Wednesday, September 18, 2019


Yesterday was a fabulous day! The weather was perfect for driving however, I did run into some pretty heavy fog on my way to Orillia. But soon I was out of that and on my way through the gorgeous sunlight.

I was listening to an audiobook. At first, I couldn't get it to work. Well, it was working, but I couldn't hear a thing. Then I remembered that I have to plug the phone into the car to get audio. I'm not sure why that is - it sounds very weird. Then I'm not a fan of the navigation system in that car so it doesn't surprise me. Then I was able to listen to the book. I'm attending a book reading by the author next week and was hoping to have the book finished by then, however, the audiobook expires today. Can I get my hands on the hard copy????  The audiobook is on hold for someone else so I can't renew it. The book is The Home for Unwanted Girls by Joanna Goodman.

I presented two lectures yesterday. The first was Inspiration for embroidery and embellishment, the second was on the Premier +2 Software (machine embroidery). Both events were very well received by the attendees. I always get so much from the group while I give to them. It's a very rewarding experience.

If you're in my neighborhood, I'll be doing two presentations on Friday at Brampton Sew n Serge. One is called Inspiration for quilting and the second is Inspiration for embroidery and embellishment. Even if you don't own the brand of machine that they sell (Husqvarna Viking), it'll be exciting and inspirational to attend.

The event yesterday was at Thimbles and Things which is my ALL-TIME favorite quilt store. Sue, the owner, is just the best shop owner around. She's friendly, she remembers everything and well - I don't know a single person who doesn't love her. Jen runs the PFAFF dealership in the shop. I love her too! They are both super friendly and well - you just want to buy everything in the shop. However, I refrained. I'll be back for our sewing retreat in a couple of weeks and I'll shop then - if I need anything. Oh - I need SOMETHING!

If you're ever in the Orillia area, you MUST stop at this quilt shop. If you're looking for something different, Sue is assembling The Town and Country Quilt as a fundraiser for their local hospice which is just being built. She's sold most of the 365 blocks but there's still a few for sale. Check it out - it's all for a good cause. Just scroll down on the Thimbles and Things web page - the information is near the bottom.

Then I packed my stuff up and I was off. But wait - where's my phone so I can plug it in to listen to the audiobook? Good grief - I couldn't find it and I had been using it all day showing off the sewing apps. Oh well - no audiobook on the way home. I knew the phone was in the car because when I turned the car on, I saw my phone contacts pop up on the navigation screen. So the phone is in the car. That's all I cared about!

I was tired when I home, but I did putter around with the Premier + 2 software a bit as I tried to get some stuff done for Ronda that I was supposed to have done a few months back. The font is converted, the words are set - I just need to shape them. Don't worry - I'll show you so you can understand what the heck we are doing. That Ronda is pretty demanding!!!  (:   And it keeps me on my toes, learning new stuff. That's a good thing.

I did manage to get the third border on the Tonga Rhapsody. Yeah!!!! This one went much smoother than the previous one did.

The third border is on Tonga Rhapsody

That leaves ONE more border to go. It's a plain border so the strips just have to be joined, measured and sewn on. ONE MORE HOUR. The binding is cut and I have to find some backing for it. Good thing as I have a couple more pieces to add to the backing shelves and not sure I'm going to find room.

The last border for Tonga Rhapsody

I have a Sit n Sew tomorrow so I need to do a wee bit of tidying. I had emptied this nice orange bucket and it now houses all the current things I have to work on. It's mostly borders, bindings, and backings. I'll work my way through that tomorrow. Who am I kidding?  I'll work on it, but I won't get to the bottom! Once it's empty, I'll fill it with the next lot of projects. The goal here is to FOCUS so it gets done.

Bucket of work

I have to deal with those 8 items still on my "to do" list. Some of them NEED to be done today and others, I just want to get finished. I'm going to aim for getting a lot done today.

My problem is that I have so much I want/need to do. There's so much I want to learn. I just can't believe there are people aren't there who don't have hobbies or are bored. How can you be bored in this day and age with so much around us to learn and play with???

