Class Signup Day and 2015 Events

Posted By on January 24, 2015

1966887_10203196476326807_4385827327638164891_nHappy New Year! It’s a new year and I have lots of fun classes, retreats, and events that I’m excited about. First, my annual Get-Away Weekend is earlier this year, March 5 – 8th at Bristol Harbour. This will be the tenth year and we already have the largest number signed up to date. It’s not to late to sign up, the deadline is February 10th. You can read more about it and download a sign-up brochure by clicking on the Get-Away page at the left. Sign up before January 30, to be included in the PRE – Get-Away Party, a new addition this year.

I have lots of new classes scheduled for this winter. Come see the samples and sign up for a quilting class at my studio on Friday, February 6, 6 – 9 p.m. My studio is #307 at the Hungerford, 1115 East Main St. I’ll have class specials and refreshments. It’s also First Friday in the building, so you can check out the other artists’ studios while you’re there.

Stack-N-Whack Pinwheel

Stack-N-Whack Pinwheel

New this year, are my one-day workshops. Each workshop will focus on a different topic or technique. You can choose either a Friday or a Saturday. And back again are my popular Open Studio classes where you can work on your own projects in a spacious studio and artists atmosphere. Choose between a Saturday during the day or a Wednesday after work. We meet each month. Of course I’ll also be offering some old favorites, like my popular Beginning Quilt class and a Stack-N-Whack Pinwheel class. And I also have a new Reversible Jelly Roll Class. These classes are several weeks long and you can choose between a day class or an evening class.

I will be offering my Sizzlin’ Summer Retreat again this spring. It will be the weekend after Memorial Day weekend, May 29 – 31, at Cafe Sewciety Quilts in Webster. You will have plenty of room in their large classroom with lots of natural sunlight. This year the retreat will be from Friday night through Sunday to better accommodate those of you who work. We’ll be doing several quilt tops and runner over this fun-filled weekend. Your meals will be included in the cost.

Find out more about all of these exciting things that are coming up by going to my Newsletter page at the left and downloading my current newsletter. Can’t wait to see you all this winter!

Two Easy Classes Coming Soon

Posted By on October 17, 2014

Effervescence3 Football QuiltMake this easy quilt from a jelly roll of 2 1/2″ strips. Yes it looks complicated, but it is simply 2 1/2″ strips sewed together into blocks. To get the wavy look, the blocks are twisted and cut so they look angled.  The “effervescence bubbles” are easy fused applique.

This fun class begins on Thursday, October 23rd,  at Jackie Lynn’s. Sign up and get a supply list at the store.

Also, coming up soon is the Football class at my studio #307, the Hungerford.  We’ll be making an easy strip-pieced lap quilt that looks like a football. This is a quick one-day class on Saturday, October 25.

Both of these quilts are easy enough to make now and complete in time for a special holiday gift!

Sign Up Sale

Posted By on September 4, 2014

Fabric for SaleThe Class Sign Up Sale for all of my fall classes at all locations is Friday, September 5, 2014 at my studio #307, the Hungerford, 1115 East Main St., from 6 – 9 p.m.  Sign up for three classes, and get the third lesser-priced class for 25% off. There will be refreshments and door prizes.  You can also check out my studio classroom and shop my $7.50/ yard fabrics. I just got some new prints in this summer.  There are also some jelly rolls, charm packs (perfect for the November SABLE project “Falling Charms”), and 25% off books and patterns.  It’s also First Friday, so lots of other studios will be open as well, selling their art.

In addition to the monthly Wednesday Open Studios, new this fall will be Saturday Open Studio classes. We meet once a month at my studio to work on your projects.  I have lots of large tables, adjustable office chairs, ironing and cutting stations, complementary coffee, tea, bottled water and a refrigerator and microwave for your use. Choose from Saturday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. or Wednesday, 5 – 10 p.m. or attend both. The cost is only $20 each. And to introduce the new Saturday times, sign up and attend the September 13 class and get 3 yards of fabric of your choice for free. But you need to sign up ahead of time to assure the class isn’t full.

If you want to just sign up for classes at Jackie Lynn’s only, the Class Preview Sale is Saturday, September 6, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Jackie Lynn’s Discount Sewing Center, 475 East Ridge Dr., Irondequoit. Sign up for three classes with me at Jackie Lynn’s and get the third lesser-priced class at 25% off.  There will be refreshments, in-store specials and door prizes.

2015 Get-Away Weekend

Posted By on July 16, 2014

1010000_10203196507447585_8676164111835057096_n[1]Ten years ago I planned our first weekend Get-Away retreat at Bristol Harbour.  It’s grown over the years to 35 – 40 retreaters at this beautiful resort overlooking Canandaigua Lake.  Over the years, we’ve added spa treatments, guest speakers, wine and champagne tastings every evening, occasional movie nights and guest entertainment.  This year we will add the option to stay in one of the spacious two-bedroom cottages.  If you attended last year, we had both wine tastings in one of these cottages, which offer a common living space with dining area, two full baths, a fully equipped kitchen and a balcony or patio.  And since this will be our 10th anniversary, you can expect a special surprise!

