Applique workshops

Finally, I think its done snowing!


Hello Friends.  May 2nd, and I am happy to report the snow in the yard is almost gone.  The deer are back in the yard feeding on grass and "George", our resident ground hog, is making daily appearances now.   However, I sure thought that we would have snow forever.  I had a Free Motion workshop in Sturgeon Falls on Saturday, and let me tell you, you would of thought it was December.  The drive there, bright and early in the morning, was not what you would have expected for the 28th of April.  

Since then. the sun has come out and the temperatures are more to my liking. Soon, I will have to find out if my shorts still fit!  :(

On Thursday April 19th, I drove down to Barrie Ont, where I had the pleasure of presenting my trunk show to the quilters of the Kempenfelt Quilters Guild.  What a lovely group of quilters and I received such a warm welcome.  To my surprise again, there were a few quilters that had attended some of my workshop in the past and It was great to get caught up with all that they have been doing.  Their guild is a bustle of activity with charity quilts, raffles and show and share.  I had a wonderful time, Thank you all again.

Picture #1:  The Kempenfilt Quilters Guild President wearing a cowboy hat in tribute of the Saskatchewan Humboldt Broncos Hockey team.   Pictures #2 Hello to all the quilters around the world!   

This weekend I will be close to home, with a workshop for the Sudbury Quilting and Stitchery Guild.  We will be spending two days doing all things appliqué and the quilters will learn new techniques with the Apliquick tools.  I am so looking forward to seeing the creative juices flow and the quilts that will transpire from our time together.  


Big news from one of my favourite and most helpful businesses in town. I popped into Duplicators yesterday to have Tracy Lauzon (Owner/General Manager) jumping up and down with excitement.  " I have been waiting for you to come in"  she exclaimed as she emerged from her office.  It seems that they have a new technique/product that they have been practicing with.  Duplicators can now put your photos onto fabric as large as 11" x 14".  "This e-transfer process has very good wearability", Tracy told me. She has been washing and drying one of her samples just to make sure that it can hold up to the life of a quilt.  So, if your in the need of some photos onto fabric make sure you drop in and have a chat.  Oh the possibilities!

Before I get busy banging the pots and pans, here is a peek at a new Studio 180 pattern that one of the studio quilters just finished.  Mandala finishes at 62" x 62" (but we can make it bigger, or use it as a centre) and uses the "V-Block" ™ Tool and small Tucker Trimmer™.  I love to colours so much I ran out and bought the fabric to make one for myself.  


Thanks for dropping by.  Until next time, stay safe, remember to change your needle, and watch for the critters! 


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.