Saturday, 28 June 2014
Bright being very appropriate, it was very sunny and we are both sorry we didn’t apply sunscreen. Here DH is getting everything set up.
To get to us, the yard workers had to move trailers around first.
Then they pushed us on our trailer over to the big machine that lowers the boat into the water.
And before you know it, we are afloat. Motor on and over to the dock.
The rest of the day was spent on the fiddly bits of stuff that consume so much of boating. The sail isn’t even on yet! But just being there, on the water, was wonderful.
Canada Goose pretending to be a Flamingo ( we weren’t fooled for a minute)
And now that feeling you get after a full day in the fresh air and sun is creeping in and some one, some where is having a really good fireworks. I’m too tired to even wonder where.
Wednesday, 25 June 2014
was wonderful, I’m so glad I went. Only a few pictures, too busy to get many. The class I took was so absorbing and fascinating I even forgot to eat the chocolates I took.
This is more along the lines of what I am trying to make.
And so far this is what I have done.
The class did what I wanted and much more. I was just looking to learn how to foundation piece with freezer paper. The teacher, Gail Garber, showed us how to design our projects rather than just copy hers. The whole first day we didn`t even touch the sewing machines.
Which were lovely, new Janome`s. A real treat. I was so early the first day I managed to snag a table with only one machine, thinking it would be helpful to have the room. It was but on the other hand, wasn`t very sociable and meant I didn`t get to know my classmates as much as if we had been elbow to elbow for two days.
And best of all, I got to thank Matt Sparrow, the longarm quilter who quilted the tops I sent for the Calgary Flood Relief last year. He was here with the APQS booth. It was almost like a celebrity sighting. The first time through the mall, I was so surprised to see him. I had to go back three times before he was free to approach, it was such a busy booth.
Definitely putting going to Quilt Canada on my list of things to do again.
Friday, 6 June 2014
Dear Son came along, so he could get a look at this. A power boat he is considering.
After the marine store, an obligatory stop at a local landmark hot-dog stand that DH remembered from summers he worked in the area.
And a Golden Glow drink. Some
sort of orange soft drink, very refreshing.
Such a beautiful sunny day. The streets were full of teens in summer gear, heading for the beach. Which in this little town is right at the end of the main street.
Then on the way home we found this guy, and tried to take selfies with him.
Unfortunately the sun in my eyes didn't help matters
All in all a very successful day trip and an escape from the desk/phone for DH.
Monday, 2 June 2014
I went with a shopping list and managed to stick to it , mostly. And spaced it out so I was only at one shop per day.
The first one, called Bee - Modern Fabrics. White on white and some black/white’s. A whole 4 metres of the white on white because I”m thinking of doing another Film at Five.
Each store had a free gift and a free pattern. Bee’s was a bamboo reusable shopping bag. (coincidently with their name on it).
Saturday I nipped over to the shop in my town, Kindred Spirits. Who give a nice new ruler as a gift and a neat chevron pattern. I went off the list there and picked up a flannel on the clearance rack that I thought would work for some backs I need. Plus two batiks that were on my list.
And Sunday, we drove out to the farthest away. They give a nice pair of scissors. I picked up a few supplies there as well as fabric but will be returning some. The black and white I grabbed without looking closely and has a tan in it as well. And the pink thread that I grabbed without careful consideration turns out to be polyester intended to be embroidery or top-stitching, I think, not the quilting thread I wanted.
And this is why the batiks and black & whites. Bonnie’s Jellybean Blast block from the vol.7 of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks magazine.
The full quilt is now on the cover of the latest edition of the magazine, so I pulled out the 100 blocks mag and started a test block with some of the batiks I was given for mother’s day. Love it, but the jelly roll didn’t have enough variety in the purple or yellow.
And what about the Kissing Fish pattern that I was making with them?
I have gotten this far with it. Just not loving it and decided to call it a day and put it together ( blocks aren't sticking very well to the new design wall). Using 4.5" HST for the edges. The original pattern called for a complicated two block arraignment, with squares sticking out the edges and then trimming them down, not happening. Just sewing the rows together on the diagonal.