Thursday, May 16, 2013

Quilts, Spring, Pebble, Cavendish National Park

You can tell spring is here, because I have been outside!   We've been having the most glorious weather and after being stuck indoors for months over the winter, I couldn't wait to get out into gardens Raking, weeding, pruning, and on and on it went.  It's raining now and I am thankful as I can really use the rest.

I have been rearranging my sewing room, AGAIN!   I am a fat quarter-aholic, with my cupboard is
overflowing and every time I reached in to get one, I had a fat quarter avalanche!  So a clean up and resorting was in order. This is the end result of that cupboard.  Fabric sorted by colour in plastic bins and plastic bins labelled.
  Don't look at that great big bin at the bottom of the cupboard as it contains SOME of my stitching UFO's!  During my cleanup, I realized I had two unfinished quilts taking up ALOT of room while they waited to be finished.  I put the blocks together for the two lap quilts about 4 years ago and then gave the quilt top, batting and bottoms to my sister to quilt.  What she did to them far exceeded my expectations as she had just gotten her Mega Quilter and said she would use my quilts for practice.  WOWThey turned out beautifully!!  All I had to do when I got them back, was just trim them up and sew on the binding.  Well, after two years of laying around, I finally got them done.   This is probably my favorite:

These little open triangles are in the quilt and my sister said they were NOT fun to quilt around!  I don't doubt her for a second!  LOL

This is a close up of some of the fabrics used.

And a close up of her quilting:

The second quilt is the same design but different colours.

The two quilts together.  Can you see the mistakes?

Well, one corner in each quilt was put in wrong and don't match the other 3 corners.  I guess it makes the quilts extra unique!

Another thing I've been working on is another "Pebble" like the one I made last year.  If anyone has been following this blog for a while, you've seen the "Pebble" that I made last year.  I've been doing a little work shop over the winter with our stitching guild with anyone interested in learning some new stitches and making their own Pebble.  I was hoping to have my own done by now but I am a bit picky in the way the colours come together and if I've stitched something that I don't like, I take out the stitching and redo it with something new.  I have redone some areas more than 3 or 4 times so it's taking me longer than I thought.  The photo is what I have up to this point.

If you are interested in making your own Pebble, there are instructions on the U.K. Embroiderers Guild site that I've had bookmarked for quite some time.  You might want to print off the instructions as I believe they are updating their website and the instructions may soon disappear.  Instructions here.

This is what my Pebble looks like at present.

And this is a closeup of the bottom half of the Pebble.

If making a Pebble is something you might want to do, you may also like to check out Stitchin' Fingers.  It is a super site that is full of ideas and inspiration and I learn something every time I go in. 

Well, my husband and I were taking a walk in our favorite park recently.  I was thinking of all the WIP's or UFO's I had on the go and that exact moment I saw this sign.  

 And I laughed and laughed and thought, "That's awfully close to the number of UFO's that I have on the go!!"  

And then of course I was wondering what a reasonable number of UFO's would be and saw this sign.  I think someone was trying to tell me something.

I am slowly making progress and hoping to one day see the light at the end of the tunnel!

Time for a little photo or three.   This one was taken about a week ago at the beach at Cavendish National Park Campground.  From the campground, you can walk several miles of beach with the Gulf of St. Lawrence on one side and sand dunes on the other.  To give you some perspective on the size of the dunes, there is a man in the photo below, almost right in the center, with white shorts and a blue shirt!
This is a goshawk that was hovering nearby over the water looking for its next meal.
And finally, the fields are getting plowed, potatoes and wheat have been planted and it has been so nice out that we have new life already!  A photo of wheat growing in a nearby field.  And to think that what seems to be just a few weeks ago, we still had snow!!

That's it for me for today!

Bring laughter into your life each day!

"No one ever got blind by looking on the bright side."

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