Wednesday, June 25, 2014

#100 ONE HUNDRED and a giveaway!


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Hello all! Now to most of you that know me, I'm not a terrific blogger, but I have learned along the way! I am so stinking excited to reach my 100th post that I wanted to celebrate! I have a little giveaway for anyone who is interested! I do shop everywhere, but wanted to give my reader's a chance to see what our local shop "My Sewing Room" has put together for fabrics! I have two little bundles along with my favorite Clover applique needles as well as a pair of needle threaders with a cute little cutter attached!

You have two chances to win.....Just leave a comment for me for one entry, and for a second chance, add yourself as a friend -- 'cause I can always have more friends (and comment that you did!) If you don't have a blog that I can link to, leave your name and email so I can let the winner know on Friday, July 4th!

Of course this giveaway is open to any location. As long as you get mail, I will send it by Canada Post!

Now for my hexagon buddies.... be still! I AM POSTING ON WEDNESDAY! HAHA! I know, I know! It's a miracle!

Happy Quilting everyone!


********************Giveaway will close July 4, 2014 at Midnight MST******************
Winners will be announced Saturday, July 5, 2014. Good Luck everyone and thanks for your support!

Monday, June 23, 2014

#99 Design Wall Monday and talented family

I have read enough blogs to realize that mine is a bit pedestrian. Alas my reason for blogging is to leave a legacy to my kids and hopefully spur their creative juices! I thought I would show you what's on the design wall this week and introduce you a bit to my family.

Here is what I am working on this week and hope to finish by the weekend!
I have yet to add two more borders and then get to quilting!

So, on to the family...

My Oldest is a wonderful scrapbooker -- when she can! She's dabbled as well with pottery and I have been blessed with some of her creations! One of them sits in my sewing room to hold all my scissors and marking pens, etc. She is a single mom, full time student and employee extraordinaire! I am very proud of her! Her "ex" decided he didn't want to be a parent and gave her the choice of either him or:

I am so proud of her. She is a great mommy and recently graduated from her second program while juggling parenthood, studies and a job! I know the Little Man has encouraged her to excellence! I'm not only blessed by a wonderful daughter, but a terrific grandson as well! He by the way is the family cat tamer and tent blanket developer.

My Middle aka Motorcycle Man is talented with marketing, advertising as well as a cross-country racing (motorcycles)! I have suffered more than one mini-mock heart attack with him, but I am so impressed that he does what he does. He's a talented photographer, videographer as well as designing posters, websites, etc. (and no he didn't design mine...) He has been published too many times to count and does it all because he loves the motorcycles sports.

One of Motorcycle Man's websites he works on is . Check it out. He's also in the upcoming "On Any Sunday" documentary with his ice racing that will come to a theatre near you in the Fall of 2014.  

The Youngest of course is a quilter herself. Much different than me though. She gets a project in her head and will sew into the wee hours until it's DONE! Usually she will start a project on a Friday here at my place and sew until Sunday night! You've seen some of her works on my blog! In high school she was a talented seamstress, though has not done that for a while. She's more into her quilting and is also a decorating diva! She can make any house into a show home!

Chef, is just that. A wonderful Chef who is a talented butcher, cheese maker, winemaker, etc. He's a retired culinary arts instructor as well as his career with being an executive chef. He feeds me, tries new recipes on me and is my best friend (best friend being the first in the list!). He is my adventurous  travel and fishing partner!

Chef also has two sons who are both great outdoors men. Give them a mountain, ice cave, summit, sheer rock, you name it - they will take it on! That in itself is another talent! The photo's they bring us from their adventures amaze us! Both boys are following in their dad's footsteps with culinary arts in their spare time!

So... in a nutshell, I am blessed and wish them, and you all a wonderful creative journey! They say you need to exercise your creative part of your brain in order to function at your full capacity! Keep doing something... be it woodworking, needlepoint, cooking ... whatever you have passion for! Whatever you choose, do it because it makes you happy and your heart sing!

For me....I'm on to happy Quilting!


Friday, June 20, 2014

#98 Baby Bumper pads

Well the cradle is with the new Mommy-to-be! She's been nesting and was awaiting the cradle. I think she's more at ease now, so my new Great Niece can come any day now!
You can tell there is a little wear and tear on the cradle. I think one of the babies parents down the line got some pain  (haha) paint on one of the sides, a chip here and there, but perfectly safe for the wee one. It's all cleaned up and the wood is in good shape. All the nuts and bolts are how they should be and it rocks perfectly or if she doesn't want that, they key locks it in place so it is still. My son, who is now 28, was in the cradle until he was 6 months old. It's quite roomy...and certainly great for a new wee one!

