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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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Drop and Give Me Twenty–Post # 5

Last day of February!  As my dad said last night – 1/6 of the year is gone!  Amazing!  Have to wonder where it went, and as the song says ‘what have (I) done’?

Something just happened here.  When I typed the ‘I’ with the brackets, this appeared:  Light bulb.  Wonder how many more little symbols or icons can be found on these keyboards?    Hmmm….have to do some exploring.  And that of course means more time on the computer – is that maybe where some of the time has gone???

And speaking of computers – a few days ago, we received a strange message, and then a couple o f people sent us a note saying they’d received an email from us, with only a link, no explanation, no signature.  They were giving us the heads’ up.  When we looked at it (without opening), and checked things out a bit, it appeared to have possibly originated with Facebook.  Thankfully as far as we know, there was no damage to anybody’s computers, but if any of you received anything strange from me, well, first my apologies, and secondly if you see anything strange from us in the future, please delete.  We rarely even look at those jokes and stories and videos and links etc. that we receive, and even more rarely pass them on to anybody else.   There’s just too much danger out there with these dang machines (case in point, a lady who lives near here has been declared dead by the federal government, and even though she’s called and written several agencies, nobody believes her and she has to prove she’s alive.  How is this possible?  Somebody has probably hit a wrong button somewhere along the line, and a person’s life is wiped out, just like that!). 

 

And then this morning, I was wondering what happened to some comments that hadn’t appeared in my Inbox – well they were buried in Spam, including comments from regular contacts, right along with all that junk Spam that comes no matter what we do to try to stop it.  It’s a little disconcerting thinking that somebody (or some machine) out there has control over the things ‘we’ see and do.  Even to the point that email and Facebook and Pinterest and almost anything else that is accessed is scrutinized and the ads that appear on email and Facebook, etc are targeted to try to get our attention!  And now by ‘our’ I mean all of us, all of you out there, and anybody and everybody that we and you know.  It’s a little scary, and at times like this I’m thankful that I don’t have pots of money, and don’t know any government secrets!

 

But enough of my ranting.  On to the real purpose of today’s post, and this blog in general – quilting!

It’s the end of February, as said above, and thus ends the Drop and Give Me Twenty challenge.  I have to say that I believe I’ve actually not missed a day doing some sewing, or something sewing-related.  And not once was it only 20 minutes!  I’ve enjoyed meeting this challenge, it was so easy, and really did get the momentum going and avoided any February-blues wallowing.

So what’s been done in the last few days?  Well…..

Started on some Wonky stars blocks, here’s the piles of cut fabrics with the first finished block:

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And loaded up a second quilt on Big Bertha and got a start on it:

 

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It’s been a great month for quilting, for me.  Hope it’s been as good for the rest of you quilters out there – and for everybody else as well!

Happy challenges!                Blessings, Peg

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

This is Why We Do What We Do

On The Quilt Show blog (Ricky Timms and Alex Anderson) they shared the following:

 

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Isn’t that a beauty!  And a wonderful reminder for those of us that love to create (whether or not it be quilts), have a special place in this world.             And, really, there can be no price put on creativity!

Happy creations!                         Blessings, Peg

Monday, February 25, 2013

Laugh Out Loud

 

I’ve had a few laughs the last few days, wanted to share with you all.

 

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

Laughter is the best medicine!               Blessings, Peg

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Drop and Give Me Twenty–Post # 4

It’s hard to believe that February is coming to a close, as is this challenge.  But the challenge has begun a momentum that won’t be ending any time soon!

So what have I accomplished in ‘20 minutes’ since I last posted:

Well – one quilt quilted, and binding on (not yet hand-sewn on the back).  Pictures of that will have to wait.  But another quilt loaded on Big Bertha.  That was a frustrating morning, not sure why, but it didn’t load all that easily.  Not actually sewing, but certainly sewing-related:

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This bag is almost finished.  I missed one zipper in buying supplies, so when I get back to the store….  This is an absolutely fabulous bag, with pockets inside and out on all sides:

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And then yesterday I started cutting pieces for a Wonky Stars QAL, but that only lasted a few minutes as I had a headache that wouldn’t go away, and I decided that sewing just wouldn’t go well if I tried then:

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Today is better!  So hopefully a little time on Big Bertha, and some more time with the stars, and there’ll be more to report before the end of the month.

Happy challenges!                  Blessings, Peg

Friday, February 15, 2013

Drop and Give Me Twenty–Post # 3

I’m late, I’m late for an important date – well actually I made the real date, dinner with Grizz last night was fabulous, but I’m late wishing you all Happy Valentine’s.  Hope you all had a great day yesterday, with any and all the loves in your life!

