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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Friday, November 29, 2013

Friday Finishes

The last 3 quilts that were waiting for binding are now done:

This first one is made from a picture I took at a quilt show.  I used some fruit/veggie fabrics I had left over, threw in a couple more that were kind of related to make a picnic quilt.  This is my first attempt at quilting feathers, and I’m not too unhappy with it – better with practice, I hope:

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This one is from fabrics from Hawaii that a friend had given me.  A great summer time table topper:

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Last fall Lee at Lala’s Lovelys hosted a winter-white block swap, and I put the blocks together with some machine-embroidered snow flakes to make a table topper:

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Yesterday I finished up the top on a red-and-cream sampler using the Stash-buster blocks from Linda’s Quiltmania.  It will go on Bertha today, and hopefully come off by tomorrow, so I can finish up binding and gift it next week.

Happy finishes!                   Blessings, Peg

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Wednesday’s Words and Hodgepodge

Wednesday again – Hump Day, especially for those who work Monday to Friday – and time once again to pause mid-week and share a few thoughts.  If you want to read others’ midweek thoughts, please click on the icon on my side-bar.

1. Are you settling for something?

Is it settling if you’ve adjusted and accepted the way things are?  If so, then I guess I’m settling.  We’ve been trying to sell our house for the last while, and for some reason it’s just not moving.  When we moved here, it was with the intent that it would be just until I finished working, and then we’d move out of the valley to a quieter life-style.  Over the years, two of our children moved to Alberta, and as we visited them, we fell in love with much of what Alberta has to offer.  I ‘retired’ 5 years ago, finished working 1 1/2 years ago – we’re still here!  We’re not sure why, we believe that God has a plan, just wishing we knew what it was.  But no matter what, we’re happy, healthy, having a good time in retirement.  So yes, settled – at least for now!  LOL

2.  It wasn't that long ago almost every store in the US locked doors and turned out lights on Thanksgiving Day. This year many will be open all day Thursday, giving shoppers a jump start on 'Black Friday'. In your opinion is this a good thing or a not so good thing? Will you be shopping on Thanksgiving Day?

I remember the days when we didn’t shop on Thanksgiving (in Canada a whole month earlier than the US), or on Easter, or on Christmas Day, or even on Sundays.  These were days to worship, to spend with family, to rest and relax.  Now……the world has changed!  But I still don’t shop on Thanksgiving or Easter or Christmas – or Black Friday, or Boxing Day or any other of the crazy sale days that happen out there.  Crowds and traffic and fighting through them all only to be disappointed in the sale offerings is just not for me.

3. Speaking of shopping...I saw a recent article on the twelve best shopping cities in the world. In order they are-New York, Tokyo, London, Kuala Lumpur, Paris, Hong Kong, Buenos Aires, Vienna, Dubai, Madrid, Milan, and Seoul.
Ever shopped in any of the cities listed? In which city would you most like to pull out the plastic or cold hard cash?

Never been to any of them – yet – but have always dreamed of shopping in New York.  Not sure why, because I really don’t like to shop, and really don’t like crowds, but it’s on the bucket list!  Maybe someday!

4. When did you last dine by candlelight?

Whoooo…..can’t even remember.  I often light candles at the dinner table when we have company, or for a special dinner at home with Grizz, but the times in our youth when I turned down (or off) the lights to enjoy the candles, I only heard about how we couldn’t see what we were eating.  So the lights stay on, even when the candles are lit!

5. What do you have too much of?

Is it ever possible to have too much of something???  Well, actually, I do have to have too much fat on my body, but then that’s because I enjoy all the other things of which maybe I have too much.

6. The Hunger Games...are you a fan? Did you read the book(s)? Will you/have you see the movie? Will you/have you seen Catching Fire?

Haven’t even tried any of them, although Grizz and some of our kids have thoroughly enjoyed them.  But then they just tell me that I wouldn’t like them, so I just ignore them.  Jennifer Chiaverini is much more my style.

7. Share your plans for Thanksgiving Day. The who, the where, the what..especially the what! As in what's for dinner? If you're one of my International visitors, whose homeland doesn't celebrate American Thanksgiving (the whole world doesn't ya know!) then still tell us your plans for Thursday.

