This week I was teaching at BERNINA Canada in Whitby Ontario for Sept 20 & 21. My topic "Learn Your Long Arm", discussing the operation of the Q24, Q20 & Q16 BERNINA Long Arm Machines. This involved may subtopics about these incredible machines, including maintenance, software, mechanical knowledge and a whole host of creative possibilities.
My sister (Alison) & I made 15 gorgeous tote bags with Benartex Fabric as gifts to this inaugural class & door prizes for all.
We also had some awesome sponsors including: BERNINA Canada, www.sillymonquiltingco.ca (rulers), Uh Oh Creations Patterns, HA Kidd (Unique Quilting Notions), Alison Lumb Sewing Studio, www.quiltingintheloft.com, Schmetz Needles,, Benartex Fabric, Northcott Fabric, Sew Tite Magnets, Madeira Thread & Creekbank Sewing Shop (Mountforest). In addition, Kawartha Quilting & Sewing offered to do a last minute pop up shop!. A total of 12 participants (dealers & consumers) from all over Ontario, Quebec & BC attended the first 2 days .
This was an awesome event with great participation, questions from the audience, lot's of camaraderie & laughter.
We finished off day 2 with a rapid fire thread painting session where we tested out 10 very willing students & a Q Frame & Q Sit Down Model machines. Team Frame vs Team Sit Down. The laughter & competitive spirit that ensued was contagious to put it mildly.
On Sept 22, Adrienne Gallagher BERNINA Educator taught a fantastic Q Matic Class with about 7 participants in attendance. Lot's to learn & again more fun to imagine all of the possibilities of this amazing computer equipment.
Deb Yew also a BERNINA Educator was essential to coordinating this with me over many months, she took a real leap of faith and then was there to help me & participants throughout the whole event. Deb you are the best! 😊
I have already gotten lots of positive feedback so I am hoping to present this class & format again soon, stay tuned.
If you are a shop owner & you need a class like this, please feel free to contact me via my contact tab above. I will also be sure to post about upcoming teaching events on this blog.
Thanks so much again to BERNINA Canada, Adrienne, Deb, Jay Trudy & Andrew , all of our awesome sponsors, my sister Alison for all of her help (our timer, bell ringer & sewist extraordinaire!). A big thank you to all of the wonderful participants who took their valuable time to attend. I sincerely hope you are inspired. I know I was inspired by your energy, brand loyalty, questions & ideas so THANKS VERY MUCH!
Enjoy the videos & images below:
Rapid Fire Thread Painting Videos Karon Team Frame & Bizz Team Table Below:
and the winner is...... Team Sit Down, all 10 participants did a great job but the judges had to decide
I hope you enjoyed this visual montage from the event and please don't hesitate to contact me if you need BERNINA Q series training, Thanks again to all BERNINA Staff, Participants & Sponsors!
Learn Your BERNINA Longarm! Sept 20 & 21 2023. This event is for both BERNINA Sit-Down machines and Frame models. Join us at the BERNINA office in Whitby, ON to learn every aspect of your Q series longarm from loading a quilt, settings, maintenance and many techniques to enhance your longarm quilting. Bring all your questions and be ready to put all of Robin's techniques into practice on our Q series machines. Q matic instruction is available in a separate add-on class. Sept 22nd. Want more info? Check it out:
On Tuesday May 30th I was teaching "Next Steps in Free Motion Quilting" at Creekbank Sewing in Mountforest. This class is for all all makes & models of domestic machines & BERNINA Q series long arm owners. If you are shop hopping in the area this summer, stop by and inquire about their great classes (&/or sign up for one of mine, hint, hint!), There are also some great classes coming up in the fall along with a new and improved shop being built right now.
We covered all kinds of free motion topics in the class including but not limited to geometric quilting, easy marking on quilts, cursive writing, swirly style filll quilting, grid quilting, pebbling , tear drops, butterflies, flowers, organic quilting, double needle quilting and so much more! See the pics below. It's a jam packed class full of info. Contact Creekbank sewing at 519-323-2693 for more info or check out the website here for directions. Classes are for all skill levels.
