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 ,


Fabri-Quilt New Block Blog Hop

A picture taken in Calgary over lunch today
A picture taken in Calgary over lunch today

Wow wow wow more excitement over here today! I was delayed posting this over lunch today as we had a Tornado alert here in Calgary. Not something you tend to see right in downtown Calgary. So the blog post had to wait, as I had not pre-scheduled this one.

My other big excitement today is being able to tell you all that I will be participating in the Fabri-quilt New Block Blog Hop which will be happening August 31st to September 3rd, 2015. Even more so, I am excited that the colour palatte I voted for was chosen! Apparently it was very close; but, I so love this Watermelon Summer Colour Palette by Fabri-Quilts. It includes Chartreuse (who doesn’t love chartreuse!!), Turqouise, Coral, Aqua, Lapis Blue, and White.

Fabri-quilt Watermelon Summer Colour Palette
Fabri-quilt Watermelon Summer Colour Palette

I will be designing an original 12 1/2″ by 12 1/2″ (unfinished) block and writing a tutorial for how to make my block. I am so kicking myself right now that I did not sign up for the EQ7 drop on Mass Drop! I have put a request for it to come back though…pretty please Mass Drop! All finished blocks made by the bloggers in this hop will be sent out to be put together into charity quilts. My mind has already been churning ideas and the pencil crayons are out. Yes, there a few other projects to finish first but the excitement is taking over. I hope you all check back in at the end of August start of September to see the blocks that everyone on the hop creates.

Random Things About Me

So here are another five:

1) My favorite movies growing up were Rocky, The Terminator and The Lake House. Just a few weeks ago I’ve added the movie The Best of Me to this list

(I am a sappy romantic, and considering my DH is my first love and we reconnected later in life, it so feeds this in me). I could watch any of these over and over and over…

Favorite Movie - The Best of Me
Favorite Movie – The Best of Me

2) My favorite book is and will always be Watership Down. I had a pet rabbit I named Fiver in University – I taught him how to fetch sponge balls.

Favorite book - Watership Down
Favorite book – Watership Down

3) I do not like tomatoes, raw tomatoes, but I love salsa and pico de gallo.

4) My husband and I often say the exact same random sentences at the exact same time – it makes us both smile.

5) I’ve known my DH since we were both 12. We started grade 7 together and now our kids go to that same school and they have the exact same French teacher we had. It kinda freaks him out as he was not very good at French so Parent teacher night gives him a little PTSD!

Blogging Tip of the day

One tip I have read, and have seen in action, is asking questions of all of you. It is important to be relevant and to post things that YOU actually care about and want to know about and spend your valuable time reading – so what do you care about? What draws you to a blog? And why do you subscribe to a blog vs. one that you just read now and then?

Quilting Tip of the day

A big thing for me has always been to spend 15 minutes minimum creating daily. My tip is to have quilts in various stages. The ADHD in me loves this; but, frankly, it is also a necessity in my world. With an intense job, a husband, and four kids, there are days when I cannot physically get to my sewing machine; but, I could do a fabric pull for a project (I use the clear plastic scrapbook containers from Michael’s to store each project in and stack them in my “fabric closet”) or cut some pieces for another, do some EPP, sew on a binding, surf for ideas, doodle projects. Just something creative. It exercises the mind and keeps my creative flow going. There is a lot you can actually get done in 15 minutes. My caveat to this is I admit I do NOT clean up after my 15 minutes, I am a messy creative 100%, so I have not added clean up or set up in that 15 minutes! It is amazing how much chain piecing you can get done in 15 minutes when you do not clean up! Clean up I reserve for certain days. Yes, it happens. Rarely. But it does.

Tomorrow I am posting on Swaps and Why Do I Swap?

It is also the last day of the #TULAYAH swap sign ups!

Until then,