TN&TN collective member.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Birthday Thread : )

* * Contest is over.  Thank you!  * * 

WonderFil Thread Canada is jumping on board with us to celebrate our first birthday at The Needle & Thread Network.  Thank you WonderFil!

I love these threads.  One lucky winner will get a sample pack of the different threads they make - sparkly, shiny, variegated, thick & thin... cotton / rayon / ultra thin invisible poly... It's awesome!  Some of the thicker threads can even be used for crochet or bobbin work.  You can samples of how to use these on their Facebook page HERE.  Their Facebook page is full of useful tutorials.

This is the prize - but please note that the colors won't be exactly as the ones shown above.

So... if you are a follower of this blog (yes - including Rita and Jackie), you leave a comment as one entry.  For a second entry, please go like WonderFil on Facebook and comment back here to let us know.  The randomly chosen winner of this contest and the other giveaways offered this week will be announced on Sunday.  All contests will close Saturday midnight.  Sound good?  GOOD LUCK, and THANK YOU WONDERFIL!

Friday Feature: Susan @ Susan Being Snippy

It’s a good thing there is a somewhat loose format to follow for these Feature Friday blog posts or I would go on for days and probably say nothing!  That means I like to talk and I like to write, I like to write A LOT!


Now there is a long story!  Suffice to say when I was born there was a big fight over what my name should be, but to make a very long story short I got 4 names, that way everybody who wanted me to have a particular name ended up somewhat happy, you would think -- no.  My Dad won out, he called me Susan, but that was not my first name, most everyone forgot my first name because it was never used and Susan fits me quite fine!   My last name is Barker and nice simple easy to remember name, except half the time people who fill out forms seem to forget the “k” and that has become a real point of contention with me!  So simply put, my name is Susan Barker…


Again, a big long story about names… My blog name evolved from Miss Snips Notebook a previous blog that I kept in conjuction with the column I wrote for 9 years for The Canadian Quilter Magazine by the same name. (you can still find Miss Snips Notebook on the internet if you google it)  Miss Snips Notebook became Susan Being Snippy, mainly because I wanted to keep the image of Scissors (snips) in my title without being completely obvious that my absolute favourite piece of equipment is a pair of scissors.  My blog name not only refers to scissors but also to my careless remarks that can and have gotten me into trouble!   My blog address is

Birthday/Christmas Quilt 2010,
made from 3 moda charm packs
and 1 meter background fabric

Currently I live in Abbotsford, BC, which is exactly where I should have been since the beginning, but I started out on the edge of Winnipeg, MB, spent my teen years on a farm near Lockport, MB and through planning and design married a fellow from the big city, Winnipeg, MB who was willing to follow me anywhere and all I had to do was blow in his ear!   So when we went to Victoria, BC at Christmas in 1982 and realized that one doesn’t have to shovel snow or shiver for 6 months of the year, I blew in his ear and we determined that being warm and happy but poor was better than being cold and miserable and not quite so poor.  After a few little hops around the coast, we settled in Abbotsford which perfectly suited us weather wise and financially and had and still has a great QUILT GUILD for me to be part of!


Like most kids I started with a pencil and crayons and water paints.  My parents and grandparents were never stuck for what to give me at Christmas or my birthday, paper, pens, pencils, paint by number kits (oh boy! I sure loved those!) even books on How to Draw!  My Mother taught me to sew doll clothes and how to work with a pattern so eventually I was making all my school dresses. My grandmothers taught me embroidery and crochet and knitting and cross stitch and my Aunt Vera introduced me to quilting by showing me applique and I made a “Colonial Lady” block as a gift for my Mother at Christmas when I was about 10 years old.   I  have a “snip” I say about my house and home.  “There has not been a bed covering in my house that was not made by me, since 1975!”  So making quilts for myself, for friends, for relatives and for charity has been my main craft for a very long time.  It is not just quilts, I make pillows and tote bags (I don’t think I have bought a purse in 20 years!) and anything else that can be sewn either by hand or machine.
Crochet sweater, 1 of 2 gifted to twin neices


I have to say, I am not really a goal orientated person.  I don’t make lists or keep a schedule or put unnecessary stress upon myself by making deadlines for accomplishments.   I am very lucky in that I have not had to go and work for wages and have someone else tell me what to do, how to do it and when it has to be done by, since the turn or the century (2000), although before that I did work as a bookkeeper and service  scheduler (it is easy to make schedules for other people!).   I do get things done though!  This summer I have kept myself busy with a self imposed challenge that I called THE SUPER SUMMER SNIPPY CHALLENGE and have posted my progress on my blog through the weeks since mid May 2012 til now.

