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What started out as an early spring, with the leaves coming out almost a month ahead of time, has now turned into day after day of cloudy skies, wind, and ‘April showers’ in May.  During the few days this past couple of weeks that the sun shone and the rain held off, I managed to get a very small vegetable garden planted, hanging baskets put together and hung and most of the unending weeding done.  On the days when I can’t get outside, I’ve been busy at my sewing machine.

I’ve made a couple more little dresses for Sophia – this time I chose a very simple little pattern that goes together really quickly and will be great on hot sunny days in Victoria.  I sent the first one off and it fit her nicely so my DDiL asked for a couple more, and I’ve got them made and ready for mailing.

 At DS’s request, I’ve also made up some bean bags with numbers (I sent off the alphabet bean bags a month or so ago)  - the number on one side and on the back side, little squares that correspond to the number. Things were getting a little crowded and it was a challenge to get 9 little squares on the 9 block, but I managed it. 

 I took a break from knitting socks this past week, and made a sweater for Sophia.  I rooted through all my very old pattern books and found a simple little raglan sleeved sweater with a garter stitch band that I knew would go together quickly and wouldn’t require any great thought. I think I last used this pattern book when my children were little, so it must be at least 40 years old.  I see on the cover that it cost the princely sum of 65 cents.  There are several very nice patterns in the book so I’m glad I’ve kept it all these years – I should be able to make several sweaters for Sophia over the next couple of years.  The bonus?  A friend gave me her left-over yarn from when she was knitting for her granddaughters – so this sweater was produced for Free!  I used Sirdar Denim Tweed DK – a blend of acrylic, cotton and wool and it’s machine washable – a necessity for small children’s garments, I think.

Our quilting group got together for a three day quilting weekend – Friday night, all day Saturday and Sunday, and a good time was had by all.  Everyone was working on something – but only a couple of the ladies finished projects and had a show and tell.  On Saturday, we had a pot luck lunch and there was enough left over for us to enjoy again at dinner time.  I love pot luck – everybody brings their very best dishes – a little bit of bragging – so you just know it’s going to be a great meal.  I’m a bread baker so I contributed home-made buns to the meal.  We had several delicious salads, cabbage rolls, halibut dip, crackers, cheese,  fruit and veggie trays, chicken wings, Nanaimo Bars, apple coffee cake…and several other dishes that I can’t remember. It was all delicious.

I was working on quilted covers for my toaster and stand mixer during the weekend.  I brought them home, took photos, and then discovered that the cover for the stand mixer was a couple of inches too short!  This photo is the ‘before’ – with the covers standing on their own, not over the appliances.

I then took the bottom binding off, added a strip of black cording and then added another 2 ½  inches of quilted fabric to the bottom and bound it again.  Not quite the look I was going for, but it works.

 One more to do – a cover for my grain mill – but I’m going to have to design a pattern for that one and it may not get done until the Fall.

I want to show everyone Heather’s crazy quilt.  Heather made this as a wall hanging, and it’s absolutely stunning.  She embellished the quilt with hundreds of buttons, beads, pieces of lace, and hand embroidery.  Many of the items she’s included on the quilt have special meaning for her – a piece of lace from a hanky that was her Grandmothers, a bit of crochet work from her mother…it’s a stunning piece of work. The amazing thing?  Heather suffers from very advanced Parkinson's Disease.  But she managed all that tiny bead work, embroidery and button work in spite of the physical challenges she faces every day.  And she got it done in just over five months.  Way to go Heather!

I wanted to finish this blog post off with a photo of a Kermode Bear that visited a ladies yard recently.  Kermode, or Spirit Bears are a white subspecies of the Black Bear.  They are not albino.  Unfortunately, I seem to have used up my allotment of pixels, and the photograph refuses to load from my pictures.  Maybe next time.

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Comment by Cheryl A on June 4, 2016 at 12:40pm
So enjoyed reading your blog post, Rebecca. The little dresses are adorable. The picture of your friends crazy quilt was uplifting for me as my husband suffers from Parkinson's disease. It is a beautiful testament to patience and perseverance on her part. Hope some dry weather comes your way and you can enjoy your garden in the sunshine.
Comment by Irene Gallway on June 4, 2016 at 2:21am

Holy Cow Rebecca, you have been a busy lady.  I love those little dresses, they are adorable. The crazy quilt that Heather made is gorgeous. I admire those who knit or crochet. Mum taught me how to do both but I just didn't like doing it as well as sewing.  Your sweater is pretty and you did a great job on it.  

Comment by Barb/WI on May 31, 2016 at 8:48am

Love those adorable dresses...lucky little girl.  The crazy quilt is amazing.  I should really quit reading this stuff; now I am thinking I need a mixer cover, too!

Comment by Janet/MO on May 30, 2016 at 7:19am

I really enjoyed reading your blog this morning Rebecca.  Wow, your friend's crazy quilt is spectacular!  My husband's BIL passed away from Parkinson's Disease a few years ago.  It is a horrible thing to deal with so extra kudos to her for continuing to do something she loves to do.  Your appliance covers & the little dresses are very cute. 

Comment by Pam/NY on May 29, 2016 at 1:42pm
Great blog. Sophia will be the best dressed little girl this summer. So cute. The crazy quilt is remarkable. Heather accomplished a work of love for sure. I'd like to see a picture of that bear! Your appliance covers are cute. Great save with the mixer!

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