Creative Spaces….Joanne

Joannes sewing room 4Recently at the store we were having a conversation about sewing spaces. How big they are, where they are, organization etc. We started discussing how it would be fun to have a tour of sewing rooms. The idea of seeing what a ‘real’ persons sewing space might look like as apposed to designer and showhome spaces might look like formed. The only hold up….no one was willingly ready to show off their space lol!

Lo and behold the following week Joanne came in with photos. She has spent a HUGE amount of time on the weekend reclaiming her space…read this as “it was in such a CREATIVE mess”.

She tells us that besides the usual mess she had feathers all over the floor because she was stuffing a pillow but didn’t get around to immediately cleaning it up. “It looked like I had killed a chicken in my sewing room” she explains and so she had resigned to sewing in her dining room, although this was creating a new mess.

Out came the vacuum and hours of organization. All  her books and magazines are now sorted, her baskets are labelled by colour, backing are ore organized, as is her UFO’s.

“I can actually sew in my sewing room again, imagine that!” she exclaims. During the process she discovered she has 14 unfinished quilt tops, maybe more shhhhhhh!

From the looks of her space she will be whipping out finished projects in no time….if not she’ll be starting new one lol! Regardless, her space is beautiful and she will at least be sewing.  Have a look at her room below.

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Kudos Joanne for putting in the effort and being the first to come forward and show your creative space. Who knows who will be brave enough to show us their space next!

Thrifty Thursday….Stones of Franklin ~ Civil War Inspired Quilt Pattern

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Today’s Thrifty Thursday item is the “The Stones of Franklin ~ Civil War Inspired Quilt”  pattern from Bonnie Blue Quilts. This finished quilt measures 78″ x 78″ and was inspired by the fascinating story of Carrie McGavock who opened her home, the Carnton Plantation as a hospital during the Civil War.  Our regular price is $12.00. Our Thrifty Thursday price is only $4.00 Click HERE to orders yours today!

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Annual Hamel-Lite Gathering

dessert table

This was only half of the desserts

Yesterday we had our annual Hamel-Lite pot luck gathering. Traditionally this is a Christmas get together but due to the busyness of the holiday season we postponed this years event to January.  The feel was a mixture of both a Christmas and Ukrainian Christmas combined so we feasted well. Food consisted of the customary turkey, stuffing, gravy and cranberries as well as borscht, perogies and a myriad of delicious side dishes and desserts. Some of the photos aren’t crisp as the lighting wasn’t ideal but I think you’ll get the feel of the evening regardless.

Linda's homemade dessert

Linda’s homemade dessert

There was a selection of activities as well. For “Hexi Salad” we had to guess the number of hexi’s in the salad bowl. Denise made the hexi’s and turns out there were 1600+ in the bowl.Hexy salad

We played games like “Toss the Fat Quarter” which had the player throwing a fat quarter and aiming to have it land in a bowl. If one succeeded the FQ was your reward.

Heather hoping to land a fat quarter

Heather hoping to land a fat quarter

FQ Toss

Janet, Brenda L and Jock taking a crack at it

On top of our yearly “Dirty Santa” gift game we also did a white elephant gift swap which brought a lot of laughs. Here are a few below…

Some prizes

The iron boar was a coveted piece that evening

TP guy

The TP butler was also very popular

Linda May

Snorkeling anyone?

Linda May and Rod

Rod and Lina May model their gifts like the good sports they are


Kris received a pair of balls

We had a great time and look forward to next years gathering.


Thrifty Thursday….Simply Colorful Junior Layer Cakes


Today’s Thrifty Thursday item is an assortment of Simply Colorful I & II Junior Layer Cakes. These colourful fabric packs by V and Co. for Moda each contain twenty 10″ x 10″ fabric squares.  Each fabric pack co-ordinates beautifully with the next so mixing packs is a great way to extend your palette.  Our regular price is $26.98 Our Thrifty Thursday price is only $13.49. Click Here to order yours today! Quantities are limited!

Thrifty Outer Borders and Binding

Here’s a quick and easy tip to remember as we consider how to save fabric and money on outer borders and binding in this new year. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3.

STEP 1: When planning the outer border on a quilt of any size, decide on adding a 5″ border and cut five inch strips of fabric (WOF = width of fabric). Cut as many as you need (or think you need). Relax you can always go back and cut one more if you need to! Start by cutting a few. After being attached, your outer border will finish at 4.5″. Now assemble your quilt sandwich and quilt your masterpiece.



STEP 2:  Any remaining 5″ strips and short pieces left remaining after you have added your 5″ borders can be reused (up cycled). Simply cut your left over strips and bits from the outer border into 2.5″ strips (5″ strips cut in half lengthwise become 2.5″) and they can become the start of your binding. Now you already have a head start on a matching binding! I use this process as a little game to see how far my fabric strips will take me on a project.


STEP 3: Join all those 2.5 inch strips together and make a long binding piece. Attach your binding and go as far as you can with the fabric you’ve got. If you don’t have quite enough, then cut more 2.5″ strips from your yardage and continue until your quilt is completely bound. It can be quite surprising how far your fabric will go before you have to go back and cut more.


Voila! Now you have matching binding to your outer fabric and perhaps still some left over yardage and bits to keep in your stash for future projects.