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!

Quilts in the Garden Returns for 2022!

The Quilts in the Garden Show, will take place on Saturday, June 18 at The Country Quilter from 9:30-2pm. This will be the 18th year this event is running, and we need your quilts and handcrafted items for display! We also need sunshine! And, it’s FREE!!

JC’s Mobile Sharpening Services will be there, so bring your scissors, knives and garden tools to be tuned up for the year! There will also be a used book sale, in support of CANHAVE, and displays from our unique feature artists (a surprise!). The ladies at St Paul’s United Church next door will once again be offering a boxed lunch for sale.

But, we need your help for the show!

If you are bringing quilts or books, please drop them off at The Country Quilter the week prior to the show (June 14-17th). Please consider signing up for a few hours during the day to help out. There is a sign up sheet for volunteers on that day in the store.

For further information, email Ann at thecountryquilter@hotmail.com or call 613 838-5541.

This is a great community event and we look forward to seeing you there!

May at The Country Quilter!

Our monthly classes will continue this month. Please be sure to wear a mask when you are in the store. Thank you.

Wool Applique Wednesday, May 11 10:00 – 12:00

Knotty Girls Friday, May 13 10:00 – 12:00

Gnomes Machine Applique Saturday, May 14 10:30 – 12:30

Landscape Class Wednesday, May 18 10:00 This is the last class in the series. There will be a pot luck luncheon to end the session. All former members are welcome to join this group. 

New 108-inch backings have arrived at the store this month, drop in to check them out!

New classes on the calendar this month:

Modern Scrappy Quilt Class: Join Tracy for this fun class, and use up your scraps at the same time! Wednesdays, May 4th and 25th, from 10-1pm.

Paper Pieced Table Topper or Runner A spring project with Lynn that will brighten up your table. Saturday, May 28 and June 4 from 10:00 to 12:00.  

Blooming Chenile Techniques Jane will share her techniques with you on Wednesday, June 1 and June 8 from 10:00 to 12:00

Please call the store for further class details. 613 838 5541 or email at thecountryquilter@hotmail.com

St. James Church in Carleton Place is collecting items for Ukrainians moving to Lanark County. Donations of nearly new clothing, shoes, toiletries, toys and quilts. Quilts can be dropped off at the store, but not the other items. The contact person for this endeavour is Nancy Higham, 613 251 0101, nancyhigham5@gmail.com.

Quilts in the Garden 2022!

The Garden Show, hopefully, will take place on Saturday, June 18 at The Country Quilter. We will need your quilts and your help for the show. If you are bringing quilts, please sign up for a few hours during the day. There are lots of ways to help. There is a sign up sheet for volunteers on that day in the store. The mobile scissor sharpener will be in attendance. Bring your scissors, knives and garden tools to be tuned up for the year!

Fundraiser for CANHAVE!

This beautiful African themed quilt was assembled and quilted by Grace Whiting. Grace has kindly donated the quilt as a fund raiser for CANHAVE. It will be on display at The Country Quilter and at the Quilts in the Garden show on June 18th.

The CANHAVE organization pays school fees for AIDS orphans in Uganda. During Covid-19, schools were closed in Uganda longer than in any other country in the world. Many children were forced into the labour market to help support their families. Many of these children will not return to school.

CANHAVE is supporting 78 children who are now back in school. With inflation in Uganda and the need for the children to have PPE supplies, the cost of attending school has increased.

We hope that with this quilt we will be able to assist with school fees.

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

April at The Country Quilter!

As classes are planned for April and May we are happy to be able to accommodate more people in the classroom. We are asking that you continue to wear your mask in the shop.

Knotty Girls, Friday, April 8th and Wool Applique, Wednesday, April 13th will resume again. We look forward to the new ideas that Lynne has found on her visit to Australia.

 The Machine Applique Gnome class is full, but you can still sign up to receive the patterns each month.

There is another opportunity for you to donate a half day to help make Touch Quilts, Saturday, April 23. These quilts are a comfort for those with dementia. The finished quilts are donated to local care homes.

Tracy has planned a Modern Scrappy Quilt that will use up some of those scraps lurking (and growing) in your sewing room on Wed, April 27 and May 4th, from 10-1pm.

We are hoping that we will be able to have our Garden Quilt Show this year. Mark Saturday, June 18 on your calendar.

Many of you have been busy making quilts to donate to charity during the lockdowns. I have seen quilts for the Veterans Home, quilts for survivors of residential schools, Touch Quilts and Baby Quilts for the Queensway Carleton Hospital. We are asking for photos of these quilts for a display at the quilt show. Please print out a photo and put your name on it and the charity where you are donating the quilt.

If you made a quilt for the Veterans’ Home you might want to look at the web site to see some on beds in the residence. Google “Veterans Home Ottawa”.

Check out the sales this month on the calendar! 🌷🐰☔

March 2022, at The Country Quilter!

Come and join the Tuesday morning drop-in group. Bring along your stitching or knitting for a social time.

There won’t be a Touch Quilt workshop this month, but kits are available to pick up if you need more supplies.

As Lynne Rochette has gone to Australia, there will not be a meeting of the Woolies or the Knotty Girls. Work on your show and tell for the April meetings!

