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The Happy Sew Lucky Big Easter Hunt! *free download*

April 4, 2020

Wow, are these crazy times or what? Let’s start by sending you all a big virtual (virus free😉) hug. I hope that you are all doing a first class job of self-isolating yourselves – not just for you but especially for those who seniors or vulnerable. If you aren’t isolating PLEASE START RIGHT NOW!

Alright, let’s talk about how it feels to be trapped together in close quarters. Noisy, smelly, squishy, annoying, restless… I could go on, but let’s also think about the positives: Many people are getting stuff done that they have been putting off for years, spending more time with their families baking, crafting, gardening, walking in nature together. My husband made a plastic dome cover for our one raised bed so that my daughter and I could plant our veggie garden much earlier this year. It was our attempt at being more self-sustaining through the Corona months, however we have since had both snow and an insane hailstorm so fingers crossed my little peas and radishes that have sprouted will survive.


By now you are all likely feeling a little restless – I think we all are, but the scientists & experts say that we have a long way to go still, so we need to try to be calm, kind and patient. With Easter just a week away, it got me thinking about how this year will be different for sure, and sad for many that can’t come together to celebrate. But it is also a special time for families with many sweet rituals that we can still do, like decorating eggs, baking hot cross buns,  and best of all the Big Easter Hunt. My favourite easter tradition is the big hunt for treats in the garden. Every year my mum would forget where she hid them all so we’d usually find the odd shrivelled up egg months later when gardening. 😜 And one year we saw a squirrel grab an entire large chocolate bunny (you know the kind that each kid just gets one of!!) and run up a tree with it. My kids were devastated and I suspect that Mr.Squirrel didn’t feel very well after that!

In the interest of keeping kids entertained I have designed a little Battle Ships inspired Easter Egg hunt game. It is free to download here: HSL.BigEasterHunt

There are two versions:

A Junior Edition for the littlees:


And a more complex version for older kids:


Also a reminder about another free download Easter craft project that I designed many moons ago. A selection of paper decorations for your Easter morning eggs.

The free download can be found in my post from 2012 here:


Free craft project


Stay safe & healthy! Be kind to each other. ❤️


LOVE BURST quilt pattern

March 12, 2020

LoveBurst.basket1.HSL.loI released a new pattern last month. A simple little block but it packs a lot of punch. It’s called “LOVE BURST” and it just makes me happy. The PDF download comes in two sizes: 5″ and 10″, and can be found in my Etsy shop.

The sneaky thing about the pattern is that it is designed so that the two halves of the heart are both piece #1 on the Foundation Paper Piecing pattern templates. This makes impressive pattern matching when fussy cutting super easy peasy. A number of people commented on my Instagram post about my great fussy cutting skills in this block. Hah! We’ll keep it our little secret, ok? 😉


A couple of weeks after the pattern was listed, I was tagged in a post by Jennifer of NEEDLE Crafts + Studio with this pic of a set of drawers that she customized for her shop with the Love Burst block:


I mean seriously?? How brilliant is that?! Jennifer’s lovely shop is located in Beausejour, Manitoba, 30 minutes northeast of Winnipeg. They carry a variety of fabrics (mainly quilting cottons, but some linen and rayon too), notions, kits (cross-stitch, embroidery, wool felt) and also yarns and knitting / crocheting / rug hooking / needle punching tools.

Her shop has been open for just over 3 years – online store as well as brick & mortar – and offers classes on all kinds of crafty goodness. I love learning about new Canadian shops to support. You should check her out. Look at her beautiful space – now bursting with LOVE! ❤️


The 12″ LOVE BURST block would make a great pillow or centre for a medallion quilt. I made a zippy pouch for a friend with mine. The pink pompom just makes it extra fabulous!


Then I made a sweet pincushion with my 5″ block. The pattern for the round pincushion is in the works too. Soon to be released!


Here is the inspiration story behind my LOVE BURST block design:

“LOVE comes in many forms. You may love your partner, your family, a sweet pet, a neighbour or dear friend. You can feel love for our beautiful planet Earth, your community, your country, your God or even for your own precious self. Love is not always easy. Sometimes it’s most important to practice when it is hardest and most painful. But is is an essential ingredient to being happy and peaceful. It’s always somewhere to be found if your heart is open. So if you need to find love just look around you and love on, my friends.”

Improv(ish) Tree Quilt tutorial

January 15, 2020


Hello quilty friends!

As you all know there have been horrific fires in Australia. It’s just awful watching the footage of the desperate wildlife and landscapes being ravaged by fire. There have been a number fundraisers by lovely quilt designers to raise money to help care for the injured animals. It’s also wonderful to see how many people are contributing to make pouches and cosies for orphaned joeys, baby koalas, bats etc. Stellar effort from the crafting community!

