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WIP Wednesday – Kaisa’s Scarf

October 22, 2014
Posted by: Kaisa

I have successfully completed my first clothing project!!

When we received Leah Duncan’s Gramercy collection, I fell in love and knew I had to make something for myself.  Inspired by Laura’s students and Anna Maria Horner’s Figure 8 Scarf, I decided to make a scarf. Mom guided me through the project.




If you begin with a two-yard piece (for the length around), you can cut your WOF in half or thirds. I decided to start by cutting off a third, giving me a 14″ width scarf. That way, if I found my scarf too slim I could go back and make a second one at 18″. If I did like the final width, then I’d still have enough fabric for two more scarves!
(And ohhhh do I ever have plans for those bits of fabric; You better snag your Gramercy yardage before I clear out the shop!)


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I learned a lot of new things with this project: how to thread a bobbin (so that’s the purpose of that little knob); the side and direction of my pins matter; and, it’s important to remember to select my stitch size. That last lesson was learnt after sewing my first edge. Fortunately, I didn’t have to pick it back but it did make the seam slightly bulkier when I ironed it down later on.


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A few decisions needed to be made when it came to closing up the ends. I machine sewed the ‘outer’ (light blue) fabric ends together. As for the last (yellow) seam, I didn’t machine sew it down because I wanted the scarf to be a tube – I felt that would allow for better volume, and it would just look better than having a flat section of scarf. That left hand stitching. I went with a slip stitch to make it as discreet as possible, and I’m pleased with my end result.




HINT: When hand stitching, it’s too easy to catch the other piece of fabric. Mom had a brilliant solution: simply place a piece of cardboard between the two layers! You just have to remember to slip it out before you close up the seam.




All in all, the scarf took me 5-6 hours over two days – and that was with assistance! It was relatively easy, but I can see a lot of mistakes I would have made without my mother’s guidance. If you’d like to make your own scarf, I highly recommend Laura’s class: Sew With Me Infinity Scarf. She has classes for different ages at different times.



Et voilà, my Gramercy infinity scarf!
The Art Gallery fabric is lightweight and so soft.


WIP Wednesday – Laura’s Plantain Shirt

October 15, 2014

Sometimes I wish I could package up the month of October and keep it in a special spot to pull out when the days get cold and harsh.  The colours, crispness and coziness are what make this time of year my absolute favourite for being both outside and inside (sewing, of course!).

This month I’ve been busy preparing for a slew of fall craft shows, including Etsy: Made in Canada, which took place at the end of September, as well as the upcoming Handmade Harvest and Finders Keepers shows.  In the midst of all of that craft show prep, I’ve managed to do a little bit of sewing for myself.  A while ago Pam and I got together for an evening of sewing to make Deer and Doe’s free Plantain shirt pattern.  This is a great pattern for anyone wanting to try knits for the first time and works really well with the Anna Maria Horner knits we have in shop.

I decided to go with the Sealing Wax in Pewter print and accent my shirt with some old corduroy scraps I had in my stash.  This has become my new go-to shirt and I have plans to make another, longer version with contrasting swing inserts.




What’s your favourite go-to pattern for knits or cottons right now?

Happy Sewing!


What I’m working on – Pam

October 8, 2014
Posted by: Pam

Not a lot of sewing time in September, unfortunately. But I did finish 2 more Schoolhouse Tunics.

Schoolhouse Tunic

I love this pattern! No button, no zips, so it’s easy to make. And a wonderful way to show off your favourite prints. This one is from Grey Abbey by Elizabeth Olwen for Cloud 9; her new collection is Wildwood and equally lovely.


My Dowry version. Pattern is currently out of stock, but should be in by next week.


This is a Union Jack block (free pattern from Tracyjay Quilts) for my Canadians Quilt bee-mate. Partially paper-pieced it wasn’t too difficult, but I was having trouble following Janet’s very clear directions on fabric choice. She requested no solids or tone-on-tones, which meant the first two blocks I made weren’t suitable. I obviously need to slow down a bit before I jump in. Still, I was happy to make this block and now I have two perfectly wonderful orphan blocks to turn into a mini quilt or pillow.

