Wednesday, April 30, 2014


Our very last stop on the trip home was at my parents’ new place.  There was a few things they needed some help with, including stacking their washer/dryer.  It was good to see them settling in, and getting things sorted out.

We scored big time there as well.  The apricot tree in the back yard was literally dripping with fruit (they had to toss several boxes that had fallen on the ground and started to rot).


The guys picked and handed down their small containers for me to put in the boxes – we brought home about 40 lb, and that made only a small dent in the tree.


And we’ll be eating apricot preserves and jam all winter:


The other score there was another baby quilt that a friend made, this one for little Eli:

073.Eli's blanket

Perfect colors for the baby’s room.

Happy pickin’s                           Blessings, Peg

PS – now that we’re home for a while, I plan to spend the time this week catching up on your blog posts, see what I missed while we’ve been away.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Blogathon Started


What a great way to meet other Canadian bloggers!  We got started with BC, and I’m grateful to have been included on the list of BC bloggers!

Today, we move to the Maritimes.  If you want to meet some new quilting bloggers in Canada, click on the link on my right sidebar.  Every day a different region for the week, and lots of give-aways right along with it

Have fun, make new friends!   Happy blogathon!    Blessings, Peg

Monday, April 28, 2014

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Sunday, April 27, 2014

New Beginnings–a Linky Party

My blogger friend, Thea at California Dreamin’, has started a Linky Party – New Beginnings, a place to showcase a new beginning each month this year.

For myself, I have a whole list of ‘new beginnings’ for this year.  And, of course, each of those will (hopefully) become a ‘new finish’

So, I’ve linked up – do you want to join in?  Head on over and add your blog to the list, we’d love to see what your new beginnings are!

My new beginning this month is a kid’s story quilt.  This is a pattern I dreamt (literally) up myself a few years back, and quickly did a proto-type and wrote out the instructions.  Then last year I joined in the April A-Z Challenge and made a number of applique animal blocks.  I’ve combined the two, and this is on my design wall now:



Here’s a couple of the animal blocks behind the letters:


I’m going to try for a finish a month, and this month I have a quilt (top left over from last year) all sandwiched waiting for quilting.  Fingers crossed I get to it in the next few days; once I start it won’t take long and then (hopefully) I’ll have a January finish to show you.

Happy linking party!              Blessings, Peg

Saturday, April 26, 2014

It Was a Dull and Cloudy Day….

Sounds kind of like the beginning to a mystery story, doesn’t it!

Well, not a mystery, but I do have a story to tell – the story of our travels.  We’ve been without good internet access for a few days again, so I have been writing these tales as we’ve lived them, and they will be published as I can.

And, yes, indeed, we started out under a cloud that threatened rain, and eventually the threat came true.  But no matter, we were headed away for a few days of seeing some new countryside, and just relaxing.

Our first destination: Lumby, BC, a little east of Vernon, and a place neither of us had ever visited.  We had reservations, and a good thing we did because the little campground here is almost full of families gathered for a reunion.  After driving for most of the day, we chose to just read and play some cards for the afternoon and evening.

But our second day, we headed out to see what there was to see.

First off, a local Farmers’ Market.  It was small but the people were friendly, and selling everything from produce to baked goods to kids’ books to tools to old LP records.  We took home a miniature carrot cake to enjoy after dinner, along with a few vegetables.001.Lumby farmers' market

The local museum was a delight, and the docent was superbly knowledgeable about everything we saw.002.Museum

Imagine having your shopping list all ready written out for you: list

This fridge has been continuously running apparently since the day it was purchased in 1949.  Nobody else is allowed to open it, though, because there’s a trick to closing it so that it keeps running:

005.Fridge that has run continuously since 1949

We were told that a local 19-year-old come in every so often to play this organ.  He apparently didn’t speak until he was over 6 years old but from the age of 2 has been able to play any instrument that he could get his hands on, and now has a collection of 13 pianos, 16 organs and 22 accordions.  How I’d have loved to hear him play:

007.Savant plays this organ

Then it was out to the ‘town’ of Cherryville.  The word ‘town’ is used loosely, because all we found was two convenience stores and an Artisans’ Market.  But we enjoyed wandering among the artisans’ booths to see the usual clothing, jewelry, woodwork, soap, and more home baked goods.006008

We’d been told that Lumby is on the edge of pot-growing country, and we shouldn’t be surprised at anything we see.  Well, we now have evidence that hippies are alive and well in this area:


Happy travels!                 Blessings, Peg

Friday, April 25, 2014

In Remembrance

Something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time, and finally got to it yesterday.


It only took a few hours from start to finish, and is now hanging outside on my little flag hanger. 

