Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Post Christmas Post

Hello Quilters!

Clever title huh???

Christmas was wonderful here in the Stewart household.  It was such a nice, slow paced and warm time for all of us.  We live such busy lives and our son lives so far away that we don't get to spend time all together except at Christmas.  I overfed them and loved spending time just talking or laughing at old pictures etc.
Hubby and I went for a bike ride on Christmas day.  The temperatures were mild for this time of year and there was no snow.  I got Hubby a new bike for Christmas so it was doubly fun to go out for a test ride.  

They all have gone back to their busy lives and the Christmas decorations have been put away this morning.  Now we look forward to 2016 and see what new adventures it will bring.

DD requested a new tote bag for work while she was here.  I finished it yesterday morning so I can take it this week when I see her for my hair appointment.

This is the pattern I used for this bag.  I've made a few of these bags before.  Great pattern!

The outside of the bag.  I'm trying to used only stash fabrics lately.

I added pockets that aren't in the pattern.  Her business card is sewn beneath a layer of clear vinyl.
This works just fine until you iron it................!

We will be putting on our party clothes for the annual New Years' Eve party here in our neighbourhood.  I hope you have enjoyed your Christmas as much as we have.  

"Creativity is allowing oneself to make mistakes.  Art is knowing which ones to keep."
Scott Adams

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas 2015

Hello Quilters!
Wishing all of you a very Merry Christmas and healthy and Happy New Year!
Christmas 1964 
For those of you who don't celebrate Christmas, please take my wishes in the spirit in which they are given.  We all need to just see the good there is around us.

Thank you for reading my blog this year even though the blog posts were few and far between.
With luck, I'll have more to post next year.  Retirement will bring more quilts finished, I hope.

Believe it or not, I went for a bike ride today and didn't even require gloves.  Truly some crazy weather here in Southwestern Ontario but I'm not complaining.

Both kids will be home for Christmas this year so hubby and I are very busy getting everything ready.  We are so lucky to have everyone home for Christmas so we want to make the celebration a good one.

Have any of you been participating in the annual challenge quilt by Bonnie Hunter?  I have been madly cutting and sewing to keep up!  Part 5 will be out tomorrow so I'll have to wait a few days before I can get the next mystery section done.  Bonnie does a wonderful job of not only designing the quilt for everyone but making her instructions very clear and easy to follow.  Check it out at

Enjoy the season and family time!

Friday, December 11, 2015

Pantone Colours of the Year 2016

Hello Quilters!

Pantone, the world's authority on colour has just announce the colours of 2016, Rose Quartz and Serenity Blue.PANTONE PLUS Series Formula Guide - Shop Now
I don't remember them every having two colours but I might be wrong about that.
We will start to see clothing, housewares etc. come in these colours as well as fabric lines.  I have to admit, these are not colours that get me excited and I certainly can't wear them.  Oh well, there's always next year....

So the big news is I HAVE RETIRED FROM TEACHING AND LECTURING.  I'm looking forward to more time in the studio creating show work and just playing.  I love being in the classroom but the travelling and all that goes with it was getting to be a bit much.  Throw in a few health issues and the time was right.

If I find that I really miss teaching, I might teach out of my studio or anywhere that I can sleep in my own bed.  That decision can be made after a good, long break.

A big thank you to all of my students over my 33 years of teaching.  You taught me a great deal about being a teacher and quilt artist.  An even bigger thank you to those groups in Ontario and Nova Scotia that nominated me for Canadian Teacher of the Year 2009.  It was such an honour to accept that award.

I have had a little play time since my last workshop on November 25th.
Over the last couple of years I have been saving up some Cotton and Steel fabrics and finally used them to make this "Octo" quilt.  The paper piecing pattern is by Zen Chic. This quilt is just for me!

A variety of pinks, corals and oranges that were living in my stash went into this sweet little baby quilt.  The backing is the fuzzy minke fabric in a pale grey.

I'm in the process of clearing out quilt samples, workshop supplies etc.  You would be amazed at the amount of stuff that I have accumulated for teaching over the years!! Wish me luck.....

Friday, November 13, 2015

Hello Again!

Hello Quilters!
What a busy Fall it has been.  Unfortunately, that means I have once again neglected the blog.

