Just Buttons


Last spring I visited NYC to meet up with a group of sewers. We had a lovely time visiting fabric outlets, designers’ studios, notions stores, and a button warehouse. You can’t imagine how difficult it can be to buy buttons when you aren’t looking for a specific garment! I bought a couple of sets of shirt buttons, then had to shop for coordinating fabric.

Halifax Harbour

The Halifax side of the harbour fascinates me. I find myself taking pictures any chance I get, particularly from Dartmouth. This photo was taken from the NSCC campus on the Dartmouth shore. You can see the Purdy’s Wharf towers, Stadacona, and the Dockyard.

Half Log Cabin Quilt


This quilt started with a photo of a Kaffe Fassett quilt, done in shades of red/pink/yellows… I came across the bulrushes fabric in my local fabric shop, was taken by the peach shades in the fabric, bought a couple of coordinating fabrics then came home and raided my stash-ending up with 14 fabrics that worked well with the bulrushes. Cutting the pieces took a bit of time, stitching the blocks went faster than I expected. I played around with a couple of different block arrangements and decided to use the one that created diagonals from the square element of the block.

This is the back of the quilt.

Purple Modern Quilt


I enrolled in a Craftsy class on Modern Quilts by Elizabeth Hartman. This idea was for a quilt made using a block structure but to have that structure not be obvious. Her quilt was done in greys with a yellow accent. I had this collection of quarter yard purple fabrics. I added the sharp bright green as a contrast. I made it lap size which required double the number of blocks (24) and I added a narrow border to each side to widen the quilt just a bit. However my modifications blend in so that you don’t see the border as a separate piece but as a continuation of the whole.