Monday, 31 December 2018

Trumpeting out the old, and welcoming 2019

It's New Years Eve, and in this house we are cosy and warm finishing our last day of 2018. Omer and I went out to the local restaurant for supper, and saw a few of the other early night folks there as well. I'm not one to go out too far when it is cold and dark. Funny how I love the dark in summer months when I can sit out on the deck at my little cottage and take pictures of the stars and moon, or just watch the jets pass in the night sky. When the moon is bright, I will sit and watch it shine over the ever changing tide. But tonight it not about my summer moons and tides, it is about the finish of one period, and the beginning of a brand new year, an opportunity to write our stories in a new 365 page book.  What will we write?
Will you set new goals for 2019? I don't set resolutions as it will almost certainly be doomed to fail. Instead, I choose a word to work on each year. This new year, the word in my house will be kindness. .each of us can choose to be kind in our everyday activities regardless of our situation. It will not always be easy. today as we were trying to set up our new smart tv, I was extremely frustrated, tired, and wanting to get on with something I wanted to do. I was snappy, and didn't really like the person I was being. I decided to choose to be kind to both myself and my husband, and the outcome is that we are both happier tonight. I apologized for my snippiness, and we got on with the chore. We don't have tv reception at our house, but my husband watches Netflix and you tube using the tv screen as a monitor for his laptop. For him, the hookup is important.
I don't know exactly what I hope to accomplish in 2019, but I want to continue to have fun, and share my quilting with others. There are a couple of New Years Day mysteries if you are interested. One is with Merry Mayhem. I can't remember the other. I'm working on a couple of pillow cases for two of my Aussie Great nieces who are here in Canada as their parents fulfill a job contract for a couple of years. Darlene D'eon from Nova Scotia Online Quilters plans to post the new 52 week challenge for us tomorrow, and Patterns by Jen will announce her new colour challenge tomorrow. There is always something fun to follow in the world of quilting. I'll still be following Dione Gardener-Stephens on her blog The Clever Chameleon.Her series of bear patterns finished up in December with a sweet panda. It is this little guy who will lead my parade as we enter the new year. Ta Da! Here he is

I hope this new year will find him joining his 11 bear buddies in a quilt at my house. Now from this fellow, Lucy, Omer and me, our biggest wishes for s 2019 filled with Peace, Joy, and Love.


Thursday, 13 December 2018

Wow, it's Friday again, and Christmas is just round the corner.I guess we all become a bit busier this time of year. I'm wanting to stay connected to our grand nieces and nephew as they continue to grow and develop lives of their own. I attended a musical performed by members of the Atlantic ballet and dance Company. Our great niece Elle performed an amazing job of acting and singing playing the part of The Ghost of Christmas Present as well as three other roles in the rendition of A Christmas Carol. Then a few days later Another 9 year old great niece performed in several dance demonstrations as part of the Christmas dance demo. It was sweet and Grace showed her athleticism, as well as her skill and grace in the dance.
On the 16th the youngest great nieces will perform with their company. I'm anxious to watch these girls too.
I have not forgotten Bonnie Hunter's Good Fortune Mystery. I haven't finished the required number for each of the three clues, but have completed some of each. The half chevrons from clue three created a small problem for me. When I started them, I didn't think of them being half chevrons, hence I would only be making them in one direction, so I made 15 or so going the wrong way. I've put those aside now and will deal with them when an opportunity presents. Tomorrow is another release day, so clue #4 will be ready to make. I'm a little bit nervous about colour as I don't have much orange in my stash, and have been toying with the idea of substituting golds for the orange. I'm trying to stick with my stash whenever possible.  Here is a picture of my clue bits and the candy box where I store them. I have been using the little Clover clips to keep them in groups of 10. When I get the totl number done, I'll remove the clips, and put them into a plastic bag. I'm enjoying the journey.

I noticed today that beginning in 2019, Canadian Quilters Association,(CQA), will be hosting a free project, 50 blocks in 50 weeks. It will be something to check out. As well, Lynne at Quilt Doodle. Doodle will host a 12 month BOM on her blog. There are so many opportunities to be at our machines, or sitting with our needle stitching,
Nova Scotia Online Quilters administrator, Darlene D'Eon, has announced that she will host another 52 week challenge in 2019. This year's challenge has only two more weeks before we finish. This is my week 50 block.

