So many things today!

My goodness, I’ve got lots of things to talk about today! So without further ado, I’ll get started!

Today is WIP Wednesday over at Freshly Pieced. So I’m linking in and sharing the love! Since the point of WIP Wednesday is to show what you’ve got in progress, here is my offering: Two new 1/2 square triangle blocks for my In Colour Order BOM.

Today (being the last day of the month) is the “New FO” linky party over at Cat Patches, so I’m linking in there, too! What the heck is a New FO, you are asking? Yes, I can hear you! lol! In quilterese, a UFO is an unfinished object. So…a new FO is … hum… it isn’t really a new finished object, although I suppose it could be. It’s more a New O, I guess (not the BIG O – clean up your minds!) A new project that was started during the month. A new project that I started in October is this:

Converging Corners. This is only the first 5 blocks.  It’s my turn for the We Be Learning on-line bee in November, and this is the block I’m asking for. I’ll talk more about this project in another post.

Today is Halloween, and I dressed up as an Aging Hollywood Starlet. Fun! Yukon College is a great place to work at halloween…everyone dresses up and the on-site daycare trick-or-treats down the halls.

And last but not least, I finally go in to see the hairdresser after work today. I love my new cut!  It’s so….ME!



A sick day, a quilt blog and a little tea snorting

Before hubby left for work this morning, he made sure I was tucked up on the couch in my jammies and a quilt, with a cup of tea and 2 aspirin at my elbow, my laptop and iPad, and about a dozen sewing projects close to hand. Yup, he’s a keeper, that one!

Did you guess from the clues? This is my second day home from work. While it’s nice to be home from work, having a mouth full of cold sores  (did you know you can get cold sores inside your mouth? ugh) is not. It hurts to talk and it hurts to eat. Two of my favourite activities. Sigh. So what’s a girl to do but browse the internet and catch up on bog reading? (I hope Amanda isn’t reading this…she’s my NOST 101 instructor, and she’d probably be telling me that I should take this time to start my research paper that is due next week. Did I tell you I’m taking an on-line course called Introduction to the Circumpolar North? I thought maybe I should be introduced to it since I live here, and all that.)

So I’m sitting here under my quilt trying not to spill tea into my keyboard while being entertained by Katy over at Monkey Do (or I’m a Ginger Monkey, whichever she calls it, I’m not 100% sure.) Honestly, that girl made me snort my tea up my nose, she is so funny!

I’ve decided that there are some really cool quilters in England, and that I should probably go over there someday and meet them.  Like Miss Ginger Monkey. There’s also Lynn over at Lily’s Quilts, who not only has great tutorials, but also gives great blogging advice. And is very funny to boot. (what do you suppose “to boot” really means?). AND they have the London Fat Quarterly Retreat! Just listen to this: “ we have planned a fun-filled weekend of silly games, sewing challenges, tutorial workshops and more!” (now, if you ever took a bellydance class from me, you KNOW how much I adore silly games, lol!) So I figure that silly quilt games must be just as much fun, right? I just gotta go and meet these English quilter gals!

Meanwhile, Sam is keeping my feet warm. I just hope he doesn’t wake up and want to play ball or something energetic that requires me getting up. Besides, it hurts to laugh. Here he is snuggled with his favourite squeaky toy. Goofy guy!

Promoting Marital Happiness: tip #1

Do not, under any circumstances, leave the garden hose in a tangled, knotted up mess for your spouse to discover and fix for you.

I almost did that today. Almost! But (phew!) I didn’t. I thought about it, but then I had a second thought. My second thought that this would not result in marital happiness.

But you know, it was sort of his fault that it got tangled up like that in the first place. If he hadn’t coiled it so neatly onto the hanger-thingy, I wouldn’t have had to pull the entire hank of hose off to use it.  Right?

Uh huh.


WIP Wednesday…all around the block

Wow, I haven’t posted a WIP Wednesday in a month & a half! The nice thing about posting every 6 weeks is that I appear more prolific than I actually am, lol! I’ve been puttering away in my sewing room when spare time presents itself, and do have a few things to show you, and I’ll be linking in with The Needle and Thread Network and Freshly Pieced.

July Treasure Chest BOM (block of the month) was Grandmother’s Tulips. I liked doing this one because I enjoy applique and also because it was easy – unusual for this particular BOM group! The August one has me quaking in my boots, so I’m procrastinating starting it!





Here are all 10 months together. Only August and September left to go! Wow!





I’ve done both July and August for the We Be Learning on-line Quilting Bee. I can’t wait to see the finished quilts – every month just sparks my imagination! Here they are:

Phuong requested a lightning zigzag block for July in red, white & aqua. The finished quilt is going to be fabulous!









Trina’s July block was the Firefly in black, white & purple:









August is Rita’s & Jackie’s month. Rita is making a postage stamp quilt and asked us to each make four 6″ postage stamp blocks from 2″ squares. Jackie requested a Greek Cross in any modern print, using grey in the corners:
















I played around with some blocks of my own as well.  Remember the orange peel quilt I’ve been working on during weekends at the lake? Well, I sewed them up into sets of 4 just to see what they would look like, and also to see how many more I need to make. Sew….turns out I probably am only 1/4 finished. Lots of more sewing to do. But that’s okay. This project was intended to be a weekends only handwork project, and I don’t care if it takes 2 or 3 years to do. Honestly. It’s just nice to have a small project in my hands during idle times. And isn’t it pretty!!! I love it! It’s going to be awesome when it’s finally bed-sized!







And the quality assurance folks gave it a paws up at the mid-project inspection:






It took awhile but summer has finally arrived in the Yukon. Here is Sammy, beating the heat:


Nearer my Mom to me

What I did during the thunderstorm this afternoon:






What Sammy did during the thunderstorm:






Yup, you guessed right. That’s the treadmill he’s hiding under! The treadmill happens to be in my sewing room, so I guess in his little mind he was humming “nearer my mom to me.”

What do you do during thunderstorms?