Sunday, December 18, 2011


I've wanted to keep a stitching blog for a while now, but I've been waffling, trying to find a clever name, and wondering which craft to focus on.  You can see I gave up on both of those!*  Now I am finally inspired to get started, mainly because I've decided to commit to the 2012 Block of the Month from The Quilt Show.  After that huge commitment, a commitment to a blog seems easy in comparison!

The TQS 2012 BOM is Sedona Star, designed by Sarah Vedeler.  She provided an uncoloured pdf of the quilt so that we could design our own colourway.  I immediately felt challenged to create a colour scheme that was meaningful to me, and I spent two days colouring it by hand and choosing fabrics online.  Now I pretty much have to do it!

The quilt design is a gorgeous mandala-type design in nine sections.  You can see it here.  It is WAY beyond anything I have yet attempted.  I usually think in squares when it comes to quilting!  I am still a beginner appliquer as well, so this quilt will be a huge stretch.  But, I think this is a great opportunity as well, to utilize the online resources from The Quilt Show, and hopefully make a quantum leap in my quilting.

Oh, did I mention that even though I've been planning, buying fabric and starting quilts for over 30 years, I have yet to finish one?  It's true.  But 2012 will be the year!

(*Update June 6, 2012:  The original name of this blog was Stitching Journal)


  1. Wow that is quite a design! But the time will fly and if you stay on track you'll have a gorgeous quilt before you know it! Can't wait to see your progress.

  2. Thanks, Metanoia! You are right, keeping on track will be the main thing. I'm hoping this blog will help!

  3. Monica,
    Welcome to the Blogoshpere! That's quite a project you've taken on! I'm sure having the blog will help to improve your stitching, photography and writing. I know it has for me.

  4. Thanks, Cynthia! This is not my first trip to the rodeo, but it will be much more photography-intensive, which will be a good challenge!

  5. Monica, I just discovered your blog through the TQS forum on the Sedona Star. You are a woman after my own heart. I love to do anything with fabric, fiber, and needles as well. I see you are in Toronto. I visited there in July 2011 for a wedding at the Old Mill. Loved Toronto. Not too far a drive from St. Louis, MO where I live.

    Our tastes run parallel as well. I also admired that yo-yo quilt and saved the pattern. I think the Clover yo-yo makers are genius and also love to watch TV while doing handwork.

    Your day of rest idea also has resonance with me. I have a friend in Germany and that country still has a pretty quiet Sunday - most stores not open, etc. I chafed at first with the restriction and then really fell in love with it.

    I have bookmarked your blog and will definitely follow you! If I get back to Toronto we'll have to have lunch or tea or something.

  6. Glad to know you, Mary Ellen! I will definitely look up your finished block at TQS. I am still waiting for fabric myself.

  7. I'm so happy you started a blog, I always enjoy seeing what you are up to. The Sedona Star sounds amazing!

    1. Thanks very much, Rachael! I love blogging. As you said earlier, I've met so many nice people too. And I like styling the photos and the storytelling aspect of blogging as well. Win-win!


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