TGIF

This week was a long and tiring one thankfully its a long weekend! Ontario celebrate Family Day on Monday.

In my last post I shared some pictures of some of my Dads wood carving. This picture is of the Thunder Bay Carvers Associations Quilt. My Dads block is the Eagle on the bottom row. This is not my Dads first quilt however

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When they first moved back to Thunder Bay, my parents lived with the girls and I while their house was being built and I challenged him to make a quilt.

You can see it here I think he did a great job on it and it was fun to quilt.

I started my newest quilt this week, I love piecing. One of the girls I work with is also a quilter and the other day she said “I’ve always loved the sound of using the iron” I have too. I love every step of making a new quilt.

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I’m also working on this customer quilt. I’ll get more done tomorrow, what a great feeling to wake up on Saturday and know I don’t have to rush out the door, I can take my coffee and get to work on what I love doing.

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Here’s one more little Valentines project, I have one more to finish hand stitching the binding down on. Sometimes its just fun to make a simple little project I can finish up.

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Happy Valentines Day!

Monday

I love the Christmas Wish BOM that I found at Gail Pan Designs I am going to make another block for the quilt but decided to make this one as a little valentines hanging for my little cubicle that I spend so much time in. It is bound and hanging, I used the pink version of the border fabric to bind it but didn’t get a picture of it before I took it to work.

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I thought it looked abit lonely so I also did this one. I have done any embroidery in years and I’d forgotten how relaxing I find it.

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This weekend I started cutting out My Rosie Checks Quilt kit that I picked up last weekend. I just love the colours and I’m itching to just get at this one and get it done but I’ll have to settle for a bit at a time a savor the journey. I have quilt jobs to do and that day job of mine really takes up alot of precious quilting hours. I am thankful for my job really I am I just wish I had a clone that I could sent there and put in the hours for me.

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We celebrated my daughters birthday at my parents over the weekend

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img_2548-smallI’ve been meaning to share some pictures of some of my Dads work, he started carving when Sarah was born or shortly afterward and is incredibly talented, if I do say so myself 🙂 My mom has painted many of his pieces and one day I’ll share some pictures of her many talents.

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img_2564-small-2last year my Dad started carving whimsical houses. They are so cool and each one is different. His gift to the girls and I were our own collection each. 3 smaller ones to hang on our Christmas trees and one bigger one for display. These are some of the ones he as at their house.

He’s also carved many Father Christmas’ using trunks from Christmas trees waiting for the chipper. Great recycling eh?

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One more picture, from the hike Erik and I went on yesterday. We came across a couple of partriges sitting on tree branches just above the trail. They are really funny birds, usually when I’ve seen them they are standing on a country road and they don’t move out of the way, they’ll stand just like statues and I’ve seen cars go over them and they’re still standing where they were unfazed.

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One more thing I’d like to share is another blog that I’ve been visiting. It belongs to Nicole and even though I’ve never met her she’s been (being) a bad influence on me 🙂  I love her quilts and her fabric  and pattern choices…she is partly to “blame” for some of my recent shopping trips at fatquartershop.com.  There are of course many more blogs that I love and spend far too much time visiting and getting so many ideas that I may need another lifetime to try.