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Friday 16 October 2020

Catch up

It does seem ages since I have blogged on a regular basis.  It isn't because there is nothing to share, it's just finding and taking the time to do so. I do miss blogging and, as I was reminded recently (Cheryl), it's a great way to archive and keep notes on past projects.

What has kept us so busy?  Well, although many this past year seemed to have extra time on their hands, my family and I had less. Way less.  Last fall, we purchased an older home (with a barn!) in the seaside community where I grew up. It will function as a weekend/summer home only.

The house needed (needs) a bit of TLC, which we have been providing these past few the best of our abilities. My contribution has mostly been painting, both outside and in, although Mother Nature will soon put an end to the outside work.  I am determined to restore the corbels which adorn the front of the house to their original dark green glory  That may have to wait until spring now. We have been running back and forth between here and there, while also juggling thread and pattern sales and a quilt commission. The commission deadline is almost here and with luck, the piece will be finished on time. Very soon, life will slow down again as our winter months approach and I do hope to spend more time here on the blog, and in my sewing room.  Even though the house has demanded a lot of our time and we frequently wondered why we bought it... it is quite growing in our hearts, and we are enjoying being there more and more each time we go. It is cosy and charming (and did I mention it has a barn?!?) The best part is that it is two doors away from my sister. :)

Old houses, of course, need quilts...and we certainly have lots of those.  It has been fun to choose which ones to go on the beds (as we acquire beds).  Polly and I have started braiding a mat from our cotton scraps for the downstairs bedroom, with big plans of doing a long runner for the wide boards of the wood floor in the upstairs hall over the winter.  

There have not been many moments to devote to this mat so far, but gosh it has been awesome fun to see it grow, and I have loved every second braiding the strips.  It may be my new thing :) Polly adores laying on it each time we add a braid to two to the outside edge.  She will be kept very busy all winter trying out the new strips on the hall runner!

As many in our area will agree, it has been a rather hollow feeling week here in Amherst with the cancellation of our Nova Scotia Fibre Arts Festival.  Normally I begin loading up the dining room with workshop boxes as soon as our Thanksgiving dinner is cleared from the table.  Not so this year.
Soon, I will share the piece I am working on (It really isn't fair to show it off before it is delivered).  I expect by then the snow will be falling, and life will return to a more relaxed pace.  I look forward to sharing lots of quilts here again soon.  Thanks for reading, and for keeping me on your blog list.


  1. At first I thought your other home might be the lighthouse, that hard work will all be so worthwhile in the end, and braided mats, perfect for everyone. Here in NZ there is an air traffic control tower building for sale, an older one no longer used, what a view from the top with all those windows.

  2. You've been busy!! I'm looking forward to seeing the new project when it's all done and delivered. Until then, photos of Miss Polly will do nicely. :)

  3. Is that lighthouse near to your country estate? If it is, it would be a great place to photograph quilts! You are such a great help, Polly, I'm sure Karen couldn't manage without you.

  4. I love the quilt on the header! The seaside escape is a wonderful thing and yes you will be back to blogging more. It is nice to hear from you again, but this odd time had changed our lives in subtle and not so subtle ways. I long for a time when travel is possible. We need to return to NS where we honeymooned!

  5. I hope you come back to blogging more. So many seem to have moved to Facebook and Instagram, where descriptions are brief. Don't wish for snow, too soon. I am still enjoying outdoor visits with friends which will turn to phone calls soon enough.