On the couch with tea and hankies

Dear Vi,

I congratulated myself too soon for managing to avoid the miserable colds and flu going around this winter.

 Sigh.

Sadly,I’ve been relegated to the couch to drink gallons of milky black tea and feel sorry for myself.

At least I have furry couch company:  On a happier topic, I was featured on the Curvy Sewing Collective!!! Well, actually it’s my sewing room that’s featured. Check it out here!

On the quilting front, I’ve been thinking that I’d really like to make a quilt to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday this year.

Katherine at Next Steps Quilt Designs is hosting a quilt-along called 150 Canadian Women…150 6″ blocks to accompany the stories of 150 inspiring Canadian women throughout history.

I really, really want to make this quilt. Except I’m also making the 100-block Splendid Sampler. And how many sampler quilts do I really need? And honestly, I’m ready for the Splendid Sampler to be over. Do I really want to start over and make 150 more?

And then I had a brilliant idea. Brilliant!

I will turn my splendid sampler quilt into a quincentennial quilt! All I have to do is make 50 more blocks. I will end up with a totally unique quilt that doesn’t look like any one else’s. 😀

Fabulous, right?

Here are 4 more blocks since I last wrote. I think I’m up to 93. I need to get some more Kaffe Fasset and Rowan fabrics as I’m running out and I want to keep the quilt in that line as much as possible. I did hear about a quilt shop that stocks some about an hour away. A field trip is in my future as soon as I’m feeling better.

Meanwhile, this cold has that “I’m settling in to stay awhile” feeling.

A very boring letter today, I’m afraid … I’m off to make another pot of tea. (cough cough sneeze sniff)

‘Scuse me.

N.

A workroom update

Since I put the first draft of the novel aside to simmer for awhile, I’ve been spending my time catching up on a few quilt projects.

I jumped on The Splendid Sampler quilt-along. The patterns for two 6-inch blocks are posted each week. At the end of the year, I will have 100 of the little buggers and one tremendously splendid quilt top!

I’m using mostly Kaffe Fasset scraps. Aren’t they beautiful? 🙂

6 inch

It’s a fabulous learning experience. Each block is different, and each one seems to challenge me in a different way. The designer of today’s block says: “Try new techniques and crafts without judgement.” Excellent advice! Too often we stop ourselves from trying something new because we make a negative judgement about it…or about ourselves…without thinking it through. So what we’ve never done it before? So what it looks difficult? Why not try anyway? What’s the worst that could happen…it’s only thread and cloth, after.

I’ve also made up this little quilt for a soon-to-be-born baby girl. My god-daughter is having a baby!  It’s all washed and crinkly and ready to snuggle the wee bairn. Lea – if you’re reading this, I just realized I don’t have your mailing address! Aaak! Send ASAP, lol!

flat

30×40″…perfect for the car seat or stroller.

roll

I think I like the back better than the front!

back

And then there’s this mess that I’ve been trying to force through my little machine.  I started doing wavy lines and then changed my mind. I want straight lines instead. Good thing I have a skookum seam ripper!quilt 1So that’s it for me. What’s up in your work room?