I Love Thursday #18

A few months ago I was introduced to LeeAnna and a group of inspiring friends who get together most Thursday’s to share a list of likes and loves over on LeeAnna’s blog Not Afraid of Color. Through the year of Covid 19, political drama, deaths, murders and political unrest, I found it to be very soothing to stop and think of the things in my life that bring me joy and happiness. A bit of positive reinforcement can only help, right?

First and foremost, I love my family and my friends. My birthday on the 15th brought many phone calls, FaceTime visits and on line chats with my children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and friends and an amazing lemon tart for dessert! 😊

I love my home and the beautiful Province I live in. British Columbia has everything from mountains, waterfalls to a beautiful desert area. I have had fun fishing, hunting, hiking and even gold panning in this amazing province full of opportunities to see and do anything outdoors.

Snow topped mountains are all around us.

I really like getting to visit other friends homes and studios. I had the opportunity to visit Dragonfly Organic Studios, which belongs to Lori, a talented friend who does amazing glass work as well as quilting. She actually built her studio herself, and has these incredible doors that her Dad made. Both of them are very talented people.

Classes with Lori are definitely on my bucket list as well!

I like visiting other provinces when their isn’t a pandemic just to see the varied landscapes in our country and one more trip to the east Coast of Canada is on my bucket list. I would like to go back to the town I was born, Chatham New Brunswick and visit Newfoundland since it is the only Province I have not yet seen. I just keep telling myself “Some Day 😉”.

I love having my machines back from the spa and am enjoying some FMQ time. This was one of my favourite finishes but I can guarantee myself that I will never ever use wool roving for batting again. It shifts and puckers never endingly.

FMQ Fun

I really like being able to contribute to local charities. Every year the food bank has a Christmas Party for their recipients. Normally the crafters in our community make small items that the kids can pick from and volunteers help the kids wrap the items so the kids have gifts for their Moms and Das. This year the party is not able to be done. Instead the meals will be cooked and put in takeout containers and delivered. We have been asked to make our items and they will be included in gift bags so the kids can see what they are gifting their parents. I have started using my scrap stash to make items for them. My goal is to have 24 or more done by Nov. 30 which is our deadline to have items dropped off. I’m making snappy bags with the tape measure closure.

First 2 bags done.

Another source of happiness in my life is working for both our Provincial and Federal elections. Monday and Tuesday saw me leaving home at 5:30 am, driving an hour over a nasty pass with some minor rock slide action, through foggy stretches and in to the town where I was scheduled to supervise the advance voting. It was so much fun to see the young people coming in to vote and getting to know my staff. We did have deliveries of home baked lemon squares (my favourite) one day and caramel/chocolate goodies the next. It’s always been my way of doing my civic duty, but it was even better this year with the goodies arriving to show the community support. Everything went well with masks being worn, face shields and masks on staff, hand sanitizer and plexiglass glass shield all in place. According to a news report I heard, advance voting and voting by mail is up by thousands this year. It will be interesting to see the results on Election Day, October 24, 2020. We managed to close down and get out of the hall by 8:15 pm and after a stop at the office, I can say I was home enjoying a cup of tea by 9:30 pm.

Yesterday our federal government survived a non confidence vote (we have a minority government in office) so we will not be heading back to the polls until possibly December if there is another vote.

I don’t know about you, but I’m just feeling so done with politics right now.

Thanks for taking the time to read my post. Do stop over to Lee Anna’s to see what every one else is appreciating in their lives this week. 😉 Carol

To- Do Tuesday #28

The fall season has settled in here with a whole lot of rain and snow up on the peaks of the mountains. With that I seem to be regaining my sewjo and have managed time with my machine every day.

This is my list from last week. I can tell my head had a brain fog going on because I forgot to include my project for the From the Heart Blog Hop which runs from October 26 – 28.