Yesterday, I did a little demo on the current state of technology in the sewing machine world. I used my cell phone as a hotspot for WiFi. Then I connected the PFAFF Creative Icon to the WiFi. I also connected my laptop to the hotspot so it was also connected to WiFi. Then I was able to transfer embroidery files from the Creative Icon to the Premier +2 software on my computer. I would then be able to make modifications and send it back to the Creative Icon so I could stitch them out. Now isn't that just crazy???  I have more stuff to share with you about the technology, but NOT before I show the group on Friday.

While there are days when technology is not my friend, I totally embrace it and try to max it out which is why I think I end up in trouble sometimes. However, I'm learning so much and I'm not going to let any of this defeat me!!!!!

If you're in the Oakville area, there's a fiber art show that I think will be wonderful. Here's the information. Last time, I went to this Cultural Centre, I was pleasantly surprised by other displays that I found in the gallery and along the halls. This time, it won't be teeming with summer camps.

Here's a link to the center so you can get the address. I'm not a big fan of their web site as it provides information on the center, but never on what's happening there or am I missing something??

On that note, I'm out of here. Got a crazy day again - but I love it. It wouldn't be a fun day if something wasn't happening! I can only deal with calm for so long. Imagine what it's going to be like for me when I hit the retirement home. I might get evicted!

Have a super day!!!!


Tuesday, September 17, 2019

A progress report

Yesterday was a whirlwind day. I've been slacking off so I had to make up some time yesterday. I'm happy to report that I had a great sleep because I got everything out of my brain before I went to bed! I was experimenting with embroidery yesterday and OH MY - there's so much fun stuff!!! Just need more time to fully explore some of this stuff.

Plus I'm totally packed for my day trip to Orillia. Well - the car isn't packed, but I'm about to do that in a few minutes. It sure helps to get things organized the night before so you're not running around like an idiot and potentially forgetting something!

I still have 8 things on my list to get done - some things are going to have to wait and I'll explain why tomorrow. I don't have a lot of time this morning.

Yesterday was Monday sewing and although I didn't stay long, I still managed to get a wee bit more completed on my embroidery. All that remains are 6 snowflakes. Some are more elaborate than the others. I started with the most elaborate one so as I move through them, the stitching will get progressively faster! That block will be completed next Monday and I can finally move to the last block. I also worked on the largest blocks first and moved to the smallest and least intricate so that one should take even less time than this one did.

Progress on the redwork block

Bottom line - barring any major hiccups, this quilt top should be finished by the end of the year. I'm happy about that! It's one of my UFOs.

Slow and steady - that's what I'm all about.

Here's a giant customer quilt that I quilted the other day. I need to trim it and attach the binding (ready for hand sewing). That's a task for later this week. Hopefully, tomorrow since I need to get it out of the way by Thursday when it's Sit n Sew.

Customer quilt

I also managed to get all the juice pouches cleaned and back in their project container. I hope to do something with them by the end of the year. Now that I can clearly see my projects, it makes a HUGE difference. I still have some stuff to squirrel away in Studio B, but I'm taking my sweet time about it because I don't' want to hide anything. I want to be able to see it. I need to work faster! So many things I've unearthed and some wouldn't take long to finish. It's just getting that many extra hours to make it all happen. Doesn't matter how slow I go - I'm still way ahead of those that are in denial that they have a problem with their projects!

Juice pouches ready to go

But that wouldn't be any of you - none of you are in denial about the mess in your sewing spaces. Right? I'm so happy to hear from many of you who say that I'm an inspiration to you to declutter. Well, it works both ways! You're my inspiration as well! I heard from Vivenda over the weekend and her decluttering unearthed something TERRIFYING in her studio. I'd have freaked out and never gone back. It was a snake. Yes - how the heck did that thing  - well, we know how and we know why (winter is coming), but NO NO NO!!!!!   That's just wrong. I know that she was waiting for her husband to come home and get rid of it. But - well - we won't go there. I can't think about it.

