I am so completely blocked on my current quilt the frustration is contagious and other parts of my life are getting grumpy. I want to sew but won’t let myself start other projects. Grrr.


Here’s where it was most recently. I’m sure I’m just totally over-thinking all of it, and that it’s better than I fear.

We’ll see if I can convince myself about that.

In other news, this summer I scored some 9m of fabric for future backings for <20$!


My husband also found me a massive Olfa cutting mat for 4$ at a garage sale. It’s in better condition than mine so that’s a definite win!

This weekend I made two pathfinder sashes and one guide sash for a few girl guides I know. Did you know that Canadian army officers used to have their own personal tailors make their uniforms? Yes I make the sashes because it is so much cheaper that way.

I also bartered with my SIL to re-line her favourite winter coat in exchange for a photoshoot. Today I found the most lovely red heavy weight stretch bridal satin to use. This is a fiddly project but one I don’t mind doing.

And here’s how I spent the day before school started:


The big two are mine, the little ones are my nieces.

I always feel like the beginning of the school year is the new year, so happy new year everyone! And happy fourth blog anniversary to me. Thanks for being here.






Happy New Year!

When you go to a university* that gives you the major Jewish holidays off†, you don’t forget it quickly. Today is Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish new year), as well as my third anniversary of blogging. During dinner tonight we saw vibrant, double rainbows.

Also, I quilted today.


Purchased years ago from an estate sale for one dollar per metre. Found in the stash and is big enough for a twin backing.


I had enough to match the seam nearly accurately.


From loading it up to taking it off was less than four hours.

Shanah Tovah to you! Happy anniversary to me!


* York University, Bachelor of Fine Arts (Special Honours) 2005

† when I looked up what year I finished my degree it seems that York only has Canadian statutory holidays on offer these days.

One Year Anniversary, and One Lovely Blog Award

P’raps you’ve heard of this or seen it floating around the interwebs? It’s a little thing called the “One Lovely Blog Award.” It works pretty much like a chain letter but I think the sentiment is still nice.

And since today marks one whole year of this blogging endeavour, what better way to mark the occasion than with an award?

Lisa of Sunlight in Winter Quilts has been kind enough to nominate me (me!) for this. It doesn’t come with a statuette or a purse of any size but I’m really touched that someone likes my blog enough to nominate me. I don’t know how Lisa found my blog in the first place but she is one of my most frequent commenters. Thank you Lisa for thinking of me.

The Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you, and give a link to his/her blog. done
  • List the rules. you’re here now
  • Display the image of the award on your post. see above
  • List seven facts about yourself. see below
  • Nominate (up to) 15 bloggers for this award, and notify them to let them know you have nominated them. that’s way at the bottom, after all the embarrassing stuff about me


Here are 7 facts about me:

  1. I’m short. I climb on counters to reach stuff.
  2. I love all the colours all the time.
  3. I chopped off the tip of my thumb with a rotary cutter almost two years ago.
  4. I’ve had waist length hair twice and have also shaved my head down to the shortest stubble. And I’ve had green, blue, purple, yellow, and glow in the dark hair.
  5. A scrap isn’t a scrap unless it’s smaller than 5″ square. Everything bigger is yardage.
  6. I have never drunk a cup of coffee. Tea for me!
  7. I learned to sew on an industrial machine. After that domestics seemed so slow.

Now that you know a bit more about me I’m supposed to nominate some other bloggers for the award. I went through my list of blogs I read and chose these ones. I chose people whose art I like and people who post frequently or semi frequently.

Cynthia @Cynthia Frenette (I’ve never met Cynthia but she started a MQG branch in her city as did I so there’s that, and she’s an amazing artist/quilter/designer/etc/etc.)

Gail @I Think Sew (I like Gail’s quilts and her attitude to life.)

Lynn @Buttons Quilts (Lynn and I are in a year-long, country-wide mini charm swap group together. She has an amazing stash.)

Marla @Penny Lane (Marla and I live in different countries but we can almost see each other’s houses.)

Mary Fons @Papergirl (needs no introduction. She has no idea who I am.)

Monika @My Sweet Prairie (we’ve mailed back and forth a couple of times. AMAZING stitched artist.)

Netta @My Colour Queue (Netta’s my friend in real life and I encouraged her to start her blog!)

I know Mary Fons and maybe a couple of the others don’t need the referrals from tiny old me but I do like reading their adventures and the art they make and I admire them. So they’re included for that reason. My taste might differ from yours but I do hope you’ll check some of them out.

Thanks again Lisa, and here’s to the next year of Handwrought Quilts.

Day 100

Well now, isn’t that fancy! And between the four of us, it may be day 100 but it’s actually only post #88. So no big giveaways or fireworks just yet.

So today! Big guild meeting tonight of course but we don’t call it a meeting. Instead we use the catchy and easy to use “December Hanukkah/Christmas/Solstice Social” and we all have fun.

We did a mini mini swap and this is what I made. (And please note the fully attached and completely healed thumb which was amputated a year ago now.)


And there it is, in all its 3.75″ glory. 31 pieces of fabric and lots of fun. And I’m super happy about who got it.