The medals at the top are actually WWI regimental badges that belonged to a great-uncle and a distant cousin, both of whom died in that war. 

It’s Poppy Month – do you have your poppy?   Blessings, Peg

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Sisters Quilt Show part X

Coming to the end.  I hope you’ve enjoyed the show, and really truly hope that someday you’ll have the opportunity to see it for yourself, if you haven’t already.  It’s truly amazing, and worth the visit.

Be prepared, though, for crowds and heat (I did hear that one year it rained on the show, but think that was a rare occurrence for this area at this time of the year).

The vendors were there, so you could shop – for quilts and fabrics and crafts and food and…… Did I shop?  Yes, but found I was so overwhelmed with it all, and getting very tired with the heat, that I only bought one small piece of fabric.




At a lovely oasis in the center of town, there was an opportunity to get out of the heat – and be entertained:



And here a mural depicted the flavor of the day, and some of the essence of Sisters, Oregon:


It was a trip worth taking, and I hope to be able to do it again in a few years!

Happy quilt show!           Blessings, Peg

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

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Monday, April 21, 2014

The World of Men

Don’t you just love good service?  I sure do, especially when I have to deal with those things that generally Grizz tends to, and I enter the ‘world of men’.

Grizz right now isn’t allowed to drive, needs a couple more weeks of healing after his knee surgery.  But it was time to get our snow tires put on, just in case we needed to go over the mountains to see my parents.  So off to the tire shop I went.  No problem, tires on, everything checks out – we do need to think about doing a brake job soon.

Three days later, headed out to the vehicle and the wonderful electronic monitoring system displayed a message on the dash that the left front tire was low.  Hmmm… I got out to take a look.  That tire looked okay, but the left rear looked a little sad.

So I got Grizz, and we checked the pressure on both tires, filled up the rear tire, and I added another stop at the tire store to my list for the day.

The service rep was more than happy to arrange to check the tire out, and in the end they replaced the valve stem thinking it might be leaking, but otherwise couldn’t see any problems.  Okay, good to go!

Two days later, the same tire is low again (but the monitor still said to check the front tire????), so back to the tire store – this time they decided that there was a little bit of corrosion around the rim, so they cleaned that out and put everything back together again.

Another three days, and a trip to Costco and back, and now the monitoring system says the left rear tire is low.  Again, checked the pressure manually – I’m getting really good at this! – it looked okay, but stopped at the tire store anyway to ask them to double-check the pressure for me.  They were, once again, more than happy to do that and I pulled the van into the service bay.

A nice young man checked the pressure on both front and rear tires on the left side, which were all okay, then said he’d check the other side.  Wouldn’t you know the right front tire was obviously a little low.  Hmmmm… why does the monitor say it’s the left rear.  Solution, maybe the sensors need to be reset.  Oh, who knew?!  So after testing to ascertain that in fact when the right front tire is low, the system thinks it’s the left rear, this fellow did some fancy-dancy playing with an electronic gizmo, then retested the system by letting air out of a tire to see if the monitor displayed the message for the correct tire, he’s happy that all is fixed.

That was two days ago.  The tire pressure seems to be holding.  When I go back for the brake job, they’ve assured me they’ll check all the tires once again while they have them off the vehicle.

Through all of this, I never once felt that any of these men thought that I was just a ditzy broad who didn’t have a clue what she was talking about.  Never once felt condescension or neglect from any of them.  They all seemed concerned that I would be safe on the road, and treated me respectfully.  It was, all in all, a happy experience.

So, now I know for sure how to use a tire pressure gauge,

know what the pressure is supposed to be on my tires, know where to find that information – and know where to go to get service when I have a problem.

Lessons learned, and so happy to have found a great tire shop with fabulous service – and they never once groaned when they saw me coming!

Happy service!           Blessings, Peg

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Going Green

My niece is a very clever crafter, and a huge fan of renew/reuse/recycle.  On her blog, Waste Not, she recently posted a great idea for making a Christmas garland that can be used for tree trim, house decoration, gift wrap decoration.  And would be a wonderful project for kids.  Take a look:

She’s posted a full tutorial for this.

If you visit her blog, you’ll find she has lots of ideas for being ‘green’.  Last month she posted an idea for using toilet paper rolls to make small packaging.  She says there’ll be more ideas coming as Christmas gets closer.

Happy no-waste Christmas prep!          Blessings, Peg

Saturday, April 19, 2014

April Finish and Baby Sewing

which was also my April Start


Baby Gracie’s quilt – design and color-way selected by DD.  The fabrics in rows 3 and 6 (from the top) are already used in the baby room, so some coordination happening here.

