Welcome to Mishka’s Playground


I’m Michele Foster a quilt designer, author and teacher from Ottawa, Canada. Many of you might know me as the founder of the Quilting Gallery. I started the Quilting Gallery site in December 2007 as a way to combine my passion for quilting and my work life as a freelance web developer.

I made my first quilt around 1994 at a class in Aurora, Ontario. It was a quillow, which I gave to my parents for Christmas, or to my mom for Mother’s Day. I sure wish I knew about labelling quilts back then, as I’ve forgotten the exact details. I made a few other quilts on my own after that first class before taking a 10-year hiatus from quilting to build my web development business.

It wasn’t until I started the Quilting Gallery site in 2007, that my own quilting journey really took off. Since then, I have been perfecting my quilting skills, trying new techniques, experimenting, learning and coming up with what works best for me.

Since 2012, I have been teaching quilt making online with detailed photo tutorials that are available as PDF files. With my Learn to Quilt Booklets, I have taught hundreds of quilters from around the world. I have also designed and published my own quilting patterns that are available in PDF format for instant download.

My Latest Designs/Patterns

Delightful Stars Quilt-Along

Join the quilting FUN! In 2014, I am teaching my Delightful Stars Quilt to quilters from around the world. Detailed photo tutorials are released each week. This quilt is aimed at the advanced beginner, leaning towards the intermediate quilter. This quilt-along is being hosted on my Quilting Gallery site. You can join at any time and catch up at your own pace.

Delightful Stars Quilt-Along

Booklet: Paper Piecing Tutorial for Beginners

Most recently, I have put together a 29-page Paper Piecing Tutorial for Beginners. Included in this detailed photo tutorial are six paper pieced blocks that finish at 6″ square. Each block has been chosen as it provides a learning opportunity for a specific aspect of paper piecing.


Patchwork Mug Rugs

Learn how to use up your fabric scraps to make your own colourful patchwork fabric with my Patchwork Christmas and Patchwork LOVE mug rug patterns. Each pattern comes complete with two fusible appliqué designs, full size templates and detailed photo instructions.

Patchwork Christmas Mug Rugs


Learn to Quilt Booklets

Learn to Quilt Booklets

In 2012, I taught beginner quilters from around the world how to quilt while we completed the Breezy Beginner’s Sampler Quilt together. The lessons and tutorials have been compiled into a 70-page booklet with detailed step-by-step colour photos.

In 2013, I taught an advanced beginner quilt, Aiming for Accuracy. The lessons, tutorials, tips and resources have been compiled into a 104-page booklet with detailed step-by-step colour photos.