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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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Wednesday’s Words

I have so many words running through my head right now, I’m not sure where to start.

How about:

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY – to our DD and DSIL…..two years ago today we were all in the Dominican Republic celebrating!  Happy happy day to them!62

Then INTRIGUED…..a new Canadian linky blog has started – a chance to showcase your WIPs.  If you’re a Canadian blogger, with needlework of any kind to share – here’s your forum.  Let’s see how many of us are out there!W_I_P__Wednesday___________Link-up___@_The_Needle_&____Thread_Network

And  EXCITED and SCARED – all at the same time.  A few posts ago, I shared a little bit of my bucket list.  Well, the bucket is a little emptier now, the list a little shorter…..because Santa arrived early around here and this is now standing in our bedroom:009

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Yes, quilters, it’s true – for you non-quilters out there, it’s a mid-arm quilting machine.  I so wanted one of these, but thought it was truly a pipe dream, but circumstances just came together all of a sudden, and here it is.       EXCITED!!!!  Now I can finish up all those quilts that are tucked in the boxes you see underneath.              and SCARED!!!!  Not sure that I really know what I’m doing.  Thankfully I have a couple of friends with the same machine, so I can get help and advice.

As you can see, there was some furniture rearranging to be done to make this fit in our house, specifically in the master bedroom, the only room with a wall long enough.  The lady that sold it to me even supplied a ‘skirt’ to attach to it so I can hide all my secrets.

Today I’ll load it up with some practice fabric, and test it out for the first time.

Here’s to Words – so happy to have them to express all the wonder and joy of life!

Blessings, Peg

Monday, November 28, 2011

Design Wall Monday–a BOM

Back in January, the gang over at Quilting Canadians on Quilt With Us decided to do a BOM, that Shannon titled Canadian Colors.  I joined the group, and have posted, I think, the blocks as they’ve been completed each month.

For Christmas, I had received a lovely package of fat quarters in greys and beiges, and decided to use those as much as possible in these blocks.  As the year went on, I didn’t pull out the previous blocks to ‘match’ colors, I just pulled from my stash, and the fat quarters whatever I felt like using that day,and made the block.

Here’s what’s done so far:006

These are in the order of the blocks from January to November.  December’s block will be posted shortly, and when that’s put together, then I can start to assemble the quilt top.  I’m just not sure if I want to leave it in this order, if I want to wash it, and how wide, and what about borders?  Lots of decisions to make – should keep me going!

We’ll be doing another BOM next year – no title yet, but there will be several of us taking turns choosing the block for the month.  My first month is February – starting to think…………

Happy designing!            Blessings, Peg

My First Quilt

Bonnie Hunter has challenged us all to post about our first quilt and I decided to join in.  Whenever I look at my first quilt, I think of all the lessons learned.

062. Sampler - first quilt

 

I only started quilting about 10 years ago, inspired by my son’s then-MIL.  This is a sampler, made mostly from scraps of fabric that were around the house from other projects, including DD’s high school sewing classes.  The pattern is taken from Jennifer Chiaverini’s book, Elm Creek Quilts. 

What did I learn?

  1. cutting – really needed to go out and get some rulers!
  2. piecing – fairly straight forward when the lines are straight
  3. triangles – gotta watch that bias
  4. matching corners (not very many of them actually matched)
  5. applique – machine applique is so much quicker
  6. curves – still a struggle

When it came to quilting it, I was completely daunted.  In the end, I tied the center, stitched-in-the-ditch around all the blocks, and border

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and hand quilted cross-hatch in the border.062. Sampler - first quilt

It was a challenge, but I made it through!

Head on over to Bonnie’s blog to see other first quilts!

Blessings, Peg

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving…….US

 

Have a Blessed Day!                    Peg

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Ta Da

Because I know Myra is waiting for this……….

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The flimsy is done.  I struggled with deciding on the borders, and was not happy with any of the fabrics in the piecing for an inner border.  So I went shopping.  When I found this tone on tone red/brown it seemed to be just the ticket.  And a little bit brighter gold for a flange….001

And I was happy.  The flying geese with the print background, when added to here, just looked too busy.  So after consulting my pals at our quilting group, we decided this finished the top quite nicely.  I may use the strips of print with flying geese on the back,  just to keep it interesting!

