Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Fall is in the air!

Time to catch up on some recent quilt jobs!

How gorgeous is this flannel weave quilt? I love how rich and vibrant the colours are and with the flannel backing and Warm and natural batting it will be a very warm lap quilt this coming winter. Brrr I am not quite ready to say that word!

I just love her perfect piecing and her seams were pressed open.

I chose the pantograph Bayside which added some movement as well as just the right density of stitching to ensure that this quilt will last many years!

I used a slate gray thread in the bobbin, just a shade lighter than black that really shows the beautiful stitches.
Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

September Begins

It’s been a full summer that seems to have sped by…they usually do. Liam returns to school on Tuesday so our days will be a little quieter.

We enjoyed a rib dinner at my Dads a couple weeks ago. Liam’s most favourite meal is ribs and broccoli. While waiting for the veggies to cook Liam sampled the ribs…

Liam has been really interested in trying out golf lately so spent time with his Great Grandpa in Dads golf room…

Liam was gifted a blueberry pie by my Auntie Marie…Liam’s Great Great Aunt and that she certainly is…Great that is!

Liam and Mom 💕

We have a little fall adventure planned but other than that, and hopefully some fishing and finishing up the gardens life should settle into routine with a lot of quilting involved!!

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Camper Quilt

This fun quilt was a first quilt for its maker. The name of the recipient …her nephew was pieced and added to the back….and I might add beautifully done.

Perfect backing

The chosen pantograph was perfectly suited to this quilt with wild life and scenery.

Here is the link to the free pattern that was used to make the quilt.

https://www.fabric.com/blog/retro-camper-pixel-quilt/

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Walking

I have been a walker for many years. We own a treadmill and I have used it occasionally, Erik uses it daily. I however much prefer to walk outside.

Other than our Wisconsin Dells trip, I have walked daily all summer. Most days I head out in the morning and my route takes about an hour and a half. It really is good for my mind body and soul. Occasionally Liam will join me but for the most part I walk by myself.

Yesterday we woke to a gray sky and predicted rain. I chose to walk anyways knowing that I would get soaked. It was a gentle soothing rain and I really enjoyed it.

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Quilting

My quilting life continues…of course. The summer has been busy and I have taken a little break from posting my work…I like to wait for quilts to be picked up before I share pictures but thought I might give a glimpse of a few…

This is the fourth scrappy queen that I have quilted, it’s been such a privilege to work on these quilts!

This one I was asked to buy the backing for, which I did and bought from Donna of Fuelled by Fabric. She really has a fantastic shop and is so friendly and helpful.

I found it hard to capture the true backing colour, it’s a beautiful cream.

A fun camper quilt…

A bright fun quilt with one of my favourite fun colours for the border…

This one is now finished…

I haven’t had as much piecing time as I would like but have been working away on my Longtime Gone quilt…I have completed another section since taking this picture. I have two log cabin blocks to make and then the border.

I love how this quilt has so much variety in it. It’s been a good project that has taken time to make, a fun quilty journey!

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Heading Home

Unfortunately it was a gray rainy day driving from Winona for much of the day.

We stopped in Red Wing MN and crossed over to Wisconsin to check out a place we had previously visited.

We had hoped to show Liam the barges that push the huge rafts but none were to be seen. Something for another time.

We visited the shoe store and museum in Redwing…

A quick stop in Duluth and Liam and I checked out Dicks sporting goods. We spotted this soccer ball…Liam decided he probably didn’t need it 😊

We stopped for a little hike at Temperance River

This was hard to see. Liam didn’t think it was wise.

One last ice cream stop in Grand Marais

We were happy to cross back into Canada and arrive home from such a fun filled trip. We are truly blessed to have so much time with our Grandson and share so many adventures with him!

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

The Dells (part 3)

With our stay at the Shamrock Motel we receive a wrist band for Noah’s Ark for every day of our stay and new to us this year was also a one day pass for Mount Olympus.

We chose to spend our last full day in the dells playing. We spent the morning at Noah’s ark enjoying a few more rides. We arrived just as the park was opening so the lines of some of the favourite rides weren’t as long as they get later in the day.

One of the big achievements this year that Liam had been considering was the Point of No Return slide…this slide is 100 feet high and a straight down slide. Erik really enjoys it, I however have not been able to talk myself into it.

Liam however did it twice!

You can see the Point of No Return slide on the left. I took videos of him on the slide and haven’t been able to add that to this post. So the picture shows him coming from another favourite slide.

We returned to the room for a little lunch

This was a smoked turkey leg, we actually cut up and shared after taking some fun pictures.

