Permission to do nothing at all

The cabin is the one place in the world where we have given ourselves permission to do nothing at all. We each fall into our own rhythm there. Kelly loves to putter, and so for him the cabin is handyman heaven. He can easily spend the day fixing up this or that, interspersed with one or two (or three!) naps on the couch and a good session with his book or listening to CBC radio shows. I love to read and knit or sew, and can easily spend the entire day with a good book or handiwork project. In fact, I keep a special project mainly just for the lake. For the last two summers it was making the appliqué squares for Halia’s quilt. Before that I spent an entire summer knitting hats. This summer (and probably the next one or two summers as well!) will be spent on the appliquéd orange peel quilt.

So, speaking of the cabin, we spent the Easter long weekend there last week. The weather was spectacular. It was the first day that the sun was warm enough to sit out and enjoy it.



And, since the April We Be Learning Bee block was posted, I decided that that would be my weekend project. April is Jody’s month, and she requested a scrap basket wonky log cabin. So I grabbed my scrap bag and took it with me. I decided that I would make this modern wonky block in a very traditional fashion – hand pieced! So I sat out in the sun and sewed one strip onto the next with needle and thread. I even put my antique iron on the wood stove and used it to press the seams. That was very cool. My stitches are neither the smallest nor the straightest ever made, but I think the square will be sturdy enough. At least, I hope so.







I read two books at the lake as well: Round Robin and then The Runaway Quilt, both by Jennifer Chiaverini. The Runaway Quilt is what inspired me to try piecing the wonky log cabin square by hand. I need to go back to the library and see if they have any other books in the series, as it’s a good one!

We had the telescopes with us, and got in some good viewing of a pretty active solar corona as well as sun spots with the solar scope. Here he is – what a beautiful day!

And he also got three clear nights in a row stargazing with his TeleVue. Sorry, I don’t have a picture of that since it was night and I’d be in more trouble than I can imagine if I snapped the flash at him!

Every one loves coming to the cabin. There’s Spooky in her favourite place…the middle of the bed.




Here’s Misty in her favourite place. Can you see her hiding there?









I think Samson loves the sun more than the rest of us.







When we got home on Monday, I finished a half-triangle square that I had started last week. I’ll need more than the 12 that we’ll be making in the In Color Order half-triangle squares BOM, so when I saw this pattern, I thought I would add it to the collection.





As usual, since it’s Work-in-Progress Wednesday, I’m linked in to The Needle and Thread Network, Sew Much Ado and Freshly Pieced, so head on over and check out what other crafters are up to!

That was my long weekend, a little bit late but better than never! How was yours?


  1. AW! to be able to relax on a shelf among the books and knick-knacks! The whole theme of being relaxed sure does continue throughout your weekend and yet you accomplished alot, too. Amazing how relaxation can be so covertly busy!

  2. Hi,

    What a great and peaceful retreat. I love how you incorporated the old iron into your work too.

    I was drawn over to your blog from Lee’s blog by your orange peels. I started a machine pieced orange peel pillow a few weeks ago. Your quilt will be lovely. I just love that block, le sigh…

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