STITCH LINES...... Ramblings on life as a quilter, stitcher, traveler, photographer, gardener and lover of books, cats and fine chocolate....

Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Hallowe'en!

Happy Hallowe'en from Noah! Isn't he just the cutest little bear?! Wouldn't you just love to squeeze those chubby little cheeks? At three months, he's a little young for trick or treating door to door, but one's never too young to dress up!

I hope you had some cute little trick-or-treaters at your door tonight...


Ghosts and goblins, spooks galore,
Scary witches at your door
Jack-O-Lanterns smiling bright
Wishing you a haunting night!

Monday, October 17, 2016

The End Is Near...

The end is near... the end of gardening season, that is. There are still a few plants in bloom, but overall, things are winding down. The fall asters are at their peak as are the Japanese anemones and the toad lilies. There are still a few nigella (also known as Love in a Mist- isn't that a sweet name?) and a couple of very late poppies. It seems my first and last bloomers in the garden tend to purples and pinks... This is a short post, but I thought you might enjoy seeing these last few blooms...  the colours are quite a change from all the glorious yellows, golds and reds we are enjoying in the fall foliage.


"Plant your own garden and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers." ~ Veronica A. Shoffstall

Monday, October 10, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! We have been so lucky to have beautiful fall weather and the leaves are turning their brilliant colours. I am a bit surprised, after such a dry summer, I thought maybe the colours wouldn't be as intense. I am so thankful to live in such a beautiful part of the world; there's nothing like a New Brunswick October! I'll have more fall colour photos soon.

I haven't been in blogland much lately as I've been busy getting prepared for Thanksgiving and a house full of family. Laura and family are home for two weeks, Mark and Maggie are home for five days as well, and Ian and Claire are here for two days. When you live in a quiet house with just we two ole farts and two kitties, seven extra people makes quite a difference! Claire at 3 has an abundance of energy... Noah hasn't been sleeping all that well, Laura and Dan both have colds... Yep, it's interesting! But it is so wonderful to have everyone here together. We are very thankful for a wonderful family. We feel very blessed!

Last night we had a yummy turkey dinner with all the fixins... We were so happy that Maggie's mother came from Moncton to join us and how lucky to have her to take a few family photos for us.  I think there's going to be a lot of this going on today..... Zzzzzzz....

Happy Thanksgiving from the Hubbard clan.


One of the best gifts you can give someone is the gift of thanking them for being a part of your life.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Another small finish

Another small finish to share with you today. I did this piece recently as another sample for my Walking Foot Quilting class, it's about 11" square. "Matchstick quilting" is the term given to straight lines of quilting evenly spaced very closely together; these are 1/8" apart.  It is really quite easy to do once you know how. It's a great exercise in getting familiar with your walking foot and learning to use it properly to space your lines of stitching. Many quilters don't come close to using this foot to its full potential and are surprised to learn there are markings on the foot and ways to measure with the foot so that no marking on the fabric is required.

I had fun with the matchstick stitching of this piece, using a rainbow of Sulky rayon threads.
Have you ever tried matchstick quilting?


Quilting is the answer, I don't care what the question is!
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