February 1st and prepping Nature’s Journey SAL


I cut up the blues from my stash into the blocks then I traced my circles and squares for the embroidery:


Notice my three templates? Instead of tracing on Mylar plastic and having difficulty with unevenness, I found the correct sizes with that margarine container, turned upside down and marked into quarters. Then there is the smaller circle of which I have a kit of various sizes. The square gives me my perfect 2 inches by using the middle as the guide. So happy with my consistency!

I have however, hit a roadblock. I realized that I don’t have the dmc floss that I want so…I will get my hexagons done and maybe start prepping the applique this week, until I get to the needlework store.

I have also added more blocks to my Grand Illusion:


And what is a post without a cat or two who are hiding under the table:




YAY! It arrived so fast! What excellent service from Hatched and Patched! I am so excited to start and go through with the process!

Here is what I pulled out for the background:


And my choices for the applique:

Do I finally crack …er…cut into my Thimbleberries collection?


Or, do I start using my 30’s collection (starting a stash):


Or, do I use this stash of odds and ends plus my scrap basket?


Choices, choices, choices! Such fun!

And the January goal is to stitch this:


I have felt Chooky’s whip, all the way across the ocean;)… Although I must admit that I was confused and I thought that I could finish up a project, which I have been doing…my Grand Illusion…12 blocks so far and backing ordered. No, the 12 blocks aren’t sewn together yet but I love seeing how it will look!



Been a little while…

…but the reality of work after the holidays has set in! Add to that I am an avid runner, swimmer and seasonal sport girl and I am using up all the hours of my day!

I have been taking the time to sew everday, even if it is just 15 minutes. I have advanced on my Grand Illusion quilt and it is slowly growing on me as IT grows:



It will be quite the size! If anyone knows what the name of those black/cream/pink diagonal sets are please let me know. I am having difficulty making them join and I know there must be a trick.

This week I hope to get some hexagons hexied ;)

So many creative ideas going on in my head!

No Jen, I didn’t throw these out!


SAL 2015 is officially underway for me!

SAL 2015

I signed up for Chooky’s SAL 2015 and I ordered the pattern yesterday! I really hope that it won’t take long for it to get here.  I will probably start going to the mailbox today to look for it ;).I am so excited to get started but I will have to live vicariously through the SAL blog in the meantime, seeing what colours the others are using.

I am still working on my Grand Illusion quilt and will update soon.  Just finished Step 3 and returning back to Step 2 with a plan!

Sewing, Reading, Quilting, Embroidery(ing :) ), Running, Writing, Weaving…and the list goes on and on and on…


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