Thursday, January 29, 2009

Kingston Creek, the Stories

The picture I used for my 2009 Landscape Challenge was taken from high on a hill where the Adair family have constructed log cabins and a lodge which look down on Kingston Creek, on the Kingston Peninsula in southern New Brunswick, and part of the Saint John River system. For about 10 years, our local quilt guild rented the cabins and went on yearly retreats, usually in April. We had so much fun! No food to prepare, no dishes to do, just sew, eat, & have a glass of wine before supper if we wanted. I still miss it. In all the years we went, the Creek never looked the same from one year to the next. One year it was covered with ice, another, there were peepers already in the pond. No matter, we loved it. The only drawback was that the cabins were heated with wood stoves, and it was too much for some of the ladies as we got older, as well as mobility problems, climbing the hill to the various cabins. We would come home on Sunday, smelling like wood smoke! We still go on a yearly quilt retreat, but now we go to the Villa Madonna Retreat House, still have our meals prepared for us, sew our little hearts out, and laugh a lot, but there isn't Kingston Creek with all its many faces to look at from our windows.

This year, Kingston Creek came back into my life in a far different way. On July 21, we got a phone call from Ambulance New Brunswick at 8 AM that our daughter in law was being transported to the Regional more info. We were frantic. Our son, (her husband,) was on a sailing excursion, you guessed it, to Kingston Creek. We tried to contact him but mobile phone service is not reliable in that area. Finally, his phone answer! I left a message for him to call. They were expecting their first baby, but it was far too early. We made contact, and managed to pick him up on the side of a road, near the river, and made the mad drive to the hospital. Her water had broken, & she was only 24 weeks pregnant! They were airlifted to Halifax, N.S. and one week later, our first grandson was born, by C-Section. His name is Cohen, & he weighed 2 lbs. He was 15 weeks early! It was touch and go for many weeks, but he is a little fighter. He's had 3 airlifts since he was born, and double hernia surgery. It was very painful to see him, with tubes everywhere. His father put his wedding ring in his hand, and it would go right up his arm.
After 128 days in hospital, they brought him home on Dec. 1/08. Today he weighs nearly 14 lbs. and is a happy baby. We are praying he doesn't have any major problems as he develops, especially Cerebal Palsy which is more prevalent in preemies. In any case, we are very thankful.

Every time I look at the Challenge Landscape, it brings back all these memories.

Cheers for now.

Chatting with Chatroll

Tonite was chat nite on Chatroll, & it was fun to get to know some of the members of LearningFA.
The internet has certainly opened doors for me. I have learned so much since I've joined the LearningFA Yahoo group, thanks to people like Shirley Paterson, Cheryl Petreman, & Chris Dahl who are so generous in sharing their time and talents with us. I'm looking forward to the upcoming classes too.
The weather has been frightful this past month...cold, snow, rain & freezing rain, resulting in lots of ice underfoot. It is a great time to indulge in favourite indoor pursuits, though, like quilting, reading, and playing on the computer.
Cheers, Judy

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Shirley Nilsson

I thought I would tell you a bit about the name of my blog. I have long been a fan of Shirley Nilsson, who wrote a book titled Stitching Free, Easy Machine Pictures. It was published in 1993 by C&T Publishing. If you have a chance, check out her book. The ISBN is 0-914881-68-x. As of 2008, she was living in B. C. Do any of you know of her? That book is the reason I have this interest in fabric pictures. I think it is out of print, but you may be able to find a used copy from Amazon or one of the used book dealers on the web.

Adding Photos to My Blog

This is a picture of my 2009 Landscape Challenge for Learning FA group on Yahoo. I not only learned how to interpret a photo in fabric in colours of my choice, paying attention to value, but now I've learned how to put a picture of it on my blog, thanks to Chris.
Cheers, Judy

Great Quilting Blogs 2

Here are a couple of great quilting blogs I want to share with you.

Blog 1: Quilting Lessons Online
Blog 2: Online Quilting

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

A New Beginning

This is exciting. A new year, a new beginning. I wonder how many blogs have been created? I'm up for the challenge. It is always great to learn something new to keep ones mind young and active.

Have you checked out Barbara Brackman's web site? She has a free file on her site that can be downloaded to print your own Obama Fabric and an Obama Biden Bandana. It's part way down the page.
I've saved it to try after I've installed new ink cartridges in my printer.

Cheers for now.