Ouvrages d'une Acadienne

Ouvrages d'une Acadienne
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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Kim Diehl club a great success

Well the sewing season for the Guild is coming to a close for the summer and also the end of the 

Kim Diehl club.
Quite a few members have participated in the club and beautiful projects were made and are still being worked on . I am missing a few pictures but I will post them
 as I get them 

The Taffy Pull 
which is the Signature quilt for the Guilde Acadienne de Clare 
was a great hit and many members were inspired to make it 
Here is one of those beautiful Taffy Pull.. by member Marilyn

The other great hit was the Walk in The Park project 
This one I made .. 

And this beauty 
made by member Simone

Member Christina decided 
to keep it simple and made this version of the Walk in the Park   

Member Marie  made these beauties 
Bureau scarfs 
A Kim Diehl Pattern "Welcome Wagon"

And My pride and joy, the Kim Dielh 
"Fiddlesticks and Fancies"
 with the fabric designed by Kim Diehl for Henry Glass
Machine assembled and quilted by " Moi". 
Of course it found a home right away after the first viewing by my daughter Liette who just built a new cottage. 
It looks gorgeous on the upstairs railing. 

and I just received this photo of member Louisette "s 

Kim Diehl project.. 
Beautifully done in its simplicity. 

Yes the guild is coming to a close with our last meeting tomorrow evening at which time we will unveil a quilt we made to commemorate the 250th anniversary of Clare. (our municipality) I will post a picture after tomorrow because I do  not want to spoil the surprise. 
How the quilt came into being... 
the members were given four sheets 8"x 8" of paper--
 (one of each color) red, white, blue and yellow 
( these are the Acadian Colors)  
and with those papers we were to design an 8"x 8" block then transfer that on fabric to create a  block for the quilt.  
which became a lovely quilt with its unique designed blocks... 

We had a very successful year at the Guild again this year with lots of fun and laughter.. but one unique event happened that is well worth mentioning. Our Youngest member 
Marie-Claude 16 yrs old entered her quilt 
in the youth challenge of the Canadian Quilters Associations 

and won first prize.
She designed her quilt to depict her love of travelling and named her quilt "let's Go" 

I have been busy in the sewing studio all winter and have enjoyed  making a few bags 
This one ..by Aunties Two patterns .. the Rockport Tote.. 
 and this one by "Pink Sand and Beach designs" the Kona Carryall

Now it it is time to plan the quilt show happening 
the last week in July in our beautiful Sacré-Coeur church in Saulnierville N.S. 

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".