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Progress report, party, and my history

March 2, 2012

I’ll start with the progress report on the two scarves I am knitting.

Here’s Kate’s…

It’s coming along nicely.

Now for Steph’s…

Not bad…I added a picture of my pattern on a metal tin lid. I purchased a magnetic board (8.5″x11″) and am using it for the red scarf. I needed another one for the green scarf and couldn’t find one anywhere. Actually, I wanted to buy one for a friend last Christmas and was unable to. The idea of using a tin lid came to me early one morning. I am using a couple of cute ladybug magnets to hold it in place and the ruler has a magnet strip on the back. This keeps track of where I am and I can just dump it in the bag anytime without fear!


We decided to have a -yeah, my husband is finished his travel assignment in New Brunswick and Spring is almost here – party.

Of course, it had to be Hawaiian. We love anything tropical anyway so this was a no-brainer! Here are some shots from my start at decorating today…

Our kitchen table with a quilt top that I made in 2005 or so. I love the bright colours!

Some of the ingredients for the party collected on a spare table in the dining room. I am going to attach the grass skirts around the top edge of the table. You can see the great punch container at the front. It looks like it is made of ice. Love it!

The dining room table. I took some pieces of bright fabric and laid them over the table cloth, then added the sand-coloured runner and a collection of shells. Not sure if I am going to add something taller in the center or not yet.

A different view of the table. The fake palm tree in the background was given to me by my eldest daughter and her husband. I have covered it with clear mini lights. It will be moved into the corner I think. The picture on the wall at the back is a pre-printed panel from my stash.

The doors from the family room into the main entry hall. Amazing that my reflection does not show up. You can see the new floor lamps that my hubby bought at Costco in New Brunswick before his last trip home. The three pictures of palm trees to the right of the doors are quilts that I made while in California. They are mostly thread painted with a bit of raw-edge applique.

Now a bit of my history. Lori, one of my readers requested some background information and I am happy to let you know how I got started, etc.

My father was one of 7 siblings with a Welsh background. They were all talented in art and/or music. All of my cousins are talented as well and my children are all talented. We are also discovering that our grandchildren are showing the same art/music aptitude! One of my aunts says that it is a virus in our family!!

I grew up with all of the supplies to do leatherwork, woodwork, calligraphy, metalwork, drawing, painting, etc. My father could do just about anything. He even had a few one-man shows with his oil and pen-and-ink pieces. With this background, it was easy to get involved in many ways artistically.I also took about 10 yrs of piano lessons, playing in many festivals and competitions. I did take a couple of art history and music courses in College. After I was married, I began directing choirs which eventually led to a full-time teaching job at the private school our children attended as the art/music specialist where I taught all the students from Kindergarten to Grade 12. Over the years, I directed around 30 musicals involving children and adults.

While I was growing up, an aunt taught me to tat. My mom and I did cross-stitch, petit point and needle point, knitting, sewing, and I taught myself to crochet. (in there also was cake decorating)

When we started having our children, I decided not to stop doing creative things so our kids were surrounded by artwork and supplies. They all began drawing, sewing, etc at an early age.

My mother began quilting and teaching classes on quilting but I never actually got involved until 2005 when we each bought a copy of the same book. ‘Landscape Quilts’ by Nancy Zieman and Natalie Sewell. I loved the realism that they were able to attain and the raw-edge applique appealed to me. I went through the book and made my first quilt – ‘Patience’ and never looked back! My mom, on the other hand, made one quilt and decided that it was NOT for her!

I have quilting journals covering everything that I made and have been numbering them. I am working on #123 or so. I might do a post covering the kind of things I put in my journals sometime if there is any interest.

I want to mention that I have really enjoyed all the comments and I have been corresponding with some of you through emails and value those contacts. This is such a great way to meet other people all over the world.




4 Comments leave one →
  1. Lori permalink
    March 2, 2012 11:34 pm

    Thank you Carol. It’s a great way to start my weekend! So festive! This is a great way to meet other people in far away places. Have a great weekend!

  2. Joan Massey permalink
    March 3, 2012 12:21 am

    The scarves are coming along well and looking great!
    Love the bight colours and decorating for your party! Everything looks so bright and happy – “festive” is certainly the perfect word for it! Have fun and a great weekend!

    • March 6, 2012 11:43 am

      Thanks, Joan. I have really enjoyed working with all the beautiful colours of yarn! Adding the intricate patterns makes it even more fun.

  3. Glenda permalink
    March 3, 2012 1:18 am

    Loved the history…I don’t think I ever knew any of it. Hugs to you and love your “party” theme. 🙂

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