I love how happy this top looks and it will one day be the picnic quilt and play quilt for the someday grandbabies I’m hoping that we’ll have. (Its the Hello Betty Moda University Kit)

I think spring really is showing up its supposed to be 12C today and the sky is blue and my window is open…..I really wish I didn’t have to spend the day inside at the office today….but then again I am thankful for my job….its just that I need to be outside and I really need to be quilting 🙂
Have a great day!!

April Showers……Snow Showers that is

March went out with a Roar and April began after a 50cm snow storm, heavy wet snow. The driving was treacherous and the kids had yet another snow day. I’m really hoping that’s it for the winter weather. The forecast is for temps above 0 for the rest of the week and even for sunshine!!! Maybe spring is going to show up after all it is April!

I’ve been busy this week with a customer quilt that I’m really enjoying its called Rosebud Lane.

Rosebud Lane
Rosebud Lane

The feathers don’t show up really well but I’m so pleased with how they’ve turned out, they are freehand.


Which left very little time for piecing but I did get all of the blocks done for my Hello Betty quilt as well as the sashing ready.


There is just something about the depression era fabrics that I’m drawn to, I still have a collection of basket blocks that I made when I really didn’t know what I was doing yet. That is one of my quilting goals this year to finish one of my oldest UFO’s. One thing I’ll have to accept is their imperfection. I have a depression era solid yellow that I’m planning to use as the sashing this quilts been in progress for almost 20 years. Some of the fabrics in these blocks were from the first time I ever ordered quilting fabric…it was a medley from Keepsake Quilting and the beginning of my stash.

And speaking of stash here is another addition to the stash, I have a couple of cakes and jelly rolls but didn’t add them to the picture I’m not sure what I’ll make with it but I’m enjoying the thinking about it stage. I’m at that stage with a few collections right now.


I started the Bunny Tales BOM,
I know I’m way behind but I’ve also never done hand applique and I’ve chosen this quilt to learn. I did the first block but I’m not happy with it so I’ll start over, I think I know where I went wrong so hopefully I’ll get it right. I’ve watched several youtubes on technique so with any luck.. I’ll have something to show sooner than later.
I’ve also started another embroidery BOM from Willowberry Designs
This one is also a late start and I’m almost finished the first block. I’ve started doing handwork on my lunch breaks at work, I can get a fair amount accomplished if I try.

My oldest is officially finished University all except the ceremony. She starts her first career job on the 14th so she’s taken the opportunity to visit Jeremy in Texas this week. When she finished her job placement on Friday she was given an Easter Lily that was still all buds and asked me to take care of it for her 🙂 It’s blooming Sarah!




I am not very good about labeling quilts but I’m trying to turn over a new leaf so for now on I won’t let a quilt leave me without a label. This one was very simple, I traced the circle portion of on of the BOM’s that I’m working on from Gail Pans site, that I showed in the previous posting to this one. But I really wish I would have had time to embroider it.

I meant to get more quilting done this weekend but between being really tired and having to get my taxes together and plans for today..well I might still get a couple of hours in tonight.

If there are any Canadians reading my blog you will know who Rick Mercier is. He’s a reported for the CBC and travels about and does “reports” pretty funny stuff. Anyways not very long ago he visited Thunder Bay to experience a few “local” things. Thunder Bay has a large Finnish population, so he visited The Hoito which has been one of my favorite places for years. The food is all homemade kinda old style and very yummy in the way only comfort foods can be. So he went there to learn the fine art of making Finnish Pancakes, we make our own here. And then he joined some fellows and went ice climbing which is something that I never ever plan to do myself and then finished that day off with a good old fashioned Sauna. I found the episode on you tube:


The weather was a bit chilly today with the wind but we still made it out for our hike, its a conservation area not far from Eriks and is a 4.5 km loop through the bush, so relaxing and a good workout as its very hilly. I took a few pictures to show that the snow is melting. There is another snow storm in the forcast for up to 10 cm, I ‘m really hoping thats wrong its supposed to be spring!!!




Longarm Presentation at Guild

I was blog surfing last week and came across this blog at Stitchin By the Lake where she asked how your flower beds looked….as of last weekend this is how they looked. This week has been a lot milder and thankfully alot of snow melted but we still have months to go before any planting will happen around here. (other than starting plants indoors of course)


my coworkers quilt is finished and was delivered this week.


Monday night was my longarm talk at Quilt Guild, I felt it went really well.


the quilt in the above picture was one of my very first quilts back when the girls were very small and I only had 3. I really didn’t know what I was doing, I had never met another quilter and only had a few magazines to go by. I had decided to quilt an outline of my girls hands in the hearts and quilt their name in the second daughter kept pulling out the batting where her handprint was so I eventually gave up and quilted it without. (I used a poly batt and now you can hardly tell theres batting in the quilt) Anyhow this quilt has a bit of a sad tale to it. Years after I made it and the girls and I were on our own, and I was going to college I was in a bit of a rush to get them to school and as we were leaving my 3rd daughter ran upstairs for something. When we all got home that night I discovered that something was that she was afraid that her hampster would be cold and so wrapped my quilt around the cage. Let me tell you that Hampster had made the prettiest nest in her life…all I could say to my daughter was lets fold the quilt up and put it in the closet and not talk about it. She was as upset as I was about it and I knew she had no idea that her hampster would ruin the quilt.