1. Finish my test pattern project for The Quilt Pattern Magazine. Flimsy is finished and in the To Be Quilted Pile. It might get finished before the publication date.

2. Keep working on my test pattern for Kris at Phoebe Moon. Some progress

3. Continue sewing my test pattern for Sarah. Some progress

4. Try not to add anything until these are done. Managed to not anything unless you count my Blog Hop Project 🥴

This week has me working our Advance Polls for the Provincial Elections from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm and the polling station is an hours drive each way through a nasty pass so I’m guessing my productivity will be down 🤔

My updated list for this week is a bit paired down since I will be working advance polls for our Provincial Election from 7:00 am until at least 8:30 pm for two days;

1. Finish my project, take pictures and write my blog post for my day, October 27.

2. Keep working on my test pattern for Kris at Phoebe Moon. 

3. Continue sewing my test pattern for Sarah.

4. Try not to add anything until these are done unless the squirrel buzzing around become a full blown Squirrel Attack.

As usual I will be linking with Roseanne and Sue over at their blog Home Sewn By Us for their weekly To Do Tuesday Linky party.

Do visit their site to see what all of their quilty friends are up to.

Have a wonderful week full of quilty inspiration, fondling fabric and please make sure you VOTE. 😄 Carol

From The Heart Blog Hop Oct.26 – 28

I’m so looking forward to this hop which is being hosted by Carol from Just Let Me Quilt. Mark your calendars to check out these blogs from October 26 – 28 for some fun projects for gift ideas.

Look who will be inspiring you with amazing ideas:

October 26

Creatin’ in the Sticks

Ms P Designs USA

Becky’s Adventures in Quilting and Travel

Websterquilt

Selina Quilts

Cynthia’s Creating Ark

Quilting Gail

Scrapdash

Ridge Top Quilt

Elizabeth Coughlin Designs

That Fabric Feeling

Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting

October 27

MooseStashQuilting

Just Because Quilts

Day Brook Designs

Karen’s Korner

Quilt Schmilt. Here’s my day!

Kathy’s Kwilts and More

Karrin’s Crazy World

Words & Stitches

Vroomans Quilts

Sew Many Yarns

Songbird Designs

Samelia’s Mum

October 28

Just Let Me Quilt

Quiltscapes

Beaquilter

Seams To Be Sew

Pieceful Thoughts of My Quilting Life

Bumbleberry Stitches

Days Filled With Joy

Quilted Delights

Den Syende Himmel

Life in the Scrapatch

Storied Quilts

Kathleen McMusing

Food for Thought

I am sharing a peak at some fun fabrics I am playing with.

See you all next week, if not sooner! 😉 Carol

Another Pattern Test Done!

I’m so happy to say I finished another pattern test. This one was a bit of great fun because I used some of my favourite fabrics; Stonehenge in lovely orange/ gold, Kona cotton in blue, leftover jelly roll strips from Kaffe Fasset and a leftover piece of bright colours on a black background that had no selvedge to know the designer. 😏

I pieced 277 – 4 1/2” blocks for this beauty!

These beautiful fabrics blended well and I finished with a beautiful, bright 68 1/2” x 84 1/2” quilt top.

This was a pattern test for The Quilt Pattern Magazine and I am really looking forward to the reveal in February of 2021.

A finished flimsy for a pattern test.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope these bright, cheery fabrics make you smile as they did me. 😉 Carol

I Love Thursday #18

Another week has gone by and so many of our quilty friends are sharing their lists of loves and likes over on LeeAnna blog, Not Afraid of Color. Do pop on over to see what treasures they are sharing with all of us today.

My week has been full of fun and interesting events.

I like driving in the early morning through our mountains. I had to go to New Denver to take my training for our Provincial Elections. I like doing my civic duty and always try to work in some capacity to help our process work. I am especially pleased with the safety protocols that have been enacted to keep both workers and voters safe this time around.

