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.  


What the heck is "Monochromatic"

Hello Friends. It seems like everyone is in full swing this month finishing up projects from the winter season.  I had a lovely email from one of the Timmins quilters who shared with me a photo of her finished Hunter’s Star quilt.  Margaret took part in the weekend workshop back in the fall of 2015.  It is so nice to see the work everyone has put into their creations. I love her barn raising layout.

There have been some new quilts started and finished as well.  After seeing the “Starlight” quilt I made for one of the girls in hubby’s office last Christmas, Garlene fell in love with the pattern and has made her quilt in mauves and purples and added the pieced border which I opted not to do on mine.  Take a look at how different the two quilts look side by side. What a difference fabric selection makes.

I have been thinking a lot lately about colour. On any given day here in the studio students ask,

“What colour goes with this fabric?” “How do I pick colours for my quilt?”

So I thought I would see if I could shed some light on the subject of colour and through the next few posts demystify the colour dilemma.

Let me first introduce you to my favourite tool.  I do not like or know how to use a colour wheel.   However, I love my 3-in-1 Colour Tool, by Joen Wolfrom.  This tool looks like an array of paint chips that include the colours of the colour wheel: blue, red, yellow, green, orange and violet or purple.





Locate your fabric colour on one of the card chips. 



The back of the colour cards provides you with a selection of colour schemes to choose from.  There are some really big words in this section so I will go through them one by one. 

The first is “monochromatic”.  A monochromatic colour scheme means using fabric which are all the same colour.

For example, a quilt made from all red fabrics (not counting the background as a colour). You could use all the same red fabric or a variety of reds, but all fabrics are red none the less.






We also call these quilts that use one colour and a background “two colour” quilts.  Colour wise, monochromatic quilts are the easiest to pull together.

Now go look in your stash and make a monochromatic block.  Hmmmm!  We will leave it at that for now.  I will cover more next time as we continue to demystify colour and terminology. 

With the days rapidly flying by I wanted to remind you that the Rayside Balfour Quilt show is on April 22nd and 23rd.  I plan to pop by for a visit and see all the lovely quilts on display.  Also, the Northern Neighbours Workshop in Trout Creek is fast approaching.  A big shout out to all the quilters attending and I'll see you soon.  A big event at the end of the month for our northern communities, with the Quilt Day 9 event in Englehart.  I’m coming and with bells on,  I know that we will have a hoot of a good time. Just a reminder, Registration for the Northern Ontario Quilting Symposium with Kathy Wylie closes on the 19th of April.  The Sunday Apliquick class is full but there are still spaces left in the Saturday Hexie class.  Tickets will be available at the door for the Trunk Show if you find yourself free Friday evening. We would love to see you there.  So, a busy couple of weeks here in the north, as our weather starts to warm driving becomes bearable once again!

Thanks for dropping by.  Until next time, stay safe, happy spring and watch out for deer.