Tuesday, June 25, 2013

I have the itch to stitch

Summer is here! It is short and sweet in this neck of the woods. They are actually forecasting nice weather in the coming days, which would be a welcome change to all of the rain that we have had in the last few weeks. All that rain kept us indoors and me busy sewing.

I have too many unfinished projects that desperately need finishing. Hubby keeps bugging me to finish his Star Wars quilt and his super hero pillow. He also asked me to make a runner for on top of the fireplace in the media room. The problem is that I really don't like to do man-ly quilts. I am really wanting to get to more feminine projects, but get side tracked making things for the kids.

1. Charms for the I-Spy quilt   2. 4 1/2 inch log cabins   3.blocks for Maria's bed quilt   4. Lucky Bear Paw for Blogger's BOM Quilt along   5. Embroidered Vintage Deer   6. Crown of Thorns block   7.I-Spy quilt on the design wall   8. Christmas mini quilt   9.Oh hi Star for Blogger's BOM Quilt Along   10. Whirlwind for Blogger's BOM Quilt Along

I was so itching to stitch that I actually made some progress on the Blogger's BOM Quilt Along Blocks. I am so far behind. I am hoping to use the blocks to make a feminine lap quilt for the living room. My kids love to cuddle under blankets first thing in the morning. When they wake up they make their way to the bathroom and then to the living room. They all snuggle up (usually bringing half of their bed with them) and gradually wake up to start the day. I cherish this time cuddling with and talking to the kids. The big kids usually give me a narration of the book that they read before bed or tell me all about their dreams. The little ones just cuddle and snuggle and cuddle some more. There is such a need to get a few smaller lap quilts for this purpose. Everyone hates dragging all of their quilts back to their beds and I hate to be constantly reminding them not to forget to take their quilts back to their rooms. 

I though that an "I-spy" quilt would be just the thing for the two middle boys. I let them help me pick out the fabrics from my stash. A couple of weeks ago I scored a nice sized bag of quilting scrap fabrics on freecycle that had a few fabrics that were perfect for the "I-spy" quilt. I have been collecting novelty fabrics for a while now in hopes of having enough variety to make an "I-spy" quilt. The thrift stores often have remnants of novelties or uglies that work well in this type of project. "I-spy" quilts are all the rage now. I can see myself making a few more of these in the future. When I have a little cash left over, I will likely buy some pre-cut squares on Etsy. I just need a few hours and a cup or two of coffee to get the top all sewn together and another few cups to quilt and a few more when I bind it. Here is a close up of some of the square hanging on the design wall.

On Thursday evening, I felt like embroidering something. I printed out the image of a vintage deer from here and started straight away. It was a good thing that I did because when I woke up on Friday, we were without power. I worked on it off and on during the entire power out and haven't worked on it since. It is almost finished and I hope to make it into a pillow cover using the In from the Cold mini charms that I bought at the quilt festival back in May.

I also have to stitch the tree onto the Christmas mini quilt that I started. It might end up as a pillow too. We will just see. My brain is pure chaos. I have so many ideas swimming up there and need to clean up a little. It would help if I would make a list of all of my projects and make a deadline for myself to finish them. Am I the only person with this problem? Well I should go and be productive.

Till next time, friends and God Bless.
Holly Hobbie - friends

Monday, June 24, 2013

Meanwhile in Calgary...

I haven't been blogging very much. I had intentions of blogging about some of the sewing projects that I have started or have planned for the summer, but something came up last week that took precedence, the flood.
Our city took quite a bashing. Much of the downtown is still evacuated and many bridges are still closed. Even worse, thousands are without a home. In total, about 100,000 people were evacuated from their homes beginning Thursday evening and during the day on Friday. The water levels have begun to recede and the clean-up has begun. 

We were very lucky and were not evacuated, but we were without power all Friday and half of Saturday. The two rivers and a creek that flow through this city were not capable of containing the massive amounts of rain and water that came from upstream in the mountains. We took the kids for a walk to look at the creek a block away from our house. The following pictures are of a creek, one that is normally very low, very narrow and very shallow.

The following are some pictures taken by others in the wake of the flood. The first picture may be recognized by those of you who watched the Olympics in 1988, it is the Saddledome. Water filled the Saddledome up to the 10th row of seating. The last picture is of the Stampede grounds. The Calgary Stampede is scheduled to take place in less than two weeks. Even with the water gone, it will be quite the feet to clean it all up and have it ready for the great outdoor show.

A flooded Calgary Saddledome is seen from a aerial view in Calgary, Saturday, June 22, 2013. The two rivers that converge on the western Canadian city of Calgary are receding Saturday after floods devastated much of southern Alberta province, causing at least three deaths and forcing thousands to evacuate. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)

Flooding in Southern Alberta
Cars sit almost fully emerged under Bow River flood waters in a parking lot in Calgary, Alta. on Friday, June 21, 2013. Massive flood waters throughout southern Alberta have heavily affected many thousands of residents. Lyle Aspinall/Calgary Sun/QMI Agency

A flooded Calgary Stampede stadium is seen from a aerial view in Calgary.
Other areas of Southern Alberta have also been hit quite hard. High River Alberta was hit very hard. At this time, I believe that 3 deaths have been confirmed. The Siksika First Nation located east of Calgary was also hit hard. Follow the link to see the devastation. 

