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Snowing day means Sewing Day!

March 10, 2011

Alright, I might be getting a little ahead of myself, since they aren’t really calling for a snow day.  But I wanted to be prepared since what better way to spend a snow day than sewing. There is no shortage of projects on the go so it shouldn’t be a problem.

I have all of my pinwheel blocks sandwiched and quilted, so this weekend I am planning to get them sewn together.  I will take some pictures along the way to show you how it goes together.  I’m hoping its as simple as it sounds…
Until then I’ll I’ve quilted this week is my pinwheel blocks so will show you some pictures of that, since I know you are here for the quilting 🙂

Fronts, there is 20 all together


Boy, what an exciting day at the mailbox today, no bills and my January Bingo Winnings!  The theme for January was batiks, and since I won a game during the month I got a squishy envelope in the mail.  These are very pretty ones, especially the brightly coloured ones.  Although to be completely honest I’m not really sure what the big draw is for batiks.  It seems like everyone just loves them.  I can think of a number of different types of fabrics I would prefer…hmm, just personal preference and I do have some batiks in my stash, I guess  a few more now!

I’ve been spending a large amount of time lately working on a new product for Pioneer Spirit.  Lip balm in a tube! Up until now we have only been able to offer it in a tin as I just couldn’t bring myself to put it into a virgin plastic tube.  But a little while back I was able to find tubes made some recycled plastic, that once empty are also recyclable! Yahoo!  That was a pretty exciting day.  So I’ve been working to get them ready to be available early April, our designer has done a great job on the labels.  Once we have them packaged and ready I will get a picture for you.

Did you celebrate Pancake Tuesday?  We sure did, can’t skip a reason for having pancakes!  I tried a modified recipe from what I usually do and I turned out really well.  If you didn’t celebrate pancake Tuesday maybe you would like to try this recipe to celebrate Pancake weekend.

Ultra Yummy Pancakes

  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1-1/2tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup blueberries (optional)


  1. Combine milk with vinegar in a medium bowl and set aside for 5 minutes to sour.
  2. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in mixing bowl. Whisk egg, butter and vanilla into “soured” milk. combine wet and dry ingredients and whisk until lumps are gone.  If you are adding blueberries (or chocolate chips 🙂 add them now and mix into the batter.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium heat, and coat with cooking spray. Pour about 1/4 cup of batter for each pancake onto the skillet, and cook until bubbles appear on the surface. Flip and cook until browned on the other side.
  4. Enjoy!

I was going to take a picture of the snowman we built the other night, but it had fallen over before I had a chance, turns out we could use a lesson on snowman building 🙂  Who knew it would be so difficult!

Hope you are enjoying a quilty day!


Pinwheel Block of the Month

March 18, 2010

I forget if I told you that I am doing a pinwheel block of the month.  Each month the organizer chooses a pinwheel block from quilters cache.  I am using up some of the pinks I was given.  So far we have 3 done.

January was Ribbon Pinwheel:

February was Mrs Morgans Choice (most participants wondered what Mrs. Morgan was thinking when she chose this one 🙂

March was Spinning Four Patch:

Happy Quilting!


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!

WhooHoo another Thursday!

November 5, 2009

So, do you have this funny white stuff falling from the sky where you are?  Big huge fluffy flakes are floating slowely from the sky…the first snow is always sort of pretty…by the 400th snow fall its not as pretty anymore…


To top off the pretty factor when I stepped out to take this picture there was a deer running through our neighbours field!  My camera wouldn’t zoom far enough for anything to show except a brown sploch in the distance 🙂

The sock quilt top is finished…well mostly anyway, I haven’t decided if I will put a border around it or not…then I need to figure out how to quilt it!


I should get down to the sewing room to start packing…I am teaching a rag quilt class at the local high school and it starts today!  There is apperently 10 people signed up.  I do hope some of them have their own cutting mat and cutter…I only have 3!  I think I will bring the supplies to cut using templates just in case 🙂ragquilt

On the candle making side of the fence we just got a new-to-us wax melter…its huge!  Well, not huge, but still pretty big.  Its about 4′ tall and 2′ around.  Thats a lot of wax!IMG_2994

This past weekend we were doing our fall clean-up outside, we were spreading the last of the mulch we had and found this strange cluster of things…we originally thought they were a fungus, but on further investigation they are eggs…based on the two huge snake skins we also found we are thing they are a clutch of snake eggs!  How neat, helping to increase the snake population 🙂


I’m taking a road trip this weekend to Sauble Beach.  Don’t worry I don’t plan on going swimming 🙂  There is a craft show there that I will be taking some of my stuff too.  It looks like the Christmas Craft shows have started for another year!

Well I think thats about it for this week…stay warm…


…and happy quilting!

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


It doesn’t even fit in the egg carton 🙂


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! kitty kitty…


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!

What a Weekend!

April 28, 2009

What a busy, but reasonably enjoyable weekend! I actually took Monday off to make it a long weekend (shhh, don’t tell my boss 🙂 It was just too beautiful of weather to spend it indoors sewing, so I weeded the garden instead. I can’t believe how nice it is to see the daffodils blooming and seeing all the little sprouts popping up.


On Sunday my mom and I took the trip down to Toronto to the Creativ Festival. We had been down to the fall one and were just thrilled with the variety of arts and crafts and products. The spring one however was quite disappointing 😦  There did seem to be a lot of booths for beaders and scrapbookers.  However the quilting and yarns had less booths than the fall.  It seemed reasonably small too.  Oh well, it was a nice outing.

The rest of the weekend was spent doing cleanup and garage saleing!

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