Sunday, 15 July 2018

Quilt Bible Blocks

Funnily I was just thinking the hostas the deer like should be ready for harvesting. LOL
 I glanced out a front window and there she is having a bit of breakfast.  This was taken through the screen with the window thrown wide to let in a little fresh air before everything gets barred up later on.  It poured rain overnight which the ground badly needed.

Meanwhile I was happy to photograph this fellow finally.  I've watched him or one just like him troll the small pond every spring I've been here and he alerts so easily, was never able to get a photo to identify him. I'd thought of plovers or tiny herons of some sort. These photos were taken from very far away and then cropped.  A "new to me" bird and pleased to add it to my list- a killdeer. I think they are rare at home; my birding friends can let me know.

First photo, he is finding something to eat in the dried pond bank area.  Snails maybe? because they are plentiful there.

Second aided the identification...those two throat stripes.

My facebook friend Anne, who lives in Australia, is doing the 100 Days 100 Blocks Challenge  being run by Gnome Angel and using Tula Pink's book City Sampler.
Because she is an amazing quilter, Anne's blocks are all beauties.  But it reminded me of a book on my bookshelf... The Quilt Bible by Rosemary Youngs who loves the civil war era reproduction fabrics and her blocks are easy ones too like Tula's.

 I do not have such fabric which is a bit challenging but really I should be able to cobble together a few from what is in my cupboard and scrap bin.

This was fun sewing and I hand stitched because frankly I'm a little addicted to it. And it is hard to machine stitch on the veranda!
What a welcome change to get out of the sewing room and sit in the fresh air eyeing all the little flying and flitting things while sewing.

We are watching this series, Anne, on Netflix and amazed by the young Anne's performance.
I read the books Anne of Green Gables when I was 13 (and can still tear up just thinking about Anne, the orphan, telling old Matthew "I'm going to belong to you now"). I've watched many different reproductions over the years and something about the filming of this one is appealing to me.

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“Dear old world', she murmured, 'you are very lovely, and I am glad to be alive in you.” 
― L.M. MontgomeryAnne of Green Gables

Hope your world is lovely and you are full of gladness today too.

And glad to link up with Kathy's Quilts and Quilting is More Fun Than Housework.

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Clam Shells, Grasshopper, and Sugar Daddy

Hubby finally mentioned to me something I do he was curious about. Something frankly I thought was self explanatory.
He noticed in particular how I usually have the old newspapers or recyclables in a little pile on the half wall leading to the basement or the small laundry hamper placed there.  I explained how since moving to this bigger house, it is my way of moving along the little chores I have to do.
 Instead of walking all the way down to the lower level to the laundry room or further along out into the back porch, I gather things together and leave them for when I have to go down there.  Like to get something from the cold room or freezer or go down to watch t.v. and then these things get taken downstairs.  So basically, something is in my hands for both trips. I believe it saves me steps overall and is my own little way of moving chores forward. Am I the only one who does this because he seemed to think it a little odd.

Look at the size of this hosta leaf...its beautiful veins reminded me totally of trapunto quilting!

Veranda hand stitching in between bouts of extreme heat.
Still trying to capture that shade of pink.  Have my little assembly line sorted for this block of the Sarah Fielke Grasshopper project and absolutely loving it.  My favourite block so far.

That is my latest issue of Quiltmania's Simply Vintage on the right.  There is always at least one project in the 20 plus they offer that catches my eye.  Love this pattern here by Rita Vermeersch for Twinkle Designs which also features a cute house and tiny stitched quilt.  This is a link to Rita's blog Twinkle Patchwork where you can see her other very cute designs.

Everyone loves a bargain and some of the blocks of Splendid Sampler II are being offered for free (for a limited time I think).  I thought this block by the marvelous Helen Stubbings of Hugs and Kisses was very cute.
It actually took a lot of clicking to find this link so I hope someone checks it out. LOL

Time for some body maintenance...the dreaded pedicure and manicure.  My finger nails are such a state I could never take them to a professional but sometimes when I go out in company I try to improve their look so people aren't too aghast.

I use this Essie one called Sugar Daddy.  The Queen prefers Essie Ballet btw...a perfect example of the perfectly useless information I confoundedly hold in my head.  Royals are not allowed to wear coloured nail polish.
That beautiful deep red for the toenails, which are in much better shape simply because I don't dig in dirt with my feet, was the one the spa gave me when daughter took me for a pedicure two years ago.  I remember its name, Decadence, because that day was lovely and decadent.
 These bottles are going to last forever at this rate.

