Friday, December 31, 2010

Crazy Quilting Friday

I think I told you I love to work with wool , well this weeks crazy quilt block is this wool crazy patch pincushion , I fell in love with the pattern over at Kaaren's blog and although she added more embellishments to her work I am happy with mine for now I can always add more embroidery later on . This also gives me another finish for Dec. and that is a good thing ;-)
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Wednesday, December 29, 2010


December is almost over so it is time I posted some of my finishes that I couldn't do earlier as they were gifts . All of these little stitcheries have now found new homes and I hope the recipients like them .
The pillow is a pattern by Slly Giblin and was in the Australian Country threads Vol.9 -no.7. The Bee it ever so Humble stitchery is by Kaaren Johnston of  . I am sorry I don't have the designers for the other two but if I find the patterns I will share that with you .
 I do have one more to share but it has yet to go to its new home so I will wait until that happens . Time to update my finishes for Dec. Thanks for stopping by. Sheila

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One Flower Wednesday

I am cheating somewhat today as I personally didn't complete any hexies this week , however my friend Lynda sent me this gorgeous English Paper piecing tote so I wanted to share it with you , she also included some hexie templates in two sizes which will really come in handy . I simply love it and the colors are so perfect not to mention her amazing workmanship. Here is a view of the inside . Thanks Lynda.
My friend Dianne gave me this  lovely little hexie with wool on the back  ,isn't it sweet .Now Dianne knows how much I also love working with wool so she also included this little bundle of wool in great colors, I was so pleased as  I didn't have any left in these shades so I will now be able to start a new wool project ,yippee ! Thanks Dianne .
 My friend Linda gave me this simply beautiful star ornament for the tree so I  placed it in a prominent spot on the tree ,the detail on this is amazing .She also gave me a gift certificate to a local fabric shop which I know I will love using .Thanks Linda .
Then I also received a great package from Jeanette with a lovely calendar of Australia , what gorgeous pictures and some fat quarters of Australian fabrics , how sweet of you Jeanette , they are so different and I will have fun making something special with them . Thanks Jeanette .

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Christmas around my house

Today I thought I would share a few pictures of my house for the Christmas season . I am not quite finished decorating but this will give you some idea of what it looks like . First off I love to decorate many areas of the house including the kitchen so this first picture is off a small display on my island

Next I love the nativity set we purchased many years ago from a local artistan and each year it brings joy into my heart to bring it out on display . You will of course see our tree in this picture as well . The tree skirt was a gift from my SIL a number of years ago .

 This picture is to the left of the tree and shows a favorite ornament of ours , the handcarved wooden ornament that has a place for candles that when lite makes the fan turn , it is very beautiful and maybe later I will take a closer shot of this so you can see the incredible work . This was a gift to us in 1983 from the parents of our exchange student from Germany ,Nona , it has been on display every year since that time .I must remember to buy some candles to make it complete.

Next we have our small fireplace which is a new addition since last year and above the fireplace is a BOM wall hanging I made from the patterns by Gail Pan of Gail Pan designs . Thanks Terry I had that wrong .

This next picture is not that clear but hopefully you can see what is in it , this Santa collection was a gift from my Mom a few years back ,they are really quite special with Santa's as they would be known in different parts of the world .On the window are some paper ornaments that my dear friend from Denmark Susanne has sent to me over the years and I love them so much but felt they would get lost in the tree so decided they would go on my window above my sink where I can see them everytime I work there .You can see out the window that we have no snow infact the field is still quite green .

Finally this last picture is in my entry and is a little display on my husband's grandmothers sewing machine ,a real treasure for me to own .Above the machine is a wall hanging that took me years to complete and was a BOM on the internet but I am sorry I have forgotten the designer but I really love this pattern .
So I hope you enjoyed your visit and I hope each and everyone of you have a very Merry Christmas and  Happy New Year .
 Today is also a special day for me I am celebrating a birthday I won't tell you which one but it is a significant number ;-0 but then aren't they all .
Thanks so much for stopping by.
hugs Sheila

Monday, December 13, 2010

A stormy Monday but the postman delivers a special package

Here in Nova Scotia today it is rather nasty with high winds and rain but very mild for this time of year at +12 C. I would hate to think what it would look like if the temperatures were colder , nothing would be moving .
Yesterday my DH and I went to an art show that took place at St. FX university and the artist having the show was my brother Bill .He is a talented artist and has been drawing and painting ever since I can remember  ,if you would care to read a little about him and see a few of his paintings check out this website  Can you tell I am a proud sister!
Even in all this nasty weather the postman delivered a parcel just for me from my dear friend Susanne in Denmark , she is such a sweet friend and spoils me every year and this year was no exception . This is what was in my parcel . A beautiful silk scarf from Thailand , she visited there earlier this year along with a key chain which also came from Thailand and this great book of quilt patterns for cups and saucers , she knows I love tea !

Friday, December 10, 2010

Crazy Quilting Friday

It's a blue day today , I have used prints with lots of blue with a Christmas feeling or a winter theme at least .Yesterday I was really busy and thought I don't have time to make a crazy block this week and then I changed my mind at the last minute thinking it won't take that long and I find them fun to do and I needed a little distraction so to the machine I went . Thanks to Betsy of Quilting Fiesta for hosting this fun event each week.
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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Look what the postman left for me :-)

I just arrived home from my day of quilting and was pleasntly surprised to see a package address to me .Oh what can it be , well I won the prize for Oct .for OPAM and it arrived today from Kris of Tag Along Teddies .The pretty little package with the pretty ribbon was almost too pretty to open ,almost but hey I needed to know what was inside and just look at all these goodies , I am totally spoiled , some pretty Christmas fabrics , a lovely pattern by Natalie Lymer of Cinderberry Stitches ,a mini sharpie which I thought was a fantastic idea , I never saw one before and a cute little note pad .So a huge thank you to Kris it sure has brightened my day :-)

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Thursday, December 2, 2010

My Mg project

Now that the gifts have been recieved I can share what I made for my partner Terri . This pattern is by Nancy Halvorsen and from the book Star of Wonder .In the book it is part of a large table runner but I like it as a wall hanging so added some borders and voila! I was very pleased with the results and hope that Terri liked it as well .
hugs Sheila
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MG Christmas Swap

For many years I have had the good fortune to be part of a group of quilters from all over the US and one other Canadian , we call ourselves the Material Girls and the past couple of years we have participated in a Christmas exchange and today I received my parcel in the mail and I knew when I seen the name on the package that I would be very pleased with the contents . My friend Cyndi is an excellent seamstress and has recently taken up long arm quilting and has her own business ,if you look closely you will see she is very talented , it must have been difficult to make those designs so small . Thanks so much Cyndi I truly love it , the colors are perfect as well as the work . Now I will have to find just the perfect spot to display it . What do you think , gorgeous isn't it?
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