Unlocking higher levels,

or achieving proficiency.

I got to practice my hanging sleeve skills recently, and found that I didn’t need to consult my notes or an online tutorial.

  1. 9.5″ x width of quilt
  2. Fold the short edges over 1/2″. Fold that in again. Straight stitch. Fold in half widthwise WRONG sides together. Straight stitch.
  3. Iron it in that fancy way that lets you have slack in the tube. *I* know what I mean.
  4. Attach to back of quilt with handstitching, more than 1″ below top of quilt, and in a straight line. Try not to let your stitches show through on the front. Ripping those out suck. Ask me how I know!

Why did I need hanging sleeves anyway? I qualified to have work in a group show! It’s in the main lobby of the second largest public theatre in Victoria and the common thread is that we all work for the society that runs this theatre and its sister. (I work as a roadie sometimes, and have also done wardrobe and props show calls at the theatres.)

I missed the opening reception because I was not in the mood for public small talk with two kids in tow. But I took some pictures during the hang.

Here are 3/4 of my quilts. There are now prices and details signs as well as an artist bio.


The other quilt is the Polaroid quilt, which got a show stopping wall all to itself in a high traffic area.

If you’re local and want to see a lot of photography, collage, mosaics, embroidery, collage, painting, and my quilts then please stop by the MacPherson Playhouse* before January 6th.


*  #3 Centennial Square Victoria, BC V8W 1P5 – located on the corner of Government Street and Pandora Avenue during show times only, or by permission of the box office folks.

Day 236

Life is slowly levelling out and returning to normal. Hurrah! Or hurray as my nine year old insists. And we’re off to a great start of “oh god mom, stop embarrassing me”.

Today was a varied and very light mix of fabric/sewing/hobby stuff.

  1. In the cross-Canada mini charm swap group I’m in, it’s my birthday month so I get to make a request and have 28? 29? bundles of 50 2.5″ squares mailed to me. I asked for “anything goes, but no duplicates”. That’s ~1400 squares, which will make a 74″ square quilt. I will spare you all the exclamation marks I’m feeling right now.
  2. Starting when B. was in kindergarten a few years back we have had a pretty much constant guest chair at our dinner table and the same group of kids just rotate through. So for Christmas that year I made each of them a placemat with their initial for them to use at our house. In the three years since then the initials have gotten straggly. We used the placemats tonight and I just couldn’t stand it anymore so I ripped the letters off (after dinner). I’ll do a better job this time.
  3. I went to a fibre art show this morning and it was so nice to look at other peoples’ work, at their colour choice or fabric choice and to study their decisions.

And yes my slippers match the placemats.