It’s The Little Things That Make Life Big

I have been working on a lot of little things lately and they are so enriching my life. First up let me tell you about the “Quilt for Aneela.” Fabric fans will know that Aneela Hoey is the designer of the “Sherbet Pips” line as well as numerous other adorable fabric lines including “Sew Stitchy” and “Little Apples” and more. Her most recent line is “Hello Petal.”

Aneela posted on her Instagram feed on Wednesday that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer and is going in for surgery. Chelsea of Pins and Bobbins is organizing quilters in sewing a Quilt for Aneela. Here are my two blocks ready to go in the mail.

Another project I learned about while travelling around the blogs and Instagram is a fundraiser for an adorable little baby named Clara who had to undergo open heart surgery just after she was born. She is the daughter of another fabric designer named Sandi. I first learned about this story on the blog Sew Me Something Good and a blog for the fundraising effort has been set up at For Sandi and Clara. You can make a donation to their cause and for every dollar you donate you will receive an entry into their huge selection of giveaways. I read Sandi’s words on their Instagram #loveforclara page and it made me cry. As an expectant mother this story really touched my heart.

Last weekend I took two little Moda candies that I’d had sitting around for months and sewed them into nine patch squares. One was Fig Tree’s “Avalon” and one was Bonnie and Camille’s “Scrumptious”. I also sewed together a Briar Rose sixteen patch baby quilt and it’s ready for binding in the above photo.

I am volunteering teaching two fellow military wives to quilt using this quilt at our local Military Family Resource Centre. I am finding it so rewarding teaching others to quilt! I am already planning a more in depth project to teach in the fall.
These are my fabric postcards for the “Canadian Quilt Talk” podcast’s Maple Leaf themed postcard swap. They were due today but I had them ready last weekend. We mail these just like regular postcards in the mail! You can find the podcast at Brandy’s website and click on CQT Podcast.

 This is our vegetable garden. It is not such a “little thing” but it has lots of little things growing in it.

 Here are some of the bean plants. I cannot wait for fresh peas, beans, carrots, potatoes and more to come from this garden. My husband has been working on this harder than I am I have to admit.

This is the quilt made with the nine patch blocks from the Moda candies sewn together. I had to make two extra nine patch squares from scraps I had. I polled my Instagram followers on what I should do about borders so I will be implementing a border plan this weekend. I also plan to sew a pair of shorts and another Quilt of Valour Swoon block this weekend. Oh, and teacher gifts! Wish me luck!


  1. Oh that's so sad about Aneela, what a shock for her and her family. Thanks for letting us know about the blocks. Looks like you're going to have some fine vegetables.

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