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Oh Dear, Late Again

Posted by Debbie Collins on May 13, 2019 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (49)

I have been very busy and have not had a chance to post.  So here I am here to get caught up.

So check out my photo gallert, first is a picture of Lydias Frozen Quilt.  Second is a Mug Rug for Rosemaries 90th Birthday and last are some cards I made for a issue of Papercraft Magazine.  

Now I am off to start a baby quilt for my good friend and I am now waiting to find out whether there is a new baby boy or girl coming into the family so I can make a quilt for them.

Taking the new puppy out for long walks in the bush and getting plants ready for the garden.  Set up a new craft area so I can  work downstairs closer to the door when the puppy needs to go outside.  My studio is nearing completion and maybe open this fall.

This summer should be amazing.



Story Book Quilt

Posted by Debbie Collins on January 21, 2019 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (1)

Check out the photo gallery to see the pictures of the "Whistle Stop Station Story Book Quilt" that I made for my great neice.  Will have pictures soon for the other baby quilt that I made for my other great neice.

This story book quilt was a bit of a challenge as I have never done one quite like this.  After a few attempts, I think I finally got it rigtht.  I hope see enjoys it.

Time Out - Quilt Show

Posted by Debbie Collins on September 17, 2018 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (1)

On Sunday, I took a time out from the baby quilts to go to the Simcoe County Quilt and Rug Show at the Simcoe County Museum.

I had a wonderful time and got inspired by all the beautiful items on display.  Along with Quilting demos, you could see spinning, lacemaking, weaving and rug hooking.  There was the Merchant Mall, Crafter's Room and the SCQA display.

Please forgive my photography as I am just learning to take photos with my phone.  I hope you enjoy and get inspired by what you see.

Always take some time for yourself and if you get a chance, go and see what other people are making.

Just go to my video page.

My morning workout

Posted by Debbie Collins on August 18, 2018 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Another humid weekend but got my morning workout putting in the 1st load of 2nd cut hay.  Got started at 8 am this morning and finished about 9:30 am.  Not bad for 47 bales of hay from my supplier's hay wagon, on to the truck and off on to my wagon.  Now time to quilt.



Hot & Humid Weekend

Posted by Debbie Collins on August 5, 2018 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (2)

This weekend is so hot & humid that I have spent little time outside, except for a few hours in the morning tending the garden and picking thimberries (sweet & sour raspberry) that we will have at Christmas for my husband's family tradition.

So, I knew it was going to be hot so I treated my self to a magazine.  This time I bought the "In Her Studio".  It was expensive for the Autumn 2018 edition but I have enjoyed reading it.  Most of the articles related to studios in England and elsewhere.

There is a very strong message in the magazine from all who have created a creative space whether it is a table in the corner, closet, spare bedroom, shed or old barn.  The desire to create a space all for themselves so they can escape into creativity without outside influence.  Their perservance to create a business (part-time at first) while raising children up to and including retirement.  Everyone started out small then grew their creativity in a successful business.  One article even talks about leaving emails and social media to later in the day so they could focus on what needed to be done.  What an excellant idea and it would make your life more productive.

I am so lucky to have a room upstairs for my quilting, room in the basement for silkscreening, fabric dyeing, craft storage as well I have been working on a small studio which is located near the house.  I built the small 10x10 building about two years ago, but my father used it as a small cabin because he could not walk to his own cabin.  Now in long term care, I have stripped it and starting to redecorate it.  Hopefully will have it done by the fall.  So many great ideas from the magazine, I need to start a project board so I don't get carried away.

Time to get creative.

Time passes so quickly

Posted by Debbie Collins on July 22, 2018 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (0)

It has been a few years since the last time I posted.  So many things have happened but that's life.  Most of my crafting ladies have left the retirement home where I use to work and I miss them dearly.  We accomplished so many things that we should all be proud of doing whatever you can for someone else who is worse off then us.  

I have updated alot of the photos, so take a look at what we have done and enjoy.

