And this is the year it was.

Five blog posts. Plus this one. I don’t even know how to do this anymore.

Three quilts started, finished, and gifted.

Four quilt tops awaiting quilting.

Three quilts currently in progress.

Books read: 80! my highest number since 2012.

Masks made: 40? 50?

Mask patterns used: four

Other quilting highlights: I became sole owner of my longarm, and have it in my garage. I started working for a fabulous online fabric store, Troll Brothers Quilt Designs, both in person and writing her newsletters.

Personal highlights: My kids have been home since March 14th and I’ve been on leave from my job since early April. I have been fortunate enough to qualify for the government benefit programs. I say fortunate because the aid pays more than my actual job, so I’m coming out ahead. Also this is the first time EVER that I’ve been a stay at home parent and not depressed. Turns out I actually like my family!

I’ve had this picture on my desktop for most of the year. I like it.

A lot of my improv work has stalled this year as I have found comfort in precise piecing, and repetitive blocks. Quilts are quilts regardless of style and if it keeps someone warm, that’s what counts.

Here’s to you, and me, and more quilts in 2021. Happy New Year!

Let There Be Light

File under: obvious, Sherlock

Turns out if you swap a 40w bulb for a 100w bulb, you’ll notice a difference. Especially if the bulb puts out 5,000K. That’s operating room bright.

It was a 20$ lightbulb and OF COURSE I’m kicking myself I didn’t do this a year ago.

Sheesh. Some folks are slow on the uptake.

These are the threads for the current quilt. Pic taken at 2100h.

On Reconsidering Fabric

Last week I took it upon myself to resort my fabrics.

Doing so was prompted by my mask making in April. After making some two dozen I realized I had in fact used up some of my fabric. The the pattern I used called for a long strip and a 9″ square, and it was sometimes hard to find a piece of fabric big enough to accommodate both.

When all that was done I sorted what was left. I can’t really claim that a single 6″ square is yardage now can I? Nor a long FQ that’s been cut full of holes from fussy cutting. Yet I had been.

From nine shoeboxes I’m down to seven and a bit. I also culled a bunch of random bits for a guild garage sale someday far in the future.


I’ve been at home since April 7th and my husband quickly insisted on moving my sewing machine table to the garage. To keep the longarm company? Because my machine is old and loud? Whatever. I now have a wee space of my own.


Carolina Chain for Nova Scotia

This just because quilt happened kind of all of a sudden. In January I saw this quilt from Jolene at Blue Elephant Stitches.

Carolina Chain

I liked it and saved the picture. Then I was fiddling around with my 2.5″ squares and was encouraged to just DOOO something with them. I remembered this picture and next thing I knew I was calculating how much background I’d need!

I did use the tutorial from Bonnie Hunter but scaled it up to use 2.5″ squares (the original uses 2″ squares) and redid all the math to calculate yardage and the finished size. Jolene, who made the quilt above, called hers a Carolina Chain but she only used half the blocks. It’s one of those traditional quilts that needs an A and a B block for the pattern to work. Her version looks a lot like an Irish Chain.

But back to me. I made the blocks in a week. Took another week to add the setting triangles and sew the rows together. On point quilts no longer scare me – my skills have developed since my first one eight years ago.


Here’s the one picture I took of the entire process.

I used a long stashed blue on black star wars print and it was the perfect amount for the setting triangles and the binding. The only fabric I bought for this was 4m for backing. Not bad for an 80″ square quilt!



Quilt Stats:

Title: Carolina Chain for Nova Scotia

Lifetime quilt no.: 88

Started: January 21, 2020

Finished: May 4, 2020

Size: 80″x80″

Number of pieces: 1,296

Quilting: curvy pantograph, kinda random choice but it worked

I had made this quilt just for fun, and to use up fabric I had. Then the Maritime MQG put a call out for finished blue and white quilts to gift people involved in the horrible mass murder, so I popped this into the mail. I loved NS when I lived there and am thrilled to be able to send this along.