My name is Carol, but I answer to Mom, Nana, Sweetie, Honey and CJ! I am a wife, mother, grandmother of almost 11, and even a great gramma to one adorable 4 year old little man. I started sewing, knitting and crocheting at the age of 11 with my grandmother’s help. Over the years crafting time was limited with raising a family, work, volunteer work and life in general. 12 years ago a wonderful woman by the name of Kathleen Landry in the town of Wells, British Columbia, taught me how to quilt by machine. Over the next few years I attended several of her Quilt Retreats in the historic town of Barkerville. It was amazing fun and ignited the creative urge and love of fondling fabric! I was fortunate that several other of the fantastic women in Wells shared their knowledge of needlecraft with me and always had a bit of advice or suggestions when I was stumped or not too confident of color choices. The first Barkerville Quilt Retreat I went to the quilt pattern was the Barkerville Spools; hundreds of those lovely 4 inch spools had me stumped for several years, but I am proud to say it is no longer in my UFO shelf! My favorite one of Mrs. Landry’s designs was the Barkerville Chinese Lanterns. I have been on the lookout for more oriental fabrics to redo this quilt, but let me tell you, they are scarce!