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.

It wasn’t until I started the Quilting Gallery site, 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.

Mini Quilt Club

I’m so excited to announce my first Mini Quilt Club. I hope you will join me on this exciting adventure. Each month, I release a new mini quilt pattern to Club members. The Club runs from September 1st 2015 until February 1st 2016.

Mini Quilt Club

2015 Quilt-Along

Our 2015 quilt-along is humming along nicely. While the QAL will finish late November, you can join us at any time. All of the lessons, released to date, are available as instant-download. Just catch up at your own pace, following the lessons in order. I am honoured to teach quilters from around the world how to improve their quilting accuracy while we journey together making the Aiming for Accuracy II quilt.


My Latest Patterns

Friendship Candle Mats Quilting Pattern

Little Gems Pieced Mug Rugs

Free Quilt Block Tutorials

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