Archive for March 2009

I haven’t forgot you!

March 30, 2009

Just wanted to let you all know I haven’t forgot about you. I have been working in the sewing room and have hardly come out.Β  I have a few new patterns that will be ready for you in the next week or so.

Plus I have been trying my hand at making rubber molds…they are…interesting πŸ˜‰

I will post pictures of the new designs when they are a little farther along…thanks for baring with me!

Happy quilting.

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The Mail Box

March 17, 2009

I have just returned from the end of the lane with the mail…clutched in my hand is my very first issue of my subscription to Quilters Home magazine! I am so excited and can’t wait to read it, however there are some other things that need to be done first, so to sit and read with a cup of tea will be my reward for getting everything (ok most everything) done!

Happy Quilting πŸ™‚

Sewing, Water and Candles…

March 15, 2009

Wow, what a busy couple of days!

I have been working with my embroidery machine that I told you about…and well the last two days actually working on it…I’ve been having some trouble with the bobbin case jumping out under the needle…ya, thats bad πŸ™‚ However after doing some research it turns out that this model is prone to do this and so Singer has a new bobbin part you can install to help keep it in place. Now, if only I can find that piece around here…I’ve modified the current case and it seems to be working ok so far, but I would like to get the new one soon.

We have also had some company for the last couple of days, so yesterday since it was beautiful weather we took a road trip to Owen Sound. We took the dogs (and our company) for a walk up at Inglis Falls. If you have never been, its spectacular! It was really neat this weekend as a lot of the ice was still on the rocks and trees from the spray. At the bottom of the falls there was almost an ice bridge that the water was going under.

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There is a bridge that goes across the top of the falls that offers a pretty amazing view too…looking at this picture its almost as if you are only seconds from going over the edge…

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Speaking of going over the falls, I heard last week that a man went over the horseshoe falls in Niagara Falls.Β  Media reports say he jumped in voluntarily, and they speculate he was trying to commit suicide.Β  Wow.Β  Reports say he will be fine, although I do hope if it was a suicide attempt they do more than just treat the physical wounds…although he did plunge into publicity too didn’t he πŸ˜‰

On the candle front things are progressing nicely.Β  I was experimenting creating some beeswax dinner candles and was happily surprised with the results…they look fantastic as they burn and the was drips down the side.Β  Also made this cute candle mat for under it…ok, so it might not look so great once the wax melts all over it…or maybe it will!

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Well I have the embroidery machine queued up and wax melting on the stove so I should get at it…plus I don’t want to miss out on a chance to go forΒ  a walk today as it is another lovely day!

Happy Quilting!

Ten Ways to Budget For Quilting

March 9, 2009

I have added a new page that includes a list of the top ten ways to keep quilting during while on a budget. It was written by someone on one of the forums I belong to. You can visit her site at http://www.colormastery.com/.
Be sure to check out Ten Ways to Keep Quilting!

So, where does that hour go?

March 8, 2009

I don’t really understand daylight savings time…why do we move the clocks ahead at the beginning of the year and back at the end? It just seems sort of strange to me…especially, since I just heard yesterday that not all of the Canadian provinces do it. Did you know that Saskatchewan doesn’t observe the time change? Not to complain, but I think it takes most people about a week to get back into a regular schedule again…
Oh well, I guess its just one of those things we do, but don’t really know why…
Speaking of things I don’t understand, how come it seems once you find a type of apple that you really like to grocery store discontinues it? I don’t know if you suffer from this or not, but it seems I will find an apple that I really like and then when I go to get more they don’t have it! They all seem to have the standard apples, Macs, Empires and those Golden Delicious, but those don’t really tend to do it for me…Oh well I guess the search continues.

Well I think I will be doing some pattern testing today as I have a few designs in mind!

Happy Quilting!

Embroidering up a storm

March 6, 2009

Well, I have been so busy learning the tricks of my “new” embroidery machine that the only fabric I have looked at is what is inside the hoop πŸ™‚
Although I do have many ideas that incorporate my quilting with the embroidery…I am currently working to put together a family tree that involves quilting the background and embroidering on top.

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I was also testing out some software that helps convert photos into embroidered projects.Β  I tested it out with a picture of one of my friends horses…

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This is the “real” Cairo

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Happy Sewing πŸ™‚