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November Newsletter continued

November 21, 2015
Posted by: Pam

I started a rather lengthy post at the beginning of the month to update you on everything happening in the shop and studio. I’ve finally come back with the second part of that post.


We’re busy in the studio in the time left before the holidays. There’s still time to finish your first quilt in time for Christmas. Beginner Quilt class with Heidi starts this Thursday evening @ 6:30. Maureen can show you how to sew up an infinity scarf — always a nice gift for the fashionistas on your list — November 26 in the afternoon. Katy’s got 2 ways to make a pillow — paper pieced on November 27 or from a favourite T-shirt on December 11. Heidi’s got you covered with a Japanese style cross-over apron — join her on December 5 from 10 – 12 noon to make the adult or child size. And Katy can show you the ins and outs of a 1-Hour Basket from kelbysews on December 12 from 10:30 – 12 noon.

Sew In (3)

We’ve also got 2 community sew-ins planned in December — bring your own projects to work on for a cozy afternoon in the studio. We’ve got you covered with machines and basic tools to get those projects finished! You’ll need to book a spot because space is limited, but $5 for an afternoon of precious sewing time is a not-to-be missed opportunity.


Look at this quilt top made by Bonnie and quilted by Sharyn for the shop — fabric is Tinsel from Cotton and Steel and pattern is Mod Squared from Ardvaark Quilts. A great big twin size that sews up quickly and is great for showing off large scale prints!

Enjoy 15% savings on Tinsel and Evergreen collections with coupon TINSEL15 until November 26.



Modern Solids Challenge

November 10, 2015
Posted by: Pam

STITTSVILLE, ON. OCTOBER 23, 2015. Pam Denesyk with some award winning quilts in her Mad About Patchwork store. (Barry Gray/StittsvilleCentral)

In the last week of October we showcased seven modern quilts from renowned quilt bloggers inspired by Denyse Schmidt’s Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspirations book. The trunk show inspired us to throw out a Modern Solids challenge to all our customers. It’s easy peasy to participate, online or in the shop.

• Start with a Modern Solids mini charm pack and a Denyse Schmidt fat quarte

• Make a 14″ x 16″ placemat using some or all of the charms (you can add a background fabric if desired

• Back with the fat quarter, quilt and bin

• Return your completed place mat to Mad About Patchwork by January 31, 2016 (mail in or drop off) and receive a $5 gift certificate for the shop

• Placemats will be displayed online and in the shop in February 2016

• Voting will take place for viewer favourites, and prizes will be awarded to first and second place winners at the end of February

• All placemats will be donated to Meals on Wheels Ottawa

Prizes: $50 gift certificate (1st) and $25 gift certificate (2nd)


I hope to see your placemat on display in February!

November Newsletter

November 3, 2015
Posted by: Pam

New Arrivals


I’m smitten with the beauty of hand appliquéd quilts, and fell in love with the modern look of Carolyn Friedlander’s Collection Quilt as soon as I saw it. It’s now available to order as a kit, and we’ll also be running a class in the New Year for those who want some help with the techniques.


The Lovely Hunt collection by Lizzy House should be hitting our shelves in the first week of November. This was a big hit for pre-ordering, and some of the prints are already sold out. Get some while you still can.


Abacus is the beautiful new low volume collection from Alison Glass, also expected to arrive in the next day or two. The Abacus collection features 8 different designs, each available as a color on white as well as charcoal on white, for a total of 16 fabrics. Two of those fabrics are sampler panels of designs that feature a patchwork of up to 8 more designs, each a 5 inch square. There are two new mercury prints hidden among this collection as well as one print with metallic gold.


The Blueberry Park collection is a series of designs by Karen Lewis beautifully screen printed on Kona Cotton Solids. With 6 different designs printed on a wide range of Kona solids, we have 50 pieces of the collection ordered. It’s expected to start shipping to stores in December, and we’ve set up a club to make it easier to collect these gorgeous fabrics. Each month for 6 months, starting in January 2016, you’ll receive 8 colour coordinated fat quarters from the Blueberry Park collection. A nice way to spread out your buying over a few months.



