Catching up …

I was away on holidays … did a bit of sewing then, but most of it is secret sewing … so no pictures.

Design Wall


#1. Secret Sewing: Island Batik

#2 Secret Sewing: BBQG mystery quilt

#2. Scrappy Improv … another variation of the hot air balloon quilt


#1 November Island Batik project is being quilted

Stash Report

I was in Edmonton while I was away … Lori’s Country Cottage had a 40% sale on selected fabrics … I did not behave myself … It was fun to be in a fabric store … it was fun to shop … here’s a picture of the damage ….

I could justify each purchase … the fabrics on the left were for one of the guild’s mystery quilts and the fabrics on the right were all flannels … necessary for backings …

  • Fabric Used this week     0 yards
  • Fabric Used this year:       99 yards
  • Fabric Bought this week:  12  yards
  • Fabric Added this year:      39.75 yards  (my husbands amounts as well)
  • Net Fabric used                  58.25 yards 
  • Husband’s purchases:  0 yards (which are added into my total amount of Fabric added this year). For those of you who don’t know … my husband often buys more fabric than I do … so, I’m keeping track! Unfortunately, he doesn’t sew!

Stitchin’ Time

While away, I managed to sew for 5 days … and for 6 days, I did not sew.

  • January – August –  235 / 242
  • Sept –  20 / 26
  • Total: 255 / 268
  • Percentage = 95 % 

For more Stitchin’ Time, you can check out Kate’s blog: Life in Pieces


Linda from Texas Quilt Gal is now hosting “To Do” every week. You can check out her blog HERE.

The last To Do list: (from weeks ago)

OK … so I had over 2 weeks to accomplish my To Do list – a little bit of everything got done!

  1. Finish quilting Island Batik’s November project Partially done!
  2. Finish 3rd Project from Scrappy Improv Partially done!
  3. Work on Island Batik’s December  project Partially done! 
  4. Write the directions for the guild’s Fall Mystery quilt √   done
  5. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS!   √   done 
  6. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes      √   done  

This week’s list:

  1. Finish quilting Island Batik’s November project
  2. Work on 3rd Project from Scrappy Improv
  3. Work on Island Batik’s December project
  4. Quilt Secret Sewing BBQG mystery quilt #1
  5. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS! I NEED this continual reminder! 
  6. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes

PHD in 2021

Table Scraps

I have 2 Table Scraps for this month … First is my table runner and 2nd is the coaster.

This Table runner was made with scraps of Island Batik fabric … mostly from the Autumn Wings collection. Quilted with Aurifil thread, Hobbs Batting and Schmetz needles.

This coaster was made with a free pattern from Kreative Kiwi … Island Batik fabrics, Hobbs Batting and made in the hoop on my embroidery machine.

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting! 

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  • So Scrappy @ Scrap Happy
  • Sunday Stash quiltpaintcreate
  • Oh Scrap @  Quilting is More Fun than Housework
  • 15 minutes to Stitch @ Life in Pieces
  • Frédérique  @ Quilting Patchwork Applique
  • Monday Making @  Love, Laugh, Quilt
  • Design Wall Monday @  Small Quilts and Doll Quilts
  • To-Do Tuesday @ Texas Quilt Gal
  • Table Scraps @ Joyful Quilter
  • Final Friday’s Finish in June

    Oh WOW! It seems like this month has flown by! And how can that be? We’ve had a travel restriction for most of the month. We haven’t gone anywhere. We haven’t been visiting friends … but the time has gone by ….

    This month’s challenge for the Table Scraps is the colour purple. And I made this coaster (similar to others I made) … eventually, I will have a very pretty collection! The embroidery pattern is a free pattern from Kreative Kiwi.

    And … since I did Drop Everything And Make It … it also qualifies for this month’s DREAMi!

    Yes, the coaster is made with Island Batik fabric and Hobbs 80/20 batting.

    UFO Progress

    Ugg … somethings take a lot of time! I was hoping to have this finished by today … but I have to do some unsewing! Do you see what the problem is? Thankfully, I hadn’t quilted those last 2 blocks on the right!

    I was Featured

    Susan, from Quilt Fabrication featured this quilt: (you can read about it HERE).

    Have a great weekend!

    One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

    Happy Quilting!    


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    PHD in 2021: January Report

    How are you doing with your PHD in 2021? So far I have 3 UFOs completed, but I feel like I’m cheating. Two of them (the Holiday Seclusion Mysteries) were started in December and were easy finishes. The Winnie the Pooh panel was a quick finish as well. I’m trying to go through my panels and get them quilted and gone. All of my New Starts, except for the March Island Batik project are completed. So, there isn’t any new UFOs developing in that area!