Your spot is ready wee one! May you arrive safe and sound and be good to your Momma! We are waiting anxiously!

Now on to wee one's quilt!

Happy Quilting everyone! I'll be in my sewing room!


Thursday, June 19, 2014

Flower Thursday

I seriously do try to make it for Wednesday! These are the flowers I have been working on! Yesterday I came down with a horrid migraine that kept me in bed all Flower Wednesday is legitimately delayed a day! Now I can go and check out the rest o the flowers! Hope you all have a great gardening week next week!

Tigger the Supervisor, is watching over me as I spend my time sewing some not-so-quilty things! But I have a wonderful excuse...I'm going to be a GREAT AUNT! So exciting for my niece expecting her first wee one! We know it's a girl .. We already have Little Man in the family, so frilly little things are going to be fun! 

We all know that those wee one's spit up -- so I got a bunch of  cloths sewn up for those dribbles and spit ups that wee one's have. Hopefully the new parents will put these to good use when needed! The best would be to wear them out because then I know it was a good idea to sew! I was looking for those gauzy Gerber pre-fold diapers, but nowhere in Calgary were they to be found. I finally found some regular square fleece diapers that I doubled and then turned inside out and added the great fabric. They are thick and soft enough to do the job! I pre-washed the fabrics to make sure that once they go through the wash, they will stay the same size, if not softer and softer every time! |It was so easy to make and the end product looks nice!

I have a cradle that I have kept from Middle Son when he was born. I have loaned it out many times with the rule that anyone that borrowed it must put the child's name on the bottom of the cradle along with the date of their birth. So far, 7 babies have gone through it. I have offered it to my Niece and she said she would love to use it. It's been checked over and the bolts are all up to date. The spindles are fine and not too far apart and will be a great little bed until wee one grows into her crib. I made a new bumper pad that is much brighter than the plain white bumper pads. The white ones are great and just need new ribbons to replace the old one. I'll send that along as well in case she needs to put the bumper pads through a wash. Remember those explosive diapers and the spit ups? ha ha! Well, it always is great to have a "spare"! I made a couple of sheets to go as well, so it will always be fresh for the wee one!

This is one project that I bought double-fold bias tape for. I do not like it! The end result is "done", but certainly not as nice as if I would have attached to the front and sewn to the back. It just goes to show that I really don't like "sewing" the binding all at one time. I really prefer taking the time to sew it on the front by machine and then pulling to the back to hand-sew.It does in a pinch, but if I had to do it all over again, I would take my time. This project is a bit of a rush as we are delivering the cradle tomorrow! Baby is due "any day", so I am sure that once my Niece has it in the house, she will be resting a bit easier knowing that everything is in it's place!

So, all in all, it's been a busy week with sewing! Although not quilting, it certainly has been productive!

Stay tuned as I am approaching my 100th post! I will be hosting a giveaway to my readers for putting up with me and reading along!

Happy Quilting everyone! What have you all been up to?


Thursday, June 12, 2014

One Flower Wednesday.....

Late again of course! Oh well....this is my second week! I will get there eventually!

So this week I managed ONE and almost another one!

Wish me luck for next week! I'm coming to see all of your's!

Here's the little man with "Barkey", his friend on the tree! 

Happy Quilting all!


Thursday, June 5, 2014

Flower Wednesday..... a little late!

Well of course I have been busy this week...and have managed to drop a button on my blog. I am learning slowly! I have to say I am fine that I have managed to add a little more to my garden with the help of my fellow gardeners! Thank you all for the encouragement! I sure do appreciate it!

I thought I could add them to the screen of my sewing room and look out at the gorgeous crabapple tree! Those blossoms are only there this week and by next it will be full of beautiful green leaves! The more flowers, the more apples to pick in the Fall! 

And....while I was sewing...these three cool dudes were hanging out together! lol.... Pretending they didn't notice me with the camera! 

Happy gardening all!

Monday, June 2, 2014

Applique here I come!

Machine applique is not my favorite. It is probably  because I am new to it. I am learning how to machine applique so that it looks like an expert did it and not someone as idiotic as me! ha! I seriously need all the help I can get. I will continue to try. They say the more you try the better you become at it. 

This little airplane quilt is long overdue. The wee babe is over 6 weeks old and I still have to cut more fabric for this one. I think my hesitation is because I want it to work out well. It's something I am not comfortable with, but that is the part of learning new skills. One step at a time! Because it's a baby quilt, I know it will be going though the wash. I want it to last through all those washings without the edges fraying. Tomorow...I'll tackle it tomorrow! (I've been saying that for weeks!)

Maybe if I promise on here that I will work on it tomorrow -- I will HAVE to work on it! Voila! Maybe that's the trick!

Happy Quilting all!