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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!

Home for the Holdays

Brody has decided that it is to cold and snowy for small dogs and this is what he will do all winter!  Me too!

Brody has decided that it is to cold and snowy for small dogs and this is what he will do all winter!  Me too!



Hello Friends.  These past few weeks have been taken up with preparations for the holidays and the arrival of our girls.  Lauren will be flying in from London England with her significant other, Anthony, to spend Christmas in the “great white north”.  Mother Nature is co-operating, and sending us snow and cold weather for Anthony’s first Canadian Christmas.  Erin is arriving from Guelph, before Christmas to help with the annual pierogi making. Always a treat for me, as I get to spend some mother-daughter catch up time in the process.  Erin’s partner, will join us for New Years.  We will have all the family at home for the first time and the Alexiuk house will be bursting with activity and welcomed chaos.

I am feeling quite organized this year, the decorations are up and my shopping is all done so just some wrapping and cooking and I will be ready for the gang to arrive. I’m a bit scared to relax though, just in case the power goes out and then – well behind and scrambling again!  LOL

I am happy to report that I managed to complete the large quilt (minus the outer border – but done none the less) for Daniele just in time for the office party Friday.  Scratch that off the “To do” list.  I will quilt it in the new year when things quiet down. 

Daniele's Quilt - Starget, a pattern by Studio 180 designs.

Daniele's Quilt - Starget, a pattern by Studio 180 designs.

The tree wall hanging is stitched together but no borders and not quilted yet.  Hmmm, maybe if there’s time!! If not, we will get it ready for next Christmas.(don’t sweat the small stuff right!) Let us know how your list made out and please send pictures of your special Christmas projects.  

A pattern called "Holiday Stars" available at Cindy Bee's Quilt Shoppe in Espanola, Ont.

A pattern called "Holiday Stars" available at Cindy Bee's Quilt Shoppe in Espanola, Ont.

In the studio, the quilters who come on a weekly basis for classes have been busy making decorations and gifts for Christmas.






Classes at the studio will take a break now till mid-January.  I have several new ideas for classes for the new year.  So, I am hoping to get some quilting time in early in January to see them take shape.  







As the new year approaches plans for workshops and events begin to take shape. I am happy to announce that details have been finalized for the 2017 Northern Ontario Quilting Symposium. I will be sending out the information posters for this event early in January.  This year’s guest instructor will be Kathy Wylie (check out her website here).   Stay tuned for more information about this event when we can focus and the holidays are behind us. 

Well that about sums it up for now.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the friends of Quilting by the River for your support and patronage over the last year.  From my home to yours,

A very Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year.    

Thanks for dropping by. Until next time, stay safe, stay warm and Happy Quilting.

My favourite time of year!

Hello Friends.  I hope everyone is having a wonderful Holiday weekend.  This is my favourite time of year.  The brisk morning air, the geese honking as they congregate at the river and the onset of the leaves turning colour. 

Thank you to my daughter, who is at camp this weekend, and took this picture of a morning visitor.  Who needs TV when you get entertainment out the window!

Nature is getting ready for the arrival of winter and so are we here at the Studio.  I have a new section added to my webpage.  Listed under Upcoming Events you will find, "In Studio Specialty Sessions".  This is where you will find a list of one day workshops I am offering here at my studio.  I will be adding to this section as time goes on so check back regularly.  Workshop #1 is a Tuffet. Click here for more information.

My hubby gets a great kick out of the names of some of these projects, and has now started to call me Miss Muffet.  HaHa!

I was finally able to get my design walls installed this week.  It has been a dream of mine to have many sliding design walls so that I can have more then one quilt on the go at a time.  There is also room for the students to work on their projects while in the studio.  Thanks Alain for the help! 

With the Quiltmaker Magazine hitting the news stands, I was asked to write a guest blog about my quilt that was featured in the magazine.  The blog further details my inspiration and construction techniques I used when making my quilt "Di-Rects-ional".  To read the Quiltmaker Blog called Quilty Pleasures click here. 

The Storm at Sea workshop is filling up nicely so if you are thinking about joining me for the weekend keep in mind time is ticking by!

This weeks Storm at Sea inspirational photo is one I refer to as a double block because it has the Diamond Rects units all around the centre square squared.  This gives the quilt a whole new look. 

Thanks for dropping by.  Until next time, stay safe,  enjoy your weekend and watch out for the bears.