Thursday, April 20, 2017

Look at these Cats!!!

 

Aren't these the cutest cats?!
Knittens is by Anita Jeram for Clothworks.
Click here to purchase online: Knittens





Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Dapper by Tim Holtz is here!



Inspired by worn textiles of a merchant tailor with the stylish nostalgia of timeless typography, Dapper captures a classic era in this new collection. The pattern and imagery are woven together in a neutral palette with a hint of faded color to inspire the most sophisticate and eclectic creations.

Dapper is by Tim Holtz for Coats.



Dapper - Street Maps

Dapper - Vintage Receipts

Dapper - Script

Dapper - Tape Measures & Cigar Box Labels

Dapper - Numbers

Monday, April 3, 2017

The Canadian Sampler - Meet the Designers - Stacey Lee O’Malley

We hope you are enjoying making your Canadian Sampler Blocks!
Keep sharing your blocks on facebook and instagram with #thecanadiansampler and remember to tag us!

April's blocks are Parliament Gate by Stacey Lee O’Malley from SLOstudio and Snowflake by Kathy Schwartz & Lori Suss from Highway 10 Designs.

Parliament Gate
Stacey Lee O’Malley from SLOstudio

Parliament Gate by Stacey Lee O'Malley

Stacey Lee O’Malley is a modern quilter and sewing pattern designer living in Ottawa. Stacey’s patterns have been featured in Modern Patchwork Gifts, Make Modern Magazine and Love Patchwork & Quilting Magazine. 

 You can find out more about Stacey on Instagram or on her blog: SLOstudio.

Stacey Lee O'Malley from SLOstudio 

Inspiration for Parliament Gate 



This block is based on a stone motif in the gates at Canada's Parliament buildings. I live in Ottawa and work just a few blocks away from Parliament Hill, so I often walk around the grounds at lunch time. I'm always inspired by the architecture and the little details in iron work and stone carvings - and wanted to share a piece of this inspiration for The Canadian Sampler.



Sign up for The Canadian Sampler and make this gorgeous quilt to Celebrate Canada's 150th Anniversary!

Registrations for The Canadian Sampler starting July 2017 are now open. 
 

The Canadian Sampler - Meet the Designers - Kathy Schwartz & Lori Suss

We hope you are enjoying making your Canadian Sampler Blocks!
Keep sharing your blocks on facebook and instagram with #thecanadiansampler and remember to tag us!

Kathy Schwartz and Lori Suss met in Flin Flon, Manitoba at a local guild meeting in 2003.  An instant friendship began and soon they were co-hosting guild programs that affectionately became known as the "Lori & Kathy Show" because of their completely different approaches to working on any project.

 In the fall of 2011 Lori moved to Dauphin and joined the local guild. The idea of designing their own quilt pattern to use as a Mystery project to be presented at both guilds is what sparked the start of their design business. From there Highway 10 Designs was born, named after the highway that connects their two towns. Now seven patterns later, the drive to create is stronger than ever and they are looking forward to seeing what is around the next corner for Highway 10 Designs. 

Visit their Facebook page where they share pictures of their quilts and quilts made by others using their patterns.

Lori Suss & Kathy Schwartz from Highway 10 Designs

Besides being pattern designers both are professional Longarm quilters—a dream that came true for Kathy in 2009 and for Lori in 2012.

Kathy is the owner of Tamarack Shack Longarm Quilting located at Schist Lake near Flin Flon, MB. Visit her blog: Tamarack Shack

Lori is the owner of Night Owl Quilting and Dye Works located in Dauphin, MB. You can visit her blog: Night Owl Quilting & Dye Works  



Inspiration for Snowflake 

Lori and Kathy both grew up in Winnipeg and developed an appreciation for winter activities at a young age. Now as adults living in central (prairies) and northern (shield) Manitoba they still enjoy many winter activities like snow shoeing, cross country skiing, ice fishing or snow dyeing.  The Snowflake is a reflection of their love of winter and how they embrace Manitoba’s six months of snow each year.



Sign up for The Canadian Sampler and make this gorgeous quilt to Celebrate Canada's 150th Anniversary!

Registrations for The Canadian Sampler starting July 2017 are now open. 

Friday, March 17, 2017

Tabby Road is Here!



Tabby Road is the illustrated adventures of a fabulously sophisticated polka-dotted house cat with flare to spare and her sassy striped kitty sister.