As Thanksgiving Day in Canada is long past, I can only share what we did – a totally unusual TDay for us, as Grizz was just a few weeks past knee surgery, and we felt it would be more than he could handle to either have the whole gang in or to go out for the day.  We had a quiet dinner one evening with our DS2 and DDIL1, then another afternoon Grizz’s sister and husband came by for a visit.  Quiet, but nice – and a good decision, as Grizz really was still tiring quite quickly and experiencing a lot of pain at that time.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

This past week, I’ve spent a lot of time blog-hopping (Blogathon Canada and Quilting Blogger Blog Hop Party).  Lots of fun, lots of new blogger-friends.  And an added bonus – I’ve achieved a minor milestone of 150 (official) followers.  So happy to have followers, so happy to hear from them, so happy to be making new friends.  Welcome aboard all!

Happy blogging!              Blessings, Peg

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Back to Quilting

I realized a few days ago that I haven’t shared much of quilting on here lately.  Quilting has taken a bit of a back burner lately, with Christmas projects and all.  Also, working on a quilt that somehow isn’t going as smoothly as I’d like – lots of frogging and frustration.

But I did sit down to finish the binding on two.  This first one is a gift for a baby due late December:022

And this one is a gift for a friend now in a care facility, hoping to get to see him before Christmas:

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There’s a pile more in the basket waiting for binding, and they won’t take long so there should be more pictures to share in a few days.

In the meantime I’ve also taken up some knitting.  I saw this little afghan at a quilt show recently:

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It looked so easy!  Yeah right!  It was like reading a whole new language – Sl1K????   psso????  Umm….guess I need some lessons or something!

But the book had another afghan that looked really easy, and is in fact (after a few stumbling tries).  So I’ve been picking away at this:019020

Knitting hasn’t been my favorite needlework craft – ever!  But now I’ve tackled continental style, and it’s going quite nicely, as long as I don’t miscount LOL!

Then Sunday in church, they announced that the mitten tree will go up soon.  Here is where they collect mittens and toques and scarves to give to the needy for Christmas.  Oh, I can make a scarf!  Might even be able to get through a toque or two.  So I’m going to put down my afghan and ‘whip up’ (if only) some small items for the mitten tree – but no mittens, at least not this year, maybe next.  And next year, maybe I’ll take another look at that ‘easy’ afghan and see if I can learn the lingo.  Knitting projects are so much easier to carry along to keep the hands busy than cross-stitch, which is my first needlework love.  I do have projects lined up, but I’ll concentrate on the Christmas needs first and get back to those later.  In the meantime, no idle hands so less eating, which is a good thing!

I actually started this post yesterday, with the plan to get back to the quilt that has had me screaming in frustration.  I did get to it, and got the unfinished block done, plus two more.  One more to go and I have enough to finish the quilt, but I’m almost out of background fabric, so have to see if I can find some today, or at least a coordinate so I can do some sashing.  Sure would be nice to get this done up before Christmas. 

I am linking up with Needlework Tuesday – head on over to see what others are working on:

Happy Christmas crafting!               Blessings, Peg

Monday, November 25, 2013

Monday’s ‘Musement

Or walked into a room only to wonder what you were doing there?

Or started to say something only to realize you have no idea what you were talking about?

A number of years ago (and I really and truly was a lot younger then), I was at work, and looking for my reading glasses.  Not on my desk that I could see.  Not on my head that I could feel.  Not in any drawers that I opened.  I literally patted and lifted FLAT pieces of paper to see if they were underneath.  Walked around the office to check other desk space – nowhere to be seen.  I even walked down to the break room to see if I’d left them sitting there, even though I was sure I’d used them since my last break.  My co-worker asked me what I was looking for.  When I told her, she just pointed……….you’re not going to believe this one!

There they were hanging around my neck from the new glasses cords that I’d just put on that day!

I did not look this cool!  I did not feel this confident!  I just felt silly!

And the worst thing is – it’s getting worse!  You have no idea how many times in any given day I wander all over the house wondering where I put my glasses this time.  No idea how many times in any given day I have to retrace my steps to figure out what I was planning to do.  No idea how many times in any given day I start to say something and can’t remember what I was talking about!  No idea how many times in any given day I start one thing, think of something else I’d planned to do, and completely forget the first and go on to the second, only to stop again and start another project – so easily distracted.