18.Baby room

The room is all decorated, furnished, supplied and just waiting now for Gracie to appear.  Just a few weeks to go!  Gracie is not her name (we don’t know that yet), but will be the name I’ll use for her on my blog. 

I quilted daisies into the corner posts and the crosses:


Kind of softens the angles, I think.

And sewing has begun for baby Peanut (DS1 and DDIL2), due in October.  First up – diapers, 3 dozen are on the go right now.  Then plans to sew receiving blankets, burp cloths, nursing pads, take-along change pads, changing-pad covers (see the chevron fabric on the right in Gracie’s room), crib sheets, diaper bag, sleep sacks, car-seat snuggies (Gracie will need one of these too in the fall). 

It’s an adventure – and so good to keep busy while we’re waiting so the time goes by faster!

Happy baby sewing!                Blessings, Peg

Friday, April 18, 2014

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Friday Finishes

The last 3 quilts that were waiting for binding are now done:

This first one is made from a picture I took at a quilt show.  I used some fruit/veggie fabrics I had left over, threw in a couple more that were kind of related to make a picnic quilt.  This is my first attempt at quilting feathers, and I’m not too unhappy with it – better with practice, I hope:


This one is from fabrics from Hawaii that a friend had given me.  A great summer time table topper:


Last fall Lee at Lala’s Lovelys hosted a winter-white block swap, and I put the blocks together with some machine-embroidered snow flakes to make a table topper:


Yesterday I finished up the top on a red-and-cream sampler using the Stash-buster blocks from Linda’s Quiltmania.  It will go on Bertha today, and hopefully come off by tomorrow, so I can finish up binding and gift it next week.

Happy finishes!                   Blessings, Peg

Tuesday, April 15, 2014


You’ve heard of writer’s block, well, I seem to have quilter’s block.  For some reason I just can’t settle on fabrics and a pattern for a baby quilt that needs to be done before Christmas.  I’ve searched web-sites, wandered through fabric stores, pulled fabrics from my stash – and put them back.  Not sure why this is such a struggle!

In the meantime, no other quilting is getting done either, I’m completely obsessed with this one quilt, none of the others matter.

And there’s a pile of quilts needing binding waiting for me.001

And there are a few projects in bins waiting for me.


Any ideas out there?  Got any inspiration?

Happy helpers!              Blessings, Peg

Monday, April 14, 2014

Bar U Ranch

Our visit to the Bar U Ranch National Heritage Site was, as these kinds of places usually are, absolutely fascinating.

About 130 years ago, the Canadian government would lease land for a penny an acre, for the development of farming and ranching.  And it was then that the first company, Northwest Cattle Company, lease acreage in the southwest section of Alberta.  The ranch was called the Bar U and remained a functioning beef ranch for over 70 years, selling their beef at times to Canada, US and British markets.


The ranch site is now managed and maintained by the National Parks of Canada as well as Friends of the Bar U Heritage Society.  There are no family living quarters currently on the site, but the buildings that are there are all original.

Besides the beef industry, the ranch was known for its Percheron drafts horses.  Originally developed by Napoleon in La Perche, France, the first two sires were imported in the early 1900’s.  About 90% of the Percheron draft horses world-wide can apparently be traced back to these two sires.


We had the opportunity to ride in a wagon behind two of these gently giants, just one of three teams currently working on the ranch:DSCN0960DSCN0961

As we rode, Don, the driver entertained us with tales of the ranch, its owners and workers:


One story is of The Sundance Kid, whose name was actually Harry Longabaugh.  After a stint in a prison in the US, Harry made his way north and got at job at the Bar U.  It was here that he got the nickname by which everybody knows of him today, given to him by ranch hands because of his stay at Sundance Prison.

After our ride, we were entertained to cowboy coffee and more history and tales by Miriam, the camp cook:DSCN0965

There were a few other draft and saddle horses to be seen about:DSCN0974

We saw the horse barns, cattle barns, storage sheds, and the bunk-house:


But out on the range, when the cowboys were out driving the cattle, the ‘cookhouse’ was a bare bones chuckwagon where food for anywhere from 10-40 men was prepared over an open fire:


Beans and bannock were staples.

The harvest wagons used in later years weren’t a whole lot bigger, but certainly better equipped:DSCN0938DSCN0939DSCN0940DSCN0941


Crews would have had to eat in shifts if they couldn’t eat outdoors.

Women did not become part of any crews until the 1920’s apparently, and when they finished the day out on the range, they went home and did another full shift as wife, mother, and housekeeper!

All in all a fascinating visit back in time!

Happy tourism!            Blessings, Peg