In 2009 I made a queen sized card trick quilt for Shannon using tie-dyed batiks. Shannon loves this quilt so much that it was permanently displayed and used on her living room couch. On this visit, her quilt was no where in sight. After about two days, Shannon fesses up, apparently Penny loved the quilt too much....she chewed three little holes in it.
This is Penny, she looks pretty innocent to me.
Did any one actually see Penny chewing the quilt? Shannon's says "Trust me, I took the quilt right out of her mouth and gave her a severe scolding".
Shannon owns my favourite sewing machine, so it was a genuine pleasure to repair her quilt.
It was manufactured in Sweden in 1996, many folks believe the 500 series were the best sewing machines Husqvarna made.
Here's Shannon's quilt on a double bed after the repair job. The three holes were small, only one was chewed through the back layer.
All three were chewed on white squares. Shannon had some white fabric from a sheet which I used for patches along with stuffing from a recycled mattress pad.
I dropped the feed dogs, set the stitch length to zero and attached a free motion quilting foot.
There was only one hole that needed patch on the top side, the white patch is whiter than the off white square. The other two holes have the patch inside.
It took about 15 minutes to fix, then I cleaned out the bobbin casing and set the machine back to straight stitching.
Another look at Penny...the quilt chewing culprit! Shannon made the denim dog beds from recycled jeans.
Of course a lovely warm fire, makes a dog sleepy.
In July 2012, Shannon & AJ added Veto (dog on the right) to their family. So now Miss Penny has a brother to chew on.
I made bruschetta served on home made pumpernickel bread and garnished with freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Roma tomatoes are most excellent for making bruschetta. This is my recipe:
one dozen ripe finely chopped Roma tomatoes
a big handful of fresh curly parsley also finely chopped
one tablespoon of crushed fresh black peppercorns
five cloves of fresh minced or finely chopped garlic
one teaspoon seasoning salt
two tablespoons balsamic vinegar
one quarter cup pure virgin olive oil
Combine all ingredients in large bowl. Refrigerate for at least one
hour to blend the flavours. Serve with baguettes, freshly baked
multi-grain, pumpernickel bread or your favourite crackers. In a pinch, this
bruchetta makes a great salad dressing or condiment on scrambled eggs!
For dinner oven roasted chicken with baked sweet potato, sugar peas, mashed potatoes and gravy.
This morning we walked along the 12 o'clock point (Trenton canal).
These photos were taken with my iPhone, it was very sunny hard to see the screen.
Home made chicken noodle soup today. I love cooking for my kids.
So far I am loving retirement,We made a lovely meal of seared scallops, steelhead trout, with fettuccine Alfredo sauce with mushrooms and spinach. We also had humus with veggies and crackers and fresh baked apple pie.
Good morning! I guess old habits die hard, the dog got me up to go out at 6:20 am, I tried to go back to sleep afterwards, but it was a not going to happen. A most excellent time to blog.
Yesterday, I took Lily to the groomers for a spa day, then she had an appointment with the vet. She has been limping every day especially after snoozing on her pillow in the evenings. Lily has injured her left back knee, the vet says its her cruciate ligament. Now Lily is on a muscle relaxant and glucosamine pills, as well she has to rest. No more chasing rabbits at warp speed.
It is really hard to get a good photo of Lily on our walks, these were taken February 23 right after the snow plow cleared the public walkway in the park. We got a big dump of snow on February 18 and again on February 21.
I don't know if you can tell from the photos, but this snowbank is taller than I am. I'm guessing about six feet.
Our daily walk has been reduced to a short, short walk on lease for her to do her business. Lily is supposed to rest that knee as much as possible for a minimum of three weeks. Of course, Lily doesn't understand about rest as English Springers are very active sporting dogs, keeping her quiet is going to be a major challenge. We moved her kennel upstairs to my computer room. Plus the vet feels Lily should loose another 8 pounds or 3.6 kilograms. In May 2011, Lily was over weight at 64.9 pounds (29.50 kilograms). I cut back her food and increased her exercise in May 2012 it was 58.52 pounds or 26.60 kilograms. Yesterday she was 53.24 pounds (24.2 kilograms). I wish I had as much success taking weight off me as I do with my dog.