My early morning view as the fog was clearing

After my day of training I came home and managed after dinner to spend some time with fabric. I’m really liking the way these fabric are playing together for the test pattern I’m doing.

I love the view outside our door today. Our mountaintops are showing off the first bright, white scattering of snow. It always makes me happy to have a few days or weeks of seeing the white before we actually get to walk in it!

Can you see the white mountaintops?

I love having such a large and amazing family and really appreciate the many photos I receive.

This sweet little man is my youngest grandson, and is on his way in to his first day of school. We are all having a chuckle because his school is in Mexico and is Spanish speaking. I love my son and daughter in laws way of parenting their kids. Adventures abound in their lives!

I admit to being particularly fond of this sweet little poppet.

Clarke will be walking by month’s end

I do like collecting memes to share with all of you.

And now, since it is my birthday, I am off to go for a socially, distanced dinner with my DH. We have our warm jackets ready to wear since we will be dining outdoors on the deck. 😉

Thank you for stopping by and do pop over to LeeAnna’s blog to see what others are sharing today. 😄 Carol

Linking with It’s a Small Town Life

From The Heart Blog Hop

It’s coming soon! Only 2 weeks to go! Then we will have 3 days of inspirational fun. I’m so looking forward to this hop which is being hosted by Carol from Just Let Me Quilt. Mark your calendars to check out these blogs from October 26 – 28.

Look who will be inspiring you with amazing ideas:

October 26

Creatin’ in the Sticks

Ms P Designs USA

Becky’s Adventures in Quilting and Travel

Websterquilt

Selina Quilts

Cynthia’s Creating Ark

Quilting Gail

Scrapdash

Ridge Top Quilt

Elizabeth Coughlin Designs

That Fabric Feeling

Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting

 October 27

MooseStashQuilting

Just Because Quilts

Day Brook Designs

Karen’s Korner

Quilt Schmilt

Kathy’s Kwilts and More

Karrin’s Crazy World

Words & Stitches

Vroomans Quilts

Sew Many Yarns

Songbird Designs

Samelia’s Mum

 October 28

Just Let Me Quilt

Quiltscapes

Beaquilter

Seams To Be Sew

Pieceful Thoughts of My Quilting Life

Bumbleberry Stitches

Days Filled With Joy

Quilted Delights

Den Syende Himmel

Life in the Scrapatch

Storied Quilts

Kathleen McMusing

Food for Thought

To-Do Tuesday 27

This week has just spun by so quickly.

I was able to teach at my Guild again on Saturday. My group of 5 were each busy with their own projects so I even managed a bit of time with my machine. One of these amazing ladies finished constructing her quilt top that she started pre-Covid. It was her second quilt so I’m very impressed. Her points are perfect in her 9” blocks. She has given me permission to share a photo of her top. I am in love with the batiks she used. One layer cake was enough to do her blocks. We played with the layouts and this turned out prettiest.

I’ve had some success with my list from last week.

1. Finish my test pattern project for The Quilt Pattern Magazine. Just finishing the top. 3 more rows to go on.

My last stack of blocks, ready to press and trim

2. Keep working on my test pattern for Kris at Phoebe Moon. Started piecing my blocks.

3. Start sewing my test pattern for Sarah. A bit of progress on this one.

4. Bind the squirrel quilt that attacked me so it can be gifted tomorrow. Finished and gifted to a lovely couple who are expecting their first child.

This week I have my birthday and 2 days of training to prepare to work for our Provincial Election. Masks, social distancing, hand sanitizer and plexiglass shields are a mandatory part of the protocols allowing us to safely vote or participate in doing our civic duty by helping others to vote safely.

My list will reflect it:

1. Finish my test pattern project for The Quilt Pattern Magazine.

2. Keep working on my test pattern for Kris at Phoebe Moon. 

3. Continue sewing my test pattern for Sarah.

4. Try not to add anything until these are done. 😉

I am linking up with Sue and Roseanne at Home Sewn By Us at their weekly To Do Linky party.

