Orange shirt day


This Friday, September 30 is Orange shirt day.  This day is “an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come”.

“Wear your orange shirt in recognition of the families impacted by residential schools and survivors of residential schools.  In the spirit of healing and reconciliation.”

Orange is NOT one of my go-to colours, but I felt it was important to recognize this colour and this day coming up.   So I began to hunt for orange around the house.  This is from my 10 year old’s dragon quilt.


A close up of a painting done by my Mormor (Danish grandmother).


Some Mountain Ash berries from august photos

And some silly things from around the house.

How great that a colour can represent such a positive movement.  So wear your orange on Friday.

moody colour

One blessing of having quilty friends is that sometimes you come home and there is a bundle of fabric on your doorstep.  I had no idea who it was from so posted it on facebook, and learned it was on a free table and my friend and first quilt teacher M thought it called out “Netta”! So she grabbed it and gave it to me.

My kids have decided that the throw pillow I made will be a visual gage of mommy’s mood.

Good day, happy day.


Stand back and stand slack.


Not likely to be used for mood measure, but look at that…Pink and green again!  And I like the idea of fun throw pillows in the living room.  And frugal gal jumped in… the old pillow was a bit flat, so I used a towel with frayed edges as my batting, to add thickness.  Worked pretty well.

And although I had been looking for a charcoal grey for the contrast in my shot cotton nine patch quilt, I have decided to go with this deep blue linen.

dsc03664 I think I have got my design decided, but am hesitant to start cutting.  It’s all good to “say” I am making a quilt to enter into a challenge that may end up going to Quiltcon, but now I need to just do it and not worry about anything but the making.

I just checked out “Bedroom Style, perfectly pieced” by April Rosenthal from the library.  At the beginning of the book she has a little quilt style quiz.  Don’t you love a good little quiz to give fun insight into yourself?  I do.  No surprise my “style” came out as Coastal Vintage.  Yup, love me the old Cape Cod white trimmed house and stylings.

Now for a few days of work, and then back to some sewing.  Ooh, and I finally hung a mini quilt in my living room. (Not pink and green, but I think it still works).




I had a party

I had a little party last night.  I love to have people over, but it doesn’t happen all that often.  My girlfriend started selling a product called Thirty-One, it’s home party sales of bags, purses, totes, storage, lunchkits etc.  Fun prints and lots of styles and you can customize with embroidered initials, names, and quotes.  I now have a thermal lunch bag with my initials and a great zip top tote for taking my crochet or hand quilting to the soccer field or park or?


It was not planned for these to be matching, just a bonus; the tote was a hostess gift.

And a bonus of having people over is that after the effort of making the house look extra tidy for company, its easier to keep it this way. For a few days at least.  There is something so pleasing about a neat and tidy house, but I just can’t seem to keep up with it all the time.  More important things like spending quality time with my family.

As I was looking around, I noticed more of the pink and green theme that has been catching me.  Cleary I have always liked this, as these latest noticings are in my own home!  On the mantel.


and on the couch.


Ah well, roll with it.


rainbow zebra

Well that’s a fun title.  To go with a bright and happy fabric I saw.


How can you not smile when you see this. Someone submitted this as an ugly fabric at our guild swap.  I LOVE it!

On the ugly fabric challenge, I won. Thanks for voting for me quilty folks.  I will have not problem finding a way to spend my gift certificate at Gala Fabrics. I did some straight line quilting on the green part of the chevrons, but decided to do some free-motion flowers.


I have never taken a lesson in free-motion, but I have learned that EVERY time you start free motion, you should spend just a moment doing a warm up.  I grab 2 scraps and a piece of batting, and give it a whirl.  Practice makes perfect, well makes better than just winging it.


I think I improved as I went along, and did pretty good on the thread match too.


The only actual sewing that happened this weekend was hand sewing binding while sitting for an hour in line at the passport office. Ugh, but good quality time with my needle and thread.  Have a great week ahead.

One lovely blog award

So my lovely quilty friend Nicole of nominated be for this lovely recognition.  Thanks!  I have many friends, met through a variety of ways, but I have been slowly building a network of people with a passion for quilting like me.  Some connect only through the fabric, but others become friends through the connection.   Nicole is always so encouraging of my quilty endeavours and other plans in life.

Here’s my award:)

The Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you, and give a link to his/her blog.
  • List the rules.
  • Display the image of the award on your post.
  • List seven facts about yourself.
  • Nominate (up to) 15 bloggers for this award, and notify them to let them know you have nominated them.