    My 2021 UFO finishes. You can read about them HERE, HERE and HERE.

    Linky Party

    Link up and show us your PHD in 2021 Progress.

    You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

    Click here to enter

    Do you need some help with your PHD in 2021?

    Spirit Bear Quilts is using a technique called Kanban to help her focus. I had not heard of Kanban prior to Spirit Bear blogging about it. Visit THIS BLOG POST to read about how she is using it and also see the link for further explanation.

    Sharon @ Ms. P. Designs has a colourful task list spreadsheet … it’s free for you to download! I know in the past, several people have found this spreadsheet very useful.

    NOW … what I want you to do …. follow the questions below:

    If you answered “YES” to any of the questions – give yourself a cheer “Well done!

    If you answer “YES” in the orange, Great! You are making progress!

    If you answered “NO” in the orange block … I want you to do some analysis. Answer the following questions as honestly as you can. This is just for YOU … you don’t have to tell me what’s happening. I just want YOU to know why the UFOs are sitting there, not touched.

    • Why didn’t I work on an UFO?
    • Do I hate them all?
    • Do I really want to decrease my UFOs?
    • Would I be happy if I gave some of my UFOs away (for someone else to finish)?
    • Did I start too many new projects?
    • Have I been to ill (mentally or physically) to work on them?

    Answering the above questions MAY help you to understand why you’re not working on UFOs.

    Rainbow Scrap Table Topper

    January’s colour is pink. I do not decorate with pink. Nothing even close to pink. Ever. So, to fulfil this months Table Topper challenge, I used my embroidery machine and made a pretty mug rug. It is a free pattern from Kreative Kiwi. The pattern has “Happy Mother’s Day” written on it, but I obviously skipped the saying. This was such a quick little project that it didn’t even make it to my “New Start” list!

    I used scraps of Island Batik fabric and Hobbs 80/20 batting for this project.

    Design Wall


    #1 I’m still working on the SAHRR but can’t show you any current pictures. Want to know more about the SAHRR? check it out HERE. We started the reveal of our centre blocks last week. See my centre block and the centre blocks that many others have made HERE! Tomorrow, we’re showing the 3rd round! There will be a link on Anja’s blog for everyone showing their 3rd row!. Be sure to check out all of the bloggers that are co-hosting with me! Here’s the list:

    #2 I’m working on my March Island Batik project. Sorry, no pictures yet!

    #3 Moorewood Mystery: Block A are all pieced. The final clue comes out on Thursday … and I hope to work on it! You can learn more about the Moorewood mystery quilt HERE.


    I’m quilting the current guild mystery quilt. Sorry, but until the guild members have the final clue, I can’t show it to you. I don’t want to ruin their surprise!

    Stash Report


    Nothing finished, nothing bought!

    • Fabric Used this week      0  yards
    • Fabric Used this year:        5 yards
    • Fabric Bought this week:  0  yards
    • Fabric Added this year:      9 yards  (my husbands amounts as well)
    • Net Fabric used                   – 4 yards
    • Husband’s purchases:  0 yards (which are added into my total amount of Fabric added this year). For those of you who don’t know … my husband often buys more fabric than I do … so, I’m keeping track! Unfortunately, he doesn’t sew!

    Stitchin’ Time

    I’m aiming for at least 30 minutes a day.

    I have stitched for over 30 minutes each day

    • January –  31 / 31
    • Percentage = 100 % 

    For more Stitchin’ Time, you can check out Kate’s blog: Life in Pieces

    TO DO 

    I’m linking up to Roseanne & Sue’s “TO DO” Tuesday. Their blog is “Home Sewn by Us.”

    Last week:

    Total success this week!

    1. Finish piecing the current round of Stay at Home Round Robin √   done
    2. Start on the next round of Stay at Home Round Robin √   done
    3. Finish Piecing Moorewood Mystery Block A √   done
    4. Make the PINK table topper √   done
    5. Web the top for February’s Island Batik Challenge! √   done
    6. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes      √   done

    This week’s list:

    1. Finish piecing the current round of Stay at Home Round Robin
    2. Start on the next round of Stay at Home Round Robin
    3. Work on the next Moorewood Mystery clue
    4. Work on March Island Batik challenge.
    5. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes

    One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

    Happy Quilting! 