I wanted to show off her new hair cut but she was resting following her doctor's orders.
My wonderful husband bought me a retirement gift. Doug was complaining the kids set the bar too high with the flowers and wine basket. So Jason suggested he go shopping in a jewelery store.
Look at that....a simply gorgeous one karat brilliant diamond pendant!
That man has excellent taste in jewelery. He did real good at showing up the kids!
This is what my work desk looks like now. Computer, monitor gone! Yippee, I don't have to work any more.
Apparently, Lily doesn't know I retired, as her butt is parked where she sleeps when I was working.
These lovely retired ladies took me out to celebrate my birthday. Our lunch date went from noon to 3 pm, followed by a wee bit of shopping. I bought this pillow.
Today I plan to phone my mother, finish sewing dinner napkins for Shannon, bake bread and possibly make dinner for Doug.
Happy Friday all, hope you have a super duper day.
I wish my vintage machines could tell their stories of where they have been, what they sewed and how they were loved.
Introducing Pinky! - Japanese 15 Clone
1910 Bernard Stoewer Treadle
Made in Germany
1940 Singer 15-91 (Pearl)
This machine has a geared driven motor. Sold to Linda in Glenboro April 2015
1960s Imperial - Ruthie
Made in Japan. Ruthie was gifted to an immigrant family in August 2010.
Bernina Nova 900 (Novalee)
Manufactured in Switzerland between 1982-1985. Sold to Marge in Steinbach, Manitoba in February 2012.
1983 Bernina 930 Record
Manufactured in Switzerland
Elna Air Electronic TSP
Manufactured in Switzerland in 1976. This machine was gifted to my niece in September 2010.
1954 Elna Supermatic
Manufactured in Switzerland. This machine was sold to Jeanne In Winnipeg December 2011.
1970s Elna Supermatic (Ella)
Manufactured in Switzerland. Sold to Kristen in Winnipeg in December 2011.
Elna SU 62C
Manufactured in Switzerland. Purchased in July 2013 and sold in August 2013.
1996 Husqvarna 500 (Heidi)
Made in Sweden. I bought it new in 1997 and to this day it is still my favourite machine. Heidi complete with the cabinet she sits on was gifted to Shannon in July 2011.
Husqvarna 530 Lily
Manufactured in Sweden 1997 traded for the 555 in March 2012
Husqvarna Lily 555
Manufactured in Sweden sold to Rosalie in Stonewall May 2015
1979 Husqvarna 6570 (Ruby)
Manufactured in Sweden. Ruby was sold to Sandra in Winnipeg March 2012.
1961 Necchi Lelia 513
Made in Italy - sold to Maria in Winnipeg January 2013
1954 Necchi Mira BU
Manufactured in Italy. Mira was sold to Cindy in Florida in January 2012.
Pfaff 7510 (Phyllis)
Isn't she pretty? Phyllis was sold in June 2011.
I'm just tickled pink with her!
Singer Genie 354
Manufactured in France in 1974. Traded in to upgrade embroidery machine in September 2013.
Singer featherweight - Tinkerbell!
A tiny black beauty. Traded in to upgrade embroidery machine in September 2013.
1956 Domestic Automatic (Wilma)
Manufactured in Japan. This machine has a dozen cams to make fancy zig-zag stitches. Wilma was given to my son Jason in August 2013, she lives in Calgary now.
Fancy sewing machine cabinet
In 1988, I bought this cabinet without a machine for $35. My husband took it apart. It took me four months of evenings and weekends to strip and refinish it. Doug put a shelf in to fit a modern free-arm machine. Since 1997 this cabinet is home to Shannon's Husqvarna 500.
Elna Stella (Stella)
My Wee Sewing Machine made in Switzerland. Stella weighs about 12 pounds. This machine was sold on ebay to a lady in Hawaii.