Saturday, January 26, 2013

No, I Haven't Dropped Off the Planet.......

We've been busy packing, sorting, donating and pitching!!
Our lives consists of boxes and piles at the moment as we prepare for the big move February 20th.  Yes, the date changed from the house being ready the middle of April and us moving the end of May to February 20th.  The last buyer in the chain had an offer for a short closing so the rest of the people in the chain got bumped to make it happen.  Luckily, our builder could make the new deadline.
We were up to the new house yesterday.  The kitchen was being installed and it looks absolutely amazing.  Unfortunately, there were a few problems in other areas such as my office cabinets didn't fit and the laundry room "deal on the cupboards" has turned out to be not such a great deal.  The good news is that it all can be fixed.
The landscaper came yesterday with drawings............oh, dear!  We have a house in the middle of the woods and he wanted to landscape it like we were in some high end subdivision in London.  Hopefully he went away with the message that our mantra for the new house is "Simplify".
It has been an interesting experience building a new home.  This adventure has turned into a full time job though.  (This explains the lack of postings!)
On the studio front..........ta da!!!  I finally finished the design work on the Angel quilt.  I just have to quilt it now.  Here she is...

Yesterday I painted the areas that required shadow and blending.  You can see the shadow along her arms to make them stand out.  I'm very pleased with this piece so far.  The quilting is going to be a bit tricky.  I want to add some dimension but don't want to ruin the effect of the fabrics.  Misty Fuse was the fusible I used on the fabric so it will not be too thick to quilt through.  Misty Fuse doesn't have the staying power of Steam A Seam or other heavier adhesives so I'm afraid that some might curl up when I'm quilting it.  I'll let you know.
When I did the dog quilt, I used Steam A Seam 2.  It worked very well and I could move pieces around and restick them which made things easy to put onto the background fabrics but the quilt is a bit stiff.
Tomorrow I'm off to the Cherished Pieces Quilt Retreat at the Elmhurst Inn in Ingersoll.  We had a wonderful time there last year so I'm very excited to be going back once again.  There's nothing like getting away for a few days with your quilting buddies to a retreat.  I even have a massage booked for the spa there.  It will be a nice change from packing boxes!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to everyone.  I wish you all health and happiness in 2013.
I will try and do more posting in the new year.  Life gets busy and unfortunately, the blog gets lower on the list of priorities.
As promised here are a few photos of our European trip and cruise.
The Roman Coliseum.  One check off the bucket list!

Rome.  The Constantine Arch.


We had a wonderful Christmas.  Both children were home.  Our son visited with us for 10 days which is such a treat as we only see him a few times a year.  His girlfriend came on Boxing Day so we enjoyed visiting with both of them and getting to know her a little better.  She likes quilts so she must be okay......
Mom came from the nursing home to join us for the afternoon of Christmas Day and dinner.  She had a marvellous time even though she didn't really know who we were most of the time.  She knows that we are familiar but she just can't come up with names or connections.  Alzheimer's is a very strange disease that I hope none of us have to experience.  We had Mom help set up a jigsaw puzzle so she was in her glory.  When it was time to take her back, she made the comment that she just had to go through the laundry room door.  When she lived in the granny flat, that was certainly the case, but it was so odd that all of a sudden she knew that.  She didn't put up a fuss when we told her that we needed to take her in the car though.
I've had a bug of some sort the last few days so New Year's Eve was spent with me under a quilt on the couch watching a movie with Hubby.  I'm afraid I was sound asleep at midnight.
The house is coming along and should be finished by the end of February.  That's way ahead of the original date of April 15th.  We'll own two houses longer but at least we can have a controlled move.
We are thrilled with the house and can't wait to make the transition.
The exterior is complete except for the screens on the back porch and the pillars need to be covered.  We are thrilled with the stone and siding combination.  Considering that we had to choose the siding from a 6 inch sample, we did pretty well, I think!

With our vacation, Christmas and company I haven't had much studio time until today.  I made these two tea cozies for some friends from the leftovers of the quilt top I completed in November that is at the quilters.  I hope they like them!
The next two weeks will find me hard at work in the studio working on the Angel quilt and getting ready for my gallery show in March.