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Friday, October 31, 2008

new quilt and table topper....




These two projects are finally heading towards the home stretch! The pink/brown combo is a cute quilt that just needs some borders and binding....not sure what to do with it yet but it'll make a great baby quilt or a couch quilt if you like those colors! The other is a table topper I did using log cabins made from the infamous Shangri-La fabric collection. They were way too much work and I don't think I'd do this particular pattern again, but hey, live and learn! I've got so many ideas in my head of things I'd like to make that I've been making a list so that if I don't get them done this year I can always do them next year! i just got back from the post office after mailing a few handmade ornaments off for an ornament swap...I can't wait to see what I get! I can't post pics of them yet, but once I get mine then I'll post the ones I made for my swap partner...for now it has to stay a secret!!! Have a great day...here it's raining and the leaves are covering the ground.....I love fall!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

All things bright and beautiful!







This is a glorious day here in BC....every colored leaf is at it's peak! I just couldn't resist snapping a few pics for your viewing pleasure...and mine, of course! I know that our fall display out here is not nearly as breathtaking as those on the east coast but we give them a good run for their money! These pics were all snapped from some vantage point in our yard....it doesn't matter which window I look out of these days there is colour galore! Fall has always been my favorite season and I don't find it hard to stay within the speed limits so I can take in the beautiful scenery...we take a different road home from school each day just so we can see God's latest art exhibit! Hope you are having a beautiful Fall day wherever you are!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Cutting the Apron Strings.....


no really, I'm cutting apron strings! I made an apron about a year ago when some friends and I got together for a crafting day and I've always wanted to make more. So, with a little encouragement from a friend I decided to make a few to sell at our upcoming open houses. I tried to choose a variety of prints to make it interesting although 'vintage' was my original goal.
I'm making two of the half aprons and 3 full size ones. The paisley and polk-a-dot prints are for the half aprons and the cherries, pears/apples, and sushi prints are for the full size aprons. I have a long ways to go yet but I thought I'd show you my progress so far....I tried to get the mundane parts done first.....so, here's the waist ties and the neck ties for the full size aprons. I'm not planning on adding the lovely bow that's shown on the pattern....just a little too 'flouffy' for my taste:) Hope you're having a great day...thanks for checkin' in!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

No Idle hands here...













This week seems to be flying by and I thought it was about time I did another post! It's been an exciting week celebrating the birth of two little girls in our new, big hospital. We are so excited for these 2 families as they welcome these two precious lives. Our love and congrats go out to these couples who we consider our own church family. They are both wonderful families and we wish them love and happiness as they raise their new little ones for the Lord.

Well, as you can see in the pictures, my hands have been busy this week...with the weather changing it seems as though I'm starting to feel the push to get going on creating product for our upcoming open houses and sales. (see side bar for dates) These latest creations have been fun as they use funky Christmas colors that compliment each other. I've done the two runners using a 'farmer's daughter' block pattern. The other square piece is for a Christmas table topper similar to the fall ones I mentioned in an older post. They are a little bit of work.....100 little pieces to be exact, but they are so cute and the fall ones were very popular! The other runner you see is one I had also previously posted after I had just pieced the three blocks...now it has the sashing and borders on. None of these pieces are near being finished....they still need batting, backing, quilting of some sort and then binding....so, back to work I go! Well, that's it for today....thanks for checking in.
Andy

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Fall is my Favorite....




Last week when I was driving down our road I caught a glimpse of leaves tumbling behind me in my rearview mirror....and I realized...fall's officially here! I love fall more than any other season. Usually it means sunny, cooler days, beautiful colors on all the trees and chilly evenings. Lately it's been pretty blustery around here and there are leaves everywhere to be raked! This weekend we will celebrate Thanksgiving and also remember the loss of Rob's Dad on Thanksgiving 3 years ago. It's a bittersweet time but we are thankful he's with his Heavenly Father. These are a few shots of my house this time of year.....Kim gave me the acorn/leaf/sunflower bowl fillers that you see displayed on my Grandma's old stove! Thanks Kim! I love being able to have this old stove. My dad originally purchased it for my Grandma when he first started working...what a nice son! It's great for seasonal decorating!


P.S. If you're looking for a cool giveaway head on over to Cindy's blog and leave your favorite fall recipe in exchange for a chance at a really cool prize!

Monday, October 6, 2008

a-MAZE-ingly wet....





Yep, we braved the rain on Saturday afternoon and headed off to the Chiliwack Corn Maze with a bunch of friends. Well, it was just overcast when we left, slightly spitting when we arrived, and by the time we got started...out and out raining/pouring! We mucked through the mud of phase 1 of the corn maze, although it wasn't too difficult since the correct path was blazed in fresh mud! We're talking sideways, slippery cornstalks blowing with rain in our faces....ahh, the things we won't do in the name of fun! It was so wet that we didn't get too many pictures but here's a few. Once we were done phase 1 (we didn't brave phase 2) we had a quick look in the barn at the animals, and some of the kids rode the ride-on tractors. 'My' men were decked out in their John Deere duds so we took advantage of the dry barn to snap some pictures. We had planned on spending the afternoon there having a hot dog roast in the provided pit but our plans quickly changed and we headed to some friends' house for a bbq with the gang....and to dry out! Fun day despite the weather.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Shangri-La....


is the name of this moda fabric line that I am so in love with! I've stretched out this fabric into numerous projects and will 'have' to order more when it's all gone! Last night I finished the sashing on this table topper..another piece that I'd be happy to keep if it doesn't sell. I love the brown/green/coral colour combo even though this picture doesn't do it justice. My battery died on my camera right after I took this shot....so no close ups for you this time. This piecing pattern is the same 'hole in the barn door' that I posted a few posts ago in a different color combo. I'm already on to my next project...another one with Shagri-La fabric....I know, big surprise! I'm using every spare square of this favorite! Well, better run, we're heading off to the corn maze...I'll post pics of that soon....we're hoping the weather holds up for us. Have a great day!

Friday, October 3, 2008

Happy The Home....

Where Love Abides....is the name of this wall quilt I'm working on. The body of the quilt is all machine pieced and the applique is all hand stitched. This was one of my first major applique jobs and it wasn't so bad....thanks to a little help from Kim! I originally started this project back in May before Isaac was born, and just recently picked it up again to finish. The pattern is one of Cheryl Wall's of Country Quilts. I am a huge fan of Cheryl's work and love her patterns. When I first started this project I thought I would for sure keep it for myself....now I can't decide.....we'll see. I just have to back and bind this baby and it'll be all done! Then, onto completing another started project! Story of my life. It's a perfect day to curl up and quilt here....light rain, cloudy skies....a good coffee, and a candle burning, kids are napping.....bye for now.