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.
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Quilting Pieces

My very first attempt at quilting - a sampler by Jennifer Chiaverini.  I really didn't know what I was doing, but with some stitch-in-the-ditch, tying in the center, and hand-quilting in the large border, somehow this quilt has stood up not too badly over the years

 First 'Joan's Own' quilt, made at a class at the Cache Creek retreat

Sampler - of blocks representing the states we traveled through on a trip to visit friends in Oklahoma - this one is in our trailer

Flying Geese - made for my mother at her request - first attempt at paper piecing (the flying geese banners which are then appliqued over the background).  The geese were then appliqued over it all.

Wine Country table runner - made for my parents, because they lived in wine country BC

Animal Kingdom - made for friends on the birth of their baby - and you can also see the start of another beside it

Walk the Cube - made for a co-worker at her request after she took the seminar (Question, Think, Feel, Walk)

Kaleidoscopes - made to practice the technique (similar to Stack and Whack), when demonstrated by a quilting buddy

Harley Blocks - made for friends, using the t-shirts they'd collected over the years

Delectable Mountains - remember seeing the beginning block up above?  Made to reflect the mountains all around us

Criss cross Applesauce - a BOM by Blue Meadow Designs

Wacky Log Cabin - made for Mr Strongman, the hunter, outdoorsman, Scottish heavy events man (the plaid is from the kilt I made for him)

Kaleidoscopes again - made to demonstrate to a sister-in-law

Little Red Barn - another Joan's Own, made when I had the opportunity to take a class with Joan herself 

Scrappy Trips Around the World - our quilting group decided to all make the same quilt, using up scraps

Table Runners - for a friend, pattern and fabrics chosen by her to reflect the trees and mountains all around her home

Family Tree in Fabric, for my parents' 60th anniversary - the original name was 'Helping Hands', but I changed the hands to leaves and acorns.  The tree in the middle has my parents' names, the leaves have signatures from all of the children and grand-children, the acorns are the great-grands

Black, White - and Green - for DD-A's wedding shower

Fall Spiral - for at home

St. Patrick's Spiral - another one for home - I like this shape for mats on my dining room table

 Rejoice - a Bible Block Mystery Quilt that I'd been saving for a number of years - given to DS-K and DDIL-M

Black White and Red - also made for DS-K and DDIL-M.  This is a Split 9-Patch, pattern found on Moda Bake Shop

Wedding Quilt - original name Blue Posies by Carol Doak - made as a joint project with DSIL-J's mother and god-mother for - you guessed it - his and DD-A's wedding.  We changed it up a bit by getting signature blocks done and putting them on the back.


Pieceful Barn - a Joan's Own pattern



Homespun Harmony - another Joan's Own:
Reversible table runner - fruit and veggies on one side, coffee on the other:
Pumpkin and Spice - this was a project done coinciding with Jo (Scene Through My Eyes) as she did her own, and we posted our progress on a private blog each week:
After we completed Pumpkins and Spice, we decided to do another coincidental project for Christmas, and mine became a shower curtain (sorry it's so blurry):


In 2011 I got a mid-arm quilting machine - here's my first quilt loaded:


When my friend-in-law (DSIL-J's mother) offered a row-of-the-month project at our LQS, I couldn't resist:

On the left Colors of Life done for my sister, on the right a Marti Michel pattern done as a block-of-the-month at our LQS

Our cat Tobin loves fabric, and checked out each quilt as it was completed, and sometimes even before.  This one was a mystery quilt offered by Myra (Tactile Pleasures).  It was eventually given to a sister-in-law:

An on-line group challenged us to use up scraps, and I chose to do the blocks in reds, a friend's favorite color, so it was gifted to her

On the left a picnic quilt with fruit and veggie fabrics; on the right Wedding Ring, originally started for a wedding gift but the wedding went by the way-side, so it was gifted as a birthday gift for a couple celebrating their 60th birthdays in the same year:




This is another picnic quilt using up fruit, veg and flower fabrics in a shadow pattern seen at a quilt show:

On the left, a small quilt made with Hawaiian fabrics given to me; on the right, LW's baby quilt design from an on-line pattern I found, and fabrics chosen in conjunction with his mother DDIL-K:
Log cabin quilt made for a friend hospitalized and later in a care facility after a series of strokes:


LV's baby quilt - design and colors chosen by her mother DD-A, the interior designer:




St Pat's Day table mat:

Fall Leaves table mat: