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Proud to be a Canadian Quilter

Posted on: November 22nd, 2014 by Lorna McMahon

Welcome to Sew Fresh Quilts!
My name is Lorna McMahon – a proud Canadian Quilting Blogger!

I live on a 50 acre farm in rural Ontario.  It’s beautiful country, but secluded and isolated.
You can read more about me and my world here.

But thanks to the internet and quilt blogging, I have made many wonderful and treasured friends from all over the world.  These friends cheer me up and cheer me on.  They are my inspiration and…….

I can’t imagine my life now without the support of the online quilting community!

My quilting journey began when I designed this quilt – Krazy Katz – for my daughter, Erin.

Since then it has been a non-stop whirlwind of fabric, friends, design, thread, blogging and batting.  Oh.  And coffee.  I like coffee.

Things have changed.  But my love of quilting and my list of friends just keeps on growing!

I started out with my Little Janome 2030QDC.  He’s a great little machine, but very limited on throat space with only 6.5″ between needle and base.  However, pair him up with some of Superior Threads’ Fantastico thread and a Topstitch needle, and he is the master of free motion quilting.

Kona Fox Kits

Aunt Elna

This January, I purchased an Elna Excellence 760.  Affectionately known as Aunt Elna, this machine was a worthy investment.  She offers 11″ from needle to the body and has reduced my frustration when quilting large quilts.  With all that space, she is a fine machine for spiral quilting, but as the queen of the walking foot, she really enjoys performing this organic wavy line quilting.

Fox & Friends

Christmas Place Mats

There have been a lot of quilts made on these two machines.  Please take a look at my quilt gallery found under my banner at the top of the blog.  Here all my quilts are pictured, with links to the posts for each quilt I have made.  Many of these designs are offered as PDF patterns for sale in my Etsy shop.

Over the years, many informative tutorials and free projects have been featured on the Sew Fresh Quilts blog.  You can find them listed on the popular Tutorials page here.

Sew Fresh QuiltsAt the beginning of 2014, Sew Fresh Quilts launched the addition of the Let’s Bee Social weekly linky party held here each Wednesday. This party is a great way to meet new friends.  Can you ever have too many of those?

WE would love to have YOU join us!
Share what you are working on each week!
You can read all the details here.

This coming new year, I am happy to announce that Northcott Fabrics is the newest sponsor of the Sew Fresh Quilts blog.  Together we will be collaborating on a variety of exciting projects and patterns, featuring these and other upcoming new fabric collections.

Sew Fresh Quilts followers will be treated to lots of free tutorials.  And of course there will be giveaways, too!

Artisan Spirit Sandscapes and Shimmer, with all that luscious texture and shine.
The ColorWorks collection.  These solids are vibrant.
Toscana reads like a solid, but offers a smother look with softer shades.

Don’t miss the giveaways!

ColorWorks Premium Solid 9000

Toscana – 9020

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Thank you so much for joining me on my day as host of Blogathon Canada 2014!

Each host blogger is offering a chance to win a fat quarter bundle in a GIVEAWAY on their blog, sponsored by Sew Sisters Quilt Shop.  This year, Sew Sisters has teamed up with Robert Kaufman Fabrics, Camelot Fabrics, Northcott Fabrics, Aurifil and Timeless Treasures to bring you even MORE GIVEAWAYS.


But Blogathon Canada isn’t just for Canadians.
All the giveaways are open to everyone from across the globe!

Sew Fresh Quilts is a strong supporter of the worldwide online quilting community.  It’s always a pleasure to meet someone new.  Making connections and seeing what others are busy creating and doing on their blogs can be such a wonderful source of quilty inspiration.  And giveaways?  Who doesn’t love a chance to win great prizes?  I do!!!

NEW Kona Colours:  Grellow, Pickle, Limelight, Jamaica, Niagara, Ballerina, Dahlia, Watermelon, Scone, and Titanium

This Kona Giveaway will be open until Sunday night, with the winner being chosen on November 24th.  You could win this luscious bundle of 10 new Kona fat quarters!

How do you enter the giveaway contest?

Follow the instructions on the widget below to get started!

This Giveaway is open internationally.
Winner will be randomly chosen on November 24th and notified by email.
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a Rafflecopter giveaway

If you have already entered this giveaway, join me as we continue our hop across Canada!  I would  like to introduce to you to these talented Ontario Quilting Bloggers:

 Faeries and Fibres
 Lakeview Stitching
 Lisa in Port Hope
 Quilting, Calle and other things
 Quilts by Joanne
 Quilt Matters
 Maria’s Quilt Scraps
 Wonderbunnie Designs
 Quilt Obsession
 Quilting at the Farm
 Ark Angel Creations
 Krista Quilts

Click on the links above to visit all the other blogs and make new friends.
Keep the party going and join me as we continue our hop across Canada!

