Archive for the ‘Animals’ category


March 17, 2010

So, I thought about not mentioning the lack of posts over the last month (sheesh, its actually been almost 2!), in the hopes it would get overlooked, but I didn’t think you were fooled that easily 🙂  Twenty lashes for me with a wet noodle for leaving you all hanging in cyber-land.

I have been quilting, honestly.

One of the things that has kept me away is a seminar I was working on.  I was invited to the Lindsay Quilters Guild to give a seminar on creating paper pieced patterns from a photograph.  This is such a fun topic, as I do love paper piecing!  I was working to great a pattern of the Town Hall in Lindsay, what a nice building…so, how do you think it turned out?

This is the photo I started with:

After creating and sewing the design, I took 3 days to head over that way and give the seminar.  I have relatives about 1/2 way between so I did some visiting along the way.

I’ve also been working on updating the website.  I’ve added a section where you can actually download patterns if you prefer that over paper patterns, plus I’ve added an area where I can have patterns from other quilt designers for sale…have a look

Oh, and look what I whipped up over the weekend 😉

Okay, I didn’t really, the blocks are from a swap I was part of which included fruit & veggie and flower baskets.  I had the blocks all sewn and sewed the rows and the rest together on the weekend.

What would you put in your baskets?

Ella (the kitty) is always very helpful in the sewing room, she is very opinionated 🙂  She took claim over my pile of ribbons when we were doing some cleaning this weekend…

I think the chickens must have been suffering from a bit of cabin fever.  When I opened the door to the coop they almost knocked me down to get outside.  Guess they don’t mind the little bit of snow that is left!

Happy Sewing!


Always So Much Going On…

May 9, 2009

We picked up some plastic fencing to give the chickens more room to roam and eat grass.  I figured if we put them were we would be digging up the garden they could eat up the grass.  The fencing we got was very tall and the stakes I had to hold it up were too short and the fence kept falling over.  So, why not stake it on both sides and create a tunnel for the chickens to follow?


It worked well and the Ladies have figured out how to use it very well.  They don’t seem to mind it at all.

It is a sight to see them wondering through the tunnel…

I’ve just finished the yummiest piece of cake.  Homemade black forest cake. Yummm.  My older brother came up last night to celebrate his birthday so I made him a black forest cake.  It amazes me how easy it is to make and yet it tastes so good!  Fortunately I don’ t celebrate a birthday everyday so when we do have cake it is a real treat.

To ware off the slice of cake we had last night after dinner we went for a walk today.  We went to a conservation area up towards Collingwood that we frequently drive past and every time we do we say – we should stop there to walk – and finally we did.  Now just as a side note, we had a thunderstorm early this morning with some very heavy downpours.   When we got into the bush there were about a dozen large trees tipped over, roots and all.  They all looked pretty fresh so we presumed that they had fallen over during one of the down pours.  Do you think they made a sound?  There was also a number of washed out sections of the trail and boy was it muddy!  Sheesh, I guess I should have had on my rubber boats.

I am also rearranging the Buttonhole Quilt Design site.  I don’t have a physical window display or store front to rearrange so I’ve got to do it on the website.  Don’t worry, it will *hopefully* be seamless.

And as an update on my foster kitty, Ella, she is getting very comfortable around the dogs and has recently realized that Magnums bed is very soft and warm too.  Especially warm when Mag is there to cuddle with 🙂

Magnum & Ella2

Happy Quilting.

Easter Surprise

April 14, 2009

I know, I know, its been more then a couple of days.  I was doing so well keeping you updated, but I’ve been slipping lately.  Blog writing seems to be one of those things that if you miss a couple of days it suddenly becomes a week then before you know it its been a month!  Sheesh.

I do have some exciting things to tell you about though…

I’ve finished up a pattern for you.  I soft flannel quilt…

Sleepy Time

Sleepy Time

This particular photo is of a twin size, but the pattern includes a crib and wall hanging directions too.  Who doesn’t love frolicking sheep?

