Do you have a good chicken soup recipe?


Why is it that when you’ve got a million things to do you get sick? I’ve come down with some cold thing that’s got my head congested and my brain in a fog. It’s the worse timing ever and I’m busily taking cold and flu tablets while drinking vitamin C laden juices in an attempt to get my body back to normal. I guess it was only a matter of time before I got sick given the amount of illness we’ve had in this house since April, but seriously, it still sucks.

I’ve been chipping away at my long list of things to do to get the Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Sampler Quilt Sew-along happening next month. I cannot believe how well it’s been received and how excited everyone is about sewing-along with myself and the fabulous bloggers that have come on board. It’s been so hard not to post any of the blocks or tutorials early, but I know that come September 28 we’ll all be grateful for the time to prepare and clear our plates of work before we start on this year long project!

Yesterday I started my annual “spring clean” (it’s where I randomly get up the motivation to tackle things that have been annoying me all year but I’ve been too lazy to do anything about it) and I cleaned out our linen cupboard to make room for the ever expanding collection of quilts that I’ve been storing on my desk. It gave me a great opportunity to go through the quilts and reminisce about how far I’ve come and all the fun (and not-so-fun) times I’ve had making these quilts. I can’t wait for the day when I need an entire linen cupboard to store all my quilts in.

I’ve been working on a special project behind-the-scenes lately as well that I’m going to share images of shortly. It’s made me reflect on just how powerful giving a quilt can be in someone’s life and how often we as makers take for granted the power we wield when we create. There’s beauty and magic in making something for someone and we often undervalue that and I think that’s so sad. We all have a finite amount of time on this Earth and to spend that precious resource creating is one of our many gifts in life and then to give that creation to someone else is just so amazingly special. Never underestimate the power in your hands and use that power to spread love, compassion and kindness.

And on that soppy note I’m going to head back to the sewing room and get cracking on with my to-do list. Have a most wonderful day!

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  1. Thanks for sharing the Liberty quilt Angie. Hope your little fella is feeling better and that you are too 🙂

  2. Dear Angie,

    Your comment was so well put concerning the giving nature of quilters. I sent it on to my chapter coordinator for Project Linus, Los Angeles Chapter (California), and she would like to quote you and share it with our group. Would that be permissible? She will reference your website.

    • Hi Peggy! Thank you for your kind words. I would be honoured if you would share my thoughts with your group and if there’s anything else I can do to help, please let me know. <3

      • Thank you for sharing. I’m looking forward to the Farmer’s Wife 1930’s sewalong-I have my book and my fabrics ready to go! I enjoy your writing, and appreciate your talent, inspiration, and perspiration!

        We’ll talk!

  3. Holla girlfriend I hear Ya! I think because we’re always making and planning our next quilt we forget how nice it is to receive one or we don’t realise that someone who doesn’t live in this crazy fabric world would love a quilt!!
    Probiotics are the way to go along with the high dose Vitamin C xxxxxxxxxxx

    • Yes! I think we underestimate how powerful they can be because we see them all the time (I imagine it’s the same for millionaires and donating money – they’re surrounded by cash all the time so they forget what it’s like to have none… well at least that’s my theory and I’d love to do some research on it if someone wants to give me a couple of mill! 😉 )

      This winter has killed us. The combination of one of the worst winters and the kid going to daycare has been horrible. I foolishly thought we were on the homestretch and we’d be done with illness and last night he threw up in our bed and IN MY UGG BOOTS!!!! My ugg boots! There’s no saving those…. *sigh*