Sunday, August 21, 2016

Gale's Rainbow

Earlier this summer, Gale, my 5 year old granddaughter, wanted to stitch her own rainbow. She told me it was her 'own design and wasn't curved like a real one'. If you look closely, you will see the faint curve drawn with pencil on the fabric. She didn't like that 'design'.

Her colour selection was determined by her before she began. The 'Rainbow' was finished this week.

I mentioned that a signature would be nice so I went to get a pen. However, that wasn't in the cards as she wanted a stitched name. 'You can do it, Grandma, and I'll watch'. She then wrote her name on paper, selected the colours and matched them up so that I would know which threads to use. Gale sat and watched as each stitch was made.

Plans are to get her first finished piece of stitching framed.

I just noticed that the colours of her name, correspond to the last four colours used in her rainbow!

Sunday, August 14, 2016


I've had some productive time this week. However, the internet has been slow to nonexistent, especially when I want to do a post.

Both machines (embellisher and regular sewing machine) were in use yesterday. I used some of the roving purchased in Wolfville at Gaspereau Valley Fibres. Don't you just love the vibrant colours. I might have to go back for some more of the first colourway.

Stitched with Sulky Sliver thread
image is a bit fuzzy

Stitched with Sulky Sliver thread

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Purchases from Wolfville

Here are a few more purchases, this time from Wolfville.

I couldn't pass up these fibres! These will certainly pop in my next felting project.  (It's easy to see that I have a good internet connection today here in Brooklyn, near Windsor.)
Everything in the bag!
I just love all these but especially the lime green one.

Fibres by the gram

Friday, August 5, 2016

Late Birthday Surprise!

My friend, Verna, is visiting Nova Scotia. We managed to connect yesterday in Mahone Bay where we had lunch at Oh My Cod. Don't you just love the play on words! Verna makes beautiful Temari Balls. If you have been following my blog, you have seen lots of her work.

Well, she delivered a late birthday present to me. Can you guess what I received (grin)? I have been raving over the ones she has been making recently so I guess she figured I'd really like to have one - she was right. Thank you bunches, Verna! I love it. The black background has glittery threads with a variegated thread for the design.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

More Projects to Check!

July certainly flew by! I've been trying to get some work done but it has been difficult. I have been working outside in our 'dining tent'. It has a solid top and mesh sides. Perfect for keeping sun off and the mesh lets in a breeze (when there is one).

I found a few more interesting projects to check. If you have little ones off to school in September, have a look at the cute apple pouches   below.

Sewing Projects

Friday, July 29, 2016

Thank You and Other Stuff!

I'm overwhelmed by the number of views my posts are generating lately. Thanks so much! It's much appreciated.

I'm having a stay at home day (in the motor home that is). My granddaughter, Gale, is a bit under the weather and just wants to lie around but I'll bet she'll be at my side when I take out some stitching. A couple days ago she asked to work on her rainbow stitching. This project was her own idea. The rainbow is straight not curved as she told me it was her own 'design'. Yes, she used that word! She also has a specific order for the colours. Her other comment, 'Grandma, isn't this so relaxing!' Her mom said that she likes the process of creating. In any case, she likes all things related to fibre and textiles.

I will show you her work when it's finished. Bet you can't guess I'm a proud grandma (GRIN)!

Here's a few sites to visit:
I'm having great internet today! 

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

July Birthday Gift!

Last year I made a sewing kit for myself from some of my 'fantastic' fabric. If you recall, I gave it to my sister for Christmas. Read about that on the link above.

My birthday was mid July, so my friend, Marilyn, gave me my own sewing wallet. Thank you so much. I do love oriental fabrics! Don't you just love the closure 'button' that she made?

It was partially filled when I took this photo!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop

Since the internet has been working well tonight at the campground, I did a bit of blog reading. I realize I'm a few days late in finding this 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop, but I'm sure you won't mind! Lots of interesting projects to see. In fact, you might find the perfect one for your next fall project.


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

As Promised . . .

I'm having a great internet moment! (GRIN). It seems to be working well.
As promised, here's Gale's needle felted piece. It does need further stitching with the sewing machine using a sparkly thread and ironed to flatten it out. That will happen the next time I need to keep her busy!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Felting With a Five Year Old

Our internet connection at the campground has been pathetic! Hit or miss most of the time. Thank goodness for relatives even if they are over an hour away from where we are staying. AND I did have some awesome lobster for lunch!! Worth the trip.

Now to back track: I did some felting with Gale, my five year old granddaughter last week. We used the felt I purchased at the Lunenberg Makery (see previous post). She did a great job. I forgot to take a photo of the finished piece but will post it next time.

She certainly enjoyed pulling the wool roving apart and stepping on the pedal of the felting machine. She wants to do some more this week in between swimming and going to the playground!

Searching for yarn from the stuff I brought with me

Saturday, July 9, 2016

The Lunenburg Makery

Yesterday, I made a visit to The Lunenburg Makery here in Nova Scotia. I was also there last summer. Check HERE for my previous post about this shop. Of course, I did make a purchase of wool roving to use in my work. Aren't the colours gorgeous! These felt up beautifully. Since I brought my felting machine with me this year, I will be using them soon.

We also had unexpected visitors to the Motor Home.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

It's Raining, It's Pouring . . .

