Friday, 8 April 2016


Seems like it's been a long time since I've rambled at you. I'm feeling kinda quiet these days; puttering with this and that and not accomplishing a big bunch of anything really exciting.

I made a couple pillows for #87pillows: the initiative was the brainchild of one of our MMQG members & the guild jumped on it...we're making a 14" pillow for every resident at a nursing home here in Halifax.  I used the tutorial that The Hopeful Homemaker shared on her blog to make these...the 14" block was perfect for pillow fronts and sewed up easily.

Then I free pieced my 12" mini quilt for the swap the Maritime Modern Quilt Guild is doing with the Fraser Valley Modern Quilt Guild...this is my kind of math! Such a cute project...I almost hate to give it away!

Did a bit of shopping at Patch...still flipping my finger to the Stashpocalypse.
There was also not one, but TWO trips to the fabric room at Suttle & Seawinds in Mahone Bay lately that aren't yet documented with photos. It's possible that I am out of control.

Taught a super fun class at Patch last weekend in improv piecing...used my sample pieces to make a pillow front. I finally rigged up the ruler foot & table on The Robot and busted out some long arm rulers. I played with the sampler piece and the fun, purple block I made at Denas paper piecing workshop months ago. Definitely a learning curve with the rulers there: Murphys Law clearly dictates that they'll always slip when you are on the fabric with the most contrast to your thread. Gonna need to practice this technique a lot more to really master the hold and the spacing...these are far from perfect, but they're done!

My avoidance is in high rather than concentrating on getting my income taxes done on time, I pulled out the commissioned T-shirt quilt that has been sitting in the cupboard for a couple months now. All the shirts are fused to a stabilizer and "a plan" is in place. I know when you see my sketch you'll wonder if there's a plan at all, but trust me, it's in my head. This afternoon I got a couple rows lined up...which pleases me. I actually want to work on it now.

Starting is always the hard part.
Sometimes you just have to force yourself to start.

Strike a match.
The fire will follow.


  1. Yes. Sometimes you have to force yourself to start. And then force yourself to keep going...I love your recent works.

  2. I love the mind over matter mini, such an awesome idea! And the fish fabric works perfect with those anchors. Looks like you've been having lots of fun, so many different projects to keep a quilter's heart happy! :)

  3. Looks like you're getting things done... I lurve that mini. I covet that low volume background. Carolyn Friedlander, methinks? And that stack from Patch. Yummo. I miss randomly buying fabric. :)

  4. Starting on a project like the t-shirts is always the hardest for me. Love those new pieces you shared!

  5. I know what you mean about the rulers. I have some shaky quilting on a project or two. Definitely needs practice. I bet your students were super happy with their improv results...and their teacher.

  6. I love Mind Over Matter. Ingenius. I'll have to pick your brain for tips on making a t-shirt quilt. It's looking good.

  7. Love seeing all your quilty things! Anchors are awesome and Mind over Matter is brilliant! Seeing your creations always make me so happy! Good luck with the t-shirt quilt....sounds like you're on your way to another great finish!

  8. I think that t-shirt quilt is coming together! And I really like your pillow project.

    We will be flying into Halifax in Sept so we need to talk about some quilt shops along the way!

  9. Where do I begin? I am just loving the anchor pillows! My daughters best friend has done her new baby boys room in a nautical theme and these would be perfect! Thanks for sharing that link! Your mind/matter block is the most clever! You just never cease to amaze me! I got rulers to work with on my Janome......had the same problem! It will just take practice, like everything else!

  10. just 'bumped into' your blog, and saw a familiar set of words...."Fraser Valley Modern Quilt Guild" .... huh??? like in BC?
    sweet blog you've got, and i'm looking forward to checking it out...
    from a purple boot girl (but no pigtails)