Decisions

Another little Schnibble (Plan C) I’ve been working on. It’s been living on the design wall like this but today  started changing it around

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and right now it looks like this

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I think I like the second version best but I’m still playing any suggestions or opinions?

and on to really important news

Its Graduation season and my Daughter Emma had graduated with her degree in Psychology and is continuing on working towards her Masters. Emily has always loved school and is an excellent student! I’m so proud of you Emily!!

Erik has 2 daughters graduating this year, his oldest is now an RN!! way to go Shilo and his second daughter Ashton graduated today with a diploma in Dental Hygiene but like Emily she is continuing her education and will be entering the Education Program University.

We attended Ashton’s grad this morning.

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Quietly Busy

Its been extremely quiet here this last week, all of my girls have been away. Of course Sarah is always away now that she lives in Texas. Emily, Dave and Katie drove down for Jerry’s first birthday. I’m waiting for more birthday pictures…

This was one of Jerry’s first pictures as a cowboy

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and a year later at his party!

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Yesterday I finally re-quilted my original Summer Wind quilt. I really wish I’d taken some pictures of it to show why I decided to re-quilt it. I had used a panto that wasn’t as dense as I like and also used a wool batting, when it was washed it just did not like it. It is my summer quilt for my bed so I use it and I still love it so it was worth re doing. Thankfully I have a friend who offered to un-quilt it for me. I had been a bit concerned about the stitch holes from before but they have all but disappeared.

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I used a Robyn Pandolph backing that I absolutely love and suits this quilt perfectly.

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a little sneak peak of some quilting for the Circle of Friends Quilt Shoppe (opening soon)

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more to come…

Bloggers Quilt Festival

 

I made this quilt using a pattern called Summer Wind, I had originally made it with a different fabric collection and in a different season of my life. The first quilt was pieced in a 3 day marathon session, when I needed something to completely take my mind of some challenges that life was throwing my way. I had always intended to use the pattern again and when I found myself with a stash of Gypsy Rose from Fig Tree Quilts I knew I had my next Summer Wind Quilt.

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When I first posted pictures of this quilt that I made for Erik’s Daughter Megan, the pattern designer Carrie Nelson commented that she thought its name should be Summer Gypsy, which I really liked and renamed the quilt.

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One of the things I really love about this pattern is that you start in the centre and work your way out border after pieced border.

Megan has decorated her room about this quilt. She really has great taste in colours and has done an amazing job (I’ll see if she’ll let me share a peek)

I used a pantograph called here and there to quilt it. I think this design flows beautifully across the quilt and I personally think it looks like hearts which is another reason I chose it.

I’m adding this last picture to show you the quilt I made for Megan to go with her older bedroom, she chose the colours for that room herself too. It’s interesting how our tastes change over the years isn’t it.

Weeds and things

Life has so many ups and downs, and twists and turns. This summer so far for the most part has been wonderful. My little grandson is a total joy and I love the warmer weather and the gardening and being outside! I do love summer.

Over the weekend, Erik and I did a little shopping after seeing his youngest daughter off on a school trip to Cuba and later we were at a birthday party for 2 friends, one 60 yrs and the other 50 yrs.

Sunday had its challenges which leads me to the weeds…… I spent a good part of today pulling weeds and when I say a good part of the day I mean hours, awesome therapy for a mom who needs to pull some weeds from life and sort things out and carry on.  It was super hot today which made the job a bit more challenging but in a way a lot more rewarding. There really is something about weeding the garden that soothes me. I think all the weeds are dealt with for now…

3 of my girls knew how I was today and they all showed up and spent time with me. I am truly blessed and of course my eldest brought my little man 🙂

My little cowboy wearing his Canada Day Cowboy hat from a friend of his moms, his little Onesie  that says My Mommy’s Canadian Hero and his little John Deer Cowboy boots from him Mamie. He has a Onesie that says Made in Texas as you’ll also see.

