Deadline achieved!

This year is Canada’s 150th birthday! And because of that there and a few quilt contests to enter!

I have stayed up a few nights to comeplete the quilt below for northcott’s quilts of valor quilt contest! With a deadline of June 1 I think I have managed to get this finished just in time! The next contest deadline is September… so I better get to work on that quilt!

Meanwhile, baby keeps getting bigger! Over 20 lbs now! And the garden is growing, and the sun has finally started to shine!

I also attempted to sell popcorn! It went well! And supported a local elementary school!

cheers for now

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4+ months

My baby is getting big! Almost 17lbs at 4 months! And it is getting more difficult to get things accomplished with her taking up all of my attention. But I’m slowly trying to get the giant dahlia quilt finished!

In the mean time I’ve also started 8 trays of plants in my greenhouse! And have been helping a friend with her horses! Baby loves that!

As well I’m getting ready to sell some popcorn at a local craft fair!

So needless to say I’m keeping busy! It makes life go fast.

cheers

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How time flys

This winter has been quite the winter, with snow on the ground for 3 solid months, freezing rain and a baby! Nothing has slowed down. And I’m still trying to work on quilts! I’ve started hand sewing a hexagon quilt, I’m giving myself a 3 year time limit to complete it! And I’ve managed to get the giant dahlia attached to its background colour! It now needs a boarder then a back! Hopefully I can get that finished before summer arrives.

With all this happening I’ve still managed to sneak away for a short island holiday with my baby and cousin from Germany!

Cheers

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Baby, Christmas, and a new year started!

Where did the time go? The last post I made I was overdue, waiting for my baby to decide to be born, now she is 6 weeks plus 1 day old!

I think we have managed to inform all our friends and family (hope I haven’t missed anybody) that we had a baby girl! And she is growing fast!

With her arriving in December, I can’t say I remember too much of Christmas. It was a fun, crazy time with family dropping in for a visit on a daily basis wanting to see our little girl!

January has become much easier, having established a little more normalcy in our day to day life!

With baby in my arms sewing has taken a bit of a backstage, but I have not given up! Sitting on the couch gives great opportunity for a bit of had sewing! So I’m delving into the world of hexagons! I will take pictures soon!

Cheers for now!

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I’m a guild member!

November has been a busy month! With the count down nearing for this baby to arrive, I figured what better time to join a quilters guild.

The last guild I was a part of was a spinners and weavers guild. And I was in the age group of pre-teen at that time!

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I think I’m still the youngest member of this guild, but I can drive myself to the meetings now!! 🙂

With joining the month before the festive season gets into full gear, we as guild members for a fun activity are to show up to the next meeting with a Christmas block (size between 6″-10″). I was excited about a challenge so I found a picture of a pieced Christmas wreath on line, and loved it, and had to make my own version!

I made it to be a 9″ block.

In the mean time I’ve also finished another quilt!

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For the back I tried to use up as many of my scrap pieces as possible. I think it gives the quilt a unique look! and doesn’t fill up my scrap bins as bad. 🙂 I consider that a win win!
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And in a bit of spare time I managed to make my husband a birthday cake, for his last birthday before becoming a dad!

I used a pumpkin spice layer cake recipe, that was really tasty and moist!

Ingredients:

3 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1 15-ounce can pure pumpkin
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/4 cups vegetable oil
4 large eggs
2 teaspoons finely grated orange peel

I omitted the orange peel, and cardamom. As I didn’t have any.

 

Method:

Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter and flour two 9-inch cake pans with 1 1/2-inch-high sides, tapping out any excess flour. Whisk first 9 ingredients in large bowl. Using electric mixer, beat pumpkin, sugar, and oil in another large bowl. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating to incorporate between additions. Mix in orange peel. Add flour mixture; beat on low speed just to blend. Divide batter between prepared pans.
Bake cakes until tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 33 minutes. Cool in pans 10 minutes. Invert onto rack, then turn top side up and cool completely.img_4256

It is supposed to have a cream cheese frosting, but I used a german butter cream instead. As cream cheese has no support under fondant.

cheers

Quilting, kittens, and corn!

Happy Halloween!

Where did October disappear to?

This month I managed to start and finish a super fun and easy quilt! Harvest this years pop corn patch, and play with kittens!

I was so impressed with the colours of pop corn we grew this year! There was red corn, yellow corn, black, blue, and pink corn! And my favorite was the one I refer to as denim coloured! So pretty.

As for the kittens, they were abandoned at the farm so I decided to look after them until they seemed sufficient in eating and drinking on their own. Then they could go back and be barn cats! That did not take as long as I thought. After 4 days they were eating and drinking wonderfully, and managing to jump out of their box within seconds. So now they are living in the safety of a stall in the barn and not making a mess of my house! But they sure were cute!

And as for the quilt, I’m thinking if I get a few more accomplished at the rate I’m going I may get a few Christmas presents made! But according to my husband I still seem to be starting quilts faster then finishing them. Oh well, they will all get done at some point.

Cheers!

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