quilting workshops

Never a dull moment!

The quilting retreat house. 

The quilting retreat house. 


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.  



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.  


 Heaven, Im in Heaven !!!  

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


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.   



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!!

I've been here, there and everywhere!


Hello Friends. I’m thinking about all that has happened since I touched base with you with my last blog post. Although it has only been a few weeks, it’s been packed with workshops, trunk shows and best of all great quilters.  

The first weekend in May, was spent with the quilters of the Sudbury and District Quilting and Stitchery Guild.  The group spent two days learning about turned edge applique and all the extra stuff that we need to know to make our projects easy and beautiful.  I was so delighted to be asked to present a Trunk Show to the guild members on the following Monday at their annual Year end Banquet.  It is customary that I ask the quilters to give a big Hello wave to all of my other quilters who follow my blog. So from these quilters to all of you, “Hello and Happy Quilting”.

On May 15th and 16th I was in North Bay.  First, I was invited to share my quilts and stories with the afternoon group. Over the years I have had the pleasure of getting to know many quilters here in the North, and when I go to places like North Bay, it’s nice to touch base with those who I have had the privilege of teaching and now calling my friend.  One such lady is Deanna, who so graciously invited me to stay at her house.  I’m sure the reason was mainly because we have so much to get caught up on that chatting on the phone does not do us justice. 


Thanks friend I owe you one! The next day the ladies came together to learn the tips and tricks to making the River Rocks block.  I am hoping that soon I will have pictures of their finished projects to share.  

This past Thursday it was back in the car.  This time I was heading north to the Cobalt area, where I joined a lively group of quilters on a 5-day retreat.  The event was hosted by Gem Sewing, and in attendance were 20 some quilters waiting to learn all things related to flying geese and the Wing Clipper tool by Studio 180 Design.  As you can see from the following pictures, these ladies were into some serious quilting. 

A big Thank You to everyone who attended the workshops.  The organizers, local shops and most of all, the quilters.  Without you I would just be talking to the bears in the back bushes of Northern Ontario.  

Right now, I am busy getting my sample done for the fall workshop.  I will post the info as soon as I am done the quilt top.  Which may be sooner than later as today my house is getting covered by those gross tent caterpillars.  No real gardening for this lady.  EWWWW!!!  So mark your calendar as the date is set for November 10th and 11th. I had booked it for earlier but there’s a child’s wedding in October. 

I hear the mower going so I’d better check Hubby doesn’t mow the Lupins down. Thanks for dropping by. Until next time, stay safe, were bug repellant and eat some asparagus.   

Goose down, Fleece and Wool!


Hello friends.  I can’t help but talk about the weather.  Let’s be more exact and comment on consecutive days, (let’s not be nice here) consecutive weeks, with temperatures hovering at -25C and colder.  Now I know that for most of us we pride ourselves on our Canadian cold weather tolerance, but really, -30c with wind chills of -40C.

I AM DONE!  Anywhere warm sounds really nice!   Oh ya, that's next month.  :) 



On the bright side, it’s a perfect time to do some serious quilting. I have abundant projects to finish and a few percolating in the old noggin.  I had a lovely visit with my friend Cindy, of Cindy Bee’s Quilt Shoppe in Espanola the other day.  We played with some fabric combination for a new quilt idea I have and she sure is able to push me out of my comfort box.  It has been brought to my attention that the last few quilts I have designed are red!  Hmmm, it’s funny how that happens and without noticing until you lay them out side by side – Yup, they are all pretty much Red!  So, no red for this next one. More shocking, I was convinced to throw in a Kaffe Fasset. Wait, I think the cold is effecting my judgement.  This new project however, will have to sit on the shelf of a while as I clear up some things off my to-do list.  There is nothing like a stack of new fabric to light a  fire under your butt and get a move on. 

As January settles in, I took some time to get organized and updated my calendar. Well, 2018 will definitely be a year that goes “whoosh”, speeding by like a high-speed train.  As I started filling in my calendar with my booked events there are things in every month up to next November. Trips, workshops and Kids Weddings. This is not a bad thing, but I have to wonder, am I noticing and feeling this way because I now have a planner and keep track of everything or, has it always been like this. Hmmm.  This all brought me to my Word for 2018.


Momentum -  drive, energy, focus strength.  All synonyms, but captivate a quality I think I will have to draw on for the year.  I thought about Endurance but I think that relates more to the effects of the weather.  Hahaha. 

The Northern Ontario Quilting Symposium is open for registration.  This year I am so excited to be able to bring Tracy Russell here to the North.  Tracy teaches her longarm sketching class all over Canada and the US.  It is going to be a great weekend.  New this year is an additional workshop hosted by Me!  I will be running an open Finishing School for all those PHD’s we have stored and don’t know how to get back to them.  Let’s just say a bit of Spring Cleaning!   Click here to learn more about workshops being offered and how to register. 

Book early as every year it gets filled up faster and faster.

Well it’s about time to stoke the stove, until next time, thanks for dropping by.  Stay safe, stay warm and wear wooly socks!