hand work

It's a perfect time for quilting!

Hello Friends.  Believe it or not this is my favourite time of the year. Its cold and snowy outside. With snow shoveling the exception, outside chores are at a minimum.  Inside the house, everything is low key, that quiet and uneventful time after Christmas.  All this adds up to the perfect setting for some real quilting time.  Snow days equal Sew days and here in Northern Ontario, January to March quilters buckle down and quilt up a storm.

How do I know this?  Well the quilters that frequent the studio are in prime quilting form with lots of new quilts started and some old ones being finished.  

Tumbling Triangles

Tumbling Triangles

I myself have been working on some new samples for upcoming classes this spring.  First is Tumbling Triangles made with the V-Block tool by Studio 180.  I will be teaching "Tumbling Triangles at Cindy Bee's Quilt Shoppe in Espanola, Saturday March 18th 10am to 4pm.  This has also been added to my "In Studio Sessions" list so give me a shout and we can arrange a time to come to the studio to make this fast, fun and easy project.

It is easy and fun to put together, and whips up in no time.  On the design wall is another fast and fun quilt “Love Links”.  Believe it or not, it is all constructed from flying geese, and the pattern makes several sizes.

Love Links

Love Links

It is also that time of year when we northerners go seeking some warmth and sunshine.  If your anything like me, travel time is a great time for those little handwork projects that we somehow never have the time to do at home.  I like to do hand work on a plane or driving in a car.  I am so thankful that I do not get motion sickness.  I have a difficult time sitting idly for long periods of time.

One of my take along projects is my ongoing work in hexies.  My hexies are ¾” in size and are so adorable. It is definitely a work in progress, as I started these last February, but Hey, what’s a quilter without UFO’s?  

These little guys at 3/4" are so cute! 

These little guys at 3/4" are so cute! 

I am looking forward to Kathy Wylie’s visit here in May to soak up her tips and tricks when making hexies.  (Kathy will be here in Northern Ontario for workshops.)  Click here to find out more. 



In anticipation of a winter holiday I did the prep work on the centre for a wool felt wall hanging.  Now I am all set for hours in a car, on a plane ….  I was going to bring my hexies again but they have already been on several trips.  :) LOL

I find wool felt projects so relaxing to stitch out.   Once the pieces are in place, it is just a blanket stitch to hold the pieces down and its good to go!  So when your walking on the beach, have a look around, maybe you will spot me stitching in the shade.

Thanks for dropping by.  Until next time, stay safe, keep warm and go finish a UFO!

My Stitchin' Place!

Hello Friends.  When I can, I spend my weekends during the summer months at the cottage or 'camp' if you are from Northern Ontario.

 We are fairly remote which means I do not have electrical power – this means: no television, Internet, the comforts of indoor climate control, infinite power from wall circuits etc.  We do however use solar energy, which gives us the illusion of electricity with flip-switch lighting along with a propane (gas) stove/fridge and, of course, a Sauna. 

 The Sauna is the focal point and often competes with the kitchen as the heart of the home. It provides us with hot water and a warm place to wash, which is rich part of our heritage as the Sauna offers sanctuary to carry out a ritual of cleansing.  Camp is the place that I do hand work.  I usually have several binding that need stitching as well as all those projects that I long to stitch but never seem to have the time. Often, it seems like there is nothing but time at the lake, although it always seems to fly by and I leave wishing I could stay longer.

 A few years ago a very dear friend of mine taught me to do red work and also introduced me to wool felt appliqué.  Now I collect projects all winter to bring to camp to stitch.  It seems fitting as it is quiet, peaceful and, well… let's just say I have yet to lose my temper while doing this type of stitching!

 Camp is also where I feel the most creative.  I suppose it is the proximity to the water, trees and fresh air. It really is the little things like watching the squirrels run up and down the trees or that moment when a loon surfaces a few feet away from the dock for a look around. It's my 'Zen' zone! So, this evening I write to you while sitting in my favourite chair at the table facing the lake at the camp, needle in hand, stitching and listening to Randy Backman on the CBC radio.  I leave you this week with this question: Do you have a special spot that you enjoy stitching or being creative?  Send me your comments and pictures! I would love to see them and share them for all to enjoy and be inspired.

 Well that's all for now, time for sauna!  Until next time, stay safe, eat some rhubarb and get stitching!