Retracing my steps…

Succulent Path  is a free pattern from Windham Fabric by Sarah Sharp .  On my travels this morning it caught my eye.  I must still be in Drunkard’s Path mode because this Clamshell pattern is very similar shape.  Maybe it was the colours, not sure, but it looks interesting.  Lots of pieces, but I think  many fabrics, same families makes the party fun.

Succulent Path by Sarah Sharp of [no] hats in the house

Now back in 2016, I designed my own clamshell quilt.  Mine definitely has fewer pieces, but the colours are similar.  I chose the printed fabric first, then found fabrics to blend with it.  I find I can’t go wrong that way.  I hand cut and machines pieced all the clamshells together. I love sewing curves, but I still need to use pins.  Each clamshell was quilted with a different design.

Modern Clamshells

I’m going to look and see if I have any fabrics left over and maybe??? do a Succulent Path… we regularly repeat using triangles in our quilts, why not clamshells?

Progress report on Log Cabin

log cabin progress


40 of the 56 blocks have been sewn and trimmed to 10″.  Only another 16 to go.  That will give me a quilt approx 66″ x 76″

Now is the time I start thinking of how to lay it out and how to quilt it to the best of my abilities.  Hopefully that is being stretched each time I put a quilt on the frame.

The layout has been decided……..see previous post




Now the “How to quilt it”.  That old “quilt as desired” that used to drive me crazy.  Usually if I think about it for awhile and the answer comes to me.  Sometimes quite by accident.  That’s what happened this time.  I was looking for something in my very cluttered sewing room and came across this little excerpt from someones blog.

log cabin quilting design

Now, these days (since starting a blog) I would give credit to the author of the words and design that I copied.  BUT, I’m embarrassed to say, that way back in my surfing of quilting sites days, I copied info but not where I found them.  I was only going to use it for myself as inspiration was my justification.  I know better today, so if anyone recognizes this design please let me know and I will definitely give credit where it is due.  In the article  “One of the “things” she did was being a contributor to the “Fresh Ideas” column in the “On Track “magazine produced by the International Machine Quilting Association. ”

I GOT LUCKY…. I googled the information I had and I found the talented lady……Cindy Roth  back in 2012. (click her name and it will take you to the blog post she wrote. ) So thank you Cindy, I am going to use this design for the quilting of this log cabin.  Wish me luck.  Feathers and I don’t always get along.







Week 4 of 2018 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop

for those who are just starting the hop, here is a complete list of participants.  Please take the time to visit each blog and leave a comment.  I know they all will be thrilled.  I found my week just amazing.  So many lovely comments, new quilting friends, and definitely new ideas.  Grab that cup of coffee and get started…………………….

April 16 April 23
Gail @ Quilting Gail
Rachel @ Rachel Rossi Design
Tracie @ Riceford Streams
Wendy @ Pieceful Thoughts
Jan @ Cocoa Quilts
Michelle @ Creative Blonde
Terry @ Quilting a Legacy
April @ Janda Bend Quilts
Velda @ Freckled Fox Quiltery
Carrie @ Carrie Bee Creates
Sharon @ Ms. P. Designs
Ann @ Laughing Gas Quilts
Nicole @ Hand Wrought Quilts
Becca @ Pretty Piney
Sherry @ Powered by Quilting
Stephanie @ Low Country Quilts and Embroidery
May 7 May 14
Sandy @ Gray Barn Designs
Linda @ Cozy Quilts
Dione @ Clever Chameleon
Cate @ Chaos Theory Quilting
Tara @ Quilt District
Roseanne @ Homesewn by Us
Karen @ Tuna Quilts
Rashida @ No 3 Quilt Studio
Tracy @ It’s a T-Sweets day!
Joni @ For the Love of Thread
Cherie @ Cherie’s Quilting Journey
Cindy @ Gray Barn Designs
Karen @ The Quilt Rambler
Sarah @ 9658 Textiles
Terri @ Meanderings Along Lizard Creek

Last but not least, don’t forget to check out our host blogs for some fantastic giveaways!

Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts
Jan @ Dizzy Quilter
Tish @ Tish ‘n Wonderland
Sanda @ mmm! Quilts

Thanks for stopping by


My completed sesquicentennial project

O Canada,

O Canada

design by Cheryl Arkison, layout by Lucy (my 6 year old granddaughter), piecing and machine quilting by myself

As a proud Canadian I wanted to celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial in 2017.

I started this quilt in 2016 to ensure I had it completed in 2017.  Life had different ideas and I wasn’t able to complete the quilt until 2018.

canada flag detail

Using small pieces of fabric to represent individual Canadians,  I sewed them together into slabs of different colours.  The colours represent the many diverse nationalities that have immigrated to Canada to join with our indigenous peoples.  The quilt represents the “melting pot” that is known as Canada.

