Thursday, December 29, 2011

another year

Wow, I really can not believe the start of a new year is on our doorstep. So many good things this year to think about, and even more things to reflect upon and learn from. I am probably going to enter 2012 with many projects started with only a handful finished, and I am pretty okay with that. My fabric collection has grown, more than a little bit, and I have adopted some new things to obsess about. So I leave 2011 with this final blog post, and wish everyone a very Happy New Year, cheers to the past twelve months and welcome to the next twelve.

Just a few of my favourite images from 2011.

I tried out making a few mini quilts toward the end of the year, and loved it! Just used all sorts of scraps and went with it, no plan, just a bit of an idea, lots of fun.

Nuit Blanche, Canada Day and Christmas cookies....

The island, my island if you will allow me to say that. Part of me did stay there this year and I am counting the days until we pack of the car for next years drive home. With it's sandy beaches, where there is always something to discover or collect. Tasty carrots and the most amazing colours at sunset.

Goodnight, take care.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

more than kinda SCARED!

Well, that's it then, I'm in and I think I may be sick. This is a little nerve racking for me but my stitched items, "textile art" if you want to be fancy pants about it, has been accepted in this show. It's exciting, but a bit scary. I am pretty insecure about my stuff going into a gallery with really talented people, I am just hoping I can stand beside them and not look foolish. Fingers crossed.

The Collective is a gathering of creative artists and artisans for 12 days in December, from December 8 to December 19, 2011 at Triangle Gallery, 38 Abell St., Toronto, Ontario. Gallery hours 11a.m. - 6 p.m. daily. So there are the particulars, I hope some of you might be able to pop by and have a peep at all the creative things this show will have to offer. Maybe even find some Christmas gifts.

Friday, November 4, 2011

more farmer's blocks...and a new obsession.

So, I am again a bit behind on my farmer's blocks quilt thingy that just seems to be the way it is. I am trying not to stress it, but man I am stressed. On a happy note we are closer to CHRISTMAS, and it's true what they say, "it's the most wonderful time of the year!" I am rambling so here are my blocks, for weeks #21 and #22...

week #21 : blocks #10 & #74

So, I am really in love with these blocks, mind I seem to say that after I make every set of blocks. So, I just have sort of jumped into this quilt without a clear sense of colour, theme, or feeling. My only goal was to learn how to do some more complicated piecing and use some of those fabrics in the stash, that just sit and look pretty. It is just great using a whack of different fabrics that so far seem to all be working together. All the blocks stay up on the quilt board thingy and week to week I decide what is lacking in terms of colour and go at it.

week #22 : blocks #31 & #47

The way I am picking out my blocks for the week is just randomly flicking through the book and stopping on a page. Whatever is on those two pages are that weeks blocks. So block #31 was a piece of cake, block #47 not so much. In the pic it doesn't look that bad but in person it's not quite there. The seams just don't match up, and it really bugs me, so I may have to stitch rip this one and try again. If anyone has any tips on getting this one done, it would be much appreciated!

On to the second part of my post, my new obsession. Well, it seems crazy but it's old paint by numbers paintings. James and I found some old paint by numbers pics at a junk shop and well they had to come home with us. It is to late tonight to share pics of them, but when I post again I will try and show you. I have a picture in my head of collecting a whole whack of them in different sizes and doing an entire wall in them, I just think they are so charming. I love the idea that someone put a lot of time into getting them done and that they sort of have become artists. SO....I challenge you to go to your local art store and buy the most kitchy paint by numbers you can find, I swear you will love it!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

playing catch up...

So, I have been a bit lax in blog posting so this is going to be another marathon farmers wife post...hope you enjoy, sorry in advance!!

week 16 : blocks #24 & #79

I have trouble using the warm colour palette so I have been trying to use the fall colour change for some inspiration. Funny thing, I didn't realize until after I made the blocks that I used the Heather Ross "matryoshka" fabric in both blocks.

week 17 : blocks #53 and #64

week 18 : blocks #34 and #46

week 19 : blocks #71 and #90

I am in love a little with these two blocks...I have a mental list going of the ones I like the best and these guys are creeping to the top. It's funny how you can love some more than others, I wonder why? hm. So after this one I am all caught up!!! yeah me!

week 20 : blocks #18 and #51

Phew, that's better now I am all caught up! I told you it would be a marathon. For week #20 I was up for a bit of a challenge so block #18 fit the bill. I have never worked with shapes other than squares or triangles so this was cool to see how different shapes came together to create triangles that could then be pieced into block and so on.

