Sunday, March 16, 2014


Lots of tiny little pieces all painstakingly sewn together. ...not all by me. Many parts of the quilt were made by a bee I participated in last year. However, I was lazy and didn't get it finished until now.

I actually semi-constructed a design wall in my upstairs hallway just to arrange this quilt - my cleaning lady thought I was crazy, by the way.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Sibling Rivalry

I gained a new niece in December. This is one of the several quilts Sybil gained when she entered the world.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Handprinted Fabric Swap III

Leslie Keating's Handprinted Swap is in it's third instalment and I'm participating once again! Each of these four fat quarters was lovingly made for one of my fantastic partners and it ready to be taken to the post office.

I love each of these prints for very different reasons and they're all made with different techniques. This first one was stamped using a hexagon cookie cutter from the kitchen. My husband is pretty much obsessed with hexagons.

Handprinted Fabric Swap III

I hand-carved this rubber stamp of a kite and have been perfecting it for weeks. And, I even got the yellow inside stamp to line up (mostly)!

Handprinted Fabric Swap III

These curved lines sparkle in the person. There's a bit of shimmer in the paint and the copper and purple colours look amazing together.

Handprinted Fabric Swap III

I think these yellow and white squares look great on the grey fabric. They're  printed with a template I had from a class I took last year and I love this combination.

Handprinted Fabric Swap III


Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Quilt in Action

I love quilts in action. This is when they're at their best - keeping a loved one warm and snuggly.

This is little Miss Sophie. She is my cousin's daughter and is just a few days past a month old. She is a rapidly growing little girl that will soon catch up to her cousins (my grandma now has 5 great-granddaughters. Wow). This photo was taken by her (very much in love) Mommy.

You'll recognize the quilt as my confetti quilt from back in the spring. The little lady seems to be getting good use out of it!


Friday, August 3, 2012

Bee Blocks on Pinterest

Way back in February, I undertook a personal challange to create a collection of quilting tutorials that would make excellent blocks to be used in a bee (see my post here). It's coming along nicely. You can see the entire collection on Pinterest here.

I've tried to be very selective and only pin blocks that have excellent tutorials. A few blocks have slopped through without instructions but these are generally "free" or liberated blocks and for those, a picure is all you really need.

I never realized how popular star blocks are!! I mean, I knew a lot of quilt blocks were based on stars, but there are more than I ever could have imagined. The one below is my favourite! It's paper pieced, but I love that it has 7 points. Paper piecing does scare me a little and I have yet to attempt it, but it does look amazing.

I also love this block! The tutorial is more general and could be used to make some beautiful things that look nothing like this block. This is why quilting is kind of exciting to me. So may different things can be done with an easy concept.

Anyway, I hope you'll consider following the Pinterest board. The more inspiration the better!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

My Sketchbook

I have a dirty little secret. I haven't shared it with anyone but I thought you would all like to know anyway.

I have a sketchbook.


It all started as a way to play with textile designs but it has morphed into a place where I can play with designs and colour in a very non-formal kind of way. Sometimes I will doodle or sketch on other pieces of paper and transfer them into my book. Other times, I will just paste the errant drawing into the book.


I like that I can take it anywhere and that it's just for me. I don't need to share it with anyone. Sometimes, I show Matt what I've done. Sometimes I don't. 


I also like the philosophy that the goal of a journal or sketchbook is to fill the page with colour, as epitomised by Alisa Burke. As a quilter and someone who plays with fabrics, my creative life is always about colour and my sketchbook should be no different.


Anyway, I hope you enjoy some of these pictures. I may share other pictures from time to time if you're interested in these ones.


other journaling resources
- keri smith - 100 ideas (here)
- 52 projects (here)
- tania - collage style (here)
- kim's wonderful sketches (here)
- whip it's visual diary (here)
- my zentangle pinterest page (here)
- my fabric printing ideas pinterest page (here)


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