Saturday, December 31, 2016



RUMBA RUMBA RUMBA no not the dance but rather a way of goal setting I used in nursing school

R ... realistic ... can i accomplish this goal
U ... understandable ... what is it  i plan to do
M ... measurable  ... how will i know i have accomplished my goal
B ... behavioural ... what behaviour will i need to change or adopt to accomplish this goal
A ... achievable ... can i realistically achieve my goal ... no sense in setting my self up

Now i am retired i have time time time and more time ... i plan to spend time in my sewing room ... i have been wanting to design some quilt patterns ... so now i have plenty of opportunity ...  go for it girl

So my goal is to finish my horse quilt pattern of which i have most of it written ... i will work through my instructions and make another quilt and enter it in a show...

1) finish up my horse quilt pattern and self publish it by the end of October
            this will require i learn some new skills with several new computer programs  ... i think i have
            left myself enough time to learn these new skills and accomplish this task

2) make over my blog both visually and content wise
            get this done by June 30 this also will require some new skills but i believe i can easily  
            accomplish task

3) design and publish a new row by row pattern by July 2017
            this will be much easier this year due to having experience of designing one last year ... once
            again this will require some new skills but they will be the same as skills needed for my two

4) enter 2 quilts in local shows
             first deadline is Feb 20, finish this by January 20 and send it off for quilting
             second deadline is July so i have time to work

5) finish up at least 5 projects on my UFO list
            that is 1 project every 2 months easy these will include 1. Emma's quilt
                                                                                                     2. dahlia quilt
                                                                                                     3. Olivia's raincoat
                                                                                                     4. Yoda hat for Lucas
                                                                                                     5. new quilted bag for myself

Realistically I feel this is a big list for me for the year as i do want time to sew for pleasure not just work .... so those are my goals for


Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Oh where Oh Where has she been

i have been naughty with keeping up my blog ... somehow the tremendous energy required to move and navigate the waters of retirement (who knew there were so many forms in the universe) left me without much energy or focus left for sewing and blogging ... energy required for blogging took the biggest hit ... i have managed to finish up some UFOs

cleaning out 5 sheds and one large house did require some serious downsizing ... there was stuff in our sheds that had been there for 50 years ... it felt like i had to look at every single item and decide to keep, sell or throw away ... but enough of that story as it part of my past and the view is to the future

my new sewing room is mostly in place although i have some minor alterations in mind ... such as painting and hanging a cork board ....

i will  be  hanging several small white cupboards in a row on the wall above my APQS George .... they will hold thread and pretty little do-da's

because i use mostly fat quarters and use very little yardage storage is not as difficult ... i bought this great fat quarter storage from a local quilt shop that unfortunately went out of business

 i have set it on top of my library card catalog i was so over the moon to find for a reasonable price

i love the shelves up high which hold the CD cases full of my fat quarters

my husband took out the clothes rod and put full sized shelves in the closet to hold all the unsightly stuff of quilting...

Friday, September 9, 2016

here is my first pattern; a row by row

the row by row craze has taken over the quilting world ... i have not been bitten by the row by row bug ... not sure how i have immunity but i do have it ... my friend Douwette on the other hand has been bitten very hard ... we recently moved and she has had me driving about collecting row by row in my new neighbourhood ... so i decided i would design a row with her in mind ... her family and her immigrated from South Africa 10 years ago ... she was struck by all things Canadian and fell in love with our wildlife, snowmen and that quilting was possible on a much larger scale here due to cost ... 
this is the first pattern i have written up and published ... it was a wonderful experience and i do plan to continue to design and write up my patterns ... this pattern depicts Douwette, Lukas and their 3 sons Hendrik, Louis, and Douw ... i hope she likes it 

Monday, August 15, 2016

first work in my new home

the first work in our new home...
 i started this little project as row by row for my friend Douwette who is smitten with row by rows...she is having a bang up time knocking out about 2-3 a weekend...i am totally smitten with Douwette whom i left behind when we recently moved...i wanted to do something that was just for her so here it is...this runner depicts her family...her husband Lukas, and then Douwette...although not in that order as she is the powerhouse of the family...followed by their sons Hendrik, Louis and Douw

detail of the first 2 bears..

Thursday, August 11, 2016

That elephant did move…in fact he moved about 1100 kilometres

although you can't really see it in this photo i have added another plain border of 1 1/2 inches
last quilt photo taken on the farm.

i have been MIA but i truly do have a good reason…we packed and moved from one community to another which was 1100 kilometres away…the process of packing and downsizing was a large undertaking…we left a property that has been in our family for many years…it held a large collection of "stuff" that belonged to my father and grandfather…my advice here is never ever let anyone leave anything at your house for longer then several months without contacting them to retrieve it…we have gone from a 4 bedroom house with large living room and upstairs sitting room to a much smaller home…i am going to have to part with some of those lovely chairs i have gathered up over the years…my sewing room is finally unpacked and somewhat set up…i can start working on that elephant quilt again…well that is between trips to watch the sunrise on the beach…and walks on forest trails…and warm summer evenings on the patio…not to mention the little grandchildren..
 watching out the window while grandma takes quilt photos…boy oh boy this boy is curious

now i am back i hope to post more regularly...