As always, joining LeeAnna at Not Afraid of Color for positive things Thursday. Also happy to join the link parties at Esther's Quilt BlogSew Fresh QuiltsQuilt Fabrication and The Needle and Thread Network

Saturday, 7 July 2018

Squirrel Club and Grasshopper Too

Have you heard about the Squirrel ClubCrazy Mom Quilts posted the idea of using scraps to make what she called a Scrap Vortex quilt.  She shared the simple instructions in this post back in 2015.  Then Julie at Me and My Quilts- Exploring the Possibilities recently suggested why not have a club of like minded quilters determined to make a dent in their scrap bins by joining a Scrap Vortex quilt along.
                                         The Squirrel Club

Read their posts and see what you think about the idea. I personally do not have enough scraps to get that far with it, I don't think. But I will enjoy seeing what they make.

Meanwhile, I have been a bit squirrelly myself with my stitching many wonderful distractions in my days recently. But I am determined to apply myself and get the blocks for the Grasshopper project made this month. Dare I set it for my One Monthly Goal and link to the other quilters at Patty's Elm Street Quilts who will probably accomplish their goals.
 I haven't made mine yet!  But like all stitchers, I live in hope.

 I loved how easily the checkerboard style block came together but the next one with curved edges is a little more challenging. Then there is a house block that I'm really looking forward to trying.  The hand stitching is improving I think which is good because there is a lot of it.
The navy blue looks almost black in photos.

Testing colours for the curved block. This is pretty salmon pink but not true to colour in this photo.

The same flowers in bloom at this time of year despite the heat which worried pots have not fared so well, sadly. It seems trickier to keep them watered properly and moved in and out of shade.
  Here is my first bouquet from the garden.  What a treat!

So taking time to smell the flowers and stitching away and staying cool. Grateful that "All is rosy in my garden" this week.
Besides Patty's wonderful link up, I'm also joining the party at Sew Can She, Kathy's Quilts, Small Quilts and Doll Quilts, Cooking Up Quilts, Quilting is More Fun Than Housework, What a Hoot Quilts and Stitching Cubbyhole. .

Thursday, 5 July 2018

A Lake Side Canada Day

Me at the lake cottage for Canada Day weekend, with humidity flattened hair and happy smile. I love large family gatherings and enjoyed every minute of our time together. 
But what I'm attempting to show you is my skirt...a new Joe purchase- navy with pretty shells all over and that flowing style so comfortable and cool.  The Talbots top was bought many years ago and is a gauzy material.  Also perfect for summer heat.

There was a breeze off the lake at all times and my bedroom had a small balcony. I slept well and woke early so would sit out there each morning enjoying the amazing sunrise and views. A mama duck trolled up and down the shoreline leading 8(?) constantly bobbing ducklings just for me to see, I figured.

We got to do some wonderful eating (men and their barbequing!) and I enjoyed this Smores treat mostly because of the huge marshmallows.

New to Me  How come you didn't tell me about giant sized MegaMarshmallows?  How did I not know this!
Littler grandson threw himself (almost literally!) into the Canada Day celebrations. Especially loved the blinking bling. 😊

Back home and the garden fading because of lack of rain.  Heavy waterings are helping.

I am determined not to complain about the heat.  I know some of you have been with me through the moaning about the cold winter and dreary spring so your patience must be wearing thin with me and my weather whining.
 But seriously, we have been sweltering in 35C plus temperatures the last 6 days (with humidity reaching almost to 45C which is 113F) which means a number of things for me.

1. Walks with the dogs are early morning and this morning both turned back to the house after covering only one trail something I've never seen them do.
2. We are indoors with drapes closed and fans whirring.  Hubby is old school and this is the first recourse to staving off heat.
3. Easy kitchen oven turned on.  I've stocked up on salad fixings, cheese and fruit.  I've got the bread machine on making us a nut and seed kind of loaf to go with supper tonight.  We'll live, lol.

Both dogs had a good checkup with Dr. Sue.  Rex is getting cloudy in one eye and has some stiffness in his hips, what would be expected considering his 10 plus years but Murphy got a completely clean bill of health.  Both had super weights so no lecture for me about the treats!

Finally I hope my American friends had a wonderful "Glorious Fourth". Independence is definitely a glorious thing. To that end I want to share this little slide show featuring the beautiful birds that have the word 'American' in their name.  Put together by the Cornell Lab people, I just love it.
Celebrate July 4th with All "American" Slideshow

American Kestrel by Ken Phenicie Jr. via Birdshare.

As it is Thursday I will be linking to LeeAnna's Likes at Not Afraid of Color.