I found something much less terrifying in my studio. I have this HUGE ball of twine. What the heck should I do with it?? It's not coiled tight enough to make a rope basket. I don't even remember where I got it or what it was for. It's somewhat coarse. I'm thinking it could be crocheted up and made into pet mats. Any other thoughts???   Any takers????

A big ball of string

That could be my next road trip project. Crocheting pet mats from this twine.

On that note, I need to get my recycling bin to the curb - won't the neighbors hate that noise at 5:31 AM. OOPS - forgot last night. Sorry. It has to go today as it's full and that's one of the reasons why I can't complete one of those 8 items on my list. It's about recycling and the bin is full.

And I need to get the car packed so I can be on the road.

Have a super day!!!!!


Monday, September 16, 2019


OK - I'm late with the blog. Why? Because I slept in! I was wide awake in the middle of the night thinking about my projects so I got up to check some stuff. Went back to bed and now it's late - really late!

The girls will not get a walk this morning and they are NOT going to be happy. I should be leaving for Monday sewing right now!

Oh well - I'm going to be late. It's not like I need to be there to open the door. I'll get there when I get there. Life goes on!

I'm glad I got up as I had a few things to "learn" and my brain was in such an active mode that is needed to learn them at 3 AM!!!  I'm prepping for some events this week. I totally kept forgetting to mention them to you in case you'd like to attend.

One is being held at Thimble and Things TOMORROW. Sorry for the late notice. There are two events. The first one is on the embroidery software for PFAFF. Premiere +2 Embroidery Software. That starts at 9 AM. Even if you're a Husqvarna customer, you would learn something as the software is the same - branded differently. But don't tell anyone I said that.

The second class is on Embroidery and Embellishment where I'm going to provide inspiration for you - the embroiderer!! I've been working on some super creative stuff that blew my socks off when I stitched it out last night. I'll show you next week. It's so adorable!

The event on Friday is at Brampton Sew and Serge. One of the topics is on Inspiration for Quilting and the other is Embroidery and Embellishment. This time both slots are for Husqvarna Viking. Next time, I'd better give you more notice.

I did virtually nothing in the mass cleanup that's happening. I had other things to do. I had to trim all those quilts that I had quilted as they are being delivered today. They are all done including this customer quilt.

Customer quilt

I got one more border on the Tonga Rhapsody. Holy - it's being pretty temperamental. Almost like it doesn't want to be finished. But I persevered and now that border is done. Two more borders to go.

The second border is one

See all those checkerboards in that border? Well, they are done in mirror images of each other. That should say something as to what happened! But that's done and only two more borders to put on, then make the binding and find some backing. I can't wait until the backing part as it's so easy to find them now with the new filing system.

The remaining two borders and the binding are cut

Then I'll have to deal with the scraps. That's easy - I have a batik scrap bin and these bits will go in there. It's all about putting things away when I'm finished with them and to not let this remain a UFO for too much longer.

The scraps to be put away
I have a Sit n Sew later this week and I hope to be done by then (NOT going to happen) because it's taking up a lot of space on the tables and I need the space to lay it out to put on the borders. This is how I get so many steps in a day. My sewing machine is one on side of the tables and the quilt is laid out on the other. Works for me!!!

The quilt is on the opposite side of the table as the sewing machine

I did get a few more things put away in Studio B. I'm going to need the space in good shape for Thursday. Now how did that day creep up so fast? It's going to be a totally crazy week. But that's OK.

I hung up my magnetic board over the cutting table. I missed having access to my pens and paper which are attached in a metal holder. I washed it down and got rid of some of the stuff that had been hanging on it for years! I didn't get a picture of the new set up. That's a photo for tomorrow.

The magnetic message board is clean!

I'll leave you with this morning. Some eye candy. These are quilts that have been made by SAQA (Studio Arts Quilts Associates). The quilts are for sale as a fundraiser for the organization. There are some amazing pieces!!!!