Hubby and I enjoyed a 3 week trip to France.  Five days were spent in Paris.  We rented an apartment from the same company that we had the last time we were there.  This one was the set for a comedy though with the apartment shaking every time the Metro (subway) went under the building.  I won't go on but I could write a whole routine on our stay there.  BUT we loved Paris once again.  There is no other city quite like it.  You hear a great deal about surly waiters and unhelpful people but our experience was just the opposite.  Our neighbourhood was friendly, the restaurant and cafe staff very helpful and we even had people stop and ask if we needed directions.  With luck, we will get back to Paris once more some day.
The back of Notre Dame Cathedral

Next we boarded the Scenic river boat to cruise from Paris to Nice for 8 wonderful days.  Each day we toured a different town viewing ancient Roman ruins, mills, churches and so much more.  The scenery was breathtaking!  I can't say enough about how wonderful this riverboat cruise was.  The staff was amazing, the food excellent and the accommodations very nice.

All too soon our vacation ended and I hit the ground running with work teaching and lecturing at various locations across Ontario.
I returned once again to one of my favourite groups in Walkerton.  Thank you quilters for your enthusiasm and warm welcome!
Some of the Angles and Squares quilts from my last visit with the quilters from Walkerton.

The quilters in Walkerton, I should probably say "members of the New Millennium Quilters Guild"
participated in the Colour Studies workshop after having me present my Colour Harmony Lecture the night before.  Here they are with their Colour Study boards.
Great job!

I'll have to catch up with a few of my other visits in another blog.  I hope you are busy with your quilts!

A great quote from Hugh MacLeod of

"Inspiration precedes the desire to create, not the other way around."

Friday, September 11, 2015

Janet Bolton and Julie Arkell Workshops

Hello Quilters!
I had the pleasure of taking two workshops this week at Stitch in Jordan, Ontario.  Myself and two friends attended a two day workshop with Janet Bolton and a one day workshop with Julie Arkell.
Both were absolutely wonderful experiences.  Such talented and delightful teachers!
Janet and Julie are from London, England brought in by Jocelyn at Stitch to teach for the week.

Janet Bolton has a new book out that can be ordered through Amazon or purchased at Stitch and other quilt shops.


Janet Bolton is a world-renowned textile artist from London, England. Working with fabric, needle & thread, simple hand-stitching techniques and a gifted imagination, Janet composes beautiful textile pictures. Each of her two day workshops will be filled with demonstrations, stories, examples of her work, creative guidance and fun as you begin to stitch together your own Janet Bolton inspired folk art.

Janet's work looks so simple but I have to say that I struggled to get my ideas to "simplify".  Most of my quilts are very detailed and it was hard to let go of the realistic interpretation approach to my quilts in her workshop.  I'm not thrilled with the piece that I produced but I have to say, I learned a great deal and enjoyed every minute.  This is something that I would like to experiment with a little more in the quiet of my own studio to find some middle ground between what Janet does and what I lean toward in my own work.
This piece is far from finished but you get the idea.  I just couldn't work in the washed-out fabrics that Janet does.....

Thursday saw us in Julie Arkell's workshop to dress one of her doll creatures.  I was certainly at a disadvantage because I really don't knit.  Julie's work has the sweetest hats and other knitted accessories!


Julie Arkell is one of the UK’s best-recognized contemporary folk artists working in papier-maché and mixed media. Her hand-made creatures are lovingly dressed in vintage fabric, knit or crocheted garments, and bits of found items giving each their own unique whimsical personality. Included in the price of the one-day workshop is your own little naked creature, made by Julie. With her help and guidance you will spend the day knitting, sewing and embroidering garments based on her patterns and will take home a one of a kind little friend who, we’re sure, will make you smile every day.
Here is Julie with the dolls we made in the workshop.

My creature from the workshop.
Heaven knows when those two ladies will be back to teach again in Canada but if you get the opportunity, you would be wise to take those workshops.

Jocelyn and her staff at Stitch did a marvellous job of keeping everyone happy.  Stitch is a beautiful shop with exquisite yarns and fabrics in the most beautifully decorated shop I have been to.  I could have taken anything in the shop home and been thrilled.  You won't find any "cute" fabric there.........such a nice change!!!!

I'll be teaching Colour Studies tomorrow in Tillsonburg.  

Next Saturday, September 19th I will be presenting two lectures at QuiltX in St. Mary's.  I hope to see some of you there.  The lectures are at 11:00 and 2:00.  The topics are Colour Harmony and my Trunk Show.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Back to Work!

Hello Quilters!
Well.......wasn't that a lovely summer?
Hubby and I really took advantage of the summer attending our nephews wedding in July, going to Toronto to catch a play, attending plays at the Huron Country Playhouse, etc. etc.  We made full use of those warm, sunny days.
I hope you all had some family time as well as some sunshine.

