Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Apple Picking

I have only made 2 hexie flowers since the last time I posted.  But that was only a few days ago.  I had wanted to make more, but we got too busy.  Maybe today I will get some more done.

Apple picking was on the agenda instead.

Sitting in the apple orchard.  Macintosh apples.

This is yummy!

A bushel of apples just for me?

Playing with the trucks and farm equipment.

I have to stay home today and wait for the Bell guy to come and fix the reception on my TV.. Nothing is working.  And I can't figure it out.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Cool Temperatures, Warm Heart on Grandparents' Day

After the hot, hot week we had, this past weekend was kind of chilly.  And it rained!  Oh how it rained!  But we needed it.  Today should be sunny and somewhat warmer.  But I woke up to 8C (about 46F) this morning.  Had to put a sweater on.  It's that time of year again.

Yesterday was Grandparents' Day.  This was my first one.  We took William grocery shopping and then over to our house for lunch in order to give my DD a break.  He was all smiles the entire time, calling out to everyone in the store which a loud, "Hi".  I think he really enjoyed himself.

On Saturday there was a pancake breakfast for grandparents, sponsored by our provincial government.  It was held at a fantastic play centre that my DD frequents often.  She picked me up and we went over there.  William had a blast.  He loves that place and knows where all of his favourite toys are kept.

The ball basket is one of his favourites.  He loves taking the balls out of the basket and throwing them all over the place.  My DD tried to direct him to throw them to her, but he found a mirror and decided he only wantrd to throw them to himself (his image in the mirror).  The mirror was tilted down, so he could see himself, but I couldn't.  He has a very good aim for such a little tyke.

He has also started to walk in the past month.  Oh, yeah, and to flush the toilet.  There is no stopping him now.  Only one more month to go and he will be one year old.  I can't believe how fast the time has gone.

I sewed a few more hexie flowers in the evening.  Think I will do some more this morning, as soon as I have had a coffee to warm myself up.


Friday, September 11, 2015

Some Hexie Flowers

I have been away for a long time.  Two weeks to be exact.  I have been sick, the weather has been very hot and I just haven't been inspired to sew anything.  Today is not a good day either. I just realized that this is the anniversary of 9/11.  I am also traumatized by the photo of the little Syrian boy who died on the beach.  Wish our country would do more for these people. But back to reality,  I have a dental appointment at noon.  Still have to take a shower, wash my hair and drive over to the mall on my scooter.  Hope it doesn't rain, even though we need it badly.

I only made 2 hexie flowers up until last Friday.  I had wanted to make more of them, but it never happened.

I decided that if I wanted to ever get this quilt done, I would have to make more flowers.  I thought 50 hexies a week would be a good number.  That would give me 7 hexie flowers for a total of 49 hexies.  Then I could make a few green hexies and meet my goal.  I didn't want to make my challenge too difficult.  50 hexies was fine with me.  That is only one hexie flower per day.

So by the end of the weekend I had made 4 hexie flowers to add to my quilt.  I was so excited! I was getting somewhere.  So I stepped up the hexie making and made a total of seven more this week.

That's a total of 13 hexie flowers since I last posted anything.  I am going to stick to this plan. Our Tuesday morning Friendship Group starts meeting again next week.  I would love to be close to finishing this quilt top.  I have so many plans for new quilts in my head.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Sometimes Life Gets in the Way of Quilting

I have been away from my blog for a long time.  The only thing I can blame it on is life.  It happens. William has started to walk.  But I have not been able to get any photos of him.  He has been so miserable lately because he is teething.  Two teeth have just broken through on the bottom.  But it seems there are others coming in soon.

I have been working on the red hexies (handwork) and the scrap vortex (machine work). I'll show you more later.  But for over a week I suffered from a summer cold.  It was in my head and in my lungs and for several days I had laryngitis.  It was not nice and all I wanted to do was sleep.

I also canned some produce from my garden.  I made 14 jars of peach jam, 5 jars of refrigerator pickles and 5 jars of zucchini refrigerator pickles.  I also put several jars of tomato sauce into the freezer.  Then a couple of days ago I made salsa, 7 jars of it.  It tastes delicious and makes me want to go up to the store and buy a bag of corn chips.

My garden is still growing nicely.  Here is a picture of my perennial hibiscus.  These are 6 inches across.  Very beautiful!  And they come up year after year.

I picked a bouquet of flowers to grace my kitchen table.  Sweet William, Black-eyed-Susans, Jerusalem Artichokes, Shasta Daisies and snapdragons.

Planning to do a little bit of everything today.  Some gardening, some sewing, and some zucchini grating.  Yes!  I still have way too many zucchinis!  I plan to make some fritters today.  

Monday, August 10, 2015

On the Lam.......In a Jam.

I corralled the peaches and turned them into jam.  Yum.

On the lam.
In a jam.
I made a total of 14 jars of jam and 3 jars of peach preserves.  Some of them have already been spoken for.

Thursday, August 06, 2015

Garden Stuff

I've been busy in the garden.  This what my peach tree looked like.

My DH picked some on the weekend.  And today I picked some more.

They will be totally ripe over the next few days.  I plan to can some and maybe make a batch of peach jam.  My DD wants to can some too.  She is hoping that they will last until the beginning of next week.  She has a very busy weekend lined up.

I planted some dill in my garden this spring.  When I went to take a photo of it I noticed a couple of fat caterpillars on the plant.

At first glance they looked like Monarch Butterfly caterpillars.  But why were they on my dill plants? Monarchs lay their eggs on milkweeds.   So I decided that the caterpillars in my garden were Swallowtails.  They look similar.  But Monarchs have yellow stripes and Swallowtails have yellow dots.

I picked a few more cucumbers this morning too.  Tonight I am going to make refrigerator pickles,  I made some last year and they were delicious. Still trying to figure out what to make with the abundance of zucchinis.  Maybe I'll pickle some of those too.

Since this is a quilting blog and not a gardening blog I will show you the scrap vortex I have been working on.  Still have a lot to do on this.  But the mindless sewing has been fun.  I was inspired by Crazy Mom's sew along, but I did not follow her instructions exactly.  I have made many scrap quilts and I just wanted to do something simple.  My blocks are not done yet.  And they are not sewn together.  But you get the idea.


Friday, July 17, 2015

A Finish!

Not much has been going on around here as far as machine sewing is concerned.  But when I was cleaning up last week I found this little quilt.  I don't think I meant to make it this small.  I was probably going to put some more rail fence blocks onto it.  But when I looked at it, it spoke to me and asked me to leave it this size and just finish it. Good idea!  So that is what I did. There is just a little bit of hand sewing on the back still to do because I put a sleeve on it.  It measures about 21 by 21 inches.  But it's a finish!  Doing the happy dance!  It is so important to me to have completed something.  It makes me want to continue on with other projects.  I think my mojo is starting to come back.  Hurray!

Since I have gotten in the habit of showing you some of the flowers in my garden, I thought I would continue this and show you a couple of my Oriental Lilies.

I have several white ones.  I love these because they seem to light up dark corners in my flower beds.

This is only a small part of a huge patch of lilies.  I love the colour on these.  The individual plants are about 4 feet tall.  That may be because we had so much rain this year.

Now back to sewing curtains.  I just have a couple of seams to finish off and the first set will be done. My son will be doing the happy dance too.

I think it is appropriate for me to be happy dancing and whooping it up with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict this week.