Saturday, April 25, 2015

the end of this blog at least for now!

I can't keep 3 blogs going -not even haphazardly. So I'm going to say goodbye to this one for now. Please, if you find yourself here, go to my writing site Jan Morrison, this crazy writing life or to my blog about living in Labrador called Sojourner in Labrador  at
Inspired by Lee at Tossing it Out I will try to be a more consistent blogger though my track record sucks!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

oh it is so beautiful out!

We had a great snowstorm yesterday...the snow is up around the fence top, drifts up to my chest. But you can read about that on my other two blogs. I'm here to report on the simple life.
just want to post that Christmas is getting simpler every year. I did my usual for the gang of friends called the Canadian Babes.  Every year I make them something for Children's Day.  This year it was wee pictures inspired by fragments of Leonard Cohen lyrics. 

Monday, November 3, 2014

 I've been sketching and painting. Taking an online course called Sketch Book Skool. Love it! Today is a snowy day - our first - blizzarding. We're all home doing little quiet things...

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

I'm hooking a wee rug

And I can't show pictures because it is going to be a gift and I don't trust that it won't be seen - however unlikely that may seem.

I haven't hooked for over thirty years! I'm doing the same as I did then - using wool yarn not strips. No dying or gathering or cutting for me. Why would I when there is always bits of wool around tempting me?  I knew roughly what I wanted to hook and made a drawing (after much mooching around online) and I'm having fun putting colours together. It is about 15 by 20 inches or so - a small mat, a hanging, maybe it could turn into a bag or some such other thing. It is fun to be creating and I do love how the colours pop out. No counting which is awfully nice too.

I will get back to my quilt when the snow flies. The top is pieced and the three pieces are basted. I've done some of the hand-quilting and I now know how long and tedious of a job it will be. Hopefully we will have a bigger monitor to watch flicks on (instead of our laptop) as I can quilt and watch - kind of!

Sorry I haven't been here at all - getting back into Labrador life is quite a re-entry. I might have the bends! So much solitude, walking, beauty, loneliness. I've got lots of photos on my sojournerinlabrador site (see button to right). If I seriously got into rug-hooking I'd have no end of inspiration. Maybe for my next one I'll use these photos - I'd like a crow mat.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

I have not been quilting

I have not been quilting. I have not been knitting. I have not been practicing the accordion or the piano. I have no chickens so we don't have to worry about that one. Whew! I have been trying to keep my head above water, working on my novel and poetry/photo project about Labrador. The rest will seriously have to go hang for now.
My quilt looks at me. Longingly. Will be a perfect project for next year when I'm feeling the winter come on and I need something that isn't writing. But not now.

Here are some photos of wildlife. All taken by me. The squirrel was pretty scary!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

In the hoop

 This is the backing, taped to the floor, then I put the batting down and finally the quilt top. I basted it all together on the floor (arggh - my knees) and now I've got it in the hoop and ready to quilt. This part will take me a long time I fear as I am slow to teach my fingers how to do this.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

the second quilt is pieced together...

Quilt #2 is well on its way. It is from a quilt along on Stitched in Color and is called a Penny Patch Quilt. It has been fun and fairly easy to do so far.

Some differences? I'm doing mine entirely by hand - no machines at all. People might say 'but doesn't that take a great deal of time?' and well, yes, I suppose it does. What do I have lots of? Time! How do I feel when sitting at a sewing machine? Aggravated. How do I feel sitting on the couch looking out the bay, listening to CBC and hand sewing? Excellent! 

Today I will sew the four double rows of blocks together. Tomorrow I will make the quilt sandwich and baste it well together. Then on Monday I will start hand-quilting it. I plan on doing a free hand spiral pattern in each square - so three sizes of them through-out. I could just stitch in the ditch, as they say, for ease but again, why do things because they are easier when I'm trying to learn?

This quilt, like the last, is made of old shirts and a few old blouses that I got at the thrift store. I did buy the backing for this one, having no bits of material about that belong to me. If I were home in Nova Scotia I'd have lots but not here. I'll show you more steps along the way as I do them.

 here are some of the penny patch blocks - I did 40 of them and 40 plain squares for a picnic quilt that will be 4 feet square.

here are the first two strips ready to be pinned and stitched!