Friday, 1 September 2017

A Cautionary Tale ( Warning*** Some viewers may find these images disturbing!)

Well, we try once again! Here I am, not FOND of selfy pics but for purposes of illustration....
a sane, serious woman- generally.

I am pretty careful, walk a lot, quilt, photograph, enjoy TEA and Tim's Iced Capps- be a daughter, wife, sister, GRANNY , Mum in law and SOMETIMES, I be a silly sausage....
relaxing on the deck with my coffee

Enjoying my breakfast tea

And the odd Timmy's Iced Capp

Giddy old dame

Smiley old Chick

I was out walking on Wed. PM last week, got home about 7:30 PM and realized that I had less than 1300 steps more to get to break 10,000 for that day - soooo.... I went out again and , as I felt great and it was a LOVELY evening, I really stepped along. I was headed downhill on Unsworth Avenue and SUDDENLY... found myself face down - well, side of head down on the pavement! I can still hear and FEEL the CRACK, as my skull smacked against the road! NO idea how I got there , but there I was. My glasses were some distance from me ( and the right temple was sprottled awkwardly to one side). I realized that I was in AGONY but could not get up right away. My right elbow, knee, hip and , of course, MY HEAD! were VERY sore. I was disoriented and pretty stunned but did manage to get myself upright eventually. (Fortunately, a woman behind me DID see me go which was good as I WOULD have a witness, should I need one!) I staggered to a large limestone block , part of a retaining wall, and sat on it- gingerly!! Terrified that my brand new iPhone would be smashed, I pulled it out of my RIGHT jeans pocket and the only good thing was that the phone was totally unscathed. I called my poor DH who was really in NO condition to come for me, but come he did, God bless him! I have seen a Dr and there seems to be no major problem- eg concussion? Broken bones etc. Thank goodness, but I am one sad, sorry looking sight and VERY sore ALL over! SO, as promised, some VERY scary pics should you wish to avert your eyes!!!
The developing goose egg- more like an OSTRICH egg by the time it was finished swelling!!!
The egg as it began to bruise but also as the swelling began to respond to the administration of a bag of frozen corn!
The elbow a couple of days afterward beginning to scab. It is fluorescent green just now and the scab is pretty well gone. Knee is still very sore , scabby and green!
The morning after as the blood from the bruising began to pool below my eye
Such a smiley face and SUCH a black eye!

And the temporary solution! 
Interesting that in shops, people look at me, and then QUICKLY look away as if I was likely a battered wife! THAT is why it was great that the lady on Unsworth noticed and called to me. If I had needed a witness to defend DH, she would have been a HUGE help!

Be careful out there, Kind Friends! It is a scary world. You never know when the road will come up and bite you! 


Would you believe?? All I have left to do it make a label and a hanging sleeve . ALL of the quilting is finished !! YAY!!! Still deciding whether I really like it, but I THINK I do.
I decided to shoot it in the garden- where it came from!! I did not shoot any details but if you look on earlier posts, you'll find some. If you have any special requests, ask! (Maybe specify the quarter of the quilt you want to see.)

I have laboured under major difficulties this past week and a half! Stay tuned for more of that at the end of this post. In the meantime, I have been working pretty hard on my photography and have a few recent shots to show you. The garden continues to be a good source of inspiration for me. Good thing as DH has NOT been too well at all and we have been marooned here for what seems like WEEKS! Grocery shopping is FUN!! It is an OUTING! Timmy's has been great once in a while too :-)

Perilla Frutescens

Phlox and Phat bee

Sunset over the Hydrangea

This same bug was in the same patch of Rudbeckia this afternoon!!!

Fuzzy centre of a small zinnia.

Same zinnia- high key shot!

I am REALLY enjoying my camera ! Thank heaven for it. Plenty of scope for creativity. I belong to a little Flickr Group called Macro Mondays. Each week, a challenge is issued and you have to submit a MACRO shot the following Monday which illustrates the challenge theme. It is great fun and keeps one thinking! Google Macro Mondays and you can also google ME on Flickr if you are so inclined.

I WAS going to add the first post at the end of this one but could not seem to get it to work. Guess I've been away from blogging too long! I'll TRY to do better. Take care everyone. Happy creating!!

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Life gets in the way sometimes!

Still Kickin'!
Backlit Shastas and Hemerocallis in the front garden

I AM still alive, by the grace of God! I feel like I am constantly offering excuses for not posting more often and for that, I apologize. DH has had a MISERABLE winter which has left ME with all of the "heavy lifting". I've also been pretty busy getting used to being a bookkeeper, visitor, decision maker etc for Mum. Fortunately she is doing pretty well. I just have not had much time or energy for working on a quilt. I BELIEVE I begin to see at least the tunnel, if not the light at the end just yet. Thank heaven for my camera!!! It has been my creative salvation! I can but offer a few shots that I have taken fairly recently to show you that I DO still think creatively and DO intend to get back in the "saddle"!

