Not that I have been frugal or anything, but I have tried to slow down my stash additions to more closely align with quilt productions rates (not quite there yet). Of course the best way to get what I wanted under the Christmas tree was to order it myself, and one of the pre-Christmas sales […]

Because isn’t this what everyone does on Christmas day?   While preparing for my visitors to arrive on Boxing Day,  I was reminded of the bounty of garden tomatoes I had frozen in September. An overnight thaw of the 5 large zipper bags and simmering most of the day yielded about 9 pints of tomato […]


Hurray for another round of the global finish a long!  I’ve been working away on my longstanding works in progress and have decided on goals for this quarter.   Some are recycled from last quarter as usual. Starlight, Stardark quilt Quilting is in progress, this is achievable. And a bonus shot of some of the […]

It’s the #bigquiltbee for Canada’s 150th Birthday! I joined the Canadian Quilters’ Association last year, and I’m glad to be able to contribute my time and scraps to this inspirational endeavour, to make 1000 (yes, one thousand) quilts for children and families undergoing medical treatments and staying at Ronald McDonald Houses in Canada. These houses […]

This is my last finish for Q4 in the Finish A Long ( and incidentally my first finish of 2017 too).   Started in 2013 at a creative stitching class, I turned this panel into a rather cute tote bag.  The polyester/cotton canvas outdoor fabric was in my stash, I’m guessing from longer ago than i made […]

finished dress

Or how to be the best mom ever in 30 minutes. I was cleaning out my daughter’s closet prior to Christmas and was vehemently told that I could not donate this shirt to the thrift shop. Because it is her favorite. However it is definitely getting a little too short. Since dresses are an adorable […]

Very slow, as in 3 years worth. Although originally I thought I would be able to use this hand quilting project to take along to the park or in the backyard while enjoying family time, but realistically that didn’t happen, and the only opportunities I had to progress these has been at the cottage, in […]

joy pillow - getting a head start on Christmas

Thanks to Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs for the party and inspiration, I’m going to join in on the linky party for my best 5 posts of 2016. In case you missed it, my best 5 of 2015 is here. Best quilt finish My favourite of 2016 is the Grand Illusion Christmas from the Bonnie […]

With a little extra sewing time over the holidays, I am almost caught up on the En Provence mystery quilt, with Bonnie Hunter from Quiltville’s Quips and Snips, making 1/4 of the total units for a baby-size finish.  (Of course this is not the final arrangement…or is it?) I am still second-guessing my use of […]


Whatever traditions you celebrate this year, the age old tradition of starting a new year at the winter solstice, when the days are shortest and the night is darkest, allows us to take time to pause and reflect on accomplishments for 2016 and goals for 2017. I just finished a leadership development retreat through my […]