Wednesday, May 4, 2016


I finished the nine patch yesterday afternoon.

I just love the look of this colour. It's a soft

yellow in the sa!62 X 68 size of it too.

I posted a photo of my daughter and thinking

it was her daughter, but in fact the little girl is

another granddaughter and these two could pass

for sisters even today, so as a grandmother, I can

make mistakes. My daughter corrected me .....of course. But it was the thought that I went after.

I am today, piecing the black quilt blocks and really even though I needed the striped fabric to make it larger, it's going to be a large lap quilt by the time I put the border sashings on it. My friend Helen (my private free teacher) helped me put it together.

I learned that not all fat quarters are the same size too. I also learned that cutting one way or the other determined a totally different count in block sizes. Some fate quarters at the local quilt shops around here are larger than the Walmart ones.

Did I tell you I bought two Moda Jelly Rolls? Oh my goodness am I excited or what. This is big time quilting for me. It was the Oh Cherry Oh that did it. It was on sale at the Fat Quarter Shop as was another Jelly, so I ordered the two.


I have a few quilts that are, well, extras!  I made some of them years ago, hung on to them because of the fabrics really.  I liked the fabrics!  Does that happen to you?

The top right hand one is from my original purchase at Value
Village (like Sally Anne) and I kept this quilt because the back is from a sheet and I loved the little flowers, but my tastes have changed, I am culling and these are "extras" I think.

One of them is quite large, a big double, from the days when I had my Janome 600, new to my life of a quilter.

The others are just, well, others.
But how does one say to a friend, um, do you want one of these for your home?

My darling Kelly has so many, and a lot of those are ones picked up by granddaughter.  (I need to borrow this one Nana)...

I have more quilts around here at the cottage, but there is no room on the shelf.  

I really am stressing over this.  Maybe my other granddaughters would like one or two.

I have written about my friend Helen a few times, she of the teaching patiently to this person, and how extremely talented she is in most things.  This is a paper shoe!  She made this as a stress relief in the winter, and then made about a dozen of them as a table setting for a dance at her community centre!  Yes, she has a big talent.   I love this little shoe!  Never can I ever wear heels again, so looking at it is of memories gone forever!

At the cottage, we get such boring sunsets at times!  Haha, they are sometimes so spectacular that many people post on our FB page about the lake.  Well Sunday night, this was ours from our deck!  The photo does not do it justice, because it was hard to tell the sky from the water.

We have set up our sunroom, so my days of quilting are about to begin.  I hope we get some warmer weather soon.  Where is spring?

Tuesday, May 3, 2016


This is just a little pile of quilts that are on a shelf in the living room of the cottage.

The reason is that I don't know what to do with most of them, well the purple one on the bottom is a keeper, but the others are just others!

My friend Helen, well as fast as she makes them, she gives them away, but I have already given many away and as I create more, I have more. 

What to do is always a dilemma and I would like to offer them to a couple of people that have been very kind to us, but do they really want quilts?  Not everybody uses them in their decorations.

It's a tough one as my quilting season is just beginning once again.  We shall see.

We have had great weather.  Yesterday, the lake was a bit breezy, and an east wind seems to bring chilly days, but then last night at sunset, the lake became clear as glass, and this sunset photo is what I saw for about 10 minutes.   It was glorious which doesn't really show up in the photo.

On our local lake FB page there were many photos such as the above one as everyone was experiencing the same thoughts....we are in a little piece of paradise.

Spring seems to have arrived.

Monday, May 2, 2016


Art, it is the beauty in the eye of

The artist Joaquin Sorollo y Batista, Spanish, is one of my favourites of all time.  This painting was done in the early 1900.  

The one I have is a print similar to this is also a beach scene.  I picked it up about 30 years ago, had it for ages, never thought to frame it as it was a $10.00 purchase at a frame shop that was going out of business.

I finally had it framed about 10 years ago and I love it.  It always reminded me of my daughter although she is my only girl.  I should take a photo of it to post sometime.    The artist reminded me of Andrew Wyeth, who is also one of my favourites.

