My name is Jacqueline(pronounced Jack-leen) and I am a wife of one, mother of two(boys, aged 24 and 16)in my late 40's.
Our semi-rural town is just east of Vancouver, BC on the West Coast of Canada. It is beautiful here, but I do have to admit we get a lot of rain. A.LOT.OF.RAIN.
Well, at least we have the greenest grass in Canada!
ha ha ha...
|This is me at our annual festival in June.|
It was a big change for us to move out here. We both came from suburban North Vancouver, a quick, convenient trip to the sights and sounds of downtown Vancouver. Now, we have to plan our trips to include destinations/shops in the same area, as things are so much further away.
We do a lot of online shopping, as we just can't get some of the things we want/need locally. Hmmm…so many business ideas, so little time…
|Vintage serving plate|
I have been quilting since 1992 and do most of my piecing and quilting by machine. That being said, I have recently developed a love for English Paper Piecing. I just finished a King-sized quilt, using over 4,000 1"-sided hexagon papers. It is all scrappy and done by hand, including stitching on the border. My teenaged son has asked me to make a similar one for him, and I am working on his now.
I used to manage a Canadian chain fabric store and I was also the first Program Director for the Mount Seymour Quilt Guild in North Vancouver. I had to give that up due to my Hubs contracting Viral Meningitis back in 2004. I had to work 3 jobs to support us until he was able to get back to work. He is a Disney comic book artist.
|Some of the Mexican pottery in my kitchen|
I guess you could say I am a traditional quilter, but I am also enjoying the modern quilting scene. There are some really gifted quilters out there. I am hoping to bring a few of them to the blog so you can meet them, someday.
In the last few months, I have re-discovered my love of embroidery. I have been doing up a few flour-sack towels as gifts. I would also really like to re-learn how to crochet. There are so many neat things to make and the yarns available now are amazing.
I have Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, 'early' Arthritis and Chronic Daily Migraine. I also "cope" with clinical Depression. When I was 40, I had a heart attack and that's when the specialists found out I have Fibro and CFS. At the time, I was working in a law firm and had to take a step back from some of my duties. Then, during the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, I came down with Viral Meningitis. I had multiple lumbar punch procedures(17 at the same time!) in Emerg. and that's when my migraines started. Since then, I have been unable to work(the migraines will strike at any time), unable to do a lot of things actually.
I do try to stay positive and quilting helps A LOT with that. I suffer from multi-day migraines, so if you don't see any posts for a while, that is why.
I love Jesus; my Lord and Saviour, my family and Elvis.
Just in case you haven't figured it out, my favourite colour is purple! Hee Hee Hee
Thank you for reading and I do hope you will enjoy your stay.
|Me and my guys|