Rosa's World

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Imperial Theatre Christmas Quilt Display

Hi there!

Our quilting guild - The Marco Polo Quilting Guild - was asked to display some of their Christmas themed (mini) quilts, at our local theatre -
Saint John Imperial Theatre.

Yesterday - Saturday morning - Gilbert and I dropped in,
before we headed out to do our "Saturday Morning Errands".

I brought my camera along, to share some pics with you.
Unfortunately, I didn't dare upload ALL the pics...
it would have taken forever.

Soooo, I selected a few.... Hope you enjoy.

Our guild had courses on how to do these
3 dimensional wall hangings.

I wasn't able to attend the courses.... :-(

But here's one, with a Christmas scene - SPECTACULAR!!!!

Since I had made an Angel quilt, for my cousin Alice,
Angel quilts fascinate me - they can be done SOOO many different ways!

Check out the gold thread, for the musical notes!

Cute, eh?

And here's another one, done in a "stain glass" method.

I haven't tried doing anything in "stained glass", yet.... it's on my to-do list.


And here's ANOTHER gorgeous one!

I just LOVE the blanket stitch!!!

I think of ALL the hangings there....
this one happens to be my favorite!

The "ribbons" coming from the moon - how artistic!!!

You can just imagine yourself, in the woods,
on a cold, crisp evening, with a full moon!


Now, this one is just a basic piecing or paper piecing quilt....

But, I DO love the colors and the workmanship
- or should I say... "workwomanship"(?!?)
was INCREDIBLE, too!

Here's ANOTHER incredible piece!

Not sure what I liked better...
the snowflakes, or the nice choice of fabrics....

My cousin, Ginette, asked me to make her a "snowman" quilt.
Haven't started yet, but I've been slowly gathering
"snow people" ideas, here and there.

Aren't these adorable?!?!?!?

A closeup of a snowman....

And another snowman - holding a star and looking upwards.

Very cute, too!

And here's the main reason why we went to
the Imperial Theatre....

My "Woven Table Runner", on display!!!!

First time EVER, that I've been "exposed" to the public!


Gilbert took a picture of me, standing beside my "piece de resistance"


And to prove to you that it IS woven, I stuck my finger in between the "tubes".

Thanks for visiting my blog!


Thursday, November 27, 2008

Getting old...

Hi there!

Got this cute cartoon in my email box, today.

Actually, it really wasn't all THAT funny, as I ALMOST
did something like this, at our drive-through "Tim Horton's"....
early one Saturday morning.

There I was, stopped at their garbage can and had started to place my order!!!

I quickly realized that the garbage can was NOT where I should be placing my order!


Anyhow, had a slow week, with sewing -
just didn't have the energy to go downstairs and sew some hearts.

Last night, I worked on a rather complicated one and
JUST as I was about to add the final piece, I realized that the colours weren't "right"....
it didn't quite look like a "heart".


Tonight, I will be "ripping" a few pieces and trying to do some damage control.

Will keep you all posted...


Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Siggie tip

Hi There!

I received an email (and picture), this week, from my friend Martha Lindberg.

Here's part of her email:

"I sometime see siggies with half of the fabric upside down or backwards.
I wasn't pleased with mine when this happened.
So I figured out how to make a siggie and have all the fabric "right-side-up".

Excellent suggestion and picture, Martha!!!! *VBG*

Hope this helps everyone, out there!


Monday, November 24, 2008

12 Days of Christmas - Quilter's Style!

Hi there!

Here's my rendition of "The Twelve Days of Christmas"


On the...

First day of Christmas, my true friend gave to me...
A printed fabric panel with a family tree.

Second day of Christmas, my true friend gave to me...
Two turtle chocolates.

Third day of Christmas, my true friend gave to me...
Three French patterns.

Fourth day of Christmas, my true friend gave to me...
Four calling cards (with $5.00 free long distances to call her)

Fifth day of Christmas, my true friend gave to me...
Five Golden Thimbles

Sixth day of Christmas, my true friend gave to me...
Six Flying Geese paper-pieced pre-printed patterns.