And the best news is that this all-inclusive weekend is still priced the same as the past three years for a stay in the Adirondack-styled hotel rooms.  You can choose from a quad, a triple, a double (all with 2-queen beds) or a single (with 1 king bed).  All rooms have a balcony facing the lake, a gas fireplace, and a luxurious bathroom with heated tile floors.

Our classroom space is large and equipped with cutting and ironing stations.  Everyone gets their own table.  And there will also be an area to baste quilts.  Dinners will be served in the nearby dining room.  We will have restaurant-style seating with your choice from several dinner menu items Friday and Saturday night.  Breakfasts and lunches will be buffet style.

Sign up early and pay in full (by September 10, 2014) and you will receive a coupon good for one free class with me anytime during 2014-2015 (up to a $60 value).  Choose the installment plan and ay monthly if you prefer.  Put a $100 deposit down before the end of August, and your monthly installments for a double room will only be $55 per month.  Add the optional extra night and day and your monthly installment will be just $68 per month.

So get your friends together, and join us for this fun-filled Get-Away weekend at Bristol Harbour.  But don’t delay too long.  Last year we sold out and were filled up early.  This will be our tenth year and you don’t want to miss the celebration!  Click on the Get-Away Weekend page at the left to see more pictures, get a better description and download the 2015 Get-Away sign-up brochure.


What is Quilt Market?

Posted By on June 12, 2014

I’ve been off the grid for the last month or so.  The month of May was crazy and I was away from Rochester more than I was home.  I spent some time in New York City, always inspirational.  Then I spent nearly a week with my mom in Ohio.  She had a medical scare, but all is well now. After that I attend Quilt Market in Pittsburgh.

Store owners talk about Quilt Market all of the time and everyone always asks what is Quilt Market?  Well, Quilt Market happens twice a year, Spring and Fall.  Fall Quilt Market is larger and always takes place in Houston, Texas.  Spring Quilt Market moves around the country each year.  Since it was in Pittsburgh this year, so near Rochester and since I now have the credentials to attend, I decided to go.  I have gone as a representative/guest of a local quilt shop in the past, but was never able to buy or attend the entire event.  This year since I have purchase fabric for sale in my studio and because they changed the credential requirements, I was eligible to attend as Quilting with Margaret.

Basically, Quilt Market is just an industry-wide trade show with over 500 vendors.  All of the major fabric companies and most of the smaller ones are vendors, in addition to many of the pattern companies, designers and distributors.  Mostly it’s quilt shop owners who attend, to see what the latest trends are and what is new.  They also often set up appointments with larger fabric companies ahead of time and purchase the next season’s fabric collections.

But in addition to buying and selling, many book writers, fabric and pattern designers and notion distributors put on an event called the Schoolhouse Series.  It’s an intensive day of classes highlighting new patterns, fabric lines, techniques, and general information regarding running a fabric store, publishing a book, marketing and special events like retreats.  This was the most beneficial part of Quilt Market to me.  The evening consists of larger talks and one evening is Sample Spree.  Sample Spree was a crazy event where vendors have products and fabric pre-cut bundles at greatly reduced wholesale prices.

I got a lot of inspiration at Quilt Market for some new fall classes, including a class on rotary cutting basics. I attended an evening talk about running retreats put on by Debbie Caffrey and Charlotte Angotti who do an annual beach house retreat at Myrtle Beach.  I attended a talk about marketing Modern Quilting in quilt shops, but the information definitely applies marketing Modern Quilt classes as well.

And as far as what’s the current trend in quilting…it’s all about Modern Quilting.  There was little or no country/Thimbleberries-like displays.  Even the civil war reproduction displays were limited.  I only saw one vendor displaying felted wool applique.  The entire convention area was light (not dark) in color with mostly just modern inspired fabrics and lots of whites and grays. As you know, over the last couple of years I have become completely obsessed with the whole Modern Quilt Movement.  And it is a movement, not a trend.  There is a national Modern Quilt Guild and Rochester has a local chapter.  Last winter in Austin, The Modern Quilt Guild put on their first nationwide Quilt Con which has already been scheduled and planned for 2015.  Hopefully, I will be able to attend.

