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Finishing Clinic

Bring your projects and  / or questions and join Melanie MacDonald; one of the 7 certified BeColourful teachers in the world so you can tackle any BeColourful projects, quilted garments or any other sewing project.  Melanie is pleased to offer her expertise and suggestions in many of these areas.  

Quilts, zippers, garments or quilts or take advantage for Melanie's eye for colour and being able to plan out your fabric choices, you won't be disappointed.  

It doesn't matter if you have started a project somewhere else or on your own.  Melanie would love to help guide you towards completion.


Bring your own project and questions

All depends upon your project, bring what you have / need.

The shop will be open if you need to purchase anything.

Sewing Machine
- if you are sewing, bring your machine
- user guide / manual; always good to bring your user guide / manual incase
you run into any problems.
- pedals, power cords

In our classroom at Watergirl Quilt Co, you will be able to enjoy the use of our
- tables; sit / stand mechanical raise and lower
- chairs NOTE: for added comfort bring a seat cushion.
- iron and ironing boards
- cutting mats on large table for cutting 

Complimentary coffee and tea will be available in our kitchenette. Please bring a travel mug or sealed cup to avoid any spillage. Tap water is drinkable.

Machine rentals
Don't feel like bringing your machine with you?  Rental machines are available (limited quantity).  Please contact our store directly to confirm current pricing and availability. 

You may enter via the main door of the store or if someone is in the classroom they can open it’s door to make it easier to bring your things in.   Please note that you will be allowed in prior to the store opening at 9:30 a.m. once the instructor is in the classroom.  We suggest entering via the classroom door where the instructor can let you in while the staff prepares the store for opening.  


Limited parking spots are available in the parking lot at store level.  Please refer to signage to ensure you are NOT parked in a spot that is designated for resident parking.  Free long term town parking is available on the river side of our building, to the left. There is no parking allowed on the Water Street. E-chargers are available within the Shoppers Drug Mart parking lot  
NOTE: there is time limit for the parking in the Shoppers Drug Mart parking lot. 

Cancellation of Classes or Retreats

Should you decide to cancel your registration for an event, class or retreat, you will receive a full credit to a gift card as long as the cancellation is made more than 2 weeks prior to the class date. After that time, you will forfeit your full registration fee.

If you are unable to attend, you do have the option of finding your own replacement participant but Watergirl Quilt Co. will not assist with this or give any fee credit to the original participant. You would be required to email us the name and contact information of your replacement.

For more details on our "Refund policy" please refer to FAQ on our website

Skill Level: Beginner
Skill Details: This is not a specific class, therefore all skill levels welcome
Materials Included: none, bring your own
Instructor: Melanie MacDonald
Instructor Bio: After admiring quilt magazines in grocery stores for years, Melanie finally worked up the courage to make her first one in 1998. She had a borrowed sewing machine and absolutely no knowledge of quilting, whatsoever. The results were predictably disastrous, yet she was completely and immediately hooked. In the twenty-five years since she has become an extremely adept and ambitious quilter, always willing and excited to try new techniques and tools. What started as a hobby has turned into a lifelong passion. Melanie is always making quilts, talking about quilts, admiring quilts, looking at patterns, petting fabric, going to quilt shows, or packing to go on retreats with friends who are equally obsessed passionate about quilting. There is only one thing Melanie enjoys as much as quilting and that is encouraging others in their pursuit of the art. As a former corporate workshop facilitator, Melanie strives to create a learning atmosphere that is welcoming, fun, and encouraging. She wants all students to leave her courses feeling empowered and proud of their efforts. While she enjoys teaching all forms of quilting, her favourite by far is paper piecing the BeColourful way. She saw her first BeColourful quilt online in 2011 and became determined to one day make them all! She has attended several of Jacqueline?s courses and is extremely proud and honoured to be one of 7 Authorized BeColourful Teachers in the world and one of 3 in Canada. Melanie and her dog, Bobbin, live in Ottawa, Ontario. Follow her on Instagram at Sewcial_ambition

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Included Materials



This class cannot be purchased online. Please contact the store for more information.