Please visit my lovely Ontario co-host:   Sandy of Upstairs Hobby Room        And….
Don’t forget to drop in to the Sew Sisters blog to enter their stupendous giveaway!

If you missed meeting anyone from earlier this week, please click on this link to see the entire schedule and enter their giveaways, too!

Keep On Quilting On!

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133 Responses

  1. Karin says:

    Hi Lorna…great post. I follow via blogger and I think also on FB. Have been following you pretty much since you have started. Thanks for the weekly Linky party and also the giveaway today….good fun.

  2. Jo says:

    I follow you via email. That is a luscious bundle! Have enjoyed following along with the blogathon again!

  3. Hi Lorna! Lovely post! I'm happy to know you and to share the love for the happy colours and quilts! I love your quilt designs! Have a great weekend! x Teje

  4. Kaja says:

    Your new sponsor looked very interesting (I've just had a peep at the website.) I've had great fun this week following Blogathon Canada, visiting loads of blogs I hadn't found before. I'm so glad you are a part of it, or I might never have come across it. Really enjoyed your post today as well 🙂

  5. Anonymous says:

    Love your blog! I follow by email.

  6. Audrey says:

    I love your use of solids and bright colours. You do some wonderful work with that walking foot of yours. Thanks for being part of the blogathon and for offering a giveaway. I follow via email.

  7. Gill says:

    Hi Lorna, I'm an email follower!This blogathon has been such fun – I've discovered lots of new blogs!

  8. Julie says:

    I so enjoy your blog and many of the others. Your journey has been inspirational. Thanks for sharing!!!

  9. Julie says:

    I forgot to say I follow your blog on Bloglovin.

  10. Anonymous says:

    I love your blog. I follow on Bloglovin. Thanks!Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

  11. Lesley says:

    Fabulous post! Your quilty projects are all so gorgeous! Glad I am a follower!

  12. QuiltSue says:

    I am a Bloglovin follower.

  13. I'm a bloglovin follower too… did I miss you were Canadian?? That rocks!!

  14. I do follow your blog, and love it..thank you

  15. Dorian says:

    What a great blog hop. It's fun to find new to me blogs. Thanks for the great giveaway too!

  16. KaHolly says:

    Your quilts are just stunning. So bright and beautifully vivid! I am looking forward to taking some quiet time while I'm traveling to peruse your archived posts. Have a great day!!

  17. Kate says:

    Lorna, I love your colourful quilts! Many a time I've turned to your tutorials to refresh my memory – thank you.

  18. Karen H says:

    Great post and such vibrant lively quilts; the fox pattern is adorable! I am now a follower of your blog.Thanks for the chance to win!

  19. Patti says:

    Your quilts and patterns are fabulous! I'm following on IG now!

  20. Sandy says:

    Hi Lorna!! Just dropped by to check out your post!! I love your coffee cup!!! Can't wait to meet for coffee, which I love too!!

  21. Chiska says:

    I\”m following by e-mail on yahoo.

  22. Unknown says:

    Love your blog Lorna! Thanks for a chance at the give-away!Maureenmgw070 at rogers dot com

  23. Anonymous says:

    Such a neat blog! Thanks for showcasing what you have to offer! I will definitely return!

  24. Lovely to connect your name to your blog, Lorna! really enjoyed your post!

  25. Love your colorful quilts Lorna!

  26. Veronika says:

    I follow by email- love that fox and coon quilt!

  27. MC says:

    Love your bright modern quilts, and am adding SFQ to my RSS, thanks for the chance to win these fun solids!

  28. Michele T says:

    Beautiful and whimsical quilts!! I follow you via Bloglovin'!!

  29. Peggy says:

    Love, love, love your wavy line quilting. Actually love all your quilts – so much color, art and fun in each of them

  30. Lara B. says:

    Lorna, you are one amazing woman! I already knew that, but just had to say it!

  31. Janie says:

    Your quilts are simply stunning. Love the color combinations. Thanks for being part of the hop. Thanks for the giveaway.janie.mccombs(at)

  32. Unknown says:

    Your quilts are stunning. Following you on Bloglovin

  33. Vicki in MN says:

    I follow you on Bloglovin.

  34. Diane H says:

    Signed up to follow via email. Off to check out your tutorials. Thanks for participating.laura84watt at gmail dot com

  35. kay says:

    Just discovered your blog on this blog hop, and I love it! Will add you to my Bloglovin feed.

