Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Some photos of our lovely province

 Today rather than sharing some quilting photos I am going to share some photos of our travels around the province this summer . Nova Scotia is not a big province but it has a very diverse landscape and there are many areas I have yet to explore . First off I will take you to the South shore .
                                        A portion of White Point Beach , just spectacular .
                                       A different view of the long stretches of white sand .
 This is White Point Beach Lodge , I would highly recommend it , beautiful accommodations and food .
                        A very kind Aussie Chap offered to take our pictures on the beach .
                                       The fog was rolling in here but I just love the affect .
                     This is in Chester , a delightful town and lovely place to explore .
 This little yarn shop is in   Lockeport and I went in to see what they had to offer and was surprised to see around 8 or so ladies sitting around in a circle each working on knitting a project and chatting away .
                    It was foggy here as well and the locals told us it is foggy a lot of the time .
 Wouldn't you love to have a tour of this gorgeous Captains home in Chester I believe it was , I know I would love a peak inside .

 This cute little church has been remodeled to become a home , I think they did an amazing job and love their colour choice . I see they have prepared for winter , nicely stacked wood pile .
 This photo was taken as we traveled up the shore roads but I have no idea where exactly this is , I just loved the look of the bright yellow sea weed so had to snap a picture , yeah I am strange like that .
 Now we will head on over to the Eastern shore ...
Not the best picture but can you see the little piper trying to get some food before his long journey south for the winter .
 This Tor-Bay  beach not a single soul around and it was a simply beautiful day with wispy clouds and a gentle breeze .

                           Gorgeous sandy beach here and the sound of the waves crashing in was very therapeutic .
This side reminds me of Newfoundland , very rugged and barren .
                                                      Because I love rocks ;-)
 Can you hear the crash , oh that was so neat to watch and hear , could have spent all day there .
 This is the broadwalk to get to the beach , lovely wooded area with lots of birds chirping and some really interesting vegetation .
                 Couldn't resist this shot , isn't that just the nicest mural for a fishing shack !
 Can you see the berries amongst the greenery ? Those are wild cranberries , wow , I had never seen such large wild cranberries before and unfortunately for me they were not ripe enough to pick . I am sure they would be yummy for Thanksgiving dinner :-)
 So folks that is it for me today , I do hope you have enjoyed this mini visit to my little province and I think the more I explore these little villages and towns the more I appreciate how fortunate I am to live here .
 Thanks for stopping by today , hope your day is extra special .
 Hugs Sheila

Thursday, September 8, 2016

A flimsy to share and what I am working on today 😊

I am very pleased to share my latest finish of a flimsy , my mystery quilt from last year which was designed by Kaaren Johnston of the Painted Quilt . I thoroughly enjoyed this project for more than one reason , it is a great design for one but also I am so proud to say I completed this top entirely on this vintage Singer 15/91 . What a champ she is , always stitching a perfect stitch.  

This was the quilt in progress and where it was left off late last fall . Recently I decided the time had come to get back to finishing this quilt so my first job was to do lots and lots of braids , I had some done for a while but still lots to do . I didn't mind doing the braids , this was a first for me but trimming them down , well that is another story , not so much fun . However we got through it and then I added two more  borders , a narrow border and the final outside border which I made 8" . I had made a change to the pattern already adding the churn dash blocks instead of the suggested Dresdan blocks so when this final border came up i decided to continue on that theme and did some at 8" to fit as cornerstones.  Here is the final outcome , I laid it on the floor so you could see more of it and I don't really have a large enough floor space to spread it out properly but you will get an idea of how it looks .
 
The other really great thing about this quilt is it was made from my stash , a lot of it had been around for many years for example the second last border , a deep gold , the selvege said 2006 and I know that blue I used for the outer border would be around the same age . Thanks Kaaren for this mystery quilt , it was a lot of fun and a learning experience.  
I am on a mission to finish up a few things that have been on the go for a while . This next project is my Let's Book it project and I really would like to have this completed for Christmas this year . I fell in love with this pattern the moment I seen it in the magazine , Quiltmania a special Winter 2014 edition . I do remember that my hubby bought this magazine for me after the new year so early 2015 , he is my enabler , very supportive of my hobby and he figured I would like the quilt on the cover,  a red House quilt . Well he was right but, there was this quilt called  Merry Christmas designed by Jenelle Kent and made by Cathie Stone that really spoke to me and I knew I would just have to make it . For this quilt I had a small fq bundle of French General fabrics and the rest I found fabrics in my stash that i felt would work well enough even though I would have loved to have more of the FG. 
 Here is what it looks like now , I will hopefully have another  report for the end of the month for Let's Book it . 
You know what is neat about this quilt , there is not one Christmas fabric in it , yep , not one . 

Here is a little preview of what it will look like . I am loving the red and brown , also a first for me . 
 I must share a little win I had recently from Buttermilk Basin for their Friday freebie . Wow , what an awesome giveaway . I love wool so this kit will be a real pleasure to work on .

