Creativity Happenings and Endeavours!

It is the end of the session at school and that means exams for my students, but that also means that no more planning and prepping, just corrections, so my brain is in 110% creative mode; doing, planning and dreaming!

Here is my Joie de coeur: an advent calendar! My friend Jen gave me an early birthday gift. It is precious!




Each mitten is hand spun on a spindle. The wool was dyed and if I am not mistaken, fresh from the sheep! She says tat they are not perfect but give me a break! These will become Christmas heirlooms. I am astounded at the time my Jen put into them! Thank you Jen. I will showcase one a day this month!



I am doing Brandi’s snowflake postcards and here is one. I made the whole snowflake and then cut it into two. If I make another one, which I will, I will make the centre thinner. I had made it thinner but undid it because I thought that it was too thin. I redid it bit ended up cutting in half.

I will leave you with this image because I want to blog about it tomorrow. I have embarked on another quilt, with a twist:



Piecing is finally finished…

…but might go back and change that double orange in that there row.


Yes it is a busy quilt and not something that I usually do. It is called “Overlapping Tiles” by Kaffe Fasset. I took a workshop and brought the pile of matching fat quarters that were required, not really knowing what or how the end product would be. I think that some of the prints should have been fussy cut but there is a system of cutting for this pattern. It has been sitting in my design wall since March. Now I can talk back my design wall.

However, I need to choose the border, binding and backing. I will probably use a print nature fabric for the backing BUT I’m in a quandary for a border. I originally thought of a 3-4 inch border in brown.


Then I thought of simply no border because it is already so busy. I thought of that bright green for the binding. Any ideas?


I am linking up to The Needle & Thread Network. I need me some inspiration!

Hexagon Tally of the Month

Every month I total up the hexies that I have basted. I belong to an exchange and there are about 10 of us who exchange 12 basted hexagons(according to the chosen theme). This month was winter and here are my mittens.


The oddball hexagons are ones that I do in between the themed ones. After I count, I pleasantly dump them into my hexie tub. This month I am putting 205 1-inch hexagons into the tub.

Here are my 1/2 inch ones…48


And I have some Lucy Bostons..16


Now to mail them out!

Short out if you hexagon!

On the late train but Westerners might not know it ;)


I wanted to have a post ready to start the day but.  Welcome you all to my blog as your are wandering Canada for the Sew Sisters blogothon!

Sew Sisters Blog

I am in Quebec, north of Quebec city.  I belong to a thriving quilt guild and members win national and international competitions so it is motivating to know that someday this little quilter could enter a show.

It is also motivating to meet other Quebec Quilt bloggers: Josée at the Charming Needle and Janet from  Caribou Crossing Chronicles. 

Here are some of my projects that I am working on.  I have too many UFOs and since I am in education, PHDs!


I have gotten into the postcard craze and hope to be making some for 2015!


I love the little sewing projects and here is one that I have made at least 5 times; they make great gifts!


messy cupboards

Fabric stashing is one of my favourite hobbies! Those top shelves have since been organized!

fabric folding tutorial 027


june 14 hexies again 001


june 14 hexies again 003

I can’t get enough of them and whenever I sit I hex!

april 16 001

I’ve tried my hand at handquilting! LOVE IT!


Embroidery and quilting go together like tea and cookies! I love Australian Stitcheries and all their magazines.  Totally addicted!


I also dabble in cross stitch and this gem will be hung up soon.

In order to quilt and craft and work and LIVE I am a runner!

peg in action

In the sun or in the snow,

After 13km long run
After 13km long run

Being active makes let me do everything else!

What is better than relaxing and stitching!

Thank you for visiting! I love bloghopping so if you leave a comment I will jog on over to visit you too!

Thanks Sew Sisters for doing the blogothon!

Impasse is finished!


My friend Jen was an angel and came to sew with me today. She didn’t get to do all that much because she helped me get the whole quilt together! Now I am piecing it! Lots of work and I am so grateful that Jen was here for me today! Lots of giggles and talk!

In case you don’t know, there is a blogothon happening in Canada…quilters unite! It starts on Monday and it is always lots of fun!
Sew Sisters Blog

At an impasse so will take a break..

This is on my design wall and I want it off, so getting it done. I have other projects to get to. I started this in the spring and it is growing on me and I can see the final result but it seems so disorderly as a process.


It kind of looks like postcards.

Here is from the other side:


I had put this aside and now I feel like I am diving back into it!


I have been working on other things…a variety:


The makings of a doll…almost finished.

Since it is Tuesday I am linking up to The Needle and Thread Network.