All of our normal day-to-day activities are going to be punctuated with major Sesquicentennial celebrations throughout the year, so 2017 is going to be a busy one for the entire country!
For our part, we've prepared a special quilt project based on the Canada 150 logo (shown at right), we'll be participating in Northcott's Trans-Canada Block Party (details here), and we have a new store mascot -- meet Sergeant Sesquicentennial, whom you can make for your very own. And, if you love him, he'd love to have your vote in Northcott's Quilt Shop Block Challenge! See below for details.So, yes, it's going to be a big year. Stay tuned for further updates on all the festivities, and join the fun as Canada quilts a party!
Looking for a new romance during these long winter nights? Cozy up to Pfaff for a match made in heaven!
During the month of February, Pfaff is offering:
We're proud to introduce Sergeant Sesquicentennial, Quilty Pleasures' contribution to Northcott's Trans-Canada Block Partyl
Between now and September 1, 2017, you can drop by our shop and get a free copy of the pattern for yourself (we also have kits for sale). Visit at least five other participating shops, collect their patterns, and put them together into a quilt for a chance to win some great prizes.
Full details can be found at www.northcott.com. Just click on "Resources" to find contest rules.
VOTE FOR THE SARGE!
This just in -- our pattern has made it to the top ten finalists in Northcott's Quilt Shop Block Challenge!
Please go to http://woobox.com/ze79n2 by February 28 to see the other contestants, then we'd appreciate it if you'd vote for the Sarge.
Thank you! We salute you!
How does a full weekend of non-stop quilting sound?
Our annual In-Town Retreat is being held at Camelot Golf & Country Club from Friday, March 24 till Sunday, March 26, 2017.
Only 5 minutes east of Place d’Orleans, Camelot offers bright, spacious sewing and socializing areas with spectacular views of the Ottawa River and Gatineau Hills. Your weekend will include lots of dedicated sewing time interspersed with games, activities, prizes and surprises, along with gourmet meals and a cash bar. We'll also offer a surprise project for Friday evening, an optional super-secret Mystery Project, and great opportunities to meet and mingle with other quilters.
Arrive any time after 10:00 am on Friday and go home to sleep at 10:00 pm, leaving your machine and all your stuff without worry, ready for the next day’s sewing. Come back from 9:00 am until 10:00 pm on Saturday, then spend from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm on Sunday. The cost of the weekend, which includes two three-course dinners, two continental breakfasts, three lunches* and between-meal munchies, is only $460, plus HST.
Space is limited for this very popular event, so sign up early -- we don't want you to miss out!
* If you cannot arrive before 2:00 on Friday, the cost of Friday's lunch will be deducted from your registration fee.
If you think you've missed out on taking Quilting I (again), don't despair! There is still room in the Wednesday morning classes starting on January 25. Just call us to register and get your supply list.
And take a look at our complete class list here. We have several spots available in Claire Huneault's 12 Steps to Successful Quiltmaking, and we've added another session for her Dancing Diamonds class. These are in addition to all of our other great classes, so please take a few minutes to see what's available. You're sure to find something to while away the winter!
Carting your machine back and forth to classes can be a pain -- literally. Lighten the load with Pfaff's fabulous little passport 3.0!
Weighing just over 6 kg, it's lightweight and compact, making it a perfect travel machine. But that doesn't mean you have to sacrifice features -- the passport has Pfaff's famous IDT dual-feed system, 100 stitches, full electronic functions, built-in thread snips, and it takes all of your standard Pfaff feet.
Freedom captures the grandeur of an eagle soaring through the mountains, while Homecoming depicts Canada Geese in flight against a stunning Maple Leaf flag. Both are available as kits, with full-sized patterns for fusible appliqué, instructions, and all the fabric necessary to complete the tops and bindings.
Drop by or call us to get your kits now, before they all fly out the door!
BOOK DISPLAYERS FOR SALE!
We try our best to offer classes that we think will appeal, but we are always open to suggestions.
If there is a class that you would like to take but we aren't offering, just let us know. And if you have a group of friends who would like to take a class together, we can arrange that, too.
Happy to help.
The creative 1.5 has arrived at Quilty Pleasures! Drop by to take a look, take a test drive, and take one home! And, of course, the creative 1.5 is also a fabulous sewing machine, with all of the Pfaff features we've come to expect -- IDT, 7 mm stitches (150 of them, plus alphabets), stitch sequencing and memory, built-in needle threader and thread snips, mirror imaging, the list goes on. And it's red!
* Adjust, personalize and combine your embroidery designs. Rotate, mirror, scale and resize, add lettering and monograms. Endless possibilities!
WE'RE MEDIA SOCIABLE!
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If you want our Facebook postings to pop up on your news feed, visit our FB page, click "Follow". (it's next to the "Like" button.
Hovering over the "Follow" button will show you a menu with the "Get Notifications" option. Selecting this means you will be alerted in your notifications window whenever we post something.
So easy to be so connected!
PFAFF EXPRESSION 3.5 IN THE CLASSROOM!
Often*, when you attend a class at Quilty Pleasures, you have the option of borrowing a classroom machine instead of bringing your own. This not only makes travelling to class easier for you, it also allows you to see what's new in the world of machines.
We are pleased to announce that the official classroom machine is now the Pfaff expression 3.5.
From the middle of the hugely popular expression series, it has all the features you'll learn to love while being user-friendly and amazingly easy to operate.
Just advise us at the time you register for a class, and we'll make sure to have a machine ready for you.
*Because of the amount of homework involved, we don't recommend using a classroom machine for Quilting I. For that class, it's better to have your own machine in class. That way, the teacher can help you with any issues that arise. If you'd like to buy an expression 3.5, that's still an option!
If you've never made one before, a word of explanation: These are small baby quilts that are placed in the neonatal incubators and bassinets, so the size is restricted to between 22" x 22" and 24" x 24". Their small size also makes them perfect for testing block patterns, busting your stash, and practicing free-motion quilting.
Keeping in mind the intended recipients are newborns, please aim for cute and cheerful, using only 100% cotton or flannel in the top and backing, and 100% cotton thread for the construction and quilting. Cuddle quilts are typically sent home with the babies who use them, so there is a constant demand for them.
Thanks very much. Your donations will be gratefully appreciated!
We can special-order products for you!
It happens all the time: You're reading someone's blog and they recommend a pattern, book, notion, or other item that you'd really like to have. Only trouble is, either they don't sell it or you don't want to order it from them because of the exchange rate, shipping costs, Customs issues, whatever.
Let us deal with it! We can usually order these products from our suppliers, and all of the hassles are taken care of. No fuss, no muss, and your order comes right to the store and into your hands.