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Sunday Stash snapshot…

For the polaroid quilt, since it’s getting close to needing a backing, yay!

A few weeks ago I checked out my local indie fabric store for backings but found nothing particularly awesome [for this quilt. Lots of other awesome things though.] Checked out Fabricland. Narrowed the choices down to a short list of four. Went back to buy this one:


I thought this one was perfect as it has squares and rainbow colours. But was disappointed with the quality of the greige. Bummer.

I didn’t want to make a third trip to buy anything so I chose this instead:


It has rainbows, so it works for the rainbow of polaroids. I had to choose a light colour fabric for the backing as I have light grey thread to use. (I like to match my thread to my quilt.)

And it has the cutest selvedge of eyeglasses. I’ve worn glasses for thirty-one years and I approve. I googled the selvedge and found it’s from a line called “Geekery” which included graph paper fabrics!


Sunday Stash-ish

I’ve had this quarter-inch foot for so long I can’t remember where I bought it or when. Considering I keep track of all the quilting related things that tells you it was certainly a long time ago.


My quarter-inch is a tad, shall we say, generous? I know it’s hefty but since I’m only sewing for me and since it’s consistent, a generous quarter-inch has never mattered.

But I’ve grown tired of my hefty quarter-inch and since I had a very precise project to work on recently, I splurged (<22$) and bought the quarter-inch foot that has training wheels.


This bad boy keeps me on the straight and narrow. The black thing on the right literally prevents fabric from going past it; ergo I never sew more than a quarter-inch!

Linking up for Sunday Stash with Molli Sparkles.

White House, Black Spot

Made to submit for the Threads of Resistance art exhibit. I am still waiting to hear if my piece is accepted to the show.

WHBS FULL online

“White House, Black Spot” 2017 25″x25″

I’ve always secretly scoffed at people who’ve said ‘the quilt told them what to do’ but this quilt knew exactly what step was next. I started with larger logs, seen here, but started over and made them smaller. Each log is 1/4″ wide. The blocks finish at 3.5″ square, and the dots are a hair under 1″ diameter.

Some technical details for curious folks: the blocks were not paper pieced, fabric strips were cut on the lengthwise grain and were cut exactly the width and length needed. I did not need to trim the blocks before assembling the quilt. 

I quilted between each block then went back and tied the quilt in the centre of each dot.


“White House, Black Spot” 2017 detail

Detail of the bottom right corner.


Inspired by this quilt:

Book full

Red Centres, Nancy Caleshu, 46″x46″, 2013

from Gwen Marston’s 2014 book Minimal Quiltmaking.


Quilt Stats –

Title: White House, Black Spot

Lifetime quilt no.: 65

Started: April 11, 2017

Finished: May 1, 2017

Size: 25″ square

Number of pieces: 989

Quilting: straight line walking foot, hand tied

Fabrics: 46 different white tone on tone fabrics from various manufacturers, 3 different white solid fabrics from various manufacturers.

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday!



If you’re still reading, this is my artist’s statement about the piece.

The title of the piece “White House, Black Spot” came from an idea that the actions of presidents are a stain on the USA. I used a traditional log cabin block to represent the White House as a symbol of the USA. Each of the presidents, even ones remembered favourably, have made bad decisions affecting thousands and millions of people both within their country and around the world.

The micro-piecing added density and more layers to each block, and served to highlight the idea of a big man [the spot] in a small confined space. I used a unique white fabric in each block but kept the dot/centre the same fabric across all the blocks. There are 45 black spots for the 45 presidents; the four ghosts blocks are still free from stain. These four fade to nothingness…what will the office of the president look like in 2020, 2024, 2028, 2032? The last one is still hopefully a blank slate.

“Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority; still more when you superadd the tendency of the certainty of corruption by authority.” Lord Acton, from a letter to Archbishop Creighton, April 5, 1887