Thursday, August 30, 2007
Once again, my Crazy Exchangers made it Christmas on just an ordinary Thursday. I'm very lucky to have received a delightful pin/needle cushion and thread holder. Very clever how the band goes through the spools to hold them in place. Thank you Chantal.
And Miss Susan sent a wonderful assortment of embellishments: lace, ribbons, beads, fibers, cherrywood fabric pieces, a needlecase AND some exotic teas (Seven Blossoms, Magic Mountain and some I cannot read).
The rules of this exchange "game" are that now I will make something for Chantal in Belgium. I will have to think hard about what I should do [and I cannot tell you as she has this blog address, so I cannot give it away.]:->
I forgot to include this in my last posting - during our RVing week-end we had a raffle of one gal's photographs and look what I got: No, it's not a skull but a very intersting piece of driftwood. She had taken the photo at the same beach where we were staying, a couple of years ago. And the driftwood was still there, although much more worn by now.
Brenda and I tried to come up with something brilliant to use her african fabrics, with or without mine, but struck out. Nothing seemed to "play nicely" with her fabrics, colors were very hard to figure out and we couldn't find any pattern that really spoke to either of us. So now we both have a few pieces to carry around with us and see what we might find, in time, as we haunt various quilt stores. So this year's Rabour Village auction will have to do without. I did make them a lap quilt last year - some of you have seen the fabrics in some little pin cushions I made from the trimmings. I do, however, have one or two things to keep me occupied. Ha!
Monday, August 27, 2007
Now it's time to prepare my exchange for Marika (from Finland - see previous blog entries). She reports that she likes "simple and elegant" things. Oh dear, I'm not sure that I would describe my work as elegant - although 'simple' for sure. I was able to check online and found some freebie patterns from a couple of her favorite designers and will mail those off today. Hmmmmm. I also really am being nudged to complete a number of unfinished projects before we are really into the fall/Christmas rush. Brenda is coming over on Tuesday and we are going to be combining some african fabrics she has with some of mine, to see what we can come up with as a donation for a fund-raising auction. [See Rabour Village Project, Kenya].
Almost Labor Day holiday week-end (for Americans) and then school starts right afterwards. Time marches on, doesn't it?
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
And then, my order from Amazon arrived. Oh such excitement, all at once.
"Our very own" (if I may use that phrase) Judy Laquidara's new book. And a 'how to' book for McTavishing. Not sure I could ever conquer it, but I do love it. She says to start practicing with paper and pencil. THAT I can manage.
Oh boy - busy times ahead!
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Many thanks, Marika. Now I will be making something in return. I wonder what I shall undertake????? Hmmmmm.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Our traditional camping with the grandchildren week-end was this past Saturday and Sunday. Once again we had a marvelous time, with no major tragedies. My daughter and her 9 mo. old slept in their tent while the children slept in the motor home. We went on some little "hikes" (walks really), wandered down to the beach and looked for interesting shells and learned how to "skip" a flat rock. We took turns with the cooking, which made it easier on everyone. Each of us had our bicycles with us, so we were able to cycle around the campground more times than you can count. Luckily the campground was full of families with small children, so no late parties. It was great! Nana covers the table outside the camper. The tent goes behind the table.
On a sewing/quilty note: yesterday I visited the Family Center where there are programs for Refugee Women. I will be teaching basic sewing, with another woman, to interested participants, starting in September. I hope it doesn't feel like "too much" but am anticipating an interesting time and hoping we manage to get through our language differences. These women are primarily Vietnamese, Cambodian and Somali. That alone is challenging. As my camera battery died on the camping trip, I don't have more pictures of the children or of the Family center - but will follow up with the latter. Keep that sun shining for a few weeks more - I'm not ready for summer to be over.
Monday, August 6, 2007
Saturday, August 4, 2007
I realize these look like perfectly normal paper pieced blocks. They, however, have comprised much of my past few days. My LQG has an arrangement where in order to use our meeting space for free, we will make a quilt to be raffled off at the annual fund-raising event. A Judy Niemeyer pattern was chosen (before I joined this group) and so it was decided to make a sunflower type of pattern and we began with this outer radiating sections. I had seen the cover of the pattern, but (silly me) didn't think to ask for a copy. And so about a week after receiving the pieces to make these up, I sat down to do so. Clearly I remembered that the outer sections (purples) were going to be scrappy so somehow assumed that the golds/yellows/peaches would be scrappy too. WRONG! Having dutifully shortened my stitches for paper piecing and even trimmed up the blocks I took them to our meeting on Thursday night. Well no, I had not got this right and they had to be re-done. However, we are short of the golds/yellows/peaches and needed to save as much of the old ones as I possibly could. So with my best pair of glasses and some really good light, I began to un-sew. Needless to say the paper pattern was trashed but managed to get all the pieces undone. So I gathered all the matching colors for the seven points and tried to re-sew them. However, with the trimming, several of the pieces were unusable (I learned after trying to sew them again - and unsewing them again). But never say die - Friday I spent most of the entire afternoon sewing, ever so carefully and managed to find a little more of the peach fabric and completed these two silly blocks. The centers are all done, so mostly we now have to assemble the top.
I really don't think I will be buying any tickets for this little treasure. It's not really my style anyway. And maybe next year we could be thinking about something with squares or diamonds or some such. No more paper pieced sunflowers.