Thursday, 22 November 2007

Mazey Daze and I guess this is post # 100

This is a close-up (sort of) of the prints I used in this project. I loved the pink toile like print on its own. I also loved the green "cabbage roses". When I saw the blue floral print (in the sale bin) with its tiny pink flowers and green leaves it seemed to yell at me "I can bring those other 2 prints together, really I can, just give me a chance." I had not worked with florals in a few years and so I used them in a 3-colour mystery pattern "Mazey Daze" designed by Dorothy Young. This is more of an overview showing the lattice type pattern created with the 3 prints. If you look at past posts showing the baby quilts we made for Jack and Grace, you will see the same pattern but in a smaller version.

When I complete the quilting I will post a better photo of the project. So far I have only echo-quilted the lattice and now I am quilting squares in the snowball blocks. I am not sure how I will fill the triangular areas. I will be echo-quilting approximately 1/3" from the seams on all the blocks and strips.

This is a slightly blurry shot of Van Halen from my BBerry. It was a super concert. Thanks RIM.

Looking at the calendar, giving Thanks

What happened to November? the last thing that I really noticed was Halloween and time ahead of me to work through my holiday planning list. Where did these last 3 weeks go, likely off to the same unknown vacation land for Tupperware lids, bra wires and socks. All of which I have lost as well lately.

I have put the Mazey Daze back on the machine so that it should be done soon. I have to finish my special set of gifties for my dear Bag Ladies (no hints just in case one of you is reading this before our dinner), looked at my list to remind myself that I have a few things to wrap for the Post Office and I tried to rationalize just what I can really get done for the holidays given that November flew away. I have some online purchases planned to save shipping time but I still have to spend the time browsing to shop!!

This is the week preceeding the big Wild Women's Weekend and I am so ready. Is there anyway to bubble up my time. I would love to have a weekend magically still left besides the weekend away.

Tomorrow (today really) is Thanksgiving Day and although I am not with my family and that Thanksgiving is celebrated in October in Canada, my heart is filled with gratefulness for the bounty in my own life.

I must say that # 1 is my DH, no man could ever make a woman feel more loved.
A very close #2,3,4 are our Super Grovers, 3 amazingly caring, responsible and loving grown up children who have special people in their lives.

I am absolutely appreciative of the lovely home DH built, the city, country that I live in, the great job that I have, my extended family (sisters and their special partners, nieces and nephews) my lovely 4-legged friends,my very dear women-friends, my quilting and even all the gadgety, techno, fun toys that I am lucky enough to make use of.

So, without the extra time off to prepare a Thanksgiving feast, and without Mum to accompany me to the Del-Mar for a hot turkey dinner special, DH and I will celebrate with Swiss Chalet Festive meal and a glass or 2 of wine.

All the very best of things good to you....

Saturday, 17 November 2007

new silly quiz: My inner color is "blue"

Your Inner Color is Blue

Your Personality: Your natural warmth and intuition nurtures those around you. You are accepting and always follow your heart.

You in Love: Relationships are your top priority, and this includes love. You are most happy when you are serious with someone.

Your Career: You need to help others in your job to feel satistifed. You would be a great nurse, psychologist, or counselor.

I certainly feel that way inside and I hope that those near and dear to me feel that from me. I guess my friends would be best at agreeing on the personality point but I certainly feel that my relationships are my top life priority.

Career: I am not a nurse or counselor but I do feel most satisfied when I am helping others.

If you feel like playing just click on the link.

Hey... let me know what your results are!

Wednesday, 7 November 2007

completing a project for myself

Tuesday night is Bag Ladies night and this week we had "casserole carriers" scheduled. We meet weekly to sew, drink tea and sometimes just vent. Besides quilting and snacks we try to make gifts for our nearest and dearest. The Casserole carrier was originally to become a Christmas present but I decided that I needed one for my smaller oven dishes, There were a few pattern options and I chose the Wrap'n Go Casserole carrier (a free pattern) from Nancy's Notions. Of course I needed to rework the pattern as it calls for prequilted proprietary Iron Quick and I planned to use simple fabric and the special reflective batting.

After a few mis-stitched seams and Rippits I worked out the process and used some of my recently purchased chili peppers fabric to make myself this handy, fold flat insulated carrier. Now I will be able to bring a smaller size dish to our girly pot lucks .

Gratuitous photo of cute dog in a "don't touch those stitches" collar