Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Iris Time

Some Lupines and a few poppies.

I love spring time.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Two More Quilts

Two cuddle quilts, one for the Christmas season, and the other for a fella's birthday. This piecer is enjoying applique and using her own pattern ideas. It's interesting watching the direction clients take with their quilts.    OOPS   didn't realize I hung it with the deer upside down.  

This looks orange, is actually two tone red. It was too sunny  :) that isn't a complaint.

The motifs where left 'open' . 

Hope you are enjoying the last Sunday in May...gotta get working on the "wedding quilt"

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Vintage Linens

I have a few pieces of  bed and table linens given to me by my DH's aunt and uncle.
 These belonged to my DH's great aunt..  The story goes that she made these as young lady for her trousseau. The hand work is lovely, on these 100 years old square pillowcases.

Beautiful hand cut work

Two rows of button holes, buttons were sewn on to a 'ribbon' which was
then buttoned through one side. This was done to facilitate ironing and washing
without damage to the buttons, which could easily be removed 

monogram and french knots
 Babette Pleikart never married and her beautiful linens may not have see much use, which to my mind is perhaps why they are in such good condition.  I am blessed to be the keeper of these lovely pieces.
Happy Thursday,

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Flower Time

 Our Crab apple

trillium, yellow violets, forget-me-nots

saw these along the road, two streets over, wish I knew what they
are called

Solomons' Seal

oops not a flower but a truly sweet creature, cuz he's ours
our meadow of forget-me nots

the beginning of my little kitchen garden

Happy Hump Day.....long weekend coming hang in there!

Sunday, May 13, 2012



I am a lucky woman! Read on.
Sweet Dreams & Fat Quarter Tours

As the lucky mate of a quilter it's been my pleasure and privilege for the last decade or so….. to drive the back roads and blue water routes through our part of the country, accompanying my favourite fabric fondler on what we have come to call "Fat Quarter Tours".   By times they include picnic baskets for al fresco lunches, beggar's banquets of lunchtime sandwiches and afternoon snacks laid out by riversides or lookouts, and at least once a year there's a weekend of overnights at  Great Lakes shores and motels with pools to warm wintry bones.   The common thread, if you'll excuse the pun, is the acquisition of 'Fat Quarters', those eye candy fabrics piled appealingly by the check out counters of Quilt Shops, just like candy bars and gossip rags at Grocery Store checkouts, but not as fattening.  In fact, Fat Quarter bundles can be downright slimming, as far as wallets are concerned.

While there are always buying frenzies, when bolts of fabric are found on distant store shelves that are ' the perfect colour' to match a current project, a wonderful new pattern to build the next project around, or the one final bit of cloth to bring her PIGS (Project In Grocery Sacks) out of said sack and onto the cutting table and eventually her long arm machine…..it's the Fat Quarters that always wins the heart and mind of my "Material Girl".    Yesterday's purchase of a veritable garden of Fat Quarters portraying vegetables and fruits will soon be a harvest table full of place mats.    

Yes I am the mate of a quilter.   A lucky man.   For I get to sleep under blankets made with love.    And once a month or so I get to be tour guide on a Fat Quarter foray.   

So to all of you who are reading this, pass it along……to partner or pal….your favourite picnic packer or back road lover.   Fat Quarter Tours are the perfect way to get up off the couch, out of that online nerd nest, away from the lawn mower, weed wacker, chain saw or snow shovel.    They're good for Quilter AND Mate.     Call it fabric foreplay for the "Material Girl".     Life's good.   And then there's another quilt to play, snooze and dream under.

Sweet Dreams !   And send news of your favourite Fat Quarter Destinations.   We're creating a fabric fondlers atlas. 


Friday, May 11, 2012

That Little Bird...

This is a Rose breasted Grosbeak, can you 
say that 10 times quickly  :))

And here's another critter who was scurrying across the road a few days ago.  This guy was really moving, but he/she stopped and let me get a photo. Handsome specimen!

Happy Friday....hope your weekend is a good one.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Roman Tiles

This Roman Tiles (also know as  Hidden Wells) quilt was fun to quilt. I got to do feathering...all over the place. This was not a favourite quilt of the piecer, as she ended up tea dying the whole thing.  She didn't care for the contrast of stark white...at least that is what I think I remember her telling me. I think her tea was well applied and the resulting colour combination is good.

And she liked my quilting so I think she will end up keeping it.

On an entirely different note we had a new visitor at our bird feeder recently....never seen this one before.  I am on a research mission.  I need to know 'his' name.

Happy Thursday,

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Tool Tip 2

I recently joined a great motivational group of quilters that are a 'git it done' sorta group.  Someone posted about turning the blade in your rotary cutter to add much life to the blade...and it is true.

Wednesday already! Happy Hump Day.