Thursday, April 26, 2018

Forest Road Retreat - Day Four

It was a gloomy rainy day all day yesterday which made it a perfect day at the retreat. I didn’t get out of my PJs and I was quite comfy all day.

I managed to get a ton of stuff done. I’m currently working on the LAST half block of the pixelated apple quilt. The other blocks are together, seams are twirled and pressed. I can’t wait!!

I’m making a small block for a show of just the heart. I was so excited - got all the squares cut out. SEwed them together and was doing the reveal when I realized that there was a problem. I HUGE problem. Then as I reviewed a bit more, I realized that there were a few more issues with the block. It meant taking about 1/3 of it apart and sewing it back together. A huge waste, but what could I do!!  Happy to report that it’s back together now and all is good. I’m going to quilt it later today and make a mini quilt from it.

We all seemed to have some issues yesterday - not sure if it’s because we’ve been sewing too long? But I also got a couple of table runners (from years ago) done. Well one is missing two pieces of fabric so it’s as together as it can be. I have a lot of little fixes to do when I get home with miscut fabrics or missing fabrics. Might spend the entire day on Sunday doing that and then these will be waiting for quilting. I need to find backings for some and bindings for a couple.

NO danger of running out of things to do here, but I’m really happy with my progress to date.

I sewed quite late last night as I wanted to get the table runners completed. So I ran up the stairs to play my turn at Scrabble and then back down to sew where Shelly and Vivenda kept me company. Shelly finished her project before we did, but we finished about the same time. OH yes, let’s not forget the hockey game. We didn’t even need to be watching to know what was going on - the noise from the living room was excessive!!!

On that note, the sun is out and it looks like it’s going to be a perfect day for a walk. I’m deep in the midst of another project and I have more tuffet hoods to sew - got 5 more to make before we leave and quilt and bind that little project. The rest is just gravy.

Have a super day!!!

Ciao!!!

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Forest Road Retreat - Day Three


Another successful day at the quilting retreat. I got a whole bunch of projects completed yesterday. Lots of little stuff that has been hanging around for a while - well not a long while, but a while. Slowly, one by one they are getting completed. I also had made a commitment to entering a mini quilt into a show and that quilt is due by the end of the month. I had to start from scratch, cut all the pieces, but I’m happy to report that the top is together. It’s only 12 inches square but I’m happy with it. Just a few seams to twirl and I’m good to start quilting it.

As usual, we’re eating like queens and I have to get back on track when I get home, although I’ve been pretty good. There was just a lot of fun food, but there was a big bag of jujubes sitting on the kitchen all day yesterday and I was tempted several times, but then I told myself that I did NOT need them and I didn’t touch them. I’m quite proud of myself for that.

Sacha and I took a walk yesterday after we had been to Midland for a shopping trip. Someone gooped up the iron and I ended up running vinegar though it and then I needed iron cleaner to clean the bottom. Let’s just say that my sinuses got a good cleaning as well. When cleaning the iron with vinegar, do NOT stand over it as it steams!!

Anyway, we took a walk along the beach where I learned that one of my rubber boots has a hole in it. Not just a little hole, but a huge rip along the sole. I was going to buy some new ones at Marks the other day, but couldn’t find my size. Then I thought I did not need new boots, but now I do.

I’ve got loads of projects to take pictures of when I get home. And there are a few things where I could only go so far and had to stop for whatever reason. I will try to catch up on those things on the sit n sew on Sunday at my house.

That’s it for today - short and sweet. It’s raining outside so it’s a perfect day to stay in and sew.

Have a great day!!!

Ciao!!!

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Forest Road Retreat - Day Two - Part Two

Make sure you read the Part One post first. I accidentally hit Publish instead of saving and I wanted to put this one first.

A yummy dinner was waiting for me when I got back to the house. Even though the traffic was a bit of a bear leaving the city, it wasn’t that bad and it isn’t that far so I made good time.

