Thursday, December 17, 2009

Furoshiki Gift Wrapping Video

Cheryl found this fantastic video online that shows how to creatively wrap gifts in fabric ... wonderful for fabric lovers and the environment...enjoy!

Furoshiki gift wrapping from RecycleNow on Vimeo.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

New Book Titles

We have a lovely range of new book titles just in time for Christmas Gift Giving!

Japanese Garden
Instruction booklet & full-size patterns give you everything you need to create unique circle blocks like a pro-in less time than it takes to measure and cut a single square block! Take Karen's Perfect Circles technique to new height when you use the skills in this book to create your designs.
Patchwork Table
Patchwork Table

45 runners, plus an article on Ideas for Changing the Size of a Table Runner. Also includes techniques: Piecing, applique, fussy cutting, It also has matching napkins and napkin rings. Plus, several of the projects are reversible.

Quilting Art

Quilting Art

Quilts are canvases for creative expression, evolving over the years from traditional coverlets to modern textile masterpieces. Quilting Art profiles 20 of the most fascinating contemporary quilters in the United States.

Farmer's Wife
Letters from the 1922 Farmer's Wife magizine contest, asking the readers "Do You Want Your Daughter To Marry A Farmer?" See the winning letters and quilt blocks chosen for their historical significance. Also encllosed CD containing templates for all patterns pieces, for easy printing.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Bali Batik Promotion!

We have a phenomenal promotion going on right now on Bali Batiks! These are all the best quality mostly from Hoffman but with a few from Moda, Robert Kaufman and Timeless Treasures. The selection is incredible and they are only 9.99/metre. Click on the picture to purchase online: Bali Batik Promotion.

Monday, December 7, 2009

New Canadian Publication

There is a new magazine for Canadian Quilters called Quilter's Connection Magazine. We have the new issue in stock now and ready to ship!
Jeannie has been hard at work decorating the store for Christmas and making up Christmas Gift boxes! If there are any hubbies out there who are looking for gifts for quilters they will be delighted by the selection!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

The Winter Newsletter is Ready

Woo Hoo! Our Winter Newsletter is ready! Here is a link to a PDF document of our Class Schedule - Winter 2010 . We have so many wonderful projects and programs beginning in the New Year - we kick it all off with our annual New Year's Sale and then we will be in high gear for the season!

Here are just a few highlights:
  • 3 block of the month programs
  • new stash builders club
  • ongoing workshops in Crazy Quilting and Log Cabin Design
  • announcing a whole new look for Sew Sisters in 2010!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Fresh Delivery of Ruler Racks!

My Dad and youngest son David have been hard at work in the woodshop and have a whole new batch of cedar ruler racks ready for Christmas Gift Giving. They hold tonnes of rulers and are only $14.99!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

One Good Turn Deserves Another

As many of you know Sew Sisters makes and collects dozens of pillows for donations to Animal Shelters in the area. In the store we keep a small fabric bag hanging under the cutting table and whenever we have scraps we stuff them in. When the bag is full we sew it shut and voila - a little pillow. My dad brings them to a variety of different places (including the Etobicoke Humane Society, The Guelph Veterinary Hospital, and North York Animal Control) where they are used inside the animals' cages. There is a particular need for smallish pillows suitable for cats. We also collect the bags that you have made and deliver them for you.

We have a phenomenal person who comes in the store from time to time named Carin. Carin is a real firecracker: besides being a mother of 4 little ones she runs a charity called Margaret's Hope Chest Carin dropped off a huge rubbermaid tub stuffed with pillows she had made for donation to animal shelters. She did a great job and even decorated some of them with little appliques of hearts and bones - so sweet.

This is just a handful of the pillows brought in yesterday.

