In Service

Yesterday was our annual in-service day at Yukon College. It was a great day, and this year we took the term literally and donated 3 hours to the community, doing volunteer work. Staff and faculty worked for a variety of organizations around town. Some people cooked for the outreach van, some shopped for and stocked the food bank shelves or picked up garbage on the waterfront. Others painted and/or mended fences at the game farm and the MacIntyre Creek preserve. There was something for everyone, and over 100 people participated. The theme was “our college in the community” and we sure proved it! What a great place to work!

I was involved in a group that knitted and crocheted newborn caps for the hospital and quilted baby blankets for the women’s shelter. My group produced 21 caps and 3 quilts.

It was a happy day and I hope we do it again next year!












What are you doing to give back?

I’m stuck on a…

I’m stuck on a feeling pincushion! (gotta believe me, I’m in love with youuu!)  I have just made 4 and I can’t wait to make more!(I’m a poet, don’t ‘cha know it?)

Why am I making pincushions? Because neither of mine are adequate anymore. I have this one that my friend Vicki made for me in about 1987:

It has been my constant companion for 25 years. It has been so well loved and has been stuck through so many times that it’s starting to disingetrate.





And I also have this one that is made out of a piece of red velvet and a canning jar lid and stuffed with batting. It’s very pretty, but too shallow to be practical.  I found it somewhere and am convinced it was only meant to be decorative.






As you can see, I need new pincushions! Sew…I am going to make some! Here are the first two that I tried out:






They are a combination of this tutorial and this one. I looked at them both and then kind of experimented. I used fabric from a Crazy Daisy charm pack and Kona white. I’m in love with these babies, I tell ya!

Then I got experimental with my scrap basket and had some fun making these:








Modern pincushions! I love ’em! They aren’t finished yet – I still have to sew up the backs. I’ve stuffed them with quilt batting, but am going to look for something better – the quilt batting is kind of lumpy. I’ve heard that crushed walnut shells work well (lizzard bedding from the pet store if I can find some).

I’ve got a feeling there are more of these in my near future! Yup!


Kelly is on holidays in the Okanagan and Fraser Valley, attending a week-long star party and visiting family & friends while I’m on stay-cation here at home. Yes, I miss him (of course I do!), but I’m also thoroughly enjoying being by myself. Besides, it’s good to miss your spouse once in a while! In 10 days I’ve slept in, schlept around (is “schlept” a word?), taken a blissful Sam out for a long walk every single day, done some housework that’s been neglected and caught up on some sewing projects that I hadn’t been able to get to.

I sorted and organized my bedroom closet and drawers, washed the bathroom (including walls) and washed the inside of my washing machine. Who knew the inside of a washing machine could get so dirty? And how embarrassing to admit that this is the first time I have ever washed the inside of my washing machine! I just throw the clothes in and turn it on. Does anyone ever really look inside their washing machine? I washed the outside of my kitchen cabinets, pulled weeds and mowed the lawn (which I notice needs mowing again today). I washed floors, hung laundry on the line and made a pot of broccoli soup (which I froze in single serving containers to take to work for lunches.)

I spent two nights in Calgary taking care of some business and managed to squeeze in a mini shopping spree (do 5 pairs of shoes, 5 sweaters, 2 tops and a pair of pants count as “mini”?) I went for a walk with Amber, who I haven’t seen all summer, and spent 2 entire mornings with my dear friend Vicki who was visiting from Maine!

I read a book, sat on the porch swing, browsed the on-line quilt shops, read some new quilting blogs and watched my favourite TV shows that had been waiting on the PVR for practically forever. I’ve written a few blog posts of my own so you would know that I haven’t forgotten you, and to top it off, the weather has been absolutely, perfectly, wonderfully beautiful every single day of my entire stay-cation!

And, I finished Nora’s Stars quilt!  I will devote an entire blog post to that as soon as I get some good pictures taken. I also got two other quilt tops finished and ready for sandwiching and basting, including one for my sister (which I mention here just to poke her a bit, lol! Oh, the anticipation!) And I worked on a third quilt top that Vicki is going to look for border, binding and backing fabric for me in Maine (that’s my June churn dash from the We Be Learning quilting bee). And there are still a few other projects I want to work on, including the August Treasure Chest BOM. Which I’ve been procrastinating about because the pattern is really hard and I barely understand the directions!

There’s still some housework I’d like to tackle (isn’t that always the way?), but I spent so much time schlepping and sleeping that I’ve run out of time, darn it! (lol!) I have today and tomorrow, then back to work on Tuesday. And of course, quilting takes place before housework, you know. But that’s okay. It’s a vacation, after all!






Here is a picture of Vicki and me. We know what she did on her vacation and what Kelly and I did on ours…what did you do on yours?