Quilts: Function Meets Art

Posted By on September 6, 2018

20180901_122248Thanks to the help of some of great friends, we got all of the sleeves sewn to the back of my quilts last week for my first solo quilt show. Last Saturday we hung the show in the Little Cafe at the the Little Theatre, 240 East Ave. Last night Jeff and I went down to the Cafe to hear Margaret Explosion play with my quilts hanging all around the room. It was kind of surreal. People coming up and telling me how much they love the show. And what a departure my show is from the usual artwork that lines the walls. I even sold one of the quilts last night!

20180901_124313But I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. As a quiltmaker I know how warm and comforting quilts are. The bright bold colors liven up the room while the fabric and batting make the room more acoustic and warm feeling. It’s just exciting to see that even non-quilters get some of the same feelings that I do being around quilts. Sunday, September 9, is the official Opening Reception from 2 – 4 p.m. Stop down and check the show out for yourself. If you can’t make it Sunday, the show will be up until September 28. Hours at the cafe are Sunday – Thursday 5 – 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 5 – 11 p.m.

20180905_193047The Little Theatre, of course is the local art house theatre with 5 movie screens. The Little Cafe is in the back of the theatre and serves affordable dinners, snacks, beverages, beer and wine. The Little Cafe supports local music with live bands playing Mondays – Thursdays, 7 – 9 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays, 8 – 10 p.m. No cover, but tips encouraged. It’s always a great way to spend an evening! Also the Little will be participating in the Fringe Festival, September 12 -22.


Photo  by Ken Columbo

Photo by Ken Columbo


Threads of Resistance Quilt Show – A Must See

Posted By on August 18, 2018

Threads of ResistanceJust came from the traveling quilt exhibit “Threads of Resistance.” WOW! Everyone should try to get downtown this weekend or next weekend to see these amazing quilts from art quilters all over the country and world. It’s at the Times Square Building, 45 Exchange Blvd. (corner of Broad and Exchange). Hours are Aug. 18 – 25, 2018, Friday – Sunday 12  – 4 p.m. or by appointment (585)313-8949. There is a guest speaker both Saturdays at 2 p.m. (Betty Svitavsky on Aug. 25).

The art in this exhibit expresses a range of emotions from anger and sadness, to hope for positive change. The exhibit was created by the Artist Circle Alliance that seeks to address current issues including climate change, sexual assault, immigration, the refugee crisis, racism and sexism.

Here are some of the quilts in the exhibit:

"Nevertheless, They Persisted"  by Do Palma (Wyoming)

“Nevertheless, They Persisted”
by Do Palma (Wyoming)

"Political Power Grab" by Sara Mika (Pennsylvania)

“Political Power Grab”
by Sara Mika (Pennsylvania)













"Roe v Wade Must Stand" by Cyndy Rymer (California)

“Roe v Wade Must Stand”
by Cyndy Rymer (California)

"Nevertheless, She Persisted"  by Dawn Allen (Massachuetts)

“Nevertheless, She Persisted”
by Dawn Allen (Massachuetts)













"RE$I$TAN¢E" by Mel Beach (California)

by Mel Beach (California)

"The Kiss" by Maryte Collard (Lithuania)

“The Kiss”
by Maryte Collard (Lithuania)



Read more about the exhibit at this website: Threads of Resistance.  Purchase a catalog of the show at this Amazon link. View the art and watch a slideshow here.

Kick off for Row by Row Experience

Posted By on June 23, 2018


It’s the last day of the Summer Solstice Sale at my studio. Lots of new people have stopped by to pick up a Row by Row kit and take advantage of this super sale with most fabrics only $6 a yard. The sale continues till 3 p.m. today, Saturday.

You can also pick up your free Row by Row pattern designed by Jeanne Simpson.

Be the first person to stop by the studio with a completed  quilt (quilted, bound and labeled) that has 8 different rows/blocks and win 25 fat quarters. If you included the Quilting with Margaret Roc ‘n Roll block in your quilt, you will win a bonus prize.

Quilting with Margaret's Bonus Gift

Quilting with Margaret’s Bonus Gift

Make your block into a throw pillow.

Make your block into a throw pillow.












Summer Solstice Sale 6/21 – 6/23

Posted By on June 17, 2018

Sunglass SunThursday is Summer Solstice, or the longest day of the year. Have you been noticing how late it stays light? Thursday is also the first day of the Row by Row Experience, so to celebrate both, I decided to have a sale. I will be open later on Thursday (2 p.m. till 7 p.m.) so you can stop by to check out the sale and our Row by Row block. Then on both Friday and Saturday, you will find me at the studio from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. All fabric on the bolts will be 25% off (that’s just $6/yard for the majority of fabrics at the shop). You will also find lots of new patterns and rulers. And of course the Row by Row kits and free pattern. Stop by and see what’s new at Quilting with Margaret!

