Tuesday, December 21, 2010

a few more things stroked off...

but none are from my sewing room list. But I guess I should not complain as I finally have all my christmas baking done. Bacon Buns are now rising and ready to soon pop in the oven. It's a new recipe that I'm excited to try.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010



It's the most wonderful time of the year....

We had a great time in Alberta this past 10 days, the only problem is that my entire list of things to do still awaits me. I did purchase some yarn though and made a few pairs of socks for the kids for Christmas. That little scarf and Ponytail Hat is now complete as well. Thought I would give you a little peek and then it's off to work this gal must go. My little Biscochitos's (mexican christmas cookie) are a definate must today as well as I'm hoping my butter tarts and of course I must wrap a few more presents and get them in the mail today.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

It's beginning to look alot like Christmas...inside and out!

Put the tree and all the trimmings up today.....oh how I love christmas and everything it brings.

Off to Medicine Hat to our son's to babysit tomorrow so I figured if I didn't get it done now I might by the 13th of December think it would be too late to haul everything all out.
To all my fellow bloggers out there.....enjoy the preparation time till Christmas
God Bless

Monday, November 29, 2010

Truly I am blessed

Look at these little creations that have filled my home with laughter, giggles, tears and sometimes even little pouts now and then. This past week was just like having christmas with everybody home for my niece's wedding. It's pretty quiet now, though. Back to just R & Me. What ever will I do to fill my day???

A little of the life and times at the Gibney home

Wow!!! From hosting the quilt show to Family arriving I must say I'm
surprised I have even found time to sleep! But I did and even found time to make these cute little mug rugs that I know I will use so much at my desk and the snowman family pannel went together rather quickly and if you look closely at the stars you will notice that many of them are embellished with crystal's....and the Paper Dolls from Blueberry Hill are for my darling little granddaughter. Now tell me what Grandmother could ever resist purchasing this material and doing something with it!

But oh so much fun and I just needed to share with you a few of my latest little creations and then I will show you our little creations from the Lord....my oh my , we have been so blessed!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

I had a blast

Our fall quilt retreat was this past week-end and yes! I had a blast. I just love it when I can eat, sleep and quilt and steadily repeat that over the week-end. Wake up at 5:00 a.m. and head to the sewing machine and a hot cup of Java. No lunches to make, no beds to make, no meals to make, no phones to answer and I could go on and on.

well I did actually get a block of the month block completed and 27 of the 28 blocks I need to complete my Winter Wonderland Quilt....I'm so excited, but I'm home now and yes Life in general has taken over and I have not even finished the one block I have left to do. Will someone please lock my doors and shut my phone off! LOL Only one thing happening on my list tomorrow and that is a much needed haircut and other than that I hope to quilt the day away!! So stay tuned......pictures of the new me and maybe even a quilt top to show you!

Oh ya...I won a door prize this week-end....two charm square packs by Moda..."Spirit". I love them, now to decide what to make from them.

And I forgot I made a Hot Cakes pot holder to match my table runner. Hope to maybe get a few more made before Christmas

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

It's Done

the top for my Be Attitudes Quilt. Our quilt show is now 17 days away..... can I actually get it finished so it can be displayed???? That will be the question, and if I were the placing bets on me I would have to say no! But you just never know, do you? And then again if there were a few friends putting the pressure on me I might even get at it a bit quicker. Yes I would have to say I probably do better under pressure!

And then of course I have the center done of my Winter Wonderland and just had to share the next phase of the quilt with you. My sister and I have been working on this project together and she has her top completed with some spare polka dot border print that I could just not find anywhere here in Saskatchewan, eccept the mail box of course....thanks, Sis! I love how it is just the right shade of red too! I cannot wait to finish my star blocks and just for the record that would be 24 more of those to go..... and so the count down begins

Monday, October 18, 2010

It's that time of year...

And now it is Autumn, the leaves are putting on new colours, falling in bright piles, drifting down on the breath of God. I know that seasonal change is a change of good, renewing, restoring my bright colours in the breath of God in me....
Carolyn W. Darlington

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Winter is coming....

My newest project.... a lottle ponytail hat for my granddaughter. I hardly knit anymore, but it feels good. Now to just get it done!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

It's a wonderful "RED" day today!

It's not complete, but I'm excited to be able to post a picture of my inside blocks all stitched together for my winterwonderland quilt and even more excited that I found some wonderful cream and red flannels to make a scrappy back for it...I plan on using all my left over reds as well as these new flannels to complete it. Watch out now, I'm thinkin I might be on a roll! ha ha ha... ya right! now that is funny

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

From ZERO to TWO.....

Just like that! And all in a 1/2 day's work! Amazing what a person can done when challenged, eh? I love my blocks and can't wait to get some more done. Thanks, Sis!

But I do have to stop for the day, golfing is calling me too!

I've been "Challenged"

Last nite while out on the golf course I got this text from my sister telling me to check my email. Well when I got home I did just that! But before I go any further I should tell you that I faithfully check out her blog that I so much enjoy. She has a cottage on the water where she spends her summers and of course the sewing machine and quilt supplies go everywhere she goes.....needless to say she is busy busy quilting and stitching away and i have had a quilters block and have had no motivation to even get at my quilting projects so yesterday when i checked out what she has been up to, I replied by telling her I was counting on her to inspire me to get back at it!

