Friday, November 30, 2007

nov 30th 2007

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I got to my sewing room this morning but so far I've only rearranged/cleaned up a bit. A long way to go. I now have 40 small wheat bags made.
We curl tonight at 7pm. Should be fun. I missed last week as I had to work evenings. I've been trying to do a new christmas card list on the computer as well. It's a slow job. The post office changed our address as well so I'm doing some of that as well.
I know this is a short one but I need to get some other things done as well.
Happy quilting,

Thursday, November 29, 2007

nov 29, 2007

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I had a very busy evening at work. I was orientating our new RN. It was her second evening so she got to do all the meds and orders. We had to chase down a couple of doctors and do more orders than are normal on an evening shift, then a dressing needed to be done as was not done on days. We were about 25 minutes late in all the extra things that needed to be done. It was really good for the new staff though because some things don't happen all that often and at least I was there to help her.
Tonight I get to go to Rosebud. A small town north of here that has a dinner theatre. My nurses union is paying for the evening for any nurses that wanted to attend. A real treat. They have not done this before. Should be fun. I had to get someone to work for me so that I could go.
I got a little bit of sewing done yesterday. Some more little wheat bags done, and more cut and serged ready to fill with wheat. I plan to get down there for a while again this morning.
I really need to get my secret pal gift done.
Well I guess that's it for now. Happy quilting,

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

nov 28, 2007

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Well, I'm off work this morning but go in for an evening shift later today. I hope I'm not getting the cold that is going around. I have a very runny nose this morning.

I did get downstairs and got a small amount of sewing done. I have about 10 small wheat bags ready to finish sewing and I did them. But then we went to bed early so that's all I got done.

Roads were much better on the way home from work yesterday, compared to the morning drive in. No new snow this morning.

Well, I'd better finish getting the kids ready for school.

Write later,

Happy quilting,


Tuesday, November 27, 2007

nov 27, 2007

I ended up working today. Janet was not feeling too great and needed a day off. I only got 1 day off but after I work evenings tomorrow then I have 5 off so I decided that I could do today.
Then we woke up to snow this morning. Dave offered to drive me to work, so I let him. Anytime a vehicle passed in the snow covered passing lane you couldn't see anything for a minute or two. It took him till 730 to get into the city. I work in the opposite direction of his work. It was nice to be driven both ways. We decided on supper out. Just went to KFC for Toonie Tuesday,
We both ate for $5.28. Not too bad. The kids had already eaten at home when I called.
This was a third attempt at uploading this picture. Sure hope they get it fixed soon.(blogger site).
Well, I should get some real work done and maybe some sewing.
Happy quilting,

Monday, November 26, 2007

nov 26,2007

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I didn't get any sewing done yesterday. Too busy doing other stuff.

I'm off now for 2 days so maybe I can get into my sewing room and get a few things done. I need to get my gift made for my secret pal. Our Christmas potluck is on Dec. 13. So I do have some time yet but I need to get going on it.

I'll have to type more later as I need to get offline and call my son's school. He's not feeling well today. He's still in bed. Jenn has gone to school. I'm out of here soon too for a bit. So

Happy quilting,


Saturday, November 24, 2007

nov 24, 2007

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If you haven't noticed I've shown you all of my pictures of the stuff that I got done and now I'm onto what everyone else got done on the retreat. I still have to take some pictures of my coasters and I'll try to get that done and posted but it may have to wait till Monday, my day off.
I'll think I'd better post this my hubby is taking over the computer very soon and I don't want to lose it.
Happy quilting

Friday, November 23, 2007

nov 23, 2007

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I've been spending too much time on the computer. Haven't gotten any sewing done in the last few days.

When I'm on evenings I just have the morning to work a little bit and then I usually head for bed when I get home.

These are 3 towel tops I put on during the weekend.

This is short but I'd better do some work this morning.
Write later.
Happy quilting

Thursday, November 22, 2007

ohio star, angel 2 stockings, nov 22,2007

Happy Thanksgiving to all,

Two of my friendship blocks. The ohio star is for Olive. The blue is horse print. She wanted animals in it. The pp angel is for Jenny. Her theme was "when I get old I'll wear purple". The dress is purple and pink. I still have to add a face to it. I don't draw well so I need to find a good face to add.

My son, Chris, had his braces put on last night. Things seemed to go well for him. His sister went to watch as hers came off end of august. At least with Chris having his driving license , he will be able to take himself to some of his appointments.

I just tired to upload another

This one is right side up. The stockings I finished and more friendship blocks by guild members.

I still have hand sewing to do on the tops of the stockings. Sounds like and in front of the t.v. job.

I gave away about 17 criss cross coasters. Never even thought of taking a picture of them all together first. Too late now.

This is the test block that I made with Kim's September Morn pattern. I really loved the colours so although it was made with my scraps(intended for charity quilts) I had to use it for me.
The shopping bag on the right is what the bag looked like before I sewed the block to it. These are recycled bags that are sold for .99 at our local superstore/extra foods. I bought a few more yesterday as I want to do this again. We as a guild give to our local crisis centre so I thought that a few bags with a quilted block on them would be nice for a client at the centre. I use my bag for work. They are a fairly strong bag. I machine sewed the top and right side and hand sewed the other two as I didn't think that they would go into the machine very well. The part of a quilt that you can see is a round robin that I did online quite a few years ago. It is still just a top. My daughter decided to hang it more then a year ago and it is still there above the couch. One of these days it will come down so I can quilt it. It's a good way to store a top and get to enjoy it as well.

