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Saturday, October 25, 2014

It's Official


October is a very busy time of year for me.
This is when I try to do too many things at once
because not only is the nice weather waning,

One last hike on a barren beach.

These errant Semi-palmated Plovers our only companions.

but it's time for me to finish up everything started,


My 'airfare quilt'.  Every year I make and sell one
to pay for my airfare to Texas.

Baby Fynn's Daycare Quilt, 24"x24"

button down the hatches outside for winter,
which includes


helping The Ranger finish splitting


and laying in his winter wood supply,
and tromping through the meadow


to clean out all of the Tree Swallow houses 
without squashing the cranberries.


I have to prepare my hand work for travel, too.
This year I decided to do a simple applique project.
I found 9 scrappy nine patches
left-over from a past leader/ender quilt
and decided to make the Honey Bee Block at long last,

Tutorial

so I'm prepping them for my 'to go' bag.
Of course, I had to finish at least one!

It goes without saying
that I have to sneak time in to practice my FMQ!


And sometime in between all this,
I have to pack up all of my sewing 'mess' 
for the winter.
I'm going to miss my Janome!!

Last, but not least,
September was my birth month.

Patron Saint of Hexies

I am now officially
a hexie-genarian.
I'm still not to sure how I feel about that,
but the Patron Saint of Hexies
is clearly
watching over me!

My last 'to go project' is getting it's finishing touches.
Have a funderful weekend!!
~karen


Monday, October 6, 2014

Reach for the Stars



My grandniece,


Anora,
just turned two.
Now, she needs a big girl quilt!


Alphabet is compliments from Victoriana Quilt Designs.

My mother passed away in 1982
at the young age of 51.
My daughter was the only grandchild 
she ever had the pleasure to meet.
Like all grandmothers, 
she delighted in having a little one underfoot.

When my sweet girl was about the same age as Anora, 
Mom used to play
"Reach for the Stars" with her.
They'd raise their arms up as high as they would go,
then laugh and laugh and laugh.


This one's for you, Mom.  


Saturday, September 20, 2014

I'm a Wimp



Fall has arrived in Cape Breton a few days early
and with a vengeance.
But that's just my opinion.
I'm a wimp.

Most of the birds are gone now,
even my favorite migrants,


the Whimbrels, 
large shorebirds that breed in the Arctic
and pass through on their return to South America, Africa,
south Asia, or Australia for the winter.
Check out those sexy blue legs!
Or is she just cold, like me?

And there are still some American Goldfinches
feeding their young.


Mother Nature is pretty smart. 
Goldfinches breed late in the season
 to coincide with 
when Thistle goes to seed.

Now that the weather has so abruptly turned cold,
I'm able to afford more time to forge my relationship 
with my new Janome.

Goodnight Irene is a complete finish now
(are you sick of looking at it?)



minus the half constructed label,



as is my little sailboat quilt.



The extra sailboat block made a cute label.

Now that my great niece is two, she needs a bigger quilt.


But it's a surprise until it's finished!!

Before I go, I'd like to congratulate fellow Nova Scotia quilt blogger,
Linda, over at SCRAPMASTER,
on having her first pattern published in a magazine.
Well done, Linda!!
If you have a minute, stop by, check it out, and join me
in patting her on the back!

Hope you are having a funderful weekend.
xo,
karen

PS. A Quilting Reader's Garden is having a give away
to celebrate a very important milestone.
This is a new-to-me blog
that looks like one I need to follow!



Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Cool, Crisp, and Calm


Today dawned cool, crisp, and calm.


This was the view from my window.

It didn't surprise me at all when I turned around
and saw this morning moon.


I love early mornings the very best.
Sights like this give me hope
and inspiration to start my day.

While I was sewing yesterday,
I glanced up to look out the sliding glass door,
and discovered I had a little visitor.


This juvenile Sharp-shinned Hawk 
took advantage of this puddle
and had a long and lengthy bath.


These are the types of distractions
I love best!!

It's been a busy end of summer.
But I have managed to do a little sewing.
My Crafty Daughter requested seasonal wallhangings
some time ago and I manage to put one or two together
each year.

Meet April.