Please pray folks. Please pray for all of those affected. So many have lost everything, including hope. Pray that they may see God's love and that many are generous in this great time of need. 

Holly Hobbie - friends
God Bless Friends

Monday, June 17, 2013

Monday Morning In Mary's Garden ~ June 17, 2013

After a few weeks of an unintended break from blogging, I am back with the latest edition of Monday Morning in Mary's Garden. Our little Mary Garden is coming along nicely. The roses are blooming and the flowers the Maria planted are taking root and flourishing. The gladiolas are up and the lily has poked up through the soil. We can hardly wait until everything is in bloom. For now, we are content with the flowers that are there.

One of the least expensive and most abundant blooming flowers that we have planted in the garden and in various locations on our property is the beautiful little petunia. It always blooms and can survive some neglect. The petunia reminds me of my childhood home. We always had petunias planted between other annuals and perennials.

Petunia Vintage Seed Packet PostersPetunias come in a variety of sizes and colors.  They are actually a flower from South America and are related to the tobacco plant. The name petunia comes from the French word 'petun' which means tobacco.

The Marian name for the petunia is 'Our Lady's Praises'.

If you are limited on space or time, you can plant petunias in planters or hanging baskets. They do really well if you dead head the blooms that are spent and water somewhat regularly. Believe me, these flowers are hard to kill and anybody can grow them.

Noah bought me a hanging basket with petunias for Mother's Day and hubby built me a beautiful arbor to hang them on. Did I mention that I love petunias?

Please tell me, do you have petunias in your garden? Are you as fond of them as I am?

God Bless Friends. Have a blessed week.
Holly Hobbie - friends

Monday, June 10, 2013

Where Did May Go?

Life is going by far too quickly. We were sick all of April and spent most of May playing catch up. We have been so busy enjoying life, that I have really stopped to blog about it.

I mentioned a while back that we were re-re-doing the master bedroom. We had moved into the basement to make more room for the boys upstairs, but after less than a year, we decided that it wasn't working. Patrick began potty training and it was getting to be a pain to run upstairs with him every time that he needed to go to the bathroom. In the time that the boys had the master as their bedroom, they hung things on walls, plastered them with grungy fingerprints etc., that we decided to freshen the whole room up a bit. I love how it turned out. It didn't cost much either. Most of the materials were purchased using gift cards that we collected from our banks rewards system. This reno was started while were sick and I never got around to sharing the finished job.

In May, we also went thrifting and I found this guy, a.k.a Tom Kitten for $3.99. This is quite the steal. I found it online here selling for $90.00.

Do you see him on my kitchen shelves? He looks so friendly there among our glasses and pyrex dishes.

We also went to the Festival of Quilts at Heritage Park. Our family loves Heritage Park. The Quilt Festival was amazing, but the weather wasn't so great. It rained off and on all weekend. That didn't stop us from taking a look. So much to be inspired by. The kids and daddy did the rides and spent lots of time in Gasoline Alley so that I could look at quilts and shop for fabric. Patrick rode on his first ever Ferris Wheel.

Adam slept and hung out in the stroller for most of the visit. Which was great! I don't mind carrying him in the Ergo, but even then he is quite heavy. I think one of the highlights for the boys, especially Noah was the chance to crank a real Model T Ford. Noah had just written a research report on the Model T, so this was a great extension to what was learned.

The highlight of the day was scoring some new material. I had only planned to spend about $50, but then Sascha came along and bought this retro fan a really neat retro wall hanging kit, which put me over budget. Love you, dear.

Obviously these were chosen by my guys. Daddy is the Elvis fan and Owen loves Nutcrackers, which are all over the Fat Quarter on the left.
1930's reproduction fabrics. LOVE these.
My gift from Sascha and the pink is a gift from the vender as a thank you.
The month of May also saw a few finished projects. I made a carry along first aid kit. I used this pattern and love how it turned out. I just wish that it was a little bigger. 

This is a little mat that I made to go on the counter under my teapot. I love 1930's reproductions, but I mentioned that already. I thrifted that little bunny, too for $1.99. Next year I might actually get out the Easter decorations. I had wanted to get them out this year, but we were so busy getting everyone ready for their sacraments that we didn't bother. Another reason was because I hadn't finished my Easter table runner. I had every intention of getting it done before Easter, but it didn't happen and then we all got sick. I finished it in May just before Pentecost. I guess it is better late than never. In case you were wondering, I used this pattern.

We rounded May out with a camping trip. That deserves it own post, though. I hope to get caught up on the Mary Garden posts as well and post about the progress in our garden. The time, I just need more time. After all, I am a mom!

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