Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Learn to make a 'Posh Santa' - a Quick Curve Mini Ruler project

You have one last chance to learn to make your own Posh Santa quilt this year!

Join me for my class on 

Saturday, November 16, 10 am - 2 pm

You'll learn to sew curves with NO pins, NO clipping, NO fuss!

Sign up TODAY at Calico Cupboard Quilt Shop in Victoria. 

Drop by the store or give them a call to register - 250-658-2722.

Only a couple of spaces left.

Quilt size: 28" x 38"

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

The Fabric is Coming.....SOON!

Tapa Cloth, my fabric collection with Banyan Batiks, will be delivering to stores soon.

And I'm ready to CELEBRATE!

I'm hosting a Tapa Cloth Launch Party and you are invited.

Calico Cupboard Quilt Shop in Victoria has generously volunteered
their shop and classroom for this event.

Join us on:
Saturday, December 7, 1:30 - 3:30 pm

You will learn about the design process and what influenced the 
motifs used in my fabrics. 

You will also see how amazing Indonesian artisans created my unique fabrics.

I will be showing quilts and projects I have made with my collection
plus great projects from several industry colleagues.

There will be refreshments and giveaways!

This event is FREE but you must Pre-Register.

Call the shop at 250-658-2722.

I look forward to seeing you on December 7th

Friday, November 1, 2019

Online Learning ...... Whenever it works for YOU!

Do you take classes from the comfort of home?  In your PJs, with all your 'stuff' close at hand?  That's the beauty of online learning. No need to pack up your machine and all your quilting supplies - and find that you forgot something important, like your foot pedal, or that you have the PERFECT fabric for the project....on the shelf at home!

Yes, you do miss some wonderful aspects of classes when you learn online at home. Some of the in-person social nature of classes may be lacking but I find a combination of online learning and in-person workshops work very well for most of us.  And, depending on how the online class is designed, you CAN still have a connection with the other students in the class.

And the best online workshops work WITH YOUR SCHEDULE...also known as 'On Demand'. That means you don't have to join the class on a particular day at a particular time.  So, whether you are in Canada or the United States or  Australia or England (in fact anywhere in the world!) you do not need to worry about a difference in time zones.


I teach On Demand Workshops at the Academy of Quilting andall my workshops are 20% off for the month of November.

Won't you join me to in the classroom this month. 

Choose from these workshops:

Attic Windows:

This class is a bit different from what you might expect.  I will show you how to explore a variety of window options to suit YOUR fabric and how to design your own one-of-a-kind quilt. You will learn to select the supporting fabrics and sew traditional mitered windows with my fool-proof technique.

Enroll today for Attic Windows

Fun with Paintstiks:

In my last class many of the students said they had bought Paintstiks but just didn't know what to do with them. Is that YOU too? Why not join me and discover what you can do with your Paintstiks!

I will show you how to use Shiva Paintstiks to add color, pattern and texture to your fabrics. You will learn several ways to apply the paint, how to put it just where you want it and how to blend paint to create a rainbow of rich colors. You will fill a sketchbook for future reference as part of each exercise. The final lesson includes using the paint to highlight and color quilted projects and appliqué designs.

Paper Piecing Paradise

Paper piecing, foundation piecing, sew and flip, whatever you call this method, using it you will give you perfect blocks and no more chopped off points! During this class, I will show you how to create your foundations, select and prepare your fabrics and how to sew perfect blocks every time. Even traditional blocks can be pieced this way; it is not just for small blocks or unusual blocks with sharp points. You can make the layout as shown in the class sample or rearrange the blocks to create a sampler or a completely different scene.

The class includes hints on how to avoid some of the frustrations you may have previously experienced with paper piecing, how to save time, and how to get beautiful results in each and every project. Step by step illustrations will take you from the construction right up through binding, quilting and labeling your wallhanging.

Enroll today for Paper Piecing Paradise

Ripless Paper Piecing:

You may already have some experience with paper piecing, sometimes called foundation piecing since the usual way is to sew onto a foundation.  This class will show you how you can achieve the accuracy that paper piecing gives without some of the extra steps.
The steps you WILL NOT do are:

  • create one foundation for every block you sew by printing or tracing
  • cut the foundation into individual sections - you don't cut it up and it is RE-USABLE!
  • sew with a very small stitch length that is extremely difficult to rip out if you make a sewing mistake
  • spend time removing the foundation from your blocks
      Included in this class is a tutorial about fabric 'value' - no, that's not how much it costs!  It is the relative lightness or darkness of your fabrics. This can 'make or break' a quilt.  

