Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Sarah and me!

Once again it's taken me for ever to post to blogland!  Guess I really don't think this place is real, hence the months between posts!!! Here is what happened in May ....

How fun is it to meet someone you only converse with by email or a quilt forum?   It's AMAZING!!
I drove to Espanola before returning to Sudbury on the the Victoria Day weekend just to meet Sarah.  She will be moving soon and thought I best get there before she does!

Sarah getting our coffee ready!!
Sarah was the host with the mostest!  And such a charming person.  I think we hit it off right away...chatting about many things - quilting included of course!!  I was so happy that she took time out of her busy schedule in  getting her home ready for sale, and I was overjoyed that we would meet before she left.
We shared our work and then we had a blast trying to take pictures of ourselves.  What a wonderful couple of hours it was for me, sharing with another "Sloanie".

 
Sarah & I holding up our Happiness Key wall hangings.
We both had our "Happiness Key" wall hangings ready to show each other and decided we would sign them as a reminder of our happiness in making this wonderful mystery project by/with Pat Sloan last year.
Sarah signs my Happiness Key
 I brought a  little gift for Sarah and knew this may be the first and last time I would meet with her due to her moving to Saskatchewan in August, and I thought this journal was only fitting for her at this time.



It says "Seize an opportunity every single day". 
I wish you and your hubby well and safe travels, Princess Sarah, and know I'm never far away ♥

Hugs,
Choux

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Two months ... Not again??

Why is it I have such a hard time trying to blog?   Time, I say!  There just isn't enough of it.   Once again it is two months since my last blog.   Mind you not much is happening in the sewing/quilting department these days.

My sewing time is almost "nil"... no ... it is NIL!!  Work has overtaken my life and there are times when I wish I wasn't so darn dedicated to my work.  But alas that is me.  I work until things are the way I like them, THEN I slack of somewhat and soon I do believe that I will finally be in the drivers seat and  be able to slack off - not be running along side of the vehicle so to say. 

If I'm really lucky I get to sew with my some or one of my friends at least once a month.  Then the machines get shut down until the next time.  Here's to June where I believe that my "Me-Time" will start to be mine again and I can sew a little at nite.  I cannot wait as Tillie Topaz and Selina-Elise are in withdrawal without me in the "Down-under Sweat Shop" every day!

In a few days I head off to Camp Wanna Sew and spend 5 glorious days sewing to my hearts content!  And I plan to do so for many hours each day ... MANY HOURS!!  ☺  I so need this time off... big time!
My totes are packed with projects to finish and I may even throw in a "new" project as a reward for finishing other projects.  I will double check all the totes Sunday to make sure everything is there that I will need.

And this weekend I get to meet a fellow quilter/blogger and someone I only know via Pat Sloan's Quilt Mashup.  I'm so excited to meet Sarah V.  I just know she is an amazing person.  She knew my word for 2012 was "Believe" and when she saw a Christmas stocking panel with the word "believe" on it - she sent it to me!!  How wonderful is that?  I will be making this stocking into "something" but I know it won't be a stocking ... at least I that is what I think right now - there is something forming in this pea-brain I own ☺

I hope to come back here a lot sooner then two month and show you some pictures of  when Sarah and I met!  And I will also tell you about some swap blocks I  participated in this year - it was so much fun!!

Until then - keep your needle sharp!
Choux

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Happy National Quilt Day and St. Patrick's Day to Boot!!

The third Saturday in March is National Quilt Day... that's today!!!  And it just so happens to be St. Patrick's Day too... go figure!!  A double whammy!! LOL

A friend from public school years posted on my Facebook that it should be a paid holiday for me!  Heh... I'm all for it! But we all know that won't happen so I will quilt without pay for today LOL

I have organized the laundry room this morning - very, very small room.  And low and behold don't I find 3 UFO's lurking in there!  Darn things!  Now I am off on a hunt for the real "missing" UFO's.  I know I had them all together at one point and kept out a few that I would work on.  But they are all big ones now and I want something "quick" or "quicker" so I can feel I have accomplished something.  

So I will set up my quilting area and start quilting on one... THEN I will go pull out the totes in the corner  as I "believe" that is where those pesky little fellers are.  I have located a couple of my backings and finally have more backings on the way and should be here soon.  Once the backings get here I will match up four of them up with quilts and take at least two to a friend that I have asked to quilt them, as I know she will do a stupendous job on them.  See, one of those is the Breaking Free from the McCall's challenge I was in last year.  She was excited to know I wanted her to quilt that one.  And a couple others will go to yet another long arm quilter who will do a wonderful job with the pantograms on them as I do want them "done-done" and like now.  They have been in my UFO-stash waiting to be quilted by me for far too long.  There are yet a few more that I will practice my machine quilting on - something I have been having fun with!   Yes, there are many quilt tops in my UFO stash and I know I want to make some really scrappy quilts soon, so I best get some of the ones I have now done! 

