Friday, May 07, 2021

A new project!


I've done a few projects during my absence. I'm definitely not as prolific as I used to be, quilting and sewing every weekend and in every stolen moment in the evenings. I did complete a couple of little quilts at the end of 2020. This one, pictured above, was made for my cousin who had a baby. I'm ashamed to say the baby was born in July but the quilt wasn't delivered until January. The circular pattern was a challenge - I had to tweak the seams a few times to get it to lie flat - but I love how it turned out. I made a little drawstring bag with some leftover fabric and filled it with board books (my favourite gift to give a new baby).

Another baby, born in May, received her quilt in September. This is a charm quilt, so every square is different. I included a list of items to search for so it also became an I Spy quilt. It was simple, but I think it's very sweet.

And, yes, you might remember this quilt. I can't even recall when I started this Dresden Plate - years ago! I finished it last May. I was really happy with the way it turned out; maybe it was worth the wait. I have another quilt top - a red and grey bowtie - that needs to be sandwiched and quilted but I picked up some batting for a new project yesterday and it was $103 for a twin-sized Warm and Natural at the fabric store so I had to stop at one. 

Yes, you read that right. $103. Plus tax. I renewed my lapsed membership for $25 to get a discount and still ended up paying over $80. I'm pretty sure the last time I bought batting, it was in the $40 range.

That brings us up to the present. I'm starting a new project. It's a gift for a friend who has cancer. She loves bright colours, particularly pinks and oranges, so I chose this set of Kaffe Fassett fat quarters which will be "bricks" (I need a quick project) set with a creamy white sashing.

I'll keep you updated on my progress. And let's hope this doesn't take years and years like the yellow and grey Dresden!

I want to say thank you to those who commented on my last post. I'm so happy there are still people out there quilting away. And I'm so glad you let me know you read the post - it's what brought me back tonight.

I'm going to spend what's left of my Friday night slicing fabric and pretending there's a whole community of quilters and sewists creating right along with me this evening.

Until next time xoxo

Monday, March 29, 2021

Eight Years Later...

Oh wow!

It's been over 8 years since I updated this blog. I'm actually surprised it still exists. Are you still out there? Will you read this?

I moved most of my activity to Instagram over the past few years, although I'm not very active there either. I do miss the blogging community. I've re-read some of my posts and the comments I received. We were supportive and friendly, weren't we? Do we still have that connection?

I'll update you a bit:

  • I went back to teaching.
  • Then I took a vice principal job.
  • Then I went back to teaching (during Covid, no less).
  • And now I'm looking to get out of teaching again.
  • AbbyDog and DerbyDog have both passed on - Abby in 2017 at the age of 18, and Derby just last March.
  • We got another cat in 2017. His name is ClaudeCat. He's beautiful.
  • We brought home two puppies last spring - Rosie and Poppy. They are sweet and wonderful and hilarious, and we needed them!
  • TheOnlyChild finished university, moved out, and then moved back home again when she returned to uni for her second degree (in journalism). She needs to start her adult life soon. Really soon.
  • I have been doing very little quilting lately. Very little of anything except work and dance, to be honest.
  • I started a new style of dance. It's Fat Chance Belly Dance Style (formerly known as American Tribal Style). Look it up on YouTube. It's amazing.
  • I learned how to play the ukulele.
  • We bought back our house on PEI. Or did that happen before I went AWOL? Either way, it's a great story. We sold the house in 2008. Very sad. One day at work, Mr. P was cruising the real estate sites and saw our house for sale again. He emailed me, "Our PEI house is for sale. Can we buy it back?" I replied, "Yes." That's it - "Yes." And so we did. We really missed going there last summer. It might be the only place in the world I can relax.
  • I reconnected with my family in England and have been over to visit 4 times since 2013.

I need to figure out how to blog again - how to add pictures and videos, etc. It can't be that hard. I've mastered Google Classroom, Google Meet, Zoom, and other necessary technologies over the past few years. I'm on it. 

I might even have worthwhile information to share with you at some point. Ha ha.

Let me know if you're still around. I am slowly making my way down my blog list. I see that many of the blogs I followed have not been updated in years (I guess I'm not the only one), but some of you are still going strong. 

Let's get reacquainted!