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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Spring Market Cornered


I love spring!
And I get to welcome this time of renewal in Texas,

Puppy helping me clean out and rehang birdhouses.
then in Massachusetts,
Alvin?
up into Maine,
Trout Lilies on the bank of a stream.
and now back home in Cape Breton.

My new barn quilt, compliments of Crafty Daughter.
(I might enjoy it more here in Cape Breton if it was a little warmer!)

After a month of travel and a week back,
I've finally set up my sewing stations,
reacquainted myself with my Janome,
and made my 'to do' list.

I've visited lots of friends and family,

My little sister, The Fern Lady, and my Birdman BIL.
have seen many migrating birds,

Yellow Warbler
and went hiking at some new places,
but now it's time to start sewing again!

I'd say I've got the Spring Market cornered, for sure,


and instead of new lines of fabric and patterns,
I enjoyed 'the fabric and patterns of nature'.

Speaking of visiting friends,
I had a lovely visit from Julia, all the way from Yarmouth, NS.
She blogs over at Jada's Quilting Adventures.
She was raised on the island and still has family here.
She brought her sweet sister to meet me, too!
She's a new quilter!
We never thought to get a picture, though!

Have a great week!
~karen

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

First Day With My New Shoes


Whenever I trip or stumble,
I always cover up my embarrassment with a sheepish grin
and say, "First day with my new shoes."

My laptop finally went to live in laptop heaven.
I haven't even been taking pictures 
since I had nothing to import them onto.

It took me a long time to choose a new laptop
because so much has changed 
and to say I was overwhelmed is putting it mildly.

I am not techno-savvy by any stretch of the imagination,
therefore, it has taken me all this time to gain the confidence 
to even open the lid!

So, this is my "first post with my new laptop".

Since I wasn't on the internet,
I was at the machine.
I finished and sent a quilt off to Natalia Bonner at Piece N Quilt
to be custom machine quilted.
I know, I know, you're thinking why didn't I do it myself!
Afterall, I have a new Janome, right?


I think it's obvious from this sneak preview 
that I swiped from Natalia's FB page
that I made a right choice.  I still have a lot of practicing to do before
I tackle a major project and produce anything that looks like this!

I was a little productive throughout the long winter months.
I made my sweet, little friend a special library bag
that I saw on Pinterest.


She's in preschool and goes to the library
once a week.  She loves her library books, 
and she loves to keep her possessions organized in bags,
(she's all girl!)
so how could I resist?
This might be a better look.


Couldn't send Avery a gift without slipping something into the mail
for her darling little sister!


Another finish was this
 quick quilt for Crafty Daughter.


It's a large twin to replace the one I made 
for her HS graduation 20 years ago.
She loved it to death and it finally had to be retired.
She picked out the pattern and the fabrics and I got right to work.
When we are together during the winter months,
she picks out most of my fabrics!
It's so refreshing.

By the way,
I did get new shoes! More exacting, sneakers.


Not the most attractive,
but I'm a walker and needed a sturdy, well made product.
They're kind of clunky, but I haven't had an embarrassing mis-step yet!
The big test will come when I get to Maine
and do some marathon spring birding!
I'm almost there.  Arrived in Massachusetts on Saturday,
and will be heading up in a week or two.

My new computer?
I'm not liking it too much,
but I know I'll get used to it.

Have a great day!
Thanks for stopping by.



Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Individual Goals



Two Red-shouldered Hawks flew into a nearby tree,
calling and calling and calling.



This House Finch was grooming himself on top of the fence
when he heard the menacing, relentless calls of the hawks.




He thought he might be safer




if he dropped down a level
and watched and waited patiently,
he'd be safe.




He's just so cute!

While his goal is to stay alive,
mine is to make a quilt for my nephew, a Marine,
from start to finish,
by month's end.

His sister received hers at Christmastime




and now it's his turn.
I want to leave it in Maine with his mom
for his June birthday
when I pass through next month.

I started with this pattern,




changed it up a little bit,




and got right to work.




This is only as far as I've gotten,
but I know if I commit
by linking up to
Sew Bitter Sweet Designs



I'll be sure to meet my goal.

I'd better get back to my machine!
Those small sawtooth stars are a lot of work!

~karen


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

QuiltCon Revisited


Quilt Con was great!



Upon arriving, we had to register, of course.
The delightful lady at the registration booth
recognized my name as soon as
my ticket was ejected from the machine,
introduced herself as Julie, The Crafty Quilter,
and opened her arms for a welcoming hug.
What a way to start my morning!

Speaking of Julie,
in November, she had a fun quilt along
that I couldn't participate in because I was in migration.
The Nordic Mini Quilt Along
has been at the top of my list to make
once settled, and I have the first two rows completed.




Back to Quilt Con.....
there were so many quilting celebrities there.
Amy Garro, Victoria Findlay Wolf, Jenny Doan....and more,
but the highlight of my adventure 
was meeting up with Linda of Flourishing Palms!




She is just as sweet and perky and lovable
as she appears to be in her blog!




Here she is, in all her glory, beside one of her beautiful entries,
and donning her cute, little selvedge edge skirt
and matching bag.
Don't ya love it?
She spent the entire morning volunteering as a white glove lady,
tirelessly hobnobbing with the public.
When we met for lunch around 2:00,
she was still just as bubbly and perky as if she'd just started her day.
I, on the other hand, was almost totally drained!

