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Monday, April 23, 2018

A successful voyage and a safe return....

... home from our Mediterranean cruise with memories of a wonderful experience.    
Monte Carlo Monaco 

and back to the sewing studio.
I have my Kim Diehl project, Fiddlesticks and Fancies all assembled 
 Binding attached 
  and it is now sandwiched  and in the quitting machine... 
I am hoping to have more pictures of  the Kim Diehl projects made by members of the guild on my next post. 

Coming right along and a work in progress is 
The Rose of Sharon .. machine appliqued. 
I say work in progress because every time I take this project out I add to it so I am not certain what the finished project will look like. 

 This wall hanging .. 
  Seasonal Silhouettes by Edyta Sitar for Laundry Basket is all finished and 

hanging in the Parish hall where La guild meets every week . 

I am slowly getting back to my sewing because as we all know even if we are on vacation our volunteer responsibilities are still active all the time we are away and so I am focusing on getting caught up.

As promised here are a few pictures of the cruise.
 I begin with our lovely ship
The Sky Viking Cruise Ship 

 Docked in Rome 
where we boarded 
 Grand-daughter Amy relaxing in one of the beautiful parlors 
 Lovely entertainment every evening 
 Many floors to explore 
 The spa

 A reading and lounging  area.. 
In Pisa Italy 
 no ... I could not straighten the tower 
It is straight for a bit... 
This was absolutely amazing. It is the Baptistery in Pisa
 next to the Cathedral and the stunning acoustic effect is unbelievable. The notes sung here last so long new notes harmonize with the old ones.  A Baptistery guard demonstrated for us and I could not believe the sound...   
The park built by the Royal family, Prince Rainier 111  in Monte Carlo so people could stroll after mass in its beautiful garden... such a peaceful place.

Princess Caroline's  house in Monte Carlo is right across from the  park .
 Here I am in front of the Palace in Monte Carlo . Home of Prince Albert 11 son of Prince Rainier 111 and Princess Grace Kelly 
 Beautiful alters in the Prince's catholic church 
 so much beauty 
 Amy's (my grand-daughter's) favorite 
 Lovely church in Monte Carlo
Pictures do not do justice to the richness of the photos of the saints 
Pure elegance for a Princess 
and her Grave...Princess Kelly. Fresh flowers are delivered on her grave every week as ordered by her Prince.. Rainier 111 
 Growing up I often heard my mother speak of Grace Kelly as her favorite actress, so it was fitting mom should gift me with the Grace Kelly collection of paper dolls. Oh! how much fun that was!!! The clothes, the jewels and the Prince.  
I spent a lot of fun hours dressing up my Princess Kelly paper doll.  
And here lies the Prince besides his lovely Princess.. the grave of Prince Rainier 111

 so you can imagine I have many photos... but I guess you had to be there to fully appreciate the journey.. 
From Rome to Pisa Italy 
to Monte Carlo Monaco 
to Toulon in France 
then Marseille also in France 
and onto Barcelona in Spain  
will be in my memories forever and sharing it with my grand-daughter made it very special. 
Of course there are always favorites and if I pick a place to visit again fully it would be Barcelona... 
Clips of Spain with its amazing Roman Catholic Church is  dedicated to Eulalia co patron saint of Barcelona a young virgin who suffered martyrdom during Roman times in the city of Barcelona. One story says that she was exposed naked in the Public square and a miraculous snowfall in mid-spring covered her nudity which enraged the  Romans who then put her in a barrel with knives stuck in it and rolled it down a street. The one now called Baxiada de Santa Eulalia . Her body is entombed in the cathedral's crypt 
Second choice would be Marseille.
Beautiful uncomplicated city with gorgeous shopping centers...
I loved Monaco but it is very small and we did a long walking excursion which allowed us to see most of Monte Carlo. 

In all the midst of the adventure my sewing was not far from my mind 
 On the Wednesday I connected with the guild members who were meeting in Saulnierville .NS  

and send them pictures of me sewing hexies....in my cabin on the ship before our excursion. 

 I hope to get back to my UFO's soon but as I mentioned I first have to catch up on all the work that was left idle while I was away. 
Life happens and continues on  even when we are idle.. 

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Rolling right along

It has been so pleasant to connect with some of you again. I have enjoyed your emails and thank you for your thoughts and words of kindness and support and condolences.