Hope everyone enjoys there weekend, James and I are off to Niagara on the Lake for a cocktail party...doesn't that sound grown up!! Oh what to wear? I always feel so uncomfortable in big girl clothes, I really just love my jeans and sweaters and scarves!! sigh, pointy uncomfortable shoes here I come...

Enjoy the blustery day everyone.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

oh my gosh

Well what a busy few weeks I have had!! I joined another great group "crochet school". I have to say this has been on my list of crafty things to learn/try. I have tried using a few different books and just really couldn't figure it out, which was pretty frustrating because there were all these cute amigarumi patterns out there that I wanted to make, and don't forget about giant crochet throws made out of scrumptious wools. This school, I cant tell you how impressed I am, our teacher Dana is really fantastic, she just seems to know how to simplify things and I just seem to be able to pick up the different stitches and techniques.

So here is my first EVER crochet, that actually looks like crochet...I am pretty chuffed with myself I must say. So if you are interested in learning this pretty funky crafty thing hop on over to her blog and join the class and flickr group. It really is way easier and more fun than I thought I would be having, even when it is really frustrating. Also, a big thanks to my neighbour Carolyn, because without her help I may have given up after the first lesson.

On another note I have been a bit bad about posting to the farmers wife quilt along group. I have been making blocks but not posting, I am a ping pong ball what can I say, I cant seem to stop bouncing from one thing to another. Sadly I just cant seem to bounce to this here blog on a regular basis. I am going to try and post some of my farmers wife blocks tomorrow.

Hope all is well wherever you are.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011


Well so as not to make this post a complete downer, I will just say that it's an anniversary that isn't one to celebrate. To go a bit further down this sad path, it was two years ago today that we said goodbye to the matriarch of the Morrison Clan. "Nanny" to me, Mom, sister....Theresa.

There is no one word that could sum up how we all feel about her, there just isn't one in any language that I know of to sum up what a truly remarkable person she was. I hate past tense, because to me she still is, she still is in the large family and her husband of 60+ years. She still "is", in the funny, happy stories that we all tell, in her large collection of recipes, In the tiny cottage that sits in a grassy field on Prince Edward Island, and in the hearts of everyone she met and became friends with.

So on this day, I have tried to push back the sad, melancholy feeling that has been sitting on my heart. Instead I will think on the lovely person she "IS", I will call my Grampa and ask him how the weather is on the island (PEI), try to tell him I love him without saying those words that will make us both cry. I will also make another of her recipes, a boil cake, that I can remember nibbling on at the tiny kitchen table, while drinking my fourth cup of tea and talking about nothing in particular.

This is a picture I took during my final year studying photography, it took some convincing to get her down the stairs and on to the stoop in her night dress, but not much. I would also like to share the recipe of hers I chose to make today, "Boil Cake", a lovely fall smelling dense cake, and it was also lovely that the copy of the recipe we have is in her writing.

Boil Cake

2 cups raisins (old dry ones are good for this)
1/2 cup shortening (I used veggie oil)
2 cups boiling water or tea (I used my fave British tea)
1 cup white sugar (I switched this with 1/3 cup honey)
1/2 tsp salt

Boil above 10 minutes, take off and add,

1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger (fresh good too)
1/2 tsp ground clove
1/2 tsp nutmeg
2 tsp soda mixed in 1/4 cup tea (be careful here, the recipe didn't mention that there would be a chemical reaction and it all bubbled up, so make this in a biggish pot)

Let cool, add

2 eggs (I beat them slightly)
1 tsp baking powder
about 3 cups baking powder.

Quick tip: mix 2 cups of the flour with the baking powder so it wont clump up when added to wet mixture.

Bake at 350 for 1 hour (in a bunt pan...the one that one would make angle food cake in, I think it's called bunt)

Well I hope you try this, mine is in the oven so I will try and post a pic of it before we devour it! I posted last year around this time so if you are interested in a couple of other pics of my Nanny have a look here, I especially love the one of her and I in our curlers. Enjoy your day, and don't forget to squeeze the one you love.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

is this crazy?

