Yukon wild

Yukon wild
Yukon wild

Monday, March 26, 2012

This week, March 19th to 25th, I….

 

Took Thursday and Friday off work.  DH has gone fishing with his buddies, so I stayed home with Zeke, our little canine friend.  He usually goes to work with DH, but it would be too difficult for me to take him to work. 

Here is DH and one friend all ready to leave.  You would think they were going to Vancouver to hit the Boat Show or see a great bluesman in a bar, instead of skidooing out to a cabin with no electricity or running water in the middle of nowhere.  But they do have a twelve hour drive to Alaska to meet their other friend, so I guess they need to look nifty in all those one horse towns they’re driving through.  Smile 

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I spent a lot of time this week end cleaning things up: lots of paperwork to organize, cleaned up my sewing room, organized my embroidery thread, cleaned some things out of the fridge.  On and on it goes.  It could be a full time job just keeping things organized.  Oh yeah, it is.  It’s called a homemaker.  I used to be one….

I’ve been out cross country skiing everyday.  The weather is mostly gloriously sunny.  I think I got a sunburn on my face today. 

I got a little sewing done.  Hexies for my March swap partner…. she asked for small prints in pastels…. I’ve found a gaping hole in my stash that I’m going to have to fill.

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Two postcards for the swap I’m in this month.  The theme is “purple”.  I’ve got one more of these to make….

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Back in January I saw Anne Sutton’s Merry Merry Snowmen quilt pattern on someone’s blog and I loved it.  I promptly signed up for the BOM from Fat Quarter Shop.  On Friday I received month two, so I thought it was about time I started on month one.  I got the background fabrics put together and the first little bit of applique and embroidery done.  Still a big applique and lots of embroidered bits to go on this block.

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When I signed up for the BOM there were several things I didn’t think through. 

1. the cost.  This will be the most expensive quilt I’ve ever made.

2. the amount of work.  Lots of fiddly little bits of applique and embroidery.  As Anne says in the instructions, this is not a quilt to try and rush through.

3. I seldom make quilts from someone else’s pattern, using fabrics etc. that they have chosen.  It is a really different sport than putting a quilt together as you go with your creativity working overtime.

4. the fabrics.  These are really not my kind of fabrics.  I like bright and happy, primary colours, lots of colour.  These are browns and muted other colours.  Even the white is off white.  But I think I’m going to like it anyway.

I received one lovely piece of mail this week.  I had sent LeeAnn at Nifty Quilts a few pieces of vintage fabric.  She’s collecting pieces for a quilt she wants to make.  Click on the link to have a peek.  She sent me a few pieces from her vintage stash in swap.  They are so pretty.  I’ve already asked DD # 2 if she wants any of them for the hexie quilt.  I promised her a photo so she could see what they look like.

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I also won this pattern from Candace in the St Patrick’s Day Blog Hop Party.  Candace gave away one of her electronic patterns to everyone who entered her giveaway! 

She calls it Ribbonry, but what I really like about it is that it is a plaid pattern.  I have wanted to make a plaid quilt for years.  My sister knit an afghan in a plaid pattern years ago which was fabulous.  I have been intrigued ever since.

I have a sitter lined up for Zeke for tomorrow, because I have to go back to work….

Janet

9 comments:

  1. Great post Janet... it is fun having a peek into your life there...... lovely projects...
    Hugz

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  2. Hope hub and his mates have had a good fishing trip. Sounds like you have kept yourself busy. Lovely hexies and postcards.
    Your new bom is going to be lovely. It is different using bom's with the original fabrics. Hope you still enjoy it.

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  3. Hope your hubby and friends enjoy their trip . Sounds like you have kept really busy , great postcards and hexie and I think you will eventually love your BOM , it is always a little difficult working out of our familar color palette. Hugs

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  4. Hi, Janet, I'm still kicking myself for not forcing Don to stop an extra day so we could come visit. But he was in such a hurry on that trip! I'm curious about your hex swap. Is it a group? Is it possible to join in?

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  5. love the pattern... it would make a really neat baby quilt using bright colors and maybe machine appliquing some boy or girl toy designs on it... I really do like the snowman quilt BOM but decided that it was going to be too expensive for me.. I have seen several bom's that I would like to do and they all tend to be more than $300 by the time you finish it... the first couple bom's I did were only $10 a month... that was a while ago. have fun...

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  6. Love the pic of the men. :D

    And I just love that little snowman peeking from the corner of the little patch in the block. That's going to be a really cute BOM quilt.

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  7. well....what little homemaker can't take a little time to cross-country ski, quilt, do a BOM, a Swap, ......I know I haven't near covered the things you get done........Oh yeah...and write an great blog! LOL.....I enjoy your blog and have nominated it for a little award so that some of my followers can come over at check you out.....you can get the lowdown on my blog..........

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  8. lovely vintage fabric and its hard for me to imagine how cold it will be for your DH and his friend, that white beard certainly makes him look like Santa Clause, and I guess he is going to be near the north pole. I signed up for Pond house BOM but after completing block 1 cancelled. I decided the whole quilt would cost me $450, and the fabrics were not really my taste so decided rather than spend all this money on something I would not love better to pull the pin. I will see what I can make out of block 1 as that little piece cost me $45.

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  9. I love that last quilt - so bright and fun!

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