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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Monday, October 31, 2011

Design Wall Monday

On the wall this morning is Down Winterberry Lane, the ‘together’ project that Jo from Pieceful Afternoon, and I are doing.

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You can follow the story of this quilt on our joint blog, Cross-Border Quilters

Next step – outer border!

Happy online quilt group projects!            Blessings, Peg

Christmas is Coming!

It’s hard to believe.  Today is Halloween – for those of you that celebrate, hope you have a good night!  But unbelievably in blog land Christmas is in the air.  Some have been getting ready for months already, but you really know the Season is almost upon us when……Secret Santa appears on the horizon.

I’ve not joined this swap before, but when one of my blog buddies posted that she was participating, it caught my attention, so thought I’d join in.        It’ll be fun!       I’m looking forward to meeting another new friend, and creating something unique just for her (?his) special Christmas gift! 

Today is the last day, so if you’re wanting to join the fun, best get there soon!  I’ve put the link on my side bar for you.

Happy seasons!                Blessings, Peg

Friday, October 28, 2011

Blogger Quilt Festival

This year I’ve decided to enter a quilt festival for the first time – a blogger festival!  Amy hosts this festival twice a year and it’s fabulous!  Great inspiration and wonderful new friends to meet!

Go on over to take a look at all the quilts – the festival runs this week – but wait until after you’ve looked at the quilt that I’m entering  LOL!

This quilt was made for our DD’s wedding – the basic pattern was Blue Posies chosen from Carol Doak’s book Easy Stash Quilts.  I have to admit that I didn’t make the quilt all by myself.  The groom’s godmother, Hermie and mother, Maureen Goldsmith (accredited Canadian quilt designer and teacher) were my partners.  Having Maureen to help with making the design unique and perfectly suited to the bride and groom was wonderful!

This first picture is the front of the quilt – the center is as the original design intended ….. and then we added the borders.  Colors were chosen to reflect the favorites of the bride and groom, the colors for the wedding, and the fact that the wedding was held on the sea side in the Dominican Republic.  The wide, light-colored border is hand-embroidered with various words and phrases supplied by the bride and groom to personalize the quilt:QuiltfrontI

 

This second picture is the  back of the quilt – we took squares of fabric with us to the wedding and had everybody there, and then family members at home as well, sign blocks, which we assembled to make a ‘greeting card’. 

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You’ll notice that the top right and bottom left ‘fill-in’ squares made ‘hearts’!  That was just the way it worked out, not an actual plan at all!

We presented the finished quilt to the happy couple at the reception held at home, about 5 months after the wedding itself!

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This was a great project, and one that we are all very proud of.  I especially like the fact that it was a joint project, bringing both sides of the new family together in a wonderfully creative way!

Happy festival!                Blessings, Peg

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Quilt Shows

Two quilt show in two weekends – what more bliss for a quilter.

While we were in Alberta, the Canmore guild held their show – an absolute delight!

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379.Canmore quilt show

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Then we arrived back home in time to take in the local guild’s show, another inspiring day: 

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409.Chilliwack quilt show

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Happy happy shows!                 Blessings, Peg

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Wednesday’s Words - Who’s The Boss?

On our drive home from Alberta, through the mountains, we enjoyed all the signs of fall that we were seeing, the snow on the mountain tops, the changing leaves.  The sun shone brilliantly giving a glow to all around us.

In the midst of all of this beautiful scenery, we came across cars slowing and stopping at the side o the road – and of course looked to see what everybody was watching.

This pair of elk bucks were just feet away from us locking horns:398

It was a magnificent sight, and we were close enough to hear the sounds of the antlers clacking.

Not sure what caught their attention, but suddenly they paused in their contest to gaze at all the on-lookers:403

Apparently a traditional male ritual, we felt honored to be able to witness the show.  We’ve no idea who won of course, but it was a competition worthy of both.

It got me thinking of the ways that we humans sometimes ‘lock horns’ to see who’s the boss – thankfully we don’t have to actually wrestle out in public for all the world to see.  But hopefully when we’re in such a contest, we can take time to ‘count to ten’ and clear our minds so we can see the issues clearly.

Happy sighting!                  Blessings, Peg

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Banff

While in Alberta, we all went out to Banff National Park to the Banff Springs Hotel to enjoy their brunch buffet.

The hotel was originally built by CP Rail, and is an elegant landmark in the midst of the mountains.

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Small touches around the grounds attest to its history and days of yore:

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We’d never been inside the hotel before, and stood in awe at the doorway to the dining room:

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We thought we’d been transported to a cruise ship!   Our table was beside a large window with a fabulous view:367

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And the food, oh the food – more than we could ever even begin to taste.  From scrambled eggs to eggs benedict (with ham or salmon), from bacon to mussels and oysters, veggies, salads,371

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and of course sweets:

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It was a good think we hadn’t eaten much breakfast before our 1:00 brunch! 

