Workshop Descriptions & Registration (for all)

Courses • Teachers

  • The cost for each workshop is $55, which includes one ticket to the main show.
  • To register for any of these courses, click HERE

Personal Challenge in Chartreuse

Andrea Torrens  has always loved sewing, but when she discovered quilting 20 years ago, it changed her life. Although she is gradually cultivating an appreciation for the modern movement, Andrea prefers traditional pieced quilts.  She enjoys drafting and executing her own ideas as well as the challenge of studying a finished quilt, and reconstructing the pattern with her own refinements [and techniques].


Andrea is fascinated by the historical Cathedral Windows pattern, and has studied numerous methods of construction, both traditional and modern. She has refined these techniques and devised an innovative way to construct this beautiful design. A modern take on the Cathedral Window is Personal Challenge in Chartreuse. Although this is considered an advanced class, Andrea will give the choice to students to learn a much simpler technique to achieve mostly the same look. This quilt can be made in any size, from pillow to wall hanging to bed quilt.

Saturday, May 4, 2019 – 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Dancing Diamonds

Claire Haillot has been active in the quilting industry since 2004. At first, wanting to demystify the art of quilt making and make it accessible to all Francophones, she opened a quilt shop. Before long, she started teaching, writing how-to guides and translating patterns and product information into French for American companies.

Claire started her own line of patterns in 2006, and began publishing patterns and articles in Canadian, European and American magazines, including Quilter’s World and Canadian Quilter. She closed her “brick and mortar” quilt shop in 2016 to focus on teaching, writing and creating. She launched her first English pattern, Dancing Diamonds, with PlumEasy patterns.


Spend a day playing with color and showing off your inner artist! Sew your fabrics together, cut into strips, then apply to a foundation of custom-printed interfacing — these simple techniques will result in a complex, stunning (and perfect!) design that you can incorporate into an art quilt, use as a focus fabric in any number of projects, including the Gem Bag1.

This is a full day class. Students need to arrive with their fabrics already cut into strips. (I have made a video tutorial to help prepare).


Saturday, May 4, 2019 – 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Artful Butterfly Collage

Louise Charlton lives in Kirkland, Quebec and started sewing on her grandma’s treadle machine when she was 10 or 11 years old. Louise started sewing her own clothes, then for her kids. In 1980, she took a quilting class at La Maison de Calico in Pointe Claire and almost finished a quilt for her two-year-old daughter. Twenty years later, when her daughter expressed an interest in quilting, they took a quilting class together (a Christmas quilt that was not completed.) When Louise learned she was going to be a grandmother 6 years ago, she started quilting again, and hasn’t stopped! She made a quilt for her grandson, then finished her Christmas quilt… and has made at least 15 more quilts since. Louise joined the Beaconsfield Quilters Guild and enjoys the meetings, retreats and other activities. Quilting is now her passion and she loves to take classes and workshops at quilt shows whenever she can.


In this workshop, each student/attendee will create a butterfly using only one fabric. The wings of the butterfly are usually symmetrical, so the fabric that we select will need to have symmetry also.  This project is not difficult to do, just let go and use your imagination. The technique is easy to follow and step-by-step guidance and written instructions will be provided for the whole project.

Sunday, May 5, 2019 – 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Pointed Comments

Paul Leger lives in Ottawa, where he has worked for the federal government for over 16 years after spending 21 years in the Canadian Armed Forces. He began quilting in May 1990. His mother, a quilter and dressmaker, encouraged him to buy a sewing machine “for sewing emergencies”. One day, he remembered in the “old days” people would use clothing to make bed quilts.

He sewed the pieces of shirt fabrics together based on an idea he had in his mind. The corners weren’t square, nor were the blocks. He ran out of fabric pieces, so he made his first trip to a quilting shop. There he got advice and bought more fabric. First top completed and liking the process so much, he had a second quilt top completed before he had sent the first one to his mother for quilting.   

He took his first quilting course in September 1994 from Joan Winter in Barrie, Ontario, near the armed forces base where he was stationed. After moving to Ottawa in 1996, he joined his first guild. He took more classes and began to buy quilting books and lots of fabrics. Paul has gone from taking classes to teaching and loves it. Quilting has become his passion. He has made over 200 quilts since completing his first and he has never looked back.


In this one-day workshop, you will learn the simple technique to make easy diamond shapes and then incorporate them into an easy-to-make but intricate looking table runner measuring 20” X 40” and 2 place mats each measuring 12” x 18½”. Paul will guide you through the process to make these wonderful pieces. (Note: this is not a paper piecing workshop.)

Sunday, May 5, 2019 – 9:00 am – 3:30 pm