Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Time Flies!

 It's June! Almost July!

I have just come back from Quilt Canada in Vancouver.  

This is a show that highlights the best juried quilts across Canada.  If you have a quilt you'd like to submit, you fill in the application at the beginning of the year.  If the Jury (experts in quilting) deems it the best of the best, you get to submit it and have it professionally judged and shown at this yearly show.  I have not had a quilt accepted yet, but hope to one day.  

This was the Best in Show quilt

The detail in her work is AMAZING!  Quilted and thread painted, including beading, then cut out around the beading.  WOW! 

The show changes location each year and is held in the month of June.  This year was in Vancouver at the Convention Centre in downtown Vancouver.  Next year is in Halifax, Nova Scotia!  

Here is my remade quilted jean jacket I finished in time to wear to this show.  I got to meet Dawn Piasta in person after chatting with her online for a year....

I had so much fun!  Do come to a Quilt Canada if you are ever able!  SO worth it!


Friday, December 31, 2021

Creative time


This year, my health took a priority.  
My weight has been steadily climbing since we got married in 1994.
Despite many attempts, nothing really worked.
So after a summer of a new fat flushing medication, calorie control and exercise, I enrolled in a program with the Bariatric clinic of Sudbury.  
3 months of only Optifast shakes 4 times a day.
My poor man!  Grumpy is not the only word, but the only one I can use here!
Since February 2021 I have lost 75 pounds. and I hope to keep it off.

The point of this is I spent a LOT of time in my craft room, distracting myself.
So for the next bit I'll show you what I've made...

First up is this cute mermaid wall hanging.

I got the pattern from a sew along I joined. 
It is called Ocean Child by Laura Strickland.

I have been swapping 2.5" strips with the ladies of my guild for the last two years and decided I need to start using some of them.
The background is some of the blue ones I received.

Have a great and safe New Year's Eve!


Friday, December 24, 2021

It's Christmas time!


I love Christmas. 
So nice to hear from family and friends, lots of good cheer and secret making, but also SOOO chaotic!
In the past few years though it's been hard to get into the jolly time of year.
So if you too are having a hard time, hang in there!  
There will be a better day!
That's all we can do.  Just keep trying.

I made my mom's Christmas cards in time for her October birthday again this year.  
She like cutesy and Suzy's Zoo by Susy Spafford. 
So I took some wrapping paper I bought last year and fashioned some cards for her and my seester!  (that's not a typo, just the way we call each other)

Then a friend asked me for some cards for her business, so I made her some fun ones.

And finally I finished mine in early December. 
I used the same background paper on all of them and the same greeting inside, but used up all the stray embellishments I had collected over the years.

We sent them out a little later that I prefer, but there you go. 

Just aim for done and not perfection! 
I learned that this year! 
How about you?  What did you learn this year?

Happy Christmas everyone and keep safe!


Saturday, December 18, 2021

Fabric postcards


 I participated in a fabric postcard swap this year.
It took me a while to find the Pellon Peltex 9292F Stabilizer, but once I got into the groove, it was fun!

My first ones are quite plain, but I got to play with the font feature on my sewing machine and spent a happy afternoon playing and adding decorative stitches with gold thread.

That's a paper pieced ornament next to it.  I sent it to my swap partner too.

The second one gets given to someone special.

Next year I understand we may do it again, so I'm gathering ideas to make more elaborate ones!



Sunday, August 29, 2021

Puppy Time!


This time I have a good excuse... 24/7 puppy watch while he is awake to make sure he doesn't pee or poop on our floors! His name is Shadow and he is now 10 weeks old.

I swear males take longer than females to learn this!  My American Eskimo, Pirta and my other Sheltie, Kara were trained within 2 weeks!

I tried to get other things done when he naps, but I find myself napping as well to catch up on my rest!  I did manage to make a new flag for our front door though before we got him.  

I made it double sided with a dog on both sides of a piece of Batik.  I also made one as a gift to our breeder in Timmins, Ontario. Rivermyst Shelties is where I got this adorable guy from.  Rosie is an amazing, caring breeder!

Here's to hoping I'll get more quilting time in the near future!


Saturday, August 7, 2021

Just keep going


I've done some changes again as I could see some of the gadgets I had placed on this blog... Hope it all looks good to you now!

I've recently become the Northern Ontario Representative for the Canadian Quilters Association.  I had a great visit with the last one, Lauren MacDonald this week and I'm trying to get myself organized in case someone wants me to come talk to them about this group!  

I've also tried to do small projects to keep myself creative.  Here's a banner I completed the day before Canada Day!  Cutting it close to the wire.... Now I'm contemplating what to make to replace it later this month.  Ideas?

Oh yes!  I also repainted a Barn Block that my friend gave me earlier this spring.  As I love doing hand English Paper Piecing, I made it a Hexi block!

Just keep going and be creative!

Sunday, July 11, 2021



So many revelations have been confirmed in the past few weeks. I have to say it has affected me deeply.  If you know me, you know I really hate being lied to.  I tell the truth and I expect those around me to do the same.  To find out that the church has lied to me in not disclosing their involvement with the residential schools atrocities has shaken me to the core.  I was raised to treat  all around me to be equal, and expected all others to do the same... Na├»ve, I know now...  I have been educating myself on the facts of the past and have tried in my own way to show that I stand with ALL Canadians, regardless of their perceived worth as decided by others.  I craft.  This is how I get through feelings, and even this has caused me to pause.  How to help without offending?  

I recently found a group of ladies up here in Northern Ontario who wish to try to show our support.  Vanessa Grenier started a Facebook group called Quilts For Survivors.  She is collecting 16 1/2" blocks to make quilts for survivors of the Residential school system.  She cannot take names, nor can she guarantee that all survivors will receive one.  Sadly there are too many for that.... But she will try to make sure someone from each province and territory receives one.  She mentioned that she wanted cards to go with, so I created a card with a poem Dianna Klatt wrote for this occasion. 

I also created this block and will try to make more today.

Check this out if you wish and help if you can!


Time Flies!

 It's June! Almost July! I have just come back from Quilt Canada in Vancouver.   This is a show that highlights the best juried quilts a...