Seventh day of Christmas, my true friend gave to me...
Seven sewers a sewing

Eighth day of Christmas, my true friend gave to me...
Eight maids to clean my house

Nineth day of Christmas, my true friend gave to me...
Nine Ladies snoopy dancing

10th day of Christmas, my true friend gave to me...
Ten Ladies a-basting (my quilts)

11th day
Eleven quilters "piping" my quilts

12th day
Twelve quilters quilting


If you can think of something that might be more appropriate to my choices, post a comment and I might change some of these! LOL


Sunday, November 23, 2008

3 More Hearts!!!

Hi there!

Well, it's Sunday evening and I managed to finish off 3 more hearts....

Broken Heart, with a "thin" rick-rack, down the center.

Another "Broken Heart", but with a fatter rick-rack, down it's center.

"Flaming Heart".... this was my 2nd "Flaming Heart"
and it will be swapped out.
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Now, this was my FIRST "Flaming Heart".

You know, when you're SURE you have things down right?

Well, it was only AFTER I finished it, that I realized that
the colours didn't appear to "flame", as they should. *groan*

Oh well, this one will be in MY quilt....
I'm not too, too fussy. *grin*

So far, this makes 20 hearts. The required number is 46.

Almost 1/2 way there.....


Saturday, November 22, 2008

More Hearts!!

Well, this is #16 and #17 of my hearts.... I have 46 to make....

The polka dot one is much nicer in person!

It's SOOOO adorable, IMHO!!!!


Some of these look similar to my previous ones,
but they are built a bit differently. *s*

Anyhow, it's now past midnight and I'm posting this rather late....

Off to bed!



Thursday, November 20, 2008

And 2 more Hearts!

Hi there!

Yesterday evening, I managed to make 2 more hearts!!!

This one is one of my favorites. Why, you ask?

Because it's "puffy", and I used plaid fabric.....

Don't know why, but I just LOVE plaid!!!! *grin*

PLUS, it was super easy to do, too!

At this point, I think I'm loosing it!

AFTER this one was done, did I realize that I think
I already HAVE ONE like this!


Oh well.... it will be swapped. *grin*

And here's the 2nd part of "loosing it"....

I was POSITIVE I'd have enough fabric to do TWO hearts....

Had to scramble around and do some digging,
but I think I found some fabric that matched
the pink.

And YES, this one will be for me and my quilt!

Thursday evening and I have a new block done, downstairs
but didn't get a chance to make the 2nd one, yet....

Sooooooo, it's picture won't be uploaded, yet.


Wednesday, November 19, 2008


Just take a look at the two HILARIOUS siggies that I received
from a net friend, Paula M. !!!!!

And look at THIS one!!!!

This is the one that had me holding my sides, laughing!!!!


Here's what my friend, Paula wrote in her note (hope you don't mind that I'm copying this, Paula)....

"Hi Rosa,
Enclosed you will find a student for your pole dancing siggie class.
I was downloading some clip-art and ran across these and thought of you. So appropriate for someone from Canada."

Well, Paula... it SURE is!!!! I just wish I hadda thought of moose, when I did my birthday siggies, this year! *VBG*

Thank you SOOOOO much for this delightful surprise, my friend!!!!


Tuesday, November 18, 2008

2 More Appliqué'd Hearts

Okay.... I managed to finish TWO more Hearts!

I think I'm up to 15, now.... 31 more to do!


I managed to work on these 2 cuties, during my work breaks!

That's it, for now!


Sunday, November 16, 2008

Rainy Day = SEWING!!!

Hi there!

It was pouring cats and dogs, today.....
Sooooo, I decided to work on some work Heart Blocks, for the H2H (Heart 2 Heart) swap.
Blocks are due in March 2009.
I need to make 46, I think, and I really don't want to wait till the last minute.

