“Too Good to Waste,” a finished quilt


“Too Good to Waste” 2016, 28″x28″

Boro cloth is traditional Japanese fabric, much mended, repaired, and reinforced to prolong its life through decades of use. Boro comes from the Japanese term boroboro meaning something tattered, but also means “too good.” Boro cloth is now very valuable and highly sought after as both antique textiles and collectible art.

I made this piece in response to reading the theme of the exhibit. The literal thin place in textiles, repaired with boro to make them whole again. And to use that to make a quilt…

As a quilter, my piece “Too Good to Waste” also reflects on the location and neighbourhood of St. James’. As an outsider looking in to the neighbourhood it is easy to be dismissive of the people and their myriad of problems; but every person is unique and worth the effort of aiding or comforting them. The people are worth the effort, they are too good to waste.

Materials used: denim, ubiquitous and long lasting. The colour is a nod to traditional indigo of Japan. Sashiko thread from Japan. Tartan backing is for Scottish (Anglo) settlers to the neighbourhood and reminiscent of sleeping bags used by homeless people.


For more info: Heart of the City FestivalSt.James’ AnglicanDowntown Eastside

Sharing my quilt with other fabric artists here and here.

“Too Good to Waste,” a finished quilt

Day 408

People can be so nice can’t they? There was guild meeting tonight and one of the members who also reads my blog (Hi Barb!) brought me a bolt of grey from her stash that she thought might be iron. Read yesterday’s post for the trauma about iron.

The swatch is so close but isn’t quite right. As I don’t have a KONA colour card [yet] I just go by the computer screen and this might be medium grey or steel, probably steel. Regardless of what it is, it doesn’t match what I’ve got going on so far. Boo.

The hunt continues, and thanks so much Barb!

Day 408

Day 407, stymied by fabric

Actually it’s more like stymied by the fabric shops in town.

I’m all gung-ho to make progress on my polaroid blocks so I spent time calling *all* the quilt shops in town. I know I’m very lucky with six shops in the greater city area and one about an hour away. I was sourcing the 1.5m of Kona Iron I need for the sashing.

This is Kona Iron.

ONE store has Iron in stock and she is charging 15$/m. (Can you feel my shock and outrage?) 15$/m for SOLIDS! For comparison, all the other stores here sell solids for 11$-14$/m. I don’t like that shop for several reasons (who increases the price on their batting halfway through a sale I ask you) but we don’t need to get into that here.

Obviously the polaroids are on hold until I get this sorted out but I’m disappointed as I really wanted to work on this project now.


**Edited to add: I will pay someone up to 20$ (CDN) for 1.5m Kona iron including shipping. Email me or leave a comment if you can hook me up.

I’m linking up all over the place, hoping someone can ship me fabric!

Two Canadian linkups for the win! Sew Fresh Quilts and TNTN

Day 407, stymied by fabric

Day 406

Started trimming polaroid blocks today. Didn’t think to take a picture though. Did maybe a third of the blocks? Rather mindless work regardless.

And I double checked my yardage needed for the grey solid. 1.35m and I really mean it this time!

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Day 406

Guild Block Lotto quilt, a finished quilt

This is a quilt I made a long time ago, in January 2015, using the guild block lotto blocks from 2013-14. There’s a small blog post about it on the guild blog. And if you want to see all the block lottos you can look at them here.

Deciding on a layout took for..e..ver.

I made the whole thing in a week but then just never got around to quilting it. Mostly because I wanted to do a full custom job but didn’t actually want to do that work. And if you never make a decision then you can’t make the wrong one, so I let it languish.

But this is my year for getting stuff done.


I went for really big loopy loops. Red was what I had on the machine for practicing and I just kind of liked it.


MQGsewday was yesterday so I made binding. Pretty binding.


And then I actually got it bound. I complained about it on IG but the gist of it is this: I always do my machine binding backwards from how most of the internet does theirs. So I thought I would try the “right way” to do it…and thereby shot myself in the foot. It was a slow, frustrating, challenging process. 90 minutes to do a quilt 57×75? But it’s done now and on a pic that small, no one can see the imperfections.


Quilt Stats:

Title: MQG Victoria block lotto quilt

Lifetime quilt no.59

Started: January 2015

Finished: October 16, 2016

Size: 57″x75″

Number of pieces: lots

Quilting: organic telephone cord loops on the longarm

And this is one of my thirteen projects on the Fourth Quarter of the 2016 Finish Along! May all the rest of them finish this easily and quickly.

It’s a finish, so linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts!

Guild Block Lotto quilt, a finished quilt