Where is Summer?

We are still waiting for the real summer weather to arrive, and now Environment Canada is telling us that we’ll have to wait until next summer for seasonal temps. I think we might have had 3 or 4 days where the temps have been over 26C. I know to people in the south that sounds great but our summers are so short and winters so long here that we really do treasure a few weeks of toasty weather.
We were really fortunate that during our holidays we were able to get out fishing a couple of times, not alot of fish caught but good times non the less. One of Eriks daughters was home for a visit and joined us
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Sarah had announced their wedding plans a week before my holidays so a visit to Fabric Land was called for for the finishing items needed for her dress. Katie and her friend came along and I couldn’t resist a picture of her buying fabric for a dress she had in mind. I’ll share pics of the dress in a future post.

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The last week of holidays were spent in Wisconsin Dells, thankfully the temps there cooperated and we had a great time, camping and playing. What a very interesting a fun place.
Katie had a little fun the night before we left.
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We had a little visit at Cracker Barrel, I’ve always loved their chairs.
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The boat tour was so interesting, I highly recommend it to anyone visiting the Dells.
Dells rock formations
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I was also able to conker some major fears of mine and can’t wait to go back and do it again!! Funny how you can be so afraid to try some things….myself I’ve asked Erik to make me try these things just in case I might like them. He tells me that if I want to go again I have to go on the:
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I’d better not wait too long on that one.

I have a son! (in law that is)

I have been on holidays for the last 2 weeks, I took a total break and I’ll post about our adventures abit later.
First though the big news.
My eldest daughter Sarah and her Texan sweetheart were married on Saturday. It was a nice family and close friends wedding and will be followed next fall (once the immigration process is complete) by a larger wedding in Texas.
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The kids! Emily,Sarah, Jeremy, Katie and Mary
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Jeremys mom (who also quilts!) and I
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Erik and I and family
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My First Quilt

Carrie over at La Vie en Rosie and Camille at Simplify have challenged us to share our first quilts.
I still remember buying the pattern and fabric and floss for my first quilt about 24 years ago, I was expecting Sarah and I wanted to make a blanket 🙂 I didn’t realize what I was making. I was so excited, I was 23 and I was going to be a mom! I bought the supplies from Zellers (Canadian Readers might remember when they used to have a fabric department) The fabric was all poly cotton and I bought enough to make bumper pads as well.
I couldn’t figure out how to sew the corners down on the binding and I always meant to finish the binding but Sarah came along and then I thought I’d finish it but before I knew it I had all 4 girls. They all used and loved my unbound quilt.

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When I was a teenager I wanted to make “blankets” like the ones on Little House on the Prairie. When I told my mom that she replied oh you don’t want to make those they are called quilts and only poor people make quilts. But she was wrong (she’s now a quilter too by the way), I wanted to make them and eventually I found Eleanor Burns on PBS and watched her show and took notes. After watching her show the first time and taking notes I quickly went to work and my first deliberate quilt project was made.
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I was so proud of my little quilt, its hand quilted and I still love it. Money was very tight when I was a young mom and I treasured every little piece of quilt fabric I could find.
My first bigger quilt was made before I really knew what I was doing you can read it’s story
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and my most recent quilt
this little schnibble its quilted and bound.
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and my latest top

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June 29

The end of June has always been a favorite time for me as a child it wasn’t only my Birthday but also the end of the school year. Somehow I managed for the first 44 years of my life to have no school or work. Today I had to work but it was a lovely day anyways. I work with some great people.
All of my girls called me and my Parents had me over for a very yummy lunch and when I got home look what was waiting for me from Erik

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Sarah brought supper home for me and after dinner I indulged in a little nap.
and for a treat to myself I worked on a personal project instead of customer work
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and I did some blog surfing, one blog made me ponder my parenting a little. I have a little quilt that hangs in my upstairs hall way I made it several years ago, I removed the dad from the pattern and added my girls instead of just a boy and girl. At the time I was very content for my life to have only my girls and myself but now I’m so thankful that I have Erik in my life and his girls too.
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the weather over the weekend and the next coming days is for rain, my hair looks great but I sure am missing the sunshine. I took a few pictures out at Erik’s on the weekend, I was trying to capture the feel in the air but it didn’t really work. The gardens are coming along though.
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next sunny day there will be some serious weeding happening!
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Blueberry Bushes that we are hoping the bears will leave alone, we might need to build a fortress.
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I also finished a customer quilt this weekend, this quilt belongs to a good friend of mine and I just love it!

