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

Tuesday, May 30, 2017


Just a short post tonight. I am back from four days with Laura and Noah, helping them get unpacked and somewhat settled in their new home. We accomplished a lot in a short time!
But before I tell you about that, I want to share a few photos of sweet Noah with you. Before leaving Ontario, they had a photographer friend take some family photos. She wanted some practice with "lifestyle" photos, and low light conditions, so they agreed to be "models." Could there be a sweeter model than this little guy? I think not! Photo credit on all photos in this post to Tasha of  Thanks Tasha for allowing me to share these here.
I hope you will visit Tasha's site and view her work.

Here are some of my favourites...

What a cutie pie he is! He's 10 months old now, and very close to walking on his own... Life is getting a whole lot more interesting...   :)


"Every baby born into the world is a finer one than the last." ~ Charles Dickens

Friday, May 26, 2017

Tulips and Violets... Ahhh Sweet Spring!

The Canada 150 tulips created for Canada's 150th birthday this year have put on a show! Last fall when I started looking for them, early enough I thought, it seemed all the Home Hardwares in the province were already sold out. I was SO disappointed. So I bought some solid dark red and some "striped" ones. I can't even remember now if they were sold together or if I "mixed" them myself.  The dark red is almost a burgundy and the others are a creamy white with a large "flash" of red .They are beautiful and I wish now I had bought more. My photos really don't do them justice.

A week or two later I found the "official" Canada 150 tulip bulbs at our local nursery, Scott's. So I bought some of them too, of course. (Like chocolate, one can never have too many!) As the buds grew I was worried - they looked like they were going to be solid white. But the red splashes appeared just before the buds started opening. And they are beautiful too- I don't know which ones I prefer.

In another area of my backyard is a large swath of purple violets, which just happen to be our provincial flower. Although my hubby considers them a "weed" - he likes a perfect lawn -  I love them and beg him not to mow them off before I've really had a chance to enjoy them!  :)
Aren't they lovely?


"The beautiful spring came; and when Nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also." ~ Harriet Ann Jacobs

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Still Here!

Yes, I'm still here. No I haven't abandoned you, even though you may feel that way... My life has just been incredibly busy lately and the blog has had to be low priority. There have been many things that just had to get done - end of year activities and commitments, gardening chores, getting ready for dear daughter's move, housecleaning and some baby proofing, etc.
Guild and choir are now finished till fall, except for one final Executive meeting and a few commitments for choir. We are in the process of finding a new director and accompanist, and I am on the "Search" Committee as well as the Music committee, so a few jobs still to be completed there...
Gardening chores have been fit in between the rainy spells, and we have had lots of those, but I have managed to get all my beds top-dressed with compost, some plants that have spread beyond comfortable limits dug out, a few moved to better locations, etc. My planters and hanging pots are delivered to Grey's for planting and I have planted some seeds for sweet peas, morning glory, etc.  It seems there is always more to do...
Laura's move back to NB is in progress; her household was packed up last weekend, loaded Monday and arrived here Tuesday night, thanks to hubby and brother Leigh
doing the long drive. She and Noah arrived Tuesday evening as well, via Air Canada. We've had a few days to catch our breath and enjoy Noah. Soon we'll be off to their new home to unload, unpack and organize the new house. I will stay for a few days and try to be as helpful as possible. Noah is much better at emptying boxes than he is at filling them, so at least it should be easier on this end when UNpacking! Laura's husband won't be back until mid June when he is finished his school year, and hopefully things will all be in place by then.
Meanwhile, in the garden, I had a wonderful display of scilla - a few weeks ago now! Currently my Canada 150 tulips are blooming beautifully. Not too much else in bloom yet, but there is a wonderful swath of purple violets (N.B.'s provincial flower) across the backyard and the scent of the apple blossoms is heavenly. I wish they lasted longer, they are so short-lived and after tomorrow's rain the petals will be falling like snowflakes. It is late and I'm more than ready for bed. I'll do my best to get another post done tomorrow...


"Just living is not enough... one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."
~ Hans Christian Andersen

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to all my family, friends and readers who are mothers. I hope you all get "special treatment" today! I'd like to send each and every one of you a big bouquet of fresh flowers, but that's not possible. So this collage of spring flowers is for you, enjoy!

Special Mother's Day wishes of love to my daughter who is experiencing her first Mother's Day! Love you darlin'! With less than one year's experience, you are already an awesome Mom!


"Motherhood: all love begins and ends there." ~ Robert Browning

Friday, May 5, 2017

Last Call!

The Fredericton Ladies Choir Spring Concert is this Sunday afternoon. After nine years together, this will be our eighteenth concert and I truly believe it will be our best spring concert ever. We have such a beautiful varied selection of music for you! It sounds like it's going to be a rainy weekend, so  you likely won't be raking your lawn...Why not come and enjoy our presentation of music? We'll be doing a tribute to Canada's 150th with a set by Canadian composers, as well as a sacred set and a set of our favourites.  There will be tickets at the door. The concert starts at 3pm, doors open at 2:15 at St. Dunstans, corner of Brunswick and Regent Streets. I'd love to see YOU there.


"Music can change the world because it can change people." ~ Bono

Thursday, May 4, 2017

A Miniature Work in Progress

My life has been ridiculously busy lately.... but things will be settling down by the middle of next week, I think. In the meantime, here is a set of miniature blocks I've completed. It will be a while before I get around to putting them together.. but at least the blocks are done. Each block will be 2.25 " square when sewn together, the logs are 1/4" wide. Log Cabin has always been my favourite block, I think it always will be... This is not the best photo colour-wise, but the best I could do tonight.
What's your favourite quilt block?


Sometimes I think maybe I should do something besides sew... then I realize how silly I'm being, and go back to sewing.
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