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To a Quilt Show we will go!

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Hello Friends. June seems to be filled with all sorts of exciting activities and new adventures. So, I thought I should take some time to get everyone caught up. First up is Quilt Canada. This year it is being held in Ottawa at the EY Centre. I am heading there with a few of my best buds to have a look see at my quilt hanging in the National Juried Show. I want a picture of me in-front of the quilt in the big hall. It’s just too cool for words. Then the icing on the cake will be Saturday morning when Gail Heller from Erie Quilt Art, and myself will be presenting a Trunk Show on all things Studio 180. Maybe put that on your list of things to do if you are planning to go to the conference. I will be around and about Thursday and Friday so I hope to bump into my Quilty friends - in the venders mall Im sure as we all want to do some shopping. Except for me as I need nothing. LOL

Mandeville

Mandeville

Home for a bit in the middle of June and hopefully the sun will warm things up and get rid of all the pesky black flies and mosquitos. I did manage to get some flowers planted last weekend while at the River House and I so hope that we don’t get a frost. I have a new plant that I have fallen in love with called a Mandeville. It is a vine that is to flower all summer and hopefully I will be able to keep it over the winter and enjoy it again next summer. We’ll see how that actually turns out as I am not really good at that sort of thing.

As a side note: I have new studio helper , although he does not want the job, I have threatened! You see the Hubby officially retired last Thursday, and if he is found underfoot or bothersome, I always have Quilty things for him to do. That scared him away - at least for a few hours till he gets hungry. My mother said there would be times like this. LOL. We are actually looking forward to his unscheduled time, and yes he is very helpful.

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At the end of June I will be helping my US Certified buddies vending at the Vermont Quilt Show. You can find me talking all things Studio 180 in the Lynn Wheatly booth. So pop on by and say a big Canadian Hello if you are planning to attend. We will have all my patterns there for sale, along with my dear friend Katrina Thomas of The Hope Chest. More shopping opportunities I see in my future.

In preparation for both CQA and Vermont I need to brush up with the new tool from Deb Tucker. Introducing the Wedge Star. So you will find me in the Studio at the River House making a sample and learning the ins and out of this new exciting tool. There are a few patterns to go along with the tool that are really beautiful. I may just have to put my creative hat on and see if I am inspired.

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My latest pattern is now available for your enjoyment, and can be found soon at your local quilt shop. It will be at both Quilt Canada and Vermont in various vendors selling Studio 180 tools. It is also available through me if you cannot find it at a shop. Click here to see my patterns for sale.

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In the studio this month, Anne completed September Morn (pattern coming this summer). Her quilts are beautiful. Michael sent this photo along of his version of River Rocks. Michael resides in the US and took the class through Kim at Cary Quilting Company in North Carolina. Hello to all my friends and fellow quilters in NC, and Thank you Kim for your support.

Well its time to pack the car and head to the River House. We can go in the middle of the week now that Hubby is not at work. :)

Thanks for dropping by. Until next time, stay safe, Finish a UFO and see you at a quilt show.

My mother told me there would be days like this!

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Hello Friends. I have tried all week to write this post and things just keep getting in the way. Do you have days like that? Do you have weeks like that? Days start out with my list of priority things to do (with intention) and then “poof” life! Oh well, one mustn’t grumble! I am presently at the Northern Ontario Quilting Symposium weekend. There are 23 quilters signed up for the workshop including myself who will be a student for a change. I have had the Judy Neimeyer leaf series table runner pattern for over a year and can’t wait to learn how to make it. A big treat for me to not have to figure it out by myself. Let the learning begin. Our guest this year is Sherida Giddings and I am ever so happy to have her teach us the ins and outs of paper piecing.

This is a busy time of year for quilting teachers as we are out and about teaching at workshops and shows. My spring is especially busy this year and I want to extend a warm welcome to all my new followers from Mississauga, Branford/Cambridge area and those north in the Timiskaming area. I had the pleasure last month to present my trunk show to the quilters of the Mississauga quilters guild.

Mississauga Quilters Guild members.

Mississauga Quilters Guild members.

I had a blast and met so many new interesting ladies. Thank you to Ruthie for inviting me and I will be returning on the 13th of April to walk them through Studio 180’s Shaded 4-patch unit technique. I am so looking forward to opening the doors of creativity and introduce the many ways to use this versatile unit.

I recently spent an evening with the NorthShore Pins and Needles Quilting and Stitchery Guild of Espanola sharing and discussing Copyright and how it effects quilting today. A necessary discussion that should be had in every guild with the major points brought forward and enforced.

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My next pattern is with the graphic designer, as she deciphers my photos and turns them into the beautiful line drawings that we cannot do without. If you’re like me I look at the pictures first and read the directions if all else fails. Pictures are worth a thousand words and that is so true when it comes to quilt patterns. I hope to have it available by late spring.

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In the Studio this past month, I have had to put my skills to the test and just “quilt it”. A request for custom quilting on a beautiful quilt by one of my students. My stress level was a bit elevated but she was pleased. I am sure not as much as I was to know she liked what I had done. Sometimes you just have to get out of your comfort zone and just do it.

Catch a Falling Star with orange peel appliqué.

Catch a Falling Star with orange peel appliqué.

Anne brought in her completed Catch a Falling Star quilt which she had added extra appliqued orange peel shapes to the corner stones. LOVE IT!

Learning is calling so Thanks for dropping by. Until next time, stay safe, try paper piecing and keep learning.

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.