Tuesday, March 30, 2010


Last week I used up a bunch of 4" blocks that I had cut and put in a bin. I thought that I would put the black print border on it.

Well, it really looked awful as I looked at it yesterday, soooooooooo, as an expert picker.....I undid it and made it larger too so that it will be more servicable. I don't know what border I will put on it now, as it is five rows bigger which means I must look for what is left in the strip bin. I do have lots of blue striped fabric, and some yellow checks, but I don't know how much would do yet.

It took me about 15 minutes to remove the sashing, no time at all.
I can use white as a last resort to finish it.

This is a much better size too. It is much more versatile.
I've used up most of the four inch squares. I only have about a hundred left....wahoo!

When I went to the quilt show, I received this red hat
fat quarter from one of the shops. Also the little packet
beside it was a gift from Peggi who said there were all
kinds of goodies in it.

There was! I ate the chocolate bar for energy last night.

It has items that are designed to make my day in the sewing room fun. I don't know if you can read the list but it was cute.

So, since I am meeting my friend for lunch next week
and she belongs to the Red Hat Society, and she
has survived breast cancer and heart surgery as well
I put together a little strippie quilt for her.

I used up a lot of pink here and also plan to do the back in the black and pink dots.

I squared up the fat quarter and went with it. I have just enough of the pink print to do the border.

I haven't received my fabric from Green Fairy Quilts as of yesterday. It does take a bit longer to receive what is considered international mail even from the US. I hope it isn't held up at customs and then they ask me for duty....yuck.

Well, I have my spray glue so nothing should stop me from quilting the unfinished. I swore when I started quilting that I would finish what I started. Well I now have three little projects just sitting awaiting to be finished.

I know that spring will not keep me quilting. It's almost April and I know that by the 24th we will be opening the cottage. I am getting so anxious! There is a pile of stuff in the basement, of course the pile of stuff in my head doesn't help anyone regarding getting "stuff" into the storage bins to take with us.

As Scarlet said."tomorrow is another day!"


Monday, March 29, 2010


At quilt shows, I'm sure that the quilts that appeal to one person differ from the next. For me I had to be careful to make sure I was looking at all the different styles of quilting.

The quilt on the right was so cute. It had all the colour elements that made it a simple but totally effective work of art for me. The quilter just had the right stuff to make this quilt really have zing!

It was approximately 50 inches square. The stripes on the border were for me an example of perfect framing.

This blue quilt which I could only get parts of it in the photo was
all hand appliqued which for me would be a lot of work yet it's a simple
quilt in its elements.

It was a large quilt probably would be a queen but fit on a double with lots of hanging over the sides.

I loved the blue as it gave the quilt a very polished look.

For those that do hand quilting and appliques, well this is your baby!

Then there was this gem. It was very white and black.

I'm not into this kind of work, but oh my it really stood out and the eyes looked like they could actually blink!

What a perfect wall hanging this would be in a modern house. this was one of my very favourites of the show.

Then, I came upon this little quilt, well actually not very little, but free motion quilted and look at the little
bear that she did. The whole quilt has all these different
little animals all over the front of it.

I took a few close ups of deer, ducks, dogs, cats and I may post a couple more another day.

Now that's a lot of practice to do these. Wonderful quilt which I'm sure she did a lot of practice to make these animals!

Yesterday, being a rainy Sunday, we more or less lazed around the house not doing much. My sweetie had taped Julie and Julia which we watched later on in the afternoon. I loved it as it was a total chick flick! Meryl Streep is such a fine actress who had the Julia voice down pat. What a love story her life was even without all the cooking stuff.

When we went to lunch at Helen's the other week, she served her Julia Child's french onion soup recipe which was so delicious that I will use this as my favorite from now on.

I remember watching Julia on tv years ago and loved how she was just like me when cooking. Not always ready for prime time, a bit clutzy but still made meals...Fun to watch and I watched one this morning with her making her french tart...it didn't look perfect, but I'm sure it was really good!

