Wally & Bella: Family Reunion

Way back in October 2003, when he was only 2-1/2, Wally’s first litter of puppies were born.  There were 12 beautiful, pure bred Golden Retrievers.  I was drawn to one of them immediately because she was a lovely dark red/golden colour like her Dad.  I named her Bella and I was lucky to foster her until she was 6 months old.

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Father and daughter snuggle time

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Play time!!

The last time I saw Bella was when she was 2 years old but Wally has not seen her since she left us in April of 2004.  That was until now.  Wally is 14 years old and Bella is 11-1/2.  They took one sniff of each other and it was like they were long time buddies.  Bella is a little slow moving and has some trouble with stairs but the two of them ran around and played like puppies.  It was so wonderful to watch.

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Beautiful Bella and her handsome Dad Wally

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WIP

I was great at keeping up to date with Quiltessentials BOM (block of the month) program until June and then I lost the handle. We are a week away from picking up August’s fabric bundle so I got my act together today and completed June and July.

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2015 July BOM

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2015 June BOM

Little black dress lap quilt is almost done…I am just hand sewing on the binding.
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My scrumptious lap quilt has been quilted and trimmed. I just have to attach the binding and then hand sew it on the back.
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I’ve made no progress on Leftovers V.

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Lisa Calle Classes

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I was very fortunate and had the opportunity to take 3 classes at Sparrow Studioz this weekend with the lovely and talented Lisa Calle.  These are pictures of a couple of her samples that she brought to share with us.

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I enjoyed all of the class but I felt especially inspired by her Divide and Design Class. I was one of the few that managed to finish their project.  I’m pretty happy with how it turned out….a few boo boo’s but that is what happens when you are learning new things.  I’m a ruler junkie so I added several of Lisa’s amazing rulers to my collection.  Here is my finished class project from Divide and Design:

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3rd Quarter FAL List

It’s time to post my wish list for the 3rd quarter of the 2015 Finish-a-long hosted by Adrianne at On the Windy Side.  I have 3 in progress projects that I would like to finish.

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First is my little black dress quilt.  It was on my 2nd quarter list and also on the May and June ALYoF list but still hasn’t been completed.  I have most of the FMQ done and then I have to add a label and bind it.  It is a gift for someone and it has to be finished by the end of August so hopefully I will make my goal this time.

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Second is a lap quilt that is  in the planning and piecing stages.  I had a couple of charm square bundles of Scrumptious from Bonnie and Camille.  I am making up the design  as I go along so I don’t really know how the final quilt top will look.

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And last but not least I have started Leftovers V.  I am using strips and small rectangles left over from my Blue Odyssey Quilt.  I’m also planning on incorporating leftover blocks from Blue Odyssey and Leftovers III somewhere in the quilt.

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Happy Canada Day

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Tilly death stare

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Say goodbye to the Canada Day headband


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Wordless Wednesday: Family Pictures

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A few weeks ago I read a very moving post about a dog that passed away unexpectedly. Her owner wanted a do over. Although she had literally hundreds of pictures of her beloved companion, she had none of her with her dog. The story struck a cord with me. I hate having my picture taken and I am always hiding from the camera. I have only a handful of pictures of me and Wally together. My boy is 14 now and he has already lived longer than the normal life expectancy of 12 years. I’m grateful that I saw that blog post. I don’t want to have the same regret when my very special boy goes over the rainbow bridge.

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My girls chill-axin’

Tilly and Spirt hanging out together on the couch

Tilly and Spirt hanging out together on the couch

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