Wednesday, October 29, 2008


They brought some of their wares to sell . The proceeds help their village in Africa

These are some of the quilts in the show made by the African quilters
This was the workshop I took. The teacher was from Africa, but she was born in Enland.
I made one doll in an African theme to use for a draw in my class and one of the african ladies won it. she was thrilled

One of the local quilt shops called Cotton By Post presented an African Gala last week, which I was involved in
The village is small(pop.600) but the enthusiasn is big.It took Suzanne and Garnet Smalley, the owners of the shop 1 1/2 years preparing for this event, including a trip to East Africa, where they met available teachers willing to come to Canada and teach workshops.
I was invited as a Canadian teacher to do a 2 day doll workshop with a Canadian theme.
I also took one of the workshops which was an appliqued wall hanging (2 african women pounding grains for flour) The class was the last one of the week and the teacher had a draw for an african story wallhanging and I WON!!What a treasure.
The wind up was on the Saturday night . All the African teachers were dressed in their native costumes...Beautiful... There was an African Band and African food tasting including goat stew. DH wouldn't try it but I did and it was delicious. It tasted a bit like lamb...African beer and wine was also served.All in all it was a very exciting week to meet these people and to learn a bit about their culture. Last year it was Russia(previous post) and next year it will be Ireland.Enjoy the pictures..

Monday, October 27, 2008


Take a trip over to Get The Bean and get in on a give-away for some of their yummy coffee

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Look What I Got!

I took part in a doll pin swap on Doll Street headed by Judy Skeele... These are the three I got. The white ones don't really show up but they are embellished with beads and the tassel one came all the way from Scotland.
I forgot to take pictures of the ones I traded, but here are some I sold on Etsy. I call them "Buddies" a friendship pin.


Take a trip over to GET THE BEAN a new COFFEE shop with so many yummy choices .
Leave a comment and get in on the draw....

Saturday, October 18, 2008


Not sure about celebrating another birthday but "They" say you aren't getting older you're getting I will go along with that....

My DH is always coming up with cute online cards and this is the one I got this time... Hope you can open it??
Try This Link

Now I'm off for a nice dinner out and LOTS of cake.....


Pop on over to Kristen's blog Retro Cafe Art", say hi and enter her draw
for some yummy blog candy.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Another Quilt

Here is the other quilt I entered in the show... I call it "Chicken Scratch". I machine quilted this one. A cute whimsical wall hanging . It was fun to do.


This was my quilt I entered in the quilt show our Quilt Guild put on at the end of September... For me quilting is so relaxing....well.....SOMETIMES!!
It is what they call a wholecloth quilt and mine is pale blue on one side and cream on the other. It is BIG...105'x 89". It took me quite awhile to hand quilt it but I didn't mind as it is something I love to do...The very edge is scallopped and that's where my headache began.. I wanted to make a 2 color binding, but didn't know how. After researching my books I found what I needed to go ahead.... at least I thought so!! I got the binding made but when I went to apply it the binding didn't want to lay flat..grrrrr..... So I had to take it all off and design something better and finally after much frustration I got it to work.. I think it is a very pretty quilt, in spite of the headaches I had getting it finished!!!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Excitement Reigns

Oh My Goodness.... Look what I got???! A big thank-you to Fannie for presenting me with this award..."One Sweet Blog Award"

What a lovely surprise to begin a new month with....

Blogging is one of my favorite things to do. So many places to go, so much to see , learn and share ideas , and best of all so many new friends to spend time with...

Thanks all around