This blurry photo is of most of the Provincial Ministers that took time out of their very busy schedules to come and answer questions from the 198 municipalities and their representatives that attended this convention. Issues included everything from agriculture, health care, crumbling infrastructure, water resources, and the list goes on and on.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
All of you visitors from Australia need to stop over at That's Graphic to enter for this Christmas giveaway. Look at all these wonderful goodies! Get your name in there for a chance - and good luck.
So . . . on that same note, I will head out to be completely educated on issues of great importance . . . and the ones that should be going to be educated stay behind in the belief that they know all and there is nothing new to learn.
AND . . . while I'm there, I will spend my evenings with my children and maybe, just maybe a special book store and also try and squeeze in a trip to a favorite quilt shop. It's always good if you can turn a difficult journey into one of enlightenment and inspiration. That is what I will strive for this coming week . . . wish me luck?
And if you're really lucky, I'll try and remember to take a picture of the convention room - just so you can see all the excitement that I'll be dealing with. Stay tuned!
'til next time,
Oh! P.S. I'll also be checking in to find out how certain retreats and charm mystery thingies are going . . . I'm still watching. Anyone up for a Starbucks??
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
So . . . my husband says to my last night, "What kind of quilt are going to make out of these?"
That comment did deserve a slap and a bit of a laugh . . . but, really, he's not all that far off! We do sew together some pretty small pieces to make our wonderful creations, don't we?
Just not this small . . . that would be ridiculous - wouldn't it?
This is going to be a very nice blue, scrappy quilt . . . the tones are my kind of tones.
Monday, November 17, 2008
A few projects are getting that little bit closer to being finished. What a great feeling that is!
Busy, busy fingers . . . that was me - morning, noon and night. After a very interrupted week, it was nice to get some quality time in on these projects. Monday to Friday working is bad enough, but when you throw in an evening meeting as well, it seems to unbalance my routine that much more.
Borders are the next thing in line for this quilt. First I need to make that all important decision as to what kind of borders I want. I have fabric strewn all over the living room floor right now, waiting for inspiration to hit me as I walk by. Hope it hits me soon!
Someone is not supposed to be up on the kitchen counters . . . nor is she supposed to be up on top of the fridge. Shadow is looking just a little guilty, don't you think.
Just a little side note here: Why was I blessed with two black cats that never photograph very well? I see some beautiful photography out there with the lighter colored felines, but, alas, not my blackies. After 16 and 17 years with these two, I bet I have maybe, if I'm lucky, two "really good" pictures of each of them. That's a lot of bad photography on my part!
Doesn't this guy just make you smile? He is so adorable! I'm sure someone (male or female) will appreciate him on their Christmas placemat for the Meals on Wheels program. I machine quilted the diamond checkerboard over the entire placemat . . . except where Santa is sitting in the one corner. These turned out just as nice as all the others and my stack is growing . . . so are all the bindings that still need stitched down.
Not my design girls! I wish it was though . . . Nancy Halvorsen has the cuteness factor all wrapped up in the quilting industry. I really like that "Jingle All The Way" wall hanging and will have to check my schedule to see if I can fit that in before December 25th.
Friday, November 14, 2008
Last night brought some more snow . . . but first it rained . . .
. . . and then the snow stuck.
Of course I head to work before the sun has a chance to even warm up, so I have nice overcast, blue pictures to show everyone the beautiful snow covered scenery.
I know there is a setting on the camera (somewhere!) that could help eliminate some of the blue . . . but it's cold standing out there taking photos and I was in a hurry. My photography teacher would be appalled and very disappointed in my skills - or lack there of! (Sorry - Lloyd).
Bad photography or not . . . this is very happy fabric.
I love this print - it is so very cheerful, don't you think?
This collection is called "Recipe For Friendship" by Mary Engelbreit for Moda (of course!).
Thursday, November 13, 2008
The Old Red Barn Co. is having a quilt giveaway. I know this is plastered all over the internet right now . . . but really, you only need one entry to win - right? I know someone on my Christmas list who would love one of these.
And speaking of Christmas . . . That's Graphic has some wonderful Christmas graphics for free download that would look great on your blog page. Go have a look!
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
It's even harder to take when there is no sunshine. Dreary, dreary, dreary.
Even my once happy, colorful pumpkins look dreary.
Even the dreary deer have returned to town. Scrounging around looking for something good to eat . . . probably hiding from all the hunters. I believe that dreary season started yesterday.
Monday, November 10, 2008
equals: a bunch of Santas!
The Brandon Quilt Group have taken on the project of making placemats for the Meals on Wheels program and will be donating them in time for Christmas giving.
I made three with the snowman fabric on the right,
. . . and three with the dark green print on the right.
The snowman print ones were machine quilted with cream thread and the dark green ones were quilted with the variegated thread. The placemats are all trimmed up now and have the binding sewn on . . . they're just waiting for me to hand stitch it all to the back side.
All six aren't for the Brandon Quilt Group donation . . . I have plans for some of the other ones, plus I have more on the sewing table just waiting for some more details. Couldn't stop at two . . . nope. Not me!
See you tomorrow,
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
I have trimmed all the edges on my Dad's Christmas quilt now and cut the binding strips this morning before work. I hope to get them all sewn on tonight and then work on the hand stitching part over the next week or so.
Monday, November 3, 2008
Yes, I know! It seems a little early for Christmas sewing . . . at least for me. There are probably some of you out there that have most of your Christmas planning and sewing all done. Not me!
Next came out the Christmas fabric scraps - I bet some of these are 20 years old.
Just a little walk down memory lane with some of these scraps.
They all needed ironed before I could even see how big the pieces were - that took some more time.
Then I had to see what size some of the bigger pieces were to determine what smaller pieces coordinate the best.
Then I finally laid out the pieces that MIGHT go together the best. Lots of choosing and discarding, re-choosing and more discarding . . . I love this part of designing. The old creative side of the brain can kick in and go to work.
The next part of the day was spent cutting apart the kadrillion triangles for my newest project and pressing them all.
What a lovely little (Huge!) stack.
Now they all need squared up into neat little 2" squares. That sounds painful to me . . . my hand always aches after cutting a 100 or so. This will be a work in progress for a while - I'll be doing this job in stages.
The rest of my day was spent doing more machine quilting on my Dad's Christmas quilt . See . . . I have thought about Christmas - I'm not as far behind as I thought I was! Actually, to tell the truth, the quilt top was done last January, so now I'm just finalizing what I had already started a long time ago. I should finish the quilting tonight if all goes well and then I can get the sewing machine back to sewing projects that are waiting in line. Like maybe the next step in Myra's Mystery Quilt. Looking forward to whatever is going to happen next. How are you doing with the project? Everyone have their sewing all done from last week?
'til next time,