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Perfectionism

For a lot of my life I never really thought of myself as a perfectionist. I think for the most part I’m very easy going, but when it comes to my quilting I strive for perfect. When I’m quilting for customers I see any imperfection in my work, and it can make me a little crazy if you know what I mean. It can get a little stressful for me when I’ve been instructed to quilt how I think is best. For the most part I love freehand quilting and I have a lot of fun when I work on a quilt, and when I’m finished I will agonize abit about whether the piecer will love their quilt.

When I’m piecing I strive for that same perfection, though I have learnt over the years that sometimes a little fudging is called for and as long as it doesn’t affect the integrity of a quilt I’m ok with that, I won’t allow my seam allowances to be so narrow that a little fraying will cause seam to open. Nicole at Sisters Choice asked her readers about their piecing habits this week, thats what got me thinking about my feelings on the subject.

Today I pieced the first block for the designers BOM from Fatquartershop.com and 2 of my half square triangles just are not right, and there isn’t enough fabric to fix them. I used a very scant 1/4″ when I was sewing along the diagonal line so there really shouldn’t have been an issue but who knows, regardless they are a little wonky but not so wonky that in the end they won’t work. So for today anyways I’m calling my block done.

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While doing the laundry and other catch up Saturday jobs I managed to load a customer quilt that is so gorgeous. It was a local shops BOM and now that I’m seeing it on my longarm I’m wishing I had made it too. But I seem to recall that when it came out I had too many projects on the go to justify another.

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Its been a rainy Saturday, which has been ok with me. The weather forecast is calling for about 4 days in a row of rain. Thankfully my holidays aren’t for another few weeks and I’m really hoping for some great weather while I’m off my day job and I’m striving to be somewhat caught up on my quilting so that if I decide to spend some time in the studio it can be on my own projects.

Have a great weekend!
Wendy

A Needed Reminder

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4Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

8Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you

Life sure is a journey and at times the journey sure does get bumpy. At times life has felt like a never ending roller coaster ride. But God is in Control and I know that He has a plan and a purpose in all thing. He has a plan for all of my daughters and even for me. Childhood sure does pass quickly and then you have to allow your children to spread their wings and fly…..

Happy 18th Birthday Mary!

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I’m not complaining but..

its hot outside! I know our little heat waves are nothing compared to what people live with in the south, but our houses are built to hold in the heat and I don’t have central air. Thankfully I have a little window unit that’s busily cooling off my room while I blog. The temps have been in the 30C range with lots of humidity. Tonight I was so thankful that my studio is in the basement, since I had to quilt all night anyways.
This week I’ve quilted two customer quilts and hopefully I’ll get one more loaded and started before the weekend.
here’s a glimpse of the two that are finished

This one says Canada to me, and how fitting with Canada Day next week.
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and the pattern for this one is called Square Dance, I had so much fun quilting this one and had absolutely no tension issues, it quilted up so beautifully.

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I am so impatiently waiting to get moving on my BOM from the Fat Quarter Shop.
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This week has been especially busy, but I’m hoping to spend a little piecing time this weekend, even an hour would be good.

Last weekend we drove down to the states to pick up parcels at the border, and then we continued on to Grand Marais for a little supper at Sven and Ollies, I’ve always wanted to stop and take pictures of some of the buildings along the way, I love houses that must have some kind of a story even though I have no idea what they might be.
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each day this week I’ve felt like it should be Friday, I really don’t want to wish my life away…..but I’m so ready for Friday!!

MyPersonality and Emily’s too

Click to view my Personality Profile page

Funny how you can do a short little quiz and it can tell you what your personality is. I’ve done this one several times over the years. The first time in college and it always comes out the same.

