Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

And Then it Happened

Liam loves the decorative pillows that came in a bed in a bag years ago…Erik not so much as it seems silly to him to have to remove and replace unnecessary pillows from a bed.

Liam on the other hand has had hours of fun with them. Yesterday after arriving he created a little nest for himself so I handed him the book he has been reading…

I have always loved reading to children and Liam has been no exception. Encouraging him to read for pleasure has not always been met with excitement or even willingness.

I asked my friends son who is 13 for book recommendations and he suggested the And Then it happened series. His Mom said oh her son has outgrown the recommended age group but still pulls them out and reads for fun.

As his Mom put it these books have stories about pranks, farts, stinky, muddy stuff etc… perfect for a 9 1/2 yr old boy.

The link below gives a chapter from each book to sample… I ended up buying the series from Amazon to have in our library here for years of fun reading.

http://www.boysbookshelf.com/sample.html

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Dresden Flowers

Years ago while working at CCAC one of my tasks was to share certain stats with someone named Pam who worked for VON…her name was Pam and we often chatted about life a little. I knew that she was interested in quilting esp for when she retired. She also had told me that they had bought a camp (aka cottage in other areas) at one of our favourite fishing lakes.

Now years later we have met in person and she has given me the privilege to quilt some of the quilts that she is making for her grandchildren. This first one is made using Dresden plate as flowers each flower has writing on it from family members.

She had already embellished this top so we discussed quilting ideas other than a pantograph. Working from the front of the machine and what I call doodling with some added traced designs from a book by Judy Madsen this quilt left with its happy maker.

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Cathy’s Wolf Quilt

How amazing are these digital panels! Cathy has made this quilt for her granddaughter and now that there is a little more freedom for travelling she is finally able to deliver her quilt.

She chose a perfect dark charcoal Fireside for the backing. I pieced two lengths for the quilt….this fabric is so nice to work with and my only recommendation is to take the time to check the nap direction.

You can really see the outline of the pantograph Star Struck on the back!

I am sure that this quilt will be loved and snuggled under for many years to come!

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Longtime Gone and Life

This journey of life is so often winding and full of twists and turns and mine of late has been just that. So far this summer has been extremely full.

Birthday Roses a gift from last years birthday that bloomed on my day this year!

I celebrated my birthday last month and was so surprised when several of our daughters (we have 7 combined) and all but one of our grandchildren (he lives in Texas) came over to visit and have a impromptu pool and dinner party. It was so much fun!!! How can you beat the joy and laughter of family.

There have been medical appointments for family members who I do my best to be there for and this last week also involved a one day trip to Toronto for tests. A two hour flight each way and thankfully my sister by choice was there to drive us to and from the hospital…that was a full day!

Eriks Mom and I waiting for our first flight!

There are some more medical situations happening and the coming weeks will involve big decisions and changes for members of our family. Aging is not always easy.

My Dad however is turning 84 next week, he just bought himself a new bike and is really enjoying that freedom and fun. It’s nice to see. He has spent the last couple of years learning and perfecting his cooking skills and he told me last night that my brother has bought a Ninja Foodie…Dad bought one because I have one and he has been encouraging my brother to get one as well. Dad told me last night that my brother bought one yesterday.

Liam is still here almost every weekday. I love his fun and laughter and feel so blessed that we can be such a big part of his life! He keeps our pool well stirred up. He really enjoyed his guy day with Pappa while I was in Toronto and the next day…because they couldn’t fit it all in started driving the go cart…pictures to follow in another post.

Liam chilling during our heat wave

So….Life sure has its moments and as much of it brings joy some of it is really heavy and can make me so weary. My quilting life really does as always get me through. My current customer quilt is mostly freehand fill and puts me in a wonderful zen mode.

My Longtime Gone blocks are coming along … it’s not a project to rush through instead I am savouring each step.

60 degree triangles
Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Kathy’s Quilt

Kathy’s Exploding Heart quilt was so much fun to work on. Her fabric choices included some really whimsical prints …My favourite being the avocados. Green has never been a colour that I have gravitated towards but lately it has been drawing me in.