Thanks to all who came out to the class on Tuesday, you were awesome!
I just received a call from Creekbank Sewing that my May 16 FMQ class is fully booked! However, we are adding another April 25, 2023 10-3:00 cost is $65.00. Please call the store asap if you are interested as space is limited. 519 323 2693 The description & photos for the class is shown below. I know I designed this class and I am biased but it's a great learn to FMQ class and I put my heart and soul into making sure all participants are a lot more confident with FMQ once they have completed this class.
"Free Motion Machine Quilting Workshop (Beginner) - In Person Available. If you are fearful about free motion quilting or feel this is a weak skill and you need some tips and practise, then this is the workshop for you. In this workshop, there will be several demonstrations and an opportunity for students to practise each demo until they are feeling much more comfortable with their free motion quilting. There will also be an opportunity for students to ask questions. Students will be ready to consider using the designs from this class in their next quilting project and will be more confident to get their projects completed. "
Call the very helpful staff at Creekbank Sewing to register 519 323 2693 & don't miss this opportunity to learn an awesome quilting skill.
In case any of my followers want to know what's going on behind the scenes when there is radio silence from me. Trust me nothing is ever silent in my world! I believe life is for living & pursuing passions. Therefore behind the scenes there is always a behive of creative activity! Just a few minutes ago at 630am I was responding to Bernina Blog comments. Last evening I was working on my Bernina Q20 & a customer quilt. I was also prepping for a Thread Painting Class at Creekbank Sewing this Tuesday and reviewing my new Crumb Pieced Star In a Star Pattern (soon to be available on my website). So yes radio silence is non existent!
Some photos of the "Behive" are shown below
Oh yes & I forgot to mention, I have a mini tutorial to prep for monday with my tiny sewing group. We are making chicken mittens.
Oh darn, I have a demo Monday night I better get on it. But that's after I take in the St Jacobs Market today! Have a great weekend everyone. Stay warm, it's starting to feel like fall! brrr🍁
My Crumb Piecing Demonstration is up on YouTube today here This demo is an accompaniment to my new class listed in my teaching page "Crumb Quilted Star" . A great class for groups to fabric share or a fantastic retreat quilt. Contact us if you would like to schedule a 2022 or 2023 class. I'm showing a photo below of some of my crumb work and more to come over the summer! I'll post my 55 x 55" Crumb Quilted Star in the next month or so. Stay Tuned! It's a WIP (work in progress).
Enjoy my newest YouTube video! 😊
Happy Thursday Stay Cool ☀️
My new pattern Interlocked is available now in my shop page. The reason I designed this quilt was 5 fold.... 1. I wanted to practise with my new Bernina Q20 Long Arm, 2. I wanted a sampler style quilt to try out my Amanda Murphy Good Measure Rulers, 3. I am demonstrating at Creekbank Sewing Center's Long Arm Convention today June 9th and tomorrow June 10th and needed a demo sample , 4. It's so much fun to design and play with fantastic sewing resources and 5. I hope quilters will be inspired to try a pattern that allows them some space to show off their quilting, be it by hand or machine !
About the pattern Interlocked:
This pattern makes a 48” x 48” quilt, perfect for a baby, crib quilt, wall quilt, play mat or a lovely lap quilt. It’s also a great size to practise free motion quilting or ruler work on both domestic & long arm quilting machines. The piecing is simple & the interlocked design is dynamic. Make it modern with fabric & quilting designs or make it traditional, the choice is yours to make. Featured at Creekbank Sewing Center, Mount Forest “Long Arm Convention”.
You can purchase the pattern for download here or if you want to attend the Longarm Convention tomorrow, please call Creekbank Sewing at 519-323-2693. *Note it's for all quilters not just for long armers as the demos , info & mini trunk shows x 2 (Sharon Fisher & myself) relate to all quilters*
Thanks for reading this post, Have a Happy Thursday!😊
Hi Everyone, some of you may be wondering, "what is Robin up to these days?, she sure as heck is not blogging about it?!"
