Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Nadine's give away

If you have been missing her podcast you should be visiting her blog. If you missed her postcast completely, I am sorry. It was a wonderful series. Nadine's DreamWeavers site is very inspiring. She is also having a giveway while she searches out new great tips. Visit her before October 1!

She has a very helpful CD on machine quilting. Take a look through her shop...

9 hours cutting, over 1880 pieces in baggies



Saturday was a long awaited quilty day with friends. L & P arrived around 10 AM. The morning started with a couple of cappuccinos each, laced with French Vanilla Kahlua and topped with Whipped Cream and Club House Pumpkin Pie Spice (an addiction owed to Starbucks).

Notice how nice and sunny (and early in the day) the first working photo is.

Lunch was a slow cooker deal: pulled chicken on a bun, salad and butterscotch tarts for dessert.

More cutting. Nine Hours of cutting pieces of fabric so that we can put them all together again into this.

Okay, finally done cutting... see how My poor friends dragged their weary bodies home after 11 PM. It will be Nov 14 before we can get together to sew these pieces. After all the cutting we are pretty certain that we will be keeping our finished quilts for ourselves...

Monday, 14 September 2009

Giveaway!!!

This looks like a great giveaway at the Fabric Shopper " My Happy Organic Fabric"

Go and visit, I hope you win. (sorry, I really hope I win but I am being nice!)

Sunday, 13 September 2009

Country bounty and a Zombie Chicken

Heather a quilting buddy who reads voraciously and loves to run has proffered this Zombie Chicken Award, which in the words of her friend, Sherri:
"The blogger who receives this award believes in the Tao of the zombie chicken-- excellence, grace, and persistence in all situations, even in the midst of a zombie apocalypse. These amazing bloggers regularly produce content so remarkable that their readers would brave a raving pack of zombie chickens just to be able to read their inspiring words. As a recipient of this world-renowned award, you now have the task of passing it on to at least 5 other worthy bloggers. Do not risk the wrath of the zombie chickens by choosing unwisely or not choosing at all."
And so, on to the blogs I always check when I sit down at the computer....
Ree, Confessions of A Pioneer Woman
Kay, Prairie Quilts and Kolaches
Jill, The Quilt Rat
Brin, My Messy Thrilling Life
Comicbooklady, Quilt as Desired
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This weekend we have been taking advantage of the treasures to be found in country living. and supporting the local farmers. Yesterday we visited the Stratford Garlic Festival. I was intrigued by a spot on the CBC Friday morning radio mentioning "Chocolate Covered Garlic". Those that know me, and know me well, know that I cannot resist anything in chocolate; that and I am eager to enjoy local bounty. It was an excellent sunny day!

The Stratford Garlic Festival promised 2 main tents and lots of activity. We arrived in time for the nutrition and health talk on garlic. Yes you can freeze garlic, just use it before it gets soggy from thawing.

There are many varieties of garlic, some are best for eating raw, others are better for cooking or roasting. I purchased some garlic seed stock: Siberian, Leningrad and maybe some F-14 (not sure of the name of the last 2 bulbs). In October we will plant these as a start to next year's garden.

From the Garlic Festival on Saturday, we learned about the SPLAT Fest (Heritage Tomato Tasting) at McCully's Hill Farm for Sunday. McCully's grows fresh food in harmony with the local environment. There we enjoyed some wonderful tomatoes ranging from yellow peach to purple zebra, local goat cheese and some wine pairings. I bought myself a small peach crumble pie. It was still hot... I did save it for dessert.

Back to the chocolate covered garlic....Yes I tried it. The garlic was very fresh, a soft crunch and hot. The chocolate coating was sweet and dark. They tasted quite nice together. You don't need to buy me a box of these chocolates though. Trying it was enough.

This is the local bounty in the fridge ready for the next few days dinner. I also bought an eggplant that was as round as a large cantaloupe, come to think of it, I bought a cantaloupe too. We picked up corn, a basket of tomatoes and a 5 pound bag of garlic to hang in the cold storage as well.

These peppers are so amazing. Even when I cut into them a week later they are so crisp and fresh; their sweet freshness fills the air, you can smell them. AHHHHHHH.

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I am working at catching up, 3 more Fabric Postcards. The theme is "Landscapes". I keep thinking of all these new landscapes here and am still amazed by how many rainbows I have seen, so close that I feel as if I could touch them...







Saturday, 12 September 2009

September 11

I was not sure if I should write or think, think or share, share or simply meditate.

I am a New Yorker. Born in Manhattan. I grew up watching the cityscape. I remember the skyline before the World Trade Center grew up. I remember the proud way the towers rooted lower Manhattan.

I have not lived in the city for more than 35 years.

That does not matter. My heart still hurt.

There was a time that I believed that I was magically safe and protected simply by the fact of being so ripely pregnant. I learned that there never is an absolutely safe.

The absoluteness of New York City was like that. Life in the city may have been full of challenges but the city itself would be magically safe and protected simply by being so wonderfully New York. I learned that no city is absolutely safe.

Much like the terrors in pregnancy; life renews and can be beautiful.

I will always be a New Yorker, 8.3 million neighbours or 180 neighbours.

stuff, quilting and living

stuff...

Mea Culpa! I realized a few weeks ago that I was a deadbeat on a swap. I feel so badly - I owed some fabric postcards in April; unfortunately I had to pack up the sewing room and all my fun stuff much earlier than I expected to. I sort of believed that I could keep that room intact until just a week or 2 before the move. Reality was that the whole room had to be packed so that there would be space to work on packing the rest of the house.
Then I dreamt that I would have the sewing studio up, in order and I would be happily sewing within a few weeks of settling in. WRONG. Here it is September 11 and I am finally able to sew my postcards. So, although overdue, they are now en route. I am soooo sorry.

quilting...



The theme was "fashion". I wondered how it would look if I used some of the stitches on the Husqvarna Lily to create fishnet stockings, then for decency sake I could cover these legs with a nice skirt.

Step 1: trace an outline of legs and do a prototype to test the stitches (the muslin piece in the photo above).


Step 2: find a fun fabric for the skirt - a puce organza seems like a fair choice; when would I possibly ever choose that fabric again?

Step 3: and a fun background??? how about the purple jacquard? Works for me. I love the 3D effect.


living...

Now I am really living in my studio. This is one of the great work spaces that I have now.