Monday, 30 March 2009

Cupcakes give away

Well fabric cupcakes anyway. Paula is celebrating a three year blogiversary and 400 posts by having a giveaway of happy cupcake fabric. Visit her! (but use my name for her draw just so I have more chances to win hahaha!).

For me, I am doing some handquilting while I squeeze in a slew of projects for work, school and home.

Saturday, 28 March 2009

New home construction in Ontario- yes it is happening! End of Week 9

Here are some non-snowy views from the living room window and the front door.

Inside we have:

This is a view into the bedroom and the ensuite, the narrow windows will be filled with glass block. This lets in bright sunshine or moonlight and maintains the bathroom privacy. Another, centered, column of glass block is hidden from view behind the stud. These glass blocks are framing out our his and hers areas (sink and mirror).
Sweetie is standing in the hall and looking west to take these pictures (that is me standing in the studio). These glass block windows are opening up and allowing the natural light to come in over the kitchen cupboards.
This is the requisite "how it looks today"shot.
I have to head down in to the basement now and finish basting up that quilt. I keep putting that off today because it is so BEAUTIFUL OUTSIDE (at least for today). I have already hung 2 loads of wash on the line and Sweetie is opening all the windows here at the old house for fresh air!
This winter has been so long and cold.

Tuesday, 24 March 2009

EQ6 plan versus finished top

I have created designs for half a dozen quilts in EQ6 that I have actually sewn together. There are many more that are just there for play.

This is one I created specifically using close approximations of the chosen fabrics. The photograph does not do justice to the actual fabrics in the quilt top (clicking on the image will open it much larger for a good close look) . The fabric pieces are also viewable in the previous blog post. I am basting it so that I can hand quilt it.

This will be donated to someone (undergoing treatment to fight cancer) next month in memory of my friend Jennie Sherlock.
By the way, have you visited this blog link yet?

Monday, 23 March 2009

Building ... a quilt, ....a house

These are the happy colourful pieces of fabric ready to be pressed, and sewn together for my Jennie Quilt challenge project.

This is another step of the pieces to building a house.
The doors are in and most of the shingles are on.

Friday, 20 March 2009

Happy Spring! It is the end of Week 8

Tonight's drive up to check it out, it is looking pretty good. The roof is sheathed, so are the garage walls and the shingles are on the roof. Okay, the shingles are still in their stacks but that is getting pretty darn close.

I am in love with this front door. It makes me feel like I want to walk up to it, open it and find myself at home. The cute little dog that is exploring is Django.
Okay, I am in love with this bank of windows too. Double-hung windows make me feel as if I should throw up the sash and let the fresh air blow through. This definitely feels like a wonderful, comfortable, homey place to be. ... another gratuitous view from my kitchen window. The sunset was far more colorful to my eyes than it was to the camera.

P.S. Tonight was the season end for Battlestar Galactica. I love (hmmm, I am loving a lot these days) Sci-Fi. Anyway, the season finale took it home. The characters were wonderfully acted. The land of promise and peace that lay ahead of the colonists was beautiful. Whether we are gettting on or off the merry-go-round is not so much in our singular control but more the result of what we compromise or stand up for in our society. I am looking forward to watching all four seasons from the start one more time.
Thanks to the BSG cast and crew,

So say we all.

Thursday, 19 March 2009

End of Week 8

Skeleton, a very cute sweetie (living room view out) and the view from the road. For week 9 the roof will be added, and maybe even doors and windows. You will see!

P.S. I saw my first Robin of the year while we were visiting the build site. That must be lucky! I tried to take a picture but Ms. Robin flew away fast.

Sunday, 15 March 2009

Planned but plans change

I was hoping to get this cut, sewn and assembled to be handquilting it tonight, but...

....after taking the studio apart to clean the floors that got wet; the fabric is still not even cut into strips.

The plan is bright and happy, orange and purple; wake me up and make me laugh.

This is the plan from EQ6. Watch this space to see how it ends up.

