Sunday, August 6, 2017

A simple yet amazing tool

Every once in awhile, my Gammill does this weird thing and leaves random loops of top thread on the back of a quilt. 

Up until now, I've struggled with how to fix the back of the quilt. I recently discovered the Snag Magic tool and it works so well to fix these loops! Basically it's a heavy needle with a flexible loop on the end. 

 You insert the needle at the base of the thread loop and catch it in the loop of the needle...

 You insert the needle at the base of the thread loop and catch it in the loop of the needle, then pull to put the fabric loop into the batting. So easy!!! 

This tool is so much easier to use than what I was using - a punchneedle threader. I'm so glad that Doug at Snag Magic asked me to give the tool a try!

Check out their website at

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Surface Design with Shiva Paintstiks

Quiltworks Studio is now OPEN and we've already had our first workshop!!

Our first set of students spent a Saturday morning working on the first block of our Tweets & Twinkles Block of the Month and everyone seemed to have a great time!!

Our next workshop is this Saturday and I'm super excited because we are going to be designing our own fabrics usually Shiva Paintstiks!!

We are going to use lots of different techniques such as stenciling and rubbings.

If you can't join us on Saturday, but are curious about paintstiks, there are lots of instructional videos online that show you how to use these amazing products!

I'm hoping that we'll be able do a series of different workshops that focus on different products for surface design such as paintstiks, Inktense pencils and Tsukineko inks! Hope you'll be able to join us!

Follow our Quiltworks Facebook Group to get the most up-to-date info about our workshops and other events!

Friday, January 20, 2017

Quiltworks Studio - Opening SOON!!

Nellie and I are expanding Upper Canada Quiltworks Publishing to include a new studio space for workshops!! We have set up a classroom in her home and our open house is THIS SUNDAY!!!

Not just for quilters, our new studio space will be used to encourage creativity with paper, fabric, paint, journaling and much, much more!!
Here is the first list of workshops that will be available:

  • January 28th - block of the Month #1
  • February 11th - surface design with Shiva Paintstiks
  • February 14th - stitcheries
  • February 25th - block of the month #2
  • February 28th - altered board books
  • March 4th - art journaling
  • March 7th - wool appliqué
  • March 25th - block of the month #3
  • April 22nd - block of the month #4
  • May 13th - block of the month #5

We are also open to suggestions for workshops and are willing to host groups of friends who would like to learn something new OR just have some creative time as a group.

Join our Facebook page for updates and news and we hope to see you at our open house on Sunday!