A little history…….red ensign

The Canadian Red Ensign was the flag of Canada until 1965, when it was replaced by the current Maple Leaf flag. It is a British red ensign, featuring the Union flag in the canton, adorned with the shield of the coat of arms of Canada.

Also associated with the old Canadian flag was an unofficial national anthem of Canada…The Maple Leaf  Forever …which was written in 1867 by Alexander Muir.   I very proudly sang this song as a young person.   In 1997 the CBC held a contest for new alternate lyrics to the unofficial  anthem …… the winner of the 1997 contest was Vladimir Radian, a Romanian immigrant.  I have used his lyrics and my cursive writing style for the machine quilting in the coloured areas of this quilt.

Happy 150th Birthday Canada

Here are the alternate lyrics written by Vladimir Radian in 1997:

O, land of blue unending skies,                                                                                               Mountains strong and sparkling snow,                                                                                              A scent of freedom in the wind,                                                                                                        O’er the emerald fields below.

To thee we brought our hopes, our dreams,                                                                                For thee we stand together,                                                                                                                    Our land of peace, where proudly flies,                                                                                        The Maple Leaf forever.

Chorus:                                                                                                                                                    Long may it wave, and grace our own,                                                                                       Blue skies and stormy weather,                                                                                               Within my heart, above my home,                                                                                                 The Maple Leaf forever!

O, Maple Leaf around the world,                                                                                                    You speak as you rise high above,                                                                                                     Of courage, peace and quiet strength,                                                                                            Of the Canada that I love.

Remind us all, our union bound                                                                                                       By ties we cannot sever,                                                                                                               Bright flag revered on every ground,                                                                                           The Maple Leaf forever!


O Canada quilting

Above  is the backing showing the cursive writing of the lyrics.

Click HERE to see what the backing of this quilt was supposed to be.

My daughter suggested it become a quilt all on it`s own…….  so pictured below is the second sesquicentennial quilt that was created.


Still need quilting.  It will be finished by mid June so it and the Canada Flag quilt can hang in the Gwillimbury Guild Quilt Show on June 22 in the Sharon Temple in Sharon, Ontario

I did manage to complete a sesquicentennial project during 2017.  My granddaughter and I entered a challenge  for  another of my guilds  ….Region of York .  Click to see Gramma and Lucy’s Challenge Entry.  Passing my passion on to the grandchildren is the best!









It’s my turn…..

Welcome to my little space on the internet .

Today is my turn on the 2018 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop hosted by:

The co-hosts have been so generous with their time and knowledge. Links to their blogs are at the end of this post. Be sure to visit each of them today.  You also need to visit their sites to sign up for the giveaway. 

Now, a little about me:

I have been sewing since I was a young girl, but I found quilting in 1996 when my daughter said “Can you make me one of those?”  We were in a fabric store and she was pointing to a quilt on the wall.  Although I had never done anything like this before, I said “OK”  and we proceeded to buy fabric.  I also said “don’t tell your sister”


This quilt went to university here in Toronto.

She did tell, and a second quilt was requested by her sister.  So began my quilting journey.

Hand quilted by me… This quilt went to university in Edinburgh, Scotland

I am active in three local guilds.  I love sharing my ideas and techniques in member workshops.  My inspiration comes from everywhere.  As a visual learner I can see a quilt block in anything.  I find the fun part is translating what I “see” into a quilt pattern.

I could be described as a prolific quilter.  Over the past 20 years I have made about 100 quilts as I tried my hand at Traditional, then Contemporary and Modern styles. Whatever caught my eye, I made.  What really grabs my attention currently are geometric layouts. Some of the quilts have been given away as gifts, but many I have kept and still more remain “tops” needing quilting.

I pondered on ways to showcase and market my creations.  I wanted to show them off to others and let people know they could purchase them.  I mean what do you do with 60 quilts?

As a Mother’s Day present in 2016, my daughter gave me my website  She has done a wonderful job at designing the website and now it is my turn to learn more about blogging and interacting with the quilting world out there.

Please visit my website and browse around though my many quilts and also enjoy the journaling I have done on my blog.  If I find something interesting, I like to share the links with you.  Perhaps you could share some with me.

I showed you my first 2 quilts and hopefully you have clicked on the links to see some of my finished quilts.  Now I am sharing my latest quilt that has just come off my  longarm.   O Canada   Check back next week when I post about this quilt and it’s partner.

O Canada


We’ve come full circle.  That desire to learn is what brought me to the 2018 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop.  How do I make my site attractive and user friendly for those who visit?  I’m learning lots.  Who says you can’t teach old dogs new tricks?

The technical enhancement of my blog is important, BUT , the most important tip I have learnt during this hop is to respond via email to everyone who leaves a comment.  We all like to receive comments on our blogs, but when we personally respond, the visitor know we have heard them and appreciate the time they took.  Encourage questions and dialogue.  Who knows what direction it will take your quilting journey.

