Monday, February 14, 2011

a yellow tea set Valentine's gift for mellow yellow Monday

These photos are of a beautiful old tea set that my husband bought for me for Valentines. We both love old things and antiques. They are definitelyof an old mellow yellow. The age cracks and the fading of some of the colours definitely show age , but the manufactures stamp on the back of the plates is to difficult to read to identify the source. Maybe some of you viewers can identify the patterrn for me. It is an eight piece set including : a teapot, a sugar bowl, a creamer and 5 seven inch plates. I hope you all enjoy viewing my valentine's gift on this mellow yellow Monday.

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Sunday, February 13, 2011

scenes fron Saint John for Scenic Sunday

'The greatest little city in the east', Saint John, N.B.The reversing falls bridge at Saint John, N. B,
Back in the country side this old deserted house, standing alone , is making it through another winter.

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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Ships at Sea completed quilt

Shown above is my first quilt completed this winter and actuallyit is my first pieced quilt ever other than a doll's quilt with the pattern card trick. I have made quilts before but always have made and followed my own pattern. I have thoroughly enjoyed making this quilt and I have learned a lot!!! I loved searching for and finding different fabrics for the sky and the ocean. My generous, sharing daughter Riel, gave me a lot of fabric pieces. Thanks, Riel. This quilt just happened: beginning with experimenting with making a pieced block in October to taking it to a long arn quilter in November. It has been a voyage of discovery and adventure for me. I loved the entire journey!

above: All ready for the quilters.
I had chose the pattern "ocean froth"( by Anne Bright) at the long arm quilters. The swirling appearance of the pattern seemed to imitate a moving sea that a sailing ship would be sailing upon. I was really verypleased with how it turned out.
I have been working on quilt blocks of the pattern called ships at sea, sometimes it is called sailing ships or the Mayflower. Whatever the naming, these blocks bring back a recall of an early love of history and studies of those early, daring explorers that I was introduced to in grade 5 social studies classes, those many, many years ago. I found the stories thrilling of Marco Polo, Vasco de Gama, Prince Henry the Navigator, Magellan, Balboa, Captain Cook, Columbus,Jacques Cartier, John and Sebastien Cabot. This quilt will celebrate that early love. I didn't consciously choose this pattern, but I had found the block quite easy to piece, when I came upon it in a quilting book and I was enjoying the success of finishing the blocks. When I had accumulated a few I determined to make enough for a twin sized quilt. (24 blocks, each 12 inches square) Then I decided to look for backing fabric showing an old world map. I was really hooked when I found the perfect map fabric shown below. Wow!
The words following between quotation marks were written during the process of quilt making, before its completion.
"Next I found the fabric for sashing which you can see in the photo below of old sailing or clipper ships. "This quilt was meant to be! I am very eager to see it finished." I hope to take it to a long arm quilter today after I finish all ofthe sashing./ Then to put together the backing after which I plan on using the left over map fabric to make a matching pillow case. What an occasion for dreaming that will be: of adventurous explorers and those exciting far away lands that shall be discovered in dreamland. What a wonderful and exciting adventure the making of this quilt has been. " Now the quilt is complete and I am a very happy quilter! I hope you enjoy it!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

My Cat's Shadow for shadow shot Sunday

The morning sun was shining very brightly yesterday morning in our living room window projecting my cat's shadow as it sat on a footstool near the window. Another shadow produced from this lovely sunny day was of the metal bird silhouette on top of one of out feeder poles. The bird's shadow looked lovely against the snow.

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

red blossom and signal light for Ruby Tuesday

Looking out my window this morning this red blossom seems representative of this new month of February. Only 4 weeks now until March! unbelievable! To me red represents February. as its heart month and the month we celebrate Valentines. I had hoped a bird might flyby as I was taking the picture, it would be a redpoll ( appropriate for the meme today, but there were no redpolls in sight. )
For my second Ruby Tuesday offering I spied this RR crossing signal light blinking red yesterday. It seldom has occasion to flash anymore as a train never crosses this crossing these days but it was a little small machine equipped with railroad wheels on it for it could double as a highway vehicle also. But it was great to see its red light flashing as it is a seldom sighting for me.

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