Goose down, Fleece and Wool!


Hello friends.  I can’t help but talk about the weather.  Let’s be more exact and comment on consecutive days, (let’s not be nice here) consecutive weeks, with temperatures hovering at -25C and colder.  Now I know that for most of us we pride ourselves on our Canadian cold weather tolerance, but really, -30c with wind chills of -40C.

I AM DONE!  Anywhere warm sounds really nice!   Oh ya, that's next month.  :) 



On the bright side, it’s a perfect time to do some serious quilting. I have abundant projects to finish and a few percolating in the old noggin.  I had a lovely visit with my friend Cindy, of Cindy Bee’s Quilt Shoppe in Espanola the other day.  We played with some fabric combination for a new quilt idea I have and she sure is able to push me out of my comfort box.  It has been brought to my attention that the last few quilts I have designed are red!  Hmmm, it’s funny how that happens and without noticing until you lay them out side by side – Yup, they are all pretty much Red!  So, no red for this next one. More shocking, I was convinced to throw in a Kaffe Fasset. Wait, I think the cold is effecting my judgement.  This new project however, will have to sit on the shelf of a while as I clear up some things off my to-do list.  There is nothing like a stack of new fabric to light a  fire under your butt and get a move on. 

As January settles in, I took some time to get organized and updated my calendar. Well, 2018 will definitely be a year that goes “whoosh”, speeding by like a high-speed train.  As I started filling in my calendar with my booked events there are things in every month up to next November. Trips, workshops and Kids Weddings. This is not a bad thing, but I have to wonder, am I noticing and feeling this way because I now have a planner and keep track of everything or, has it always been like this. Hmmm.  This all brought me to my Word for 2018.


Momentum -  drive, energy, focus strength.  All synonyms, but captivate a quality I think I will have to draw on for the year.  I thought about Endurance but I think that relates more to the effects of the weather.  Hahaha. 

The Northern Ontario Quilting Symposium is open for registration.  This year I am so excited to be able to bring Tracy Russell here to the North.  Tracy teaches her longarm sketching class all over Canada and the US.  It is going to be a great weekend.  New this year is an additional workshop hosted by Me!  I will be running an open Finishing School for all those PHD’s we have stored and don’t know how to get back to them.  Let’s just say a bit of Spring Cleaning!   Click here to learn more about workshops being offered and how to register. 

Book early as every year it gets filled up faster and faster.

Well it’s about time to stoke the stove, until next time, thanks for dropping by.  Stay safe, stay warm and wear wooly socks!