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Appreciation comes in time

Many years ago when I was a young married woman, my mother made a comment that has stayed with me all my life. "do without it now and when you get it, you'll appreciate it all the more". I have lived by that thought ever since. It all started with a folding card table and set of 4 chairs. This set was a dark green. The padded seats had wear tears and the table was a little wobbly....but Mum bought it for me for $20. We had that table and chairs for a very long time. The table disappeared quite a while ago, but the chairs lingered around the house for many years after. I have good memories about that table and chairs. Mum was right. When we replaced those chairs with lovely oak dining c

Latest quilt retreat

I am very fortunate to have a group of quilting friends who invite me to a wide variety of quilting events....retreats. I've been to retreats in Windsor Ontario, Strathmore Alberta, Winnipeg Manitobe, Sylvan Lake Alberta, and Fruitvale British Columbia (near Trail). I drove back from Fruitvale last night after a great week of sewing, eating and visiting with new and older quilting friends. Unfortunately, I don't have many pictures to share. I guess I was just too busy sewing and eating. Last year I was working on a sewing tool holder and the girls asked me to show them how to make them, so we had an impromptu class. This year, they asked what I was teaching them. I didn't have anything

Thornhill Patch - class.

I'm working on a couple of class samples for a new class I'm teaching at Meadow Rose Quilting Studio (AKA, my basement). The pattern is a simple Disappearing 9 Patch block with 3 borders. The first sample quilt (of 3 options, we may have 4 options) is a simple 2 fabric quilt. A focus and a contrast. In this case a Maple Leaf print in navy/red and a solid white. Although there are other methods of stitching the basic 9 Patch block, all options for this class will use the same construction method. The purpose of the class is to focus on piecing techniques and accurate measuring, cutting and sewing of the borders. As a longarm custom quilter, I (almost) cry every time someone brings me a q

Free Motion Classes at Bow Bench Retreat

One of the best things in my life is being asked to teach. I'll teach anything! BUT I really love to teach sewing and quilting, especially Free Motion Quilting classes. I love showing students the basics, but also how to take things a step or two further and really fly! I'll be teaching 2 classes at Bow Bench Retreat in Carseland in October. Here's the details. Free Motion Quilting - Basics and Beyond: Friday, October 14; 9:30am -4:30pm. Spend the day and learn not only the basics of free motion quilting on a domestic machine, but also how to create some fantastic quilting motifs using the 5 basic shapes. We'll spend the morning setting up the machine, learning how to layer an quilt a

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