Monday, January 24, 2011

Nature's Glow Fabric

We have a lovely new grouping from Northcott called Nature's Glow.  These prints are all accented with metallic gold and would be lovely in bags or clothing as well as quilts!  They are priced at only $9.99/metre.  Click here to purchase them online:  Nature's Glow

Why not consider pairing them with A Little Somethin' Jacket or the The Two-Hour Tulip Purse

Sunday, January 23, 2011

New Tools and Books

Nine Patch Gatherings
This book is a collection of small quilts that resulted in and shows how versatile a simple 9-Patch can be. Using 3-1/2in and 5in charms for the blocks but this could be the perfect opportunity to dig into your scrap basket and cut your own squares.


Click here puchase this book online:  Nine Patch Gatherings

Friendship Strips and Scraps18 Beautiful Quilting Projects. Strips and Scraps Exchange Ideas, Easy Step-by-Step Scrap Panels Techniques.
Click here to Shop Online:  Friendship Strips and Scraps


Garden Club
Garden Club offers an array of blooms ready to be picked. Stitch the wool Garden Basket penny mat, brighten your dinning room with Winter Apple table quilt or cross stitch a small sampler or pinkeep.
Click here to purchase this book online:  Garden Club



5-10-15 + Fat Quarters

Use your quilting skills to create unique, simple projects for the home, for gifts and for fun! Stitching fat quarter quilts and projects saves you time and gives you the additional fun of selecting stacks of fat quarters. Create purses, bags and totes; table runners, and more.

Click here to purcase it online:  5-10-15 + Fat Quarters

These Wash Away Applique Sheets have been a much anticipated new product from C& T. You will get 25 8.5" x 11" Sheets in the package for 18.95. They are printable, water soluble, and single-sided fusible. They are also Eco-Friendly! Draw applique motifs or print them on these handy sheets with an ink-jet printer, fuse the paper to your applique fabric, sew on the motif, then just wash away the paper after stitching. Can't wait to give these a try!

Click here to purchase them online: Wash Away Applique Sheets



Free Motion Quilting Handbook
This unique free-motion machine quilting book combines inspiration, technique, and patterns with examples from dozens of stunning quilts from an award-winning quilter willing to share her secrets. 
Click here to purchase it online: Free Motion Quilting Handbook 


Pennies from Heaven Celebrated Quilts and Companion Projects
Combine cotton and wool in a fresh new look! With vibrant colors and a sophisticated touch, this collection features the stunning "Pennies from Heaven" design that quilters fell in love with at quilt shows across the country. Find patterns for 10 applique blocks that add the right touch.
Click here to purchase this book online:  Pennies from Heaven Celebrated Quilts and Companion Projects


You Asked For It

Click here to purchase it online:  You Asked For It


The gals at Gathering Friends asked our customers what they wanted in a book and the answer was almost unanimous...they wanted all different size projects in one book. Hence, the title for their latest book became "You Asked For It".  

I'm not really up at 5:00 AM

Mary commented this week that she can't believe I am up at 5:00 am writing the blog.  I can assure you I am sound asleep in bed at that time.  A quick investigation revealed that I was time stamping my blog with Vancouver, rather than Toronto, time.  Oopsie ...now it's corrected and no one has to worry that I'm not getting enough sleep!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Friday, January 14, 2011

Does Quilting Define Your Family?

The Globe ran the following piece written by the son of a quilter:

Quilting Has Taken Over My Family

On the heels of that article I received the following email from one of our customers...


Newsflash: Husband Appreciates Sew-Sisters

Hello Judy

Here is a story for you.
For some time now my husband & children realized I come home from your store in a very happy mood, however my husband has a new found appreciation for your store because of 2 recent repair jobs I did for him.

Lite Steam-A-Seam 2 came to the rescue when I had to do a difficult patching job to 2 pairs of his favourite brand of jeans. Yesterday morning I saw him carefully inspecting all of his jeans for a long time and asked him what he was doing. He said he wanted to dress casually for work but didn't want to wear "repaired" jeans so he was trying to figure out which ones were repaired and which ones were not. I told him if he couldn't find the repaired areas after such a long search no one would notice them either so it didn't matter which ones he wore. He thought for a moment, and then laughed in agreement.

When I picked up the big box of batting from your store recently with his help, he didn't know what was in the box. Last weekend I repaired his sleeping bag (yes he goes winter camping, I do not). The inner lining of the sleeping bag was torn & the batting was in bad shape, but I was able to insert a couple of layers of the batting I purchased using the batting tape I bought during my last visit. I inserted a new fleece lining and quilted the repaired area. He was impressed and pleased with the result.

So...it's not only women who appreciate your store.

Lorna
Toronto, Ontario

Has Quilting totally taken over at your house too?