Tuesday, October 6, 2015

I'm Back !

It is great to be home , the trip was amazing , I would highly recommend a tour to Scotland and Ireland , we spent considerable more time in Ireland and I truly loved it there , it is true it is so....... green !!  I am a little under the weather at the moment as I picked up a bug of some sort along with many others on the tour  but I will share just a few photos today to show you some of our time in Scotland .
 From the window of the plane as we fly into Glasgow . It was a great feeling :-)

 I don't remember where this is but I like the photo and the reflection in the water .
Not the best quality as it was taken through the window of the bus but you can see little bits of colour from the Heather , and yes I did pick just a little .
 We are up in the Highlands here and I love the different colours .
This particular day it did rain , our only rain actually , the Gods were with us . I love the look of the mist over the mountains , very pretty indeed 
It was genuinely raining here but I got out and took the photo anyway , a common sight are the stone fences , standing the test of time !
Edinburgh Castle  , it was quite the climb to view this .
Lots of people visiting the castle , quite interesting for sure .
The final photo for today is of the four of us sitting outside one of the hotels we stayed in . Me, my Mom, sister Donna and sister Jacqueline . 
 I will share a few more later on but wanted to touch base and tell you I am home and had a terrific trip.
 Thanks for stopping by today , have yourself a great one .
 hugs Sheila

Friday, September 11, 2015

What I have been working on ... and an upcoming postcard swap :-)

I know it has been a while since I posted , blogging seems to have taken a back burner for me lately  , I apologize as I also haven't been visiting much either :-(
 My trip is coming up real soon , less than two weeks away now and in preparation for that trip I have made myself some cozy pj's in flannel . I won't have Bill to keep me warm and I am such a cold ol gal ;-) My sisters and my Mom are really getting excited now and we are down to trying to decide what we need to pack . I did go out and buy a new jacket which is weather proof and has a hood for those showers we are most likely to encounter while in Scotland and Ireland .  Want to see a picture of my pj's , they still need buttons , I have tons of buttons but none that will work here :-(

 Lovely pink and so soft , they will feel wonderful I am sure . This is a Kwik Sew pattern #2811 and I have made several pairs from this pattern over the years , I love them .
 I am also working on my mystery quilt by Kaaren of the Painted Quilt , have started the long process of cutting the strips for the braid border , lots more to go for sure but this had to be set aside so those pj's could be completed .
 I have had a few inquiries as to whether there would be a postcard swap in the near future , well yes there will be but I will need to schedule it for when I return in early October . If you wish to give me your name and address etc . now that will be fine but I will not be sending out partners names until after my little trip . It takes me a fair amount of time to set this up and I simply do not have that time right now but in the mean time you can start your postcards to send out lets say by the 20 of October .  If you are real smart and get it made now I will get things set up as quickly as I can and they can be in the mail even earlier . Lets make the theme whatever suits your fancy , it can be fall or whatever creative idea you might have . I will need your mailing address , your email address and your blog address if you have one . I would really appreciate this info in a form I can cut and paste , it saves me a ton of time, thanks .
 And now for a couple of nature photos I have recenty taken , this is one of my favorite roads to travel on so peaceful and the trees draping over the road way is a lovely canopy . This is pretty during each season of the year .

Along this road way I came across this fungus growing in an old tree trunk and couldn't resist taking the photo.
a little closer view 
I find these facinating , the simpliest things make me happy .
This was also growing along that road way and I used my macro setting to take this picture , the bees were loving these bright yellow flowers . They are fairly tall plants ad I have no clue what they are ??
Off now to start on my border that comes before the braid , I will update you later as to my progress , oh yes I did go with the churn dash blocks for the corner stones which I am quite pleased with . See you later and thanks for stopping by , I will try to be a better blogger .
 hugs Sheila

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Happy Birthday to Rob and my mystery quilt progress

Good morning on this first day of September , a day to celebrate our oldest son's birthday . Happy Birthday Rob , we are so very proud of you and all you do and the wonderful son , husband and father that you are . Have a wonderful day just wish we could be there to celebrate with you . Love you !!