One of our favourite activities this summer was "Mini on the Mack".  As the proud owner of a brand new Mini Cooper, I was reading the website and saw that the Guiness World Record for the most Minis to cross a bridge was being attempted on the Mackinac Bridge in Michigan.  "Why not?"
We had a great time chatting with other Mini owners and driving over the bridge with over 1300 other Minis.  T-shirts, window stickers etc. etc. were given out at registration and lunch was provided once the attempt had been made.  Unfortunately, we didn't break the record of 1450 cars set by the Brits.  We had 1319 but we are going to try again in 2017!

Been the T-shirt!

Over 1300 Minis waiting to start the crossing over the bridge.
This next quilt is the neutral Log Cabin I was working on last winter in it's new home.  The colouring worked perfectly with the decor.  Don't you just love it when that happens???

The queen size Bear Paw quilt is now done too.  I'm very pleased with this one but I have to admit that I really like red quilts.  I'll be teaching this class at Kalidoscope of Quilts in Exeter, ON on October 24th if you are interested.  There are very few spots left but give them a call if you want more information.

Quilt X will be in St. Mary's, Ontario September 18th and 19th at the Pyramid Recreation Centre.
I will be presenting two lectures on Saturday, September 19th.  Please come and say "hello" if you are in the audience! (And cheer loudly!)

Hubby and I were able to take some time to visit our son who lives in northern Alberta.  It was so good to see him and spend time with him in his new home.  He's so very far away though......... being a Mom never stops, does it?  We had a great time getting to know the area.  It's so beautiful and unspoiled there!
Northern Alberta drive.
I have spent the last few days getting ready for the Teaching Season.  Here are a few of the workshops I'll be presenting that are open for registration.  I will be teaching at several guilds this Fall but the workshops are usually open only to members.  Come and participate if you can.

September 12 - Cherished Pieces, Tillsonburg - Colour Studies for Stash Quilters
September 19 - Quilt X, St. Mary's - Colour Harmony and Trunk Show Lectures
October 17 - Kalidoscope of Quilts, Exeter, ON - Colour for Quilters
October 24 - Kalidoscope of Quilts, Exeter, ON - Bear Paw Quilt
November 7 - Kalidoscope of Quilts, Exeter, ON - Metro Medallions Quilt
November 14 - Kalidoscope of Quilts, Exeter, ON - No Fail Binding (a.m.) & Rotary Cutting (p.m.)

Friday, July 10, 2015

Meet "The Wolf Brothers"

Hello Quilters!
It's been a long time coming but I'm pleased to announce that The Wolf Project has come to and end.  The binding and label went on yesterday.
The piece has some technical issues.  It doesn't seem to matter how many years of experience you have, you always learn something new on each quilt.  Having said that, I'm still very pleased with this quilt.  The new title of the quilt is "The Wolf Brothers"  since it's not a project anymore.

Please do NOT pin.  Thanks.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Look at these Pillowcases!!!

Hello Quilters!
Look at what the members of the Lakeside Quilters did this week!!

That's 33 finished pillowcases for the children undergoing cancer treatment in London, Ontario.
The majority of the donated pillowcases were made from the fabric stash of a long time member's stash. Sadly, Anne passed away recently but we know she would be pleased with how the group used  her fabrics.

My friend Marg tells me that the Zurich Quilters have moved on to other charity projects but the Material Girls of Grand Bend have taken up the cause.  I'll be delivering the pillowcases to Marg as soon as we can come up with a date that suits the two of us.

Thank you so much!!!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Pillowcases for Children Undergoing Cancer Treatment

Hello Quilters,

A couple of posts ago I made a plea for readers to make pillowcases for children undergoing cancer treatment in London, Ontario.  Each child receives a pillowcase to keep when they start treatments.  The wonderful quilters of The Zurich Quilters Guild are heading this up.  They are a small guild and unfortunately, the need is great and never ending.
So far, I haven't received any pillowcases but I'm hoping that you are all busy getting a pillowcase made.
For inspiration, I'm showing you a photo of the pillowcases I finished making up today.

The guild has asked for some Christmas or "Holiday Season" themed fabrics for December.  In my stash of fabric I had some Theresa Kogut fabrics that have been living in my stash far too long.  No longer!  I'm happy to say that some children will really enjoy these fun fabrics in the form of pillowcases and I now have an empty Rubbermaid tub!!

