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WIP Wednesday

September 17, 2014
Posted by: Kaisa

Thank you all so much for your warm welcome and enthusiastic encouragement!

A month has passed since my intro post… And I am ashamed to say I haven’t done any sewing. I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for some relaxing Autumn evenings with a cup of hot tea, an array of beautiful fabrics, and a sewing machine.

Therefore, it’s time to set a goal. My friends Andrea and Matt are soon to have their first baby – due November 25th! I’d really like to make a baby quilt for their child, and would like to complete it by Christmas.



Andrea has suggested a blue/green colour palette. Here’s my fabric selection so far. I’ll likely remove a few – do any stand out to you? Marcia Derse’s Palette in Spruce (seen the bottom) would be used for negative space.



I might also get one of our Stash Bundles in Green-Blue and use a few of those prints.



The next challenge is to find a pattern. Pam has a gorgeous yellow baby quilt made with a free Quilt Along Pattern from Fat Quarterly.

Do you have any suggested simple patterns for me? A favourite baby quilt?

Until next time…

Grand Opening Celebration

September 16, 2014
Posted by: Pam

Mad ABout Patchwork loft

We thought it might  be time for a public celebration of the move to our new loft space. It’s bright and airy, with lots of room to move around which makes it a perfect for a crowd. The party is planned for Saturday, September 20 from 10—4 and we’re hoping you can make it.

Grand Opening invitation

Laura from Waffle Kisses Studio will be here in the morning to answer any questions you might have about her class schedule, and you may have a chance to sew on one of the machines in the studio.

I’ll be posting more details on Friday for our online guests, but in the meantime, consider yourself invited!

(address is 2477 Huntley Road in Stittsville)

Algonquin Autumn

September 15, 2014
Posted by: Pam


The weather has turned quite chilly here and it’s definitely feeling like summer has ended. The Canoes from the Feather River collection inspired this Monday Mosaic, teamed with rich golds and blues. An autumn palette that suits the still sunny but shorter days and evokes the beauty of September in a northern Ontario park.

(Edited – I forgot to mention this week’s bundle is featured at 20% off through until next Monday)

A Tale of Two Festivals

September 11, 2014
Posted by: Pam

It’s a great weekend to be in Ottawa if you’re in a festival frame of mind.

You can take a drive to Almonte where the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum is hosting it’s 19th annual Fibrefest. At three locations—the Museum, the Almonte Arena, and the Almonte Curling Club—visitors will find demonstrations, vendors, and exhibits—a full two-day festival of fibre arts! Local guilds will demonstrate spinning, knitting, weaving, rug hooking, lacemaking, smocking and quilting. Vendors include spinners, weavers, and fibre artists from across the province, as well as quilt shops and alpaca farms. Frances Taylor of Ottawa and Reiko Sudo of Tokyo are the featured artists.


Kaisa has organized our remnants into a work of art for the show!

The Ottawa Folk Festival is on this weekend as well. Tom and I made it out last night to enjoy some music and atmosphere before the rain started. I splurged on passes for the whole weekend, so we’re planning to soak up a lot more music in the next few days. Kaisa and I are tag-teaming between the two events — she’ll be in the booth Saturday while I’m enjoying the music; switching for Sunday. Fingers crossed for good weather both days.

Have a great weekend wherever you are!

Laura’s Oliver + S Fairy Tale Dress

September 10, 2014
Posted by: Laura

On Sunday we celebrated my daughter’s third birthday with a fabulous outdoor party on a lovely day. She likes pink.  She likes horses.  She likes sprinkles, and we had it all.  The main highlight, other than our beautiful girl of course, was her dress.  I used the Oliver + S Fairy Tale Dress Pattern (View A) and put it together with some spectacular Heather Ross Far Far Away Unicorns in purple.  I’ve made some other Oliver + S patterns before and I love that they are easy to follow, well explained and have lots of diagrams to check as you go along.  The dress is fully lined and features gathered tulip sleeves, a fitted bodice, gathered skirt, accent belt and peter pan collar.


