A Pieceful Life

A Pieceful Life


I'm so glad that you stopped by, and hope that you enjoy your visit. Here you will find pieces of my life - quilting, cross-stitch, family, travel, friends.
My name is Peg - I am a 60ish wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, friend - and if we're not already related or friends, hope to become your friend too.
We live in the eastern end of the beautiful Fraser Valley, about 1.5 hours east of Vancouver, BC. Empty nesters, we have one son living just a few minutes away, our other son and daughter live in Alberta.
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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Hanging Quilts

So what do you do with all of the quilts that you’ve made – and keep?

Do they get stored away in a cupboard away from light and heat to preserve them – except when they’re being used, of course?

Or do you hang them around your house, to that everybody gets to see them?

In our house, quilts are displayed varying ways – the ones being used are, of course in their rightful place on the bed, or the table, or the wall. 

Wall hangings can be easy to display – with a rod through the sleeve (or tabs) and some nice cord – and everybody can enjoy them.

I have a couple small ones that are just tacked to the wall in my sewing room:016


A larger wall-hanging required a long rod, but I persuaded Grizz to put together a ‘hanger’ like one I’d seen at a sewing show a few years ago:80.Rack

79.Homespun Harmony


This was the model he used to make these:






A few years back, we found some beautiful black willow limbs, that Grizz cleaned up and we attached some cording and hung them on the wall – for a place to put bed-size quilts when not in use:015

But I have a number of small table mats, and closet storage can be at a premium, to say nothing of having to fold them and the creases that ensue when they’re piled up.  So a few years ago Grizz made me a couple of these racks:011


Then there was a small space beside the china cabinet in the dining room – and we made use of that with some wall hangers:014



When my friend Gail saw these, she wanted something similar to hang her large quilts on a wall in her great room – and Grizz came up with this design:006

Instead of the rod sitting on a bracket, the rods here go through the bracket on each end, and there’s more space between the rod and the wall, so large quilts will fit easier.

Happy displaying!          Blessings, Peg


Well,the Free Motion Quilting challenge began a few days ago, and I’ve been working away at it, a little bit at a time.  Here’s what got finished Days 4-6:


Mug rugs – stippled:


A table mat for our trailer – again stippled:


Another table mat – this time I tried a bit of a pattern – kind of like flower petals.



Head on over to The Challenge to see what everybody else is doing – and I think there’s still time to join in on the fun if you’re so inclined!

Happy FMQ!             Blessings, Peg

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Wednesday’s Words

I came across this, this morning on Bonnie Hunter’s site, Quiltville.  There was no copyright that I could see, but I found a web-site for the author, Elinor Peace Baily and received permission to share this with you all.  

There's nothing like being prepared:

The Quilter's Last Will And Testament*

I,___________________________,being of sound mind (a statement which does not bear close examination) do hereby record my last will and testament.

Knowing that __________________________________, my _________________ (husband, sister, or friend) hasn’t the least understanding or appreciation for, or for that matter, knowledge of my extensive fabric collection, which collection is suitably deposited in sundry places for safekeeping.

Knowing also that ___________________________ has already notified the local dumpster to pick up and dispose of the before mentioned collection "willy-nilly" (the thought of which causes me a most severe case of hives).

Therefore, I do will this collection and all other collections related to it, to my dear friend and fellow fabric preservationist, _________________________.

It is my wish that she/he, upon hearing of my death and obtaining clear proof that I did not manage, although goodness knows I tried, to take it with me, would come to my home post haste, before the dumpster, and search out my collection which is similarly stored at her own abode.

That she should rescue said collection and stack it in my quilting studio, along with my sewing machines, frames, old buttons, lace, patterns, quilts, dolls and works in progress.

After she/he has done this, she/he should purchase refreshments for my friends not yet departed, which friends are also her/his friends, and every last one shall be in that room and they shall hold a wake and say lovely and kind things about me until they run out and then they shall divide amongst themselves, by lot, my wonderful collection.

I shall be hovering over that very spot until this is done. _______________________ shall then quit this spot and close the door, leaving trivialities to those who do not understand. This is my wish on the matter.

Signed: ____________________ Date: ___________

Notarized: __________________ Date: ___________

*This is not a legal document                                                                               

Written By Elinor Peace Baily,
Published in "The Cloth Doll"
Spring/Summer 1990

Reprinted with permission

Monday, April 25, 2011

Post Easter Post

Sounds like an answer to a crossword puzzle clue – hmmm, wonder what the clue would be?

