Makin' Lists!

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Hello Friends. Happy December! Today I’m in my little office space updating my “To Do” list. I have a Christmas food list, Christmas gift list, things to bake list, things to quilt list…. How’s your list(s)? I think what is different this year, and it is an observation not a complaint, is the fact that we will be spending some of the holiday here at the house and Christmas eve to Boxing Day at the River House. So, my brain is saying, “So where does the Turkey go”? All in all, I’m feeling pretty confident and organized. Ask me in two weeks and we will see what the answer is. LOL

Thing have just been a hopping here at the studio. Regular Monday and Thursday classes have resumed, and I have taken in a few quilts to longarm quilt. I have one more customer quilt to do before Christmas, then I have to squeak in a table runner, presently unfinished, and a wedding gift for Christmas) and a lap quilt. The lap quilt is a Christmas gift also, and if it gets quilted, excellent, if not, well she will understand.

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I have been quite busy sending out patterns to various stores and quilters. Good news for the quilt shop owners out there, Checkers Distributing will now be carrying my patterns. This is excellent for all my US followers. Here in Canada, Erie Quilt Art is distributing patterns for Quilting by the River. For those of you who are just friends – you can still call me or order through my website. I always love to hear from quilters far and near.

With Christmas knocking at our door there is still time to get yourself a Stitching Lap Table. I discovered these a few months ago on one of my journeys and I can’t live without it. A multi adjustable table that sits on your lap. Perfect for applique (using with the apliquick tools, prepping Hexies, drawing lines on squares for half-square-triangles or just to use as a small lap table for writing, drawing (practicing your free motion motifs) or just about anything you would like to do in a chair but need a table.  My friend Anne, who is rather tall, loves it as it elevates her work surface, so her neck and shoulders no longer get sore.  The table comes with a free pattern, so you can make additional covers to match your own décor.  

I have 3 left until I order more in January. So, get Santa to me a shout and spend the holidays stitching merrily along while ringing in the New Year.  Click here to watch a video demonstration.

2019 is shaping up to be super exciting.  I will share more news in January. For now, I am looking forward to April and the Northern Ontario Quilting Symposium. This year’s guest instructor will be Sherida Giddings.  She is a Judy Neimyer Certified Instructor.   Sherida will be teaching the leaf series of patterns from Judy’s collection.  Posters and more information will be ready for the early part of January, but best start thinking of it now and register early as this is sure to be a big hit.  Sherida has also agreed to do a Trunk Show on Friday night (April 5, 2019) open to everyone. You will not want to miss this as her quilts are amazing.  

Now for pictures from the November Workshop “Quarry”. We had such a great time and what a terrific group of ladies. Everyone made wonderful progress, I have been sent pictures of some of the finished quilts. Send in those pictures ladies so I can add them to the gallery for everyone to see

Well my long arm is calling and time is ticking so Thanks for dropping by, Until next time, stay safe, keep warm and throw out the list!!

Feeling Blessed!

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Hello Friends. Happy November! Today I’m actually at our new river house steeling a few hours to myself. It has been such a busy, exciting and unbelievable year. So today, while I sit here gazing out over the river, I am truly feeling blessed. First off for our new cottage/river house. It is becoming a place where I feel peace and calmness. Things we all search for in our ever so frantic lives. Next, and much to our joy and surprise, our oldest daughter and son-in-law bought a house just outside the city. Now we can visit more often and enjoy all the things that come with having them closer to home.

October had the family flying to England for our youngest daughter’s wedding. I do believe that this is as close to a fairy tale wedding as I could have imagined. The sun even came out for the afternoon when the festivities began. You will all be proud of me for not “blubbering” during the day as I tried to cry with dignity (“dab under your eyes”, the makeup lady said) as the special moments grabbed at my heart strings.

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Most recently, I have felt the generosity and love from my special quilting friends. I do feel blessed to know, and be part of, such a talented group of people. Recently, I had a few of these friends to the River House for some stitching and catching up. I was so touched when Daintry gave me a miniature of our joint collaboration (a pattern coming out this spring) to hang here at the cottage.

A few weekends ago I popped into our local arts and crafts show. I bought a few tickets on a quilt that they were raffling off. It was made by one of my dear and special quilting friends. Guess what, I won it! When something like that happens to someone like me, everyone asks, “What are you going to do with another quilt?” Answer, Put it on my bed and feel the love!

