Studio 180 Design

My world is cold and Crunchy!

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Hello Friends. Wouldn’t you know it, just because the hubby and I are not going on a winter vacation, Mother Nature has sent us into a deep freeze. Or its always like this at this time of year but we are on a beach and miss it. Whatever the case, cold and crunchy is life in my neck of the woods. We, being all the folks, I talk to, are hibernating until this streak of unbearable cold passes. I’m a tough northerner but we have out limits. What do you do in such cold weather? Quilt, Stitch, play with fabric, pull out fabric bundles, count your UFO’s. Yup it’s that time of year when we look at our stash and wonder where it all came from. I swear fabric has the ability to propagate. But never the less, at -30C, I don’t have to go to the quilt shop to look for something to quilt with.

It is usually at this time of year when I am assessing how things have been going at the studio and what kinds of things I want to do, that I try to come up with a word or phrase to keep me on track. I have decided that this year’s word will be Intention.

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Intention: a mental state that represents a commitment to carrying out an action or actions in the future. Intention involves mental activities such as planning and forethought. Wikipedia

On any given day I can have 3 – 4 different quilting project ideas. Several projects on the go and just as many scheduled commitments that have to be taken care of. So, I will TRY to set my days with intention. Plan what to work on each day and carry them out that commitment. Ok, I hear you laughing, but I did say “try”! If your like me and feel the need to get it together drop me a comment and let me know if you will be trying some new motivator this year.

With the days speeding by, Symposium will be here before we know it. I have had an overwhelming response to this year’s guest and workshop topic. Sherida Giddings will be teaching the paper piecing leaf series by Judy Neimyer. Space is going fast so don’t delay Sign up and join us for a great weekend.

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For more information on this year’s Symposium click HERE.

Now for some exciting news, yours truly was asked to make a profession guest appearance on a CBC series called “Back in time for Winter”. This is season 2 of the series which follows one adventurous family on the time-travelling journey of a lifetime as they take on iconic trends in food, design and domestic gadgetry, beginning in the 1940’s. Each week the family from Sudbury Ontario will live through a new decade of Canadian food and domestic trends. I was asked to teach the mother, two daughters and the grandmother how to hand quilt. My dear friend Daintry, just so happened to have a period quilt which we used so the family could hand quilt on. I am so grateful to have had her help and expertise in this adventure. I will let you all know when it is to air but am told most likely winter 2020.

Since I brushed up on my hand quilting skills, I thought I would put my efforts to good use and come up with a few new classes for spring of 2019. An heirloom hand quilted pillow top or framed piece and since we are quilting, a small piece to get you started on Big Stitch Quilting. I will keep you posted as to when these classes will be available.

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Quarry by Lise Brown

Quarry by Lise Brown

Lastly, Thank you Lise for sending in this picture of your finished quilt top from the November workshop. Looks beautiful! Well, time for me to snuggle on the couch and R&R. Thanks for dropping. Until next time, stay safe, stay warm and go play with your fabric stash.







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!





Never a dull moment!

The quilting retreat house. 

The quilting retreat house. 

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Hello Friends.  I just returned, a week ago, from Bainbridge, NY.  Unfortunately, I wasn't able to post while away, as the internet connection was not the greatest and I was outside of the country. Myself, along with 5 other close Studio 180 Buds, spent a week sharing creative ideas, solving quilting problems and learning from each other about new tools and techniques. What a fantastic group of women!  We stayed at Katrina Thomas's parents place, as they have a retreat house, and what a beautiful setting for creativity.  We were even treated to homemade waffles by Katrina's Dad, cooked in an antique cast-iron waffle maker over an open fire.  OMG, I am so glad I brought my stretchy pants.  We had homemade blueberry sauce to pour over the waffles!  MMMM!!

From left to right: Katrina's mom, Lynn Wheatley, Cora Swalec. Debbie Kalenty (Quilters Obsession)  Jackie Mowday (in front in blue) and Katrina Thomas (Hope Chest Quilting)

From left to right: Katrina's mom, Lynn Wheatley, Cora Swalec. Debbie Kalenty (Quilters Obsession)  Jackie Mowday (in front in blue) and Katrina Thomas (Hope Chest Quilting)

So enough about the food. With a week of uninterrupted quilting time I was able to piece together both the large quilt sample and throw size for my new pattern.  I will be teaching this in November at my annual workshop in Sudbury ON.  The poster should be out within a week or so and registration will open at that time.  The new pattern utilizes a new technique by Studio 180 design.  The possibilities with this new unit are endless and i am so excited to share it with everyone.  

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Jackie Mowday worked on a baby quilt.  It has a print of tiny feet which she incorporated into the LeMoyne Stars.  The pattern "Sugar and Spice"  by Studio 180 Design, really shines with the pastels and the little feet are so adorable.

 

The gang thought that it would be a hoot to bring the lone Canadian to a quilt shop that boasts over 22,000 bolts of fabric.  Well, if you can't find what your looking for here, it just plain doesn't exist.  

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 Heaven, Im in Heaven !!!  

There was to my delight an entire wall of "Moda Grunge" fabric ever produced.

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Much to my surprise, and I'm sure all of you, I really did not buy much.  I did pick up fabric for my next quilt pattern and this really cool print, that just jumped into my lap. I have no idea what I am going to do with it but it just had to come home with me.   

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This weekend, we Canadians celebrate Canada Day and a long weekend to spend with friends and family doing all things "summer".  I will be at camp with my family doing just that.  So, here's to another great Canadian summer ahead.  I will keep you all informed with news from the studio.  Until next time, Thanks for dropping by.  Stay safe, wear sunscreen, and go jump in the lake!!