Joan’s Blossoms

The Blossom print in this quilt is so pretty and bold that it immediately brought to mind adding a fun floral design that would just enhance the quilt. I chose the pantograph Rhododendron.

Welcome October

September seemed to just fly by, however it was a full and productive month. After returning from Toronto, Erik and I attended his nephews wedding, and also our youngest grand child’s birthday party the first weekend back.

As fun as the weekend was, we were both ready for some stay at home and get things done time.

Sadly we did not have a good crop of apples this year, thankfully my friend Kim did and she shared a few totes with me. I have been busy making and canning juice and will freeze many apples along with making some crisps! The house certainly has that autumn smell these days!

My design wall has been changing and hopefully my Moda Blockheads top will be off the wall this coming week to make room for my Longtime Gone quilt which is well under way….I always end up with more than one project in the works and several on my mind.

It is a little like a puzzle right now as I decide my layout.

Joan’s Triangle Quilt

Joan made this quilt as per her Granddaughters request. I loved the bubbles on many of the fabrics which led me to choosing the pantograph Bubbles! Such a beautiful quilt for a young teen.

Quilting

Life has somewhat returned to normal after arriving home on Monday afternoon.

I missed my Longarm and studio! It is always fun to come back from trips with goodies and see where they are going to fit in to my fun room!

I have been busy working this week on customer quilts and plan next week to begin carving out some time for play again.

Recent finishes, I will post pictures after they go home.

Early Morning Reading

Some days I wake up far too early to start my day, when I can’t fall back to sleep I spend time reading and often check out some interesting quilting blogs….of course finding more inspiration than one needs does not help me to fall back asleep.

I have been following Savor Every Stitch for some time. Her piecing is modern and fun and her quilting is superb.

Liz recently took part in a block hop featuring a new book Just One Charm Pack Quilts by Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs this led me through a fun rabbit hole of more blogs and fun reading and inspiration.

Home and Quilting

We had been staying at the Chelsea hotel in Toronto and for the most part it has been a great choice.

My back will thank me for being back in my own bed tonight as I have been sleeping on the pull out. I did let the staff know how horrible it was with springs pointing up through the thin mattress however there was no response.

We are both happy to be heading home and so thankful that our mission is complete and has been successful.

Billy Bishop Tunnel on the way to the airport.

Tonight is the first meeting of the 2021-2022 season of the Thunder Bay Quilters Guild. I first joined this guild in my 30’s and took a short break in my early 40’s while going to school and adjusting to a new life with my daughters. I am looking forward to hearing the plans so far I know that it will be offered on zoom even if we are able to start gathering in person.

I am also looking forward to this years sew along, not that I really need another project! There was also the announcement of another swap as last years sisterhood swap was such a success.

If you are interested in learning about our local guild here is the link http://thunderbayquilters.org/

This is one of the versions of this years sew along.

Toronto …part 3

Yesterday was a full day. The purpose of the trip was for Erik’s Mom to under go a TAVI procedure. (A heart valve replacement) thankfully for the most part everything went smoothly and after an overnight hospital stay we are back together at the hotel.

The rest of our stay will be in the hotel and for her to relax and rest with a little walking more each day.

I really enjoy not having to eat out and have found it very easy to make healthy delicious and fast meals with careful shopping. I much prefer my cooking and the money saved can go to more fun things like adding to my fabric stash!

Last nights supper made from some of a pkg of a fresh stir fry mixture and some rotisserie chicken and a little sauce.

I had to wait outside of the hospital this morning for a half hour before they let me up to visit. I found a nice shady spot to sit and relax… these buildings are so interesting to look at so much concrete but where I sat had so many trees and nice green grass. A little oasis.

My little project awaits me while Hilkka rests up for our journey home on Monday .

Toronto…day 2

Eriks Mom wanted to rest yesterday afternoon after her pre op and encouraged me to set out and visit a quilt shop.

I chose The Workroom , so set up a Uber ride. On the way to the shop a traffic drum came flying off a truck in front of us…I sure was impressed with the drivers ability as it flew right into our path with so much traffic and speed involved thankfully he was able to miss it but it was by inches. He earned his tip that’s for sure!

Not the best thing to fly out of a truck in traffic! Yikes!

Thankfully I arrived safe and sound and relaxed looking at all of their fabric and supplies. This shop caters primarily to Modern Quilters, they also carry every colour of Kona cotton which made it very easy to find the sashing fabric that I have been looking for for my Long Time Gone Quilt. I chose Silver which is such a pretty and soft gray.

Along with the Kona solid this bundle decided to join me in my quilting journey.

Stay Gold by Melody Miller

My local guild will be beginning a quilt sew along this month and I am leaning towards using fabrics from this bundle. I wish that I could have decided on my background while in the shop however I chose to wait and give it a little time.

There is another shop not far from here that offers free delivery within this area…yikes should I go there?