a whole bunch of colours

This quilt is nothing but brilliant colour! After some planning by me and some power sewing by myself and a few quilty friends last Friday, and by me tonight, this batik quilt top is complete. it measures 101″ x 84″. Full bed size for someone in
Fort MacMurray who has lost so much in the recent forest fire that destroyed a large part of the city. Thanks again Satin Moon quilt shop for donating the fabric.


My nine year old was the photographer of this one, as it was so big my hubby and I had to hold it high to get it off the ground (sideways even).  The wind didn’t help either!

As we were building this quilt we decided it was going to be a “fluid” quilt.  Working with many different sizes of blocks that had to be worked out to fit, and layouts changing it was a lot of colour movement; therefor fluid!


This is my kitchen turned into a quilt shop( yup 3 sewing machines). We even had a little baby helping(well maybe hinder is a better word). His twin brother slept thru the whole event.

It was enjoyable to work with so many jewel like colours, and the sun behind them turned them into stained glass.


The next step is to patch together solids for the back, and then find a floor big enough to spread it all out and pin it ready for quilting.  I love piecing a quilt top, I love quilting in lines and swirls and whirls, but I hate sandwiching it together. Ugh!


Batik Colour

Batiks are not normally my go to for fabrics and prints, but there sure are some beautiful colour combinations.

They remind me of the stained glass I used to fall in love with and work with.

The quilt top I am making from the donated Satin Moon fabrics is coming along, looking bright and lovely.


I am looking forward to having quilty friends over on Friday to help me work on this project.

Another little sewing project I have been working on is for my guild; block lotto.  This month’s block is called a polaroid block.


Gee, wonder why?  These were fun, quick little blocks(3.5″ x4″).  The most time consuming part was choosing which fun prints to use as the “photo”!

Fort MacMurray

Seeing photos and hearing the reports of the loss and devastation of the forest fire that has wiped out so much of the city of Fort MacMurray and surrounding areas is so heartbreaking.  So what do quilters do? We make and donate fabric comfort.

This little one is on a truck heading to an evacuation shelter at the end of the month.


This is a disappearing nine patch. Something I wanted to try years ago.  It had been sitting on my quilt rack for a few years and needed a home.  What a great way for it to go.  That felt good.

Oh Mylanta, now what have I gotten my self into! Satin Moon Quilt Shop kindly donated 2 bundles of precut fabrics to my quilt guild for a quilt for Fort MacMurray.


Making quilts for others really appeals to me, so I stepped up and said I would like to be part of that, with the help of others. Well, the fabric has come to my house with me being the lead on creation.  so far I have 2 other quilters committed to coming over for a 4 hour sewing frenzy on Friday.  We’ll see how far we get. and if there are any more offers to help.

There are 5″ squares, 6.5″ squares, 8″ pieced 4 patches, and 7″ pieced framed squares.


And some weird random novelty fabrics that really didn’t go; they got put aside.

So I started to play with the layout this morning.


I was going to try a light to dark colourway, but with these pieced blocks, I think the random colour flow it what will be.

This is where I stopped, since there was no more kitchen floor space to use. 80″x 100″ unpieced, so it will be a bit smaller when put together. LOTS of seams there.


And then there will be a border of the 6.5″ squares.

So most of my other projects have been put on pause(hopefully not for long), with the exception of 2 smaller time sensitive projects that are near completion.

I am quite the magpie…OOH, new fabric to play with!!!



doing blog posts has made me look around myself at the ways colour influences my world. Does anybody else decorate in colour blocks? Like with your books?

I also organize my clothes by colour. I was surprised to meet somebody else who does this. But I did. Though only the once.

Pink day

Some days seem to have a colour theme, and today there seemed to be a lot of pink.

There was a peony in my backyard that I split into two and moved 2 summers ago.  No blooms last year, and one half has nothing more that leaves again this year. But the other one is clearly happy. Yay.

And a lovely little geranium is keeping my tomato plants company.


Coming up this week is my guild meeting, hooray! The block lotto for this month was on a pink/ orange palette.  With an improve white X.


2 blocks, 2 chances to win a whole bunch of blocks to make a quilt. Part of me always wants to win, part of me knows that even if I did win, I should give them to somebody else, because the last thing I need is another stack of fun quilt blocks to make into a quilt!

The final pink hit of the day…my hubby came home from a Costco shop with a bag of rice.  Check out this cool bag.  Ignore the branding.

It is silly how excited I got about this!  Look, there’s a zipper at  the top, and fun flower print material.  And sturdy handles.  Not quite fabric, not plastic. Seems pretty sturdy.  Once the rice is done I plan to sew on freeform patches to cover the Kirkland brand, maybe keep the castle.

And I was busy sewing in my free moments all weekend, but it is top secret for a few more weeks. HeeHeeHee.



Mandala Colouring

Sometimes life gets too busy to allow much sewing. But I do always try to get a little creative colour into my days.


This is from a colouring book my sister L gave me. “Coloring art therapy for adults”. Sounds good to me. I have always loved to colour and the new trend in colouring books for adults is right up my alley.

If I can find 15 minutes to drift away with paper and colour it refreshes me for a moment. And the designs in this book let me make full use of all the colours in my pack.


But even if I can’t be at home with my sewing machine, I do try to find hand sewing projects to do sitting in the stands at the baseball park.  I recently started working on these cathedral windows again after a 7 year hiatus.


the great thing about this pattern is that the back is completed as you add the folded squares.


The plan for this is the front of a throw pillow, but I have seen a full bed sized cathedral window quilt and part of my crazy brain wants to just keep going and make it BIG. We’ll see.  For now it is a handy thing to take to the ball park or beach or other places where I am sitting for awhile.


The only hiccup in making it really big is that I went with this patterned white that I have long ago used up.  Although I am sure I can find something pretty close for future squares.



Today I spent a fair bit of time at the Victoria Quilters guild show. I could breath quilts all day long. Amazing work and great vendors with too many tempting things.

From the Button Lady I  found some cute additions for my Guild Name tag


And I had time to sew them on while I sat at our Modern quilt Guild table and promoted the guild!

I also splurged on a lovely bundle of fabric with stenciled words, and 2 great fat quarters that I picked up 2 different times, and on the 3rd time decided I had better just buy them.  All of the fabric is from Hamels Fabric in Chilliwack.


I can’t wait to bust into this stuff, but MUST FINISH another project before starting something new!

I also got this cute chickadee pincushion from the West Shore Quilt Guild table.


tiny colour

There is so much big bold colour outside right now! From an amazing rainbow of blooming plants and trees to fresh cut spring grass to the gorgeous light of a spring sunset.

I am working on observing the big and little moments and being present in the moment. Part of that is seeing the little things too.

DSC03283My relatively new Echeveria has  produced some very tiny orange/yellow blooms. So delicate, petite, and pretty.

Doing this blog makes me look around at all those things in my world that please me and brighten my days.  Thanks for letting me share with you.



Quilts come together and usually look very neat and tidy.

But the creative process can get very messy, especially if you don’t tend to use patterns and just tend to wing it as the fabric inspires you. Yup, that’s me.


Although this isn’t so bad on screen.  When I took the photo, I also had squares on the floor and ironing board, and more fabric and pins and thread around my sewing machine on the dining room table beside me! Loving how this curvy quilt is progressing, can’t wait to show it off when it is a full quilt top.