Yukon wild

Yukon wild
Yukon wild

Sunday, March 26, 2017

A sewing day with friends

Yesterday a group of my friends and I got together for a sewing day.  We don't have a group name - we are just people who have known each other for years and who all like to quilt.  It was a beautiful sunny day and I should have got a photo of our extended lunch break in the sun room.  Oh well, I did get a few photos...

Jo was really excited to show us the quilt she made for her grandson.  She had quilted it on her daughter's mother-in-law's long arm machine.  Her first time doing the quilting on a quilt.


Jo's project for the day was cutting pieces for a quilt for her granddaughter.

Linda sewed the binding on a quilt.  This beauty is made with Kaffe Fassett's except for the solid in the centre of the blocks.  Linda loves Kaffe Fassett fabrics and uses them in most of her quilts.


Caroline brought this quilt for show and tell.  About two years ago I gave her a bag of scraps - a big bag - garbage bag sized.  I have millions of scraps because the woman who runs the local quilt shop keeps a basket for people to throw their scraps into, and she gives a lot of them to me.  Well Caroline has made about four quilts out of the bag of scraps.  This is her latest one.


Caroline was working on a couple of tote bags.  Donna, whose house we were at, was working on a quilt that she started at a class we went to last year.  And I forgot to take a picture.

As for me - well after someone asked me how big the hexie quilt was, I measured it and decided that is needs to be bigger...  So I spent time cutting out second round hexies!  I will need another sixteen flowers.  Here are ten of them ready to sew.


And the two hexie flowers for my swap partner for March.  The end of March is coming up - I guess I better get these sewn!


And that was our day.  Today my daughters and grandkids are coming for a visit.  I am looking forward to the chaos!  :) 

Janet 



Sunday, March 19, 2017

St. Patrick's Friday Night Sew In Report

I had a great FNSI.  Finished work on time, did the grocery shopping, got home and went to my friend Linda's house to watch Jeopardy, our Friday routine, and started sewing while there.  Then I went home, hubby cooked dinner and I continued sewing.  You would think I would have had time to finish the darn hexie flower quilt... NOT!  But I did get a decent amount done.  And I was in the spirit of St. Patrick's day with all my green!

Green borders added to these two flowers that I had already joined to the main quilt...


And then I started working on the last row...


I'm excited enough about reaching the end of the main part of the quilt that I have started thinking about and planning the borders..... yes this baby is going to have a couple of borders, so there will be more hexie sewing to show.  I hope you aren't getting bored with it yet. :)

We have a new bird feeder.  We have had so many birds visiting that we needed it!  Pine Grosbeaks, Red Crossbills, Redpolls and the odd chickadee.  This morning Harry, the Hairy Woodpecker stopped by to feast on the suet.


Although they spill many seeds on the ground and will feast on them there.


Although the squirrel doesn't like them munching on what he considers to be his!!


I hope you had a productive FNSI.  Please stop by Wendy's blog to see what everyone got up to.

Janet 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Update on the hexies

I am making progress on finishing the hexie quilt top.  I sewed up another flower ready...


And added it to its spot on the quilt...



Then I added two more flowers into their respective places... I didn't add their green borders ...


But I have a stack of green hexies ready to go...


And Friday Night Sew In is coming this Friday.  Sign up at Sugarlane Designs (although I see she doesn't have the sign up post up yet... hope she is okay).

So almost four of the eight single flowers done.  Just four more, one row of five flowers and then joining the two pieces together.  Woo-hoo!!

I am officially challenging DD # 2, who has her own hexie flower quilt on the go, and who has been working on putting it together for longer than me, to a hexie quilt finishing match!  Her only excuse is that she lives in St. John's, Newfoundland and her power was off for a long while on the weekend due to the 16 - 185 km/hour winds...

Hopefully we will see you at FNSI!

Janet


Sunday, March 5, 2017

Friday Night with Friends Report for March

Greetings fellow sewers,

When I returned from Hawaii I laid out my three completed rows for the hexie flower quilt along with the five rows I already had joined together and I decided it needed to be a little bit bigger.  I needed eight more flowers for the sides and one more row for the bottom.  So on Friday I started putting the flowers together.  

I managed to get one side flower prepped and ready to join on the main quilt.  


And this morning at our local craft club meeting (we meet once a month on the first Sunday for an hour - mostly to plan what we are going to do, but I always take some hand sewing to work on) I sewed it on to its spot on the quilt.



I have decided that I want to get the additions done and the two big pieces of the quilt sewn together by the end of March.  This may be unrealistic, but I am going to try.  I also want to get all the pieces cut and the preliminary blocks sewn for Bonnie Hunter's last mystery quilt En Provence.  The mystery steps are no longer available from her, but I saved them all when they came out over Christmas.  I want to put that quilt together at my quilt retreat which is the third week of April.  I'm going to be busy!!

I hope you all had a great Friday of sewing.  :) Please check out Cheryll's blog Gone Stitchin'  to see what everyone else got up to for Friday Night with Friends.

Janet 

Sunday, February 26, 2017

More birds and sewing

I didn't really understand the concept of Maui being a couple of million years old, which is relatively young compared to some other land on earth, until we went to look at the lava fields.


This is not a freshly turned field waiting to be planted, it is rock hard lava stone.


Maui was created by a volcanic eruption, or two or three and originally was nothing but lava rock.  So it stands to reason that all the plants, animals, birds and fish that live here originally came from some other part of the world.  Understanding this has gone a long way toward my understanding of endemic and indigenous species of birds.  The endemic species have evolved so much more that the species is now found only here.  Indigenous species have evolved but not enough to be a totally different species than those found elsewhere.  I think I have this right.  But now on to some birds!!

