A Pieceful Life

A Pieceful Life


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, January 24, 2014

Grow Your Blog

I’m going to a party – and you’re all invited to come along!

It’s a blog party (of course) and an opportunity to meet new blogger friends. 

Victoria, over at 2 Bags Full, is hosting this party, asking that participants introduce themselves and their blogs, with the possibility of adding blogs to our reading lists and/or adding followers to our blogs.  Many will also be offering give-aways to any who comment – you’ll find details of my give-away at the bottom of this post.  To find the list of participants, simply follow the link on my side-bar.

But first, to the business of introducing myself:

My name is Peg, I’m wife of over 40 years to Grizz who at least pretends to understand why I do what I do and supports no matter what; mother to six, three born to us and three added by marriage; Christ-follower; quilter; cross stitcher; and soon to be grandmother.

This picture was taken last September when we had a rare half hour when we were all together in one spot.  My parents, on the left, were there with us.  The three children born to us are the two boys in dark blue and the girl in the white top standing next to Grizz.  I’m the one on the other side of Grizz, peeking out from behind the shoulder, not sure how that happened LOL! 


This blog was started as a journal, more than anything a quilting journal, when I retired a few years ago.  Even though quilting is the main topic, I’ve included family times, travel adventures, some cross-stitch and even occasional knitting projects, geo-caching treks, volunteer efforts, happenings in the world around me, and sometimes just some words about things I see and hear.

My blog banner includes some of my favorite quilts, and here are a few others:

132.Verna's quilt

136. Adolf's quilt

001. Cowboy applique.jpg032.Black White and Green



047.Black, white and red

106.Life's Colors for Toni


128.CF BOM 2012 kid's quilt

Cross-stitching has long been a passion of mine, and it’s a rare evening when I don’t have a piece in my hands.  Just a few months ago, I completed this years-long project:


It is finally off at the framer’s – I can hardly wait to hang it on the wall, and there will surely be a picture to share!

We love to travel, have a trailer that has taken us on two cross-country trips as well as to Alaska and California and various closer-to-home destinations over the years.  We’ve also enjoyed a few cruises.  Stay tuned for our next travelogue!! 

As I said earlier, we’re expecting our first grandchild in a few months, and I’m sure there will be lots to share when she comes along!  Now she’s about 10 inches long and weighs about a pound, and is very, very squirmy!  She’s keeping us all on our toes already, and much, much care is being taken to ensure that she waits as long as possible before facing the big, wide world out here.



And now for a give-away.  Because I’m a quilter, and I do try to focus my blog on quilting, this give-away will be somewhat aimed at quilters, but I hope others could find these useful.  The winning person will receive the following (these are pictures from the patterns, the actual projects are not yet made):

This little coaster could sit nicely beside your sewing machine.  Pattern found on Made by Ale.  Non-sewers can put it anywhere, and let everybody think they sew! Quilting, free patterns, my sewing machine, ale balanzario
full_450_15354_CathderalWindowPincushion_1 A lovely little pin-cushion based on the pattern found at I Sew Free.  Even if you’re not a quilter, or even a sewer, a pincushion surely comes in handy when something needs to be mended.

I may add in another goodie or two, time will tell!

No requirements other than a comment.  Say, for my own inspiration in deciding what I could add to the package, why don’t you tell me what your favorite hobby is.

If you don’t have a blog, or a Google account, simply send an email (click on my blog profile left side-bar).  Please be sure that you provide a way for me to contact you – in other words, don’t be a no-reply commenter, or put your email address in your comment.

Winner will be drawn on February 15.

Happy, happy blog party!                Blessings, Peg


  1. I'm a new happy follower! :) Loving the visits across blog land this morning!

  2. Hi Peg. My favorite hobbies are sewing/quilting and gardening.

  3. Welcome to the party, I am a volunteer for Vicki this morning. I enjoyed reading your blog post and see we have some common interest. I do hand embroidery work. My first comment didn't post so I am trying again. Have fun and I became a new follower. I will be back Shirley@shirleystitches

  4. You have some very pretty quilts .. that cross stitch is amazing. I've made a few (a long time ago) and they are so very time consuming, but rewarding. Can't wait to see it framed! Do you have a spot for it?

  5. Hi Peg,

    I'm visiting from the Grow Your Blog party. Your quilts are gorgeous - you are very talented! I plan to look around a bit more and then be on my way to visit the others. I do hope you will stop by for a visit and enter my giveaway. Have a wonderful weekend! Hugs – Donna

  6. I am visiting by the Grow your blog party. You have made so many beautiful quilts! And the cross-stitcing is amazing. You also have a lovely family. It was nice visiting you, greetings from Marit Johanne in Norway

  7. Hi Peg! Your cross stitch is breathtaking! I can see how it took a year! I'm a quilter, and I also love your coaster and pincushion. Handmade things are so precious! Thanks your inspiring blog and this great chance to win a treasure.

  8. How interesting! Lovely giveaway, but I have recently won three, so I won't enter this one, thank you.

  9. Well, I hope you've figured out by now that I too am a quilter! Ha! If I could choose, I'd choose the pin cushion - as unbelievable as it is, I don't have a single standard pin cushion (I have a finger pin cushion that I use when working on my EPP projects when away from home, but no "real" pin cushion at home). Anyway, it's nice to get to know a little more about you ... And to "see" your little one! ;-)

  10. Popping by for the party! I envy your quilt skills, I crochet and do other things to.....I hope you come for a visit!

