Friday, December 31, 2010

Giveaway Reminder ----------------

Reminder that I am drawing for a book "Crazy Patchwork" by Janet Haigh. I will include some embellishments for the lucky winner. This is an absolutely beautiful book on Crazy Quilting with some great projects but I have ordered another book and have a new rule one in, one out. I have a very small sewing room and hundreds or books so I need to pare down. Here are the rules.

To qualify you need to make a comment on my blog and also mention the giveaway on your blog.

My hubby, my trusty helper, will draw the winning entry on the Eve of December 31, and I will post the winner on New Years Day.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Great Christmas Day

We had a lovely Christmas Day, just the four of us. My Mom, my hubby, our furry girl "Shadow" and I.

We rose at 9:00am and I put out the Orange juice while Hubby walked the dog. Then we went over to Mom's and opened the presents. Then we had breakfast. Lovely Peameal Bacon from Franz Butcher shop, scrambled eggs, toasted English muffins and homemade rhubarb ginger preserves, all washed down with lots of coffee.

Hubby and I went home and I stuffed the turkey and put it in to roast. After a well earned rest we commenced again. Mom came over and we started preparing the evening meal. Roast turkey, stuffing, turnip, mashed potatoes, jellied salad, cranberries and wine, followed by Oranged cheesecake and tea.
It was a lovely dinner and a quiet restful day. Hubby's sister phoned in the evening and we had a nice chat, to top off our day.

Hope you all had a Merry Christmas too!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Christmas Service At All Saints

Last night Mom and I went to church for the late service. It was truly beautiful. It was a candlelight service and there were lovely carols and Poinsetta's and Trees were lovely. It felt truly wonderful to be attending services on the eve of Christ's birth, fulfilling the true meaning of Christmas.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas to Everyone

I am getting ready to head to Church and I have one last thing to show you. I made a set of placemats for Mom for Christmas.

Merry Christmas to Everyone

Monday, December 13, 2010

Reminder of the Giveaway.............................

A couple of days I ago I posted about a give away for a Crazy Quilting book and some embellishments.

Please go back and have a look.

Let it Snow, Let it Snow Let it Snow!!!!

It is certainly not because I am fond of snow but boy it sure is pretty, especially when it is so close to Christmas. These are some pictures taken from just outside our home.

We were suppose to go out today and visit sime friends but the driving is not that great so I think that we are going to just stay home. 

On the picture below I was trying out a program to modify the picture. I think I like it and it might be next years Christmas Card.

Everyone stay warm and dry on this wintery in Southern Ontario.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Last Giveaway of the Year

It is the time of year when we begin to wrap presents and I thought why not wrap one more and send it off to a fellow blogger .

I need to make some room in my sewing room so I am giving away this book "Crazy Patchwork" by Janet Haigh. Here is a photo of one of the projects included in the book. If you turn your head side ways you can see that is it an embroidered and silk ribbon pillow. The book is gorgeous and full of lovely projects for both hand and using some of your fancy stitches on the machine.

I promise to include some embellishments with the book to the lucky recipient.

To qualify you need to make a comment on my blog and also mention the giveaway on your blog.
My hubby my trusty help, will draw the winning entry on December 31, and I will post the winner on New Years Day.

Good luck to all! 

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Christmas Decorating and Giveaway

Getting ready for Christmas always seems like such a chore. I love the Christmas tree but hate putting it up. However once it is up and the room is decorated with the nativity scene, the nutcracker I always love it. Today we received a beautiful poinsetta that was sent to us by some dear friends and neighbours we lived next to before we moved.

Please stay tuned for upcoming Giveaway. Like Santa it won't be long now. 

Hubby and I have been attending the Wellness and Sport Centre, (I've been taking aquafit classes each morning). This week they had there annual Holiday Christmas Dinner for members. It was a lovely Turkey meal with over 117 in attendance.  It made Christmas feel like it is really here.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Shadow's Christmas Debut and Kiwiberry Quilt

Shadow, my darling furry girl was an excellent model for her Christmas picture.  She sat ever so still. Both her father and I are very pleased that we were able use her picture for our annual Christmas cards.

Yes, yes I know she is sooooo cute. I think she prefers not to wear her antlers though.

Over the last few weeks, it seems as though we have been so busy and I have so many projects started and in various states of not finished.

This is one of the quilts that is a little further along for me to show you. It is missing one more border, but here it is . The colours are a little washed out in this picture but trust me when I say this is a bright quilt. When I get the last border on I will take another picture in the daylight so you can really see the colours.  I should mention that the fabric is all Batik, using a Bali Pop (Kiwiberry). Using a book on strip tubing.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Sorry, I've been so long in posting

Sorry that I have been so long in posting but life seems to be getting in the way. I attended a class last week at our local Quilt Shop, Tangled Threads on Charlotte street in Peterborough. It is Tube Quilting and I enjoyed the class and teacher Shirley Challice very much. I have to get all of my blocks put together tonight so that I can put the borders on tomorrow in our last class.