      Enroll today for Ripless Paper Piecing

      Seminole Piecing:
      In this class you will learn how to make 8 different designs and can use them to make a totebag, bolster pillow and a wall quilt. This is such an intriguing patchwork method and easier to do than you may think. If you can sew a 1/4" seam, you can make magic with this technique.

      Enroll today for Seminole Piecing

      Too Easy Stained Glass:

      Super simple method for adding stained glass leading to the top of a landscape fabricI have the perfect solution for those wonderful fabrics that you hate to cut up. You know the ones I mean....landscapes, large scale modern prints, children's theme prints. Use my Too Easy Stained Glass method and you don't need to cut that great focus fabric at all!

      I had a few goals in mind when developing this method:
      • I wanted to sew around the stained glass part only once instead of making the quilt top and then having to stitch around the shapes again to do the quilting.
      • I wanted to prepare the entire stained glass leading and then put it ON TOP of my focus fabric so I didn't have to cut it up and fit it into the 'spaces'.
      • I needed to find a product that would give me the best results.
      My method uses fusible web - and it is just like magic....students who have taken this class say 'It's Too Easy' and that is where the name came from.

      Do you have these types of fabrics in your stash? Don't know what to do with them?  Join me for my 'on demand' workshop TOO EASY STAINED GLASS at the Academy of Quilting and turn those fabrics into quilts.

      Tuesday, October 29, 2019

      Only a Couple of Spaces Left in Mod Ornaments

      Check out these amazing results from my last Mod Ornaments workshop at Calico Cupboard. There are a couple of spots in the next class on Monday, November 4th, 10 am - 1 pm.

      Call the store to sign up!  250-658-2722!

      Learn to cut and sew perfect curves with the Quick Curve Mini ruler from Sew Kind of Wonderful.  Once you know how to do this you'll be able to make some amazing patterns!

      Look at the great quilting on this one. You have all those decorative stitches - why not use them!

      A great Christmas Ornament - embellished with Crystals and Pearls!

      Learn to cut and sew perfect curves with the Quick Curve Mini ruler from Sew Kind of Wonderful. 

      Once you know how to do this you'll be able to make some amazing patterns like these:

      Thursday, October 24, 2019

      Got 2-1/2" precut strips....AKA 'Jelly Rolls'?

      You might want to check out these Five Favourite 2-1/2" Strip Quilts 
      shared by American Quilter's Society (AQS).  

      BONUS - these are all FREE projects!

      Be sure to share your results in the

      Wednesday, October 23, 2019

      How about a Sew Along?

      I couldn't decide what to start over the weekend. I tried tidying up but it didn't work!

      But....I found something to do!

      Check out the Something Fishy Sew Along with Scott Hansen of Blue Nickel Studios.  Scott is celebrating Ocean Park, his new Banyan Batiks collection that arrives in stores next month.

      I'm playing along and I selected fabrics from MY upcoming
      Banyan Batiks collection Tapa Cloth for my block. 

      You should join too - and you could win some GREAT SWAG!!  

      This will be an Instagram based event, so to participate you have
      to be able to post on Instagram.
      There are 2 parts to this Sew Along - be sure to read Scott's post and join the fun.

      Here's my first block. I love how it went together!

      Thursday, October 17, 2019

      New Quilt - Sneak Peek

      I just finished this new project, Panorama. I used fabrics from The View from Here, an upcoming collection from Northcott.  

      My quilt will be hanging in Northcott's booth at International Quilt Market (Booth #522) and fabrics will be arriving in quilt shops in April 2020 and my pattern will be available then.

      Here are a few close-ups so you can see the quilting designs. Special thanks to Calico Cupboard for being open on a Sunday so I could get the variety of thread colours I needed for this piece!

      The sparkly thread is Glitter by Superior Threads. It worked beautifully when I reduced the upper tension on my machine. I also used a size 90/14 topstitch needle with this thread.

      Wednesday, October 16, 2019


      My husband and I cruised down the West Coast a week ago aboard Holland America's Nieuw Amsterdam - yes, one of those 'dam' ships.  We boarded in Vancouver and sailed under the Lions Gate Bridge.

      The sunset on our first night was spectacular.

      One of our favourite things to do on the ship was attend the America's Test Kitchen demonstrations. They convert one of the music venues to an entire kitchen, complete with induction cooktop, wall ovens, working sink and all the equipment Cassandra needed to demonstrate the tested recipes. She was an amazing presenter and we both learned a lot. (We were already 'ATK' super fans!)

      There were a total of 5 sessions on our cruise and we attended them all - learned all about olive oil, several ways to cook salmon, the BEST drop biscuits ever and more!