Did you hear about the 3 elderly men, sitting around the table?  One says, ‘I’m going upstairs for a bath’, and heads out of the room.  He gets upstairs and calls down, ‘What did I come up here to do?’  The second says, ‘He’d forget his head if it wasn’t screwed on.  I better go help him.’  And he heads upstairs – part way there, he calls down, ‘Was I going up or coming down?’  The third sitting at the table, answers, ‘You were on your way up!’  Then, saying to himself, ‘I sure hope I never get as bad as those two, knock on wood,’ and he knocks on the table.  Immediately he stands up, heads toward the door, muttering, ‘Now who could that be?’

Then there’s the story of the elderly couple who went to visit their doctor, complaining that they were having a lot of difficulty remembering things.  The doctor suggested that they write things down, that might help them.  A few evenings later, they were watching TV, when the man said, ‘I’m going to get some ice cream.  Do you want some?’  The lady said that she’d like some, yes, and please put some nuts on top.  The man said that sounded good, and the lady said ‘add some chocolate sauce to that, and do you want to write it down so you don’t forget?’  The man scoffed and said he could surely remember ice cream with nuts and chocolate sauce.  The lady asked for some whipped cream also, and again suggested he write it all down, and again the man said he could surely remember this from the living room to the kitchen.  Several minutes later, he returned from the kitchen with a plate of scrambled eggs.  The lady looked at it and said, ‘I knew you’d forget the bacon!’

A few days ago, my DIL was here and looking at the jigsaw puzzle I’d been working on. She complimented me on continuing to use my brain to stave off Alzheimer’s. Well, not sure but I think maybe it’s here. 

Guess I’ll go and……………….. I forget, what day is it, what do I have to do today???                    Blessings, Peg

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Christmas Season starts

Yesterday we took in a local dance studio performance of the Nutcracker Ballet.

The young dancers did a fabulous job, so much talent. 

Little Clara’s dreams came to life!

One of the best Christmas stories ever!  And a great way to start off the Christmas season.

Happy dreams!            Blessings, Peg

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Wednesday’s Words and Hodgepodge

It’s that time of the week again.  If you want to join in or just read other Hodgepodge posts, click the link on my right-hand sidebar.

1. What lesson has failure taught you?

Mostly I think I’ve learned (sometimes not so well) that God is in charge, that He has a plan, that I need to leave it all in His hands.

2. What decision are you glad you made?

Only one?  Probably the best decision of my life was the choice to follow Jesus Christ – since then I have always been aware that if a door closes, He will open a window. 

3. I've been a little bit surprised to see fully lit and decorated Christmas trees popping up for the past several weeks in friend's Instagram feeds. So tell the truth-is your tree up and decorated, and if so when did that happen? If not when will you be decking the halls?

Our tree is NOT up.  As much as I love Christmas and the decorations, I find that I get tired of them after a few weeks.  We always wait until First Advent to put up the Advent wreath, and then Dec. 1 to decorate the rest of the house.  This year, these happen to be the same day.  Our decorations stay up until Jan. 6, a Lutheran tradition from my mother-in-law, honoring the arrival of the Magi to the stable, and acknowledging the 12 days o Christmas.

4. Solitaire-poker-rummy-hearts-go fish-Old Maid...which game of cards would you most want to join?

Rummy!  We played it by the hour with my family and friends when I was growing up.  Now we play Pinochle with friends on a regular basis.  So much fun gathering around a table and playing a friendly game!

5. This question comes to you courtesy of a Facebook friend, who once upon a time had a blog...When you're feeling stressed do you snack a lot or are you more the 'can't eat' type?

I tend to eat – a really bad habit!

6. Have you ever reviewed a product or service online?  Was your review favorable or less than favorable?

I’ve done several, mostly when I’ve used an online service.  Sometimes favorable, sometimes not – depends on if my needs are met.  Not sure that anybody actually listens to these things though, because nothing seems to change, despite hearing others that agree with my thoughts.  Oh, well!

7. What was the best conversation you had yesterday?

At a strata meeting, we had a general conversation about our strata and our finances and future.  Lots of good news, and great camaraderie, even when some disagreed.  It was actually very pleasant.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

‘Nuff said!

Happy day!                  Blessings, Peg

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Blogathon Started

Yesterday!

