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Monday, April 6, 2015

Friday Night with Friends

Friends, I thought about you on Friday night, but I didn’t do any sewing.

Hubby and I went camping.  We skied about an hour down the lake, put up a tarp lean-to, cooked smokies and potato packets on the fire and had a lovely evening. Here is our view at about 9 p.m. in the waning light.IMG_8825

My hubby is a good boy scout and knows how to set up a first class cooking fire…


Zeke, the scaredy dog, woke us up at about 4 a.m. quaking and shaking because the ice was cracking.  He is also afraid of beaver tail slaps, thunder, gun shots and fire crackers.  He had a nice nap in the morning sun the next day.  He was a tired puppy after quivering for about two hours…


I have been working on a sewing project over the past week though.  About two years ago I participated in the Get Your Hex On swap.  This was the most disappointing swap I have ever joined.  I sent out fabric and patterns to my partners.  One person never sent anything back.  A couple sent back their parts missing a few pieces.  Several people sewed their parts with the pieces reversed so I had to take them all apart and put them back together the right way.  Some didn’t make all the pieces because they said they didn’t have enough fabric – but I sent lots…  I was done with this project and didn’t think I would ever finish it, but it was hanging on my design wall taking up space.  I had to order some more green fabric for the background, but it arrived quickly … and now it is finis!!


This pattern is called Flower Ball and is by Geta Grama.  Check out her blog if you haven’t before.  She makes really beautiful pieces.

I’m not sure what I am going to do with this.  It is about 30 inches across .  I thought of appliqueing it to a white background and turning it into a baby quilt.  My friend Linda suggested that it would make a nice table topper, which put me on to the idea of a table cloth with the ball appliqued in the middle.  Anyone have any other ideas?

I made a swan postcard for Sheila in the spring postcard swap that she organized.  I forgot to take a photo before sending it so had to grab Sheila’s photo…

swan postcard

Sheila asked me if we have swans here.  Well yes we do.  Harbingers of spring and winter as they migrate through.


I hope everyone had a lovely Easter and a productive Friday Night With Friends!  Smile



  1. I am fascinated, what do you put under the sleeping bags? Do you have extra thick down jackets? Do you tow it all on a small sled, or back pack it in? Would love to see more photos. Hexies, huge lot of work, but I'm sure they will fit into something really stunning.

  2. Thank you for such a lovely glimpse into your part of the world! I loved it!


  3. Hi Janet wow you are at such a pretty spot ,Thankyou for sharing your pics and I love your hexie ball I would use it as a table topper,good luck with it xx

  4. It sounds like you had a lovely time camping out with hubby but it had to have been cold! I like your finished flower ball. I also made one in the same "Get Your Hex On" group but I had better luck that you did as all my partners made what I sent them the right size and everyone completed their commitment. I made a wall hanging with mine.

  5. such a lovely view for your camping.... sounds fun... love the ball you have made and pity about the poor swapping .... your swan postcard is just lovely... did yoiu see black swans when you were over this way?

  6. Good for you, nothing like being one with nature.

  7. I'm so glad you have got your flower ball together. I have seen your progress on your blog. Sometimes swaps are hard but we still enjoy them

  8. We are getting re-runs of winter and some snow around Tokyo. Camping coming up too. Nikko shares the same fears with Zeke. She is also terrified of fire and anything that smokes. The ball might make an interesting table center. Well, I have a round table so can visualize it easily.

  9. Oh my camping in snow. We were out 'camping' last weekend too - in a nice warm trailer and happy to be there when the water hose froze overnight. But it looks so beautiful there!

  10. Oh my goodness - camping in the snow! But what a stunning view you had. I loved your postcard when I saw it on Sheila's blog and I find your hexi ball intriguing, I am glad you finished it. xx

  11. What a great post! Your camping sounds so relaxing and just the right way to end the week :-) Wow, what a huge disappointment to join in a swap and not hear from people. The table topper idea is a great one and it would also look stunning as a wall quilt. I like your swan postcard, we see them here now and then and they are always a treat to see.
    Happy stitching,