Saturday, May 30, 2009

Heritage Park Quilt Festival

I am so excited to be going to this event on Sunday morning with my good friend Ria. I have been looking forward to going for months now. I am sure i will be in awe of the many new and antique quilts that will be on display. Not to mention the weather is suppose to be spectacular. I will be sure to take my camera and take lots of pictures for later post.

Have a good Sunday all!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Table topper

This table topper was a quick sew! I used a charm pack (and I threw out the label again so I don't know who made the fabric). Instead of making into a rectangle I made a square. The colours will match my Mom's kitchen where it will end up on her round table. As bonus she gets a little hot pad too! It was great fun to use my new machine (Husqvarna Sapphire 870) too.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

blogging friends

It has been rather busy around our house, dance competitions, soccer games, practices and academy (more soccer) plus regular dance classes, work, gardening, house hold chores, cooking etc etc. Nothing new to mom's out there. I did manage to get some sewing done last Friday and hopefully tomorrow I will get some pictures up with the new projects.
In the mean time, if you have just read this note could you please leave me a comment as I am not sure my blog is even being looked at. If you look at mine, I will look at yours. thanks a bunch

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Another of Genevieve's

Since the link didn't work from last week I am resending this entry. This week for Vintage Thingie Thursday another one of my great grandmother's quilts.
As promised last week, I would post another picture of my Great Grandmother's quilts. I sure wish could have met her and learned from her. Her sewing skills were amazing. Although I am told that she wasn't a very good cook and was extremely stingy! This quilt I can remember being on my bed as kid. The prints are now called "retro prints" ! I just laugh at that since I have this quilt when it was "in" fabric. I believe this is called an "Apple core" pattern. The edges are all scalloped with a beige binding. Lily always manages to get in on the pictures!!!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Tiger Tail

OMG I almost forgot to post that I completed another project, can't believe I even have it done ahead of time. I can officially take this off the WIP list. I made it for a family friend's graduation from university. It is a surprise for her, although I did ask her what her favourite colours are and these are her choices! I am not good with know which fabric came from which source or designer as I just buy what I like and what is on sale! Fabric in Canada is pretty expensive so i use what I find on sale or only buy small quantities. therefore the pieced back and two coloured binding!!!

She did it!

I am so thrilled to show you D#1 latest project. She made her first Miranda Bag. Working from fabrics in my stash we were able to coordinate a good looking bag...we think. The pattern was easy to follow. I did most of the cutting as she needs some practicing with the rotary cutter still. She did a great job with the sewing and can't wait to show her Home Ec teacher tomorrow! Now D#2 wants one!
Meanwhile I have been busy in the garden. It is greening up nicely and I even have a few tulips blooming! today however the weather is nasty, foggy, rainy yuck. Yesterday was beautiful with 20*C and sunny. I am just glad the snow didn't fall as they predicted. I have to run to IKEA today to get some hardware for a green house the neighbour gave me. then I will work on the table runner for my mom and maybe sandwich "lemonade". Still learning all there is to know on my new machine. I have a class to attend on Thursday to learn more!
Have a good one!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

eeuuwww gross

Lily turned 1 on Monday and today she became hunter extraordinaire! She caught a little squirrel in the backyard. However getting rid of that in the garbage was the grossest and hardest thing I have ever done. I hope I can sleep tonight without nightmares.


I told you last week that my post for Vintage Thingie Thursday would combine two of my favourite things, antiques and quilts. Well I guess you could say this lady started my love of quilting before I was even born. My great grandmother Genevieve was a wonderful, beautiful seamstress, quilter, crocheter, tatter etc. I never met her as she passed before I was born, but I truly feel her sewing genes were passed through my dad on to me! Either that or I was born in the wrong generation!!! I am also very fortunate to have had passed down to me some of her quilting.

Recently on a trip to the family farm in Ohioby me and a trip to Missouri by my dad, I also receied some of her tools she used for crocheting and tatting. There were even some unfinished projects with thread/yarn still attached. Kind of eerie but great to know she even had some UFO's!!! I hope to one day to get these all framed in dedication to her.

As best that I can tell all her quilts were hand pieced and quilted. If anyone knows the official name of this star quilt I would appreciate knowing.

tThis purple, green and yellow appliqued quilt is my favourite. I love tulips and she must have too! It is too bad there are a few stains on this one, but it was well used over the years.

Stay tuned for more of her work in further post. that is all I could get photographed outside before the rain stared.! Genevieve's family came from Europe (but haven't been able to pin point either Netherlands or France). The family homesteaded near Marysville, KS. Later she and her husband moved to Missouri and then to Ohio to be with their only son, my grandfather.
Update Oct 11/09: The star quilt is called Seven Stars and the floral one is Noon Day Lily with a ribbon border both patterns publised by Ruby Short McKim from Kansas. She often published them in the Kansas City Star newspaper

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Pink glass

In between soccer games and dance classes this evening I quickly took some photos of my grandmother's pink glass set for Vintage Thingie Thursday. I always admired this pink glass dessert set in my grandmother's house for as long I can remember. I was fortunate enough to receive it after she passed in 1997. There are no marks on the glass. I consider it a dessert set because there are mostly sundae/parfait glasses and bowls to the set, one covered dish and 8 plates. I have used it once and awhile over the years, but the glass is so thin and delicate I have to be extra careful washing them. I took the pictures so quickly I didn't have time to wash them, hope you can't see too much dust!!! Next week I hope to combine two of my favourite hobbies, antiques and quilting....hint they were made by someone in my family!

Have a great week.

New machine

I was in my favourite LQS shop today while I was out running errands. I had looked briefly at a new machine a few weeks back and wanted to actually touch and feel this machine. It is an Husqvarna/Viking Sapphire 870. I currently have a Janome which is about 12 years old and still work sgreat, but I wouldn't mind a few more automatic functions and the decorative stitches and larger work area this H/V offers.
Any one else have this machine? Any comments or advice would be helpful.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

finally a moment!

AAAAhhhhh finally moment to put my feet up and watch TV and cruise on the internet! This past week has been incredibly busy. My daughter and i spent 3 days last week at her dance competition about 1.5 hrs from home. although there was a hectic dance schedule I did manage to get some sewing time in. Like they say "If there is a will there is a way." I took my machine and my "Diamond or Squares" quilt to get the sashing on. I was successful in getting them on and having the bed in the room let me see it on a bed right away!

By the way my daughter did awesome at her competition. I was so proud of her.

The rest of the weekend was spent at work getting my Standard First Aid certificate. Whew glad that is finished too

It is finally starting to look like spring around here. The tulips are blooming yet, but I did see a couple of daffodils and crocus out, finally.

This week is about the same. I am working a couple of days, (substitute preschool teacher). Kids have soccer games, practice, dance classes, etc etc. I never stop.

Yesterday I did manage to get some maching quilting done on my "Lemonade" quilt. I just need another hour and I will have the top done. we are off to another dance competition this weekend, but the whole family will go with us this time and celebrate Mother's Day together.