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Thursday, March 5, 2015

The New Year. 2015.

Jan 19th,    Nicole never ceases to amaze me with her art craft, this is what she sent me. It holds all my quilt notions and it sits firmly on my table. Thanks Nicole & Chris.

A bag I made for Diana Huston’s Friend. 
What it looks like now. 

My mom's sister's family living in Slovakia. The Gaspar's.

January 15th. Well that was fast: After only two years, Target Corporation Announces Plans to Discontinue Canadian Operations. All 133 stores to be closed. Target says nearly all employees will receive a minimum of 16 weeks compensation, including wages and benefits. Stores will remain open during the liquidation process.

Jan 19,  RIP: Don Harron was one of Canada’s smartest, funniest comedians. I still have a knit pattern for this sweater his alter hero Charlie Farquharson wore.

Feb 6th. Say good-bye to Candlestick Park my Calgary son, you were climbing the stairs to the Press Box during the earth quake.  Farewell, Candlestick Park: Demolition has begun at the stadium that was once home to the San Francisco Giants baseball team (1960 to 2000) and the San Francisco 49ers football team (1971 to 2013).   PHOTOS:

I had many scraps left from my Asian quilts. I went on line and found this pattern. Twelve Moons by Sybil Shane designed by Karl Nichols, downloaded from www.robertkaufman,com. I'm pleased with the final result. When I quilted the top instead of using a straight stitch, I use a small zig-zag stitch. It was something I saw online. 

I have a dear friend of 55 years who is going to be a great-grandma. Her daughter Linda, asked me if I would made a crib skirt for her grand daughters. I didn't have a pattern so I just took a stab in the dark and did my best to make it. I sewed the skirt with netting, to the top leaving the four ends open.  I want to thank Wendy Kresack, for showing me how make a gusset for the sides. The two little girls will be born on Monday, March 2, 2015. 

Feb 12,CBS News and “60” Minutes correspondent Bob Simon, Most honoured field reporter in Television news, is dead at 73. He was killed in a car crash on Manhattan’s West side. I'v watched him since the first Iraq War. He was a good man. 

Feb 14, I would like to introduce you to my friend, Mr. Chillingsworth, by Echo Park and Panel put out by Andover Fabric, the rest of the fabrics from my stash. I bought the kit on line. 

Feb 2, Chris and Nicole bought a new car.  Mazada CX5, 2016.

March 4th, 

I made a quilt for Matthew. Here are his horses. the one on the left and the one in the middle. 
Matthew lived in the country for many years but last year Matthew and his mom moved into town. Matthew had to give his horses away. This was very difficult for him so when I saw these fabrics I knew what I wanted to do with them. I only bought a half a meter of 3 fabrics. I fuzzy cut them and ended up with 3 different sizes. I didn’t have a pattern so I just put the block up on the wall and worked from there. The top and bottom 2 rows were 18” and the middle was 15”. I appliqu├ęd horse shoes on two blocks to make them fit the 15” row. The colours and the horses made this an enjoyable quilt to make.  I will quilt it tomorrow. Posting the photo will take a few days. 

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

September to December 2014.

I can’t believe it has been months since I last posted! How did the time go so fast. Once upon a time I thought I could keep up with my blog. That sure was silly, wasn’t it? I’m so far behind that I’m not sure there’s really any chance to “catch up” so rather than feeling completely overwhelmed, I’m just going to start and see where it goes.
We had a decent fall but I’m so done with winter! We didn’t get a great amount of snow but we’ve had bitter cold temperatures for weeks.

Oct 1st. I saw cat and dog fabrics at Fabricland and immediately fell in love with them. I gave this "Snapshot Quilt" to Karen Miller for her grandson. Earlier I made one for her but one of her twin grandsons wanted it so I decided this was a good one for the other boy.

Oct 8th,  I received a wonderful unexpected gift from my two boys. A trip to Calgary for a visit with Al and his family, then on to Portland, OR for a visit with Chris and his family. What more could a mother want for her 80th birthday than time to spend with her kids. Thank you, Al, Jeanne, Chris and Nicole. Love you
Oct 9th, it’s a perfect week, I got my drivers licence for another 2 years, and I was the youngest one in the room. That's a big change. lol

Oct. A dear friend passed away so I made a memory quilt for her son Jon. Quilting by Wendy Currie.

Peta, Kathy, Jon, Danica.

Oct 19th, Allan Maki, The 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake occurred in northern California, San Francisco Bay Area, October 17 at 5:04 p.m.PST, - 8:04 pm, EST. Al you were there. It's hard to believe it was 25 years ago. Happy you survived the ordeal. love you.

