Thursday, August 28, 2008

Back to School...Back to Basics SALE

My kids are so excited to be going back to school that they are going bananas!

The insanity must be wearing off because I have made a BACK TO SCHOOL ... BACK TO BASICS SALE to help you stock up! The sale runs until September 5th! Shop online or in person!

Olfa Rotary Blade - 45 mm -- 5 Pack... 14.99

Olfa Rotary Blade - 60 mm - 5 pack... 22.99

Jumbo Gutermann Thread ... 5.99 ... email me for colour chart if you wish to add this to your online order!

Fat Quarter Bundles of White on White or White on Cream Background Fabrics ... only $5!

Batting - Warm and Natural... 95" wide only $9.99/metre!

Speaking of sales...did you know our Birthday Sale is coming up?

Mark your calendars because on September 23rd everything in the store is 29% off! That's right...

  • All Books...29% off

  • All Fabric ... including clearance fabric ...29% off

  • All Notions...25% off

  • All Yarn...including clearnace yarn ... 29%

There will be unbelievable bargains... search our sale wall for fabric priced 1.99 - 5.99 and then take an extra 29% off for prices as low as 1.39/metre - 4.25/metre. One day only but the store will be open from9 am until 7 pm for your convenience!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Greetings From Canada...Special Offer

We are pleased to announce that we are participating in the Greetings From Canada (Thimbleberries) National Shop Hop!

Lynette Jensen of Thimbleberries together with RJR Fabrics has designed a fabric collection exclusively for Trend-Tex Fabrics. This collection will only be available through Quilt Stores across Canada. Visit a Participating Store and pick up your passport. With Passport in hand, whenever you visit one of the participating shops and purchase Greetings from Canada or other Trend Tex Fabric you will receive points. Cash in your passport for chances to win great prizes including:

  • A Trip for 2 to Quilt Canada

  • Thimbleberries and RJR Fabrics Gift Pack

  • $250 retail value of product from Trend-Tex Fabrics

  • Random Draws for fabric, patterns, notions and gift certificates.
How to Get Started
  1. Go to www.trendtexfabrics.comto see the participating National Shop Hop 2008 stores.
  2. Each time you visit a new store, purchase online or by mail order, you will receive 1 point.
  3. In addition, for every $25.00 increment purchased before taxes of Trend-TexFabrics, or Thimbleberries Fabrics, you will receive 1 additional point.
  4. Plus, anytime you purchase Greetings From Canada Bundles you will receive 3 additional points.

    At Sew-Sisters we have a special offer! If you purchase $200 worth of Greetings from Canada Fabric you will receive a gorgeous tote bag for free!

    Here are a sampling of some of the fabrics in the Greetings from Canada Line. FAbric is available by the metre, fat quarter, and 5" charm packet. They are all now available for sale online!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008 Any Color

As I wrote about earlier, I have been busy working away on the Over the River Quilt. I'm a newbie to redwork (well in this case blackwork) but can't imagine why I didn't do it before. It is as easy as pie to learn, works up quickly and embroidery really adds something special to quilting. I'm loving every second of it. Here are a couple of great clips to get you started. In the first one Pat Sloan shows the basic stem stitch...this is the basic stitch used for redwork.

Next up is the French Knot...this is used for little dots ... useful for eyes, flower buds and other things that are...well small and round! They are fun to do too!

I'm a bit lazy sometimes and don't like to knot off my embroidery all the time. Sometimes when I know the stemstitch is going to dead end I do a laced running stitch...I'm sure that is just wrong but it works for me... there's no video for that one but here are the directions with good pictures: laced running stitch .

If the basics aren't enough for you ...why not register in Cheryl's embroidery class this fall...she'll show you how to do the tricky wicky stitches while making a beautiful sampler from Crab Apple Designs! I'll be taking that class for sure! Here are the Details:

Embroidery Sampler
Date Thursday October 2 and 9th
Time 1 - 4 pm
Teacher Cheryl Smith
Course Length - two half days
Pattern - Kit Required
Fee $40

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Jojoland Swirl Shawl

We have a new sample in the store made from Jojoland's Melody Fingering Yarn. This swirl shawl is knit using interlocking hexagons and will stop people in their tracks - it really is something new and exciting! The shawl used five balls of yarn -- and we have 6 different colors available!

Saturday, August 9, 2008

What I did on my Summer Vacation....

I'm baaaack... if anyone was wondering why it was so quiet in the store and on the blog scene...I was away fishing all week. Now I don't actually fish but I do spend a lot of time in boats and on the dock "supervising" and stitching away. We were up on the South Magnetawan River (which is in central Ontario). My husband caught a decent pike, some bass, and a pickerel. The kids caught the usual collection of sunfish, rock bass and frogs. Enough about the fish!

I brought a fantastic project along with me.... Over the River & Through the Woods by Crab Apple Hill Designs. I think it is one of the most exquisite and original designs I have seen in years. It takes a traditional "redwork" design and brings it to new heights by working it in a black and sepia colorway and setting it in rectangular bars. I made tremendous progress and finished 2 panels and have the third well under way. All that embroidery is very relaxing! Ann told me that the fabric I ordered to do the pieced blocks arrived while I was away... I'll keep you posted on my progress!

We have quite a few patterns from Crab Apple Designs in the store and Cheryl has been working away on one that will be up in the store soon too! We are assembling all the accroutements you will need to work on these wonderful projects...redwork fabrics, 1930s fabrics, Week's Dye Works Floss and Perle Cotton (these are glorious overdyes)! If there is something from them that you love...just let me know and we will bring that in too. It was so hard to pick ... everything they do is scrumtious!

Friday, August 1, 2008

Fall Schedule - Now Available

Well ladies ... the fall schedule is ready! We have paper copies in the store. If you would like one mailed to you please email me with your full address at There is a PDF file available if you would like that please send me an email as well.

Our web mistress Maria Michaels Designs is hard at work getting all the classes up on our website ... I have been inundating her with updates, changes, tweaks, and pictures so check back in a week or so and it should be all hunky dory by them! She is about half-finished at the time of this posting ... but I can assure you that is entirely my fault not hers!

We have an awesome roster of classes for you to choose from. From traditional to art quilting, from embroidery to knitting, from beginner to advanced there truly is something for everyone.

Here is a sneak peak at Irene Dewar's breathtaking Darjeeling Quilt:

Have a great long weekend everyone...I will be gone fishing but the store will be OPEN on Saturday from 10:00 - 5:00, closed Sunday and Monday and then back open as usual Tuesday to Friday 10:00 - 5:30.