Preparing for Our Puppy

We had great fun shopping for everything our puppy will need to start with. – Well, everything except his food, a collar or harness, and a leash. We’ll be getting those tomorrow.

We have 2 soft puppy beds for him. One to sleep in at night and a slightly larger one to keep in the family room should he want to nap.

We will crate train him at first to keep him safe during the night and just in case he may ever have to be left for a short period, though that will be extremely rare, if at all.  We’ll do our best to always bring him with us. The crate will be assembled tomorrow, too. Of course, I’ll quickly make a crate quilt for his comfort. Will share a photo another day.

We have a pet carrier to take him to the Vet when needed and to keep him safe in the car.  I’ll be making a quilt for it, too.

Last, but not least, we have a basketfull of goodies and needs: soft puppy treats, chew toys (a squeaky monkey, a ball, and a tennis ball (made especially for puppies), toothbrushes, grooming brush, tug rope, nail scissors, an attachment to seat belt him safely when he outgrows the pet carrier, and 2 stainless steel bowls for food and water.

Have we forgotten anything? I don’t think so, but if we have, the pet store is just 2 blocks away.

One more day to go, or as little ones would say, just “two more sleeps”!



Introducing . . .

The Newest Member of Our Family

He hasn’t actually arrived yet, though. He will on December 13th and we are greatly excited and looking forward to being first-time pet owners, especially of this cutie! He will be 10 weeks old then and is a male Standard Poodle.

Our dear daughter-in-law Monica’s mother Kathy, an experienced dog lover and owner, suggested I blog about our puppy and our experience as new pet owners. I wouldn’t have thought of it. So glad she suggested it! It will be fun.

No name for the pup yet. We are going to wait a few days after he arrives so he can tell us what he wants to be called. I’m sure he’ll indicate it in one way or another.

All you dog lovers and owners, do chime in and leave comments about your experience and advice too of course.

Quilters’ Cutting Guide


Last week, we introduced you to Deborah RublesProtective Guides and Ruler Holders. This week I would like to introduce you to her book, Quilters’ Cutting Guide. Deborah teaches us her Sliding Ruler Method for cutting fabric which is absolutely great for beginning quilters and for experienced quilters as well. Everything is explained clearly with both directions and ample images – perfect for those who learn visually as well as those who learn best from text. The charts at the end of the book are handy for reference whenever needed. Using Deborah’s method, we will spend less time cutting and more time quilting.

Click here to visit Deborah’s website and order your copy. You will be glad that you did!


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Correction! – Quilter’s Cutting Guide!

My profuse apologies to Deborah Rubles, her Quilter’s Cutting Guide and all of our readers for the inexplicable error I made yesterday!

In my blog about Deborah’s wonderful Protective Guides and Ruler Holders, I inadvertently, and without realizing it, changed Quilter’s Cutting Guide to Quilter’s Cutting “Edge” in a few places! Don’t ask me why. I have no explanation whatsoever. I’m very sorry!

I have made the corrections, so when you go back and look at it, if you don’t see them, click on “refresh” or “reload” to update the web page with my thanks for doing so.

Protective Guards & Ruler Holders – Great for Quilters!

Deborah Rubles of Quilter’s Cutting Guide offers 2 wonderful tools for quilters – her Protective Guides and her Ruler Holders!

Both are truly quality items! Now that I’ve tried them, I wouldn’t be without the Protective Guides or the Ruler Holder! They adhere nicely and easily to our rulers. They protect our hands when using our rotary cutters and will work for both left and right-handed quilters. They are clear so see-through, therefore there is no obscuring of ruler lines. They come in several sizes and make picking up our rulers easy, too. You can see mine, below. – The brown areas are the adhesive strips waiting to be removed. I tried taking photos of them actually on my rulers but get too much glare, unfortunately.

Protective Guards at Quilter's Cutting Edge

Protective Guards at Quilter’s Cutting Guide

The stands are beautifully crafted! They are perfect for holding my rulers (and yours) and come in several sizes. Mine is the largest. I found it difficult to take good photos because of light glare on the plastic, but this will give you an idea. Also because of the glare, it’s hard to see any of the protective guards on them. However, if you will click on either image or the following link you will be taken to the Quilter’s Cutting Edge website where you can learn more about these handy, useful tools and others, too.

Ruler Holders at Quilter’s Cutting Guide

Shocking! – And Spring, Too.

Shocking! Yes, I must confess to being shocked. I had no idea how long it has been since my last blog post nor how infrequently I have posted this year!

As an Island Batik Ambassador the past 2 years (ending in February), I posted at least monthly. Since then, and still busier than ever, the time has fled by without my realizing just how much time had passed in regard to blogging.

I will make sure to get back to it at least once weekly, if not more often.  Thank you readers, for staying with me!

Last spring, our lilacs bloomed beautifully, so I’ll start with some of the photos I had taken with the intention of sharing them here. Bit by bit, I’ll continue catching up.

Aren’t lilacs beautiful?  What is your favourite spring-blooming bush? I look forward to your comments!

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Carrots! – Just On Time For Easter!

Ameroonie Designs Fabric Carrot Tutorial

I am absolutely delighted to have found Ameroonie Designs and you will be, too!

Here is just one example of what you will discover on Amy Chappell’s Blog. Of course, you’ll find much more, so be sure to click on her link!

Don’t you just love her fabric carrots?  The best thing is that they are quick and simple to make – and most especially, there is still time to make them before Easter!

I plan to make some and will show them here later. We will also leave some carrots out for the bunnies who keep visiting our back yard – not Amy’s though. Those are ours! The bunnies will get the real thing.

Have fun making your carrots! Send me photos of  yours, too,  and I’ll be very happy to display them here.

Happy Easter!

Fold and Sew Quilts

Square in a Square - made by Maria HrabovskySquare in a Square Quilt – made by Maria Hrabovsky

Recently, I came across this wonderful Fold-and-Sew method of making a Square in a Square quilt block quickly and easily. At the time, I was looking for a good pattern to use for a quilt to be given to my cousin for her birthday. The design, and especially the method, appealed to me very much. I had found my pattern! And, as if this one pattern wasn’t enough, many other blocks can be made using this method. Be sure to watch the video below and view them all! It will get your creative juices flowing!

There is some of what might be considered fabric waste with this method because the smaller square is a two-layer fabric area. However, if that concerns you, it’s easy enough to carefully cut away that second layer (being sure to leave ¼-inch seams and not to cut the top quilt layer). You’ll then have a set of 4-inch squares to use elsewhere.

I wanted to hang the quilt to take a better photo, but at the time, our Christmas decorations were still up. My husband loves decorating for Christmas and rarely leaves an inch of wall space undecorated – so, nowhere to hang it. I spread it out and did the best I could. My cousin’s favourite colour is green, so the quilt is all in greens. These beautiful greens are from various Island Batik‘s fabric lines – fabrics that Island Batik had sent me during the last 2 years when I was privileged to be an Island Batik Ambassador.

This Fold-and-Sew method adapts itself to other quilt designs too, so be sure to watch the video!