Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Quilting bee sign ups


Its that time of the year again. I am accepting new members for my online quilting bees.
We Bee Learning 
This is a Bee for the confident beginner and up. The goal of this group is to always be…...well Learning…hence the name of the group. So anything goes in this group from traditional piecing to paper piecing. . Each member makes 2 blocks for the monthly host. At the end of 6 month you will have 10 blocks plus 2 you make on your own for a total of 12 blocks. Block size is up to 12.5 bigger blocks will be accepted if the group agrees. Open internationally.

We Bee New
This bee is for those new to the online bee scene and started off as a beginner block bee.  The current members of the group are intermediate+ quilters so All block types are accepted. 6 members take part for 6 months. Each member makes 2 blocks for the monthly host. At the end of 6 month you will have 10 blocks plus 2 you make on your own for a total of 12 blocks. Block size is up to 12.5 bigger blocks will be accepted if the group agrees. Open internationally.

We Bee With It  
This bee started as a modern bee, hence the name With It (dorky but it fits..lol) Nonetheless, traditional blocks are welcome too since modern fabrics and colour combinations can make some of the oldest blocks the new modern "IT" block. The current members are intermediate+ quilters. 6 members take part for 6 months. Each member makes 2 blocks for the monthly host. At the end of 6 month you will have 10 blocks plus 2 you make on your own for a total of 12 blocks. Block size is up to 12.5 bigger blocks will be accepted if the group agrees. Open internationally.

We Bee Canadian
This is a bee for you guessed it, Canadian quilters. The only requirement of this group are to be Canadian. The current members are intermediate+ quilters. 6 members take part for 6 months. Each member makes 2 blocks for the monthly host. At the end of 6 month you will have 10 blocks plus 2 you make on your own for a total of 12 blocks. Block size is up to 12.5 bigger blocks will be accepted if the group agrees.


Friday, 13 November 2015

Tomato woes

Well here it is in the middle of November and I'm still waiting on my tomatoes to ripen. I have them out in the back garage. It's likely too cool out there, however, as soon as I bring them in they go to bleep. The start to turn orange and then before they get nice and red they get spots and then turn moldy



I was able to save a few from another box and made a bit of salsa. I followed a new recipe and it's too sweet and the apple cider vinegar made it pretty tangy. However at least I was able to make something.


I have 4 more boxes out back that are just starting to turn. I'm not sure what will happen with them. I would like to make a few jars of whole tomatoes, but I don't see that happening. It's rather depressing to grow them from seed and then wait this long for them to turn to mush...arrrrg....lol

Have a great day
Mrs pickles 

Saturday, 31 October 2015

Quilt show

Every two years the Saskatoon Quilt Guild holds a quilt show. My mother an I have attend two and were ever so excited to attend last Friday. I had saved up some money and was prepared to hit the market after we saw the quilts and I'll be honest I was pretty excited about spending my money...lol

Mr.P ended up being out of town so we had to take lil pickle with us. She was a trooper and even picked out a few of her favourites too. However, I felt a little let down by the show. Most of the quilts were okay, but not the show stoppers like the first two times we went. Maybe that has something to do with having more quilting experience or this year just wasn't our cup of tea. I didn't take any pictures of the winning quilts because I preferred others more and I don't want to insult anyone's hard work cause my cup of tea or not the work that goes into all the quilts in the show is still amazing!!
here are two of my favourites from the event

Labyrinth walk made by Aileen Handyside
I loved that it actually made you think you could go up and drop a ball into the maze

This quilt caught my eye right away since this pattern is on my to do list. Loved the colours too
Counting start made by Heather Acton and quilted by Lisa Hancheroff


And now is the part where I would normally show you All the goodies I bought, however, both my mother and I went home empty handed. We even went through the stalls twice. There were some good deals on FQ's but I have enough at home waiting to be used so we didn't look. I wanted to get a kit for crib quilt for the new baby. However kits in general were slim pickings. I did find one...$200 for a crib quilt....not including batting and backing!! Even my favourite shop from out of province only brought their ugly fabric...lol on a whole the prices were crazy and the selection slim. 