Friday, April 29, 2016

that elephant is moving

so my elephant is moving along...borders 1, 2 & 3 are sewn in place and providing a good blast of colour...and we all know how much i love colour...those little nine patches were fun even though the work of cutting out that many (540 to be exact) took a couple of weeks for me to do in my evenings after work...i do love that colour blast...
i do love turquoise, teal, aqua or whatever name my plain 1 1/2 inch border goes gives a somewhat of a calming effect but not too much... those circles did take some time to do but oh how i love circles...there is no beginning and there is not end...

not sure what border will come next i turned to the elephant finally...i choose this blanket because holds some many Indian colours, pink, curry, mango...i can smell the spices and taste that food as i work on this quilt...yum

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

attention to detail

i do love to do applique and most often design my own patterns… pen, paper and scissors are usually my go to tools...lately i have been working through kim deihl's what nots collection #2...this requires lots of attention to detail...small squares and when i say small i mean you start with 1 inch and end with 1/2 center squares...all those little points on the stars…

some of my mini quilts i have ironed the seams open as they did not require integral strength as they are just "wall pretties" but this quilt i wanted to stitch in the ditch around all those points so i sewed it and ironed as per the pattern...this required me to cut more precisely and sew more precisely...more attention to detail...i am hoping with this attention my work over all will get stronger, more detailed and tidier…

enjoyed this process but it has taken some time to settle down and work through the process...

Sunday, March 13, 2016

elephants move very slowly

my elephants are moving very slowly as i imagine elephants in nature do…unless they are charging…i have fortunately only since videos of this…but i am sure if i was in a game park this would happen to me…so far i have been charged by a bear, a moose, a deer, a horse, a cow, and don't laugh a woodchuck…almost flipped out of my kayak by a sea lion and had a whale surface right beside me… back to my elephant
 here he/she is hanging for the riding ring fence
 lying in the snow with the first border sewn on…these are 3 inch nine patch blocks…that makes each piece 1" square…and yes i cut each one and sewed them into blocks…lots of work but i love the look…the top side shows the next border sewn on…it is lovely turquoise colour…one of my favourite colours

working on the next border all ready and am going to start with the flowers to decorate the elephant and his/her blanket

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

circles circles and more circles

somehow and i don't know where or when i fell in love with circles…maybe it is "there is no beginning and there is no end" somewhat like the song lyrics…

I feel it in my fingers
I feel it in my toes
The love that’s all around me
And so the feeling grows
It’s written on the wind
It’s everywhere I go
So if you really love me
Come on and let it show
You know I love you, I always will
My mind’s made up by the way that I feel
There’s no beginning, there’ll be no end

when i made my "twice in a blue lizard" quilt is used circles in the sashing between the blocks…i really loved the look…but oh my i have forgotten how long it took me to make all those circles…so once again i decided to use those scrappy circles but this time in the second border for my "elephant quilt"…i figure i will need about 100 circles…using Karen Kay Buckley perfect circles templates has lessened the work...
although i do enjoy the quiet hand work done while drinking my coffee in a silent house in early morning hours

Sunday, February 14, 2016

simple not likely

one more simple whatnot is pieced and waiting for quilting…generally i quilt these very simply with mostly stitching in the ditch and let the little beauties speak for themselves...
 first of four centre blocks

 two of the centre blocks together

center sewn together love that gingham and blue green flowered fabrics
all together and hanging on the easel waiting for me to sandwich and quilt it up…this is "Anthem" from collection #3

Saturday, January 30, 2016

elephant festivals

many many moons ago i said my thoughts had turned to elephants…well that was true my thought were there but not in any gathered organized way…some time ideas have to roll around in your brain for a long time…which is where this idea had been rolling around and around...

 the initial design plan worked out on scrap paper between patients
 elephant made of poster board 
yes she/he is going to be about 24 x 36 as a centre medallion…finally i have something on paper…yahooooooo!…now onto getting it cut out and appliqu├ęd to background fabric

Thursday, January 28, 2016

more simple whatnots finished

i have been making an effort to finish up the Kim Diehl " simple whatnot's" collection #1 kits i have…so this is number 5 of 6…Hopscotch she calls it although it looks like butterscotch to me…
centre of the centre medallion 
 split pomegranates

 i love the colours of this collection


binding on and hanging on my easel…loving the way it looks…final measurements are 28 x 28

Sunday, January 10, 2016

this rosette is growing

each hexagon takes me at least one day for completion…i try to have one ready to sew and spend my coffee and meal breaks at work hand stitching…i do find this work calming and enjoyable…for several weeks coming into christmas and several weeks during my holidays my attention was focused on family…but for a few days now i have moments to sit and sew…mostly due to traveling home…so this rosette is growing
two hexagons are not sewn in yet and i still have 5 to make before this hexagon is finished and can be added to the finished ones…at present this rosette measures 35 x 25 inches and should finish up at 35 x 30 inches…finished it will have 26 hexagons…the finished quilt will have a total of 246 hexagons

Saturday, January 2, 2016

setting intentions for the new year

how does one go about setting intentions…and why do i feel it is important to do so this year and not in years past…maybe as i age and yes i am 63 this year i feel the need to concentrate and focus on what is truly important…so what is truly important…is it making quilts…quilting quilts…or the entire process…using patterns of others or going my own way and using only my patterns…do i venture into pattern development…i see many posts about setting intentions for the new year and i feel behind the 8 ball here as i have not figured out my intentions for the year…and will i figure it out at all and is it truly important? i will keep you posted as the year goes on…but for right now i am off to do some hand stitching on my millefiore quilt…finishing this quilt is not in my intentions for this year…but i do plan to get to work on my "elephant" quilt