Tuesday, September 8, 2009


As you know, Helen (dear friend and teacher) is a hand quilter. So when she decided to do a machine quilt for a friend's daughter who is having a baby....she did this.

Helen has a Janome embroidery machine. She's had this machine for quite a number of years, but only did a few machine blocks using the machine which her daughters gave her one Christmas.

Anyway, look at the details of this little quilt.
Really unique and so very cute. All the plain
blocks are done like this, while the prints are
in the ditch. I couldn't believe how she just
had the creative juices flowing to make her
first machine quilt. So clever.

I know the yellow is a bit pale, but you can still see the details of her work.

Then, Andrea her daughter decided to make a
quilt for a baby of a friend in Australia. She sort
of copied one of my bright whites from last winter and produced such a cute original quilt...
her mother helped of course, but still Andrea
did all the work of putting the quilt blocks to-
gether and even used the colours in the block to
make the binding. She open pressed all the seams
in order for the binding to be smooth.

Now, she practiced the free motion quilted edges and sashing that you see. I do think that she has
inherited some of her mother's sewing talents.

It's mostly Walmart fabric too with some of Helen's stash bits here and there. I just loved the backing for this quilt. So bright so cheery and definitely primary colours which kids love!

A lovely first effort and Andrea wondered how
any of us that quilt could possibly think of
giving a quilt away due to the love and work
that goes into making even a small quilt such as
this crib quilt.

I also did some work on my latest project. Now the quilt called for 12 squares, however, I only have enough for these nine that I have put together to see if it suits me. I laid them out on the floor and moved them around quite a few times (as did the dogs) and finally settled, so far
on this arrangement.

Then, the bottom right black and pink one was
just too overpowering, so I have another on the
go with enough scraps to make one more
complimentry block. I will make a pillow of the
pink and black. I do like colours, but this one
is just too bright to put in the quilt.

I must find border fabric for it. Listen, I gotta get better organized because I use this and that and then gotta figure out how to finish the job! I must get stash stuff. Helen had a box of some stash that she had brought up for Andrea, so she generously gave me a few pieces to do this quilt.

We have had a glorious weekend. Light winds,
and sunshine. I wish the summer months had
been so sweet! We sat out last night as the full moon came up over the Haliburton Highlands making the lake so bright that we could almost read by moonlight. But we can feel the autumn coming, the male humminbirds are gone, the little junkos have arrived, the owls can be heard in the late night hours now.

We are starting to think of closing up, putting things away . We are hoping to be able to stay till Thanksgiving which is around the second week of October in Canada. Last year it was wonderful mild weather. Hope it's the same this year.

Monday, September 7, 2009


This weekend, the neighbours arrived on Thursday
night bringing me this little bouquet of flowers!
They are so very nice to us here, always helpful
and so generous with their collections of wines!
Just kidding. Kent is a bit of a wine expert so we
periodically have had some very good tasting
different wines. But best of all, they bring
lovely bouquets of fresh flowers for my table.

The last long weekend of summer is almost passed here at our little piece of heaven, with so many people here for their last kick at the cat as the saying goes. Boats and boats of skiers, wakeboarding, along with canoers and since the water was warm, many many people still swimming in the lake. It's been the busiest weekend of the year so far. Today most people will close up to return to the city and a new beginning for many.

Our granddaughter Nicole is off to Nipissing U.
being very excited about getting her degree to
be able to teach art.

This past weekend our Olympic hopeful managed
to win two gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze medals at
the Canadian Canoe Championships! She is a
bit tired from travelling, training and missing
her mom's cooking I think. School starts on
Tuesday for her too!

The little photo on the right is a cake! A friend
of my daughter has been making cakes for as
long as I can remember. This is quite the cake
I must say and I included it because of the
suitcase postings last week or so. All decorated
by Susan! Fabulous!

I have been busy on the tic tac toe blocks having made 8 so far. These two were done on Saturday morning so I thought I would feature them.

I made them reversed of each other because when I was cutting out the two colours, one needs two pieces of 22 X 8" cutting each piece twice on the rectangle. Therefore one would have enough for two different blocks. I hated to waste precious fabric so here's the result.

My teacher Helen came over (by boat, all 500ft)
and loved how I had done the project. YES! I am
beginning to have the lessons pay off. Getting
a compliment is huge due to my inability to put
two and two together to understand simple

I do have one with black dots, pink fabric which is so overpowering that my sweetie said to make a pillow to go with the quilt as it just blinds out the other blocks. That's another photo day!

So, today Mary is doing her short shift at the hospital, then leaving from there to drive up for a night of pizza! She gave specific orders not to make it till she was here! It's on the menu. Bob, the first hand for my sweetie has been painting
the "back lot" as we have called the back of the
cottage. You know, the movie sets always have
a place where they put everything....well we did
too. but it's being spruced up and looking mighty fine. The guys did stop work around 4 pm yesterday to sit on the dock with appetizers and beer to watch the kids from next door ski. They had a couple of five year old girls trying to get up. Girls are different.....The guys find that out all the time but keep forgetting it....Anyway to top off the day, I went tubing....yeah Kathleen said the one of the seats had my name on it. I didn't even get wet....What fun!