“There’s a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in. “
– Leonard Cohen
This month I want you to play with this theme exploring the ways we see light and how it radiates through cracks, behind doors, around clouds, back lighting effects. Keeping in mind the underlying meaning of Cohen’s quote. The beauty in imperfection.

Ernest Hemingway wrote a similar quote, “We are all broken. That’s how the light gets in.”

Use the following images to help inspire your creative thoughts.


The base of the colour palate I would like to be similar to this dark cerulean – a dark “stormy” blue that is then transformed into a spectrum of light blues, turquoise, silver grays, white. Corals, yellows, pinks and hints of purple are all welcome. See attached image of colours.

I would like the blocks to be upwards of 10.5” x 12.5” I.E they can be a rectangle like that or a 12.5” square or 14.5” by 12.5” etc – rectangular or square.

Fire away with any questions and most importantly have fun with this – play and experiment.

The book I am currently reading helped trigger this prompt for me – see the cover image:


It is set in the area where my childhood cottage was and I am loving this series!

Remember to use the hashtag #beeinspired2018 and tag me in your progress. If anyone else wants to play along just use the same hashtag. I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with!





So this is not my #bestnine2017

(I’m waiting until the 31st 😘)

I want to introduce you all to something I’m extremely excited about for 2018 ❤️
Let me introduce you to #beeinspired2018
Eight women who have formed a group to inspire each other creatively over the next year.
Very much #inspiredbybeesewcial we will be using creative prompts to inspire the others in the group to create original modern improv blocks for the Queen Bee.
A modern take on the traditional bee.
Let me introduce you to the eight: (from the top L going clockwise)
If don’t already follow all eight please do! I am honoured to have these ladies join me in what will be amazing creative journey in 2018!

Follow along to Bee Inspired in 2018

I will do my best to post the monthly prompts here as well. We will be taking February off for QuiltCon and then the summer months and December.

Until then,


Artist Inspiration

Artist Inspiration

I just received the most incredible post on Instagram: @dmasse just notified me that he used my quilt September Dawn, as inspiration for his Grade 3 Art class. They did their own take on September Dawn making chalk drawings. I so love his post and I am blown away to have been used in his class. That to me is what this is all about – the ripple effect.

Please take a look at the amazing work his student’s produced and the incredible work he is doing with them in San Diego:


Block 6/52 #52weekswith thequiltersplanner “Eastern Shore”


Here is my version of the Eastern Shore block.  It was a fun one to do and I wanted to capture our sunsets on our “Eastern Shore” with my Anna Maria Horner fabrics. I actually really like this block and I do not very often gravitate to what I sew (I am my own worst critic!).

See my usual high tech picture below for what you need to cut to make this a 9″ finished block like mine above. The tutorial is found on @wandaslifesampler blog – she is the creator of this great block in a 12.5″ unfinished version that is in the Quilter’s Planner. So here are my measurements:


Have fun with this one and will see you next Wednesday with block 7/52!