A Pieceful Life

A Pieceful Life

Welcome

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.
Comments are always welcome, always read - and answered if need be. Feel free to share, I love hearing from all my cyber-space friends.
Please do check out some of the links in my side-bar - you'll find other bloggers and fabulous people to visit.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Fabric for Life

Oh, wow, who wouldn’t like to have free fabric for the rest of life, well, 20 years anyway!

Grand Prize!

Quilter’s Club of America and Keepsake Quilting are sponsoring this fabulous contest – just head on over here to enter!

Good luck to everybody!          Blessings, Peg

Thursday, February 20, 2014

More Than a Social Network

Facebook is a source for learning

Most mornings, I start my day by getting in touch with the world via my computer.  Emails first, to make sure there’s nothing urgent that will need my attention.   Once I’ve dealt with all of those, I head on over to Facebook – again to touch bases with family and friends, many of whom I rarely see.  It really is a great place to keep up with happenings, who’s on vacation, who’s having children and grandchildren, who’s changing jobs or retiring.

But it’s the education I get there that fascinates me.

Like – 20 ways to use Coke (for other than drinking and upsetting your stomach):

1. Removes grease stains from clothing and fabric
2. Removes rust; methods include using fabric dipped in Coke, a sponge or even aluminum foil. Also loosens rusty bolts
3. Removes blood stains from clothing and fabric.
4. Cleans oil stains from a garage floor; let the stain soak, hose off.
5. Kills slugs and snails; the acids kills them.
6. Cleans burnt pans; let the pan soak in the Coke, then rinse.
7. Descales a kettle (same method as with burnt pans)
8. Cleans car battery terminals by pouring a small amount of Coke over each one.
9. Cleans your engine; Coke distributors have been using this technique for decades.
10. Makes pennies shine; soaking old pennies in Coke will remove the tarnish.
11. Cleans tile grout; pour onto kitchen floor, leave for a few minutes, wipe up.
12. Dissolves a tooth; Use a sealed container…takes a while but it does work.
13. Removes gum from hair; dip into a small bowl of Coke, leave a few minutes. Gum will wipe off.
14. Removes stains from vitreous china.
15. Got a dirty pool? Adding two 2-liter bottles of Coke clears up rust.
16. You can remove (or fade) dye from hair by pouring diet Coke over it.
17. Remove marker stains from carpet. Applying Coke, scrubbing and then clean with soapy water will remove marker stains.
18. Cleans a toilet; pour around bowl, leave for a while, flush clean.
19. Coke and aluminum foil will bring Chrome to a high shine.
20. Strips paint off metal furniture. Soak a towel in Coke and lay it on the paint surface.

Read more at http://www.realfarmacy.com/20-practical-uses-for-coca-cola-proof-that-coke-does-not-belong-in-the-human-body/#d01LRacIlm0XZl4u.99

Recipes that will for sure blow your diet:

A SLICE OF HEAVEN CAKE!
1 package devil's food chocolate cake or german choc. cake mix
1 14oz can sweetened condensed milk
1 jar caramel topping
1 8oz tub cool whip
4-5 snickers bar (my preference) you can use skor, heathbar, or mini reeses
Bake the cake according to directions in 9x13 inch pan. Cool for 5 minutes, using the handle of a wooden spoon poke holes into cake, then let cake cool for abit about an 1/2 hour til warm. Slowly pour sweetened milk over cake, letting it soak into holes, then drizzle caramel over the cake.
Let cake cool completely (you may refrigerate it to cool faster just cover well). Top cake with cool whip, decorate with candy & drizzle with caramel!!

Health tips for a longer life:

Drinking water at a certain time maximizes its effectiveness on the body
2 glasses of water after waking up - helps activate internal organs
1 glass of water 30 minutes before a meal - helps digestion
1 glass of water before taking a bath - helps lower blood pressure
1 glass of water before going to bed - avoids stroke or heart attack

Spiritual encouragement:

How to make memories (I can’t wait to start doing this):

Canadian Pride:

12 things Canadians have to be Proud of?
1. Smarties (not sold in the USA )
2. Crispy Crunch, Coffee Crisp (not sold in the USA )
3. Baseball is Canadian - 1st game June 4, 1838 - Ingersoll, ON
4. Hockey is Canadian
5. Basketball is Canadian
6. Apple pie is Canadian, and so are Nanaimo bars
7. Mr. Dress-up beats Mr. Rogers
8. Tim Hortons beats Dunkin' Donuts (still, even though Timmies is now owned by a US company)
9. We invented ski-doos, jet-skis, zippers – and velcro, insulin, and the telephone..
Also short wave radios which save countless lives each year.
10. We have ALL frozen our tongues to something metal and lived to tell about it.
11. A Canadian invented Superman.
12. We have coloured money.