Speaking of McCall's ....  Blue Suede is FINALLY on his way home!! I got the email yesterday to say he has been "express post" along with my last two challenge win prizes as well!!  This is just soooooo exciting!   
Blue Suede is coming Home!!!

Okay.... enough already - National Quilt Day is passing me by and I haven't even turned on the sewing machine yet!!  

Remember to go sew/quilt something today!!
hugs all,
Choux

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Hello!!! It's me!

OH yes and winter is still here!  It's been a very weird winter.... if you can call it a winter as to me it really only arrived a week ago when the snow actually really got here.  But others say it's been here too long.  No matter, in 12 more days it will officially be spring and then the rains will start and people will compl... I guess there is no stop to the complaining of what type of weather we get, now is there?   For me, every day I make it out of bed is something to be happy about so I just go with the flow where the weather is concerned.

Primitive...but it works!!
On the sewing end of my world, I am finally finishing a UFO that has been in my pile for a few years. I machine quilted it myself and had a ball doing it.  I am now binding it in order to have it finished by Wed to show at my Quilt Guild meeting. Can I do it?  Time will tell!

This is how I set up to machine quilt this baby.  I saw something similar on someone's website about year ago (sorry I didn't keep the site) and kept thinking of it.   So with this quilt I tested it out and let me tell you it really worked AMAZING!!

Now when hubby came home from work he said "WHAT are you doing??"  I told him I was quilting.  "I can see that!  What is up with this?" as he points to the quilt hanging.  So I explain it to him and then he says, "Well don't they make something better than this for quilting that you can get?"  I stop quilting and look at him.  "Yes, they do."   "Well, why don't you get it?"  Oh boy, he's walking into this one and didn't even know it!  "Well it's about this long (as I stretch my arms) and this wide and it costs at least $10,000.00.  These $1.99 clips will work just fine.  Besides you said I can take up any more room in the basement!"  He just turned around and didn't ask any more questions.  LOL

Although my work has taken over most of the  free time I have, I still try to make time to stitch a few seams here and there.  I believe that soon I should have some of my "me" time back and I will start pumping out the UFO's and new projects, once again.  Until that time I will just dream of what I will work on first!

So for now, do take care and don't forget to do something fun, each and every day!!

Hugs,
Choux

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Okay... so I'm really not a "True" Blogger!!

I cannot believe just how fast time is going!  I mean really ... here we are in the middle of February!!  Can I please, pretty please have my January back?

 I had some time off work in early January and thought I would get some sewing and relaxing done.  NOT!  If I hadn't of "made the time" to have a sewing day with friends, I'm not even sure I would have sewed at all - THAT is just wrong!  

Work has totally taken over my life and my "me time" is almost non existent therefore making me not a happy camper sewer  person!  Between family (and I love 'em to death!) and work (it's a love/hate relationship LOL) there is almost nothing left to have "me time" with.  I do have to sleep in there too, you know!   So, with that being said, I do believe I will have to start making the time to create my "me time" any chance I get.  Hermits (that's partly me) like to be alone; well I confess that I am part Hermit and I thoroughly enjoy/need my alone time.  I re-energize/re-group because of it.  So in order to keep my sanity I do believe I have to take the bull by the horns and say "enough is enough already!"   

And just how does one gain back time lost?  One doesn't!  BUT you can start taking the time to make the time.  I believe that I can do that.  Starting with 15 - 30 minutes a day which will be mine alone to sew or even just hug my sewing machines.  Certainly not much, but it's a start.  It has been a real "culture" shock for me not to be sewing every day - that was my life, but hasn't been for almost 10 months now. It's high time to get some of that back, don't you think?  Well I most certainly believe that it is time!

What's with this "believe" ?  That is my "word" for 2012.  An internet quilting friend (Pat Sloan) introduced me to this a couple of years ago and each year I do pick a word on New Year's day and try to live by it.  I must do believe that work will get better; believe in myself; believe in others (that's a hard one!!), believe I can be a better person ... the list goes on.   So now I leave you with this until next time, which I hope will be soon, and be good to one another!
 ♥