The second little picture is from Sanibel Island artists.  There must be a tonne of shells there as people are always posting photos of their painted shells.   I think they mainly use markers which would get pretty expensive I think because the markers are not happy to paint on shells as they get roughed up.

But, I have shells here and do plan to get paints to colour them up.

Another chilly, (alright cold) day.  We have a breezy east wind which does not lend itself to warmth.  So we are staying inside mainly with the wood fire burning.  

Spring cleaning is in my thoughts, mostly here we cull and cull some more as for some reason we seem to get "stuff" and wonder where to put it all.   I cleaned out my clothes closet today although, I had started it last fall before we left for Florida.  I didn't miss anything that I put in the box, so it is off to Sally Anne.

It is good to be writing again, and I have noted that some of my favourite blogs have also gone on hiatus.  I totally understand that sometimes we just run out of stuff to write.   

Have a great day, and please send warmth to our little piece of heaven....7 days till humming birds return.

Sunday, May 1, 2016


 When we returned to the cottage, the sunrises are always a source of amazement that we are so fortunate to have come to this place.

Our lives are so much at peace here.  We work harder here than we would if we were in the city scene, but would not have it any other way.

Each spring brings new ideas, new projects, but as is the case when life takes over, many of these do not get done.

But, the beauty on the right is my summer project to do.  When Old navy has sales, I will be there to buy all the flip flops I need to make the wreath.  It is so cute and I got it from a craft site some time over the winter.  I love it.  

I also will be making a memory quilt for my niece, who has given me two huge bags of her daughter's baby clothes.  I will be starting that little project as soon as we can access our sunroom which looks like a storage room at the moment.

The lake is quiet, not many people have come back for the season as yet.  Actually, the weather has not been warm enough for any but the most hardy souls.  (that is us)  We have a warm wood fire on most of the time, as we await the true spring weather.

Good to be back.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

 Spending the winter in Florida makes me long for my little island paradise at the lake.

We arrived at our little Villa on November 1st, but will not be leaving till the end of March.  I know I know, life is tough for those who must spend the winter months up north with snow, sleet and the rains.

The photo of the group of people is our winter family.  A lovelier bunch of retirees you would never find anywhere, so it makes the long months at the beach fun.

No quilting this year, just knitting my socks and teaching a few others the little things I have learned over the years.

I don't know why it is but, here at the villa, I love to cook.  I have started making artisan bread.  Easiest recipe ever, but of course I had a few problems with the adjusting to Florida humidity etc.

I had to buy bread flour as the flour here does not have enough gluten to make the bread rise.  I also place the dough in the oven with the oven light on to help it rise.  This works wonders.

In Canada, my darling daughter makes the bread a couple of times a week, gives loaves to those that do little favours for her or just plain love her bread.  I have given some of mine away, but not like her....we eat ours.

Happy to be back blogging after cleaning up the site and remembering my passwords.  March 1st .

Thursday, April 10, 2014


 When we left the cottage, we brought my sewing machine, table and a suitcase full of general quilting supplies.  I forgot my free motion foot.  Now, that limited me to just doing straight walking foot quilting which is not what I like to do. 

I did make two baby quilts for two baby boys born to staff here at our little Villas resort.

Very simple "blankets" as they were called by the recipients.  Yes, blankets.  Of course they are, just called by different names by those of us who sew little pieces of fabric making big
pieces of cloth.

No matter. they loved them.  I then made a top.  And from there, my projects came to an end, almost.  I made pillows, and bags, had fun making them too.

How could I stay indoors when
this is my view in the daytime, so sitting on our balcony, or by the hot tub or pool just won the day.

I loved the sunsets from said balcony so you can understand why I didn't do much quilting.

Now, we are down to just a few days, I'm finishing my last pair of socks.  Did I tell you I knit this winter?  Oh yes, because I can take knitting to any of the sitting areas around here.  I think I've knit a dozen pairs of socks, as many hats, and even some cowls.  Yes, all have been enjoyed by the recipients too, with a few to spare for gifts.

Everyone loves homemade socks.  I tell you, it is one of the best gifts ever. 