Now that the OMQG is back in action I’m hoping to take advantage of the sew-in days to get some serious sewing machine time. My City Sampler blocks still need sashing and I’m working on blocks for the Color Therapy quilt. I’d also like to complete some smaller projects (too ambitious?) to share next month.


Until then.

What’s Happening October

October 2, 2014
Posted by: Pam


October is here .. and so are some of the collections we (and you) have been waiting for. Just in the past 10 days we’ve unpacked Gramercy, Wildwood and Cotton + Steel.





The shelves are already overflowing, and we’re expecting out first collections from Moda to arrive sometime this month too. Stay tuned!


The Kona Stash Builder for October is the Caramel spectrum — creamy yellows through espresso brown are a warm palette for crisp autumn days. Save 20% on the bundles and 10% on coordinating yardage all month long.


Fuschia is our rainbow stash builder — 10 fat quarters for $24 (a savings of 20%).


And we’re featuring the Eclectic Elements collection by Tim Holtz at $9 /yard.

I’ll be bringing the shop to three local guilds in October — QuiltCo on the 6th, Arnprior & District Quilter’s Guild on the 22nd and OMQG on the 26th. Laura will be speaking about modern quilting at QuiltCo and M-R will be the speaker in Arnprior. That’s a busy month, but all three evenings should be informative and fun!


October’s On Sale at Waffle Kisses Studio

September 25, 2014

Hi Everyone,

It’s Laura here and I’m so excited about the classes and workshops that we have to offer in October @ Mad About Patchwork’s in-house sewing space, Waffle Kisses Studio. To top things off, all October classes and workshops are on sale, but only until September 28th, so sign up early and SAVE, SAVE, SAVE.  Plus, spaces are limited with only one or two spots left in some cases.  Now is the best time to register, before those spaces are gone.  As always, there is something for everyone in October, with classes and workshops for adults, teens and kids of all levels and experience.  Adult workshops include tea and treats and are the perfect opportunity to grab some friends and have a night out. Here’s what you’ll find in October:


Memory Quilt (Upcycled Clothing Quilt) - Tuesdays or Wednesdays – 4 weeks

Due to popular demand, there are two sections of the Memory Quilt (Upcycled Clothing Quilt) Class running: one on Tuesdays, October 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th with only one spot left and the other on Wednesdays, October 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th with only 3 spots left.  These are very popular classes for those who want to learn to work with old baby clothes, clothes that no longer fit, thrift store finds or clothes from loved ones.  Why not think green and learn to make them into something to use, keep and cherish forever? These classes are normally $140, but are on sale for $120 until September 28th.

By Land or By Sea Quilt Top (Introduction to Curves)Sunday, October 19th, 12:00 to 5:00 pm

If curves have you thrown for a loop and you’d rather take the straight and narrow, then the By Land or By Sea Quilt Top (Introduction to Curves) is the class for you.  All in an afternoon’s work you’ll learn tips and tricks for sewing curves you can use for other projects and head home with your very own quilt top.  This class runs Sunday, October 19th from 12:00 to 5:00 pm and is normally $50, but is on sale for $40 until September 28th.  Only 2 spots left!


Thankful Embroidery Hoop Art - Thursday, October 2nd, 7:00 to 9:00 pm

Grab some friends and join in for an evening of tea, treats and Thanksgiving decor.  Create your own Thankful Embroidery Hoop Art using a classic chain stitch.  You’ll need your own fat quarter of fabric in your choice of print for this one, but all other materials, including the hoop and embroidery thread, are provided and included in the price – on sale for $30 until September 28th.

“All You Need is Tea and Warm Socks” Cross StitchSunday, October 5th, 2:00 to 5:00 pm

All You Need is Tea and Warm Socks Cross Stitch - Adult - Sunday, October 5th, 2:00 to 5:00 pm - All Levels
Fall is here and it’s time to grab your aida cloth and get cozy with this cross stitch workshop.  Embrace the brisk, cool air and get your fingers ready for “All You Need Is Tea and Warm Socks.”  All materials (aida cloth, embroidery thread, needles, pattern) supplied.  Tea and treats included, too!  Grab the girls, get crafty, and make an afternoon of it. On sale for $45 until September 28th.

