Row-by-Row Kits for Sale

Posted By on November 6, 2019

Now that the 2019 Row-by-Row event has ended, all patterns and kits are available for purchase online. If you are interested in buying any patterns or kits please contact me buy email at

 "ROC Vineyard" as a wall hanging (2019 pattern, block kit and block finishing kit needed to complete)

“ROC Vineyard” as a wall hanging (2019 pattern, block kit and block finishing kit needed to complete)

The 2019 pattern “ROC Vineyards” and 2018 patterb “ROC ‘n Roll” are now available for $10 each plus shipping & handling. And available are block kits (pattern not included) for “Roc Vineyards” (in two different colors – purple or green grapes) and “ROC ‘n Roll” (in 3 different colorways) each kit for $15 plus shipping and handling. Also, if you would like to make a table runner, pillow or finish the 2019 block kit into a wall hanging, there are additional kits to pair with the pattern and block kit(s) to do so.

See all of the options on the NEW Quilt Shop page here.You can also purchase all patterns and kits in person at my studio #309 at the Hungerford, 1115 East Main Street in Rochester, NY. Holiday hours are as follows:

Black Friday, Nov. 29, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Small Business Saturday, Nov. 30, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
First Friday, Dec. 6, 5 – 9 p.m.
Holiday Saturdays, Dec. 7, 14 & 21, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.


"ROC Vineyard" as a pillow (2019 pattern, block kit and pillow kit needed to complete)

“ROC Vineyard” as a pillow (2019 pattern, block kit and pillow kit needed to complete)


"ROC vineyard" pattern as a table runner. (2019 pattern, 2 block kits and table runner kit needed to complete)

“ROC vineyard” pattern as a table runner. (2019 pattern, 2 block kits and table runner kit needed to complete)

Studio Closed for Rochester International Jazz Fest

Posted By on June 25, 2019

Jazzfest Piano Keys on StreetMy studio will be closed this week, June 26 & 27  and next week for the CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival (RIJF) and the 4th of July. For 9 days each year in June, Rochester is taken over by the RIJF. The streets in the East End downtown are alive at night with music inside and out and thousands of people. If you have never experienced the RIJF you are really missing one of the best weeks in Rochester. You don’t even have to be a fan of jazz music to enjoy the festival. There are also plenty of incredible free shows. This past Sunday a local artist, Shawn Dunwoody and about 75 volunteers painted piano keys on the crosswalk at E. Main St. and Gibbs St. (renamed Jazz St. during the festival) in front of the Eastman Theater.

So I will be enjoying a different art medium this weekend at the RIJF. You should all come down and join me. But if you can’t make it, or even if you can, read all about it at My husband Jeff, has been busy covering the RIJF for WXXI and City Newspaper. He is also on the radio each afternoon this week at 5:45 on WXXI-AM (1370) and WRUR-FM (88.5) talking about the days events. And every morning through Friday he will be in the “Jazz Corner” on Scott Regan’s show “Open Tunings” on WRUR about 10:30, where they talk about their escapades the night before, play some tunes from their favorite shows.

But after 4th of July, I will be back at the studio for my regular summer hours, Wednesday and Thursdays, 1 – 6 p.m., First Fridays (August 2) 5 – 9 p.m. and First and Second Saturdays (July 13 & August 3 , 10) 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

2019 Row by Row Kick-Off Party

Posted By on June 18, 2019

2019 Row by Row block

2019 Row by Row block

Again this year, I will be participating in the nationwide/international Row by Row event. Quilting with Margaret studio will be open this week on both Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Stop by the store either of these days for my Row by Row Kick-Off Party and pick up your FREE pattern. I will have some special grape refreshments and all fabric by-the-yard will be on sale 25% OFF!  My summer hours will be Wednesdays and Thursdays 1 – 6 p.m., First Friday (of the month) 5 – 9 p.m. and First and Second Saturdays (of the month) 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. You can also always call or text me to see if I am in during other times of the week. I’m often there on weekday afternoons.

I am really excited about my 18″ block design for this year, “ROC Vineyards.” This year’s Row by Row theme is “Taste the Difference.” My block is a modern-graphic grape motif (to represent local vineyards) with a black & white check border (sort of Mackensie-Childs nod, but also to coordinate with the official Row by Row logo and fabric line). The block should coordinate nicely with other food related blocks/rows, but also works well as a stand-alone quilt wall hanging, pillow cover or table runner. Free pattern includes instruction for making optional easy “fake” trapunto grapes and bias binding stems. I will demo these techniques when you pick up your free pattern, if you ask.

Kits for “ROC Vineyards” will be available in two colorways. Also, I will have finishing kits for a small individual wall hanging and also for a runner. The “ROC Vineyards” kit comes in a reusable grape embossed patio wine glass. Also, I have kits available with a free pattern for the 9th Row. You can only get this pattern at a store by buying a kit whose sales proceeds will be donated to a local worthy cause. I will be donating the proceeds to Food Link.

Here’s how the event works. In your travels over the summer, stop by participating stores  and pick up a free pattern for their unique block or row. Most stores will have kits available for purchase if you like. Free patterns will be available June 21 – September 3 in store only (not through mail, internet or shows). Win 25 FREE fat quarters by being the first quilter to bring and show a finished quilt (pieced, quilted, bound and labeled) to a participating store between the dates of June 21 and October 31. Your quilt must have at least 8 different Row by Row blocks/rows. The 9th Row does not count as one of the 8 rows/blocks. If your finished quilt includes the block/row from the store you bring and show it, you will receive an additional prize from that store plus the 25 fat quarters. Read more on the Row by Row website: to see all rules and a listing of participating stores.

There are lots of participating stores in western New York, especially since the founder of this event is a shop owner in Syracuse.  You can find a listing of all stores by state with photos of their block on the Row by Row website, which will be updated for 2019 in the next few days.

Fran’s Fundraiser

Posted By on June 5, 2019

Fran's Quilt

Fran’s Quilt

Last month from First Friday through Second Saturday we had a very special fundraiser at the studio in memory of friend and fellow quilter, Fran Allen-Fintel. Fran’s sister-in-law, Shellee Williams-Allen, brought in some of Fran’s beautiful quilt fabric stash for the building-wide Art for Action event. We sold it for $1/yard to raise money for the Rochester chapter of the American Cancer Society in Fran’s name. We raised $319…that’s a lot of fabric at $1 per yard!

Unfortunately, Fran lost her battle with cancer last fall and she is greatly missed by so many people. The quilt you see in this post is a very special quilt that my Open Studio group, of which Fran was a regular, made for her when she was undergoing chemo several years ago. We came up with a design, pieced and set the blocks, basted and machine-quilted the quilt in just one 5-hour Open Studio. Shows what the power of love can do!

This weekend is both First Friday and Second Saturday. I will be at the studio Friday 5 – 9 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Stop by and see my recently completed Row-by-Row block, ROC Vineyards. Free patterns will be available at the studio starting June 21st. I am very excited about this year’s Row-by-Row event. I’m currently planning a big kick-off event on Saturday, June 22, at the studio. Stay tuned for details!

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.