Saturday, March 29, 2014

Earth Hour

First I want to thank everyone who wished me a Happy Birthday yesterday.  Between snail mail, my blog, emails and Facebook comments, I was busy all day!  Then my DD and her fiance came over for dinner and brought me these beautiful flowers.

I thought this bouquet was perfect for Earth Hour - the bounty of our planet to brighten up my kitchen. What more could one ask for?  So if you want to help bring attention to saving our world, join us for Earth Hour at 8:30pm this evening.  Just turn off the lights and television for one hour.  Light a candle and sit with family and friends, chatting and enjoying the solitude.

Happy Earth Hour to everyone!

Thursday, March 27, 2014


It's been a week since I last posted anything.  Not much sewing has been going on here, so there is not much to show.  I have been working on my hexies, though.  About 150 are prepped and just waiting to be sewn into the the quilt top.

On Monday evening I decided I needed a few more dishcloths.  So I found some nice spring coloured cotton and got started.  Felix sat on them as soon as i put them down, but he refused to look at me when I took the photo.  I still love him though!

Last week I showed you a photo of the crocuses growing in the front of my house.  I was hoping they would be in bloom by now, but NOT!!

It's been way too cold.  Below freezing temps and lots of wind.  We did miss the storm that moved through just south of us and hit the Maritimes with up to 50cm of snow, the biggest storm they have had this winter.

The only things growing are inside.  This is an Amaryllis that I bought a couple of years ago.  It went dormant and now it is ready to bloom again.  There are two buds on this one and another plant has one bud.  Can't wait for these to open up.

And my Streptocarpus is doing fantastic!  It went into a dormant spell, but now it is blooming again.  I love these blue flowers.  I know these plants are indoors, but they give me hope that spring will arrive one day - soon, I hope.

Tomorrow I will be 24106 days old.

Thursday, March 20, 2014


In an hour or so spring will be here.  Don't get me wrong.  I love spring, but I am a bit skeptical this year.  It doesn't feel like spring and it doesn't look like spring.  In fact, it looks just like winter to me.

This is the view from my front window.  Still lots of snow.

I decided to work on my 'green quilt'.  I need green in my life right now.  This quilt is from a 2005 calendar by Fons and Porter.  This was the quilt for March.  There were no instructions, so I just made it from 2.5 inch squares and bigger pieces of all the greens I had in my stash at that time.  When I ran out of green fabrics, I put it away and just found it again this year.  I have more greens now, so I think I can finish it.

It's called, 'Scraps of Green'.

It is only 2C today and we have had snow flurries all morning.  But look what I found in front of my house. A patch of crocuses, just showing their green shoots above the ground.  They are only a foot or so from the house, so they are in a warm zone.  Usually they are blooming by now. But not this year.  Still, I'll take any sign of spring that I can get, especially if it is green.  
So bring spring on!  To this year's winter I say, 'enough is enough!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Friday, March 14, 2014

Scraps and Pi

I was searching through my stash the other day, looking for a quilt I had started in 2005.  It was in a Fons and Porter calendar for the month of March, all done in green fabrics.  I really loved that photo and decided to make the quilt, but I ran out of greens.  My stash was not as extensive then, as it is today.  I found the green blocks, but I also found a partially completed top made with 2.5 inch scraps.  I decided I needed to finish this one first.

I worked on it all morning and hoped to show you the finished flimsy, but I guess my calculations were not the best, or maybe there is a block hiding somewhere in my sewing room.  Anyway, I am one 25-patch block short.

Calculations are not my forte.  But I do know that it is Pi Day today.  My DS is a math instructor at a local college, so this day is celebrated at our house yearly.

"Meow.  What is pie day?"

Oh.  Hi Felix.  It's not pie day,  It's pi day.

"Meow.  I love pie!  Especially catnip pie!"

I am talking about pi.  3.14 as in today's date, March 14th.   It's defined as the ratio of a circumference of a circle to its diameter.  This is the symbol for it.

I don't expect you to understand, Felix.  You have to be kind of nerdy to get this stuff and maybe not a cat.  But it is also Albert Einstein's birthday today, so it is a double nerdy day.

"Meow.  So are we going to have pie today - catnip pie?  I hope, I hope!"

Maybe, if I can get out to the store.

Buy I don't think that is going to happen.  We had another huge dumping of snow a couple of days ago. And yesterday it was very, very cold, so nothing melted.  Today it is nicer, but there is still too much snow out there for me to get out on my scooter.

I think I will go back to my sewing room and look for the missing block and if I can't find it I guess I will make another one.

Have a Great Weekend, Everyone!

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Goodnight Irene Update

Got one more row of my 'Goodnight Irene' sew along quilt done.  Just haven't sewn it to the first two rows. Terry is hosting this one. Go over there and look at some of the other quilts made in different colours.  So interesting to see how different they look.  Now back to the sewing room.  I have to cut some more 2.5 inch green squares so that I can keep on using them as leaders and enders for this project.

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

It Still Isn't Over!

Environment Canada warns us that our winter is not over yet.  Spring will be delayed.  Like I needed to hear that!  I took a photo of the front of my house yesterday.  I can't believe how much snow we still have and it is already the 5th of March.  

I want to see flowers!  I want my crocuses to bloom in front of my house and the snowdrops to show up in the backyard.  I wonder how long I will have to wait for that.  I need colour!  While surfing some blogs this morning, I came across one that showed some fabric flowers.  Can't remember where I saw them, but I saved the link to the tutorial and made a few of them.  I didn't have the right tools and I wasn't able to make any leaves, but I think they look pretty in a pot of jade.  You can find the tutorial on this blog.  It is on her sidebar.  They are called, Fleur de Marguerite.

Remember I promised you a photo of my hexie demonstration at our guild a couple of weeks ago. Well a kind member sent me this photo.  Those are all of my hexagon projects in the back.

My longarm quilter got the quilt. that I am putting into our quilt show. finished.  Gosh it looks great.
I would post a photo, but I think I will wait until after the show is over.  Now I just have to sew on the binding, make a hanging sleeve and a label.  But in order to do that, I will have to take another trip to the quilt shop to buy some fabric.  Ha!  Poor me.