A small snippet of Avocados can be seen.

I am often asked to choose the quilting design and after some thought I felt that spirals would add to the fun of this quilt. I love the movement that they add.

Kathy sent me the pictures after finishing her quilt, her backing was a perfect choice and I am impressed with her machine binding. A skill that I haven’t worked on but plan to one day.

And last but not least! Her finished quilt that was a gift for her sister whom she told me absolutely loves her quilt.

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

First Fishing trip of 2021

The three of us decided yesterday morning that we needed a fishing day!

It was a bright sunny day and while we knew that fishing and the full moon don’t always mean a good catch we persevered.

Our adventure included some exploring and pictures of Liam on an interesting rock that looks carefully placed.

It’s actually so much larger close up!

A tiny island that provided a safe little swimming hole. This lake lacks areas for swimming.

The rocks under the water are very slippery and the lake is deep.
A good climb and view and another first for Liam.
Another first and According to Liam the most fun part of the day was his driving fast across the lake!

My excitement was my first catch of the summer! It was a team effort of course as I doubt I would have netted it myself while reeling in. We haven’t seen a pickerel this size at this lake before.

I am getting braver about holding my fish.
Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Long Time Gone Quilt and Life

It amazes me at times how much fabric I have accumulated over the years. I have had so much fun pulling from scraps that have been gifted and then digging through my own bits and pieces…a few (maybe more than a few) fatquarters have followed me home from Donnas shop in Pass Lake and a little online shopping as well for background fabrics. Or is this just a little stash enhancement.

Also a little thread wax as I have never tried it before.

Yesterday’s trip included some fun for Liam, as he got to meet and hold Oreo…this little guy was found by Donna’s grandson and was almost expired before he set out to revive the baby which he clearly has. (There are plans to release him when he appears to be ready…hopefully it won’t involve a certain scent 🦨)

The fun hoodie Liam is wearing was a little big on him just a few weeks ago!

Piecing Long Time Gone has been just the project for relaxation this summer. The piecing really isn’t difficult and has enough variety to keep it interesting and what a fantastic opportunity to play with colour!

Some blocks for my Long Time Gone project
Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

June Guild Meeting

Last night was the final meeting until fall for the Thunder Bay Quilters Guild.

The guild had arranged to have Rose Parr as a guest speaker. She spoke about Sew Smart-the Ergonomics of Healthy Quilting.

My cutting and pressing station are the perfect height for me, although I did realize that my chair was too low at my machine so tried changing it to the suggested height and experimented through the rest of the meeting with some crumb piecing and yes I prefer my chair higher!

I had started to sort through scraps while waiting for the meeting to begin and when I came across a little baggie of solid scraps I had a strong desire to play 😊 and by the end of the meeting this is what I came up with…

I was too late to send my Sisterhood swap block for last nights meeting however I do plan to use it for a bag at some point.

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Jennetts Quilts

These wall hangings were super fun to quilt for Jennett, the appliqué pieces were so intricate and interesting. She did tell me after I quilted them that they were made from kits and that the appliqué was all precut.

It wasn’t lost on my quilt model that he has been to all three of the places on the small hangings…

We miss our quick drives to Minnesota and hope to visit again sooner than later!
We also hope to visit Our Texas family again 😊
And of course…home sweet home
This one was so much fun to quilt and look at!
Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Fathers Day

One evening almost 17 years ago, my Dad called me and asked if I had ever heard of a Longarm quilting machine. I had seen the adds in magazines and knew that as a single Mom of 4 young girls that owning such a thing was not possible. I was working full time with a lot on my shoulders.

Well, a couple of weeks or so later, my Dad called me at work. (My parents lived in Calgary at the time and I in Thunder Bay). He called me to tell me that he had ordered an APQS Millenium Longarm and that it would be delivered in 2 weeks!!!

My Dad, an artist himself knew something that I didn’t know at the time. He knew that I could use my love of quilts and my creativity to not only supplement my income but to grow in my art.

Happy Fathers Day Dad!!

Dad with his faithful companion Charlie and I