We had a nice visit with Sarah’s Mother in law and her parents who came up from Texas for a little visit. It was so nice to meet Jerry’s  Mamie and Papa and to see Kathy again.  Sarah’s new family is so lovely that is makes it a little easier to let them move south….though I wonder how I’ll really feel when the time comes. My Mom and Dad are to the right of me, 4 generations happening in this picture.

I really love this picture, Jerry is held by his Great Grandmother, Mamie and Kathy Jerry’s Grammy is to the right. Do you think my little guy will grow up with a strong accent too?

and one last picture because how cute is he?? hopefully I’ll be back to my quilting soon, I just haven’t felt my creative self lately but maybe now that the weeds are pulled it will return!

Oh and I am still running and walking almost daily (almost 4 weeks now) I can really feel the difference it makes. I highly recommend getting out there….one step at a time!

It’s My Favorite Month…

and it seems to be flying by!

Our Little Man has already been here for a month………

One thing about living in Canada is that we have a year of Maternity leave, most of the time the Mom uses the full year but parents are allowed to split the time off. Now I realize not all countries have this but we do and now that I’m a Grandma I really think we Grandmas should also get at least a 6 month leave from work to enjoy our little bundles…..or better yet retirement with full pay/benefits etc  so that we are available to enjoy and help out.

He has stolen all of our hearts of course,  especially mine…

And what can I say about his Mom.  I am so proud of my daughter, what a wonderful Mommy our little guy is blessed with!!

On other news We have been to Duluth twice in the last month, first for Erik’s Birthday (just the two of us) and a second trip as a day trip to take the girls shopping.

We took these pictures at Gooseberry Falls, they were amazing! We visited last summer and there was hardly any water compared to this

We’ve also been busy with other projects that have been keeping me outside.

and I’ve always wanted to run….so I’ve been working on that this summer at this point my runs are half walking and half running and I’m out for about 45 min. I think its best to work my way up and avoid any injuries. I’m really enjoying myself!

In less than a month we’ll be heading off on Vacation….a very exciting trip for sure!

for now though I’m still working my full time job and then fitting in everything else and for the last month my quilting has been on  a hiatus but the itch is there and it won’t be long before I get back at it.

I hope everyone is enjoying their summers too…


Another 2 days of doing what I want

Yesterday was the day to tackle the half square triangles. There are 144 2 ½” and 12 6 ½” hst’s in this quilt. I’m not crazy about all the trimming but it doesn’t take too long and it’s definitely worth the effort.

The quilt is starting to take shape now; I have all the main blocks finished now and had the time today to sew the centre and first round together. Now I’ll need to take over the living room for a bit and lay the whole quilt out. I’m hoping to have the top finished before I head back to work Tuesday.

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second time I’ve made this pattern. The first time it was offered as a kit from Fatquartershop.com, it was my first of many purchases and they remain one of my favourite online shops. My only gripe with them is that they make it too easy to splurge!

Any ways here is that first quilt, Elizabeth by Carrie Nelson aka Miss Rosies Quilt Co. made with the Wuthering Heights Collection (that I still love and have a little stash of) This quilt was quickly claimed by my daughter Sarah and it will soon be returning to Texas along with the rest of her quilt collection. She also has a charm quilt made with the same collection.

Elizabeth is a fun quilt to piece which is why I’ve always wanted to do it again. The new quilt will be a wedding gift for one of my daughters friends who is getting married in July.

Yesterday morning I dropped of a quilt to one of my customers. She invited me up to her sewing room and then showed me one of the quilts I did for her recently. She wanted me to see the quilt rack that her son in law made for her, that was in her bedroom. Then I noticed the quilt on her bed and my first thought was oh that’s nice I wonder who quilted it……oh my, my memory is failing me. I wonder if that happens to other longarmers as well?

I did spend some time working on the black and white quilt that I posted yesterday, it’s almost halfway finished.

I probably won’t be back in my studio until Monday and hopefully I’ll be able to spend the whole day again.

Have a great Easter!

