Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Watermelon and a mini quilt ....

When I was a kid I didn't like watermelon - strange, I know.  By the time I had children of my own I had become a fan.  When my kids were young we used to eat watermelon outdoors so that we could have a spitting contest with the seeds - it was lots of fun. ^^ Nowadays with seedless watermelon one only has the pleasure of the taste.

I started this watermelon topper in the spring and it sat in the pile on my sewing table all summer whilst we were at the cabin.  Slowly but surely I'm working my way through that pile and this one is ready to use next summer! It was a pattern from Sew Fresh Quilts. The fabric peeking out from underneath is what I used for the backing - it reminded me of a picnic tablecloth.  I added the button to the centre because a couple of my points didn't quite match .... call it a coverup ^^, and since I'm not good at machine quilting I hand quilted it.

I found this in the same pile of WIPs on my sewing table but it's been there so long I think it would be better classified as a UFO.  I recall working on this and having fudged one piece of the kimono and not sure where to go with it.... when I picked it up recently I knew it should be finished as a mini quilt and just happened to have a piece of appropriate fabric and buttons on hand.  Now what will I do with it?  ^^

I believe I'm finally caught up that pile of WIPs. ^^

I'm linking up with Let's Bee Social

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Thanksgiving ....

This is Thanksgiving weekend in Canada ... time to
 appreciate all that we have and count our blessings.  Luckily, 
the weather is cooperating and that means easy travelling
to be with family and friends.

With all the outdoor work done I've been catching
up in the sewing room.
Here are a few finishes and a new recipe ....

This definitely describes Little Dog. ^^  On the backside
I used a remnant featuring fat cats.
You'll find the embroidery design HERE

This is a Jacquelynne Steves panel that I received last year but
didn't get finished till now.

Yummy Brown Sugar Shortbread from The English Kitchen
My demerara sugar was so moist it wouldn't sprinkle on top. ^^ 

I'm linking up to TGIFF and Finish it up Friday
and Sew Darn Crafty

Sunday, October 5, 2014

I've got mail .....

Look what arrived in the mail for me, yes for me, all the way from Eniko in Budapest, Hungary!!  Needless to say I was thrilled to bits!  The Mary Jane key ring and the rose ring are so tiny and perfect ....they fit into a box that is 4 cms/1.75" square - that's how tiny they are.  I love the little birdie design on the bookmark and she did such a lovely finish on it.  
Thank you, Eniko, for honouring me with these 
lovely handmade gifts. 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

keeping busy .....

I'm not one to sit idle - usually I have needlework of some sort in my hands .... some of which ends up in the sewing room waiting for the 'finish'.  Once we returned home from the cabin for the 'winter' there was a sizable stack of items waiting for their finish.  This is what I've been working on .....

a primitive mug rug

for a friend - the fabric is drop cloth - an Elefantz design


winter cowl from here

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Fall ....

Our heatwave ended abruptly and it's cool enough that I was looking at my winter jacket yearningly for a couple of days.   I figured it was time to dig up the few beets and carrots remaining in the garden and they're on the menu tonight.

This sunflower was a late bloomer and looks so pretty.  All of the others are hanging their heads and their seeds are being enjoyed  by the chickadees...

And these lavatera have endured many nights of frost this month and are still blooming ....

This being pumpkin season and us with no pumpkins but an abundance of carrots means our pumpkin pies are made from mashed carrots - no kidding.  Once I add the spices you'd never know it wasn't pumpkin.  By the way, the MGCC shared their homemade pumpkin pie spice here.
Their pumpkin cupcakes are delicious, too - pumpkin pie without the crust.  And if you want to stabilize your whipping cream try this

Thursday, September 25, 2014

I have an assistant ....

This mini quilt was stitched ages ago and is finally finished .....

We're having some beautifully warm hot and sunny weather just now .... I think we're finally having summer!  Summer was cool and wet so this warm spell is a delightful treat! 

I now have an assistant and I'm not sure how I managed before.  I'm grateful that Geta introduced me to Evernote, my new assistant.  At first I wasn't sure how I would use Evernote but on a trip to the cabin the light came on it came to me and now I wouldn't want to be without it. ^^

Friday, September 19, 2014

to market, to market ..........

Made myself a market bag over the summer .....

from a pattern I found here
I'm definitely going to make more of these.

We've closed the cabin for the winter and shall stay home till spring.  There's been no frost in cottage country so the flowers were still happily blooming - I was sad to leave them on their own. 
This is the last sunrise we'll see there this year .....