Another mystery solved (and for Toni – it was a mystery in the making because steps were revealed one at a time, no knowledge of what the finished product was going to look like).

Thanks Myra for hosting this Mystery Quilt-along, it was great fun!

Happy solutions!                  Blessings, Peg

Wednesday’s Words

Tis the Season……………

  • to bake
  • to decorate
  • to shop
  • to create
  • to wrap
  • to write letters
  • to mailNoël mail
  • to share
  • to give
  • To Be Jolly!

Tomorrow is US Thanksgiving and Sunday is First Advent – the Season really is here!   Ready or not!    Let’s have fun!

Enjoy the Season!              Blessings, Peg

Monday, November 21, 2011

Design Wall Monday

After a play day yesterday:

  1. A morning visit to a Christmas store where we picked up a few ‘necessities’     

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  1. An afternoon of planning a quilt project and buying the fabric with my sister-in-law (no pics – it’s a surprise)
  2. An evening of birthday celebration with family002

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  2. As you can see we all tend to congregate in the kitchen.  The flowers on the end of the counter were a gift for me.  I reached the ripe old age of 60 a few days ago, and have been celebrating since.  Another sister-in-law is celebrating her birthday tomorrow, so this was OUR time!  We ordered Chinese, so no cooking and minimal clean-up for both of us – what better gift could anybody give!     Just so much fun being together.
    Oh, and I finished this for our kids:001

Filled the pockets, and gave it to them to take home – so now they have their calendar for the big count-down.

    But now it’s time to get some work done.  The house is tidy, breakfast is finished, and it’s on to some quilting, and maybe a Christmas gift or two.  Not that sewing is work, it’s just another kind of fun
Anyway, back to the Wall.  On the Wall today is Myra’s Mystery quilt007

I now have the inner border fabrics, so can get this all together – and add to the rest of the pile for quilting LOL!

Happy sewing!                   Blessings, Peg

Saturday, November 19, 2011

FSNI Results

Friday Night Sew-In for me started earlier in the day and spilled over into Saturday.  I really did get a lot accomplished:

Finished up these little Christmas gifts:

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They’re passport wallets – make great little stocking stuffers.

Then I tackled some more of my scrap blocks:

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The first is a lap quilt – the second a full-size bed quilt, too big to get a picture of the whole thing.  They’re just a riot of color, was a good way to use up scraps, and will give me lots of quilting practice along with the other 4 lap quilts that are waiting to be finished.  There are still more scrap blocks, enough for a single bed I think – wow, who knew that scraps could add up like that!

For more FNSI results, take a look over here

Enjoy!                   Blessings, Peg

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Wednesday’s Words

I know, I’m a day late – I kept thinking about my ‘words’ all day yesterday, but got caught up in……emptying the back of the truck, and reloading all the regular stuff (what was in the back of the truck you may ask – but I’m not telling yet); bottling wine – our first batch made at home and it’s yummy!; sewing on some Christmas gifts; book club meeting………and suddenly the day was gone.

But I do want to share some thoughts on reading.  I’ve always been a voracious reader – when younger often had 3-4 books on the go at the same time.  I guess I just couldn’t wait to get them started when I got my hands on them.  Interestingly, I can remember when I could remember which page I was on in each book, without book marks!  That’s no longer the case for sure – I can’t remember which page I’m on in a magazine I’m reading and put down for 5 minutes.

As I got a little older and family and church and community and work took up so much more of my brain-space, I could only handle one book at a time – but I read 2-3 a week quite often, certainly no less than one a week. 

Now…..one book every 2-3 weeks, and reading often puts me to sleep!   But still I read on – reading gives me so much pleasure – I can travel, meet new people, learn new things, solve a mystery……..My favorite read is a mystery, but I like historical novels as well, and Christian novels and lifestyle as well.

Book Club meeting was last night – and I hadn’t finished the book.   It’s ‘The Tenderness of Wolves’ by Stef Penney. 

My fellow club members were very gracious in not revealing the identity of the murderer during our discussion, even though I told them it mattered not.  The book:

  1. purported to be a mystery, but the mystery appears to play only a minor role 
  2. there are so many characters it’s hard to keep track of who’s who – one club member counted 63 characters
  3. lots of history, which always fascinates me – and I was glad to learn that much research went into getting the history accurate in the fiction setting
  4. wolves don’t seem to be significant in the story-line, so not sure where the title comes in

I learned some interesting facts about the author at the meeting – this is her first novel, she’s from England, a screen writer, has never been in Canada ( why she set a book here is beyond me), is agoraphobic (probably why she’s never been in Canada).