What a great way to meet other Canadian bloggers!  We got started with BC, and I’m grateful to have been included on the list of BC bloggers!

Today, we move to the Maritimes.  If you want to meet some new quilting bloggers in Canada, click on the link on my right sidebar.  Every day a different region for the week, and lots of give-aways right along with it

Have fun, make new friends!   Happy blogathon!    Blessings, Peg

Monday, November 18, 2013

Monday’s ‘Musement

Do you sing in the shower?  I do – and never once worried about this:

I’d worry more about the broken hip from the slip than about the paramedics.  They’ve already seen it all, so there are no surprises in store for them if they do have to come and help you out (pun intended).  If you have room to dance in your shower, I say go for it!  Enjoy, sing, shout, gyrate, dance – it’s your shower and nobody’s watching……but put down a non-slip mat just in case!!!

Or do you like to sing in the car?  Years ago somebody said to me that she would never sing in the car in case somebody thought she was talking to herself.  Does that really matter?  I sing in the car lots, whether by myself or with others, when those catchy tunes come on the radio.  And lots of times, I’m bobbing my head, shaking my shoulders, swaying back and forth – if I could I’d get up and dance.  But then Mr. Policeman might object.  Let’s all just sing when we feel like it, but keep those hands on the wheels and eyes on the road!

 

Actually we’re doing some happy dances around our house these days.  The news is out – we’re expecting a grandchild!   So much joy!  So much excitement!  So much anticipation! 

There’s a little reservation along with it all, because last year our twin grand-daughters were born way too early and only lived a short time, and since then there have been two other miscarriages amongst our children.  But now, we’re past the danger stage for miscarriage, doctors are very involved in doing everything they can to ensure health and safety of mom and baby (not that they weren’t before but things happen), and the ultrasounds show a very healthy, active ‘lil bud’.

So I’m singing in the shower and in the car – practicing nursery songs and lullabies.

Happy singing!              Blessings, Peg

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Wednesday’s Words and Hodgepodge

It’s Wednesday again – let’s see what there is to share.  If you want to read more, just click on the link on my sidebar.

1. Describe a typical Sunday in your childhood.

Sunday in my childhood meant chicken for dinner, and a trip to visit grandparents or cousins or both.

2. How comfortable are you with uncertainty?  Explain.

I really dislike uncertainty.  I like to know where I’m headed, when I’m going there, how it will all come together.  As a planner and organizer, I really do like to have all my ducks in a row.

3. What's something you've accomplished recently that might be described as crafty, as in 'arts and crafts' crafty? If crafty doesn't work for you, how about handy? Or both.

Recently I finished a Christmas project, thought it was going to be cross-stitch, only to discover it was needlepoint when I got right down to reading the instructions after saving the magazines for several years.  After finishing the stitching, then there was assembly.  Really happy with how it turned out:

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4. Have you ever worked in a 'food place'. What did you take away from the experience?

I did a couple of stints waitressing in small restaurants while in high school.  I learned that I love fruit salad, and that dishes should never be dried because tea towels are dirtier than the air (still don’t dry dishes if I don’t have to! LOL).

5. Cold turkey, talk turkey, what a turkey...in recent days, which turkey phrase or idiom best applies to you and why?  Click on the word turkey if you need to read more about the meaning behind each phrase.

A few days ago, I decided to bake some cookies.  Not a hard thing to do, I’ve done it before, know what I’m doing – right!  Well, apparently not so right!  I was a real turkey – adding flour while the mixer was going (you should have seen the ‘snow’), dropping an egg in without cracking it open first (again while the mixer was running).  Not so sure what I was thinking, but it sure made for some mad scrambles!!!  Reminded me of baking days with my daughter.

  The cookies were good though!

6. If you could have any one guest join your Thanksgiving dinner table, who would it be?

My fondest with is to have my kids all home for Thanksgiving – hasn’t happened in a lot of years.

7. What is one thing you must accomplish today?

There are no ‘must-do’s’ on the list for today, and number of want-to-do’s like sew a couple of challenge quilt blocks, or put binding on a quilt, or make another Christmas ornament.  Then there’s ‘some day soon we should make a Costco run’ – that’s probably the one that will get done first.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

In many ways this has been a lazy week.  Not sure why, but I can’t seem to settle down to doing much of anything.  I pick up a book, put it down; pick up a sewing project, put it down; turn on the TV, wander away; head for the computer, forget why I went there and play some solitaire.  I tried to start a knitting project, discovered that I need to teach myself how to knit all over again, and then finally got going and discovered my needles are too small, so that all came out again.  Guess I need to find a purpose somewhere and then get a move on.  This all probably relates back to my need for certainty.  There are a few things a little uncertain right now – just need to wait out the time to see how it will all turn out.