We have JUST had a few days with DD and her beautiful family. Sent them home early last Monday AM :-(  As DH was still suffering rather badly, we didn't get far from home but our oldest Grandboy was fascinated with Granddad's clock collection and THIS was the highlight of his trip apparently!! I LOVE this pic- and the guys IN the pic!
Granddad and The Grandboys winding the Grandfather clock

The beach at Hutch's . Those rocks are an island now in pretty deep water but  a couple of years ago you could climb  on them on dry sand!

We went to the beach one day for Fish and Chips. The kiddos played in the water although the wee one was NOT amused by the coldness of L Ontario! A couple of years ago, the rocks you see forming a little "island" out in the water were on dry land!! That is how high the L Ontario water is this year! Quite alarming. I understand that Toronto Is is closed to all but actual residents because of the flooding!

I am having a wonderful time documenting the flowers in our garden this year! We have not ventured far from home so a LOT of my photos are from the garden.
Hemerocallis Chicago Atlas at the end of its day

Hydrangea Merritt's Supreme in the prime of its blooming

Centre of a very red little poppy- potential quilt???

A VERY red poppy!

I bought an iPhone- 6S and am LOVING the camera on it! It is pretty cool and I HAVE taken quite a few pics on my walks. I've been walking a LOT. One of us has to be in shape so we can function as normally as possible!!! I'll have to find a couple of shots from the phone! It is an impressive little tool! The beach pics are from the phone.
Peony Sarah Bernhardt on the phone

A HUGE nameless hosta leaf on the phone. check out the pollen on the surface!

I have been zentangling but am still NOT very happy with my right hand although I DID manage to get some relatively decent tangles.

A part of a finished tangle with a coloured "jewel" ( a turquoise) done in Prismacolor pencil crayon

I am ALMOST finished the quilting on Bug Lunch but need to shoot some pics for you. I have to left hand panel to finish- the BIG detail one. I am looking forward to doing that- big job but I shall revel in the many colours and patterns I can use to do it!! Stay tuned.

In closing, just a few more random shots from the garden! ENJOY! I hope you are all well and happy and enjoying Summer 2017??
A Rex Begonia called Escargot! I LOVE these leaves!!!

The Smoke Bush seems FINALLY to be old enough to smoke! We've never had so much bloom!!
and one final potential future quilt....

God bless and happy creating!

Friday, 7 April 2017

Trauma and quilting

It has been a VERY tough few weeks in our family. Our darling Mum, 97 on the 12 April, finally got a placement on a Long Term Care Home. She is really NOT amused but she's strong, stoical and sensible enough to understand the necessity for the move. It is a lovely place and she has a bright room with her bed beside the window onto the patio. Mum LOVES a "sunshine day" so she has a front row seat now. Sadly, she no sooner got ensconced than Norwalk Virus attacked so things are pretty tense. Mum seemed to be getting the bug but, thank God, now seems to be beating it! Anyway, in light of all of this, I have NOT worked on Bug Lunch for quite a while.
This is pretty much the whole piece. You can see which panel is done- as of an hour ago!!!

I am VERY pleased to announce that I have now finished quilting one of the four main panels and am fairly pleased. I know now some things I would do differently another time but there will not BE another time with this one. So here are a few detail shots for the nice "Detail People" who kindly follow my ramblings.

I'll start on the panel to the right of this one next and then finally, do the far right, far left and the little background triangle at the bottom left. It is fun to be quilting again but I am VERY rusty! This piece may not see the light of day!! We'll see.

My garden begins to call to me too. Our weather has picked up a bit recently. Snowdrops, crocus and Reticulata iris are all done . Daffs are following right on with a few hyacinths. I have LOTS of helleborus in full bloom. I need to remove  the old , dead leaves so we can see the flowers!
Crocus Tommasinianus- all done now but soo pretty and delicate

Helleborus Orientalis- tasty to some bug apparently

Iris Reticulata- also finished for this year

I hope YOU are all well and enjoying the onset of spring. I am starting to . I have to get a routine going- working, gardening and , of course, visiting Mum! God bless one and all. Take care!

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Pieced and ready to layer.

The photo I worked from is on the left, the untrimmed piece in the middle and my freezer paper cartoons on the right.
It has been a rocky few weeks here recently. I have had a LOT of extra responsibility with my Mum  so work on this little quilt has been sporadic at best. However... I have FINISHED the piecing!!! Yay!  I have cleared the BIG mess away and now have to make small messes ;-) That's VERY easy for me to do!!