There will be two more designs available soon – they are currently out being tested.

Now, about this Easter surprise.  I had been browsing a classifieds website and came across a listing for free quilting books, and of course contacted the lady regarding them…well I had my first look at them yesterday and all I can say is Wow!  I can’t believe she was just giving these books away.  There must be more than 30 of them, all in great shape and of the most interesting topics.  I’ve so far only made it through 3 of them.  Thank you so much!


Oh, and don’t forget if you are looking to do some paper pieceing,  to check out the different paper pieced dog patterns we have.  We have 7 different dogs and a siamese cat.

Well I think that is all for now.  I best be going to start the day!

Hope you all had a happy quilty easter.

Happy Sewing

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 🙂 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.


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…


Speaking of going over the falls, I heard last week that a man went over the horseshoe falls in Niagara Falls.  Media reports say he jumped in voluntarily, and they speculate he was trying to commit suicide.  Wow.  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 😉

On the candle front things are progressing nicely.  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.  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!


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 for  a walk today as it is another lovely day!

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 🙂
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.


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


This is the “real” Cairo


Happy Sewing 🙂

Where Did the Week Go?

February 20, 2009

I think I blew it…

My personal goal of adding an update here at least every other day seems to have gotten buried under the snow.  But, no fear, I have brushed the snow off and am ready to give it another try.
I don’t even know where the time went this past week, can you believe it is Friday?  Goodness me.

Well to sum up the last week:

Gracie, my one foster kitty, got adopted on Sunday.  I received an update on her earlier this week and she seems to be settling into her new home wonderfully!
Ella is here and although I think she misses her sister she has become quite the social butterfly.  I can’t hardly seem to go anywhere in the house without her under my feet.

In the sewing department I am working on some spring and summer table runners to help me forget about the snow that is piling up outside my door…again.  There is also about 5 projects floating around in my head that I would like to try soon.  The one, just might involve 3-D monkeys 🙂

I have been working on a number of beeswax candles too, but I’m not happy about the way they have turned out so decided I am going to melt them all down and try again, changing some of my procedures.  Thats the neat thing about wax, no seam ripping involved.

Well, that pretty much sums it up…it doesn’t sound like much, but its amazing how long things really do take. Oh and I received this quilting poem by e-mail and wanted to share it with you.


I’m But A Quilter

I’m but a Quilter
A user of needle and thread
I create designs of color
To lay upon your bed
I know of strips and borders
Of angles, points and stars
Although I make no money
It keeps me out of bars.

I spend my husband’s money
On fabric and supplies
He once thought it was funny
But now he only cries
My stash it just keeps growing
All the colors I must own
My credit card I’m owing
I think I need a loan.

My quilts and table runners
Wall hangings and the rest
Are stored in all the closets
So they always look their best

I bring them out for show and tell
Then put them back just so
I would like to keep this going
But shopping I must go
For I’m just a quilter
And hooked I will always be
As I just live for fabric

And fabric lives for me.
submitted to Fons & Porter by Kay Oyler
written by her husband Roger

Another Day, Another Snowfall?

January 29, 2009

Yep, snow, snow and more snow.

It isn’t really that surprising as it is winter and all, but still, could we not have one day or sun?

Oh well, I guess the more it snows outside the more likely I am to stay and sew inside 🙂

Currently I am working on folding 1200 fliers to send out regarding my upcoming quilting classes.  By experimentation I have found that send out fliers to individuals is much more cost effective than placing an add in the local papers.  Now this might be different depending where you are located, but the majority of the papers around here are not very well received.

I am also continuing to work on my quilted pet portraits and the surprise project I am putting together with them!  I will let you in on the secret as soon as I can 😉

As for all The Ladies in the chicken coop they seem to have recovered from the shock of loosing one of their own.  Knock on wood, but non of them seem to be exhibiting any signs of having problems.  Which just confirms even more that is was specific to that lady.


Happy Sewing.