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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Saturday, March 30, 2013

Just in Time

I wanted a new table runner for Easter, and got it finished yesterday afternoon, just in time to set it out for our Good Friday dinner:

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Both boys and their wives were here, and DDIL2 cooked us up a seafood chowder that was to die for.

Later this afternoon my parents will arrive, and tomorrow the rest of the local families will be together for our Easter celebration dinner.

Good times!           Hope you all have a wonderful Easter!   Blessings, Peg

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Oh, How I Love the Mailbox

One of the most fun sides of blogging is the connection with other bloggers, and for me, quilters.  And then there’s the goodies that arrive in the mail every so often. 

Yesterday this is what arrived:

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This little gem (sorry the second pic is so fuzzy) at about 6”x4” came from Ale at Made by Ale Balanzario, her give-away on the Quilting Gallery Blog Hop earlier this month.  I love it!  And it will be so useful for so many, many things!

A few weeks ago, another package had arrived, but I was told it wasn’t complete and I was waiting for the next parcel to arrive before sharing it with you all.  But the next package doesn’t appear to be forthcoming, so I’ll be proceeding with these as they are:

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These are from the Winter White Block Exchange hosted by Lee at Lala’s Lovelys.  I honestly have no idea who made which block, but apparently they came from across Canada as well as some from the US, but aren’t they fabulous!  I have an idea what I’d like to do with these, just need to get it all gelled and then I’ll proceed.

Is it any wonder I love the mailbox!?!              Happy mailing to all of you!                Blessings, Peg

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Wednesday’s Words–March 27

I was looking back at some posts, and was reminded that some time ago I started a weekly post I called Wednesday’s Words – a place for me to share thoughts, tips, teasers, whatever.  Not sure why that got dropped.  But lately I’ve been seeing Wednesday’s Hodgepodge, and enjoyed reading the answers to the questions (and have actually participated a time or two), so though I’d resurrect Wednesday’s Words, and answer the Hodgepodge questions, using the ‘random’ portion to share some of my own words.

So, first up – here’s this week’s Hodgepodge questions and answers:

1. What are your plans for Easter? Are you cooking a big lunch or dinner?  Dyeing eggs? Attending a sun rise service?  Eating too much chocolate?
Easter weekend here will be Family Time.  DS1 and DDIL2 are arriving Thursday evening, Friday evening DS2 and DDIL1 will be joining us for seafood chowder dinner cooked by DDIL2, Saturday my parents will arrive, and Sunday everybody including Grizz’s family and DDIL2’s family will be here for dinner.  It will be a full weekend!

2.  What is something you feel too young to do?
Never too young – isn’t that what they way,  or is it Never too old – whichever I hope I’m always able to do the things that I want to do.

3.  "Love is patient, love is kind.  It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud...it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs..." 
Of the characteristics mentioned in the
biblical definition of love which do you find most difficult to live out and why?
I have to confess that I struggle with not being self-seeking, sigh…..

4. What's a springtime flower you associate with your childhood?
Crocus – we always knew spring was really coming when the crocus poked up through the snow!

5.  Ever sung karaoke? If so, what's your go-to song? If not and you're given the opportunity, would you?
No, not something I’ve ever been brave enough to try


6. What is something you keep in a basket?
I have a number of baskets – one for some quilting notions, one for magazines, one for kitchen towels, one to tuck away Christmas gifts I may buy through the year…..

7.  When was the last time you felt foolish?
This wasn’t the last time, but it seems to be a recurring theme in my life.  I was at work (so you know that was a while ago), and couldn’t find my glasses.  I checked on top of my head, in my pockets, underneath pieces of paper, in drawers, behind and under and in anywhere and everywhere I could think of.  I even wandered down to the staff room to see if by chance I’d left them there.  Nowhere to be found.  Finally I asked a co-worker if she’d seen them anywhere………..they were hanging around my neck from the new cord I’d just bought so that I wouldn’t lose my glasses!

8.  Insert your own random thought here.                                Lately I’ve been gathering up a bunch of quilting tips, from Quilting Connections on FB, and from Love of Quilting (Fons and Porter) on the TV.  I’ve really enjoyed gathering these up, and as I get around to trying them out, I’ll share them with you all.  But for today I want to tell you how I managed to do a quick-change hanger for a quilt, when I wanted it up sooner rather than later, and wanted the ability to change it around.    I placed two picture hooks on the wall, a little below where I wanted the top edge of the quilt, and just inside the outer measurements of the quilt.  I then placed large safety pins at the top corners of the quilt, and hung it. 

