Sunday

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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:

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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!!!

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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)

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my coworkers quilt is finished and was delivered this week.

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

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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 hand..my 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.

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Next is my Elizabeth Quilt, I loved this quilt the moment I saw it at Fatquartershop.com 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.

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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 fatquartershop.com 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.

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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.

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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!

Wendy

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

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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?

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

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and then there were these goodies that were on sale…

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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!!!

Wow that went fast

the weekend that is. Why is it that those two days of the week have to go so fast?

I love the weekends and this one was full

img_2669-smallI got quite abit of the Figs and Plum quilt done. I finished piecing the half square triangles on Friday night and cutting the 4 1/2 squares Saturday morning. Then I asked my youngest and her friend to lay the blocks out for me while I worked on a customer quilt.  Saturdays are full days here, I like to make a pot of soup for my weekday lunches, catch up on the laundry and housework and get as much quilting done. But Saturday night is always for Erik and I. This week we had tickets to see B J Thomas. He put on an excellent show. His music has great memories attached for me.

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We also celebrated my Moms Birthday on Sunday night. I made lasagna, and my oldest made Salad, and appetizers and the girls all helped with set up and clean up. Well not all of them, unfortunately with Emily in Edmonton she wasn’t able to make it. Anyways Happy Birthday Mom!!

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I spent the evening working on the quilt top and also got quite abit done on the custom job on my machine. There really are not enough hours in the day.