And now I'm out of here!

Have a great day!!!!


Sunday, September 15, 2019

Lilla Show n Tell

It was back to our ongoing classes last week. I'm teaching three of them this year and I'm up to date on all of them. Technically, there are only two quilts since one is a technique class.

Doesn't matter - I'm up to date!

Let's start with the Lilla show n tell from Friday night at Oh Look Fabric. Let's see - one person was sick and one forgot to bring their blocks. Did Sara really forget or is she planning something big - that was the impression I got!

I believe there were five blocks for the summer homework. Some of the participants are just winging it so I don't even recognize the blocks anymore. That means the class was a success. It's a modern quilt and with modern anything goes.

Before I get to the show n tell, I have a small thing to say about modern quilts. On social media, I've seen people posting pictures from Modern Quilt Guild shows or their show n tell. Wait a minute! Some of those quilts are NOT modern in the least. I've seen modern blocks of the month that - well, they aren't modern in the least. I think what's happening is that some women are joining modern guilds without the slightest idea of what modern is and they're just happy to be part of a group. Which is technically OK, but if everyone wants to get the most from their guild - they should belong to the right guild and they should be contributing to the advancement of the guild and its members.

I'd love to join/start a modern guild with a very small group of modern quilters who are going to push the envelope with each other. Take improv to the extreme, throw caution to the wind and come up with stuff that will knock the socks off everyone. That would be a stretch for me, but that's what I need at this point. Anyway - that's not going to happen at the moment, so I'll just plug along at my own pace trying to get my stuff organized. THEN - I can experiment to my heart's content and I'm going to be a very happy camper. Not that I'm not a happy camper now! Don't worry - I'm not doing as much as I would like, but soon this cleanup will be over and then watch out!

OK -- back to Lilla. This is the first block of the homework. All the black/white/grey/yellow blocks belong to Rita. Rita is an amazing quilter/painter/knitter/stain glass person. She is the ULTIMATE crafter and things just come naturally to her. She's brand new to sewing, but she dove in like she'd been sewing her entire life.

I love the variety in that curved piece. Interestingly, none of them are the same. I love it!

Look at how different those curves are!

Yep - these are all the same block. Rita has no qualms about adding extra colors to her blocks or changing up the curves!

The second set of blocks

This is Rita's third set of blocks. Technically, they look the same, but those curves are not the same! Any of these sets of blocks would make a great quilt on its own.

The third set of blocks

Next up are Cathy's blocks. Cathy is also a new sewist and doing an AMAZING job with her blocks. I know she doesn't think she is, but she is. Her background fabric is directional and she insists on making it all line up which is a crazy feat considering the construction of these blocks.

Notice her curves compared to Rita's. Totally different. That's the beauty of improv. She is also making fewer blocks because she's making a smaller quilt.

The first set of blocks
 This is another set of blocks. With four pieces of background, it's not easy to get that directional print going in the right direction.

The second set of blocks

Two more blocks

Two more blocks

This block was a bear to sew and keeping that directional print going in the right orientation? Cathy doesn't realize how good she is to make that happen. I hope she realizes that!!!

Cathy's fourth block

This is the start of the fifth block. I guess we had five blocks - could even have been six. I don't remember. She had to change the orientation of the diamond (check out Rita's block above). It was a nightmare to get the directional print going in the right orientation so she changed it up. Again - I hope she realizes that she's doing an amazing job with this. I don't know many people who would have persevered like she has.

Cathy's fifth block - well half of it!

The next set of blocks are Gisele's. She's got a very dark background which is going to be fun to see the difference between the light and dark when they're sewn together.

I LOVE the wonkiness of the white piece. It looks like it's got some serious attitude!

The first set of blocks
Hey, all these blocks look so different from each other. I'm not sure if the others did this block. Anyway, this was a pretty easy one although that cure is pretty small which makes it a challenge. However, those seams are nice and flat and that's all that counts. 

The second set of blocks
Here's the third set. I love those curves. Even if the curves are not smooth (the cut lines), the pieces can still be sewn back together. I LOVE them. 