It’s a Garden Party RAL Show and Tell

Show and Tell Day is coming Oct. 13

Tomorrow is the day for Show and Tell. Here is the list of the participants for you to visit.

Blue Heron Quilting
The Devoted Quilter
Kissed Quilts
Daughters of Dorinda
Kathleen McMusing
Ms P Designs USA
Clever Chameleon
Barbara Dieges
Renee’s Quilting Addiction
Words & Stitches
Linda B Creative
Seams To Be Sew

As always, I would ask you to show these amazing bloggers some love by commenting on their beauties. 😉 Carol

Happy Thanksgiving

Here in Canada it’s Thanksgiving Day. Some people are managing to share their holiday with family and friends. Others are choosing to stay home in their bubble. However you are choosing to spend your day I do hope it is wonderful.

DH and I are tucked in at home. The weather is a bit unpredictable right now. We have been experienced by a rainy October but there have some glorious days when DH was able to get out on the course. It’s beautiful here this morning with the fog starting to clear.

I have been sitting here thinking of my life, my family and my friends and how thankful I am. I’m relatively healthy and my DH is doing extremely well for “a man in his condition” as he likes to say.

My family are all safe and healthy. My daughter in law and grandkids survived the latest hurricane in Mexico with no harm or damage to either themselves or their many new friends in their community.

I have a decent 😉 stash to keep me busy, am privileged to be able to do some pattern testing for several designers I admire and DH supports my addiction fully.

I am going to be able to work a few days in our upcoming Provincial elections which will enable me to be able to perform my civic duty. They have satisfied me with the stringent safety protocols that are in place. DH and I have already voted by mail.

I am so thankful for my online community which keeps me sane and inspired and I am especially thankful for you, my readers who stop in to see what I am up to, follow my blog and keep me motivated by your sweet comments.

Stay safe, wear a mask and above all, be kind! 😉 Carol

I Love Thursday #17

I’m joining LeeAnna at Not Afraid of Color and a group of like minded people who share their likes or loves on Thursdays. It’s so inspiring to see such positive posts every week! Once again I’m late linking up but yesterday was a day away from home.

I love the fall and the colours of the foliage as it is getting ready for winter. We were in Nelson yesterday for one of DH’s medical appointments and I took a couple of minutes to enjoy the fall colours and the quaint heritage buildings.

Nelson is a very hilly city and I always admire the funny twists, hills and views on the streets.

While we were there the skies were an incredible blue and the sun was shining.

The clinic is in a beautiful heritage building, complete with hardwood floors and incredible wainscotting. I love the brickwork on this building and am very happy to see a plaque commemorating it as a heritage building.

While we were getting in to the car after DH”s treatment we were rewarded with this:

I love the colours and find it to make me think of colour palette’s for a new quilt design.

I love being able to continue sewing through all of the madness in our world. I was privileged to be asked to test a pattern for Sandra Walker of MMM Quilts. Sandra has a wonderful giveaway on her blog today to celebrate the seventh anniversary of her blog and the release of her latest pattern. The pattern is Waltzing With Bears and it is a sweet one to make. You can read about my experience here.

Now I am off to continue playing with fabric for my next pattern test.

Hope your day is filled with sunshine and fun. If you are here in Canada I would like to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving. As always I am hoping you stay home, stay safe and above all else be kind. So happy to have you visit me.

😄 Carol

Pattern Testing – Waltzing With Bears

I had the great privilege of testing a pattern, Waltzing With Bears, by a designer I really admire, Sandra Walker who shares her patterns and projects at MMM Quilts. Sandra is a fellow Canadian and an Island Batik Ambassador. I’ve followed her blog and made a few quilts from her patterns and was thrilled to be able to test drive her newest pattern.

