Friday, May 29, 2020

Kaleidoscope Dreams

Well I have a finish, and I am pretty stoked about it! For those who have followed the build on Instagram, here is the final cushion cover, which I've named Kaleidoscope Dreams.

I made the first cushion cover using Paula Nadelstern's line 'Wonderlust' for a Benartex blog hop in 2018. When Sheila was at our house for Dayna's wedding in November that year, she fell in love with the cushion, and asked me to make her one.  Exactly the same. Time went on. Earlier this year we were chatting, and she brought up the cushion again because she had seen it in a yoga photo I put on Instagram. I said I might have enough of the fabric left but I wasn't sure... She said she'd pay me for it, and I told her no, there was no need, but within 24 hours, she had emailed me some, and refused to hear otherwise.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

I Like/Love #41

Welcome to another gratitude post. I am linking up at LeeAnna's blog, Not Afraid of Color, where you will find other bloggers linking up things for which they are grateful. It's a great practice at any time, but more so now when we are living in such an unusual global time.

1. I am grateful for CBC, as you know, for so many reasons. They have really stepped up during this pandemic. The latest new thing is their Hello Spring webpage, where you can find spring bursting out all over Canada: peregrines about to hatch on Edmonton's live cam (a site I've watched many a time, and believe me, showing it to my students in my classroom on the big screen was super-cool), grey whales swimming to Vancouver Island, bumble bees in the Toronto area getting support with a No Mow May, and so much more.

2a. I am grateful for spring flowers. I love flowers, period, but there's something about the bursts of them in spring that make me so very grateful, grateful for my all my senses, but especially for my sight and my smell. This bush on one of the neighbours' houses got both big time. I looked it up in my Picture This app (great little plant identifying app; I've used it in many countries on our travels) says it is a Korean viburnum or a Beauty Bush. They are very similar in appearance, so I am not sure which one it is, but the leaves definitely look more like the viburnum. Beauty bush is very commonly grown around here.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

To Do Tuesday and River Valley Winner

I hope your days include lots of outside fresh air time, whether you're in the southern hemisphere, where fall is established, or in the northern, where spring, and definite summer weather is happening. One thing about having a dog is that they force you to get outside, fair or inclement weather, and I don't know about you, but I always feel better for that fresh air. The post of my River Valley home décor projects was three weeks ago, so it is time to pick a winner of the yard or so of cuts of this gorgeous 'oh so Sandra' line.

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Orange Scraps Box

This is my OMG for May and I'm pleased to say I got it done in plenty of time. I'll be linking this up at Elm Street Quilts at the end of the month. It is also one of the items on my Q2FAL list.
Orange is not very high up on my list of favourite colours, (sorry Anja) but omg do I love the way this box turned out! I had to wait yet again for the rain to stop (you can see the evidence in that photo) so I could get an outside photo. The early morning gentle sun was perfect to show off these scraps.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Elvira Hands2Help Comfort Quilt #3

Back in March I participated in the Elvira QAL hosted by Gudrun Erla. Although I didn't sew the entire weekend with everyone, I did get my top made within the week that followed. I knew this would be another H2H quilt.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

The Ultimate Home Décor Blog Hop Week 3 & To-Do Tuesday

It is the third week of the Island Batik 'Ultimate Home Décor' blog hop. There are four this year, all with giveaways! I hope you caught the array of inspiring home décor projects last week, from quilts to triptychs, from cushions to runners, oh my.
The hop runs May 4 - 26 with new Island Batik giveaways each week, giveaways at pretty much each ambassador's stop, and tons of inspiration and eye candy featuring the newest collections.

Friday, May 15, 2020

Centred QAL - Blocks B2 and B3

I cannot believe that the final four blocks are out today, and the next time I 'see' you, it will be with flimsy 'in hand'! I laid my twelve blocks on the design wall today and had a little shiver of excitement pulse through me, because oh wow, it's going to look terrific! From what I've been seeing on Instagram and in the linky, yours are going to be giving that same shiver. 😍 I cannot wait to get my last four done and in position. They are half done as I type, so with any luck, they'll be in a photo at the end of this post!
Remember there is a hashtag pool for the quilt along too, which is a great way to see what others are up to. It is #centredquiltalong
It is still not too late to jump on in, now that you're seeing how easy these blocks go together, and how they fit together! The main page with the schedule and links to all the posts is here.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Island Batik Blog Hop and Giveaway: Lake and Trees

I'd like to welcome everyone to my post on Island Batik's 'The Ultimate Home Décor' blog hop. I finally can show off this beautiful collection of fabric, River Valley, designed for Deb Tucker Studio 180 Designs by Kathy Engle.

