Sunday, December 27, 2009

Merry Christmas!

It's hard to believe it's the Christmas season again and what a wonderful one we had this year having our whole family together for the first time in 9 years!

What to look forward to in 2010! It will be a busy year, with the Quilts at Tanglebank on Sept. 11, 2010, which I'm now working on new patterns. I'll be at the Sewing and Craft Show in March Tradex in Abbotsford. Join me for "What's EQ6?"

Join me at "A Great Notion" for the following classes -

Beginner Machine Quilting, Friday, February 19 from 10:00 - 1:00 pm

Machine Quilting Step 2 - Wed. March 31, 10 - 1:00 pm

New "Dresdin Butterfly", As shown on Wednesday, Feb. 24, from 10:00 - 2:00
Introduction to EQ6 - Friday, January 29 from 10 - 2 pm
EQ6 - Patch Draw - March 19 - 10 - 2:00
Retreat - yes we are working on a retreat in early spring, so keep in touch as there is more to follow!
I wish you all a very Merry Christmas Season and a Very Happy, Healthy Prosperous and Creative 2010!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Quilters Connections Magazine

I pleased to announce that I'll be featured in the upcoming issue of "Quilters Connections" Magazine. I'm very pleased to be part of the first Canadian Quilting Magazine! You can obtain you subscription by contacting "Quilters Connections" at . or sign up for her newsletter!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Quilts at Tanglebank

Book you calendars now for our 2nd Annual Quilts at Tanglebank on Saturday, September 11, 2010 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m! More information will be annouced in the coming months! Thank you from all of us and thank you to Arnold and Brenda of Tanglebank Gardens!
See you next year!

Quilts in the garden!

Quilts were hung from the beautiful post and beam undercover garden area, also throughout the gardens, the setting was perfect and we are happy to annouce that we will be there again in 2010 on September 11 from 10am to 4:00 so we hope to see you then!

A Great big thank you to our Volunteers!

Dougal, Cheryl and I were humbled by our volunteers who put so much into making our show a success! We asked alot from them including getting up at the crack of dawn, but their enthusiasm, laughter, smiles and professionalism from each and everyone, made our show a overwhelming success! We didn't have to worry about anything, they thought on their feet and they dealt with anything that was thrown their way! We cannot thank them enough for all their hard work.

Here's our Sales area ready for set up

As you can see, we had alot to do, before 9:30 a.m., but when you have the best volunteers in the world, it'as amazing what can be accomplished!

Quilts at Tanglebank Country Gardens Show

We we did it! The show is now over and we were overwhelmed with the response! We had over 400 people join us for the day! We arrived at the gardens at 6:00 am to hang the quilts!

Quilts at Tanglebank Country Gardens

After months of planning, our very first Quilts at Tanglebank Country Gardens is over and we were overwhelmed by the response!

A week before the show we had our volunteer meeting and they asked if what are we going to do if it R.......! We wouldn't let the say the word! We were determined to keep the "R" word from being said, because we believed the weather was going to be a glorious day! As I stood looking out the window on Wednesday watching the rain coming down in buckets, I thought to myself, it's okay this is only Wednesday, the rain will be gone by Thursday afternoon, or at least that was what the weather prediction was! They had to be right, no question! I woke up Thursday morning and the rain had stopped and the weather just got better and better! As you can see in the pictures, setting up the sun was shinning as our fabulous volunteers helped us set up!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Join us at Quilts At Tanglebank Country Gardens!

It's hard to believe the day is almost here! Join my self, Dougal Ann Walker of The Freckles Collection, Chery Wall of Country Quilts, Tricia Sherman of "The Great Canadian Shop Hop" and Heather McArthur of "Quilters Connection" as she launches our very first Canadian Quilting Magazine on Saturday, September 12, from 10 - 5 at Tanglebank Country Gardens, Downes Road, Abbotsford, B.C.

Wander through the gardens, get inspired, drop by our shop and purchase patterns, fabric and kits or drop in the garden's gift shop and purchase some plants! Whatever your hearts desire, enjoy the day being inspired, talk to the designers, enjoy tea and cookies or enjoy the gardens!

Looking forward to seeing you at the 1st Annual Quilts at Tanglebank Country Gardens. No admission charge.

Monday, August 17, 2009

New Additon!

Well, I was surprised yesterday, when our son brought me a new addition to our family for my birthday. She is a cute little thing and full of vim and vigour. She has a little patch on the back of her leg, so we decided to call her "Patches". Of course nothing to do with the fact that I'm a quilter.....but, now that I come to think of it! Tia and Scooter like her and Scooter thinks she great because someone if finally smaller than she is, well at least for awhile and has figured out the claws rapidly!
The Tanglebank show is approaching rapidly and there is a lot to do! So I hope to see you all at the show at Tanglebank Country Gardens on Sept. 12 from 10 - 4!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

New Fabric from Northcott!