Today's daily mediation was titled :
Buckle up! 
"Father, sometimes life is overwhelming. Help me trust You with all the turbulent moments knowing how deeply You care for my life." 

Yes winter seems to be marching to a good beat and I am happy to say so am I in finishing my projects. 

This one however is a year long project .   
52 week challenge .. I will have my 52 blocks done before the end of the year because I try to make at least 4 or 5 a week.
I have started assembling some.  
I just couldn't wait to see what it was going to look like.This has been a fun project to do in more ways than one. My sister,who lives at the other end of the Province in Antigonish NS, and I have been  doing the blocks together on Face time. 
She has hers all  finished and ready to be sandwiched for quilting!!!

I have also been working on my double wedding ring and here are the flying geese borders "flying" right along 
 Paper piecing is so much fun and 
 yes,  so accurate.  
 Now on to the large borders with the appliqué.

I am certain everyone knows this beautiful lady.
Kim Diehl ....
 I made her quilt the "Taffy Pull" in 2011 and it has been  the Guild's emblem quilt.  
This inspired me to start and Kim Diehl club. 
Members of the Guild interested in joining just need to pick one of her patterns and we sew it together at the guild. She has loads of beautiful projects on the Henry Glass website to download for free.   
I made this set as a sample for the Guild "Walk in the Park".
And for my pattern choice I picked
 Fiddlesticks and Fancies 
In her Fiddlesticks fabric 
 One of my blocks I made at the guild on a different machine and yes ... it turned out smaller. My quilt will have a matching cushion.

A new project I started is the Rose of Sharon in machine appliqué.
 I am not using the traditional dark red and orange colors but going pastel.

Lots happening...in my life..
 Spring is around the corner ready to bring in the new ... and yes that is exactly what will happen in our family.

 I will become a great grand-mother... to Baby Girl Hicks  
My Grand-daughter Amy and Mitch are expecting their first and it's a girl... ♥♥♥ 
But before the baby comes, Amy and I are taking an Ocean cruise in the Western Mediterranean from Rome to Barcelona . 
I hope to update my blog before we leave but if not I will post pictures of our adventure. 

Remember .. " when life seems overwhelming, we can pray and be buckled in peace. He can help us thorough the turbulence".


Sunday, January 7, 2018

More than a full circle

Happy New Year everyone in blog land. It has been so long since I connected to my blog I was just not familiar with the steps to even log in.. 
I tilted this post "More than a full circle" because that is how my life has been travelling in the last two years. One thing that has been constant through it all is my quilting and the friends I made from blogging many years ago.
 Today I was reminiscing about the times we were all members of the Charming Girls Club with Kelly Guy. What fun that was sewing together. 
I am still very active in the Guilde Acdienne de Clare which has a cap of 100 members with a waiting list. We still meet every week . 
I did retire Dec 2014 after 25 years of being an Addiction counselor and 40 years in the health care system but I do have a lot of activities on my calendar and I hope to share some of these with you as I try to keep the conversion open on my blog from now on.

So... it is a new year and this week-end  I started a challenge from a local Quilt Shop owner Darlene d'Eon., called the 52 week quilt block challenge. We are asked to make two blocks weekly for the year.        
This is a perfect project to use scraps so I decided I would use my 
 Kansas Troubles stash. My second daughter Liette and her husband are building a cottage and I think this is the perfect quilt for her décor.  
 Here are my two blocks for this week..
I think I am going to name this quilt "For the love of scraps". 

It being January I am also hand quilting. I have this in my portable frame and enjoy watching old TV series like Diagnosis Murder, Matlock and Murder She Wrote. 
 I also have "Flowers for My wedding ring by Judy Neimeyer
 on the go. I love the look of this quilt and I have seen so many of our experienced quilters make the double wedding ring I almost felt I could not be classified a quilter unless I have one in my inventory. 

 The next project going is one by Edyta Sitar for Laundry Baskets called Seasonal Silhouettes 
 I machine appliqued the blocks 
 one for each month of the year. 
 I have finished all the blocks so now I am machine quilting
 them individually and  I am going to assemble the quilt after the blocks are all quilted.

Well I must say writing this post has brought back so many memories of  days gone by and the wonderful friends I made on Ouvrages d'une Acadienne.blogspot 
I do hope I will be faithful in posting regularly and that I will connect again with some of my followers who supported my blog many 24 hours ago.