So quilters!!!!...........dig through those stashes and make a pillowcase for these deserving children.  There is a free pillowcase pattern on Connecting Threads website and a video by Missouri Quilt Company on YouTube.


Friday, June 19, 2015

David Taylor Workshop and The Wolf Project

Hello Quilters!

We will start with the BIG news first!  The Wolf Project is ready to quilt!!  After six months of work I'm finally at the stage where I can sandwich the quilt for quilting.  I have a plan for the quilting but will have to buy LOTS of thread first.  The most intimidating aspect of the quilting is the fact that you can't rip anything out without making gigantic holes in the quilt.  You have one chance to get it right!  No pressure there.......  Wish me luck!
The quilting will be done on my trust Juki TL-98Q.  She's 5 years old with lots of miles on her but I think we can do this together.  What I'd really like to quilt it on is the new Juki QVP table  machine.
I'll have to win the lottery first though.
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My dream machine.
Here is the photo I took of the Wolf Project on my design wall.
Please do NOT pin.  Thanks.
The first weekend in June my friend and I attended a three day workshop with David Taylor in St. Jacob's, Ontario.  I can't say enough about what an amazing artist, instructor and person David Taylor is.  His work is beyond beautiful and has won an incredible amount of awards.  He is an excellent instructor who is patient,  well organized and truly engaged.  If you get the chance to take one of his workshops, don't miss the opportunity.  David has an exhausting teaching schedule but still managed to make each student feel like he was there just for them and wanted nothing else but for them to make the best quilt possible.  Fantastic.
Here is the start of my piece.  You will start to see this one progress too.  I have a few other work commitments to work on before I can devote more time to this piece but I love it so far.
Please do NOT pin.  Thanks!
David's approach to making the pattern is completely different from mine so I have to admit, I was really in a whirl the first day of the workshop.  Once I got my head around his method though, it made so much sense and I prefer the finished piece's appearance to mine.  Once I get this quilt done, I will find a way to combine David's techniques with mine.  He uses fabric in a different way too so now I need to go shopping for a different style of fabric.  Good thing I'm going on the July Shop Hop.

Here are a few photos from the workshop and of David Taylor's work.
David explaining his techniques.

Detail of the quilting on the back of his quilt shown above.
A quote by George Kneller:

"To think creatively, we must be able to look afresh at what we normally take for granted."

Friday, May 29, 2015

Progress on The Wolf Project

Hello again.
I forgot to post a photo of the progress on The Wolf Project.
The eyes went on today so that just leaves the snow before I can move onto the machine quilting.  That will be nerve wracking as you can't rip the quilting out or it leaves gigantic holes.  One shot and that's it.  Once the quilting is done, I will paint in the shadows and any corrections.

I'm taking a class with David Taylor next week.  That means I'll be starting another photo-realistic quilt so the Wolves had better get done soon or I'll be working on two at once.  NOOOOOO!!

The eyes give the wolves real personality.  
I was so lucky to find the perfect background fabric.  Finding the snow fabrics has not been as easy however.  I don't want it too white but I also don't want it to look like chunks of wolf have fallen on the ground......sorry that's how my brain works.........

Happy Quilting!

Busy Quilt Season!!!

Hello Quilters!
I know it has been far too long between blog posts.  My only excuse is that I have been away and teaching so much that I've probably caught up with many of you in person.

My trip to visit with the many wonderful quilters in Nova Scotia was an amazing one.  Thank you all so much for your friendship and hospitality once again.  You are truly special quilters.

While there, I had the opportunity to spend an afternoon with my friend and quilt artist, Laurie Swim in her studio.  Laurie is working on two very large projects at the moment.  One is a memorial quilt to commemorate the Halifax Explosion of 1917.  Next year will be the 100th anniversary of the largest man-made explosion prior to the bombing of Hiroshima.  In the explosion, close to 2,000 people died and many more were injured.  Many of those injured became blind as a result of the flying glass.
Laurie's images on fabric are almost haunting.  Laurie snow dyed the fabrics for the background using indigo dyes as the scars of the survivors often had a blue tone to them from the gunpowder.
Please take the time to visit Laurie's website to read about this amazing project.  She is a true Canadian treasure!  Laurie has cards and prints of her work online or you could visit her gallery in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia if you are lucky enough to visit there.

