So many things today!

My goodness, I’ve got lots of things to talk about today! So without further ado, I’ll get started!

Today is WIP Wednesday over at Freshly Pieced. So I’m linking in and sharing the love! Since the point of WIP Wednesday is to show what you’ve got in progress, here is my offering: Two new 1/2 square triangle blocks for my In Colour Order BOM.

Today (being the last day of the month) is the “New FO” linky party over at Cat Patches, so I’m linking in there, too! What the heck is a New FO, you are asking? Yes, I can hear you! lol! In quilterese, a UFO is an unfinished object. So…a new FO is … hum… it isn’t really a new finished object, although I suppose it could be. It’s more a New O, I guess (not the BIG O – clean up your minds!) A new project that was started during the month. A new project that I started in October is this:

Converging Corners. This is only the first 5 blocks.  It’s my turn for the We Be Learning on-line bee in November, and this is the block I’m asking for. I’ll talk more about this project in another post.

Today is Halloween, and I dressed up as an Aging Hollywood Starlet. Fun! Yukon College is a great place to work at halloween…everyone dresses up and the on-site daycare trick-or-treats down the halls.

And last but not least, I finally go in to see the hairdresser after work today. I love my new cut!  It’s so….ME!

 

 

16 years in the making

Today I’m linking in with the Blogger’s Quilt Festival over at Amy’s Creative Side.

Way back in 1995 my hubby decided to change careers and return to school. The plan was to attend our local college for a year to fill in some missing courses and then transfer to the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, to complete his B.A. So I decided to make him a quilt to take away to Fairbanks with him, as he would be gone for 8 months with only a few visits home between semesters and at holidays.

I wanted him to have something made by my hands to keep him warm at night.

I decided to make him a stars quilt because of his love of astronomy, and to make it in red, white and blue because he would be going to school in the US. My 10-year old son helped pick out the fabric.

I worked really hard on that quilt for the entire year he spent at our local college before departing for Fairbanks. I hand quilted the entire border in feather and fan! The entire quilt is hand quilted by me.

Then, when the quilt was 3/4 finished, hubby decided not to go away to school after all. I put the quilt down and didn’t pick it up again for 16 years!

I finally finished it this past summer. Yay!

The completed quilt is 68 x 98 inches – a double bed size.

I’m glad I took all these pictures this fall. When I got it home afterwards, I threw it into the wash and sadly the red ran into the muslin.

We’ve been sleeping under it every night – the October nights are chilly in the Yukon!

 

One Yukon Minute: October 28th, 2012

Filmed today at the Yukon River. It was -10 with a light wind blowing the snow around. Relax and enjoy a quiet minute with me…

Thursday morning at the Haven: Gabriola Island

I’m lounging in my warm bed snuggled up with pillows waiting for my turn in the bathroom. The window is open and outside I can her the rain falling through the forest, punctuated by the sound of heavy drops from the branches. There is a frog somewhere just outside the window, and an eagle is voicing out over the water.

I have been working on socks during breaks. It is soothing after what are proving to be difficult and intense sessions.

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On the go!

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We arrived in Vancouver and then caught a shuttle to Harbour Air for the flight to Nanaimo. This is our ride ( the big one). Whoop whoop! I LOVE flying and was so excited when I realized we would be in a float plane. Silly me…the name “Harbour Air” didn’t give away the surprise at all! I was a bit disappointed that we’ll be in the larger one instead of the smaller, but really, it’s so exciting that it doesn’t really matter. Maybe Hubby will leave a comment taking what kinds of planes these are. The big one is an Otter, I think.

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Going on retreat!

I think I’m overdue for a post! I’m experimenting with this one…I’m going to try posting from my iPad. Never done it his way before, and there’s no time like the present, eh? And speaking of presents, I’m giving myself one tomorrow! What? Yes!!

Tomorrow I am going away for a week. I am going on a retreat of sorts, I guess you could call it. I’m taking a 5 day course called Come Alive at The Haven.

