Tuesday, July 25, 2017


My studio shelves are empty! Lots of filled boxes on the floor.

Have a look (no, not my studio) at some of my plants instead. The warm weather has been very kind to my garden. It usually takes care of itself as we don't usually be home in the summer. I will have to do some weeding this week before my sister, Joan, arrives! It will be nice to have her home again for a bit.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Cast On, Cast Off

A couple of days ago, I dropped by Cast On, Cast Off to get some yarn. They don't have a web site but they are on Face Book for those of you interested in seeing their yarns. Don't you just love the name of the shop?!!

Go HERE & HERE  for two previous posts to see some photos of the shop.

Here's what I purchased:

My sister knits lovely socks but I'm going to try my hand at mittens. I've never made mitts before but I've knit many other things so this shouldn't be a problem. Guess who gets the first pair? Someone who loves pink and purple and is 6 years old. This colour will match her purple and lime green winter jacket.

Wish me luck!

The pattern I'm using is a free one: The World's Simplest Mittens. Lots of free patterns there too.


Thursday, July 20, 2017

Roses and Other Stuff

Another HOT, sunny day in St. John's! I can't believe the heat. This is the first summer we have been at home in at least 10 years. My garden is glorious. Look at the roses. This rose bush was a gift from the Cabot Quilt Guild in 2008 as a thank you for chairing the National Juried Quilt Show at Quilt Canada (CQA) here in St. John's. The link above showcases the quilts we had on display here for that show.


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Row by Row Kit

Today was so hot - too hot for walking! This was 11:00 am when I came from physio. It went up to 31C in the afternoon.

While at Fiber Lily on Saturday, I purchased their Row by Row Kit. It will look good in my new future studio! Those row house buttons really do look great on the wall hanging.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Fish Batik

Nineteen years ago this month, I was in Pennsylvania visiting relatives and visiting as many quilt shops as I could find. I came across some fish batik fabric in a little shop. The owner had ordered it in for herself to make curtains and a quilt for her young son and it wasn't for sale. However, I did manage to get a yard of it (lucky me). It has been a favorite batik. I had enough for a table runner and two place mats.

Today, I found the same fabric here in St. John's at Fiber Lily . It had been posted on face book so I knew I had to get some as soon as we got home.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Morning Drive

I visited Avonport Discount Fabrics this morning. The Batiks are beautiful and lots of them. The rest of the fabrics are plentiful and there is fabric and notions to meet every quilter's needs. I spent some time looking at the variety of bag / tote patterns and sizing up the finished ones on display.

Talking about totes:
They have moved a few things around. The book section is down to one display instead of two and the Sashiko supplies aren't as plentiful. But don't let that stop you from visiting the store.

NO, I did not make a purchase - this time! The lady at the cash tried to entice me with chocolate. It didn't work and I walked out empty handed. I think that's a first for me.

If you are ever in the area, Avonport Discount Fabrics is a must stop for sewers and quilters!

appliqued octopus_tote_bag_tutorial

Sunday, July 9, 2017

What's New?

I just came back from a walk. Thankfully there was a bit of a breeze at times because the temperature was hovering above 27C here at my brother-in-laws house, Brooklyn, NS (near Windsor as there are two Brooklyn's in NS). The view is amazing and the internet is perfect (not like at the RV park).

My creativity has taken a bit of a holiday the last two weeks although I did attempt a little stitching on an Embroidery Guild Stitching piece. It didn't get very far!

Enjoy these links:

summer clipart: Summer theme with food and objects illustration

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Explosion of Colour!

My internet connection hasn't been great these last few days.
Today is the last day of the Pop-Up Art Gallery showcasing my daughter's art pieces. She was interviewed yesterday by CKBW News. Here's the link.

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Morning Walk

The weather is gorgeous! I had an early morning walk today before it got too hot. These wild roses were along the roadside.

Rose inspired work:

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy 4th of July!!

To all my family and friends living in the USA - have a safe and Happy 4th of July!

uly 4th clip art

Monday, July 3, 2017

Pop-Up Gallery in Bridgewater

My daughter, Jill, was offered a gallery space from July 1st to the 8th in Bridgewater, NS. Here's her body of work:
I do like how the paintings show on the different wall colours!


Standing Rock Series is her latest body of work

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Better Late Than Never . . .

Happy Canada Day (day late) to family and friends wherever you are and especially to family living in the USA and the UK.

This is my brother in his RCMP uniform and his daughter in her Armed Forces uniform. 

Friday, June 30, 2017

Celebrating Canada . . .

Quite a number of years ago, my friend, Judy P., embroidered a hand towel on her Brother machine. She found this design, which was done in red, white & blue for the 4th of July but she changed the blue to red, so now it's just perfect for Canada Day! Since my birthday is in July, this was my gift from her.


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Paper Piecing Canada's 150th!!!

