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Fresh Fabric Friday

May 15, 2015
Posted by: Pam


It’s a long weekend here in Canada — officially celebrating Queen Victoria’s birthday! For many Canadians it marks the unofficial start of summer, with campgrounds booked and garden centers overflowing. I’ll be at the garden center and working in the yard to try and whip my garden into shape.

Naturally this week’s fabric picks celebrate flowers … in three different styles. We’ve got — from left to right — Romantic (Milk, Sugar, and Flower from Penny Rose); Flirty (The Sweet Life by Pat Sloan); Modern (Elizabeth by Tula Pink). I’ve paired each floral with a coordinate from the same collection.

For a chance to win some fabric this weekend, leave me a comment with your favourite floral style (romantic, flirty or modern).  I’ll pick a winner at random early in the week; the winner will get 2 coordinating half yard peices of their floral favourite.

Here’s to Queen Victoria, and the first long weekend of the season!

Edited May 22 – the giveaway is now closed, #52 is a winner. Congrats to Carol.

Let the show begin!

May 7, 2015
Posted by: Pam

Last minute sewing on the weekend (pat on the back for me). Long-arm quilting on Monday (thanks Sharyn). Cutting and packaging up a storm in the loft (thanks Maureen). Hanging sleeves being sewn on right now (thanks Mom). More last-minute sample sewing (thanks Laura and Monika). If you’re thinking we must be getting ready for the OVQG show this weekend you’re right!



There are a couple of weekend specials you might want to take advantage of whether you can make it to the show or not. All 10″ squares (layer cakes) have been marked down 20%. And the linen/cotton Mochi dots are marked down 25%. Now thru Sunday May 10.Mochi-bundle.

Happy Mother’s Day to all you moms out there, and enjoy the weekend wherever you are!



Blogger Bundle — She Can Quilt

May 4, 2015
Posted by: Pam

The next blogger bundle in the series comes from Leanne Chahley in Edmonton, Alberta. Leanne blogs at  She Can Quilt, and is one of the hosts (along with Nicky of Mrs. Sew and Sow) of Scraptastic Tuesday on the second Tuesday of every month.


When and why did you start blogging?

I started blogging on March 12, 2011, which is just over 4 years ago. I joined an internet quilt along and started making a lot of friends who blogged. So I thought I would just give blogging a try, and I never looked back. Blogging, for me, is a wonderful way to make and keep internet friends, chronicle my quilting journey, and to share what I have learned with others.

What is one of your favourite finished projects?


I always say that I love the project I am working on right now the most. However, today I will say Breathe. I have been working on a series of these minimalist circle quilts for a couple of years now and there are more in my head to make. While I was making Breathe, the process, the colours, the design all reminded me to breathe and just be in this moment, not to let the stresses of life overwhelm, which was exactly what I needed at that time. I am hoping that Breathe captures a feeling of lightness and calm.

What was the inspiration for the bundle?

I wanted to put together a bundle that was aqua and navy with lots of low volume greys and blacks. I had in mind to make a baby quilt that was soft and sweet with colours that would work for both genders. The bundle is lovely to work with on it’s own, as I have been doing this past month, or one could easily augment it with a splash of colour, like say mustard.


Be sure to check out Leanne’s blog — you can see how to make the beautiful baby quilt she made with the bundle, and also enter for a chance to win the bundle there too.

Fresh Fabric Friday

May 1, 2015
Posted by: Pam


This week’s fresh fabric picks are all about triangles. Clockwise from top left: Happy Stripes in Cloud (Happy Sunshine by Keiki); Sharp in Yarrow (Doe by Carolyn Friedlander); Mojave Sand (Morning Walk by Leah Duncan); Apricot Sunstone (Prisma Elements from Art Gallery Fabrics).

The Prisma Elements come in 12 yummy shades, and we’ve bundled them up for you as a terrific stash builder.


Leave a comment for a chance to win 1 yard of  your favourite triangle fabric in the shop. I’ll pick a winner at random later in the week.

(Edited May 6) Giveaway is now closed. Winner is #32 – May (how appropriate is that!)

Anniversary savings on Moda

April 22, 2015
Posted by: Pam

Anniversary Sale Week 4

It’s the final week in our month-long anniversary celebration. This week it’s a Moda party, with 20% off selected Moda yardage and pre-cuts. You’ll need to use the promo code MODA20 at checkout to get the savings! Sale runs until the end of the month.