This little gem (a winning a while back) hangs outside our front door to remind the world that it is indeed Valentine’s season (just in case there are any wives out there who might let their husbands forget LOL):

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For us Valentine’s was an in-and-out day.  Our house is for sale, and somebody wanted to come and take a look.  That meant putting away all the quilting stuff, so it at least looks like a person can find their way through the maze, then out for a bit to vacate the house – took the dog for a walk, which she loved and was good for all of us! – back home for a bite of lunch then out again for a vet appointment (just booster shots) and a few other errands around town, home again for a short while and out for dinner.  We’d been given a wonderful gift card to a local restaurant (which we’d not yet visited), and had a most fabulous, relaxing meal.  Bavarian Haus is the place to go if you’re hungry – we brought home more than half of our entrees!

For Drop and Give Me Twenty (see side bar), I’ve kept to the challenge and done something sewing(-related at least) every day.

Saturday Big Bertha, the quilting machine got set up again for the first time in almost a year.   Right now, can’t show you the quilt that was loaded on Sunday, but every day a little bit more gets done on it.

The backing and batting have been prepared for the next quilt to load onto the machine:

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And I’ve started work on one of these:

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I am really excited about this one – so far, all the pieces are cut out and some of them have been fused to the interfacing.

And then I look around and see more and more and more that I’ve started and/or want to start!  Just this morning, I found a pattern for a spring welcome banner that I’d like to hang outside soon.  Sigh!  20 minutes for the rest of my life isn’t even going to touch all of this!

Happy challenges!               Blessings, Peg

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Drop and Give Me Twenty–Post # 2

Well, 20 minutes of sewing – I’ve decided that’s impossible!  By the time 20 minutes has passed, I’ve turned the machine on, gathered my thoughts, gathered my fabrics, changed the needle, changed the presser foot, wound a bobbin, put the right bobbin in place, found the right thread and threaded the machine, turned on the iron (for the first time of many, many, many because it goes to ‘sleep’ over and over again and again – and makes me wish sometimes that I could fall asleep that easily)…..and then I can at last put fabric under the presser foot, and my foot to pedal.

And it goes from there.  But once I get started, I don’t stop that quickly.  One afternoon 20 minutes became 4 hours!  One question – part of making quilts is washing and pressing and sorting and cutting fabrics – so does all of that count?  No matter, it all needs to be done.

So what did I get done in the last few days?   Well, take a look:

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This first is last month’s block of the LQS BOM.  I only noticed now that I should have turned the center blocks – oh, well!  The machine embroidery of the rainbow is a little lost in all of this – I think I’ll need to applique some clover leafs in the embroidered blocks.  But Tobin seems to like it!

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This is last year’s BOM, finally has borders on, ready for quilting.

 

Outside of sewing, I’ve been enjoying some Stuart McLean.  If you’ve never heard or read him, he’s a must!  A Canadian humorist, his stories are truly Laugh Out Loud wonderful!  I sat at the doctor’s office the other day waiting my turn, doing my best to keep my chuckles to myself.  There’s nothing better than laughter to keep life in perspective.

Happy laughter!              Blessings, Peg

Monday, February 4, 2013

Drop and Give Me Twenty–Post # 1

I took up the challenge for this month (see side bar for link), so here I am to show you what I accomplished over this first weekend:

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The placemats are finished, just in time to get them on the table to honor the red-ness of Valentine’s month:

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The sewing bites were more than 20 minutes at a time, but somehow I find it difficult to sit down for just 20 minutes once I get started.  For this challenge, I think I’ll share every few days, rather than daily – or I might not find the 20 minutes to actually sew LOL!

 

Saturday evening we went to dinner with friends who’ve just returned from a trip to Hawaii, and look what they brought for me:

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64 6” blocks of 16 different ocean fabrics!  Aren’t they gorgeous!  I’ll be looking for a very special pattern to make with these – any ideas out there?  I definitely see many more 20-minute-or-more sewing sessions coming up!

Happy sessions!                Blessings, Peg

Award–leading to randomness

This morning, I opened email to see a note from a fellow blogger, offering me an award.  The Liebster Award

for bloggers with under 200 followers.  According to the rules, I’m to share 11 random facts about myself, and then answer the 11 questions put to me by the nominator, formulate 11 new questions and nominate 11 more bloggers for the award.

Whew!  That’s a lot of 11’s.  A while back I sat in a group where we were challenged to come up with 5 random facts about ourselves, one of which was to be a lie.  As I listened to the others sharing, I could only think what a boring life I’ve led.  So I have to wonder, what could I tell people that they would find interesting.

