rapid fire Lemoyne stars

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.


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.


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!


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.

It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas!


Hello Friends.  The Christmas season is in full swing here at the house and studio.  This evening is my husband’s annual Christmas party, which we host here at the house. This year (under advisement from my daughter in the UK) I am making Beef Wellington.  I had my IPad set up on the counter top and had Gordon Ramsey at my side while I seasoned and seared, wrapped and rolled.  What would my Mother say, as cooking now has a chef in your kitchen to walk you through the steps. As I was watching this world renown chef instruct me as to “how to”, I thought about all the videos on the internet that teach us “how to”.  There is virtually steps for everything from build a house to make units for quilts.  I also realized that even though the instruction is at our fingertips, we still have that ability to misinterpret and make mistakes. It is not like Gordon is going to jump out of my IPad and say, “just a minute Carla, that beef is not rolled tight enough!” Is this the most accurate way, or the best way to do something that will lead us to the best results.  So, my conclusion to this cooking experience is anyone can make a video and anyone can tell you “how to”, but it doesn’t mean it is always the best approach for success and does not always make up for someone being by your side watching for those errors that are unexpectedly make in the process.

Oh Goodness!  Quilting is much easier then cooking with Gordon, so fingers crossed and my goal is that the beef is moist and hopefully eatable.  LOL

"Love Links"  

"Love Links"  

Over the years I have posted about the quilt that I make for one of the staff at my Hubby’s office.  Well once again I have left this years’ quilt to the last minute(Ahhh!). Hey what fun would Christmas be if you were not behind in something!  The pattern is called Love Links (pattern by Studio 180 Design™) and it is made solely from flying geese units. Gotta love that Wing Clipper tool™ to make this quilt any size and with points.  It is not sewn together yet, but on the design wall for her viewing and that will just have to do.

I am all done my out and about teaching for a few months.  The last few weekends I have been in Sturgeon Falls O, at their local quilt shop “Diane’s Creative Elements” teaching a few classes.  Last weekend the quilters played with some busy print fabric, the Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star Ruler and a technique called “Fussy Cut Lemoynes.”  Here is just a few of the blocks.

Fussy Cut Lemoyne Stars

Fussy Cut Lemoyne Stars

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Once we are on the topic of Lemoyne Stars, my most recent pattern, “Catch a Falling Star” is ready for sale.  I welcome shops to contact me for wholesale inquiries and general quilters can email me for their copy of the pattern.  I have had a few quilters from the Workshop in November, send pictures of their tops they finished.  Keep them coming so I can share your creations.

Catch a Falling Star by Diane Blais

Catch a Falling Star by Diane Blais

As the weather turns colder and darkness sets in earlier every evening, I find myself doing more hand work in front of the television.  I have a few projects in que.  My newest project is “Oh Christmas Tree”.   I love snowmen, so this fits in nicely to the winter décor in the house.  I have used Apliquick interfacing even though the fabric is flannel and a bit thicker then plain cotton.  It has turned nicely with the assistance of the Apliquick tools, and I find that hand stitching the pieces on has been quite easy.  The thicker fabric hides stitches, making this project quite relaxing.  I am using Superior “Kimono silk thread and Bottom Line (60 weight) thread for stitching.  These threads are very fine and sink into the fabric.


I have also been making this French braid tree skirt that I fell in love with a few months ago.  I had to buy the book, because I saw the tree skirt on Pinterest and fell in love. That darn Pinterest!  Ug!  I am appliqueing a circle on top of the hole and making it a table topper instead. Now I just have to get it quilted – for next year?

Well it is snowing like the dickens outside and a little part of me is a bit nervous and hopes that Mr. Winter does not make driving a problem for the Christmas party tonight.  I have way too much food in the house to even consider cancelling. 

That’s all for now. Thanks for dropping by.  Until next time, stay safe, drive carefully and take time to enjoy the Christmas light


The Lovely Ladies of Lemoyne!

Hello Friends.  With 2014 nearing its end, I can't help but reflect on the classes that I have taught this year.  More then that, the wonderful people that I have had the good fortune to spend time with and share my passion.  Last weekend was no exception.  Once a month a group of enthusiastic ladies gather together to explore the many creative possibilities of the "Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star Ruler".  Here, a few brave soles gathered to show off their "Banded Lemoyne Stars".   I so enjoy the laughter, recipes and stories that we get to share.  We will resume again in January to continue the journey.  

Till next time, thanks for dropping by.  Remember as this busy month gets underway, take a few moment for yourself,  to enjoy the sights and sounds of the season.