Perfect World - Clip Art: Seasons

It's raining,
It's pouring,
The old man is snoring!!

Do you remember that old nursery rhyme?

Well, at the moment, it's pouring rain here in Bridgewater, NS. That nursery rhyme just popped into my head. Funny about that. The province needs the water so I guess I'd better not complain.

So, some rainy day projects are in order:
Have fun!! (in the sun hopefully)

summer clipart - Free Large Images

Friday, July 1, 2016

Happy Canada Day

Happy Canada Day!

I would like to extend a Happy Canada Day to all my relatives and friends living outside this wonderful country of ours and to those of us who live here!
Enjoy your day wherever you are.
Yesterday, I gave a flag to my granddaughter, who just moved to Canada from Chicago. 
She was very excited and said she was soooo glad to be in Canada! We are soooo glad to have her and her parents here too.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Row by Row

I suspect that you are familiar with the Row by Row H20 (water related) quilting theme that quilt shops across Canada and the USA held last year.

Row by Row is like a shop hop, but it's not... no fees, no cards to stamp, and all summer to play! Simply visit any of the participating shops and receive a free pattern for a row in a quilt. Combine your rows in any way to create a unique quilt that represents the fun you had traveling throughout the summer. Travel with friends, discover new quilt shops and have fun collecting rows!

Well, another series, Home Sweet Home has started. You can see some of the completed pieces HERE and HERE.  

Participating shops can be found HERE. Click on the license plate to see the list.

If you are traveling this summer, you might visit some of the participating shops.


2016 RxR Logo Round

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Links to sewing projects

Last year, I blogged every day. Guess you could say I was dedicated to achieving that goal. This year, there have been other priorities. However, I do want to start sharing some blogs / projects with you again! That also means reading the blogs I receive via email etc. I've been slack about that too!

So here's the first few links to check. Hope you find something interesting:

Saturday, June 18, 2016


I have been busy finishing up Shimmers for the fairs next fall. Walks and taking photos are also on the agenda when the weather is suitable. Today it was hot and sunny so I was out bright and early! 

When I was a child, my grandmother had flowers like the ones below. We called them 'rockets'. I'm not sure if that's a name used for these or not.

Thursday, June 9, 2016


The conditions were perfect last evening for this beautiful rainbow to appear. The sky was very dramatic. If you look carefully, you will see a second rainbow just to the right of the middle tree.


Thursday, June 2, 2016

House Mural

We took a trip to Bridgewater today. That's a very nice town. Spotted this house with a large mural painted on the back and had to take a photo to share. 

I also did a search for painted murals related to quilting and found the following:

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Apple Blossom Time in Nova Scotia

The apple blossoms were amazing this weekend in Nova Scotia! I've never been here at this time of the year. Even the lilac trees are in bloom. This doesn't happen on the east coast of Newfoundland this early in the season. 

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Happy Birthday & Other Stuff!

First of all, a Happy Birthday to my brother, Don, who is on vacation somewhere between Manitoba and Newfoundland!! His birthday was yesterday.

Next, I've been off the grid for awhile. In fact, I've hardly looked at the computer or at the various blogs I usually check out for a week or so. I now have a new computer to get used to. That's not much of a chore as I have my own computer guru (how lucky is that!!).

Here are a few blogs to check out:

Windsor, NS, May 27th. You can see these flowering crab trees everywhere!

Windsor, NS, May 27th. Lilacs in bloom already!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Temari Ornaments

Verna has made a few more Temari Ornaments. I think this pattern is my favorite! What do you think??

The pink one is very similar to a previous one she did. However, the background here (can't really see it) is black with sparkles instead of gray. The little mat (Cathedral Windows) was also made by Verna. It belonged to one of our stitching friends who is no longer with us. 

Tuesday, May 10, 2016


There is nothing better than finding sources for free patterns and useful stitching information.
  • By chance, I found Eglantine Stitchery with its extensive list of sources for free stitching patterns. 
  • Free Vintage Patterns at French Knots (all things stitchy for crochet, embroidery, applique and quilting)
  • Some embroidery ideas at Hayfield Cottage  
  • I like the Bedside Pockets Organizer at Sew Can She. This is a free tutorial. Using the non-slip shelf liner is a good idea for holding this organizer under the mattress
  • Of course, you can't go wrong with Quilt As You Go Tutorials from Patchwork Posse. 
I hope you find something interesting to consider making!


One of my past sewing projects: Pisci Fantasticus (original design)

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Happy Mother's Day

I wish to extend a Happy Mom's Day to my 94 year old mother! She is in good health and can hear much better with her new hearing aid!

Wishing all the moms out there a great day.


These tulips are from 2013. This year's tulips are just now beginning to peek through the soil. 

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Linking Up!!

Once again, I've joined up with The Needle & Thread Network, where Canadian textile/fibre/fabric artists, link up with others to share the things they are creating.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Layout Problem

I've been trying to fix my last blog post so that each one follows the other without having to click on "older post" at the end of the page.  All previous posts just continue as you scroll down. I've tried everything! No luck . . .

Let's see if things what happens when I post this one!
Wish me luck.
If someone has a fix for this, please let me know.
For now, if you want to see the rest of my posts, you will have to click on "older posts"!

Here's some of the Shimmers I've been working on. These will be completed this summer.

Thursday, April 28, 2016