Well it worked! She challenged me to an hour at a time ....me setting the time and calling her and together we would work on quilt blocks. I replied with a message that I would call her at
6:00 a.m. my time and we would begin, and that we did! Ok we cheated a wee bit! we were having so much fun that we spent 2 hours on the phone together talking , cutting, ironing, and sewing. And just look what I have to show for it!
My first block for my Winter Wonderland quilt! I'm so excited! Thanks, Sis! Love ya!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Off to the city for the week-end

And of course, hope to hit a few quilt shop...hopefully I will have new finds to share....and I hear it suppose to rain here again for the next week. so once again I may attempt to get down into my sewing room!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Our little blessings!

Now... who wouldn't want these little ones around 24 -7

Don't you just want to squeeze her???

I love the giggles that I captured here in the tub that nite!

All week I have been waiting to get pictures of the grandchildren in the tub. But it hasn't happened and I only have one more night! While out in Medicine Hat at our son's family I had planned ahead and taken pictures of the girls because I knew I wanted to make a collage of pictures with bathtub photo's to put on the new walls in the bathroom! It's looking like I might not get those pictures this time around. I did manage to get one picture of little Kohen in the tub, but that was it! So I'm posting pictures anyway, but they are not on the walls of the bathroom yet. We had a wonderful week together, and I feel so blessed.... the only thing that could make it better is that all of them would be here together.

We did have that in March when the babies were born, but already it seems so long ago!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010


with laughter, babies cooing, crying, smiling & toddlers running wild in excitement to see each other...yes my girls are home with their children and I will have a most enjoyable week. The only bad thing is we are having terrible weather...high's of 5 -7 and rain rain, wind, wind and more of the same....this has been going on since saturday and is not to let up for a few more days...
So sad, and I wanted to be out in the yard, playing and planting with the kids....now what's a Grandma to do??? Make cookies and paint and all that indoor stuff I guess! So off I go to organize my day with the kids
will post pictures later of all of our activity....and it won't be happening in my sewing room. Can't wait until i can teach them that!!!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Was it worth it! oh ya....

The Bathroom is done and I can now get back to my everyday stuff! Wanted to share the new look!



Saturday, May 15, 2010

Gettin pretty nice out!

I'm thinking it is going to be pretty hard to be down in my basement sewing and quilting...unless of course it Rains! But please don't send any this way!

These days when I have been having a little break from Painting and Reno's I have been slipping out to the deck for a bit of quiet time....And yes they are back.

I so love watching the birds...

Are these grossbeaks???

My favorite.... Yellow finches

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Be Kind....makes me think a Mark Twain quote. Kindness is the kind of language that the deaf can hear and the blind can see.

Be Positive....makes me think of my Granny and what a difference a positive attitude can bring

Be Warm....this makes me think of the old saying " Cold Hands...Warm Heart"

It's all in the Attitude....and like the designer of this quilt I too hope to uplift attitudes and values to those I love as it hangs from the walls in my home... I thought it would be a perfect teaching tool to hang on the wall in the toy room for my grandchildren

Well , I have three done...only 9 more to go!

Get focused, Barb

OK, that's it, I really must be productive this afternoon.

I have these Be Attidtudes quilt blocks that are just waiting for my sewing machine to take them on... I wonder if my machine will win out this afternoon. Hope so, then I might actually show my blocks off before I put the quilt together! What do you think? Can I do it? It is snowing, so there is no reason for me not to be tucked in to my sewing corner.

Here goes, but first things first...have to feed those twenty hungry seniors their lunch of Jamaican Pork, Rice pilaf, Green Bean casserole, Citrus Cabbage Salad I of course dessert Coconut & Strawberry Cake(sounds interesting, eh!) I have the help of three other ladies, so don't be thinking wow! what a job for me to take on... Well I'm off to stir the pork and toss the salad and then maybe catch a few minutes at my sewing machine before I have to head out to the Seniors Villa!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Now I Lay me down to Sleep

And guess how you spend your days when Saskatchewan Spring hits you with just above freezing temperatures and howling winds all day long? Yup, you guessed it! Quilt the day away....and of course I have to share... The colours are quite a bit nicer than the camera shows, but it gives you an idea. Now I just have to wait for her to get old enough to want a "blankie" to snuggle with. I picked up the panel while in Edmonton when she was born, but did not want to make your basic panel quilt. So with a bit of measuring , making some pinwheel blocks and adding a logcabin designs around the blocks I was able to create this little blanket for our darling Olivia! I can't wait to be able to give it to her, and I only have to wait 241 days.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

First things first

Well I had planned on quilting the day away and doing some catch up in my sewing room. But you know how plans go??? Never as planned! But that is totally OK, because my change of plans involved having my grandson Kayd for a sleep-over. We have been having a great day as you can see. A little T.V. and popcorn, stories, baking cookies for Papa, trip to the mail and store and then before you know it the day is over. So I guess maybe tomorrow I will have a quilt top to post
So for now...I think I will just enjoy my little grandson, some cookies and a cup of Tea!