Friday, January 31, 2020

Tree of Life

January is going out with sunny skies and above freezing temperatures! It's a lovely day outside with no wind here in Pine Grove, NS.

On another note:

In case I haven't mentioned it before, I'm the librarian for the Mahone Bay Quilt Guild. As a perk of this job, I get to see the newest magazines before anyone else. The latest issue of Quilt Mania, The Quilt Magazine # 135, (which will be at guild on Monday), has a small applique felted wall hanging of a Tree of Life  This one is geared to Valentine's Day. To view a thumbnail sketch of the pattern, go to their site HERE. Scroll down and click on the picture to make it bigger. When I glanced at this particular pattern, I immediately thought that it could be adapted for various occasions such as Easter, Christmas, Autumn, Winter, Spring, Birthdays etc by adding pieces of Velcro to the background and to the small shapes to be used. It can be as simple or as complicated as you wish!The skies the limit!


See a few other trees of life HERE, HERE and HERE (this link has printables)


Sunday, January 19, 2020

The Monster Blizzard!!!

The snowstorm in Newfoundland beat all the previous records for snow accumulation and wind speed! If you are on social media, you have probably seen scads of photos and videos taken during and after the storm.

My friend sent me a photo from her house and looking across the road at the other properties. Zero visibility! She gave me permission to post it. Thanks, Marilyn.

January 17th  snowstorm, Paradise, NL

The big job now is for the city and surrounding areas to dig out!

I hope things get back to normal soon on the island.

Check out CBC coverage of the storm HERE. More photos HERE & HERE.

Here in Pine Grove, NS, we had about 3 inches of snow overnight which is slowly turning to rain. Nothing to complain about as it is winter.

Enjoy your day wherever you are.

Friday, January 17, 2020

Snow Happens Update / Mega Storm in Newfoundland

Slow and steady wins the race. Really?? In any case, I have a bit more done to my hand embroidered snowmen. Here's the pieced border that had me say a few choice words over it yesterday.

I have the four sides trimmed and ready to stitch onto the piece.

On another note:

Thinking about my relatives and friends in Newfoundland today with the mega snowstorm playing havoc to the point that the mayor of St. John's declared a state of emergency today. My friend, M, has been keeping me updated on the storm.

To read more about it and to view some video clips, check out CBC HERE .  This weekend is going to be one of digging out for the residents of St. John's and area.

Now for some fun stuff (depending on how you look at it), here's a few links to explore:
  • Mary Corbet's Needle n Thread blog has some free hand embroidery patterns for you to use.
  • DMC has lots of free patterns for hand embroidery.
  • Get a head start on 2020 Christmas by sewing up the Felt Christmas Tree Ornaments at Bugs and Fishes.
  • Inspired by the snow, check out the free pieced and quilted Little Landscape wall hanging. 

Wednesday, January 15, 2020


Back in 2016, I finished a wall hanging, Snow Happens, and gave it to my sister for Christmas. Since then, I hand embroidered another one and put it away (we were in the process of moving to another province). The other day, I found it in a bin with an assortment of sewing related stuff!

My blogging friend, Mary Ann, at Magpie's Mumblings, is decluttering her sewing space and has got me thinking about doing the same. That's how I discovered where I had poked the embroidery.

Yesterday, I stitched on the first two borders and got the other pieces ready for the pieced border.

No borders were stitched on when this was taken
Here's my fabric choices for the pieced border. I am using fabrics from my stash as I am not buying any new fabrics to finish this one. I opted not to use the top two fabrics. 

Check my previous posts HERE, HERE & HERE for snow related links that I posted.
Magpie's Mumblings has lots of awesome links!!

These embroideries were also with the one above.

Keep up to date with me on INSTAGRAM @jctextileart


Friday, January 10, 2020

A New Year

Happy New Year - 10 Days Late! What can I say?
We are getting lots of snow this month. Looks as if I took these in black and white mode but I didn't.

The photo below, shows the actual amout of snow we got on the 8th. There was no wind so the snow just piled up where it fell. If this was Newfoundland, the wind would have created drifts piled up everywhere. Needless to say, I don't miss the wind from there.

This morning we work up to -16.7C. By 9:00am, it had climbed to 0C. It's been above freezing all day. In fact, the forecast calls for double digits tomorrow. I wonder how much snow will melt?
Stay tuned!!!