Friday, January 20, 2017

Snowshoeing

I feeling almost back to normal today.  I have spent most of it quilting:  working on my granddaughter's quilt and then going snowshoeing in the afternoon.  Hubby and I have been trying to get out for over a week but we have either been busy or the weather didn't cooperate.  We wanted to get the trail padded down again so it is easier travelling and also so the dog can walk on it without sinking up to her tummy.
It was heavy going as there was a crust of ice on the snow so we took turns leading.  The snow itself was deep as well as there had been a couple of snowfalls since our last trip.  We got about half the trail done which was a good start.  It is supposed to stay warm for another week so we should be able to get in finished this weekend.
I uploaded a photo to my Pinterest account today.  First time I have done that.  I just opened the account a couple of weeks ago so have to learn how Pinterest operates.  Always something new to learn.
Our bird feeders are really busy and the blue jays are back again.  We hadn't seen them for a while and thought they had left us for a better feeding station.  We also have brown, black and grey squirrels waiting to pick up any droppings.  The should be snug in a burrow but it is mild enough that they are out and about.
Blessings,

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Celebrations.

We had two reasons to celebrate today. Most importantly it was hubby's birthday so we had a special supper.  He went into the village earlier where he played some pool with a friend and had a little time to himself.  Tomorrow night we may go to the Legion for the monthly live jam with local and area talent.  It is a super evening and you can buy supper if you wish or have some snacks throughout the evening.  We will decide tomorrow if we are going for sure.  We usually say we will do something but, when the time comes, decide we will stay home.
The second happy event was the email I received saying that I have been selected by Island Batik to be their Ambassador for another year.  I am looking forward to seeing what the monthly challenges will be and, of course, receiving my fabric.  As in the past year, I will be share with you through draws.
Blessings,

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Books

Thank you to all who commented on yesterday's blog.  I hope you are reading all the other blogs and entering the draws.  Not everyone is having them but many are.  Good luck.
I have been feeling rather blah the past few days.  Not sure why.  Possibly because a few friends are ill and another one died last week.  That in itself can make a person feel blue but I think it is probably more that I can't get outside and walk because it has been so slippery.
I don't know what you do when you want to disengage from life for a bit but I read.  I have always enjoyed books but don't indulge myself very often  because,  once I start one, I want to keep reading until it is finished.  I am usually able to get through in 2 to 3 hours but, like most people, I don't that much free time all at once.
I had a couple of meetings in the village today and a bit of time in between so went into the library.  I was just browsing when I saw Buddy Guy's autobiography.  I have always enjoyed his guitar playing so I checked it out.  This is a book I can read a bit at a time so it is perfect.
Hopefully, tomorrow I will be back to my usual chipper self.
Blessings,

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Blog Hop

It is hard to believe that my year as an Island Batik is over.  I am hoping to be selected again so I can, once more, share with you these lovely fabrics and some of the things you can make with them.
The last challenge is, oddly enough, called New Beginnings.  New, because it is the first one of 2017.  We were asked to design something that depicted that theme. 



The fabric I used is from the  River's Edge collection. Although the wall hanging I used doesn't have anything to do with water,  I loved the colours and decided to use my own idea.  This is so easy to do when you are working with such  beautiful fabric.  You can buy Island Batik fabrics at a wonderful quilt store in Orillia called Thimbles and Things. (thimblesandthings.com) You might also wish to drool over all the other Island Batik fabrics and can do so at: islandbatik.com  If you don't live in my area, you can find a list on the site of other stores that carry the product.
My version of New Beginnings has two meanings.  The most obvious is the rooster greeting a new day but there is also another story behind that.  Almost 9 years ago, my husband and I moved from Edmonton (a large city of 1 million people) to rural Armour Township in north central Ontario.  As soon as we were settled, we bought some laying hens.  The flock has continued to provide us with fresh eggs as well as meat and many house of enjoyment as we watch them scurry and scratch around the yard. And yes, we do have a rooster.  He guards the hens and lets us know when another day starts. My rooster is from a free design by Cindy at Fat Cat Patterns (fatcatpatterns.com)  If you haven't seen her patterns, do check them out.  One of my first applique projects was her Funky Chickens.