It’s an interesting read, and if you’re into Canadiana and history and a little mystery, you might want to pick it up. 

One of the reasons I didn’t finish reading this book, was that I was trying to catch up on a previous Book Club title, from a meeting I missed.  ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time’ by Mark Haddon is actually one of my favorite reads this year. 

A mystery centered around an autistic 15-year-old, who discovers a dead dog in his back yard.  It’s junior fiction, but fascinating.  I really appreciated the way the author described autism through the thought processes and actions of the hero.  It’s a must-read as far as I’m concerned.  Just be aware – foul language is used frequently.

I’m thinking we need a ‘read-in’ night, just like we have a ‘sew-in’ night – and share our latest reads with each other.  What do you think?

In the mean-time, I’m going to be getting things out of the way today, so that I can join Friday Night Sew-In tomorrow and make more progress on Christmas (I hope).  Sign up here if you’re joining us!

Happy reading in the mean-time!              Blessings, Peg

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

A Great Place to Visit

Ah…..The Great Outside……that’s what the nearby city of Chilliwack is called.    And now we have proof!    Watch this……………

Our Town!
The mountain in the first scene is what we see from our back yard – it’s Mount Cheam (Shee-am), known by hikers from all over!

Come on over for a visit!                        Blessings, Peg

Monday, November 14, 2011

Design Wall Monday

Finish one and start another………….mystery quilt that is!

This one is near well on its way:

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Just needs borders now.  Myra over at Tactile Pleasures hosted this one.

Now our LQS is hosting another – Block of the Month mystery, that will take a year to complete.  Here’s the fabrics I chose for this one:031

No idea what I’ll do with a kids’ quilt, but surely there’s a charity out there somewhere…….

While at the LQS, I picked up another advent calendar project:032

This should be lots of fun to do.

Countryfolk is the name of our LQS, and each year they sponsor a local family for a Christmas hamper.  For a donation o $10 or $25 you get a sheet, or three, of coupons to use in the store in the next year – and all of your donation goes directly to the hamper.  So if you’re in this area (and if you are you know where the shop is), do stop n and help out – a needy family will benefit!

And here’s the Big Finish:

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Well, not quite finished – needs to be quilted yet, but Down Winterberry Lane is on its way to being ready to display just in time for the Christmas season!  I’ll post details over on Cross Border Quilters.

There are some plans for quilts in the works – but………….they’ll be a secret for a while yet!

Happy quilting!                   Blessings, Peg

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Jim Byrnes

Blues – but not only blues, a smattering of Buck Owen, Beatles, 60’s rock and roll and even Johnny Cash – that’s what Jim Byrnes shared last night at our local Art Council concert.  He was fabulous, and we enjoyed an evening of great music and some laughs.

And his lead guitarist was fascinating to watch as his fingers played those strings like they were a keyboard – wonderful!

Born in the US, Jim is now a Canadian icon and apparently enjoys live performances, so you may find him in your area at any time.  If you’re looking for a good concert, watch for Jim Byrnes – you’ll be in for a good time!

Happy happy entertainment!                  Blessings, Peg

Friday, November 11, 2011

Poppy Day

Otherwise known as Remembrance Day – and in the US Veteran’s Day.
We’re all remembering those who served our country in the military, who fought and often gave their lives for the freedoms that we enjoy in our countries.  There’s much to be thankful for, much to relish as we walk through our every day lives.

We’ll be joining friends, neighbors, local representatives at a service in remembrance………….LEST WE FORGET!
Please remember                 Blessings, Peg

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Wednesday’s Words

Ask not what your country can do for you,

ask what you can do for your country

                                          John F. Kennedy

This quote has been running through my mind lately, not sure why.  We’re into municipal elections in this province, so the signs are up all over the place.  And there have been a number of leadership changes and elections across the country, as well as in the US over the past months.  Maybe that’s why.