For me of course – quilting tips:

Quilting Tip: Panels are the perfect medium to practice your free motion quilting, without spending a lot of time piecing a quilt top first!

And I do enjoy (some of ) the jokes and funnies, it’s great for a chuckle at the beginning of the day!

And what better way to start the day than with a laugh or two!

Happy learning and laughing!       Blessings, Peg

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Grow Your Blog Party Giveaway Winner

Well, the party is over, and what a party it was!  600 bloggers enrolled for the GYB Party hop.

Blog Party

I’m sorry to say that I didn’t get to visit anywhere near the 600 blogs.  I started with those with the least followers, and then my life was interrupted by something much more important.  What could be more important than visiting blogs – well, our DD is expecting, due late May, but was put on bedrest for the duration starting about 3 weeks ago.  So her MIL and I both thought it best if we could somehow spend as much time here as possible so she could well and truly relax and so could her hubby.  So that’s where I am, not at home, not quilting, not being lazy, but here in Alberta with the kids!

Anyway, the party of course didn’t stop because I wasn’t there and many wonderful people visited this blog as a result.  Thank heaven for WiFi and I could keep up with the comments.  A big thank-you and welcome to all who visited, your kind words and enthusiasm were so very appreciated. 

I drew for the winner of my give-away using a random number generator (and you’ll have to take my word for it, because I can’t seem to copy the element into here) and up popped #27 who is:

Dawn Castrova of Overboard Creations.  Here’s what Dawn said:

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.

Dawn has a wonderful blog, full of creativity and enthusiasm.  I hope some of you will be able to make it over to her blog for a visit.

I had promised this pincushion and mug rug:110111

(had some difficulty with the satin stitch on the mug rug, using an old sewing machine at my daughter’s – apologies to Dawn, but with a mug on top, the problems won’t be seen)

Dawn doesn’t say that she’s a reader, but I added this little bookmark – she may be able to use it to mark her pages in crafting books and magazines:

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Congratulations, Dawn – I’ll be sending you an email message to get your mailing address.

Again thank you to all who visited from the GYB party, and hope that all who participated had a good time!

Blessings, Peg

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine’s Day

Wishing you all a wonderful day with those you love!

This quilt tutorial arrived in my mailbox through I Sew Free (for some reason their server seems to be down today, and I can’t access the site to create the link). Anyway…..wanted to wish you a ‘quilty’ Valentine’s.  It’s a little late, but if you want a Valentine’s quilt for next year, check out this web-site  www.isewfree.com  this quilt pattern and tutorial will be available for free there.

It’s also the last day of the Grow Your Blog Party

Click on the link above, or on my side-bar to go to this fabulous party hosted by Vicki of 2 Bags Full, to visit as many of 600 or so bloggers that you can fit in in the next 24 hours or so, LOL!

If you wish to enter my give-away, you can visit my GYB post here.  Draw will be done tomorrow afternoon to give as many more as want a chance.

Happy Valentine’s – and good luck on any draws you enter!   Blessings, Peg

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

A Legend Passes On

Just learned that Shirley Temple Black, famous child actor, later teen actor, then eventually a diplomat, has died.

I loved her movies as a child, and still enjoy watching one occasionally.  She was an amazingly talented, bright child, and brought such joy to so many lives, especially in the Depression years.  According to what I read, her talent and charming smile also saved Fox studio from bankruptcy – that’s a lot on a little girl’s shoulders.  Apparently she made as many as 11 films in a year at the start when she was but 5 or 6 years old.  And in 2006 was awarded the Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award – well earned!

Some memorable photos:

A legend passes on – but we’ll still have her movies to watch over and over and over again.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Monday’s ‘Musement

If you're here from the Grow Your Blog Party, you'll find that post and give-away here

You’ve all probably heard the ‘lullaby’ Soft Kitty – for sure if you ever watch The Big Bang Theory on TV, you’ve heard it.  A little ditty to sing to sooth children, especially (apparently) if they are under the weather.

