It's a perfect time for quilting!

Hello Friends.  Believe it or not this is my favourite time of the year. Its cold and snowy outside. With snow shoveling the exception, outside chores are at a minimum.  Inside the house, everything is low key, that quiet and uneventful time after Christmas.  All this adds up to the perfect setting for some real quilting time.  Snow days equal Sew days and here in Northern Ontario, January to March quilters buckle down and quilt up a storm.

How do I know this?  Well the quilters that frequent the studio are in prime quilting form with lots of new quilts started and some old ones being finished.  

 Tumbling Triangles

Tumbling Triangles

I myself have been working on some new samples for upcoming classes this spring.  First is Tumbling Triangles made with the V-Block tool by Studio 180.  I will be teaching "Tumbling Triangles at Cindy Bee's Quilt Shoppe in Espanola, Saturday March 18th 10am to 4pm.  This has also been added to my "In Studio Sessions" list so give me a shout and we can arrange a time to come to the studio to make this fast, fun and easy project.

It is easy and fun to put together, and whips up in no time.  On the design wall is another fast and fun quilt “Love Links”.  Believe it or not, it is all constructed from flying geese, and the pattern makes several sizes.

 Love Links

Love Links

It is also that time of year when we northerners go seeking some warmth and sunshine.  If your anything like me, travel time is a great time for those little handwork projects that we somehow never have the time to do at home.  I like to do hand work on a plane or driving in a car.  I am so thankful that I do not get motion sickness.  I have a difficult time sitting idly for long periods of time.

One of my take along projects is my ongoing work in hexies.  My hexies are ¾” in size and are so adorable. It is definitely a work in progress, as I started these last February, but Hey, what’s a quilter without UFO’s?  

 These little guys at 3/4" are so cute! 

These little guys at 3/4" are so cute! 

I am looking forward to Kathy Wylie’s visit here in May to soak up her tips and tricks when making hexies.  (Kathy will be here in Northern Ontario for workshops.)  Click here to find out more. 



In anticipation of a winter holiday I did the prep work on the centre for a wool felt wall hanging.  Now I am all set for hours in a car, on a plane ….  I was going to bring my hexies again but they have already been on several trips.  :) LOL

I find wool felt projects so relaxing to stitch out.   Once the pieces are in place, it is just a blanket stitch to hold the pieces down and its good to go!  So when your walking on the beach, have a look around, maybe you will spot me stitching in the shade.

Thanks for dropping by.  Until next time, stay safe, keep warm and go finish a UFO!

The Second Annual Northern Ontario Quilting Symposium - May 5-7, 2017

Hello Friends. I am starting off the New Year with a special news announcement. Quilting by the River is once again hosting a special guest instructor to the Northern Ontario Quilting Symposium. This year, Kathy Wylie will join us to share her expertise in all things appliqué. I know for some of you, myself included, when I hear the word appliqué I feel a shutter of horror vibrate through my bones. Don't dispare, Kathy is coming to Sudbury in May to change your perspective and spread the joy of appliqué!

 This year's Northern Ontario Quilting Symposium features Kathy Wylie.

This year's Northern Ontario Quilting Symposium features Kathy Wylie.

To start off the weekend, I have invited Kathy to share the story of her quilting journey through a Trunk Show on Friday evening. The Trunk Show is open to everyone, not just those signed up for the workshops. So, make this an evening out -  grab your girlfriends, get gussied-up, go out for dinner and head on over to the Trunk show! Tickets are available at various quiltshops in the north, Country Quilter in Sudbury, Cindy Bee’s in Espanola, Cottage Quilter in Corbiel, and Life’s a Stitch in Sault Ste Marie. You can also let me know and I will have one set aside for you at the door. 

Saturday starts off with a bang as Kathy introduces us to hexies by machine, without the use of paper. What?? Thats right, if you have wanted to do a project with hexies but have been sent away by the fear of hand work and picking out paper, this is for you!


If your like me and have shied away from turned edge appliqué because you have two left thumbs, then I will be seeing you in Sunday’s class.

Join Kathy as she teaches the Apliquick method for turned-edge appliqué. If you have always wanted to learn turned-edge appliqué, or struggled with it in the past, this system is for you. Apliquick rods will be available in class so you can try before you buy. During this class Kathy will go over some machine tips and tricks for stitching your appliqué by machine as well as secrets for stitching by hand. 

To register for the workshops please contact me - don't delay space is limited!

Well thats all the news for now. Thanks for dropping by, until next time, stay safe, watch out for snow ploughs, and keep on quilt’n.

2017 - Bring it On!

 Where's Brody?

Where's Brody?



Hello friends.  Christmas has been packed away for another year. It was so heartwarming to have both girls (and their partners) home for the holidays.  We had the lovely opportunity to show off our beautiful Northern Ontario winter to Lauren’s friend Anthony.  The weather seemed to know that we had a new comer in our midst, and co-operated to give us optimal weather for a day of skating on the pond, sliding down the driveway (which by the way I have not done in some 15 years) and cross country skiing through the back woods. 

We received a box of goodies from Anthony’s parents. The goodies came packed in the most adorable nesting boxes. They have snowmen on the lids and I do love my snowmen!  I can see them packed with fat quarters in the studio.  I’m like that little kid who gets the big toy kitchen for Christmas and has more fun playing with the box.  LOL Thank you folks at Hope Cottage.

Its hard to believe another year has gone by.  It seems like the years are going by faster and faster.  I would like to take this time to say thank you for sharing my quilting journey with me.  2016 was a remarkable year for me.  I held the first Northern Ontario Quilting Symposium and had one of my quilts featured in The Quiltmaker Magazine.   2017 is off to a great start.  There are many new things on the horizon so stay tuned as things unfold.

     I do not like new year resolutions per say, but do like having a word, that I post on my office wall, that I use as a reminder of something I want to work towards. Last year my word was “growth”.  2016 certainly was a year of growth for Quilting by the River.  With growth comes more work, more opportunities and basically more everything, but time.  So, my word for 2017 is “Organization”.  I have my new planner and have started to plot the first few months of 2017. 

I will keep you posted throughout the year as to how my organizational skills are developing. 

Do you have a word for 2017 that you would like to ascribe to?  Let us know what you have planned for the year to come. 

That about sums it up for now.  Thanks for dropping by, and until next time, stay safe, stay warm and quilt up a snow storm.