After having two boys, I saw myself as the mother of sons! Even after an ultrasound informed my husband and I that our third child would most likely be a girl, we cautiously embraced the idea, while trying hard not to get our hopes up - just in case ;). In preparation for the new baby, I wanted to make a quilt. But since my resources were limited, and I knew I would make a different type of quilt if the baby turned out to be a boy, I decided to wait until the new addition arrived before ... Read More about Down Memory Lane Mini – The Story Behind The Quilt
Lately, I have been thinking a lot about habits - the good, the bad, the why and the how. My family is in a state of transition - the official summer break has come to a close and the school term has just begun. For the past 8 weeks, we have enjoyed long lazy mornings and days without structure, but now that school is back it's time to focus on a daily routine if we want to be successful and accomplish our yearly goals! During the school term, much of my family's daily routine is ... Read More about Creative Habits | 4 Ideas To Get You Started
A design wall is a fabulous tool for quilters as it lets you step back from your work and view your quilt on a single plane. You can audition fabrics, or block placement, and you can get a sense of how your quilt top is taking shape as you position each block in its place. A design wall is also ideal if you want to leave your blocks out on show while you are contemplating a particular design aspect; they won't be in anyone's way and you can come back to them when you are ready. And if you have ... Read More about How To Make A Quilt Design Wall For Your Sewing Room or Home Studio
January is well underway and I have spent the past couple of weeks thinking about what it is I want to achieve in this new year. Every January seems to come with a blank canvas that can be both exciting and completely intimidating at the same time, but it's a great time to evaluate the past and look towards the future. Like so many other creative people I have come to enjoy the simplicity of deciding on a single focus word to help guide and inspire all areas of my life. What I have come to ... Read More about 2017 | One Word, Five Goals
Are you the sort of person who keeps a running tally of all the things you make in a year? I have to admit that if you asked me that question even a few weeks ago, my answer would have been an unequivocal NO! But as is often the case, with the year winding down I couldn't help but begin to reflect on what I had accomplished during the year, and I began to see the motivational value in keeping track of the actual numbers. Don't get me wrong, I don't think for one minute a person's creativity ... Read More about Goodbye 2016, Hello 2017!
It has just occurred to me that this is the first time I have shared the background story behind one of my quilts here on the blog! This is the whole reason I wanted to begin blogging in the first place - to tell the stories behind my quilts! So it is with a sense of delight that I share the story of my latest pattern - Cherry Tree Lane... For me, some days creating is more about the process and less about any specific plan. This particular design came about after I spent an afternoon ... Read More about Cherry Tree Lane Quilt – The Story Behind the Quilt