The winter everywhere in Canada seemed more severe this year but I have never seen anything like the winter in Nova Scotia.  This is a photo I took in Mahone Bay after a week of snow melting.
No one will be using this front door entrance for quite some time!
I was so fortunate to stay with my very good friends Barb and Peter once again while working with the Mahone Bay Quilters Guild.  It always feels just like going home when I'm there.  In fact, Barb always greets me with a "Welcome Home" as soon as I arrive.  We had our traditional lobster dinner.......YUM!  We also enjoyed an afternoon of catching up with our bee.  What a wonderful group of women they are!  It's so nice to be considered a "member of the bee" even though I only get to a meeting occasionally and sometimes by Skype.

While I was working with the Mariner's Quilt Guild I was hosted once again by Frank and Barb who spoiled me rotten.  Barb and I took a walk along the beach near their home and found lots of inspiration there for future quilts.

My amazing and talented friend Karen Henry arranged for us to have an afternoon of catching up.  Karen's work is so inspiring!  Those of you who are going to Quilt Canada in Lethbridge, Alberta will be able to take one of her workshops and see her work on display.  I'm afraid I used her couch for a tiny nap before my evening lecture too!  Oops.........these things happen near the end of a teaching tour!
The lovely quilters of the Mariner's Quilt Guild.  Thank you!

When I arrived home once again (after yet another tangle with Air Canada!) I received one of the nicest emails.  Sometimes you wonder if you've made a difference with all this travelling and teaching.  I'm always so touched when people take the time to write me.  Here is the part of the email that helped me know that I've made a difference "You skillfully convey a lot of information with passion and energy, warmth and humour (key element if you ask me) but without a hint of superiority.... I always feel like I can accomplish a little more, and be a slightly better quilter after I see you."  WOW......thank you!

A few days after being home I had the privilege of visiting with the members of the Buckhorn Quilters.  This has to be the more organized group of quilters I have ever met!  Thank you for your amazing hospitality.

I've been a few other places since then and shared my work and lectures with lots of wonderful quilters.  This is beginning to sound like a travelogue so I'll stop now.

I hope you found the time to visit the Ailsa Craig Quilt Festival featuring the Quilts of France.  What an inspiration those quilts were.  One of the quilts had the finest hand quilting I have ever seen!  Next year's quilts will be from Latvia.

There is a new quilt venture happening in St. Mary's, Ontario called QuiltX that will be held September 18 and 19, 2015.  I will be presenting two lectures on Saturday the 19th so please come by and say "hello".

Kalidoscope of Quilts in Exeter has signed me up for seven workshops.  Here are the dates:
August 12 - Fireside Log Cabin
August 19 - Jelly Roll Mystery Quilt
October 17 - Colour for Quilters
October 24 - Bear Paw Quilt
November 7 - Metro Medallions
November 14 - No Fail Binding and Rotary Cutting Magic


We need some pillowcases for the children undergoing chemotherapy in London, ON.  Each child receives their own pillowcase to take home with them.  One of the quilters was telling me that one boy showed up for his treatment and said, "I can't have my treatment!  I forgot my pillowcase at home."  The quilters of Zurich are spearheading this project.  They are looking for pillowcases suitable for both boys and girls of all ages.  They are looking especially for Christmas fabric pillowcases that the children can receive during the month of December.  I use the "hot dog" method for my pillowcases.  There are lots of videos on YouTube if you need to learn this method.
Pillowcases can be dropped off to me and I will deliver them.  Please dip into your stash a make a couple for these children fighting this terrible disease.  It seems so unfair!!
Feel free to email me if you have any questions.  THANK YOU!

I'm off to Cherished Pieces in Tillsonburg tomorrow to teach my Cobblestones quilt workshop.

"Giving up on your goal because of a setback is like slashing your other 3 tires because you got one flat tire."

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Not Spring Yet!!!

Hello Quilters!
It snowed a couple of days ago.  What's up with that???  Today it's raining and about 3 degrees so I guess Spring will just be taking a little longer than I'd like it to.

Hubby and I did get away from this cold weather with a two week trip to Costa Rica.  It was another photography tour but with a vacation component too so I went along for the fun.  If you have never experienced Costa Rica, I highly recommend that you put that closer to the top of your travel wish list. What a magical place it is!  The wildlife is wonderful, the people friendly and the tourism really well done.  We stayed in 4 different places and liked them all.

Our bungalow. You could hear monkeys screeching in the trees.

Photo taken from the platform where I took Yoga.
This particular place was called Bosque del Cabo.  I can't say enough good about our visit here.  The food served was especially good and the staff warm and friendly.

Very little work has been done in the studio.  The Wolf Project has a bit more done and a few more Bear Paw blocks have been completed for the queen sized version of the quilt.  Going away for a two week vacation does slow things down a bit!!
The third and final wolf is emerging!

