Round About

Round About
Design by Karen Neary

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Perfect Timing

I had mail last evening... and just in time for something new to read and enjoy in this blustery winter weather,   
 Karen Neary's new book . 
It is full of beautiful projects and ideas .
Love it! ( J'aime beaucoup) 
 and what a surprise to see my runner published in it! 
I am so honored. 
The one next to mine is one of  member (of the Guild) Alisa Aymar  who has attended Karen's workshops.   

Speaking of Karen Neary, When she came to visit the guild she had given us one of her beautiful kits.
 and member Marnie (who loves paper piecing)  made it for us .

Great job Marnie!
( J'aime) 

I have started the new program in the guild. I call it Sewing Labs and the first session was a great success.  
Everyone is attentive to their project  which was a mug mat. 
The next time we have a Sewing Lab we will be doing a Valentine Project 
Round Valentine Topper by Barb Gaddy. 
Pattern available on    

My Garden Sunflower Quilt is back from the quilter 
 Designed by Cheryl Benner
 Yes. it is that time of the year when I donate a quilt to our church in memory of my dad. 
 The quilting is perfect... by Marguerite Melanson 
A very cheerful quilt that would be perfect for a cottage quilt! Tickets will go on sale at
 Expo-Quilt Show 
Dates this year from July 27th to 31st 

 Hope everyone is warm and safe on this winter January evening!
It is always warm in a sewing room!  
Happy Sewing! 

Friday, January 2, 2015

Happy New Year

Wishing you all the best in the new year; good health, happiness in abundance and the time to devote to your quilting!    

Speaking of which I hope to do just that as I am 
 So the first thing on my new year's list of things I wish to do, is to finish all my UFO's . 
I also will be able to do more activities in the guild. Right away in January I am going to start a new program (every other week) within the guild to help those who are new to quilting . Us quilters have a lingo of our own and sometimes we forget people who are new to the art are not familiar with it. We will be looking at understanding the full usage of computer sewing machines which again can be a challenge for those who only ever sewed on their grand ma's sewing machines. And of course we will look at reading the patterns and sewing different techniques. 
So sewing and more sewing is the primary objective I have for my retirement!  

Monday, December 15, 2014

Around The World Blog Tour

I was asked by Darlene from

  to participate in the Around The World Blog Hop. I am from a

 little french Acadian village in Saulnierville Nova Scotia Canada

 and I was very happy to accept the invitation because it was a 

good way to get me back to blogging. 

Whew! I am a real delinquent 

when it comes to keeping my blog active. 

Lots have happened. I have had surgery on my knee and it 

was very successful but I was told I need a knee

 replacement after all. There is a waiting list for  that surgery

 here in Nova Scotia and the waiting period is about two 

years ): 

   A more peasant subject, sewing,  which is what I will be 

doing as I  retire officially Dec 31.  I 

have been off on sick leave for my surgery and so I will

 only return to clean out  my office. 

1. What am I currently working on ? 

My BOM; Words To Live By ..  
I just finished the 14th block  
the end is near, I will be putting the blocks and the borders on in the new year. 

This is another project I am working on 
Family Tree 
This one is my last quilt block. I have 4 corner blocks to do and the border. This is machine appliqué and I am going to machine quilt it myself!

In-between these projects I am doing the hexies. 
My basket is ready for anywhere I go. When I came from the hospital I could not use my right leg freely making it impossible to machine sew.    
These were perfect while propped up on a pillow 
and I got all these  done ready for 
This quilt by Edyta Sitar, Laundry Basket 

And Christmas is soon here. I am afraid I did not get to make all the gifts I wanted to, again because of the surgery scheduled unexpectedly.

Here is a decorative cushion I am working on   
hoping to get it done and wrapped for next week. 
This one is already and will be wrapped tomorrow. 

Since I could not use the foot pedal 
I made some book marks on the embroidery machine to put in my Christmas cards. 

2. How does my work differ from others?

I don't think my work differs from my fellow quilters except for the

 fact that  I am very fond of BOM's. Even when I buy kits I 

schedule to do them one block a month.

 3. Why do I create?

I was telling hubby just this week while 

sharing Christmas memories that I was never fond of playing with

 dolls. For Christmas I always wanted something I could create

 something with. Kits were my favorite gifts.

Jewelry, paper dolls, puzzles, science kits, knitting 

 and oh yes sewing kits. 

