Trunk Show

On Monday September 16 I’ll be presenting a trunk show in Port Perry at Hope Church at 7 pm. I’ll be showing approximately 20 of my quilts, most of them are hand appliquéd. Hope you can join us. I’ll also have my patterns for sale.

I’m making steady progress on the elephant quilt I’m making for our grandson who’ll be arriving in a couple of weeks. I’m hand quilting this gem and loving every moment.

I’m also finishing up my class samples that I’ll be teaching at The Academy of Applique in March 2020. I’ve added a window frame to the Yellow Finches. Love it!

My Scrappy Log Cabin is back from Colleen, who did an awesome job machine quilting this very large quilt. It measures 100″ x 100″!

This weekend Paul and I and 2 of our daughters are going camping at Awenda Park near Penetang. Should be fun! I’ve been busy baking so we don’t go hungry lol

Til next time….



Just a quick post…

Hubby and I are heading out for a few days to Stratford, ON.  I am busy packing but I just realized that this is Labour Day Weekend.  That means all kinds of things to different people…school starts back up, Pumpkin Spice Lattes are everywhere and leaves will start changing colour.  Bus, if you are an appliquer, Labour Day Weekend means that you can now sign up for classes at The Academy of Applique!  If you have been scoping out the catalog, you already know that there is a great line up of teachers (if I do say so myself!) and some very interesting classes!  You can view the catalog of classes here.

I have been busy working away on a baby quilt for our grandson, who should be making an appearance around the first week of October.  (Mom is hoping for sooner lol.)IMG_8113



I am loving the Las Passacaglia journey!  I am using Inklingo to construct mine and I highly recommend giving this method  try:)  This is what my design wall looks like.  Controlled chaos:)IMG_8119

Til next time…


P.S.  Have a safe Labour Day Weekend:)

The Academy of Applique 2020 Catalogue is Ready!

Great news!  The Academy of Applique 2020 catalogue is now online and ready for you to drool over!   Registration starts at 12 noon on Monday, Sept. 2 (Labour Day). You can see it here.  If you love applique and have never been to the Academy, I urge you to do so.  This will be my fourth year teaching at the Academy, and it truly is the highlight of my year.  To be surrounded by so many students and teachers that share my love of applique is truly amazing:)

Here are some pics of the classes I will be teaching.  My first class is Southwest Succulents.IMG_7422

The second class I am teaching, which is suitable for true beginners, is called Yellow Finches.IMG_7421

So I have finally taken the plunge and started my La Passacagalia quilt. I am not doing it using the EPP method.  I am using Inklingo and it could not be any easier.  Print your shapes on an Inkjet printer, and use a running stitch to stitch by hand.  Easy Peasy!  Here are some of the rosettes I am working on.  Also, fussy cutting is a breeze!IMG_7462




Way too much fun!IMG_7519

Here is another one.IMG_7482

This is the back of the rosette above.  You can see the printed lines and my stitches.IMG_7505

Like most quilters, I have a stash of scraps that is not going away on it’s own.  I decided to make Bonnie Hunter’s “Split 9 Patch” and it certainly has made a dent in my stash.  So the idea is to make 168 blocks made up of 2 1/2″ squares.  All was good until I spotted a boo-boo.  On all 168 blocks.  (The square in the top right corner.)IMG_7480

So after an evening of ripping out all 168 blocks, my blocks now look like this. I must confess, “younger me” may have pitched all the boo-boo blocks in the trash, but “more mature me” decided I had too much of my valuable time invested in this project not to have something to show for it lol!  And (according to my calculations), I used up approx 7 metres of my stash for the squares and triangles.  That is quite a dent!IMG_7481

The blocks are stitched together in rows, and I am now stitching those rows together.  Bruin approves!IMG_7911

Have an awesome and safe long weekend, do some stitching and go check out the catalogue:)

Til next time….




The Final Steps for the Chickadee

There is no doubt about it.  Time flies whether we like it or not.  It was my intention to write this blog post shortly after the last post.  I was on a roll!  But, as we all know, life gets in the way and, well, here we are:)  Better late than never.

The first pieces of the Chickadee to be placed on the background are the light tan and dark tan tail feathers (far right in the pic below).  Next, add the dark yellow belly.  IMG_7485 (2)

As I was working on this tutorial, I noticed a small error in one template.  The mistake is in this dark yellow underbelly labelled Y2-1.  The template with the error looks like this….IMG_7484 (3)

It should look like this……Which means the only part of this template that gets prepped is the bottom curve.  Sorry for any inconvenience:)IMG_7504 (1)

So now the next set of tail feathers can be added in this order,  the light tan feather at the top, then the dark tan feather and then the white tail feather.  IMG_7486 (1)

And now we can add the gray tail feather, and the dark tan feather of the next set.IMG_7488 (1)

Next, we can add the final feathers.  You can see that by drawing on the un-prepped seam allowance on all the pieces, things are lining up quite nicely (and stress-free!).IMG_7490 (1)

Next comes the light yellow breast, the black throat and then the white detail.  About that white detail…..IMG_7495 (1)

I always line my white pieces with another layer of white fabric.  This is what I do.  I prep the template piece as usual.  Then I pop the template out and iron it onto another piece of white fabric.  It can be the same fabric or something close.  Next, I draw around it with a blue water soluble marker.  And then I cut this shape out, making sure to cut off all the blue marker.  So the goal is to make this lining piece a smidge smaller than the original prepped piece.

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Now I can take the lining piece and glue it onto the seam allowance of the prepped piece.  And then I glue the entire piece on the background, followed by the black top of the head piece.

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Next I added the beak and the feet.  I have prepped the eye but I cannot find it.  It is here somewhere:)  In my next post, I will show you how I stitch those points.