Hopefully the Gnomes will not encounter a snow day this month! The class is Saturday, March 12, from 10:30 to 12:30. You can still register to receive the patterns each month by email or in the class.

The Landscape class, including the Alumni group, meets at 10:30 Wednesday, March 16.

The Crumb class was very successful in providing many interesting ways to use up those fabric crumbs that collect after a project. On Wednesday, March 30, Jane will teach crumb confetti that you can use to create amazing applique designs.

Looking ahead…

Wednesday, April 6 and Thursday, April 7 Jane will teach an in-depth machine quilting class. You will learn how to get the best results with your machine to quilt, enhance and embellish your quilting projects. This is a two-day quilting retreat.

Hopefully, we will be able to have our Garden Quilt Show this year. Mark Saturday, June 18 on your calendar and we will hope for the best.

More Crumbs…

We are going to do it again!

This time confetti appliqués will be covered. Join Jane on Wednesday March 30 and learn creative ways to use your scraps.

Contact Ann at thecountryquilter@hotmail or 613 838-5541 for more information!

Landscape Classes!

For New Students and Landscape Alumni!

Come join the amazing Grace for a journey into landscape quilts. Using her guidance and expertise, you will create your masterpiece! Choose you favourite photo to reproduce in fabric. And remember, Show and Tell items always welcome!!

Date and Time: Wednesday, February 16th, from 10-2pm

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

Current projects finished from the Landscape group, check out the fabulous example of finishing your creation with a frame! Gorgeous work!

Gnomes in the making…

These little gnomes are full of charm and personality, and they’re popping up at The Country Quilter!

Join the Gnome Machine Applique class Sat, Feb 12, from 10:30-12:30. New, original designs and patterns will be offered each month.

You can sign up for emailed patterns, or join a class. For further information contact Ann at thecountryquilter@hotmail.ca or call the shop at 613 838-5541.

Welcome February 2022!

The days are getting longer and the sun is shining more often as we look forward to February. It is time to take some inspiration from the brighter days and get back to some of your quilting projects, or to start a new one.

Classes are a good way to get you back into the sewing room. It is also fun to sew with others after being so long alone. You do need to have your vaccines to attend classes, and to wear a mask.

The Tuesday Finishing School is a good morning of socializing while you work on a project. Non quilting work is allowed! We have knitters, cross stitchers and lots of stitching being accomplished. There is room to bring your machine if you wish to sew.

If you are planning to attend the Wool Applique Class (Wednesday, February 9, 10:00 – 12:00) or the Knotty Girls Stitching Group (Friday, February 11, 10:00 – 12:00), please call and put your name on the list for the February classes.

The Gnome Machine Applique Class (Saturday, February 12, 10:30 – 12:30) will make you smile! A different little gnome will be offered each month. If you choose, you can sign up for the class and receive the patterns and instructions by email, with the option to attend classes. You may also learn the skills to work on your own pattern.

Please Help! Consider donating a morning to sew Touch Quilts (Saturday, February 19, 10:00 – 2:00) for people with dementia. Unfortunately, there is a growing need for these manipulative little lap quilts. All materials are supplied for this workshop. It is a fun way to socialize with other quilters while contributing to this worthwhile project.

The Landscape Club will resume this month (Wednesday, February 16, 10:00 – 2:00). There will be instruction for new participants. Choose a favourite photo to reproduce in fabric.

Dig out the Crumbs, (small pieces of fabric) from the corners of your sewing room and create a quilt. Jane Roszell has designed a fun class to use those little pieces. (Wednesday, February 23, 9:30 – 1:30).

The Beginner Class is designed to get you started quilting, or restarted. Learn the newest techniques for quilting. It is a good review if you have been away from your machine for a while. A small runner will teach you what you need to know to make a quilt.

To register for a class, call 613-838-5541. You can pay with a credit card, or stop at the shop to see the sample.

We are collecting basic sewing supplies for a new sewing program starting in Barrhaven. The Multifaith Housing Initiative is looking for sewing machines as well for this endeavor. Items can be dropped off at the shop during February. Please keep this in mind when you are reorganizing your sewing room.

Quilts for Veterans!

Representatives from the Multifaith Housing Project visited The Country Quilter this morning, Nov 16, to present a plaque of recognition for the many quilts donated to our veterans. Suzanne and Sue were pleased to thank Diana, Deborah and Ann personally, and extended the thank you to all who contributed.

Machine Applique

Date and Time: Saturday, November 20 and December 11, from 10:00 -12:00  (two classes). There are many patterns you can choose to do in this class. You will be using the fusible applique method and learning techniques for machine stitching. All McKenna Ryan patterns are constructed with this method. A pattern will be provided in the first class. Call the shop at 613 838-5541 or email Ann at thecountryquilter@hotmail.com for further information. Unknown

Modern Scrappy Quilt Class!

Class date changed to May 4th and 25th, from 10-1pm. If you missed the 1st class, you can still come for the second!

If you’re thinking you would like to donate a quilt to our new Ukrainian families, but don’t know where to start, this class is for you!

Join Tracy in this fun class, and use up those scraps at the same time! Here’s a sample of what was created in today’s class…

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