Space is limited to 10 participants to maximise comfort
of the sewing space.



There is no crystal ball but we’re going to cross our fingers
that Covid won’t derail Peaks. 🙂


Covid has certainly thrown a major spanner in the works but there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Winter (plus some confinements) can leave us with lots of leftover bits. Some in the way of scraps, some in the way of tops we want to finish. Luckily, Spring Peaks – Finish Up! is all about making progress on those lovely tops and finding a good use for the leftovers!

Quilt Fairy Gina and I will be on hand to help you in whatever way we can, be that help you with cutting, pressing, or general enthusiasm over your progress.

In addition, we’ll have a number of quick demonstrations for new techniques. Have a look below at these optional ideas!





To help use leftover strips, we’ll be showing you how to make a trivet-sized rag rug using a twining method on frames that will be provided. We’ll also give you instructions on how to construct a larger one at home.





Rope bowls (image courtesy of




Another way to use up scraps will be shown using cotton rope & threads. With the simple method we will use, you can make baskets, coasters, plate chargers, hot mats, and more!







Sew Vinyl Zipper Pouches (image courtesy of






And for all those little bits of binding that we have leftover, we’ll use those as binding on the edges of quick vinyl dumpling pouches.





I hope that you’ll come join us for Patchwork in the Peaks. There is only place for 10 quilters so don’t be late! 🙂

What will you need to bring? All the bits & pieces you’ll need to finish some of your projects! Quilt Fairy Gina & I will be happy to help you in any way. I’ll have the Busy Needle Mobile Shop onsite as well, with a selection of Aurifil threads, Quilters Dream batting, and a variety of other sewing notions. Anything you need from the mini-mobile shop you you can put it on your Tab, to be invoiced after Peaks.



We also have Suki the Juki, our sit-down longarm, to help you make some progress!  You can rent her by the hour (chf 15/hr), enjoying a large and newly renovated dedicated space to work. I already have a number of bobbins wound in neutral colours but will be happy to show you how to wind something from your thread stash if needed.

Need a bit more encouragement? Your own Secret Sister will be there to cheer you on! You’ll be one too and we’ll have lots of ideas to help you help encourage each other. Part of the fun is the secrecy!


Other fun for the weekend:

Finished Up Lottery: You can bring as many projects as you like to work on and we’ll list them on your Project Tracker during Show ‘n Tell on Thursday night. When you have a finish over the weekend, you’ll get a ring of the bell, check it off your list and we’ll throw your name into the Finished Up Lottery (up to 2 times) for a chance to win your choice of batting or a set of 4 large spools of thread, any weight, and a thread box. A finish could be a cushion cover, a quilt top, binding on a quilt, a finished quilt, etc but it must have been on your list to count.  A finished block won’t cut it! 🙂

Mystery Project Stash Attack! This optional mini-project will be a chance to raid the BNQ Stash to do a mini project that shouldn’t take more than an hour. Note that this cannot be one of the two Finishes for the Finished Up Lottery! 😉

Fat Quarter Dice Swap: This is a fun little game to exchange Fat Quarters. You’ll need to bring three Fat Quarters (18″ x 22″).

Secret Sister: You’ll be assigned another person in the group to be their Secret Sister. The objective is to provide quiet, “secret” encouragement, in the form of very small gifts or notes, throughout the weekend. We’ll provide lots of ideas to get you started. Secret Sisters will be revealed after dinner on Saturday evening.

Machine Servicing: On Thursday, I will be performing Basic Machine servicing (at special Peaks pricing of chf 50) to all who wish to have a little “tune-up” before getting those needles flying!

Clean Machine Tutorial: If you didn’t choose have me do the Basic Machine Maintenance, this short tutorial is to give your machine a good, quick cleaning in preparation for the Quilting Marathon over the weekend. We will cover very basic machine maintenance and clear the cobwebs before getting down to the reason we’re here!

Quilting & Piecing 101: Developed for beginners, on an as needed basis, we’ll give a short introduction to piecing basics, including quick cut methods with rotary cutters, along with highlighting the basic quilting vocabulary, fabric selection, block construction, quilt styles & quilt finishing options. Optional and open to all levels.


Afternoons are free time. Continue to work on your PhD’s/UFOs/PIGs, start a new project, have a massage, go for a walk. It’s up to you. There’s a hot tub too so be sure to pack your swimming costume! 🙂

Come join us in the Peaks!