Onward and Upward!

Since finishing my “Friends of Baltimore” last week, I have had a hard time getting back into my sewing room.  Well, that’s now exactly true.  On Monday, which was Family Day in Ontario, I spent the day organizing my sewing room, going through all my stuff and just looking for some inspiration.

On the one hand, I am thrilled to have such a huge quilt crossed off my bucket list.  On the other hand, there is definitely a void in my quilting life.  But as my Mother used to say…”there is already to much strife in the world, is that what you are going to complain about?”  In other words, “quit complaining”!  So, onward and upwards!

I am addicted to stitching my hexies using Inklingo.  If you haven’t tried it yet, just take some time and try it out.  Inklingo is just good clean fun!!


I just love the crisp corners and I find that hand stitching has the same calming effect as hand-quilting.  It is really just a running stitch.


I am trying to finish up some projects before I start anything new (what a concept!).  This is the centre medallion of “To Everything There Is A Season”, a BOM I launched last April.  You can check out the patterns on my website Simple Bird Studio.



Til next time….



10 thoughts on “Onward and Upward!

  1. Hi Kerri, When is the Center Medallion pattern coming out for sale? I have been purchasing them, but don’t know how many blocks there are in total. I just love seeing your beautiful applique quilts. You are so inspiring to me. I just started my first ever applique border, but I think of what you always say, one piece at a time. Thank you. Martha from Tellico Plains, TN.

  2. Thank you for your inspirations. I am heading to Williamsburg, VA for their appliqué school in a week. This will be my second year to attend. The area is so rich of history and this is a fun school to try out different appliqué methods and discovering which one a person prefers. Have you ever attended? It was the Tessa school prior to Elly Sienkiwicz retiring. Now it is under new management of Barbara Blanton but it looks like the traditions will carry forward. So many methods and patterns and projects available. We could have lifetime projects and beyond. I love your hexagons. I have taken one night class on it and loved it. Now to be brave and tackle it. Your inspiration and examples are encouraging. Thanks.

  3. I do hope you are thinking of another applique quilt Kerri – have you ever checked out the William Morris designs by Michele Hill? Or maybe you might be thinking of another Sue Garman? Do keep us in the loop.

  4. I love your hexagon quilt. It is going to be fabulous. I love the pink diamond with assorted pinks. Mixing up similar fabrics in a block really gives it an antique look and feel!

  5. Looking great!
    I am one of those people that like to finish something every now and then too. 😉 So, I’ve made a deal with myself that to start a new project I have to finish one thing (not everything, that would be too crazy for me!)… then I look at my UFOs and scrounge for something that needs hardly any work to finish it, and then, well, I finish it. Hee hee. And it’s amazing how dangling that new idea/pattern/fabric in front of my face makes me finish something that I haven’t felt like working on for a long time. 😉

    What a lovely blog. THanks for the inspiration

  6. I know what you mean about the “void” when you finish a project that you’ve been working on for a long time. I vaguely remember what that feels like (because it has been FOREVER since I myself have finished anything!). 😉 Procrastination is my nemesis; I have been stalled for almost a week now because I can’t bring myself to clear off the big table so I can use it to baste my quilt. And it’s amazing what I have found to do instead of clearing off the table — cleaned all the bathrooms last night and spent most of today vacuuming like a mad woman. But this quilt is for a baby that is coming in April so I can only put the basting off so long… Too bad there is no basting fairy who comes in the night to baste the quilt tops for me. Basting is my least favorite part!

    • Oh I am so glad to hear that I am not the only one that procrastinates!! I want to start hand-quilting my Friends of Baltimore, but I am too darn lazy to pick up the phone to see if my local quilt shop has a full bolt of unbleached muslin for the backing, and of course a quilt batt. I cannot image how long it is going to take to baste, let alone quilt. So refreshing to hear that we are so much alike!! Thanks!

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