June at The Country Quilter!

June brings our Annual Garden Quilt Show. This is year 20! How did that happen?? The show begins at 10 a.m. and continues until 2 p.m. If it is a rainy day the quilts will be displayed in St. Paul’s Church next door. There will be a lunch available downstairs in the church.  As usual, admission to the show is free, but you can bring a donation for the Richmond Food Bank.  There will be some quilts for sale.  

Scissor sharpening on site starts about 11 a.m. Bring your items in a bag with your name on it and drop them with John when you arrive and they will be ready when you leave. He does knives and garden tools, axes and most anything else!

Quilts for the show need to be brought to the shop June 14, 15 and 16. The shop will be open on all three days for drop off of quilts. We cannot guarantee that anything brought on Saturday will be included in the show. Pick up day for your quilts is Tuesday, June 20.

This year the artists in residence at the show are sisters Patricia McCourt and Arlene Smyth. These two ladies do amazing wool applique. They will have a display of their work and also will be demonstrating their skills.

By request, Charlie Brimley the wood carver will be in attendance at the show. He will have some items for sale as well as a display of his work.

There will be the used book sale and a craft table for our chosen charity, CANHAVE.(Canadians helping Aids Orphans through Education.)

We still need volunteers to help with the show. Come and join the fun of the day.

Other events include:

Card Making Workshop is planned for Tuesday, June 20. 

Tracy has prepared “Another Scrap Quilt” to help deplete your stash! Join her on Saturday June 24 for a fun morning.

The shop will be closed for the first week of July for staff holidays.

Happy Canada Day and Happy Quilting!


Please Note:

The shop will close at noon on Saturday May 13 so that staff can attend the funeral of Jane Hare.
Jane was a long time quilting friend of many of us. Jane, her mother June, and sister Sally joined The Country Quilter bus trips to Amish Country and the Vermont Quilt Festival several times. Jane was a regular at our Retreat weekends and a supporter of CANHAVE charity. She was also a member of the Richmond Guild.
We will miss her.❤

May at The Country Quilter!

Hopefully, all the April Showers will bring us lots of May flowers and sunshine!  Spring is a time of renewal, so stitch up some new placemats, table runners, pillows, or a lap quilt to brighten up your décor. New fabrics have arrived for your projects.

Join our Tuesday Finishing School for a fun morning with fellow quilters. Ideas are exchanged, projects started, and some are even finished. Just drop in.

Jane Roszell will show you ideas for different Edge Finishes on your quilts, Wednesday, May 24. Bring along your quilts for ideas and suggestions to enhance the finished project. 

Join Grace for a Circle Challenge on Friday, May 26. She has named this adventure Just Fooling Around or Running in Circles! Lots of ideas will be provided to challenge you, as well as instruction for quilting your masterpiece. There will be monthly meetings to keep you running in circles!

Knotty Girls with Lynne is on Friday, May 12, from 10-12pm.

Wool Applique with Lynne and the Woolies, is on Wednesday, May 17, 10-12pm. 

Landscape class with Grace is on Friday, May 26, from 10-1pm. 

Tuesday, May 30 and Wednesday, May 31Jane will present a workshop for the much-needed Touch Quilts used by persons with dementia or autism. Please consider donating a few hours to help with this project for people in need. Quilts are donated to long term care units and to special needs children in schools. All the fabric and supplies for the quilts is provided and the class is free. Come one day or both.  If you know of someone who might use a quilt, please contact the shop. The quilts are free.

Remember the Garden Quilt Show Saturday, June 17, 10 – 2. Although more trees fell in the recent ice storm, we hope to display lots of quilts. There will be some quilts and crafts for sale. Bring your scissors and knives to be sharpened and browse the used book sale for charity.    

Admission is free, but a donation to the Richmond food bank is appreciated. 

New Class!

Just Fooling Around or Running in Circles!

Friday May 26, 10 – 2.
Come and be creative! Lots of ideas and techniques will be covered in piecing and quilting. Challenge your creativity and create a unique piece.

This class includes a pot luck lunch. Call the shop at 613 838-5541 or email Ann at thecountryquilter@hotmail.com for more information.

Sleep at Home Retreat!

Join the fun…
Tracy’s ‘Sleep at Home Retreat’ on April 15 & 16. Two days of sewing with friends. Lunches & treats included! Just a couple of spots left.

Call the shop at 613 838-5541 or email Ann at thecountryquilter@hotmail for more information.

Work space available!

Do you need space to assemble your quilt? Book the class room and bring a friend along to help. You have room to try different arrangements and can always ask advice!
Call the shop at 613 838-5541 or email Ann at thecountryquilter@hotmail.com for information.

