Saturday 26 July 2014

Madame Muriel's Latest Adventures

Madame Muriel and I need to have a chat. She reprimanded me after my last post. She and her previous hostess Erin spent time picking out the perfect gift for me and I forgot to post it.

This is the lovely bag that they chose. Erin knows that I am a lighthouse collector.

To make up for my earlier neglect, I have kept Madame Muriel very busy the last few days.

My BFF Beatrice came for a quilt afternoon. We included Muriel in our afternoon.

She seems to like our finished block. My block will be one of many that will be put together to make a raffle quilt. My quilt group raffles a quilt at our annual quilt show and the funds are donated to local charities. Last year, we raised $1100 that went to Amberley's Place (battered people shelter) and Crossroads Mission.

The next day, I took Muriel to my stitching group. We get together every Thursday either at one of our houses or Knowledge and Needles.

Here is Muriel with the group.

Muriel stitching with us and beside her is an ort holder.

Muriel informs me that she had quite the educational afternoon. She learned about orts, Gingher scissors and their compatriots, Halloween and Christmas Ornament magazines that all seem to be hunting for and quilt blocks for a special series of quilts.

Myself and several other Canadian stitchers are stitching blocks for quilts that will be made and donated to the families of the 3 RCMP officers that were killed a short time ago. If you are interested in contributing you can contact Ann at Knowledge and Needles. This is my contribution from a DMC freebie chart.

She oohed and ahhed over my finished Joan Elliot Swirling Peacock stitched on 32 count Lugana called Silvermist from Stephanie at Steph's Fabbys.

And this lovely ? I was talking about the fabric for my finished Bent Creek Stitching Row.

The fabric is called Chocolate Vanilla Swirl and Madame Muriel thought it was ice cream ROFL!

Then she and I went off to Knowledge and Needles. I had to pick up a chart that I had won. She had a browse around the shop and met our lovely owner Ann.

She had her picture taken on top of the sign. Now don't you think I didn't hear about that one. "What do you think you are doing perching me way up here!"

This morning Madame Muriel and I are all packed up for our trip to the cottage. There is no phone or internet there so posting will not happen again until our return on August 10th.

In the meantime, please take care. Offer up a little prayer for me that I can keep Madame Muriel happy on our next adventure.

Tuesday 22 July 2014

Muriel Arlene Myrtle Ethel Adelaine "Flat Flossie" St. Claire, the travelling Grandma comes to visit.

What a long time it has taken me to get back to my blog. Life is just soooo busy these days and it seems much simpler to post to Facebook.

I am returning with a wonderful new guest.

Please say hello to Madame Muriel, the Stitching Granny. Madame Muriel is a world traveller and Erin from Fairy Tales and French Knots has sent her to me.  For the next few months she will be travelling throughout my home area and country. Madame Muriel comes with a journal in which to write of her adventures. She will be posting to this blog on occasion to fill you in on her stay. I will let her speak for herself.


Hello to all my fellow stitchers. After a very uncomfortable trip stuffed in a plastic container and a cardboard box, I have arrived in Canada. Now, I don't know much about this country so I am hoping to learn lots. My new hostess brought me out of the box, plunked me down on her sewing machine and started snapping pictures. I gather that is the Canadian flag that I am holding. It is bigger then me. After taking the photos, she plunked me back in the plastic container and promptly forgot about me. Apparently, she was busy entertaining guests. I did see a lot of beer cans, wine bottles and a great deal of laughter. This morning she finally remembered I am here and is now introducing me to you. I understand we are leaving on Friday for a 2 week trip to the "cottage". I'm not sure what that entails but I will fill you in. I hope I am better treated from here on in.

Hmm, I can see that Madame Muriel is going to be a demanding guest. I will try to be a better hostess from here on.

I do have a couple of finishes to show you.

Bent Creek's Stitching Row on Zweigart's 32 count Lugana -Vanilla Chocolate Swirl. This was a quick stitch and I am very happy with it. I will make it into a small roll pillow later.

My next finish is Joan Elliott's Swirling Peacock on 32 Count Lugana - Silvermist (custom dyed paler) from Stephanie  Hand Dyed Fabrics by Stephanie. I loved this one. It is so sparkly and there were lots of beads and Kreinik. The entire moon is Kreinik! I will finish this into a pillow. I will be on the hunt for some peacock feather fabric to use.

A fellow stitcher stitched this lovely piece - Nora Corbett's Letter M. She is not a beading fan and she sent it to me and I beaded it for her. She was so happy she added my initials to the piece when she had it framed. I was thrilled.

My BFF Beatrice and I quilted these fun wallhangings together. 

I will be posting much more now that Madame Muriel is visiting. I am sure she will keep me motivated. LOL

Until then, keep those needles smoking and be sure to stay "frog free".