Oh shoot it is sideways , sorry , it is a candle mat with the neat old truck which reminds me of the truck my Uncle Henry had when we were kids and my sisters and I would love to go bouncing around as we drove along . Uncle Henry was my favorite uncle , so full of fun and his wife , our Aunt Margaret was the best Aunt in the world , they were more like grandparents to us and if anything was bothering us that is who we went to for a hug and reassurance.  I will think  of them as I stitch this up . 
Well that is it from me today , I hope you are enjoying a lovely creative day and thanks as always for taking the time to stop by .
 Hugs Sheila 

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Let's Book it , a flimsy and some fun mail

Bet you are surprised to see me back here so quickly . Well I remembered this is the end of august and time to report on my Let's book it project . I had been a little slack in reporting on this the last while but I have made progress . For today is will share the block I completed this month .

 Kind of a dark photo , we have had some dull days lately although today is gorgeous . The one I completed has the little circles applique around it . Almost time to start sewing the blocks together 😊 Thanks to Sharon for keeping us on track each month to use those books and patterns we have sitting on our shelves.
 Next I'd like to share some special mail I received a few days back , a sweet summery postcard from Selina,  thanks so much Selina,  I love it .

Isn't it cute ☺
I am determined to finish up some ufos so this week I have managed to complete the second Frozen quilt top,  this one will go to my granddaughter Elise.  Sophia loves hers which makes me happy. 

It looks pretty much the same as the first one with the exception that i didn't piece her name into the border.  I did cut out letters to applique them on but now I am not so sure I want them on , will contemplate for a while before I decide . 
Today I am working on the braid border for the mystery quilt I started quite some time ago with Kaaren Johnston of the Painted Quilt . I love this quilt so was feeling bad that it has been sitting for so long . I have the braids made now so time to stitch them on so off I go to do just that .
 Thanks for stopping by today , hope you are enjoying your day .
 Hugs Sheila 

Monday, August 29, 2016

St. Davids Church quilt show and sale

Good morning , a little on the wet side this morning but we need the rain so not complaining . I am finally back to share the quilt show that took place a couple of weeks ago in Port Hastings at the little church called St. Davids , a delightful church and a fabulous quilt show .

 A view from the front of the church towards the back , as you can see they make use of all the pews as well as hanging some from the balcony and some rods across the church . Note in the forefront of this photo the tartan woven throws , they are just gorgeous .  
 Who doesn't love a log cabin quilt and this one is stunning .
A perfect quilt for our province .
I thought this one was rather beautiful , it must have been a kit , everything matches so well .
A modern take on Dresdans 
There are no words to describe how incredible these quilts are , both made by Anne Morrell Robinson .
 Again made by Anne Morrell Robinson , such talent and if you had an extra $3000-$4000 you could have taken one of these home .
 There were lots of colouful quilts to buy for the little ones in your life .
Pretty nine patch .
Look up , look wayup and you will see these gorgeous quilts , the one on the right is made by Lesley , the Cuddle Quilter ,she had other quilts in this show as well and worked there everyday ,!
A modern beauty by Karen of Kaholly fame 
Another by Karen :-)
And yet another Karen creation , this one really caught my eye as it uses scraps in such a creative way , love it !!
Not the best photo but this was an interesting art quilt .
I think this is Lesley's quilt , I apologize Lesley I can't remember and I am bad for not keeping notes . It sure is pretty ,
 There were a few of this pattern , Labryinth I think it is called . They tell me it isn't as complicated as it looks .
This gorgeous quilt already had a sold sign on it when we were there , I can see why , it was so well done and all hand quilted , an heirloom for sure .
Love the pinwheels !
 This Celtic knot quilt also sold pretty quickly .
 Some ladies working on a Quilts of Valor Quilt , Lesley and her group made this quilt and are hand quilting it to give to a Veteran . Isn't it lovely .
 They had other things on display other than quilts and this bag caught my eye , love the style of it . The one next to it was especially nice in red , white and navy blue but I couldn't get a decent photo of it . 
 So this is just a small sampling of this lovely show , my friends and I really enjoyed the day and it was wonderful to see Lesley at work :-) 
 Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you enjoyed the show , to see more be sure to pop on over to visit with Lesley , she has a link to a FB page were you can see even more of the show .

Saturday, August 20, 2016

FNSI report



I have the advantage of stitching on Thursday and Friday evenings for FNSI with Wendy . So what did I do , well on Thursday evening I finished up the July bom for Buttermilk Basin BOM,  yeah .

These are such fun to do , thanks Stacy.
 Yesterday afternoon I started back on the Frozen quilt I need to get made for my granddaughter Elise.  I did finish one for Sophia so now for number 2 . I had a few of the pinwheels started months ago so yesterday in between chores I made a few more.
Let's see , I can count 5 there and then last evening instead of stitching I prepped some more . I had the hsts made but not trimmed so that was my job .

All trimmed and stacked for stitching . Unfortunately that was all I accomplished last evening but it will give me a great start on finishing up this quilt . Thanks Wendy for hosting this event I  love to stitch along with others . 
 Thanks for stopping by and I promise to share the second quilt show real soon. 
 Hugs Sheila