Well , I guess I'd better get to doing something more constructive work. Kids have gone to school.
Have a good day everyone.
Happy quilting,

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

nov 20, 2007

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Wish I could turn this one for you.

There is likely a better picture. I made the 2 cross stitch stocking. I didnot do the cross stitch. A friend of mine does great dross stitch but didn't have the first clue about making them into stockings. I still have to had sew the upper binding. I quilted the back and lined the front.
You can hardly see the one in the lower left corner. It is an angel. pp. I did that one as a friendship block. It isn't quilt done yet. It needs a face.
Guess that's it for tonight. I need to go do a little sewing before bed.
Good night
Happy quilting,

nov 20, 2007

I wrote this blog once already. When I hit post publish there was an error. Guess I should copy it first from now on instead of doing the copy after it is published to my site.

Now I have to try and remember what I typed.

I tried to copy and paste a typing test that Jen had on her site but it just came through as typing and not in a usable state. It was fun to do.

I got 58 on the first try and the anywhere from 47 to 60. I'm not as fast as Jen, she was in the 90's. I don't type for my job though. I just took typing in high school because I thought it would be useful to have. Little did I know that I'd be typing on a home computer.

Lets try this again.
How Fast Can You Type?Type the entire sentence below. The test will begin when you type your first character. When you are done, hit your tab key or click the stop button. (Author of current quote: click here).
We are built to conquer environment, solve problems, achieve goals, and we find no real satisfaction or happiness in life without obstacles to conquer and goals to achieve.

Your speed is words per minute *free typing test (c)

Still didn't do it right. You'll have to go to the site above

Kids just left for school a few minutes ago and I need to get ready to go to my craft guild meeting.

Happy Quilting.


Monday, November 19, 2007

nov 19, 2007

I was out to Bible Study this morning and then headed into town and did a bit of shopping. I have one suitcase unpacked from my weekend but the big suitcase is still full. My camera is still in one of the bags. I have a large carry bag for my rulers and mats and that is where the camera is.
I do have tomorrow off work but I go to my once a month craft guild meeting. We are getting things ready for the Christmas bazaar. So it's a longer day then normal. We start at 10am and bring our own lunches. Meeting will be at 1:30 and then more crafting. Should be fun.
Sorry the quilt is so small in the picture.
Well, guess I should get off this machine and try to do some unpacking or sewing.
Bye for now and Happy quilting to all,

Irish Chain

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Our room is getting very small. We now have 55 members. When I started in 1995 there were 25 members. We have grown alot. It's a good thing that not all members attend each meeting. We hold our Christmas party in a hall as this room is just not big enough for us with a meal.

That's all for this one. Picture loaded well with no problems.

Happy quilting,


Sunday, November 18, 2007

quilt retreat Nov. 18, 2007

Just home from my quilt retreat. I got alot of sewing done. My butterfly friendship block quilt is closer to being done. I have the binding on and have to do the hand sewing of it now.

I made 2 christmas stockings for a friend. She cross stitched the fronts and I made them into stockings. I made alot of criss cross coasters. I gave away 17 of them to everyone on the retreat(one each), I made 3 hand towels(put hanging tops on them.).I made a Christmas block for our Guild Christmas party draws. I made 3 friendship blocks that were from a very long time ago and I was very late with them. I sewed some of my charity blocks together. I sewed some small wheats together(unfilled). I left the house about 8:30 Friday morning. Got there about 9 or so. Set up and started sewing right away. Some people had been there since Thursday morning. I went to bed about 11pm Friday night. I woke up about 6:30 am but stayed in bed till 7. Got up showered and headed downstairs to my machine. All our meals were cooked for us. It was just wonderful. Sat. we drove to Lorraine Stagness's shop and had a great time there. I bought too much of course. We were out for about 1 1/2 hour or so. Left right after breakfast to go and we were back by 1100am. Got some nice stuff. I'll have to try to get some pictures taken. I am off Monday and Tuesday so we'll see.

Sat. I stopped sewing around 10 or so and took my crocheting up to the fireplace area and sat and talked with a number of the ladies till about 11pm then headed for bed.

I woke at 6:30am and got up again at 7. Headed to my machine, had breakfast sort of on our own with direction and the sewed till noon. Lunch was great all the left overs from our other meals. Then I sewed till about 2:00. Some had left by then and I started to get very tired so I packed it in and packed up my stuff to head home. I was home by 3pm. Unloaded my car and my quilting retreat was over. I can't wait till next year though.

I would recommend retreats to all interested. I can only manage one a year at this point but that's not too bad. At least I get some concentrated sewing done. And the conversation is great.

Of course the group of ladies that go to this retreat are great too.

