A Pieceful Life

A Pieceful Life

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I'm so glad that you stopped by, and hope that you enjoy your visit. Here you will find pieces of my life - quilting, cross-stitch, family, travel, friends.
My name is Peg - I am a 60ish wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, friend - and if we're not already related or friends, hope to become your friend too.
We live in the eastern end of the beautiful Fraser Valley, about 1.5 hours east of Vancouver, BC. Empty nesters, we have one son living just a few minutes away, our other son and daughter live in Alberta.
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Sunday, November 2, 2014

My Biggest Challenge Ever

At least as far as quilting goes.

About 40 years ago, my mother made us a quilt.  We used it for a number of years, and it was getting thin and some of the hand stitching was pulling out, so I put it away to save for the memories.  This was before I started quilting.

After I started quilting, I pulled it out to admire the work that had gone into it, and was reminded how it had worn out.  And started to think about how it maybe could be restored.

Well, sometime last year I really started thinking about it, and earlier this year took the plunge to take it apart and see what I could see.  There was no binding – it had been sewn right sides together and turned inside out.  The fabric on the top is getting very thin, but no holes, no seams pulled apart but not 100% cotton either – possibly polyester or a poly-cotton blend.  The backing fabric appeared to be made from a sheet, a good quality one, that wasn’t near as thin as the top.  The batting was poly-fil, and bunching in some areas.  Size – about 85x95.

Okay, so now I knew for sure what I was dealing with.

A few weeks ago, our LQS had a sale on backing fabric, so I went out to see what I could get, and brought home a dark blue/black print, a little darker than the dark blue in the quilt top.

Then I got it all sandwiched, and loaded it on Big Bertha – then we went to Alberta to celebrate Thanksgiving and await the birth of our second grandchild.

On coming home, this is what I was facing:001

(Well actually not quite like this, but I forgot to take a picture when it was fully loaded)

I was really not sure that I could handle this.  Oh, man, this is huge!  It took up almost all the space I had on Big Bertha, and I was sure that I couldn’t roll up the whole quilt and still make a pass with my machine.

Finally, finally, I took the plunge.  The first few rows, the top thread kept breaking.  I tried everything I could think to do, but nothing seemed to work.  Then I just simply swapped out the spool of thread – and that was the answer.  No more breakage for the rest of the quilt.

Got about 2/3 of the way through, and just knew that I had to take the whole thing off, and turn it around.  I’d never done that before, but had been told by others it was do-able.  Yes, do-able, but not easy.  And then when it’s reloaded, you have to quilt from the front toward the back so as to prevent the fabric shifting and having a fold where the quilting lines meet.

But it got done!  Whew!  Actually once I was actually quilting, the sewing went fairly easy.  I chose to keep the actual quilting design very simple – both to make sure that my quilting lines would work when this was a large roll on the machine, and for my own sanity!

Here it is just after pulling it off the machine, thrown across our bed:

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You can see I just did a simple wavy line, which softens a little the angles in the pattern.  I made no attempt to make the lines exactly alike.DSCN8806DSCN8805

A little more work – trim the excess batting and backing, make and apply binding (which will be made from the backing fabric), press it all, and finally put it back in service.

But first a trip to Alberta to play with those grandchildren some more. 

See you all in a couple of weeks!                Blessings, Peg

Friday, October 31, 2014

It’s Friday, Oct 31

Yes, Halloween, not my favorite day of the year, not sure why, don’t want to analyze it right now.  But basically I resent jumping out of my easy chair every few minutes for 2-3 hours to hand out candy.

But let’s not dwell on that.  It’s the end of the month, and I have to admit that I have no starts or finishes to report this month.  We were away for half the month (playing with grandchildren so a wonderful time), then spent several days dealing with head colds.  Back to normal now, but heading away in a few days to play with those grandchildren again.

There is a rescue quilt on Big Bertha right now, will pick away at that for the next while. 

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And there’s Christmas ornaments and stockings to make.  And Christmas gifts to buy.  And Christmas baking to do.  This picture was posted on FB this morning – a little bit of inspiration:Christmas Bark Cookie Crunch

It’s amazing how quickly Christmas comes after Halloween – somebody has been reporting the number of Fridays for a few weeks now, and after today there are only 7 left.  Yikes!

Now Christmas, that’s probably my favorite day of the year, celebrating our Lord’s birth, family, friends, loving and giving.  And this year, we’ll have one grandchild in the house on the day, the second one arriving a few days later, so we’ll have both of them here at the same time.  Now that’s worth celebrating!

Speaking of celebrations, we’re going to celebrate a few birthdays this weekend, a bit of catch-up as well as celebrating ahead because we just haven’t been able to plan for anything near the actual dates.  It’ll be good times with family and friends – and aren’t those just the best of times!

Happy celebrations!  And if you’re a Halloween celebrator, Happy Halloween to you!                        Blessings, Peg

Friday, October 24, 2014

The Long Wait

is over.