Friday, 13 March 2009

Looking good

I ordered the slate tile and bamboo for the floors today. What a boon to the world economy.
Tonight there will be cutting and stitching going on, so watch this space for "bright". I have all intentions of cutting and piecing a quilt so that I can hand quilt it starting on Sunday. I hope it will look as good as my mind's eye imagines it to be. I am using a white fabric with rainbow dragonflies, 3 blacks with bright gerbera daisies, varying sizes, some purples and a fantabulous orange.

Wednesday, 11 March 2009

Week 7, there are rooms, sort of.

I did not realize that I forgot to post last week's progress. The rooms are framed up.

Here we are looking from the master bedroom into the hall.

And when the front door is in place, then opened wide,
this will be the view we see as we welcome friends in.
(please click on any photo so that you can have a better look)

Both ends of the living room, literally, the room that all our living will be in. The open concept means that sweetie and I will be reading, eating, cooking, entertaining, relaxing and watching TV in the same room. The area with the high window openings is the kitchen, the framed walls surround the ensuite, study, master bedroom, and the doorway through the laundry room/garage entry. These are tall walls, the ceiling will be about 10 feet high. The structure in the center is the stairway to the lower (basement) level.

Here is framing for a pocket door entry to the studio from the kitchen.

Oops, this door needs to move about 16" further to the left so we have a place for our boots, bags and the rest of the stuff we carry in and out the door every day.

Hurry back. We hope there will be a roof on top of all this soon.

On the quilty front, time is running out for keeping the studio fully equipped. I have one more quilt to cut and assemble; maybe two. After this the fabrics, books and notions will be packed away, leaving only (hopefully) 4 or 5 projects to work through and finish up before I start ANYTHING else. Tomorrow I am cutting up oranges, purples and some other brights to make a challenge donation quilt in memory of a dear online quilting friend, Jennie.

Tuesday, 10 March 2009

Quilter blogs

Blog hopping has sent me over to this handy spot, Quilter Blogs, a collection of links to dozens and dozens of quilters blogs. You can get lost here for sure.
Your rainbow is strongly shaded white and blue.


What is says about you: You are a tranquil person. You appreciate quiet moments. You share hobbies with friends and like trying to fit into their routines. People depend on you to make them feel secure.

Find the colors of your rainbow at

hmmm, if you know me you can decide for yourself if this is close to true....

Sunday, 8 March 2009

sometimes you have to pay attention

I was sewing away, very happily being creative. Actually I was in the stitching groove, some thread play, some hand dyed cottons, visions of palm trees and tropical beaches, things were going really good.

Then Lyla tells me there is some thread wrapped around my sewing machine.

I stop. I look. Oh, what a large ring of thread neatly wrapped around the hand wheel.
I feel a bit badly that so much of my beautiful green cotton thread is wasted, even if it is so neatly rolled up. It is not going on the sewing machine again.

The thought occurs to me that I should see if there is any more thread wound a bit tighter inside the hand wheel.
This is not a pretty thought. It is not a pretty picture.
It took me 2 hours to painstakingly extract this mass of threads (green, blue, lighter green, black, more blue, a bit of white and a bit more green) from being tightly wedged inside the hand wheel.

The hand wheel did not want to come off easily and since I have no budget for extreme sewing machine makeovers I had to rely on patience and this array of tools to pry, cut, pull and otherwise untangle a rats nest through the eye of a needle. At least it felt like that is what I was doing,

So much for being in the groove. I had to finish the post cards another day.

Lesson learned, regardless of there being 2 thread holders on the back of the sewing machine; only have one spool of thread up there at one time.

The other 2 postcards (...following footsteps on a tropical beach)

In case you missed dessert tonight, have some of mine....
Red Velvet mini cupcake, Chocolate Cheese cake lollipop, Mini French Vanilla Pudding...

Wednesday, 4 March 2009

We have a winner!

I am happy to send a special fabric post card thank you to Susie (sulyle) for posting a comment here.

Here is a postcard series that I made a few months ago. These are not what I am sending Susie but I am still sharing.

Sunday, 1 March 2009

Build status - end of week 5

It was a lovely sunny but cold day so we headed out to the village to have a look at our "honeymoon cottage". This is Keith's only visit before we are moved in. Keith and his sweetie will be heading back to Montreal tomorrow. When we see them again we will no longer be living in London.
(that sounds so weird to me)