The third set of blocks

Here's the last set of blocks. Gisele is making this quilt for her son. He commented that these blocks look like underwear and now that I've told you that - it's all I can visualize when I see this block.

The fourth set of blocks

Don't believe me? Now, look at the blocks. Yep - that's underwear!!!

Oh my - it's underwear!

I have a wee correction to make. Do you remember this picture???

M's boat

Well, it turns out that M MADE the boat. I had completely forgotten that little fact. There was a small craft shop on Salt Spring Island and when we used to go for vacation, she'd get signed up to do some of the crafts. Well, sadly the boat has sunk but the memory lives on. Apparently, my memories are just made up ones and that's OK!!!! Oh my god - I have FAKE memories!!!

Yesterday was a busy day. I got 1/3 of the items on my list completed. That leaves a LOT to get done today. It was such a gorgeous day, I couldn't resist sitting outside for a bit. Today, it's supposed to rain and that's probably a good thing.

I wanted to leave you with these wise words of wisdom I found on the internet. This is so true! We need to live each day to the max - whatever our max is. I've been thinking about my friend who recently passed at age 55 of advanced lung cancer. She was NOT a smoker - it was environmental - whatever that means. I feel like I've done so much in my life and had the chance to experience a whole lot of neat things. I'm not ready by a long shot. There's so much to see and do and of course, a LOT of fabric to sew up! I think I need an army of sewists for a month to make a dent!

To leave you with happy thoughts, check out this art display. It's fun! Can you imagine this at your house????  Oh, what would the neighbors think???  I love it - I did an art installation at Sheridan when I was studying there many years ago. I still have the two huge rolls of fabric that I used. I don't know what to do with it, but I don't want to get rid of it. Maybe I can drape my gazebo with it! That's a project for next summer.

On that note, I'm out of here!!!

Have a super day!!!


Saturday, September 14, 2019

The second round already!

I feel possessed. It feels like someone else has taken over my body and my brain. No, wait - that's just my Virgo side finally emerging after many years of being pushed into the far recesses of my brain.

I'm thrilled to death with this decluttering process and I'm making great inroads. I haven't made arrangements yet for the junk truck to come, but that'll be this week. I was trying to get through those storage rooms and the garage - although the garage was the only thing on my mind when I started. As long as all the large things are accumulated before I call them, I'm OK as the smaller stuff can be put in the garbage cart or I'll haul it to the depot myself.

I decided to go through the shed ONE MORE TIME. I wanted to remove those chairs for which we no longer have seat covers. While I was there, I found a "few" more things that don't need to be in the shed. It wasn't a whole lot that I removed, but it was enough. Another big piece of wood, four chairs, an umbrella, a long extension cord that was (almost) hopelessly tangled. The duplicates of the rake, hoe, and shovel.

More items were removed from the shed
This is what the shed looks like now. I'm thrilled. That long piece of wood is for the net on the pond, although the other alternative is to scoop the leaves out each day. I did that yesterday because YES - leaves have started to fall into the pond and I don't want that debris to accumulate like we've let it in the past.

The shed looks pretty spiffy

Now I have a hoe, a rake, and a spade that are up for grabs. I was wondering if there's a community garden around me that could take them???  Otherwise, I'll see if the donation center wants them.

I also moved the old, broken wheelbarrow that was behind the fence into the garage in preparation for the junk pick-up.

The garage doesn't really look a whole lot better than when I started, but once the junk goes, it'll be much better. I have a lot of cycling accessories in that garage and that's my job today if I get a chance.

The garage is better, but a long way to go yet

I got rid of the LAST of the cloth reusable bags. Jane came and picked them up and they are going to the local food bank. I have a small reusable bag in my purse that I will use in the future. NO MORE collecting bags.

The last of the cloth reusable bags

Hey - we still have our reusable (collapsible) grocery boxes (which I love way more than bags) and I have some reusable bags in the basement with bicycles on them. I'm keeping those! So we're not without reusable bags.

