Welcome visitors from Blogathon Canada

Sew Sisters Blog
As many of you know Blogathon Canada is a weeklong celebration of Canadian Quilters who blog, hosted by the lovely Sew SistersQuilt Shop in Toronto, Ontario. Each day two hosts showcase their blog and provide a list of other bloggers from their province.  So far we have visited British Columbia, The Maritimes and Alberta. Today Saskatchewan and Manitoba get to shine. Check out today's hosts Heather and Lori (they have giveaways too) Also please check out the Sew Sisters page (by clicking their name) to see the full blog line up, participate in the daily giveaway and check out their shop.

Well since you made the trek over here come on in and let me tell you a bit about myself.
This is my 2nd year taking part in the hop. I always get excited to find new blogging buddies in Canada, especially ones in my province. My names is Hayley, but I go by Mrs. Pickles online and I live north of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on an Acreage with my Husband of 6 years, our crazy dog Zada and an ever changing number of “farm” cats (right now we have 6). The newest addition to the family is our daughter who just turned 8 months old last week and has mastered the army crawl. Needless to say she is keeping me on my toes and out of the sewing room. Little known facts about me I've been playing the piano for 25 years (since the age of 8) and I have a degree in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology. 

I started this blog as a gardening blog on June 1st 2011. I had gotten sick 4 years before, lost almost all my friends and thought it would be a good way to get rid of all the noise chattering away in my head along with showing myself I had something to be proud of. I didn’t think I would get one follower, but the online gardening community took me in as one of their own and I never looked back.

So where does the sewing fit in you ask

In October 2009 I took a learn to sew class with my mother and then a class on log cabin quilts the next month. I was so afraid of making a mistake I didn't do much sewing after that, just walking into my sewing room made me sick. However, it wasn’t until the wannabeaquilter campaign over at sewwequilt.com in 2011 that I actually started quilting quilting and subsequently started blogging about it.

The log cabin quilt from the class mentioned above.

I’ll be honest I have a lot more WIP (works in progress) than finished projects, but I am okay with that. I am proud of myself for having the courage to sew when I can and show the good along with the bad. It’s a lot more rewarding to actually take part rather than sitting on the sidelines wishing to sew or being ashamed waiting for failure. I’m perfectly Imperfect…LOL 

Here are a few pics to prove I acutally do quilt...lol
turtle wall hanging made from a kit

My own creation for a fall blog hop

Christmas Mystery quilt a long

One of two quilts I worked on with my mom

Another or my own creations for a flowers blog hop
In 2014 I made a pledge to myself to not buy one scrap of fabric and only work on my WIP list. I am happy to say that I have stuck to that! No new fabric in 11 month 20 days!! I even took a few things off the to do list before my daughter was born, since March though I haven’t sewn a darn thing…lol

My last and 1st finish for 2014... Wonky star table runner

Hmmm what else can I tell you? I currently host four online quilting bee’s on Flickr: We Be Canadian, We Bee New, We Bee Learning and We Bee With it. As well as a Flickr group called Bee’s Helping Bee’s the idea of that group is for people to help each other out with making missing blocks from bee’s. The next January till June sign-ups are coming soon 

Okay that is enough about me I am long winded i know...lol go
 enjoy the rest of the hope!!! Thanks for stopping by and happy quilting! 


  1. Hi Mrs Pickles--lovely to meet you in "person" instead of through the wee bee group (which I love beeing part of by the way) This blogathon is lots of fun, getting to see what everyone is up to and meeting new friends. Enjoy that baby!

  2. Great projects! Hopped over from Edmonton, but will always be from Saskatchewan ☺

  3. Thanks for sharing. I can only handle two social media sites...FaceBook and Blogger. Too bad for me...would love to join Bee's Helping Bees...maybe some day.

  4. Don't do yourself down Hayley, there's some great quilts there, I really love the turtles. What with a little daughter, a large garden and health that has not been brilliant, I think you do brilliantly.

  5. Hi Hayley! Lovely to get to know you better. (I am Anita in Wainwright, AB) I have never been in a bee so maybe I could join one of yours the next time you start one. (Or are you short a member in any?) It is hard to sew with babies that is for sure! I spent the whole day yesterday holding my baby because whenever I put her down she would wake up screaming after five minutes or so. I got onto my sewing machine at 10:00 and sewed to 11:30 when I had to quit because I was too tired. Ah well, it's only for a short time that they are little. :)

  6. Hi Hayley! What a lovely introduction to you, your life, and your interests! I started following you as a gardener first and since we both started quilting at about the same time, we seem to be on the same trajectory. I see we're both doing Sparkle Punch projects at about the same time, too. Had I known how much work would go into all those little wonky points, I don't know that I would have set my sights on a full sized quilt, but ... oh, well. I think I'm going to love it, which makes it all worthwhile. We've come a long way, baby!

    Thanks for participating in the Blogathon!

  7. HI Hayley,
    Congratulations on your new daughter- I am sure she is keeping life busy for you. I am a neglectful blogger these days- blogging very intermittently- sometimes because of work related busyness and other times because I just get busy with projects rather than writing. Quilting is a journey and there are lots of times when I go away from it for chunks of time and then return to it.
    Wishing you a very happy blog hop and new to you quilters too.
    Warmest regards,

  8. you have accomplished plenty...


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