Margaret's Hope Chest- is a quilting non-profit organization birthed out of the tragic murder of Carin's 81-year old grandma Margaret Herrema. Their website is a great place for more information about what they do. Carin's sense of community involvement is one that I admire tremendously. I hope that you will take a few minutes to read about Margaret's Hope Chest as inspiration for how uplifting charitable service can be. If you have a few hours maybe you could make a quilt for this worthy cause!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Creative Dollmaking with Cheryl Smith

This weekend Cheryl Smith from Magpie Artworks will be conducting a three day doll-making workshop. In the work shop Cheryl will guide you through creating an exquisite art doll. We have conducted these workshops several times and everyone has come away with a doll that they couldn't believe they made themselves. From face painting to costuming ... from body construction to finger turning Cheryl will guide you step by step all the way! We have one spot left so if you have been considering it there is still room for you. Please call the store to register 416 633-8800

If you can't make the workshop we also have Magpie Artworks doll pattern line. These three outstanding doll patterns are available for $14.99 each.

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Sheilagh the Jester

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Scrap Block Mania Tablerunner

As promised today we are sharing a free pattern for a tablerunner that uses two packages of fabric from our Scrap Block Mania (aka Not Quite a Block of the Month Program) and Thangles.

Fabric Requirements
2 Packages Of Scrap Block Mania (available from our website)
1 yd Fabric for backing and binding
14" x 50" batting
2" finished Thangles

Assembly Directions
Make 16 blocks according to the directions in the Scrap Block Mania Package.

Center Square Tablerunner

Lay the blocks out in a pleasing pattern. We used four blocks to make a center square pattern.

Daddy's Ties Tablerunner

From the backing and binding fabric you will need three 2.5" strips of fabric and to piece a backing that measures at least 13.5" x 49.5"

Quilt as Desired.
Bind the Tablerunner.
Voila! You are Done!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Scrap Block Mania (aka Not Quite A Block of the Month Program

We have a great program running in the store that we call...Not Quite A Block of the Month... although it is actually Scrap Block Mania from Thangles. Here's how it works... when you are in the store grab one of the baggies of fabric. Each one contains 10 2.5” strips of fabric. That’s enough fabric to make 8 split nine patch blocks. The blocks can be made and used in a variety of ways (much like log cabin blocks).

We have two colorways available ... Thimbleberries and 1930s reproductions. You can buy one this month, one next month, then skip three months and join in again. You can scoop up 3 at a time or 5 or 10 ... whatever you like. This program has no rules and no commitments so you can come and go from the program as you please!If you like…you can just collect the strips and use them in all your favourite Jelly Roll Patterns! Just eight bags are the same as a jelly roll and cost less!

Each month we will have new fabrics all ready for you to collect in each colorway! Each package is only $4.49 and that gives you the fabric and pattern to make 8 blocks. Stay tuned because in January we will be introducing a civil war colorway!

The Scrapmania baggies are now available online! Just click on the pictures above to purchase them online! Stay tuned tomorrow because I will be putting up a free table runner pattern that uses just two packages - so you can make a tablerunner for only $9.00 - coolio!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Cute Little Sewing Accessory

I'm back from a little trip to the good ol' USA where I picked up a van full of fabrics, notions, books and other goodies. Here are two adorable sewing themed fabrics. Why not grab a thread catcher pattern and make up a few for your quilting friends for Christmas? Thread Catchers are the most useful things ever invented -- they are a little trash bag that you can rest on your table or arm chair by a weighted pin cushion. I couldn't live without mine!

Sewing Machines

Kittty Cat Helpers

Thread Catcher

Friday, November 6, 2009

Sweet Summer Memories Kit

If you love the look of cottage or shabby chic then this lovely kit is just right for you. It features soft pink and green florals and uses the very easy Take '5' pattern that really can be made in a day. The kit contains all the fabric needed for the top (including border fabric) and binding. It is 67 x 84 finished and the cost is only 79.99 so it offers tremendous value. Click here to purchase online:
Sweet Summer Memories Quilt

Mini Fingertip Rotary Cutter

Here's a super coolio new notion - especially useful for people who do applique and fine handwork. This tiny rotary blade glides smoothly wherever your finger is pointing. It easily cuts the thinnest & most delicate fabric or papers without skipping or tearing. Hold the cutter similar to how you hold a pencil. This item is disposable, blades cannot be replaced. Click on the picture to purchase online.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Monday, November 2, 2009

Christmas Stitchery Kit

Merry Christmas Stitchery Kit

A Fourth in our series of Itty Bitty Stitchery Kits .. this one with a Christmas theme ... only $9.99. Click on the picture to purchase online.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Japanese Goodies Now Online

I have added some of our Japanese imported goods online ... there will be more to come!