Book Table Runner – Thursdays, October 9th and 16th, 6:30 to 9:30 pm


Book Table Runner - Adult - Thursdays, October 9th and 16th, 6:30 - 9:30 pm - All Levels Home is where the books are, so why not make yourself or a friend at home with this cozy and inviting quilted book table runner, perfect for keeping or gifting.  You’ll learn a variety of skills transferable to other sewing projects, including sewing seams, pivoting, raw-edge applique, sewing with selvedges, top stitching, straight-line quilting and curved quilting with your walking foot.  All materials are included and the Book Table Runner Workshop in on sale for $65 until September 28th. Only 3 spots left.

Quilted Spiderweb Pillow CoverMonday, October 20th, 6:30 to 9:30 pm

Halloween is just around the corner.  Why not get into the Halloween spirit with this new take on a traditional block and create a quilted pillow cover that can be used all year round?  We’ll use freezer paper to create a personalized template and then get scrappy with strips of fabric to create a custom web.  Previous sewing experience recommended.  The pillow cover pictured uses free-motion quilting to create the web.  The class can be modified to accommodate those who would like to use a walking foot for straight-line quilting. Finished pillow cover will measure approximately 16.5″ x 16.5″. You’ll need your own fabric and thread for the Quilted Spiderweb Pillow Cover, but everything else is included in the sale price of $35 until September 28th. Only 3 spots left.


Appliqued Linen Project Bags (Set of 2)Friday, October 17th, 7:00 to 9:00 pm

Appliqued Linen Project Bags (Set of 2) - Teen (Ages 13 - 17) - Friday, October 17th, 7:00 - 9:00 pm - All Levels
The cool, crisp chill of fall is setting in and so begins the need to knit.  Keep your yarn and sewing projects organized and at your fingertips with 2 custom project bags. Suitable for all levels, even beginners. All supplies included. The Teen Project Bag Workshop is on sale for $45 until September 28th.


Fabric BookmarkSunday, October 5th, 12:00 to 1:30 pm

What do you get when you combine a love of reading and sewing?  Why, fabric bookmarks, of course!  All materials are included in this workshop great for beginners who want to learn to sew or those who are already familiar with the skill and just want to make something special to take home. The Kids Fabric Bookmark Workshop is on sale for $30 until September 28th. Only 2 spots left.


Sew With Me Tooth Fairy PillowSunday, October 19th, 10:00 to 11:30 am

Want to introduce your child (or a friend’s) to the art of sewing? This is the class for you.  With you by their side, your child will learn basic sewing skills such as sewing a seam, pivoting, sewing a button, top stitching and hand stitching all while making a custom tooth fairy pillow of their very own. Each child must be accompanied by an adult with a one-on-one ratio. Choose 1 spot per parent/child as each pair will be sharing a sewing station. All materials are included in this workshop great for beginners who want to learn to sew or those who are already familiar with the skill and just want to make something special to take home. The Tooth Fairy Pillow Workshop is on sale for $30 until September 28th. Only 3 spots left.

Sew With Me Fabric BookmarkSunday, October 5th, 10:00 to 11:30 am

Sew With Me Fabric Bookmark - (Ages 5 - 8 with Adult) - Sunday, October 5th - 10:00 to 11:30 am
Want to introduce your child (or a friend’s) to the art of sewing? This is the class for you.  With you by their side, your child will learn basic sewing and quilting skills such as sewing a seam, pivoting and straight-line quilting while making a one of a kind fabric bookmark, perfect for gifting or keeping. Each child must be accompanied by an adult with a one-on-one ratio. Choose 1 spot per parent/child as each pair will be sharing a sewing station. All materials are included in this workshop great for beginners who want to learn to sew or those who are already familiar with the skill and just want to make something special to take home. The Sew With Me Fabric Bookmark Workshop is on sale for $30 until September 28th.

If you have a class or workshop that you’d like to take and don’t see it on the schedule, send an e-mail to  I’m already in the planning stages for November and December, so now is the time to send me your ideas.  Have a great rest of September and I’ll see you in October!