In addition to wildlife being affected, there are a number of communities that have lost everything: homes, farms, livestock etc. The Wollongong MQG has put a call out for quilt blocks of tress to make quilts for some of these people. So I made a little tree block to contribute towards their cause.


I named it “improv(ish)” given that it is part curve-piecing, part FPP but the FPP sections are improv designed so each one is different.

I then had a few requests for a pattern for it. Which got me thinking… Read more…

Sisterhood Swap

March 7, 2019


Happy International Women’s Day, my friends! It is a day to celebrate women for their unique strengths, and also to contemplate women’s struggles, and fight for kind and equal treatment for women around the globe. Especially in parts of the world where they have few rights and are treated unfairly. I have been listening to CBC’s The Current this week and they’ve had some really interesting stories about women supporting women in crisis. With that in mind, I came up with an idea to bring women together in two ways: By organizing a swap to create collective quilt blocks made by circles of women for each other, by each other, and in doing so, collecting funds for a charity that supports women that are living in poverty or at risk situations. Aptly named the “Sisterhood Swap”

Read more…

Quilt Label-along challenge & GIVEAWAY

January 23, 2019

Hello lovely quilty peeps! It’s the new year and a good time to start some good new habits. I just did a guild talk at the Vancouver MQG on quilt labels to get our members into the good habit of labelling their work. I decided to share the info here too in case you needed a little nudge. I challenge you to label some quilts this year. The goal is to inspire you all to label your quilts and I have a lovely prize as incentive! Read on…

There are so many ways to create labels, and lots of online tutorials. This is more a summary of my faves than a tutorial, as there are too many techniques listed to explain in detail. (Google away for video tutorials if needed.)

sugar skull quilt

This label was printed on my inkjet printer. I ironed interfacing on the back then folded the edges over and topstitched them.  The quilt was a mini that let to my Sugar Skull pillow pattern. (available in my Etsy shop)

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Swallow Medallion Quilt

January 10, 2019

Hi friends! It’s been a while since I blogged. So here I am playing catch up:

Since I last posted our family moved back to Vancouver. (That was an awesome 10 day awesome road trip from Toronto!) But moving house and home is hard and quite emotionally unsettling. While I was excited to be moving back to my lovely old fiends and neighbours in Vancouver, I was really sad about leaving the beautiful people who had become my new community in Toronto. They had given me a real sense of belonging. This made me think about what it means to belong, to have a purpose, and to feel safe, secure and welcome. Thinking of how people in my life had helped me go from feeling completely lost in a big unknown city to feeling that I was an integral part of something so awesome filled me to the brim with love. And so of course I had to design a quilt for that!

Swallow Medallion Quilt

Read more…

Toronto Love Project: Opening event & banner drop off info

June 15, 2018


Reminders & Information update:

DEADLINE for Banners: Thursday, June 21, 2018. (Note that since the installation requires a 45ft crane, we are unfortunately not able to add late-comers after the hanging.) 

Mailing address: ATT: Lila Karim / Berene Campbell
North York Arts (Toronto Centre for the Arts)
5040 Yonge St.
Toronto, ON
M2N 6R8

Drop-off locations in Toronto for banner makers:

If you are in the Toronto area and want to save on shipping time or costs, you can drop off at any of these locations:


471 Cosburn Ave
Open Wed 10:00 – 4:00, Thurs 10:00 – 7:00, & Sat 10:00 – 4:00.


3961 Chesswood Drive
Open Mon-Fri 10am-5:30pm, Sat 10am-5pm


1267 Queen Street West
Open Mon-Thurs 11–8, Fri 11–7, Sat 10–6, Sun 12–5
5040 Yonge Street (Stage door on south side)
Be sure to label: “Att: Lila Karim / Berene Campbell, NYA

Opening event:

The official opening will take place at North York Centre, from noon to 1:30pm. Join us to experience the love sent from across Canada, USA and even as far away as Australia. Enjoy the installation of colourful banners stitched with messages of peace & love, while listening to some light jazz courtesy of Double A Jazz

Installation duration:

The installation will hang through the summer until September 8, 2018.

Subway:  North York Centre subway station

Drive: Street parking is usually available. Note that there are renovations taking place to the sidewalk in front of the building, so enter via one of the side entrances. 

Can’t make a banner but would like to support the project?

DONATIONS towards the installation and opening event are welcomed. NYA is a non-profit organization that supports local artists and offers amazing programmes within the North York area. We have a few expenses that we still need to cover for this event. You can make a donation here:
Please make a note on your donation that it is specifically intended for the Toronto Love Project.