  36. Jayne says:

    I follow you every where! Bloglovin, FB, IG….I love your blog and all the fun info, seeing your quilts and you!

  37. Carrie P. says:

    i just signed up to follow by email

  38. Unknown says:

    I follow by email, and FB

  39. I follow you on Bloglovin.Barb@Witsend

  40. Kris says:

    I follow by email and Bloglovin

  41. I follow via bloglovin'

  42. DuAnne says:

    I love your quilts and enjoy your posts. I follow you by email. I didn't see my name in the list so if this is a duplicate, I apologize.

  43. What a fun post!!! I don't think I knew you were a farm girl! 🙂 And your Elna is the sister to my Janome Horizon. 🙂 Glad you're enjoying it. Isn't that throat space AMAZING?!

  44. following by email. Thanks for a great blog!

  45. Margaret says:

    I follow by email and bloglovin.

  46. Aunt Marti says:

    I follow via Bloglovin. And now I'm going to buy patterns . . . .

  47. Laura says:

    Hi Thanks for introducing yourself. Will follow you from now on. Machines with extra throat space are such a gift. My Pfaff 4.0 is \”my gal\”.

  48. Cecilia says:

    I follow by email and I always enjoy reading your posts and seeing your projects.

  49. Dawn says:

    I follow by email and Instagram. dawnm1993 at gmail dot com

  50. Roz says:

    Nice quilts! Thanks for the opportunity to possibly win the beautiful FQ pack of Kona cottons.

  51. Cheryl says:

    I love your quilts and your use of solids! Wavy line quilting is a favorite of mine too! Thanks for sharing and the chance to win!

  52. I follow on Bloglovin. Lover the way line quilting. Great quilts. Thanks for sharing.

  53. Deborah says:

    I follow you on Bloglovin' and my email. Don't want to miss anything. Thanks for all you do!!

  54. Carla says:

    Hi Lrna. I ave watched your blog grow and grow ; ) I like your new profile picture too. I follow you via e-mail

  55. Helen Anne says:

    Thanks for hosting the bloghop. Its the first time I've found your blog.

  56. This has been a great blog hop… so nice to meet you!

  57. Colleen says:

    Striking quilt designs – I am inspired to try solids.

  58. Laurie T says:

    I am now following Sew Fresh Quilts through Facebook.

  59. Donna W says:

    I follow your blog via email. Thanks

  60. Ioleen says:

    HI Lorna. I follow you on bloglovin. That Toscana fabric looks awesome. I have so enjoyed this blogathon. Thanks for being one of the hosts.ioleen dot kimmel at gmail dot com

  61. Janice says:

    Great blog. Nice way to visit Canada.

  62. Rosa says:

    Fabulous quilt and love your eye fabric.I follow your blog via email. I have so enjoyed this blogathon. Thanks for being one of the hosts.

  63. Anonymous says:


  64. Beth says:

    You have made so many amazing things! Always inspirational here!

  65. Sheila says:

    I follow you via email , love your work !

  66. Anne says:

    On my reader The Old Reader

  67. Unknown says:

    I will follow you by email.

  68. Love your use of color. Such gorgeous bright quilts. Thank you for hosting this leg of our journey. I am following by email

  69. Barbe says:

    i follow on bloglovin, but i also get an email, just to make sure i miss nothing. lol

  70. Debbie says:

    I just signed up to follow by email as I don't do any social media things. LOVE your blog & thanks for the chance to win.

  71. Sarah says:

    I follow you with bloglovin.

  72. Farm Quilter says:

    I follow you via email. wild_blue_farm at yahoo dot com

  73. OhioLori says:

    I follow you thru Bloglovin & Email both 🙂

  74. OhioLori says:

    I follow you thru Bloglovin, & Sew Sisters thru email 🙂

  75. Thank you for linking me up!! I also sew on the Janome 2030; I love her… \”My Precious\” is what I called her! LOL. Thanks again!

  76. Rina Mason says:

    I'm a follower via Bloglovin.

  77. tktl says:

    I follow via bloglovin

  78. Nancy says:

    I just signed up with you via e-mail.

  79. MichelleY says:

    I follow you on Bloglovin and I love your Fox and Friends quilt.

  80. sallyflymi says:

    Follow you via email.

  81. margaret says:

    so good to learn more about you I get an email telligme when you have posted a new blog

  82. Pamela says:

    Thanks for this absolutely delightful blog hop, and thanks for the chance to win this gorgeous fabric. I follow you via Bloglovin.

  83. java diva says:

    I follow you on instagram! @javadiva

  84. Lori says:

    I follow you by email, and on facebook.