But it is post-Easter, and a wonderful weekend it has been!  Filled with family, friends and faith!

Good Friday dinner was scrumptious, including both turkey and goose (I think my SIL is feeling rather sentimental these days – goose was their family tradition).


You can see that our favorite hang-out is the kitchen!

Friday evening Mr. Soccer and Ms Student invited us to their church service – a wonderful remembrance of the sacrifice of our Lord.

Easter Sunday started with a sunrise service – held by nearby churches at our local show garden.  Just as the sun was cresting the top of the mountains, believers gathered to celebrate the Resurrection, voices raised in praise and worship, with the church spire off to the side pointing as if to say ‘This is the Way’

68.Easter Sunrise service 69.


In the afternoon we walked along the river – and watched some folks working with a falcon:



We finished the weekend with ham dinner – and a game of cards – with friends!

Happy Happy Easter!

Design Wall Monday

Well, the Design Wall hasn’t changed this past week – still Pumpkins and Spice there waiting for some fabrics to arrive so I can move forward.  I did sew as many sections together as I could:001


But that doesn’t mean sewing hasn’t been happening.  I finished up my scraps with making some coasters and mug rugs:DSCN2808

Then I pulled out a pattern from my files, and made three of these:002

Not all the same fabric, but the same design.

Also finished up these flimsies:


All this in preparation for the Free Motion Quilting Challenge

So with the machine all set up, I’ve done some FMQ – with reasonably good results so far:005


Now, I’m practicing pebble quilting – not so sure about this:010


The FMQ challenge will also help me to move forward with the PhD challenge – it’s these challenges that keep me moving!

Happy challenges!    Blessings, Peg

Sunday, April 24, 2011

He is Risen

He is Risen …. Indeed!

Happy Easter!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Holy Saturday

Thought of the day; ~

Greatest man in history, named Jesus,

Had no servants, yet they called him Master.

Had no degree, yet they called him Teacher.

Had no medicines, yet they called him Healer.

He had no army, yet kings feared Him.

He won no military battles, yet he conquered the world.

He committed no crime, yet they crucified Him.

He was buried in a tomb, yet He lives today. ♥

Happy Easter Everyone

Friday, April 22, 2011

And the gloves come off

Actually – they go on!  I’ve joined a challenge – oh, how I can’t resist a challenge.  This one is Free Motion Quilting – an opportunity to practice with support and tips.  Members are to spend some time every day for 2 weeks practicing FMQ.

I have several small projects to start my practice:




I’ll be blogging my progress on the FMQ blog.  The link is on my side-bar as well, if you want to join – or just watch the fun!

Happy quilting!    Blessings, Peg

Good Friday


Wishing you all the many blessings of our Lord who died that we might live!

Happy Easter!             Blessings, Peg

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Wednesday’s Words–Hate Mail?

It’s hard to believe it, but apparently there are folks out there who think it’s okay to criticize meanly. 

Now I like to think that I’m a person who can accept constructive criticism – you know, suggestions on how something could be done better, easier …. what clothes look good and which don’t ….. ideas for quilts -  with grace and gratitude.   And I think that most bloggers are much the same.  If they weren’t they wouldn’t be willing to put themselves out there for all the world to see – and criticize!

But apparently there are some out there who think if they don’t like something another says or does, they have the right to knock the other person down.  I hope that makes sense. 

Personally I haven’t experienced such, but there are bloggers out there who have – so a thoughtful, considerate, helpful person (actually 2 people) have started a blog where mean-spirited comments can be deposited.

Go over here and check out the blog Vivienne and Mandi have opened just for venting about those nasty comments.

This is a good thing!

Happy venting!                 Blessings, Peg

Monday, April 18, 2011

Design Wall Monday

Lots of sewing happening around here – scraps being used up and a whole pile of blocks and flimsies waiting for attention. 

On the design wall:  Pumpkins and Spice001

It’s coming along – all but one element (do you see the hole toward the bottom right – just waiting for some fabric that Jo is sending me).  Next step – get these all sewn together, and work on borders.  Jo and I have talked about making it bigger (bed-size), but I think I’ll just keep it at this – 58”x64” – and use it for a seasonal wall hanging. 

This, of course, means that I need some more wall hangings for the other 3 seasons.  And Jo has one answer – she’s also sending me a Christmas panel that she found on a shop-hop last week.

You can follow our progress on this quilt, and possibly others that we will be doing in the future, over at our shared blog, Cross-Border Quilters .