Friday, 7 December 2018

A few more HST's and 4 patches

Friday morning, and all is well with my world. It's still cold outside, but I don't plan to venture out until late afternoon when I will join family members attending a musical "A Christmas Carol" where my great niece will play the role of the Ghost of Christmas Present..I am so looking forward to this outing. The sun is shining this morning, and my husband is home to help with Lucy when she needs to go out  to P.  Yesterday I got so cold during one of her longer outings, that it took over two hours wrapped in a fleece blanket for my hands to move freely again. Brrr!
We made pancakes and sausage with Cumberland County maple syrup for breakfast. They were scrumptious. I prefer to make my batter from scratch. It's so easy, and definitely a great flavour. For two of us I mix together 1 cup all purpose flour, 1 tbsp sugar, 2 tsp. baking powder, and 1/4 tsp. salt. Next I whisk together 1 egg, 1 cup buttermilk(preferably at room temp), 1 tbsp melted butter (cooled a bit). Add the wet ingredients to the dry, and stir until mixed by leave a lumpy consistency. I let the batter rest for 10 to 15 minutes before using. 
Once water sprinkled on the pan I'm using starts to dance, we start the cooking. I know this is habit, but using a bit of shortening on the frying pan is part of our process too. I wonder what others do?
I'm still working away at the HST's and 4 patches from Bonnie Hunter's weeks 1 and 2 of her Good Fortune mystery. This morning is is the step of sewing strips together, and doing the sewing for the HST's I really like the red and blue scraps I've chosen from the scrap baskets.

 While I was cutting sewing and trimming, I watched a Hallmark Christmas movie on YouTube. We don't have regular television service here,(our choice), but depend on the internet for that type of media play.

Here is Lucy keeping me company each and every step of the way. She might be small,slightly less than 8 pounds, but she sees herself as a big dog and is plenty smart.

Early in the week I started making by December blocks for Darlene D'Eon's 52 week challenge. Since the colour being celebrated by Jen at Patterns by Jen is black for December, I decided to go it my own for the last month. With the season of sharing and giving with us, I opted to use scraps of fabric gifted to me by other quilting friends.  This is my first block for December
Well it's been great having this short blog time, but whenever I sit for too long, I fall asleep, so up I get again

Monday, 3 December 2018

December delights

It's December, and Christmas will soon be in full swing. The colour challenge from Patterns by Jen has black as the choice for December, and Dione at The Clever Chameleon has released her December bear. This Panda is a definite keeper. Marian Pena at Seams to Be Sew is celebrating the 12 Days of Christmas with a pattern gift each day for 12 days. Today's block is a  nine inch penguin on skates.
Bonnie Hunter at Quiltville Quips and Snips is running her yearly mystery. Clue two was released last Friday. I'll share what I have finished to this point.

This is the short link to Bonnie's post.

Or Short Link:
 I'm in awe of those quilters who complete each clue within a few days.My aim is to complete the top in time for next years mystery, and I know I'm not alone in this endeavour.
Bonnie's inclusion of the colour block tool was great for me, as I don't often get to places where the paint chips are available. There are oodles of possibilities on each of the cards identified. This makes shopping from my scrap baskets so much more fun. I felt a sense of joy when the first clue was released, and I could go to my red basket. There is a long road ahead, but it will be in the company of many other quilters who feel the thrill of sewing with scraps and finishing with a thing of beauty, something like Jacob's Coat of Many Colours.
Nova Scotia Online quilters group is finishing it's last 4 weeks of the 52 week challenge offered by Darlene D'Eon, and it has been a fun one.This group is very inspiring whit it's many talented members sharing their projects on line.
We have been dragged into winter early this year, with snowfall more reminiscent of February than November, but maybe that means spring will appear early as well. The day with the shortest amount of sunlight December 21st, will soon be here, and then we will start to see a few extra minutes of daylight each day as we make our way to spring once again
I'm hoping to grow some this year as a journal keeper with my blog. Wish me well.
Wishing everyone love and good health as we enter this season of Christmas.

Saturday, 3 November 2018

It's a new month November

The colour for November is teal, a blue/green colour, one I love. In anticipation of this colour I spent time sorting through my many scraps and some yardage to fins pieces I liked. It was a more difficult job than I envisioned, Why? Well some pieces were too green, others too blue, some too dark, and so on. This scrap is one of the ones that made the cut.