Here’s to a happy Thanksgiving (US) season!     Blessings, Peg

Monday, November 11, 2013

Monday’s ‘Musement

Christmas is coming! 

On the news a few days ago, somebody said ‘it’s only 14 months until Christmas next year.’

Oh, man, how am I ever going to be ready?!!?  That’s a little ‘tongue-in-cheek’, but it surely seems like Christmas is the main topic in media and a lot of every-day conversations earlier and earlier every year.

November 1, the Halloween candy bags are not even sorted, let alone eaten, and there’s some kid on TV wants me to get my Pot-o-gold chocolates for the ‘holidays’. 

(Just had to use this photo, as this is the box that I remember from my childhood – oops, did I just tell you how old I am?)

In fact, I guess, because US Thanksgiving is only a couple of weeks away, they’re all preparing for that (same as we start preparing for Canadian Thanksgiving a few weeks ahead) which is the beginning of the holiday/Christmas season for them.  Okay, so fair enough, most of our TV comes from the US, and we get their advertising.  It just seems a shame to have that focus so much ahead of time.

Having said that, I do ‘shop’ for Christmas almost all year.  I’m not a shopper by nature, so when I’m out there, especially on our travels, if I see something that would be a perfect gift for somebody, I pick it up.  There’s a nice little stash of goodies usually by this time of year.  And the Christmas Craft fairs have begun, so we went to the first one on Saturday – they’re just too hard to resist, and we meet up with so many old friends at these events.

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Also, I generally have a Christmas-related stitching project on the go, and that of course would have to start well ahead of time.  This year, my project started in August, after I completed a years-long cross-stitch project

And it’s ready – almost, just a little more tidy-up on the back – but we put it on the mantle to get a picture: 007

I’ll put ‘snow’ and some village pieces on top.  I’m really pleased with how this turned out.  Here are a couple of close-ups, so you can see the embellishments:

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Sorry, but the beading doesn’t sparkle in the pics the way it actually does.  No matter, I’m very happy with it!

Happy Christmas season, no matter how early it starts!   Blessings, Peg

Poppy Day

On this Remembrance Day – a little food for thought:

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Christmas is Really Coming

And we know that for sure when the first Christmas Craft Fair opens its doors.  We went to one yesterday:004005006

Oh, the goodies!  Oh, the ideas!  So many lovely items I wanted to take home!  But this was all I bought:

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Today is actually my birthday, and the snowmen weren’t my first gift.  A few days ago, Grizz had his first outing when he could drive himself.  He brought these home for me:

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We put them in our bedroom because it’s cooler there and they might last a little longer that way.  I’ll bring them out to put on the table when the kids come for dinner tonight.

The cool rainy weather has set in, but we’ve had a few reprieves.  On one, I headed out the back door and discovered:

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These may be the last of the roses to come in the house, and I couldn’t cut the stems very long, because there’s more out there.  I wanted to give them the chance to bloom if it’s going to happen.  It’s a little dicey, because it may get too cold to properly prune back the bush before these bloom.  Oh, well, will enjoy them as long as I can.

On another reprieve, the sun hung a rainbow across the hill just a little way off.  We managed to get this picture:003

The rainbow seemed to make the colors on the hill just that much more brilliant.  I love rainbows, they always remind me of the promises of God.

Happy promises!                      Blessings, Peg

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Wednesday’s Words and Hodgepodge

Another week has flown by and it’s time to join the party.  If you want to see what others have to say, just follow the link on my side-bar.

1. Today is my sister's birthday (yesterday actually). What's one way you're like your siblings? If you don't have siblings, how are you like your lifelong best friend or cousin?

Well, I think I’m much like my siblings, and our parents, in that we all seem to drift toward job situations where we can function independently and/or be in a leadership/boss type of situation.  It’s interesting to watch, and as the oldest, I have the advantage of being able to see the rest of them from the vantage point of having ‘been there, done that’.

