Wednesday, October 1, 2014

doing my homework....

and the class has not even started yet!
Sew this is what teaching the class is all about.  Just a little extra play time at the sewing machine.

I will be teaching a learn to sew class here in town. I hope the ladies enjoy learning about their machine and creating with them as well. I know the class will be more fun after we get the samples out of the way. I feel it is important to have the samples to refer back to when doing other projects on your own.

I have also been part of a swap for Fall Post Cards, mine is in the mail to Brazil. Here is just a peak....

I'll post it after it arrives.

Have a great week and stay in stitches

Monday, September 22, 2014

World Wide Blog Tour

Thank you Sheila  at Sheila's Quilt World for nominating me in the tour. She is a fabulous gal and friend. She may live a long ways off but we did get to meet a couple of years ago .... lucky for me that she has family here in the prairies. Always stitching up something, from hand quilting to red work and embroidery and of  course post cards. She love those little guys sew much that she has but  many post cards swaps together over the last couple of years.
a couple of the stitchery quilts that I have received for Sheila 

As for my part of  the tour I am to tell you a little about myself and what I like to work on as well as what I am up to at the moment.
Sew here we go.
I am a gal that has loved to sew forever. I remember grabbing mom's scraps and a needle and thread and making some very interesting clothes for my dollies. And that love of fabric has not changed to this day...... my stash can tell you that at a glance.
I do love to try new things and ideas. Last year I help head up a community project with local artists and quilters. A combined effort created a fantastic wall hanging which is hanging in the local seniors  home. This project had us all stepping outside of our personal comfort zones but all I could say in the end was WOW! and those who worked on it want to know when we can do this again.
Here is what we came up with.....
As what is my personal style , I could not pin myself down to just one type. I do a little of everything sew I guess I am still developing my style. I have designed some patterns and quilts as well. I even tried entering a contest through McCall's Quilt in 2012. With all the support of bloggers and friends I did make it to the finals and was in the last 10 participating in the professional category in the challenge. Check out their site to see all the quilts and challenges that we competed in.McCall's Quilt Design Challenge 2012  check out the gallery and you can see all the entries on all of the levels
Here are the first and last quilts of mine from that time.
Jewels of the NIght the one that got me started

Holding on...
the one that made it to the magazine

I do love to take a class from time to time as you can always learn something new from the teachers and the students alike. I also teach a few classes every year. for the classes that I teach I like to design a few projects for the students. I just love the energy that you get in a class room whether you are teaching or taking the class.
Now for the projects that I am working on at this time.
I am always working on a quilt it seams and this past year or sew I have been working with a friend on quilts for Victoria Quilts Canada, these quilts are for cancer patients check out their site to see what they are more about or if you are in need of a quilt to request for a friend or loved one.
I am also working on hospital gowns for our ladies church group .
On the quilting front I am working on a set of block of the month blocks .
6 down 14 to go

as well as getting ready to teach a learn to sew class for next month. I am looking forward to sharing my love of sewing and quilting with my classes. And of course I to love to make and swap post cards.
post cards for one of the swaps I was part of

I am sad to say that I have not found anyone that has the time at the moment to nominate, but I do have a friend that has been nominated and will be posting on the 29 of Sept. Sew I thought I would introduce her to you and ask that you pop on by her site next Monday to see what she is up to and what she is working on at this time, That friend is Marjorie a wonderful hand and machine quilter who also has done a quilt for me that I truly love using.
 She lives on the other side of the country in New Brunswick, and from what I have seen on her blog is one busy lady. Sew stop in and have a visit with her,at Marjorie's Busy Corner

Well that's a bit about me and what I like to do when the  stitch moves me.
Thanks for stopping 
                     in stitches

Monday, September 15, 2014

World Wide blog hop Tour

I have been asked to be a part of the Tour. Today is my friend Sheila's turn to show and tell you a little about herself........ sew with out further adieu pop on over and meet my dear friend Sheila  at   Sheila's Quilt World  I will be posting next week on the 22nd. see you then .
Enjoy the tour and check back for more info and links for the tour.
Have a great day
in stitches

Sunday, September 7, 2014

summer ... where did you go??