Next is my Elizabeth Quilt, I loved this quilt the moment I saw it at and I had to have it I also had to have the charm squares. My oldest loved it too so both quilts now belong to her.

Elizabeth Quilt
Elizabeth Quilt
Wuthering Heights charm quilt
Wuthering Heights charm quilt

I love the wheel of mystery quilt. It was fun to piece and so nice to look at. It usually lives at Erik’s.

Wheel of Mystery
Wheel of Mystery

Just for fun I also showed my very first quilt. I made it when I was expecting my oldest daughter. It was a simplicity pattern and I used broadcloth. I couldn’t figure out how to finish the binding and at the time I didn’t know anyone who quilted. Somehow this quilt was used for all my girls without getting finished. I think I’ll sew the binding down before I’m a Grandma. Its amazing to me how fast 23 years can go by.



I’ve been working on Gail Pans Block of the month. I bring them to work with me and embroider during my lunch breaks. What a great stress reliever for me. I may make an extra set of blocks in the Peace on Earth fabrics I ordered from this week. There is only one complaint that I have about the Fatquarter shop and that is that its far too tempting for me. Their service is outstanding and its so exciting to get their shipments, everything is wrapped so nicely too.



One more finish this week. This quilt is for Erik’s Moms Birthday. Its so pretty and fresh looking. The pattern showed a wider binding but I found the red gingham fabric to be a bit too much for my tastes so I chose to do a traditional binding. I used wool batting for this one and quilted it using a panto called daisy swirl.


Saturdays really do fly by too fast. I have so much to do and all I’d really like to do is snuggle under a quilt and watch the Notebook.

Have a great weekend!


New Energy

It must be spring, although we lost an hour last weekend the extra day light has made a huge difference.
Winter is refusing to let go of its grip and we found ourselves under a winter snow warning Tuesday night. We received about 25 cm of snow and the windchill’s were brutal in the -30C range. Today has been a beautiful and sunny day and the temps are looking promising for the coming week. I’m very ready to get my hands in the soil again 🙂
I finally finished the customer quilt that was on my machine for the last few weeks.


There’s something about the back of a custom quilt job, its always a surprise to me when I see it laid out.


My coworkers quilt is bound I’m just waiting on the label so it can be delivered.




Then it was time for a little fun so I loaded this little quilt and just played, I’m really pleased with how it turned out. I’m going to either make a little something or find a surprise to send to the big sister and then it will be on its way.


you can’t really see the quilting in the picture from the front


We decided to make this quilt abit bigger so today I made and added 12 blocks. They are laid out in my living room and will stay there until I put the top together. My girls and their friends are pretty used to this practice.


I’ve been asked to speak at Quilt Guild about longarm quilting Monday night and show a few of my quilts. I’m not really a front line person but when I’m speaking on something I’m passionate about I really don’t mind.

Work has been very stressful lately, thankfully my quilting helps to ease that stress. I can always tell when I’m at my limit, the quilts start appearing. At one of my most stressful times as a mom I pieced my summer wind quilt and quilted it in 3 days.

This Is Not At All Suprising To Me

You Have A Type B Personality

You’re as laid back as they come…
Your baseline mood is calm and level headed
Creativity and philosophy are your forte

Like a natural sedative, you have a soothing effect on people
Friends and family often turn to you first with their problems
You have the personality to be a spiritual or psychological guru

Spring Fever

I’m ready to start putting the borders on the Figs and Plum quilt. I had hoped to have them on tonight but I decided to get working on the customer quilt first tonight. I’m hoping to have the quilt all finished and bound by Monday or Tuesday which means of course the customer quilt needs to be finished. Today I did get the borders cut out.

img_2681-small It was raining today, so some of our snow started to melt. Of course it makes everything look a little gray and grimy outside. This has been a long and very cold winter which might explain abit of my shopping last month…

It all kinda started with the Quilt I’m making for Eriks mom, he suggested I make it bigger and so I had to order more fabric

img_2682-smalland I made sure that I’d have more than enough just in case.. I also ordered enough of a coordinating fabric for the backing.

And because my Daughter was in Texas for a couple weeks and could bring home my order I added a few things..

I have always loved red white and blue together and I just couldn’t resist the Flag Day Farm line so I didn’t. I am Canadian but I have to admit that I’ve always wished they’d add a little blue into our flag.


I had to add the snippets charms to my order so I’d get free shipping (well I really only needed to add one pkg of charms but that wouldn’t be as much fun right?


I might want to make a BOM quilt that I’ve been looking at online .


and then there were these goodies that were on sale…


I also bought a couple of tablerunner kits from one of our local quilt shops one for my Mom and one for me. I’ll show mine when I get it done.

and then to be fair a few goodies from the other quilt shop in town. After all if we don’t support our shops and our industry what might happen?

img_2687-smallWell thats my reasoning anyways.  I also read that Kimberly and Kevin owners of the Fat Quarter Shop are expecting Twins….

One more hour til Friday!!!