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Wednesday, 21 June 2017

A most relaxing holiday...

We had the opportunity last week to spend five days, from Wednesday to Monday, camping in the wilds of Algonquin Park. There were plans for hikes and lots of sitting outside enjoying warm sunny days. What we planned and what happened were totally different. We had a few lovely sunny days, deceptively inviting. What we didn’t anticipate was, according to the people who live in the area, the worst year for black flies that anyone could remember. It’s been a cold and very wet spring, perfect breeding weather for the tiny little beasties. There were swarms of them!! So, we spent a lot of time in the trailer, with the windows  open, enjoying the setting from inside the trailer. Any time outside was spent getting to and from the car as quickly as possible. We stopped at a beautiful spot for some quick pictures, and I mean quick.
This beautiful spot was just down the road from our campground.

So, instead of walks and hikes, there was stitching and reading and sleeping and listening to audiobooks happening. I got a bunch more half hexagons sewn to my braid. It’s about 48 inches long now. I have no idea how long they are going to end up, nor how many I will make, nor what it will end up being. But it’s using up 2 1/2 inch strips and scraps, so it’s a good thing.

I also got lots more done on Leo’s Mane. Just one more of these units to make and it will start to go together. All those little diamonds are a bit time consuming, but that’s not a bad thing when stuck in a trailer.

Oh, and did I mention that it also poured down rain all day Saturday and all day Sunday? Yep, it did. It cleared up in time for us to come home Monday. Except, as soon as we arrived in the city and headed to where we store our trailer, the clouds opened and it poured again, just long enough for us to get drenched while unhooking and unloading the trailer. Thankfully, it stopped once we got home so that we could unload the car. Sometimes I wonder why we bother with this camping thing. But then, every now and then, we get glorious weather and it is all worth it.
I’m linking up to Lorna’s Let’s Bee Social, before settling down to do some more stitching.





Sunday, 11 June 2017

Slow Sunday Stitching

I think my brain is in overload. In fact, I know it is, and here’s the proof.... I sewed the top right diamond unit on the wrong way. My attempt to slow down by stitching didn’t work very well. Obviously, I wasn’t paying attention to what I was doing. Rats..... time to do some ripping.
Why is my brain on overload? The very nice young lady, a friend of our daughter’s who is building our website for us, came over today and showed me how to navigate around. She showed me how to add products and add photos and images and texts and sizes and change things and do all kind of things on the website, so that I can maintain it once it is up and running. My brain is spinning in so many directions at the moment that I can’t keep up with it. But, it is all good and all fun and all worth it. I love learning and doing new things. This is the top part of our home page, what people will see once the site is finished and launched.
 We are probably looking at the end of the month, at which point we will be able to be a supplier for the Canadian market for  English Paper Piecing supplies. So very very exciting and so very very scary at the same time!!
So, I’m going to link this up to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching and then go do some ripping......



Wednesday, 7 June 2017

A Pattern Release and more EPPing

I am so excited about this new, and first, pattern release I have here on the blog. It’s been a long time coming. It is a quilt I designed over ten years ago when I was a member of the Yahoo group Canadian Quilt Swappers. This is back in the days before Facebook, before Instagram and even before blogging was common. It has had limited public sharing in a couple of guilds that did it as a nine patch swap and a mystery during their programs. It’s time to see if a wider audience would like to make it, as well. The pattern itself is available on the right hand side bar of the blog as either a PDF download or in print. It is 10 pages long, and has pictures and instructions suitable to a beginner. The quilt looks like quite a complex design, but that is achieved from the layout. The individual units themselves are easy to make.

I’m continuing to hand stitch, and in true quilter’s A.D.D. fashion, I have more than one project on the go.  Ive started a braid project, made out of 2 1/4 inch half hexagons. They are a perfect fit for scrap 2 1/2 inch strips.
And hen I’m continuing to work on the units for Leo’s Mane. The second of four total stars is ready to go together.
Today has been declared a work on the computer day. So, after I share this post with Lorna’s Let’s Bee Social and the Needle and Thread Network, it will be back to work.


































                                                                   

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Slow Sunday Stitching

Last Sunday I posted a picture of my next Hand stitched EPPing project that I wanted to start. I was hoping to find fabrics in my stash that were similar to my Electric Quilt drawing, since I really liked the bright blue and orange. I didn’t have anything in my stash like the bright blue, and since I wanted to keep this as a stash project, I ended up with a plan B. I kept the purple and the yellow, but went with dark blue and red instead of the bright blue and orange. I’ve gotten one of the star units finished, and I think I like it better than the original concept colours. It isn’t as bright and knock you over the head as the original. I’m still really enjoying playing with the stars made out of the kite shapes. This particular design, in keeping with the constellation star theme, is going to be called Leo’s Mane.
I’m linking up to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching



Wednesday, 31 May 2017

What I’m working on....

I have gotten two small hand piecing projects to the finished top stage. On Sunday, I posted that I’d gotten Orion’s Belt finished, except for should I add borders. The verdict was unanimous for yes, so today I added on the narrow black border. Once it’s quilted, I’ll probably trim it back a bit.
And since I was on an add borders roll, I decided to add them to Castor and Pollux as well. Both of these are English Paper Piecing small wall hangings. But they could certainly be enlarged to any size. If anyone is interested in the papers or the acrylic templates for these projects, they will be available in our online store, once it is launched in the next month, or so. If you want them sooner, email me at caleeshepherd@gmail.com and we can make arrangements from there.
I’m going to link up to The Needle and Thread Network and also to Sew Fresh Quilts and finally to Crazy Mom Quilts Finish it Friday.



Sunday, 28 May 2017

Slow Sunday Stitching.

I have finished the hand stitching on Orion’s Belt. Woohoo, yippee and happy dance! I love all the bright scrappy colours in this one. Now, I have a question.... does it need a narrow border of the black to finish it off or is it finished the way it is? What do you think? 
Once we have our web site up and running, hopefully within the month, the pattern for this, along with the papers and the acrylic templates will be available for sale. In the meantime, I am going to start another one, again using the kites. This one has a very strong secondary pattern to it, which I think will be fun once there is more than one block together.
I have to get it drawn up in Corel Draw and then cut before I can do much on it. Although, thinking of it now, I still have lots of kite papers left from doing the others, so I could get started on that  part of it. I love the  colours in the Electric Quilt drawing, so I’m hoping there is something in my stash that is close to it.
I’m linking up to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching, and then I’m going to go stash diving to see if I can find some fabrics that  work.



Wednesday, 24 May 2017

What I’m working on...

I’m back to work on quilting. I’m managing an hour or two a day, which isn’t great, but it’s getting better after that horrible bout of illness. I loaded a quilt for Maria today. She wanted a feather meander in the body of the quilt and feathers in the border as well. It’s been quite a while since I had to opportunity to do feathers on a quilt.I’m hoping to have it done by the end of the week. It feels so good to be getting back to what I love to do.

We spent the past long weekend camping with family. It was our grandson Avery’s 6th birthday. We went to Sauble Falls Provincial Park. There is some wonderful hiking and scenery to be seen there.

Avery and his daddy Noel
Our little Abbie discovering the joy of digging in the sand
A wonderful picture of Avery
Avery and I
I’m so glad we were able to get away and do some quality family bonding time. And when, as it was on Sunday, it’s cold and wet outside, and there are 6 adults, 2 children and one dog inside a 21 foot trailer, it is most definitely family bonding time! (grin)