Oct 29th, I spent a week in Calgary with my Allan. We had fun. 

Nov 4th, I spent 10 days with Chris and his family in Oregon. Chris and I in the quilt shop, “Quilter’s Corner.”
For my 80th Birthday in Oregon.

 Brayden, Chris, Nicole and I went to a Hockey game. I helped Nicole sandwich her quilt.

Nicole made a beautiful birthday cake for me.  Chris and Nicole took me to many quilt shops for two days.  Love them with all my heart.


Dec. 16th, Verna, my neighbour, my friend, gave me a dress her mom made for her and ask me to make a bag. 

From Verna. I got the best gift EVER! The dress Mom had made me is now a purse! Thank you Betty. Means so much to me xo 

Nov 25th. For my birthday The Oregon Maki’s sent me -  Fat Quarters Jolly Bar,
 Best. Day, Ever fabrics with “Twist & Shout” quilt pattern. The precuts were perfect, all the lines were straight, a first for me. 

I pieced two Asian quilts this summer, but they are not quilted yet. I will do one for Isabel, and Wendy will do one for me. I also have two more quits at Wendy's, one "African Dancer Girls" and another "Shadow Box. When I get them back I will post some pictures. 

A News Items that was important. Getting ready for November 11, 2014.

House of Commons sergeant-at-arms Kevin Vickers is seen in this Oct. 22, 2014 photo after an attacker entered parliament buildings in Ottawa, Canada.

This is a cartoon that Bill would have loved, it's the best.
The actual scene of the deadly shooting.

Cpt. Nathan Cirillo, 24, seen at the National War Memorial in Ottawa, October 19, 2014.

Friday, August 15, 2014

What I did Summer 2014.

Mug Rugs,

I made these for Bill's sister and family. Bill loved his coffee, he drank a quarter of a cup every few hours. Bill designed the logo for our Thunder Bay Senior Hockey team. Many years ago some of our senior hockey players played exhibition hockey in Flordia. We all think the Tampa Bay Lightning Hockey team logo was inspired by Bill's design. 
For Laila

For his son, Allan

More to come. 

Friday, July 4, 2014

My Wedding Day, 60 years ago.

July the month to remember the great men in my life, and my two dear friends.

Thursday, July 29, 1954.

Viljo William Maki married Betty Ann McDonald.

Viljo 23 years old, Ann 19 years old.
Thursday, July 29, 2004. The Maki's were married 50 years ago.

Bill and I went to the Prospector Steak House for dinner with Shirley Kapush and my sister Monica Osadec.

Betty and Bill Maki. A good time was had by all. Bill's quote.

Friday, July 29, 2014.

Betty Ann Maki without Bill.

God gave us 58 years.

60 years ago today, we were married.
Still miss you Bill, you were the best.

                                       My Wonderful Father-In-Law.

 Henrick Lahdesmaki, born July 29, 1904, died November 13, 1985.

Henrick was born In Teuva, Finland. He came to Port Arthur, February 1927. He worked in the bush for many years. He married Irja Sandstrom, November 16, 1930. Bill was born October 6, 1931. Mr. Maki left the bush work life behind and open his own Shoe Repair Shop. He then changed his name to Henry Maki, and built his own home, 95 Machar Avenue, Port Arthur, Ontario. The shop was in the front of his home. Henry Maki learned to be a shoe maker in Finland. It was the job he would have his whole life. 1938 -1939, Port Arthur Bearcats won the Allan Cup, their coach showed Mr. Maki how to crown a hockey skate. Till the day he died everyone who lived in this area and played hockey took their skates to Henry Maki. He was the most kind, gentle human being I have every know. His son Bill, was a very much like him, even during his last 19 days.

 July 23, 2014.                          John Joseph McDonald.

My Dad was born, November 5, 1871, died July 23, 1941. I was 6 years, 8 months old when my dad died overnight in McKeller Hospital, Fort William, Ontario. He was born in Quebec City, Quebec. Dad worked on the CNR as a Switchman. He was 63 yeras old when he married my mom, Barbara Erdenyi, 30 years old. Mom was born in  Hatalova, Slovakia,  June 5, 1904. She came to Canada, November 1927.

                                                       Our Nephew.

Laila & Mauri's son, Wayne was born on this day. Bill loved Wayne with his whole heart and so do I. He is a great human beign.

  A visit from Kathy and Barry.      July 4, 2014.

