A New Year

The Christmas trees are down (yes, we had 2 "real" ones this year, we just had to put a smaller one upstairs in the "bump"), the pine needles are mostly gone, though I find they tend to appear in odd places for a few months. A new year is upon us and for us it is going to be exciting. Lots of decisions to make, a new kitchen to design and install and to somehow work around 7 doors and a window (we can eliminate 2 doors and will make the window a bit smaller). I have been having fun dreaming through hundreds of pictures on Pinterest. Our goal is to start the demo mid February. Wish us luck!

As I have written before, I am thrilled with my new sewing room and now that I have had both cataracts surgery, which were a huge success, I am busy at work. It works really well and Peter just installed my new sewing machine lift (Lee Valley) like I had in my old sewing room. It really is worth it to be able to have the bed of my sewing machine level with the table top. So there is no excuse now, I am all set up and ready to go. I am so thrilled to have a high table for cutting, it is the perfect height and I can walk around it. The challenge will be to keep it organized and clutter free!

I finished my "Fireside Log Cabin" that I started in Heather Stewart's workshop last November. It was machine quilted by Lynn Jones who has a wonderful quilt studio outside of Bridgewater. She did a super job quilting it. Now I need to take some pictures. At our old house I had the weathered old barn out back to pin my quilts on to take pictures. Time to get creative and see where I can take pictures.

A new project in the works, a "disppearing nine patch" which will be soon on its way to Tasmania.

A wonderful housewarming gift from a wonderful old friend. Patty hooked this from a Christine Little pattern, Christine's delightful rug hooking shop Encompassing Designs is right at the end of our street. I am so tempted to take a rug hooking course - do I dare? Not only does Mahone Bay have a rug hooking shop (there are 2 - Spruce Top Rug Hooking is the other one) but we have one of the best yarn stores Have a Yarn and of course there is Suttles and Seawinds - I think we moved to a fibre lover's town!

Tomorrow the Quilt Mafia is gathering at Linda's house in Bear Cove, just outside Halifax at the mouth of the harbour. I can't wait to see her house on the edge of the ocean and to see everyone. It has been awhile since we last got together and with the weather forecast (which is good) we are hoping many will be able to get there.