More Bear Paws
I'm all packed to head off to Nova Scotia for some teaching and lecturing early tomorrow morning.  What a treat to meet up with old friends, share some colour knowledge and see some sights. Oh....and EAT SOME LOBSTER!!!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Is It Spring Yet???

Hello Quilters!
Things are slowly starting to show that Spring might just come this year but isn't in a hurry!
We can't complain though.   I've been looking at my friend's Nova Scotia's photos on Facebook.  What a winter they have had and it just keeps on snowing.
I'm teaching in Nova Scotia in April but I don't think the snow can possibly be gone by then.  Looks like I'll have to pack boots along with my usual two hockey bags of quilts.

In the studio, work continues on The Wolf Project.
The wolves take a considerable amount of time but I'm so pleased with the results so far.  Of course, the addition of the eyes, quilting and painting will make even more of an impact.  One step at a time!
Don't you just wish the elves would come in and lend a hand sometimes????

The other big project is a queen size version of The Bear Paw quilt that I showed in my last post.  My nephew needs a new quilt so that will be for him once I'm finished with all of the Bear Paw classes.  There are two other piles of fabric here in the studio for his two brothers' quilts whenever I can get to them.

I won a prize!! Before you get too excited for me, have a look at my photo below.  Yup, first prize for St. Patrick's Day costume here at the St. Paddy's Party.  Whoohoo! One bottle of Bailey's!

Enjoy your last few weeks of quilting weather.  I'll see you on the teaching trail!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Busy Winter!

Hello Quilters!
I seem to remember promising to be better at posting in 2015.  So far.....not so good!
That doesn't mean that I've been idle though.
Here are a few finishes since I last posted.
First is a lap size Bear Paw quilt.  I'm working on the queen size version at the moment and am quilting the table runner today.  This is a new workshop that I am teaching in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia April 11th.
Bear Paw

Beautiful quilting by Shirley!
Next is "Metro Waves" from Sew Kind of Wonderful and their Quick Curve Ruler.  The pattern doesn't make sense at all so I'm making another one that will be MUCH easier.  Having said that, I am very happy with the quilt.  The fabrics are all out of the stash including the backing.  It is a mixture of my hand-dyed fabrics and Kona cottons.

More lovely quilting by Shirley!
Here is another quilt from Sew Kind of Wonderful.  This time it's from a kit I purchased while in Houston for the Metro Medallions quilt.  I just loved the fabrics so I had to have the kit.  As with so many kits (agh!!!!) the fabrics in the kit were not in the right amounts so I had to add a few from my stash.  This one went together very well using the Quick Curve Ruler and the pattern.

Metro Medallion Quilt
I am teaching  the Sew Kind of Wonderful quilts at Kalidoscope of Quilts in Exeter.  Check for dates a little later.

Gotta Love those fabrics!
My tote bag's zipper died so I had to make myself a new one (on the left).  The main fabric was from a dress that was too big for me now so I just cut it up.  I was amazed to find perfect coordinates hiding in my stash.  The bag on the right is for my daughter.  The fabrics are left over from the Voyager Tote that I made for her for Christmas.  She now has a matching set!  The pattern for the bag is from an old book entitled "Easy to Make Totes with Zippers" by Taylor Made Designs.  I have made most of the totes in the book over the years all with great results.  Pretty good results considering I HATE installing zippers.

Work is slow on The Wolves Project as I have been busy making the quilts above for teaching.
I have one wolf completed and am busy working on the second one.  I'm very happy with the progress so far.  Putting in the eyes at the end always makes a huge difference to the work.  Wish me luck!!
Wolf number one (of  three).
Hubby and I managed to get away for a one week Caribbean cruise on Celebrity Cruise Lines.  It was nice to miss that one week of frigid temperatures and enjoy a little sun and pampering.
Caribbean Sunset from our balcony.
Probably my most notable accomplishment since my last post has been to FINALLY get my recipes in order.  I have papers  and cut outs from magazines all over the place.  It took me most of a day but I now have them all contained in labelled binders.  Not only that......(TA DA) I cleaned out my cookbook cupboard and donated those cookbooks I don't really use.  Those cookbooks that I only like one or two recipes in, I photocopied those pages and let the books go.  Whew!

It only takes a cold winter to finally get things organized!

I found this in one of my journals yesterday:

Definition of Art:  "A product of the human hand, in whatever medium, which expresses something of the human soul and strikes a responsive chord in the viewer."