      Poached Pacific Salmon with Herb & Caper Vinaigrette
      The only stop on our cruise was San Francisco - what a great choice!  We spent part of our honeymoon there almost 45 years ago. We sailed under the Golden Gate Bridge early in the morning. Our stateroom was on the correct side for this picture from our veranda.

      Since we have visited the city several times we chose to take a winery tour to Sonoma. We visited 2 wineries including Jacuzzi Family Vinyards. Yes, the vinyard was started by a descendant
      of the inventor of the 'jacuzzi'. It was a beautiful place. Oh yes, the wine was good too!

      These are huge geraniums 'espaliered' onto wire trellises along the central courtyard.
      The wine tasting building.
      We had lunch in Sonoma where we spotted this van......
      and I even had time for some 'power shopping'!

      We sailed away from San Francisco under the Golden Gate on our way to San Diego.

      We left this ship on the 5th morning and took a bus tour to La Jolla, Balboa Park and Old Towne.

      Balboa Park - beautiful buildings, amazing gardens.

      We flew home that evening and are back in 'full swing' after a great trip.  What's happening here?

      BATHROOM RENOVATIONS! Stay tuned for that story, coming soon.

      Tuesday, October 8, 2019

      Upcoming Workshop - Twizzle

      Twizzle Quilt: 70" x 77"
      There are a couple of spaces left in my upcoming 'Twizzle' workshop at Calico Cupboard. 

      When you make the this project you can make TWO other projects at the same time. It all has to do with how you make the quilt

      This is a perfect time of year for this project. Keep one project for yourself and the other 2 can be gifts!

      Join me on Friday, October 18, 10 am - 3 pm.

      Skill Level: Confident Beginners with
      basic piecing and rotary cutting experience

      Class fee is $50

      Sign up at Calico Cupboard or give them a call

      The 2nd project is a wall hanging (48" x 48").

      And the 3rd project is this table runner (18" x 60").

      Friday, October 4, 2019

      Mystic Journey - a new Patchworks Studio pattern

      Here's an easy project that you can make in a weekend!  And you'll learn about 'value' as you make the quilt. The quilt is a great 'cuddle on the couch' size.

      I chose Banyan Batiks Banyan Classics fabrics. This collection includes the range of values to create the shading for the blocks. 

      A centre square of colour adds interest to the quilt; choose your favourite accent colour.

      Quilt size: 63" x 72" - Recommended Skill Level: Confident Beginner

      Wednesday, October 2, 2019

      Upcoming Workshops

      Have you wondered how to sew the binding on your quilt projects ENTIRELY by machine? Have you tried it and been 'less than happy' with the results?

      Why not join me on Friday, October 11 and learn how I do a perfect binding that is completely sewn by machine - and almost invisible!  PS:  You don't need to use invisible thread.

      Join me at Calico Cupboard Quilt Shop in Victoria.  This will be one of the best 2-hour classes you've ever taken - guaranteed!

      Class Date: Friday, October 11
      Time: 2 - 4 pm
      Location: Calico Cupboard Quilt Shop

      Phone to register and get your supply list: 250-656-2722

      And if you'd like to have a whole day of learning, why not join me in the morning on the same day for Beginner Free Motion Quilting from 10 am - 1 pm.

      Monday, September 30, 2019

      The Ornaments!

      Great results from my Mod Ornaments workshop at Calico Cupboard!  

      Here are pictures from 3 of my students.

      by Carol - who was anxiously awaiting the birth of her first grandchild.
      She's here!  Congratulations Carol!

      by Janet. Love the fabrics and perfectly made!

      by Shannon. All finished and a bit of 'bling' too! Love the plaid.

      Want to make your own Mod Ornament? 

      I'm offering this class again on Monday, November 4th - plenty of time to make one or more in time for Christmas.  

      It is just a 3-hour class and wouldn't you rather do this on a Monday instead of the laundry!

      Sign up at Calico Cupboard in Victoria (250-656-2722)

      Thursday, September 26, 2019

      Fall Table Runner and Pumpkins

      Are you ready for Fall? Why not stitch a fall theme table runner and trio of stuffed pumpkins to set the mood.

      Check out this FREE project by Camille Roskelly and Joanna Figueroa.

      Want more pumpkins?  Check out this downloadable project by Pat Wodskow too!

      Monday, September 23, 2019

      Online Quilters Meet & Greet - There is still time!



      Be sure to enter for the GRAND PRIZE when you visit each site!
      You can enter at each stop along the way.
      Good Luck!