Monday, May 08, 2017

Busy Weekend!

We have had rain, rain and more rain.  For a whole week, nothing but rain.  The homes on Centre Island are being washed into the lake.  The beach at Ashbridges Bay is swamped.  Even as far out at Bowmanville the waters threaten the houses and sandbags need to be used.  It's the same in Quebec. 
But now the rain seems to have stopped.  At least where I live.  It is very cold though.  We had frost last night and will likely have more of it tonight.  But I have kept warm, dry and busy this past weekend. But now I am exhausted. 

On Saturday I went to the Rouge Valley Quilt Show.  I used to be a member, but when they changed venues, it became too difficult to get in and out of the church.  It was not wheelchair accessible.  There were no elevators and I could no longer walk up and down the stairs.  Unfortunately I had to quit, but when I heard they were having their quilt show I decided to go to the community centre to see my old quilting buddies and the gorgeous quilts that were on show.  I wanted to take lots of photos, but it was too difficult to get a good picture from my wheelchair with all the visitors that were there.  I did take a photo of Sandy Sinoco's hand appliqued quilt.  I love her work.  It is all hand done. It's gorgeous, wouldn't you agree?


 
Then on Sunday my daughter wanted to take William to Vandermeer`s.  It`s a garden centre.  I love that place and I went with her.  William only went to look at the fish and turtles.  He just loves those fish! 
 
 
 
It was a fun day.  William enjoyed himself and I bought a few perennials.  


Saturday, April 22, 2017

Buds

Happy Earth Day!
 
 

Friday, April 21, 2017

My Red Hexie Top is Finally Finished

I started this two years ago   I often left it in the bottom of a bin and worked on other things.  But since I had trouble getting out of bed, walking around and sitting at my sewing machine, I decided to finish this top.  I am very pleased with it. 



Last weekend was Easter.  William loves to colour eggs.  Here he is, hard at work.



Wishing everyone a very happy weekend.  Our weather is going to be cooperative and nice.

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Bruce's Mills Maple Syrup Festival

We went to the Maple Syrup Festival today.  It was the last day of the festival, so it was today or never.   Luckily for us the weather was not too bad.  It was kind of cold in the morning, but the sun was shining and it became warm by lunch time.

William loved the wagon ride, the birds of prey and tasting the maple products. 

Here he is on the horse-drawn wagon,
 
 
The birds of prey fascinated him. He gently touched the owl.  He just loves animals of all kinds.
 
 
And of course the maple lollipop was his favourite.
 
 
 
 
I have not found my missing posts yet.  But maybe it won't matter too much.  I didn't post very often last year.  I was not well and neither was my camera or computer.  I will try to find the photos of the quilts I managed to finish last year.  It will be just for my own use.  I hope you will find them interesting too.

Saturday, April 01, 2017

Oh, No!

I seem to have lost a whole year's worth of posts.  What happened?  I wanted to show you my finished red hexie top.  But I could not.  And when I tried to find it, I noticed that all my posts from last year are gone.  So here it is.  I am going to try again.

 

Friday, January 13, 2017

First Finish for 2017

I've been sick.  For two weeks.  They were the worst two weeks of my life.  But I have been feeling a bit better over the last few days.  And I was able to sew the binding onto my Shadow I Spy. 
I had it quilted by Janet Chisholm.  She actually finished it just before Christmas, but I was not able to do anything with it.  On the last Friday of the year I picked it up and took it home, intending to finish it before the end of the year.  But, like I said, I got sick.  A nasty flu.  But - better late than never.

 
William really loves this quilt.  It contains all of his favourite things.  From strawberries to fish.  He loves sitting on it and pointing to everything.
 
 


He also uses it as a play mat, driving his favourite trucks all over it. 

 
So this is officially my first finish of my 17 for 2017.  Now onto other projects.  I am linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts.
 

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Day Lilies, a Flimsy and a Zucchini Recipe

Several people asked me for the Zucchini Pineapple Loaf recipe.  So I will add it to the bottome of this post.  But first I want to show you my scrappy flimsy.  I started this a couple of years ago, but put it away when my machine started to give me problems.  I sewed a couple more rows and now I think I have had enough of this one.  I am calling it finished.


This quilt top reminds me of the Day Lilies I have blooming in my garden at the moment.  I love these.


This is a gorgeous peach coloured one.


Another peach coloured one, except this one has a dark centre.


A double peach lily.


A yellow day lily.

I have more, but I will save them for another day.

Now for the Pineapple Zucchini Loaf recipe.  This is from a "Company's Coming" book by Jean Pare called "Muffins and More".  It is my favourite book by her.

Zucchini Pineapple Loaf

2               eggs
1/2 cup     cooking oil
1 cup        sugar
1 cup        unpeeled, shredded zucchini
1/2 cup     crushed pineapple, drained
1 tsp         vanilla

2 cups       all purpose flour
1 tsp          baking soda
1/2 tsp       baking powder
1/2 tsp       salt
3/4 tsp       cinnamon
1/4 tsp       nutmeg
1/2 cup      chopped nuts  (I have used 1 cup raisins instead of nuts and it turned out great)

Method

Beat eggs, oil and sugar.  Sir in zucchini, pineapple and vanilla.

Measure remaining ingredients in another bowl.  Stir.

Pour all at once into batter.  Stir to moisten.  Pour into greased loaf pan 9x5x3 inches.  I use a bunt pan sprayed with PAM.  Bake in a 350 degree F oven for about 1 hour.  Test to see if it is done.  A toothpick will come out clean.  Cool for 10 minutes.  Turn loaf out to cool on a rack. This is delicious if cut into slices and spread with butter.  Yield 1 loaf.

I am linking up to The Needle and Thread Network.