This is the main body fabric  for my Colour Challenge bear. The free pattern is available on Dione Gardner -Stephens blog, the Clever Chameleon.

I'm also trying to stay current with Darlene D'Eon's 52 week challenge. I have been choosing the colour challenge monthly colours for these blocks.We're fast coming to the end of this year's challenge. This will be either week 44 or 45. Time flies.
This is my first November block and there will be 3 more, one each Monday if I keep current.

This is a pretty fabric, with it's blues and greens little swirls.
This is the weekend of the Canadian Women's University Rugby Championships this year held at Acadia University in Wolfville N.S. Tomorrow, St Francis Xavier women will play in the gold medal game against the Guelph women. The weather has been tough, not cold, but oh so wet. Today as Acadia played in a try for consolation final, it was wet and windy. Hopefully tomorrow, the weather will be a bit easier. I'll be watching on with my subscription.
That's my note for today

Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Well good morning world. See what I have here. A new learning experience, posting the button for Dione's colour link party. 

I was featured on Clever Chameleon
This is my little blue/violet bear for this month's colour challenge.

Here are my four 52 week challenge blue/violet blocks made as part of the monthly colour challenge.

I'm home from the cottage now, and getting ready for the arrival of winter. Hopefully it won't arrive too soon. Hallowe'en ghosts and goblins will be on the prowl tomorrow night. I hope the weather cooperates for the little ones.

Saturday, 18 August 2018

Rainy day in August

This morning I finished my August bear, the yellow/orange fellow. While the colour challenge for August s this colour, I was amazed at how unclear I was about what this colour actually looks like. Google described it as amber. I've made four blocks, and this little fellow using what I believe to be yellow/orange.
This block leans toward the yellow side of the wheel

This definitely toward the orange

Although this in the pic seems more orange, the yellow /orange combination is evident 

This block  seems to me to be closest to the amber I mentioned.

This is my little August buddy. I used a yellow/orange fern print for this design. If you happen upon my blog, and want your own bear family, head on over to The Clever Chameleon site. The patterns are there, free for now, a gift to us from Dione Gardner Stephens.

It's a very rainy day here at the cottage, I have tried to get a pic on my little point and shoot to show just how heavy the rain, but it is difficult to do. The drumming on the roof, the emptying of the downspouts, the greyness of the sky all tell the story.

A good day to stay at home and have quiet entertainment. I'm sewing a bit today, and perhaps will do a little painting with watercolours.It's something I am attempting

Tuesday, 24 July 2018

The gnomes play

These two are par of a large group of gnomes who will be participating in the Fibre Arts Festival  in Amherst Nova Scotia in October. I'm sharing two of the little guys with you, This pattern was created by Sindy at Fat Cat Patterns. I've made the small and medium sizes, and there is a large as well, but he is not part of my group
These fellows can be used for pincushions, or companions. Cute aren't they

Friday, 13 July 2018

Dog Days in July. An update on my little bears.

I don't know what some people mean when they say "dog days", but for me they are those very hot stretches you may get in the month of July. We have had unseasonably warm weather "a heat wave" even for almost a week. I know that for some, a week of heat and humidity is nothing, but if you are a Maritimer in Atlantic Canada, we feel it. . The humidity is a slasher.
I am going to try to line up my little bear family if possible tonight. I will grow only if I try.

January we celebrated the colour RED

February our little rocket boy was blue


                               This month of March a little yellow bear came skipping along as we celebrated the colour YELLOW

 Then April arrived and the colour ORANGE had its turn

The little GREEN bear of May is ready for any new adventure
And this guy is showing off his beautiful PURPLE suit.

I really wish I could put them all in a lovely row, but there are many limitations to what I can accomplish, and this is one of them. I'm currently working on my yellow green bear, but he's not finished so he will wait for another time

Sunday, 24 June 2018

June projects

June is almost over, and I am not yet completely in my little beach cottage. Ir is an unusual year. I do have a couple of sweet things to post here though today before month end. The first is my little purple bear from the pattern by Gione Stevens -Gardener at The Clever Chameleon.  {}You might want to visit Dione. She has interesting subjects, she is funny, and very friendly, ass well as being a very creative designer.
In fat he is standing on his head, but my camera would not accommodate that.This is bear#6. I hope to have a whole family by December, maybe enough for a basketball team. I'm enjoying the FIFA soccer these days. I think television is great to let us into the world of sport that we might never be able to access in person.
Patterns by Jen is hosting a colour challenge as well, and these are the purple blocks I made for this month's challenge.