And now a tour of quilts, beginning with Linda's other beautiful entry:






There were so, so many more gorgeous quilts
that just took my breath away.
Seriously, pictures just don't do them justice.

Many of the vendors booths were just as much fun.
Some had crafty projects for charity,




others had crafty projects for fun,
and many hosted games and prizes,
and then there were some that were just beautiful!

We strolled through the vendor sale booths, too,
but I chose not to purchase anything.
They were just too crowded.

My only disappointment was the lack of products
for sale featuring QuiltCon...
no totes, no mugs or cups,
only t-shirts that read  "QuiltCon" across the little capped sleeves.
Cute, but youthful looking and awfully small.

 I'd like to take this opportunity
to thank my CraftyDaughter
for taking me on this amazing quilt adventure.



Thursday, February 19, 2015

Quilt Con 2015


So, I'm going to Quilt Con tomorrow! 
It's only an hour away,
so WHY NOT?



CraftyDaughter is humoring her mom once again
and taking the day off
to accompany me.
How lucky am I?

Bless her heart!  It's either nature or quilting.
The poor girl doesn't have a chance!

I'm not a modern quilter
by any stretch of the imagination,
so it will be fun to
broaden my horizons
and get a few lessons in thinking outside the box.



The above picture is my whole modern quilting repertoire!
A wonderful cushion top designed by
Scrapmaster (Linda)
and published last fall in 
the Quilter's Connection magazine for Candadian quilters.
(Yeah, it's still hanging on the wall
waiting to be turned into a pllow!

It seems to me that
Modern Quilting is as much about the FMQ magic
that has been performed on these unique quilts
as the quilt pattern designs themselves.
New to FMQ, I am looking forward to observing this art form
up close and personal.

There's no telling
who I'll meet!
I'm pretty excited!


Thursday, February 12, 2015

This Is What It's All About



The 'We Support You' Blog Hop
has come to an end. 
What an amazing journey.
Thank you, Madame Samm and Pat,
for your part in making it such an incredible success.




As you can see,
Sarah was just delighted with her gifties.
This, my friends, is what it's all about!

Thank you all so very much for your sweet comments,
world-wide prayers, and positive energies.
I just know this will make a difference in Sarah's recovery!

It pleases me very much
to announce the winner of my give-away.
The random number generator chose #67,
I met Julia online last summer while participating
in the Canadian quilters blog hop.
She left such a sweet comment on my post
and we started emailing back and forth.
Turned out she was born and raised 
in the small community where I now spend my summers,
although she moved away to establish her career and family.
It's a small world!

Congratulations, Julia.  

A big thank you to Martingale
for providing the e-book version of
patchwork loves embroidery
by Gail Pan.

Remember:
Every day is a new day!
~karen

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

My Day on the We Support You Blog Hop


Greetings from Texas
and welcome to my stop on the
"We Support You" blog hop.


Shortly after I made the commitment to participate in this hop,
and while passing through Massachusetts on my way to TX,
I was dining out with some old family friends.
While catching up on each other's news, 
one of my dear friends said, 
"We just got some bad news.  
 My sister has been diagnosed with breast cancer." 
So, sister Sarah, this is for you, honey!
It is truly an honor for me to be able to dedicate
this project and my stop on the hop
 to you.
WE SUPPORT YOU, Sarah,
worldwide!
Because I wanted to put the WE 
in WE SUPPORT YOU,
I decided to start by making a tote bag,
so my friend could fill it with some of the items
Sarah might love and need during her big challenge.
   
        



And a little closer look.




Measuring 13" x 13" x 4",
I took a few liberties and changed the lettering for a better fit.
Inside hangs a tab with a clasp for keys.

I also included a few matching accessories.




a covered journal (I'll be making more of these!!
I love the little pocket on front for pens.),
a key lanyard, and last but not least,
a chapstick cozy to hang off the inside key clasp.

The layout for the tote was inspired by
Gail Pan in her book,
patchwork loves embroidery
which was my Christmas gift to myself this year.

Here are the facts, ladies,
approximately 12% of women in the US
will develop some form of
invasive breast cancer in their lifetime.
(I wonder what the worldwide statistics are?)

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death,
exceeded only by lung cancer.
  
There are currently over 2.8 million breast cancer survivors.

To help me celebrate this blog hop,
honor all women who are breast cancer survivors,
and cheer on those fighting this dreaded disease right now,
Mary Burns, Marketing Coordinator for Martingale,
is graciously offering
a copy of the e-book version of
patchwork loves embroidery





by the renowned Gail Pan,
to one lucky visitor!
Just leave a comment to be entered to win!
A winner will be selected at the end of the hop.

Thank you so very much for stopping by today.
I hope you've been enjoying the hop.
Please take a moment to visit today's other participants:

My Quilting Adventure

Creativity Amongst Chaos

Peanut's Patchwork

To peek at the full schedule, visit Pat, our wonderful cheerleader,
at Life in the Scrapatch.  Thanks, Pat, for all your hard work!
And a special thank you to Madame Samm,
who is always there to remind us
that everything is possible!