Although it took longer than anticipated, it was all worth it.  And now she has a unicorn dress found in the best of fairy tales. I’m already wondering if next year I can convince her to have an Alice in Wonderland tea party and make her another of these in blue…Only time will tell!


Flora and Fauna

September 8, 2014
Posted by: Pam

Flora+Fauna Curated Bundle

Who can resist a fantasy camping trip with Tula Pink? This week’s mosaic features  Forest Frivolity from Tula’s latest collection. The silver – grey is elegant with pops of vibrant tangerine and fuschia. Save 20% all week on Flora and Fauna.

On Sale in September

September 4, 2014
Posted by: Pam


We’ve added more than 50 new items to the sale section — including Wee Wander, Helen’s Garden, White on White Basics and more. From as low as $6 /yard, find them all here while they last.


This month’s featured Stash bundle is the fiery red orange shown above; save 20% on the bundle of 10 fat quarters.


The Kona spectrum for September is Market Green. Stock up with 10% off yardage, or save 20% on a bundle of 16 fat quarters.

September Projects — Pam

September 3, 2014
Posted by: Pam

Pink postage stamp quilted

This one is just back from quilting by Krista — I still need to add the binding. Scrappy, I think. It’s a little one so it shouldn’t take long.

Plaintain shirt unfinished

My Plaintain shirt is nearly done. Laura and I got together one night to work on these, and it went together nicely. Only problem is that at 5’7″ I am slightly above average in height and the shirt is a bit short for my taste. Laura suggested I add a band to the bottom and I still need to do that. Next time I would lengthen the pattern pieces to get the fit I want.

I also had a sewing day with Bonnie to work on my Schoolhouse Tunic which was a great success. No pics but I have worn it to work a few times, and have plans to make another. CitySample More Blocks

I made some progress on this long-standing project (Tula Pink’s City Sampler). I finished 16 blocks on the long weekend and now have enough (70) to make my quilt. I am so excited to see this one come together!

Crossover Bag

I picked up a pattern for a simple cross body bag to take to the Ottawa Folk Festival later this month.  I haven’t decided on fabric .. maybe the Mochi Dot in Charcoal?

Until next time …


Sew Canadian – August 31st

August 31, 2014
Posted by: Laura

It’s our final week of the tour and it’s been a blast, but all good things must come to an end (or so they say).  Don’t forget that this is the last day to add pics of your own sewing space to our Sew Canadian Flickr Group for your chance to win an Ombre Sewing Studio Kit AND pattern.  This week we’re featuring our very own Pam of Mad About Patchwork and Laura of Waffle Kisses. Be sure to stop over at their blogs and say hi!

First today on the tour is our very own Pam @Mad About Patchwork.

1.     What do you like most about your space?
I really love the natural light in the room; even though I could set up in the basement with a lot more space I’m happier up here in a cozy space with the sun shining in on me.

2.     If you could change one thing about your space, what would it be?
I would like to add some shelves to hold my small-ish stash. A real splurge would be a sewing table with a recessed space for my machine.

3.     When do you find the most time to sew and when are you most creative?
Evenings and weekends are when I can find time to sew, often just 15 or 20 minutes at a stretch. I’m a morning person and so am most creative earlier in the day.

4.     Do you listen to music or podcasts, watch tv or movies while sewing or do you prefer silence?
When I’m in my sewing room I can hear the TV in the family room from one side and the kids (young adults!) from the other. If I happen to have the house to myself for a couple of hours I usually just enjoy the silence.

5.     What’s your favourite sewing snack and/or drink?
Diet coke, and sometimes tea. I wander into the kitchen for snacks, and can’t resist fresh from the oven chocolate chip cookies baked by one of my children.
6.     What kind of machine do you sew on and how many machines do you have?
Just one machine, a 6 year old Janome QC 6260.

7. Does your machine(s) have a name? What is it?
No, I haven’t named it.

8. What are the tools you couldn’t live without?
Just the basics really … rotary cutter, mat and ruler and of course my seam ripper! I do have a number of square rulers in different sizes which I like for cutting smaller pieces and squaring up blocks. And I love my clear scrapbooking storage cases from Michael’s which are great for keeping my projects organized.

