Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Lock Down Days

Lock Down on the move ...

January 15, 2021 was an epic day for us,
as we picked up the keys for our "new to us" house!

With measuring tape and camera in hand we explored this
place we will soon call home.

A new chapter ... for the farmer and his wife.

The China Cabinet was one 
of the first things emptied and packed.

It has been carefully moved from
the farm house to it's new home
by the farmer and his son-in-law.

Thank you for successfully moving
this tricky piece of furniture.
Mom would be proud!

A sneak peek into our new house

The dining area was a bit too snug to fit in the china cabinet
but I think it will look nice here on this wall.
She's been restocked, minus a few purged pieces.
It is just so hard to know what to keep and what to edit out ...

The farm house kitchen will be hard to leave behind
but this one will be equally as functional
(even though I may need to invest in a taller step ladder to reach some of those cupboards)
My 5'2" stature will only reach a bit above the fridge - eek!
The island stools are on order but may take till April to arrive.

In fact, any new furniture and appliances are going to take months 
to be on order during this pandemic back-log!
We need to be patient and just use our old stuff ...
nothing wrong with that and it's not important considering the whole scheme of things
during this trying time.

It will be so much fun shopping in store again to choose area carpets,
furniture, linens, decor items, and such.
Or, perhaps it will be realized how many things we actually don't need !?

One of our favourite things about this place is the backyard view.

A large city retaining pond giving many opportunities for skating, bird watching, and enjoying the seasons

Here's our absolute favourite view so far:

We are excited about this place and hope to be moved by end of February.
This will give ample time for the farm house to get a face lift before our wee
family makes their move!

We couldn't be more happy to know that our precious grandchildren will
grow up on the farm we have loved for these past 42 years!

Speaking of the lock down, our little Noa shows up cheerfully each day
for her on-line schooling.

What a change it's been for all the school children, teachers and their families!
We enjoy the instagram and text message pictures of this process ...

In the meantime, stay well, stay safe, and stay positive. We WILL get through this and roar into the 20s!

Friday, January 8, 2021

2020 Quilt Distractions

 2020 - the year I made quilts!

Little did I know that there would be lots of time during this unprecedented year
to cut up perfectly good fabrics and then sew them all back together again.
That's what quilting is - right?

On January 1, 2020 I started on this Bear Claw pattern
with the intention that this one is for my dear childhood friend, Nonie.
She visits regularly from Banff, Alberta with her sister and I'd always
wanted to make a quilt for her - this was the year.

Also made this Bear Claw pattern
in navy and white for myself.

These are both lap size so they were quick projects.

By the time Covid-19 lockdown hit
us in March, I had them done and 
ready to be taken to the long-arm quilter.

Nonie's quilt was sent to her in the mail.
I wanted her to have it and not wait for "who knows when" I'd ever get to see her again
during this Covid year with travel restrictions!
As it turned out, I am so very glad this got to her just before her unsettling diagnosis.
This quilt was meant to be - she is in my prayers every day.

My "Tree of Life" signature block

The Antique Lace pattern by Missouri Star was started in the Winter of 2019.
This full size quilt was for our own bed.
I fully expected this one to take me several years to complete.
2020 gave me all the time I needed to work on this quilt.
It has been long arm quilted and I'm saving it in hopes it will look fabulous on our new bed
that is on order - for our new house!
We move in March 2021. I still can't get my head wrapped around that fact.

While these quilts above were being worked on,
I was also using tiny scraps to make Kathleen Tracy's 2020 Mystery Quilt.
A mini quilt - 30" X 30"
Every month from January to June a new pattern arrived.
It was such a fun project and challenged my sewing skills.
I had scraps from several quilts so I made two ...

These two quilts also gave me free motion quilting practice on my little machine.

Debi, if you see this one
it's made from the scraps
of your quilt.
You may be getting this one?

Spring and Easter arrived - still in Covid-19 lock down,
so this little tulip runner just had to be made for my granddaughter.
Once again I used fabric scraps.
 These were from the quilt I made for her big girl bed - so fun!
This "Totally Tulips" pattern was from a tutorial by Missouri Star Quilts.
The best part - she recognized the fabrics.

On one of my trips to my favourite local fabric store I came upon this panel.
Another project in the making? Yup ...
I just added the star blocks to the panel and a few strips of matching fabrics
from the collection.
It was beautifully quilted by a friend on her long arm and awaits a future bed somewhere?
I have no idea why this fabric grabbed my attention - maybe because I love and
long to be on a beach somewhere?

I signed up for a 2020 "Wish You Well" Block of the Month quilt
by Gail Pan that started in January.
This quilt challenged me to get out my old embroidery hoop, tomato pin cushion, and floss.
I was determined to use up that floss ... however,
I ended up purchasing a whole new kit of floss - oh boy!
(the colours were so pretty and I just couldn't resist)

Every month a new patterned came in my email and I set out to do the
embroidery patches (about 3-4 per month).
My camping friends thought I was crazy, I think, when they caught me
embroidering in our dining tent on occasion.
This was so much fun - and I love the end result!
Still needs to be quilted (hopefully by hand this time).

Here it is airing on my washline ... it's another small size (only 40" X 53")
The farmer wondered where I'm going to put THIS one - I really don't know.

2020 was also a very busy time around this old farm.
The laneway Ash trees came down (they were dying from the Ash Borer disease)
and the wood piles grew.
Perfect backdrop for some of my 2020 quilts!!

Wood Pile Quilts of 2020

Well, if nothing else was a positive from this very strange year,
at least I have a few quilts to show for it.

Thank you dear readers for bearing with me on this post.
I know you have seen many of these pictures throughout the year on this blog
and on my instagram posts. Sorry for all the repeats.
It's my attempt at documenting the Covid quilt making year.
This may never ever happen again - so many in one year??

I won't even allow myself to look at the latest Missouri Star tutorial that
just popped up - "Sunshine Shoofly" - it's so pretty!

Today, I will pack up my sewing machine, fabric stash, quilting gear, junky/happy corner, and 
have it ready for the move ... I'd better get started before the day ends!
It could take me more than a day - yikes!
And, yes, I think I will have a sewing/craft room in our new digs - one can only hope!?
We'll have to wait and see.

My happy corner

Take care everyone .... stay healthy and safe
2021 will be an exciting year for this old girl.

Till next time .... packing, packing, packing!

Update - progress ...

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