Saturday, July 24, 2010

New York Beauties

Another  New York Beauty I  had the pleasure of quilting.  There are folded fabric points in the construction method.  This does not allow for quilting edge to edge.
The second picture shows what I mean. I used a grey thread with a shine.  I was surprised at how

much the thread blended into the colours making it a challenge to see.
Pictures of previous NYB I  quilted.....


Sew...I need to finish the one I have started constructing. Of course I have no intention of setting the blocks like the quilts above. Although how to set them,  is yet to be determined.

Saturday, July 10, 2010


It's been an exceptional year for rhubarb.  This year I made 18 - 1 cup jars of various versions of rhubarb jam...rhubarb & blueberries,  rhubarb & cherries and everyones' favourite rhubarb & strawberries.  
The strawberries where fresh, the blueberries frozen and the cherries where  a can of pie filling.  I don't use pectin,  half the usual amount of sugar,  Knox brand gelatin and yes I put glass jars in the freezer. 
 So I am thinking I can't really call this jam.   The jam police say it doesn't have enough sugar (and what's with the gelatin) to call it jam....fruit spread?  Fruit compote? 
Well let me assure you the fruit compote spread is yummy, especially on ice cream and perhaps  a waffle.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Vacation Time

I am a fortunate person, able to have a summer vacation in a very beautiful place.  Have a look...

 I call this spot Baby Bear Bay, two years ago we were fortunate to see a wee brown bear here...from the safety of the sailboat  :))  This is the view off the the bow, and below is the view from the stern.  An old non functioning light house, of course I call this as Old Lighthouse point.  You are looking at places on northern Georgian Bay known for its 30,000 islands.  So who counted them, and when,  and should they be counted again? Water level in the Bay is down  significantly. I know of at least one more island that has arisen in the last couple years
Stay cool,

Thursday, July 8, 2010


It's a good thing George is a cat, because the railing on this upper deck is not to code, it's only
about 2 feet high.  I am not sure what I would do with this upper deck if we had youngsters living here.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Baby Quilts

Good Day from a very warm  Ontario. A perfect day to stay put and do quiet things.

  I quilted this wee quilt with spirals in the body, and continuous curves in the border.  Apparently in the corners where I did the arcs to finish, one corner has more arcs....sheesh.  Better an extra (which can be removed) then not enough I say  :))

This is a quilt I made for a couple expecting their first. The papa was a favourite school teacher of my children.  The baby arrived a few days ago,  the quilt wrapped and ready is still sitting on the sideboard.  I am just not sure when it would be good to drop in on the new parents.
I don't care to phone ahead, as I don't wish to either visit or create anxiety by announcing that I am arriving.  I remember being a new mother. It was a long time ago, yet it feels like yesterday when I get to thinking about it.

This is my first attempt at a bargello style quilt. I see another one in my future.
I used what I learned from Jamie Walden's "ThreadFusion" to quilt a hearts  meander on it.  I neglected to take a 'back' picture, ha  I am not unwrapping it to do so,  the back is a turquoise blue with multi coloured hearts.
Happy Hump Day

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Quilt Guild Auction

Last February,  I had the pleasure of doing a happy dance when I acquired a stack of fabric for a stack of pennies.
This past Guild meeting I bought another stack of fabric, for a stack of dollars, but a bargain all the same.  This lovely Hawaiian batik was among my bargains  (yummy yes?!) a couple of audio tapes (silly me I 've heard them).  I also took The Canadian Quilters, summer 2010 from the Guild library.  I really like this magazine,  and  I think this last issue is great
         I don't have summer sewing plans in place....I always have projects it is a matter of choosing and getting on with it.
Happy Summer.

Happy Canada Day!

Wishing you a Happy Canada Day! Yes I am late...Canada Day was last Thursday.  I was here Canada Day, watching our celebration parade from my lower deck. (Then I ran off for the rest of the weekend to go sailing)To be festive,  on the top deck I hung a number of quilts. I heard many ohhhs and awws and lots very positive commentary. Really, really good marketing don'tcha think?
Happy Tuesday,