I "traded" the bags for a puzzle. A glow-in-the-dark puzzle. I had just enough room on the shelf for one more puzzle. Come November, I'm going to dig one out and have some fun!

A new puzzle

I had found several pieces of decorator yardages. And TWO sewing baskets. All of those items got dropped off for the fashion studies teacher at the local high school. Seriously???  Getting rid of stuff is FUN!!! I love sharing the wealth!!!!

Stuff going to the fashion studies at the local high school
Getting rid of one of those sewing baskets freed up a corner of the table in the office. OK - so a small corner, but every square inch gained is a huge hurdle! Alright - technically, it's not freed up since my tablet and the manual for my car are in that spot!

A wee corner almost free up!
It wasn't all about working outside, I'm also trying to deal with some of the quilting stuff. I decided to put this project on the UFO shelf in the storage room. Hmm - that's pretty ugly and I have a huge amount of pretty containers.

UFO in two ugly containers
I found this orange basket, which I don't' think has ever been used for storage and now it's holding the items in the two ugly bags. Don't ask why I have a LOT of foil pouches in my possession.

Foil pouches stored in a wire basket
It was only when I was transferring the pouches to the basket that I realized that only the ones in the blue bag had been washed. Oh shoot - so next thing I knew, I was upstairs washing the remaining pouches. All are washed and they are drying now.  I should get my butt in gear and get the items made that the pouches were collected for.

Foil pouches drying in the sink
I was looking over the items that I removed from the puzzle storage room. Two big chunks of foam. What am I going to do with those??? I think at one point, they had been purchased to make dog beds. Hmm - my girls do NOT need another bed. Anyone want some foam???

Chunks of foam up for grabs
I'm happy to report that the trellis and the cork are gone! Well, they are spoken for. There's not much that I haven't posted that hasn't gone to a good home. Now for those of you who have picked up items - do NOT let them sit around your house causing more clutter. Your mission is to actually use the items that you've got!!!

 I took another load to the depot yesterday. Mostly garbage, but some wood and metal and more cardboard. Fifty kilos worth that cost me $5 which I gladly paid. I've started to go through the furnace room and pulled out two work lights that I no longer use. I put those up for sale on Facebook Marketplace. Holy - the number of inquiries I got was insane. They are pending pick-up this morning and then the next item will go up for sale. I can only deal with one item at a time.

I'm on a roll!!

On top of all that, I got a small portion completed on the next border for my Tonga Rhapsody quilt. And I got another customer quilt done! I'd better get trimming quilts!

Customer quilt - DONE

I taught a class last night at Oh Look Fabric. This is our ongoing class (Lilla) and I took loads of pictures which I'll share tomorrow.

I made a long list of things that I want to get done today. So I'd better get myself organized and make that happen. No classes, no commitments for TWO whole days. On a weekend? How the heck did that happen?? Two of my classes got canceled. While I like to teach, I'm happy with the time off.

I'm LOVING all the comments about how I'm inspiring others to declutter, tidy up or whatever. I love the comments and it helps me so much to know that I'm not alone in this decluttering thing. I know that once I've been through everything that I'm going to start all over again (look what happened in the shed) and I'll be getting rid of more stuff. It's going to be very hard when it comes to the quilting stuff and I'm not ready yet. And no need yet.

Yesterday was about a 15,000 step day. I didn't get Murphy's walk on the FitBit as the battery was dead and she wasn't going to wait while it recharged!

By the way, I did write a letter to Love Patchwork and Quilting giving them my feedback about those plastic bags and the free stuff. Let's see what they say in response.

I found this article on Pinterest, which in light of my decluttering, I found very poignant. Make sure you read the entire article. It's quite interesting! Perhaps this is where my decluttering energy is coming from.

On that note, I'm out of here!

Have a super day!!!!


