Yes, I know, it’s not alliterative. But here it is anyway. I put together the top for my Anna Maria Horner mini quilt swap on instagram. This started with the purchase of the tri-recs rulers (since I had free shipping on Amazon anyway with my husband’s birthday present). Several sketches later, I pulled out a […]

a great price for these

A quick stop today to show you the latest additions to my sewing library. I had stopped into Chapters in Ajax to pick up some stationary and was thrilled to find an extensive sale section. Why Nancy, I would love you to come to stay at my house. And Handsewn is marvellous, some great patterns […]


is to not even put them away. This project started with the pretty scraps left over from a bee block (tutorial for the herringbone bee block is from Bijou Lovely). As I gazed at the pretty scraps, I loved the colour combination, so I started sewing them together and squaring up each section to 5″ […]

It’s time to decide what to select for my goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes.  I debated, then in honour of bloggy events such as #madebymemay and Dress Up Party with Sara at Sew Sweetness, I decided to pick my summer dress.  Pattern is Butterick B4443, fabric is this breezy voile from Fabricland.   I […]

(Or skinny selvage pincushion in the US). I started saving selvedges because it seemed to be the thing to do. When I started quilting and following the on-line community, a lot of the bee blocks used selvedges, and I didn’t want to be caught out if I needed some! But then they piled up, and […]

sew sisters bundle

A day out, a visit with a friend, and some fabric therapy — win!  I enjoy the learning, sharing, and new ideas too, this year I went to “Steeking without Fear” by Michelle of Stitch Please.  Once I get my wool windowpanes sweater completed, I now have a few tips for creating the armholes. I […]


Calling it Done for my April goal.  Topstitching and the cross body strap tomorrow.  All the padded inserts are finished.  This is going to be super.

I am determined that this bag shall not get the best of me, but so far I have broken two needles. The front pocket construction is — weird, I’ll say — so for the second one I made the inner and outer separately before joining (it’s the pocket on the right). After an emergency run […]

Hurray for another finish! This was the pillow I made for the Great Pillow Fight swap on Flickr, a fantastic group of ladies swapping fantastic pillows. After a false start or two, I pulled out my Hex’n’More ruler and selected fabrics to match the colours in the Koi low volume print. With my pals in […]


I love the word eclectic. It means that the random arrangements and collections of things I love actually have a theme, even if that is to have no theme at all. And this post is a random arrangement of photos from my weekend. A glorious weekend, in fact, complete with sunburned noses. A busy robin […]


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