I kind of went to town on this one!

Monday, May 11, 2020

The Ultimate Home Décor Blog Hop With Island Batik Week 2

It is the second week of the Island Batik 'Ultimate Home Décor' blog hop. There are four this year, all with giveaways! I hope you caught the array of inspiring home décor projects last week, from yoga cushions to runners and placemats, and of course, quilts.
The hop runs May 4 - 26 with new Island Batik giveaways each week, giveaways at pretty much each ambassador's stop, and tons of inspiration and eye candy featuring the newest collections. I finally get to show you my surprise fabric bundle. You may even get another sneak peek in this post...

Friday, May 8, 2020

Centred QAL - Blocks A2 and A3

Aaaaand with that, another week has zipped on by, at least for me, and we are ready for four more blocks. I just have to say that I am wowed by the gorgeous combinations out there! Seeing all these colours flowing together in the centre, and out to the edges, the pops of colour in the centre four blocks, just makes my heart sing. Truly. That 'full' feeling of gratitude and awe and joy.

Remember there is a hashtag pool for the quilt along too, which is a great way to see what others are up to. It is #centredquiltalong

Monday, May 4, 2020

Blog Hop Announcement, Giveaways and OMG!

This is a quick post to take care of several items!
First and foremost, it is the start of our second Island Batik blog hop for 2020. There are four this year, yep! And hopefully you caught the announcement this past weekend on Instagram, because there's already a sweet giveaway on offer. So head over and check it out.
The hop runs May 4 - 26 with new Island Batik giveaways each week, giveaways at pretty much each ambassador's stop, and tons of inspiration and eye candy featuring the newest collections. I finally get to show you my surprise fabric bundle. You may even get a sneak peek in this post...

Friday, May 1, 2020


This is the April challenge for Island Batik. We were to create a quilt 36" x 36" or larger, that made good use of borders and bindings.

As soon as Storm at Sea was done, I got to work. I kept having the sense to create a quilt that symbolized this time of strangeness, of new normal, of staying at home in isolation. I started with my House Block which still is my most popular pattern on both bluprint and Etsy (see sidebar; it's $1 more on Etsy because you get two little blocks for the side of the house), and knew I'd put a heart as the little block on the side of the house. Then I'd add borders from there.

Centred QAL - Construction: Block B

I am loving seeing the beautiful colour combos going on for the Centred QAL! It never gets old, seeing one's own design come alive in others' creations. This week there is a link up for showing off your first eight blocks of the quilt. It will be open for the entire week, so no rush.

This week we are making four Block B.

There is a hashtag pool for the quilt along too, which is a great way to see what others are up to. It is #centredquiltalong

Thursday, April 30, 2020

I Like/Love #40

Welcome to my 40th post of I Like/Love. I link up with many other grateful peeps at LeeAnna's blog, Not Afraid of Color.

1. I like my new logo!
 It took me long enough, but I finally spent a few hours on Looka, formerly Logojoy, and got 'er done.

Saturday, April 25, 2020

DrEAMi #39

Welcome to another squirrel-chasing celebration. The above squirrel was made by Carol at Quilt Schmilt. Perfect! Chasing a squirrel that IS a squirrel. In these strange unsettling, and now crushingly heartbreaking times, with the horrific massacre in Nova Scotia, it's even more okay to just Drop Everything And Make it (something, anything) especially if it gives you joy. I don't know about you, but chasing squirrels, having a DrEAMi moment gives me nothing but joy and pleasure.

I stayed pretty much on task this month, surprisingly, but that's because I'd been so scattered in March. I did spend Friday following my nose and I have a sort of squirrel to show you...

