Saturday, May 31, 2014

I Have a Niece

Actually I have several, all talented unique lovely young women, but today I want to tell you about just one of them.

B is very smart – once figured out some kind of math behind some kind of physics that we use every day (I’m lucky to figure out the math behind my bank account); very crafty – spins and weaves and knits and creates all kinds of things; very ecologically-minded – saves and reuses and recycles absolutely everything that she can.

Earlier this year, B moved to Nanaimo BC and promptly got a job in a quilt shop, Serge and Sew.  She had made a quilt or two in the past, and I’d thought she’d done a great job on them.  Well, here’s the picture of one she just recently made for a shop sample:

I think that’s worth a WOW or two, don’t you!

So if you’re ever over in Nanaimo, look up Serge and Sew, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed in their offerings.

Happy to have nieces (and nephews, too)!             Blessings, Peg

Friday, May 30, 2014


A little while ago, I posed the question, ‘What do you do with your time?’  It was rhetorical, because it came with an inspirational video to make one think about time and how it’s spent.

I had intended following up with some of the results of my time-spending, but it just never happened.  Looking back, I see that I haven’t shared anything substantial for quite a while, so today is a little bit of catch-up.

Fairly early in September my brother, SIL and niece came for a visit, and we all trekked over to Wayward Pines.

118.Visiting Wayward Pines with M, V and Eryn

You may remember previous posts about this ‘town’, which is actually a film set that has transformed the main street in our little town.  As a matter of fact, as the three of them drove through on their way to our house, my SIL was heard to exclaim on the shoe shop, the toy shop, the candy shop, with full intent to spend a day shopping.  Well, window shopping was all we could do in most of the shops, but it was fun.  But we all wanted to ride the carousel:


Mid-September is always Fair Time here, and we were home for a change and able to head over to enjoy the displays, the animals, the entertainment – and of course, eat some corn on the cob:




The quilts were inspiring


Somebody did some research on quilting history – just a reminder of the sister-(and brother-) hood to which we all belong:



In the meantime Grizz has had total knee replacement surgery, spent all of 48 hours in the hospital, and now we (and it IS we because he’s not allowed to drive yet) do physio runs twice a week.  He’s recovering nicely, every day gets a bit better, and I have had to become a nag to make him remember to use his cane (not that nagging is that much of a stretch).

Then our Sadie got a GI infection, which laid her low for a couple of days and meant a trip to the vet – not her favorite place to go, but they always do a fabulous job making her feel better, just wish we could explain it to her:


September quilting time was spent getting a few tops sandwiched and quilted, and now these are complete:

A Linus blanket for a (kind-of) nephew:

120.Colton's Linus blanket

A baby blanket for a niece who has joined the family

121.Noella's quilt

A table topper for a house-warming gift:


There are a few more now just waiting for binding to be finished.

Also been working on Linda’s Stash-buster Challenge – 7 blocks now completed:DSCN9937DSCN9936


Between times, I continue to do some needlework, some genealogy, lots of reading, and of course waste some of that time I mentioned at the top of this post just playing on the computer.

I think that catches up – will try to let you all in on our activities a little more regularly!

Happy fall!            Blessings, Peg

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Sisters Quilt Show part VII

Every quilt is a piece of art in my mind, but some are just obviously meant to be displayed, usually on a wall, as simply art-work to be admired.  Take a look at these:




The quilters of these 2 pieces even added an actual frame:

82.Art quilts84


Had to include this one as this looks so much like our Sadie:



Each little piece of the ocean wave is a small block!  How, oh, how do these quilters do this?


Each leaf on these birch (aspen?) trees is individually added for a total 3E effect:



This quilt literally glittered in the sunshine, with the beadwork:


Happy, happy show!                      Blessings, Peg

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The Answer

As promised yesterday, here’s a completed map of the United States:

I did check to make sure I put the state names in the right spots.  It was a good exercise for me.  And as I did this, I recalled some of our trips into the US and all the wonderful places we’ve visited there.
So far, we’ve been to:
New Hampshire
New Mexico
New York (state, not the city)
North Dakota
South Dakota
Only 18 more to go….hmmm, do I hear plans for another US trip????
Now I think I need to learn about Europe and Asia and South America.  Oh, how I love to learn!
BTW – do you all know the names of the Canadian provinces and territories?  There are only 13 – an easy one!
Happy learning!              Blessings, Peg

Monday, May 26, 2014

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Sunday, May 25, 2014

Christmas Season starts

Yesterday we took in a local dance studio performance of the Nutcracker Ballet.

The young dancers did a fabulous job, so much talent. 

Little Clara’s dreams came to life!

One of the best Christmas stories ever!  And a great way to start off the Christmas season.

Happy dreams!            Blessings, Peg

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Done and

Can’t say ‘done’ because somehow it seems I’m never done.  There’ll be another project on the go shortly, but for now:


I kept the quilting simple, with a large cross-hatch, and then simply outlining the giraffe – keeps the quilt nice and soft:002

On the back, the cutest fabric ever:


Here it is turned around the ‘right’ way:003

The words are ‘Baby’s First Friends’, ‘Cute and Cuddly’, ‘Stuffed to be Loved’, ‘Furry and Floppy’.

And I got a little pillow out of the leftovers:


Happy finish!                                         Blessings, Peg

Friday, May 23, 2014

Monday’s ‘Musement

I laughed so hard I cried!

Could YOU fill in this map?

Erm, sooo, yeah. We really wish we could tell you this is the worst attempt. It's not even close.

Follow this link to see what (some) British people think the names, and placements, of the United States are:

This is hilarious!  And, BTW, on this map, California and Texas are correct.

I do have to admit that I’m not 100% sure of the exact placement of some of the eastern and southern states, but I do have some idea, and I do know the names of all 50 states.  But, while I’m admitting this, I have to say that I really think I’d fail, and just as sadly as some of these, if I was asked to fill in the European countries on a blank map.  I wonder what this says about our education of places beyond our own borders and/or just plain awareness as adults of the world beyond our own borders.  Could I name the Asian countries?  Do I know, with any certainty, the names and placements of many of the south Atlantic countries?  It’s worth thinking about!

And, just to help you all out, I’ll give you the (correct) answers to this map tomorrow.

Happy knowledge!             Blessings, Peg

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Sisters Quilt Show part VI

The morning just kept bringing more and more fabulous quilt inspiration!


Do you see the little red shoes print that makes the sashing in this Wizard of Oz quilt?



Each flower and leaf is colored with crayon, then embroidered to give depth:



The back of this quilt is as beautifully pieced as the front:



Hearts, or tulips?  I thought hearts when I first spotted this quilt, but then looking at the photo later, I thought tulips.



Bargello is still a quilt style on my bucket list:



I do always wonder how quilters find just the right colors and tones:


Happy show!                   Blessings, Peg