Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Weekends are for Catching Up

Especially long weekends!

I seem to excel when a long weekend appears.  Most of the time, its a big production to get a sewing area set up (aka the kitchen) and there are only so many hours in the day.

But on long weekends I have time, and space, and the luxury of letting everyone fend for themselves.

Yay me!

This past weekend was no exception.

I completed the top for my Ziggarut quilt.  My 13 year old has already claimed it so I better find a cool backing soon.  The fabrics are mostly Marcia Derse and I picked them up in Anchorage a couple of years ago.

I really enjoyed this one.

I also nearly finished my Bargello Heart. I just need to find a fabric to nicely separate the heart from the border/feature fabric.

Since I had accomplished so much at my sewing machine, I treated myself to some alone time with my cross stitching.  You may remember this is the project I agreed to finish off for a friend.  It's "The Kiss" by Mirabilia.

Now to enjoy the roaring fire as the icy rain falls outside.  It's winter's last grumble I hope.

Take care!


Saturday, April 12, 2014

The Scarlett House

So excited!  My latest project from Dyeing to Stitch's Colonial Gatherings Club arrived.  It's a beautiful design by The Scarlett House that came with hand dyed linen and threads.  YUM!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Funky Flowers from By the Bay

One of my favourite designers is Donna Bayliss of By the Bay Needlearts.  So when I decided to join a round robin this year I knew I had to use one of her designs.

I found one that would work perfectly for a group of stitchers.
It's Funky Flowers from the March/April 2013 issue of Just Cross Stitch.

I hope the other ladies enjoy it!

I also signed up for the Longest Days quilt retreat at the quilt shop in June and a quilting class in May.  Have you heard of Judy Regan?  She is a quilt instructor from Juneau, can't wait!

And for some exciting news I have been holding out on until now.  I have a new job!   It is a very positive move and I am very happy. For the last 8 years I have worked as a legal assistant in the residential school claim process.  Because of the content (google IAP process if you want to learn more, I won't traumatize you here) and because of my daily contact with clients in crisis, I have had a difficult time emotionally and have worked really hard at trying to maintain a healthy home life (quilting has been an amazing outlet that has helped me be there for my family).  After 8 years, the time has come for change and I am now in a completely different field working with a local utility company.   It's a great change for me and I already feel the difference.

Now let's see what we can accomplish when our hearts are happy!


Sunday, March 30, 2014

Is it spring yet?

Wow has it really been over a month since I last posted?  Life has changed a lot for me.

We just returned from a two week roadtrip back to Manitoba, my first time back in about five years.  Jen, my oldest, just got her beginner's drivers license so she got in a lot of road time in many environments.
I was able to spend some time with my grandmother, she is 91 years and has been in the hospital for the last 5 weeks.  Her kidneys are failing and they are making her comfortable.

I'll be back with more, just wanted to check in and let you know I'm still here and I have a lot of positive and fun news!!

Before I go though, when is spring coming?  I got to see bare ground in some places on our trip and I am so jealous.