We leave here Monday.  Yikes, I must pack!

Saturday, April 5, 2014


 This is a photo of our cottage taken a couple of weeks ago.  It is hard to believe that a year ago the ice was gone, and we were sitting on our deck having lunch.

It was chilly, but the sun was warm and the lake ice was gone.

Not this year.  Yesterday people were still snowmobiling on the lake.

It looks very cold, very, very cold, and that is why we are still in Florida.

I really have not done much this
winter.  A couple of baby quilts like the simple one were done for staff that were having boys.

I bought charm packs from the Missouri Star Quilt Co. along with a bolt of white from Joann's when they had a sale of 50% off.

Other than that, I knit socks, knit hats, and even made a couple of baby hats for my friend Mary to experiment with her designs.

The bougainvillea are in full bloom everywhere here now, a true sign of warm weather.

The winter was very cold here, and we had frost for a couple of days, which closed all the bridges here on the Beach.  The locals could not remember this cold of a winter for the passed 30 years.  The beach froze and there was ice everywhere for a few days.   Lots of 40 plus degree days and in Fahrenheit that's cold.

We are in Florida till the 14th, then head to Atlanta for a few days with grandson, then heading back to Canada and hopefully warm spring days.   We expect to bunk in with our friends for a week or so at least till the ice is out. 

What a winter it has been for everyone in North America and continues even today.  Seven inches of snow in some parts yesterday.   ?????????????

Wednesday, October 16, 2013


 So, look at the hanging basket.  Unbelievable for this time of year at our cottage.  We have not had a frost and I am still watering these beauties!

This morning I saw the first junko bird.  That means it will get colder.  They are winter birds and the first has arrived.

Because my quilting days are over for this year, I have been knitting socks, thinking that they would be keeping some tootsies warm!  Not!  I am still without socks at the cottage.   That tells you something about the weather at the lake.

Today, the final windows are going up in the addition to our bedroom.  I will probably not post
anything till spring as it is a huge project for one person to undertake, so the interior walls will be a spring project.

This morning the first of the floating docks were taken to the winter bay where they will be safe from ice flows.  It was a calm day so the trip was uneventful, if one can call three men singing some kind of sailor song going by at 9:30 in the morning uneventful.

Now the wind has come up and it is not safe to be on our docks.  So much for calm seas.  But Derek's floating dock is secure, and hopefully tomorrow most of ours will be over in the little bay too.

Here is just a small sample of Helen's creative
table setting.  The wine glass (dollar store) is filled with legumes, and then a tea light was pressed down
to the brim of the legumes.  Awesome result.

This is what the table looked like in final results.  All for under $10.00 Canadian for a 13 place setting.

No wonder I ask that Helen and Andrea set it every year that we do something special...Thanksgiving is special!

This week, is the Junior Pan American Games in Puerto Rico.  Jeremy our grandson along with his bud and team mate Evan are competing in sprint canoe. (go fast stuff)   We wish them luck in their competition, but most of all wish them to have fun and enjoy the experience of meeting all other athletes.

Jeremy arrived yesterday and it did  not take him long to meet locals on the streets of San Juan.

He is a very gregarious young man and loves people and he says that Spanish speaking people love him for some reason!  It must be the blond hair and smiling face!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013


Our days are winding down at the lake.  This is our last week on the lake.

The weather has been glorious!  Here we are last week in tees going for a ride.  In October in Canada in almost northern Ontario!  

My friend Mary makes these little hats that she has sold to a little boutique store in a town near us!  Baby hats are a big deal for grandmothers, so these sell quite quickly.  Cute or what?

The mornings on the lake can lead to such beautiful skies as the lake is still warmer than the air in the mornings, hence the mists that can be seen as the sun rises.  Such beauty is what makes living here worthwhile.  

We have just had our Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada, our neighbours have participated in the second annual Pot Luck Thanksgiving Dinner at our table.  Will post photos later on this week, but oh my the food!

I basically have the turkey in the oven, and the rest is done by the friends and wonderful neighbours.  Helen (resident quilter teacher) makes the pies and she and her darling girl decorate the tables.  Every year she does something different, and this year she went Dollar Store shopping to show what can be done!  Fabulous table.