I will be posting the projects that I am working on soon.  Two projects are for new babies that have been borned in the last year.  I hope they like the quilts that I am making.

My favourite fabric store has come to Barrie (Lens Mills) and I made it in before the grand opening:D.  Too many fabric to choose from but it is fun just looking to see what my next project is.

Enjoy your day and try to bring a smile to the person next to you.

Where has the time gone

Posted by Debbie Collins on June 7, 2014 at 8:10 PM Comments comments (2)

Oh my, where has the time gone.  I can't believe it has been so long since that last  post.

Yes, I have done some quilting but not as much as I would like to.  We have made some quilts for the Kids for Cancer (currently working on one now),  for the Salvation Army Christmas Drive and a baby quilt for a staff member.  Pictures to come.

I made some gift card holders for Christmas presents which where a hit.

Clearing a 1/2 acre of land has taken most of my extra time and cutting up firewood for the annual Maple Syrup burn.  Mind you the snow was so deep it was hard to tap the trees this spring.  You would be walking with snowshoes and then break through the crust and go down about 2 1/2 feet and when your foot came up it would be minus the boot and snowshoe.  Did a few face plants while crawling out of the deep snow.  My father told me that I didn't know how to walk on snow properly until he tried it and found out that is was just as difficult as I told him it was.  Had to wait until a day of rain before I could make a cross country ski trail for him to reach his cabin and he only fell three times trying to get there.  He only made a few trips back and forth to his cabin before he had to go home to rest.  Not bad for 86 years young.

This spring was late in coming and now I am extending my horse's paddock.  Should have the whole paddock done by fall.  Also, I plan to finish my little studio before the summer ends so I can open it on weekends.

I will be publishing the pictures soon of the projects that have been completed soon.

All Gone

Posted by Debbie Collins on December 25, 2012 at 12:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Well the activity wall hanging is now empty as Christmas Day arrived.  I had more fun with decorating it then adding the candy.

To see more pictures, please go the I added sparkles, gems and buttons.

Ava with her Horse Quilt

Posted by Debbie Collins on December 22, 2012 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Here is Ava with her Horse Quilt.  I heard she "LOVED the Quilt!!"  They also raised over $325.00 to go towards her medical expenses.  I pray that she will have success with this round of treatments.

What weekends where made for this

Posted by Debbie Collins on November 25, 2012 at 5:35 PM Comments comments (0)

I had a weekend that you waited for.  It start on Thursday when I spent the day helping my dad work on the Maple Sugar building.  He's 85 now and spending every monent I can is a treasure.

Friday was a wet, miserable day but I spent it getting ready for the xmas presents I need to make as my husbands family is having it 3 weeks early.  There is a new bundle of joy (boy) who should arrive Christmas day but may come a little early.

Saturday morning was embroidering a few doggy items for presents.  Snow arrived late Friday night and snowed most of the day.  It was wonderful sitting in my sewing room watching the flakes float slowly down to cover my garden.  But  it was more fun designing one of the quilts for the new bundle of joy while listening to the country music.  I hung up the front and batting of the quilt  to the wall to rest for a while.

Sunday morning I was up at 6:30 am to feed my horse.  Then, I  tried my first time at embroidering a lace covering for an ornament for the tree.  Then off Christmas shopping with my husband to get the final items for the balance of gifts.  Home for lunch, then down the road to a home on an Arts & Crafts Tour to get a cheese board for my mom. 

Then back on to the computer to submit my "Space - The New Frontier" Quilt for the next Quilting Gallery Contest for "Stars". and check out my emails and to put the "Kids for Cancer Towel Holders" on my web site.  Also download a few free Craftsy courses as there is a sale on this week.

Homemade Ham & Split Pea soup is now in the crock pot for tomorrow nights dinner and after dinner is made, then it will be back to the sewing room to finish sewing the towel holders and quilt.

I don't get many weekends like this but it was great.


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