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 couple of special quilt projects 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. (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!
So does our Canada 150 tote kit -- only it holds more stuff!
Here's your chance to hear all about our recent exploits in St Louis at Spring International Quilt Market! Tune in to the latest trends and amaze your friends with your insider's knowledge of today's quilting world.
Formerly known as Notions Commotion, Sew What's New! will feature all of the new fabric directions, patterns, techniques, and, yes, notions that we discovered at Market.
Summer is a time to relax and take it easy, so why not extend that to your sewing as well?
We have a good supply of kits available, in several different styles, so you'll probably find a few that appeal. Each kit includes a pattern and coordinated fabrics for the top and binding, so you won't have to make any decisions, you'll just have to make time for a fun sewing project!
And, don't forget, our Summer Garden of Values has started. This week is Red Week, of course!
See, something for everyone!
Say 'Hello' to 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.
We're pleased to report our pattern made it to the top ten finalists in Northcott's Quilt Shop Block Challenge! Thank you to all who voted for us and congratulations to Along Came Quilting of Calgary and The Fabric Addict of Lethbridge whose two blocks tied for first place.! We salute you!
It's a little early for gardening, so why not take a few classes instead?
We've added new sessions of some old standbys (Machine Quilting, Quilting I, Voyager Bag, for example), resurrected some old favourites (Nested Gems, Log Cabin), PLUS we've added some exciting brand-new ones (Straight Line Quilting, Flight of the Bumblebee, Machine Embroidery Tutorial, Kylee's Kite).
Then, if you want to get a head start on celebrating the big 150, try our Sesquicentennial Tote Bag, or the Apliquick Canada 150 Banner.
Take a look at the classes here, then give us a call to sign up. See you in class!
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.
MACHINES 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 you now have the choice of two machines to use in the classroom:
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 bring your own machine with you. That way, the teacher can help you with any issues that arise. However, if you'd like to buy either an expression 3.5 or an MC9400, that's still an option!
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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.
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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.
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!