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Friday, April 4, 2014

Snow in April, 2014.

I'm not the only one who thinks this is the worse Winter in memory.  I was born and raised in Fort William, now Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. You all know how old I am, so that says it all.  I was going to have coffee with my brother and sister-in-law today, but the roads were bad, so I stayed in.  Three years ago, I accumulated many half yards of flannel fabrics to make another quilt for Bill. He liked the feel of flannel and it kept him so warm. I never got the chance, but I am going to make that quilt, so today is a good day to start. I'm back to sewing on my small Janome DC1050.
I could barely see out my front room window. March 2014.
Last night's snow fall on my car.  

The snow banks are so high. 
A Facebook quote from Verna, my neighbour, "Ok you know it's bad when even our Giant has left!"
Last week I had one corner in my basement apartment that was leaking. The rug was soaking wet. The landlord brought in a huge fan and told me the carpet would be dry in an hour. An hour and a half later, the carpet was still wet, I shut the fan off, the noise was so loud. Later I turned on my Janome Horizon 7700, a few minutes later it went dark. I took it to my neighbour’s' apartment, plugged it in, it still wouldn’t work. I bought it from Ace Sew & Vac, Pompano Beach, FL. My United States warranty was not valid in Canada, so I sent it back to Florida. Ellen Olsen was kind enough to take it to the border and mail it out for me. I think the mother board may be gone. Thank goodness I have my Janome DC 1050, that I bought from Ace Sew and Vac. To replace the mother board in Canada would have cost close to $400.00, plus labour. It has a five year warranty. Ace Sew and Vac were excellent to deal with. 

Here is the first block. I'm adding a beige sashing. The first frame is white, second frame is a dull green. In this photo the green doesn't show up very well. 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

My Great Nephew, Teddy McDonald.

January 2014.

I reconnected with Teddy at his dad's funeral, 2009, and it is fun getting to know him. Teddy asked me to make a King size quilt for his bed. His choice of colours were, Burgandy and Gold. I was fortunate, The Quilters Stash, was going out of business, everything was on sale. Maureen only had his colour in Batiks, so that's what I went with. The pattern is called, Five Yard Quilt.
Wendy Currie used her artist talents to quilt the top.  As always she did a fantastic job.

The size was 95" x 105". It took me a week to sew the binding by hand. 
The quilt is my gift to Teddy, it's his heirloom. 

Saturday, March 8, 2014

February's Three Quilts.

Here is the first quilt finished.

 The pattern ‘Honeycomb’ from ‘A Bee in my Bonnet’ blog.

I tried to find fabrics from my stash that a young child would like. 

I will donate this quilt. It's fun doing new things. 

Promises I Make to Myself But Rarely Keep.

My Promise. Make a quilt and finish it. 

I’m working on three quilts at the same time!  When I start one and just get bored with it, I start working on another one and continue in this vein until I finally finish at least one. Something happened and I needed to make a special quilt. I still have about six kits I made after Bill passing. In time I may just give them away. Patterns and fabrics are always changing, so do my likes and dislikes. 

Here is how it went during February. I bought Lori Holt’s new Hexie Half Ruler/Templates, while I was in Utah last summer. The pattern for the Hexie ruler is in, ‘A Bee in my Bonnet’ blog, called, ‘Honeycomb’. I used my scraps to try out this ruler. 
Nicole and I shopped at The Material Girls Quilt store last Christmas. We bought, Windham W Fabrics “Downtown” by LB Krueger. Nicole chose the pattern, Boomerang, by “Crazy Old Ladies”. I cut out the pieces and sewed them at our Ignace retreat. 
I put all this aside to make Jackie’s Memory Quilt. It will never replace her two beautiful Grandchildren who died tragically, but it will keep her warm. I took the top to Wendy Currie to quilt on her Longarm. She does a beautiful job and I won’t have to worry about sewing around those angelic faces. 

I have a panel quilt sitting on the floor waiting for me to practice my free motion quilting. It will probably sit there for a long time.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Nothing but snow, and it's cold outside.

Snow. More snow. This winter it was all anyone was talking about. Leaving my apartment to go to my car was like walking through a tunnel. The snow banks are as tall as me. 

Quote from Scott Sutherland - Geekquinox The same is true for Thunder Bay, Ontario. 

In Ontario, this is the coldest winter in 20 years for the city of Toronto, and in Windsor it has not only been the coldest in 35 years, but the city has also seen more snowfall than any other year on record.
In the Prairies, it's the coldest winter since 1978-79 for Winnipeg, and the third-coldest winter there in over 100 years. For Saskatoon, which is known for some exceptionally cold weather, so far this the coldest winter since 1995-96.

Sad. it’s snowing out again today, and it’s freezing cold. 

My apartment is some where behind this snowbank,
Then more snow came. 

My helpers. They clean the yard and my car.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Our Ignace Quilt Retreat.
Me and Joan taken by Maria!!!

A few photos.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Quilt retreat, Ignace, Ontario, Canada.

Thursday, February 20, 2014.
Maria and Joan picked me up at 8:30 am, and we drove to Ignace, Ontario. It's almost a three hour trip. 

Cold, snowy, what better way to celebrate a winter than to attend a quilting retreat. Quilting retreats are truly more fun than should be allowed. Away from home for a weekend with my sewing machine, good friends, and a stack of projects I've been itching to stitch. Who can resist the lure of a quilt retreat. This quilt retreat had everything. Good location, wonderful quilting area, excellent food, and our hotel rooms up stairs. I had a great time, the atmosphere was welcoming and friendly, I stayed with friends. 
Dori's Sewing Studio & Quilt Shop from Sioux Lookout joined our retreat,
plus a few other vendors.
Dori sat behind me and she was an enormous help. She checked my Janome Horizon 7700 sewing machine and showed me how to do free motion quilting. I still haven’t perfected it but now I’m trying, which is more than I’ve done before. Having Dori around put my mind at ease. She is an excellent teacher, besides she sure knows her stuff.  On top of everything else, she was so much fun. 

Fortunately for us, we got to watch the Olympics in Russia. We watched the Canadian girls hockey team win a gold metal playing against the Americans. Sunday morning we watched the Canadian men hockey team win another gold playing against the Swedes. We had a player from Thunder Bay, on the Olympic team, Patrick Sharp.