A Pieceful Life

A Pieceful Life

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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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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Giveaway

I found a neat giveaway this morning – why don’t you head on over and check this out too!

Meemaw loves to quilt is giving away this book

I love books, especially books about quilting – fingers crossed for ME  LOL

Blessings, Peg

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Summer Days

I have no excuse, none at all.

The only ‘reason’ I’ve not been blogging…..is sheer laziness.

It must be these ‘Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer’. 

 

But I’ve not been enjoying sodas, or pretzels or beer – although I do wish that summer could always be here. 

As much as I’m enjoying the heat that we’re finally experiencing, after such a long, long winter, cold spring, and late summer – I do find the heat draining. 

And so I am lazy!

 

But life hasn’t been all non-productive.  In my few short spurts of energy, I have continued with trying to use up all the scraps that have been saved.  And so here’s the last of them used up:

From Christmas scraps – some coasters, mug rugs

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and hot mats:

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And a stocking for someone to hang by their chimney with care:007

And then the selvedge scraps – a bag to carry along a small cutting mat:

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And another small bag to carry the smalls (scissors, cutter, thread, needles):

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that attaches to the large bag, inside or out, with a magnet:

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So that empties the bins of all the scraps.  Amazingly, even using up scraps left scraps.  So what did I do with those?  Well, I made a couple of small dog pillows for my friends with small dogs – just simply sewed a square of dog fabric and stuffed all those bits and pieces into it and closed it up.  Completely washable, and great for when they want to ‘scrunch’ their beds up.  But there was just so much more even yet, so I found a couple of larger pieces of dog fabric in my stash, and made a big pillow, for our DD and DSIL’s large dog.  She apparently loves it.  Sorry to say I neglected to take pictures before I delivered these goodies.

Now that the scrap bins are emptied, the rest of the work has to be done.  I have 4 flimsies to quilt – and 92 12” blocks to sew together into some size of quilt top (or two).

Others have apparently found the summer days whizzing by with much to do – and so this was long in arriving:006

I won this through Myra’s PhD Challenge that I joined January to June.  I was so surprised – didn’t even realize there was a give-away that went along with it.  Now that the scrap bins are all emptied, I can start to work on some of the other projects I’ve lined up – like this lovely wall hanging.  Thanks so much Myra – love it!

On the home front, we’ve been doing some sprucing up and cleaning out – and had a garage sale last weekend, that was quite successful.  Just a couple of items left we’d like to sell:

This hanging chair would be perfect on somebody’s patio, under a tree, with a soda (or beer) and some pretzels:

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And this antique office chair – we just no longer have the space, and it’s been sitting in the basement for a while now:

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Know anybody in the area that might want them?

The proceeds from the garage sale went to good use – found a good deal, and got something we’ve wanted for a while:001

This lovely has pride of place on our counter now – and has produced some delicious muffins already (that’s the most I want to bake in this heat).  Looking forward to homemade bread without the grunt work this winter (more laziness, I guess).

Happy lazy summer days!           Blessings, Peg

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Congratulations Are in Order

Last week we were looking at email messages when the phone rang.

The phone call – an engagement announcement.

The message we were reading – another engagement announcement.

Our DS1 and our nephew gave their beloveds their rings on the same weekend.

So why have I taken so long to share the good news?  Well, I was kind of waiting for some pictures…..which haven’t arrived yet!!

Our DS1 lives in Alberta, and they tell us they haven’t managed to get any good pictures yet.  So here’s a picture from my archives of the 2 of them:Nice smile

We’re told to expect a summer wedding in Nova Scotia – so we’re beginning to plan our cross-Canada trip!

We’re headed to Alberta in a couple of weeks, so I’ll get pictures and share them then.

On Sunday, we celebrated our nephew’s 30th birthday (he lives much closer).  And we got to take pictures of the newly engaged couple:

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Sounds like a spring wedding (whew – should have enough time to get from one to the other).

Don’t they all look so very happy!

And we, of course, are happy for them.  And so excited to have weddings to plan and attend coming up!

Happy engagements!                  Blessings, Peg

Friday, August 12, 2011

Joining Up

I love a mystery, book, TV show, movie – or quilt!  They are almost impossible for me to resist.

But most mystery quilts I’ve done after the fact – when I can see the end result.  I know, I know, that’s not the intent, but so often I just don’t get around to doing them on time.  Or I don’t hear about them until the mystery has been answered.

This time, though, I’m in at the beginning.  Myra has created a mystery quilt, and I’m going to try to keep up with the mystery.  Maybe you’d like to join, too!

Myra's Mystery

Happy, happy mystery!                 Blessings, Peg

Thursday, August 11, 2011

In the Good Old Summer Time…..

It’s hard to believe that it’s been a week since I posted last.  Time sure does fly when you’re having fun. 

And it has been fun…..

We took in the car show at our local show garden, actually a couple of weeks ago now:

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We spent a few days with my parents, visiting and relaxing on what turned out to be the hottest weekend so far this summer.    On Sunday afternoon my sister, and 2 cousins with their husbands joined us for dinner – great time catching up!003

 

This is a picture of the 4 ‘girls’.  The last time my cousins were with us was on the occasion of my parents’ 60th anniversary.

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Before we headed home we took time to visit a cheese factory:014

And a fruit farm:

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Then we found a chocolate shop

Chocoliro Finest Chocolate, Armstrong

After stocking up at all of these fine producers, we headed home.

A couple of days ago, we joined our local ESS team for a museum tour and pot-luck dinner.  Our town has a lovely little museum in the old train station right ‘downtown’.  One of our members is a life-long resident, and the 5th generation of her family in this area, so she was able to answer all of our questions!

Then she toured us through her own show garden – a fabulous small acreage that she and her husband have nurtured to a place of beauty and serenity.  Unfortunately I didn’t think to take my camera!

So that’s what we’ve been up to.  How has your summer been going?

Happy summer days!           Blessings, Peg

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Done and….

Well, not done, but one more step forward.

Yesterday I finished up the Christmas Wreath table topper:002

This was a challenge in our little quilt group – no time limits, just all do the same pattern.  Because it’s summer now, we’re not meeting, so I don’t have pictures of the other ones that have been done.

And the August block for the Canadian Colors BOM at Canadian Quilters on Quilt With Us:

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This has been a fun project, started by Shannon – great watching everybody post pictures of their blocks as they get done.

Happy quilting.          Blessings, Peg