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.






Intents for the New Year, 2019

I’m joining in with the #2019PlanningParty with Quilting Jetgirl. Yvonne is a fantastic cheerleader for the online quilting community and we are all lucky to have her rooting for us.

In 2019 I will continue hosting the weekly link up for in-progress Canadian fibre works at The Needle and Thread Network. Perhaps this is the year we make a better button.

I am also joining in with the 2019 Finish-a-long of course, but not as a participant. This year I am one of the hosts!

Global Host 2019 - Handwrought Quilts

But Nicole, what about your actual quilts? Get off the computer with all these cool link-ups and sew something! 

But first some history….

In 2015 I was surprised to find how much I’d spent on quilting. Since then I’ve been mindful of what I bought and have worked hard ever since to reduce my spending. Yay me!

Halfway through 2016 I bought my longarm and I’ve been trying to finish my lingering half-done quilts. Right now I am finishing the binding on the very last of the languishing projects. Extra yay me!

So what now? A few weeks ago I saw a quote in a newsletter from Janine at Uppercase Magazine.

Consider the last few years as just research. Imagine starting anew.” Tavi Gevinson, Rookie Mag [emphasis mine]

Now to play, experiment, and use what I have. Try different styles of quilts. Find my style. Play. Get serious about things. Find the joy in making.

Here’s to me and to you, and to our very best year.


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.

Intents for the new year

Briefly, because I hate navel gazing and absolutes, but love commas…

Continue my attempts of the past few years, which have been QUITE successful this year.

  • use what I have
  • continue to buy less (waaaayyyy less)
  • finish the languishing projects. I have eight true works in progress left.
  • finish quickly what I start. Because we all start new things…

Also, be strategic about show entries (and hopefully acceptances). Try to figure out if I have a hobby, a side-gig, or a business. Life/work balance, yada yada. Navel gazing now, so will stop. Will never stop loving commas.

Happy new year! It feels joyful to me because EVERYONE celebrates this holiday.

Throwing my hat in the ring for the #2018PlanningParty with Quilting Jetgirl. Yvonne is a fantastic cheerleader for the online quilting community and we are all lucky to have her rooting for us.

And I’m lucky to have anyone really, but especially you, reading my blather. See you next year.


Get it? New year, blank slate.