Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Great Big Thank You to All Our Friends in Rouge Valley

Last night Sandy and I had the pleasure of visiting Rouge Valley Quilter's Guild. I have been down to a meeting with them before and they are a feisty and fun lot of gals! Oh how I wish it weren't such a long haul for me or I would be there every month to enjoy the fun. I want to thank all the members who gave us such a warm welcome and also to those who shopped at our booth - we really appreciate it!.

If any readers are in East Toronto or the Pickering area I encourage to visit one of the guild meetings. The General Meeting is held on the fourth Tuesday of every month from September to May (except December) from 7:30pm to 9:30pm. The meetings are held at St. Joseph's Church Hall - 200 Morrish Road, Scarborough. The meeting includes Guest Speakers, block of the month, display of member's quilts and access to the Guild's library of over 500 books on quilting. Coffee, tea and cookies are provided. Please remember to "lug-a-mug". Rouge Valley welcomes all quilters...especially beginners!

Thanks Again ladies!

Monday, March 24, 2008

2 Special Promotions -- Craft and Crib Batts & Cute Totes

We have an extraordinary price on Warm and Natural crib and craft size batts right now.

The Craft Batts which are 100% cotton measure 34in x 45in and are perfect for handbags and wallhangings. The craft batts are only $3.99
while supplies last!

The Crib batting measures 45" x 60" and is only... $4.99

while supplies last!

Warm and natural batts have 100% cotton fibers that are punched with hundreds of needles through a thin base material to prevent tearing, shifting or migrating. Warm & Natural's cottons flexibility makes it ideal for both inside and outside use. Quilt or tie up to 10in apart. While I'm on the subject of Warm and Natural batting...we sell it by the metre for only $13.99 ... Fabricland's price is 23.99/metre. If you buy the bolt you get 30% off so you cost works out to $9.79 metre (18.5 metres per bolt $181.11).

We also got in the most adorable little tote bags. They have lots of pockets for all your gear and are quite roomy. Great to store your projects in while you work on them! They come in teal, navy and purple and are only $3.99 !

Friday, March 21, 2008

Sewing Day...And A Creative Muse

Today was a statutory holiday and I had the chance to sew all day! I can't remember the last time that happened. I finished up my Fuschia Fishies Quilt that I started in a class with Irene Dewar using her Hunter's Star Pattern. This quilt is really a lesson in value. I chose two very dramatic prints but in the end they weren't contrasty enough to really work well you can see the star pattern is all but lost. Oh and learn!

The picture is a bit wonky but if you look on the left side you will see one of Cheryl Smith's wonderful dolls looking down over it. Cheryl will be teaching a doll workshop here coming up next week...

Cheryl is a renowned artisan who's work has been featured at the Moose Show as well as the One of a Kind Show. It is well worth a visit to her website to examine her Gallery of Work.

In the creative Dollmaking workshop you will be invited to come and explore the fantasy world of doll making. Learn simple yet effective ways to needle sculpt and paint the face, make the body and bring her to life. Stitch her and adorn her with baubles, beads and trinkets. Lots of handwork!

We still have a couple of spots left in class!

Dates: Saturday, March 29 and April 12
Time: 10:00 - 4:00 Fee: $85

Attention All Chocoholics

We just got in the most adorable panel! Hard to see online but each of the little squares has a hilarious little chocoholics saying...

"Warning Chocolholic in Residence"
"Chocolate Comes with a Price...Control Top Panty Hose"
"If you have melted chocolate on your hands you are eating it too slowly".
Here is the link to buy it online...Make Mine Chocolate Panel

Here is the co-ordinate with all sorts of bonbons on a pink background!
Also new this week is double sided minkee - it is so thick and soft you won't believe it ...just add binding and you will have a baby blankie that is sure to become a favorite!

Monday, March 17, 2008

Pebbles - The Coolest New Notion Since the Sidewinder

Notion junkies take note! We just got in the new John James Pebbles! What are pebbles you must be asking?

Pebbles are designed to store the finest quality hand sewing needles safely, making them instantly visible and easily accessible in sewing box, craft bag, top drawer and even handbag. Each needle style is offered in its own elegant and distinctive color Pebble for quick identification.

We have the sharps and betweens in stock and ready for you to scoop up:

Needles - John James Pebbles Sharps

Needles - John James Pebbles Betweens

Spring Fever - Sew Sisters are Paying Your Tax all Week!

I checked the weather forecast this morning and I couldn't believe my eyes - 7 degrees on Wednesday? Is spring finally on its way? I might have a touch of spring fever but I have decided to pay the tax for you all week. Just print out this blog entry and bring it in the store - or order anything online and type Spring Fever in the message line when you check out and I will pay your PST and GST/. This offer is valid until Saturday at 5 pm.

We have an adorable new book in the store called Copy Cat Quilts. First published in the 1980's, this award-winning pattern has been updated with contemporary quilting techniques. Feature kitties in a bed quilt, a wall hanging, and pillows, and cuddle up with a furry feline doll. Find tips on working with textured fabrics like Minkee and chenille.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Quilt As You Go - Bust that Stash!

Since pioneer times string quilting AND quilt as you go techniques have been used to make quick and easy quilts from scraps. Irene Dewar will be teaching these unbelievably easy techniques to produce a stunning quilts. Plan your colours or do some stash busting and make it completely scrappy the choice is up to you! This project is easy enough to be your very first quilt but it is very popular with experienced quilters because it is such a quick and easy way to use scraps and make a gorgeous quilt!
Class Dates: Sunday April 6th and Sunday April 27th (10 - 4)
Cost: $65.00

Friday, March 7, 2008

Project Linus Day

Yesterday we had our first community service day and made quilts for Project Linus. We had a lot of fun and were very productive! Here is Sandy holding up one of our finished popcorn quilts... We have 5 quilts to donate and quite a few blocks made up as well.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Sea Turtles Kit

Our all time best selling kit...Riding the Waves is back in Stock. The kit contains all fabric including backing and binding as well as the pattern and it is only $24.99.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Japanese Taupes & Sashiko

We have been receiving new merchandise all week .. infact hundreds of new bolts of fabric! I will try to do some extra posting this week to show you all the new goodies!

Perhaps most exciting are all the new items coming in from Japan. We have a beautiful range of taupes - the prints are ethereal and the fabric is gorgeous quality. You can click on the pictures to purchase them...
We have also brought in some Japanese language pattern books such as this outstanding book by Yoko Saito...We are also now stocking Quilts Japan!Here are some of our wide range of sashiko supplies that include, thread, patterns, needles, books and preprinted panels...and fabric of course!
Are you looking for an interesting Japanese themed project to try this spring? Why not join us for Japanese flower pounding on Saturday May 10th or Japanese folded flowers on June 4th?