Friday, April 24, 2020

Centred QAL - Construction: Block A

Yay! We get to start sewing this week. I don't know about you, but I rarely cut an entire quilt out; I just have to see what the block is going to look like, so I invariably start piecing and then cut as I go. So in a QAL, it's hard to have to wait isn't it? This week we are making Block A.
There are four of these modern quarter log cabin blocks.

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Smooches 2

I dunno, these heart blocks are definitely addicting, and, like Smarties, you can't have/make just one. I knew I was going to make my next Smooches quilt in rainbow colours, with all cream backgrounds, and that it would go to a healthcare worker. I started making it when I was the guest blogger at Sarah's blog, Confessions of a Fabric Addict, as one of the tutorials she offers as potential comfort quilts for her Hands2Help comfort quilt drive.

Well, I made a few blocks when I was writing the tutorial for Smooches. They were easy to do, chain-piecing-wise when I was piecing Storm at Sea.

Monday, April 20, 2020

Smooches Tutorial

I made the original Smooches quilt as my entry for Project Quilting 11.3 Put a Heart On It. All along, I planned for this quilt to go to the Windsor Sexual Assault Centre. For four years now, I have donated one or two quilts as part of my H2H commitment, specified for kids who, sadly, need to go there.

The quilt consists of twelve heart blocks that finish at 12", and four rectangles of background fabric. Sashing separates the blocks and rows, and there are just two borders, top and bottom. This is a great quilt to make use of scraps! It goes together in a snap, and with directions for nesting your seams, you will have lovely crisp points.

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Q1FAL Results and Q2FAL Projections

This year the format is different for the Finish Along; it's all on Instagram. For the first quarter, I linked up the following projects at #2020falq1list:
Well, I didn't do so well. At all. Out of eight projects, I finished (clockwise from top left) three. And, I didn't even know about the rules for @finishalong on my finishes, so ha, no prizes for me.

Friday, April 17, 2020

Storm at Sea Finish

Finally, half a month late, my One Die Wonder Challenge for Island Batik is done!
Rather fitting ay as we have been in a wet, gloppy snowstorm all day here, and it was snowing when I walked down to the lake edge for the photo shoot. So yes, there are a few white blurs on the photo, and now you know what they are! Yesterday was April, today is February. Springtime in Canada, eh?

Centred QAL: Cutting Instructions

Welcome to Step 2 of this year's QAL where we get to cut into our strips, or our yardage, if we haven't cut into it yet.
If you are here for the first time, you can find all the information you need on the Main Page. If you missed last week's yardage requirements, the link to that post is on the main page. As for prizes, there are ten sponsors for this year's quilt along: fabric, ezine, and patterns galore!

Thursday, April 16, 2020

To do Tuesday and I Like/Love Thursday #39

Busy quilting up a storm (lol, didn't see this until I typed 'storm') on Storm at Sea quilt yesterday so I didn't get my Tuesday post written. How did I do last week? I had just three items and I'm happy to report all are complete!
1. Complete the Storm at Sea flimsy✅

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Guest Blogger Appearance!

I am tickled, honoured, and pleased to announce that I am the guest blogger for today's slot on Confessons of a Fabric Addict. One of the obligations we have this year as ambassadors for Island Batik is to make two guest posts on big blogs, and I thought of Sarah, who has guests write posts on her blog on Sundays with a tutorial for a potential comfort quilt for Hands2 Help.

This was my entry for Project Quilting 11.3 challenge, Put a Heart On It. I planned all along to donate it to the Windsor Sexual Assault Centre, destined, as I have done for four years now, sadly, wish it weren't so, for a kid. They just love getting my quilts, and the kids love them, and get to keep them.

