Wednesday, February 27, 2008


MY DOG HAS FLEAS! It was bound to happen sooner or later since it never gets really cold enough here in the Fraser Valley of BC to kill off the fleas. I had taken Angel to the groomers yesterday for a much overdue grooming. She was fine when we got home and the groomer never mentioned any problem. This morning, she was outside for only a few minutes but I suppose it doesn't take long. She started scratching a lot at her neck and back... I thought she had perhaps had a reaction to the shampoo they used on her yesterday so, I proceeded to check to see if her skin was irritated. That's when I saw the little critters.... EWWWWWW!! This is a first for me and for her as well. So, it was off to find a solution. Being new here, I didn't really know where to go for help but I recalled a Pet Vet being located around the corner from where my friends used to live. They recommended "Advantage" and, close to $60 later, we came home with treatments for the next 6 months. The instructions also said that you should vacuum everything and wash their bed so Miss Angel now has one of my favorite little fleece throws to use for her bed cover until I can get to the laundromat.

I also had an appointment with an employment councillor today so, needless to say, I never got any sewing done today... nor yesterday as I was running the dog to and from the groomers as well as going to my first Aquasize class. Sadly, I could hardly walk last night (am I out of shape or what?) and went to bed at 8:15. LOL If I am going to get that little quilt done, it best be TOMORROW!! Perhaps its just a good excuse for missing the Thursday Aquasize??

Monday, February 25, 2008

Sewing Day!!

I actually managed to do some sewing on my charity quilt!! All 12 blocks are completed and I have started to join the blocks into rows. It should not take too long now to finish up the top. My goal is to have it totally done by friday of this week. Saturday, I am planning to attend a "sew-in" sponsored by the Piecemakers Quilt Guild of Chilliwack. Everyone will be making a child/lap size quilt for the charity "Wee Care" that the guild supports. The gals organizing this have pre-cut all the kits for everyone. At last count, there were supposed to be over 40 people attending. I am really looking forward to a fun, productive day.

Saturday, February 23, 2008


It seems that it is very easy for me to get distracted. I tend to find little projects that interest me more than finishing one that is already started. If, for any reason, I can't finish something without a lot of interruptions, it is more difficult for me to go back to that project to finish it. That could be the major reason that I have so many WISP's (work in some progress).

I was looking through some blogs and found a pincushion tutorial on a wonderful blog by May called Abyquilt. I had to try making one right away so I cut some 2 inch foundation squares from the first thing I thought of, recipe file cards. It turned out that they are a little stiff for this but they did work. I wouldn't want to make a very much larger project with such heavy papers. Anyways... I managed to finish my pincushion and I really like it! It's so nice to be able to create something that is finished quickly. I did find while stuffing it that it was difficult to get into the last point as it was so close to the opening I had left.

I then had to try another one with 1.5" squares. This time, I cut the foundations from the paper mailer inserts from some magazines I had on hand and they turned out to be much easier to work with. The smaller size is more challenging when making this project but I finished it. I changed where I left the opening for stuffing on this one. I thought it would be easier to stuff the points if the opening was left on one of the bottom seams. It did make it better although, I could have left a bit larger opening for stuffing. I tried a different placement of colors and feel now that there was not enough contrast between the second "sides" and the top. Perhaps the next one will be PERFECT!!

I have managed to add a few more pieces to my EPP Star project, so it is growing ever so slowly too. My goal for this next week is to complete my charity baby quilt. I need more finishes and fewer starts!!

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Life in a shoebox

Living and trying to quilt in a space of about 216 square feet is a real challenge (read my first post for more info). It seems that we are both coming up with excuses to get out of the trailer for a day or evening. As a consequence, I have not accomplished much in the way of quilting in the past two weeks. Curt (my partner) was home from work for a week due to a back problem so that also cut into my quilting time.

I did manage to make some easy scrap squares that will be joined together for a small charity quilt to return to one of the quilt guilds that I have joined. I had them all nicely laid out on the top of the bed when Angel (my little dog) decided that it would be a good time just then to come play "keep away" with me and managed to nicely scramble all the pieces up. The joys of not having any place for a design wall! I dragged out my flannel-backed plastic tablecloth, laid it down on the bed and got the blocks all laid out again, then quickly rolled it up so it would be ready to join the blocks when I am able to sew next. You have to love those plastic table cloths! I must own a half-dozen or more, most of which are rolled up with a partial quilt laid out on them, stored away in a project box. They really do work quite well as a portable design wall.

I have also been working a bit on my english paper piecing project in the evenings. It is growing slowly but steadily. I have just spent several hours looking for a similar six pointed star pattern on the internet without much luck. Mine is very simple using various fabrics for the stars and a white on white for the in-betweens. My first idea was to use a different fabric for every star but I am quickly running out of fabrics (at least what I have with me at this point). If anyone has an extra 2" x 15" strip of fabric they really need to find a new home for, let me know!! ;-)

Wow - I have even managed to learn how to add photos!!
Thanks so much to those who left comments for me.. that is most encouraging!!