This month’s Kona stash builder is the Stormy Spectrum — seems an appropriate choice for grey November skies. Save 10% on bundles and yardage all month long.

We’ve started running weekly specials in the shop, Friday to Thursday. Sometimes with a coupon, sometimes not. You will find the weekly special here — be sure to check back on Fridays to see what’s new.

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are looming near the end of the month. Even though we live north of the border, Canadians have come to expect some great deals on that particular weekend. We’ve got some special savings planned, so be sure to follow us on Instagram @madaboutpatchwork or like us on Facebook to get the skinny on those sales!

There’s more news to share … in another post. I’ve gone on long enough for one day :)

A break from the break

July 15, 2015
Posted by: Pam

I couldn’t stay away! I’ve been having fun on Instagram and Facebook, but I miss the blog. Sometimes you need a few more words to go with the pics.

I took an afternoon off to do some simple sewing. It feels like I’ve been weighed down by some unfinished projects and self-imposed expectations about starting a new quilt project. I needed something fresh and quick to get me going.


Inspired by Lorna’s tutorial for bindingless quilted placemats I took one of Lori Holt’s Modern Mini panels and turned out 2 simple placemats in short order. As Erin said this morning when she saw my project, I got my craft on!


I can use a different coordinating print on the back of each — I need a set of at least six.


Here are the quilted placemats that have been waiting about 2 years for a binding … I think at this point I’ve lost interest. How do you know when it’s time to let go of your UFO and move on to something else?


A summer break

June 24, 2015
Posted by: Pam


Sewing for the last 3 months — 3 Sailor Tops, pattern from Fancy Tiger Crafts. I had fun making these raglan-sleeve tops, and will probably make a few more. They sew up quickly, look terrific in all sorts of prints, and are just right for casual dressing on a hot summer day.

And that’s it. It seems I can’t find (or make) the time to get much sewing in these days. Which means I haven’t had a lot to blog about. So I’ve decided to put the blog into hibernation for the rest of the summer, while I try to find a balance between work, home and crafting.

I’ll be posting news about promotions and new collections on Facebook and Instagram @madaboutpatchwork, so be sure to follow me there to stay caught up with any news from the shop.

And enjoy the summer!

Good things come to those who wait

June 15, 2015
Posted by: Pam

And a long wait it’s been!


Wild & Free was an Art Gallery Limited Edition collection by Maureen Cracknell that was released last fall. I received my shipment in January, but this beautiful arrow print was missing. I loved the collection as a whole, but was not able to offer bundles at the time.


Luminous Field sold out quickly (quelle surprise!), and I put in an order for another bolt, plus the Fletching Chant. Crossed my fingers. And then waited. And waited. So long I almost gave up hope.

But they finally arrived today, and I now have enough stock to offer bundles and yardage of all the prints from this enchanting collection.



Did you miss it the first time around? Well, sometimes good things really do come to those who wait!





Join the club!

June 12, 2015
Posted by: Pam

I’ve got two upcoming clubs to tell you about today …

Cotton + Steel Club

The first is a 6 month club featuring quilting cottons from the new Cotton + Steel collections announced at Spring Market. We’re expecting them in the store within a month, and the club will start shipping later in July. Each month you’ll get 10 colour-themed fat quarters from the collections, and a bonus fat quarter from the Cotton + Steel Basics collection. The cost each month is $42.50 (+ applicable taxes) which includes shipping in Canada. If you live outside the country you can contact me for a shipping quote.

The club will not include prints from their Tinsel or Spellbound collections, also expected to arrive in the store in the next month.


The second is an offering from Moda. Frivols are a new 7″x 7″ precut, and the Frivols club will feature a new Moda collection in a fab collectible tin every month. This is a 12 month club that will start shipping in August. As well as the tin and 42 — 7″ x 7″ squares from the featured collection, you will also get a quilt pattern and a Frivol surprise or two every month. The cost each month is $58.95 (+ applicable taxes) which includes shipping in Canada.

If you want to join in the fun but don’t want the monthly commitment, find a friend or two who might enjoy sharing the membership with you!

Both clubs are available to order online, or you can join either one by dropping by the store.


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.

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