 4. How do I create?

I usually am inspired by the fabric first. For some reason the

 fabric will tell me in what project it should be used in and therefore

 what I should make. I have favorite designers I like to 

follow. I have only designed my own pattern a few times and

 when I did it was sew as you go. 

This is the quilt I just finished that I designed with inspirations from 

the Baltimore Beauties. I call it the Blue Rose. This came about

 when we were struck severely by hurricane "Arthur" in June and

 the power was off for three days. What do you do when you

 cannot use your sewing machine? You hand sew! I started 

by appliqueing pieces together for the center and it ended up a


 So that is it from me...        
Thank you Darlene for inviting me to participate in this. 
I want to wish you all, a very Merry Christmas,
 a Happy New Year 

to you and your families. To my followers I will try to put in a stronger effort to blog more often in the  new year! 


Sunday, November 9, 2014

A blessed celebration

The day was perfect with the Holy Spirit as the special guest.

My husband was ordained at a beautiful ceremony at the 
"Sacré-Coeur " church in Saulnierville NS  with about 300 people in attendance

 Gerald Tufts

 Ordained by Arch-Bishop Most  Rev. Anthony Mancini
Gerald receives the sacrament 
 Most Rev gives him his Ministry... 
"Work with families "!

The new Deacon celebrates the mass, 

and thanks everyone for all their contributions to his spiritual journey.  

Meet the coordinator of our church 
Jean- Louis Robichaud 

His message was sooo touching. While working on the parish archives he found a letter Gerald's ( late ) mom had written in 1958, in it she is thanking a priest who had moved to another parish, for his services. 
She wrote, she had been praying for one of her young sons to choose the sacerdotal. 
Those payers were answered today, Nov 8 2014 
" Never loose faith  when asking for something" .
 The whole family was certain her presence was felt in the church on this special day! 

My sister, Simone,  made him a special quilt.  

The "Faith Quilt" by Anita Goodesign! 
It is absolutely beautiful and it will be treasured forever♥ 

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Special event...

I was tempted to title this post "Busy Month" but in all honesty which month is not busy ??? 

This week-end is a very special event for our family. 
DH Gerald
 will be ordained
in our church
 Sacré-Coeur Saulnierville NS. 
For the last 5 years we have had  a wonderful journey preparing for this day and on  Saturday Nov 8, he will answer to the calling of the Holy spirit as Arch-Bishop Mancini  ordains  him as a deacon for the Archdiocese of Halifax-Yarmouth.

Please keep him in your prayers .

As for the guild.... lots happening. We are getting ready for the Christmas Tea 
(Check out Karen Neary's blog... so well said!}

we had a sewing retreat to sew for the guild's boutique.
 Every corner of the hall was occupied. 
 and the projects being made were gorgeous. 
 a true sense of solidarity.....
 People working together and forming lasting friendships. 
 The laughter and the sharing of ideas ... so precious. 
and even if it is only November the spirit of Christmas was launched at La Guilde Acadienne de Clare on this sewing retreat.  
For our meal together we enjoyed an Acadian supper of 
 "Rappie Pie" ! 

Busy times....  yes!..............
as I prepare to close a chapter in my career. It is official I will be retiring on December 31st. I have started the process of cleaning out my office as I am passing on the "baton" to a colleague. 
That too was a wonderful journey. 
46 years working in the health care system, caring for others had its many rewards.   

I have been sewing everyday mostly Christmas gifts which I do not have "eye candy" for fear someone will figure out their gift. I will review my stash and hopefully will be able to post pictures  later. 

Stay well!     

Monday, October 6, 2014

Monday Morning Breakfast ....

doesn't get better than this. 
As mentioned in previous posts Sunny and I met through our blogs way back in 2010. Sunny is a wonderful follower and I have enjoyed connecting with her through blogland but never dreamed we would one day actually meet. Her and her DH are touring Nova Scotia and we met for breakfast in Yarmouth. I wish we could have spent more time together but because of a medical appointment I had to leave early.     

And now to an update on my sewing.... DG-D Amy's quilt is all done 
 I called it "Circle Lane". It is finished just in time because she is moving to her new house this week.

The Guild is starting the preparations for our Christmas tea and sale of our crafts so I am making a few 
 tea Towels with a Christmas theme.

I am still working on my blue hand appliqué quilt. 
 This block is work in progress. 
This one is all done "Circle Flower" .

So no Monday Blues here... had a great day. 
Safe travels towards home Sunny and Hubby .
Hope to see you again!