Another thought that immediately came to mind was the fact that I see so many blogs that ask to be ‘award-free’, and I don’t want to step on anybody’s toes by nominating them.  So what do I do?

Well, I’ll try to find something interesting to tell you about myself – 11 something’s actually, and hope you enjoy.  Then I’ll answer Janet’s 11 questions (and you might want to visit her blog Cariboo Crossings Chronicles and read her random thoughts, and the answers to the questions she was posed).  But then….I’ll pass on making further nominations.  I’ll just say, if you like to share your life, want to join in on the fun, whether or not you have less than 200 followers, please do so, and let us all know that you’ve taken on the challenge.

So here goes – 11 random facts about my life:

1.Married 40 years to my best friend, we have 6 children – 3 of our own, 3 joined by marriage.  Grandchildren haven’t joined us yet, but we have promises!

2. Travel, travel, travel is the one thing we both want to do.  We have a trailer and constantly look for interesting places to take it.  Most recently we did a 3-month trip to eastern Canada, going through the US for some of both directions.  Next trip – hmmm….we’d like to do Yukon and Northwest Territories, then there’s southeastern US of which we’ve seen very little, and the invitation to join friends in Napa Valley, California – will we get it all in, only time will tell

3. I’m a nurse now fully retired, but I didn’t spend many of my career years at the bed-side.  Instead, I had desk jobs that took me into some very interesting areas, including the world of computers for a while.  Because of that, I really do avoid any medical discussions because I don’t think I’m as up-to-date as I could be.

4. I’m a reader, always have been.  When I was a young girl, I woke up early in the morning before anybody else was awake, and lost my self in a book.  Then went to bed early so I could get in some reading time before my sister insisted the light be turned out.  In between, every spare moment was spent reading.  Now…..I still read and always, always have a book at hand, but find I can only manage to sit still for 15-20 minutes at a stretch, then my fingers get itchy to ‘do’ something.  But I still put myself to sleep with a book!

5. I learned to knit on the school playground – a bunch of us girls would walk around with a ball of yarn in our pocket and needles in our hands.   I even knit a sweater for Grizz back in the days when we were dating.  Then I learned to crochet – so much easier and quicker (for me).  And actually I’ve just completed some small crochet projects.  Then I learned to cross-stitch, and that became my passion, and I still always have a cross-stitch project to pick up in the evening.  Some time ago, I showed you this picture:

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That was three years ago – here’s the same project today:

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Progress, slow but getting there.  There’s actually a possibility that this will be completed this year sometime.

6. Quilting became my hobby a little over 10 years ago, when our DS1 met a girl whose mother was a quilter.  She inspired me, and I’ve not looked back since. When I bought a ‘quilting’ sewing machine, I was just learning about machine embroidery, and found a machine that combined both worlds.  Now sometimes embroidered pieces find their way into some of my quilts – actually this year, I seem to have started on a 12-month project that will be combining the two of them.  On that note, here’s the latest embroidery/quilt project just finished:

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Four of these now grace our dining room table.

7. I am an organizer – of myself, my space, my life.  Which spills over into organizing my family, well Grizz in particular, which he just accepts with so much patience.  I sometimes wish that I could somehow make a business of organizing – hmmmm……

8. Math was tough for me in school, right from the get-go, and yet somehow I found myself home-schooling DS2 in math when he hit his rough patch in high school.  Whew!  Had to learn things that I’d never even seen before – but we made it through, and he was able to go on to university (avoiding math all the way!)

9. I am a born-again Christian.  Maybe I should have started with that, as this really is the defining principle of my life.

10. Ocean cruises, for me, are the most relaxing vacations that I’ve ever had, and hope to do several more.

11. I also enjoy studying our family genealogy – and with an eclectic history that includes Hungarian, Scottish, Eastern Canadian, US Kentucky/Tennessee hillbilly (really it’s true), there’s lots to learn about where I came from and what has made me who I am today – a hard-working, penny-pinching, music-loving, home-grown, seeker of adventure!

And here are the questions that Janet posed:

1. Where were you born?  Do you still live there and like it?  If you don't live there would you want to live there again?

I was born in Nelson, BC, Canada, but haven’t lived there since I was just a little over a year old.  Grizz went to university there, and we both like the area, and have at times thought about moving back there, but now we’re looking at other options for our retirement years and old age creeping up.  Nelson is beautiful, though, mountains and hills and all four seasons and we’ve been back for visits a few times in our married life.

