Things I Learned in Kindergarten

Robert Fulghum is the author of a number of my favourite books.  I was reminded of the book All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten this morning as I was tracing through the stencil onto one of the quilting projects I am working on.  It reminded me of tracing pictures onto those colouring books that had parchment paper in between the pages or the ones that were a series of dots or dashes that became a picture when joined.


I am free motion stitching the traced pattern.  It is turning out very well.  I went to my local quilting store to pick up another pen, just in case.  The owner shared some alarming information with me when I asked about them.  The pens are called FriXion and I bought two colours from a quilt shop.  They ‘erase’ when you apply a hot iron to the lines.  Really cool!  However, the shop owner informed me … cold is not the temperature you can expose the quilt to using this method.  The lines … miraculously reappear.  Not cool.

I conducted an experiment.  I used some of the neutral printed fabric and wrote on it with one of the pens and then ironed it.  Lines disappeared.  I then put the fabric in the freezer for only a couple of minutes.  The lines came back, not as dark as before, but they were back.  I submitted it to the iron again, and again, the lines disappeared.  Whew!  When would conditions ever be such that a quilt would get cold enough for the lines to reappear?  Funny you should ask!  I went to the quilt shop today to share the results of my experiment with the owner.  In the store a shopper was nodding her head as I relayed my findings.  “I’ve heard of that happening in Yellowknife when people leave quilts in their cars in the winter time.”  Great.  I suppose it would also occur if you mailed it to someone and it went in an unheated truck in the winter or by air in the cargo hold.  Not the most attractive first impression when the package was opened.  At least it can be corrected by throwing it in the dryer.

I’ve tried to find more information on these pens online, particularly wondering if the ink washes out.  Anyone know or have a similar experience?

Job 6:17  In time of heat they disappear; when it is hot, they vanish from their place.

WIP Wednesday


Last post showed a preview of the Lenten Banners the quilters are currently working on.  Squaring up the blocks to 12.5″ provides some interesting strips that are the inspiration for a future scrap quilt with a modern bent.  I have three more blocks to complete for the 48″ x 64″ banner, and ten or so for the stole.  Optimistically I should be close to completion next Wednesday.

WIP Strip


It’s Wednesday, here’s what is on the table today.* This pattern has a number of names, my preference is “Fruits of the Spirit.”  It is a great way to use up all those strips from previous projects.  Once the rows are completed they are joined to lengthwise strips of fabric, in this case I plan to use a solid navy blue.  The border will be the same navy fabric.

The snowball quilt is sandwiched and ready for quilting.  I wanted to get this project pieced before I changed the foot on my sewing machine (I’m lazy that way).  This simple strip quilt has been waiting for over a year, I wanted to get it done in time for the quilters’ group next donation to a local women and children shelter.

I made a list of WIPs, there are twelve.  No more cutting until some are completed!

*See the practical and brand new cutting board?  Thanks darling!


Strips finished and ready for joining to solid navy strips.

Strips finished and ready for joining to solid navy strips.

A Snowball’s Chance


DSC_0806WIP Wednesday focuses on a project I inherited.  A member of our congregation passed away a little over a year ago.  She had a number of projects started and our quilters’ group offered to complete them for the family.  This is the one that I agreed to take on.

NM was a lovely woman.  She loved everyone, and brought smiles and laughter everywhere she went.  Her fabric selections revealed her sense of fun and whimsy.   She couldn’t cut a straight line or a square, square.  It just didn’t matter that much.  Some of these snowball blocks she had already started and required trimming down.  Others I trimmed first and then sewed on the corners.  Too late I realized the result would be that not all of the seams would line up.  Hopefully it won’t be too obvious.

I am using the removed corners to make a border.  There will be some extras that I will add to my stash for some future scrap quilt.  I am almost finished piecing and should be sandwiching and begin quilting it this weekend.

Watch future posts for the finished project!