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.


Wonky Star update

21 blocks from a swap. Sizes ranging from 3″ finished to 13.5″ finished. The mean block size was 8.75″ and the median was 9″.

I didn’t love the idea of many Y seams (fiddly and time consuming, not relaxing and mindless). I thought to sash the blocks to bring them to a uniform size. 12″ finished seemed to be a reasonable and achievable goal. Also, I have epic amounts of white fabric to use up, so why not!?


I decided to sash only two of the sides of each star which would maintain the wonkiness and randomness.

Even with blocks of a uniform size the quilt would have been 48″x60″ which I think is useless. I made another 9 blocks and added bits of background in either 4″x12″ chunks or 8″x12″ chunks.

This came together so quickly and was such a ‘low stakes’ quilt, ie, I don’t care about it very much, all the decisions were easier to make. That also means I took only one picture of the process (see above).


Before pressing this morning.

Started work on this August 7. Finished top August 20.

Next up: to piece the backing and sort the binding. I’ve got a batting big enough and even have thread ready. Then finish it off and find a recipient.

Previous posts about it HERE, in reverse chronological order.

Linking up the finish with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal – August Finish Link-up.

New month, old project

My summer always seems to go better if I have a focussed sort-of mindless project to hammer away at. For August I want to get my wonky stars into a top.

I have enough blocks from the swap to make a quilt 48″x60″. But that is a small quilt and I don’t really like small quilts. I would rather make more blocks than have a small quilt.

I’ll make another 8-12 blocks and then piece them all together.


I went from ALL the saturated colours on my last project to low volume and whites for this one.


And because it worked well for me last month, I’m doing it again:

Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal August Linkup.


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.