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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

Blogger Bundle – The Q and the U

March 9, 2015
Posted by: Pam

This week is the first in a monthly feature of Canadian blogger bundles. It will showcase talented sewists and quilters across the country, and the fabrics they like to work with. First up is Riel Nason in Quispamsis, New Brunswick. Riel blogs over at The Q and The U.

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1. When and why did you start blogging?

I started blogging on March 18, 2010 (I just checked). So as it turns out, the giveaway will almost coincide with the 5th anniversary of the blog — kind of fun. I started blogging not long after I started quilting. I am a self-taught quilter and learned almost everything by looking for information online. I thought having a blog would be a fun way to share my progress.

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

I have lots of favourites, but it’s my selvage quilts that I have the most fun with. Here’s a nice snowy favourite — my selvage snowman.

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3. What was the inspiration for this bundle?

This bundle is all about girly fun. I have a 7 year-old daughter (who got her own sewing machine for Christmas I may add) and her room is that pretty magenta colour in some of the fabrics in the bundle. I saw the butterfly fabric first and loved it. Then it was all about finding coordinates that matched colour-wise and theme-wise. I am planning on making a big oversized pillow for her bedroom with it. I think it is a bundle that a lot of people could make something beautiful with!

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Would you like a chance to win Riel’s beautiful bundle? Head over to her blog to leave a comment before Thursday, March 12. She’ll announce the winner on Friday. It’s also available in limited quantity to buy in the shop, just in case you don’t win.

Fresh Fabric Friday

March 6, 2015
Posted by: Pam

Busy week, lots of fabric to unwrap. Let’s get to it.

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This week’s focus is on some smaller collections or stand-alone prints that I couldn’t resist. Clockwise from upper left: Rhapsody Bop — AdornIt; Sun Print (2104) — Alison Glass; Nomad — Urban Chicks; Distrikt — Erin McMorris; Feed Company — Sweetwater; Paris Map — Moda.

If you find any (or all) of these prints irresistable, leave a comment and you may win a yard of your favourite. I’ll pick a winner after the weekend.

Mar 10 — The giveaway is now closed. Congrats to this week’s winner, Kari S.

So long, February

March 2, 2015
Posted by: Pam

And good riddance! I am more than happy to see the last of February (day after day of bone-chilling cold weather takes a toll.) I didn’t even manage an escape to QuiltCon this year, although I was happy to follow along on social media. NOT quite the same as being there though. As a small compensation to those who couldn’t go, and those who went but found the exchange rate hard to take, it’s free shipping until March 14!

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February also saw Kaisa leave to start a new job. Kaisa had been working with me for almost 10 months, and her help and contagious enthusiasm have been greatly missed these past few weeks. We both knew the arrangement was temporary, and it lasted longer than I had hoped. In the end, the offer of a full-time position in professional office was too good for Kaisa to turn down. As hard as it was to say goodbye, I wish her all good things in her future.

And so I find myself looking for a new team member. It’s a part-time position, 2 or 3 days a week. I’ve put together a job posting, so if you or anyone you know might be interested, please let me know. I look forward to hearing from you.

 

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

 

 

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