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Friday, February 28, 2014

Nothing but snow, and it's cold outside.

Snow. More snow. This winter it was all anyone was talking about. Leaving my apartment to go to my car was like walking through a tunnel. The snow banks are as tall as me. 

Quote from Scott Sutherland - Geekquinox The same is true for Thunder Bay, Ontario. 

In Ontario, this is the coldest winter in 20 years for the city of Toronto, and in Windsor it has not only been the coldest in 35 years, but the city has also seen more snowfall than any other year on record.
In the Prairies, it's the coldest winter since 1978-79 for Winnipeg, and the third-coldest winter there in over 100 years. For Saskatoon, which is known for some exceptionally cold weather, so far this the coldest winter since 1995-96.

Sad. it’s snowing out again today, and it’s freezing cold. 

My apartment is some where behind this snowbank,
Then more snow came. 

My helpers. They clean the yard and my car.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Our Ignace Quilt Retreat.
Me and Joan taken by Maria!!!

A few photos.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Quilt retreat, Ignace, Ontario, Canada.

Thursday, February 20, 2014.
Maria and Joan picked me up at 8:30 am, and we drove to Ignace, Ontario. It's almost a three hour trip. 

Cold, snowy, what better way to celebrate a winter than to attend a quilting retreat. Quilting retreats are truly more fun than should be allowed. Away from home for a weekend with my sewing machine, good friends, and a stack of projects I've been itching to stitch. Who can resist the lure of a quilt retreat. This quilt retreat had everything. Good location, wonderful quilting area, excellent food, and our hotel rooms up stairs. I had a great time, the atmosphere was welcoming and friendly, I stayed with friends. 
Dori's Sewing Studio & Quilt Shop from Sioux Lookout joined our retreat,
plus a few other vendors.
Dori sat behind me and she was an enormous help. She checked my Janome Horizon 7700 sewing machine and showed me how to do free motion quilting. I still haven’t perfected it but now I’m trying, which is more than I’ve done before. Having Dori around put my mind at ease. She is an excellent teacher, besides she sure knows her stuff.  On top of everything else, she was so much fun. 

Fortunately for us, we got to watch the Olympics in Russia. We watched the Canadian girls hockey team win a gold metal playing against the Americans. Sunday morning we watched the Canadian men hockey team win another gold playing against the Swedes. We had a player from Thunder Bay, on the Olympic team, Patrick Sharp.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Donation Quilts.

If you never have, pick up a needle and thread and learn to sew a few stitches. It can be peace for the soul. Sometimes I go off wondering and worrying about stuff and cannot get it out of my mind. So to get rid of negative thoughs I sit at my sewing machine and try to creative a quilt someone will love. For me sewing is the best therapy.

I was given some fabrics to make donation quilts, and these are the two I made this month. I wanted the quilts to be fun, with plenty of colour that a small child would love. I chose the patterns, Snapshot and Disappearing 9 Patch. 

It has been a while since I’ve made a small quilt but that made it possible for me to use one of the fabrics for the backing without piecing.

I’m donating the quilts to The Faye Peterson House, a safe and supportive temporary shelter for batter women and their children. Sewing these two quilts brought me peace and joy, it silenced my mind.

          Thank you, my friend, for the fabrics.

Disappearing 9-patch,  front and back.

Snapshot, back and front.