Circling Around the Intent

I love to read some of my favorite blogs and one is Sew Slowly by one lovely lady who could very well be another me. I know, who knew?

I identify with her words and wished we lived closer. 

It was her blog that I first found the 365 Circles movement of sorts.

Now, getting back to why Sew Slowly is my favorite blog is because her work speaks to using up the numerous fabric odds and ends we quilters accumulate. I am very aware of how many bins and boxes my husband has faithfully carried around for me, this being 32 years coming up for our 2017 anniversary so I know he really loves me! :)

I made a new cell phone bag this summer before moving that hasn't been shared here. It was made after making my nephew's wedding quilt close up below.

We also bought a Persian Rug for our new home and love it.

As you can see this wee table runner with circles on it is becoming a new wedding present for good friends. Entirely hand sewn and slow as can be in making it. I also have more than 379 circle blocks waiting for the project to become a reality.

Do you have numerous projects on the go or do you always start and finish your quilts? Leave me a comment.

In the weeks before moving, we took in Long Beach outside of Tofino, B.C. and this visit marked a lovely reunion because I used to go to high school in Ucluelet near Tofino. I spent many hours having fun on this beach as a teen ager.

And as I unpack, I'm finding all the projects that are in various stages of being finished such as this crazy quilt block that I worked on during my painful recovery period of the sciatic nerve injury back in 2012. Sciatic pain is quite the pain and wish I didn't have the pain associated with it, but I do, so all I can do is move on.

As you can see the backgound fabrics chosen were dark and gloomy. I committed myself to letting the pain speak in my choices of how I built this block.

As the pain became more managable, the colors chosen to embellish this little block brightened and its now one of my favorites.

Yes, all these lovely crazy quilt blocks are waiting to be finished!

And then below are the crazy circles with additional packets of fabric waiting for more to be built are some of the unpacking "Its Like Christmas" bins that are coming back into my life.

Its really hard to live from bins and boxes for three years! I don't wish that to happen again in my life. Its like I took a sabatical from my work and while I missed my projects, I am so revived to be finding these again. 

So thank you to all my online friends who are commented on my posts over the years and another anniversary is about to explode on my blog when I hit 500 posts!

This is all for now, back to unpacking, sorting and decision making. No new projects until this whole bunch are done.

Take care and keep on quilting!


  1. I do have numerous projects on the go, but rarely have any UFO's (sometimes there are a few things enduring a 'time out' though). My projects usually include something I'm sewing....and a knitting or crocheted project. Sometimes I have two of each and work on whichever one strikes my fancy. Having an area to work in that's very small means I can't afford the space to have too much on the go at once. I'm intrigued by all those wonderful crazy quilt pieces I see in your post!

    1. Lovely to read your comments. I think I have a lot less space for general storage. More culling will happen again, and again until my stuff is more manageable.thank you!

  2. Ah yes, I have quite a few things on the go at once! But what caught my attention to your post was the 'living from bins & boxes" ... as I am midflight packing up everything here, about to put our house on the market, after 44yrs! I too follow Kaja's adventures, very inspiring!

    1. ... and thanks for sharing on 'sew stitch snap SHARE'

    2. Hi Linda, thank you for popping in to visit! Our exodus began almost 4 years ago. We tried out living on an island before we decided to buy. Livi g out of bins and boxes throughout this time was hard to focus on my blog or any projects.

  3. Wow Caroline, thanks for your kind mention of my blog! Living from boxes for such a long time must have been very hard, but it looks like you are having a lot of fun rediscovering your projects now.

    1. Yes, rediscovering all the projects I had forgotten about is a joy.

  4. You have some really lovely blocks here Caroline, beautiful stitching. Thank you for visiting my blog.


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