Friday, 30 July 2010
Thursday, 29 July 2010
Fortunately, we had lots of willing and eager teenage muscle show up to assist in the late-night caper and we are very grateful for their energy and enthusiasm.There were multiple sting casualties but no one seemed to mind. The bees will now settle down to enlarging and capping their honey stores.
As for the Garden Salad in the title, that refers to a free placemat pattern being offered by Bev at The Quilter's Net. If you'd like a copy of the pattern, simply click this link and subscribe to the newsletter before midnight Saturday, July 31 and the pattern will be mailed out to you, gratis. Who wouldn't like Garden Salad in this weather?
Friday, 23 July 2010
And here's her completed top:
Beautiful job, Carol - can't wait to see how you quilt this!
Thursday, 22 July 2010
Tuesday, 20 July 2010
The navy silk jacquard is a recent addition to the stash and was begging to be sewn. Working with silk is very rewarding, but slow. I am delighted with how easily the Bernina handles this tricky fabric. A microtex size nine needle as well as a finer thread are being used in the piecing and silk thread will be used to quilt. I am excited about the cool way these blocks will set together :)
In another corner are sample blocks for the Meadow Song workshop for Fibre Arts Festival in October. These will be stitched using a variety of machine appliqué techniques, including blanket, satin, blind and decorative stitching
Sunday, 18 July 2010
Saturday, 17 July 2010
Thursday, 15 July 2010
Sunday, 11 July 2010
Thursday, 8 July 2010
Tuesday, 6 July 2010
Sunday, 4 July 2010
On the sewing front, I am using up some blue and white scraps to make a log cabin quilt. The whites will range in tone from pure white to light tan. It will be a twin size, 6 x 8 and thus requiring 48 blocks. The centres are half-square triangles, and the blocks will be joined together in a X setting. 27 blocks are pretty much complete, as well as all the centres. Using 1-1/2" strips makes the project a quick and enjoyable one. My deadline for this quilt is June, 2011; what a luxury to have so much time to work away on it.
Saturday, 3 July 2010
Oddly, we had been to check the hives early that morning (Canada Day) and things seemed fine...although we both noted a lot of space in one box. As the sun was shining, we put it down to the bees being outside gathering pollen. We were barely through the door at home when the blueberry farmer called to say he had spotted a black cloud of bees moving across the field. Oh, oh...that's not good. We loaded the gear and went back to check. Sure enough, the bees had landed on a low branch of a tree across the field from the beehives.