Quilting friends

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.













Happy New Year!

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Hello Friends. It’s the last day of 2018, and the Hubby and I are at the River House just chillin! Christmas was quiet, and I am truly thankful that the family was able to be together for the holidays. The girls got us framed photos of their wedding pictures and of course I cried. (like that’s a surprise) and to be honest, those are the kinds of gifts that really matter. The newlyweds have made it back to the UK and our oldest is enjoying some quiet time in her new house. My, how the holidays just flew by. All the prep and fussing and whoosh here we are at the eve of another year.

I am fighting a bit of a cold, but I must say, the timing for something like that is OK, as I am in hibernation mode for the next few weeks. I de-decorated this morning and anxious for things to be normal, including the menu. Too much cheese and chocolate and the like. I swear every time I turned around there was something jumping into my mouth.

January is shaping up to be catch up time with quilts to be quilted on the long arm and time set aside to write my next pattern. Somehow, I am a master of procrastination when it comes to writing patterns. Then of course with the new year comes year end and inventory so there goes January. With all the expenditures this past year we have decided to pass on our February Caribbean holiday. That is just fine with me, as I am always in for some extra sewing time. There is an exciting event/adventure taking place in January, but I can’t share just yet so stay tuned and I will bring you up to date mid-January.

2018 was an exciting year for me as I was able to release two more patterns. For the shops out there, my patterns are now available through Erie Quilt Art in Canada and Checker Distributors in the U.S. All quilters and shop can always buy them directly from me as well so have a look at the store on my website. All in all, 2018 was a whirlwind year, and I am looking forward to 2019 having a calmer and more focused feel. Like that is going to happen. Haha

I recently received an email from my friend Leianne McCallum who teaches all things Studio 180 at Quilters Cupboard in Uxbridge Ontario. She so kindly sent me photos of some of her students work in the Studio 180 Club class. Leianne writes, “All the blocks look so different, yet equally lovely, and everyone has really enjoyed your pattern.” What a lovely treat to see students creative take on patterns. They are lovely and different. Thank you Leianne and your students for using Quilting by the River patterns. I look forward to more pictures as you finish your projects.

Another quilty friend so kindly sent along a photo of her finished “Quarry” quilt which she did in the November workshop. Danielle is new to our workshop group, but I get the feeling I will see her again and share some fun quilting time as always.

Quarry, pieced by Danielle Vincent

Quarry, pieced by Danielle Vincent

One thing I promised the Quarry workshop group, is the continuous quilting grid that I used when I was quilting the squares in my green sample. Here you are, and I am available if you have any questions.

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Well Hubby wants to go for a walk before the snow starts and the temperature drops. So from my family to yours we wish you a safe happy and healthy 2019

Thanks for dropping by. Until next time, stay safe, Happy New Year and make time for a nap!