After lunch we walked up the road a bit to Mount Olympus, Liam complained a bit about the hike as it was a bit hot…but he had no idea of what was I store!

He and Pappa had so much fun driving the go carts!

After driving the 4 tracks it was time to enjoy the wave pool. It was pretty cool with its 9 foot waves! I was too busy enjoying it to take my own pictures.

We decided to return to Noah’s Ark to catch my favourite ride before the park closed. I absolutely love the Black Anaconda is a water rollercoaster so fast and fun…the guys don’t agree but they do come along!

After a full day of fun and a relaxing dinner we all slept well preparing for another day of adventures.

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

The Dells (part 4)

Our last at the Dells was spent at Circus World in Baraboo. https://www.circusworldbaraboo.org

The weather was perfect thankfully and we were able to enjoy the show in the big top, tour all of the buildings as well as the outside trapeze act and motorcycle on the tightrope.

When we visited in 2019 there was a tiger show which was not there this time.

The big top performance this year had a pirate theme, it was a fun show to watch that included juggling, trapeze acts, clowning around of course and more.

Liam’s favourite act:

This guy was pretty amazing, you need to see the show yourself as I was watching it myself.
An elephant tricycle…

Here is a link if you are interested in the history and story of this interesting attraction.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Circus_World_Museum

Sadly it was time to leave the Dells but we sure had a great time.

We decided to take a different way home in order to show Liam the Mississippi River and enjoy a more scenic route. We spent the night in Winona Minnesota, we have often stopped there to grill as they have a really nice park there.

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

The Dells (part 2)

Day 2 of our Dells trip we had planned to visit Circus World in Baraboo, however the weather had different plans for us an unpredicted thunder storm developed while we were on our way.

We decided to declare the day a shopping one as we had planned to have one anyways. So we pulled into a Blain’s Farm and Fleet store and what did Liam see first?

A little too big for now.

While at Menards he discovered a new kind of chair!

His find in Walmart…

This did not find its way into the cart.

When we finished our shopping in Baraboo we made our way back to the Lake Delton and visited the Cracker Barrel, again for a little shopping…and play.

The next stop was Market Square Cheese, Liam found the shopping there really interesting and fun. I was sad to see that Covid has changed things and they no longer let you sample the different flavours of cheese which had always led to purchases.

We did make sure to get some pictures with the mascot.

The one place we have really enjoyed eating at over the years is MooseJaw Pizza and they definitely lived up to our memories!

After our delicious pizza dinner we made our way to Pirates cove for some mini putt play.

But first had to check out a few things…

It was a fun game and the score keeper won…though the guys didn’t believe her!

We went for a walk on the downtown strip afterwards… it’s an interesting walk.

Liam had wanted a tattoo after seeing the, done the night before so why not 😊

After the guys made some new friends we found some ice cream to finish off the day.

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

The Dells (part 1)

In August 2019 we took Liam to Wisconsin Dells and introduced him to the fun at Noah’s Ark Water Park. Until the pandemic Erik and I had been going every summer at least once.

It really was a fun trip and we had planned to take Liam again the following summer…

Well we finally were able to fulfill the promise this month!

Starting the trip with ice cream of course!

We stopped at the DQ in Two Harbours MN

We spent some time shopping in Duluth on the way to the Dells. One of the stops was Camping World. Liam informed me that if someone told him he could have 20 minutes to spend a million dollars there he could easily do that!

He was really impressed with the deluxe ice fishing shack…and after 15% down and $417. For 240 months it could be his!

A few more toys that caught his eye…

One of the things that Liam often mentioned when he spoke of the trip was how much he liked was that we stop at rest stops to grill when we travel. This picture is from the 2019 trip.

And this year

We were able to find the same rest stop

We have stayed at the Shamrock Motel on almost all of our stays there, it’s the perfect place for us! It’s right across from Noah’s Ark and supplies wrist bands with your stay. Liam really enjoyed being able to sit and chat with Pappa just outside our door.

We also grill and picnic at the motel.

Of course the main purpose of the trip is the water park…

We spent the first day from opening to closing at the park. We normally take a break mid day and return to the room for lunch and a break. However not this year, Liam didn’t want to miss any time or rides!

The Raja was the big favourite of the guys this year!

My favourite ride is still the Black Anaconda which is a water rollercoaster, the guys don’t find it as exciting as I do but humour me anyways!

After closing the park we enjoyed a rest and picnic supper and later walked the downtown strip finishing off the day with some ice cream. We all had a really good sleep that night!