Yukon wild

Yukon wild
Yukon wild

Monday, September 26, 2011

I am still alive but just barely coping…

I have been soooo busy.  Besides doing a lot of travelling for my job – my new job that I am still trying to sort out – I am also working for our territorial election – four hours or more a day after my regular work.  DH is working away so I am doing all the chores, although I don’t have to cook dinner so maybe that’s a good trade off.  And I signed up for all these swaps!  What was I thinking?  Oh well the swaps are important for my happiness Smile

What to show today??  Winter in the air…. My yard yesterday morning…

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Yup that is snow.  All gone today but more will be back soon.  Look at the mountains today…

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This fellow is ready for winter… if a bit blurry….

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Last week I travelled to Haines Junction and Teslin – see, not so much snow last week….

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I made this bag for the Goody swap…

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And I received some more fabric for my grandson’s quilt.  Thanks so much to Sue, Linda and Julie.

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He had his 4th birthday party yesterday….

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At his request they ate “make your own sub sandwiches”.  And they played Fishing Pond over the back fence.  It is so cute what a kick kids get out of catching a Fruit Roll-up on a fishing rod.

That’s it for tonight.  I'll be back to show my September swap items sent and received later.

Janet

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Friday Night Sew In Report

I only got a couple of hours to play last night but …. I did get something accomplished.  Hexies for my September swap partner who wanted pastels….I find pastels so difficult.

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And then I worked on the hexie panel for this little bag which I made for one of my swap partners in the Goodie swap.  I finished the rest of the bag today.  When I saw the pattern for this bag on the Bag Lady week I knew I had to make it.  The tutorial is from Kaelin at the Plaid Scottie.

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I hope everyone had a great FNSI.

Janet

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Another week, more travel, some mail and the wedding quilt

This week I went to Ross River, about an hour flight northeast, or a six hour drive on a good day.  Fortunately I got to fly, with the “court party” – judge, court clerk, court recorder and two sheriffs.  Here’s our plane…

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The morning view was a bit hazy but so stupendous.  There are mountains as far as the eye can see….

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And then suddenly there is a wide flat valley….

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This is called the Tintina Trench.  DH (who wants to be a geologist when he grows up) tells me that back in the Jurassic Age this valley marks where the two land masses that became North America came together.  Because this was where the edges were, the rock was weaker and it wore away more than the mountainous area beyond the valley.  Of course it has all been covered by ice a couple of times since then.  My brain can’t really wrap around this concept, but it sure is beautiful.

Ross River is a very sad and troubled town with lots of drinking, violence and little positive to say about it.  The court party takes two sheriffs to Ross River, where they usually take only one to other communities, because of some negative things that have happened there.  It wasn’t the best work day I’ve ever had.  But I did see a “Rhino”! 

I mentioned in this post that my grandson knows what a Rhino is but I’ve never seen one.  The young man who was driving this machine told me it isn’t a Rhino, as that is a trade name for a machine made by a specific company, but it is the same idea – a “side-by-side”.  He said this model is more of a “sport utility vehicle” version, whereas the Rhino is more of a work machine.  I told him that this one looks like a golf cart….

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The flight home was gorgeous too, if a little more bumpy…

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I received a few pieces of lovely mail in the last couple of weeks.  My adventure block for August from Laurrie (no blog).

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And 6 1/2 inch blocks from the last two months.  First from Sharon.  Her area was hard hit by Irene, but her home is intact.   She sent these lovely blocks off to me before Irene arrived so they got here safe and sound in just a few days.

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And then from Linda.  These blocks took a month to get here from California.  She posted them August 1st and they arrived on the 31st.  I see the envelope has a Canada Post stamp on it from August 25th, so I suppose there was some misdirection going on.  I was thrilled to finally receive these beautiful blocks.

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The wedding is tomorrow.  Wish me luck.  Dressing up and being in the front of a crowd is really not my comfort zone.  Here are a couple of snaps of the finished quilt.

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Facts

Three charm packs of Beach House by Blackbird Designs for Moda.           Yardage of Rustic Retreat by Debbie Mumm, National Park Series # 2299 by Ro Gregg for Northcott and an unknown grey mottled fabric.                    Batting is green in colour and made from recycled pop bottles.  It feels very soft and was lovely and easy to sew through.                                      Finished size is 62 1/2 by 51/2.                                                                       Pattern – True Lover’s Knot from “Quilts from the Quiltmaker’s Gift”.         Quilting is straight line, with writing and machine embroidery in the blue border and free motion entwined hearts in the corner squares.

Janet