Good morning SUNSHINE! Hope everything is well will all of you out there, up to crafty-ness I hope. I have had a bit of a break from all things crafty this week. After last weekends art show I am pooped, and since everyone around me is getting the flew I figured I should just take it easy and have a little break from anything that required any brain cells. This meant a week of watching a lot of tv, some movies, playing some video games with James, choosing the fabric and cutting out the pieces for a couple more farmers wife blocks.

Also, and I am not proud of this last one...scanning the cat! yep, scanning the cat. I have seen these pics in a few places online and thought they look super cool, I wondered if my tiny beast would sit still long enough for the scanner to do it's thing. Well he did, and I must say that the result is way cool, the poor cat, I have now become obsessed! I even have thoughts of grabbing cats off the street to throw them on the scanner, that is not a sane thought! Our little Ollie is a cat we took in, he had spent a winter living outside my grandparents apartment, and you can actually see where his little paws had frost bite and will never fully heal. I also feel bad looking at his front paws, whoever had him first had him de-clawed, which seems so very cruel to me.

Anyway, not much crafty happening here, my hopes are today that I will be able to take a trip to my favourite fabric store in town, "The Workroom". I want to pick up some new embroiderey floss, the kind with sparkles, and I have my eye on a few fat quarters as well. My goal with the farmer's wife quilt was to only use things from my stash, ha, that really hasn't happened. Mind you a stash is ever growing is it not?!

Enjoy today!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

two more sleeps...

Well, oh my, the weekend is fast approaching and my hands have actually cramped up a few times these past few days, but I think I am close to being ready for this weekends show. I am going to have a booth again this year at the "Danforth East Arts Fair", and no matter how prepared I think I am I never am totally relaxed, I am pretty sure my middle name is chicken little!

In between sewing and beading and fretting about everything we also had to save a mouse! Luckily the mouse was not in our house (hehe I rhymed) but he did come very close to getting gobbled up by the neighbours cat "tommy". "Tommy" is ferocious when it comes to catching and eating small furry things and we just couldn't let this poor little guy get eaten. I got James to scoop him into a box and it was then that we noticed that the poor little fella had only one eye! His fur was the most lovely shad of grey/brown and his little paws were so tiny. I admit that I did toy with the idea of keeping him, but figured that was probably not a good idea. So we took him down to the ravine at the end of our street and found a good little home for him. Trust me I know that he probably is not much better down there, but I have concocted this little idea that we reunited him with his family that has been looking for him. Please don't think poorly of me, I really don't have the mentality of a child but I was so obsessed with "Fival Mousekawitz" when I was a kid so, yeah anyway.

So if you are in the Woodbine and Danforth area this weekend pop by, it should be a lovely fall weekend in the city. Hope your enjoying the first tastes of autumn! I love the crisp chill in the air, it really does freshen everything up. oh and I do have more farmers wife blocks done so I will probably get those posted early next week.

Friday, September 9, 2011


Well, I really cant sleep tonight so I thought I would post this weeks blocks. I don't know what it is, I just cant seem to shut off the brain tonight. I'm thinking about next weekends craft show and all that I would like to get done. Also, that I really miss PEI, I just cant seem to get it out of my head this time as quickly. I know being on vacation is different and that you always miss it, but it's more than that. I miss the quite, just the chirp of crickets and the rustle of leaves, and how dark it gets there at night. I miss the trip to the beach at dusk, and the long country roads where the trees have totally grown over, and you rarity of other cars on those roads. I know it sounds crazy but I also miss, the smile on my dogs face after he is totally tired out from swimming, and we have just dried him off with the towels. Even the twinkle in James' eye, that even he is not aware is there. I also miss sitting down at the table for dinner with Grampa, listening to his stories about the days that have passed. My favourite this year was how he walked from Crapaud to the farm in Brookvale in snow that was up to his knees, just so he could see my Nanny. Sure, it was long, but he said the mickey that was in his pocket kept him warm for most of the walk. I know this feeling will subside until we make plans for our next drive down, but I wonder if...ah, I am actually not going to finish that sentence tonight. It is probably what the lack of sleep is doing to me but some things are just better left unsaid.

So it is kind of ironic that this week one of my farmer's wife blocks has a tiny little country cottage in it...

Week 15 : blocks #2 and #40

I am hoping with my next post I will show those of you reading this, some pictures of my most favourite place. Goodnight, sleep well.

Friday, September 2, 2011

More blocks

Not really feeling it this past week, kinda lost a bit o verve. It's probably the post vacation blues, so I will keep it short and just show you this weeks farmer's wife blocks. Oh, also yesterday was my birthday, and I totally cleaned up gift wise, thanks to all my lovely peeps around me. I have yet to snap any pics of the great gifts but I will definitely post again soon.

