Friday, 26 August 2016

It's in the Bag!

Katja's challenge for this year is "Make a bag, a bin, a purse, a tote, a pocketbook, a suitcase, a basket, a bowl, a container, a backpack, a fanny pack, a wallet, a satchel, a stocking, a pocket or something, anything that can be use to hold or contain something."  Now that is a fairly broad base to work with.  It did have to have a button on it, just because.

A lot of creativity from Katja's customers.  There is a viewer's choice ballot box so be sure to stop by today or tomorrow and cast your vote for your favourite.  I don't normally enter challenges, but this one was to sweet to resist.  When the contest ends, I'll show you better pictures of my entry.  Good luck and thank you to all who entered.

Friday, 19 August 2016


Well, hello there everyone.  Hope you are all enjoying the last of summer.  It is the season that seems to pass so quickly.  So much to do, so little time.

I did manage to get another row done on my Row by Row.  This one is from Katja's.  Yes, I do know that one of the windows is crooked.  Lol.  And it is staying that way!  I didn't notice till I was top stitching the fusible and it was to late to do anything about it.

The quilting on this 100 block quilt was a lot of fun.  It's owner should be by shortly to pick it up. latest obsession is weaving fabric.  I have been drooling over my Instagram feed for months, and finally decided to jump in.  More to come on this.

Till next time, enjoy life!

Friday, 12 August 2016

Jasper National Park

Did you know that if you buy a yearly pass to the Canadian National Parks, you get an additional year free?  What a great deal.  Doug and I did just that on our trip to Jasper National Park. Obviously the National Park System will be on our radar when planning next year's camping season.

We encountered a variety of weather on this trip.

We were expecting rain when we headed out for a hike above Maligne Lake.  We weren't disappointed!  A short cloudburst turned the trail into a creek.  We were prepared so we carried on.

Next up was The Valley of Five Lakes.  An easy 4.5 km. hike with amazing views.  A slightly overcast day made for a great reflection from the lake.

We had to go to Miette Hot Springs.  A great price of only $6 each once you have your park pass.  A cooler slightly overcast day was perfect for a hot spring.

Our last hike was in the Tonquin Valley.  We only encountered one other couple on the trail. They said they had hiked out from the cabin (14 km) and we were only the second group they had met.  Lovely to have the valley almost to yourself.  The trail was one of the best we have been on for ease of hiking with gentle slopes and well maintained trail.  We will be back.

I had a few quilts waiting for my attention upon my return home.

Sylvia's Lemonade quilt was fun to play with.

I was anxious to get to this quilt for Sylvia.  It is for her husband who is so wonderfully supportive of her quilting.  Each fabric represents a memory they share of their years together.  It is a real treasure and I was honoured to be able to quilt it for her.  Sylvia had encouraged me to write the tutorial for this block which is available here.