First day of Fall. What? Its 28°C!


Hello Friends.  I love fall!  Cool weather, lots of colour and my favourite sweaters.  Well, today I had to go digging for a summer beach dress.  What's with that?  In a few days, I will be leaving for London England to visit our youngest daughter.  I have been setting out cloths over the past few weeks (trying to be super organized) and when I look at the light weight sweater, new accessory scarf...  Lets just say I hope is cooler in the UK or I may have to go shopping. :)

Back in May, the little one called to ask if I could make some couch quilts for two of her best friends who were getting married this fall.  How can a mother say no, right?  Well, then the calls started.  I shopped for fabric, had a plan in my brain, easy peasy.  So I send along some photos of the fabric I picked and explained my plan.  It turns out, I like "old lady fabric" and my pieces are to little.  After months of back and forth, more trips to the quilt shop and research, I have two lap quilts ready for delivery when we arrive in the Uk.  Talk about being pushed out of your comfort zone.  Next time I think I will just get them to buy a vase!


It just so happens that taking off for two weeks at the start of October puts a real strain on your schedule.  When I get back, I am out and about teaching for the next 4 week. I have been busy getting everything in order for my workshops and checking things off my "to do" list.  One of those things is a commission quilt that I have been working on the last few months.  All done and delivered.  

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 This fall, I gave Quilting by the River a facelift.  I have a new logo (Thank you Chantal) and will have the launch of my pattern line when I return. The quilters who will be at the November Workshop will be the first to make "Catch a Falling Star".   May I add a big Thank you to everyone who registered early so that I could fly away stress free.  The workshop is full and I am ready to rock when I get back.  I have also brought in a few new notions that I am hoping you will love as much a I do.  You will just have to wait till I get back to see for yourself. 

The ladies here at the studio are well on their way to quilting up a storm while I am gone.  Some are finishing up projects that were not touched all summer. Others have brought in their finished quilts that were done while it rained.  This is Anne's block sampler.  Over the past few years, I have been teaching the ladies how to "Grid" a block and use the Tucker tools to make their units.  Anne wanted to see if she had absorbed my teachings and put together this sampler. Fantastic!


Its getting on and I have a quilt to long arm before I leave in a few days, so I had better get at it. Thanks for dropping by.  Until next time, stay safe, enjoy the weather and find your favourite sweater.