September Projects

September 24, 2014
Posted by: Sharyn

September is my favorite month and my resolve this year is to spend lots of time outdoors, I’m determined that the flower gardens will be in great shape next spring. Alas, I’ve also got the quilting bug in a very big (never bad) way so some days when I should be taking advantage of beautiful weather I have found myself in my sewing room. I thought I’d share some of my September projects with you. Last month I mentioned the irresistible draw of new arrivals in the shop and a couple of weeks ago it was Far Far Away by Heather Ross. The Princess and the Pea, unicorns, frogs, snails, beautiful colors, beautiful fabric—definitely irresistible. I have five grandchildren under the age of 6. My daughter and her four come for an overnight visit from time to time so I made these pillowcases for them and am sure that they will be delighted with this surprise.


I’m also trying to adopt some discipline in tackling something from the “projects waiting” list.  Two charm packs, one a Kona solids and the other Sidewalks that I had purchased from the shop last spring turned into this colorful little HST baby top.

HST baby quilt

Add this to the “to be quilted” pile! And the last project that I will share is also one that’s been sitting in my sewing room for a while.  A Jinny Beyer block of the month that became a block of the day project. Well, in the early stages it was one a day, then one every two days, then it was time to sew the flying geese border and that seemed to take forever. I wasn’t happy with a couple of blocks where the points of triangles weren’t sharp enough so I unpicked and fiddled with them before doing the borders. Still not perfect but I do like the finished project. Here’s how it turned out.

Jinny Beyer

Next month I will hopefully share some photos of things I’ve actually quilted with my new long arm scheduled for delivery in October.  Now it’s those outdoor projects calling me, with the next few days apparently returning to summer temperatures. Do something that makes you laugh out loud today — it’s therapeutic.

Celebration giveaway

September 20, 2014
Posted by: Pam


Time for a giveaway to go along with the grand opening. It’s a nice bundle of fabric from the Botanics collection — enough to make Carolyn Friedlander’s Focal quilt (pattern included) or whatever might strike your fancy.

And we’re giving away 2! If you’re visiting the loft today you can enter your name in a draw to win one. And if you’re visiting from home, just leave a comment here for a chance to win the other. I’ll contact the winners early next week (probably Tuesday).

Good luck!

(The giveaway is NOW CLOSED).

Let’s get this party started!

September 19, 2014
Posted by: Pam






In case you missed the news, our grand opening celebration is happening tomorrow! We’ll be here (2477 Huntley Road) to welcome you from 10:00 —4:00, with scrap bags for the first 15 people to arrive. There will be 10% off all purchases, with a free gift for purchases over $50.

The 10% discount on all in-stock items  (excludes Cotton + Steel pre-orders) starts right now, for online purchases use the coupon CELEBRATE10 which is valid only until midnight tomorrow. Online orders over $50 (before tax + shipping) will also receive a free gift.


WIP Wednesday

September 17, 2014
Posted by: Kaisa

Thank you all so much for your warm welcome and enthusiastic encouragement!

A month has passed since my intro post… And I am ashamed to say I haven’t done any sewing. I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for some relaxing Autumn evenings with a cup of hot tea, an array of beautiful fabrics, and a sewing machine.

Therefore, it’s time to set a goal. My friends Andrea and Matt are soon to have their first baby – due November 25th! I’d really like to make a baby quilt for their child, and would like to complete it by Christmas.



Andrea has suggested a blue/green colour palette. Here’s my fabric selection so far. I’ll likely remove a few – do any stand out to you? Marcia Derse’s Palette in Spruce (seen the bottom) would be used for negative space.



I might also get one of our Stash Bundles in Green-Blue and use a few of those prints.



The next challenge is to find a pattern. Pam has a gorgeous yellow baby quilt made with a free Quilt Along Pattern from Fat Quarterly.

Do you have any suggested simple patterns for me? A favourite baby quilt?

Until next time…

Grand Opening Celebration

September 16, 2014
Posted by: Pam

Mad ABout Patchwork loft

We thought it might  be time for a public celebration of the move to our new loft space. It’s bright and airy, with lots of room to move around which makes it a perfect for a crowd. The party is planned for Saturday, September 20 from 10—4 and we’re hoping you can make it.

Grand Opening invitation

Laura from Waffle Kisses Studio will be here in the morning to answer any questions you might have about her class schedule, and you may have a chance to sew on one of the machines in the studio.

I’ll be posting more details on Friday for our online guests, but in the meantime, consider yourself invited!

(address is 2477 Huntley Road in Stittsville)

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