Thursday 25 September 2014

Crazy Busy Life

What a crazy life I lead. There are never enough hours in a day or days in a week. Poor Muriel must think she lives in a whirlwind.

In late August, Beatrice and I took Muriel and off we went quilt shop hopping. We spend the day in the Kingston area. We visited with our sweet friend, Rebecca and went for lunch at a great deli. Rebecca and Muriel get acquainted.

We visited three lovely quilt shops. All of the owners were delighted to meet Muriel and happy to have her photographed in their shops while we browsed the fabrics and bought more stash.

Stitch By Stitch

Quilt Thyme

Wilton Creek Fabrics

Shortly after, my youngest son and his family came for a visit to Trenton. Our DIL and grandkids had never seen the view of our city from the top of Mount Pelion. We took the morning and did the tour. Of course, Muriel had to come along. I wanted to introduce her to our beautiful waterfront city.

This cannon has been there since the 1800's. When I was a junior in high school, I belonged to the History Club and one of our projects was to scrape and refresh the paint on this cannon. I wonder how many coats of paint have been added since then.

Muriel on the Cannon

Playing with Mom

Playing with Dad

Overlook with the kids and grandkids

View of the Trent River to the north

View of the Bay of Quinte to the south.

View of the streets from the Mount.

View of the paper mill and the Trent River.

Muriel on the post with the Bay of Quinte in the background. The bay leads to Lake Ontario.

Muriel on the commemorative sign

Family in front of the sign

Our next stop was the Bleasdell Boulder. There is not another rock any where near this size for 26 miles but this monster is in the bush all by itself. It had apparently been rolled there by a glacier.

Muriel on the boulder

Grandkids acting like cave men at the boulder

3 generations strolling down the path.

Oh and stitching. Yes I did a bit of stitching.

Here is my finished Ursula Michael "Let's Visit Canada" on 32 count white lugana with DMC 321.

I LOVE it.

I am not sure if I will frame it or quilt it.

Thursday 4 September 2014

Muriel and the Stitching Weekend


Muriel has finally been able to attend a stitching get together. She was starting to complain about how many quilt shops she had been to and after all, SHE is a stitcher.

Before I show you the fun of the weekend, here is a photo of Muriel actually getting some stitching done.

She is sitting in a very quiet spot on my antique sewing machine nestled amit the scissor frogs and their scissors.

What a fun weekend we had! The most wonderful women comprise my stitching friends.

                                                Angie, Christin, Bonnie, Barb, Clare, Judie
                                                 Beatrice, Sheila, myself, Muriel and Dani
                                     Fran has slipped into the photo and Dani is taking the photo.
                                     Missing from the photos were Ann, Beth, Kim, Pat and Bernie.

 We laughed and talked and ate and stitched for 4 days.

There were the most wonderful treats. My coffee table was full at all times. Someone sneaked in a basket of grapes so we could pretend we did eat healthy too.

 Muriel  had her share of treats.

During one meal time, I went downstairs to get some things from the fridge. Look where I found Madame Muriel - nestled between a bottle of Steam Whistle, a bottle of Reisling and some of my DH's home made beer.

I guess the place got too noisy or she got thirsty and I forgot to give her a drink. She was unusally mum about her trip to the downstairs fridge.

Here I am researching different fabrics looking for one for a specific project. There are some wonderful enablers!

Modelling the quilted table topper I am working on.

Dani and Christin celebrated their 20 year friendship on the weekend. Great excuse for cake!

Several of us had matching t-shirts.

The comment has been made that Madame Muriel (in the photo) should have a t-shirt too. I think that is beyond my capabilities! I have been asked where we got the T-shirts. They came from our LNS. The link is below.

And the stitching commenced

Sheila and Judie
Barb, Sheila and Beatrice
Angie, Clare and me looking at my Desert Mandala
Ann McDonald (our LNS owner and friend)
Clare and Sheila discussing the frog infested RR I had completed

All of this stitching and eating and talking and hosting exhausted me. Dani caught me having a little afternoon nap!

Till the next adventure from Muriel and I, keep on stitching.