Sunday, September 30, 2012

Signs of the Prairies

I could not resist sharing this sign I passed on the highway the other day.  Where else but the prairies do you see something like this? lol

Friday, September 28, 2012

Last Weekend in Saskatoon

Last weekend we travelled to Saskatoon where I chaired the Prairie Pacific Regional Meeting for the Embroidery Association of Canada.  The weekend of activities was hosted by the wonderful members of the Bridge City NeedleArts Guild.  What a wonderful event these ladies put on!  If you are in the Saskatoon area and looking for a needlework guild let me know and I will be happy to provide you with contact information - you couldn't find a better stitching home than with these ladies!

A highlight of  Saturday was the speaker that the Bridge City ladies had in for us - A. Elizabeth Muirhead.  I was really upset that my camera battery was dying at that point and I was only able to snap one photo!
I've cropped the photo here to try to let you see a bit more of what type of fibre art Elizabeth creates.  I love wool felting but I had NO idea that anyone had taken it this far!  She makes large, vibrant, three-dimensional pieces that are just exquisite.  There was a purse displayed (at the far left of the photo with the pink roses on it) that I would have traded my firstborn child for! lol   If you ever have a chance to see a display of Elizabeth's one-of-a-kind handcrafted felt creations - go for it!

A heartfelt thank you to the Bridge City Needlearts Guild for their hospitality last weekend.  This was my first large "away" meeting and I was very nervous but these ladies immediately made me feel I was with friends.  I am sure all the other delegates left with the same warm feelings I did.
Gary and I arrived in Saskatoon a day early to tour around a bit because neither of us had been there before.  It is a lovely little city and seems to be very active with cultural events and venues.  I was very excited to visit the Ukrainian Museum of Canada!  No photos allowed inside unfortunately but it is definitely worth a visit if you are there any time because the examples of Ukrainian embroidery are unbelievable!   I have a real love of Ukrainian culture - Pysanky (Ukrainian Easter Eggs), the distinctive embroideries and the foods!

One last photo here to show you why they call Saskatoon the Bridge City.  With the South Saskatchewan River running through the city, there are a lot of lovely bridges!

Fools Gold Round Robin - Block Embellished by Gerry Krueger

Last in this series of round robin blocks, bur certainly not least, is this beauty embellished by Gerry Krueger. The Fool's Gold round robin theme was a brainchild of Gerry's and the challenge issued was to do traditional goldwork embroidery techniques while using inexpensive trims and notions.  As you can see, Gerry certainly rose to the challenge!  Thank you Gerry!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Fools Gold Round Robin - Block Embellished by Maire Courtney

Here is the 4th block I received back in the Fools Gold Round Robin at CQI, embellished by Maire.  Once again, the work is soft and romantic and just what I was hoping for.  I love the silk ribbon embroidery and the beautiful pastel shades Maire used.  Thank you Maire!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Fools Gold RR - Block Embellished by Flora Goodson

This is the third block I received back in this round robin, embellished beautifully by Flora Goodson.  Flora constructed a wonderful circular motif of couched Japanese gold thread, small gold beads and silk ribbon embroidery. The focal point is the bird she embroidered in the bottom right quarter of the block.  The design and execution are perfect.  Once again, the romantic feel to the block is there in the light airiness of the design as well as the individual elements of it.  Love it, Flora - thank you!

Fools Gold RR - Block Embellished for me by Janet Popish

This is the second block I would like to show you that I received back in the Fools Gold Round Robin.  This block was beautifully embellished by Janet Popish.  Click on the photo and it will enlarge so you can see more.  I wish you could see it in person though - photos do not do justice to the delicate stitching and all the sparkle!
Janet knows what I love - beautiful seam treatments and button clusters in particular.  The butterfly charms are so delicate - I have never seen any like these before but will be on the lookout now.  The focal point of the block is the large heart of gold fabric, lightly stuffed to raise it and couched down, trimmed with a beautiful gold braid. The stitching is absolutely flawless.  I love this block!  Thank you Janet!!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Fool's Gold RR - Block Barbara embellished for me

I am just getting settled home from working at the lake for the season and going to a weekend meeting in Saskatoon.  At last I can see things having an opportunity to get back to normal!

So, I thought I would start out by posting photos of the blocks I received back in the Fools Gold Round Robin from Crazy Quilting International.  This was a DYB (Do Your Block) Round Robin where each participant makes 6 blocks, 6 inches square each, and everyone in the round robin fully embellishes one of each other person's blocks. In the end you receive the six blocks you pieced back with five embellished fully and one left for you to complete.   Clear as mud? lol

Anyway, this is the lovely block which Barbara Warner stitched on for me. I love this beautiful fan she did and the lovely floral spray!  I pieced all my blocks from wedding dress fabrics and my request from the others was pretty vague - that I would like something romantic.   Barbara hit the nail on the head as far as I am concerned.  Thank you Barbara!!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Notes from the Lake - Watching the Skies

Even though I have been home from the lake for a week now, and yesterday was my last day of going back and working, I am writing some notes from the lake anyway.  I always seem to be watching the skies out at the lake, maybe because weather means everything to campers and I have access to no other weather forecasts than looking up.  Here is some of what I saw this summer...

 I don't remember ever seeing these as a kid but I see them now - double rainbows.
 I especially enjoy rainbows where they make the complete arch from ground to ground - then you know the pot of gold is there for you to find.
 Odd sky - the sunset on my last night at the lake.
 Followed by my last sunrise - I pulled the trailer home later than day!  So another summer is over and another four months out at Lake MacGregor is done with.  A job like campground host where your work is 24/7 is similar to banging your head against the wall - it feels so good when you stop! lol
Another of my favourite skies with the "fingers of God" reaching down through the clouds.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Blog Post on EAC Blog

Well, I am back from the lake now for five days and still running around like a chicken with it's head cut off!  lol  Hopefully, things will be settling back into a routine in the next week or so though and I will get back the posting here regularly.

My first post-summer post was over on the Embroidery Association of Canada's blog so check it out there. The photo above is just a teaser of what is on the other blog.