My granddaughter had requested a quilt and had picked these fabrics:

Here are the selvedge edges to show the designers/suppliers of these fabrics in case you need to get them

That beautiful stripe will be the binding on this beauty. I also used 3 pieces of fabric from my stash which were leftovers from other projects and did not have the selvedge on them.

My granddaughter had been chatting back and forth on the design of her quilt, but hadn’t quite figured out what to do. I decided I had to “borrow” the fabrics to make this quilt.

Using my Accuquilt cutter and dies the quilt was cut in a couple of hours.

With all that had been going on in my life I really needed some fabric therapy.

This pattern was so well written I was able to convert the instructions to be able to use my Accuquilt cutter and Dies so it only took a couple of hours to cut even with the distraction of DH having news on almost constantly.

My blocks went together in an evening but then I had received some news which derailed me for a couple of days.

I started putting the blocks together while DH had the Presidential debate on the tv. Once I had assembled it I realized that several blocks had been flipped.

Trusty Jack was busy the next day assisting me in taking the whole top apart. There are only 16 blocks in this pattern so it didn’t take long!

My next stint at the sewing machine had the top reassembled in record time. As usual DH had the remote in his hand. His favourite night time occupation is flipping back and forth between Canadian news and American news and the tv is approximately 6 feet from my sewing table. Well guess what happened? I reversed the blocks in one column so Jack was put to work again.

Here she is in all her glory:

This pattern is very well written. In my opinion even a Novice Quilter could make this quilt and enjoy the process. I can only hope that your sewing machine isn’t near the tv for world events to distract you! Either turn the television off or wear ear buds and listen to a good book or wonderful music so your blocks don’t get turned around between your design board and the machine 🥴

This lovely quilt is in my To Be Quilted pile and as soon as I finish some other timely commitments it will be finished.

So thank you to Sandra for allowing me to test this fun to piece quilt which finishes at 56 1/2” square. This is the Waltzing With Bears pattern and is now available in Sandra’s Etsy Shop for a very reasonable price. Pop on over to Sandra’s Blog MMM Quilts to see the other versions of this quilt which was also tested by Anja from Anja Quilts and Jennifer Robinson. I’m in awe of their beautiful quilts!

Thank you for stopping in to see what fun I’ve been having. 😉 Carol

Linking with:

Clever Chameleon

For The Love of Geese

From Bolt to Beauty

September Time and Stash Report

September was a month where life got in the way but some days I did manage at least my 15 minutes; some days more and I had several where not a minute was spent with my fabric or sewing machine.

Previous: 177/244

September: 20/30

Total days goal met: 197/274

Stash report:

  • Previous balance: 164
  • Fabric in last month: 27 Yards
  • Fabric out last month: 12 Yards
  • Balance in stash: 179

* any fabric used from the scrap bins; doesn’t count as stash.

September Block Report

My blocks this year have been:

January 196 Blocks

February 66 Blocks

March 43 Blocks

April 173.5 Blocks

May 42 Blocks

June 42 Blocks

July 137 Blocks

August 18 Blocks

September 32 Blocks

– BB Song test 1

– Hello Fall Runner 3

– Baby Blue Quilt 12

– WWB Pattern Test 16

Previous Total: 717.5

YTD Total 749.5

Not a very productive month for sewing, but DH had his knee surgery, wildfires were burning, 3 deaths to cope with emotionally, and my DD was here for a visit and some help with some issues. It was time for Mom to the Rescue! I’m happy with what I did manage in spite of life interfering.

