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Here comes the Fall

My new Happy Place and favourite tree!

My new Happy Place and favourite tree!

Hello Friends. Happy September! I hope you all had a terrific summer.

I am finally getting some much needed time in the studio to catch up on a few projects.


The weather this summer has been sunny, hot and dry. Some may say to hot, but give it a bit and we can start to complain about the cold and snow. Summer has some of us enjoying the camp/cottage and we were no exception. Our big news this year is we sold our rustic camp and bought a cottage/retirement house on the French River.

Hubby will keep working for a few years yet but opportunity knocked and well down time is now spent with running water and electricity. You know what that means. That’s right, I have a studio in the lower level with a beautiful view. The sewing machine is already set up there and I am looking forward to those rainy cold November days when I can piece away while Hubby watches sports on TV.

The new “River House” comes with an added bonus, a 3 bedroom apartment style loft above the garage. A perfect retreat space! Hmmm Stay tuned for more exciting news as it develops. Send me a comment if this is something you and your quilty friends would be interested in.

Our little family keeps on growing, and like my mother used to say, “The girls will bring the boys home!” Our youngest (who lives in the UK) is getting married in a few weeks. That has this family scrambling about with last minute details and wedding prep. I will be gone for 2 weeks in and about the middle of October. Which means that when I get back it will be pretty close to workshop time.

If your thinking about joining me for the workshop, give me a shout and I can register you in a jiffy. “Quarry” is fast, fun and there are three project sizes to choose from. So call your girlfriend and lets get together in November. Click here for more information.

Now that summer is winding down, my brain goes into quilting mode. What’s happening in the studio these days you ask! Well, I am trying to get through a Jelly Roll Rug. Man, there’s a lot of sewing involved to make one of these. One of my regular students, Anne, started hers and I am so glad, because now it’s like a contest and I have to have mine done first to tell her what to do next. I really hope she has to pickle or can something this week. LOL If all goes well I would like to offer it as a class so stay tuned.

I am very interested in the “Sew Kind of Wonderful®” curve piecing tool and techniques. You all know how much I love making units bigger and squaring them up, well Sew Kind of Wonderful does just that. It is a tool that does a curved piecing/ drunkard path kind of unit. Her patterns are unique and I am anxious to get my first sample done so that I can teach it to all of you.


My pieces are all cut out and ready to sew but there’s this wedding thing… Wink Wink

I will have to miss “Quilts on the Rocks” this year (I will be at the wedding) but if you are in Sudbury, take some time to see all the beautiful quilts. Yes, I will have one hanging in the show with the pattern to come in a few months. There are venders, a boutique to purchase hand made goodies and a silent auction section.

Quilts on the Rocks

October 13 & 14 2018

Parkside Centre
140 Durham Street
Sudbury ON, P3E 3M9

I had one of my quilters finish her Tuffet this week. Well done Suzanne!

Tuffet made by Suzanne Gagnon

Tuffet made by Suzanne Gagnon

I may just need one for the River House! Presently on the Longarm is Quarry sample #2 so I had better get to it. Last time I checked the machine does not run itself. :(

Thanks for dropping by. Until next time, stay safe, clean your sewing machine and find a new quilt project, it’s that time of year.

Finally, I think its done snowing!


Hello Friends.  May 2nd, and I am happy to report the snow in the yard is almost gone.  The deer are back in the yard feeding on grass and "George", our resident ground hog, is making daily appearances now.   However, I sure thought that we would have snow forever.  I had a Free Motion workshop in Sturgeon Falls on Saturday, and let me tell you, you would of thought it was December.  The drive there, bright and early in the morning, was not what you would have expected for the 28th of April.  

Since then. the sun has come out and the temperatures are more to my liking. Soon, I will have to find out if my shorts still fit!  :(

On Thursday April 19th, I drove down to Barrie Ont, where I had the pleasure of presenting my trunk show to the quilters of the Kempenfelt Quilters Guild.  What a lovely group of quilters and I received such a warm welcome.  To my surprise again, there were a few quilters that had attended some of my workshop in the past and It was great to get caught up with all that they have been doing.  Their guild is a bustle of activity with charity quilts, raffles and show and share.  I had a wonderful time, Thank you all again.

Picture #1:  The Kempenfilt Quilters Guild President wearing a cowboy hat in tribute of the Saskatchewan Humboldt Broncos Hockey team.   Pictures #2 Hello to all the quilters around the world!   

This weekend I will be close to home, with a workshop for the Sudbury Quilting and Stitchery Guild.  We will be spending two days doing all things appliqué and the quilters will learn new techniques with the Apliquick tools.  I am so looking forward to seeing the creative juices flow and the quilts that will transpire from our time together.  