This is a challenge that I gave myself in order to help me work with and clear out my stash of fabrics that I felt was as some say, “more fabric than can be used in this lifetime”  I have been so very  successful with this challenge!  I completed 10 quilt tops to donate to my quilt guild’s charitable quilts program “WE CARE” and also gave 2 large quilt tops to the local QUILTS OF VALOUR program.  The dent left in my stash is quite impressive!  The whole idea of my Super Summer Snippy Challenge essentially accomplished 3 goals: 1. Be charitable  2. Be economical by using what I have.  3. Be Creative

A Lunch sack, with recycled plastic tablecloth inside
I have also worked on a few projects of my own.  One is a Lap size quilt using a Jelly Roll of French General fabrics that I won at my guild’s annual retreat--there really is a trick to planning and using 2.5 inch wide strips in a way that pleases the eye and so that no further fabric needs to be purchased!


As to Future Goals, like I said, I don’t look too far ahead or plan or make goals that might fail.  The world around me is so changeable, I like to be ready for whatever comes along.  I am working on a few ongoing projects that keep my interest over the long term.

You will also see a renewal of my Miss Snips Notebook column for the Canadian Quilters Association, not in the magazine but on the Members Only section of the CQA website starting in September 2012.


I am writing stories about growing up in the 1960’s, similar to Laura Ingalls Wilders book  Little House on the Prairie  and I would someday like to compile them into a book - even if I have to self publish!  I have yet to make my QUILT MASTERPIECE, although I might be working on it right now, one can never be sure which quilt is the Masterpiece!

Susan Barker aka Susan Being Snippy

Thursday, August 23, 2012

More Presents!

* * Contest is over.  Thank you!  * *  

This is the third sponsored give away for The Needle & Thread Network's very first birthday party.  We've had 2 terrific magazine subscriptions... and now how about some fabric!?  Or quilt batting?  Or patterns and kits?  You got it!  Hamels Fabrics out of B.C. is graciously offering $30 toward any purchase from their online store.  If you've ever been to a big quilt show, Hamels is there!  They typically have the BIGGEST booth at our local quilt shows.  They sell some hooking and felting supplies as well, along with sewing notions.  They carry gorgeous batiks and Moda precuts.  Check them out!

THANK YOU HAMELS!  One lucky winner will be chosen at random.  You can enter once by leaving a comment to say you follow this blog.  You can have a second entry if you like Hamels on Facebook (click to link, like, and come back here to enter).  We'll let you know who wins this weekend!  Good luck!  (p.s. entries are open to anyone anywhere, not just Canadian residents.)

Have a great day, and thank you for celebrating with us.
~Monika, Rita, and Jackie (ps - Rita & Jackie - go ahead and enter the contests!!)
: )

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

WIP Wednesday #53 @ TN&TN

Monday, August 20, 2012

The Birthday Party Continues!

* * Contest is over.  Thank you!  * *  

Love quilting?  Love magazines about quilting?  Love Canadian quilting magazines?  Well, you've come to the right place.  Canada's only quilting magazine is helping us to celebrate The Needle & Thread Network's first birthday by offering a one year subscription to a lucky winner, drawn at random!  Thank you so much Quilter's Connection!!  Here is a snapshot of the current issue, just inside the cover...

you can click on the image to view it larger
QC magazine is a newer, fast-growing magazine for and by Canadian quilters.  Thank you so much for the subscription!  ANYONE is welcome to enter, regardless of where you live.  The magazine content, designs, and advertising is Canadian.  We think you'll love it!

* * * You can enter once by leaving a comment telling us you follow this blog.
* * * You can enter a second time by leaving another comment that you "like" QC magazine on facebook (click to link, like, and then come back here to enter).

One randomly chosen winner will be announced by the end of the week.

Have a great day, eh!?  : )