Northern Neighbours

Have Quilts will travel!

Northern Neighbours by Margerate Hautanen of Timmins

Northern Neighbours by Margerate Hautanen of Timmins

Hello Friends. It’s been a month of Trunk shows and workshops, but more than that, it’s been a month of meeting new quilters and making new friends. It was another wonderful workshop for the Northern Ontario Quilting Symposium. The quilters did a great job paper piecing with Sheida Giddings and I am pleased to say that most finished their projects. For those who attended and now have a completed runner or set of placemats, send along your photos for all of us to enjoy.

Have quilts will travel and this was no exception for me during the month of April. After Symposium, I was invited to the Brant Heritage Guild to share my quilts and have a small table of Studio 180 tools and related items for sale. What a great group of quilters and so enjoyed their company during supper as a small group and I went to their favourite restaurant where I was reminded of the show “Cheers” as the server knew everyone by name. What a hoot!

Brant Heritage Guild 2019.jpeg

The day after Brantford, found me at the Creative Arts Festival in Toronto where I bumped into my friends Tracey Russell of Whirls n swirls Quilting and Sherri Hisey of Border Creek Station. In case you’re wondering, Yes, I did do some shopping. Who could resist those super cute mini kits that Border Creek Station has for sale and they just seemed to jump into my shopping bag.

Saturday was a hoot as I spent the day with the quilters of the Mississauga Quilters Guild. I was able to have them all well on their way creating with the Shaded 4-Patch technique from Studio 180 design. Ladies, remember when you have your creation completed send along those pictures. We would all love to see what our day together has inspired you to create.

The traveling doesn’t end there, a few weekends later my dear friend Lise and I made our way north to New Liskeard. We took part in Quilt Day 10, where I had a booth full of goodies for sale along with my patterns. Now this is where the story gets good. Friday, when we arrived it poured buckets all day. Saturday Morning when we work up to go to the quilt show I opened the curtains to this:


My car encapsulated in ice and snow. The temperature had dropped and all that rain froze my car doors shut and I found myself in little shoes in 8” of snow. And that folks is what happens in Northern Ontario in April.

The first weekend of May I was back down the 401, this time to Oshawa. I spent two lovely days with Shirley and her staff from the Ultimate Sewing Centre. Sunday was a store event where I presented quilts made from Studio 180 tools and techniques. I spent all of Monday with the Shirley and her staff, teaching them the ins and out of using the tools in the Studio 180 repertoire. I just know that there are going to be some very creative quilts coming from the area quilters and I sure look forward to seeing the results.


So here we are, the long weekend only a week away. I am looking forward to some quiet time at the river house, hopefully some sunshine, weed pulling, and a few hours on the dock staring at the water. My new pattern Castle Lilies is in its final edits and should be ready for the end of the Month. I am making plans for June and Quilt Canada in Ottawa. I am looking forward to getting a picture of my friends and I with the quilt in the show, Not for the shopping!! :)

I did not have studio classes this month so not much new to report there. However, I did have one of my students help out to make a quilt for me and although all fixed up now, I did find a few booboo’s. Can you find them?

Mountain Blaze a new pattern from Studio 180 Design

Mountain Blaze a new pattern from Studio 180 Design

Well time to go do some long needed cleaning up so Thanks for stopping by. Until next time, stay safe, change your machine needle, and try to get some outside time.

Free Motion Workshop with Tracey Russell.

Northern Ontario Quilting Symposium:  Free Motion Quilting with Tracey Russell

Northern Ontario Quilting Symposium:  Free Motion Quilting with Tracey Russell

"Waiting for the ice to melt".  Photo courtesy of Lake Penache Campers and cottagers   

"Waiting for the ice to melt".  Photo courtesy of Lake Penache Campers and cottagers


Hello Friends.  I can't help myself, I have to comment on the weather.   April 18th and we are fully covered in snow, with 2 feet of ice still on the lakes.  Not to mention the storms.   I am up north near Kirkland lake May 24, 25 and I sure hope I will not need my snow tires.  If I have to put up with winter this far into spring then I hope all the mosquitos have frozen.  On the bright side, quilting season has been extended by a few weeks before the spring chore list starts.  

This past weekend I had the pleasure of hosting Tracey Russell at the Northern Ontario Quilting Symposium.  Tracey is an amazing free motion quilter and did not let us down. Those in attendance left with their heads full of ideas and new techniques.  I can't wait to see the quilts that are a result of the weekend.  On a stormy note, Sunday saw the onset of a winter storm that brought us freezing rain, ice pellets and snow.  It made for an interesting drive home for the quilters and for our guest Tracey.  I am happy to report that all arrived to their destination safe and sound. 