So we left the show disappointed and I'll be honest I don't think we will go when it's back in 2017

Thursday, 8 October 2015

No WIP and dealing with idiots

We are still in the middle of kitchen reno's so there has been absolutely no sewing going on in my craft room. Just incase you are thinking..what you should still have time to sew....well it would be impossible
 
This is what my craftroom currently looks like. Yep its full of  things from the kitchen, living room and office (which became our makeshift kitchen)
 
The end is in site for our reno's, maybe. The contractor is the biggest most incompetent idiot out there. There have been mistake on top of mistakes on top of disasters. One of the last things he had to do was install our new door. He proudly texted me a pic last night and I was horrified to see it was the wrong freaking door!!! We confirmed the door three times before he ordered it and it still ends up being the wrong one. I feel like with the reno we are spending a lot of money to have to keep settling for his screwups. I can live with the door, but only if he gives of 50% off. I think that is fair considering the cost of labour he would be out taking it out and putting in the right one.
 
To top things off this week (the door was the least of the mistakes this week) the electrician calls me and says he goofed and accidentally broke our new cabinet interior. He can glue it back together and the only thing in that part is the garbage can, but again we have to settle for a screw up.
 
It's been a rough 6 weeks having this idiot destroy our house.So far everything has been fixable and things that cannot be fixed (like the huge dent he put in my stove, hole in my wood floor and scratched windows) will have to be minused from the total. Its just been hard going home every night and crying over how he has treated our house. Then i get to stress out all night worrying about having to confront him each morning, while holding a screaming toddler and dealing with morning sickness.
 
God give me strength to get through this!
 
Okay enough whining, thanks for listening. I needed to get that out!!
 
Have a great day

Thursday, 1 October 2015

A little more preserving

We had an Abundance of cherry tomatoes this year. We ate as much fresh as we could before getting sick of them. (Like that is possible..lol) and the rest I decided to dry to use in salads and what have ya. They are even more addictive when dried and I ate so many I think the baby might come out with orange hair.,,,,lol

All sliced in half seasoned with salt and olive oil


8 pounds of tomatoes turned into this one jar dried...lol sad but yummy


Monday, 28 September 2015

Fall harvest

it's that time of the year again, harvest time! We actually got the garden out a couple of weeks ago, but I have been slow to post about it. Our house is still under the control of our idiot contractor which means for the most part lil pickle and I are living at my mothers during the day. So no sewing, or computer or well just about no anything but sleeping at the house. I am hoping the end is near.

Anyway enough complaining here are a few harvest pictures. I haven't been able to weigh anything but I think it was an okay year
So far no sign of blight. I have two cardboard boxes full too





Friday, 11 September 2015

Garden wrapping up

It feels like I just planted the garden and here it is the middle of September (almost) and the nights are starting to get cooler. In fact we had frost two nights in a row. It was enough to leave my row covers with a nice layer of ice on them in the morning. I covered my tomatoes and a few of my squash. The back garden is just too big to cover all the squash so unfortunately the plants out there were hit hard by the frost. I am hoping with the temps hitting near the 30C mark here today and tomorrow that it will help to ripen those suckers a little bit more. We will be taking in all my tomatoes this week-end even though they are still green. I think I will be canning tomatoes into December again this year..lol

I did harvest my lone watermelon. It looked ripe to me, but when we cut it open it was not. Booo.
You can see some of te corn I harvested in the background too. A few didn't pollinate well so they looked scary..lol On a whole corn was a disappointment yet again. I can never pick it at the right time and it just tastes like nothing. I harvested 10 cobs and there are about 20 still on. I will use the rest for soups. If they ripen before it gets too cold.
 
Yesterday I blanched the final bag of beans from the garden. This pic was taken back at the end of August and the beans have been sitting in my moms fridge since then. Since we have been living at her place during renos we have had fresh beans as often as we can. But they needed to be frozen or tossed. So i blanched them

 
Well my little pickle is up from her nap so I should rescue her!
 
Take care
 

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Some preserving

well this little bun in the oven really has me out of sorts this time around. In addition to letting just about everything else in my life slide so has my blog. Don't you hate when real life gets in the way..lol

We started our kitchen renovation on Monday so I've been hiding out at my moms with little pickle during the day. So far we are four days in and things are so so. I'm hoping everything stays on track.

Before our renos started I did get a bit of preserving done. A 16 500ml jars of saskatoons, 13 500ml jars sour cherries 8 1L jars of sourkraut and 32lbs of beans!!  I can't find the pics of the saskatoons or cabbage so I'll have to repost them.
Okay my iPad and blogger have decided not to play well together now. So that's all for today!

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Still Here!!

Hello!!

I'm alive!! No worries nothing serious has happened to me. I have just been doing a little baking and this time around I am beyond nauseous and tired so believe it or not this is the first time I have turned on my computer in 9 weeks. I haven't even paid bills for two months....ooopppps

So here is a little garden update and my first harvest report of 2015. I am linking up to Harvest Monday's over at Daphne's Dandelions. Please check her site out for harvests from around the world!


