I'm still around and quilting. Did you try the tumbling blocks done in strips and no y seams. Glad you like the diddapearing 9 patch. You can do so much withit. Hope allthose storms we see on TV have passed you by. Being in Northern Ont. we get some bad ones. It makes for a good time to sit tight and quilt or just plan,Hope all others out there are using this time to do some quilting or like me try to finish UFOs (I'm sure they multiply on the shelf)
The challenge is out, lets see how many of us can join the wonderful new campaign called Stitching for Pink !!! Starts today until 30 October. Its gonna be so much fun with 10 projects to complete. Come on Embroiderers lets unite and join the fight against Breast Cancer !!!
I've been away and now am at the cotage most time but do move home in Sept. Been doing alot of finishing up UFO's but am stopped doing baby quilts for a couple of friends.Will try to stay in touch. Have you tried the disapearing nine patch? Boy that has alot of possiblities.
Doreen I notice you live in Niagara Falls - not too far from me in Brantford. It is so interesting to see where our Canadian Friends live!
I notice in an earlier blog that you collect 30 fabric. I'm trying to find out a bit of information about this type of fabric. I have aqquired at one of our guild auctions sale to raise funds - some fabric and I think it maybe genuine 30 or feed bag fabric. What I have is like the fabric that they sale now for 30ths fabric but it is only 36" wide and seems in good condition. Of course it was in a bag and I thought I was getting something different - anyway anything for a good cause. So I want to get rid of it or swap with someone do you know a web site where I may get some one who might be interested?
hi doreen! nice to meet you! thanks for your kind comments. i think my little dude will still fit in the basket, but its hard to get him to stay still that long these days. he's a busy busy boy. you are so lucky to have a circle of quilting friends. i have been quilting for about the same amount of time, and even though i lived in edmonton where you would think i'd be able to meet lots of quilting buddies, i never have. i would love to have some friends that i could 'stitch and bitch' with!
do you have any photos of your work? i'd love to see what you've done.
Hi Doreen, Thanks for being my friend. And for liking my quilts. Berlin OH is about 2 1/2 hours from where I live. It's south of me. I haven't been to Amish Country in a long time. My sister-in-law would go a few times a year with a friend to a quilting retreat. I was never invited to go, but since I've never seen a finished quilt that she had done I am probably not missing anything(Do I sound bitter? My brother did say that she never finishes anything,so it's not just me). Have a great day.
Hi Doreen: Thank you so much for your kind words when my mother in law passed. You are right she is in a much better place. I know for a fact she did not want to live in the condition she was in. While I fought for her care and comfort I didn't wish for her to live at all costs. Thanks again. Edith
Thanks for you comment about my bags and meeting in the Falls - actually at a couple of hotels, as for these women and their kids and the dads - we had all met in an online group for expecting moms in May 1997.
It was a very busy weekend! So, no quilt store visits, but maybe next time in the Falls - well, not literally in the water :)...
Pinantan is about 45 minutes from Salmon Arm. We are 30 minutes NE of Kamloops up in the hills.
My horse's name is Ruby and she is a 16 yr old Morgan mare. She is a real princess!
For dogs I have 2 standard poodles, 1 miniture poodle and a fat little American Eskimo/spaniel X that I got from a rescue society.
For cats I have 4 siamese, 1 ragdoll, 1 bengal and a siamese/|Maine Coon X. We won't even mention what my house looks like!
I gathered from the other notes on your wall that you must have recently lost a pet. I am so sorry, I have lost many over the years and there is no easy way to go through it. Hang on to your good memories.
Right now I am not really working on anything. I have finished piecing a couple of UFO and guess I'd better pull out another one!
I love 30's fabrics as well, I am presently hand quilting another 30's wallhanging, but it will be awhile before it is finished.
We try to visit the Niagara region at least once a year, love Niagara on the Lake. Also, like going to Gone to Pieces in St. Catherines, I know that there is a quilt shop right in Niagara Falls, but have never been there when it was open.
Hi Doreen, I am sorry to hear about your lab. I know how hard it is to let go of a loved pet. We had to put down our 15 year old Shih-Tzu last summer. She is the one that got us to love these dogs. Picked her up at a local shelter, they were getting ready to put her down and she was not even a year old. We still miss her but knowing she is not hurting anymore makes it easier.
The picture quilts are not hard, just takes a very long time to do. I am wanting to do another one and have it in a show this year. Don't rightly know if that is going to happen or not. I am working on a Lone star quilt right now, want to get it done this week, only have 6 more points to do...so just maybe it will get done.
Hi Doreen, Nice to 'meet you' . I am from Peterborough. Our son used to live in Niagara Falls and then Welland. Now he is in Vancouver and I miss my trips to your area! I'm so sorry to hear about your Max. We lost our Bear last year,,,,a Belgian Shepherd. It is gut wrenching.......I'm glad you have your quilting buddies to support you. I have 5 wonderful friends that quilt together every Monday night. It is what gets me through Monday at work!!
There is now a group on this site of Canadian quilters. I just joined this morning.....Check it out!
Thanks for getting in touch with me! I love 'our neck of the woods' and really can't imagine living elsewhere.
I am so sorry to hear about your Max. Our dogs become our children don't they? I can't imagine coming home from school and not being greeted by Morgan and Bailey! They 'allow' me to change my clothes then outside we have to go! Today was a storm day (a huge advantage when you are working in the education field) so they were very happy to have Mom home for the whole day! We have more snow then in past years for sure. I look forward to summer when 'the girls' and I will spend much of it at our cottage in St. Martins which is on the Fundy coast as well.
Currently I have a "Yellow Brick Road" quilt under construction as an engagement gift for our son and his girlfriend!
Our nearest quilt shop is an hour away in Saint John or 2 hours in Bangor, Maine. We have Mardens, which is in Calais, ME and it has a huge fabric section! Take care!
Thank you for your kind comments about my quilts. The "Stop, do you have coffee" is an "in the hoop" machine embroidery project - it is a sleep mask - I noticed you do embroidery - is that by hand or machine? If it is by machine, please join us at "Machine Embroidery Buddies" a new group with now 25 members.
Hi Doreen- I decided to see how long I could go without purchasing any fabric!!! I made a resolution to use fabric I have on hand! ("Bash my Stash"!) So far, so good! And I even went into two fabric shops during their big sales - 40 % off and 25% off! I walked out both times without purchasing any fabric! Oh, dear- you better take my temperature! I might be very sick to pass up these good deals!! Oh well- I do have plenty of fabric to keep me busy!
Take care and enjoy your week! ~Marcia
Forgot to mention, Doreen, I'm a retired school secretary too. I retired after 20 years, but had worked prior to that in a craft store. I was the building Principals secretary when I left. Now I work 6 hrs. a week on Saturdays for the Special Ed Dept in our Town. I help mentally challenged adults bowl