Saturday, 26 January 2008
Wednesday, 23 January 2008
People send you flowers!
What a lovely surprise yesterday when these little beauties showed up at the door. Not sure what they are and haven't had time to do any research . . . but I think it can be planted outside come Spring. Very cheerful and helpful.
On Monday night the mailman brought this wonderful assortment of books from Amazon.ca - love shopping there! I don't think the price can be beat anywhere - very happy person now.
Yesterday I read the books basically cover to cover and am quite looking forward to curling up in bed tonight and starting that same process again. Love these books! Just the kind of inspiration I need right now - not that I'm racing for the sewing machine or anything - but still I can dream and plan.
Last week I did get around to doing some playing with the Stack and Whack method. Came up with six very interesting little blocks - love seeing the centres emerge when that final seam is sewn. Lots of fun!
Monday, 21 January 2008
Here in Manitoba the weather has taken a turn to the notorious January cold snap . . . with windchill factor calculated in, it is close to the -40C . . . a good day to be tucked in at home.
I know most everyone else is at work, but I've taken a few days to myself! I was scheduled for some surgery that I thought would be sometime in the next three months . . . I got a call last Wednesday afternoon telling me that they had some cancellations for Friday and could I make it in? I saw the specialist on January 3, had my pre-op checkup on the 11th and had my surgery on the 18th - wow, that is unheard of! I've heard of people waiting many, many months for procedures to be done . . . so I am counting myself a very lucky person that my number came up quick, everything went smoothly and I'm not scheduled to see the doctor again for three to six months. Knock on wood that all remains well.
So here I am snuggled up with some wonderful little tools and just puttering away at whatever tickles my fancy . . . a little bit of this and little bit of that.
What a mess I make though, papers are scattered everywhere . . . this one's good, this one has possibilities and wow, how did that one happen? Maybe I'll get a couple that will work for whatever little project that may need them.
I did some sewing yesterday - but very little. Mostly lounging in bed with a few little projects that didn't require anything electrical (I was supposed to stay away from anything dangerous!). Cut out the back side of some applique work I've been doing - boy, do I hate that tedious job! But I do like the applique thing and maybe I can get back to some machine work later today.
I've had fun receiving all the emails requesting the little quilt label pattern (see below). Requests came from all over and it is so neat to see the little addresses on the envelopes - the postal people will wonder what I've been up to! If you would like a copy of the pattern, it's not too late to send me a request . . .
'til next time . . .
Thursday, 17 January 2008
The Municipality I work for is celebrating it's 125th Anniversary this year and I find myself serving on various committees.
One of these committees is the history committee where we are researching various buildings, landmarks, cemeteries and other interesting items from the past. Eventually displays and storyboards will be created for the anniversary day, but in the meantime I am having an interesting time learning about all the different histories and buildings.
The interesting rock display is reported to have been placed at the corner section to identify a traffic turnoff for local residents - works as good as a sign, doesn't it? It was supposedly erected by a local farmer who had three children and this is why there are three separate pieces. No one really knows for sure as the farmer is now gone and the children live elsewhere. Maybe we can catch up to a relative and get the real story . . .
Sunday, 13 January 2008
new fabric arrives!
'til next time,
Wednesday, 9 January 2008
Sunday, 6 January 2008
Everyone seems to be making resolutions for the New Year . . . not me! Every day starts out with a new resolution for me - I seem to usually always start the day with a specific goal of what will be done by the end. I suppose I should look at the bigger picture and group my goals from each day into one or two big goals to try and achieve in 365 days time. I guess I come from the world of hard knocks and realize that the best laid plans usually don't come true. So I think that I will stick to making a resolution every day and then not be completely freaked out by some loftie dream that I had on January 1st that never came true.
Here is one of my goals for today . . .
This little flower label is something that I designed to be used for documenting your quilts. It is a very easy foundation pieced pattern that can be done in minutes using leftover fabrics that match your quilt. Plus the right-hand side is where you can write your name, the date, the name of the quilt or whatever you want so that each of your quilts will be labelled. You can use your sewing machine alphabet to write the information or use one of those wonderful black markers that are specifically made to write on fabric.
Here's the deal . . . this is a free pattern!
Send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will mail you out a copy of the pattern. I'm curious to see where everyone is from! Plus if you have a special resolution - let me know, maybe I need to change my view of how resolutions work before 2009 gets here.
'til next time,
Tuesday, 1 January 2008
What a busy time of year! Both kids were home for Christmas. Brennan was here until the 26th and Candace was here until the 29th. We also made a couple of trips to Brandon and one trip to Winnipeg. Randy's mom was also here for Christmas and she was thrilled with her quilt that was made special for her. The photo below is the little gift tag that I made from the leftover fabrics . . . it turned out really good and was almost as popular as the quilt itself!