I've been here, there and everywhere!

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Hello Friends. I’m thinking about all that has happened since I touched base with you with my last blog post. Although it has only been a few weeks, it’s been packed with workshops, trunk shows and best of all great quilters.  

The first weekend in May, was spent with the quilters of the Sudbury and District Quilting and Stitchery Guild.  The group spent two days learning about turned edge applique and all the extra stuff that we need to know to make our projects easy and beautiful.  I was so delighted to be asked to present a Trunk Show to the guild members on the following Monday at their annual Year end Banquet.  It is customary that I ask the quilters to give a big Hello wave to all of my other quilters who follow my blog. So from these quilters to all of you, “Hello and Happy Quilting”.

On May 15th and 16th I was in North Bay.  First, I was invited to share my quilts and stories with the afternoon group. Over the years I have had the pleasure of getting to know many quilters here in the North, and when I go to places like North Bay, it’s nice to touch base with those who I have had the privilege of teaching and now calling my friend.  One such lady is Deanna, who so graciously invited me to stay at her house.  I’m sure the reason was mainly because we have so much to get caught up on that chatting on the phone does not do us justice. 

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Thanks friend I owe you one! The next day the ladies came together to learn the tips and tricks to making the River Rocks block.  I am hoping that soon I will have pictures of their finished projects to share.  

This past Thursday it was back in the car.  This time I was heading north to the Cobalt area, where I joined a lively group of quilters on a 5-day retreat.  The event was hosted by Gem Sewing, and in attendance were 20 some quilters waiting to learn all things related to flying geese and the Wing Clipper tool by Studio 180 Design.  As you can see from the following pictures, these ladies were into some serious quilting. 

A big Thank You to everyone who attended the workshops.  The organizers, local shops and most of all, the quilters.  Without you I would just be talking to the bears in the back bushes of Northern Ontario.  

Right now, I am busy getting my sample done for the fall workshop.  I will post the info as soon as I am done the quilt top.  Which may be sooner than later as today my house is getting covered by those gross tent caterpillars.  No real gardening for this lady.  EWWWW!!!  So mark your calendar as the date is set for November 10th and 11th. I had booked it for earlier but there’s a child’s wedding in October. 

I hear the mower going so I’d better check Hubby doesn’t mow the Lupins down. Thanks for dropping by. Until next time, stay safe, were bug repellant and eat some asparagus.   

Finally, I think its done snowing!

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Hello Friends.  May 2nd, and I am happy to report the snow in the yard is almost gone.  The deer are back in the yard feeding on grass and "George", our resident ground hog, is making daily appearances now.   However, I sure thought that we would have snow forever.  I had a Free Motion workshop in Sturgeon Falls on Saturday, and let me tell you, you would of thought it was December.  The drive there, bright and early in the morning, was not what you would have expected for the 28th of April.  

Since then. the sun has come out and the temperatures are more to my liking. Soon, I will have to find out if my shorts still fit!  :(

On Thursday April 19th, I drove down to Barrie Ont, where I had the pleasure of presenting my trunk show to the quilters of the Kempenfelt Quilters Guild.  What a lovely group of quilters and I received such a warm welcome.  To my surprise again, there were a few quilters that had attended some of my workshop in the past and It was great to get caught up with all that they have been doing.  Their guild is a bustle of activity with charity quilts, raffles and show and share.  I had a wonderful time, Thank you all again.

Picture #1:  The Kempenfilt Quilters Guild President wearing a cowboy hat in tribute of the Saskatchewan Humboldt Broncos Hockey team.   Pictures #2 Hello to all the quilters around the world!   

This weekend I will be close to home, with a workshop for the Sudbury Quilting and Stitchery Guild.  We will be spending two days doing all things appliqué and the quilters will learn new techniques with the Apliquick tools.  I am so looking forward to seeing the creative juices flow and the quilts that will transpire from our time together.  

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Big news from one of my favourite and most helpful businesses in town. I popped into Duplicators yesterday to have Tracy Lauzon (Owner/General Manager) jumping up and down with excitement.  " I have been waiting for you to come in"  she exclaimed as she emerged from her office.  It seems that they have a new technique/product that they have been practicing with.  Duplicators can now put your photos onto fabric as large as 11" x 14".  "This e-transfer process has very good wearability", Tracy told me. She has been washing and drying one of her samples just to make sure that it can hold up to the life of a quilt.  So, if your in the need of some photos onto fabric make sure you drop in and have a chat.  Oh the possibilities!