This pattern called, "Use batiks!!" to me,
and I love how it came out.
I know you all recognize it as one of
I've made a few now and they are lots of fun.
I raw edge appliqued this one through all layers,
so it was self quilted!  Upon completion, all I had to do
was apply the binding.  I felt pretty safe using this technique
with batiks, they are so tightly woven.

Cute, quick story.  
One of my quilty friends here on the island 
(who laughs a lot)



has a son who lives in Tennessee and plays bass guitar,




most recently for Thompson Square.




 After growing weary of being on the road, he quit playing with the Thompson's and was freelancing for a little while.  My friend stopped by for a visit the other day and told me that some girl, who will be the opening act for Garth Brook's new tour, asked him to be her bass player.  He was pretty excited because he was going to get to tour on Garth's private jet instead of on a bus.  Come to find out, 'some girl' is Tricia Yearwood, (Garth's wife).  My friend obviously isn't up on her country western stars.  (When Thompson Square played in San Antonio a couple of years ago, he got us tickets to the concert.)

Well, it's time to truly start my day!
After being greeted by such a beautiful morning,
I can't wait!!

Happy day to you.
~karen

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Keeping the Tradition Alive


Here's a little girl
after my own heart!


This 5 year old granddaughter of a quilty, non-blogging friend of mine
 "could barely reach the pedal".
My friend writes,
"(she) wanted to learn how to sew, so she spent 3 nights with us last week.  She made an art apron with slots for markers, glue, scissors, tape, etc.  I drew lines and she did a lot of the sewing.  She was a quick study----needle down, pressure foot down, press locking stitch button, and step on the peddle.  I thought she'd lose interest after awhile, but she stuck with it.  Even ironed the seams as we sewed.  I did the gathering and the waistband for her.  Then she wanted to make one for her best buddy, Gavin, when he comes over to play school with her.  We made his like a Home Depot tool belt with no gathering.  She was so excited."



Proudly modeling the finished product!

She captured my heart a few years ago
with this picture.


My, how she's grown.
What's not to love?

Enjoy your day!
~karen



Monday, August 18, 2014

On the Road Again


It's been a wonderful couple of weeks.
The weather has been cooperative
and we took advantage once again to travel,
this time to the northermost coast of Cape Breton
to paddle this


as well as do a little sightseeing.

Plus, there has been plenty of yard work to do
and small home improvement projects,
altho' I have managed to get in a little sewing time.

I set up this small table topper as my 'to go project'
for our northern adventure


because the hexie quilt I've been working on
is getting too big to be a 'to go project' now.

This is only as much as I accomplished
due to the many distractions.













***

When my young friend in Houston announced  
that she was adding a son to her family in October, 
and was decorating his room with a nautical theme,
I began making his quilt


inspired by THIS post from Melissa
at Cornbread and Beans Quilting.
I just need to square it up and put on the binding.

And I finally finished Patty's 60th birthday quilt.


I'd appliqued these blocks while sitting with an elderly neighbor 
of my daughter's three winters ago, so her husband could go bowling 
a couple of days a week with his buds and take a well deserved break.
Only my second FMQ attempt, I was very pleased with the results,
although it isn't exactly perfect! 
(This quilt is living proof that I eventually DO finish what I start.
Little Sister, who's been waiting 6 years for her 
25th anniversary signature quilt,
will be glad to hear that!!)

That just leaves the label,


which is under construction.

It dawned a windy, wet, cool day today -
so there will be lots of quilty pleasure in my forecast!

Hope you have as much fun,
however you choose to spend your day!
~karen


Thursday, July 31, 2014

A Love Affair


Ahhhhhh,
I am loving my new Janome.


This is UFO #3,
Flowers for Hannah
from the Sept/Oct 2009 issue of Fons and Porter's 
Love of Quilting Magazine.

I'm keeping it simple as I learn and practice on this colorful quilt,
a birthday gift for a lifelong friend.
My childhood was a gypsy's journey,
and acquaintances came and went,
but I've known this woman since the day she was born
in April of 1955.


A 60 year friendship deserves special recognition.

I love to make things for the people in my life
that I hold dear to my heart.
For Christmas this past year,
I gifted this wallhanging to The Ranger.


I copied it from one of his favorite prints.
It measures approximately 20" x 30".

Sew many things to make,
sew little time!

Back to work!!
I'm having a quilty day,
and hope you are, too!
xo,
karen