Mr.P and my mom have really been helping out a lot and it looks great!!!

back garden a few weeks ago. squash are going slowly


Main garden is going great



Okay and onto a little harvesting!!!

Sour Cherries
6kg


Early Girl Tomatoes 1.2kg

 Lettuce 125g
Basil 50g

 Russet Potaotes 4kg


 I couldn't find my scale so these were picked and just eaten! I have picked a lot of peas but they keep hitting my tummy before the scale!!!

  
Saskatoon Berries 2.5kg




2015 Harvest Totals

Saskatoon Berries 2.5kg
Russet Potaotes 4kg
Lettuce 125g
Basil 50g
Early Girl Tomatoes 1.2kg
Sour Cherries  6kg


Grand total to date 13.8kg

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Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Garden report 16/06/15

Although its been pretty darn dry here the garden is still doing pretty good. My potatoes are finally making an appearance and just about everything else is up and doing well...but patchy. Even though we have been watering using the back well it's still pretty dry. Its keeping the weeds down though so that works too I guess..lol


 I am going to have to reseed 1 plot of peas as nothing has come up. All the other pea plots look like this
Okay not quite like this, this one is a bit patchy now that I look at it..lol For the most part they are doing better

The onions are a bit patchy too. 

Beans are fairing well, but again patchy

I am going to have to reseed all of my beets. Only 1 plant came up out of two plots. So I will reseed tonight with a new seed packet and see what happens. Something also ate all my kohlrabi so those will be reseed as well.

The tomatoes and cabbage are doing great. I got 5 extra tomato plants from my MIL to fill in the gaps for the 2 that didn't survive the transplant and the 3 I ended up being short.



Our pesky fox neighbours are back again this year wreaking havoc. They have eaten/dug up my one and only pumpkin, one melon and one butternut. I hope they leave the rest and move away.



We also got the crate from Mr.P's work all done and planted. We plan on fabing up a liner next year so the whole top will be soil. This year I just used planters. I have three types of lettuce and basil growing alongside some flowers. I also have a container of spinach growing, but not in this pic 



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Wednesday, 10 June 2015

WIP 10/06/2015

There hasn't been a lot of sewing going on here lately, but there has been some cutting. I am still torn on the Greek cross quilt. However, I am leaning towards adding a border after all. I am hoping to get the back for the snails trail quilt pieced this week.I have no idea how I am going to quilt it though.

In the meantime I have moved onto another project from the no progress list. The Classic Paint box quilt I started with the Bee Creative Bee. 

These are the blocks that I have from the ladies of  Bee Creative and  Bee's helping bee's. Which means I have to make 52 more blocks to get the 80 I need to complete the quilt.

So far I have 8 blocks cut out......so there will be a lot more cutting in the near future..lol



Next weeks goal. Get all my cutting done 

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Current WIP
1. We bee learning jan to june 2013: Snails Trail quilt: Goal to get quilt top done, Get backing done and start quilting
2. We Bee Learning Greek Cross Block: Needs border
3. Classic Paint Box: Cut and sew together 52 more blocks

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2015  Sewing Mission Statement
In order to try and get some UFO's done this year I am going to try and keep my current to do list small and just work on one thing at a time. I am going to try and not start anything "new" but instead take one thing off of my no progress list each month.
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No Progress List

we bee learning july-dec 2013: Goal to get quilts top done
Countless orphan "hop blocks" 20+
We bee learning 2012 group 2- I am still stuck on a second border for this one. I tried out a bunch of colours again and hate everything....Might just go with white
July 2011 BOM- I have made some progress, but forgot to take a pic!
Wonky Bee quilt: thinking
International stashes: I need to sew blocks together and quilt.
Christmas qal quilt: sandwich and quilt
Fall Wall Hanging-I have started to do a bit of the embroidery
Sew Happy Geek QAL- Blocks  9,10,11 and 12 still need to be done
Table runner- I have pieced this sucker together. Now I just need to get the backing on and quilt it
We Bee Learning group one Quilt- The grey fabric for my sashing came in. Now I need to get to work
2011 BOM- Since it is 2013 you can see I am a bit behind on this one. July-dec still need to be done

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Completed Projects 2015
1. Baby Quilt: Finished Feb 4th 2015 Here
2. Baby soft blocks: April 2015
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I am linking up with WIP Wednesday over at Freshly Pieced and The Needle and Thread Network. As well as at Let's Bee Social over at sew fresh quilts. Please check out these sites and see what everyone else is working on too!


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