Kent and Kath did the veggies once again, which included roasted beets, and many root veggies with balsamic vinegar
as the added touch to the finish.  So very very yummy.  And a huge batch of mashed potatoes.

Mary made the gravy, which is so good to finish the plates.

So apple pie and pumpkin pies to finish the meal...what more could we ask for?  And we must not forget that we gave thanks for our blessings.   Ripping conversations with belly laughs were also included in the dinner!

Well daughter brought her boy to us, and we were happy to give thanks to have one grandchild at our table. 

  I finished a shawl to take to Florida for those cool evenings and wish it was her arms about me for the season.

Do you not love the cartoon?

Monday, September 23, 2013


 Found this little photo on Pinterest.  Yes, addicting site for sure.  But the best "sport" I know is quilting.

We are about four weeks from leaving our little island.  It is hard to imagine that summer has passed, and autumn has arrived.  With a vengeance I might add, as it has been quite chilly in the mornings.

I haven't been writing because our master bedroom is getting a much
needed addition.  The original size was 10 ftx10ft square, so adding an 12 x 12 ft addition will be amazing.  We are sitting quite high on a rock, overlooking the lake to the east of us.  So my sweetie has put in two slider doors on one side, and another is being installed today.  

Putting the doors in was a piece of cake compared to getting them here in a boat, then up on the dock, then up about 50ft to the deck.   Our good neighbours came to the rescue and with the help of a brace built on our elevator, it came up easily.

Honestly, look at this room!  If you look carefully, the separation on the floor just gives you an idea of how big the room will be.

 The photo gives you an idea of our views....long and top of the world feel!

We still have one hummingbird left, or maybe it is a different female every couple of days that passed through.  In any event, as we are alone on the island, on the south side at least, I have put more food out to feed the weary travelers as they pass by.

The mornings (today was 32F) have been chilly, to the point that we have needed the wood stove on.  I love the heat, but it drives the other body who lives here and the dog too, out of the cottage.  It is pretty hard to regulate wood stoves!

Our friends are coming up with helping hands to put some stuff away or at least get things ready for the closing, just after our thanksgiving weekend, October 12th.  Canadian holiday is a month ahead of the Americans.  

This year, again, we are having a potluck dinner with our immediate neighbours to help us celebrate.  What an easy day it is for us all.  I cook a turkey, the neighbours bring the rest of the meal!  We are all looking forward to it as it will signify the end of cottage life as we have known it for the passed six months. 

I am so behind in sewing, although I have made quite a few quilts, but still have something on the go.  But my sewing corner now has a bed and linens lined up right in front of it, so no sewing for me for the next few days.

Monday is wash day.  Do you still do the traditional?

Sunday, September 15, 2013


 I just love this photo which was posted on Facebook.  I still get a chuckle out of it. 

For dog lovers of course!  But still funny as those of us with dogs, we know their obsessions
with treats or food!

The grand kids who compete in
sprint canoe/kayak have had the
summer of their lives.  Jeremy, was in Junior Worlds, Canada games, and the Canadian Championships.  

Courtney, on the right photo was in Canada Games and Canadian Championships.  

Representing the province of 
Ontario was a wonderful honour and it was Courtney's second Games to have been chosen.   The outfits they were given for representing their home province were red and white. 

  A lot of trading went on after the games with Alberta being the most popular province as they had these amazing jackets, that were like a light jacket, then there was an added bonus of sleeves and hoodie that slipped over the jacket.   Very very cool.  I must get a photo as I've never seen one like it.

I love nine patch.  I made this for my mom.  She is 94 now, and used it for a couple of years on her nursing bed.  It is "Oh Cherry Oh"  and one of my favourite designer fabrics ever.  I wish it would come back.   

When I made this, I sort of got on  a kick of nine patch and every summer I would make one.  Then, I said, "no more"  I've had enough of this pattern.   Oh, how I have changed my mind.   I love nine patch and every time I've made the pattern I look at how to cut it up and make a variation.   

