Monday, March 30, 2009

Neil's Little Corner of the World


I'm gonna let you in on a little secret about Neil...this is a guy that can't sit still and always has to be on the go. When he gets an idea in his head, he just "runs with it" (look whose calling the kettle black?) He's not happy unless he has at least 3-4 ideas on the go (once again, the kettle is still black). These ideas occur when I'm working the weekend and Neil has been left unsupervised for long periods of time. Heavens to Betsy!! I usually just kick back and wait for the dust to settle!! First it starts with a trip to Home Depot (favorite shopping destination. If Neil ever went missing, I would look for him there or Costco. He is so predictable), combined with the latest Home Renovation Tax Credit offered by the Canadian government. He then flips out his cellphone and starts emailing me pics of cupboard styles and colors. What do you think of this? Or, do you like this one better? The lady is really trying to help me but I really need your opinion cause you always come up with a better idea. He knows how to work me!! Whatever flips your switch! So this past weekend, the demolition of the cottage kitchen began. Stay tuned for upcoming "While you were sleeping" renovations.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

On the Cutting Edge...




Can you identify the first pic? Well, it's a pile of selvage edges cut off some of my cherished fabrics. I gotta admit, I can't stand throwing anything out without having had a good look at it and deciding if I can incorporate it into something. What's a gal to do? I could take all those strips and make a smashing outfit like the one pictured?? Hmmm?? Or I could just use up those intriguing pieces of fabric and make it into a postcard. As you can tell, this is exactly what I did. Art4mail which is a postcard swapping group that I have been a member of for over a year, had a "Selvage Scrap" exchange. Perfect!!
I already have my fabric ready to go!! Have a look at the postcard. Does the left side of the postcard look familiar? Do you recall in a previous blog posting my frustration with building a center block and it ended up in the "G File". Well, my guilty conscious took over and I hauled it out and thought "I could somehow use this". Now I've got you thinking about rummaging through your own garbage can...right??

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Another Quilt in Progress...













What am I working on you ask? On the weekend of June 19 & 20, 2009 our local guild, The Thousand Islands Quilters Guild is having their Quilt Festival. I've been collecting these lovely Civil War prints for a while now and came across an Ohio Star quilt pattern that will work just fine! This quilt consists of 165 (yes, that many) of the 4" x 4" block shown in the first pic. I know, I have done some crazy things in my days but this block is very addictive when piecing together!! I'm enjoying the process (really really, I am!). Actually, it's mindless sewing and it's a perfect project to work on after having come off a stretch of night shifts. Yes, I do some crazy things! I'll keep you posted with the progress!!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Pics from the Mediterranean
















Okay, here are some of my favorites pics that I took while in the Mediterranean last fall. (I'm still procrastinating on cleaning. The vacuum cleaner is plugged in and ready to go whenever I am). I'm not going to bore you with too many pics, just my favorites. It would be kind of like sitting through a slide show presentation of Cousin Carl's recent trip to some unknown country where he ran into some relatives. Not really relatives, just someone who bought chickens from them at one time or another. Okay...I'm going to get the task done!! It should only take about 35 minutes to finish cleaning if I don't get distracted with another idea.

Doors & Windows

I have to confess that for some reason or another, I love doorways and windows. I had completely forgotten to blog pics from our Mediterranean cruise last fall. Actually, I didn't forget, I just kept putting it off. Right now, I'm putting off vacuuming the downstairs cause I hate cleaning. I hate the process but love the end results. Here are some interesting doorways...don't ask me where I took the pic. It's just there.

Each doorway had it's own personality and at times made me wonder what was on the other side of the door.
I'm having writer's block. What else can I tell you about these pics. I'll just post them like my blogging friend Dawn does as "Wordless Wednesday" or in this case "Thoughtless Thursday".
I thought this last pic was very intriguing. It was taken in Barcellona above a Chinese Restaurant. (okay, I remembered one thing. If really pressed, I could always ask Neil. He has a memory like an elephant!) Unusual use of umbrellas on the side of a building. I just had to show you.

Center Blocks SFRR #3

This pic is of all the center blocks made for the Spring Fling Round Robin #3. Mine is third row, block #3. So, what happens next is that this block is mailed to a quilter participating and will add the first border. She or he will then mail it to the next quilter who will add a second border. The approximate size, unfinished is 20"x 20". It will go on to the 4th quilter who will finish the miniature quilt (quilting, adding label and binding) and mailed back to the quilter who made the center block in the first place (a bit of a twist this time around). Now do you understand why it's called a "Round Robin". Neat eh! This process will take most of the spring and to be completed by the middle of July. Despite Neil shaking his head at me with a grin, "yes" I will get it done along with all the other projects on the go.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Spring Fling Round Robin #3















Well, here is my sneak peak of my center block for the Spring Fling Round Robin #3. I've gotta tell you something...I was really behind on this one. Not because I kept putting it off. No, I actually started thinking weeks ago and then started building. I put more than a few hours into the process. However, I got frustrated!! Very frustrated!! I started with these little
1 3/8" squares cut diagonally and then attaching them to the background fabric. There were a lot them!! I then squared them up and started sewing them in rows for the center of the block. Okay, not bad I thought when I put them up on my design wall. But when I started sewing the points...nothing matched up!! Absolutely nothing!! As well, the whole thing wouldn't lay flat ggrrrr!! Please refer to picture #2...this is what happened to my countless hours of work! By this time, it was late at night and I do much better with a good nights sleep. So bright and early this morning, I got up and started again. Have a look at the first pic which is only a sneak peak. Now I'm much happier!! I'm off to the post office to send it to the host of the Round Robin. I'll keep you posted.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Happy Birthday Dakoda!
















The past weekend, Dakoda celebrated her 7th birthday with her family. Yes, it was a surprise party...she didn't suspect a thing!! No, we didn't play games. Just lots of conversation around the table. It took several attempts to convince Koda that if she wore a hat, she would get a slab of ice cream cake. She got her cake and you will see that she quickly retreated under the table to remove it. Oh well, it's her party...she can do whatever she pleases. Happy Birthday Koda!! Lots of rubs and hugs from your family!!