So, 7 things about me

  1. I am inspired and fueled by the colours around me.
  2. I love the wizard of Oz. ( lots of bright colour there)
  3. I love to bake, but cook out of necessity (hmm that’s like my mom)
  4. I am good at puzzles, train tracks, transformers, and general spatial awareness.
  5. I love numbers and math
  6. I am a very gracious loser, but not a very good winner.
  7. I believe in-get up, dress up, show up.  in other words, if you prepare yourself and put yourself out there, you can do anything.

Hmm, it’s weird when you have to come up with stuff about yourself.

I have been blogging for less than a year, but I have followed and read many quilt blogs over the years.  Here are some literally lovely blogs that I would like to nominate. is an enchanting blog about the adventures of the Hitty family of dolls, made by a woman I met at a class early this year.

Kitty Wilkin is She grabbed me with her colour inspiration days.

Lynn Harris of is amazing. Her eye for detail and fabric history is amazing.

Kristy Pedersen of  is an inspiring Nature enthusiast, artist( in paint, ink and fabric) and writer. Plus I am her very proud older sister!

Now, I need to get organized. I get to present a block lotto at my guild meeting tonight.  Again, thanks to Nicole for helping with the handouts and tweaking my directions and palette.  Here’s a peek.


paying attention

I don’t know if I have talked about this before…oh well.

I have always noticed the colourful world around me and how it influences my creativity.  But writing this blog really makes me aware of just how much I am influenced by that colour. And what cool things you see when you pay attention.

Sometimes a particular palette seems to be tapping on your shoulder wherever you go.

Right across from my desk at work the other day…


On the wallet of a paying patient the same day…


And at Ogden Point yesterday down near the drift wood…


I do love pink and green together, but sometimes it feels too cutesy.  When in fact it is a common theme in nature.  hmm.  Very similar to this and this.

On the sewing front I have finished quilting the mostly white quilt, now binding.


Sit on the couch quietly in the evening kind of quilting. Forced, but very enjoyable moment to stop and breath.

Shot cotton colour

It sometimes feels silly how excited I can get about fabric.  But I know there are so many of us that feels the same.  Capital Iron  in Sidney now carries Shot cotton!  Which excites me!  Shot cotton is when the weft and warp at different colours, with amazing results.


These 3 just called to me, and even though I have yet to put pencil to graph paper, I am planning a quilt for the American Patchwork & Quilting Nine-Patch Challenge.  These quilts will be displayed at Quiltcon  next year in Savannah, GA.  Here is my tentative full palette.

dsc03634And maybe a dark charcoal (but not black) for the background.   This one will be fully planned before diving in and cutting fabric.  I don’t know if I will sleep tonight, thinking about this one!

Last weekend was the Saanich Fair.  I entered a quilt in the Modern Quilt Category.  And I won a ribbon! Yay, me.  The pink ribbon is for Special Mention ( aka 3rd place).  I don’t know if there were more than 3 quilts entered in this category, but it is a ribbon nonetheless.  I hope to get some constructive criticism/feedback from one of the judges.

dsc03625This is my Blown Away Chevron.  Three of the chevrons have been blown off the grid, and into the swirls and whirls of free motion quilting.  The fabric was an autumn themed charm pack given to me by a quilty friend a few years ago.  Thanks M.

Tomorrow is my first day off with the kids back at school.  I have planned 5 full hours of nothing but quiet. Ahhh.

Curry Colour

I was making dinner and it all looked so pretty that I plated it nicely.


Heavy on the orange and yellow.  Yellow curry sauce on butternut squash and orange peppers, with rice, meatballs, and peaches and cream corn from SilverRill farm.

A few years ago I started a(nother) quilt.  I even found a layout photo.  Tumbling jewels?


Again I made a poor quilting decision.  Well, not poor, but time consuming.  I think that is why it got put away for 2 years.  Now I just felt like giving it a bit more energy.  And it is coming along, almost done, but definitely a learning experience in quilting pattern choices.  Don’t do a walking foot stitch with LOTS of right angles.  It becomes so very tedious!


But it is looking pretty cool, and almost done.  Just a few more “jewels” to stitch detail into.  Then bind.  It will go in line behind the ugly quilt I am binding at the moment.   A little bit each evening when I finally sit down after the kids are in bed.  Maybe I will have both done in time for the next guild meeting!

Just keep stitching, just keep stitching.