Sunday, 16 July 2017

Slow Lunch Breaks

I haven't been sewing much this past week, but I have been slow stitching during my lunch breaks at work. :^D

Since I can't bring the old quilt at work to work on, I brought something much more portable. My MIL table runner. Yep, finally working on this one. I kind of resurrected this one and started working on the appliques.

Sorry if the pictures aren't the best, they were taken with my phone.  Click to enlarge.

I started in the middle of the vine and I'm slowly working my way to the edge. I will pull some fabric out to be used for prepping of the leaves ... hopefully this afternoon.

Don't know if this count as slow stitching ....
but I have been working on some more towels. It uses a very big "needle" to shuttle the thread from one side to the other, hehehe! Don't mind the hot pink piece of rag in there. It is where the piece will be cut, to separate my work from the previous lady's work. The red row you see is my edging. It's the first time I do it this way. It's a little bit like embroidery. It finishes the towel so nicely. My stitches are not very even yet. You can see her beautiful blue edging at the bottom of the picture. I'll show you more of mine next time.

Joining Kathy for Slow Sunday Stitching where there's lots of wonderful project made by hand to be seen.

Until next time ...


Sunday, 9 July 2017

Slow Progress

Since this is my first try at repairing an old quilt, progress is slow but it's progressing nevertheless.

I have figured out that if I sew all the components together before, it is easier to applique after. I am learning, I am learning ... slowly but surely.  :^D

(If you want to see the beginning of this adventure, see this post.)

Teaming up with Kathy for Slow Sunday Stitching. Come and see us.

Until next time ....


Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Whatever Wednesday: A new love

I have found a new lover ... ummm ... I mean a new love. Yes, a new love. No, I didn't get a cat but ... it is something I've been wanting for a long time.

I have learned a new craft!! It is a lot of fun!!

It's weaving. Like in weaving on a loom. I love it.

I did four dishcloths as my first project. Yes, I know there's only three in the picture; no, I don't know why. Ha! Maybe you can see the mistakes in there. Maybe they aren't that easy to spot. Anywho! You don't become an expert on your first try, right? Good! Cause neither have I! :^D

Have I mentioned that I joined a group of craft oriented group? There's quilters, knitters, crochet, embroidery, paintings and even some do dried flowers arrangements. A lady does birthday cards with embroidery. (Shown here) Well, in this group there is also some weavers and I wanted to learn so they taught me. Yay!

Care to take a little tour? Okay.  (click image to enlarge)

This is the view as you walk into the loom room. It's in the basement at a church so don't mind the floor. You can see the rear of the three looms.

This is the front of the three looms.  The bench has a compartment on each side so you can put your thread, shuttles, spare bobbins, etc. Pretty cool.

In the other corner, sits the Big Loom. It makes afghans so it is really long.

A lady is making an aqua and taupe afghan. The yarn is textured so it makes it very interesting.

The lady next to me is working on a shawl. This is the back of her machine. There is about three inches of thread all rolled up and ready to go. We should be able to make a lot of shawls with that. I hope I'll be able to make one too because it is so gorgeous. Just look at her work. Awwwwesome.

But first I need the learn the basic. So this is my station for now and I am working on tea towels.

They are done in brown, beige and yellow.  The red ones, matching the dishcloths, were all done. Oh well, that's fine if they don't match. I'm still having fun making them. It is a smaller work place compare to the shawl but it is still a lot of work. I get to use some muscles that have been resting way too long.  :^D  I'll share more pictures once they are done and bound.  When I am done with these, I'll ask if I may make some pink and blue tea towels. You can see that set up in the foreground of the first and second pictures of the looms.

Now, you can understand why I haven't been quilting much lately. More on that later.

I will link with Sarah for Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? on Friday.

Until next time ...


Sunday, 11 June 2017

The new and the old

I was asked if I would be interested in mending an old quilt.  (CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE)  How can I say no? Of course, I'm interested in this project.

A co-worker has loved his ex-mother-in-law's quilt to the bone. (Yes, he kept the quilt after the divorce. Nice, right?)

Oh yes, to the bone! 

This Wedding Ring quilt must be a summer quilt because the lightest batting I have seen so far was used.

Both ends are very yellowed. It will have a long hot bath with Dawn once I am done. Some fixing is needed at both ends.

It is machine pieced and hand quilted. Done some 30 years ago, in brown and salmon colored calico fabrics, it has faded somewhat. It makes it hard for me to find some matching fabrics. A muslin was used for the background and for the backing.  