In addition to the modern fabric lines currently out, there are several new lines of solid fabrics. Every major fabric company was featuring their new young designers.  The whole Quilt Market opened with a general session for everyone focused on the new subsidiary of RJR Fabrics, Cotton + Steel.  This young and fresh company is headed by 5 young designers from around the country.  Watch the following vimeos to familiarize yourself with this exciting new company.  They were “definitely the belles of the ball.”  At Sample Spree, everyone rushed to the Cotton + Steel booth.  They sold out of the fat quarter and half-yard packs of their new fabric line in less than 10 minutes.  It was insane.  Three people deep all around their 20 x 30 foot booth.  Those lucky enough to purchase these fabric packs were walking away with their arms full!  The fabric won’t hit stores until July.  Hopefully someone in Rochester will have their fabric for sale. Click on the links below to learn more about Cotton + Steel.  You will need to create a profile on Vimeo and log in to view these videos.

My Tula Pink temporary? tattoo

My Tula Pink temporary? tattoo

Meet the 5 designers of Cotton + Steel.
See the new Cotton + Steel  fabric lines.
How cotton fiber becomes fabric.

I also attended a talk by Tula Pink introducing her new line of fabric, Moonshine for Freespirit Fabrics in three color ways.  It features a fun stylized deer, polka dots with bees, and an overall retro camping print.  There is even a camo-inspired coordinate that more resembles scrolls and ferns rather than camoflauge. The whole stylized deer theme is big this year.  If you’ve ever been in Abilene in downtown Rochester, think of the floral covered deer head mounted over the bar.  I even saw a pattern to make a fabric deer head mount. Tula Pink has also teamed with Aurifil Threads and Renaissance Ribbons for coordinating threads and ribbons.

I met Angela Walters and received a signed copy of her new machine quilting workbook.  She also demonstrated her fabulous quilting designs on a Handi-Quilter longarm for about 20 of us after the book signing. If you haven’t checked out her books on machine quilting, you need to.  She specializes in the detailed quilting so popular in Modern Quilting today.  She also is one of the up-and-coming gurus of the Modern Quilt movement.

Now that I’m back in Rochester, I will be working on scheduling my fall lineup of classes.  I plan to do several classes using Modern Quilt Relish patterns.  The two designers of these patterns presented the talk I attended on marketing Modern Quilting.  They are from the midwest and have some really incredible patterns.  I can’t wait to share them with you.  I’m working on a smaller retreat idea for this fall focusing on these patterns.  Meanwhile, stop by the studio this Saturday for Second Saturday and check out the new fabrics I have for sale by the yard.  I also have a selection of charm packs and a few jelly rolls.  I’ll  be teaching a U.F.O. class at the studio from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday too.  If you are interested in joining us for the class send me an email at to register.


2014 Olympics Covered in Quilts

Posted By on February 23, 2014

Olympic Patchwork QuiltHave you been watching the 2014 Winter Olympics over the past few weeks?  I haven’t been watching a lot but every time I do I see quilts, or shall I say “quilt-inspired” jackets.   Not just the uniforms worn by the Russian teams and volunteers, but also the backdrops in the competitions.  And I’ve been reading a lot about the quilt-inspired designs of the 2014 Sochi games in various places from newspapers to quilting blogs.   From a press release of the Russian designers at Bosco:  The colorful Russian patchwork quilt design was developed with a goal to represent a diverse range of emotions and feelings. They had a wealth of choices to represent Russia’s rich diversity, but in the end they settled on something familiar, warm and welcoming: the patchwork quilt.  In the concept design, every patch was infused with the history and personality of traditional crafts from each of Russia’s 89 regions: in a single tapestry they combined Uftyuzhskaya painting and Vologda lace, Gzhel and Zhostovo painting, Kubachi patterns and the flowers of Pavlo Posad shawls, Mezenskaya painting and Khokhloma, Yakutsk patterns, fabrics of Ivanovo and other distinctive Russian patterns. That is how they arrived at a modern, distinctive and unmistakeably Russian Look of the Games.  A couple of weeks ago I read an article in the NY Times about the designer of these jackets. Click here to read the article.

Team USA Snowboarding Uniforms

Team USA Snowboarding Uniforms

And it’s not just the Russian uniforms and logos.  The U.S. Snowboarding jackets were designed by a Vermont-based snowboarding outfitters Burton to resemble patchwork of denim, kahki and the US flag to go with their corduroy pants.  Ralph Lauren designed the Opening Ceremony U.S. patchwork sweaters that all of the US team athletes wore. They remind me more of an ugly Christmas sweater or the popular USA patriotic clothing of the 1970′s which I remember wearing in high school.  But let’s not forget Norway’s Curling team and their load leisure suits also designed by Ralph Lauren.   The chevron pattern reflects a design currently popular in modern quilt designs and fabrics.  They also sort of resemble a rail fence quilt.  Although the teams coach said he wouldn’t be caught wearing one of these suits, the Norway curling team didn’t seem to mind.  They got a reputation of wearing load pants in the 2010 Olympics which resulted in a Facebook page dedicated to Team Norway’s pants.  You can see it here: The Norwegian Curling Team’s Pants .