2. How many pets have you had in your life time?  Do you have one now?

Wow, don’t think I could count all the pets, mostly dogs I (we) have had.  A few stand out in my mind

  • the puppy we had when I was about 8 years old, that escaped at just a few weeks old and didn’t survive the encounter with the car – I couldn’t accept his passing, and asked the kids at school  to watch out for him and bring him home if they found him
  • the Collie that neighbors found on a camping trip, couldn’t find the owner, and couldn’t keep him.  He was just like Lassie.  And oh, so smart!  Somebody had trained him that people should walk on sidewalks, and if no sidewalk they should walk on the left side of the road – and he would always go out to the street and guide walkers to the correct place
  • the Sheltie that was MY dog in our early married years.  She was so very loyal and devoted, wanting nothing more than to be next to me
  • right now we have Sadie and Tobin – basset dog and calico cat respectively.  They’re both getting up in years, just like us and seem to prefer warm places to sleep – and they do sleep a lot!

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3. What is the most unusual place you have visited?

Not sure of the definition of unusual here – not often visited by outsiders, or unique in appearance or otherwise.  So I’m picking a combination of both.  Quadra Island, off the coast of Vancouver Island, accessible only by ferry from Campbell River, which means if you don’t already live on Vancouver Island, you need to get there (by ferry usually) then drive from the ferry landing either north or south and get on another ferry.  Lots of outsiders do actually visit there, but certainly not in the droves that visit other islands in the Gulf that are directly accessible from the mainland.  The main community on Quadra is all of one street, with a little strip mall and many, many artisan shops.  As we were heading home we saw the high-schoolers getting off the ferry and onto a school bus – no high school on the island, and a bus at each end of the ferry morning and evening.   Parks and oceanside and a lighthouse made for a wonderful day’s visit.  People were friendly – as attested by this sign:

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Just in care you can’t quite make it out…….. ‘Trespassers Are Invited For Tea’

4. Do you live in a castle, mansion, house, condo, apartment or tent - or a box on the street?

We live in a house, in a strata complex, a simple building that looks just like all the other houses around us.  But it’s cozy and comfie, with enough room for us and all our junk, and even a few extra people once in a while.

5. What made you laugh out loud most recently?

I sure know we did a lot of laughing last night as we played cards with friends, but not sure what specifically was so funny!  Just fun and games!

If you look at the picture on my right side-bar at the bottom, I’m definitely laughing out loud there – we were in Barkerville National Historic Site, enjoying the live theater, when one of the actors approached me to join them on the stage.  I had to act like a chicken – well if that wasn’t enough to make me laugh out loud, nothing would!  I think it made a few other people laugh out loud too!

6. Do you wear the colour purple?

Not often, but I did choose purple for the dress that I wore to our DS1’s wedding last August.  But I don’t belong to the Red Hat Club!  Not quite brave enough to wear that color combination.

7. Do you tell people how old you are or are you coy about your age?

I very proudly state that I am 61 years of age – and earned every grey hair on my head!

8. What is your pet name for your most loved one?

On the blog – Grizz, with others around – Gar, at home when it’s just the two of us – well, we’ll just keep that between the two of us!

9. What is the most favourite thing you have ever made - quilting, knitting, sewing or some other needlecraft?

My favorite – I think it’s the Row-by-Row wall hanging, that was presented by my dear friend and near relative at our LQS, that was a learning experience as well as fun!

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10. Do you do crossword puzzles or Sudoku?

Crossword will win hands down every time – Sudoku just seem like too much repetition for me

11. How many times a year do you wear longjohns?  Do you know what longjohns are? :)

Well, I know what they are, and even own a pair, that only come out now when we pack for a winter trip to Alberta, and that just in case.  I can’t remember the last time I actually put them on.

Well, that’s all about me – and what else is blogging but all about the blogger.  Hope you enjoyed, and I didn’t ramble on too much!

Blessings, Peg

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Friday Night With Friends

This was new to me, but having sewn on Friday night (well, late afternoon but it’s night somewhere), I decided to use it to share my accomplishments.

I’ve been a bit lazy at quilting lately, no good reason most of the time, just laziness.  But I determined to make some progress yesterday, and here’s what came out:

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All quilted, ready to trim and apply binding.  Follow the link above to see what others did with their Friday Night sewing.

There’s another challenge out there – Drop and Give Me 20 – that’s 20 minutes of sewing every day for the month of February.  I find it hard to stop after 20 minutes, so I wonder if I do 120 minutes in one day, does that mean I can skip sewing for the next 5 days.   Will that satisfy the challenge?  Are you joining in?  Can you keep it down to 20 minutes, once you start?

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Happy accomplishments!               Blessings, Peg