Workshop season

Hello Friends. I am back from our winter vacation and ready to get down to business. March, April and May is what I like to call workshop season.  There are retreats and workshops all over for quilters to enjoy.  I am exceptionally excited this year as I start the season off with the Northern Ontario Quilting Symposium.  I am looking forward to having Anita Zobens here next weekend to teach us all about Superior Threads.  If you were unable to attend the workshop, she will have all her wonderful threads for sale after the class.  This is open for everyone, so drop by the Holiday Inn on Regent St. in Sudbury and pick up that thread for your next project.

  Quilting by the River will also have a small selection of my favourite things for sale along with all the Studio 180 tools and patterns. 

With next weekend being all about thread, I have brought in a few notions to help keep your quilting space tidy and organized.  I just couldn’t resist bringing in these colourful molded rubber thread accessories.Tulips are bobbin clamps, and come with a small chain, to keep a few fully loaded bobbins handy, great for that quilter on the go.

The rubber “Peels”, keep the thread secured neatly to the spool for tidy storage. Lastly, “Bobbinis” sit on top of the spool of thread to attach your bobbin to.  Allowing you to keep the same colour thread and bobbin together.  nspired by my friend Dorothy (my personal bag creator)  I have added “Little Lacie Zippers” by Border Creek Station and the accompanying pattern for the Bag.

Feeling the winter Blahs The studio now stocks a variety of Cantik Batiks. The beautiful colours will surely get us in the mood for spring. These items are at the studio for sale and will accompany me at my workshops for the next few months.

April 1,2 and 3 is the Flying Swallows workshop.  There is still space available so give me a shout to sign up. (click here for more information). This block, in the past has been constructed using templates or then paper pieced.  Today, thanks to the new tools and techniques, we will be strip piecing this beautiful block with no “Y” seams.    There are so many colour ways to do this block that I have to teach it so that the quilters can make all the visions in my head become reality.  

Well that's about all for now.  See you in my travels. Thanks for dropping by.  Until next time, stay safe, keep quilting, and watch out for icy spots.