The little bit on the bottom right is the one I sewn in. It looks so bright but that is the best I can do. After mending this one, I read on the web that it is better to leave the old fabric in and just applique the new one on top. Ahhhhh! I guess it will be easier and faster than removing the old torn fabric.  ':^[

 Little hearts forming a circle were quilting in the background.

Almost look like a star. Hard to photograph the quilting. Hope you can see it.

 Little hearts in the squares joining the rings.

The fabrics are always in the same order.

So this will be my slow stitching project for today ... and the rest of the month! Hehehe! No, it shouldn't take that long, except that I only have one fabric in my stash that matches. Time for a shopping spree ....umm... I mean ... oh you know what I mean!

I'll be at Kathy's place for Slow Sunday Stitching.  Catch you there.

Until next time .... I'll be enjoying the sunny days!


Sunday, 4 June 2017

Stop the dithering and start slow stitching!

Those of you who follow my blog might remember that I had an important decision to make regarding t my Ohio Star Shadow quilt. (See this post.)

Well after much dithering I finally made up my mind because I was tired of waiting for Plan B (B as in better) to show up.

The neglected 4 patches between the feathers have a home-made design.

Like so.

This is my template cut out of a green acetate sheet. Why on Earth did we had green acetate? Anywho!!

As you can see, it fits perfectly within the 4 patches. Yay! The slow stitching may now resume and not a moment too soon as they are calling for rain today ... again! Anyone out there needs some rain? Come and get it. Please, come and get it! Not much is growing around here. Anywho! Let's be grateful. My roof doesn't leak, my tummy is full, my family's healthy and I can afford sewing; life is good!

Until next time ....


Catching up with Kathy for Slow Sunday Stitching

Saturday, 3 June 2017

So little to show

I don't know where my time is spent but very little seems to be spent at the sewing machine. I have a little bit to show you this week. In green still.

The yellow roses fabric used as backdrop for the photo is as old as I am or very close. As far as I can remember, this fabric was in my mother's house. Curtains and tea towels. Cotton was different back then. She must have bought the entire bolt. The little bits all have green in them even though it doesn't show up very good in this picture. Blame the photographer. :^D

The 9 Patch blocks got framed.

Gorgeous fabric of little Nemo and friends received from Joyful Quilter. Thanks Joy.

Mexican Mouse playing guitar.

Ugly fabric of veggies. Hope it will look better once it's surrounded by others.

This is another fabric from my mother's stash. It happens to have a lot of yellows in it. Can I call this one the transitional block?

Group photo. And that's the end of my sewing effort for this week.

Check out all the others green and/or yellow blocks at Angela's place, Soscrappy.
On Sunday, I'll be with Cynthia, Quilting is more Fun than Housework.
Then I'll travel to the UK to meet with Nicki at Mrs Sew & Sow.

Until next time. ..


P.S. Look what I got. Spoiling myself a little bit.

Bonnie K. Hunter came to my house. YAY!!! Of course I also bought some fabric, I'll show you later.

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Playing with greens

The weather was so nice (finally) that I wanted to spent the entire day outside (yesterday). My back gave me permission so I did. I played with green shrubs that needed to be moved to the backyard and planted some flowers. I had a wonderful time. After awhile, I started to sport a nice sunburn so inside I went to play with more greens in my sewing room.

Hole in the Barn Door looks pretty in green. Managed to make a few little 9 Patch blocks too.

Seven green hourglass for my second RSC2017 project.

More greens to come as I haven't done the framed 9 Patch yet.

I am late linking up with Angela at Soscrappy due to camera issues. Haven't bought a battery for it yet. It is now Sunday morning and I am still trying to upload pictures!!
But I am right on time to meet with Cynthia at Quilting is More Fun than Housework. 

Until next time ...   my back is still agreeable this morning so you'll find me outside again today. Yay!


Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Whatever Wednesday

I did some sewing.

And it is quilted.

But it is not a quilt.

It's a book cover!

I covered my task master journal with some Bee Hive Rules fabric.

I have found the pattern and tutorial here, at Stitch by Stitch.

On the inside, I used a fabric with a bee and some flowers, of course.

My only regret is that I didn't sew in a ribbon to use as a bookmark. It shall be done on my second effort. :^D  I shall also add a quarter inch more to the measurement as this one is pretty tight fitted. My measurements were too accurate and didn't take into account the thickness of the batting, I guess.