My dear friends came to visit me. Barry and Kathy were my neighbours until they moved to British Columbia. I have fond memories of Kathy and me sewing. She was a unconventional sewer, who freed me from worrying about how things were going to turn out, if I didn't follow all the instructions. All my sewing teachers demanded perfection. Kathy and Barry have always been there for me, come hell or high water.  I miss and love them dearly. Take care my friends, Barry and Kathy.

 Barry, I love you.

I have two sons, Allan and Chris, four grandsons, Jeff, Trenton, Avery, Brayden, one great-grandson, Brady. All are Maki men. Bill and I were always proud of them, and I still am.

Still trying to catch up on my old projects.

        July 4, 2014

Four years ago, a friend who works at 
Superstore gave me her work shirts. I cut
them up, put in a bag, put them away for 
another day. June 16, 2014, I dug them 
out. I had four 9 1/2” x 12’ and all the rest 
were 5 inch squares. Fortunately every 
fabric I needed was in my old stash. The 
shirt fabrics were knit, polyester, vinyl 
decals, and my cotton. I had no idea 
how this would turn out, I didn’t have a 
pattern. I did the math, put the pieces on 
the floor, moved them around, this is the
final result. 

The Fabrics. Red and white from Circle of 
Friends. Black from The Quilters Stash, a 
Christmas gift from Matthew Holmwood, 
and the light grey Fairy Frost. Fusible 
stabilizer, backing and the moss green 
sashing came from Fabricland. This is a 
Thunder Bay Quilt. 

The new colours for The Real Canadian 
Superstore are white and light blue. This 
quilt took two weeks to complete. I enjoyed 
making it because it was challenge.

I like the children's charity block. I couldn't sew on the vinyl, the colour was rubbing off.

For you, my dear friend Denise. Love you,

                                 June 2014        Baby Isbel's Quilt

February I bought a panel for a baby quilt. I had planned to practice free motion quilting, but the ‘A’ board blew in my Janome Horizon machine. I was making this for Isabel Hawryluk’s grand daughter, Isabel, and she was getting old fast. So here is what I did. First, I made a quilt sandwich, using spray adhesive to baste the layers together. Next I quilted on the grid, following the lines I made with chalk and a ruler.I made a pillow case with the left over fabrics. When I was finished it was one on the few times I didn’t have any fabrics left over. This quilt is for Grandma to have at her house when Little Isabel comes to visit.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Remembering Bill Maki. Thursday, May 23. 2013.

Here are my three grandson from the USA.

Chris and Nicole's sons.

These are my two favourite photos.

Taken a year ago for Bill's service.
May 21, 2013

Love that suit Trenton. 
Spring 2014.

They are such fun loving gentlemen. 

Just a few years ago. Trenton is wearing his cap like his Grandpa Bill. 

The Boys with their dad, Chris.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Dia de los Muetos Quilt.

I took a few minutes out of my coffee time with Bill, at McDonalds in Walmart, to read a quilt magazine, 
Australian Patchwork & Quilting. This is what I found, November 2010.

Karen Lawrence - Remember; the Persistence of Memories.    

Dipping into my scrapbag of memories I remembered those people now gone who influenced me and helped me become who I am today. Their stories are captured on some of the coffin lids which - in a unique twist - open to reveal ... ? Even the backing gives a glimpse of what might be on ‘the other side’. This quilt has a sense of humour and abounds with visual delights just begging to be discovered. Enjoy!
The backing was the same as the border. 

Mexico's November 1st holiday is called, 'Day of the Dead - Dia de los Muertos'. The holiday celebration is part Christian, part pagan. I used Alexander Henry’s fabrics, Los Nocios and Calaveras (skulls). In my travels, I picked up a few skeleton fabrics to add to my stash. Chris and Al’s children love the Calaveras fabrics, which is the reason I bought them. For years I wanted to make this quilt. I didn’t have a pattern but I knew it was made with a ‘Y’ seam, and that’s what peaked my interest. Bill and I had fun putting these fabrics together. I finished piecing it before Bill passed away, but I found it very difficult to quilt, so I asked Wendy to do it for me.  This is not a regular quilt, but it has some good and sad memories. 

              The quilt Bill and I put together, Fall 2012. Quilted Feburary, 2014

Quilting by Wendy Currie. Here are her words, 'made by my friend Betty, this quilt I will admit stretched me a little… The quilt is comprised of European shaped coffins and the fabric used has skulls and roses etc.'
Here is her blog.

                                                          Persistence of Merories.

Here is something I found in an interesting article, 10 Things we don't know about  Mexico.  Good timing. 

Lot of cultures do ancestor worship, but who else turns remembrance of the departed into a thrilling fiesta? Mexico welcomes home it’s dead on November 1, aka the Day of the Dead.