Thank you to everyone who attended my Bridal Tea and to everyone who couldn't make it but sent their well-wishes! I was overwhelmed by all the cards, gifts (rule-breakers!) and recipes that came pouring in. I'm never going to leave the kitchen! If I missed saying "Hello" to anyone (which I'm sure I did), I'm so sorry!
I would also like to thank Mum, Leslie (second Mum), Tamara (cool Mom), and Terry (not a Mum) for all the hard work it took to pull off such a wonderful event! And to Carrie, Paulette, Rachel and Valerie for working so hard on the floor so that I could socialize.
I am so lucky to be able to come to work everyday and be surrounded by such wonderful friends.
There will be wedding photos!
Love, Amy (+ Adam)
|First, on Wednesday, November 15, she'll be presenting Cutwork Snowflakes.
Cutwork is a needlework technique where portions of fabric are cut out and the resulting holes are reinforced with embroidery. Learn how to create this heirloom needlework by machine in a fraction of the time with Kathy. There are three project options in this class (lacy snowflake, snowflake quilt block, and stained glass snowflake), so you can choose your favourite to bring the beauty of winter indoors with one of these beautiful snowflakes!
Next up, on Friday, November 17, she'll be back with Captivating Clamshells.
Clamshells are created when half-circle shapes are connected and layered in an offset grid. But forget the curved piecing -- there's an easier way! If you're a fan of Apliquick appliqué (or if it's a whole new technique for you), you'll love this class with Kathy. Two-inch clamshells fit beautifully on a 2-1/2" strip of fabric, making this a perfect jelly roll project. Make it completely scrappy, or alternate scrappy rows with rows of a single fabric. The options are endless!
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!
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!