But "Oh Cherry Oh"  was the perfect colour combinations of bright and combined patterns.  Do you remember it?  Moda should bring it back.

It is Sunday morning at the cottage, we are a bit warmer than the last few days, actually sat out yesterday.  The mid 60s or teen Celsius days are here.  My friend Bev told me she still lives in the Fahrenheit measures, as do many of us beyond the age of change.   So do I mostly.   But I can do the math on 10-20 in Celsius.

A hummingbird is our lone little creature feeding at the window this morning.  I suspect he is a traveler just passing through as the days are getting shorter and the nights cooler.  

It is Sunday morning and I am musing.  Enjoy your day!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013


It has been a while since I've posted.  Honestly, it isn't that I haven't wanted to, but what to say was the big problem.

How does one say, "oh by the way I pulled a calf muscle which hurt so much that I was laid up for three weeks!"  What a wimp I was.

Then I fell on my face...oh yeah, summer would not be complete, I hurt my wrist, damaged the temporary tooth that was there before the implant went in...Luck heh?  Yes, that was a blessing as that little partial cracked under the impact.  The lips were a mighty mess.  Had to 
almost drink wine through a straw!

So, crazy glue repaired the partial, then the implant went in and the stiffness of the joints finally made it easier for me to walk without a moan...used a cane for a bit too.  Just for sympathy.

Anyway enough about me!  Here are the quilts of summer.  The first one is my favourite.  I love the yellows in it, and it is a nine patch variation.

The second is my little flip flop quilt with umbrellas to make it a bit different.  I doubled the  batting which I will not do again.  It is heavier, but used up a lot of thread.

Then, I did another nine patch variation...none of them are the same.  It is amazing what one can do with nine patch.   I had bright blues and greens which are not my favourite colours, but it worked with the red on the sashings.  It isn't in my normal comfort zone, but what the heh, It is cute.

I must say this summer was wonderful in that we had hummingbirds to feed.  Eight of them so we had to make sure we had lots of sugar.  One cup of sugar every couple of days, and that is only 30% of their food intake.  The other 70% is protein.  Spiders, and little bugs that fly around.  Lots of mosquitoes.  So we don't mind the feedings.

I know that one of the things the birds love are the flower baskets that have succulents.  So we get baskets that will attract them.  I now have three left, all females who get along a lot better than the pesky males.  

We are about seven weeks from closing up and leaving for Florida.  Can you believe it?  

Monday, August 12, 2013


 One of my granddaughters has been diagnosed with this diseas.  Gosh here we are with her at the hospital, she is in isolation because of severe infection. 

There is now much learning to deal with this for her and us the rest of her life.  She is trying very hard to be brave but at 21 yrs old, she is still so young I think, to deal with this.

Do you know anyone who has it?  Can you advise us a bit of the day to day life of this illness?

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I love the look of flip flop quilts.  They say "happy" without too much thinking.   I usually just like to make the square with a pair of flip flops, but this year, I used a charm pack and made umbrellas to add to the square.

Each time I make this block, I
think of summer which we haven't  had yet!   Really!  One week does not say "summer!

The quilt is almost done and I will post it later, I made this one heavier than usual by using double batting (bamboo) which has made it quite heavy.  I'm not sure I would do this again, but what the heh, it looks good. 

The bigger quilt is a nine patch variation.  Once again, I cut into the squares and came up with something of the idea I got from Moda.  Goodness what would I do without the recipes from the creative people that Moda chooses.

I am in the city once again, this time to visit my granddaughter in the hospital.  She has Crohn's disease and has had a hard time of it for the passed year.   Coping with this is a long term situation and for the young and carefree, the disease sure puts a damper on cottage weekends it seems.

I have a windows 8 computer program.  Hate the fact that I do not have the start window on my left, and have been unable to use the picture format due to the 8 program which does not download directly.

I have used the old computer, then made a disc and only then do I transfer to my photo file.  OMG!  who planned this program?  Sure does not make it easy for people like me!  Microsoft needs to ask the users how do they like it!  Seriously!