Ho ho ho…

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My advent calendar.  My friend Jen spun and knit these beautiful minature mittens for me.  They have such meaning for me since she passed away this summer.  Each day I put up one mitten, counting down to the 25th.   This year I found these beautiful gold light garlands and I have incorporated them with the mittens.  Every night I hang a mitten and turn on the lights.

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So beautiful.  And yes,  those are miniature hexagon ornaments.

I have been keeping busy making small things.

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I am making these cute origami pockets.  They are such fin to make.

I have also pulled out my scraps and relaxed by doing foundation piecing:

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They are called “wild and goosey” blocks by Bonnie Hunter.  Just pulling out scraps.  I decided to use the same white in all of the blocks. I need a lot of blocks because it takes 4 miniature blocks for one block and then they will be sashed! The little houses are me miniature houses resurrected! For each 4 miniature “wild and goosy” blocks, I make one house.  I want 365 of these houses.

Of course a quilter with a cat is never alone:

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Until next time.  Happy quilting!

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I Love Home Quilt

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I finished block 2 of Jacquelene Steves “I Love Home Quilt” project.  It is such fun to spend time doing the embroidery and applique; all by hand and then piece tehe blocks together.  I really enjoy the mix.  The colours are looking clean and sharp.  Now to wait for the first Monday in October for the third block.

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Still creating; every day

I have been consistently stitching.  I am taking part in little stitcheries and love prepping them and finishing them.

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Jacquelynne Steves “I Love Home” block of the month is so cute.  I am the ultimate homebody and this little project speaks to me.  So with a bit of stitching every day, the first block is done.  The second block comes out tomorrow and I am anxious to prep it.  Prepping makes it it so much easier to pick up and do. For the project I am following Alyssa Thomas’ lead,  using embroidery and applique.  Alyssa is live every evening through the week and she has a variety of projects.  She uses facebook live and the videos are uploaded to Youtube the next day.

My second little project is from Alyssa; “Craft a Happy Life.” I made it into a little postcard to send to a friend. I love embroidery. I am not great at it but I have to do it to get better.

Life is short. Prepping and producing to create balance in my life.

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A Quilter’s funeral

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I went to my best friend’s funeral today and my eyes are sore from crying. I helped in setting up the viewing and I am really proud that we got it right for Jen.  This is a bowl full of her hexagon collection.  The note describes how Jen loved her hexagons and to ask her friends and family to take one or more so that they would have a memory of her. She once gave me a bucket full of hexies and called it a “bucket full of smiles.”  The bowl is sitting on her first hexagon quilt, called “Odyssey;” 100s of 1/2inch hexies sewing to make a galaxy; Jen’s own pattern.  The quilting was perfect.

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Here is the whole table with her basket.  She brought that basket everywhere and she had so many projects ready to work on; hexies, spinning wool, knitting etc.

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This is her urn and more of her; her motivation quilt that I made her which included messages from her friends and family.  Her husband made the urn out of a maple tree that he and Jen found in the yard.  It is of course in the shape of a hexagon with a big smile engraved on one side and flowers on another. So beautiful and heartfelt.

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My Jen, Jen, Jen: the friend who was present and there for me in all my endeavours. I will miss her and I know that she will always be close to me, pushing me to live authentically.

Ode to my best friend

Ode to Jennifer Giberson.  To one person, she was his life partner (Dany). To another she was his mother (Sam Uel).  To yet another, she was her mother-in-law (Émilie B-c). To others she was a sister and to parents, a daughter.   To others, she was a daughter in-law, a sister-in-law, an aunt and  a godmother.  To many others she was a colleague and yet to many more she was a friend, a most generous friend with time and genuine interest to give.   To me, she was my best friend and  she lost her battle with cancer.  She fought and boy did she fight hard.  Each day since June 6th when she was given a final diagnosis of no more treatment, she opened her eyes each morning and relished the new day.  Even if that new day included pain, it also included all the little things life is; 

– the birds on the patio, where she loved to sit as long as she could, to the point of falling asleep

–  the numerous amount of visitors who came by to keep her company and reminisce with her,

–  the portable hexagon project that kept advancing little by little because stitching was her therapy

– the rare spinning on the spindle when her arm could take it

– just looking at the wool in her basket, oh those colourful skeins, so vibrant, just like Jen.

– enjoying the site of her bulletin board, full of cards, pictures, and momentos

– the act of getting dressed EVERY DAY set as a priority

– Burger King  and Pizza Maximum

– her portable oooooooooooooms quilt, which she read and re read 

– the always smiling face for whoever, walked in the room, doctors, nurses and of course those many visitors

– the chattering or as we always called it, yakking

– wearing a red dress 

– taking a ride in the antique car

– little picnics with visitors

– the many stickers and texts 

– surprise visits from son

– red jello and strawberry milkshakes

The list goes on and on and really, how she lived these last two months is not as different to how she lived her life before she got sick.  Life was around her and in the present.  One of the many things that I take away from Jen is that life is is to be experienced and to be grateful  for.  Jennifer’s absolute optimism was her greatest strength.   Being positive because positivity was  like gas for her. It got her so far.   Being kind is also high on the Jen list; so many things that I take from her.   She gave us a lesson in dying ; an important lesson.

I miss her already. RIP my dear friend.  Jen, my angel,  is on my shoulder now, ready to push and prod me when I need it.  Thank you.

For those who don’t know how much Jen liked fiber, here is her blog: https://jensplayground.wordpress.com
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Jen was my greatest quilting buddy and my most “fibery” friend.

I am linking to The Needle and Thread Network

Little fishies became a bigger project

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Isn’t it always the way.  I can never follow a pattern.  I have to adjust it. This was a row by row pattern and I am just making a simple table runner with it.  I only had the center pieces so I added a border to make it summery.  I am also stitching some “fish” sayings.

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I am having fun doing the embroidery.  I am using a Sulky water soluble stabilizer.  It will wash away when I finish.

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And I received two long-awaited books:

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I am curious about this technique so…

And I have already started last year’s craze, “The Splendid Sampler” but now have the book:

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I hope you enjoy and are inspired.  I am linking up with The Needle and Thread Network of course, a place for Canadians to share.

A little middle of the night sewing

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I was rearranging some drawers yesterday and I came across this little row by row project. I couldn’t sleep last night and I finished putting it together.  I will make a little table runner with it I think.

Every time I sit in my living room chair I pick up my hand stitching and I am making progress on my grandmother’s garden hexagon quilt.  I decided to start attaching a few into rows to see even more progress:

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Here is the back:

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I started to take out the paper because I read somewhere that it is better to take them out as you go because at the end it is a chore.

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Happy stitching!

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