I put up several Yoko Saito books as well as a handful of fabrics; we have more in stock and I will be adding more to the site. I have some moeof Yoko Saito's Centennary Prints coming in soon so will get them up quickly!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Nifty New Notions

We have some really nifty new gadgets in from quilt market! First up are the new comfort thimbles from Clover - three sizes to choose from. Scallop design provides breathability, keeping the finger cooler. Excellent elasticity helps the thimble form to your fingertip for a light fit! Safe & smart with a ridged & dimpled metal cap which holds the needle tip in place. Push your needles in safely and confidently.Click here to purchase them online:
Next up is the The Fabulous Fabric Glide. This comes from the same folks who invented the gypsy gripper! A set of two sizes of semi-hoops that control the fabric during free-motion quilting on a standard home sewing machine. Easy to use and extremely light weight. Relaxed hand positioning prevents hand, wrist and shoulder fatigue normally experienced when attempting to control the fabric.
Finally - no it's not a UFO but it is the The Gypsy Sit Upon. The sit upon is a softly inflated flexible disc used in chair seats to prevent fatigue, reduce pressure on the tail-bone, and help relieve lower back pain, while strengthening the core muscles and improving posture. It can be used on hard or soft chairs, recliners, car seats, or anywhere you sit.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Anglers and Fishers...Great Little Grouping

This is turning into a great week for sports fabric. We just got a cute little trio of fishing themed prints from Northcott.

Buy them individually for 9.99/metre or pick up a pillowcase kit for only $9.99!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Sports Club

We have a whole grouping of new sports fabric for all your favourite athletes...from hockey to basketball to football to baseball there is something for every fan on your list!

Click here to purchase online for only 9.99/metre: Sports Club Fabric.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Doll Patterns From Magpie Artworks

We are so excited to announce that Cheryl Smith, the Creative Genius behind Magpie Artworks has launched a doll pattern line. These three outstanding doll patterns are available for $14.99 Each. Click on the pictures to purchase online!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Creativ Festival...October 16 - 17 - 18

Don't forget...The Creativ Festival is coming and we have a special online promotion to give you a discount on your tickets.Click here to visit the Creativ Sewing and Needlework Festival's website and click the buttons to purchase tickets online. Provide the Sew Sisters promo code 140SS and you will receive a savings of $1 off adult, senior or 3-day tickets. We have regular adult and senior tickets available in the store as well!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Hallowe'en Stitchery Kit

Hallowe'en is just around the corner and we have a little stitchery kit all ready to go. These Itty Bitty Sitcheries are designed by Barri Gaudet of Bareroots Designs (she's the designer of our new block of the month too)and I am addicted to them! Click here to purchase the kit online for only 9.99: Hallowe'en - A Stitchery Kit

If you haven't seen them before here are the links to some other of her designs that we have kitted up and ready to go!

Fill This House - A Stitchery Kit

Seasons Come - A Stitchery Kit

Little Stitchies Block of the Month (sold out)

Friday, October 2, 2009

Shanghai From Hofmann

If you love Orientals this large grouping from Hofmann called Shanghai will really tempt you … it is promotionally priced at only 11.10 per metre (9.99/yard).

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Adorable Quilt for Christmas

Here is another adorable panel from Northcott in super soft flannel! This little kit contains the panel, backing and binding and is only 18.99! Click here to purchase the Warm Winter Wishes Quilt Kit !

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Aviary from Moda ... Great Promotional Price!

New in this week is the 3 Sisters Grouping from Moda called Aviary. We have several co-ordinates as well as the layer cakes, charm packs, Jelly Rolls and Honey Buns .... and they are all promotionally priced at 30% off Canadian suggested retail!