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Walking through the show I spotted a wall-hanging. All of a sudden it was in my arms and coming home with me. It’s great when your friends do techniques that are not your forte, so Thank you, Fran, I love my landscape and it will look great here at the river. So as the year nears its end I will put 2018 down as one of the busiest, exciting and most eventful in recent history.

Not much action in the studio these past few weeks, but right before I left for England I had just enough time to put my “Mini Citrus” together.

When I decide to play with a new technique and begin construction I’m full of excitement and motivation, driven by the promise of a new creation. But, as soon as the project goes up on my design wall and the daunting task of finishing looms before me I lose interest all my motivation fades and procrastination sets in. The fun part for me is over. What part of quilt construction tries your patience and motivation?

 Stitching at the River House with Friends.

Stitching at the River House with Friends.

Next weekend is my Quarry Workshop. I know the quilters are just itching to get into this new technique that we are going to work on. The Shaded 9-patch unit is so versatile and fun to make. Along with the workshop they will be the first to get my new pattern Quarry. It will be available for purchase right after my workshop so check out the store section of my website or ask for it at your local quilt shop. There will be lots to do in the next few weeks as the Christmas season begins to loom in the horizon. AG! Time to start another list.

Thanks for dropping by. Until next time, stay safe, quilt lots and check out this year’s Christmas fabric.

Here comes the Fall

 My new Happy Place and favourite tree!

My new Happy Place and favourite tree!

Hello Friends. Happy September! I hope you all had a terrific summer.

I am finally getting some much needed time in the studio to catch up on a few projects.

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The weather this summer has been sunny, hot and dry. Some may say to hot, but give it a bit and we can start to complain about the cold and snow. Summer has some of us enjoying the camp/cottage and we were no exception. Our big news this year is we sold our rustic camp and bought a cottage/retirement house on the French River.

Hubby will keep working for a few years yet but opportunity knocked and well down time is now spent with running water and electricity. You know what that means. That’s right, I have a studio in the lower level with a beautiful view. The sewing machine is already set up there and I am looking forward to those rainy cold November days when I can piece away while Hubby watches sports on TV.

The new “River House” comes with an added bonus, a 3 bedroom apartment style loft above the garage. A perfect retreat space! Hmmm Stay tuned for more exciting news as it develops. Send me a comment if this is something you and your quilty friends would be interested in.

Our little family keeps on growing, and like my mother used to say, “The girls will bring the boys home!” Our youngest (who lives in the UK) is getting married in a few weeks. That has this family scrambling about with last minute details and wedding prep. I will be gone for 2 weeks in and about the middle of October. Which means that when I get back it will be pretty close to workshop time.

If your thinking about joining me for the workshop, give me a shout and I can register you in a jiffy. “Quarry” is fast, fun and there are three project sizes to choose from. So call your girlfriend and lets get together in November. Click here for more information.

Now that summer is winding down, my brain goes into quilting mode. What’s happening in the studio these days you ask! Well, I am trying to get through a Jelly Roll Rug. Man, there’s a lot of sewing involved to make one of these. One of my regular students, Anne, started hers and I am so glad, because now it’s like a contest and I have to have mine done first to tell her what to do next. I really hope she has to pickle or can something this week. LOL If all goes well I would like to offer it as a class so stay tuned.


I am very interested in the “Sew Kind of Wonderful®” curve piecing tool and techniques. You all know how much I love making units bigger and squaring them up, well Sew Kind of Wonderful does just that. It is a tool that does a curved piecing/ drunkard path kind of unit. Her patterns are unique and I am anxious to get my first sample done so that I can teach it to all of you.

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My pieces are all cut out and ready to sew but there’s this wedding thing… Wink Wink


I will have to miss “Quilts on the Rocks” this year (I will be at the wedding) but if you are in Sudbury, take some time to see all the beautiful quilts. Yes, I will have one hanging in the show with the pattern to come in a few months. There are venders, a boutique to purchase hand made goodies and a silent auction section.

Quilts on the Rocks

October 13 & 14 2018

Parkside Centre
140 Durham Street
Sudbury ON, P3E 3M9


I had one of my quilters finish her Tuffet this week. Well done Suzanne!

 Tuffet made by Suzanne Gagnon

Tuffet made by Suzanne Gagnon

I may just need one for the River House! Presently on the Longarm is Quarry sample #2 so I had better get to it. Last time I checked the machine does not run itself. :(

Thanks for dropping by. Until next time, stay safe, clean your sewing machine and find a new quilt project, it’s that time of year.