9. What advice or tips and tricks do you have for others when first setting up or modifying a sewing space?
Take whatever corner of the house you can find and make it work. You don’t need a lot of money or fancy furniture to make a functional sewing space.

10. If you could pack up and move your space anywhere in the world, where would it be?

I would come to your house for the day. Prairies, oceans, mountains, lakes, urban oasis … it’s not where you are it’s who you’re with. I have come to realize that I really like communal sewing, and would love to sit and sew with you for a day!






And to finish off our tour, we have Laura @Waffle Kisses.


1. What do you like most about your space?
I like that I can share it with my family during the day and sneak away to it at night.  It’s both a shared space and an oasis.  I also love that it’s part of a large, open space, even though it is in the basement.  For me, it’s definitely a step up from sewing at the dining table and always having to move everything.

2. If you could change one thing about your space, what would it be?
I would have my machine set into my table.  It’s on the to-do list, but hasn’t quite happened yet.  At this point in my life, I like everything being out in the open so I can sew while the kids play.

3. When do you find the most time to sew and when are you most creative?
I’m a night owl by nature and am definitely most creative at night.  I do sew during the day, but it’s usually out of necessity.  After the sun goes down is when the creativity really starts to flow.  I usually have to force myself to go to bed well past midnight.

4. Do you listen to music or podcasts, watch tv or movies while sewing or do you prefer silence?
I usually have Netflix or a movie on in the background.  I like to “watch” things I’ve seen many times before so it doesn’t matter if I miss something.  When I’m sewing, my back is to the tv, so it’s a given that I won’t catch everything.  One of my go-to’s is You’ve Got Mail.

5. What’s your favourite sewing snack and/or drink?
I always have something to drink with me.  If it’s during the day, a nice cup of coffee or tea.  At night, the contents of the mug depend on the season.  Wine or coffee with Bailey’s are always a treat.  I’d never turn down chocolate, either.

6. What kind of machine do you sew on and how many machines do you have?
I sew on a Husqvarna Opal 670, my one and only machine. In the future, I have dreams of having more than one, but for now, it mostly gets the job done.

7. Does your machine(s) have a name? What is it?
Her name alternates between Helga and Ingrid, depending on her performance or lack thereof.  I haven’t quite settled on which one it should be yet.  I feel like if I go with Helga, maybe she’ll be angry with me and act out in rebellion.

8. What are the tools you couldn’t live without?
Of course there is the obligatory rotary cutter and mat, but I love my Frixion markers for marking just about anything and find that my pinking shears come in handy.

9. What advice or tips and tricks do you have for others when first setting up or modifying a sewing space?
Start with an initial plan or idea, but don’t be afraid to let things evolve organically.  When the space is allowed to grow a little on its own and change according to your needs, you’ll be much happier with it in the end.  Make the space, whatever it is, work for you.

10. If you could pack up and move your space anywhere in the world, where would it be?
I’d pack up and steal away to a lovely cabin in Vermont.  I can’t get enough of that place, especially in the fall.





That marks the end of our Sew Canadian summer tour, folks.  We’re so glad you’ve made the trip with us. We’ve had a lot of fun and traveled some of Canada’s most creative sewing spaces.  Thanks to everyone for following along!


August 29, 2014
Posted by: Laura

It’s our last Flickr Friday of the summer holidays and we’ve got rain, lots and lots of rain, in the forecast.  On the bright side, though, when there’s rain, there’s usually a rainbow.  And even if one doesn’t appear, we can all pretend while we sit inside and admire this rainbow volume creation from this week’s winner, Adrienne Klenck @ Chezzetcook Modern Quilts.


I’m fairly certain this would brighten anyone’s rainy day.  Congratulations, Adrienne!  And for everyone else, don’t forget to keep uploading your pics to our Flickr group.  Happy sewing and have a fabulous long weekend, rain or shine.

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