The quilting is very simple, gentle wavy lines, like a bee line.

Joining Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.
Joining Cynthia at Quilting is more Fun than Housework

Until next time ...


Friday, 12 May 2017


I did some more green Buckwheat blocks for my RSC 2017.

Well, three greens and one aqua. :^D

Then I sew a few together as I couldn't wait to see how well they play together.

I like what I see so far. The constant fabric (yellow with cherries, ugly one, and wanna-be plaid) are the trellis and the rainbow is passing through it. Does that make sense to you? Anyway, it will be easier to see it after adding more blocks.

What I don't like is the pinwheels. What happened to them? The points are a mess! I definitively need to remedy that before I can continue.

Joining Sarah for Can I Get a Whoop Whoop?
Joining Angela for RSC 2017
Joining Cynthia for Oh Scraps!

The more the merrier, so come and join us.

Until next time ...


Sunday, 7 May 2017

In need of some slow stitches

Long week at work, crazy weather, fun at the craft show and now I am in need of some slowdown time. What better activity than slow stitching to help me catch my breath.

I am still not back to work full time and even with shorter days, I still get so tired. Maybe one day I will be stronger, or maybe never, but for the moment, my body is telling me it needs a good long rest. I will listen to it and behave today. Just for today, hehehe!

I added a few stitches on my Ohio Star Shadow quilt last Sunday. It is hard to photograph black thread on dark fabric and white thread on light fabric. Here are pictures my best effort in photography.

Little bit more done ... a whole lot more to do!

Photo from under the frame. (click to zoom). Hope you can see the quilted feathers I have design for this quilt. 

This is my humble homemade template made from an old acetate sheet. It isn't in the right position. Each triangles need two feathers, one left & one right, as in the previous picture. Each quadrant has 4 triangles, like a big hourglass block. Unfortunately I have found a flaw in my design.

Hope you can see in this picture that the quilting doesn't reach the grey/brown HST and the black square. Now that's the bottom of the quilt so it isn't too bad, in the sense that the binding will hold it down. In the higher rows, those two unquilted pieces will become four pieces forming a square of 5.5 inches. Now that's a problem. It is way too big to stay unquilted but too small for me to do a feathered wreath. I'll have to think of another design.

In the news, you might have heard that Ottawa/Gatineau and all along the Ottawa River, houses are flooded and the army was called to help the regions. It is very sad. It hasn't happened in so many years, people all around me don't remember ever seeing it this bad.

This is where I grew up. The little village is surrounded by farm lands. Except in the spring time when it becomes almost an island.
Can't show the size of this lake.

The only ones not complaining are the Canada Geese.

This creek is as wide as a street usually, now it's almost 8 meters (1/2 mile) wide.

What you see here is a field, from one concession to the next. It is now under 2 feet of water. You can see the houses are completely surrounded.

Here's a close up of those houses.

Closer ...

This is the same house. It's a very big house.

Bringing in more sand bags by boat. It is on the same street as the big house just closer to the regional road.

It's a good thing the houses are build higher than street level but still, I don't want to imagine their basements.

Remember this picture from last Fall?
Completely to the left, you see some green in the water. From that point, bring your eyes down to the little pin tree standing next to the white archway. See how far the river is from that pin.

Check again. You can see the pin is clearly outlined because of the river behind it.

If I bring you closer you will notice that it has its roots in the water now. The maples in the background are almost covered too. They grow on a little strip of an islet in the middle of the river. The rain is still coming down.

It will be on my mind today as I slowly add more stitches to the quilt and sending prayers to all those who have to endure.
Do not worry for me as I am safe. I live about 8 km (4 miles) away from the Ottawa River and a good 7.7m to 9m (25-30 feet) above it too. I'm okay but many friends aren't. So sad.

On a happier note, I had fun at the craft sale yesterday. Unfortunately, the battery in the camera died as soon as I turned it on. I was sure I had charged it. I was so disappointed. I wanted to share this with you all. So I plugged it in last night. This morning, I started taking pictures of the quilting and before I was done, the battery was out again. WHAAAAT??? I believe I need a new battery. So all I can share with you is what I bought. Sorry. :(

Little fancy cards. This lady makes beautiful work.

Aren't they gorgeous? There was so many to choose from.

And they are small too! I so love them. Maybe I'll keep them for me, hehehe!

Joining Kathy for Slow Sunday Stitching. Come and visit.

Until next time ....