Week 14, blocks #4 & #44 (isn't it kinda weird all the fours happening? strange!)

So there they are...I changed the layout of block #4, for me i just liked it a bit better this way. Hope everyone is having a good week, I would love to know what you all do to help pull yourselves out of a funk. Like eating chocolate, reading a trashy book, going to the gym...I don't really do this last one but I hear it helps :)

Sunday, August 28, 2011

farmer's wife catch up...

So we are back in the city now after a too short trip to PEI. My heart hurts I want to be back there so badly. I love it there, taking Fergus to the beach for swims every night, helping Jen pick the fresh organic veggies...and stealing some for myself throughout the day. BIG SIGH! Anyway the purpose of this post is to catch up to the group. Here are weeks #11, #12, and #13. I am still a bit bad at posting anything on this blog on a regular basis, so my mid year resolution is to at least keep up with the Wednesday quilt along posts. Fingers crossed.

I am also trying to learn new things about the blogging thing and posting to flickr. Man I find it kinda tricky, I have a whole new respect for those bloggers that post all the time and have funky stuff happening on there pages. Phew, just when I think I have it figured out something goes screwy.

Week #11, blocks #26 & #54

Week #12, blocks #1 & #30

Week #13, blocks #23 & #98

As always I would really love any comments you may have. I am finding it tricky these days to pull fabric, can you believe it. It is part sickness that I hate to cut into the big pieces in my stash, but I keep saying to myself, that's what it's there for, to get used!!! I talk to myself on a regular basis it seems, I just hope I am not doing it in public! How do you pick your fabrics? Any tips would be great...Also, check out the flickr group, there are lots of great things happening there.

Enjoy the the last days of summer...isn't the blustery day just lovely? If I close my eyes really tight I can almost believe I am standing in the red dirt fields just outside the farm, munching on a freshly pulled carrot. Dirt and all.

Monday, August 22, 2011

down home....

14.5 hours and we are here, something pulls us every year,
to this place of sunny blue skies with big puffy white clouds, red earth and green grasses.

Visiting with old friends, made some new ones,
pulling veggies from the ground by there green tops,
did you know broccoli leaves look silver under water?

Late afternoon drives to the beach, don't forget the tennis ball.
Soon our visit down home will end,
but for now we are content, to sit, to chat, to share a meal with friends,
to watch the sky at night instead of the television, to marvel.

Monday, August 8, 2011

all caught up....

Well after posting my first 14 blocks on flickr awhile back I had a look at the chats that the group was having regarding various aspects of the quilt. After reading one about the size the blocks should be I realized, to my horror, that I had miss-interpreted the book and trimmed all my blocks to the wrong size!! %$#@*! So after a marathon of cutting and sewing I re-did the first 14 to the proper I am back on track and here are my blocks for weeks #9 and #10. Let me know what you think, but I have a new favourite.

Week #9 : blocks #58 and #77

I was so excited when I finished block #58, it has moved to the top of the leader board for favourite block!! I love the orange dog fabric and the best part for me is the way the beagle-ish dog is cropped and looking in at everyone else.

Week #10 : blocks #72 and #111

I am still on the fence about week 10's the fabrics on there own, but I am not sure I love them together...hmmm

Hope everyone, is enjoying there summer. At work we just had the annual "Taste of the Danforth", CRAZY!! So now that that is done we are officially heading into our "fall" season! Can you believe it? James, Fergus and I are off at the end of the week for 2 weeks in PEI, I cant wait. I just picked up my new sunglasses for the drive, they should be a lot better than squinting into the sun.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

I am a Farmer's Wife...

So just to warn you if your reading this, that this post will be a marathon, and because we are hitting close to 50 degrees here in sunny Toronto, I may also ramble a bit. Blame it on the heat.

So...I jumped on the band wagon and joined my first flickr group this past week, the "Framer's Wife Quilt Along". I must say when the book came in the mail I felt a bit anxious about my ability to make these blocks. It looked like a lot of tricky sewing, and I have been a bit scared about trying anything this involved, but I have to say that it's been a blast! I can really see the progress from block to block as I have become more comfortable with the templates. So, one of my many flaws is, when I decide to do something I go all out and within the first week I had made about 6 blocks! It is also the only thing I am really thinking about!! I have decided to calm it down a bit now that I am caught up to the rest off the group.