Quite a variety of quilt-inspired designs.  Not everyone has had favorable comments to make about these designs, but as a quilter, I couldn’t help but like them all.

Opening Ceremony USA Sweaters

Opening Ceremony USA Sweaters

Norway Men's Curling Team Uniforms

Norway Men’s Curling Team Uniforms


Express Beginning class Now at My Studio

Posted By on February 23, 2014

Express Beginning class

Express Beginning class

Have you always wanted to make an Irish Chain Quilt or just wanted to learn to quilt?  I’ll be teaching my Express Beginning class starting this week, Monday, February 24, 6 – 8:30 p.m. at my studio, #307, the Hungerford, 115 East Main Street.  This class is a beginning quilting class, but also focuses on all of the latest tools to make quilting fast and easy, so you don’t have to be a beginner to join us.  It’s a strip-pieced pattern and you will have a completed lap quilt top by the end of class.  The last class we will spend learning some basic machine quilting and binding techniques so you can finish your quilt up on your own.  We will be meeting for 4 Mondays (February 24, March 3, March 24 and March31).  If you are interested in joining this class, send me an email at and I will send you the supply list.  The cost for this class is $60.


January Block of the Month

Posted By on January 26, 2014

January BOM

January BOM

We postponed the January Block of the Month until this week, Wednesday, January 29, 6 – 8 p.m. at my studio.  So if you were thinking about joining this group drop me an email at and I will send you the cutting instructions.  So far we’ve done three blocks and are having a lot of fun.  Everyone has been taking their blocks and making a small project with them for show and tell the next month.

Also, if you missed the class preview day at Jackie Lynn’s this past Saturday, it’s not too late to signup for winter classes and still be entered into the drawing and take advantage of the class sale.  Check out my Upcoming Classes page at the left  to see photos of all of the class samples.  I will be extending the sale through First Friday, February 7, 6 – 9 p.m. at my studio #307, the Hungerford, 1115 East Main Street.  Stop by, check out my studio space and sign up for some classes.  I will also be having Connie Deming joining us with her guitar and singing a few songs.  We’ll have refreshments and I’ll have the usual quilted items for sale in addition to some special Valentine’s Day fabric postcards and other gift items.  It’s a great night to do some Valentine’s Day shopping, since many of the other studios will also be open.  Shop local, shop handmade.

Class Signup Sale, 1/25 and 2/7

Posted By on January 21, 2014

The classes for 2014 will be beginning soon.  Stop by Jackie Lynn’s this Saturday, January 25, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. for the Winter Class Preview Sale.  Sign up for any three classes there and receive the third lesser-priced class at 25% off.  Also, enter you name into a drawing with each class sign up. I will be there to answer your questions.  Click on the Newsletter tab at the left to download and print a copy of the current newsletter.  Or go to the Upcoming Classes page to see a list of classes by date and a picture of the class samples.

Friday, February 7th is First Friday and I will be open at my studio (#307 the Hungerford, 1115 East Main Street) from 6 – 9 p.m.  You can sign up for any of my classes that night and also receive the 25% off sale.  Stop by and check out my studio space.  I’ll have refreshments and will be selling quilted Valentine’s Day postcards and gift items.  Also, Connie Deming will be my special guest and will be singing some of her original songs, including the “Quilt Song.”  Many of the studios in the building will also be open and will have lots of great locally handmade Valentine gifts for sale.  Don’t miss this special evening!

You can also still register for the Get-Away Weekend (April 3 – 6) or the Sizzlin’ Summer Retreat (May 29 – 31) at either of these events.  I still have a couple of rooms available for the Get-Away Weekend, Friday – Sunday, April 4 – 6, at Bristol Harbour.  The Thursday night rooms are sold out.  Don’t delay if you still want to join us.  Deadline to sign up for the Get-Away weekend is March 1.

Modern Quilt: Block of the Month Continues

Posted By on January 11, 2014

January's Block

January’s Block

This month, January 22, the MODERN QUILT: Block of the Month class continues at my studio.  It’s not too late to join this class.  So far, everyone has been turning each month’s block into a individual project instead of saving the blocks for a sampler.  Each month we learn a different technique while making a block.

In January we will be making this interesting angled variation of a half log cabin block.  Imagine the various layouts that can be made with this block!  As part of the class you will get several layout ideas to see how different the quilt would look depending on how the blocks are arranged.

Here are some of the past projects:

October's Block

October’s Block

Sherri Lasky's Interpretation of October's Block

Sherri Lasky’s Interpretation of October’s Block




Beth Kelly's Interpretation of October's Block

Beth Kelly’s Interpretation of October’s Block





These are just two possible settings of this block, both as table runners.  Then look at the creative use of the leftover fabrics to back the runners and make them reversible.

Back of Sherri's Runner

Back of Sherri’s Runner


Back of Beth's Runner

Back of Beth’s Runner