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Fresh Fabric Friday

February 20, 2015
Posted by: Pam

We’ve unpacked a lot of fresh fabric in the last few weeks.

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Clockwise from top left: Folk Song from Anna Maria Horner for Freespirit; Franklin from Denyse Schmidt for Freespirit; Milk, Sugar and Flower from Penny Rose; and a fun novelty print from Riley Blake.

Take a look at the collections and leave a comment telling me which print you are most excited about. There may be a yard of fabric in the mail for one lucky commenter!

Feb 23 —Giveaway is now closed. A winner was chosen at random, and Carol is getting a yard of Folk Song this week.

February WIP

February 18, 2015
Posted by: Sharyn

This month is flying by but I’m not so much looking at the ‘to be done’ list as feeling a sense of accomplishment at a couple of completed projects.

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The first is a quilt that I pieced a year ago and then put it aside, discouraged because I ran out of the tonal white. The blue batiks were collected from too many shops to even remember. For a woman who quilts, the store bought blue coverlet on my bed is a little embarrassing, so out came the top and Kona white came to the rescue. The piano keys were tedious because I only had bits and pieces of blue left, thankfully enough to make the border. I used a variegated blue thread for the quilting (and I don’t usually like dark thread on light fabric), a feather and scroll pattern to soften the big white spaces and splurged with a silk batting. This quilt took 9 bobbins of thread and many hours on the long arm. However did people hand quilt queen size quilts?  I am in awe of anyone who still hand quilts large projects.

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The second project I completed was a simple one that I had seen on Pinterest.  I started with a mini charm pack from the Gardenvale collection and chose a soft grey and teal.  It was fun to piece, went together quickly and I tried a new chevron pattern for the quilting.  I also used a great wide backing called Text in White.  This top would be great in so many different color combos.

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And a quick peek at my red/white&black project for February from a book called Sew In Red that Pam brought in to share with us.  It is pieced but not yet quilted. I used Kona Chinese Red and one of my favorite black & white prints —Midnight Train from Tamara Kate’s Origami Oasis.  This is a baby quilt but could easily be adapted to a bigger size.  It took an hour to cut and an hour to piece.  Zebras — I love them.

As we were filling orders today we remarked on a really nice selection of fabric that someone had ordered.  We always wonder the finished projects will look like, so be sure to use your social media of choice to share photos with us!

 

February Newsletter

February 13, 2015
Posted by: Pam

… a tad bit late. Never mind, there are still lots of great deals in the shop this month!

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Find some new project ideas for 2015 — or share with some friends.

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Anna Maria Horner’s Pretty Potent collection is on sale at $8 /yard; the cozy flannels from the same collection are on sale at $10 /yard.

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Short on basics ? These Pearl Bracelets from Lizzy House are a modern standard, and are on sale at $10 /yard in February. There are 2 different bundles — light and dark (shown), as well as yardage of most the colours.

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And last, but not least, we are running the Kona stash builder again this year. Every month we feature one of the spectrums, with 10% off bundles and coordinating yardage. Peony is the choice for February — from pale flesh to deep pomegranate, and all shades of melon and pink in between.

WIP Wednesday – Laura’s Finished Foldover Wristlet Clutch

February 11, 2015
Posted by: Laura

With QuiltCon fast approaching, I’ve been busy trying to get as much wardrobe and accessory sewing in as possible.  Needless to say, I board the plane in 8 days and still have a sewing wishlist a mile long I’d like to complete before I leave.  Slowly but surely, progress is being made.

One item I’ve been wanting to make for a long time is a bag.  I’ve had the Anna Maria Horner Art Student Tote on my list for at least 2 years and finally have gathered all of the supplies I need (D-rings, separating zippers, denim zippers, interfacing and, of course, fabric).  I actually have so many fabric options accumulated over the years that I could probably make myself at least five Art Student Totes.  The other supplies that can be a little trickier to find like zippers and D-rings I actually special ordered right here from Mad About Patchwork, so if you’ve got a project you’ve been holding off on because of hard-to-find items, be sure to talk to Pam.

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I’m hoping my Art Student Tote will be on my finished list by Tuesday of next week, but in the meantime I was able to use one of my favourite prints from Melody Miller’s Playful line (the viewfinders, of course) to put together this leather accented foldover clutch with selvedge wristlet.  Some parts were a little tricky and there was a lot of needle switching between regular needles and leather needles, but the end result was completely worth it.  There’s already been enough interest in a foldover wristlet clutch class at Waffle Kisses Studio for March or April, so be sure to stay tuned for more info.

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I used a D-ring and swivel hook to create my wristlet strap and a 9″ navy denim zipper for the opening.  I love professional the look the metal hardware lends to the bag.  The leather scraps came from my good friend Katy over at Lethargic Lass.  Thanks to her, I’m hooked on sewing with leather.  With the right tools and a few test runs, my problems with leather were nothing more than a skipped stitch here or there, which I’m going to blame mostly on my wanting to go too fast.

Is anyone else getting on a plane for Austin next week? If you see me and my clutch at QuiltCon, be sure to say hi.  I’d love to meet you!