This post is actually delayed because I couldn't get blogger to post a picture through my iPad so had to wait until we got home to a regular lap-top to share with you all..  But regardless, here's our big announcement:

Our grandson, LW, arrived October 15 weighing in at 10 lb. 11 oz.  He put the docs and mama through all the paces trying to persuade him to join us in the world, and eventually they decided on a c-section.


He is, of course, a pure delight for everybody, and it was terribly hard to leave him behind (as well as our kids and our granddaughter) when we came home, but we'll be headed back probably in just a few weeks to see them all again, and they all plan to join us over the Christmas/New Year holidays.  Lots of Nan-time ahead!

Happy, happy grandparenting!                                Blessings, Peg

Monday, October 6, 2014

Scrap Happy

At home, tidying up the last bits of end-of-summer work, waiting for ‘the call’ (baby now overdue), and getting in a little bit of sewing.

Two scrappy quilts, going for charity:004

Front and back of this one both scrappy:

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Just need to finish sewing the binding down on both.  So this will actually mean two starts AND two finishes for October already!

And now loading up an old quilt on Bertha.  This one my mother made for us about 40 years ago.  It’s well used, getting thin, and I took it apart a few months ago to re-sandwich and quilt.  The plan is to preserve it for the future.  So I’ll pick away at this for the next while, and I think when it’s done I’ll actually label it.

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This is the biggest quilt I’ve ever tried to do on Bertha – wish me luck!

Blessings, Peg

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Hotel Adventures

Going to a hotel, especially one of a chain, one expects to sleep well, be warm and comfortable, move freely about the hotel premises, and go home relaxed and refreshed.

Well, this past month, we’ve had opportunity to stay at two different hotels, in two different cities, and the experiences have left us wondering about this world

First, late August, we were treated to a hotel room courtesy of the Calgary Highland Games committee.  A nice room, we slept well, and got up in time in the morning to pack up and be ready to check out before we headed out for breakfast – planning to return after to get our bags.  As we stepped into the hallway, we were met by a police officer who directed us quickly and quietly away from the elevator and toward a stair well.  If this wasn’t enough to have us wondering, we saw a few more police around the building, and then when we tried to return to our room, we were not allowed on that floor.  Period.  No discussion.

By this time, many of the police were in full SWAT gear, something like the picture below:

They even had one of those little camera thingies that looks like a vacuum cleaner so they could put a wire under a door to see what was going on inside. 

The hotel staff were more than gracious, extended our ‘stay’ well into the evening at no extra cost to us or to the Games committee, and we headed off to the field for the day.  During the day we heard some rumors about a ‘cheating’ spouse and a person threatening with a gun.  When we returned to the hotel, we received a letter explaining that a domestic dispute had required police presence, all parties involved were arrested, and nobody was injured.  As we checked out, the staff told us that, in fact, they knew nothing of the incident until police arrived in the morning.

Then this past weekend, we were in another hotel for a wedding.  We checked in, found a lovely room with a Jacuzzi tub, got changed and headed out for the celebrations.

We returned fairly early as we had our nearly-due pregnant DDIL-K with us and my parents, and they were ready to call it a night.

We stepped in, took shoes off, and Grizz said ‘what’s going on?  I just got dripped on!’  We looked up: 

We reported to the hotel desk

And requested another room.  Sadly for us – good for them – the hotel was full to capacity, and they had to move us to another hotel.  Again, staff was gracious and helpful, but not what we expected to be doing.

Ahh, adventures!                      Blessings, Peg

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Baby in the House!

DD-A and LV came for a quick visit.  They’re on their way to join friends for a pre-wedding celebration, and had a couple of days to spend with us.  What a treat to have a baby in the house again!

Bottles on the counter:

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A playmat on the floor:

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We converted the en-suite bath into a nursery for a quiet place for LV to sleep, and then spent our time playing with her:129125

LV did well with her first plane trip, and adjusting to a new house for a couple of days.  Her mama had a much harder time – first their luggage didn’t arrive with them, then when we got to her in-laws’ house to borrow a vehicle the keys couldn’t be found (they were with the in-laws in California), then LV wasn’t quite prepared to switch time zones.  But she’ll be joined later today by DSIL-J, and she’ll have night-time help again.  BTW – the luggage arrived a few hours later, and the car keys were sent by UPS and arrived the next day, so it all did work out but made for a few stressful hours.

While they were here, we pulled out a couple of photo albums and discovered that LV is a little clone of her mama.  How we had forgotten!  It was quite amazing to see.

We are on our way tomorrow for a wedding in Alberta, and some time with family and friends, including the expectant parents DS-J and DDIL-K.  Baby is due in just over a week, so our phone sleeps with us every night!

Happy baby times!             Blessings, Peg

Friday, September 19, 2014

Best Tip Ever

This was posted on Facebook by Quilted Connections Magazine:

Keep your end tables full of needlework and quilting so that you don’t have to dust them.

Works in my house!!!

Although I do have to confess that I’m a bit of a neat freak, so things are usually piled at least in some sort of order – but anything to avoid dusting!

Happy projects!                        Blessings, Peg