May! Wait May, Come Back!

Hello Friends.  Well, I just missed a whole month. It happens in the fall and again in the spring, I miss an entire month! I think it has to do with year the additional chores and set up involved to get ready for the approaching season. In this case, summer.  You see, May has Mothers Day – we went to open up the camp.  Victoria Day Long Weekend – we went to camp, and planted and cleaned some more, mowed the grass.  Then there is all the stuff to do at home like the gardens and getting the yard ready.  I take comfort in knowing that I am not alone and find planting flowers and being outside with the thousands of mosquitos a nice break from the studio.  So lets get you caught up with what has been happening. 

 May 4, 5, and 6 was the Northern Ontario Quilting Symposium.  Kathy Wylie came to Sudbury to share her knowledge and enthusiasm for “turned edge applique”. We started off the event with Kathy’s trunk show which was amazing!   First her applique pieces are so little, then her micro-stippling!  I really don’t know if I would have the staying power to spend that amount of time on one project.  But, WOW us she did, and the evening trunk show was so inspiring.  Saturday, Kathy had the quilters stitching “Hexies” on their sewing machines using the precut fusible hexie pieces.  The quilters had a hand at trying the “Apliquick tools” that Kathy teaches with, and by the end of the day it was hexies all around. 

On Sunday, with the use of the Apliquick tools, the quilters dove into making a small applique block of flowers and vines.  Kathy showed us how to turn edge ona ¼” circle with the use of these very helpful tools.  I have not tried this small circle yet but if anyone has we would love to see pictures - Perfect or not, it's the trying that counts. 

All in all, it was a great weekend and I sincerely thank everyone who came out to support the second annual Northern Ontario Quilting Symposium – quilting education for the north!   I have the dates set for next year, and you can mark your calendars for April 13, 14, 15 2018.  I have booked Tracy Russell of Whirls and Swirls Quilting to join us.  Tracy is the Ontario APQS dealer and educator and is wowing quilters with her free hand quilting designs.  Her workshops are for all machine quilters, domestic to longarm.  If your not into free motion quilting, I will be holding a “finishing class” for the weekend.  This is for all those quilters who have unfinished projects from past classes and need both time and a little help from me to get them finished.

Here at the studio things have been humming along.  Here is a peek at what got our Ooh’s and Ah’s today.

Dance of the Dragonflies

Dance of the Dragonflies

That’s alley news for now.  Thanks for dropping by.  Until next time, stay safe, enjoy the flowers and don’t let the mosquitos bite!




On the road again!

Hello Friends.  Its that time of year again when groups and guilds are holding year end workshops and get togethers.  I am so lucky to be part of all the "quilty" goings on here in Northern Ontario.

Spring brings out the quilters, as the driving becomes more favourable and we are in need of some quilting therapy!  But it's not just quilters that are out.  This week, we have had a surge in the animal sightings, with deer in the back yard and bears in the front.  The quilters who frequent the studio have had quite a show these past few weeks.  That's enough now - "get back in the bush."

My "out and about's" started April 22nd with a visit to the Rayside Balfour Quilt Show.  There were venders booths, with so many nice things that we need. :)  A beautiful boutique of ready made items to purchase, made by the guild members, and lets not forget the quilts.  Here is just a few highlights of some of the quilts that were on display.

Quilts from top to bottom:

My Mothers Garden - Paulette Prevost,  63 Sampler - Diane Blais,  Log Cabin - Gail Levesque,   Pop Stars - Pauline Soucy,  Christmas at the lake - Yollande H. Nepssy,  Close up of machine applique on Christmas at the lake,  Carolina Lily - Debbie Serafini.

A few days later the SUV was packed with supplies and off to Trout Creek and South River to spend time with the Almaquin Quilters Guild.  Wednesday the quilters embarked in a one day workshop where they learnt to make the beautiful leaf in the "Northern Neighbours" quilt.  Three Studio 180 tools, alot of laughs, great food, old friends and new acquaintances.

 All in all it made for a great day and I had a blast.  That evening, the remainder of the guild joined in as I was asked to show some of my other quilts in a Trunk Show.  I hope that I will be able to spend more time with this wonderful group of quilters in the future.  Thank you so much my new friends. 

Zoom Zoom, home for a quick repack and change, then off to Englehart for Quilt Day 9.  This is a yearly event that takes place in rotating towns in the northern communities.  The show in Englehart this year saw quilters from all over the north, Timmins, Kirkland Lake, New Liskard and all points in between.   I was asked to present my Trunk Show "What have I learned from quilting" Saturday afternoon.  When I got on stage to begin, I looked out to see a sea of faces.  Oh My Goodness!  There were a lot of quilters staring back at me!

 We were able to share some laughs, quilting tales and life stories.  With so many in attendance - Quilt Day 9 was a huge success.  A special Thank you to Lori Jordan, who's organizational skills made the day run smoothly and all the volunteers who were there both Friday and Saturday fussing about. The ladies who made lunch.  More Food!  You should have seen the food!  It's not like quilting is an aerobic sport.   

Well, It's not over yet.  This weekend I am hosting Kathy Wylie at the 2nd Annual Northern Ontario Quilting Symposium  I will have more stories and photos to share with you next time. Right now, I had better get into the studio to pack those boxes again.  Until next time, stay safe, quilt with a friend, and don't let the deer eat your tulips!

What you always wanted to know but were afraid to ask!

Hello Friends.   Happy Easter.  It has been a wet day for the bunny.  A real rainy Easter weekend here in my neck of the woods. This week we saw the return of the deer, who like to graze in the front yard and soon will be eating my asparagus. The sand hill cranes are back and I am sure a plethora of other critters that have not yet wandered into the yard.  Despite what the calendar may say, I find Easter always marks the beginning of spring for me.  I put the winter quilts away and pull out the bright ones.  My wardrobe changes as I begin to wear some brighter blues and peach type colours.  Over all, it marks for me a feeling of light and airiness. 

Last week I started you on an exploratory adventure into deciphering colour terminology.  So let continue with a few more definitions


Our journey begins this week with “Analogous” colours.  These are 1, 2 or 3 neighbouring colours from each side of a selected colour. 

Complementary colours are two colours that lie opposite one another on the colour wheel.  This is probably the most common and widely used colour scheme.

Next up, we have “Split-Complementary”.  Here we combine both complementary and analogous colour schemes.  Your selected colour may be the centre colour in the analogous colour plan and accompanied by a complementary colour.  In quilting, I like to refer to this complementary colour as an accent colour. 

Lastly, is the “Triadic” colour scheme.  This colour scheme finds its partners lying equal distance from each other on the colour wheel. 

Oh Goodness!  How is one supposed to know all this?   Well, that is exactly why I like the 3-in-1 colour tool.  As I mentioned in last weeks’ post, this quilter’s colour helper takes that worry away and gives you all you need to know about making those colour choices for your next quilt.  That my friends is just skimming the surface, but hey with a good tool, a few friends and a well informed quilt shop, you will find colour choices easier then you think.

Well now, that was fun!  As you mosey along in your days, make note of some of the bill boards, cloths and just about anything, including all that, that Mother Nature offers.  What colour combinations do you see when you're going along with your day.  Have your camera handy – you never know when a colour scheme tickles your fancy!

I am on the road again, for the next few weeks, as I am teaching out and about in Northern Ontario.  I will post when I get back but please follow me on Facebook and Instagram where I will keep in touch with all the goings on.

Thanks for dropping by.  Until next time, stay safe, watch for deer, and maybe buy some pencil crayons.