April at The Country Quilter!

As we all look forward to spring arriving for good, there are some fun quilting events to enjoy.

NOTE: The shop will be closed on Good Friday and Easter Saturday, April 7th and 8th.

Knotty Girls welcome Lynne home from Australia with new inspirations to share. Friday April 14, 10 – 12.

Tracy is planning a fun 2 day sewing Retreat, April 15 & 16. You can participate both days or either day. Lunch is included. Registration required.

Wool Applique is April 19, 10 – 12. Some spring patterns will be available.

Landscape group meet April 21st at 10 am, and stay for a potluck lunch.

April 26 is a class to make a lap quilt. This pattern can be scrap, or is perfect for the jelly roll that is in your stash!

Call the shop at 613 838-5541 or email Ann at thecountryquilter@hotmail.com for further information.

Coming in May:

Edge Finishes for your projects. Jane will demonstrate how to finish the edge of your quilt in different ways besides binding. Join us on May 24.

Touch Quilt Workshop will be held on May 30 & 31.

Mark your calendar for the Annual Garden Quilt Show, Sat. June 17, 10 – 2 in the garden at The Country Quilter.  More details will follow!

March 2023 at The Country Quilter!

At last, the sunny, longer days make us hopeful that spring is really going to come! It also encourages us to finish up the projects and to start some new ones.

The Introduction to Quilting class begins on Wednesday, March 8th. This class will teach you the basics of quilt making from start to binding. The project is small, unless you want more homework, so that it can be completed by the end of the class.

Knotty Girls, Friday, March 10th, will feature card making. There will be a kit with all the supplies for the project. As this class is full, there will be a second Card Making Workshop on Tuesday, March 28th. Don’t wait to sign up!

On Friday, March 24th, there is a workshop when Jane will have lots of ideas on how to turn a panel into an art quilt or wall hanging. Most quilters have one or more panels in the stash waiting for inspiration. Dig them out and come to be inspired!

Hopefully Landscape, on Friday March 17th, will not be snowed under this month. Lunch will feature Irish Stew, bring something to go with it!

Don’t forget Finishing School is a fun time to work on your own project. Just drop in, no need to sign up.

Happy Quilting!

Card Making!

Join us for something new!

The Card making workshop, March 10 is now full! A second class has been added on Tuesday, March 28, from 11:30-1:30pm. The kit is supplied. Cards are hand done.

Call the shop at 613 838-5541 or email Ann at thecountryquilter@hotmail for more information

2023 at The Country Quilter!

Store Hours:

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, from 9:30 – 2pm

Telephone: 613 838-5541

Email: thecountryquilter@hotmail.com

Monthly Groups:

Our monthly groups listed below are continuing to meet. New members are always welcome to join for the next session.

Join Finishing School on Tuesdays to sew with friends. It is an opportunity to see what people are working on and to get new ideas. Drop in anytime between 9:30 – 12.

Landscape Class is continuing for both returning and new members. Join Grace for this popular and exciting class!

Wool Applique Group will gather once a month, on Wednesdays. Check the Monthly Calendar for dates. Bring your Show and Tell projects, please! Arlene and Pat are guest hosting again, guaranteed to inspire you!

The Knotty Girls meet up the first Friday of the month, this group is sure to inspire you!

Upcoming Classes and Events:

Sewing Retreat days are very popular and productive. Bring your own project and set up at the shop for both days of support and fun! Next Retreat Days are Feb 21 and 22nd. Call Ann at the shop for further information.

A Flying Geese Class starts on Wednesday, February 1st and runs for 3 classes (Feb 1st, 8th and 22nd). There are choices of projects to make with your geese and lots of beautiful fabric!

Touch Quilt Workshop for autistic children, with Jane Roszell will be held on Feb 24 & 25th. Mark these days on your calendar and help out with this project. All supplies are provided, just bring your machine and make a quilt for this very important cause.

Looking forward to seeing everyone in the new year!

Ann McLean

Owner, The Country Quilter

October at The Country Quilter!

Trivia question: Who said this quote, “Im so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”

A perfect fall day set the scene for the Art of Fabric Show and Sale at The Country Quilter last Saturday. There were amazing art quilts on display, 70 of these were for sale. You can see some of them on our web site. www.thecountryquilter.ca

The shop will be closed Saturday, October 8th for Thanksgiving weekend, enjoy!