 This morning I finished step #3 of the mystery quilt by Kaaren of the Painted Quilt . I changed out the dresdans for the flying birds block . I am not sure I like the way I have them orientated but will think on that and possibly change their direction . I had some difficutly with the template for the dresdans so rather than frustrate myself I decided on this block .
 What do you think , should I change them ??
 So the decision has been made I am changing the corner blocks and have just made on block so far but this is what it will look like with a churn dash block . Thanks for the input ladies it is always good to ask for help :-)

 I must run right now so thanks for stopping by and hope you have a terrific day .
 Hugs Sheila

Friday, August 28, 2015

mystery progress

 Good morning from the East Coast , it is a simply gorgeous day , the humidty has lifted and the sun is shining , what more can a gal ask for !! First off I want to share some activity at our bird feeders this morning , I do love the birds.

 A cute little woodpecker enjoying the mixture we stick in holes drilled in that post .
I know this is not that clear as I did shoot this through the kitchen window but a Downy woodpecker was actually enjoying a drink from the hummingbird feeder , I had never seen them do that before .
 Trying to get some niger seed from this feeder .
 Having better luck pecking it out of this sunflower , so neat to watch and he wasn't the least bit nervous of me poking around taking pictures ;-)
  I had planted sunflower seeds in a planter on the deck and both planters produced some flowers but each is different , oh and the seeds were compliments of my friend Annette . Thanks Annette from me and my feathered friends .
This is where the flower that is hanging on the feeder came from , it had gotten to heavy and broken away . Here is one that hung on there and has been a banquet table for many birds .

Isn't that so cool . I love that they can enjoy it straight from the plant am I bet they do too :-)

 Now on to some sewing , yes I have actually been doing a little and working diligently on my mystery quilt being shared with us by Kaaren of the Painted Quilt . I have all 88 flying geese made but need to attach some 2.5" squares to some but have two sides complete with one already sewn on .
  Yes I am using my very trusty vintage Singer 15/91 for this job and it has been a real champ and had made this very huge job enjoyable . There is a ton of piecing and cutting with this mystery quilt but oh just look at the results , I am loving it .
 Also on the sewing front I have completed this months BOM by Buttermilk Basin , love doing these , very relaxing to sit and stitch those wooly pieces to the cotton .
Fun litte project and should make a sweet quilt , thanks Stacy for sharing this pattern with us .

Today is also my hubby's birthday so I would like to wish Bill a wonderful and very Happy Birthday to my best friend and partner of almost 44 years , giving away my age now huh , but hey I was a child bride ;-)
 Thanks for the visit today and hope you have a great one .
 hugs Sheila

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Another quilt show to share

Last Friday myself and three other ladies headed off to Bible Hill to a quilt show and sale at St. Davids church .It was a beautiful show and I was really pleased to see so many hand quilted quilts . Let the show begin ...
Doesn't it look pretty with all those gorgeous colourful quilts draped over the pews . Lots of admires :-)

 This was one of three whole cloth quilts  , incredible quilting , those stitches are super tiny .

This scrappy goodness became my favorite at the show , I will show a better picture of this later .

This picture does not do it justice , it was a three colour log cabin , all hand quilted and was just $500 , a real bargain I thought . They had the option for visitors to ask to see a quilt on the bed they had set up so we asked to see this one and this next quilt , both are stunning quilts .
I just loved this quilt , such an old fashion flare yet a bit modern too . It is called Film Strip . 
 So that is all the photos I have to share , they did have a lovely tea with cookies and some smaller items for sale in the basement of the church . Thanks to Joan for providing the transportation , it was a fantastic day . Oh we also went shopping in the town of Truro at Atlantic Fabrics and of course we didn't comeout empty handed infact I was thrilled to find a FM foot to fit my vintage singer , yeah !! 
 Thats it for me today , I do have some sewing to share but I have kept you long enough , hope you enjoyed this little show . Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you have a super creative day .
 hugs Sheila