On a completely different note – it’s our darling daughter’s birthday – she’s….. oops I guess I should never reveal a woman’s age.  She and SurferDude are heading off  for a week in the sun – what a great way to celebrate a special day!

Anyway, off to see a couple of clients this morning, then help our friends take the leftovers from their garage sale to the thrift store this afternoon, and quilting group this evening– I guess there won’t be much sewing done today!

Happy friendships!       Blessings, Peg

Saturday, April 16, 2011

FNSI Results

Last night was Friday Night Sew In

Handmade by Heidi

And after a loooonnnng absence I was finally at home and free to join in the fun.  To see the results from the rest of the gang – just click on the link on my side-bar.

So what did I get done?

Well, for the last few weeks, I’ve been sewing scraps (and have emptied 2 bins of strips.  Yippee!

I now have 4 of these:010

But that’s not what I did yesterday – after getting that much done, I started working on various blocks of scrap strips.  Some of these were completed yesterday:DSCN2810

I now have 30 12 1/2” blocks – a few more and I’ll have a great quilt for our trailer!

From the last of the scrap strips, I put together some mug rugs:DSCN2808

All ready for quilting and binding!

Then I put the sashing in these squares  - been hunting for just the right fabric for weeks!DSCN2811

And I got this applique strip done for Pumpkins and Spice:


These are both PhD projects, happy to be making some progress – the challenge is finished the end of June, but we’ll be off on vacation before the end of May, so my time is limited!  Did some shopping on Thursday, and found fabrics so I think I can finish these up in time.  This means I need to set aside the scraps and dedicate more time to the challenge. 

And just in time to meet another challenge that I’ve taken on – free motion quilting every day for 2 weeks starting next weekend.

As a result of all of this scrappy sewing, I have this pillow cover filled:DSCN2809

All ready to close it up and give it to some little puppy!

All in all a very productive FNSI – wish I could be home today to keep up the momentum, but……….

Off to help a neighbor with her moving sale, and bottle some wine.

Happy FNSI!           Blessings, Peg

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Challenges, challenges

I enjoy a challenge – really find it hard to resist – I just want to win!

But the challenges this week, are not about winning, but just for fun. 

Friday Night Sew-in

Handmade by Heidi

happens once a month or so, just can’t always make it with other commitments – but I think this Friday it will work, so I’m going to use the opportunity to work on another challenge

Free Motion Quilting – I love it, but find it extra hard to do on anything bigger than a mug-rug.  So I have a few scrap flimsies, lap-top size, that I will use to see if I can meet this challenge:


I wonder if it’s possible to get this good:

FNSI is actually a week early for the FMQ challenge, but there’s nothing wrong with getting a little practice in, is there?

Happy challenges!            Blessings, Peg

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Wednesday’s Words

Words – from the time I was a small child, I’ve love words….in books!

I learned to read early, and spent my childhood buried in books.  In high school, I worked in the school library.  As an adult I had a time when I was librarian in our church.  I read, read, read….not as much anymore as I used to (I fall asleep), but there’s still always a book handy, and with me just about everywhere I go.

When I retired, I thought it would be fun to volunteer in the local library.  Well, unions apparently don’t allow that – something about taking away somebody’s job???

Anyway, then I found the Friends of the Library (FOL), a group who support the local library with fundraising and promotional events.

It’s lots of fun doing book sales, and quiz nights, making up baskets for raffle………..and celebrating milestones.

Like this one:    10th Anniversary of the opening of our library building.  Prior to this apparently there was a mobile library, then a trailer where one could request books and pick up requests.  This is a lovely building, and so very welcoming.

Yesterday evening we gathered to celebrate – heard greetings from the mayors of our two little communities, and met the lady (standing just right of center in the gray pants and holding the yellow sweater)


who designed and made this quilt:


How fabulous to have a celebration of words…..in books!

Happy reading!   Blessings, Peg

Monday, April 4, 2011


This weekend would have been my mother-in-law’s 80th birthday.  And we were all wishing she was still here with us to celebrate. 

Grizz’s sister thought it would be nice for her children to gather together in her honor (because she passed away at such a young age, her grandchildren never knew her) – so six of us met to ‘remember Mom’.

We gathered at the cemetery, did a little clean-up, and placed some fresh flowers025


Balloons were often part of celebrations, so we brought some of those along023


And released them as we all wished her a Happy Birthday, confident that she was watching, so proud and happy with her family


It was too cold to stand around outside, so we went to the parents’ favorite eatery to do our reminiscing030


Happy Birthday Mom