Last month I posted about making a pattern for a pin cushion , somewhat like I had seen in a shop.Well I ended up expanding my pincushion plans, and ended up with a few. These were part of a project we had at our quilt guild called the "Paint Chip Challenge" The chip I got{these were drawn randomly}, was a red shade. I'll just post the cushions.


In addition I finished a project started some time ago. This is out of my wheelhouse, but I will keep trying
This was the unfinished state. Guess I haven't rephotographed him yet.
I guess that is it for today. Hugs to anyone who visits me.

Thursday, 31 May 2018

My little green bear

Well here he is all ready for final exams at school. He's been busy, and has worked very hard so now he is ready to play. Isn't he a sweetie

Saturday, 19 May 2018

It's Mothers Day. In our part of the world the sun is shining, and I have little Lucy spending half an hour on my knee. In some way I guess I would be her mother replacement.

Today I will share a high tea with my daughter and one of my granddaughters. I'm looking forward to the fun.
Yesterday I saw a picture of a pincushion I liked so I set out to pattern a "something like" This is what I have accomplished to this point.
The  tools I used are a pencil, an eraser(essential), plain copy paper, square, paper scissors, and a 
geometry compass. I also needed a toonie, a shot glass and a water glass. When I examine the outcome, I really used a large number of tools. Later today I'm going to attempt to get a start on the project.
Well I can see that I didn't get back to this draft. I can see the pattern for the three tier pin cushion I was blogging about today. The finished product is in next blog post.
The Mother's Day tea was a huge success. We three enjoyed the company and the presentation.
I'll post this one today as well. i'm playing catchup.

What's under my needle this month

Would you believe how quickly this month of May is passing? This is the beginning of the Victoria Day holiday, and zoom, I'm still not moved into the cottage, and time is passing like the speed of light.
Outside my window this morning everything is sunshine and shadows. But there is green everywhere.My picture doesn't give you a great idea, but if you look hard you will see full blown spring.

It has been a busy month. Our quilt guild is getting ready for our yearly retreat, as well as our summer closing in June. I've been sewing for both of those events. As well, my little green bear is waiting for some final stitching. Hopefully this weekend. 
At our closing we will be sharing projects made over the past few months using the paint chip we were given. This is a little colour play., a great way to investigate and experiment with colour. My chip comes from the pure red section of the wheel. It has had black and grey added to it. The guidelines for the challenge allow me to play anywhere on the section. Here is my first small project.
I didn't have a pattern for this, but I've seen three tiered pin cushions, and wanted to try using some prints that complement my reds. 

Pink is on my section, and Aqua green is opposite. This was fun, but my pattern needs some tweaking. Now I have a second project as well. It is not finished yet, but I am hopeful.
There is still quite a bit of work to do with this project. I do hope I finish it on time.

Look at these cuties.

This pattern, called Sweet Pea Pods is from Lazy Girl Designs. They are small, but when zipped open, they stay open some so a great place for small sewing items like Clover Clips. I need to keep these under wraps until the closing.
Today I am starting the new mystery offered by Darlene D'Eon, A Needle Pulling Thread Quilt shop. I'm a bit behind, but after today I'll be less so.
Have a great holiday weekend.

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Aprils Wind up.

This year is flying. wow!. all of my good intentions have gotten swallowed up by life. It has been a good month though. I have another little bear to share.
He is my little bear of enthusiasm and positive outlook.
Isn't he a honey.
You can find the pattern for these bears over at The Clever Chameleon
Dione has a new pattern each month and you can join the fun.
Now that May is here we have a new bear. He will be green, and a lover of learning. While he is on my list of great things to accomplish this month, there are several pressing items to finish first. We are getting close to cottage time, when I pull up stakes and move to the shore at Port Howe Nova Scotia. My heart is on the Northumberland Strait. It's the sea you see.
This is the view from my little deck.

Since the month of May is a celebration of green, I have several blocks and a sweet quilt to share.

This is Roxy's quilt. No pattern, but a pillow panel purchased at a guild swap was my beginning. Roxy loves pandas, so this seemed like a great place to start. she is happy with this to cuddle.
It is a green day here in nova Scotia. Spring is bursting out all over.