So far here are the blocks I have put together. I am using a Bali Pop (Kiwiberry) It was given to me by my dear friend Kelly and I am so thrilled that I have been able to use it in this project. I will post more then I have them completed.

Then Thursday I am taking another class, Jelly Bargelly.  Yes I am on overload at the moment.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010


In February, I am going to be taking a 2 day class with Renske Helmuth. She does lovely work. Please visit her site.

This class is mostly hand applique surrounded by some Sashiko. I believe we spend the first day working on the orchid and then part of the next day learning Sashiko. Here is a picture of the sample.

We can do our orchid in any colour we want so I am thinking I would like to do the Orchid the same colour of the one that I have growing in my kitchen window.

Monday, November 01, 2010

Received my Lovely Giveaway

We are home from our weekend getaway. Can you believe it I managed to go away for an entire long weekend, remember to take my camera but forgot to take any pictures. I can tell you we went to two hockey games, visited a museum, took in a Quilt Shop (didn't buy a thing) and went out for dinner several times.

I can highly recommend a fabulous Chinese Restaurant in Ottawa, called The Golden Palace. It doesn't look like much and decor is strictly "old fashioned Chinese restaurant" it is a little pricey but boy is the food terrific.

I have forgotten to blog a thank you to Shay over at Quilting in my Pajamas. I won a giveaway, and it arrived a week of so ago and I have neglected to take a photo until today. It included some lovely fabrics and pretty buttons. Thanks again Shay.

 I sent in my registration to Quilt Ontario 2011, for London next year and I am so looking forward to that event. Hope I will see some of you there.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Go Sens Go

We had a fabulous evening. Hubby and I are in Ottawa to visit my cousin Joe and to take in a couple of Senators hockey games. Tonight the Sens won 5-3 over  Florida. Tomorrow we are going to the Museum of Science and Technology and then out to dinner with my cousin and his three boys.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Quilt is completed - "Coffee for Two"

I finally have my quilt completed and mailed off to my cousin and his wife. I don't think that they read my blog so I am fairly safe is in this posting. I am pleased with how it turned out.

 That is Hubby hiding behind acting as a holder.
 This is a close up of the quilting. Not done by me but a lady that my neighbour recommended and she did a lovely job.
 Finally a picture of my lovely little girl, Shadow. I could not miss the chance to show you she was helping me right up to the last stitch.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Giveaway Winner.........Drum Roll Please!

After our sandwich and tea at lunchtime today my DH pulled the name of the Winner out of our Tea Cozy, well shaken not stirred.   The Lucky Winner is Valerie........over at

Congratulations and stay tuned, because my sewing room is full to overflowing and I will be having another giveaway sometime next month. Valerie, I have emailed for your address.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Off to be Quilted and Signature

I was visiting the blog of my pal Jennifer over at the Bronze Wombat, who gave info on how to make a siggy. I hope that you like mine. "Gemini" is now off to the Quilter so now I am going to make the binding, label and will post pictures when I get it back later this week.

The draw for the giveaway if tomorrow.

Saturday, October 16, 2010


I have the first two row of my quilt sewn together.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Latest Photo of Gemini and Don't forget my Giveaway

Here is the latest photo of the Quilt  "Gemini" on my design wall, before the borders.  It is going to be quilted on Sunday so I best get sewing.

I am giving away this book, Jelly Roll and Charm Quilts and a package or Moda (Flutterby Charms) The draw will be made by my hubby on Tuesday October 19th. So please make sure that I can reach you, by email.

To Qualify Please place a link on your Blog, to advise other folks of my give away and make sure that I have your email addy. That's it. Good Luck!!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Fabric Selection and Giveaway

Here is are the fabrics in the Hoffman Cappuccino collection, that I am using for my latest quilt, the Gemini Pattern and here are a few more blocks.

I have been fortunate in winning a giveaway lately, so I would like to reciprocate.

I am giving away this book, Jelly Roll and Charm Quilts and a package or Moda (Flutterby Charms) The draw will be made by my hubby on Tuesday October 19th. So please make sure that I can reach you, by email.

To Qualify Please place a link on your Blog, to advise other folks of my give away and make sure that I have your email addy. That's it. Good Luck!!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

Potatoes and Turnip prepared.  Check
Pumpkin pie is baked.  Check
Turkey is stuffed and in the oven. Check
Coleslaw and green beans prepared.  Check
Tomato juice and wine in the frig.   Check

I am going to take my Mom out to the Buckhorn Craft show this afternoon while the turkey is roasting. Hubby will be home to babysit Shadow and turkey.

PS. Follow up to my Sleep Study. I went to the doctor on Friday. He said  during my sleep study I stopped breathing 117 times an hour, twice a minute. I have to go back for another sleep study now that I have my CPAP machine and mask. So far the new machine and mask I have are a wonder. I get great sleep.

PPS I have now change my blog parameters so that anyone can leave a comment. So please do, I love hearing from you all. Stay tuned for a Giveaway.