This weekend I decided that I needed to destash my hoard, I haven’t really sewn in FIVE years! I’ll also be selling my Juki TL-2000Qi and vintage machines locally but keeping my Bernina 550 QE.

Some fabric I’m selling includes Heather Ross’ Far Far Away III and Crafty Chloe, Kayo Horaguchi Japanese prints , Better Gnomes and Gardens and more! Visit my Etsy shop, I’m always adding more fabric!

Fabric storage Ikea idea

I saw this on Ikea Hackers this morning and thought it would be a brilliant way to store fabric! The TROFAST storage boxes come in different sizes, I think this one would be perfect (in white, of course). What do you think?

Still no sewing mojo but I’m going to try today after I bathe the dogs, get their nails trimmed and run a few errands…

I took the Kona Club Challenge!

Kona Club - September

When Sew Sisters invited me to take the Kona Club Challenge, I jumped at the chance! I was given a number of colour combination options and chose September which consisted of Citrus, Mulberry, Turquoise and Kumquat. Since my tutorial would be published in June, I thought these colours best represented the abundance of flowers blooming in my garden at that time.

Check out my tutorial for a simple quilted basket at Sew Sisters!

Sew Sisters: Quilted Basket Tutorial

The Necessary Clutch Wallet

This past weekend I received an email from Emmaline Bags with a coupon (WALLET20) for 20% off of her fabulous “The Necessary Clutch Wallet“, so I bought it, and today I made it!

It’s an interesting patten, a nice challenge but not overly difficult, I really enjoyed making this clutch. I was able to cut all the pieces, interfacing and complete the project is less than a day. I decided to use Jeni Baker’s Color Me Retro fabric, it’s a great summer print.

The Necessary Clutch Wallet


The Necessary Clutch Wallet


There’s a ton of room in this clutch for everything including your smart phone. I’d like to add another zippy pouch and wrist loop to this pattern.

I have a few bag patterns I’d like to make this week. What are you up to?

A girl with a squirrel on her head



I’m missing a girl with a squirrel on her head for the middle block. I have fabric on order and am hoping it arrives by the end of the week. The finished size of this piece is going to be approx. 45″ x 36″, the “photos” are 7 & 1/2″ square, 10 & 1/2″ with the frames. I want to quilt the negative spaces but don’t want it to take away from the “pictures”.

Not much else going on, I just needed a little hiatus from sewing and blogging. 😀


Simply Solids Bee: April

April’s bee block was chosen by Lisa in Port Hope, she designed an original paper pieced block called “Modern Butterfly”. Lisa’s original block was created in pastels but since we’re scrap busting, I decided to use brights, butterflies have bright colours to warn predators that they’re poisonous. To offset the bright colours, I used my go-to grey, Kona Coal.

SSB Butterfly

I hope Lisa likes it.

A few weeks ago I asked Pam from Mad About Patchwork about Kaffe Fassett’s Shot Cottons from Westminster, I haven’t seen shot cottons in person and was wondering what all the fuss was about. Today I received three lovely, generous sized samples, Pam sure knows what colours I love!

Kaffe Fassett Shot CottonsIn the photo above, specifically the Prune, you can really see the two different colours used the weft and warp of the weave. The fabric itself has a very soft hand, I’d love to make a shirt for my husband out of this, it is gorgeous! The hamsters are working hard to create a special project  Thanks Pam, I love them and will be looking to you for colour recommendations.

Since American postal costs have skyrocketed to $20.00 for a small package to Canada (!!!) buying from Canadian retailers where postage is under $6.00 just makes sense, even if the cost of yardage is a little more! Have your online shopping habits changed since the outrageous American postage rate hikes?


Picture Wall: progress report 2

Picture Wall Progress Photo 2


I think some had a problem envisioning what this quilt would look like, I hope I have enough here to give you a good idea. You can also see why I chose plum colours to offset the feature fabrics and how they really pop.

I’m really enjoying putting this quilt together and so far, it’s my favorite. So much so, I’ve decided to bite the bullet and cut into my treasured Tula Pink out of print fabric, Plume!

I’m not quite sure how big I’m going to grow this pattern, I’m going to keep going until I run out of fabric. 😀