Monday, August 4, 2014

not a stitch in sight

Well in the last little while I have been to a car show, visiting family, watching ball games at the lake and of course fishing........ ( I even jumped into the lake for a swim ... that was refreshing ) but I have not stitched a thing ..... I think that may change this week with some BOM to catch up on and another sew along quilt I signed up for off of Craftys .
I have found it hard to get to my machine after a day at work. I thought if I started with the BOM's I would get back into the grove of quilting again.

I see the garden is starting to yield some fresh goodies from lettuce to yellow beans and now zucchini. I will be starting some pickles this week ... fresh dills mmm mmmm good.

Have a great week at what ever you get your hands on and  enjoy the summer days while they last.
in stitches

Thursday, July 24, 2014

A little fun in the sun and then back to normal

Sorry I have been a little slack at my posts.
catch of the day ...
and supper :-)

 I have had a few days off and we went camping and fishing. The  fishing was great and fresh fish for supper was mmm  mmm good. I had even spied a set of eyes watching as we went back to the campsite.
a moose on the loose

I did a little quilting and got another quilt finished for Victoria's Quilts. They are all washed and ready to be added to the bunch we are quilting up to send off.

not sure what this pattern is called ,
 but I would call it spinning spools
close up of the quilting
It has warmed up and feel s like summer and tonight we are having a bit of a storm the first one since my last post.

with the extra moisture come changing leave
 and fungus on trees

The gardens will sure enjoy the fresh drink, I am hoping no hail with the storm.It has been nice to enjoy a few of the gardens goodies in some nice salads.

I have also started on a few blocks for a BOM from Periwinkle in Saskatoon. I am hoping to have them made by the end of August. It should be a nice quilt in taupe's  & grey's. 29 blocks in all. (pics coming soon)

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you all are enjoying your summer.
Stay in stitches

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

soggy weekend

Well here in the prairies it has been just wet .... real wet and not just here in good old Saskatchewan, it has carried over into Manitoba. With too much water flooding  happens, water over the roads and roads washing away.

 We left our campsite a littler early to head for home when we heard some reports of roads being closed.  With hubby being a retired highway guy we checked out the highway with in a few miles of our turn off. First we came across water crossing the grid road and then within a 10 km stretch there were 9 places that the water had or was still crossing the highway. A few hours later the road gave way to the rushing water near Imperial. We will give things a few days to settle and then see if we will be able to get back to the campsite. We do have friends still there enjoying Canada Day.
As far as I know in our area everyone is safe and dealing with the water issues. I hope and pray the communities dealing with this disaster from the heavy rains remain safe as well. There will be a lot of clean up and rebuilding a head of them, I am sure.
On  the bright side we have had a wonderful Canada Day with lots of sunshine to start to dry up a little bit of the moisture.
Happy Canada Day
This is my post card from Beth

In stitches

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

in the mail ....

Today I got my quilt back from Marjorie....... she had it for a little while and turned my quilt top into a lovely quilt.

I had asked  Marjorie a while back if she might be interested in quilting it for me as I have had it done for some time and have not gotten to quilting it and i knew I wanted it to be hand quilted. She has said yes and told me what she charges and it was off to her. I am sew happy that we found each other through the land of blog and my now well traveled quilt is home again and resting upon my bed. Thank you Marjorie for your time and talent in every stitch in my quilt.. I now have to make a label with the quilts story and I will also include who put the stitches in. Check out her blog Marjorie's Busy Corner and see what she is up to and a peaks at other quilts that she adds her stitches too.

as or me I have a few little projects on the go
just the label to add

I just finished the binding on this quilt for Victoria's Quilts and have sent off my post cards for the Canada day post card swap. The cards were to include a maple leaf and here is what I came up with ...... a tire swing hanging in the shade of a maple tree....
swinging in an old maple tree
And this was a little idea I had at Christmas time...... little red solo cups and a string of lights

     = a fun little set of light for the campground
Well that's all for now, have a great week
                     in stitches

Monday, June 23, 2014

time in limbo ....over

That is how I feel about the last 6 weeks. I have been on jury selection and while you are on everything else is on hold or in limbo.
It is an interesting process to go through and one we all could get called to do.
 I was almost part of a jury for one of the trails that I had attended selection for, but one of the lawyers declined / challenged me, so I was told by the judge that  I was free to go but to come back for the next trial. ( each lawyer is allowed x-# of challenges during the selection)
Now I can get back to a little sewing and gardening and maybe just maybe some summer :0)
And of course taking a few pictures to share with you on my blog.
Sew I am off to see what I can sew up and do a little laundry at the same time.
stay in stitches

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

winding up the weekend

it was a nice evening Sunday night for a fire...... camp fire that is....

what better way to wind down for the evening and weekend.
I did get a little sewing done. I am in a post card swap for Canada Day.
just a peak    ;0)

 I made a sample that may be for a fall class and did a little laundry.

It was also a nice weekend for a little yard work .... and look the flowers are starting to bloom.

and now to start a new week........ in stitches

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Surprises and making a gelli plate / plates

What a surprise when Elaine called Friday night to say that I had won a prized for one of my blocks that I had in the block challenge for this years Saskatchewan's Stitches Conference.
For the challenge we were given a fat quarter of the challenge fabric and asked to make a 10 1/2 in unfinished block and these blocks will be used in making some charity quilts for the Prairie Women on Snowmobiles.
  Here are the blocks that I have made for this challenge .......

Thank you Haus of Stitches and the Sask. Stitches Conference for the lovely gift. I can see more play time ahead with these goodies.

And now for a little play time...... of a different sort.... I was wanting to try a larger gelli plate and found that they are hard ti find locally sew what's a girl to do.... I started looking on line and found a couple recipes for making a permanent  gelli plate. The ingredients are simple and found almost anywhere.  I tried out a couple of them and this is what I ended up with....
a round gelli plate about 3/4 inch thick

one of my new gelli plates
8 x 11 inches

I did find some useful tips in the info I had read and watched..... using simple tissue paper to clean up the wet surface of the plate before it sets works wonderfully.
before .... with foam and bubbles

After ... nice and clean

Sew now there will be a little more play time coming and creating some one of a kind fabric samples :0)
Thanks for stopping by
In stitches