Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Jiggity Jig

It's been a blustery, cold spring in rural Cape Breton.
The thermostat reads 50*, but it feels more like 30. At least it's not raining anymore.
I've returned later than usual this year
and thought I might have missed the usual cold spring.

It was certainly raining when Lesley, The Cuddle Quilter,
drove us safely for our first annual meet up with Linda, the Scrapmaster, and
at a delightful little quilt show sponsored by

and Sheila's home guild.
She was our personal tour guide!
Here are a few pictures.

Lesley and Sheila

Linda and Sheila

Lesley and Linda

Sheila with her award winning Splendid Sampler!

Lesley admiring another beautiful example of Sheila's work.

On the homefront,
I've been getting a little sewing accomplished,
inbetween mowing the lawn,
which is more like a field right now,
and trying to get into sync with being back
after a long winter away.,
It might be cold, but it's peaceful here.

Early morning calm.  I can't resist reflections!
This is the view in front of my house.

The ocean smells so good when I step out the door to greet each new day
and the birds are singing from sun up until sun down.

Happy to be reunited with my sewing machines,
I'm working on the Star Spangled BOM
by Lindsey at Fort Worth Fabric Studio.
Lindsey was kind enough to send me the directions for the last
two months early so I could kit them up and bring them back to finish.
My Star Spangled BOM has a Texas theme
made from the leftover fabric from another long ago project.
Completing the blocks and sewing them all together into a flimsy
 will be my One Monthly Goal
for June.

Hope your week is off to a great start!


KaHolly said...

I'll try to respond! Hope Blogger works this mess out!

Patty said...

Great blocks! Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and good luck on your project.

Binsa said...

Hi Karen, loved catching up with you via your post. Love the Star Spangled BOM you are working on

Maria said...

Me too!!!
It's sew nice that you can get together with Sheila,Linda and Lesley all the time.
Sheila,s Splendid Sampler and Henrietta quilts are both gorgeous..
I'm sure you had a fun time together.
I like your star Spangled blocks...good luck getting them together.

Lin said...

Hello Karen. Good to see you back and having an outing with your little group. Your BOM looks very colourful. We all hope that blogger sorts out this comment problem - such a pain. Enjoy your summer - hope it arrives soon! xx

Christine B said...

That looked like a wonderful show and Sheila's work is fantastic! Love the new quilt you are working on too! Hope you get some sunshine today! Christine x

Anonymous said...

Hi Karen how lovely to see a pic of Sheila and you had lots to see,thankyou for sharing your lovely day.I gave Lynnie a hug from you yesterday ,she is struggling at the moment xx

Karen said...

How nice to have you back in province, quilting away! I was sorry to miss the Thistle show, but we were getting the queens into new hives and Mother Nature does not wait for quilt shows. So glad that Sheila won that big ribbon - her work is phenomenal. Your star blocks look great; can't wait to see the finished quilt!

Louise said...

You know I love your view! Your spangled stars are looking fine and ready to join together into a lovely piece. I see I have something waiting in my mailbox from you and I'm looking forward to receiving it in another few weeks :)
louise dot hornor at gmail

Anja @ Anja Quilts said...

Welcome back. Sorry we don't have better weather...... Your blocks look great. That was nice of Lindsey to give you the directions early.

Carol S. said...

I love seeing photos of your cute quilter group. So fun! The view is beautiful!

Needled Mom said...

I'm sure the quilting friends more than made up for the cold days. Your red white and blue blocks are looking wonderful.

Dar said...

I love your star spangled stars. Wish I had started that one. Welcome home. We could use some of your cooler weather here today. It's expected to be 95+ actual temperature with heat index of close to 100. Hot hot. AND we have lots of humidity to go with it. In spite of that, my birds do sing each morning too.

Tish Stemple said...

Looks like a lovely trip with good friends...the best kind :) The view from in front of your house is breath taking, just beautiful. I love the fabrics you are using in your Star Spangled BOM quilt! Three of my favorite things...a BOM, red, white and blue and an asymmetrical layout :)

Susan said...

What a gorgeous view! I like reflections, too. Your BOM looks fabulous. I love FWFS!

Mia said...

Oh Karen, you are so lucky! I LLLLLLLLLLOVE the ocean view of your house!!!!!
And your blocks are sooooooo lovely!!!! Beautiful shapes and colours! Kisses, my friend.

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Gad you are settling in, but sorry you have blustery weather. Our Spring was late then busted right in to Summer heat and humidity.
xx, carol

Karen S said...

Looks like a great quilt display. And a lovely way to spend time with friends.
Hope it warms up for you.

Sondra said...

I gripped about the cold and now Karma is visiting me with scalding we better whisper....

You are a busy bee....Like your star spangled..really is going to be an awesome one!

Bernie Kringel said...

You're home again. I guess you must consider both places home since you go back and forth regularly. Your view is fantastic. Hope the weather has warmed up some.
Looks like a really nice day with your quilting girlfriends. Love those sorts of days!!

Allie-oops Designs said...

Surrounded by good friends and gorgeous quilts, it doesn't get any better - but that view from your house? *swoon* Too lovely!!!! PS - no need to reply, I do understand the frustration!!!

Preeti said...

Peace is a rare commodity in the Washington DC metropolitan area though I am sure some of us know of little hidden pockets of calm between the chaos. Wish I could smell the ocean and see your face :-) For now I will settle for a chat.

Abby and Stephanie said...

Cold weather waited for you as patiently as your sewing machine. :o) That boat in the water is postcard worthy. So peaceful. Happy sewing. Thanks for sharing the beautiful quilts too.

Sandra :) said...

Beautiful quilts and blocks ... and view! I bet it's warmed up a bit since you posted this - we're in day 2 of some unusually hot and humid weather and I can't say I'm very pleased - I just melt in the humidity, ughhhh. I was out and about, on and off of buses, walking here, walking there - I had a doctor's appointment in the next town and when I got back to my town, I was in the right area to finish up some To Do's. I was pretty wilted by the time I got everything done and sat down to wait for the bus :D Fortunately when I walked in my front door (after having been out for 4 hours) I was hit with a wave of cold air from the a/c. YES!!! I managed to rack up 3 miles of walking while I was out - with the heat I probably burned off the equivalent of 6 or 14 pounds. Maybe!! ;)

helenjean@midgetgemquilts said...

lovely post, imagine waking up to that view every morning. You don't have to imagine it, you live it. Those are some lovely quilts, must be lovely to spend time with quilty friends

KaHolly said...

Testing, 1,2,3!

Judy said...

So nice to see the photos of the quilts and the ladies! What an awesome view from your place-gosh, I'll be there this afternoon to take in the view ;-)
Happy sewing,

Sandra Walker said...

WHAT a stunning shot and view Karen! I'd be stood there probably 20 minutes, soaking it all in, smells, sounds, sights, ahhh. IMHO there is nothing like water to soothe one's soul and being. Glad you were able to take in the quilt show with your friends, (wow, Sheila's work!) and yes, reuniting with beloved machines and sewing room (and kayak I'll bet) is more balm for the soul. Must ask you about the Fitbit cases... ;-)

Kate @ Smiles From Kate said...

Oh Karen with a view like that I don't know how you can tear yourself away, it's beautiful. Love the quilt show shots, I love local shows and all the real quilts which are achievable by the majority of quilters.

Mama Spark said...

I need to come and visit you! That view is heavenly! Is there space for our camper??