Archive for September 2009

Scarecrows, eggs and the other thing

September 24, 2009

This past weekend was the 4th annual scarecrow festival in Clinton, On.  What a neat event. There are 4 different areas in the town where there is activities and such.  Of course the best part is the scarecrow contest…there was some pretty neat ones made…one even had a fish bowl head!  My overall favorite was the sunflower one…I think it won one of the prizes, but don’t remember what.sunflowerAs for the egg, while I went to gather eggs the other day and there was an egg in there that took up almost half the box! Ok, it wasn’t really that big, but it was pretty huge.  I took a bunch of pictures, maybe its the largest egg laid in Canada…I think the Guiness record was about 200g, mine (my chickens) was only 122g… bet that hurt :-}

egg2Yep, 3″ long

egg

It doesn’t even fit in the egg carton 🙂

egg3

There has also been some fabric playing going on.  I was part of a swap, were we each made the same cat pattern block, sent them to our hostess and received one from each of the other members back.  I don’t know what I will do with them, but they are too cute!

..here kitty kitty…

kitties

I’ve also been working on my sock blocks. I have 19 of them finished with one in the works.  Thats all the blocks and all the socks I have so it might be time to sew them together.

socksmoreHappy Quilting!

Apple Saucing…yum…

September 14, 2009
We have a number of apple trees on the property that grow really great apples.  Since we didn’t have much of a harvest last year we decided to take advantage of the abundant amount of apples this year and make apple sauce. Yum.  We have the niftiest little machine to do this…The Saucer 🙂
Thesaucer

We had lots of apples, so into the sink to wash first…

Apple bobbing anyone?

Apple bobbing anyone?

Then once they are washed, we sliced them up and into a pot to turn to mush.

Into the Pot

Into the Pot

Once the apples are soft its into The Saucer.  The sauce squashes out one part and the rest of the goop (peels, seeds, stems) comes out the other.

The Goop

The Goop

The ladies really like the goop…no part gone to waste 🙂

Buffet of Goop

Buffet of Goop

Then magically there is jars of sauce!

Okay, it took a bit more work, but that wouldn’t make for the most exciting blog.

The Sauce

The Sauce

We also put aside some of the larger apples to slice and put into the freezer.  Some of them were as large as some you buy at the grocery store…actually I’ve bought smaller ones…

Full Size Apples

Full Size Apples

I can’t wait to eat the sauce, yum…although I guess we should finish up the sauce from 2007 first…

Happy Quilting!

Unlaborous Labor Day

September 11, 2009

What a great long weekend, even if I did work Saturday so it was a short long weekend.

They call it Labour Day, but I really did very little labouring.  Just the bare minimums.  I did some relaxing on the beach in the sun, enjoyed reading a book and did some sewing.

The book was the newest Janet Evanovich novel – Finger Lickin’ Fifteen.   What a great book, they always make me laugh.  Janet has a great sense of humour writing them.  If you are ever looking for an easy read and want a laugh I would definitely suggest one of the Stephanie Plum number books.

As for sewing I was working on some socks…no not darning socks, rather appliqueing socks…odd?  ya, slightly, but fun 🙂

Sock Blocks

Sock Blocks

Also got to watch Magnum play with a duck…actually I think the duck was playing with Magnum 🙂  Thats about as far as I’ve ever seen him go.

Playing with Ducks

Playing with Ducks

Hope you all had a nice relaxing weekend too.

Happy Quilting!

Thats Some Fire

September 4, 2009

I just got word that there is a huge fire over in Markdale at the Chapman’s Ice Cream plant…smoked ice cream, anyone?

I do hope no one was hurt, so far the new releases are pretty vague about what happened.

The fire must be pretty huge as I can see if from the back porch and we are about 11 m away from Markdale.

IceCreamFire

Sheesh, and just 2 weeks after that tornado went through too.  Although it wasn’t mentioned as much on the news as Durham they still got a beating in Markdale too.

Well, I guess I should stop watching the smoke and get back to work.

Happy Quilting

Two New Patterns

September 3, 2009

After a lot of hard work, and some great testers, there are two new patterns ready for release.

One, Bird of Paradise, is a pieced pinwheel with a unique twist.  The picture is from one of the pattern testers, Joany.  Great work Joany, it looks fantastic!

Bird of Paradise Pattern

Bird of Paradise Pattern

I love the purples and yellows in this one made by Diane R.

Bird Of Paradise by Diane

Bird Of Paradise by Diane

The second, Runaway Ribbons, is another pieced design that goes together very quickly with the use of chain piecing.  The look is of weaving ribbons.  Joany was felling brave and actually took on testing both patterns for me.  Love this fabric.

Runaway Ribbons Pattern

Runaway Ribbons Pattern

A huge Thank-You to all my testers and I hope you all enjoy the new patterns.

Happy Quilting!

Woohoo!

September 2, 2009

Alright, the picture problem is fixed! Yahoo.  So now you can actually visit the catalog and see the projects 🙂

I will be adding the new ones soon and will be sure to let you know.