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, June 28, 2014

Hello Again

Whew!  It’s been some time since I posted, and a lot has been going on around here.

A few changes around the house (to accommodate an extra small freezer), will end with a change in my sewing space.

To start, a 'lid’ over this trunk, covered to convert it to a pressing board.  Grizz is in the process of making a storage base for it that will do the double duty of storing some quilting supplies and raise the pressing board to a usable level.

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We’re just back from a week-long trip to Alberta, arranged because little LV’s parents planned a celebration with friends and family to welcome her to the clan.

Which reminds me – LV is the new blog-name for Gracie.  And Peanut (expected in October) will henceforth be called Eli until s/he is born.  The reason for the changes – LV’s parents weren’t too excited about a name that wasn’t her own, and I decided to change from Peanut when we discovered that the 4H beef calf we bought was named Peanut (just too weird feeling like we’re eating our grandchild! LOL!)

But back to happenings around here.  My parents joined us on our trip this past week, and we took the opportunity to visit all of my aunts and uncles, and a number of cousins.  It was great!  One uncle recently had a major surgery, then developed a bleed that nearly cost his life.  He’s looking good and getting around really well now, but it was a scare!  With some of these folks in their 90’s and one over 100, it’s important to take every opportunity to get together as often as we can these days.

On our drive out we rode a small ferry, that crosses the river only when there’s somebody to carry over.

The approach to the ferry dock was a little rustic:

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The ferry is pulled across in part by a guide wire:

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And the life raft – attached to the side:

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It was an experience!!!

As we drove through Jasper National Park, we had the pleasure of watching some animals:

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Baby sewing for Eli is continuing, but a pile of finished diapers, sheets and blankets was delivered:

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The celebration for LV was of course our highlight.

4 generations of women:

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And four generations:

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Happy times!                    Blessings, Peg

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Sharing the Show

It was a last-minute decision, mostly because I’d forgotten all about it, but I got out to a local guild quilt show a couple of days ago.  What a treat!  It was better than the annual Sewing and Crafts Show.  Quilts, of course, and a couple of challenges, Quilts of Valor, and vendors.  There were vendors from all over BC, as well as one from Saskatchewan.  I felt like I was traveling, and it was so nice to revisit shops that I’ve actually visited in our travels.  They came from Vancouver, Abbotsford, Surrey, Vanderhoof, Grand Forks, Chilliwack, Victoria, Port Alberni, Gibson’s Landing.  It was fantastic! 

Actually I didn’t do much shopping, picked up a couple of fat quarters that I think will work with a future quilt I have in mind and have been gathering fabrics for a while, a spool of thread, and some MistyFuse (my favorite fusible web).

But the show, the whole reason for it all, and the reason for this post.  I am always so amazed and inspired by the quilters out there, so here are the pics, just a few for you to enjoy:

This first quilt caught my eye because of the border, bargello style that looks like waves:

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Pennsylvania Dutch, piecing and applique, simply striking:

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Simple squares interlocked, but eye-catching:

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Log cabin, this type of quilt has become one of my favorites since I made one last fall.  So many ways to present these simple blocks:

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Chenille – it’s hard to see the texture in this quilt in a picture:

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Monochromatic, one of my favorite color-ways:

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And what grandmother can resist baby/children’s quilts:

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I’ve read about and seen pictures of Dear Jane quilts, but seeing this one for real brought home how very much work each of these blocks takes.  Literally hundreds of different blocks, and oh, so tiny:

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Always good to have a laugh:

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Red (or green or blue or black), whatever color is used, there’s something so attractive about 2-color quilts, and combining red-work embroidery – who wouldn’t want to make one of these:

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Bear’s Paw blocks – this quilt was made for a ‘Mama Bear’:

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A memory quilt – preserving all those memories for many years to come, and so attractively:

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This picture doesn’t do justice to the texture in this little quilt.  The doily is an actual doily, folded in half and then the applique applied over top:

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Seasons – love, love the imagination and creativity in this:

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Celtic knots always catch my eye:

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A different block for every month of the year, weaving the calendar together:

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A Double Wedding Ring – looks like it at first glance, but then when you look closer you discover there are NO curved blocks in this quilt.  It’s called Colorado Wedding:

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These owls are gorgeous!  I immediately thought of my DDIL1.  So appreciated the teals and turquoises on the brown background:

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And a chair upholstered in a quilt, no how cozy is that:

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Happy, happy quilt shows!                         Blessings, Peg

Monday, June 2, 2014

Special Mail

We came home from our trip to Alberta to meet our little granddaughter to find a notice from the post office that there was a parcel waiting.  Oh, goodie!

A few weeks ago elizabethd at Cornish Cream had announced a ‘little giveaway’, and much to my delight my name was chosen.  This is what was in the parcel:

Daphne’s Diary magazine.  I understand this is a fairly new publication in Great Britain, and I was intrigued by elizabethd’s description of it and couldn’t resist entering the contest:

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On opening the magazine, I found a couple of envelopes and a lavender sachet tucked inside.  Oooh, squeal!  More goodies:

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Inside the large envelope, a card fronted with a picture from the Cornwall area where elizabethd lives – now more than ever I want to visit there:

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Inside the small envelope, 2 tea samples, and a hand-made bookmark.  Now how did she know I’m a music lover?  This will go in my book right away, and the next cooler day when I’m wanting a cup of tea while I’m reading said book, one of these will just fit the bill:

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The sachet has already found its way in amongst my ‘pretties’.

Inside the magazine, at first glance I was stopped right away with this poem.  How apt just now as we’ve greeted our first grandchild a few days ago:

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It’s pretty tiny writing so for those of you who, like me, run around looking for glasses to see what needs to be seen, I’ve copied it out below.

The magazine is full of party ideas, decorating suggestions, some crafts, just lots of things to spark the imagination and get the creative juices running.  There is even a page of peel and stick labels:

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And some cut-out coasters, and more book marks.  This magazine is going to keep me occupied for some time to come!

Thank you elizabethd!  I’m truly delighted!  And thank you too for the extras that you tucked into the parcel, so thoughtful and generous!

Happy parcels!                 Blessings Peg                 (poem follows)

Pure

You’re so very tine, innocent, pure.                 You laugh and you cry, still feeling unsure.

Just a sweet little baby, so mild and so meek.    You don’t know any rules. You’ve not yet learned to speak.

Soon you’ll get bigger, then you’ll be taught     How you should live and to do what you ought.

You’ll have to behave as you know you should    And at school you will learn that an ‘A’ grade is good.

You’ll find out about life, one day you might marry.                                                You’ll work nine to five and raise your own family.

All at once you have grown, it all goes too fast, The innocence gone, it can never last.