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Winter, a time to create!

“September Morn” first published 2006

“September Morn” first published 2006

Hello Friends. Wonderful things happen when we give ourselves time to be creative. That’s exactly what I did the week of February 4th to the 8th. I spent some alone work time at the River House and was able to write two new patterns. The first on is Castle Lilies and will hopefully be available for April. The second one is September Morn. This one I self published back in 2006 but since then a lot has changed with respect to new tools available and rewriting the pattern seemed a must. The leaf uses the Corner Beam™ tool by Studio 180 Design and of course the flying geese have to be done with the Wing Clipper. I am expecting that pattern to be ready for sale by late spring. Let’s give it a date like late May, because with the amount of snow we have and have been continually getting it may be June before I see grass.

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Sign ups for Symposium are going well and there are still a few spots left, so if you're still thinking about it, I’d advise you make some plans as you don’t want to miss out on this workshop. The Trunk Show by Sherida Giddings on the Friday Night before is going to be amazing and you do not need to participate in the workshop to attend. Tickets are available at Cindy Bee’s Quilt Shoppe in Espanola, Country Quilter in Sudbury and Cottage Quilter in Corbeil Ontario.

You can also give me a shout and I will put one aside. Tickets will also be available at the door for those last minute folks finding themselves free and able to attend.

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I finished my Hand Quilting sample and I will be a class at Cindy Bee’s Quilt Shoppe on Monday March 18, 2019. I was also able to borrow a small sampler from my buddy Daintry just to show off how beautiful hand quilting is and let quilters know that you do not need to hand quilt large projects. Keep it small and have fun! During this class I will also be teaching Big Stitch Quilting, which is so hot right now. I have been working on my sample and I am enjoying the speed and little pizzaz it gives to the project. If you would like to attend give the shoppe a call and sign up. Cindy Bee’s Quilt Shoppe (705) 869-2548

Hand Quilting “mini” by Daintry Chitaroni

Hand Quilting “mini” by Daintry Chitaroni


I have been receiving pictures of “Quarry” the workshop quilt from November. I love seeing what everyone has done. I post them in the Gallery page of the website so go have a look at all the lovely quilts from quilters near and far.


With all the wintery weather we have experienced lately, quilters are nestled down in their quilting spaces pumping out some beautiful quilts. One of my students recently dropped this off for me to longer quilt. May I say, “Look what happens when you give quilters a tool that works wonders”. This is a Lemoyne Star with an appliquéd flower on top, surrounded by a courthouse steps. Way to make that Rapid Fire Lemoyne tool work for you!

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I have also recently received feedback about the use of plates. I teach with plates and if you don’t know what that is, you will just have to attend one of my workshops to find out. Here is a photo from one of my students who just can’t quilt without them.

That seems to all my news for now, Thanks for dropping by. Until next time, stay safe, quilt lots and give yourself some creative time.













We're talking about colour

Hello Friends.  .  Since getting back from Holidays in February, time has been on hyper-speed.  But that is just how things go sometimes.  While I was away I was able to do some extra reading and research.

 I stumbled upon a decorating article that tied into quilting.  My internet exploring lead me to the “Colour of the Year”.   Brakes on!  Colour of the year! Is this something that I should make note of?

I quilt in colours that speak to me at the moment.  Sometimes it is tied directly to the pattern that I plan to do and sometimes it the season or just my mood that day.  I can honestly say that I have never given trends any thought when choosing colours for my quilts. This year I vowed not to use green.  You see, I love green. When in doubt – I pick green.  Well wouldn’t you know it, this years’ colour is GREEN! LOL

As quilters, we often get stuck in colour ruts.  Much like piecing where the layout is familiar and comfortable or the piecing does not require a learning curve.

Most quilters have a favourite colour that speaks to them.  It is a colour that they gravitate to when choosing colours for a new quilt.  It is important to explore new colour ways.  Just like new designs and layouts, it opens the creative mind to the possibilities of a new palate.  “But where do I start”? This is a question I am asked a lot.  This fear occurs because many quilters do not feel confident when choosing colours.  I can see you nodding your head now as you read this.  

As you go through your day, lets say walking through the grocery store or perhaps the mall, observe the colours around you.  The mixtures of lemons and oranges next to the apples and bananas.  Or perhaps a rack of new spring t-shirts on display in front of a store. Colour combinations that speak to you and make you say, “I would of never thought of that”. 

You can start to take pictures with those fancy phones we all seem to have so that you can refer to them later. I like to take pictures of flowers in the summer.  I put them as a slide show on my screen saver as a kind of catalyst for new inspiration, especially in the winter when our landscape is a mixture of whites, greys and black. 

It is hard to think of new colour combinations when we have a stash to use in a colour way that is tried and true.  But limiting ourselves does not allow for growth and adventure. It’s always fun to see where a little push may bring us.

Speaking of new layouts and colour ways, I would like to share a few photos of completed quilts from the Storm at Sea workshop that took place in early November. Thank you so much for sending along photos of your quilts.    

Thanks for dropping by.  Until next time, stay safe, quilt with a new colour, and watch the snow melt.  

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!