Big news from one of my favourite and most helpful businesses in town. I popped into Duplicators yesterday to have Tracy Lauzon (Owner/General Manager) jumping up and down with excitement.  " I have been waiting for you to come in"  she exclaimed as she emerged from her office.  It seems that they have a new technique/product that they have been practicing with.  Duplicators can now put your photos onto fabric as large as 11" x 14".  "This e-transfer process has very good wearability", Tracy told me. She has been washing and drying one of her samples just to make sure that it can hold up to the life of a quilt.  So, if your in the need of some photos onto fabric make sure you drop in and have a chat.  Oh the possibilities!

Before I get busy banging the pots and pans, here is a peek at a new Studio 180 pattern that one of the studio quilters just finished.  Mandala finishes at 62" x 62" (but we can make it bigger, or use it as a centre) and uses the "V-Block" ™ Tool and small Tucker Trimmer™.  I love to colours so much I ran out and bought the fabric to make one for myself.  


Thanks for dropping by.  Until next time, stay safe, remember to change your needle, and watch for the critters! 


Free Motion Workshop with Tracey Russell.

Northern Ontario Quilting Symposium:  Free Motion Quilting with Tracey Russell

Northern Ontario Quilting Symposium:  Free Motion Quilting with Tracey Russell

"Waiting for the ice to melt".  Photo courtesy of Lake Penache Campers and cottagers   

"Waiting for the ice to melt".  Photo courtesy of Lake Penache Campers and cottagers


Hello Friends.  I can't help myself, I have to comment on the weather.   April 18th and we are fully covered in snow, with 2 feet of ice still on the lakes.  Not to mention the storms.   I am up north near Kirkland lake May 24, 25 and I sure hope I will not need my snow tires.  If I have to put up with winter this far into spring then I hope all the mosquitos have frozen.  On the bright side, quilting season has been extended by a few weeks before the spring chore list starts.  

This past weekend I had the pleasure of hosting Tracey Russell at the Northern Ontario Quilting Symposium.  Tracey is an amazing free motion quilter and did not let us down. Those in attendance left with their heads full of ideas and new techniques.  I can't wait to see the quilts that are a result of the weekend.  On a stormy note, Sunday saw the onset of a winter storm that brought us freezing rain, ice pellets and snow.  It made for an interesting drive home for the quilters and for our guest Tracey.  I am happy to report that all arrived to their destination safe and sound. 

I am off in the morning to Barrie Ontario where I have been invited to do a trunk show for the Kempenfelt Quilters Guild.  A big shout out to all the quilters there.  The weather seems to be behaving itself, but I have left my snow tires on just incase.  This time I have a few new quilts to debut, along with my two new patterns.  Of course I will be heading out early, I feel there is a shopping opportunity to be had.  


There has been some new arrivals in the studio in the past few weeks.  One of which is just a pure novelty.  I fell in love with Tatoo Elementz.  They are decorative decals for your sewing machine or where ever you want to pretty things up a little.  They are removable, and just so darn cute.  Juki and Millie both got some. Don't they look just darling?  You are always welcome to drop by and say "Hi" and have a look around.  I always have "my quilters must haves" in stock at the studio.  Give me a shout just to make sure I will be around for your visit.  

I made a stop in at our local quilt store the other week and darn if there wasn't a pattern that just spoke to me.  I couldn't resit this perfect little wallet.  It only took a few hours and the hardware was so easy to put on.  I was nice to stitch a "Little" (that project that you can finish in a few hours) because we are always making these large quilts that take days, weeks, months! Thanks to Marilyn, I think I have to make a few more for my friends.  

Diva Frame Wallet

Diva Frame Wallet

Speaking of friends, Diane Jenner of Diane's Creative Elements has been out to the studio a few times and together she was able to make her first tuffet.  She wasn't sure she could sew all those strips together, but look, it turned out great. 

Diane with her Tuffet

Diane with her Tuffet

One more finished project to report.  Susan brought her finished Northern Neighbours table runner for show and tell at guild.  I alway feel so proud when I get to see someone's class project all finished.  Great job ladies.  If you have pictures of your finished class projects, please send them along and I can add them to the gallery site.  We all would love to see your creations.

Susan with her Norther Neighbours Runner.

Susan with her Norther Neighbours Runner.

Well there is still a few more things to pack before bedtime, so I had better get at it.  Thanks for dropping by.  Until next time, stay safe, don't shovel any more snow and go find the "OFF", just so your ready.