Monday, January 7, 2013

First Finish of 2013

I am determined to finish up some of the quilts and projects that I have had sitting around for a while.  2013 is the year to finish what I have started.

I affectionately call this quilt the 'Ugly Quilt'.  Poor thing!!

I ended up with these fat quarters that I purchased on line and when I got them I was not enamored with the colours and pondered what to do with them.  They are very different than what I would normally pick.  I'm a soft and delicate or bold colour person.

I think I found the pattern for this quilt in a magazine, not even sure now, it's been so long since I have had it on the go.

I spent a fair amount of time quilting it thinking what a waste of time on a quilt that I had determined was 'ugly', however, the more time I spent with it, it began to grow on me.  I even sat with it today around my shoulders and you know what, I kind of like it now.

I chose to stitch in the ditch around the lighter pieces and then do geometric shape in the darker, bigger squares.

The backing and binding is an oatmeal colour called Quaker Cloth from Walmart.

All said and done, it's not a bad little quilt.

The size is 59 x 49.  Just big enough to cuddle up with and take an afternoon nap.

I guess I should rename it, but for now, it shall remain, 'The Ugly Quilt'.

Update:  One friend suggested I call this quilt 'Quaint' and another friend says that it reminds her of the wind and sea eroded buildings on the maritime shoreline.  I can totally see that so yes, it is growing on me.

I'm linking up with Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts.  I sure appreciate that she hosts our finishes


Saturday, January 5, 2013

Placemats, Eiffel Tower and Coffee

My son and his girlfriend live in a different city from where I am so. . . . 
 was not able to see them this Christmas.

I did send a package to them and in the package I made two place mats.  I didn't have a clue as to what colours they would like so just picked something that I thought was more or less neutral.  
I just love the soft colours that I chose and think they turned out good.

I did get a call on Christmas day with thanks for the place mats so I think that they were liked.

I've made several place mats now using this pattern.  They whip up pretty quick and they seem to be my 'go to' pattern.

As I write this I am listening to my Jazz in Paris CD by Django Reinhardt called Nuages that I picked up in Bologna Italy.

I must admit that I have been thinking of my recent trip to London, Paris and Italy and how fantastic it was!!!!   It was a delight to be able to share my experiences with my daughter.   Wished that my son could have joined us to enjoy the sights and sounds.  

I was able to cross a couple of places that were on my bucket list.  One of course was Paris . . . if you have never been, it should be on your list.  Paris is everything they say it is and more.  We only scratched the surface and I am hoping that someday in the future that I can once again go back.

We decided to save the Eiffel Tower for the night time when it is all lit up.  My daughter knew exactly what train exit we should take and she didn't disappoint.  We came up and around the corner of a building and there was the Eiffel Tower.

So beautiful! It took your breath away!

We walked right under the tower.  Very impressive!!

Both of my children are big into coffee.  They both have and are working as Baristas, drink coffee and my son just recently acquired his own Cafe in Victoria, B.C. so it was very fitting that in London, Paris and Italy we sought out good coffee places to try. 

This coffee was from a place called Telescope in Paris.  
Beautiful little coffee shop with personality.  

This coffee was very good but expensive as most things are in Paris. 

It was at a cafe called La Cafeotheque.
Very nice quaint place that felt like you were in Paris.

Just before we went to the Eiffel Tower we stopped at a cafe called Coutume Cafe.  We needed to warm up as we had gotten soaked on our adventures that day and the temperature was hovering around the 2 or 3 and we were very chilly.

I thoroughly enjoyed this decadent coffee / chocolate drink along with Pavlova and several pasteries.
Beautiful little spot!!

Loved this cappuccino at a little cafe in Bologna, Italy.  I don't know what the name of the cafe was but I would dare say that it was one of the best that I had on the trip.

This cafe was very small and very busy but a neat atmosphere!

Take time during your busy day to listen to some inspiring music 
while drinking a cup of your favourite drink.

Thanks for visiting!


Tuesday, January 1, 2013

New Year and Blessings

I do believe that there are blessings that happen all of the time.
. . . . but if you are like me, I don't see them
 . . . and if I do, I sometimes choose to ignore them.
Not this YEAR!
All of my blessings are going to be written down on beautiful, fancy paper
and placed in a jar that I decorated.

Next New Year's Eve, I will have a read through my blessings and reflect on this visible reminder of God's hand on my life.

This, of a sort, will be my new year's resolution.
I don't usually make resolutions but I do plan to stick to this throughout the year.

On my jar, I have a verse that says . . .

Yesterday is but a dream,

tomorrow but a vision.

But today well lived makes every yesterday

a dream of happiness,

and every tomorrow a vision of hope.

Indian Proverb                       

So many times I get tunnel vision and only think of the 'bad' things that happen in my life.

I hope this year that I not only see the blessings in my life 
but that I am a blessing to others who I come in contact with.

 How do you plan to mark 2013?