These two crazy kittens spend their days climbing delightfully proportioned banded fruit trees, chasing mice up and down elegant acanthus leaves for sport, coughing up brightly colored fur balls and ending their days with bellies full of artisan-crafted consciously canned, organic cat snacks. If ever there was a cat to envy, this is the one.




Tabby Road is the life of the common house cat as seen through Tula Pink's eyes, transformed into an imaginary world of quirk and color, mischief and mayhem.


Click here to purchase: Tabby Road by Tula Pink

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Deal of the Month - March - 31% Off Kona Basics - Black, Medium Grey, Canada Red, White, and Snow


Our Deal of the Month for March is 31% Off Kona Basics - Black, Medium Grey, Canada Red, White, and Snow. *

This is a great time to stock up on those basics you know you will use and get some Canada Red for your Sesquicentennial Projects!

*Please note:
  • There is a 1m minimum cut on the Deal of the Month colours. Buy as much as you want!
  • Offer is valid through the month of March 2017 online and in the store. 
  • Offer is valid on Kona Black, Medium Grey, Canada Red, White, and Snow. All other Kona Cotton colours can be purchased at our regular price of $12.99/metre. 
  • This offer does not apply to Kona Mini Bolts. The Deal of the Month cannot be combined with other offers. 
Click here to purchase: Deal of the Month - March -  31% Off Kona Basics - Black, Medium Grey, Canada Red, White, and Snow. 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

The Canadian Sampler - Meet the Designers - Felicity Ronaghan

We're in the third month of The Canadian Sampler and we love seeing your gorgeous Keep'n WarmPacific Stars, Thousand Islands Star, and Canada by Code blocks.

This project has been a labour of love for all of us involved and it makes us so happy to see you enjoying it.

March's blocks are Maple Leaf 4 Ever by Felicity Ronaghan from Felicity Quilts and Grain Elevator by Jennifer Houlden from Quilts by Jen.

Maple Leaf 4 Ever
by Felicity Ronaghan from Felicity Quilts

Maple Leaf 4 Ever by Felicity Ronaghan from Felicity Quilts

Felicity has been a passionate quilter since the first minute of her first quilting class over 15 years ago. Felicity started her blog, Felicity Quilts, in 2010 to be a journal of sorts, and blogging led her to discover the online world of modern quilting.

It's literally changed my life - I've met friends, expanded my creative life and travelled in ways I'd never imagined. 

When Felicity is not not quilting, she's a wife and mom, and now a job-seeker since her family relocated from Vancouver, BC to Naramata, a small community on Lake Okanagan in BC's wine region.

 Follow Felicity on her blogInstagram & Twitter 


Felicity Ronaghan


Inspiration for Maple Leaf 4 Ever

As a centennial baby, I feel especially connected to Canada's Sesquicentennial, so I was thrilled to be asked to participate in this Sampler! I really wanted my block to exude Canadiana and I think four maple leaf blocks fits the bill. Having the colours alternate as leaf/background adds a bit of movement and interest.

Sign up for The Canadian Sampler and make this gorgeous quilt to Celebrate Canada's 150th Anniversary!

Registrations for Round II of The Canadian Sampler starting July 2017 are now open. 


Maple Leaf 4 Ever in The Canadian Sampler

The Canadian Sampler - Meet the Designers - Jennifer Houlden

We're in the third month of The Canadian Sampler and we love seeing your gorgeous Keep'n WarmPacific StarsThousand Islands Star, and Canada by Code blocks.

This project has been a labour of love for all of us involved and it makes us so happy to see you enjoying it.

March's blocks are Grain Elevator by Jennifer Houlden from Quilts by Jen & Maple Leaf 4 Ever by Felicity Ronaghan from Felicity Quilts.


Grain Elevator
by Jennifer Houlden from Quilts by Jen

Grain Elevator by Jennifer Houlden from Quilts by Jen

Jennifer is a quilt designer, pattern writer, teacher, lover of colour and fabric/fibre addict. She is the proprietor of Quilts by Jen and loves to share her passion for quilting. 

As a young child Jennifer was always creating something with her hands – every craft imaginable - but sewing was never something she wanted to do. Then she found quilting and her whole world changed! She learned how to quilt when living in Yellowknife, NWT and continued quilting when she moved to the Australian Outback. She moved into the world of designing and writing patterns for Arbee Designs while living in Australia. 

Upon her return to Canada in 2011 Jennifer developed her own company and started writing patterns under her own label as well as teaching and speaking at local guilds and shops. 

