Saturday, May 26, 2012

Moving tribute to a life well lived

This morning was the interment for my brother who passed away last fall (cancer).

He was a farmer, adopted the brand "Steward of the Soil".  Innovative and hard working.  Treasured his family.

Just before the interment ceremony, we were honoured with a tribute from the local antique tractor group - they had an outing planned for the day, and rerouted their 'parade' to pass by the cemetery at just the right time.  The drivers stood behind their wheels, hats on their hearts.  Thank you to all the fellas who did this for us!  (East Kent Vintage Equipment Club: http://www.ekvec.net).

Another of his fond memories was his candy red Mustang. As it happens, two of our neighbours have a vintage and a new Mustang - they also paraded by for us.  Thanks to Fred, Todd & Kurt!

The much-needed rain held off until we were having brunch.

Posts should have pictures, and I do have some to share!

My most amazing sis-in-law, with Spike
Jen with Tank!


And then, some of my favourite flowers currently in my garden :)
My Rhodo!

Should have kept the label -
not sure now what it is, but I love it!

Beautiful Iris - one of my all-time favs

Another Iris - brick colour!
Original tubers from my husband's grandmother's garden :)

Poppy

Aren't they sweet!  "Whiskers" tangerine pansies :)








Friday, May 18, 2012

Bloggers’ Quilt Festival :: Spring 2012

Amy's Creative Side

Time again for the Bloggers' Quilt Festival - great opportunity for inspiration!

My entry is my "42 Mocha Berry Shadows & Thanks for All the Fish!" 

This quilt was made for Tilman & Tina, friends of my daughter, as their wedding gift.  We found out the colours in their decor and found a pattern my daughter loved.  I was actually trying for more of the mocha but the blue just insisted it be included! 


The main blocks, are from Colleen Wise's book, "Casting Shadows: Creating Visual Dimension in Your Quilts".  Light/dark, sunshine/shadow is one of my favourite themes - a wonderful metafor for how much brighter the good days are because of the dark days.  And that together, you can get through the dark days.

I ended up with 42 'shadow' blocks.  Which, of course, is Douglas Adam's ultimate 'answer' to life, the universe and everything.  And so, the hunt began for ...



dolphins!!!  Found some lovely batik dolphin fabric - actually, my youngest spotted it on one of our fabric hunts - perfect for the back - and there was just enough on the bolt!  Douglas Adams fans will also be familiar with "Thanks for all the fish!"

The inner border is a 'film strip' - reminds me of the need to capture in our memories all the precious moments of our lives together - laughter, loving, living.


Each of the 42 'shadow' squares received its own feathery design - ferns, molars, hooks, echoed, feathers.  The film strip is a continuous feathered border.

For the outer border I got really brave!  Worked with rulers for the swags and the beadboard/piano keys - randomly spaced lines, not sure what they are called.  But I really like the effect :)

The quilt has now been delivered, along with its story.  I often include "the story of your quilt" for the recipients of special quilts, as well as information on how to care for the quilt.  The happy couple are delighted :)

Be sure to check out all the wonderful quilts entered in this venture!! http://amyscreativeside.com/2012/05/18/bloggers-quilt-festival-spring-2012/



Thursday, May 10, 2012

Crop is going in!

Have to say this has been the most stressful season we have ever experienced.  My wonderful and patient husband has spent the last four months gathering up equipment - a change in farming operations.  Early good weather had lots of customers and neighbours planting early.

We're finally under way ... a few photos of the fun.
Filling the planter (Pioneer corn of course!)

 Look ma! no hands!  Truly - autosteer is hands-off - but there are lots of monitors to keep track of ...



Going down the field - sun is low in the sky

And on he goes - marker arm just stretching out

Scope day

So, after my brother's diagnosis last year, my sister and I were advised to book a colonoscope to check that we were not also developing colon cancer.  I called and nagged and phoned and nagged but my doctor and his staff didn't get a referral done for me.  They retired at Christmas and the day after my appointment with the new doctor, I had my referral.  Yesterday was the cleansing, today was the scope procedure.  Results in a couple of weeks - there were no samples taken or polyps removed in today's procedure so I think that's a good thing.

My sister-in-law was my hand-holder and driver today - she is amazing.  Funny, insightful, there always.  Such a good heart, and I am so grateful she is part of our lives.


Sunday, May 6, 2012

Thirty Shuffle


This quilt is based on the 'Turning Twenty' quilt designs ... but they wanted a BIG quilt so I used thirty fat quarters.  Did the block design in EQ7.  This quilt is headed to Germany - landed just a few minutes ago! My daughter is visiting a good friend - the friend's sister is getting married and my daughter is there for a visit and to go to the wedding.  The parents of these 2 delightful young ladies asked if they could commission a quilt for them too.  I had sent a quilt to the friend on the last visit as a hostess 'thank you' gift and they loved it.  They don't see many quilts so it is very treasured.  

Sent the parents some pix of quilts that were quick and easy (short notice!) and got to a colour scheme they liked and got at it.  They liked black/white with a blue zinger.  I had to add in a mini-zinger (yellow) to really punch it up.  There are little 1/4" flanges of yellow and 1/2" strips of yellow in half of the patches of blue.

These quilts are so much fun - for the mom, there are flowers, geometrics, SHOES - for the dad there is a very cute design that looks like a circuit board and a 'light bulb' (great idea!) design - and cats and cats playing music and on and on. 

The pieced backing is a collection of blues (their alternate colour choice) with yellow in the centre ... and some of the blues are also in the wedding quilt for their daughter (42 Mocha Berry Shadows and Thanks for All the Fish).

The quilting design is from Digi-Tech Designs, Patricia Ritter's "Fanfare Grande"

The 'turning twenty' became 'thirty shuffle' as there were 30 FQ's in the top, and I used the shuffle technique on the piles of patches - take the top piece, put it on the bottom; on the next pile, take the top 2 move them to the bottom ...

My friend embroidered the label for me!!








The flight to Germany landed about an hour ago, anxiously awaiting to hear that my middlest (in the last photo, along with helper "Rosco") has been successfully retrieved and on her way.

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