Friday, April 10, 2020

Centred QAL - Fabric Requirements and Colouring Sheet

I am so pleased to hear how many are going to quilt along or seriously contemplating quilting along with me. Although it truly feels like hard work to make yourself do some 'normal' things in life, it really does help with the mental aspect of all of this, doesn't it? Whether I'm making myself write the posts, do the homework behind the scenes, or do my Island Batik work, or practice yoga, or teach yoga online, it is good for me as I, like most of us, struggle a bit (or a lot, may depend on the day or the hour) with finding some sort of balance. It's not the people part I am missing, which my family will find as a bit of a surprise because they thought Brady and I would have the most trouble, but we've both been coping well in that regard. It is the normalcy, the things I take for granted that I miss, like grocery shopping, just popping in to Shoppers to nab something, touching nothing outside of my home and yard, touching my face or itching my nose or my ear without freaking about it, and so on.  However, that's really, when I sit back and reread that, not much of a hardship. At. All. Think of those who are homeless. Those in refugee camps where an outbreak would be deadly. Those in extended care, or seniors' residences. Those who live in apartments and in order to go to a grocery store, or even to go just to pick up their online order like I did, have to go into an elevator or down flights of stairs, rather than drive in their 'bubble' of a vehicle and have it loaded into the truck bed... There... I'm good now.

Okay! I know there are a lot of peeps in QBL waiting for this post, so without further ado, here we go!

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Storm at Sea March Challenge for Island Batik

Well, I have a flimsy. Finally! This is also going to be my OMG post. Yes, it is too late for the linky, but no matter, as I am declaring it the big goal for April regardless.
This morning it was literally hanging by a thread, well several, on my design wall. I usually put quilt tops together using the Book it! Method which you can find through that link. It keeps everything wonderfully in order, and order is essential in this complex pattern. Good grief; I did not realize that that is the first tutorial I wrote on this blog! January 6, 2014.
The swirly shot...

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

To Do Tuesday

I am linking up with Roseanne at Home Sewn By Us for this Make-a-List party. I thought about writing up this post yesterday but IRL stuff got in the way; let's just say that grocery shopping is at a whole other otherworldly dimension these days. It was the first time I've left the house since March 18; groceries prior to that were either dropped off on our doorstep from the little farm market across the road, or ordered online and a week later, picked up in the parking lot outside the store, no contact with anyone. And then. You get the groceries home and MacGyver unloads them, latex gloves on, into the garage, takes stuff that can be out of the packaging, brings it in in a bucket to me, where I either sanitize with Lysol wipes or for produce, put into a sink full of water and wash. Quite the process.

Which I know, all of you know and do as well. This will be the new normal for some time. On that online order we were shorted 20 items, quite a shock, like no lemon juice? Is it like toilet paper? Which I still do not get... So after I sent off four masks to Dayna on the other side of the river, (and let me tell you, sending that padded envelope was quite the process as well - all this 'new normal' of restrictions, and signage and STOP! and plexiglass and masks and lines to stay back behind is really unnerving and kind of undid me a bit I'll admit), anyhow, after I finished at the post office I cruised by the grocery store to see how busy it was, and it wasn't. I'd fooled myself into thinking meh, I probably won't go in; I'll just see how I feel. Well, in I went, mask on, latex gloves on.

Friday, April 3, 2020

Centred QAL Schedule and Sponsors

Welcome to the official kick-off of my fourth (wow) annual quilt along! I am so pleased you are here.
Please grab my button and post it on your blog or social media to spread the word. Here is the HTML code which you can paste onto your sidebar or into a blog post:

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Drag your mouse over the text in its entirety, including both the <   >, copy it, and paste it into your sidebar preferably, so your readers will always see it. Simply clicking it will bring them directly to this post for all the information. Thank you!

Now about that information...

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Centred: Fourth Annual QAL Announcement

Welcome to my fourth annual quilt along at mmm quilts. You are on the Main Page for this quilt along, and I am so pleased you are here.

This has given me a bit of a shiver writing that title. Who knew back in February when I was playing around with quarter log cabin blocks and came up with this design, that we would be centred in our homes, both for work and for play, within another month? I named it Centred because I'd planned on using it to perch my sit bones on it when I teach yoga; when I am either teaching or doing yoga is where/when I feel centred. And also, the central block that appears to float above the other four is centred.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

DrEAMi! #38

All right I have a PSA for everyone: just so you know, I have my Queen of Squirrel Chasers crown set back straight on my head this month. Foof! Look out!

Did I scurry around or what! Just like the one below who I spotted on Thursday on my walk with my dog around the 'hood, I feel like I've scored a donut the size of me with the joy of madly dashing off in all directions.
Zoom in some more... wait, I did.

