Wednesday, December 31, 2014

What a year!


January.....Tractor Quilt, A new Quilter and St.Lucia

February....Log Cabin variation and Panama Cruise

Tea Party Quilt and wedding Prep
SAM_9844   SAM_9858

April...Dear Eldest Daughter's Shower Favors and Wallet Class

Dear Eldest Daughter's wedding and Market in Pittsburgh

Fun days with the grandsons!  Pineapple class and Quilt Canada

     SAM_9926  SAM_0216     
Family outing  and Bucket hats                          

New designs

Malta and the Ancient Relic Tour

Happy Halloween  with Swoon, baking and boys

The saddest month, lost my dear brother-in-law

Jamaica, Mr.Lego, Super Size me and  Log Cabin with Flying Geese

     Wow, what a year...glad 2014 is out the door and 2015 is coming in!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Something for me


I always seem to end up giving my quilling creations away…friends, family, neighbours….I had this in my hand to wrap up as well and then I said…..nope, I’m keeping this one for me.

I had a few sample pieces from the line by Debbie Mumm called Jolly and partnered them up with a bit of burgundy and cream from my stash and squeezed out a little runner just the right size for the blanket box in our living room.


I used the larger piece that sampled the border as the centre block and added on from there.

It’s a keeper!

Monday, December 29, 2014

A Diamond in the Rough


I’ve made pretty good headway with my diamonds …the starting point for Eleanor Burns Radiant Star that I am teaching at Kindred Spirits Quilt Co. It looked a bit daunting in the book and I was starting to second guess my choice to make it, but it has progressed better than I thought and quite frankly, it’s been a breeze.

Just time consuming with all the strips sets sewn then cut and sewn again. Plus aligning the points is critical so it’s a slow go.

I have been trying to utilize the fabric I have stashed away and I had this nice selection of blue and yellow co-ordinated fabric….. since I don’t know when. All I know is that it’s from Faye Liverman Bourgos from Marcus Brothers as that’s what it said on the selvage.  It could easily be 10-15 years old for all I know.  Better late than never!


Anyway, it’s turning out quite nice and looks almost vintage.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Start the Car! Start the Car!

It was like getting it for the Kindred Spirits Quilt Co. Boxing Day Sale on Saturday.

I had the best of intentions to just go in and pick up creme cotton to match the Radiant Star Quilt I'm working on...that would be in line with my New Year's resolution from last year not to buy any fabric that was not absolutely needed.
But once I was in there....all hell broke loose.
I did get a nice selection of Christmas fabric to add to my stash and I do know that I don't really have a huge selection as far as Christmas goes.
Visiting Michelle at Kindred is like going to your crack dealer to get a just gotta have it! It's amazing how many quilters she has hooked,,,,I saw Jean slinking around in there, trying not to be noticed. I think that's the third time I've seen her at the store in a week.
Look how gorgeous it all is...see it's not my fault!

Saturday, December 27, 2014

He loved it!

Or at least he said so...My sister-in-law MaryLynn sent me this picture of it proudly displayed on their table. I did make it perfectly clear when he opened it that he could do whatever he wanted with it, and that he wouldn't hurt my feelings if he didn't display it.
My feelings would not be hurt...cause it is UGLY! It's like the gag gifts you give your friends, just to see their faces when they open it.
My sister kept saying, make it a tree skirt when he opened it. I said it would make a nice bath mat.
It's the gift that keeps on giving...LOL

Friday, December 26, 2014

So this is what retirement looks like?

You would never know that I'm supposedly retired. I reviewed the listing of the upcoming classes I'm teaching at Kindred Spirits Quilt Co. for the spring session....OMG. I worked full time for a financial institution for 33 years and retired about 4 years ago. I've been teaching a few classes in the evenings periodically for the last few years at the local quilt store, more for the social aspect, than anything else. in reality it was to escape from Dear Hubby who is also retired. 
Look at the projects that I am working on getting samples completed for _*(@_*!_$*!_($+! and that's only the ones I don't have samples for. No wonder I fall into bed exhausted each night. 

Speaking of each night....I give Dear mom a call each evening...we joke that it's just to make sure she is still breathing. Truth be it, it's not a joke, it's the reality...she's 88 and I'm checking in to make sure all's good. So tonight I call and we get on the subject of Christmas and how wonderful everything, and everyone was. She asks me about the gift card that Dear daughter had given her and she doesn't know what the card is for? She says it says JC on it and she's never heard of that. 
In my mind I'm thinking..JC JC JC...."mom what else does the card say on it" ..."it says this gift card is not a credit or debit card but constitutes a prepayment on the cost of purchases at participating stores, No cash back for unused balance. Card balance will be printed on your receipt at each use. Or ask at customer service desk or by calling 1-866-443-8422. Receipt required for returns of purchases made with card. Redeemable for anything at participating stores. Card cannot be used at third party businesses in participating stores or prohibited by law. Void if altered, damaged or defaced"....OMG "No Mom, what does it look like, what's on the front"....."well there's a picture of cookies and it says A Gift for you and that JC thing"......then it hits's not JC it's PC.....President's Choice! *)_)*_)&!*+!*$+!)($..."OK Mom it's to PC, you know Presidents Choice, the Superstore"...."Oh, now I see it's PC...can I use it at Sobey's"...._(!_$(|_(+|(@!+$(!+($+!_(@+$(!+@_($+!(+ 
God help me!
In the next breath she tells me that they had big boxes of teabags on for 4.99 a box. She picked up 2 as that's a really good deal. She kept her receipt and she checked it when she got home to find the girls charged her $4.99 for one and $10.99 for the other. She says she always checks her receipt as they are always overcharging. She checked the flyer and it doesn't say that there is a limit as to how many you can buy at 4.99, so tomorrow she's taking the receipt, the flyer and the 2 boxes of teabags back to have them fix it! 
I have a feeling somebody's getting an ass kicking tomorrow!
Bless her heart.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas


Merry Christmas Everyone, from the reindeer they look more like shelter dogs at the pound, but I tried!…..