Sunday, 1 July 2018

E.E.Cummings And the Heavy Lifting the Heart Must Do

I love this bit of writing, especially the way I think the author let himself just play with certain phrases and let them take him wherever they would lead.

And I believe that anyone we have ever loved do get 'carried' by us.

It is Canada Day today where we celebrate wholeheartedly the love we feel for our country, but for those of us who are Newfoundlanders we also mark this day for a whole other reason.
  On this day during World War I, the Newfoundland Regiment fighting in Beaumont-Hamel, France were sent 'over the hill" into battle.  About 700 men were killed or wounded, almost the entire regiment. July 1 is our Memorial Day in remembrance of them.

One hundred years later, they are still carried in our grateful hearts.

Thursday, 28 June 2018

Summer Skirts, WIP's Past and Present

I like the view from my pet chair.  With an open concept you basically live in one big room so from my spot I can see pretty much everything.  This is not my favourite choice with houses, btw; I would prefer a more sectioned set up but it still seems openness such as this is very popular.

Here's something I have my eye on... a skirt from Simon's, one of those stores I check out online from time to time.  I've mentioned my hips before...I used to bemoan their wideness but now I've grown to appreciate a new feature- they are still working well and, after all, did help me with two successful pregnancies and for that I am eternally grateful.
But because of them, pencil skirts are out and ones with some extra material in that region are the only choice I'm comfortable with.  I'm a little conservative when it comes to clothes generally but that ring of chintz looking flowers is beckoning. LOL

Have you made any great summer clothes purchases? Come tell me so I can check it out too.

My reworked Friendship Garden Mystery Quilt Along is down to just one more month with the last border information coming next week.  I'm very happy I took back those two borders and tweaked the corners, etc. Kathleen Tracy has provided excellent instructions all along.

A flashback to 2016 when I was finishing up the Farmer's Wife Sampler quilt along.  I completed 50 of the blocks using EPP. Come to think of it, this too is folded away and needs to get quilted.  It is draped over the china cabinet there in the dining room which was also my sewing space in the old house.
"Springtime on the Farm" was my loose theme for choosing the colours from mostly scraps.

Hard to believe something that was so labour intensive could escape my memory but it did.

Here is our big boy Rex in the back yard...contemplating life. I hope he is thinking it is a good one!
He is losing his winter undercoat and looks a little ragged right now.

He is blissfully unaware his annual checkup at the vet's is late this afternoon...something both dogs find stressful. We always get the last appointment of the day to lessen the possibility of Rex encountering other animals or strangers. He is fine with our female vet and her female assistants, thankfully and actually, they love him.

Hope this last weekend in June will be a good one for you. Ours will include the annual Canada Day celebrations which I love.
Also love joining the folks at LeeAnna's Not Afraid of Color for things to like on a Thursday. Also linking with Esther's Quilt BlogBrian's Home BlogQuilting is More Fun Than HouseworkSew Fresh Quilts, and My Quilt Infatuation.

Sunday, 24 June 2018

Free For the Clicking and Ginger Scones

I must admit I am in love with the internet.  Though I lived well without it on holiday, returning to it kind of heightened my appreciation again for what a marvelous tool it is. So much to find with just a few clicks.

Like these free for the clicking patterns.

Days Filled With Joy where the lovely Joy shares her free Fruit of the Spirit patterns.  I love her design for the word gentleness.

The Red Boot Quilt Company has a cache of very cute free patterns including one that I really liked...Spring Mandala.  I could envision it in bright summery kind of fabrics for a cushion or table top.

Quilt Inspiration offers a number of beautiful and free patterns.  In particular one called Orb Medallion Quilt caught my eye...sort of like a colour wheel

                              Free pattern! PDF download

and here is the link to the PDF for it....Lecian and it's a design by Rebecca Bryan of Bryan House Quilts.

Yesterday was a cloudy, rainy day and a perfect one for making scones.  I continue to expand the variety of these biscuits I've tried.  These are Ginger Scones made with both grated fresh ginger and the crystallized candied kind.  I like ginger, believe in its " good for you" kind of properties so will enjoy them from time to time with a cup of tea.  They freeze really well.  Here is the recipe from Elise at Simply Recipes.

This is another Slow Stitching Sunday at Kathy's Quilts and my Love Laugh Sew piece will get my attention today.
Embroidering is so relaxing.

Taken yesterday as well, between the rain drops, the oak trees framing one of the trails. -

Looks so green to my eyes and peaceful; here's hoping your day will be too (not the green part but the peaceful bit).