Friday, March 27, 2020

Stars Aligned New Quilt in Modern by the Yard Issue #13

Benartex's new issue of Modern by the Yard is out, and I have another design in it! I was so honoured to have been asked again to design a quilt for their ezine. This is actually a quilt I designed in last year's #30quiltdesigns challenge that I've hosted for a few years now.
Don't you just love how they photographed it? I sure grinned when I got the photo!

Thursday, March 26, 2020

I Like/Love #38

Welcome to my monthly post of gratitude. I collect likes and loves all month long and sum them up on the last Thursday of the month. I link up my post, as do several others who express public their gratitude, with LeeAnna at Not Afraid of Color.

1. I love my cat Bella. She's a diva, a goof, a minx.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Project Quilting Season 11 Wrap-up

I absolutely LOVED taking part in Project Quilting with Kim for the first time, finally! Every year I see it, but I'm usually too caught up in an Island Batik or magazine project or something, so I haven't done it. I didn't really have time to do it this year either, but I threw caution to the winds and jumped in. I completed all six challenges, four by the deadline, two within minutes of it, waah, but all six are done, useable, and I love each one. 11.6 was Vibrant & Vivacious.
On Saturday afternoon, yup, 24 hours before the deadline I thought of making a bag, a grocery bag to be exact. So I dug into my pink, orange and yellow scraps, and came up with this wild thing.
Now before I walk you through what led to this zany bag, be sure you check out my previous post, which has a giveaway, as well as a link to the fantastic Benartex Fabrics giveaways. I will wait for you...

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Bohemian Rhapsody: Benartex Precut Project Blog Hop & Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the Benartex Precut Project blog hop! 'Aha!' you're thinking. 'This is one of her secret sewing projects she's mentioned.' Yup!

I was honoured to have been asked by Benartex Fabrics to create a quilt with one of their new lines. I chose Mabon by Shelley Cavanna of Cora's Quilts. It makes me think of Morocco, spices and heat with its rich colours. I kept thinking Boho as I worked with the fabrics, and it's not too hard to see the small leap to Bohemian Rhapsody.

This is the third time I've made my Pockeful of Sunshine pattern. Why is it that we designers like to remake our patterns? I do not know, but I really do! Not so with books; I rarely re-read them, even favourites, but patterns? Yes. This pattern sews up super-fast, and would make a quick comfort or baby quilt.

Benartex supplied the fabrics for this lovely lap-size quilt.

The pattern is available in my Etsy store, for a limited time at the $6CA price because I am rewriting it, getting it edited, and then re-releasing it so it looks more professional. This was the very first pattern I wrote and published.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020


I am a child of the Light. I wake up with the sun, love the sun's warmth on my skin, the brightness of it in my kitchen. Lightness of spirit is another meaning of Light, and for the most part I am that. These days, especially this week, it's very difficult. However, here are some enlightening photos from the past day or two that have lightened my heart and lifted my spirit.
March 17 on my beloved empty lot on Lake Erie's shore at the end of my street.
I wasn't sure what these were, thought daffodils maybe. Today, I think I know...

Monday, March 16, 2020

Turquoise Scraps Box

It's done! I don't know if you are finding it a little harder than usual to focus, but I am. Understandable in these very serious and alarming times. I did get this scraps box done, but it took me both Saturday and Sunday!
This is my OMG for March. Now to remember to link it up when the last week is here!!

Friday, March 13, 2020

Project Quilting 11.4 Birds in the Air and 11.5 Give it Away

I think this has been the longest gap in blog posts for a long time, perhaps in my blog's history. I've been very busy head down, sewing. Some of what I've been doing is on Instagram, albeit sneak peeks as two projects were secret sewing. I've also been busy hauling sewing stuff from storage in the basement and garage upstairs to my new space that is not entirely done (trim needed, but we are waiting for a warmer day to paint baseboards, and for a sale to buy window trim). MacGyver suggested I get everything up there except for Avril, the longarm, who still resides in the basement bedroom, to see what I have and what kind of storage I need. Oh man, it's rather a hot mess right now! I've already drawn a to-scale room arrangement that I think I will need, and I still think for the most part it's what I will end up doing.
Freshly pressed Kona cottons!
As you can see, we've, well he has, put together two Kallax for an IKEA hack cutting/pressing table on castors. I am working with it over the next couple of weeks to see how big of a countertop I want on it, and where I want the inserts (drawers and cabinet doors). So far I LOVE it. Being able to get around all four sides is wonderful. I did buy an Alex as well, just the small one, to see how that goes and whether I would need another. The jury's still out on that! Bella loves being back up there, and is busy helping in her own cat way.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