This final challenge is part of a blog hop.  You can see the links to the other blogs below.  Take time to check them out as there are fabric draws, free patterns and wonderful quilts to be seen.  Island Batik is also having a draw.  You can enter it at:  http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/511f5ed414/
Copy and paste into your browser and follow the instructions.

Blog Links (you can still enter the draws on the earlier blogs)



Monday, January 9 – Coastal Mist
Stone Cottage Quilts
Tuesday, January 10 – Dotalicious
DelLillians
Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting
PamelaQuilts (Me!)
Inchworm Fabrics
Wednesday, January 11 – Drizzle
Webster Quilt
Thursday, January 12 – Fifi and Fido + Happy Hounds
Mary Mack Made Mine
Quilting Affection
Friday, January 13 – Fresh Catch
Bejeweled Quilts by Barb
Monday, January 16 – Glowing Embers
Purrfect Spots Designs
Tuesday, January 17 – Lake Life
Freemotion by the River
Wednesday, January 18 – River’s Edge
Ark Angel Creations
Jennifer Sewing
Friday, January 20 – Blushing Blooms
Desert Bloom Quilting
Monday, January 23 – Gone Fishin’
Maria Michaels Designs
Wednesday, January 25 – Surf and Sand
The Patchwork Pearl
Beaquilter
Thursday, January 26 – Twilight Blush
KISSed Quilts
Friday, January 27 – Happy Harvest
For Quilts Sake
Monday, January 30 – Jolly Holly
Connie Kauffman
Tuesday, January 31 – Frost
MooseStash Quilting
Wednesday, February 1 – Merry and Bright
Patchwork Breeze
Sally’s Quilting Corner



Friday, January 13, 2017

What is It?

What do you do with a wall full of left over blocks?  There are 24 of these orphan blocks of various sizes some of which have been sitting around for years.  I have others but these are the ones I am most likely to use.  I am going to put borders on the smaller ones to make them all a consistent size and then decide where to go from there.  I want to use them to make a queen size top so will probably alternate with some plain squares.  I am sure I will have to make a few more blocks but if I get this lot used up, I will feel I have accomplished something.

Here is a sneak peak at part of my New Beginnings blog hop quilt. Can you guess what is on top of the log cabin block? I will be posting it on Tuesday along with links to the other blog hoppers many of whom are having draws.  This is the last Island Batik project for this session and the company is also having a draw for some of their beautiful fabric.
It has been quite cold today but the sun was shining.  Heidi and I bundled up and went for a quick, brisk walk in the afternoon. Emphasis on the 'quick'.
Blessings,

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

An Early Night

It was so windy last night that it kept waking me up.  Normally, I find the extremes of nature exciting . However, when you live in a bush surrounded by trees that are at least 80 feet tall,  the threat of one of them toppling onto your roof can be unsettling.  Hubby does try and keep any dodgy ones cut down but you can't always tell if one is dying especially in the winter when there aren't any leaves to give a hint.
I woke to find that the hydro had gone off.  I had a meeting in the village in the morning and didn't know if the hall was similarly affected.  Before I had a chance to phone, I got a call saying the meeting had been cancelled.  I am glad we have kept one phone that isn't a portable as it usually works even when we don't have power.
We had planned on going to Huntsville after my meeting to shop so we were able to go earlier.  We also planned on going to the area Hospice to see a friend.  When we got there, we found that he had passed away earlier in the morning.  We knew that his time was probably short but it was still a shock. I feel emotionally drained tonight so I think it will be early to bed.
Blessings,

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

One Third of the Cost.

I gave myself a snow day today and just sewed.  I took time off to eat and take Heidi for a walk but the rest of the time I stayed at the machine.  I finished making the top and then the quilting on the wall hanging I have been working on.  I got the binding sewn on just before  supper and have started the hand sewing part.  All in all, I have spent about 6 hours sewing.  I figure there has to have been well over 20 hours in designing and making the top.  That comes to 26 hours-minimum.  If I pay myself ten dollars an hour which is less than minimum wage the cost of the wall hanging is $260.00 before I even add in the fabric, batting and thread.  Overhead costs such as heat, hydro,  property taxes etc. would bring the value of this one little wall hanging to somewhere just under $400.00
Amazing!  If I am  fortunate, I will get about 1/3 of that cost.
Good thing I really like quilting.
Blessings,