Friday, September 16, 2011


 Friday...the end of the week, welcoming the weekend with Friends.  I love the letter "F"  it stands for so much.

Finished...yep, that's a beauty word!  Finis was what I thought when I finished this quilt.  It's scrappy with totally left over fabrics, but wow does it ever look fantastic.

For sure, quilts just don't look finished
till the quilting is done.

The next quilt was from Walmart Jelly that I bought for $12.00.  A great find and totally awesome, and fabulous.

Finishing the backs of quilts is always a dilemna for me.  What to pick, and how will it look makes me frazelled at time.  Not for this baby.

The back is almost as good as the front.  I also did a bias binding to really pop the quilt.

Finding the right back was a bit of a challenge to find the right fabric to compliment the front.

By putting a black sashing on the back, the same colours, practically are on the back.  The effect is quite flashy.

Finally, thank you to Barb of Bejeweled Quilts, who sent me the jelly fabrics from Samoa last autumn when I was laid up with my hip surgery.

I actually had pieced all these tops last winter while recouping, but just couldn't do the finishing of the quilts.

The back of the quilt which is not shown is the blue of the front.
This quilt is cute beyond belief.  My sweetie who knows I don't do blue well, just loves this.  I do too so it will be a keeper for me to remember the generosity of Barb.   Thank you again.

Finally, F is for fire...we are burning wood to warm our little cottage this morning.  The coolness of the mornings is quite shocking after a warm night under the duvet....The outside temp was just above freezing this morning and the inside a few degrees warmer.  Brrrr...or Frrrr. 

Finished projects make us all happy.  So for now, Friday fun at the cottage begins with 'F"


Monday, September 12, 2011


 Wherever I go around the lake, I take my camera as I never know what I shall find.

We went to our neighbours to the east of us, which we must access by boat as there is a small body of water seperating us.  We just putted over there which was about a two minute ride.

Their cottage is over a 100 yrs old, is very ecclectic in that there were additions, renovations over the years, so all cottages require personal touches to make it one's own.

But here is the quilt I saw upon entering their sunroom.  This quilt is soft from loving use, hand quilted by a Christian group that does quilting.

I photographed the labels to show the care given to the quilt.  I don't do that often.  I write the date somewhere on the quilt....if I remember.  This old quilt reminded me that I should label least the ones that are given away.

The backing was flannel which certainly seems to have withheld the hands of time as the print is still lovely and soft after many washes.

The other quilt is an old hexigon that she didn't remember where it came from and of course there
wasn't a label on it.

 Also much love given to this soft and cosy quilt.  The backing was cotton and so soft.

We had appetizers on their veranda which was so inviting with all the charm of an old cottage.

The cottage has many antiques from years
of travelling around the country.  The cottage is also their prime residence.  They
have lived at the cottage for about 5 yrs now
but, leave the island around the end of October. Oh, that will be us too this year!

The winds do begin to howl, with dropping temperatures, uninsullated buildings we will leave around the same time as they do.

The cottage has much wood in the rooms, this dining table has seen many happy occasions for family and friends. 

Directly opposite this area is the area where life goes on in the evenings when it
cools at the lake.  That wood burning stove has probably had cords of wood put into its belly over the years.  I love this room.  It is so inviting.

The neighbours also had a visit from our friend the bear.  It raided an outside storage area  while they were away for the night.   Not a pretty picture I can tell you.

Funny though, the bear didn't eat any of the delicious veggies growing around the area.  Well we all know he is a pest, although no one has reported a sighting since last Thursday.  You think he's gone?  We don't. 

We've been sharing ideas about the great memories of bears.  They keep coming and coming....apparently like the Everready rabbit.  So, we are diligent.

I have twenty four Ohio Star blocks done.  My best work to date.  I don't know what it is about my fingers and measuring that makes my quilts always look a bit wonky to me although Helen (private teacher here) says they look amazing. 

I found a couple of tops that are going to charity donation so, till I go to Fabricland which has a sale on, I'm going to practice my "in the ditch" so the Ohio will be awesome.

We are going to get some rain.  The sun came into the bedroom window this morning with so much promise.  An hour later, we are awaiting rain, so I'm not heading to the big city of Huntsville to pick up fabric.   Oh well, I do have lots to do.

|We had the most awesome appetizer at our neighbour's the other night, so I must call her for the recipe that I can post.  She said it was super kind of recipe.