I am always busy and I realize my whole life is consumed with making things because it fulfills me in a positive way. Even rainy/stormy days are not boring for me because there is always something to do if you are a "Maker". I am sure there are a lot of you out there who are never idle just like me. I truly believe that creating and staying busy is one of the keys to longevity, I guess time will tell!! I apologize for not getting back to my blogging.
I have actually been very busy with class samples for new and upcoming classes. I have 3 new classes "Next Steps in Free Motion Quilting", "Explore Thread Painting" (New Samples) and an upcoming "Angela Walters Rulers Class" (Samples under development).
Check out descriptions here or click on the "teaching" tab above or have a look at some of my photos below:
Close-up of Flowers:
The backs of my thread painted projects are shown below, I love how they turned out!
Next Steps in Free Motion Quilting class samples shown below:
Want to take a class with me? Check out the schedule for locations and dates at the top of the teaching page.
I would love to help you enhance your quilting and sewing experiences.... so join me as I share my knowledge with you. Stay tuned for the Angela Walters Rulers Class info, it will be posted very soon!
Need more info? Feel free to contact me here
Have a great Thursday!
Happy Thursday everyone!
Yesterday I had the honour of visiting a new quilt/sewing/needlework shop (at least new to me). One of my local guild members recommended that I contact Stitch-It Central in London, Ontario about teaching and so I did and met with two lovely ladies Cindy and Maria yesterday. I have to say I am very impressed and of course I am going to tell you all about it. Who does not love another resource for our stitchery passions!
Stitch-It Central was located in Ingersoll for several years and recently re-located a few KM east off of Highbury Avenue in London. They specialize in Cross Stitch, Knitting, Crochet, Quilting, Tatting and lots of notions, decorative thread, beads, online sales and more. It is a big store as boutique style stitchery stores go including a large retail space and a large classroom. They also stock over 3000 bolds of luscious quality quilting fabric and an extensive line of Superior Threads, including King Tut (my personal favourite for free motion and thread painting). They also are wonderful with customer service and I witnessed Maria and Cindy in action and have very positive online reviews.
If you cannot make it to London? Purchase items from them online --***Enjoy Free ground shipping on orders of $150 or more before taxes within Canada*** Check out their website here .
Gallery of Photos From Stitch-It Central
Getting back to my title, New Teaching at a New Location, yes I will be teaching at Stitch- It Central!
I am very excited to be teaching:
I will show you my new samples as soon as they are ready on this blog.
Hoping for the end of August, now I need to get to work!
In the meantime, if any of my Southern Ontario friends from LaSalle, Windsor and Essex County (you know who you are) want to go on a shop hop this summer and meet me in London for a visit at Stitch-It Central?
I am happy to do this and we can do lunch!
I hope you have enjoyed this lovely day ❤️
On Saturday I was honoured to teach some members of the Erie Shores Quilters Guild in Kingsville. Check out their blog post about the class on Facebook here.
Our subject of the day was Quilting With Rulers for Domestic Machines, you can check out my class description here or click on the "Teaching" tab above.
This was one of many of my rulers classes and I still learned some new things along with my students. This is always wonderful! Learning and sharing together is the best.
I discussed primarily the Westalee rulers and the Angela Walters rulers along with some helpful tips and design ideas. Believe me when I say these ladies were so positive, receptive to my ideas, talented and skilled. I thoroughly enjoyed sharing ideas with them. Thanks to all the ladies who participated. You can see this happy group above.
Below I am sharing just some of the work they completed in the class.
Thanks to the ladies of the Erie Shores Quilters' Guild for hosting and organizing this event!
Also, Thank You to Hummingbird Sewing in Barrie, who allowed me to bring some notions and supplies from their store so that the ladies had some wonderful resources!
If your guild or group, would like a domestic rulers class, I am ready for you. Just click on the teaching tab above.
Happy Monday 😊
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