Well, I guess this is about it. I should unpack some of my stuff.
Happy quilting to all,


Thursday, November 15, 2007

nov 18, 2007

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Behind on the table are some of our secret pal gifts. This is a program that we take part in all year. If we chose to be a secret pal, we draw names at Christmas party. Then all year we send or bring to meeting small gifts or cards for the secret pal that we drew. Gifts are not a requirement , except for the Christmas gift, you can just send a few cards during the year but most of us do small special occasion gifts.

The Christmas gift is to be no more then $20.00 if bought. If made it can vary. Most of our Christmas party is doing this exchange as after we open the gifts we do a show and tell. It's great fun.

I have to get my gift made for my secret pal this weekend. I haven't made a final decision on what I'm making for her. I my have given myself away already, I'm not sure. We each have I guess before getting our gift, to see if you figured out who had our name.

It's alot of fun. Well, I really neat to get to my sewing room to pack andsort some more of the stuff I am taking on my retreat this weekend. My camera is already in the bag. I am so excited. I hope to get lots done. I have alot of coasters pinned and ready to sew. Will use them as tags for all my sewing.

Happy quilting and talk after the weekend is over.

:) Carol

Monday, November 12, 2007

Raffle quilt 2006(nov12,2007)

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This is the raffle quilt that my guild made for our quilt show in 2006. It was to celebrate Alberta. I made the block that is on the left side 4 from the top. Hard to see but itwas paper pieced and is mountains and a stream and trees.
A family from Texas won the quilt. It was quite big.

I just finished worked 5 days. Busy ones but okay. Now this week coming up I am excited as I get to go to my annual quilting retreat.
So I had today off and tomorrow. I work days on wed. and then I took a vacation day off for thurs. so that I could get all my stuff ready. Then Friday morning after the husband and kids are got I go to the retreat. It is very close, only about a 30-40 minute drive but it is great to get away sew all weekend and have all our meals made for us. I just love it. We generally all work on our own stuff. So this week I have to decide on what I am taking with me and get it ready to go.
So hopefully I'll have more personally done items to show you after the weekend.
Hope everyone is doing well. Happy Quilting

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Nov 7, 2007

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I had a shadow at work today. The area school's have one day a year where kids in grade 9 get to go to work with a parent to see what they do at work. Jenn came to work with me. It was quite different for her. She decided that she definately did not want to go into health care. Not that it was in her plans anyway. So did find it interesting but too early in the day for her. We had to leave the house by 6am. as I do each day shift that I work. Work is a 30min. drive from home. By lunch time she said, "Aren't your feet sore, Mom?" Mine were not of course but hers were. She had a dentist appt after work to get a new retainer. The first one was not made right. This one is much better. She got braces off end of Aug. After today, Jenn still wants to work with animals and not humans.

Well, I guess I'll cut this short , I have a child who would like online and I need to wake Jenn up so she can go to bed. She's been asleep for about 1 hour.

I did alot of pinning and cutting yesterday. Cut more crisscross coasters and pinned more strips to my charity blocks.

Bye for now. Happy quilting.


Sunday, November 4, 2007

nov 4, 2007

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Well, we have snow today. Ground is covered and it is still snowing. Very lightly but still snowing. I think it is a stay at home day. I cut out alot of 4 1/2 inch squares last night. I'm doing some for myself and some for the craft group's charity sale in Dec.
I present the craft in Jan. but I'm not sure I can keep this one till then. I may be doing it sooner.
Then I'll have to come up with something else for Jan. Maybe I'll just to the ones for charity and then teach it in Jan. I was thinking of doing this one at a meeting in November but then I lose the teaching craft. Maybe I'll save it. They do sew up really quickly. It takes more time to cut and get them ready to sew.
My son has recovered from the teeth extraction, although he said his mouth was sore when if just got up a few minutes ago. So he took some Motrin. As I wrote this I remember his antibiotic. He has another 3 1/2 days of taking that. End of this month he gets his braces. That should be interesting. He teased his sister all the time about her braces, now she can tease him.
I go on a quilting retreat, weekend of the 16th. This is a once a year thing for me. Several members of my quilting guild go and sew all weekend. I just love it. I used to go to the Jan. retreat but it frequently fell on the weekend of Jennifer's birthday so I changed to Nov when they started to have one then. It's a great time of year for it because if there is stuff to get down for Christmas I can work on them then.
I planned to cut alot of the crisscross coasters and sew them there. I'll get them all set and pinned and will just have to sew them there. I think that I'll use them for my sewing tags. I find it quicker to just sew each side and chain peicing so they will work well as tags.
That's a job I have to do soon.....get thinking about what I will take with me to work on for that weekend.
Guess I'll close for now
Happy quilting,
:) CArol

Friday, November 2, 2007

nov 2, 2007

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I didn't get any sewing done yesterday. Not sure about today either. Work surely does interfere with my quilting.

Still haven't got to taking any of those pictures. I'll try to get them done this weekend. Hope you are enjoying my pictures even if they are not my stuff.

After doing those coasters last we I'm waffling between them as Christmas gifts for my coworkers or small wheat bags. I just got a new supply of wheat yesterday.

Well, I guess I should get some work done around here so I'll close for now.

Happy Quilting,