Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Mother’s Day

This is a picture from many years ago but a favourite of mine with my 4 daughters. Back when life was just a blur of busy days but in so many ways a favourite season of my life. As a young Mom I strived to do my best, to be who each of my girls needed me to be.

Now so many years later, they have all spread their wings and are busy living their lives as they should be. I am so proud of the women that they have become.

This was my third Mother’s Day without my Mom. It still seems strange to not call, and visit with a gift.

Mom with her first great grandson Jerry. Shortly after he was born.

It was a quiet day here, and actually an opportunity to play. I spent a part of the day working on my final block…at least I think it will be…for my Moda Blockheads quilt. I have had this idea for a while but very little time to execute it.

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

One Block Wonder

Eryn’s One Block wonders centre reminded me of the water colour quilts from a few years ago. She made her quilt a more modern version adding the red and black borders.

One Block Wonder quilted using the Pantograph Rhapsody.
Her backing was a playful print of bees and flowers.
Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

That was a Week…

Life has been full and busy. I love my quiet morning starts though with helping Liam with virtual school Monday to Friday the mornings are busy.

There has been a lot of talk about how students are managing and after sitting close by and listening to the class I can tell that there are kids that really buy into this type of school and several that really don’t. Without constant parental supervision the kids are zoning in and out logging in and out or just not doing it.

For the last two weeks, I sat with Liam for most of his classes and did my best to encourage him and to do his work in a timely manner. With some success but not all. His teacher really is doing a great job considering but the tools are not ideal.

At times I have told Liam to put on his shoes and go run off some of his energy… I am afraid that virtual schooling is turning Liam off of learning. To be honest it’s been exhausting. I cannot imagine how I would have managed working from home and my 4 girls when they were school age.

Anyways we did have some fun too!

My granddaughter celebrated her first birthday and Liam and I made her cake.

Minka’s first Birthday Cake
An archeological dig…
A visit to the local garden centre to he had to try out this chair.

Also a little piecing and two customer quilts completed… one left today

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Liam and Art

As our continued lockdown due to Covid continues along with the schools being virtual only. Liam and I worked hard this last week on studies…virtual learning is not easy nor is it for all kids.

We were both thankful for art on Friday, early in the week the kids were told that they would need items from nature. Liam bought into this project right away! He began collection items while we worked on readying the flower beds for summer.

On Friday we watched a slide presentation and video. The students were instructed to create their art outside and take pictures to be uploaded on the school platform.

Starting out in the front yard, after getting out his old wheel barrel only to realize that he has more than outgrown it!
We headed into the bush where he found a large stump to use as his platform. Using a robins nest left from last year as his centre piece he added various pine cones and a crocus to the nest then various rocks and a pine bough…he wanted to make a teepee with some branches he found so we tied them with a willow branch.

Then for more colour he found some birch branches left from last falls tree harvesting.

He had so much fun making his art! What a great project kudos to his teacher…who also made it clear that these projects were intended to stay outside.

After a very busy week, he finished it off with a bubblegum ice cream cone.

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Purple and Orange

I remember in grade 7, which would have been around 1975…one of my favourite tops had purple and orange stripes. I loved wearing it!

I also had an art teacher tell me that those two colours don’t go together there fore I was to rethink my assignment. Hopefully teachers today don’t stifle young creative peoples ideas such as back then.

Years later while making my first block of the month quilt…I decided to deviate from the pattern a little with my own idea and an at that time period friend exclaimed that I couldn’t do that! Well I did and I remember liking that mine was more unique!

Two things brought this to mind today first is this customer quilt!

Susan M’s quilt. Here and There Pantograph
I just love the colour combo

Next I have been puttering away at my Moda Blockheads quilt and am wanting it off the design wall. I have been wanting to make a sisterhood block so made one for the Moda quilt.

I haven’t done a lot of paper piecing and so this one gave me some challenges when putting the units together esp the centre. I ended up tacking down the points that really need to meet before sewing the whole unit. The paper is still in the block, I am sure once it’s in the quilt and quilted I will be quite happy with it.

I also really enjoyed how nice and round and smooth the appliqués turned out. The tulip brand needles I used were so smooth and easy to sew with along with 60 wt thread. Though in the further I may use 80 wt for appliqué instead.

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Customer Stash Quilts

With having to be home so much this last year so many of my customers have challenged themselves to use their stashes as well as to try out new patterns.

This cat quilt definitely fit the bill! When you look at scrap quilts their charm is often how so many different fabrics fit together and look great!

A soft flowing pantograph added a little movement …
This leopard print mad a fun backing!
Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Liam’s Spring Break and winter…isn’t over until it decides…

We finished Liam’s spring break with some firsts of the year on Friday

First ice cream cone of the year
First ride….last year his feet hardly reached the ground this year it’s the perfect fit.
First swing of the year….last year he would have me stop pushing at a point this year it was higher Grandma…higher!
We thought that we were saying goodbye to the snow hill!

Later that night He and his Dad met up with Pappa and did some smelt fishing… I wasn’t there so no picture other than the result.

I clean smelts…they are the only fish I clean! Thankfully we have family and friends that love smelts and insist on cleaning their own as we really only enjoy eating a few meals of them in the spring….

Speaking of spring…winter tells us it’s not over until it’s over and we woke this morning to this

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Hand Sewing Needles

I am a machine quilter and piecer. For the most part the only hand sewing that I do is on the bindings on quilts.

For years I have used Bohin size 8 straw milliners and they were great however they have a tendency to bend. Someone suggested Lori Holts needles so I gave them a try but found them too thick and didn’t glide through the fabric as I like. A blogger that I follow had recommended Clovers Black Gold needles…while they are very thin and strong I was still labouring to push the needle through the fabric.

Then I read on another blog that she had ordered and tried and highly recommended Tulip Needles so I decided to give them a try!

They are fantastic! Perfect length very thin and strong. The packaging is different and felt like a little present and the needles come in a cute little tube with a cork top.

I may have to start a hand sewing project soon!