The Haven is located on beautiful Gabriola Island, BC. Never mind that it is raining down there as I type and is forecasted to rain every day all week (well,really, what do you expect, Nita, going to a rainforest in November!) but that’s okay. I’m looking forward to cozy evenings after class is over to sit and visit with new friends, knitting in my hands.

Yup, I’m taking knitting with me instead of sewing. I have some slippers to get working on if I’m going to make a Christmas deadline. And there is a cool knit shop in Nanaimo that I hope to visit if there’s time before catching the ferry. Oh! I adore ferries!

Of course I’ll miss hubby and the fur babies…but I think it’s good to go off and do our own thing once in awhile.

I’ll try to blog while I’m away…keep you all in touch about this next stage in my healing and balance journey. That is why I’m trying out blogging from the iPad today.

And now for the last experiment…a photo! Here is what I have been working on instead of packing.

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It’s part of a special new exciting project that I will tell you all about soon! Promise!

Okay, now I am going to cross my fingers and tap “publish” and see what happens. I’m seeing a lot of HTML code where the links and photo are supposed to be.

Here I go…three…two…one…publish! ( insert zoom noise here)

A Pretty Box of Sticks and One more Yukon Minute

Last Christmas I got two really cute mugs from my friend Dee because she knows my weakness for cute coffee cups. But better than that, they came in a really cute box. I love boxes. L. O. V. E. boxes. They are so handy! You never know when you’re going to need a good box (much to hubby’s dismay as the shed is over crowded with them). Now, don’t get me wrong…I also love these cups and use them all the time. But the box was just so adorable! I knew that someday I would find just the right thing to store in it.

 Turns out they are the perfect size for my knitting needles! Yay!

Michael is over for supper tonight (roast chicken, yum!) and brought our fur grand-baby (Zeus) with him.

Spooky is not so thrilled.


And last but not least, you can relax for a minute with One Yukon Minute. Taken yesterday at the Yukon River.

Dancing Around the World

This is absolutely the most wonderfully fun goofy silliness I’ve seen in a long time. I watched it twice (the 2nd time on my big screen with Apple TV) and I smiled and laughed the entire way through both times. I think they should play this before every World Leaders and other assorted “upper management” meeting.

I found it over at Sean L. Bird’s site, and am compelled to grab the YouTube link and spread the crazy love. Enjoy! And hey, if you want to get up and dance along, don’t let me stop you!

A sick day, a quilt blog and a little tea snorting

Before hubby left for work this morning, he made sure I was tucked up on the couch in my jammies and a quilt, with a cup of tea and 2 aspirin at my elbow, my laptop and iPad, and about a dozen sewing projects close to hand. Yup, he’s a keeper, that one!

Did you guess from the clues? This is my second day home from work. While it’s nice to be home from work, having a mouth full of cold sores  (did you know you can get cold sores inside your mouth? ugh) is not. It hurts to talk and it hurts to eat. Two of my favourite activities. Sigh. So what’s a girl to do but browse the internet and catch up on bog reading? (I hope Amanda isn’t reading this…she’s my NOST 101 instructor, and she’d probably be telling me that I should take this time to start my research paper that is due next week. Did I tell you I’m taking an on-line course called Introduction to the Circumpolar North? I thought maybe I should be introduced to it since I live here, and all that.)

So I’m sitting here under my quilt trying not to spill tea into my keyboard while being entertained by Katy over at Monkey Do (or I’m a Ginger Monkey, whichever she calls it, I’m not 100% sure.) Honestly, that girl made me snort my tea up my nose, she is so funny!

