Saturday, July 6, 2024

A Fun Week

This was a busy week, packed with fun activities and a short getaway with my husband to Niagara on the Lake. On Canada Day, we hosted a BBQ and played Bocce in our backyard before going to see the fireworks in the evening. Dessert featured ice cream, strawberries and butter tarts (a delicious Canadian invention). I spent some time on my secret project and managed to finish all of the units for the quilt top.  They are on my design wall and I hope to sew them together this coming week. Sorry, no pictures for now. I did some hand quilting on my "Put a Ring on it" quilt. I am almost 3/4 finished now. 

Christine came over to sew one evening this past week.  She is making some flower blocks for a wall hanging.  One more to sew before adding sashing and a border.  The patterns are from Lori Holt. A great summer project!

The astilbes are blooming in my garden.  Such delicate flowers--I wish they lasted longer!

There were a few new flowers on our weekly hike with the hiking club. This is agrimony. 

Cornflower with a hoverfly. 

While in Niagara on the Lake, we went for a hike to the bottom of the gorge (and back up again!!). During all of the times we have visited this area, we had not realized that this trail was there. It was very rocky with lots of ups and downs, as well as great views of the fast moving waters of the Niagara River. 

We saw two plays at the Shaw Festival:  The Secret Garden and Witness for the Prosecution (written by Agatha Christie).  The book club I lead will be discussing the Secret Garden next January. Today, we toured several gardens as part of the annual horticultural society garden show.

There were beautiful hydrangeas in many of the gardens.  

I added more green stitches to my lupins picture on the drive to our getaway. As you can see, I am a specialist at S L O W stitching. These projects take time...   I took my sunflower cross stitch in to the framers this week.  I will show a picture of it after I pick it up.

My daughter has made a bit of progress on her next cross stitch mystery project. She was not happy how her crochet was looking so she ripped it out and started over again. Looking much better this time around. 

Finn took a nap while my daughter stitched. His pillow looks a bit hard...

I will link up with Kathy and Frederique. 


  1. Your Put a Ring on it quilt is very pretty, I love that green with black & white. Beautiful flowers - real and stitched - and scenery, it looks like you had a fun time visiting!
    Thank you for linking up ;)

  2. That is such a pretty area to hike. I love the sunflower blocks!

  3. Sounds like a very fun week, Gail! I grew up in Rochester, NY, so Niagara Falls is a familiar destination, and hubby and I went back and visited there in 2015, too. But I don't think I've ever been to Niagara-on-the-Lake. Now I would like to go back! Your lupine cross-stitch gets prettier with every stitch - no rush!

  4. What a nice getaway. Your quilting is looking so pretty. I love the lupine stitchery. You are making progress. I think astilbes are my favorite flowers. I have several colors in my garden. I like your daughter's projects and Christine's flower blocks. Enjoy your stitching!

  5. Such a lovely post, sewing, gardens, the great outdoors and Finn!

  6. Such lovely outdoor photos. The colors in the flowers are so vibrant!--TerryK@OnGoingProjects

  7. Sounds like a fun Celebration day. Love the fence with flags looks like a magazine shot.
    Your Ring quilt is looking awesome! I love the colors and the quilting is bringing it alive.
    Pretty stitchery and flowers!
    Stay cool Finn