How do you eat an elephant?

One bite at a time.

Last week I was proud of myself for cutting lots and lots of fabrics for my Jacob’s Ladder blocks. What I didn’t work through at the time is that is in fact an awful lot of blocks to sew all at once.


Sixty eight HSTs needing a flat press, an iron open, and a four-sided trim. I’ll be over here if you need me.



How was your day, dear?

Today was a day off. Days off are seriously one of the best things ever. I cannot stress enough how much I appreciated [and needed] today.

Sure, I need to do laundry. Get groceries. Recover from the double whammy of birthday and mother’s day. And renew my driver’s license – that did get done to save the 276$ fine I was flirting with had I been pulled over, which luckily didn’t happen. After I glared into the camera for a horrible picture I went home and SEWED!

I finished a few blocks, then laid out and counted my blocks for the Jacob’s Ladder quilt. Then I cut lots and lots more strips and squares. I have 27 more blocks to do and 38 fabrics I just love and want to use.


These are the “must use” fabrics.


Some of the “we’ll see what colours I need to balance the rest out” near the end.

Since I zipped through all that I decided to brave the fabrics I want to fussy cut.




I spent two hours to make this holey fabric.

But it will look awesome at the end.

And I get to do it all again tomorrow.

2018 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop, week the third



It’s that time of year again when more experienced quilt bloggers give aid and advice to newer quilt bloggers. I participated for the first time in 2016, again in 2017, and this is my last year in the group.

This year’s hosts are


Here are links to the bloggers being featured this week:

Dione – Clever Chameleon
Cate – Chaos Theory Quilting
Tara – Quilt District
Roseanne – Home Sewn by Us
Linda – Cozy Quilts
Karen – Tuna Quilts
Rashida – No. 3 Quilt Studio

I hope you find some fun new blogs to read.

A new project, a fast project

A project in which I was the mere technical director, working to support the vision of the artistic director. A quite specific, rather uncompromising six point seven five year old artistic director. 

Let me back up a little. This weekend was the bi-annual quilt show and sale of the Victoria Quilter’s Guild. I could only attend on Friday which happened to be a day off of school for my kids, so they also got to attend a quilt show.

I bribe them with candy because it works (and is a rare treat). This year I could have bribed them with fabric it seems. W, the 6 3/4 year old fell in love with a 2$ FQ. She promised to pay me back from her hoarded allowance if I lent her the money to buy it. Her initial plan as we toured more booths was to make a cushion. Then a shawl. Then a skirt, but there wasn’t enough for a skirt. Did I have more fabric I could lend her to finish the skirt? Yes of course. But then it won’t match. Did I have fabric that DID match? 

Well for two dollars I’ll buy you some fabric that matches. So that was a win.

Then I broke her heart by working for two days straight.


After my work today we buckled down and made this wondrous garment!


Flat felled seams for speed and convenience. W ran the foot pedal while I kept everything straight.

I also dropped the ironing board down to her height so she could do the pressing. (I had to go on my knees!) She thought threading the elastic through the casing was magical.


She was adamant that the zig-zag be oriented vertically to make the skirt as long as possible.

And it twirls. And poofs.

I have a happy girl. Me? I’m toast. Stick a fork in me, I’m done. Time for bed.