We also watched The Pacific in its third episode. I'm not sure I like this series...It sure doesn't compare with the Band of Brothers series which had me in its grip from the git go. I still cannot identify the characters when they are telling their story. I find that they all look alike almost. We will continue to watch it, although historically it may be factual, the story doesn't lend itself like the Band of Brothers did.

I know it will be more brutal than the European conflict and I am not sure I can cope with that.

Well this coming weekend is Easter. Our gang is coming for brunch. Planning ahead is what I like to do, so I'm thinking....Rhubarb coffee cake, parmesean chicken, sausage strata, fruit plate, (Kelly) also Mary is making a salad and asparagus and tomatoe parmesean for veggies...Sounds pretty yummy to me so far...


Sunday, March 28, 2010


Yesterday I went to my very first quilt show! That in itself is a surprise to me, but the fact that I was invited by my blogging buddy Peggi that only lives blocks from me is the biggest of the surprises.

Imagine that! Here we have been following each other's blogs and only a couple of weeks ago realized we were really in close proximity to each other....

I loved this teapot quilt which reminded me of Roz who
has been doing some pots also.

This next photo is shown for the quilting that was done. The quilt was quite large and hanging in a small space so the onlygood shot I had was picking one appliqued block. This was a queen size quilt I think and it had various shades of blues making it a very effective and simple quilt. I loved this one so much.

There were other colours to compliment the retro look of this quilt. Very effective.

Now I know that some shows don't have too many what I would call modern quilts, but this one did. The show wasn't large but the guild in Etobicoke which put the display on had lots and lots of different quilters showing their creative sides.

This simple black and white quilt with little bits of colours popping up all over it was fabulous.

The quilt had lots of various fabrics in it and many looked like men's shirtings. The beiges were so subtle that at first it just looked black and white....really a great quilt.

Now what would a quilt show be without ORANGE! Yes of course I found this one. Peggi saw it first and as the joke goes....she said ooooh
Orange Nanci! Yes, this was spectacular! There was a woman next to
us who said she was a yellow freak and lots of laughs were exchanged
over quilters obsessing about their favourite colours.

I liked the quilt, but the blue that was on the border just didn't do it for me. I don't know what colour I would have put with this quilt, but it would not have been this pattern. I thought it needed a more modern fabric. The fish on the side were super, but it was the fabric.

Oh, yes me the expert.....don't I say?

Now this quilt which is also a lot of black and whites, was really super and the border colours just made this quilt sing. The little pieces of sashings were fabulous accents to the whole process.

I don't know why the camera cut off some of the photos, but you get the idea. My first quilt show was fun. The guild had gloves given out so that if you wanted to touch the quilts...use the gloves...neat idea I thought.

There were of course vendors but I thought that $5.00 for a fat quarter was quite a lot. Me, being the 50% off sale queen sure didn't see any bargains.

The entry fee included a free fat quarter from one of the shops, which was pretty good, but not their "select" fat quarters, but I got one for the red hat society and will make something out of it for my friend who has survived breast cancer and heart surgery too. I love it. I may have to ask Peggi for hers too as she picked the same fat quarter.

Our driver, known as Peggi's dear heart also got a free fat quarter which Peggi picked out. And of course here is how my luck is....I bought Peggi's ticket, hand her the booklet.....and she won a door prize...but being kind she gave it to me. It's a lovely little sail boat with a quited sail perfect for the cottage.

I do have a few more photos of the show which will come another day. Just a note that Peggi picked up her Gwen Marsten quilting book of Liberated quilts and what fabulous photos in there. She didn't give the patterns but techniques for inspiring yourself to be creative....I can do that!

We also stopped in at a little quilt shop which I can't remember the name of right now, which had great bargains on bamboo batting, but you know me....a jelly roll 30% off but when I added it up, it still came to $50.00 Canadian....way too much money even if it was Oh Cherry Oh! Tempting I tell you.