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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.

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.



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