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!

Monday, November 25, 2013

snow and so on ...








Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Where We Went



And here is a map of our hike! I took a photo of a map that is up in the house here and I carefully marked it in the computer to show you where we went. If it looks like we couldn't have walked on water - we did! We walked on a crazy spit that goes out into The Bight towards an island called One Tree Island that actually has three on it! We could've probably walked to the island but I didn't have high boots. So there!

Here's another photo of what I'm talking about ... here is one of SP and Bella. They are further out than I am and it looks like I'm not on it cuz it is very wavy!  Note One Tree Island!

this one is on our way back to the beach for our boil-up to give you an idea of how outrageously out there it is!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

A long walk in the woods

Yesterday, November 11th, we walked out the Tranquility Trail to the very end and beyond. It was so wonderful. I'm going to share some photos with you. Hope you like them ...