Special Hours for Sale:
Thursday 1 – 7 p.m.
Friday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Row by Row

Posted By on June 7, 2018

Quilting with Margaret's 2018 Row by Row Experience block designed by Jeanne Simpson

Quilting with Margaret’s 2018 Row by Row Experience block designed by Jeanne Simpson

Check out this fun block! It’s part of the International Row by Row Experience. Quilting with Margaret in colaberation with Jeanne Simpson will be participating in the Row by Row event this summer. The theme this year is “Sew Musical.” Jeanne Simpson designed our block with a special nod to Rochester’s music scene. It’s a Hawaiian applique inspired design. We will have several different kits to choose from or you can pick your own fabrics. We will also have some fun embellishment kits available. We chose an 18″ block because there are so many things you can do with it like making a small wallhanging, a tote bag or a pillow. Stop by the Hungerford building, Studio #309, to see lots of different ideas.

If you are unfamiliar with this event, it’s sort of like a shop hop but there are no fees or passports needed to participate. There are stores all over New York, the rest of the United States and even Canada and several other countries who all have designed a block or row to the annual theme. Then starting June 21st through September 4th, as you travel around New York and beyond, you can stop in participating quilt shops and pick up a free copy of their original block or row. Collect at least 8 different patterns, complete the blocks/rows and a make a quilt. Be the first quilter (before October 31st) to stop by a participating store with your completed quilt to be photographed for Facebook, and you will win 25 fat quarters. And if your quilt includes that particular store’s block, you will also win a special prize put together by that store.

Go to the Row by Row Experience website at to learn more about this event and find out which stores are participating. Then check the stores’ websites for their summer hours and stop by to pick up your free patterns!

Makers Gonna Make Retreat, June 1 – 3

Posted By on May 24, 2018

Makers from last fall's Handmade Holiday Retreat

Makers from last fall’s Handmade Holiday Retreat

Boy do I need a distraction from life! In mid April my 93-year old mom had a stroke. Fortunately I was sitting right next to her when it happened and got her to the hospital immediately, but quite scary to say the least. Good news…she pulled through, has her mobility and speech back and is recovering at an independent living place in Rochester. But if any of you have stopped by the studio over the last month expecting to see me, that’s why I haven’t been around. As of this week, I’m back to regular hours at the studio (plus a lot of extra days to catch up).

Right now I am preparing for my first summer Makers Gonna Make retreat which will be held at my studio at the Hungerford. This will be the first retreat I have held there since I expanded my space. Just what I need as a distraction from my life, how about you? What better way to spend a weekend than sewing and quilting with others in a creative environment?! I will supply the patterns necessary to make four fun projects, all gift-worthy. We will be making a cross-body bag just large enough to hold a tablet, a little duffle bag to stow your cosmetics or stuff (you choose the size), a lined apron for an adult or child (you choose) and a quick strip-pieced table runner. Learn some quilting basics, an easy method to sew in a zipper, and a fun and fast apron construction technique. I will have some hardware kits available for purchase to make your projects look truly professional.

This is not a sleep-over retreat, but you can set up your work station and leave your machine and everything there till the retreat concludes on Sunday afternoon. This will be two entire days of sewing from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. each day with breakfast and lunch included in the price. There will be an optional Friday night (no sewing) reception from 5 – 9 p.m. to set up your machine and work station, then wander the building during the monthly First Friday event to get creatively inspired for the weekend.

The cost of this weekend retreat is only $150. To register, let me know a.s.a.p., complete the downloadable brochure below and mail a check to my Grassmere Park mailing address listed on the brochure. Don’t wait too long to decide, since space is limited! Hope to see you the first weekend in June.

Click here to download sign-up brochure with more details.


Regular Hours and Open Studios

Posted By on April 13, 2018

20180207_144050You can stop by Quilting with Margaret at the Hungerford any Wednesday or Thursday afternoon. I now have regular hours on these two days from 1 – 6 p.m. And, in addition to First Fridays from 6 – 9 p.m. each month, I will be open the first two Saturdays of each month from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Stop by and shop in my newly expanded space. I just got a shipment of over fifty new bolts of Art Gallery fabrics in addition to the Free Spirit fabrics. Also, you will find lots of fun, easy patterns to inspire you. Stop in during these regular hours and see my recently expanded space.

2017 HHRIf you would like to finish up some projects or  start a new one, you can attend an Open Studio for just $20 a day. I now have Open Studios on the first two Saturdays of each month from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Come enjoy my creative makers space in the historic Hungerford building at 1115 East Main St. My working studio is equipped with lots of work tables, fully adjustable office chairs, ironing stations and several cutting tables. It’s a perfect way to spend a Saturday!

