Despite my pledges to work down the backlog of projects, I also love the challenge of making swap items and making new quilty friends. The #pinkswap2017 is based on instagram, and has a diligent swap host mama, so i knew this would be a fun one.   It was easy to pick a pattern based […]

I’ve been really enjoying the quilting on this Starlight, Stardark quilt top. I treated it like a sampler quilt, quilting each block individually and with different motifs. I tried some new free motion quilting techniques, and practiced some feathers. I used a pattern to make this butterfly. I even did some straightline quilting–which I use […]

I would bet that you know already that sewing over pins can lead to broken pins. But have you ever thought about what it does to your needle? If I am having problems with tension, the first thing I do is re-thread my bobbin and top thread. The second thing I do is replace my […]

I might be almost done with my aqua scraps. These blocks come together quickly, making them a perfect choice for this charity event to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. I have six of the aqua blocks, and one of the red. I was playing with layouts, and I think I’ll add some more colours–not a complete […]

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 […]

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 […]