Wednesday, September 19, 2012

India Embroidery Pieces

Stephanie's next door neighbour made a trip to India and purchased crates of linens and bedding items.  Stephanie obained some of these items and brought them over to show me and to discuss quilting some of them.  It was exciting to see what she had and even more exciting when she dashed back home, went to her neighbour's and brought one crate over for me to go through.  I purchased a baker's dozen of the pillow shams she had and have already started taking them apart.  I want to use the embroidered parts and make them into a quilt for Breagha.

Here is a sampling of what I bought.

I just love them,  Each one is about 10 inches square and I am thinking of incorporating them with modern blocks in mostly white with bits of solid colored fabrics throughout.  I'm pretty sure that Breagha will like them and it'll be another quilt to add to her collection.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

New Addition to the Family


This kitten was making all kinds of racket in the alley.  At first we thought it might be an injured bird since we have numerous bird feeders in our yard but no, it was a tiny ball of fur that created all that noise and pushed itself under the fence and into our arms.  This all happened the evening of Aug. 7, 2012 and at that time, she barely looked old enough to have left her mother.  (In fact, after a visit to the vet, she was too young to have been seperated from her mother as she was only about 4 weeks old).

Both my husband and I have had pets our entire lives.  Not the kind of pets that one gets from a breeder, not even a "breed".  No, we are people who own pets that others have discarded and we do not get to pick a pet, the pet picks us.  Two years ago, we made the decision that we would no longer have any pets and that decision was not made lightly.  Pet ownership is a huge responsibility and with our advancing years, it was time to stop caring for pets. 

Every effort was made to initially try and find the owners.  We felt sure that this kitten had escaped from a home and that someone, anyone, would be desperately trying to find her.  Not ad was placed on Kijjii, a call was made to the SPCA and a description of the kitten was left as well as the area she was found in.  No one was interested.

So on September 10, a firm decision was made to keep her.  She had already been with us so long that it seemed almost cruel to think of finding her another home with another family.  Animals, like people, can not be uprooted and planted with different families every few weeks. 

Under protest, not wanting any more animals......we find ourselves parenting once again and the worst part is that.......we are liking it and we are in love with her. 


This was taken yesterday, September 14, 2012, in my backyard.  Steph is my stepdaughter and has been a cancer survivor many times during her life.  She is about to undergo yet another surgery in Calgary and this quilt will be travelling with her.  During Steph's numerous hospitalizations, she never fails to take a quilt with's become her thing and I am happy to keep her supplied with them.  Even better news is that Steph herself is becoming a quilter and will soon be able to add her own efforts to her collection of quilts. 

The log cabin quilt is near and dear to my heart.  When I first began quilting, a log cabin was one of my first quilts and since then, I find myself going back to the pattern over and over through the years.  That first, original log cabin, is owned by my daughter, Michelle.