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Holiday Hours

December 19, 2014
Posted by: Pam


The loft at 2477 Huntley Road will be open for last minute shopping on Monday December 22 and Tuesday December 23 from 10-4. The loft will then close until the New Year, open again on Tuesday January 6. All orders received by noon on December 23 will be shipped before Christmas, and then we’re taking a shipping break until Monday December 29.

Look for our 12 days of Christmas sale online starting December 26 thru January 6.

Sharyn, Kaisa and myself wish you all the best for the holiday season.

WIP Wednesday – Laura’s Sunki Dress for C

December 17, 2014
Posted by: Laura

If you’re like me, you’re in the midst of a frantic Christmas flurry of sewing.  Scissors are snipping, thread is falling and seams are somewhat magically coming together.  I had the best of intentions of making a quilt for C’s big-girl bed, but those intentions have long become a New Year’s resolution, so I settled for a new dress instead.


If you’ve ever made children’s garments before, you’ve probably heard of the pattern company Figgy’s.  I’ve been a fan of them ever since I saw the Scirocco dress online and made one for my little girl’s first birthday.  This Christmas I decided to make the Sunki pattern, which I’ve had my eye on for over two years, and couldn’t imagine it in anything other than Cotton and Steel.  To be honest, the minute I laid eyes on the entire Cotton and Steel collection, my heart went straight to garments and I have at least two more Sunki dresses in C’s future.


The Sunki dress came together quite easily and took one long night of sewing well past midnight plus one morning of hemming the arms and skirt bottom.  I’m glad I did a little research before I put thread to fabric and found that the side panels and pockets have been an issue for some people.  Figgy’s has a great photo tutorial here that helped immensely and made sewing the panels and pockets much less confusing than it could have been.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
I’m pretty in love with this dress.  The only big complaint I share with others is that I wish it was available in an adult size.  I just may have to try to make my own.

Have a Happy Christmas, everyone, and best of luck with all of your sewing!


Pre-Order Gravity

December 16, 2014
Posted by: Pam


The latest BOM from Jaybird Quilts was announced at Quilt Market in October. It’s a stunning explosion of colour on a grey background, and in typical Jaybird fashion, all those amazing angles are created with NO pesky Y-seams! Now available to pre-order in the shop!


The complete quilt kit, including pattern and fabric for top and binding, is expected to arrive here in March; it is available for $219 including free shipping in Canada.


The pattern is expected to arrive in January, and is now available as a pre-order for $29.95.

I Spy

December 15, 2014
Posted by: Pam


Kaisa had the bright idea to feature all the critters in the shop in this week’s bundle. Unicorns and zebras frolic with lions and tigers, monkeys and more. It is a motley collection that would work in an I Spy quilt for a child, or to add to the whimsy section of your stash. Save 20% on the bundle, available only until December 20.

Last minute quick to make gift idea

December 10, 2014
Posted by: Sharyn

If someone you know is getting an e-reader or tablet for Christmas here’s a quick cover that I made for my own tablet.  I  had sewn the sample fabric folders for our recent Handmade for the Holidays event and decided to adapt the pattern to fit this smaller device.




Here are the fabrics that I chose: two fat quarters of linen,
plus a medium-heavy weight interfacing.




Here are the instructions:

1.  Measure the tablet or e-reader.  Mine is pretty standard at 6.5 x 9.5.
From the outside cover fabric (arrows) cut a piece 18 x 11, and four 2.5 squares
(these are used for the corners that hold the tablet in place).
From the inside fabric (brown polka dot) cut one piece 15 x 10.5,
one piece 18 x 1.5 and one piece 10.5 x 1.
From the interfacing cut one piece 14.5 x 10.


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2.  With wrong side up on the outside fabric, press a 3″ fold on the left side and hem the raw edge. Fold the four corner squares on the diagonal and press.  Then, right side out, position the triangles to the inside fabric, starting on the right hand side and matching raw edges.  I used my device to measure the correct spot for the two left hand triangles which is in fact the middle of the fabric. Once again match the raw edges top and bottom.  Baste all four corners in place.




3.  Press the long edges of the 10.5 x 1 piece and place this down the centre covering the raw edges of the two triangles.  Sew down both sides.


4.  Put the two pieces right sides together leaving the flap edge free.  Starting at the flap fold line sew around the other 3 sides.
Clip the corners and turn.  Press and top stitch if you wish.




5.  Insert the piece of interfacing and fold the flap piece over.  I slip stitched the top and bottom edge in place but you could also do this with a top stitch by machine.