Chilling at the campsite

Well I am not sure but I think time flies faster and faster no matter what we do to try and slow down.
This summer we spent some of our weekends at the campsite and others where on the go. Some weekends we had company and others just the two of us.
just a fishing

I did get a wee bit of sewing done.... I made 20 infinity scarves for my daughter  and a few alterations for some friends. Otherwise it has been work.
it's a wrap ;0)

The last couple of days I have been cleaning off the garden and have worked up the beets into pickles and relish, I have the first batch of tomatoes done up as well as some salsa. There has also been some baking going on for a wedding coming up next weekend .... g-free of course.

I am getting a couple of classes organized that I will be teaching at the local college, a learn to sew and a recycled denim bag class. Sew there will be some sewing going on here this week samples are needed.
a small corner in my backyard

I am looking forward to sharing my love of stitching with others  and sharing my projects with you too.
tonight's campfire in the backyard
Thanks for stopping in and stay
                        in stitches

Monday, August 4, 2014

not a stitch in sight

Well in the last little while I have been to a car show, visiting family, watching ball games at the lake and of course fishing........ ( I even jumped into the lake for a swim ... that was refreshing ) but I have not stitched a thing ..... I think that may change this week with some BOM to catch up on and another sew along quilt I signed up for off of Craftys .
I have found it hard to get to my machine after a day at work. I thought if I started with the BOM's I would get back into the grove of quilting again.

I see the garden is starting to yield some fresh goodies from lettuce to yellow beans and now zucchini. I will be starting some pickles this week ... fresh dills mmm mmmm good.

Have a great week at what ever you get your hands on and  enjoy the summer days while they last.
in stitches

Thursday, July 24, 2014

A little fun in the sun and then back to normal

Sorry I have been a little slack at my posts.
catch of the day ...
and supper :-)

 I have had a few days off and we went camping and fishing. The  fishing was great and fresh fish for supper was mmm  mmm good. I had even spied a set of eyes watching as we went back to the campsite.
a moose on the loose

I did a little quilting and got another quilt finished for Victoria's Quilts. They are all washed and ready to be added to the bunch we are quilting up to send off.

not sure what this pattern is called ,
 but I would call it spinning spools
close up of the quilting
It has warmed up and feel s like summer and tonight we are having a bit of a storm the first one since my last post.

with the extra moisture come changing leave
 and fungus on trees

The gardens will sure enjoy the fresh drink, I am hoping no hail with the storm.It has been nice to enjoy a few of the gardens goodies in some nice salads.

I have also started on a few blocks for a BOM from Periwinkle in Saskatoon. I am hoping to have them made by the end of August. It should be a nice quilt in taupe's  & grey's. 29 blocks in all. (pics coming soon)

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you all are enjoying your summer.
Stay in stitches

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

soggy weekend

Well here in the prairies it has been just wet .... real wet and not just here in good old Saskatchewan, it has carried over into Manitoba. With too much water flooding  happens, water over the roads and roads washing away.

 We left our campsite a littler early to head for home when we heard some reports of roads being closed.  With hubby being a retired highway guy we checked out the highway with in a few miles of our turn off. First we came across water crossing the grid road and then within a 10 km stretch there were 9 places that the water had or was still crossing the highway. A few hours later the road gave way to the rushing water near Imperial. We will give things a few days to settle and then see if we will be able to get back to the campsite. We do have friends still there enjoying Canada Day.
As far as I know in our area everyone is safe and dealing with the water issues. I hope and pray the communities dealing with this disaster from the heavy rains remain safe as well. There will be a lot of clean up and rebuilding a head of them, I am sure.
On  the bright side we have had a wonderful Canada Day with lots of sunshine to start to dry up a little bit of the moisture.
Happy Canada Day
This is my post card from Beth

In stitches