PLUS, I'm trying to make each and every one of them, different
and therefore, making 2 of each - 1 for the swap and 1 for me and my "Heart" quilt.

I don't know which is funner.... looking up on the web or in my quilting magazines, for different patterns for hearts, or playing with my pinkish to burgundy fabrics, trying to match them up.


If any of you would like to know where I grabbed my pattern, from the net, place a comment on which one you'd like and I'll do my best to send you the pattern. *s*

Now this one (above photo)... I had trouble finding another fabric to "match" with this one. It's like a bright Barbie pink.... AND it has tiny little hearts in it, too! *grin*

Notice the difference?!?? LOL

Well, the one below, is my "blooper".

They say that every quilt has a "blooper" and this one will be mine! LOL

Hopefully I won't have too many in my quilt! *grin*

Thanks for viewing my H2H blocks!

I now have 13 hearts done up (X 2)!


Dad and Mom's 50th Wedding Anniversary!!!

Hi there!

Yesterday afternoon, we celebrated our parent's 50th Wedding Anniversary!

They got married on the 27th of December 1958, but we decided to celebrate it early....
before any possible winter storm. *grin*

I had gathered as many family pictures as possible and
Gilbert scanned them and created a DVD,
which we played during the afternoon.

The "balloon" and this picture, Gilbert grabbed from the internet
and we had them on the DVD.

We decided to do an "open house", at my brother-in-law and sister's home...

They have a nice big home and were gracious enough to let us
celebrate there.

We didn't do an official count but Gilbert's guessing
that there were about 30 to 40 people, there.

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Here's a picture of my parents.
Left to Right:
Dad, Mom, Tante Diana (now deceased) and l'Oncle Raymond - Dad's older brother.

My other sister had a picture of Dad and Mom,
cutting their wedding cake.
She brought it to our local grocery store,
where they (somehow) printed it on one of their cakes!

Amazing, eh?!?!?

It's all icing - yep! edible....
yet it truly looked like a picture!

Here's Dad and Mom, at their anniversary,
opening up cards.

And for this picture, I had to YELL OUT,


All in all, we had an EXCELLENT time!

Thanks to everyone that came..... *grin*


Saturday, November 15, 2008

Free Give aways!!!

Hey! Seems like EVERYONE's giving nice stuff, away.....

Here's my friend's Caron's FREE give-away! *grin*

Visit Caron Mosey: Michigan Quilts to participate in a Thanksgiving drawing for a FREE copy of Contemporary Quilts From Traditional Designs.

You can download the quilt photo (above) by right clicking on it, or by using this link: CaronMoseyQuiltsm.jpg

Friday, November 14, 2008

DJ - Wall

Okay, in the past couple years, I've had a few people that have asked, "How did you do your DJ website, with the table??? And how can I do that???"

I will try and explain it as simply as possible.

You have 2 choices. You can make a DJ table and keep it on your own computer. It's simpler that way, but you really can't share it with others.... there is a way, and I'll explain that in a bit.

Your second choice is to make a DJ table and upload it to the net. On THIS blog, I'll explain how to create a DJ table, just for yourself. Later on, I'll explain in ANOTHER blog, how to UPLOAD it to the web and thus, be able to share with others.

Please keep in mind that I'm certainly NOT an expert as this. This is NOT my day time job and I've never taken courses on how to work with web pages and such. ALSO, there are a myriad of programs out there... that I DON'T know about, but I'll tell you which ones that I use. *s*

Okay, first create a folder .... either on your desktop or somewhere that you'll know and remember that that's where you've "saved" your DJ pictures and table.

Second, you need a program that can re-size your pictures. I use "LView Pro". I'm sure there are tons of them out there that can do this - you probably already have some kind of photo editing program that does this.

You will need to have TWO copies of your DJ block. One that is thumbnail size and one that is fairly big. Here are the measurements for your TWO DJ blocks:

Pixels - 450 X 450
Inches - 4.69" X 4.69"
cm - 11.91 cm X 11.91 cm

Pixels - 45 X 45
Inches - 0.47" X 0.47"
cm - 1.19 X 1.19

Don't forget to name your pictures, correctly. For example, for the DJ block A-1, I would name both pictures....