When I look at the campaign claims, and then see the back-pedaling afterward, I wonder if these politicians truly are wanting to serve their country/province/state/municipality – or are they in this for themselves.  And in our economic atmosphere, it appears to be harder and harder to ‘serve’, because there just aren’t enough funds.

Then this morning I read the post at ‘French Village Life’ and was completely intrigued.  Wishing that this concept could be spread world-wide – give a man a fish and he’ll eat for a day, teach a man to fish and he’ll eat for life.  What a wonderful service is Emmaeus! 

A glorious example of walking among them!  And without politics (we can hope).

Last night we sat at our local Emergency Social Services meeting – a small team of trained folks available to assist families to get temporary housing/food/etc. in the event they have to be evacuated from their homes due to an emergency.  This is our little bit for our community, but there’s always politics – begging for funds, seeking support from governments, applying for grants.  It’s sometimes disheartening to want to serve, but have hands tied because of ‘politics’ and having to ‘play the game’.  But at least we know we’re there if somebody needs us, which thankfully hasn’t happened in quite some time!

Are you involved in a volunteer organization?  What is your experience?

Here’s to ‘Helping Hands’.                Blessings, Peg

Monday, November 7, 2011

Design Wall Monday

It’s Monday already – where has the week gone?

We spent part of the weekend in Tacoma WA – sadly for the funeral of a cousin of my mother’s, a young man of only 37.  We traveled with my parents, which gave us some time together that just doesn’t seem to happen often enough!  The service was lovely, and we were able to touch bases again with his family whom we also don’t see often enough.  A reminder of how very precious life and relationships are and how important it is to keep in touch.

Our DS2 and DDIL were here for a visit yesterday – just a nice relaxing afternoon.  We made some tentative plans for Christmas gatherings – and that will be here all too soon – when our DS1 and his fiancée will be with us as well.

And now back to the regular week – including doctor’s appointments, Emergency Social Services meeting, book club book to read………and of course, some quilting!

On the wall today:

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Still working on Down Winterberry Lane.  Do you see the print strip at the top?  There’s another one at the bottom.  Well, I cut it at 2.5 inches, because that was all the fabric I had.  On Friday, I made Grizz stop at a quilt shop (well actually 2) in order to see if I could get more of that fabric.  I was in luck – I got the last 3 fat quarters at Folktales in Linden.  030Whew!  So I’ll pick this apart and replace it with a 4.5 inch strip, as is called for in the pattern.  I think it will make a difference, don’t you!

Then the pieced outer border goes on, and we’re almost ready for sandwiching and quilting.

Also on the wall:

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This little wall hanging (17x21) made up from blocks of prints that I picked up when we were in Yellowstone Park this past June.  The prints are of paintings done by Thomas Moran, of various scenes around the park.  The original paintings were done in 1876 – this is a great memory of that trip!  It’s ready for sandwiching and quilting.

So my work is  cut out for me this week – pardon the pun!

Happy progress!              Blessings, Peg

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Wednesday’s Words

“I’d rather regret the things I did,

than regret the things I didn’t do”

This quote was at the bottom of an email message I received a little bit ago, and is attributed to Lucille Ball.  ‘Lucy’ is a person I have long admired, and she appeared to have done, or at least tried to do, most things that she wanted. 

After reading this quote, I recalled a time in my life when a health problem cropped up that pointed out my very mortality, and I remember thinking of all the things that I wanted to do but may never have the opportunity to do.  And now……I’ve been mulling over the things that I regret – and they’re almost all things that I wish I had done or could do. 

So I’m making a ‘Bucket List’ (have you seen that movie?).

My list includes things like travel – to distant countries as well as around North America, quilts that I want to make – and maybe even design, flying a plane, writing a novel, bouncing grandchildren on my knee (now that one is out of my control, but I can wish can’t I), learning to decorate cakes, finally retiring finally…….and aging gracefully, albeit I would love to have Lucy’s red hair!

I dream about these kind of things, but somehow just never seem to DO anything about actually achieving most of them.  Not sure where to start, but with a milestone birthday coming up, I think it’s time for action – time to make a plan for at least one thing on the list, and work toward that goal!  Time to regret a few things I’ve done!!!

Do you have a Bucket List?  What do you do about achieving those wishes?  Do you regret the ‘un-dones’ in your life?

Let’s get it done…..together……..will you join me?

Blessings, Peg