Ouvrages d'une Acadienne

Ouvrages d'une Acadienne
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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. 

Monday, August 22, 2016

A special event coming soon .. the

    Fibre Arts Festival
 Yes this is an exciting week and a wonderful event to attend. I will be going up with a car load of guild members, Anna, Clara and Christina. This will be their first time at the Festival and  we are all registered in Karen Neary's class for the curved piecing on Friday.  

Fun Fun Week... Hope to meet many of you there.    

Thursday, July 21, 2016

wonderful trip... ...

I attended 
in Toronto and it was so enjoyable I am booked at the same Motel for next year. Yes quilt Canada 2017 will be in Toronto again. Keep your eyes peeled to the CQA website for information about this event as it unfolds.
There were so many lovely quilts and projects. This one was people's choice 
Isn't this absolutely fantastic? 
The picture does not do it justice.

I registered for two workshops on ruler quilting and free motion feathers with the wonderful and talented 
 teacher Amy Van Gurp  Professional Computerized Longarm Quilting
who lives in PEI.  
Came home very inspired.

Now I am off to preparing our quilt show 
which will be held all next week. 

I have not been able to fill all my wish list for this year's quilt show. Sewing was put on the back burner for a while and I am only now getting back to sewing new projects.

This is my Summer Blooms which had been in the \
"to be quilted pile" 
 This winter my friend Clara came and set me up with the quilting frames and 
 I hand quilted it. It was very relaxing and I do hope to hand quilt another one this winter.

Oh! MY! look who turned sixteen. 

   Yes my grand-daughter Laurène and of course comes the driver's license so I gave her my car. 

I hope to see many of you at the Quilt show and I will post some pictures after the show closes. 
If you have any question about the show e-mail me.
Happy sewing♥ 

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Activities at the guild

The guild's meetings have come to a close for the summer but the activities were plentiful. Member Paula is responsible to challenge the members to make a project with a  specific pattern. This year the challenge was "two colors". 
These projects were unveiled along with a full day of fun activities for the members. 
Here is the parade of projects made with only two colors!      

a beautiful red and white works cushion by 
                                                                  member Paulette

                            Beautiful Turquoise and white Pineapple quilt
by member Alisa 

A red and white disappearing star 
by member Alzora 

Navy and white 
by member Anna

Red and white Bow Tie 
by member Cecile 

Beautiful Blue and white

by member Cathy 

Black  and white . This quilt was all hand pieced and hand quilted 
by member Janice 

Blue and white Bargello
by Member Elise

Yellow and white table topper  
by member Camilla 

Read and white table toppers 
by member Barbara and  
another red and white 
by member Christina 

Rose and white  with an Amish flare... When the quilt was all finished Charmène noticed a mistake and appreciated the fact that her project is not perfect. 
   by member Charmène

Hugs blocks in brown and white by 
member Clara 

and this gem in blue and white 
made by Clara's grand-daughter Marie-Claude 

Red and black ( hand quilted)
by member Rose

This Blue and white quilt was made by the late  member Denise   
                                                         finished by members Karen and Elaine

Beautiful red and white Hunter Star 
                                                                     by member Simone

                       Grey and white Rag quilt made for her husband 
                                                                       by member Gis

This one is a red and white machine embroidered, machine pieced and machine quilted 
 by " Moi"
It is my first big project quilted on  my domestic machine 

                                         Mariners Compass in Blue and white 
                                                                 By member Lennie

Beautiful color combination of grey and turquoise 
by member Suzanne 

And a black and white 
  by member Sally 

                                  Blue and white Stars
 by member Paula

White and Black 
by member Lorna

Lovely apron navy and white 
 by member Lorraine 

And the fun continued as we celebrated our.. 
 "happy" 5th year. Hard to believe  it has been five yearsMembership remains at 100 . The projects that have been made are too numerous to enumerate. But most importantly the bonds of friendship that have been established in the last five years are remarkable. 

And the fun continues as the members play together ... 
An auction is going on 
and the auctioneers are ready ..members Nicole, Janice and Carmen.
 so are the members  
Let the bidding begin !
A game of strip poker...  
2½ inch strip of fabric that is ..

And a special surprise for member Clara. 
Member Suzanne presented her with a quilt she found in her mother's attic (Jacqueline Comeau) which was made by Clara's mom (Stella à Patrick) . 

The quilt depicts the church at Grand-Pré our,  Acadian, historical park here in Nova Scotia. The quilt is all hand-made. Hand embroidered, hand pieced and hand quilted.

What is a celebration without good food to share. 
Members(L to R)  : Susanne, "Moi" , Anna, Clara, Simone, Charmène, Elaine, and Paulette

 The executive served the members in recognition for all they do to support the Guild .

 A wonderful day .. 

Grateful to be together  ♥