The 2018 New Quilt Bloggers who are stretching their reach this week in the blog hop are listed below.  Visit each co-host for more new bloggers.  Please follow along and offer your encouragement.

Thanks to our blog hop sponsors listed below, there is a giveaway.…….  In order to be eligible for the giveaway, you need to visit one of the co-host blogs and follow the instructions for signing up for the giveaway. But do visit all four, they are wonderfully creative and fun to get to know!


Benartex Canuck Quilter Designs Christina Camelli
Clinton Modern Creative Cooking Up Quilts Devoted Quilter
Island Batik Make Modern Meadow Mist Designs
Needle & Foot Fine Fabrics Northcott Phat Quarter Fabrics
Quilting Jetgirl Sew Fresh Quilts Sew Sisters Quilt Shop
The Red Hen Shop Victoria Findlay Wolfe Quilts The Quilters Planner

2018 May Colour Challenge

The last time I completed and posted about the monthly challenge I said I was Late for the party.   That was in March.

Well, I missed April.  I now have to catch up on 3 blocks.  BUT, I have managed to complete the May block early.

2018 colour challenge May

The May colour challenge was green.  How appropriate.  It took Mother Nature till now to give us some green grass.

I had some leftover green fabric from when I made the Quilts for the Broncos.  I like this idea for the block to be completely one colour.  It should make an interesting sampler when completed.

Now I have to wait until May 24 before I can submit it.  Will I remember to do that?


Here is the  block from March:2018 colour challenge_ March

Fireburst Mystery Quilt

This Mystery Quilt is being organized by Tish who blogs under

The details for the mystery  lays out the proposed time frame.

Tish has written a wonderful post on colour to help assist with our fabric pick.  I found this extemely helpful.

That post also included fabric requirements.

Now for my fabric picks.

When Tish was first inquiring who would be interested in participating in this Mystery Quilt, I somehow got the impression that our colour choices were to be associated with our birthstones.  I thought that was a very challenging idea, because not all birthstones are “pretty”.

My birthstone is the Peridot.  I’ve always thought of it as a washed out green colour.

When searching for appropriate colours of fabric for the mystery quilt, I discovered that the Peridot is a beautiful gem stone in many varied hues of lime green.

Hopefully my fabric picks will work…… I’m going to email Tish to ask her opinion.

Birthstone Mystery fabric




Progress on a UFO

Yellow and Black Log Cabin _Sandy Lindal workshop

Two years ago I attended a workshop by Sandy Lindal  for a wonky log cabin done on  a flannel foundation.  This year I have just finished a workshop by Sandy for Stashbuster ideas.  I still haven’t finished the quilt from the first workshop.  So, instead of starting a new project (and possible UFO) using the new technique,  I just took notes and pictures during her instructional time.  When everyone else got to work on their new projects, I pulled out my UFO from 2 years ago and started working on it.

My ears were always open to what she was saying and the tips and ideas she was giving for the new project.  I just jotted them down and kept on working on my UFO…..I got 10 more blocks completed during the afternoon.   I love the idea of “wonky” because you don’t have to measure anything.  The strips can be cut freehand .  Nothing needs to be precise.  I even chain pieced the strips onto the 10 1/2″ square flannel foundation. Just like paper piecing except you don’t have to remove the paper.   Because it is done on a flannel foundation, no batting will be required when I quilt it.

It’s about half completed now, and I still really like it.  It may stay a UFO for a little longer because there is some machine quilting I need to get done before our local quilt show in June.  I think I will play with the block layout some more and see what other interesting arrangements I can come up with……any ideas?


What a pleasant surprize….

This morning I was visiting the blogs of other participants in the 2018 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop.  I not only read their introduction post, but I wandered all around their blog or website.

When I came to Nicole, who blogs at Handwrought Quilts , I couldn`t stop staring at the quilt she designed for her local guild to enter into QuiltCon Charity Challenge    ……..     Maple Spirit.

As a fellow Canadian, my heart began to swell.  It just screamed CANADA to me.  The simplicity of the quilt called to me, the colours so perfectly represented our maple leaves in fall, the hidden details of the background … subtle yet so effective.

Thank you Nicole for sharing this quilt.  I wish more Canadian could see it……



2018 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop Week 2


Week Two Bloggers

I`ve visited all their blogs this morning and these are some incredibly talented ladies….  grab a cup of coffee and start hopping.

The co-hosts for this year’s blog hop are:

Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts,

Sandra @ MMM! Quilts,

Tish @ Tish’s Adventures in Wonderland,

Jen @ Dizzy Quilter.

There is a giveaway happening via Rafflecopter on the co-hosts’ websites.  Visit them to enter.  Draw closes April 28th, 2018