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    Christmas in July Then & Now Blog Hop

    The Blog Hop

    Carol from Just Let Me Quilt has organized this blog hop.  It is to feature quilts from “Then” or from “Now” or both.  Make sure you wander through the blogs and see how things have changed (or not) from Then and Now.


    Years ago, I took a paper piecing class to do this quilt.  There was NOTHING said about needing prior paper piecing experience.    It’s not a large quilt, so I had hoped that it would be done in a couple of days.  The teacher laughed at me and said that even she couldn’t finish it in a couple of days.   It is a pretty complex pattern for a beginner!

    And she was right – it took me several years (working on it in short bursts of time) to finish it.   The fabrics were in a kit and there was not enough of the background fabric, so I had to take out some of the piecing and replace it with a different fabric.  But it got done & I LOVE it!IMG_1256



    The snowman table runner was a free pattern from Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting.  and the towels were embroidered with free patterns from Little Santa and Redwork Snowman from Kreative Kiwi.

    IMG_5841And yes, I did make the snowman previously with Island Batik fabrics and you can see it HERE.


    And I’ve already shown you my Island Batik “Christmas in July” project.  You can read more about it HERE.

    Make sure you check out the other blogs that are participating in this blog hop!  There is LOTS of Christmas eye candy!  You will see mice, Santas, Christmas trees, stockings, quilts, FREE patterns, perhaps a give-away or two and more …. much much more!  Perhaps you’ll be inspired to start on something for Christmas.

    July 27

    July 28

    July 29

    July 30

    July 31

    One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

    Happy Quilting!   


    Island Batik July Free Theme: Projects 2,3,4 & 5

    Project #1

    6i+oUqltTRCi1drs8H4I6Q_thumb_3873You can see all the details HERE.


    Project #2

    In our first box for 2020, I received 2 yards of a beautiful batik!  I made this comfy top from an OLD pattern from the ’90s.


    Project #3, 4 & 5

    I’ve been learning how to digitize various patterns for my embroidery machine.  I’m using Artistic Digitizer by Janome.  It’s a learning curve, but I’m loving it!

    Recently, we were shown how to digitize an “In the Hoop Zipper Pouch.”  The top 2 were made from a program developed during the class.  The embroidery on the left was from a free pattern from Embroidery Library called “Delicate Magnolia.”  On the bottom, I attempted to use my largest hoop (for the Janome 500E), make a larger pouch and do the design from scratch.  My programing still needs some work!  I didn’t like how the decorative stitching turned out, so I resorted to sticking the hoop under my sewing machine and doing the decorative stitches there.  I used a variegated Aurifil poly #5844.  The colours went really well with the fabric, but don’t show up that well and in many parts blend in with it. Like I said, I’m learning.

    The fabric used in these pouches were all from Island Batik.


    Thank you to Island Batik, Aurifil thread and Schmetz Needles for the supplies!

    One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

    Happy Quilting!  


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    PHD in 2020: Mid March Progress Report

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    Sew how are YOU doing with your PHD in 2020?

    In the past we’ve talked about:

    1.  Analysis analysisHERE.

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    3. Assistance from other Blogs  HERE

    4.  Focus :  HERE.Image result for clipart focus

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    6.  Today: STOP Being a PERFECTIONIST!

    Image result for StopOk … OK … I know that you are going to say “Gail, that’s easy for you to say, because you’re NOT a perfectionist!”  Yes, I know I’m not … but I really, really, really don’t understand when people take things out because the point is 2 threads off of perfect.  I get it when the point is 1/4″ off, or even 1/8″ off, maybe even 1/16″ … but in the whole scheme of things – NO ONE is going to notice the 2 threads difference.  I get taking stitching out when it’s bad and not what you want … but 2 threads?  … seriously!

    Did you know that Perfectionism sets you up to fail?  Mostly because NOTHING is perfect.   Perfectionism limits your creativity and the willingness to take risks and TRY.  It may also be what’s holding you back from finishing that last UFO.

    Get it out that UFO that’s your stumbling block … work on it … try to not let the 2 threads ruin your enjoyment.  Fudge and ease in that seam … it’ll be fine in the end – you won’t even notice it!  I promise!

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    I went to try out a new sewing machine.  (Yes, I did end up buying it! More details in another post).  But what better way to test out a sewing machine than to take a few UFOs?  The Sunflower placemats were great to try quilting, piecing binding together, and sewing binding on.  The Orange/Green Baby quilt was good for doing more quilting.  As soon as the machine was set up, I finished the projects!  I also took some straight piecing to try out the 1300 stitches/minute!  It works like a charm!



