That last post

Hmpf. Lessons I have recently learned.

  • You guys are all so very nice. I actually knew that before.
  • Extra nice are the folks who left me comments reassuring me and encouraging me to continue, even though I was too down to respond. Thank you. 
  • Don’t layout a big project when only half done. You will be disappointed about your progress.
  • Don’t combine anxiety about one project and frustration about another one AT THE SAME TIME. This will lead to more anxiety and frustration.
  • Do distract yourself with other things, or non-quilt things. I’m still working on this. 

Here’s something small I did.

I remade this really pretty wonky star from the swap earlier this year. On the left is the original, rather beige background. On the right is the much better, scrappy white. Block is 12″ finished.

Small steps.


Day 921

I believe it’s world wide quilting day today.

But it’s been a tough week, in a tough month. So I didn’t sew today.


I did change my needle a few days ago. Then I thought I’d brush out some lint. And since I was brushing out some lint, I just stripped it all down and cleaned it all up. Ready for when I do sew.

I can’t wait.

Random day, mid-October

Hey are you still here? Me too. That’s something at least.

I haven’t abandoned blogging, or sewing, or quilting. Just trying to find balance in the regular life/kids/job/hobby mix that I, and likely most of us, have. Here’s the Cole’s notes* version of what’s been going on.

July we moved. Pack, unpack.

August, tried to stay afloat with kids, heat, and boredom. First time we tried lake swimming which we loved.

September. WOW.

New school. Kids were anxious and nervous but everyone has been finding friends and routines and settling down.

New job. Same job, different place. Slower pace, less volume. Less stress accordingly but it’s much less well organized, so increased stress. Averaging therefore a slight increase in stress overall. But honestly? It’s cake and icing and desserts. Not fighting fires or curing cancer. But I am working more school days and fewer weekends which cuts into my ME time! “Me time” is actually introvert recovery time and is really really important. Even though I’m sharing with random strangers on the internet I’m actually pretty reclusive. Hi though! 👋

September was also my month on the longarm which though great is a scheduling nightmare. Funny thing about longarming…I loaded up a big quilt anticipating it would be my project for pretty much the whole month. Just a few hours later though, I was done. Next day I loaded another one. Same thing again. Reached for a third quilt! And made significant progress on that one too.

October, to date: Niece 1st birthday. Fun and cute. Husband’s 50th birthday. Much less cute. Much higher expectations. I volunteered myself to chair/co-ordinate/design/make my guild’s QuiltCon 2018 Charity quilt challenge. It’s an awesome design and I am very excited about it.

What else? I made a quilt start to finish. I finished off a lingering project. I got to meet Debbie Jeske in person when she visited my guild. I went through my works in progress list and I was cheered and heartened by what was there and what I could cross off. I’m excited about starting new projects. I wish I was similarly excited about binding five quilts. Sheesh. Five.


Because we can’t NOT have a picture, here’s one I found when I was looking up how to swap out a ceiling light fixture because we did that last week too. I believe this is a picture of different types of electrical cords available from a supplier in England. I just think it’s pretty, and hello bias tape quilt design idea!

Any-hoo, thanks for being here. More quilts coming soon.

*”Cole’s notes.” I’m Nicole. Ha!

Day 455

What a week it’s been. Worked four days in a row (which I know is nothing for all you folks with regular day jobs) but it’s quite out of the norm for little old housewife me. So working plus housewifing was tough and I was looking forward to today to relax a bit, sew some things, just be chillin’…

What I got instead: husband home sick from work, epic grocery shopping, 90 minutes of snow shovelling at my place, 30 minutes of snow shovelling in front of the neighbours’, and two kids who were thrilled to bits about aforementioned snow.

Recap time: I live on a tropical island in the Pacific (aka the warmest place in Canada). The last time it snowed was either 2014 or 2013 and I can’t actually remember which. W is five and this is the first snow she can remember. 

But I have things to look forward to: charm squares from my swap will be arriving soon, the Kona iron for my polaroids should be showing up any day now, I’ll work on Gridded again, I will probably want to start another quilt…