Saturday, November 28, 2009

I am home and boy am I exhausted.

I returned home after a week and a bit in Calgary and had to work a night shift -- so it was double exhausting. And boy are two babies a lot of work!! Jessica is doing fabulously with the babies - I am very proud of how wonderfully she is managing it all. Hunter is just a little going concern - walking everywhere and he doesn't miss a thing!!

A few pictures of the babies....

Here is Grand dad with little Phoenix.

Here is Great Grandma Pauline with Phoenix and Nana Pam - looking like a couple of old grannies --NOT!!
At least I hope not!

Here is little Hunter - cute as can be in his little cowboy hat -- fondly known as his "Yeehaw" 

Here is a picture of little Phoenix.  She is a very lovely little girl - she is not too fussy - loves to be held and cuddled and is quite content - likes to stay up until midnight though! 

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It was a very busy week - the weather was nice - sunny and +10 or so and I hear it rained the entire time I was away, so it was nice to be out of the rain. But nice to be home - now I need a rest!!

Thanks everyone for their wonderful comments.  I just can't believe how busy it was - there were days that I didn't even think about brushing my teeth until supper time.  Two babies are certainly a very good weight loss program if anyone is interested - now I must rest!!

Monday, November 16, 2009

I am off to Calgary tomorrow

Okay -- two quick pictures --- Phoenix with her eyes open!!

Look at how long those fingers are!! And she has very long feet as well. She looks so calm and content.

I just finished two 12 hour shifts and I am "sort of" packed and I need to be up at 5 AM to catch a ride in with Jim. I am planning on taking the new Canada Line to the airport from downtown in the morning. But I needed to quickly post these two photo's of Phoenix with her eyes open. Gosh she is cute. I will take lots of pictures when I am there. Not much quilting will be done this week. I was thinking of taking something with me but decided not to bother. I am sure I will get lots of time to go out for nice walks with Hunter while Phoenix and Jessica are having a nap and such.
Thank you everyone for your kind comments. I will try to get on the blogs a bit in Calgary - but I might be busy!!
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Saturday, November 14, 2009

Phoenix Autumn Ross

Finally some pictures. Jessica is home from the hospital and it sounds like she is doing pretty well. Phoenix is eating well and not crying much and sleeping well.

She is certainly a pretty little girl -- if I say so myself....

Here she is with Dad. She certainly looks a bit like Hunter don't you think.

And a picture of what Hunter was up to while Mum was in hospital. Hanging out with his little friend Lorelai.... hmmm..
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Friday, November 13, 2009

Exciting News!!

We have a new grand baby as of yesterday afternoon.  Hunter has a little sister - Phoenix Autumn Ross.  Unfortunately I have no pictures yet to share.  The technology of getting pictures from a camera to nana seems to be missing this time.  I think it is a problem with the camera phone and facebook.  Hopefully I have pictures tomorrow.  The baby was born at 4:57 PM on November 12th -- my mother's birthday.  Although since I have yet to get a picture I am beginning to doubt her existance -- but I have heard her loud and clear in background of numerous phone calls.  Everyone is doing well.  Hunter is missing his mum I am sure -  and not allowed to go to the hospital because of the H1N1 flu.  I will be going to see little Phoenix and Hunter on Tuesday.  Since the baby was supposed to be born sometime after November 17th - I can not go until after working this weekend.

Since I have no pictures of the baby I can show pictures of my weekend retreat at Bowen Island last week.

This is the kit that I bought in Skagway on the cruise in May of 2008.  It was actually much easier to cut out than I thought it would be.  I used Steam a Seam lite.  It is amazing how much fabric gets cut away from the fish.  I have since cut out the rest of the two borders and it is ready to be put together.  The fish are not ironed at this time - just placed in position.  About half way through cutting out the second fish I discovered that I had put the fish on the fabric upside down --so the second fish was opposite in colour to the first fish -  red part of the fabric was on the bottom instead of on the top.  I was in a panic.  It was a kit and I had no more fabric - and it was going to look silly.  As we all gathered around my table Sunday afternoon trying to decide what I should do - search on line for more fabric - place the fish in a different position.  We actually decided we liked it better that way and all Jim really cared about was that they had green heads!  So I think the colour movement in the piece actually adds to it a bit -- that's my story and I'm sticking to it! 

My next accomplishment was my Morris Garden quilt.  I made 20 or so blocks -- there are a LOT of half square triangles!!  I am going to make as many as I can with the amount of fabric I have - which should be about 60-70 or so.  Because I am still having mathmatical issues with this quilt.  Thinking - obviously not clearly -   I decided that each large square cut  into two half square triangle would make two blocks - so 30 fat quarters -- two large squares -- four large half square triangles = 120 blocks.  Except that each block required TWO half square triangles --- thus only 60 blocks - and not quite enough for the size of quilt that I thought I was making.  I am sure in some previous math class some math teacher insisted that this Grade 10 algebra would one day come in handy!!  To make the quilt the size I want I think I need about 72 blocks.  So -- my dear friend Dianne gave me a bit of William Morris fabric from another line -- quite lovely and I ordered a few fat quarters from the new Morris Workshop line - and I think I can do this.........

A couple of pictures from the show and tell at retreat --one of my favourites was this little Red Rocks of Sedona wall hangings made by one of the ladies in my Friday stitch. 