Another Wendy Day

I didn’t spend as much time in the studio on my play day 3 but I did manage to get a quilt loaded on the longarm and the squares cut out for the half square triangles needed in my latest quilt.

 

My daughter Sarah asked if we could go for groceries together in the morning which we did. I think I’ve mentioned before that she’s an amazing cook. Well when we brought the groceries home she suggested that we clean out the fridge first, the two of us working together made pretty short work of a fairly big task and when we were done she put the groceries away and made us a lovely lunch and later made Mexican for Supper (a healthy version I might add)

 

I had planned to sew all evening but the girls talked me into going to the show with them.

It was opening night for The Last Song; this movie is a big time Chick Flick! If you are going to see it make sure you bring along some tissues!

 

 

All in all it was a great day!

Gypsy Rose

I made this quilt as a Christmas gift for Megan, she is Erik’s youngest daughter. I love making quilts for the girls. It thrills me that they all love their quilts.

My goal is that each of the girls will have a queen size quilt to add to their collections. I have a couple planned for this year. I made Megans quilt using Miss Rosies Quilt co pattern Summer Wind and The Gypsy Rose collection by Joanna Figueroa. Katie really likes the pattern so I’ll make her one, I’ve already bought her fabric and hopefully I’ll get a chance to start hers soon. This next picture is of Megan with her lap quilt that I gave her 2 Christmases ago to go with her bedroom that she’d recently decorated. She is changing rooms soon and her Gypsy Rose quilt will look very at home with her new decor.

I have been quilting for Tara from almost the beginning of my machine quilting business. She has been such an encourager and has also provided me with awesome quilts to work on. This batik quilt was a joy to quilt, I used a rainbows thread that really pulled the together into the border. It was quilted with a pantograph called wildflowers.

These kitties belong to my daughter Emily, they are all living with me while Emily attends University. They couldn’t resist this box and at one point the smaller kitten had opened the lid just enough to slide into the box and keep the lid on…..never a dull moment!

Time is Flying!

I remember thinking that I would never be a grown up. I also remember expecting my first daughter thinking that she’d never get here…well she’s here and has been for almost 24 years and not only that but before I know it she’ll be a mother and I’ll be the Grandma! And guess what? Its A BOY! 2010 will be a very exciting year for sure.

On the quilting front I’ve been very busy with customer quilts as well as allowing myself some piecing time. I was able to reach all my goals for Christmas quilts. I still need to take some pictures of the gypsy rose quilt that is now living on its new owners bed 🙂 so I’ll have to add those soon.

My Emily really loved her Faith, Hope and Love quilt

and Shilo Loved her I Believe in Santa Quilt

My Madeline Schnibble is ready for quilting

I am planning to make myself a queen sized quilt with the Rouenneries collection. I’ve decided on the pattern now I just have to wait for the rest of the fabric to arrive and to make the time. Sarah (the soon to be mom) has also requested a baby quilt made with this line.

I’ve been having computer troubles lately but hopefully thats resolved and I’ll be able to share more about my life and times this year.

Summer Wind and Fall

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Summer Wind (Miss Rosies Quilt Company) is among my top favorite patterns, I made it about 5 years ago using the Seaside Rose collection. When I saw Nicoles version in Wuthering Heights, I knew I needed to make it again. I’m making it using the Gypsy Rose Collection as a Christmas gift. The extra challenge I’ve given myself is that I’m using precuts to make it, so far so good.

I have several quilts in mind that I want to get working on, but with my day job and quilt jobs my time is limited so I’ll see how far I can get.

Fall is truly here, I took these pictures a couple weeks ago (our Thanksgiving weekend) when we tucked the flower beds in for the winter. (I’m hoping that the spruce boughs will discourage the cat and other critters from their activities)

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I’m including this pic just because I like it
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this is what I learnt how to drive today
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The weather has definitely shifted jackets are out and the summer fun is put away for another year.

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the garden is covered up waiting for spring, hopefully next year will give us a better growing season

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One more picture from Thanksgiving weekend, Katie sure loves to drive!
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