You can sign up for Open Studios through PayPal on the Classes page of this website or in person by stopping by the studio any of the above times when I am open.

Again, my NEW regular hours are:
Every Wednesday 1 – 6 p.m.
Every Thursday 1 – 6 p.m.
First & Second Saturdays of the month 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Open Studios are held on:
First & Second Saturdays of the month 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., $20/session

Maria Shell is coming to Rochester

Posted By on March 21, 2018

Maria Shell event

On Friday, April 20, from 7 – 9 p.m. Maria Shell will be having a trunk show sponsored by the Rochester Modern Quilt Guild which I am a member. Although her class is full, there is still room to attend her trunk show on Friday night at Aspenleiter Sales and Services, 2106 Five Mile Line Rd., Penfield, NY. Maria Shell does modern quilting, mostly in solids, with improvisational piecing. She also does amazing curved piecing.  You can view more of her quilting at the following link: https://mariashell.com

This is an amazing opportunity to view a national quilter’s work locally for just $5. Come see what’s new in the quilting world. To RSVP, you can contact Sherri Lasky (sherlasky@mac.com)


Posted By on February 16, 2018

Fabric OrdersSome of you have maybe heard rumors that Coats & Clark, owners of Free Spirit/Westminster Fabrics will be out of the fabric business as of May 1. I got the news through an email Monday that the rumors are true and that they are filling past orders but will no longer be printing/selling fabrics. I’m sure their wonderful designers (like Tula Pink and Kaffe Fassett, just to mention a few), will all find new fabric companies to print and sell their fabrics.

Meanwhile, I immediately started looking for another fabric wholesaler. Today I placed an initial order with Art Gallery Fabrics. They too have some fabulous designers, one being Angela Walters. I remember being at Spring Quilt Market five years ago in Pittsburgh when I was looking for a fabric line to carry at my studio. I was immediately drawn to the Art Gallery booth because of their modern colors and designs. This week in researching who carries Art Gallery Fabrics, I found it was not very available in Rochester. So I am very excited to announce that I will be carrying Art Gallery Fabrics in my studio. I just placed my initial order today and expect to have lots of new fabrics coming within the next few weeks.

But what Does this mean? It means I need more room, so….that means a SALE! All of the Westminster Fabrics in the studio will be ON SALE for just $5.99/yard starting tomorrow and ending Thursday, February 22 when they will return to the regular price of $8/yard. Now’s the chance to stock up on some of you favorite designers like Tula Pink, Kaffe Fassett, Brandon Mably, Erin McMorris, Denyse Schmitt, Nel Whitmore and more for just $5.99/yard. But this is not a permanent markdown, as these fabrics will become less available soon and in higher demand. So after February 22, they will return to the regular price of $8/yard. Don’t miss this chance to get your favorite fabrics before they are gone and at a sale price!

I will be keeping special hours starting tomorrow through the end of the sale:
Saturday, February 17, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Monday, February 19, 1 – 6 p.m.
Tuesday, February 20, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Wednesday, February 21, 1 – 6 p.m.
Thursday, February 22, 1 – 6 p.m.

Stop in, buy some great fabrics at a remarkably low price and see my newly expanded studio and “quilt shop.” Call me at 831-2566, if you need a ride up in the elevator at door #2. I’m on the third floor.


Announcing Regular Hours

Posted By on February 7, 2018

20180207_144050Quilting with Margaret, Studio #307-309 in the Hungerford at 1115 East Main in Rochester, will now be keeping regular hours at the studio/quilt shop. You can find me there every Wednesday and Thursday from 1 – 6 p.m. Also, I will be open on the First Friday of each month from 6 – 9 p.m. and the First and Second Saturdays of each month from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

However, if those times don’t work for you, I’m always available by appointment. And I will also be at the studio during any scheduled classes, but you may want to call first to be sure the class hasn’t been cancelled. I will also announce here on my website and on Facebook when I will be closed due to weather, illness or vacation. Hopefully these more regular hours will make it easier for you to stop by and shop!

This weekend is February Second Saturday, so I will be open and also, it will be the first Open Studio in 2018. If you are not familiar with my Open Studios, they are open sew days, where you can bring your sewing machine and U.F.O.’s (or Un-Finished Objects) to work on completing in the company of other quilters/makers in a studio enviromment. My studio offers lots of tables, ergonomic chairs, ironing and cutting stations for your convenience. The cost is only $20 for the day.

Stop by this Saturday, February 10th and check out my new expansion. Also, pick up a 2018 winter/spring class list. And if you feel creative, make a fabric Valentine’s postcard from a $5 kit. Hope to see you Saturday!