Day 420

This week got off to an exciting start, which should make up for the fact that I’m now starting week three of a cold sequence. I’ve had back to back colds for two weeks and I’m not better yet. (Yes they were different colds thank you very much. The novelty has worn off and I’m all done with colds now, please go away.)

Ahem. (And cough cough cough.)

“Too Good to Waste” was well received at the show last week and someone wants to buy it and have it in their house and she’s not a quilter OR related to me AND she wants to pay me money. Real money, not chickens or free babysitting or anything like that. So I’m pretty chuffed.

Also the Mighty Lucky club run by Lucky Spool just announced their 2017 roster of teachers, all of whom gave away a free subscription. And I won one! Stephanie at Spontaneous Threads is the fabulous lady who hooked me up with that.


We need a pretty picture so we’ll go with this one of the lobby of the AGGV, taken by W last year when she was only four.

“Too Good to Waste,” a finished quilt


“Too Good to Waste” 2016, 28″x28″

Boro cloth is traditional Japanese fabric, much mended, repaired, and reinforced to prolong its life through decades of use. Boro comes from the Japanese term boroboro meaning something tattered, but also means “too good.” Boro cloth is now very valuable and highly sought after as both antique textiles and collectible art.

I made this piece in response to reading the theme of the exhibit. The literal thin place in textiles, repaired with boro to make them whole again. And to use that to make a quilt…

As a quilter, my piece “Too Good to Waste” also reflects on the location and neighbourhood of St. James’. As an outsider looking in to the neighbourhood it is easy to be dismissive of the people and their myriad of problems; but every person is unique and worth the effort of aiding or comforting them. The people are worth the effort, they are too good to waste.

Materials used: denim, ubiquitous and long lasting. The colour is a nod to traditional indigo of Japan. Sashiko thread from Japan. Tartan backing is for Scottish (Anglo) settlers to the neighbourhood and reminiscent of sleeping bags used by homeless people.


For more info: Heart of the City FestivalSt.James’ AnglicanDowntown Eastside

Sharing my quilt with other fabric artists here and here.

Day 390

It has been a remarkably sewing-ish couple of days. Friday evening I put a sandwich in my tote bag for dinner and abandoned my family to do some sewing on our guild’s QuiltCon charity quilt. It’s a challenging palette that was chosen…quiltcon-charity-quilt-palette-2017_1024x1024

Using this palette and the design direction of “Micro or Macro” we made something that we think fits the parameters. And thankfully we are allowed to use less than the eight colours.

Saturday I finished a quilt top for an artist call for entry for a show in Vancouver. The show is at the end of the month and submissions close tonight so hopefully I’ll know soon.

Today I quilted the darn thing. I used old blue jeans and did big stitch/Kantha style quilting and dyed my fingernails blue! If it gets accepted into the show I’ll explain all the blather about it.


Too Good to Waste, 2016 28″x28″