Atlantic Fabrics was on my list of places to visit, which I did this morning. Gale and I had a grand time walking up and down the aisles checking everything out. She loves to feel soft things. Of course, she found the bolts of fleece and called me over to feel how soft they were.

While there, I purchased the pattern, Happy Birthday Canada 150 by Sugar Free Quilted Designs, Nova Scotia. I like the simplicity of this design and I have no idea when I'll make it. Thanks, Karen Chase, for this great design.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Linky Tuesday and More

It's still Tuesday here in Canada so I'm not late posting this one. Check out Free Motion by the River for Linky Tuesday as there are always new things to see.

So Sew Easy has some fabulous Best Free Tote Patterns. Free is nice.

Celebrate Canada's 150th by making your own banner. It's a free pattern!

Happy Stitching!!

Anniversary Flowers from M & B - beautiful!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Almost Ready . . .

I still have to package these Maple Leaf Pendants and they will be all ready for Canada Day on Saturday. When felting the background fabric, I added bits of navy and red roving to the red felt. It's a little difficult to see it in the photo but each pendant is unique. These will be in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia this weekend. My daughter, Jill, is participating in a one day pop-up shop in downtown Bridgewater, so a few of my things will be there too.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Black Gold Tapestry

The Black Gold Tapestry is a stunning hand-embroidered illustrative tapestry that tells the story of how oil has impacted human civilizations around the world, from the beginning of time to present day (Calgary Petroleum Club). Calgary artist Sandra Sawatzky has been working on this 220 feet of stitched linen for almost a decade. It will be unveiled at Calgary's Glenbow Museum on October 7, 2017.
To get a glimpse of this tapestry, view a short video HERE.  
The Black Gold Tapestry Blog, started in 2009, documents the making and the ideas and the behind the scenes of the project.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Temari Ornament

Verna gave this Temari Ornament to our friend, Marilyn, for her birthday. Isn't it exquisite!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Stitching A Canadian Memory

The theme for the 2017 Trend-Tex Challenge, at Quilt Canada, was Stitching A Canadian Memory. Trend-Tex donated these beautiful fabrics to be used in the challenge. It is interesting to see how these were used in each of the quilted pieces. The winners have been listed on the CQA web site and photos of all the entries can be found HERE. Grab a cup of something and enjoy the wall hangings and bags.
Trend Tex Fabrics for 2017

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Strawberries = Jam

Today's post comes from my kitchen! Fresh strawberry jam! Mmmmmm . . .  Kitchen make-over is almost done (new counters, subway tile on the walls behind counters, new paint job, cabinets refinished - all that's left is the flooring). To celebrate, I made some jam! Actually, I found some nice strawberries at Costco this morning and had nothing to do with the kitchen. I was just glad to have a bit of free counter top space. Why is it that every surface gets used when working around the house! Nothing gets put away. My rant for the day.


Monday, June 19, 2017

Playing Catch-Up

Well, it seems the plants in my garden are playing catch-up. The spring plants are in full bloom. Have a look!


Sunday, June 18, 2017

Sewing Room Ideas - Links to Check

There's not much creativity going on in the studio these days. The room has to be painted so I'm slowly packing up my stuff  to be moved out. Big job!!! I have been looking at small projects and wishing I could get on with some of them. Shimmer production is still going on but that's not new.

Here's a few links to check:


Friday, June 16, 2017

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The Winners . . .

Here are the 2017 National Juried Show winners at Quilt Canada, Toronto, Ontario. Amazing work by fabulous quilters!

The Best of Show was won by Colette Dumont for Fleur de glace. Please visit the Canadian Quilters' Association web site and click on each quilt photo to see the quilts.
Congratulations to all the winners and everyone who had pieces accepted into the show - you are all winners.


Monday, June 12, 2017

Frogs in the Garden

My sister loves lawn ornaments! Let me introduce you to three of her frogs:

Frogs in projects:

Sunday, June 11, 2017


It's been busy here - packing up stuff, trying to tame the garden and still making Shimmers! The newest place to have my Shimmer Ornaments is Whink, on Water Street. I dropped off their order last week. If you are ever in the area, please drop into the store as it's lovely. It's brightly lit, inviting and has marvelous gift items.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Delivery to The Rooms

Today, I took some more art pieces to The Rooms Gift Shop. This is the second order in a month, which is great! I took these photos this morning. It was sunny but cool.
The Rooms
On the grounds of The Rooms  (spring is very late indeed)
New pendants delivered! Lots of Shimmers too.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Summer Block Party

Here's a Summer Block Party to check out! For the month of June, two block patterns a week will be posted. Each block is made by a different designer. The first block is called Candied Pineapple by Eye Candy Quilts and can be found HERE.


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

This & That

Have you been checking out the Canada 150 - It's in the Bag Tour, that I posted about yesterday? The participating quilters are doing a magnificent job on their bags.

I have a few more links for you to check: