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:

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 (


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!

Grand Reopening, February 2 – 3

Posted By on January 29, 2018

20180128_155046The expansion at Quilting with Margaret is almost complete. To celebrate, I will be having a 2-day Grand Reopening on February First Friday from 6 – 9 p.m. and Saturday, February 3, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Stop by for some refreshments while checking out my new Quilt Shop and expanded Studio Space. Friday night enjoy the music of Rochester’s singer-songwriter trio Spring Chickens, featuring Scott Regan, Connie Deming and Steve Piper. There will also be make-it/take-it Valentine fabric postcards, guest artists Sarah Long Hendershot and Trudy Fiekert and a free gift with each fabric purchase.

On Saturday, the first 10 customers will receive a free swag bag. Again there will be make-it/take-it Valentine fabric postcards, guest artists, demos and fabric specials. Stop in and shop at my new Quilt Shop and check out the class schedule for this winter/spring. The enlarged working studio space will be perfect for classes, workshops, retreats and open studios. Studio 307-309, the Hungerford, 1115 East Main St. at Goodman.

Exciting Expansion of Quilting with Margaret

Posted By on November 19, 2017

20171117_101857Very excited to tell you that I will be expanding my space at the Hungerford to include Studio #309. They knocked a hole in the wall between the two studios Friday and framed out the new Archway. Monday the electricians will reroute the electricity around the archway and add some outlets. In January after the holidays they will paint walls, ceiling and floor to match my current space. To celebrate, I decided to host a Pop-Up Makers Market during the Hungerford’s holiday hours. So I have found several different local makers to share their handmade items in the new space.

The Pop-Up Makers Market will be open on the following days:

Black Friday, 11/24, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Small Business Saturday, 11/25, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
First Friday, 12/1, 5 – 9 p.m.
Holiday Saturdays, 12/2, 12/9 & 12/16, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The Hungerford will be offering FREE Swag Bags to the first 20 visitors at door #2 on both Black Friday & Small Business Saturday. The Swag Bags are filled with coupons, an item from an artist at the Hungerford and lots more goodies. I will have free soup at my studio both days plus holiday cookies and warm spiced cider.

20171118_160223Pop-Up Makers Market will include different artists with locally handmade items  on various days:
Jess Mrva Schulte (baby blankies/lovies, adult & toddler aprons, kitchen & bath linens)
Laura Robinson (mosaic tile & magnets)
Michele Kurpisz (metalsmithed jewelry)
Scott “Jones” Hendershot (architectural photography)
Lori Massa-Prince (handcrafted jewelry)
Jane Bartett (hand-dyed clothing)
Heather Behrendt (lampwork beads)
Trudy Feikert (knitted yarn hats & fingerless glove creations)
…and more to be announced!

Stop by and check out what’s new at Quilting with Margaret.

2017 Handmade Holiday Retreat, October 27 – 29

Posted By on September 13, 2017

Quilted Artwork Frame

Quilted Artwork Frame

Join me at my studio for a weekend of fun with other makers. We will be making 6 handmade items, all which would make a perfect holiday gift. Learn techniques for working with some of the newest fabrics like Kraft-Tex, a eco-friendly leather-like paper fabric that is washable and can be sewn. The weekend includes meals, recipes, some patterns and will be a lot of fun. Bring your own sewing machine that you are used to using and set up your maker’s station on a table at my studio for the weekend. We will have hors d’oeuvres and punch and make a quick project, a quilted artwork frame, from 6 – 9 p.m. Friday night.

"Leather" Tech Stand

“Leather” Tech Stand

Then return on Saturday morning (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.) for hot coffee, tea and a continental breakfast. In the morning we will make a “leather” tech stand from Kraft-Tex. After a box lunch, we will do another Kraft-Tex project, a Ready-to-Travel Backgammon board. Then we will finish up the afternoon making a “leather” & ribbon key fob from your scraps. These eco-friendly items make great gifts for men, women or children.

Sunday (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.) we will make a couple of fabric gift items, both from Terry Atkinson Designs. In the morning we will work on a Zippy Strippy zippered bag made from 2 1/2″ strips. Then in the afternoon, we will make a fat sack which is great for carrying groceries, but also would work well as a reusable gift bag. Also, on Sunday, enjoy a warm brunch with bottomless coffee, tea and water.

Don’t miss this annual retreat! Read more on the Handmade Holiday retreat page of this website and download a signup brochure here.

"Leather" & Ribbon Key Fob

“Leather” & Ribbon Key Fob

Fat Sack

Fat Sack

Ready-to-Travel Backgammon

Ready-to-Travel Backgammon












Zippy Strippy Zippered Bag

Zippy Strippy Zippered Bag