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Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Work in Progress Wednesday

 I continue to work on the second Eat, Play, Sleep, Repeat quilt, I did decide to go ahead and do the crosshatch as you can see. I know it will be a bit stiff but it s a baby quilt that will get washed a lot so I know it will soften up beautifully.


Finished one mitten on the long drive home from BC and have started the second one. Probably the most challenging thing I have knit to date. Love how much my knitting skills have grown in the last year through Craftsy classes.


I had the chance to pre-shop a garage sale and came away with all these wonderful goodies. There are a lot of potential mittens and hats in that pile!


Linking up with:

 WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced 
Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts

Monday, 11 August 2014

To Home and Back Home Again

I feel like I have two homes, being born and raised in BC, that will always be home to us. 
It was, however, really, really hot...........we are not acclimatized to that anymore!
And these poor creatures have to wear fur coats! 


so there was lots of swimming


some wallaby cuddling


and petting


There were new hats to try on


Gorgeous flowers to gaze upon

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Wishes to be put on a "tree"


new family members to meet


a beautiful lake to paddle on


and my Mom's 90th birthday to celebrate. 

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Finally Finished!

Sunday Drive by Pat Sloan-after many months it is finally done! Our recent heat wave and no air conditioning slowed me a bit, could not stand to have that on my lap while I sewed down about 60 dime sized yoyos.
My friend Chris did an awesome job of quilting it as usual and once I find a better dowel, I will hang it in my living room.



One of the two trees blooming with tiny yoyos.

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Between the heat and packing the trailer for vacation, I made a couple more bags from noodlehead


And we made a many batches of jam


Restarted these cabled fingerless mitts, third time always seems to be the charm for me. It should be a good travelling project as we have a 12 hour day planned for tomorrow. 


I hope to post along the way, but my iPad does not always cooperate in picking up the pictures I want to use!

Linking up with 
I Quilt Thursday at Pretty Bobbins

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Hexie-Aholic

 Progress is once again being made! In August this project will be two years old! Only two and a half rows remain to be assembled. Then the task of sewing the rows together and taking all the papers out, hopefully that won't take another two years!
Once the top is assembled I am unsure how to proceed as the is my first EPP project. It will be accompanying us to BC for holidays so I can ask Katja's advice.


I decided I needed a new knitting bag as my new pattern holder does not fit in my old one. This awesome little bag from Noodlehead worked up in under two hours!


Linking up with Help for Hexie-aholics at sarah did it.

Have a great rest of the week......

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

To Crosshatch or Not to Crosshatch


that is the question right now......What do you think? Should I quit while I like it (once I finish the lines all the way to that bottom corner) or forge on the try something new and possibly be unhappy? I have the time, no babies due for a while............


I am taking the Craftsy Class, Creative Quilting with Your Walking Foot, thinking how hard can it be anyways, I have been doing it for years. Wow, have I learned a lot, and quickly relearned that I cannot sew a straight line.

My walking foot does not have a hole to hold the guide bar, so this is how we improvise. I just had the one piece on the back, but the guide was floppy and not accurate, so a second piece of duct tape was in order


Registration lines are essential! They help immensely as we all tend to curve off in one direction or another



Now that we are past the half way point of the year I decided to revisit my list of things to do this year. The list says 100 but I only made it to 50. So far I have done 16 and half another half dozen or so well under way.



One goal was to swim for 60 minutes, and I now up to 1500 M in 40-45 minutes, so that goal should be accomplished in the next month or two. I am swimming so much I wore out my swim cap, this happened as I tried to put in on this morning!


 We spent the weekend camping at a local campground, trying to escape all the craziness that was going on in town and to rest and relax while we were having the hottest days in years!
We have many, many forest fires burning to the north and west of us so we have a haze of smoke hanging around. While it is not a comfortable issue for many people, it sure makes for some amazing sunsets!


We went to a pancake breakfast put on by the historical society, then toured around the old buildings on the site.
For my knitting friends, these are hand knit real wool long johns.........I am sure they are amazingly warm but wow they were scratchy!


And some well used and darned socks, a bit softer but you would need a size larger boots to accommodate how bulky they are!


Linking up with 
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Eat, Play, Sleep, Repeat

 The first one is finally done!




and the new owner seems pretty comfie with it!


Almost done painting, just baseboards to finish up and I am FREE of home improvement projects for the rest of the summer!
So I can finish the second quilt and work on the many, many other UFO's crying out to be finished.
Next week though, as we are heading out camping on Thursday, to hopefully escape the predicted record breaking heat.

Linking up with
Show and Tell Tuesday at I Have to Say
Linky Tuesday at Freemotion by the River

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Happy Canada Day!

Happy Canada Day friends, while is not an official long weekend, we are going to enjoy a lovely mid-week day off!

We have been busy.....

 With this

and this

and this!

But I have managed a bit of time to 

sandwich these

finish the yoyos and make the binding for this (still needs a hanging sleeve).

The pictured walking foot has been an issue, while I thought I was losing my touch, I now know, I have worn this puppy out. So any binding/stitching in the ditch is on hold until my new one arrives. 

Linking up with 
Small Blog Meet at Lily Quilts
Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced Modern Quilts

We are off to enjoy the celebrations at the park!