It is brutally cold here right now and no snow to cushion the blow. I feel very very sorry for the poor little snowdrops. They are all in bloom and every morning when I check them, the little blooms are lying right down, heads on the frozen earth! Nature's protections are amazing. Just the simple act of removing a lot of the water from the stem when it is really cold protects the little cells from bursting in the low temperatures. Once the sun warms them up , they stand up tall again. Maybe when the sun warms ME up again, I'll perk up!!

Today, once the daily "chores" are done, I have to layer this little quilt and get it ready for the sewing machine! I have not used my machine for so long that I will be pretty rusty so I'll make up a "junk sandwich" and play quilts on that to loosen me up. BTW! That silly hand is doing well but still stiff and swell-y . IT does alright at Zentangles though. I use those as an exercise to regain control and just for hand exercise. I highly recommend it! VERY Zen and very good training for precision.

So , here is the process for those of you who like the process! The piece IS complete to all intents and purposes. I MAY add bits as I go along but here it is - done- ish! Here are some of the many many little layers that make up this quilt top.
Look at the little topographic piles of fabric! Wish me luck pinning and quilting this! I do NOT deserve sympathy.
Now I trim most of the really extraneous junk...

And begin the layering process. Step one iron the backing fabric, cut it to size and tape it down - wrong side up!-VERY snugly!
Backing , upside down, taped tightly.

Then measure cut and press the batting. Place it carefully on top of the backing.
Batting laid over the taped backing

And then, add the quilt top and square it up in preparation for pinning the layers.
The quilt top placed squarely on top of backing and batting

The pinning begins in the centre and works out to the edges. This was a BEASTLY job because of the thickness of so many little layers but I DID get it fastened together.
You can see the little PILES of fabric I am pinning through and, eventually QUILTING through! Thumpity thump thump!

Then the pins have to be closed- OUCH!! My fingers are sore tonight despite the assistance of my Kwik Klip.
The pins are all in - now to close them

Now that the pins are all in and closed up, I'll hang the piece for a while to be sure no pins need moving.
All done and I treated myself to a nice hot cuppa, and a sit down with the heating pad at my back (DH likes the house cold like a meat locker!!! Summer AND winter!)
It looks pretty smooth but I will not start quilting till I am sure. This has been a long ordeal! I find myself working painfully slowly. Drives me NUTS!! Maybe it is time to cease and desist and take up some other form of madness??? On that cheery note, I am off to start today's Zentangle! Tirra!!

PS, on a silly note- this piece is tentatively called "Bug Lunch" because that is what it was . Fresh Peony Leaf Salad for some chewing beasty or another!

And now, since it IS Wednesday and since I actually HAVE a post written I will send this to the

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Moving along- but EVER so slowly!!!

Progress IS being made! I can only work for a brief time  because this silly old hand still tires easily. I AM getting there though. I have gotten all of the basic background done. There will be LOTS of tweaking , touch ups and refining to do but I'm getting there. I am REALLY not used to working so slowly. It SHOULD be teaching me patience- but, 't'ain't! So I do lots of "tangling" to get myself headed in a positive direction and unwound!!!
This is the basic, all cotton - now for the FUNNN!

Looking at the basic layers, I decided to try some tulle layers on the first two panels- far left and the one next to it. There is a lot of subtlety on those two parts and I want some softer colour changes ( why don't I just PAINT the darned thing?? ) I am a stubborn old thing and want it in fabric, not paint!! That's why!

So , now I have the basic softening started. I have experimented with the tulle. The freezer paper does not really adhere to the nylon tulle but the Misty Fuse does really well. I may not do the freezer paper next time . It seems to leave some waxy residue where it does manage to stick. Soo-- Lots of pins from here on in. Also, I experimented with sticking the tulle onto the cotton and then fusing more cotton bits on top of the tulle! NO PROBLEM at all, if that bon mot helps anyone out there.

The first of the tulle layers. May or may not do more- except in little places. Stay tuned!

The green bits are background there you could see through the Peony leaf. I hope you can see the beginnings of the more subtle colour changes here?

I am actually getting down to some smaller patches and I should make up a bunch of bug holes. It will look totally different with the bug holes in place.

And, to finish off today,  couple of Zentangles! I have started trying to add "gemstones" to a few of them.The one with the blue stones was "Explored" today, for the Flickrites among you. They are REALLY fun to do- VERY addictive, very relaxing, very ZEN!!

BTW, this looks a bit grainy here where I used coloured pencil but NOW, I have availed myself of a blending pencil and the difference it startling! If you use pencil crayon and have never tried a blender, try it! You'll LIKE it!

As it is Wednesday today and, as this IS, DEFINITELY a W.I.P.... I will send this off to the There is always something exciting going on over there. Have a look. Post some of YOUR work!