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.

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!