There will be another two-day sewing retreat on October 11th and 12th. Bring your project on Tuesday, and leave it set up and ready to go on Wednesday. A soup lunch is included. This is a fun way to sew with friends.
Knotty Girls meet on October14th.  Wool Applique is on the 19th when there will be supplies and patterns for sale. The Applique Gnomes class is on the 22nd.
Learn the technique for making Stain Glass Quilting with Marilyn on October 25th.
Jane will have a two-day workshop for Touch Quilts on Wednesday, October 26th, from 12:00 to 3:00 and October 27th, from 10:00 to 1:00. All the supplies are provided, just bring your machine to help out with this project. There is a focus on quilts for handicapped young people in this workshop as there has been a request for 100 of these type of quilts. A small donation of your time will make a big difference.

Call the store at 613-838-5541 for details about the October classes.
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

New Shop Hours!

Starting Tuesday, September 6th, 2022, the shop will be open as follows:

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays

9:30 – 2pm each day!

Come browse the beautiful selection of fabric in this lovely country setting!

September 2022 at The Country Quilter!

As fall comes there are lots of new events happening at The Country Quilter!

September 24 will be our first Art of Fabric Show and Sale. This show will feature less traditional, original works of art. You are invited to come and enjoy the show 10:30 – 2:00 at The Country Quilter, admission is free. It is also an opportunity for you to purchase an original piece of art.


The shop will be open longer hours starting September 6, open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 9:30 – 2:00.

The popular monthly clubs continue:

Knotty Girls September 9, 10:00 – 12:00

Gnomes September 10, 10:00 – 12:00

Wool Applique September 21, 10:00 – 12:00.

Finishing School: Each Tuesday, 9:30 – 12:00, is an open day for you to come and work on your projects with other quilters. There is lots of advice available! 

New Events include:

Tuesday September 13 & 14 are Sew Days when you can come and sew with friends. Leave your project overnight so you are ready to start in the morning. This would be an opportunity to finish up your summer challenge for the Guild!

Tuesday, September 20, 10:00 – 12:00 a Paper Piecing table or bed runner (or quilt) class begins. Check out the star pattern. It would make a unique Christmas runner. 

Friday, September 30, 10:00-12:00. Jane has designed an original hanging for her next crumb class. It uses up your small scraps for the background and features the Peace tower and a fall maple leaf. She is calling it a Crumbie Maple Leaf!!

Upcoming Special Event Update!

Interested in selling your creative fabric art pieces?

If you have created so many projects over the past few years that you are running out of storage space, and you are interested in showing or selling your creative fabric art pieces, this is an opportunity not to be missed! If you wish, you can also advertise your teaching skills based on the techniques used in making your fabric art.

Date: Saturday, September 24th, in the backyard of The Country Quilter.

Some basic rules to guide you towards entry:

Continue reading

Donated Quilts!

Pictured below is Diana, who recently arrived from Ukraine to a Barrhaven family. She was thrilled to receive one of the quilts collected at The Country Quilter. This quilt was made by Roberta Romanko.
Hopefully the beautiful quilt is a good sign for Diana’s future in Canada.

August at The Country Quilter!

What a beautiful summer we have been enjoying, hopefully you have had time to
relax and enjoy it.
Classes continue in August:
Finishing School drop in on Tuesdays, bring along your project and enjoy a
morning with fellow quilters.

Knotty Girls on Aug. 12, 10 – 12

The next Gnome will be available Aug 13, 10:30 – 12:30

Wool applique meeting is Aug. 17, 10 -12

Join a Sew Day on Aug 23, 10 – 2. This would be a good time to work on your quilt
for the Guild Challenge. Time is going quickly, the deadline for this challenge is
September 21.

Lunch and Learn is Aug 24, 10 – 1. A fun small project with Lynne followed by a
light lunch.

There is a pre inventory sale on Friday Aug 12 and Sat Aug 13. This would be a
perfect time to get your supplies for fall projects.

As usual the shop will be closed the last week of August for inventory and staff
time off. Open again Tuesday September 6.

We are introducing a new event on Saturday Sept. 24. The Art of Fabric will be a
show and sale of fabric art. Information is included with this newsletter. We hope
that it will provide a time for you to show and sell, if you wish, some of your less
traditional fabric art. Please consider entering your art to make this another great
show of artistic talents.

July at The Country Quilter!

The Garden Quilt Show, June 18, was a wonderful display of talent and creativity. There were quilts finished during the COVID lockdowns, lots made from stashes, quilts from classes and wool applique. This year we were joined by two talented partners of quilters, who displayed their creativity with wood.

The book sale raised over $500.00 which will be donated to CANHAVE to pay school fees for a child to attend classes. The African themed quilts made and donated by Grace and Wilma Whiting, and Peggy Roe will be on display in the shop until September.