After eating, we tried to finish our Scrabble game. It was Ronda who realized we had a major problem with the game. It turns out that there were tiles for TWO games in the bag!!!! Oh god. - well I guess we “forfeit” that game, but technically I won!!!  We’ve started a new game after the extra letters were removed. We haven’t gotten too far along because the big entertainment of the evening was the hockey game. I think even the non-hockey fans were watching. It was pretty exciting and I did pop up from time to time to watch. The girls were decked out in their hockey gear (hats) with thei cool beverages.

Needless to say that we have to go though this excitement again on Wednesday night. The series has taken an exciting turn to say the least.

Even though I only sewed after dinner, I did manage to get some stuff completed. I have the last big block for the pixelated apple done!  It will get joined today and I’m working on the first of the half blocks now. Yeah!!!!  I got all the flying geese prepped for one of the table runners. I wish it could have been more, but that’s OK.

I’ve had breakfast and I’m off to sew all day and have that long, long walk as well.

Have a super day!!!!

Ciao!!!!

Forest Road Retreat - Day Two Part One

So technically I wasn’t here for Day Two although I arrived back at the house just as they were to eat dinner.

I was up early and on my way back to the city with a two hour drive. Right into morning traffic which wasn’t all that bad, but it still bogged down. I had a little chuckle to myself as I passed the exit where I used to work. Good morning to all my former co-workers! Have a great day!

Then it was off to my meeting for my freelance gig. First off, the room where the meeting was held was freezing. I’m not just talking cold, I’m talking freezing!!  Finally around lunchtime, the temperature was fixed but seriously - why do they turn on the A/C in April. I get it that it was warm outside and that there were bodies in the room, but that was a wee bit too cold for my liking.

The meeting itself was pretty interesting and it just makes me realize that I know so little about all these sewing machines. That’s not entirely true as I do know a fair amount and my creativity adds quite a bit, but wow - the things that you can do. I’m very excited about the whole thing and got a couple of great ideas on how to make some cool stuff. Can’t wait to get home and try it out. I didn’t have to bring the big sewing machine back with me so the car is now pretty empty. Yeah!!

Let’s just say that the eating thing for yesterday - well it wasn’t a great day and that is the first day since I started all this. I can live with one day, but goes to show you that if you have bad food with you, you’ll eat it. And there are times (like in a meeting) when you’re needing something to keep you busy and food becomes the focal point. LUnch was huge and dinner was huge and I ate a fair number of bread items - I felt awful last night. Stuffed and I haven’t felt that way in a long, long time. Lots of water required today and a long walk to flush it all out.

I’m going to write one more post to finish the day off as I know my iPad buffer is going to kick in any minute.


Monday, April 23, 2018

Forest Road Retreat - Day One

This is going to be short and sweet this morning. I’m on my iPad because it’s handy and I have to leave in a few minutes to go to a meeting today. It was “funny” (NOT!) that I have had two events for my freelance educator gig and both of them fell during my scheduled retreats. So today, I’m off to the city for a meeting and then back tonight. Thankfully there is NO danger of an ice storm.

Everyone arrived safely yesterday and lots of fun to catch up with everyone and see what they are working on.

I worked on my 150 Canadian Women since I wouldn’t be able to do that today (Monday sewing). I got all six blocks completed so that was every exciting. I’ll post pictures when I get home. It’s just easier but I do have to figure something out to post while I’m away.

Then I moved onto the next project that I brought with me. The blocks for Farm Girl Vintage that I need for homework this coming weekend. I managed to finish most of the blocks, but wait. I didn’t get one done because I miscut the fabric. I couldn’t finish another because I didn’t cut one piece of fabric and I couldn’t finish one more because I miscut one of the pieces after I sewed it. There’s a lot of stitch and flip in these blocks. Shoot - I should have time to rework those blocks on Friday evening so I’m good. I’m trying very had to keep everything up to date!!!