Linking with Prairie Moon August 350 Block Report

How was your month? Did you manage time to fondle fabric? What are you working on? Carol

To Do Tuesday 26

Last week I was hoping to meet the following goals:

1. Keep working on my test pattern project for The Quilt Pattern Magazine. Just about finished piecing the blocks.

2. Keep working on my test pattern for Kris at Phoebe Moon. Cutting fabric.

3. Start sewing my test pattern for Sarah. Haven’t been able to progress this one.

4. Finish the flimsy for a secret sewing project. Finished

5. Finish quilting the squirrel that attacked me so it can be gifted on Tuesday next. Quilting is finished.

This week I will try to:

1. Finish my test pattern project for The Quilt Pattern Magazine.

2. Keep working on my test pattern for Kris at Phoebe Moon.

3. Start sewing my test pattern for Sarah.

4. Bind the squirrel quilt that attacked me so it can be gifted tomorrow.

Thanks for stopping by to read my post. I’m linking with Sue and Roseanne at Home Sewn by Us on their Linky Party.

Autumn Jubilee 2020

This is one of my favourite sign that Fall has arrived and we are easing in to our fall/winter sewing routines.

Just click on the photo to be taken to Carole’s site for all the details of her annual fun!

Autumn Jubilee is beginning

2020 FAL Q4 List

Can you believe we are in the final quarter of the year that keeps giving? What other October surprises are we to experience?

For my goals this quarter I am trying to keep it minimalized.

1. Complete the 5 pattern tests I am committed to.

2. Do 2 Commissions; a summer quilted duvet cover and a quilted winter duvet cover for one gentleman and a quilt for another gentleman.

3. Handle any squirrels that come along.

4. Finish at least one UFO.

5. Complete my project for the From The Heart Blog Hop hosted by Carol at Just Let Me Quilt

Doable? I think so in spite of the emotional turmoil of deaths in my family, the political dram that is unfolding, or rather continuing to unfold, and the worldwide pandemic. As quilters all we can do is:

Fabric therapy does help. 🤣

What goals have you set for yourself for this quarter? Do you have and specific deadlines? Do you use these goal setting linkups to help you progress your projects?

Thank you for visiting my site. 😁 Carol

October OMG

October will be a busy month for me.

1. Finish my project for the From The Heart Blog Hop which starts October 26.

2. Complete the pattern test for Sandra.

2. Complete the pattern test for Sarah.

3. Complete the pattern test for Kris.

4. Complete the pattern test for The Quilt Pattern Magazine.

5. Start piecing my treasured stash of batiks I have been hoarding/saving to make a quilt for me for this winter.

6. Complete the Star Kissed QAL quilt top and get it sandwiched. My quilting machine is home so I might get to start quilting this one. 😉

Will I succeed? Who knows! I’m still recovering from the emotions of my ex husband passing away, a dear friend dieting in a motorcycle accident and an aunt losing her battle with cancer, all in a two week period. These days I’m just putting one foot in front of the other and indulging in heavy doses of fabric therapy.

What are your plans for October? Hopefully you have planned time to fondle fabric. It does help in these trying times. Stay home, stay safe, wear a mask and above all be kind.

😊 Carol

Linking up with Elm Street Quilts on the October OMG Linky Party.

From The Heart Blog Hop

The word is out that Carol from Just Let Me Quilt is hosting another Blog Hop from October 26-28.

The list of bloggers taking part is truly inspiring. You just might find a new project, pattern or even a prize to try to win! Mark your calendars and be prepared for some special eye candy! 😉 Carol

2020 FAL Q3 List

2020 FAL Q3 List

I managed to finish all of the projects I had set as my goals and advance the other projects I had intended to.

This quarter has a few challenges so let’s see how far I get with my goals on the List:

  1. Take my machine in to the hospital for repairs AGAIN. 😢 Picked them up.
  1. Get two more quilts done from my To Be Quilted Pile when my machine is repaired. Not done. Just got my machines back yesterday
  1. Remake my block for the It’s a Garden Party Row Along. (September) and complete the other blocks and assemble the quilt in time for the Blog Hop. Done and posted.
  1. Keep working on the Star Kissed Quilt Along and get it to flimsy stage.
  1. Complete my projects for the Christmas in July Blog Hop. Done and Posted
  1. Finish to flimsy the project using my treasured Primo Batiks that I won on Mary Mack’s Blog. Some progress
  1. Pull another UFO and get it finished to flimsy stage. No Progress
  1. Try to limit myself to only one other quilt along for this quarter. 2 on the go so far! 🥴 Done
  1. Keep up with the requests for pattern testing. One finished. 4 more on the go!
  1. Keep knitting socks and crocheting rag rugs as time allows. Some progress. No progress

Considering the state of our world and the emotional upheaval, I am satisfied with the projects I managed to finish or at least progress!