So here they are starting at "week one", blocks #6 and #66.

"week two", blocks #83 and #105

"week three", blocks #39 and #85

"week four", blocks #60 and #103

"week five", blocks #20 and #86

"week six", blocks #17 and #107

"week seven", blocks #56 and #69

and at last "week eight", blocks #82 and #101

Pheww, well that's all of em' so far, I love how they are all so different, but they really work together. I am just working through my stash of fabrics, some that I have had sitting around for a few years, and some bits that I cant part with because there might be just enough to do something with.

I hope this post finds everyone well, enjoy the rest of the week, keep cool! Please leave any comments you may have, I am always happy to get them!! Also, check out all the other blocks being made over here.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

on all things wet...

I know I should probably be complaining about another weekly forecast with rain in it but, I just cant, I LOVE the rain. This Thursday night, after watching the American Idol finale, yes I am a junky for junky tv, a thunder storm moved into the city. I love the puddles that are made in the street, the sound of the drops hitting the bedroom window, the thoughts of how lovely and green everything will look in the morning. I love putting my feet in my pink elephant print rain boots, and going for a walk under my umbrella. When it rains I think of Gene on this rainy evening I leave you with this video, and if it is still raining tomorrow, maybe it will help put a spring in your step!

We can't control it, so we might as well sing and dance in it! Goodnight.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

beautiful day....

Spring is in the air today. The gardens, both front and back, have plenty of things popping out of the ground, I am so excited to see what has survived the winter hibernation! The birds even seem happier with the day. I am always trying to keep busy so here are just a few pics of what I am working on right now...Enjoy your spring day!

I joined the Umbrella Prints competition for a challenge, and let me tell you it has been! I look forward to seeing what everyone else has come up with for the contest. I am still sewing things up even though we are very close to the deadline!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

OH MY, has it really only been a week....

Well I find it funny the last time I posted a little snippet on this here blog, was another day of unexpected snow, today is the same. What a week we have had, so crazy I cant even believe it has really only been 7 days of crazy. We both feel like we have aged about a month or so, we need a vacation just to recoup from the stress of this week.

It started last Sunday, when we ended up with our big hairy beast, Fergus, at the 24hr Emergency Vet downtown. After finding blood in a few spots all over the house we discovered that the tumor on his tail, that we had been told to "monitor" had ruptured! Or as James liked to say exploded!! Yep, ick...and after about 4 hours and a really stressful visit with the vet we left with Fergus' tail bandaged up and the thought that we may have to amputate his tail!! Yep, they actually said maybe have to CUT OF my poor beasts tail!! On the Monday our vet gave us a much better prognosis, but it still meant surgery. It was a one day in and out and the poor guy came home groggy and still wagging his tail early evening on Tuesday. We moved the spare bed down to the living room and will be camping out until the staples get taken out of his tail in a couple of weeks.

I am posting a picture of his incision for posterity, so you may want to quickly scroll down if you don't want to see something icky, we find it quite interesting and stomach flipping at the same

It was such a upsetting few days that we both didn't think to get a snap of his tail when it was wrapped up so here it is after we took off the protective bandage. On a funny note, the hairy beasts hair has already started to grow back!

The crazy start to the week was helping to keep my mind of my final driving test, but come about Thursday morning I was really starting to freak out again. When I was young I grew up close to a subway line and never really needed to get my drivers license. Plus, if I am being totally truthful, it always freaked me out. I have had my current learners permit for the last 4 1/2 ish years and had done the G2 test but needed to go back for the final G license test. Well I know it is already to long for a "long story short", but I PASSED!! Thank goodness, I tried to relax while waiting for the test giver to get in the car by blaring Adele's new cd in the car, it worked a bit I guess. Then after about 20 minutes of nerve racking, anxiety causing highway driving, parallel parking it was over, and I felt like I could just throw up from the anxiety!! BUT, it's over and I will not have to do another driving test EVER!!

You may be saying okay well that is not so bad, what are you whining about? Well we also have a two day wedding to attend this weekend. It is going to be a very interesting experience. Neither of us have ever been to a Sikh wedding and we were looking forward to a beautiful and new experience. The anxiety comes in because I decided to wear a sari! Yep, a sari! So yesterday was the ceremony part and it was beautiful, the rich culture, yummy food, warm people and rich colours were amazing. Tonight, is the reception with lots more food and people, and a chance to wear my sari once more.