Before I get busy banging the pots and pans, here is a peek at a new Studio 180 pattern that one of the studio quilters just finished.  Mandala finishes at 62" x 62" (but we can make it bigger, or use it as a centre) and uses the "V-Block" ™ Tool and small Tucker Trimmer™.  I love to colours so much I ran out and bought the fabric to make one for myself.  

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Thanks for dropping by.  Until next time, stay safe, remember to change your needle, and watch for the critters! 

 

Free Motion Workshop with Tracey Russell.

 Northern Ontario Quilting Symposium:  Free Motion Quilting with Tracey Russell

Northern Ontario Quilting Symposium:  Free Motion Quilting with Tracey Russell

 "Waiting for the ice to melt".  Photo courtesy of Lake Penache Campers and cottagers   

"Waiting for the ice to melt".  Photo courtesy of Lake Penache Campers and cottagers

 

Hello Friends.  I can't help myself, I have to comment on the weather.   April 18th and we are fully covered in snow, with 2 feet of ice still on the lakes.  Not to mention the storms.   I am up north near Kirkland lake May 24, 25 and I sure hope I will not need my snow tires.  If I have to put up with winter this far into spring then I hope all the mosquitos have frozen.  On the bright side, quilting season has been extended by a few weeks before the spring chore list starts.  

This past weekend I had the pleasure of hosting Tracey Russell at the Northern Ontario Quilting Symposium.  Tracey is an amazing free motion quilter and did not let us down. Those in attendance left with their heads full of ideas and new techniques.  I can't wait to see the quilts that are a result of the weekend.  On a stormy note, Sunday saw the onset of a winter storm that brought us freezing rain, ice pellets and snow.  It made for an interesting drive home for the quilters and for our guest Tracey.  I am happy to report that all arrived to their destination safe and sound. 

I am off in the morning to Barrie Ontario where I have been invited to do a trunk show for the Kempenfelt Quilters Guild.  A big shout out to all the quilters there.  The weather seems to be behaving itself, but I have left my snow tires on just incase.  This time I have a few new quilts to debut, along with my two new patterns.  Of course I will be heading out early, I feel there is a shopping opportunity to be had.  

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There has been some new arrivals in the studio in the past few weeks.  One of which is just a pure novelty.  I fell in love with Tatoo Elementz.  They are decorative decals for your sewing machine or where ever you want to pretty things up a little.  They are removable, and just so darn cute.  Juki and Millie both got some. Don't they look just darling?  You are always welcome to drop by and say "Hi" and have a look around.  I always have "my quilters must haves" in stock at the studio.  Give me a shout just to make sure I will be around for your visit.  

I made a stop in at our local quilt store the other week and darn if there wasn't a pattern that just spoke to me.  I couldn't resit this perfect little wallet.  It only took a few hours and the hardware was so easy to put on.  I was nice to stitch a "Little" (that project that you can finish in a few hours) because we are always making these large quilts that take days, weeks, months! Thanks to Marilyn, I think I have to make a few more for my friends.  

 Diva Frame Wallet

Diva Frame Wallet

Speaking of friends, Diane Jenner of Diane's Creative Elements has been out to the studio a few times and together she was able to make her first tuffet.  She wasn't sure she could sew all those strips together, but look, it turned out great. 

 Diane with her Tuffet

Diane with her Tuffet

One more finished project to report.  Susan brought her finished Northern Neighbours table runner for show and tell at guild.  I alway feel so proud when I get to see someone's class project all finished.  Great job ladies.  If you have pictures of your finished class projects, please send them along and I can add them to the gallery site.  We all would love to see your creations.

 Susan with her Norther Neighbours Runner.

Susan with her Norther Neighbours Runner.

Well there is still a few more things to pack before bedtime, so I had better get at it.  Thanks for dropping by.  Until next time, stay safe, don't shovel any more snow and go find the "OFF", just so your ready.