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My big annoucement!

Hello Friends. I haven’t blogged all summer, on purpose I may add, but more so because for me, summer is a time to be outside, be with friends and family and work on a secret project. Secret Project? Secret because I didn’t want to have a deadline and make it stressful. So A few days ago I posted the opening of “The Loft” on my social media pages (Quiltingbytheriver -Facebook and instagram). Here’s the story: the Hubby and I purchased a new house on the French River last year, a place to eventually retire to. To my overwhelming excitement, it came with an apartment above the garage. So where does my brain go with an asset on the property such as a Loft house, you got it , quaint digs for art folks to come disconnect from daily life and immerse themselves in their hobby with a few close friends. The timing also worked out to my advantage, as the Hubby retired in June. He was then free to do renovations and keep him out of my hair so to speak. Really though if it wasn’t for his knowledge in all types of repairs The Loft would not have happened.

The Loft is not a full sized house, but a quaint space for spend time with a few close friend. I invite all types of hobbyists to come, not only quilters but knitters, stitchers, painters, writers etc.. If it’s quilting your into, the space is small so only 4 comfortably, 5 if you don’t complain. The Loft has three bedrooms: two with a queen bed in each and one with two double beds. I have a new page on my website dedicated to all you need to know, along with pictures so check it out here.

I am writing today using a new app on my IPad ( so pardon any errors and lack of pictures) as I am in the Toronto airport awaiting to board and fly to London UK to visit the youngest and new son-in-law I will be back mid month and ready to get down to business. Speaking of business may I remind everyone that time is flying by to register for my fall workshop in October. Click here for more information I have been made aware of all the things going on that weekend, but hay, what’s a girl to do! I am available by email, while I’m away, to register.

I will have more news about my summer and upcoming events soon, but for now,

Thanks for dropping by. Until next time, stay safe, grab those last few days of shorts weather and remember to clean your sewing machine for the upcoming quilting season

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.