6. For the fastening strap I pressed a quarter inch seam and stitched around all sides rather than fussing with turning a stitched tube.  I secured it to the cover with one small row of stitching on the outside spine and added Velcro to each.  Done!


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This really only took one hour to make and
I loved working with this linen.  It was easy to sew and press.

Have fun making your own tablet cover!


Winter Blooms

December 8, 2014
Posted by: Pam


Where in the world does December look like this? (image from Design Seeds) We can get almost any kind of weather here in December, from rain to snow to everything in between. The sky might be sunny, or grey, but you’re unlikely to see such pretty flowers peeking through the snow. If only …

Winter Buds

Winter Blooms is our own mix of greens and purples grounded with great basics like Grunge and Dottie, and a couple of  low volume prints to play with. Need a hit of colour this week? The bundle is available in on sale at 20% until December 14, or while quantities last.

On Sale in December

December 6, 2014
Posted by: Pam

This is a quick post to highlight some of the specials for December …


Empire by Parson Gray for Freespirit  at $8 /yard


Shape of Spring by Eloise Renouf for Cloud 9 at $10 /yard


True Colors from Freespirit at $8 /yard

There are close to 100 bolts in the sale section, from as low as $6 /yard. Find them all here.

Final weekend of Handmade for the Holidays

December 5, 2014
Posted by: Pam

It’s the final weekend for our Handmade for the Holidays sale. The coupon HANDMADE will save you 15% on all flannel, fleece, notions, charms, jelly rolls and kits. Online only please … the loft is NOT open this weekend! Find everything on sale here.


And all orders over $60 include a bonus pincushion — your own Handmade for the Holidays gift from us.

A percentage of our sales for November 28 thru 30 resulted in a donation of $250 to the Ottawa-based Snowsuit Fund. Thanks everyone who came out online and in person to make this happen!

Congrats to the winners of our in-store prizes, Joan and Stephanie, and our on-line winner Phyllis. Joan and Phyllis were the winners of a package that included these:


and this:


And Stephanie was the winner of $50 in long-arm quilting services with Sharyn here in the loft.

Hope your weekend is full and fantastic!

WIP Wednesday – Jersey Knit Scarf

December 3, 2014
Posted by: Kaisa

Yep, you saw that correctly – I made another scarf!
(I kind of have a thing for scarves, can you tell?)

I was searching DIY Scarf videos on YouTube and decided to make
something like the stretchy blue one seen here:

I liked the curled edges, and thought it would be a quick, easy project.

While Laur’s scarf was ‘no-sew’, I wanted to give mine a ‘proper finish’. Since this was my first time handling a knit, I had to start by doing a bit of research. In the end I had to use a regular needle and foot, but I can see how the ball point needle, walking foot, and a serger would all be beneficial.

Of our three jersey knits, I adore NY Circuit in Ashen the most!


ny circuit


To make the scarf, I simply cut off a generous half-yard, trimmed all the sides,
and joined the short edges in a seam.

Creating the scarf was not quite as easy as I anticipated. Knits are tricky. And, the design wasn’t printed precisely perpendicular to the selvedge, so after some fussing I broke down and cut the fabric according to the mat, rather than the design.




My scarf is about 56 inches around, since I used the width of fabric. You can see it’s too big to wear without looping, but twice around is perfectly cozy and sleek.




Well, there you have it: a scarf that is SEW EASY to make!
Definitely a gift that is inexpensive, quick and fun.

Happy holidays, everybody!!


Handmade Giveaway

November 29, 2014
Posted by: Pam

We’ve put together a terrific giveaway package for our Handmade event with help from Katy and Laura.


The cup cozy and earrings were donated by Laura (Waffle Kisses) and Katy (Lethargic Lass) donated that adorable coin purse! Some lovely handmade items to tuck into your own stocking, or maybe share with a friend!


The latest issue of Gen Q magazine is also included, in case you get a chance to put your feet up before, during or after the holidays.


And what would a giveaway be without a little fabric? This time it’s a bundle of fat quarters from the Marcia Derse Palette collection, and some yardage of a neutral (Chalk) from the same collection. We’re including a free project sheet for the Gemstones quilt designed by Heather Jones for the fabric.

For a chance to win, just leave a comment below. GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. I’ll pick a winner at random toward the end of week.

Meanwhile, the Handmade for the Holidays event is just getting started. You can see the details in earlier posts, or just cut to the chase and save 15% on all kinds of useful items for holiday sewing. Use the coupon HANDMADE until December 7 to apply the discount at checkout.

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