The letter "s" tells me that it's the "small" picture.

Now, "save" both pictures in your DJ folder.

Now, go to Sharon Mastbrook's web page. She has valuable information on how to create a DJ web page...

In fact, now that I've re-visited her web page, her explanations seem to be 100% better than mine! LOL

Anyhow, go to her web page FIRST, before you listen to my jibber-jabbering and you should be okay to create yourself, a DJ table!

Good luck!

P.S. Since her explanations are COMPLETE, in my opinion, I won't be creating another blog on how to make your DJ table appear, on the internet. *s*

Here's the link to my TWO DJ web pages:
Operation Jane
Jane Has Friends

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Fabulous Fall Frolic (FFF) Swap

Hi there!

Okay, on the DJalternate (yahoo group) site, we decided to have a

Fabulous Fall Frolic (FFF) swap.

You select which blocks you want to make, from the Dear Jane blocks,
submit your list to the Swap Grammy,
and then you make 5 of each.
That means, when the swap is over, I should be receiving
25 different FFF blocks.
Oh yes! I made an extra set for myself, to keep.
So, I'll end up with AT LEAST 30 FFF blocks!
They're to be made in "Fall" colors, in case you haven't figured it out. *grin*

Deadline for signups was the 30th of September 2008.
Deadline to submit blocks is the 15th of January 2009.

Mine have since been submitted and received. Frummie is our "Swap Grammy".


Anyhow, I thought I'd share their pics with you.

Took them BEFORE I mailed them off, obviously. LOL

H-13 Farm Fields
(I figured you need SOME green, as not all trees change colors.)

F-3 Snowball

F-2 Kaleidscope

E-4 Buffalo Tree Hopper
(This one is one of my favorites to make!)

B-4 Chris's Soccer Field

That's it! I'm quite eager to receive these blocks!

I figure that I'll make a lap quilt, or a few(?) table runners.....

Not sure, yet.


Monday, November 10, 2008

Brigitte's 2 Hearts

Hi there!

As promised, I uploaded the 2 gorgeous hearts that Brigitte included in her giftie box!

This one has the most incredible soft, writing on the background fabric....

And her heart stamp is so delicate.

A wonderful matched pair, if I do say so! *grin*

And this block.... why Brigitte, my jaw dropped!

2 heart fabrics to make a heart!!!

Simply incredible!!! I had never seen this pattern, before!


These 2 blocks will DEFINITELY go in my "Heart" quilt!

Thanks a bunch, Brigitte!!!!


Christmas in November!!!

Guess what the mailman brought today??!?!

Not ONE, but TWO lovely packages!!!

My friend Brigitte and I decided to swap some polka dot fabric.

Brigitte was a darling and sent me a WHOLE BUNCH of items, in her package!


Here's the cute card, that she included - it's got quilt blocks, on the front of it! Pretty, eh?

Then, Gilbert and I were truly impressed with the lovely box of CHOCOLATE mints -
from FAR, FAR away!!!

And YES, they are YUMMY!!!

Now, at this point, as I'm pulling these gifties out of Brigitte's HUGE box, I'm wondering,
"What ELSE did she include in this box?!??"


These lovely little novelties, done in pewter..... they're simply ADORABLE!!

Then, FINALLY I get to the polka dot fabrics that we swapped!

Have I gone nuts?!?? I'm in love with these dots! LOL

And look at these ones!!!

Brigitte also made me 2 gorgeous "Heart" blocks....

I'll post pictures of them later, in my "Heart" file.

THEN.... I got ANOTHER package, in my mailbox -
ANOTHER wonderful package of polka dots, from Jacqui!

She and I have been swapping "dots"!

Hers are simply "to die for", also!!!!


Needless to say, I feel sooooo spoiled!

Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, ladies!