As I sewed those fussy little blocks, I almost completed the last of the big blocks for the pixel apple quilt (as my elder and leader). I could have finished it last night, but I was tired. I also got two of the “hoods” for the turrets sewn. And imagine that there are four of the nine people in the tuffet class right here. So as I sew the hoods (from upholstery batting), it’s going to one of the four and they can take them home and be responsible for bringing them on the weekend to class. Just a bit more stuff that doesn’t have to go in the car.

On that note, I see it’s time for my two (hopefully) hour drive. I’d better get the garbage/recycling to the curb and get going.

Have a great day!!!

Ciao!!!!

And while we didn’t frolic on the beach, we did take a quick picture of me waving my arms as I stood on a rock. It was a gorgeous day and lots of people were milling about.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Frolicking on the beach


I was up early yesterday and managed to get most of what I wanted to cut - cut. That was a relief and now the big thing was to get it all into the car. There were bags and bags of stuff. Thank goodness for a hatchback car - it's amazing what can go in there. Not only did I have stuff for the retreat, but I had my two classes and a few bags of stuff for a meeting that I'm going to later this week.

We had great classes on paper piecing and double wedding ring. They are two part classes. I did take pictures and I'll try to find a way to post them. Ronda very conveniently brought a laptop for me to blog on so I'm not going to have to mess with the tablets. Yeah Ronda!!!  I tell you there is no comparison between the keyboard on a laptop and my crappy desktop keyboard. I hate it, but I'm not sure that you can get a laptop style keyboard for a desktop. There is a totally different feel between the two. I notice she doesn't have Grammarly installed on it so I'm on my own (well besides spell check) for the corrections.

Immediately after class, I was in the car for the drive to the retreat. Because I was leaving from the store, it took me almost an hour to reach the major highway. The weather was awesome, the traffic was great and I made it in two hours. Ronda had arrived shortly before me.

We unloaded the cars. I left half of the stuff in my car as I need it later this week.

While this is the second time I've been at this house there were a few things that we had questions about. Like the password to the WiFi. Which was prominently displayed on the wall beside the TV, but we missed that! DUH!!!

My sewing machine is all set up and ready to go this morning. Last night we went to the little restaurant in the beach area. By the way - there is NO ice on the lake. All clear and ready for frolicking. I was going to go down there after our yummy meal last night, but then I forgot. I'll go today. It looks like it's going to be a gorgeous day - the sky is clear and the weather is above zero. Oops - it's just below zero, but it will be above later.

The Surf restaurant was packed when we arrived. Must be all the locals here and they were hungry. I did celebrate by having a beer - the first one in a long time. I thoroughly enjoyed that.

Then we were back to the house where Ronda was watching the hockey game. We played Scrabble although we're finishing the game this morning. I was exhausted and was clipping a rag quilt while we played. Next thing I'm asleep in my chair. Finally at 11 PM, it was time for bed. I was tired.

I"m sleeping in the basement. There is a big room with three beds, but I've claimed it for myself as there is room for the others upstairs. I unpacked all my stuff - my huge project bag and all the tuffet stuff to sew and it's all over the floor. I'm happy!!!

Now we had to figure out our way around the kitchen. Where's the measuring cup? How does the microwave work? I ended up cooking my oatmeal on the stove - no big deal. It cooked up just fine. Then Ronda figured out how the microwave works. Oh well - there's always tomorrow.

We've eaten, we're moving the Scrabble board downstairs so we can complete our game and now we're off to sew while we wait for the others to arrive.

It's going to be an exciting week - and we mustn't forget to frolic on the beach!!!!

Have a super day!!!!

Ciao!!!

Saturday, April 21, 2018

On your mark, get set - IRON!


I hosted a sit and sew at my house this past week. The numbers were few, but that's OK. We still got lots of work done. 

I'm a wee bit pressed for time this morning so I'll share what happened to me in another post. It will have to wait until next week as I can't upload pictures on that darn iPad. I'm going to take another tablet with me (not an iPad) and see if that works. I should also throw my teeny computer/tablet in my bag, but I'm not sure where the power cord is. If I can find that - I might throw that in the bag as well. Going loaded with technology! 