Well, here’s a little ‘lullaby’ for quilters:



It is amazing how soothing it feels to get that new fabric, to touch it, stroke it, hold it in your arms and dream about what it will become.  So when you’re feeling under the weather, sing this little ditty as you wander through the fabric store – or the yarn store, or the scrapbooking store or whatever other store supplies you with the goodies to ply your craft.  Go on, I dare you!   And now I dare you to get the tune out of your head for the next three days!!
Happy shopping!               Blessings, Peg

Sunday, February 9, 2014

My Laugh for This Morning

Came from Elsie’s post on her blog from yesterday.  She apparently found this somewhere on her computer, source unknown.  Here’s just the first:

20 Words That Should Exist

1.   ACCORDIONATED (ah kor' de on ay tid) adj. Being able to drive and refold a road map at the same time.

Head on over to read the rest – it’s hilarious! 

Happy dictionary!          Blessings, Peg

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Tip Day

If you're here from the Grow Your Blog Party, you'll find that post and give-away here

I found these tips on Quilter’s Connection magazine blog-site, wanted to pass them on, with some comments from myself:
1.  Purchase a rubber jar opener and place in under your sewing machine foot control to prevent it from moving around on you.
I actually have a Velcro mat under my foot pedal, which was a gift a few years back, and I love it.  No more hunting around to find that pedal!  This sounds like a perfect idea – or use some of that non-slip rubber material if you have some on hand.  Anybody that has a trailer or motor home probably has lots of it!
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2.  Before doing any hand sewing, run your thread through a dryer sheet to prevent knots.
Oh, those knots!  Gotta try this one – I knew there was a good reason for those dryer sheets!
3.  To keep your rotary cutter in tip-top shape, take it apart and clean off the lint after cutting all the fabric for a quilt.
A great tip – and works for almost everything sewing-related.  Clean up that lint on your cutting board, under the bobbin on your sewing machine, stuck to your scissors.  Makes everything hum along the way it should.
4.  Place a couple of dabs of clear nail polish on the bottom of your cutting rulers & sprinkle with salt. Let dry. This will prevent slippage on your fabric.
Gotta get me some clear nail polish!  Years ago I was given some non-slip plastic backing, which covered the two rulers that I used the most.  But since then have purchased a few more rulers, this sounds like it will work at a much lower cost!
5.  Never use canned air to clean your machine – it can blow the dirt and fibers into the mechanical parts and do more damage, and has moisture which could cause rusting.
And don’t blow into the bobbin space, same thing!  Use a brush to pull the lint out, or try to get a vacuum attachment that will suck it out safely.
6.  If your local shop offers free classes when you purchase a new sewing machine – take them, even if you are an experienced sewer/quilter. You’ll learn something new, guaranteed.
Absolutely a necessity!  My friend, a sewer of many years, purchased her first machine in over 20 years.  All the new tricks, gadgets, extras, feet…..opens up a whole new world.  And every new machine comes with something better than the last one.
7.  To help with free-motion quilting, doodle in a notepad for practice.
Apparently this is to aid hand-eye coordination, and makes for smoother sewing.  Can’t say I’ve tried it much, because I get bored with doodling after a very, very short time!
8.  Have several different size thimbles on hand for hand quilting/sewing – your finger size changes depending on the time of day/temperature.
I just really don’t like thimbles, makes me feel even more clumsy than I already am, but this does make sense for those that use thimbles.
9.  Wash your cutting mat regularly with mild soap and water – it’s amazing how dirty it can get.
And just like anything else,keeping it clean will extend its life
10. Regularly wash your sewing scissors in warm soapy water & dry immediately. And, after each use, wipe away dust & lint with a clean dry cloth. They’ll stay sharper longer.
See # 3 and # 9
11. Use a thread colour that matches your applique piece, NOT your background fabric.
Oh, yes, unless you want the satin stitch or blanket stitch to stand out!  Like on these:
112.G to L
12. When hand quilting/sewing, ‘pre-thread’ six or more needles so you don’t have to stop to re-thread, and lose your momentum.
Personally I like to stop and rethread, changes my position, and eases the tension in my shoulders
13. Paper piecing? Shorten your stitch length so the paper will tear off easily when your done.
And use paper that tears easily, like the soft craft paper available in dollar stores (kind of beige in color), not printer paper
14. Can’t decide on a layout? Put the blocks on your design wall and take a photo. Each time you change around, take another photo, then pick your favourite.
It’s amazing what you see in a photo that you don’t see otherwise.  To concentrate your eye, try using a peep-hole – you know the ones that are in apartment doors, available in almost any hardware store – or circle your fingers and place over your eye.