Friday, September 13, 2019

On buying magazines

Things slowed down in the decluttering process a wee bit yesterday. I did go to the recycling depot again! I got rid of stuff at the Donation center which is located in the building outside the depot. It's all part of the same complex. And they took everything except the silly calendar holder that I forgot to give them. That will go back maybe today.

The car was full of wood and a couple of plexiglass items. I merrily tossed them in their respective bins. One for the wood and the plexiglass items went in the garbage. This time I had to pay. They weigh your car when you go in and then when you leave. Apparently, I unloaded 60 K of stuff. Seriously????  I wouldn't have believed it, but wood is heavy. I gladly paid my $6 and I was on my way.

I emptied the small storage room - I'm going to call it the puzzle room for the sake of clarity. Well, I didn't empty it, but I removed all the tools and everything related to fabric dying. I found tubs of EMPTY jars. Then I went for a walk to the local hardware store to see what I could find for shelves. NO - I wasn't going to carry a shelf home as DH thought I was going to do. I had a few other errands and I'm always looking for an excuse to go for a walk. It was a 17,000 + step day. I found the perfect shelf that fits that space. Except it was out of stock. I'm going to check a couple other Ronas to see if I can find it at another store. I'll do that online so I'm not driving around like an idiot.

That was it for the cleaning session. The mess is laying on the floor beside the long arm but doesn't interfere with the long arm. I'm going to sweep the floor in preparation for the new shelf. Maybe I can find it today. I hope so - I want to get that room tidied up!

Then I looked in the furnace room (which is pretty clean as I had already been through that room when we had our water issue). ACK - I found three more pieces of baseboard! I might take another load to the depot today and I'll have to take some junk with me to fill the car. I'm OK with that. It's just so fulfilling to get rid of this stuff.

Think of all the free time I'll have once this is all done. And as I'm getting rid of this stuff, I'm envisioning myself doing the same thing with the office. That'll take a bit longer since there's a lot of small stuff, but I see it happening. Yes - bring it on!!!!  And not one single thank-you to any of the stuff from yesterday for bringing me joy! All I've been getting from anything I've gotten rid of so far is a pain in the neck from thinking about it. My brain is going to be clutter-free soon!!

When I was on my way back home from the depot, I decided to take a detour to visit Indigo. Hmm - this used to be the location to hit when I wanted a magazine fix. Now look..........

I've never seen the shelves so bare. The top section is knitting, the middle is crochet and the bottom is quilting. Pretty sparse.

A sparse looking shelf

The papercrafts section was jammed as was the puzzle section.

Papercrafts section was jammed
I went looking for this magazine called Love Patchwork and Quilting. It's a British magazine. First - do you see what I see???

British magazine
It's in a stupid plastic bag. I bought the magazine so that's why the plastic is ripped. I can't see a thing about what's in the magazine. There's a big blue sticker on the outside "How to Guide Inside". How to for what??? I HATE HATE HATE these plastic bags. I won't rip them open in the store so I don't normally buy them.

And look at this one from the US. No plastic cover which allows me to see read and see what's inside. Thank you to American Quilter Society for that.

No plastic bag

OH - now that I've wrestled the magazine from its plastic sheath, I can see what's inside. Why can't I see that to start with???

Cover of the magazine
Here's another reason I don't buy this magazine often. Look at the price!!!  $15.99 CANADIAN. For those of you in the US, the price is $15.99 US. That's totally crazy!!!!!! Why I would be willing to fork over $16 for MYSTERY content????  The magazine has a more modern flair. I think it used to be called British Patchwork and Quilting or just Patchwork and Quilting and was a bit more traditional. I could be totally wrong on that point. But there was a Patchwork and Quilting. I'll check my shelves for tomorrow to let you know the scoop. Bottom line - this magazine is modern which isn't a bad thing - you just need to know that since you can't see inside!


OH - I get a freebie. Seven quilting stencils by Karlee Porter. What if I don't want or use stencils? Or hexie papers or a ruler as I've seen in previous issues????  I don't want CRAP with my magazines. So that's another reason to NOT buy this one. On top of it all, the article that I was looking for wasn't in this issue because of the time delay in getting this magazine to North America. The next issue is on sale August 7. Oh well.

