Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Dear Santa ...

Let's just put all our cards on the table, Big Guy. I know what side of the list I am on. But really, it isn't all my fault. You see, I had no idea that I would love quilting. Heck, I didn't even sew until last June. But there are these shops on the internet, and they sell all this beautiful fabric, and even though I live in Canada, the fabric comes really really fast. My favourite, Fat Quarter Shop just makes it too easy to add to my ever growing stash (check my Mastercard bill, you'll see ... on second thought, don't. I'll never get off the naughty list if you do).

I am certain that if you grant me one small Christmas wish, that I will be able to get through the holiday season with fabric buying at a minimum (let's be clear, that doesn't mean no fabric buying, just a reduction in fabric buying).

Let's say you put this Nicey Jane Fat Quarter pack

under the tree and I make the promise to curb the fabric spending until the New Year. I know it probably isn't enough to get me off the Naughty list .... but it is a start.

See you soon,


Sunday, December 6, 2009


I had plans for a quilting update post (since this blog is called quiltsabit, it would be fitting, don't you think?) but 1 dead camera battery has thwarted my plans. I have Christmas quilts (for my Jewish children) to show (and bind), a finally finished in-law 50th wedding anniversary quilt, and so so much fabric for Sunday stash (almost embarassing how much fabric I have to choose from). But funny how the universe works because rather than blogging about all that, I'll just direct you to this blog

From there, you must go and read Part 1 of a story about Stephanie Nielsen published in the Arizona Republic today. And then, you have to go back and read Stephanie's blog from the beginning (you'll want to, trust me). Her story is life changing. At least, it was for me. Really.

I started reading the NieNie dialogues after I clicked a button from another site (when I learn to put buttons on mine, Stephanie's will be there, for certain). I happened to read her site on the day she had posted pictures of her and her husband, Christian, on the Oprah Winfrey show. And I was floored. Not because of her story (that came later when I started reading more) but because she said she looked like a lion in the blouse she was wearing and just that same morning, the day I found her site, I had the same shirt on, which I changed out of into something different, because the minute I put it on, I turned to my husband and said, "I can't wear this, I look like a lion". Not a word of a lie.

I digress.

After reading the NieNie dialogues you then have to go to Stephanie's sister, Courtney's site,

And not because she is Stephanie's sister (which is how I found her blog), but because she is hilarious and honest and refreshing ... And laughter is sometimes the best medicine.

And once you are done all that reading, start telling people about what you read. Because hope and faith and love and family and the human spirit, well, we need more stories about those sorts of things, don't we?

I can't think of a better blog post. Much more important than my quilts.

PS - Stay tuned. I have a surprise planned for Stephanie ...

PPS - Back to regularly scheduled quilt blogging as soon as I find that damn charger.

Friday, November 27, 2009


Here we are.

I never in a million years thought I would start a blog (isn't that how most people start off their first blog post?) but here I am. And all thanks to bees. You see, two of the girls (Alissa and Kristen) involved in the original Block Party swap are writing a book. All about quilting, community and quilting bees and stuff. And through all that, it has brought tons of people together to start up their own quilting bees. And I jumped at the chance to join (and join, join and join).

While I have a flickr account and post pictures there, it just seemed like a blog was in order - another way to share the blocks I'll be swapping with the great ladies I'll be swapping with and other quilting goodness. Which I think, is kinda the whole thing about the Block Party - community and bringing people together and the great possibilities that can come from that.

So here's to new blogs and bees (and figuring out how to put links and buttons on the side of this thing ....).

Here we go ...

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