Til next time….









The Chickadee…continued

I mentioned earlier that I had one of my quilts juried into Quilt Canada, which was held in Ottawa earlier this month.  This is the fourth year in a row that I have had a quilt at Quilt Canada:)  Bed of Roses, a pattern designed by Sue Garman, won the Award for Excellence in Applique.  So humbled and so proud all at the same time:)IMG_4047.JPEG

In other news, we have another grand baby on the way (our 3rd).  The gender reveal party was a couple of weekends ago.  Turns out we are having a…boy:)  So much fun!202.jpg




So…back to the Chickadee.  In my last post, I showed you how I prepped my templates and traced the pattern onto my background.  This is the last photo that I showed.  Hopefully, you are getting the hang of figuring out “which piece goes where”.  It is a skill that comes with experience.  Trust me:)IMG_7033

So now I am going to continue gluing pieces onto the background, always placing the bottom layer first.  For this section you can see I added the purple buds, and the light green leaf in 2 sections.IMG_7150

Next I added the dark green leaf, then bias strip, and then the 2 leaves on either side of the purple buds.IMG_7153

Now I can add the light green leaf, which tucks underneath the purple berry.  So this “section” is now complete (except that it still has to be stitched lol)img_7156.jpg

Now it is time to start adding some flowers.  The flowers are all created in the same manner.  Before I started gluing this flower in place, first I had to add the bias stem.  Remember to glue the background, as opposed to the bias stem.IMG_7155

So, first I place the light purple petal in place.  Then I added the tiny dark purple section.  And then I added the larger purple petal.  IMG_7159

Then I added the tiny dark purple section.IMG_7161


Can you see the beauty of drawing the seam allowance on each piece?  Now I can see exactly where my last piece goes…and no raw edges!IMG_7163IMG_7164


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This photo shows everything glued in place…except the Chickadee.  Which I am going to go and do right now!  Just a note:  You don’t have to wait until every piece is glued in place before you start stitching.  Usually, I prep a few pieces, or maybe a section, and then I go and stitch it.  I would rather not leave all the stitching til the end.234

Til next time….





A Successful Quilt Show!

This past weekend the Quilting Corners Guild in Alliston, Ontario, held their quilt show, which happens every 2 years.  I was lucky enough to be a vendor this year and was on hand to spread the word about how easy and stress-free Prepared Edge Applique is.IMG_7200

Of course, I purchased a few goodies for myself.  Goodies that I know I could make, but would rather buy them already made (tee hee).IMG_7190

The quilts and wall hangings on display showcased the members talent, dedication and skill.IMG_7194





I am thrilled and humbled that my quilt To Everything There Is A Season won 2 ribbons:)IMG_7201

Very often I am asked if I teach anywhere in Ontario.  Now I can say “Yes!”  I will be teaching a few one day classes at Simcoe Sew and Quilt in Barrie, Ontario. Here is a link to the Class Page.   I’ll be teaching The Hummingbird in Flight Wallhanging.  Hope to see you in a class!Hummingbird in Flight

Speaking of the Hummingbird, I just got my back from Rose Bell, who, once again, worked her magic.  This is truly a masterpiece!




Well, I was going to post more pics of the Chickadee block, but I am off to Ottawa tomorrow for Quilt Canada.  So excited!  I haven’t started packing yet lol.  More exciting, though, the Raptor are going to make history in about 5 minutes.  We The North!

Till next time….


Making a Caterpillar:)

Sometimes your applique project needs a special touch.  Like a caterpillar!  I learned how to make a caterpillar many years ago in a class, and, for some reason, I really love making these little guys:)

I used 5 squares of different fabrics that are cut of 3 1/2″ square.  I used earthy tones to make this one, but you can use whatever you like.  It’s your caterpillar.img_7092.jpg

Lay all the fabrics one on top of the other.  The caterpillar is actually cut on the bias, so it doesn’t fray.  Cut the squares in half on the diagonal, and then cut a 1/2″ strip from one of the triangles.  Of course you can cut as many 1/2″ strips as you like to make more caterpillars.  They will just be different lengths.IMG_7093



I used a very thick hand quilting thread to stitch the layers together right down the middle.  I put a large knot in the thread a left a long tail (this will be the antennae lol).  Gather the pieces as tight as you can (this is why you need a thick thread).  Take a couple of back stitches to secure the thread.IMG_7096



Now comes the fun part.  I put the caterpillar in a glass of water, and then took it out and roughed him up in a thick towel.  Next I rolled him between my hands to fluff him up. IMG_7101



I lied.  Next comes the fun part:)  I twisted the body of the caterpillar and…..Voila!  Good, clean fun:)IMG_7104

Moving right along….in my last post I showed you how I prepared all the pieces for the The Chickadee block.  Now I am going to show you how I go about placing the pieces on the background.  The first thing to do is to place the prepped pieces on the pattern.  This will give you an idea of where each pieces goes.  It will also help to identify the different layers, and which pieces you will place on the background first.  This is a skill that you will develop as you do more layered applique.  Trust me:)IMG_7013

You can see that I started with piece G2-9.  Can you see the beauty of tracing those raw edge lines on the piece?  It give you a visual guide to make sure the piece is placed in the exact spot.  And now you will know exactly where the next layer goes:)IMG_7015


This is how much Roxanne’s glue I use.  Not a lot!  Just a tiny dot on the seam allowance.IMG_7020

This is one of the pieces that have that dotted line marked on the template.  It means that one section of a side is prepped and the other side is unprepped.  In other words, one part of this piece goes on top of the dark green piece, and one part goes under the light green (next photo).IMG_7024


Now it’s just a matter of putting each piece on the background, paying attention to which pieces go on top, and which ones go on the bottom:)IMG_7033

Til next time…