I’ve decided that there are some really cool quilters in England, and that I should probably go over there someday and meet them.  Like Miss Ginger Monkey. There’s also Lynn over at Lily’s Quilts, who not only has great tutorials, but also gives great blogging advice. And is very funny to boot. (what do you suppose “to boot” really means?). AND they have the London Fat Quarterly Retreat! Just listen to this: “ we have planned a fun-filled weekend of silly games, sewing challenges, tutorial workshops and more!” (now, if you ever took a bellydance class from me, you KNOW how much I adore silly games, lol!) So I figure that silly quilt games must be just as much fun, right? I just gotta go and meet these English quilter gals!

Meanwhile, Sam is keeping my feet warm. I just hope he doesn’t wake up and want to play ball or something energetic that requires me getting up. Besides, it hurts to laugh. Here he is snuggled with his favourite squeaky toy. Goofy guy!

Wip…Thursday?

Yeah, well…what can I say? I’m definately behind the times.

I wanted to talk a little bit about the process. Process can be a funny thing. For me, the hardest part is actually deciding on the quilt to make. I decide that I want to make a quilt and that’s where I come to a screeching halt. The problem is that I want to make TOO MANY!

For example, this time last year I decided that I wanted to make my sister, Heidi, a quilt. About that same time I was starting the very first Treasure Chest block of the month, so I thought that I’d make that one for her. So…I started out with colours I thought she would like. But around about the 3rd month I changed my mind. This quilt was seriously hard! I mean really really really hard! I didn’t know if I’d be able to make all the blocks. So I joined the In Colour Order BOM and said that THIS quilt would go to my sister. I even told her so! And I happily got started sewing the block each month. This time, the monthly blocks were easy. I mean, really really really easy! And I loved each one. But again, it wasn’t really what I had in mind for my sister. It just wasn’t screaming “Heidi” at me. sigh.

So I decided that I would have to make something for Heidi from scratch. I would have to start from the very beginning with her in mind and pick the pattern & fabrics accordingly. Honestly, designing a quilt is just like choreographing a dance. I swear it! Sometimes it all comes together like snap, and other times you fight and fight until you give up and just let it tell you want it wants to do.

Anyway, the backing fabric for the quilt arrived last week (yay, it’s perfect!), and a couple of days ago I basted the sandwich together. Now I wish I could show it to you, but that would totally spoil the surprise.

But you know…a little taste wouldn’t hurt, would it?

There ya go! Next it goes into the lap frame to get hand quilted. That will be the time-consuming part. Also my favourite part.

So…what’s up with the Treasure Chest quilt? I decided not to make the last two blocks. That leaves me with 10 blocks and I know just what to do with them. I’ll save that for another post, okay?

I am also left with the In Colour Order quilt top. Amazing … one quilt for Heidi has generated three!

The other day I did the We Be Learning bee block for group 2. October is Christine’s month. I love this square and you will definately be seeing multiples of it in a quilt top of my own.

I’ll leave you with this a couple of Sammy pics. Nothing beats a tummy rub! And besides, one can never get enough Sammy-love. (and if these pictures come in upside-down one more time, I’m gonna scream!)

Freebie!

I like to read. A lot.

I stumbled on this FREE e-book on Amazon today. I think I’ll download it for a little Sunday R&R this weekend.

Combines three things I love: books, quilts and FREE! Hard to beat that, eh?

The Fortune Quilt by Lani Diane Rich
“When Tucson Today segment producer Carly McKay visits the quirky artist’s community of Bilby, Arizona, to do a story on a psychic quiltmaker, she receives an odd reading… and her life falls apart in eerie harmony with what the quilt foretold. Her best friend professes his undying love; her show gets canceled; and the mother who disappeared seventeen years ago appears on their doorstep, getting instant forgiveness from the entire family… except Carly.

Carly rushes off to Bilby to return the cursed quilt, and then surprises herself; she stays. She rents a cabin, gets a job, and meets an artist who shows her new ways to look at life, and love. Can she run away and start a new life, or should she go back and stitch her old one back together?”

One Yukon Minute – October 7, 2012

One Yukon Minute, October 7, 2012
Sunset at Fox Lake