INFP – The “Dreamer”
Jungian Personality Types (Free Test)

INFPs are introspective, private, creative and highly idealistic individuals that have a constant desire to be on a meaningful path. They are driven by their values and seek peace. Empathetic and compassionate, they want to help others and humanity as a whole. INFPs are imaginitive, artistic and often have a talent for language and writing. They can also be described as easygoing, selfless, guarded, adaptable, patient and loyal.
I like how this site has a list of fictional characters that have your personality type. like Anne of Green Gables and real people like Audrey Hepburn, not too sure about Fred Rogers though. But then there’s Mary Mother of Jesus and Laura Ingalls Wilder.
Professionally my day job is not on my list, which I already knew of course. But you do what you have to do to support your family right.
Tonight my Emily took the test and she’s like the opposite of me, her real life people she’s like are mostly presidents, Billy Graham, Sam Walton and John D. Rockefeller. A fictional person on her list was Rachel Linde which didn’t thrill her at all.
Emily is studying to be a teacher which of course was on her list of professions. Emily has always been organized and diligent. She’d got upset with me when she was in Grade 6 when I asked if she’d done her homework, she said that was insulting because of course she’d done it and did I have any idea how embarrassing it would be to go to school and not have it done.
Well as opposite as my Emily in personality we are also very alike in values. I really admire her so much and I’m also so thrilled to pieces that she wants me to send some things to her this weekend. (She is attending University in Edmonton)
She’s decided she needs a hobby 🙂

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so I had to go and pick up a few things she’ll need for her new hobby and my Mom is sending her

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its a sweet little machine, though testing it tonight made me realize how spoiled I’ve become with my newer machines.

We spent some time tonight looking for quilt shops in Edmonton that are close by her place and hopefully we can find one that’s offering a beginner class over the summer. I did find one and I wish I knew more about the shop. For now I’ll send some fabrics and magazines that will get her started. Of course she’s been watching me quilt for years so she has some ideas.

FINALLY

I think summer is finally here! We needed sunscreen! I finally got to use my Christmas Present and Erik did too. Last Christmas I gave Erik a GPS
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and we tried it out at the border lake we were fishing at today. He gave me a Pink Ugly Stick
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We realized today that its been over 8 months since we’ve been fishing. With the cold weather this spring and then company from Finland, Sarah’s Graduation and our trip to Duluth there hasn’t been a chance. Even this weekend was a challenge to get away but Friday night we decided enough was enough and we were going.
I love this boat, its just perfect for a good days fishing, the seats even fold down allowing for a wonderful afternoons nap.
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The first fish I caught with my new rod was only a pike so he didn’t really count but right after that I caught what I was looking for, a walleye

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I love pictures of Erik esp our fishing pictures

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The day really flew by too quickly and now I’m already itching to get back out there. I can’t wait to get out camping and spend a couple days on the lake and evenings by the campfire.

The lake we were at today straddles the Canadian US Border. This sign is posted with instructions that I hope don’t apply to us. We try not to go over to the US side of the lake.

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Time to leave, this is the road its pretty narrow and parts of it are very rough which in some ways is a very good thing.

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Look who was walking along the road out

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he just continued running slowly on the road just ahead of us and I was able to get some great shots of him. For those who don’t know this guy is a bull Moose.

Then on the side of another highway on our way home look who was right beside the road, a cow and her calf

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When my girls were little, after a fun day they would sometimes ask if we could do that day again tomorrow. Today was one of those days for me. But I think it’s Monday in the morning so off to work I’ll go.
til next time
take care,
Wendy

Favorites of the Week

It goes without saying that my favorite part of the week was our little trip to Duluth.
One of the local quilt shops is closing, which is not a favorite part. The owner wants to retire and since she’s just had her 70th birthday its understandable. Its sad as this is the shop I have been visiting most of my quilting career and I have many memories of shopping with my little ones there (well they aren’t so little anymore) When I walked into the shop this week there sat a sewing machine that I’ve always loved and thought it would look sweet at my house…..well there it sat with a price tag of $30. so I have officially started celebrating my birthday month with my first gift to myself.

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its not exactly in mint condition but it will be a memento for me from Patchworks.

I managed to quilt a customer quilt this week, I still have to bind it.

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and Mary brought her little kitty for a visit last night, kitties sure grow fast

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I’m thinking he must be about 2yrs in people years. can you guess why?

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He is such a fun little guy
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I’m still planning to stay pet free, but I do enjoy his visits.