Thanks for stopping by to read my post. 😄 Carol

I Love Thursday #16

There is a wonderful group that get together on LeeAnna’s blog, Not Afraid of Color to share lists of things that make them happy, things they love or things they like.

I really like taking the time to think of things that make me happy and appreciate my life just a little bit more; things that can help me cope with these crazy times and the concern we are all experiencing with Covid numbers rising, the strange political goings on in so many parts of the world and finding ways to cope with losing my ex husband, a dear friend in a motorcycle accident and an aunt in a two week period.

I love DH and his bizarre sense of humour. He has been coming up with funny sayings that he learned from his father, a transplanted Newfie! They come out of his mouth at very unexpected times just to try to make me smile. I tried to get a picture of him playing golf today but so far he is managing to avoid the camera. I like seeing him get around now with no walker or walking stick.

He ducked behind the tree when he saw me with camera in hand!

I like being able to get outside for walks now that the rain cleared most of the smoke from our skies and helped get our local fire contained. You can just see the one plume to the left of the ridge now. We are enjoying weather in the mid twenties now. I think it’s safe to say Indian Summer has arrived and our trees are just starting to change color now.

I love getting snail mail. Yesterday I received a lovely sympathy card with a sweet note from a quilty friend from our on line community. Yes, I did smile through my tears knowing that our community does take the time to care for each other, and to help each other out with words of comfort. I also received a wonderful card thanking me for some quilt tops and blocks I had donated to a charity. Both were very touching surprises.

I love surprises and prizes and today I received an email from Carla at Creatin’ In The Sticks. I won a gift certificate for the Fat Quarter Shop! It was an incredible surprise and I admit to doing a happy dance because I had just been browsing the shop for a couple of things I need!

I like getting my machines back from the spa and getting the report on their condition. I have a wonderful technician that I trust implicitly to take care of my toys. When I picked up both of them I was happy to get a good report on my Janome. It’s 20 years old and good for at least another twenty he says. My Pfaff however is not so great. The hook is going so we discussed the pros and cons about putting more money in to keeping a 30 year old machine running. Then I looked at the various quilting machines he had in stock. It was fun to look and try them out but I had to say no. They are out of my budget at this time. Then Allan offered me a deal I couldn’t refuse. I am now the proud owner of a HQ Avante 18 on a twelve foot frame. I think I got the deal I did because I have sent all of my friends and students to him for their spa treatments and repairs and he has sold 8 machines in the past 2 years to several of us. I like feeling appreciated because I value an honest tradesman/technician. Since I have limited space in our apartment it will live at my friends home in Oyama. It just means we will have to visit for nice long visits 2 or 3 times a month!

I really like making some progress on the 4 quilts I am doing as pattern tests for some designers I admire. If life can settle down now in to a normal routine, I should have all 4 flimsies finished before next weekend. We only have 2 town trips next week for medical stuff. I have a telephone consult with my doctor and our Guild has our AGM (via telephone) on Wednesday. I like thinking I CAN do it and perhaps even finish quilting the quilt I need to gift on Tuesday 🥴

I love popping around to visit the other people that join up on LeeAnna’s blog and reading what makes them happy. I especially enjoy seeing the photos of their fur babies and their gardens.

If you get a chance to stop by some of their blogs do so. I can guarantee you will find a smile, a giggle or perhaps even a chuckle at each of the posts.

Thanks for stopping by to read my post. I really enjoy the comments! 😄 Carol

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