Laura

 

 

quilting plans for 2015

January 28, 2015
Posted by: Sharyn

 

Happy New Year! Hard to believe that this is the last week of January. It’s my least favorite month of the whole year so I’m never sorry to see it draw to a close.
In addition to the usual New Year’s resolutions (eat healthier, get more exercise, be a kinder person, blah, blah, blah), I made some quilting resolutions that I’ve spent the month trying to adhere to. Biggest one is to finish some projects from last year before I start with anything new in 2015.  It is so hard to resist the new fabric collections arriving every week in the shop.  My favorite at the moment is Doe by Carolyn Friedlander – now what pattern will I make with these fresh beautiful fabrics.

WIP:  I started this small I Spy quilt for my grandson last fall, then put it aside for the busy Christmas season.

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I wanted to make the back into a tic-tac-toe game using this lovely Cotton&Steel arrow print:

 

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Believe it or not the math in making this simple back was a challenge! I wanted the nine squares to be the same size but also needed to add the extra inches to allow for securing it to the long arm machine and at the same time I was trying to be efficient in the use of fabric.  It did all come together eventually and was a quick project to quilt.  Hopefully you can see the very fun gecko design that I used.

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What 5 year old wouldn’t love it?  This week I’m going to quilt some “X” and “O” squares using two Kona solids, maybe just fray the edges of each to keep it simple.

Hoping also to sew pj’s and a nightgown this week, fabric also purchased  last fall.  Then quite possibly I might start my first new 2015 quilt project.  Something in red, white and black – perfect for February, don’t you think?

Stay warm and healthy!

Sharyn

 

 

WIP – Kaisa’s FIRST Quilt!

January 23, 2015
Posted by: Kaisa

“If I stitch fast enough, does it count as aerobic exercise?”

Happy new year! I hope your 2015 has started off being sew busy with lots of quilting.

I’m very excited to show you my first quilt. It’s a simple strip quilt made with a jelly roll of Tula Pink’s Fox Field. I have a friend whose favourite colours are purple and “rainbow”, plus she nurses an obsession for her pet rabbit, so she sprang to mind as soon as I spotted this lovely collection.

 

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As it turns out, sewing my jelly roll quilt was so easy that I spent more time considering patterns and laying out the order of the strips than actually sewing the quilt top.

For the backing I chose Ivory minky (Dimple Dot Fleece). OH MY is it ever soft and cozy.

 

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Unfortunately, I didn’t review how to do binding before sewing mine on… And made the mistake of leaving my tails at a corner, rather than along an edge. So, that needs to be fixed. Woe is me, binding takes me ages. I tried watching tv while stitching, but I end up spending more time watching the screen than my sewing. I need some suggestions – what do you you like to do while you bind?

Fortunately, I have a tool that is speeding up my binding process. I absolutely adore my rainbow of Wonder Clips! I much prefer them over pinning my binding down.
They’re quick, easy, and fun to look at. ;)

 

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I went to Sharyn for the quilting. She was so helpful with finding the best pattern to complement the quilt top. The all-over feather design brings everything together, and even matches the shapes in some of the prints. How serendipitous.

 

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Thanks for letting me share my pride and excitement with you!
I’m so eager to attach a label and give this to Allie!

Another year .. another quilt (or two)

January 19, 2015
Posted by: Pam

I’ll be out at the Almonte guild tonight to talk about quilting intentions for the New Year. I did something similar last year for the OMQG and posted about it here.

Tonight’s talk will touch on a lot of the same themes … organizing, finding time, learning, finishing, sharing, having fun. Did I miss anything?

I’ve got a few new links for things happening online this year. The host for the Finish-A-Long 2015 is Adrienne at On The Windy Side, and a Year of Lovely Finishes continues to be hosted by Melissa at Sew Bitter Sweet. Leanne at She Can Quilt and Nicky at Mrs. Sew and Sow started a link up for scrap quilters; look for the Scraptastic Tuesday linky party at both blogs on the second Tuesday of the month.

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This pink and white postage stamp was my scrap quilt finish from 2014; 200 — 2.5″ pink squares cut from scraps with alternating white squares made this pretty quilt.

While doing my research I came across The Bee Hive at Blossom Heart Quilts. The Bee Hive is a new year-long series of quilt block tutorials (2 each month) that are perfect for quilting bees.

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Another finish from 2014 — the String X Bee Quilt. I want to thank my bee mates — Lisa, Patti, Sheila, M-R, Anne-Marie, Chelsea,Shena, Carly, Dominique, Jaclyn, and Janet for their help in piecing these blocks. I’ve bowed out of the group for this year, but I had a lot of fun sewing blocks for everyone this past year.

My friend Lorna over at Sew Fresh Quilts has just started a new quilt along — and she assures me there is no paper-piecing involved! Lorna’s quilt is being made in Northcott solids, but I’m sure we can find some Kona equivalents if you’re interested in joining Lorna’s Elephant Parade.

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I finished a lot of UFO’s last year, but I did not finish my City Sampler quilt (started 2013). I made some progress though, with the blocks done and the sashing started. It’s definitely a contender for first finish of 2015.