Let's just say that it's been a crazy busy week. I taught three classes in the evening - all of them were super fun, especially last night! More on that another day. I have two classes to teach today. Then we're off to retreat for a week and then I have three classes the day after I come back. All of them needed some prep work. And let's not forget my meeting that I have to attend on Monday. It's been a challenge, to say the least. BUT as long as everything fits in my car, I'm good. It might be a wee challenge to make that happen - I have this massive sewing machine box and the embroidery unit to put in the car as well as my wagon to carry everything. I'll be sure to take pictures and post on social media.

Speaking of social media, did you know that for a lot of people, blogging is passe?  Yep - people can't be bothered to write (or read) blog posts so they go for Instagram pictures or Facebook pictures. That is so damn boring and how will everyone keep up their language skills if they don't read and write? Are we going back to kindergarten? Well, I don't care - I love to blog and will continue to do so for as long as I can!!!

Diane was working on a project that I hope to make someday.It's called Oh My Gosh. I've forgotten who the pattern is by. But those little blocks - well they are little and there are some nine-patches as well. I was hoping to snag a few, but that didn't happen. I guess I just have to cut and sew my own. But not right now!

Oh My Gosh project


Pat was assembling some hand embroidered blocks into a quilt top. There were a few design modification along the way (yes - ripping out), but she got the top together. It looks awesome and the colors she chose were perfect.


Pat's elf quilt
 The blocks are super cute. The pattern is by Unseen Hands.   There are a couple of really really nice barn embroidery quilts on her website. Hmm - those would be nice to do. Barns with quilts on them.


Elf block from Unseen Hands
 Ruth was working on her blocks from Sylvia's Bridal Sampler (Elm Creek). I didn't get a picture of her blocks.

I have to share this story with you about the iron. I'm currently using one of the Reliable irons - the model 50. The orange one. I need to read the instruction manual to learn how to set it up so that it doesn't shut off, especially on days of sit n sew. It has a couple of quirks which means the steam will turn itself on when it reaches a certain temperature. I like it, you just have to be careful using it. Once I read the manual, I'm sure that problem will go away.

To make life easier for the people coming to sew, I purchased a small iron a month ago. Last week was the first time using it. I plugged it in and we were ready to sew. But as with all shut-off irons, this one shut off. We gave it a nudge and nothing seemed to happen. Then it was stone cold and leaking water which happens when you turn a cold iron face down. Hmm  - what could be the problem?

The box says that it has a 45-minute timed shut-off. Should be OK. After much puzzlement, I read the instructions. Oh - it has a 45-minute timer all right!  After 45 minutes, the iron shuts completely down and the only way to restart it?  You guessed it - you have to unplug and replug it in!!! 


Iron with a timer!!!


While this may be a great feature for the forgetful husband or teenager in your house, it's not really the most practical iron for the sewer/quilter out there. I'm not taking it back, but if ever you see TIMER on the iron box, be suspicious. Very suspicious. It probably shuts down completely after that time. I've heard of this from another friend years ago, but never realized what the wording meant on the box.  Oh well - having to unplug and replug is better than having the steam going off by itself. But we got a good chuckle over that one.

I managed to get the customer quilt done yesterday. It's off the machine, trimmed and ready for pick-up. I love the quilt - she replicated the family bookcase!!!!

Customer quilt - DONE

Someone once told me that you can "read" a person by the kind of books they have on their shelves. Hm - there was quite a variety of books on this shelf as the maker had put names on the spines of a lot of the books. 

I finished listening to my audiobook as well which was good because yesterday was the last day to listen to it. I plugged headphones in and quilted away. I like to hear the sound of the long arm so the book wasn't too loud. It worked perfectly. 

On that note, I'm out of here. I'm off to the dog park and then back home to pack the car and then speed off to class. 

If you're local - enjoy the warm weather. I got home around 10 PM last night and NO coat. That felt great!!!  However we're heading north for the retreat so the weather won't be quite as warm as here, but who knows - we may be found frolicking on the beach?? 

Have a super day!!!!

Ciao!!!