In Remembrance of my Father

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Last Friday (June 5, 2015), after a short fight with cancer, my Dad came to the end of his life journey.  I have been pouring through old photos of my Dad to select the photos that we will use for a slide show presentation during the Service of Remembrance to be held on June 20, 2015.  These are the photos that I selected for that presentation.

Born on December 16, 1935 on the family farm four miles west of Redvers, Saskatchewan. my Dad was the fifth child of Archie and Elizabeth.

At 19, my Dad purchased a half section of land and began farming. Despite his love of farming, he sold his land to one of his brothers.

In 1959, my Dad attended the Chicago Vocational School in Edmonton to begin his mechanics training. My Dad was awarded his journeyman’s status in 1965. He worked for several garages in Weyburn.

My Dad married my Mom on July 9, 1960 in Carlyle, Saskatchewan. They had two children: me and my brother. My Dad and Mom first lived in a 32′ trailer in Weyburn and later moved into the house they built on Duke Street in 1963.

In 1971, our family moved to Nelson, BC. My Dad continued to work as a mechanic, first at a private dealership and in 1974 for the BC Government Department of Highways. At the end of his career, he was foreman and also started to weld for them. He spent many hours proudly fabricating mower decks and sand boxes for the highway equipment. He retired in 1995 at the age of 59.

Once retired, my Dad and Mom moved back to Weyburn where they enjoyed a wonderful retirement – square dancing and spending time with friends and family. In 2004, they moved back to BC, where they could be closer to children and grandchildren.

In retirement, my parents enjoyed many bus trips around Canada and the US. In the last years, they spent the winters in sunny Arizona which my Dad loved.

We loved him and he will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

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Prizes

For the last three months when I have attended a quilt guild meeting, I have won a door prize.  
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In April, I visited a new guild (FVMQG) and won a door prize–two fat quarters wrapped up with a pretty blue ribbon that were donated by Lynn.

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These fat quarters are responsible for my new love of Tula Pink fabrics.  Both fat quarters were from Tula’s, “The Birds & The Bees” line.  The fabric on the left is called Swallow Skies and the fabric on the right is called, Little Bits.

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I had so much fun at the FVMQG’s April meeting that I went back in May.  At May’s meeting I won another door prize–two packs of Moda 2.5″ squares and a spool of coordinating thread donated by Sheri.  The two packs of squares are from Moda–Sphere by Briditte Heitland and Simply Style by Vanessa Christenson.

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Last night, I went to my regular quilt guild and I won a door prize–the Spring issue of Quilting Quickly magazine and some gingerbread tea.

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The following is taken from Windham’s site and describes this fabric line.

TAVERN SIGNS

 In Association with the Connecticut Historical Society

Long before neon lights or billboards, painted tavern signs were the primary form of outdoor advertising.  And before interstate highways, these signs marked Americans’ travels along dusty or muddy roads by horse, private carriage, or stagecoach.  In the 18th and 19th centuries, taverns and inns provided essential services, ones so important that colonial laws in Connecticut required every town to have an inn or tavern identified by “some suitable Sign.”  These establishments were places for travelers to find food and lodging for themselves and their horses and for locals to meet, drink, and share news.

Between 1750 and 1850, there were more than 50,000 inn and tavern signs produced by American painters, creating a distinct visual language and offering a glimpse into tavern life, travel, and patriotic ideals in early America. Only a fraction of these signs survive.  The Connecticut Historical Society’s collection—numbering more than 60 signs—is by far the largest and most spectacular in the country.  Bold eagles, exotic lions, prancing horses, cheerful travelers, patriotic heroes, Masonic symbols, and beautiful lettering adorn these signs, along with dozens of other images, each unique.

Windham Fabrics in association with the Connecticut Historical Society is proud to bring to life this glimpse into America’s past.  Our fabric collection commemorates the road traveled by those pioneers who made America great.  Founded in 1825, the Connecticut Historical Society inspires and fosters a life-long interest in history by helping people today connect with the past though its remarkable collections of artifacts, graphics, manuscripts, and printed materials. You can discover more about the Connecticut HistoricalSociety at www.chs.org

I am going to have to find a special pattern to show these historically significant fabrics.

Zippy Strippy Pouch

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Here is my zippy pouch.

We had an exchange at our Guild meeting with another Guild.  I didn’t sign up for the exchange as I wasn’t sure I would be able to meet the deadline. I have wanted to make one of these for a while and after seeing everyone’s wonderful zippy pouches at last week’s guild meeting, I decided to try my hand at making one last weekend.

This is the second pouch I made. Let’s just say, the first pouch was a lesson well learned.  The pattern is Zippy Strippy from Atkinson Designs. I used the fusible batting on the first pouch as per the directions in the pattern. I wasn’t thrilled with the results so I used Warm and Natural batting for the second version and heavily quilted it. I boxed the corners as per the pattern instructions on the first version and I wasn’t happy with the results so the second time I cut out a square on the bottom two corners and then pieced together and got a much better result. It could be that my fusible batting was thicker than that used by Terry Atkinson in her pattern so that may be why I wasn’t happy with the results on the first version.

I am thrilled with version number two! Now I need to make another before I forget all those lessons I learned!

Convocation 2014

Today, our son received his Bachelor of Computer Information Systems degree.  He also made the Dean’s List of Distinguished Students.  (The Deans’ List recognizes those university students who have maintained a high academic standard throughout their course of studies.)

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A very proud mom!

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Mom, Dad, and Graduate.

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Graduate with his sister.

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All four of our wonderful kids!

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Graduate with my parents.

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Graduate with my husbands’s mother.