2018 – The Year Ahead

As we wind down 2017 and I look back at this time last year, and this time years past, I think of what I’ve learned.

The thing that stands out for me this year is – Memories.  More than anything, Christmas is about memories.  It’s the proverbial “stake in the ground”, a marker which enables you to see how far you’ve come.

As I think back to  the Christmases of my childhood all I remember is what I did for those holidays and who I was with.  My family, piling into the car early in the morning to drive 2 hours, looking for kittens in the barn, snowmobiling, tobogganing, of course, eating those yummy popcorn balls!

For 2018, my cousin, Gail Sheppard, has laid out a challenge: I’ll be working on my PHD.  In the quilty world, PHD stands for “projects half done”.  Gail is awarding fellow quilters their PHD if they accomplish the specified goal of finishing at least 12 projects half done.  See her post linked below.

Normally I like to work on two projects at a time.  It drives me nuts to have any projects not finished.  But only into my second quilty year, I find myself overwhelmed with projects I want to do, some I need to do, and others just because.  I did a tally, and have the following on my PHD list:

  1.  Dresden quilt – started Aug 2016; blocks made, fabric purchased
  2. Autumn leaves quilt – has a deadline; fabric purchased and pattern selected
  3. Feathered star quilt – one block made Sep 2017
  4. Delectable Mountains quilt – flimsy done except for borders
  5. Little Girl quilt – has a deadline ; fabric purchased and pattern (this is next on my to do list )
  6. Christmas quilt #2 – blocks started
  7. Christmas quilt #3 – fabric purchased, pattern pending
  8. Winnie the Pooh baby quilt – sandwiched, ready to FMQ
  9. Bibs baby quilt – sandwiched, ready to FMQ
  10. Lewe the Ewe baby quilt – FMQ started
  11. Secret quilt – fabric purchased
  12. ….

Blast!  The rules say I have to finish at least 12 to qualify.  Well – no matter.  It’s not the award at the end, it’s the fun of participating.

Wait a sec!  I found one more!  Yay!

12.  Blues quilt – sandwiched, ready to FMQ.

OK, Gail – I hope I’ve met your criteria and I hope I’ve followed the instructions!

Happy Quilting – and Merry Christmas everyone


Link ups:

PHD Challenge: https://quiltinggail.wordpress.com/2017/12/15/phd-in-2018/


Treasures from the past

I went to visit my Dad last weekend and coax him into a game of cribbage. He hasn’t been feeling well of late and I thought a wee game might lift his spirits.

While visiting, my step-mom brought out a couple of boxes of my Mom’s stuff…crafting and sewing supplies and miscellaneous items. One thing about my step-mom, she has always been very respectful of my Mom’s memory.

My mother passed away when I was 10 years old. I knew she liked to crochet and knit, but she was mostly known for her sewing. She regularly made things for my brother and me, and also for her mother, mother-in-law, nieces and nephews, and other members of the family.

A few days after my visit I opened the boxes, not knowing what I would find. Some of the items I remembered but most I had never seen before. Dutch sewing magazines from the 50’s (as near as I can guess), sewing and knitting patterns of the same era (OIY! How styles have changed!), and then I found something I truly wasnt expecting…

Quilting pattern books and in their original mailing envelopes. Batting wrappers with quilt patterns on the back..with the original price stickers.

I don’t know if Mommy ever actually made a quilt, but this shows she at least planned to.

She and I were more alike than I ever realized. While it made me happy to find these treasures, it renewed my feelings of missing her…and all she and I could have shared.

Bloggers Quilt Festival

I just learned there’s an On-line Quilt Festival. I’m entering my “Year One” quilt. It’s made with scraps of all 10 quilts I made during my first year of quilting.

Now, to see a bounty of beautiful quilts that are entered into the festival visit: Blogger’s Quilt Festival at http://www.amyscreativeside.com/2017/09/18/bloggers-quilt-festival-fall-2017-edition/

How it started.

I have always loved to sew. But as my children grew, sewing became a treat that only had a purpose at Halloweeen.

In 2016 when I found out I would be a grandmother I immediately pulled out “Faith” (my 24 year old sewing machine). It was time to make a quilt.

Besides my children, this will be my legacy.

I have lived in southern Ontario all my life. I live with my two sons, my son’s girlfriend, and my two cats (Rikki and Bobbie).  My daughter lives nearby with her son (my grandson) and boyfriend.