And a very pretty quilt made from a "Flower of the month" fabric club.  Not a fabric club that I would have thought of joining but you just can help but feel happy when you look at a quilt just full of bright and pretty flowers. 

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I will post pictures of Phoenix as soon as I can.  I am anxiously awaiting them!!  I hear she has dark hair - like her mum and looks a bit like Hunter as well but she has very long fingers and toes -- 6 lbs 2 oz and 50 cm long and she is a very good little eater and doesn't cry too much.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Why perimenapausal women should not handle rotary cutters!

I have spent the past few days getting ready for a 4 day quilting retreat.  I am so looking forward to spending some quality quilting time with my favourite quilting peeps and away from the long "to do" list that still looms large.

I decided I was going to make that long planned for Morris Garden fabric "Lady of the lake" quilt.  I bought a fat quarter bundle of the Morris Garden fabric quite some time ago.  I have planned out exactly what quilt I wanted to make with the fabric.  At first I was thinking a basket block but finally I decided on a modified version of the Lady of the Lake.  I decided the best thing was to cut all the fabric before going to Bowen Island to be ready to just sew - sew - sew.  I will take the little featherweight - perfect for piecing.

So I start cutting up the fat quarter bundle.

After cutting up about 18 fat quarters -- it suddenly dawns on me that 7/8 is NOT the bigger line - second from the end but it is the SMALLER line right at the end --- I knew that!!  So all of my squares and triangles are cut at the 3/4 mark - not 7/8.

In a panic I decided to grab what ever two fabrics - whether they go together or not and make a quick test block to see if I can get it together by fudging the seams.  There are a lot of half square triangles that have to fit along a long seam. 

So I make my test block --- seems to work okay if I sew a narrow seam on the half square triangle.  The block finishes up at 10 inches   I have planned this whole quilt up on EQ6.  Block size - quilt size - number of blocks.  Planned out my fabric placement.

I don't like the block - it is too large. I am very visual and now that I have sew it together it just doesn't look right - the big triangles are too large for the small half square triangles.   I just don't like it.   I spend the entire night fussing and worrying and the next day I re-draft the block - the quilt - and re-figure if I have enough fabric because if I make the blocks smaller I need more - many more blocks.  Oh the trauma -- And I thought quilting was supposed to be fun and relaxing!!  I think I should just let it go - leave the blocks 10 inches.  Jim says "leave the blocks the way they are - it will be fine"  But I can't!!

So I cut 2 inches off every 8 3/4 inch half square triangle I had already cut.  What a waste of fabric. I have saved the little bits - maybe I can use them in the border somehow.  Although I have cut them the correct size now -- 6 7/8!!  But I am still using the same size smaller triangles - so there are only 7 half square triangle around the block instead of 9.  I am thinking with my muddled brain that I will have enough fabric.  I had ordered extra fabric for the borders etc.  My small squares are mostly still 2 3/4 instead of 2 7/8 -- so I am still going to have to work with slightly smaller seams there.  Good thing fabric has some stretch!!

So this is the block.  I like it.  I am happy - and now I have to go back to cutting fabric -- I have a lot more fabric left to cut -- hopefully all goes well today -- if I never post again  -- you know what happened!!

Monday, November 02, 2009

A recent finish

This is a bag kit that I bought at the Seattle quilt show a couple of years ago. I decided I really needed to make it up and do some sewing. I finished it up last weekend at QBTB. I just wanted to show that I am starting to do something other than house renovations!!
And I discovered I have a perfect use for this bag - and I am going to make another one for a perfect reason very soon -- so that is good.
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Jerusalem tiles and a table runner.

These are the tiles that I ordered from Jerusalem tiles -- in Jerusalem. Now that they are all up in the kitchen I thought I would do a quick post about a table runner I am hoping to make.

There is a small group of tiles behind the stove. This is about 18 inches square.

There is a small row of them on the wall with the glass door cabinets.

And then there are Jim's fish tiles - one on either side of the window. Jim decided he wanted some cobalt blue tiles in the kitchen - so that is why we ended ordering tiles all the way from Jerusalem. I posted about that here.

I bought this fabric at the Vancouver quilt show a couple of weeks ago and just had a recent "Ah ha" moment about a fabulous table runner to compliment the new tiles. I have 10 fat quarters of this fabric - five in each bundle. The fabrics are all slightly different but the same indigo blue with a white design. I now need to find the perfect pattern. I am guessing this could take years. Kim from Stillmeadow sent me a pattern for a really lovely table runner - I think I have some great fabric for it but I don't think it will work with just the same colour blue - although my problem is I am not good at visualizing something - I really need to see it finished first and then of course it's too late. One of the big problems I had with the renovation --- How am I to tell if I like this granite - colour, whatever - from a tiny little sample!! Boy am I glad this is over -- more or less over anyway.

Our computer modem has died and I hooked up an old - very old modem - I think our very first modem. And the computer told me that it was working but it has limited use and I need a new modem -- good thing I know that! At least it seems to be working - so who knows what the computer access will be this week. I am heading off to spend the weekend quilting at a quilting retreat as well.  I have a few plans as to what I am going to do there -- mostly just relax I think!!  But I have a pattern for a quilt to make with the Morris Garden fabric and I am going to do a bit of cutting this week.  I also have a few Christmas stockings to make.

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