Tuesday, May 5, 2015

If you only knew

Okay, so last night I watched way too much television. I couldn't help it. These Volkwagen ads kept popping up and after the couple of weeks I've had with various friends of a certain age....I was on the floor with laughter. This could be any number of people I know....you all know who you are :) If you're not laughing, you're not there yet!



I hope the video will keep rolling and you can see the many versions of the old wives' tales. Very clever ad.






Saturday, May 2, 2015

Back to work

Photo-ops completed, it's time for the class to get back to work on binding quilts.



There is always an array of freshly baked goodies involved in any proper quilting class. What can I say....just goes hand in hand with needle and thread. This time, Carolanne baked a wonderful cardamom coffee cake from the Moosewood cookbook. There were also date squares and assorted pastries. What's not to like about this class????




Now, what we all came for. The binding of the quilt class. This is Yvonne's Constellation piece demonstrating the finishing touches.









Friday, May 1, 2015

To the Out-of-Doors

Another member of the "rogue gorilla quilters" Whole Cloth group showed up with her very first ever quilt. Finished. Bound. Washed and ready for cozy reading with the littles. When the excitement subsided, our Captain Carolanne Graham seized the moment and quickly grabbed duct tape, the quilt, and headed out back to create a photo op. Her entourage traipsing behind ~ soon there was a true quilting moment.







This is what it's all about. Erica and her little darlings. Her first quilt. So memorable. So glad I was there for that moment.








Thursday, April 30, 2015

Out of this world

Way back in January an intrepid group of extremely fascinating women started a Whole Cloth Quilt Class with Carolanne Graham.

This four session class was all about the quilting. By hand. Whole cloth is really an interesting method. As opposed to a pieced and stitched patchwork, whole cloth is technically made on a single piece of fabric and the stitching becomes the pattern of the quilt.

The last Sunday of each month is "Quilting Sunday" at "The Workroom" in Toronto. Once our class had finished we all resolved to meet again and finish our pieces with a lesson on binding.

Last week, Yvonne sent out a message that she was ready to bind her Haptic-lab "Northern Constellations" piece. I'm telling you this is a true work of art! Everyone was very excited and ready to roll. Please excuse the photography, I was using my phone and it does not do justice to the colour or the magnitude of this masterpiece, but you'll get the idea.





Just want to point out that the milky way is done entirely in french knots! Brava Yvonne! You've created a masterpiece and inspired so many others with not only your prowess in stitching, but also your sweet and kind generous spirit.




I was so overwhelmed with joy to see this pattern. As you know, my daughter is an Astrophysicist. How could I not do this piece!!! It is a very unusual method printed on tear-away fabric. The pattern is then embroidered and quilted onto the prepared quilt 'sandwich'. I had never heard of Haptic Lab in Brooklyn,NY, but happily The Workroom is now carrying these splendid patterns. How could I possibly not get PARIS as well???

It is a labour of love that I will start on next and hopefully finish before my eyes become anymore dim than they already are.












Thursday, April 23, 2015

And we turn into music

And today in the car. I had to take a moment...not just because I have hurt my back and I can either lie down or stand up, but not sit very easily....This is just such great music. Enjoy. A blast from the past. Makes me want to dance...I can do that, I just can't sit down..easily.



Hear the night music playing?
Don't you know what it's saying?
We should feel it together
Forever

Feel the beat and just hold on
To the sweet midnight flowing
Feel the music inside you
I'll be there too

Now's the time our dreams are finally coming true
Feels so good we're crying
Now's the time when it's down to me and you
Spread these wings, we'll be flying

Don't you know what the night can do?
Don't you know when it's touching you?
Don't you know what the night can do?

Time to show all your feeling
All the night is revealing
Let the rhythm enfold you
Let me hold you

Now we turn into music
Now we will never lose it
When the rhythm and night ride
No heart can hide

There are times that never ever come again
Memories there for the making
When the night calls, we better let it in
All this love for the taking

Don't you know what the night can do?
Don't you know when it's touching you?
Won't you help me to let it through?
Don't you know what the night can do?

Don't you know what the night can do?
Know what the night can do?
Don't you know what the night can do?

Don't you know what the night can do?
Know what the night can do?
Don't you know what the night can do?

There are times that never ever come again
Memories there for the making
When the night calls, we better let it in
All this love for the taking

Don't you know what the night can do?
Don't you know when it's touching you?
Won't you help me to let it through?
Don't you know what the night can do?

Don't you know what the night can do?
Know what the night can do?
Don't you know what the night can do?

Don't you know what the night can do?
Know what the night can do?
Don't you know what the night can do?

Don't you know what the night can do?
Know what the night can do?
Don't you know what the night can do?
...

Songwriters
WINWOOD, STEVE/JENNINGS, WILL

Published by
Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group









Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Little boy big rocks

Down by the big lake a little boy decides he's going to take on some rather large boulders.







Once you get up to the tippy top, it's a great place to contemplate in the sunshine and listen to the watery sounds. You might even hum a tune as you sit and ponder life as a two year old.




Happy Earth Day!








Monday, April 20, 2015

Do you?

Do you believe in fairies?

After watching bits and pieces of the movie we decided to try and make our own fairy house in order to attract fairies to our garden. Zoë was very eager to use border rocks for a fairy circle and with a little help, proceeded to cobble together a perfect structure for our greatly anticipated guests. Papi helped to scoop up moss from the flagstones and all manner of organic material was later used to embellish and make attractive the little abode.






This is the movie recommended ages ago by cousin Sharon. You might enjoy it as a light entertainment and fodder for future garden projects :)





These are the pictures and Wikipedia story of the 'actual' Cottingley Fairies as featured in the tale. You can read up by clicking the link.








We are still anxiously awaiting the arrival of our fairy troupe. In the meantime decorating abounds.




Photo Credits:Wikipedia and Me





Saturday, April 18, 2015

For the birds

Never underestimate the dumbness of the Canada Goose.




Notice who is watching the bearer of crumbs, whilst the ever clever seagull nabs the output in flight!?









Friday, April 17, 2015

One fine day

The city from here ~ Jack Darling Park


One should always be prepared on outings. A small Vera Bradley bag is perfect for trips to the lake







One of the most important things a 5 year old girl can have in her purse....a whistle!







A compass, a note pad, ...... And lots of collected rocks







Thursday, April 16, 2015

A little day at the park

The Swing
By Robert Louis Stevenson


How do you like to go up in a swing,
Up in the air so blue?
Oh, I do think it the pleasantest thing
Ever a child can do!

Up in the air and over the wall,
Till I can see so wide,
Rivers and trees and cattle and all
Over the countryside—

Till I look down on the garden green,
Down on the roof so brown—
Up in the air I go flying again,
Up in the air and down!

Source: A Child's Garden of Verses (1999)



The giddy anticipation





The wind on your face and in your hair on a sunny spring day



BLISS



Not the easiest way to take photos, whilst swinging, but at least he was "captured" in one place. Photography of a two year old boy is almost impossible unless he is asleep. Always on the go, always busy, always moving.....








Thursday, April 2, 2015

On with the theme


This one is for my watercolour "peeps". I just had to have this and can see many possibilities when Easter is over. Here's a little inspiration folks. The ultimate ~ Peter Rabbit tea towel. I'm not ironing it, want it to hang just right over the oven door handle. A useful piece of art methinks! Happy sketching.













Monday, March 30, 2015

Easter decor commences

Setting out the Easterish things this year. The little family will be visiting the week after Easter, but this is enough to get me thinking about a little whimsical decor.








My rendition of the Martha Stewart buffet look...think there's enough candy???