Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Madame Muriel goes to Niagara on the Lake

I sure have some catching up to do. I have some updates from Madame Muriel.

"Madame Muriel here"

I am a little unhappy with my hostess these days. She brought me to Arizona, popped me on her stitching trunk and there I have stayed. Grant it the weather is beautiful and sunny and I have a great view of her life, but really! Either spend time with me or send me on!

Since my hostess has been so neglectful, I have decided to fill you in on my trip to Niagara on the Lake in late September. What a beautiful little town!

Miss Kathy and two of her friends took me on a tour of this lovely old town. Niagara on the Lake is the home of the painter Trisha Romance (an American born Canadian) who paints the most wonderful paintings using the town as its back drop.
As we walked the streets we were greeted by a couple of local tour guides. They were delighted to have their photo taken with me.

Walking along the street we saw The Owl and The Pussycat - the oldest building in town and featured in Ms Romance's painting.

We also saw the Prince of Wales Hotel and the courthouse - featured in Ms. Romance's paintings too!

Our next stop was the Trisha Romance Gallery. Oh my! What a gorgeous Victorian home and the paintings were remarkable.
Here I am in front of the Gallery

and on the newel post

Kathy's friends on the porch

the back of this remarkable gallery

We hopped in the car and drove a short distance out of town to Ms. Romance beautiful home..
Here I am in front of the house 

and on the fence. Can you see me? Sometimes I feel like "Where's Waldo" lol.

It was a lovely afternoon and a wonderful visit to a gorgeous Victorian town. I can see where Trisha Romance got her inspiration.

My next post will be about the trip to Hilton Head, SC and the wonderful cruise that my hostess took me on.

Until then, may you find joy in your stitches.

Thursday, 1 January 2015

2015 here I come!

I may not have blogged in 2014 but I sure did stitch. Here are my finishes for the year.

Mirabilia's Giggles for a surprise baby RR

Dragon Dreams Be Mine for an exchange

Drawn Thread Sampler Gameboard

Cherished Stitches Etui

Erik Shipley Stitching is my one Weakness

Aury TM Mystery Stitch Chicago GTG 2013

Joan Elliot Swirling Peacock

Bent Creek Stitching Row SAL

DMC Lighthouse for RCMP Memorial Quilt

Just Nan Oakley Owelet - made 2

Ursula Michaels Canada

Just Nan Peacock Alphabet Sampler

Hands on Design Mystery Chicago GTG 2014

Cross Stitch Christmas Book - Nutcracker Stocking

Needlebook with Travelling Chart

Just Nan Oakley Owelet 1 of 2

Raise the Roof Love Laundry

2014 JCS Ornament Issue - Beagles 

Alessandra Adelaide - Christmas Ornament 2014

The Round Robins

My SanMan 12 month Blackwork RR

RR#1 - charts included

Sweetheart Tree Bands

My Just Nan Bands

Sweetheart Tree Alphabet

Sweetheart Tree Alphabet

Sweetheart Tree Alphabet

Just Nan Oriental Lady

My Ribbons
My ribbons from the Yuma County Fair 2014
Chatelaine's Desert Mandala
Not a finish but each section has been a finish for me.

Ursula Michaels Let's Sew

And one missing one. I stitched Bent Creek's American Flag Sampler but can't find the photo anywhere.

Not a bad year at all. 

Next post will be my goals for 2015.

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Merry Christmas from Madame Muriel

Madame Muriel is stopping by to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year in 2015.

Monday, 15 December 2014

and the winner is .......

Clare. Please send me your mailing address to drewsgrands@hotmail.com and I will get the pattern and goodies off to you right away!

Tuesday, 9 December 2014


I received this pattern back in September. It was my intention to stitch it and pass it on right away.
Life got away with me and it did not happen.

It is ready to be passed on. There is something extra with this one.
The person who received this pattern will receive a package from me containing gifts starting with the letters F, L, A and G. You must agree to do the same thing when you are ready to pass it on.

Here is a photo of the pattern and the packaged gifts I received. I won't show you what's in the packages. Your package is wrapped and ready to go.

If you are interested in stitching this pattern next, please leave a comment at the end of this post and I will draw a name on December 15th.

I cannot find my photo of my finished piece. If I do I will add it later. 

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Crazy Busy Life

What a crazy life I lead. There are never enough hours in a day or days in a week. Poor Muriel must think she lives in a whirlwind.

In late August, Beatrice and I took Muriel and off we went quilt shop hopping. We spend the day in the Kingston area. We visited with our sweet friend, Rebecca and went for lunch at a great deli. Rebecca and Muriel get acquainted.

We visited three lovely quilt shops. All of the owners were delighted to meet Muriel and happy to have her photographed in their shops while we browsed the fabrics and bought more stash.

Stitch By Stitch

Quilt Thyme

Wilton Creek Fabrics

Shortly after, my youngest son and his family came for a visit to Trenton. Our DIL and grandkids had never seen the view of our city from the top of Mount Pelion. We took the morning and did the tour. Of course, Muriel had to come along. I wanted to introduce her to our beautiful waterfront city.

This cannon has been there since the 1800's. When I was a junior in high school, I belonged to the History Club and one of our projects was to scrape and refresh the paint on this cannon. I wonder how many coats of paint have been added since then.

Muriel on the Cannon

Playing with Mom

Playing with Dad

Overlook with the kids and grandkids

View of the Trent River to the north

View of the Bay of Quinte to the south.

View of the streets from the Mount.

View of the paper mill and the Trent River.

Muriel on the post with the Bay of Quinte in the background. The bay leads to Lake Ontario.

Muriel on the commemorative sign

Family in front of the sign

Our next stop was the Bleasdell Boulder. There is not another rock any where near this size for 26 miles but this monster is in the bush all by itself. It had apparently been rolled there by a glacier.

Muriel on the boulder

Grandkids acting like cave men at the boulder

3 generations strolling down the path.

Oh and stitching. Yes I did a bit of stitching.

Here is my finished Ursula Michael "Let's Visit Canada" on 32 count white lugana with DMC 321.

I LOVE it.

I am not sure if I will frame it or quilt it.