Kidnapped – by Millie

Well, I must apologize for my disappearance over the last few days! Millie is 100% to blame. One hundred percent. I am very much in love and maybe a little obsessed or is it just lust?


In all seriousness I want to say I love APQS. The service has been great. They came out and set up and I will have my official training in September up at Sparrows Studios in Edmonton.

The longarm actually did not take up as much room as I had anticipated so I was able to put one big table against the other wall where the girls and I can sew. DH is happy about this as he feels he can now maybe corral my sewing into one room. He should know better by now! I also moved my design wall behind her so that I can see it from the new sewing area.

Millie in all her glory!
Millie in all her glory!

I am happy with my first finish – a quilt I had pieced for one of twins back in 2003. They were due March 10, 2004, my birthday but decided to come December 10, 2003. My world abruptly changed with three months being spent in NICU with 27 week old premature twins. Twenty eight weeks is the golden week where the lungs are more developed. Having come the one week earlier created many more medical issues and I count my blessings to this day that they survived. Finishing this top that had to be abandoned and just having picked up my sewing again last year felt like some closure and a celebration at the same time.

Lexi's Quilt
Lexi’s Quilt

I am working on my Giant Bear Paw for DH next.

Giant Bear Paw
Giant Bear Paw

It has been loaded and I’m a third of the way through but we lost power for a day and have had to go on summer holidays! Millie will have to await my return – back to my little one for now.

Random Things About Me 

Okay I owe you five more! After this I can see if I am able to come up with one per blog – it could be hard!

1) I love Outlander – I am part Scottish. My maiden last name is Dundas. There is a castle, Dundas Castle, I so want to see one day as it is where my family came from.

2) I am also part Norwegian

3) My husband is half Latvian.

4) We did a Baltic Cruise on our honeymoon as neither one of us had been to Norway nor Latvia and we hit both places on the cruise. We were both mistaken for locals respectively and will definitely return to explore more hopefully with all the kids.

5) The four kidlets look like they belong in Norway. I call my oldest, Brock, my Viking. I am 5’8″ and he is 13 years old and already taller than me!

Blogging Tip 

Connect with other bloggers and follow what they do too. This is such a great community and there is a lot to learn from one another and the support is unbelievable – as well as the friendships that develop.

Quilting Tip 

Trust your gut.

This is a big one. We are always second guessing our creative process, from colour selection, to block placement, to thread choice.

Well, I asked my DH to tell me what thread he wanted me to use in his giant quilt for the longarm and well, you cannot even see it.

Giant Bear Paw with disappearing thread
Giant Bear Paw with disappearing thread

Lots of work quilting lost in the thread choice. I was going to go darker but he wanted a cream thread throughout. As you can see by this picture it doesn’t even look quilted in parts. I knew it and should have stood firm. Live and learn and good practice for Millie!

I promise you that I will do my post on Swaps this week. Millie is nowhere near me so this should happen!

Until then,


September Dawn

Here is my submission picture of September Dawn to QuiltCon 2015.

September Dawn - shown at QuiltCon 2015, Austin, Texas
September Dawn – shown at QuiltCon 2015, Austin, Texas

It was accepted in the Michael Miller Fabric Challenge and I was lucky enough to go to Austin, Texas to see it in person.

My first large quilt (original design, pieced by myself and quilted on a domestic machine). My first entry (and acceptance) into a quilt show and the first quilt show I’d ever been to. More importantly my first


The Longarm Arrives #helpagirlgetalongarm

Millie arrived today from APQS!!!

Jumping up and down! Jumping up and down!
Jumping up and down! Jumping up and down!

Set up took a little longer than expected and we did not finish until around 6pm. Dinner with DH then I had to try it out! Busy playing! They forgot the leaders so I am just pinning right now – first time using a long arm other than the demos I tried at Quilt shows. I am loving it and will post pictures tomorrow.

Thank you to everyone who helped this dream become a reality and thank you for delivering out in the middle of nowhere Sparrow Studios!

Until tomorrow,


Treasure Hunt

I was going to post all about swaps today. Oddly enough, if you follow me on Instagram you will see I received lots of happy mail today! A few of my swaps all came in at once!

So between my staging photos and sending thank yous my time was stolen today.

Okay, okay what really stole most of my free time was this:

Vintage Singer with cabinet
Vintage Singer with cabinet

Yes! I started an Upitis Quilts Facebook page last night so that I can link the Blog to it as yes, that is another blogging tip! And, well, I stumbled onto a craft market site and this was for sale only 15 minutes away from me. I have been wanting one of these for so long. A change of cars over lunch was needed. DH did not ask why I needed his car, nor what I was picking up – yes, good seasoned quilter husband!

So after setting this baby up it was time to head out to the ranch, where I am now, as APQS arrives here tomorrow (if they can find me – no address and directions are drive over bridge, turn at wood sign, if you cross big river you’ve gone to far!) My Millie should be arriving early afternoon so you know I will post pics of that tomorrow!!!

Random Things About Me 

1) I am a certified Horse Breeder – I went to Olds College when I had my first child and took maternity leave (he just came with me to class in a sling – I am big supporter of Attachment parenting).

2) My first sewing machine was a Bernina and I am very loyal to them.

3) I have a fear of bridges – irrational – but I will even undo my seat belt when driving over a very long one just in case I need to get out quickly!

4) I lived in the Dominican Republic for a semester of university and I’m fluent in Spanish.

5) My favorite food is lobster but I never get it as we really do not eat out (I love to cook and well we have four kids…) and living in the Prairies!

My swap blog will have to wait until the weekend. My vintage singer and Long Arm trumped it!

Until then ,