Hugs and Kisses Block 4

Before I post pictures of Block 4 of Hugs and Kisses, I want to show you something really special.  Joyce Dickens-Loffree from Naples, Florida sent me these photos of her quilt, which won a ribbon at her guild’s show.  Do you recognize it?  The pattern is Peggy’s Puzzle, a free pattern available on my website.  I am so honoured that Joyce chose to make this quilt.  Congratulations on a spectacular finish.  And the label is a wonderful addition.


Garden Party (1)

Block 4 of Hugs and Kisses is a nice, simple block.  I am thoroughly enjoying making this quilt for a second time.


As I mentioned, I am making this quilt again, but in browns and pinks.  For some reason, I have a rather substantial amount of both brown and pink in my stash.  So I thought this would be a good time to use some of these fabrics up.  Even the stems are brown and not green:)  I’m not marking the background at all, just using my light box to place all the pieces.


I’m not sure if you can tell from the photo below, but the brown fabric I used for the large circles has subtle dark brown lines on it.  Notice the lines are all running the same way:)



So far, so good…..


The hardest part was deciding where each leaf should go.


Easy peasy, nice and easy!


I am absolutely obsessed with the I Spy quilts I am working on for my 2 granddaughters.  Every morning I get up early and hand-piece a block or two.  What a great way to start the day.  The pattern is called Smitten by Jen Kingwell.  So much fun!


I’m so excited to announce I will be teaching again at The Academy of Applique in Williamsburg in 2019.  I can’t wait!!


Til next time…



The Applique Retreat was a Success:)

Last week I hosted my very first Applique Retreat at Fireside Retreat in Orillia.  What a great time we all had!  The food was awesome (it’s always about the food, isn’t it?)





When I teach classes, I supply the freezer paper templates already traced, so within a couple of hours, the students have actually accomplished something.  Such a good feeling.

I asked the ladies in the group to write a testimonial about their experience.  Here are a couple for you to read.

Diane writes…I just want to thank you again for the fantastic time I had at the Fireside
Retreat. Having never gone to a retreat of any kind you couldn’t of made it any
better.  The ladies were all soooo friendly and sharing.  Hope we’re all able to
get to gather next year again. Being a small group everyone learned new things
and shared so many new ideas.  It was so friendly and we made new friends with
like interest.  We had many many laughs and shared so much. The Fireside is just
the best place. Such a beautiful place and so warm and welcoming like any home
would be.  Felt like being wrapped in a warm quilt.  And the food was the best.
Can’t wait till next year for the next retreat.

Jude writes…What a wonderful and amazing time we shared at the Fireside Retreat with Kerry Burke.  Kerry is not only an amazing appliqué and quilter, but also an outstanding teacher.  The preparation that Kerry did to set up our wall hanging, prior to the start of the retreat, allowed us to jump right in with helpful hints and learning new techniques. Without her prep work, we couldn’t have started stitching our projects.  If you are interested in appliqué, there is no better person to learn from than Kerry.  The Retreat itself is so beautiful.  Decorated with quilts in every room, Fireside Retreat made us feel so warm and welcomed.  Can’t wait to do it again.

 Careful…my head might start to swell:)
I have another Applique Retreat book for April 20-22 (Friday-Sunday) and I have 2 spots left.  I would love to have you join us:)  Here are the details.  Thanks to everyone who signed up for my first Applique Retreat which will be held in March at Fireside Retreat in Orillia.  The response was so positive that I have booked a second Retreat!  The dates for the second Retreat are April 20-22 (Friday-Sunday).  All meals will be included, starting with lunch on Friday.  This Retreat is a perfect opportunity to learn the method I use for all of my applique projects.  It is also a perfect time to catch up on your own applique projects and to be inspired by other students. Your fee of $400.00 includes your accommodation, all meals, your project kit and pattern and class notes.  What is the project you ask?  I am having a block designed specifically for this Retreat and it is still in the works:)  I know you will love it!  I am limiting this class to 6, so if you are interested please contact me at  Here is the project:
Til next time…