January 25, 2012

Tropical Breeze

Guess What!? Only 11 more months until Christmas!

This drives all my friends and cohorts crazy when it is announced how many months till Christmas. Me, I'm more than happy to oblige.

This is the perfect time for us Canadians to be thinking about tropical breezes.

Can you feel the warm breeze, see the turquoise ocean, the palms swaying, while lying in the sunny sun?

January 18, 2012

Scrap the Deep Freeze

We are in the Deep Freeze! It got down to -40 last night. It doesn't matter whether that's Fahrenheit or Celsius, it's DARN COLD. But, don't feel bad for us because 3 hours/300km/180 miles, north of us it was -50. And what a perfect day to make scrap quilts.

Two ladies in a group that I meet with every month, decided it would be fun to do a 9-Patch scrap project again. It was so much fun last time we signed up again. Out of the six categories, Repro's with tone on tone white, Country, True Scrap, Novelty, Floral and Jewel Tones I signed up for three of them.

What was I thinking!!!

It's only 8 or 9 9-patches every month.
Oops, times 3 categories.
Oh my, times 5 months.
Ikey rumba! That's 125 9-patches.
Ah Ha! I'll do them all right now instead of a little bit every month.
Ta Daaaa! DONE.


 It's always a great surprise to see how fabrics in your stash go together so well. My favorite, the daisy and fern fabrics, were put into the stash project area for a future design. 

What fun! Farm animals with beach stuff.

True Scrap
This was harder to make until I read the new book by Helen Roddy Brown, "patchwork-play QUILTS".
She explained and had pictures showing the many ways to scrap a quilt.

Stay Warm!

January 9, 2012

Shape Up Quilt & World Jr Hockey

Hockey. Quilting. Hockey. Quilting.

After agreeing to go with a friend to the World Jr Hockey Tournament here in Calgary, I thought I'd be so sick of hockey.


In fact I'm:
1) waiting for colder weather so the ice will freeze so I can go pond skating. Way so much better than in an arena!!! Was even wondering what happened to my hockey stick from 40 years ago.
2) in pretty good shape after climbing 125, yes one hundred twenty-five, steps 3-5 times for 10 days. Yeah, we were in the nose bleed (they call it press level) seats. No kidding, What a fantastic view!!!

The Zambonis were only this big!

3) sick of the carnival food, ie hotdogs, ice cream, burgers, nachos. Had 2 pieces of lettuce and 2 slices tomato in 10 days. Was even thinking I could have drank my veggies, V8. Duh!

Being a Canadian, very rarely do we see this. This was so heart welling! A 25 ft wide Canadian Flag travelling around the Saddledome in Calgary! OOOOWWEEEE!

Even had to take this picture of a sight that was unbelievably shocking!

NO lineup at the women's toilet only the men's!!!

All in all, it was a fantastic time and even though Canada won the Bronze medal, Hockey is still Canada's game.
And I'm glad I was there!

As for the quilting, I finally finished TB Shape Up Quilt. It's off to the quilter!

January 1, 2012

New Year 2012

How many of you make New Year Resolutions?

In December, a wise person said not to make resolutions, instead make goals! Not big ones, but small baby step ones. Much easier to keep!

May your New Year goals come to fruition!!!