Friday, November 27, 2015


Here's little Teemu a couple of days ago, just over 6 months old now, at the Vancouver airport with all his stuff spread out just waiting for his connection. He and his mom are visiting his Auntie Laila, Uncle Gilles and cousins Luc and Patric.
They will be gone for a couple of weeks. He's wearing his brand new leg warmers. I hope they keep him warm because I was told it was -17C today, where they are. 

We have a windy rainy day but much milder. It's dark inside and outside.
Have a  great weekend and stay safe.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Still plodding along

I started working from the other end and took a few more rolls on the frame.
The end is in sight.

I'm linking up with The Needle and Thread Network.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Quilt show - Part 3

Here's the last of the quilt show photos.

It's nice to see that big quilts are still being made.

It was also nice to see an oldie pattern.


 The one on the left.
The quilt on the right.

I like this. It's quite refreshing.

Another sampler quilt.

I really liked the one on the bottom but since they were both circular, I photographed them both.

The bottom.

The top.

I love the movement in this - and the colours.

Gray is such a nice neutral.

Another big star quilt.

This is the last one.
There were shiny bits in the fabric. 

I hope you all enjoyed the show and got inspiration from at least one quilt that you saw.


Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Lest We Forget

Today is Remembrance Day. At 11:00 a.m., the country takes at least one minute to stop what they are doing and reflect on what a great country we live in because of the sacrifices that were made in past wars.

In Flanders Fields

By John McCrae.

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

From -

My eldest daughter learned this poem in grade five. 

These are mini Canadian flags.
They have been 'planted' on the front lawn of the Manulife building.
A truly impressive sight.

This is the main entrance to the building but ...
while the display is on the lawn, everyone has to enter through a side door. The front gates are locked.

The banners are in English...
and in French. We are a bi-lingual country.

There are 11,843 flags. Each flag represents 10 fallen soldiers from the time of the Boer War until present.

Click on any of the photos to get a closer, bigger view.

One last close-up.
 Just to the east of the flag display is this wonderful work of art.

If you look at the 'person' depicted on the far right...
it's a young person rollerblading. Whenever I see it, I smile and think of my middle daughter Maili who worked for the groundskeeper during the summer while she was studying landscape architecture at university. She rollerbladed to work everyday. This was installed after she left. It's not her but it reminds me of her whenever I see it.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Quilt show - Part 2

I hope you're enjoying the show. Here's more photos to enjoy.

This was refreshingly different.

Another lucky niece.

This was beautifully done.
 What a great story.
Samplers are still being made.

I just saw a pattern similar to this and thought how complicated it looks but how easy it really is to make.

Scrap quilts are so great to make. There are so many patterns you can use.

Another great old pattern, the bear's paw. Wonderfully scrappy.

A fresh, clean looking quilt done mainly with just one block.

A Janet Stone pattern.

It was fused and machine blanket stitched.

I don't know why but I do like sheep in quilts.

Leaves. Another thing I love in quilts.

Not the sharpest photo but there's a close-up.

There's loads of work in an embroidered quilt.

Turquoise, my favourite colour.

I leave you with this one for today. Great colours.

Just a few close-ups of the quilting.

A whole lot of quilting.

That's it for today. Come by on Thursday for the rest of the photos.