Follow Jennifer on her websiteTwitterFacebook, and Instagram.


Jennifer Houlden from Quilts by Jen

Inspiration for Grain Elevator

I grew up in Saskatchewan where grain elevators dotted the landscape and were an icon of the prairies. These wooden elevators are few and far between now as most have burnt, collapsed or been removed and replaced by large concrete versions. My block for this great project is a tribute to the wooden grain elevators that lined the prairie landscape as we travelled the prairie roads to visit friends and relatives.




Sign up for The Canadian Sampler and make this gorgeous quilt to Celebrate Canada's 150th Anniversary!

Registrations for Round II of The Canadian Sampler starting July 2017 are now open. 


Grain Elevator in The Canadian Sampler

Friday, February 24, 2017

Compositions from Moda!

Compositions is a delicate and sophisticated collection from BasicGrey. Sheet music, text, numbers, and pages from books come together in an elegant palette of white and grey complemented with BasicGrey's classic Grunge textures.



What's your type, maestro? Medley or Melody? Can't decide? Let Compositions guide your next crafty symphony. Whether you create a ballad or an epic, or even a complete chorus, this goes-with-everything collection is sure to move you in creating monumental arrangements. Encore! Encore! Compositions is by Basic Grey for Moda. 
Click here to purchase: Compositions





Thursday, February 9, 2017

The Canadian Sampler - Meet the Designers - Michèle-Renée Charbonneau

We're in the second month of The Canadian Sampler and we have enjoyed seeing your lovely Keep'n Warm blocks & Pacific Stars blocks.

February's blocks are Canada by Code by Michèle-Renée Charbonneau from Quiltmatters & Thousand Islands Star by Nellie Holmes & Christine Baker from Upper Canada Quiltworks Publishing.

Canada by Code
by Michèle-Renée Charbonneau from Quiltmatters
Canada by Code by Michèle-Renée Charbonneau from Quiltmatters 
M-R's a hard core quilter, with a passion for modern and art quilting and a deep respect for our traditional quilting roots. A first generation quilter, she's been quilting for over 18 years and blogging at Quilt Matters for the last five years. She also speaks to guilds about modern quilting and shares her passion for this art through teaching.   She lives in Ottawa with her husband and three wild things (ages 12, 9, and 7). She's actively involved in her local quilt guilds, including being a founding member of the Ottawa Modern Quilt Guild.

Follow M-R on her blog Quilt MattersInstagramTwitter, & Facebook .

Michèle-Renée Charbonneau from Quiltmatters 

Inspiration for Canada by Code

I wanted my block to have a modern look to it, but still pay tribute to our history. This simple-looking block uses Morse code to spell out our country’s name. Fitting too, since Canada’s primary long-distance communications method during the time of Confederation was the telegraph. And while we don't use Morse code anymore, this 'code' block design is also a nod to our tech industry and lifestyle -- we're a pretty 'connected' society. Did you know that 82% of Canadians have high speed Internet connections? We are so connected in fact that the Canadian government has recently declared that high speed broadband internet should be considered a "basic communications necessity" like landline telephone lines. That's a pretty bold statement that's going to have major impacts on our telecommunications infrastructure in rural areas of the country.  

 I like to think that this block celebrates our history and gives us a taste of our future.




You can join the fun! Sign up for The Canadian Sampler today and make this gorgeous quilt to Celebrate Canada's 150th Anniversary!

Please Note: We will be closing registrations for this round of The Canadian Sampler at the end of February. All registrations March 1 and onward will be enrolled for Round 2 of The Canadian Sampler starting July 2017.

The Canadian Sampler - Meet the Designers - Nellie Holmes and Christine Baker

We're in the second month of The Canadian Sampler and we have enjoyed seeing your lovely Keep'n Warm blocks & Pacific Stars blocks.

February's blocks are Thousand Islands Star by Nellie Holmes & Christine Baker from Upper Canada Quiltworks Publishing and Canada by Code by Michèle-Renée Charbonneau from Quiltmatters.

Thousand Islands Star
by Nellie Holmes & Christine Baker from Upper Canada Quiltworks Publishing
Thousand Islands Star by Nellie Holmes & Christine Baker

Twelve years ago, designers and friends Christine Baker (Fairfield Road Designs) and Nellie Holmes (Originellie's) formed a joint company, Upper Canada Quiltworks Publishing Co. so that they could publish books and patterns that they co-design.