 
A'eo, or Hawaiian Stilt
 

 
 
 
a Wandering Tattler
 
 
Huna Kai - a Sanderling
 
 
a Cattle Egret - these birds originally came from Africa.  That is some kind of big bug he's carrying!
 
 
a Ring Neck Duck
 
 
'Alae ke'oke'o or the Hawaiian Coot.
 
And now in sewing news.... I finished the third row of hexies that I brought with me to work on.  Here are all three rows attached together.
 
 
Next time you hear from me I'll be back in wintry Yukon....
 
Janet

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

A few more days in paradise

Last week we went to a very swanky restaurant called Mama's Fish House.  The food was good...

Opakapaka (blue snapper in a lemon ginger broth....
 
The company was great...
 
 
 
And the ambiance was superb... open windows looking out on the ocean...
 
 
Beautiful flowers...
 
 
And geckos and birds aplenty to watch out the windows.  Here are a pair of zebra doves who were being lovey dovey...
 


We bought a one week pass to the Maui Ocean Centre and have spent quite a bit of time there this last week.  So many fish to see and then hubby goes out snorkelling and tries to find all the ones we have seen in the ocean.  I have only been snorkelling once.  It was fun but I need time to get used to swimming in the ocean with all its currents.  Here is an octopus at the Ocean Centre who performed for me...



So funny!  And I was intrigued to see these deep water beings - I think they are a coral  - that glow in the dark.  Truly art does imitate life...

 
I'm off to enjoy today's sunshine... :)
 
Janet
 

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Friday Night Sew In


 Last night was Friday Night Sew in, sponsored by the lovely Wendy at Sugarlane Designs.  I had a plan for the evening.  I wanted to get my second row for the Grandmothers Flower Garden finished so I could spend Friday evening sewing it on to my first row.  And I made it!  Here is row number two completed.  I confess that I only got this finished on Friday afternoon.  :)


 
But here it is joined on to the first row and looking great!  Unfortunately the photo flipped itself and I don't know how to get it back to a horizontal view, but you still get the idea.

 
I had two sewing cohorts this week.  Linda is making progress on her Shashiko whale.  Mama is done and the calf is started.
 
 
And our friend Pat decided she would work on a piece of Shashiko too.  Hers is a Kukui branch.   It was really difficult to get a photo that shows how rich the green background is - this one was the best but still doesn't really convey how rich and green it is.  She is using a lime green thread on it.
 
 
I hope everyone else had a successful Friday Night Sew In.  Please go to the link to see what everyone else got up to.
 
Janet

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Just another day in paradise...

We have been spending lots of time at the bird sanctuary down the beach and seeing lots of birds that we haven't seen in the past.  There are only a few birds in Hawaii that are endemic (birds that evolved here and are only found here) but quite a few that are indigenous (birds that are naturally occurring here but also found elsewhere).  I don't know that I have sorted out which are which, but I know that I haven't seen many of these birds before.
 
This is a Pacific Golden Plover.  We do see this one at home, but there it is called an American Golden Plover.
 
A Ruddy Turnstone.  This bird turns over small stones to find food underneath, hence its name.  It is really funny to seeing them tossing stones over.
 
 
A Red Crested Cardinal.  This one was originally from Brazil - the bird book calls it resident, naturalized, introduced.  I guess that means it is indigenous.
 
 
The black crowned night heron is resident indigenous.  These birds are hilarious to watch.  They have long legs, as you can see, but they sit in long grasses so they look short and squat.  And they watch and wait for things to go after, mostly fish I think.  Our bird book says that they sometimes will use bread to bait fish - interesting!
 
 
These ducks are either Hawaiian ducks or hybrid mallards.  They look like mallards but have a different colour speculum - the coloured patch on the wing.  It is more green than in a mallard.
 
Here are hubby and I ready to go out walking on the beach.  :)
 
 
Happy Valentine's Day!!
 
Janet



Thursday, February 9, 2017

A fun day (my birthday) in Maui

Just down the beach from where we are staying there is a marshland behind the dunes.  When Maui was first being settled they put the airstrip here, but soon discovered that it was a very windy spot and not really suitable for planes landing and taking off.  Now it is a bird sanctuary, a much better use for it I think.  There has been a lot of rain this winter (or what they call winter here) and the water was high in the marsh, and was threatening the highway that runs through it.  So the other morning the environmental people were out digging a trench to drain the marsh.  Or rather this volunteer fisherman was doing most of the digging. 


Apparently his interest is in letting the small fish that have been trapped in the marsh out into the ocean, as they will attract bigger fish in to eat.  As you can see this is literally a small trench made with a hoe.  When we returned later in the day to check it out the trench looked like this.\


The water is dumping out into the ocean at a great rate!  The marsh is home to many birds and we are having a good time checking them all out.  We heard that the Hawaiian Goose, or Nene, had been sighted in the marsh.  Normally it is only found on the dormant volcano, Haleakala.  Well we were thrilled to glimpse the Nene in the marsh yesterday afternoon.


 
Other excitement from yesterday was going out whale watching.  The whales here are humpbacks who come here to give birth and to breed.  The rest of the year they live in Alaskan waters and I have seen them there, but never in the numbers that they are visible here.  My photos are rather pathetic, so I'll only show you one.  We saw a "competition" of whales.  This is when two or more males fight over a female.  Our boat got "mugged" by a competition.  Very thrilling to see these creatures so close up.
 
And the next thrilling site for yesterday was our first view of turtles through the surf.  And I got a fantastic photo!
 

That was enough excitement for one day!
 
Janet