I am off in the morning to Barrie Ontario where I have been invited to do a trunk show for the Kempenfelt Quilters Guild.  A big shout out to all the quilters there.  The weather seems to be behaving itself, but I have left my snow tires on just incase.  This time I have a few new quilts to debut, along with my two new patterns.  Of course I will be heading out early, I feel there is a shopping opportunity to be had.  


There has been some new arrivals in the studio in the past few weeks.  One of which is just a pure novelty.  I fell in love with Tatoo Elementz.  They are decorative decals for your sewing machine or where ever you want to pretty things up a little.  They are removable, and just so darn cute.  Juki and Millie both got some. Don't they look just darling?  You are always welcome to drop by and say "Hi" and have a look around.  I always have "my quilters must haves" in stock at the studio.  Give me a shout just to make sure I will be around for your visit.  

I made a stop in at our local quilt store the other week and darn if there wasn't a pattern that just spoke to me.  I couldn't resit this perfect little wallet.  It only took a few hours and the hardware was so easy to put on.  I was nice to stitch a "Little" (that project that you can finish in a few hours) because we are always making these large quilts that take days, weeks, months! Thanks to Marilyn, I think I have to make a few more for my friends.  

Diva Frame Wallet

Diva Frame Wallet

Speaking of friends, Diane Jenner of Diane's Creative Elements has been out to the studio a few times and together she was able to make her first tuffet.  She wasn't sure she could sew all those strips together, but look, it turned out great. 

Diane with her Tuffet

Diane with her Tuffet

One more finished project to report.  Susan brought her finished Northern Neighbours table runner for show and tell at guild.  I alway feel so proud when I get to see someone's class project all finished.  Great job ladies.  If you have pictures of your finished class projects, please send them along and I can add them to the gallery site.  We all would love to see your creations.

Susan with her Norther Neighbours Runner.

Susan with her Norther Neighbours Runner.

Well there is still a few more things to pack before bedtime, so I had better get at it.  Thanks for dropping by.  Until next time, stay safe, don't shovel any more snow and go find the "OFF", just so your ready.  

On the road again!

Hello Friends.  Its that time of year again when groups and guilds are holding year end workshops and get togethers.  I am so lucky to be part of all the "quilty" goings on here in Northern Ontario.

Spring brings out the quilters, as the driving becomes more favourable and we are in need of some quilting therapy!  But it's not just quilters that are out.  This week, we have had a surge in the animal sightings, with deer in the back yard and bears in the front.  The quilters who frequent the studio have had quite a show these past few weeks.  That's enough now - "get back in the bush."

My "out and about's" started April 22nd with a visit to the Rayside Balfour Quilt Show.  There were venders booths, with so many nice things that we need. :)  A beautiful boutique of ready made items to purchase, made by the guild members, and lets not forget the quilts.  Here is just a few highlights of some of the quilts that were on display.

Quilts from top to bottom:

My Mothers Garden - Paulette Prevost,  63 Sampler - Diane Blais,  Log Cabin - Gail Levesque,   Pop Stars - Pauline Soucy,  Christmas at the lake - Yollande H. Nepssy,  Close up of machine applique on Christmas at the lake,  Carolina Lily - Debbie Serafini.

A few days later the SUV was packed with supplies and off to Trout Creek and South River to spend time with the Almaquin Quilters Guild.  Wednesday the quilters embarked in a one day workshop where they learnt to make the beautiful leaf in the "Northern Neighbours" quilt.  Three Studio 180 tools, alot of laughs, great food, old friends and new acquaintances.

 All in all it made for a great day and I had a blast.  That evening, the remainder of the guild joined in as I was asked to show some of my other quilts in a Trunk Show.  I hope that I will be able to spend more time with this wonderful group of quilters in the future.  Thank you so much my new friends. 

Zoom Zoom, home for a quick repack and change, then off to Englehart for Quilt Day 9.  This is a yearly event that takes place in rotating towns in the northern communities.  The show in Englehart this year saw quilters from all over the north, Timmins, Kirkland Lake, New Liskard and all points in between.   I was asked to present my Trunk Show "What have I learned from quilting" Saturday afternoon.  When I got on stage to begin, I looked out to see a sea of faces.  Oh My Goodness!  There were a lot of quilters staring back at me!

 We were able to share some laughs, quilting tales and life stories.  With so many in attendance - Quilt Day 9 was a huge success.  A special Thank you to Lori Jordan, who's organizational skills made the day run smoothly and all the volunteers who were there both Friday and Saturday fussing about. The ladies who made lunch.  More Food!  You should have seen the food!  It's not like quilting is an aerobic sport.   

Well, It's not over yet.  This weekend I am hosting Kathy Wylie at the 2nd Annual Northern Ontario Quilting Symposium  I will have more stories and photos to share with you next time. Right now, I had better get into the studio to pack those boxes again.  Until next time, stay safe, quilt with a friend, and don't let the deer eat your tulips!