2. What's the first thing that comes to mind when you think of yourself at age eighteen?

Hmmm….18!  That was so long ago, it’s hard to remember.  But I think I was very much a dreamer, and saw life through very rose-colored glasses.  Not that I’ve had a bad life, it’s actually been very good, and I look forward to a few years yet to dream some more!

3. Sculptor-dancer-actor-painter...if you could excel in one of these arts, which would you choose and why?

Dancer – I just love to ‘dance’ around the house to music, and so enjoy watching any type of dancing, and getting out on the dance floor myself, well that’s just a dream come true on the rare occasion it actually happens.   If you haven’t tried it before – line dancing is the perfect answer to the love of dance, when you don’t have a partner.

4. What's a scent that takes you back in time, and where does it take you?

Talcum powder – new babies, takes me back to cuddling my wee ones, and makes me look forward to cuddling grandchildren someday!

5. November is for peanut butter lovers (National Peanut Butter Lovers Month).  Are you a lover or a hater?  What's your favorite dish/recipe that calls for peanut butter?

Isn’t that funny, just finished a ‘breakfast’ of PB&J.  And a couple of days ago, I made PB and banana cookies.  I am definitely a lover, and my favorite is actually and PB and banana sandwich.  Mmmmmm….must go out and get some more bananas.

6. What do people thank you personally for most often?

Good question, never really think about it.

7. What event this year are you most thankful for?

The early surgery date for Grizz – we thought we’d still be waiting for his total knee replacement, but it’s all done and he’ll be fully mobile in time for Christmas season.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Canada has been going through some rough times on the political scene.  Leaders in our country blatantly breaking the law and/or misusing public funds – and then seem to think that they should not have to answer for their actions.  They appear to think nobody should ever question them, hold them accountable, or sanction them in any way, stating it is undemocratic.  Any other person, whether in a public or private position, making a mistake or deliberately stepping outside of written or implied boundaries is automatically disciplined, even to the point of losing a job entirely, without recourse to courts or review panels.  Why should politicians be any different?  Should they not, even more than anybody else, act with complete honesty and integrity, to be an example for the people that they lead and represent?  This all makes me very sad.

Time to think happy thoughts!               Blessings, Peg

Going Green

My niece is a very clever crafter, and a huge fan of renew/reuse/recycle.  On her blog, Waste Not, she recently posted a great idea for making a Christmas garland that can be used for tree trim, house decoration, gift wrap decoration.  And would be a wonderful project for kids.  Take a look:

She’s posted a full tutorial for this.

If you visit her blog, you’ll find she has lots of ideas for being ‘green’.  Last month she posted an idea for using toilet paper rolls to make small packaging.  She says there’ll be more ideas coming as Christmas gets closer.

Happy no-waste Christmas prep!          Blessings, Peg

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

A Top and a (App) Tip

Oh, the weather outside is….delightful!  It rained on Friday/Saturday, and ‘our’ mountain was invisible.  Sunday it stopped raining in the afternoon (long enough to get leaves raked up), and the clouds started to lift.  Monday morning the mountain shone in all its glory – with fresh snow! 

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The sky is actually blue on the other side of our house, but the clouds are rolling back in on this side.  It’s crisp and frosty, almost makes me want to go skiing.  But instead I pulled out a jigsaw puzzle that I’ve been saving all summer. 

 

But while it rained, the baby quilt top got finished, and is now ready to go onto the quilting frame:030

This was fun!  Fractured 9-patch, with Dr. Seuss prints.  And it’s big – 49x68 – lots of room for a mom or a dad to cuddle with the wee one.

 

While shopping for some of this fabric I picked up a tip, well, actually an app for the smart phone.  Every quilter needs one of these.  It’s Robert Kauffman’s Quilt Calculator.  This is what the icon looks like:

And here’s a glimpse of what you’ll see inside:

It’s fabulous, no more trying to do the math, it’s all done for you, and even some cutting instructions.

So if you have a smart phone – go shopping in the apps store.  This is free!  A quick install and you’ll have it at your fingertips.  Even better, no need to have a data plan on your phone, you don’t need the internet to work the app once it’s installed.  Have fun with this one!  And you’ll have just the right amount of fabric for all those winter projects coming up.

Happy winter!                 Blessings, Peg