    A close-up of the fox.  It is with the orange thread … I used a Janome app, took a picture of a fox on the white fabric, drew the fox and transferred it to my embroidery machine.  It stitched out ok.  I still need to do some work on it.


    To be honest, I almost feel a little guilty at finishing these 2 small projects in one week, when I have SEW many others to finish that take more time.  However, they are done and now off the to do list!  At this rate – I’m sure I’ll get more than 12 UFOs finished this year … and that’s OK with me!

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    Linky Party

    Show us your progress (finished or not) on what you’ve been working on for your PHD in 2020!  Or show us your recently finished UFO!
    PLEASE:  Make sure that you link your post back to this blog post .  Also, visit others that also working on their PHD in 2020 and leave them an encouraging comment!

    You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

    Click here to enter

    A “Not Finished” Friday

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    No finishes this week!  I’ve been working A LOT on my March Island Batik challenge and I can’t show you yet!  I can tell you that I’m using the “Glorified 9 patch” Accuquilt die that I was given.  All the pieces for the block are on the die.  I have them all cut and most of them are on the design wall. Some blocks are sewn.

    When I need a break from the excusiating SLOW curved piecing, I am quilting the “52 blocks in 52 weeks” quilt.  If you look closely, you can see that I’m doing graffiti quilting.  A little bit of this and a little bit of that! A swirl, pebbles, a heart, a teardrop, a flower and whatever comes to mind.  It’s fun and makes it so that I’m not bored.  I’m hoping that it will be finished soon!IMG_6222.jpeg Continue reading

    Island Batik “Log Cabin Blog Hop”

    Island Batik Blog HOP!!!

    Island Batik “Log Cabin Blog Hop” Starts Today!   Be sure to visit Island Batik Blog each week to enter to win a pre-cut of one of the fabric collections highlighted that week.   These fabric collections are from the Fall 2019 line-up and should be available in quilt stores shortly.

    I have seen a few of the quilts finished and a few in progress … oh my!!!  Fantastic eye candy for sure!!! Be sure to visit each of the blogs!

    Here is the schedule for this week: Continue reading

    What do you do when … ?

    What do you do when …?

    What do you do when you have a 23 year old young man visiting and his dad (my cousin) asks you to teach him to sew pants?

    Well, he was only here for 3 days … SEW … teaching him how to sew pants wasn’t gonna happen!!! Besides, I don’t make pants … And we had to play tourist (in the WORST Vancouver weather) and he had an interview on another day …

    But, knowing my cousin, I HAD to do something.

    SEW, I set Kristopher up at my embroidery machine … and he did ALL the sewing!  Doesn’t he look like a pro????


    Yes, he sewed pants … grey pants … and said his dad often wears red shirts … we I chose to made his hair salt & pepper (LOL) … and this is the mug rug that Kristopher made:


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    The Retreat is Over

    Yes, the retreat is over.  It is done for another year!  It was a wonderful time of sharing, quilting, laughing and laughing!

    We played games!  Instead of strip poker (See HERE) we used the LRC die and played with loonies (Canadian $1 coins).  It was fun to the end.   Then there was a scavenger hunt … looking for all sorts of things sewing and non-sewing related.  One thing that we needed was a selfie of the team, taken in a car.  Neither my partner or I had our own cars at the retreat. Much to the surprize of the owner, we hopped into the back of another car as she and her partner were getting out!  We have a gift exchange at the retreat and played a game with each of us ending up with a gift we didn’t make.

    One of my secret projects in the recent weeks was a snappy bag and a roll of toilet paper.


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    Something Different

    About 9 months ago, I bought a Janome 500E embroidery machine. I’ve been making quilt labels on it and also a few other projects. I absolutely LOVE making “in the hoop” zipper bags. They are SEW fun.

    This first one is an Anita Gooddesign. I altered it a bit because I was suppose to use “see through” fabric – which I don’t own. The fabrics were Island Batik.

    This next one is a free pattern from Sweet Pea in Australia. It was a fun way to learn “in the hoop” applique and zipper insertion.

    Who knows what I will make next?

    My Daisy Chain Mystery was featured on Free Motion Mavericks. Check it out HERE.

    There are LOTS of people going to join the Baby Quilt Marathon. Some are making baby quilts, others will be working on their own projects.

    All that is required is a concentrated effort to work on a project for 26 hours during the time from July 1 to July 15. Are you going to join us?

    Happy Quilting! 


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