Their first book, Rag Bags©, released in May 2004, was a huge hit and featured patterns for 12 different tote bags all made using the rag technique. Their second book Rag-a-Muffins© (2005) contains lots of projects to make for children such as rag quilts, fusible appliqué wall hangings and accessories. This year they released their third book “Celebrate Canada” which contains lots of projects using Northcott’s “Oh Canada” line of fabric. It is available now in quilt shops across the country. Collectively they have designed over 200 patterns.

Nellie & Christine

They currently have 56 patterns that they have designed jointly for Upper Canada Quiltworks and Northcott Fabrics and have just released their first block of the month quilt pattern called “Tweets and Twinkles”. They also design patterns for many major quilt magazines. Christine and Nellie do trunk shows and workshops for quilt guilds and they teach at local quilt shops. They have often been exhibitors at International Quilt Market and Quilt Canada. They both live in Brockville, Ontario.

Follow Nellie & Christine on their website and their blogs - Fairfied Road Designs & Originellies.




Inspiration for Thousand Islands Star

We live in Brockville, Ontario which is located in the beautiful Thousand Islands. During the summer, the St. Lawrence River is the centre of almost all of the activities that occur in our area. Much like the flying geese blocks that join together to form arrows which point towards the centre of our block, all of the activities in Brockville in the summer point to the river. From sailing and kayaking on the river, camping and picnicking on the islands, beautiful restaurants at the waterfront and festivals and gatherings in the parks along the water, the St. Lawrence River and the Thousands Islands form the centre of our community.


Thousand Islands Star in The Canadian Sampler

You can join the fun! Sign up for The Canadian Sampler today and make this gorgeous quilt to Celebrate Canada's 150th Anniversary!

Please Note: We will be closing registrations for this round of The Canadian Sampler at the end of February. All registrations March 1 and onward will be enrolled for Round 2 of The Canadian Sampler starting July 2017.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Mystery Fat Quarter Boxes!


We have fun mystery boxes for you this weekend!

Choose from Mystery Box - Happy or Mystery Box - Timeless and get 25 assorted fat quarters from our Clearance Section for only $44.99! That's $1.79 per fat quarter!

*Offer is valid until February 5 or until stock lasts. *

Don't wait to get these!

Click here: Mystery Fat Quarter Boxes

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Canadian Sesquicentennial from Northcott Fabrics



Celebrate Canada's 150th Anniversary with Northcott Fabrics' very special Canadian Sesquicentennial Collection designed by Deborah Edwards.

This beautiful collection features a 24" digital panel with beloved symbols of Canada, collector panels for all the provinces, a map of Canada panel,  a gorgeous newsprint coordinate, maple leaves, text and a text stripe in Northcott's classic Stonehenge red and beige.

Click here to purchase: Canadian Sesquicentennial 

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

The Canadian Sampler - Meet the Designers - Sandy Whitelaw

The Canadian Sampler begins this week and we are thrilled to feature the wonderful designers who made this beautiful quilt!

Earlier this year we invited 20 amazing Canadian designers to each design a red and white quilt block to celebrate our great nation. The designers created a 12" red and white quilt block that expressed their love for our beautiful country. They made maple leaves and flying geese, star blocks and snowflakes, inuksuit and grain elevators. They drew inspiration from the seasons, the cities they live in, and the towns they visited. They showcased Canada's beauty, strength and rich heritage. They created blocks with great care and generosity and we are honoured to bring you their beautiful work.

Each month, members receive two block patterns. You can read about these talented designers and their inspiration for making the blocks here on our blog each month.

January's Blocks are Keep'n Warm by Sandy Whitelaw from Upstairs Hobby Room and Pacific Stars by Daphne Greig from Patchworks Studio. Read about Daphne's Pacific Stars Block here: The Canadian Sampler - Meet the Designers - Daphne Greig

Keep’n Warm 
by Sandy Whitelaw from Upstairs Hobby Room
Keep'n Warm by Sandy Whitelaw from Upstairs Hobby Room

Sandy has always loved to craft. She's sewn, knit and crocheted for most of her life. She's dabbled in tole painting, jewelry making, scrapbooking, woodworking and has always loved photography.

Sandy attempted her first quilt, a Quilt in a Day pattern in 1991 for her then 4 year old son. She finished the quilt when her son turned 25 - 21 years later!  Her son loved the quilt and Sandy's quilting journey officially began.