March OMG and Giveaway Winner

I didn't get an OMG together for February, and my January one, which you can see here, got done in record time, like within a day or two of my post but I forgot to link it up! I'd added a second one, to finish another scrap box, but that didn't happen. So! For March I am planning to get my turquoise scrap box done. I have the panels made:
That is an in-progress shot, but rest assured, they're all four complete now, just need quilting and assembling!

Saturday, February 29, 2020

DrEAMi! #37

Welcome to the February edition of Drop Everything and Make it! So are the squirrels starting to race circles around the trees in your yard? Or in your sewing room perhaps? With Quilt Con just over, I bet there are lots of the little furry guys running around in quilters' heads right about now! Once again, I chased a couple of squirrels, thanks to Project Quilting. The first one amazed me as to how fast I got a pretty large quilt together (51.5" square). This was for the 'Put a Heart on It' challenge.

It even made the Sunday Showcase on Aurifil's blog. 😍💖 I just love this quilt, which I named 'Smooches'. It will be one of my comfort quilts for Hands2Help this year. You can read about it here.

Friday, February 28, 2020

Island Batik Log Cabin Blog Hop Final Week

It's the final day of Island Batik's Log Cabin blog hop, so I thought I'd pop in with a parade of this week's quilts and a reminder to be sure to enter the giveaways on the ambassadors' blogs, as well as on Island Batik's blog. All of these collections should be available in quilt shops now.
My own quilt is shown below. The sun is out this morning, so I took another photo which you can see at the end of the post.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

I Like/Love #37

It's time for my gratitude post of the month. I collect likes and loves all month long, and am grateful for all these wonders. I'm joining in with a lovely group of people writing similar posts on Thursdays, and linking up with LeeAnna at Not Afraid of Color.

1. I like slippers. I have two new pairs this winter, long overdue. The turquoise kitty ones are from Dayna for Christmas, and the pink kitty ones I found on sale at the Red Apple in town. Dayna's husband Tyler says he's never seen a family so obsessed with slippers. We come by it naturally; both my mum and dad loved slippers. I even bought the non-slipper-loving MacGyver a pair last winter, and he wore them a lot. Speaking of MacGyver, I really like that he used one of the net produce bags I bought a couple of months ago when he went to the grocery store the other day. I like that he goes to the grocery store! And I like these net bags; I am committed to and doing pretty well at minimizing my use of plastics. It's sparked conversations on Instagram too as we chat about various companies we find that offer natural alternatives to laundry soap, body wash, plastic shower poofs and plastic in general, in countries from Canada to the US to Australia and the UK! I love these connections. Gosh I never thought I'd have so many likes/loves with two slippers pics LOL!

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Centred: Log Cabin Blog Hop With Island Batik

It is my day to share my Log Cabin quilt, and I am very excited to show you what I created.
My line of fabric is Prairie Skies. I was born in Alberta, and spent many happy times at my grandma's farm, and at my aunt's farm with my cousins, so I know all about those blue Alberta prairie skies. Blue is also my favourite colour, so I was so happy to get to work with this line!

Saturday, February 22, 2020

I'm Back and Back at it!

Pretty much what my husband said when he realized I would be up at 5:30 on Thursday, the morning after we arrived home to teach yoga! All good. I love my life. It is nice to get away and be warm, but it is lovely to be back home. Here is what I gazed at one of the ten days we spent in the Sarasota and Port Charlotte areas of Florida:

And here is my view on my dog walk Thursday morning:

Awesome colours, sounds, sparkles, both! Head on in to see what Lake Erie looked like Saturday morning after two pretty cold nights!