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This quilt was originally planned as a table mat, so no sleeve, it’s only about 24x24, and I can use the hangers to change out similar size quilts to change the display a bit.  A slightly larger quilt would require an extra pin or two across the top to keep it from sagging too much, but this works for me!  But this really wouldn’t work for a large size wall-hanging like this one:

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This is nearly 7 feet long and 5 feet wide, so it was made with a sleeve and is hung on a dowel.  Just sayin’

As said above Easter is coming, and with it family gatherings.  Wishing you all a blessed Easter weekend, and God’s blessings on your celebrations and the year ahead.

Blessings, Peg

Monday, March 25, 2013

Frustration!

I’ve been picking away at these for the last few days:

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I got each of the 3 rows together, laid them back down again to figure out how to press the seams so they’d all nest correctly, pressed them all, then sewed the top row to the middle row, and laid them all out again.

I HAD THE TOP OUTER CORNERS TURNED THE WRONG WAY!  At least there are only 3 blocks.  So frogging commenced and now they’re laid out again.  I just didn’t have enough heart left in me yesterday to sew anymore.  Maybe I should have followed Kim’s tips before I sat down to this – some chocolate might have woken me up to the mistake sooner.

This was done after we’d had an emergency visit to the vet in the morning (which precluded going to church) because our Sadie went out for a widdle, and suddenly couldn’t walk!  She could stand, but was very shaky, and her hind end just wasn’t working right.  So we made the call and packed her up.  X-rays showed her back is almost totally fused with arthritis, and the best we can figure is that she twisted her back somehow and it just hurt too much!  Thankfully there don’t appear to be any compressed or bulging discs – and anti-inflammatory meds are already doing their job.  This did get us going on making a ramp for her, something we’ve been talking about for a while knowing that she’s getting older and stairs may become a problem for her – now we just have to persuade her to use it!

On a quilting note – Saturday was spent at the Creative Stitching show.  All those lovely quilting vendors, all those new sewing machines, all those wonderful gadgets that we just ‘have to have’, all that fabric!  Actually I spent my money on thread – prewound bobbins and quilting threads for Big Bertha.

The main display this year was the Langley Machine Embroidery Group.  They showed off the techniques they’d been learning, and how they used them, mostly in quilts!  Here’s a few pics for you to enjoy:

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It was a great day! 

Blessings, Peg

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Okay That Worked!

My previous post was a test to see if I could figure out this Bloglovin thing.  It appears to have been successful.  So for any of you who wish to follow – any blog – via Bloglovin, and then for those who may wish to add Bloglovin to your sidebar as an option for your followers:

Here’s what to do:

First, you have to set up an account with Bloglovin.  Go to http://www.bloglovin.com/

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Click on Signup at the top of the page and follow the directions.

Any of you that already use Google Reader, can then simply ‘import’ your reader list from there into Bloglovin. It’s as simple as that for this step.

Here’s a picture of my screen with the blogs that I follow imported from Google Reader:

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Now for bloggers, to be able to get a Bloglovin button on your sidebar, so future followers (or those who are not currently following through Google Reader) can follow this way:

Go to the Bloglovin post that gives all the directions here (after you’ve set up an account).  This is what the page looks like:

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The first step is to log in to Bloglovin, then click on Settings/My blog. 

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Actually, click on your name (see ‘Peg’ in the top right), then click on My Blog

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Now click on Claim Blog

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Enter your blog URL

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Click on the blog name

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Now you have to copy the text, and paste it into a new blog post.  Here’s a screen shot of my post making this announcement:

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As you can see, the text that you copied converted to the statement ‘Follow my blog with Bloglovin’.  After that you can click on the Claim Blog button and this screen opens:

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Now to get a button on your sidebar.  On this same page, click on your name on the top right, and select ‘Follow Button’

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Select the button you wish and click on ‘Get this icon’ underneath it.

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Click on ‘How to put this icon on your blog’ and follow the directions, which are the same as for placing any button using HTML or Java script.  Before you head there, though, copy the text in the box.  When you get to the screen to add the icon, paste in the Content box:

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And be sure to save!

You’ll be taken back to your Design or Layout page, and you can move the button where you’d like it – I’ve placed my on the bottom right:

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Again don’t forget to save your placement, and voila, your button is live and working:

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Hope this helps you all out there!

 

Blessings, Peg

Monday, March 18, 2013

Goodbye Google Reader

Probably most of you have heard by now that Google has decided to ‘retire’ their reader.   Below is a screen shot of my reader list:

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If you have a Google account, you have access to the reader list.  If you have a Blogger (Google) blog, you have access to the reader list.  If you ‘follow’ blogs via your Blogger blog, you will have a reader list similar to this.   This may not be news to most of you.