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I’ve picked a Kona grey for the sashing – it might be Steel, or Medium Grey. Anyway, it seems to be working with all the blocks, and it’s so satisfying to see them framed so nicely, each one a little work of art!

And because it’s a new year, I wanted a new project to dive into at yesterday’s OMQG first sew-in of the year.

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How about an easy strip quilt in a rainbow of saturated colours? I’m using a jelly roll in Fancy by Lily Ashbury with Kona White sashing, and the Skinny Strips free pattern from All People Quilt. And in spite of all the chatting and socializing, I managed to get a good start on this one.

What’s on your quilting horizon for 2015?

What’s Happening at Waffle Kisses Studio in January and February

January 14, 2015

Can you believe 2015 is already here and it’s the start of a new year, new beginnings and a whole new list of things to make and try? Why not let this be the year you learn something new, make some time for yourself and invest in you? January and February at Waffle Kisses Studio are full of classes and workshops of all types and there’s something for everyone.  Classes are filling up quickly, so sign up while early bird pricing is in effect and save.  Available spaces and dates are subject to change based on registrations.

JANUARY WORKSHOPS – ADULTS AND KIDS

Sew With Me Pillow Case (Ages 5-8 with Adult) - Sunday, January 18th - 9:30 - 11:30 am - All Levels
Sew With Me Classes for kids ages 5-8 (accompanied by an adult) are always popular and this month’s is no different.  With only 2 spots left, you’ll need to sign up quickly to reserve yours. The Sew With Me Pillowcase Class is scheduled for Sunday, January 18th from 9:30 to 11:30 am.  Choose “1” at checkout for each child/adult pair.

MOTHER/FATHER AND DAUGHTER/SON APPLIQUED DRAWSTRING BAG (AGES 9-12 + ADULT)

The Appliqued Drawstring Bag is a workshop designed especially to give moms or dads the chance to work on something special alongside their daughter or son.  Each parent and child will take home a finished product.  The workshop is scheduled for January 18th from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.

MODERN COLOUR THEORY FOR QUILTERS

This popular workshop is back once again and is perfect for modern quilters who want to expand or play with colour or who find their stash is in a rut.  If you want to break free of your normal palette and feel confident in your colour choices, the Modern Colour Theory for Quilters Workshop will teach you to mix and match, and give purpose and emotion to your quilts. Workshop is scheduled for Sunday, January 18th from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.

FEBRUARY CLASSES

BY LAND OR BE SEA QUILT TOP

If curves have you thrown for a loop and this is the year you’d like to conquer them, then the By Land or By Sea Quilt Top class will help you do just that. In this two-part class you’ll complete a quilt top and learn valuable skills needed to break out of straight-line sewing. Class is scheduled for Wednesdays, February 4th and 11th from 6:30 to 9:30 pm.  Early bird pricing is $50 + materials until January 31st. Only 2 spots left.

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January Sales Alert

January 12, 2015
Posted by: Pam

January can get mighty cold in these parts, so it’s always a good idea to bundle up. And an even better idea when that means savings on your favourite fabrics!

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Our Bundle Up sale is running all month long, and lets you save 20% on all in stock designer and stash bundles WHILE QUANTITIES LAST.

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We also have these pretty Sunrise and Sunset Kona rolls on sale at 20% off. And January is your last chance to stock up on Kona at $8 /yard. As of February 1 2015 our regular price on Kona will go up to $9 /yard. We will still be featuring our spectrum bundles monthly, so you will still have a chance to save on Kona throughout the year.

Specials

The monthly specials include Far Far Away at $8 /yard, Oval Elements from Art Gallery at $10 /yard and Marcia Derse Palette at $10 /yard.

Others odds and ends are on sale too … including selected patterns and kits, as well as clearance fabrics from as low as $6 /yard. You can browse all the sale items here.

 

What I’ve been up to …

January 7, 2015
Posted by: Pam

It seems a while since I posted a WIP report, and looking back it’s been two months since I last blogged about my efforts at the sewing machine. I managed to get quite a few smaller projects completed for Christmas giving — simple French Seam pillowcases, infinity scarves and wine bottle totes have all been gifted with no photo evidence.

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I did manage a couple of pics of our boxer short party — Kaisa, Sharyn, Bonnie + myself got together to sew for some of the men in our lives. We were all smitten by the Monkey Tales that showed up early in December. Sharyn provided a delicious dinner before we got started, and then we headed over to the loft for our sewing session. It was a nice way to unwind during a hectic holiday season  …

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Remember these?

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I finished the sashing for the Color Therapy quilt, and between Sharyn and my mom it’s been quilted and bound, and is now on display in the loft.

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This twin-size quilt may eventually find a permanent home on one of our beds at home — I’m still loving the color combinations in this big block quilt!

I also managed to sneak a little sewing time in between Christmas and New Year. These abandoned blocks turned up while sorting through some scraps while my mom was visiting. I made them from Ashley’s quartered square tutorial at Film In The Fridge ages ago, but wasn’t thrilled with the colours I chose. So they’ve sat in a box until now, and have been rescued as a project for Victoria’s Quilts Canada.

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And now I think it doesn’t look half bad!

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