Sleepless in Saskatchewan

My daughter came home last weekend and we spent Saturday morning fooling around with the quilt layout I showed you last week. When she first saw the layout I had on the design wall she loved the coral and navy. When I showed her the contact sheet printout of the 3 “winning layouts” she thought the one with the most blue in it was the best choice. When I told her that this quilt could be for her if she wanted it she said, “well, that changes everything ! If it was going to be for sale I thought the blues would appeal to most people.” This is the layout that we collaborated on:


By taking out the print that reads as a greenie/grey, leaving more room for the tone-on-tone cream, and adding in more of the coral I think we have a bright, lively quilt. It’s a pity the coral print really doesn’t photograph well. You might be able to see the coral squares in the lower right part of the layout are lighter and are closer to representing the print. This is  because of the way the natural lighting comes into the room. There is an overhang on this south facing window and it throws a shadow over the top part of my design wall.

So, we left it at that because it is always better to sleep on it before a final decision. The next day she spent some time staring at the design wall and concluded that she really didn’t like the focus fabric !!!!!  Arrrggh ! But that’s o.k. There will be other quilts 🙂

I am slowly sewing together the other quilt I showed you a couple of weeks ago…


I forgot to mention that the fabric is called oink-a-doodle-moo by Jenn Ski. It’s a great farm themed kids print.

One last project I dropped everything to work on:


I am not a good sleeper – I can fall asleep quite easily but staying asleep is another matter. Sunrise is at 4:45am these days and sunset is at 9:40pm. Tuesday morning I was awakened at dawn by an irregular thumping sound which I thought was a tree branch thumping on the roof. Upon further investigation it turns out a robin was repeatedly jumping off a nearby branch and flying into our bedroom window. This went on for quite sometime – I eventually pulled the blind down and that seems to have deterred the persistent little thing. I am usually awake with the sun anyways. This incident just got me thinking that I really need to explore other means of trying to stay asleep because I find myself quite exhausted and not very productive because of it. So here is my eye mask I made:


The tutorial I used is here if you’d like to make one too. I sewed this up very quickly – didn’t have the required felt so I used insulbrite and that seems to black out the light. I used it last night and I think it helped. I will continue to use it to see if it makes a difference. If  I make it again though I will make it bigger – she suggests using a 3/8″ or 1/2″ seam allowance and I used the 1/2″. So I’ll use the smaller seam allowance and maybe even enlarge the pattern slightly.

This Sunday a friend and I traveled down to Saskatoon to take in the first ever Saskatoon Modern Quilt Guild Showcase. It was really worth the trip – so many quilts to enjoy and admire !

They have a few pictures of the show up on their flicker site –

One last thing – the marks left by the black frixion pen on my table topper did wash out – YAY !

linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Linda Dutch
    Jun 18, 2015 @ 15:21:51

    Looking lovely! Oh dear… I really liked your ‘focus’ fabric, the floral? It’s nice to mix large & small scale fabrics up & adds some variety! Still, to quote a friend recently, we are all birds of a different colour!



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