Personally, I don’t use Google reader, but rather follow blogs through my Dashboard:

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Note the Reading List on the left-hand side.

 

But I know that there are some folk out there who read my blog regularly, who don’t have a blog, and they may be using Google Reader to keep up with blog entries.

So today’s post is for both bloggers and followers.

First followers – if you ‘follow’ blogs via Google Reader, you are probably looking for another way to follow those blogs.  One is to ‘subscribe’ by email, if the blog has that option available to you.  If you look on my side-bar, there’s a little gadget titled ‘Follow by Email’ – simply add your email address in the box provided and follow the directions.  Thereafter you will get email notification when a new post is published.

You can also ‘follow’ any blog by ‘joining’ the site – again that option is found on my side-bar.  To be able to do that, you must have a Google account.  Also note that if you don’t have a blog, the only current way to be notified of new posts is via Google reader.

Another way to ‘follow’ for non-bloggers is to add the blog to your favorites, and check every so often to see if a new post has been published.

There are a couple of other ways to follow blogs, that are foreign to me, so I won’t try to explain it all here, but if you check out Karen’s post on Sew Many Ways she explains it all well.

Now for bloggers – a little note on making your blog accessible for others to read and ‘follow’.  You probably all have the ‘Join This Site’ gadget, which is perfect for all those folk out there with Google accounts.  But (again) they won’t be able to follow via Google reader in the near future.  So you may want to add the ‘Follow by Email’ gadget for those folks.  And, once again, if you don’t know how to add a gadget, Karen explains it well on her post (see the link above).

Just a little heads’ up, early in the game, so you’re all prepared.

Happy following!                  Blessings, Peg

Sunday, March 17, 2013

It’s Green Day!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone!  Hope you’re all ‘wearin’ the green’!

Also Happy Belated National Quilting Day!  Which was apparently yesterday.   Unfortunately I ran out of time and steam for getting any quilting done, but have finished a few things lately that I’m ready to share.

First, this quilt, I call Life’s Colors, was sent to a sister.  It was a surprise for her, and she reads this blog faithfully, so I didn’t share any progress as it was being built:

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Next up a tote for another sister.  A while back we were travelling together, and she was digging for something in a bag that was stuffed to the gills.  When I saw this pattern, I thought of her, and eventually found fabrics that I thought she’d like, and this is the result.  It’s called Professional Tote, and has pockets everywhere – a complete organizer for anybody that needs to take things along:

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In honor of quilting month, I’ve at last completed the binding on this stack of scrap quilts, that were begun in 2011.  They will soon find their way to kids at Children’s Hospital:

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Then there’s the Tea Shower that has now decorated a table cloth.  A Tea Shower is(was) an African tradition – embroidered tulle meant to cover a set table to keep off the flies and things.  We received one for a wedding shower gift from a South African lady, who also catered our shower and wedding.  I think I may have shown you the Tea Shower some time back:

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Some years ago, a puppy got hold of it, and chewed some holes that were irreparable.  So, on the advice of a friend who’s a sewer/repairer extraordinaire, I cut out the embroidered bits, and resewed them onto a table cloth that coincidentally had a wee hole where a candle ember had landed:

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I was really pleased with these results.  Here’s a close-up of one of the ‘appliques’, and a pic of the back, which even looks pretty good!

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I used invisible thread on the top, and button hole stitch to fix them down, then trimmed away all the excess tulle, and it almost looks like the roses are embroidered right onto the table cloth.  So pleased to have saved a memory, and saved a table cloth at the same time!  So on Green Day, I’m celebrating something green for the environment!

As far as Quilting Day/Weekend/Month goes – work continues on Wonky Stars, and a quilt on the frame, and the LQS BOM – should be more to show you all in a few days.

Oh, and I got news yesterday that my name was drawn in a give-away through the Blog Hop Party – pictures will follow when it arrives!

Happy Green!  Happy quilting!               Blessings, Peg

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Momentum

It’s still there!  Got going in February with 20-minutes a day, and it hasn’t stopped yet.  But this past week or so, the sewing hasn’t been on quilts, so much as other projects – like diapers for our church missions project.  And with the serger set up for that, there’s no room for the sewing machine right now.

And now time change:

Actually, I think this will mean more sewing time, assuming I get up in the morning with the clock (not the internal one) because there are more daylight evening hours to use natural light.  Onward and upward – the projects are all still there waiting for me to get back to them.

I’ve been blog-hopping at the Quilting Gallery Blog Hop Party – lots of give-aways there – why not head over and join in on the fun!

Happy sewing hours!             Blessings, Peg