Northcott's newest line called "Winter Sports" will be in stores in September 2009! I have designed a new pattern for this fabric collection and it will be available in Sept.
I'm pleased to be one of 7 Canadian pattern designers using this fabric. Check out Northcott's website at to see all the patterns available.
This is a soft warm flannel that will keep you nice and cozy as you sit by the fireside and watch the Winter Olympics!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

It's official Wool is the in thing from Spring Quilt Market!

Well it's official, wool is in at Spring Quilt Market! I agree that wool for applique is the best thing since apple pie. I have used wool for a couple of my patterns and there are more to come. No needle turn required, when I do flowers I just cut my shape and away I go. Wool is so versatile, either appliqued by hand or by machine, both look great, you can also use a fusible web, it doesn't matter. Hand dyed wool has a variations of colour throughout the piece which make wonderful flowers, large or small along with beading and embroidery floss you just can't beat it. It washes well on quilts, though I recommend hand washing your items. I have used it on cotton and flannel!
Don't overlook this wonderful material, it adds dimension and warmth to you quilt! Here are a couple of my patterns that use wool applique!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Quilts at Tanglebank Country Gardens

Join us for our first "Quilts at Tanglebank Gardens" on September 12, 2009 from 10 - 5:00 pm.
29985 Downes Road, Abbotsford, B. C. Canada

Are you a quilter, a gardener or both? Meet the designers from Quilted Escapes, Country Quilts, The Freckles Collection and Kitambaa Designs along with Tricia Sherman from "The Great Canadian Shop Hop" and QNN and editor of Quilters Connection Magazine, Heather McArthur.

Gather your friends and family for a wonderful fall day at Tanglebank Country Gardens and see quilts designed and created by Canadian designers on display. Not only will you be able to meet and talk to the designers, but you will also be able to purchase their patterns, fabrics and kits and get free advice!

We are hoping to make this an annual event and to grow the number of designers in attendance.

See you there!


Stitcher's Briefcase

Most of my patterns have hand embroidery or stitchery. One of the frustations I found was carrying all my embroidery tools. As stitchers we like to rest our hands on a pillow while stitching as it brings the work closer to you. This idea came to me and here is one of our newest patterns for those who enjoy stitchery. It has a place for scissors, needles, hoop and floss. On the back of the pillow is a pocket to carry your project and the best of all it also has a handle for carrying and a 18" pillow all in one! Using wool, embroidery and beads make this a handy case a stitchers dream!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Our Guild Challenge

At our guild we were given a challenge. It was called a strip challenge and the rules were you must make 6 strips of what ever you wanted but the must measure a minimum of 8 1/2" high by 18" long! I love using wool and I wanted to use everything in my stash, you know all those wonderful bits and bobs that you keep saying to yourself "one day I will use that!" Well by gosh or by golly I did, and thought of all those buttons I had collected over the years. Although I didn't use all of them, I did learn how to sew the buttons on by machine! I love learning something new! By the time I had sewn on all those buttons the name came to me. Flowers and buttons and believe me I was tired of sewing on the buttons, so the name popped into my head, I can wait to get all those bloomin buttons on! Hence, "All those Bloom'n buttons" came to be!

Maybe one day I will make this into a pattern!

Our Guild Challenge!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

What's new at Quilted Escapes

I have been working on a couple of new designs and just released Fringe Benefits which is a rag quilt with a twist! It's ragged on both sides. It's lots of fun!

Look for "Sewing thru the Years" a stitchery pattern with antique sewing machines.

Quilts In the Garden Show

I'm pleased to annouce the 1st Annual "Quilts in the Garden" show at Tanglebank Gardens in Abbotsford, B. C. on Sept. 12, 2009.

Have you always wanted to meet the designers behind the quilt patterns? Join myself, Dougall Ann Walker of the Freckles Collection, Cheryl Wall of Country Quilts and Pippa Moore of Kitaamba Designs. Walk through the gardens amoungst the quilts, pick up one of their new patterns and enjoy the day getting inspiried.

The address is 29985 Downes Road, Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada and it is from 10 am to 5:00 pm. We look forward to seeing you there.

Monday, June 1, 2009

What's New!

Well, I did it, I am now blogging! Yes, welcome to Quilted Escapes blog site. I will be updating this in the next few days!