First day of Fall. What? Its 28°C!

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Hello Friends.  I love fall!  Cool weather, lots of colour and my favourite sweaters.  Well, today I had to go digging for a summer beach dress.  What's with that?  In a few days, I will be leaving for London England to visit our youngest daughter.  I have been setting out cloths over the past few weeks (trying to be super organized) and when I look at the light weight sweater, new accessory scarf...  Lets just say I hope is cooler in the UK or I may have to go shopping. :)

Back in May, the little one called to ask if I could make some couch quilts for two of her best friends who were getting married this fall.  How can a mother say no, right?  Well, then the calls started.  I shopped for fabric, had a plan in my brain, easy peasy.  So I send along some photos of the fabric I picked and explained my plan.  It turns out, I like "old lady fabric" and my pieces are to little.  After months of back and forth, more trips to the quilt shop and research, I have two lap quilts ready for delivery when we arrive in the Uk.  Talk about being pushed out of your comfort zone.  Next time I think I will just get them to buy a vase!

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It just so happens that taking off for two weeks at the start of October puts a real strain on your schedule.  When I get back, I am out and about teaching for the next 4 week. I have been busy getting everything in order for my workshops and checking things off my "to do" list.  One of those things is a commission quilt that I have been working on the last few months.  All done and delivered.  

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 This fall, I gave Quilting by the River a facelift.  I have a new logo (Thank you Chantal) and will have the launch of my pattern line when I return. The quilters who will be at the November Workshop will be the first to make "Catch a Falling Star".   May I add a big Thank you to everyone who registered early so that I could fly away stress free.  The workshop is full and I am ready to rock when I get back.  I have also brought in a few new notions that I am hoping you will love as much a I do.  You will just have to wait till I get back to see for yourself. 

The ladies here at the studio are well on their way to quilting up a storm while I am gone.  Some are finishing up projects that were not touched all summer. Others have brought in their finished quilts that were done while it rained.  This is Anne's block sampler.  Over the past few years, I have been teaching the ladies how to "Grid" a block and use the Tucker tools to make their units.  Anne wanted to see if she had absorbed my teachings and put together this sampler. Fantastic!

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Its getting on and I have a quilt to long arm before I leave in a few days, so I had better get at it. Thanks for dropping by.  Until next time, stay safe, enjoy the weather and find your favourite sweater. 

 

Ready or not - Its September

Early morning fog on the lake.

Early morning fog on the lake.

Hello Friends.  It happened – it is September.  If you’re like me, you never quite lose that back to school feeling.  The start of a new season!  I still get the urge to buy new pencils, or perhaps some paper.  I did take a walk-through Business Depot last week and bought some new office supplies.  (I couldn’t help myself) More so for me, it is the start of a new quilting season and for the quilting guilds, a new year.  I tend to slack off in the summer and feel tremendously overwhelmed in August.  I know that once the kids go back to school and everyone is home from camp and outings, they begin to search for their next quilting project.  Excited to contact quilty friends who have been put aside to make time for family and vacation. 

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Fall is a great time to revisit being organized both at home (ie washing windows Blahhh) and in our quilting world. I started the new creative year with a new planner. I bought it weeks ago and have been chopping at the bit to make the first pencil marks for the fall of 2017.  I have had quite a few bookings for workshops this fall, so it wasn’t hard to make “to do” lists.  (Check out my calendar here to see where I will be and when.)  I find my planner keeps me accountable and as I get older and busier (thing tend to slip my mind like washing the windows.  LOL) jotting things down is just what I need as a gentle reminder.  A kind hint – just don’t write down the things you would rather not remember, like cleaning the oven.

I have been trying to come up with a few new projects for Christmas.  Things were going great until one morning last week someone posted a cartoon caption of how many weekends there were left before Christmas (16 weekends and only 113 days). People, really! I do not need these stressful reminders in August when I am at camp, blissfully by the lake. One of the projects that has sparked interest is by my dear friend Katrina Thomas of The Hope Chest Quilting. She has just published the cutest Christmas stocking. 

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  I will be starting mine in the next week or so.

Fall is also a great time to take stock of essential quilting items for the new quilting season. It is always good to check your blade on your rotary cutter. Give your machine some TLC. A good cleaning saves on problems down the road, and we know dust bunnies make babies!  Change your needle.  A mere price to pay for problem free quilting. 

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There are a few new Technique sheets available from Studio 180.  The techniques are not really new but the sheet gives you the “how to” for multiple sizes and in my opinion, is a must have in your tool box. Remember that all Studio 180 (Deb Tucker) tools and products are available here at Quilting by the River. 

Any spare time that I have had in the last few days has been spent stitching the binding onto the very large King size quilt I have been working on. Two more sides to go, so I had better get at it.  Thanks for dropping by.  Until next time, stay safe, enjoy the holiday weekend, and start planning your next project.

Lazy, Crazy, Rainy days of summer

Hello Friends. I apologize for my absence during these summer months.  I have let things go to take some time to enjoy the sunshine, company, family, and camp.  All the things in Northern Ontario that we wait for.

I may not have been blogging but I have been busy getting my samples and pattern ready for my workshop in November. I am so excited for this years’ workshop,  as I will be teaching my latest new design, “Catch a Falling Star.”   A big “Thank you” to Donna DenOuden, (one of Leianne Monro McCallum’s students from Quilters Cupboard in Uxbridge Ontario) who first came up with the combination star. For more information about the workshop and to find out how to register, click here.

I recently spent some time in Rangeley Maine with some long-time fellow professional quilters.  We stayed at the “Rangeley Retreat Centre” owned and operated by Dan and Carol Perkins.  They also have a quilt shop next door, which I frequented a few times during my stay. I was glad that I stayed for the week as I had to account for the large bag of fabric to the nice man at the border crossing.  May I say that, the shop, retreat house and the little town makes you feel like moving and just quilting all the time.  Here is a few pictures of the quilts and the gang from my trip to Maine.                                             Click on the image to view the next picture.

The week was filled with quilting, sharing of ideas and knowledge, and testing new techniques, patterns and tools.

 I came home with a new teaching technique, one that I am excited to implement into my classes this fall.  You will just have to sign up for a class to see what it is.  During my visit, I started and new quilt! What else in new.  :)   I was surfing on Pinterest and found a picture of a quilt that just jumped at me.  So off to the quilt shop next door ( be glad that is not something that is available here at home) for guesstimated amounts of fabric. I have found out that this quilt is called “Shakespeare in the Park” by Judy Martin. With some cutting and stitching here is the start to my new quilt. I am going to throw in some changes from the original picture, just to make it my own.

May I say, that making a quilt from a picture is so easy when you use Studio 180 tools.  The tools allow you to make a wide variety of sizes, the have easy to follow directions and then square up the units for precision.  Voila!   

It is now mid-August, I am back from holidays and spending my days getting caught up and organized.  I hope that your summer has been filled with special times and I look forward to connecting with everyone as fall approaches. I have had quite a few bookings so check out my calendar frequently as I will be updating it as thing arise.

Anne Hubert's Block of the Month done here at the studio.

Anne Hubert's Block of the Month done here at the studio.

 

 

To finish, here are a few pictures from our quilty friends that I have received over the summer.

 

 

 

 

Glad to see that you have put those rainy days to good use.

Thanks for dropping by.  Until next time, stay safe, enjoy the rest of summer and eat lots of local produce.