On a side note I have been up to some crafty goodness...I will post again soonish to share pics from the wedding and to talk about this trimmings contest I joined...

Enjoy your snowy day...

Wednesday, March 23, 2011's kinda nice.

Somewhat wordless Wednesday...
Yep today we have snow, which I am pretty happy with. Winter never leaves without a swift kick you know where, and lets face it there are worse things happening in our world right now. Luckily we were a bit lax on getting the snow tires switched out, thank goodness for that. This is the colour we painted our fireplace mantel...I love how the pigments have seperated...I must say the colour was rather shocking at first but now we LOVE it. With the super cheesy electric fireplace insert we bought it looks great. The reno is almost done!!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

peanut butter cookies and warmer days

This last few weeks I have come to a few realizations...

- this blog thing is supposed to be fun, and is not supposed to make me feel sad. So that means NO more pressure to do posts on a frequent/regular basis. To make them when I want and fill them with happy wandering thoughts.

- there is not enough crafting happening right now. This is because our small basement spruce up has become this giant purple, yes purple monster that keeps growing eyes and limbs, and has a hunger for paint samples. Oh what to do. I have been muttering, "we're almost there" for the last few months...but we ARE almost there. So that is the reason for the lack of craftyness and fabric buying, both make my heart sad. So in an effort to get crafty I pulled out my felt, embroidery floss, and fabric scraps and came up with some lovely pins.

- I really want to take a class at "The Workroom" but find it a hard place to get to on a regular basis, and I am somewhat shy about new things so opt not to try them...this makes me sad.

-I am trying the 365 day photo challenge that lots of people seem to be trying, phew, it's hard, but with the days growing longer and the air slightly warmer (some days) this self imposed challenge might get easier.

-a few other ideas have been rattling around in my head, but putting them in one of the many notebooks I have kicking around seems like more fun than posting them here.

Today was such a lovely invigorating day, the perfect mix of cloudy and sunny skies, with a little nip in the air, but also the promise of warmer times. So invigorating that upon arriving at home a set to baking a couple of batches of peanut butter cookies for the men in my life. James, Dad and Grampa, all love peanut butter cookies, especially Nanny's recipe. Here's the recipe, super easy and only a bowl, mixer, and fork needed to make them. EASY.

Peanut Butter Cookies

1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp water
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda

Heat oven to 350F. Mix everything together until soft dought forms. Shape dought into small balls, about 1" each. Place 2" apart on a cookie sheet, flatten witha a fork. Bake until edges begin to brown, about 10-15 minutes. Cool for a few minutes before removing from cookie sheet.

Since James loves peanut butter and chocolate together I tried making some mini PB cookies that I might sandwich nutella in-between!! Hmmm, sounds icky to me but I am sure he will give them a try.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

a new year...

Already only 11 days in and I feel behind the eight ball!

Oh my, I have gotten a few projects finished already, and have a few more planned. Last week I had 3, yes 3, days off! With all this crafty time laying in front of me and wanting to finish an old project, that was making many parts of me twitch, I set to work. During our vacation to PEI this summer I made another quilt top using a pattern that makes you cut the finish quilt top into sections. Then re-sew them together and put borders around the outside. When it came time to lay it out and quilt it, well, it was not working at all, one word, well two, REALLY WONKY! The inside was quilted with basic straight lines, and when it came to quilting the borders nothing was laying flat. So it was put away for a few months. I pulled it out again this weekend, and beat it into submission! The borders had to be stitch ripped off and re-sewn, and then ripped off again and re-sewn, but I beat it. The binding was made and pinned on and is awaiting a needle and thread, but after a day of work I didn't want to look at it anymore.

Before Christmas I made a set of pillow cases as a gift and fell in love with how simple and rewarding they were to make. With pillowcases you also have the chance to buy and enjoy your favourite fabrics in larger quantity, which for any fabric hoarder is a good thing. Using the tutorial here, and using fabric I picked up at "The Workroom" they were done in about and hour and a bit, and to brag a little, they look FANTASTIC! I can see that there might be a whole lotta pillowcases in my future.

Oh and here is a picture of the Christmas wreath I made this year. Oops I guess last year now. It turned out a lot better than anticipated and I think will become a new obsession!

Happy sewing, and enjoy the snow, hopefully Toronto will see a lot!