Thursday, September 28, 2017

'Some Bunny Loves You'

A baby quilt for a special baby..
I made this quilt a few months ago.  It had to be ready for the baby's shower back in June.  My machine was giving me problems and I didn't know the baby's name.   So I never got the label put on and I forgot to get a photo of it.  But now that we know it is a healthy baby girl, I asked for the quilt back so that I could put the label on.  (No quilt is complete without a label, you know)  And, since I had it back in my hands, I took the opportunity to get this photo too.  But those aren't my hands. Thanks DD for holding it up for me.

Monday, September 25, 2017

A Day at the Zoo

Yesterday was a very hot day!  Not just for a summer's day, but especially for a day in September, after fall has already arrived.  The high was 32C but with the humidity it felt like 40C.  We needed an escape.  So we went to the zoo.  That is not really an unusual destination.  You see, we are members of the Metro Toronto Zoo, so we go often.  I take Wheeltrans and my DD drives over with William.

Here he is studying the map.  What shall we do today?  He wanted to see the giraffes, but we never made it there.  There were too many distractions along the way.  Because it was so hot, we went to the splash pad, which had been opened for the day, especially because of the heat.

We battled thousands of people to use the equipment.  I took this photo with my telephoto lens.  It was very difficult to get a good picture with so many people in the way.  But here is William just coming off the slide.  That's his favourite!  The rest of the time he was kind of a blur as he 'flew' back over to the stairs to go up again.. I love to see him having fun.

Today will be another scorcher, but I think I will stay home and do some sewing.  I'll try to post something quilt related in the next few days..

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Kaffe Fasset Hearts

I was getting kind of bored doing the little white hexies for my colouful hexie project that I showed you a while ago.  So I decided to switch  to Kaffe Fasset fabrics, just to keep things interesting.  I am doing hand appliqued hearts and machine sewn nine patches.  I found some light yellows in my stash, so I am using that.

This project is going to take me a long time.  But that's okay.  I am in no hurry.  I love hand applique and my machine is giving me woes.  It keeps jamming up and stopping on me.  And also, the light doesn't work any more.  I may have to buy a new machine before too long.  Anyone got any ideas as to what I should get?

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Some Baking

I planted some zucchini plants this spring.  They are producing well.  I also planted a striped variety.  It grew under the others and one of the zucchinis was missed.  It just grew and grew until I got this:

It's huge.  I don't know what I am going to do with it.  I did have some smaller ones that are delicious in salads and as vegetables.  They also bake into delicious cakes and loaves.  Here is a zucchini loaf I baked yesterday.  I usually put nuts or raisins into the mix.  But this time I used mini chocolate chips.  We'll have to see if it is as good as the others,

Then, because the kitchen was only about a 100 degrees, (LOL) I baked a lemon pound cake.  Also haven't tasted this one yet, but it smells heavenly.

Today I am going back to my sewing.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Colourful Hexies

I needed something to keep me busy during the hot summer months.  But those hot months never arrived.  We had lots of rain though.  So I worked on the hexies when I couldn't go out. This is what I got done so far.

It's all made out of scraps.  And a large piece of white on white that I found in my stash.  This should keep me going for some time into the fall and maybe even into winter.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

At the Zoo

Well, that last post was easy.  A little too easy.  I am wondering if I can do that again.  So here is another post.  I became a member of the Toronto Zoo a couple of weeks ago.  I think it is the best thing I have ever done.  I love the zoo!  And William does too.  Here he is looking at the huge fish in an aquarium.

Gosh!  Those fish are almost as big as he is!

A Picnic in the Park

I finally have a new computer.  It's a laptop and I am learning how to use it.  Everything is new to me and I am a slow learner.  So this is sort of a test.   My DS came over last evening and showed me how to download the photos from my camera.  It really wasn't very difficult, but I could never have done it on my own.

This is William in the park.  He is sitting on a picnic quilt I made a few years ago and waiting for someone to toss him a ball.  

Saturday, July 01, 2017

Happy Canada Day

I am proud to be a Canadian.  But not so proud of all the things our country has done throughout the past 150 years.  The Japanese who were living in B.C. and considered themselves to be Canadian were not treated very well during the Second World War.  Our native peoples have also had a bad rap.  From residential schools to having their lands taken from them.  They were here first, bat that didn't seem to matter.  'O Canada our home on native land'. 

In the 1920's there was an advertisement in one of the Maritime newspapers for the sale of a slave.  And we thought slavery only happened south of the border. 

The Chinese built our railroads.  In the 50's Italian men were recruited for the construction industry. Jews were often discriminated against.  We begrudgingly allowed a boatload of Tamils onto our shores when they had no where to go. 

And now the newcomers.  Will they be treated alright.  It seems that way so far.  But who knows what will happen in the future. 

I immigrated with my family in 1957.  I was almost 9 years old at the time.  I didn't want to leave The Netherlands - my grandparents and aunts and uncles and my school friends.  I thought I would never see them again. 

I spoke no English and had to attend a new school.  Everything was new to me.  I thought I would hate it here.  But then I saw the stores.  You could buy a gallon of ice cream and keep it in the fridge.  This was new.  We never had a fridge in Holland.  I thought I had died and gone to heaven. 

I learned to speak the language without any problems.  I was able to go to the library and borrow books.  That was exciting,  I made new friends.  It was all good. 

We became Canadian citizens three years later.  Now I wouldn't want to live anywhere else in the world.

I was working on a few red and white quilts for Canada Day.  But they didn't get done.  I am also busy putting the finishing touches on a couple of baby quilts that have to be done next week.  I also have a few flag pillows that I am working. on.  Also, not done.  But I did manage to go to Sheridan Nurseries last week and buy a couple of flag plows.  Here they are.  I love these things.

Yes.  I am happy and proud to be a Canadian.