Viewers choice winners at the show were Lynne Rochette and Jane Roszell. Photos can be seen on this link: https://photos.app.goo.gl/ai6ofevaqJsFT2SB6. Congratulations to them!

Thanks to those who donated food items and cash to The Richmond Food Bank. These donations will help over the summer.

During July and August, we will continue with shortened hours. Open Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday 10:00 – 1:00. We will be closed the Saturdays of the long weekends. As there is a class on Friday July 8th, we will be open and feature a two-day sale! It will continue on July 9!! Check out what wide backings you may need for your next project.

Classes being offered in July include a new Modern Scrap quilt class on Wednesday, July 27. This is a good summer project to use up more scraps and ‘to make something from nothing’.

The Finishing Touch, Saturday, July 16 will review all the tricks and tips for finishing your quilt. It will cover how to square up your quilt (any size), how to choose a binding, piping, or a facing, the way to apply a sleeve, and other questions or problems you might have. You may bring unfinished projects for advice.

The Lunch and Learn class on Wednesday, July 20 will be a fun day. Lynne Rochette will be choosing the project for this class. 

The monthly classes continue during the summer. Knotty Girls, Wool Applique, Gnomes and of course Finishing School each Tuesday.

Please call the shop at 613 838-5541 or email Ann at thecountryquilter@hotmail.com for further information or to register!

Raising funds for the Richmond Food Bank and CANHAVE!

Quilts in the Garden 2022 focused on raising funds for CANHAVE and our local food bank, and raise, we did!

The crafts from the CANHAVE table brought in $212. There will be further sales of items that are remaining.

With the book sale we raised $512, enabling us to sponsor a child with fees, books and uniforms for a year. It will change a life of a child and probably a family. Hopefully with future sales of donated items we will be able to sponsor 2 children.

We also donated 2 boxes of food to the Richmond Food Bank along with $120.

Thanks to the generosity of those attending the show.🌼

Viewer’s Choice Awards!

Thank you to everyone who voted for their favourite piece in the Quilts in the Garden show yesterday at The Country Quilter!

These ladies continue to amaze and inspire, their work is absolutely stunning! Congratulations!!!

1st: Lynne Rochette’s Lynette Anderson Nautical Town

2nd: Lynne Rochette’s Lydia Quigley Folk Art sampler

3rd: Jane Roszell’s Flowers and Ferns landscape which she designed

Quilts in the Garden 2022!

From The Country Quilter’s Quilts in the Garden event Saturday …spirits were high, temperatures were low, but creativity and generosity were contagious! And the sun eventually did shine!

A huge thank you to all who shared their beautiful quilts and handiwork, handmade guitars and woodwork for the displays. Stunning!
And those who volunteered at various areas… the book sale, CANHAVE table, sign In table, those who helped to set up and take down tables, quilts, clotheslines, those who donated books and items for the food bank…
And to the guests who showed up, The Country Quilter thanks you all!
Photos to follow!


June at The Country Quilter!

Don’t miss Jane’s Blooming Chenille class Wednesday, June 22 and 29. There are a couple of spaces available. Jane will show you how to incorporate this technique into your projects.

Wool Applique class is on Wednesday, June 15. At this time there will be wool and kits available for sale. Drop in to replenish your supply for summer stitching. Please call the shop at 613 838-5541 or email Ann at thecountryquilter@hotmail.com to sign up!

We have collected 41 quilts for Ukrainians moving to the area. These quilts will give a warm Canadian welcome to the recipients. They will be delivered the first week of June. Thank you!

The Garden Quilt Show will be held Saturday, June 18 from 9:30 to 2:00. Admission is free but please bring along a donation for the Richmond Food Bank. John’s Mobile Sharpening will be onsite from 11:30 to 2:00. Bring scissors, knives, garden tools, lawn mower blades etc. in a plastic bag with your name on it. Leave them with him while you browse the show.

St. Paul’s Church will have box lunches available from 11:30 to 2:00. The ladies will also have their homemade pies for sale. Stock up for summer BBQ’s. The book sale and quilted crafts sale with proceeds to CANHAVE will happen as well.

Drop off your quilts and books from Tuesday, June 14 to Friday, June 17. The store will be open each day from 10:00 to 1:00. Due to loss of trees in the garden, lap or twin size quilts and smaller projects are encouraged!

Support for Ukrainian Families!

85 Ukrainian families are coming to Lanark county. The Country Quilter is collecting quilts to help give these families a warm welcome.
This quilt was my Easter weekend project. All scraps from my cupboard.
If you wish to donate a quilt it does not need to be blue and yellow, just made with love.
Ann McLean