15. Take photos & keep receipts of your important quilts. Will help in evaluating them, and for insurance purposes.
Photos, photos, photos.  Nothing better than a photo for proof of ownership.  Not sure how much more value insurance will give a hand-made quilt over a retail purchase, but keeping the receipts can’t hurt.  I never thought of this before, but it IS a good idea!
16.  Refold stored quilts periodically to prevent permanent creases and damage.
Some say refold with each new season, or at time-change.  It’s at least a target date to be able to remember when it was last done and needs to be done again.
17. When laying your quilt top onto the backing and batting, always ‘pat’ the top down, never ‘smooth’ it out. Smoothing could stretch the top so it doesn’t lie straight.
Actually I think sometimes I need to ‘smooth’ to get it lying straight again.  Those big quilts never lie down straight for me!
18.  Did you know one side of the eye of a needle is bigger than the other? If you have trouble threading your needle, try turning it around.
This really does work – I’ve had to do it time and time again!
19.The best height for your cutting table should be between 34″-36″ (that’s for an average height female) high to prevent strain and injury on your back when standing to cut fabric.
Okay, so what’s an ‘average height female’?  I think each person needs to experiment a bit.  Recently I’ve discovered my dining room table works really well for me, when I’m wearing my new slippers with the 1” heel.  I’m not bending over as much, and I’m lifting my shoulder the way I have to if I use the kitchen island.  To raise a table to a good cutting height, there are lifts available out there – try Wal-Mart – or sometimes a handy husband works too!  This was discussed on Sew Many Ways blog some years ago

20. Cutting same-width strips from multiple fabrics (ie. for log cabin)? Save time – layer the fabrics and cut them all at once.
Be careful, too many layers and they can slip on you.  Some quilters have said to me they cut up to 8 layers at a time.  I find 4 layers is safest for me.
21. A 3-ring binder stores all your loose patterns. Put pattern envelopes in a page protector. Use dividers to separate ie: applique, stack n’ whack, etc.
For patterns already in packages, magazine holders make for perfect organized storage.
22. Make a habit of cleaning your sewing machine after every project. Follow the mfgr’s instructions, and don’t forget to change the needle too. Your machine will love you for it!
No comment necessary – see #3, 9, 10
23. If you’re hand basting your quilt, thread your needle & leave the other end attached to the spool – that way you never run out of thread! Just gently pull it through the fabric as you need more.
Are you kidding?  If I tried this, I’d have a ‘gathered’ quilt for sure!  But then, I’ve never tried it.  I can’t see me crawling around on the floor to accomplish this
24. Giving the gift of a quilt to a friend or family member? Don’t forget to include washing instructions.
Hmmm….another label?
25. Having troubles with the values of your fabrics? Photograph them in black & white – the darks, mediums, and lights will be much easier to spot.
This really does work, and helps too when trying different layouts.
BandW2110Kathe's quilt
Happy tips!                  Blessings, Peg



















































Monday, February 3, 2014

A Quilter’s Groundhog Day

 

Do we really need an excuse?

Monday’s ‘Musement

Oh, how delightful to have a little one ‘tell’:

We’re awaiting our first grandchild (well, actually 3rd, but the first two were born way too early and only survived a very short time), and anticipating all the delights of grand-parenting.  It’s with excitement and joy that we await meeting our little Gracie (my name for her).

My dad said, a while back, ‘you sure waited a long time for this’.  And he’s right.  I’m the oldest of six, and four of the others are already grandparents for a few years already.  Somehow, in the last 10 years or so, I’ve suddenly become a grandmother-in-waiting, and feel like the only reason we had children was so that we could become grandparents (not actually true at the time but…..).  Somebody said a while back that grandchildren complete the cycle of life, and many times I think that must be true, especially as I see and hear others’ delight in this phase of life. 

While we’re excited and joyful and happily anticipating meeting this new little person, we also are anxious and worried.  Gracie is threatening to join us out here in the big wide world, and we all know she’s not yet ready at only 23 weeks.  Mama and Papa and various doctors are all trying to persuade her to be patient, and much, much work is being done around that and also to help her to be as ready as possible when she makes her debut. 

In the meantime, the best – and hardest - thing that Mama can do is stay in bed.  As a consequence, her MIL is with her now for a few days, and then I’m headed out for a while – to cook and clean and keep her distracted somewhat from ‘baby’ thinking.  I leave tomorrow, so quilting is on hold, and blogging may be even more spotty than it is already.

All positive thoughts and prayers welcome!     Blessings, Peg