Quilting Senstils as the freebie

Don't get me started with freebies. Too late!  Here's the thing. Free things are NOT FREE. Those little prizes in kids meals, the free fat quarter at your guild meeting, the secret sister parcels, the grab bags from anywhere are usually filled with things that we DO NOT WANT. Guess what - that stuff becomes clutter in your house. Yet we COVET winning or getting this stuff. Can you tell me WHY????  I do not want anything like that EVER. Maybe not until I've worked my way out from under what I've got.

I had to laugh when I was at the cash at Indigo. If you bought the latest Margaret Atwood book - you got a free tote bag! NOOOOOOOOOOOO.   I'm getting rid of the LAST (hopefully) of my reusable tote bags. Jane is picking them up and they are going to the food bank.

Don't get me wrong, I've got a lot of nice little gifts and freebies over the years. But many were thoughtfully chosen specifically for me! And I appreciate them all. It's the random stuff that I don't want.

I did more work on that blog post which just doesn't seem to want to be finished. I had a bit more sewing to do and then more pictures. I should be done very shortly this morning. Then onto the last two posts which are partially completed.

I managed to get a customer quilt done. I love this quilt - it's flannel and very cozy looking.

Customer quilt is done
I finally found a seam ripper so I could rip out that corner of my Tonga Rhapsody quilt and fix it. It looks much better. It's for this very reason that we measure, measure and measure the borders on our quilts. Can you imagine what would have happened if I had of just sewed on fabric???  That quilt would have a very ruffled outer edge once I was done all four borders.

The corner is fixed!!!

And why when we're ripping, do we not remove all the threads before we sew it back together? I see that on customer quilts sometimes. Sorry - but I'm NOT picking your threads out!!!

Threads that didn't get picked out!!!

I see there were no takers or ideas for my lattice from yesterday. That might go to the donation center today.

Today I've got pieces of cork. There are 7 squares here - 12 inches square. What the heck to do with them???  I guess I could glue them to some board and make a corkboard, but I don't have room. I guess they'll go in the donation box as well. Now how long has this been kicking around the house???

Cork squares

And I have this gorgeous container. It's like a hatbox although I don't know that it's officially a hatbox. It's about 15" in diameter. Maybe 10" high?  Well - that was a pretty good guess. I just measured it - it's 14" in diameter and 10" high!!!  It's made of wood and covered with fabric.


This is the inside of the hatbox. I love it, but I have no use for it.

The inside of the hatbox

In case you're thinking that the kitchen table is piled with junk because it's my staging area. It actually looks pretty good. There's a pile of my reading material at the end and a few other things. Some day, the table in the dining room will be the staging area. I'm getting close!

The kitchen table is not in bad shape

My local library branch has a book club. I used to belong to the book club, but then for some reason, I didn't attend. I would look at the list of books and often read some or all of the selections. That's how I move away from my usual genre of books. I decided to join again this year. I finished the first book mere minutes before I walked to the library for the meeting. It was called The Spy by Paulo Coelho.

The Spy by Paulo Coelho

The book is based on a true story. Hmm - EVERYONE HATED THE BOOK. That's hilarious!!!  It wasn't my favorite - the writing style was very confusing, although I didn't mind it. Obviously, my brain is not wired the way the rest of the members are!!!  We spent a good part of the time chatting about other books. I know why I don't like this book club. I think the lady leading it could be more engaging!!!  We should have chatted about stuff in the book rather than abandon it! Oh well - I'll go for some of the books and others I won't. It'll all depend on my schedule.

Speaking of schedules, can you believe that my 2020 calendar with all the MAJOR events is already booked. I did that yesterday. Well, the weeks for certain events, my sit n sew days, the charity sewing days, and my ongoing quilting clubs - it's all booked!!!  That's totally insane, but it needed to be done.

On that note, I'm out of here. Got to find that shelf today!

Have a great day!!!!