Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Catching up.....

I have been catching up the last few days on sewing that I need to get done.... and since it will never be Spring here - LOL.... I thought I would stitch up a little Easter table penny rug in wool and wool felt...I also made another bag... I just love these bags and they stitch up soooo quick... this one is in a new fabric that we got at the store I work at - it is very Spring-like. Since I'm not a "brand kinda gal" - LOL... I have no idea of the name of the fabric.
My toe is healing and is not as sore as it has been - although once in a while I sure feel it.
Thought for the Day
Be a good listener. Your ears will never get you in trouble.
Frank Tyger

Monday, February 23, 2009

A busy week.....

Wow... can't believe how time flies lately....It would be nice if I could say we are waiting for Spring.... but, alas.... another snow storm this morning keeps me snug in my quilting room, studying and sewing - LOL. I have been doing a lot of quilting lately, so that has kept me quit busy. I am all caught up, which is a great feeling.

I received two blocks last week for two separate swaps - the heart block is from my monthly quilt block swap (we swap blocks related to the month) and the other block is for my civil war quilt, which should just about be ready to put together. I think I need one more block.

On Wednesday, February 25, I will be a guest blogger at the Quilting Gallery. I will be blogging about how I choose quilt designs when I quilt for others and myself. I would be pleased to hear your feedback on my topic.

I watched the greatest movie on the weekend - Passchendaele, written, produced, and directed by Canadian Paul Gross. It is a wonderful love story set in World War I and many scenes were set in Calgary, in the early part of the century. It was wonderful to see my hometown depicted in a movie! If you like period love stories I think you will enjoy this movie!

Oh... and on Saturday morning I stubbed my toe on the side of the bathtub/sink AND.... broke a toe, maybe two.... ugly looking foot I have... but I had to teach a machine quilting class saturday morning... so I just gritted my teeth and went for it. I have broken several toes - and have come to the conclusion that I have "large chimpanzee toes" - LOL.... but, my foot and toes are black and blue, the toe beside the little toe is huge and swolen.... and today it doesn't feel too bad.

Thought for the Day
No kind action ever stops with itself. One kind action leads to another. Good example is followed. A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees. The greatest work that kindness does to others is that it makes them kind themselves.
Amelia Earhart

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day.....

to everyone. I have had another busy week..... I received a lovely gift about a week ago from my secret sister on my machine quilting list - featherlite clamps for my quilting machine. I have been wanting to try these for some time... and I am very pleased with them. They hold the sides of the backing very well and the machine does not bump into them when I get to quilting the side borders.... Thanks Secret Sis!

I am doing a block of the month thru my guild and it uses the Kaleidoscope ruler from Marti Michell. I don't usually buy specific rulers, but I thought I would try this block of the month - and we had to buy the ruler. I am quite pleased with it. I made my BOM (smaller block) and then I made a block for a swap - it was quite easy to change to another size. I think I will be able to use this ruler for quite a while.

Thought for the Day
We should be taught not to wait for inspiration to start a thing. Action always generates inspiration. Inspiration seldom generates action.
Frank Tibolt

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Snowy Week...

We have had an unusally snowy week.... I guess that's a good thing, cause I can get lots of projects finished. I am working on two Block of the Month patterns.... and am up to date with the January blocks, but should get at the February ones. If you don't keep up with these things, they kind of get away from you. I am also doing a few customer quilts - I guess people have saved them up over the holidays - so that keeps me extremely busy. My quilting class at the local store is full this week - I will be teaching 6 beginners to machine quilt - this is always fun..
I had a one year blog anniversary in January - I guess I should celebrate that - and come up with a prize....LOL.... stay tuned!
Thought for the Day
The very least you can do in your life is to figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof.
Barbara Kingsolver

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Good Book...

I just finished reading a wonderful book entitled, All Our Wordly Goods, by Irene Nemirovsky. It was originally published in 1949 but has been published again. It is the story of two families in France, over the space of the First and Second World Wars. I really enjoyed the story and just love the Edwardian period of Europe. Irene was killed in Aushwitz in 1942. Many of her works were published post-humously. I plan to read more of her works.

Thought for the Day
It's time for greatness, not for greed. It's a time for idealism, not ideology. It is a time not just for compassionate words, but compassionate action.
Marian Wright Edelman