Sunday, November 13, 2016


Today I am feeling inspired.

What a wonderful feeling. 

It's wonderful for exactly one reason. Even though I've been a quilter since I was 19 in 1980 I still can feel inspired by other quilters. Inspired to take the next step in my hobby. 

It's such a great feeling to know that, for me, quilting doesn't get old....there is so much to explore.

I have known quilters, just a couple actually, that have the attitude that they have done techniques a certain way for years and it works so why try new things. Honestly, a lot of times, this attitude shows in their work....sorry, just my opinion.

This week I read a blog post by Steph over at Dawn Chorus Studio entitled Thinking About the Process of Improv Patchwork.  Her current quilt, Fete, is one of my favourites at the moment. I commented to Steph that the idea of Improv Piecing is intriguing to me, but makes me nervous of how to go about it. She gave me a pep talk and recommended a book that would help me Santa has a copy ready for my stocking so I can try something new in the New Year!

So, this morning, as usual I check in on Kathy over at Kathy's Quilts. What a timely post she has written. I hope you can take a moment to read it, as I find it especially inspiring to me today and maybe you will feel the same way.

Kathy also mentions a blogger whom I've never heard of, so I checked her out.....The Bitchy Stitcher. More very inspiring words today!!!....and so true. I don't know how many times I've heard quilters lament on their work. So disheartening. Please, if this is you, take a few minutes to read this wonderful post today!

Wow, lots of words today and not many pictures! Let's rectify that with just a couple.

I thought I had finished all of my hearts for my Quilty365. I figured on sewing the final ones onto the flimsy on Saturday. Well, I realised that although I had prepped a heart for Hallowe'en, I had not actually finished it. Here it is, the final heart.....really!...

.....and then a few stitches in a Life is Beautiful block....which I love, as cherry trees hold a lot of sentiment for me....

Today I am linking up with Kathy for Slow Sunday Stitching and with Cynthia for Oh,Scrap!.

On a personal note, here is something that I hope can inspire you!

A year ago I was in a lot of pain. My doctor had prescribed Percoset, which alarmed me at how much I liked it so I stopped that, and I was going to ask him if I could possibly get a Handicapped Parking Pass. 

This year, after making many changes in my health, I've been in a Learn to Run class....and next Sunday I'll be running in my first race....a Santa 5K in Hamilton! It all seems so surreal to me! I have never been an athlete in any sense of the word!

So hopefully I'll have a picture to share next week of that big event!

For now, here we are on Saturday morning enjoying the beautiful morning....

Have a wonderful day!


  1. Love your little spider and as to the run, you go girl ! That is wonderful!!

  2. Wow, congratulations on your running! That is a wonderful accomplishment. When I broke my wrist, I took a little bit of that kind of pain medicine, and realized very early on that it was not good stuff. I also wanted to say that quilters like you inspire me to do more handstitching, and so I've decided to learn to hand quilt!

  3. I too love your spider block. Good for you for taking your health into your own hands. Thanks for inspiring all of us at Oh Scrap!

  4. Oh my goodness Sandra... that is very inspiring that you went from being in pain, to being a runner! Congrats on all your hard work!

  5. You are an inspiration in ALL you do!!

  6. Good luck next Sunday! Enjoyed the link to the Bitchy Stitcher!

  7. Enjoy your run. Congrats on all the hard work to get you to this point. Love your post, it fits really well with Kathy's.

  8. Will be thinking of you next Sunday on your first official run. It's a real inspiration!