Sandy Whitelaw

Sandy loves everything about the quilt making process and quickly knew she wanted to be involved from the beginning to the end of making her own beautiful quilts. She purchased a good sewing machine and later her very own long-arm machine. Sandy now creates her own patterns, blogs about her work and hosts Block of the Month programs on her blog as well. She says, There is something so amazing about having an idea, creating the design and seeing your pattern brought to life in fabrics and colours, and almost 4 years later that love is only growing stronger.

Sandy has been married to her best friend for 31 years. They have three wonderful children together. As families do, they have grown in the last few years to include a son-in-law and their first granddaughter.


You can follow Sandy on her Blog, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook Page. 
You can find her patterns here: UpStairs HobbyRoom Designs

Inspiration for Keep'n Warm

You can't be Canadian and not own a toque! Most of my fondest memories as a kid involve our Canadian winters with tobogganing, skating, shoveling the driveway with my siblings... and you can't do any of those without a toque!
- Sandy Whitelaw



Keep'n Warm in The Canadian Sampler
You can join the fun! Sign up for The Canadian Sampler today and make this gorgeous quilt to Celebrate Canada's 150th Anniversary!

The Canadian Sampler - Meet the Designers - Daphne Greig

The Canadian Sampler begins this week and we are thrilled to feature the wonderful designers who made this beautiful quilt!

Earlier this year we invited 20 amazing Canadian designers to each design a red and white quilt block to celebrate our great nation. The designers created a 12" red and white quilt block that expressed their love for our beautiful country. They made maple leaves and flying geese, star blocks and snowflakes, inuksuit and grain elevators. They drew inspiration from the seasons, the cities they live in, and the towns they visited. They showcased Canada's beauty, strength and rich heritage. They created blocks with great care and generosity and we are honoured to bring you their beautiful work.

Each month, members receive two block patterns. You can read about these talented designers and their inspiration for making the blocks here on our blog each month.

January's Blocks are Pacific Stars by Daphne Greig from Patchworks Studio and Keep'n Warm by Sandy Whitelaw from Upstairs Hobby Room. Read about Sandy's Keep'n Warm Block here: The Canadian Sampler - Meet the Designers - Sandy Whitelaw

Pacific Stars
by Daphne Greig from Patchworks Studio
Pacific Stars by Daphne Greig from Patchworks Studio
Daphne can't remember a time when sewing and needlework were not part of her life. She started making dresses for her Barbie doll when she was 6 years old and made all her own and her children's clothes for many years. It was an opportunity to take a one-day quilting class in 1984 that lead to her career as a quilter, designer, author and educator. Quilting started as a hobby, but turned into her passion and her business. 
Daphne Greig

Daphne has written five quilting books, filmed an instructional DVD teaching her Give & Take Appliqué™ technique and has designed hundreds of patterns through her company Patchworks Studio. 

Designing quilts is a large part of Daphne's career, however teaching and interacting with students is one of the joys in her life. She loves meeting students who share her passion for fabric and creativity. She has taught at quilting conferences throughout North America and also at retreats and for guilds and shops. Daphne also teaches online at the Academy of Quilting and has sailed the high seas to teach on 6 Quilting Cruises. Her next Alaska Quilt Cruise is scheduled for August 2017.

Daphne lives and works in North Saanich on Vancouver Island in British Columbia.





Learn more about Daphne at her website: daphnegreig.com | See Daphne's patterns and books at: patchworkstudio.com | Follow Daphne on Facebook at: facebook.com/PatchworksStudio

Inspiration for Pacific Stars

I started with one thought. What is British Columbia known for? We are known for our forests, particularly the Coastal Rain Forest, and we are on the edge of the Pacific Ocean. 


I designed several patchwork tree designs. They didn't work well! My main problem was trying to get the sense of the trees without having tiny pieces and complex piecing. I tried a landscape with trees and trees diagonally in the block but there were still so many small pieces. 

I thought again about what else happens in British Columbia. We aren't the first in the country to see the sunrise or the sunset. We are the last! And what happens when the sun sets? Stars begin to appear. In fact we are the last place in Canada to see the stars. So that's when I decided that a 'star' block might work well. With that in mind I designed a block with a white central star surrounded by an exploding red star. 

 As you make this block, imagine you are in a British Columbia forest, you look up into the sky just as the sun sets and you see the last stars begin to appear over Canada's Pacific province.


- Daphne Greig




Pacific Stars - Top Row & Last on the Right in The Canadian Sampler

You can join the fun! Sign up for The Canadian Sampler today and make this gorgeous quilt to Celebrate Canada's 150th Anniversary!