It was a fabulous day!  Happy dining!             Blessings, Peg

Monday, October 24, 2011

Design Wall Monday–Down Winterberry Lane

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been working on the Cross-Border Quilters project.  Down Winterberry Lane was Jo’s (Pieceful Afternoon) and my choice for our fall project.  Last spring, we did Pumpkins and Spice, and ‘met’ each week for a ‘chat’ to decide what we’d attempt to accomplish for the week, then post our progress weekly on our joint blog (link above).
Our fall project is a Christmas quilt – Down Winterberry Lane, another pattern from Whimsicals.   Life and circumstances has conspired against us in this past month or so, and we’ve not been able to follow the same plan as we did in the spring.  Both Jo and I have had some difficulties with being able to sit down and sew – my problem has been a sore shoulder that’s limited movement to a degree.  It’s getting better, and the more I use it, the more mobility I get, so I’ve persevered.  I don’t know if Jo wants to share her limitation, so I’ll leave that to her.
In the meantime also, I was away most of September, and again for a few days this month – and Jo is now actually in Virginia visiting her newest grandson!
So our decision was to just pick away at this quilt as best we could.
Well, now I have all of the elements prepared, and on the wall, ready for assembly:
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I’ll need to do some adjusting with borders and backgrounds to make everything fit (the panels changed size when they were washed), but it’s coming along!
You can see the step-by-step progress over at Cross-Border Quilters (link above or on the side bar) – each day this week, one element will be featured.   Fingers crossed by next Monday I’ll have the top assembled.
Happy designing!                 Blessings, Peg

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Upcoming Nuptials

DS1 has found his soul mate – K is a fabulous person and they’re just so happy together!  Take a look at this engagement picture:141

Their friend took the pictures, and will be following them to Nova Scotia for the wedding to do the honors there.

And so the planning has started – first step for us was to meet the bride’s parents, who flew out to Alberta last week.

We had a wonderful time, and have made some new friends.

The women went wedding dress shopping – such a thrill to be included in this special day.  Here’s one of the dresses, not her first choice as that has to be a surprise – but doesn’t just seeing this make you want to get married all over again:

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We had lots of fun at the shops, and couldn’t resist taking a shot of her feet:

It’s amazing what can be hidden underneath all that lace and tulle and sparkle and elegance!

Lunch at a retro restaurant helped us get through the day:350351

The real working juke box had an amazing selection of tunes from Elvis to Frank, Shania to Ian.

While the women shopped – the men bonded over beef jerky, beer and cigars:

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We are going to have so much fun at this wedding!!

Happy planning!           Blessings, Peg

Saturday, October 22, 2011

FNSI Results

I didn’t get near as much done as I thought I might, but I did make some progress.  For FNSI I chose to work on Down Winterberry Lane – Jo at Pieceful Afternoon and I have chosen this quilt for our fall project.  We’re a bit slow in getting going, but detail will be posted on our joint blog Cross Border Quilters.

But, to show you what I managed to accomplish:001

These are the elements for the first of 4 sections for DWL – the pinwheels, ornaments, gifts, candy cane stripes were all done previously, and now this first panel is ready to be assembled into the section.

I couldn’t believe how long this took, but should have known – because I always wash all my fabrics when I get them home, the panel was of course out of square, and there was a lot of fussing to get it square, and add the borders to come out the right size!  But I made it.

Great time sewing with all you out there – later today, I’ll head over to the linky site to read up on your adventures.

Happy sew-inGift with a bow          Blessings, Peg

Monday, October 17, 2011

Design Wall Monday

Well, the new design wall has been put to great use this week.  As you’re reading this, we’re actually in Alberta visiting our kids – but I delayed posting of the quilting work done.

Here’s what’s on the wall

1. Elements for Myra’s Mystery Quilt-a-long:002

I’m actually all caught up now with the 3 blocks of my choice, a whole pile of 4-patch blocks, and the latest, these Shaded 4—patch:003

There are 24 of these altogether in various combinations of all of the fabrics for this project.  I kind of like this block – Myra showed a way of making it without making a whole bunch of triangles!  This is only the 3rd step so, if you want to join in, I’m sure there’s still time – just head on over to Tactile Pleasures – in Fabric and follow the link on her sidebar.

On the other side of the ‘wall’ are the elements completed so far for Down Winterberry Lane that Jo and I are doing over at Cross Border Quilters.

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Pinwheels, ornaments, gift boxes, and some candy cane – lots of fun.  Jo is away right now – but I’ll post some more detail of all of this next week after we get home.

Happy wall elements!                   Blessings, Peg

Friday, October 14, 2011

FNSI is coming

And I think I’m actually going to be home to be able to join in!  If you want to join the Sew In on Friday Night (aren’t I clever getting those words in?!?), Oct. 21 see the link on my side bar or go here to sign up.

It’s kind of fun knowing there are a whole bunch of other crafters out there working on projects at the same time as you are.  And you get to share your accomplishments the next day, and see what everybody else got done!  Almost as good as being at a retreat!

Happy Sew-In.            Blessings, Peg

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Wednesday’s Words

Fall has arrived – and with it the rain.  No less than can be expected when you live in a rain forest.

Despite the rain, fall is my favorite time of year – for color!

Trees here are just starting to change color (not enough frost yet), but we’re headed through the mountains in a couple of days, and we’re sure to find some of this:

In the meantime at home, because there aren’t enough real leaves around to decorate, artificial have to do:002001

See the ‘leaves’ falling down on the left side o the mantle – that’s my ‘clever’ way of hiding some of the inevitable cords that come with all the electronic equipment – a sleeve of fall leaf fabric wrapped around the cords.

But outside – we do see color – morning and night:280316

We still bring inside the color of the roses still blooming outside (one of the advantages to a milder climate):159

Rainbows are often seen – a couple of weeks ago, I spied one falling out of the mist onto the top of the mountain behind us, but by the time I got the camera, it was gone.  But here’s a picture for you to enjoy:

I love rainbows,not just for the color, but for the promise of God – I think it was one of His most brilliant ideas ever!

Rain may come with gloomy skies and drips down the neck, but it comes with its own sparkle when the sun peeks through even briefly:318

Happy fall – weather and color!                   Blessings, Peg