  11. Lovely post. Your cross stitch is amazing. I am also a quilter. Thanks for participating in Grow Your Blog.

  12. I am back...already follow on Bloglovin. Congrats on the grandbaby to come...my second grandchild is coming this year. I am having fun finding new bloggers to follow...love sewing and quilting. Greetings from Oklahoma, USA. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

  13. Hello,

    Nice to meet you.:)
    I would like to participate in your giveaway.



  14. So nice to meet you in this blog party , I too and taking part and it is a lot of fun discovering new blogs like yours . My favorite hobby is quilting and sewing in general , love it ! Thanks for the chance to meet you , I will become a follower .

  15. Thanks for sharing the pics of your lovely quilts. My favorite hobby is reading though it's so necessary to me I wouldn't call it a hobby, which makes quilting my favorite hobby. I'm a new Bloglovin' follower. Thanks.

  16. So sorry I am late to the party!! ;) I don't even know how many blogs I have been too in the past day and a half... Don't think badly of me, I'm really not that kind of girl! hehe
    Your quilts are beautiful and I can't wait to follow your journey!

  17. Hi Peg
    Great to meet you!
    I'm in England and I love quilting, gardening and natural history!!

  18. You keep me in stitches, Peg :D I enjoy your posts and your finishes. I'm a dabbler of cross stitch too, even attempted some blackwork! It's nice to stitch in the evenings and watch tv (even if the men can't figure out how we do that).

  19. Hi Peg, I have SO many hobbies but current favourites are quilting and knitting.

  20. Hello dear Peg
    I've really enjoyed meeting you and reading your lovely welcoming post!
    You are a very talented quilter - WOW!
    Love your stitching too - I've always enjoyed embroidery and belong to a little group that meets fortnightly.
    I can imagine your excitement at the prospect of a granddaughter - it's a thrilling experience and completes the circle of life for us I feel.

    Your giveaway will be lovely whatever you do. I have aspirations of learning to quilt... ONE day!! Maybe you'll get me going!

    I'm following you now so I'll be back later when this party quietens down
    I would love you to come over and meet me and enter my Giveaway - a vintage fabric and lace collage.
    Have fun and enjoy the party!

  21. Hi Peg
    I'm back!! For some reason I couldn't get Google Friend Connect to work last night - but now it's all hunky dorey!!
    I now belong and am following you!!!

    Thank you for the link to the adorable pin cushion - I'm off to check out the link - we're always looking for ideas!


  22. Congrats on grand-baby! Fav hobby is playing violin- teach several kids out of my home too!

  23. congratulations on the new grandbaby, hope the pregnancy is uneventful and labor short. love your quilts, especially the one with legs -lol- visiting via Vicki's GYBP and enjoyed your blog.

  24. Hi Peg,
    Visiting through the GYB party. It is "sew" nice to meet you. Your quilts are beautiful. I have been quilting for about two years and thoroughly enjoy it. I look forward to seeing what you create throughout the year.
    Sew Incredibly Crazy

  25. Greetings from St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada. Congratulations on becoming a grandma soon. It's is the most wonderful role to have. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway.

  26. What a delightful blog. It is such a pleasure to meet you and your lovely family. Your work is beautiful. Thanks for sharing. Happy hopping!

  27. Wow I love my visit. Didn't realize that there is so much going on in cyber world. Forgive me for coming to the party at the last minute, But 600 blog reading was a little tasking. I wanted to read and get to know the girls so I did read everyone's bio. Your my 552 blog and 24 hours left to go. If you like come visit My site http://overboardcreations.blogspot.com/and contact info is http://ovr_brd@yahoo.com I believe inspiration comes from all facets of life even knowing the great people out there with wisdom and knowledge the do's and don'ts and even the wonders of life from a personal point of view. I liked you following you on goggle connect and Bloglovin you. hope to see you in the cyber neighborhood I am new to blogging so I don't have a lot posted because I got side tract with GYB party. Kind of felt it was important to have some one read my silly chatter. I can't remember a time I didn't dabble in something creative. I tried a little of everything. But, my new love these days is Card making I just love it.
    Oh thanks for letting me enter your give away.

  28. What an Awesome Blog you have!! (I don't have one..yet! lol) I am definitely signing up to Follow! :)

    Love your coaster & pin cushion! I'm a fairly new to quilty things sewer...these would love livin at my house! & I will looove them!

    Happy Valentine's Day!!

  29. I enjoyed seeing your quilts, Peg. So nice to meet you. I love to do any kind of craft.

  30. Hi Peg,

    Your geo-caching treks sound intriguing! That's something I would love to try one time, even though there aren't as many treasure in my part of the world (the area around Munich, Germany) than in yours!

    Your craft projects are all great -- so many beautiful quilts. Thanks also for the chance to win such goodies.

    Lots of greetings from Germany,

  31. Greetings from the Pacific Northwest! Enjoyed visiting your blog!

  32. Love your blog. Expecting our 10 th little grand blessing- 8 of 10 boys! I love quilting. Making this little guy a disappearing pinwheel Hole in the Barn Door quilt. He's due in July. Blessings!