  85. Susan C. says:

    I follow via email, have enjoyed watching your progress and getting to know a little more about you. The new black and white photo is very cute and artistic too I might add. If you ever visit Australia I live in a coffee obsessed City , I think you would fit in well. Though we do strong Italian type beverages so you may need to downsize your cup or the caffeine may stop you sleeping well!

  86. Unknown says:

    I just found you through this blog and will have to figure out how to follow! Great stuff to see, thanks for doing this.

  87. teachpany says:

    Great designs. I now follow via email.

  88. I follow on my favorites bar, like I do with all the wonderful blogs I follow.

  89. Kat says:

    I will be following by bookmarking the page and just checking in.

  90. Andy Bee says:

    I follow via bloglovin!distantsub at gmail dot com

  91. Unknown says:

    Wonderful designs! I'm having so much fun seeing everyone's blogs. I'll be signing up to follow yours as a fellow Ontario resident. ^_^. Thanks for the chance to win.

  92. Lesley says:

    I follow on bloglovin

  93. Unknown says:

    Found you through the Canadian Blogathon and many other good

  94. Carmen N says:

    I follow on instagram (asimplehomestd)

  95. Sewmom18 says:

    I follow by email.

  96. Girl I have you right on my blogroll so not to miss a post!!! I'm also a GFC follower…..

  97. Vicki H says:

    I have been following with email.

  98. I follow you with Blovlogin. I enjoy seeing what you're making, lady! 🙂

  99. Amy says:

    I follow you three ways. Love e-mail the best. ;).

  100. tarda says:

    Just signed in for your blog. Your quilting is quite effective. Way to go !

  101. Vicki says:

    This was a fun post! Thanks for sharing.

  102. Anda W says:

    Hi there Lorna! I follow you on Facebook, love your work! awolk at rogers dot com

  103. lindawwww says:

    I'm following you by newsletter. I loved seeing your quilts!lin dot web dot 28 at

  104. Anonymous says:

    Hiya!!! I just signed up to follow by email. Looking forward to seeing new stuff from you. Thanks for having the giveaway. Blessed be, hugs!!! Pampamspretties57 at gmail dot com

  105. I love Kona cottons and I love Sew Sisters

  106. Cindy says:

    I follow via Bloglovin. Been enjoying your blog for a while now. 🙂

  107. I follow on Bloglovin. Thanks a bunch.

  108. nicolesender says:

    Awesome blog!Bloglovin follower: Nicole Sender

  109. Hi Lorna! I follow on Blogger. I love your new site glamourization! It's beauteous!

  110. Béa says:

    I follow by email 🙂

  111. Colleen says:

    so nice hopping around our glorious country and finding all these new2me blogs !Colleen from and

  112. Mara says:

    I already follow you via bloglovin' but haven't been by in a while, hope everything is good.

  113. Unknown says:

    Loving the Blogathon – sew many new things to discover!

  114. Carolyn A says:

    Discovered your blog today via the Canada Blogathon – I have book marked your blog and plan to visit daily with my morning coffee!.

  115. I follow you on Bloglovin' and now on Instagram. Thanks for the giveaway, it would make a great solid quilt like the one at the top of this post – I love the contrast with the black! jacklynnsteven at netzero dot com

  116. Colleen says:

    I just followed you on bloglovin. Thanks!

  117. Heather says:

    I'm a facebook fan. Love your quilts!

  118. Adrienne says:

    I follow you on Bloglovin! AND I just had an order to make your Kona Fox Quilt. Cannot wait to make it!

  119. Shirley says:

    Discovered your blog today via the Canada Blogathon. I have added to my favorites for updates. I enter via email. Thank you for the opportunity to enter the giveaway. (

  120. Great post! Love your quilts, they're beautiful! I follow via BlogLovin.Thank you for a super giveaway and a chance to win.usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

  121. felicity says:

    Bloglovin'! Thanks for the luscious giveaway choice!

  122. Jessica says:

    I follow via Bloglovin.

  123. Unknown says:

    I follow by email. Thanks for the giveaway.

  124. Cindy says:

    I follow you by email and bloglovin.

  125. WYO Di says:


  126. Shauna says:

    What beautiful work you do Lorna! I really love your Fox and Friends quilt. Following you on Bloglovin

  127. Tu-Na Quilts says:

    I'm a new follower by email updates.

  128. Anonymous says:

    Your quilts are gorgeous! The colors are so bright and colorful!! Thanks for this wonderful giveaway :)

  129. Zenia Rene says:

    I just ordered a walking foot and am patiently waiting for it to arrive. What stitch length do you use for your wavy organic lines?