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Where did the summer go?

Today I was on Instagram chatting with a subscriber from North Carolina. She was unmotivated to start her next project, so I gave her my favourite technique…the 30-minute timer.

I learned this so many years ago and it goes like this. Put on your timer for 30 minutes and just go.

We can do anything for 30 minutes

But the real trick to this is to stop at 30 minutes and reset the timer for 15 minute..and do something completely different. Watch Youtube, go for a quick walk, or unload the dishwasher. And then after this time is up, you reset the timer for 30 minutes and repeat...until the job is done…or your goal for the day is done.

And then I realized that I had been procrastinating something all day...writing my blog post. It was time to take some of my own advice.

I knew when I started my website, regular blogging was going to be an issue. Not only is it a lack of time, the act of writing fresh content just does not lead to my cognitive strengths.

But I realize May 26th was my last post. So I'm long passed the excuses stage.

A lot has happened since May. I survived my first FACEBOOK Live. Thank you to everyone that showed up or sent his or her best wishes. It’s now live on YouTube if you missed it.

And I have my sewing room back. My #3 moved out last month for a downtown lifestyle. I was sad for about a day…then I embraced the space. I have tons to do from culling to re-organizing to building.

Last week I had a light bulb moment. I have so many things of all different shapes and sizes to store. I also found that I have a ton of wasted space due to ill-fitting containers. Then I realized I could transform the foam board that I have on hand into trays customized for each individual drawer, cupboard and shelf. So I made a video about it

I used hot glue to make it all stick together. I did buy duct tape which I was going to use to seal the edges with but found that for the light stuff it wasn’t necessary. Subscribers have told me that a combination of white glue and hot glue also works well. You can also hodge-podge the trays for a more custom look.

I also continued my series on using up your scraps. This time I’m using the medium strips to make strip blocks.

Stay tuned for more in this SCRAPBUSTER series. Some of the video’s still to come:

· Improv blocks

· Postcards,

· Batting scraps

· The Afterquilt

· …and maybe some more sampler blocks

Next weekend is Thanksgiving here in Canada and life just picks up speed and snowballs into Christmas. I have 2019 goals that I need to check in with.

And I have some exciting announcements ahead for 2020….stay tuned.

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Unknown member
Sep 19, 2020

Retiring soon, so I wanted to start catching up on info. Thanks for allowing me to join in.


Unknown member
Jul 28, 2020

Thanks so much for all your videos... Times are so very stressful, I have not been out of the house since late March... Almost 70 yrs old and at high risk for Covid-19...

You are so very entertaining and I appreciate all the knowledge you pass along...

I wish you and your family the best, stay safe and take care of each other...



I really enjoy your videos. Do you have any tips on curve piecing? I am cutting out a wedding ring quilt.




Unknown member
Nov 11, 2019

Thanks for the excellent videos. To the point, step by step, great preparation, and motivation. Subscribed to your channel.

Learning from your YouTubes, I will be retrieving my stash and either cutting same size strips and/or same size blocks which will help me to organize, see what I have and make the creation much easier. I too over analyze, then ultimately accomplishing nothing. Many thanks.


Unknown member
Nov 10, 2019

There are so many videos out there with quilting tutorials and advises but yours are special and different. You have such a good humor, you are so well organized and analytic, you have such a great knowledge and experience, please go on and don't worry: we will all still be here even if you leave big time gaps between your uploads. Thank you, Angela from Malacca

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