Wake Up Your Brain

Posted By on February 22, 2019

q2017__04Wow! Is this longest winter ever? All I can think about is…I want to go away for a week somewhere warm…or for a weekend away from Rochester…or just a few days away from everyone and the everyday stresses of life!!

Well, it’s only a couple of months till spring and my annual Get-Away Weekend, April 26- 28, at the beautiful retreat space known as Beaver Hollow in Java Center, New York. This corporate retreat space has all of the amenities for the perfect home-away-from-home.  There are plenty of hiking trails, a beautiful lake, lots of trees on a 300 acre natural wonderland.  The main lodge has a huge conference room, a central common space featuring a stone fireplace with comfy seating and pool tables.  Several private dining rooms create the perfect environment to enjoy gourmet farm-to-table meals prepared by their expert chef. A private bar equipped with your favorite libations each night is a favorite attraction along with the legendary nightly bonfires.  Also on the property is an exercise facility and an aquatic center featuring a salt water pool, over-sized hot tub and sauna.

q2017__13You say you’re not a quilter? Well that doesn’t matter. Each year I have various creatives join us from scrapbookers and jewelry makers to cross-stitchers and knitters. Anyone and everyone is welcome! This year’s theme will be CREATIVITY! How to find yours. How to jump start your creativity. How to “wake up your brain.” To help us do so, I have invited creative guru and artist Nancy Valle to join us. She will help us to wake up our creative side and go home fully inspired and rejuvenated.

I know you’ve been wanting to join us. Well this is the time! This is the year! Sign up now with a $200 deposit (final payment due March 31) and get over the winter blahs. Get ready for spring and a new outlook on life.

Download your signup brochure now: 2019 Get-Away Signup Brochure

Get-Away Weekend Special

Posted By on February 19, 2019

Beaver Hollow Conference Center

Beaver Hollow Conference Center

It won’t be long till this year’s Get-Away Weekend at Beaver Hollow, April 26 – 28 (with an optional night April 25). I’m really looking forward to the retreat this year. This past year has been very difficult for me. As many of you know my mom had a stroke the weekend before last year’s Get-Away Weekend and then she passed away last October. If you wonder why I didn’t announce the dates until September of last year, it was because I was dealing with all of that. Consequently, we still have some openings for this year’s retreat. And if you would still like to get involved…it’s not too late!

As a special incentive, I am running a special now through the end of February: if you get a friend (who wasn’t at the retreat last year) to join us, you and your friend will each get a coupon good for 5 FREE yards of fabric each. And if you did not come last year or never joined us and decide to come this year, you will also get a coupon for 5 FREE yards of fabric. In case you didn’t already know, I now sell fabric at my studio at 307, the Hungerford, 1115 E. Main St. in Rochester. I also bring fabric along to the retreat for everyone’s shopping pleasure.

Spacious 3000 sq. ft. classroom

Spacious 3000 sq. ft. classroom

So don’t delay.  If you have ever considered coming on this retreat or have been trying to talk a friend into joining us, now is the time. Just fill out the signup brochure (see link below) and send in a deposit before the end of February. If you want to read more about this annual get-away weekend, go to the Get-Away page of this website. Hope you can join us!

2019 Get-Away Signup Brochure


Valentine’s *SPECIAL*

Posted By on January 28, 2019

We still have a few spaces left for the 2019 Annual Get-Away Weekend at Beaver Hollow, so I am offering a Valentine’s Special. Invite a friend (who didn’t attend last year) to join us and if they sign up, I will give you both a gift certificate for 5 yards of free fabric (up to $60 value). This can be someone new to the retreat or someone returning after missing last year. It will be our fourteenth retreat and third year at Beaver Hollow which is located south of Darien Lake in Java Center.

Jannine Roemer JewelryI also extend this offer to anyone who is new this year, even if you weren’t invited by someone who is already coming. Just mention this offer when you register and you will receive a gift certificate for five yards of fabric also.

For those of you who have never been by my studio, I am located in the Hungerford building at 1115 East Main Street, Studio#307 and #309. I now sell fabric, notions, books and patters at the studio and also offer classes. You can check it out any First Friday 5 – 9 p.m. or Second Saturday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. This First Friday is February 1 and I will he welcoming guest artist Jannine Roemer from Beach Bum Studios who will have her Lake Ontario beach glass jewelry and pictures displayed and for sale.

Also, I will be hosting a make it/take it Valentine’s Day fabric postcard event. Stop by the studio, buy a kit and make a fabric postcard to mail to your Valentine. I will have lots of  embellishments available and a sewing machine you can use to create a one-of-a-kind Valentine’s fabric postcard.

See you First Friday at the Hungerford!

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