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#UFOvember + COVID Update

This month I have a couple of updates I want to share with you all. The first is my progress with #UFOvember. If you remember from my previous blog, I was participating in Geeky Bobbin’s #UFOvember. With November coming to an end, finally, I am so close to finishing this stack of quilts by the end of the year:

  1. 4th of July by Quiltworx

  2. Sugaridoo QAL quilt

  3. Christmas Stashbuster #6 Layer Cake Quilt

  4. On the Farm Stashbuster #6 Layer Cake Quilt

  5. Orange Stashbuster #6 Layer Cake Quilt

  6. New Hexagon Millefiore Rosette #3

  7. Improv Quilt with Poppyprint

  8. Summerland Quilt with Elizabeth Kinch

  9. Hanging Gems Quilt

  10. Large ugly quilts

  11. Lap Ugly quilt

  12. Blue baby quilt

  13. Red baby quilt

  14. Yellow baby quilt

  15. Warehouse District Charm pack quilt

  16. Alphabet baby quilt

  17. Quilt Coach wall hanging

  18. TMQG Block challenge wall hanging

  19. On-The-Side Paper Pieced wall hanging

And as if I didn’t have enough quilts on this list, I started a One-Block Wonder quilt this past weekend. Ensuring we followed COVID-19 protocols, I got together with two friends and over 2 days we cut and made all our blocks. All of us had chosen fabrics with different vibes and had totally different results. With each block, we laughed and wowed at the amazing patterns. It was a fantastic way to spend the weekend before going into lockdown.

Which brings me to my second update. COVID is bad in Toronto at the moment. So much so that the city is under lockdown again. With the numbers are rising all over Canada, it’s hard to picture what Christmas will look like this year.

The days are so short. And so many of them recently have been overcast. My main objective right now is not to get into a funk. Some days are better than others. Trying to stay active is so hard when the condo gym is closed and it’s raining outside.

I have a quote from Michael J. Fox on my desk. “Optimism is sustainable when you keep coming back to gratitude.” And I try to keep that in the forefront of my mind. We are all well and comfortable living in a first-world country. I am so grateful to the people who have been working hard to keep us safe and the system strong.

I can do my part by staying home, online shopping with my local businesses and keeping in touch with friends and family.

And finishing off my #UFOs.

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Great quote! Love the quilt in the fifth picture. Thanks for all the time and energy you put into your videos and blogs - I think they are fabulous - as you are too!


I am sorry you are on Lock down again. Keeping my spirits up this time of year is hard for me I suffer slightly from seasonal mood disorder. Add to that we just lost my Father-in-law at the end of November and it is hard to be cheerful. But I took part in a gratitude challenge the week before thanksgiving in the USA. The idea is to post on social media what you are grateful for each day for 7 days. I was surprised how much it helped keep me things in perspective.

I was really inspired by the UFOvember Blog Hop. I actually have decided to pull a couple out and fix them. If only I can squeeze o…


I have greatly appreciated and learned from your clearly laid out explanations and how you process your projects. Thank you for all the time and effort into that.

I do have a question. I have recently gotten a longarm frame and have determined to make quilting a larger part of my life. It is such a joy to me but I dont want to lose that in the process! I currently work independently selling books and was thinking I would transition to doing both, ie. quilting not just occasionally as a hobby. I was wondering how you transitioned to making it more of fulltime so to speak from just doing it occasionally and still kept the joy. :)

Not sure…


Hi Karen, thank you for being radiant and keeping us motivated. I came across your channel end of august and have been willing to try to adventure into quilting. I always have had a passion for needlework and also always wanted to learn to use a sewing machine. I bought a subscription to a craft magazine early in the year and was gifted with a Janome 219s sewing machine.

I have convinced my husband to let go of a tiny room we have in our house and have just turned that into a craft room. I haven't yet tried my machine but will be doing it soon.

Keep safe, creative and motivated.

Send you blessings from UK.



Carol Schon
Carol Schon
Dec 01, 2020

I just read the comment by sweetwilderness and she said exactly what I wanted to say, so thank you, Patricia, and thank you, Karen, for sharing your life and your creativity with us!:-)

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