Thursday, December 8, 2016

Some mail and a finish

Good morning , it is a cloudy and cold day here today but no precipitation so that's a good thing . I have received some lovely mail this week , the first one arrived from Lin , a very creative and rather elegant Christmas postcard.

Thanks so much Lin , it was a lovely surprise .
 On Tuesday morning I received not one but two postcards , my partners in the swap . I will share Annie's card first . 

Joy indeed to recieve such a lovely card . I love the idea of the fabric border , really sets it off , thanks so much Annie ,  I love it .
 The next postcard is from my dear friend Eglea in Brazil and the neat thing is both our cards arrived on the same day . 
A beautifully wrapped Christmas present and Eglea told me to look inside the present and I thought what could possibly be inside , well here it is , just incredible . 
This teeny , tiny origami Christmas dove of Peace or as it is spoken in Portuguese , Paz .  A wonderful symbol for Christmas especially in these troubled times . Thanks so much Eglea ,  I love the card as well as the little dove . 
Now you may think that I had a really great day receiving two postcards on the same day and yes I did but it did not stop there , I also received a package from my friend Karen whose is off to warmer places for the winter months , lucky lady . Karen sent me an early birthday gift , this gorgeous landscape fabric as she knows I love creating landscapes 😊

This picture doesn't do it justice , it will really  enhance a landscape and I can't wait to give it a try . Isn't the card cute too , suits me just perfect .  Thanks Karen ,  you are a wonderful friend . 
 I finished up the quilting on Isaac's quilt a while ago but just never got around to posting it . I will say the quilting took me much longer than the construction of the top , that border took forever but I do like the look . 
As you can see I went with very simple quilting , thank goodness I did or it would never get finished . Since I hurt my back last December my ability to sit for long times at the machine are very limited so I have to choose the best possible way to get things done . 
 I think i have kept you long enough this morning ,  hope you have a fabulous day , remember it is up to you , you can choose the kind of day you wish to have .  Thanks as always for stopping by I really appreciate your visits .
 hugs Sheila 

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

What I am working on today

I bet I am the only one who hadn't heard of Minecraft , well until I asked my son what quilt I could make for my  grandson and he suggested Minecraft I hadn't heard of it nor had I seen any that I remembered.  I looked on Pinterest and came across a few photos so went to work cutting and sewing blocks . Pretty simple construction which is really good when you don't have a lot of time . This has to be finished and off to Saskatoon  for Christmas , oh but I work well under pressure lol .

 Not much of a picture but I will share more once I get it quilted . The quilting like the quilt will be very simple just a simple x through the blocks .  Oh I know it isn't all that exciting but I know Isaac won't care and it will be very washable which is important .  I am now all caught up on the Splendid Sampler blocks ,  finished the latest one yesterday , whew , that felt good , didn't want to get behind as I tend to leave things once I get behind and after all this work is didn't want that to happen .  I will show you the latest ones I have done .
So as you see I had fallen behind . 
 Okay , break is over , time to tackle that quilt again , oops before I go I want to mention to those taking part in the postcard exchange to get those cards made and in the mail before December 1st , thanks so much . One of mine arrived yesterday,  yeah . 
 Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your day , it is a wet cold one here but no snow yet 😉
Hugs Sheila  

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Improv piecing

I just had to share my little adventure today , our guild had an improv piecing class with Valerie Levy as the instructor .  It was awesome ,  so much fun and well I felt like a kid  again with no rules just cut and sew and if it wasn't straight then I got it right lol . Valerie was such a fabulous teacher , and it was so nice to meet her after following her blog for a while . purplebootsandpigtails.blogspot.ca
I had to leave before  I got to start my house but quickly got to my machine at home while it was fresh on my mind . My house should have  had a bigger roof but there you go it isn't perfect just like me . I  like it anyway .

 My letters are rather big I suppose , they were great fun , heck it was all fun . So that was my day filled with colour and play what more can a Girl ask for,  right . Thanks Valerie for this great class .
 Any more interest in the postcard swap ? I would like to assign names as quickly as possible so if you are on the fence hop off and join us , we would love to have you .
 Thanks in advance .
 That's it for me , thanks for stopping by and hope you also had a fun day .
 hugs Sheila 

Thursday, November 3, 2016

The Quilting is finished and who is ready for a postcard swap ?

Good morning from a dreary East Coast , grey skies are dominant today and it is a little cool but still a nice fall day . Before I start I want to say hello to my friend Joyce , hope you are reading today 😉
 I have been trying to find time to post a postcard swap , a Christmas themed swap this time since it is getting ever so close.  Our mail out date should be no later than December 1st but preferably sooner to avoid the Christmas rush especially if your partner is overseas . So who is interested ? You all know the drill by now but incase we have some new readers here , the postcards are to be 4"×6" , fabric on front and back with a stiffener such a timetex or similar product,  they should be fairly stiff . It is up to you if you would prefer to mail it in an envelope or clear plastic covering .  I hope we get lots of interest , it is always such fun to get a postcard in the mail and they make a nice decoration for the tree too. If you want to take part this is your next step , send me an email with your complete name ,  address  and email and if you have a blog please include  this as well .  I would realllllllly appreciate it if this is send so I can simply copy and paste to your partner , this saves me hours of work , thanks in advance .
 Now for some news , yesterday I traveled to Antigonish for an appointment but while there I picked up two of my quilts from Lynda Campbell of Fiddle Stitches who does a fantastic job on quilting . since I have only taken a picture of one of them I will share just one for now .

 I think you can guess this is for my granddaughter Elise , I already gifted one like this to Sophia .  Now to get the binding cut and sewn on as I need this for Christmas .  Thanks to Lynda for the quick job and a fantastic job too .
 Now I need to run and finish making lunch so thanks for taking the time to stop in and remember to send me those emails , I'd love to have you all join the swap .
 hugs Sheila

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

A win and some hand quilting

I really think I should start buying lotto tickets as I am fairly lucky . I recently won these gorgeous solid coloured strips of Free Spirit fabrics from Karen of KaHolly . I am looking forward to using these pretty colours as I tend to stick mostly with darker colours and a change is always a good thing .

 Thanks so much Karen,  I was thrilled to win them and  more thrilled you delivered them to me , it was so nice to see you .
 Our guild is doing a BOM this year and for the most part we are following along with Barbara Brackman of civil war quilts , with her permission.  Since our quilt will be a little larger I will add more blocks that i feel will fit the theme . One of our members showed us how to quilt as you go which I thought would be brilliant as I just might finish it a little quicker.  I can also handle a 12"block far easier than a large quilt . So......I started hand quilting a block a couple of nights ago and have two almost done . I don't use a hoop , so I basted it and hoping this is enough to keep it flat without wrinkles underneath. Here is one block that just needs a little more work . The basting looks a little wrinkly here .

This is called Sweet Gum Leaf and I substituted a block from Quilters cache rather than the original block from Barbara as that block used Y seams and we have a lot of new quilters doing this quilt and I didn't want to discourage them .
I have lots on the go at the moment and trying to keep up but some days my joints say not today.  I have managed to keep on track with the SS which reminds me i didn't take a picture of the last one I made but here is one of the two I did before that.

 I have no idea what I plan on doing with this quilt when it is finished but so far am enjoying the process .
 Well that's it for me today just thought it was past time to share my win with you . Thanks  for stopping by today and do something creative , it is good for your soul . 
 Hugs Sheila