Anniversary Sale — $6 a yard

April 15, 2015
Posted by: Pam

Anniversary Sale Week 3


One week only. Denyse Schmidt, Tula Pink, Parson Gray and Anna Maria Horner have joined the celebration! Find them here … while they last.



Save on Cotton + Steel

April 8, 2015
Posted by: Pam

Anniversary Sale Week 2


The party continues this week with 20% off all Cotton + Steel — basics, Spring + Fall 2014 collections, cotton linens, lawns and double gauze! Coupon is valid until April 15th.

Blogger Bundle — Sew Fresh Quilts

April 6, 2015
Posted by: Pam

The second blogger in our series is Lorna McMahon in Bluevale, Ontario. Lorna blogs at Sew Fresh Quilts; you will find tutorials, quilt alongs, Top 10 Tips, and lots of other great things over there.


1. When and why did you start blogging?

I began blogging on Christmas Eve 2012. Why? I wanted to connect with people. And I am so glad that I did. Quilting and blogging about it has given me the opportunity to make new friends from all over the world. The online quilting community has become a welcoming and supportive safe haven for me. Joining in has been such an uplifting and life changing experience!

Sew Fresh Quilts


2. What is one of your favourite projects that you’ve finished?

That is a hard one to answer… But I really enjoyed making this Butterfly table runner this spring.


3. What was your inspiration for this bundle?

Spring! Spring was just on my doorstep when I made my choices for this bundle. I chose fabrics that were fresh and light. The low volume prints Perched Birds and Chatter from the Rhapsody Bop collection were my first choices. The Fresh Cut Tulip Field in Coconut seemed to be a natural fit to that mix. The Fresh Cut Sweet Pea in Celery adds the look of fresh spring growth. Biology Plumes in Lavender, Modern Plaid in Pink and Yellow accentuate the purple, pink, and yellow found in the prints. And the Doe Lightning in Grey was added as a neutral to round things out.


Would you like a chance to win Lorna’s beautiful bundle? Head over to her blog to leave a comment before Monday, April 13. She’ll announce the winner next Monday. It’s also available in limited quantity to buy in the shop, just in case you don’t win. Good luck!

Seven years and counting

April 1, 2015
Posted by: Pam

Anniversary in April (4)

It’s hard to believe it’s been seven years. There were maybe 100 bolts of fabric in the basement, and a whole lot of optimism. There’s a lot more fabric now, and still a good dollop of optimism.

I think it’s a good time to recognize the truckload of people who have helped along the way. First, my wonderful husband Tom, a fantastic cheerleader who never wavers in his support of this endeavour. My mom Sandra, who generously offers her time to help me out at the shows, too many times to count now. The 3 lovely children (young adults now) who do their bit to help out at home when I’m busy with work. My friend Bonnie, for coffee chats and sewing days, and sage advice when needed. My staff for the past year, Kaisa and Sharyn, who helped manage the transition from basement to brick and mortar. Friend and associate Laura, who’s vision and style have helped shape the beautiful space we share. And last, but definitely not least, the customers, old and new, who keep this little adventure going.

Thank you all!!

We’re going to celebrate all month long, with a different special every week. And this party is getting started with … cake! Layer cake, that is. With the promo code CAKE20 you will save 20% on all 10″ square pre-cuts in the shop from now until April 8.

Let the celebration begin!




Fresh Fabric Friday

March 20, 2015
Posted by: Pam

Tula Pink’s Elizabeth collection has got to be one of my favourites in the shop right now. The plum palette is in stock, and the brilliant 16th Century Selfie in all three palettes. Pre-cuts aren’t in yet, but should be here in April.


We’ve added another line of solids — Designer Essential Solids from Freespirit — so now it’s easier to find coordinates for your favourite Freespirit designers. There are coordinating solids for Franklin from Denyse Schmidt, Folk Song from Anna Maria Horner, and of course Elizabeth.


Leave a comment for a chance to win your choice of Elizabeth’s 16th Century Selfie and the coordinating stripe (half yard of each). You have to choose a favourite — Tart (left), Sky  (middle) or Plum (right).


And I’ll pick a winner after the weekend!

Edited March 24 — The giveaway is now closed. Congrats to the winner , #37 (Maureen) who picked Sky as her favourite.

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