Canada's 150th birthday celebrations will be starting before you know it, so now's the time to make your plans.
J.N. Harper, our Canadian supplier of Kaufman fabrics, has spearheaded the Discover Canada collection, a line that lets you show your patriotic spirit in all kinds of projects -- visit their web site www.jnharper.com for free pattern downloads. For more inspiration, we'll have a trunk show of the quilts here at the store at the end of June and early July (that includes Canada Day!). Stay tuned for more details.
Harper has also commissioned Brenda Miller to develop a bag pattern using the collection. The result, Homeward Bound, is a great little tote, with both interior and exterior pockets and a secure zippered closing. It features the city panels on the outside, so you can easily personalize the bag -- make an Ottawa version for yourself and more for all your friends in other locales. We have the fabric, patterns and hardware kits in stock now, but they're going fast.
You know how time flies. 2017 is right around the corner, so let's get the projects started!
Hope to see you soon!
Leslie, Val, Tamara, Amy, Valerie, Paulette, Carrie, Joan and Rachel
PS: In recognition of Victoria Day, we will be closed on Monday, May 23. Enjoy your holiday!
If you've signed up for the Canada Mystery Quilt blocks, you know how beautiful they are. But you may not be completely comfortable with the process of fusible appliqué.
Join us on May 25, from 10:00 until 1:00, for a sit & sew session with Paulette. She'll answer all of your questions and get you on the right track for the blocks you've accumulated, plus the ones yet to come.
Even if you know how to work with fusibles, you'll want to come just for the fun!
TAKE A PASSPORT TO 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.
Add the extension table (which travels in its own bag, securely attached to the machine's hard carrying case), and your passport 3.0 can take you anywhere you want to go!
IT PAYS TO COMPARE!
We know that price is a big factor when shopping for quilting supplies, and it's easy to assume that big box or chain stores will always offer a better price than an independent quilt shop.
However, we recently have had several customers tell us of specific instances where our prices were equal to or better than our competitors', even after their 50% discount was applied. We appreciate knowing that people are paying attention and realizing that our prices are competitive, even though we're a small, local business.
To our watchdog customers: Thanks very much for doing the math!
CREATE A CLASS!
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.
PFAFF CREATIVE 1.5!
Welcome to the wonderful world of embroidery, without the out-of-this-world price! The brand new Pfaff creative 1.5 is the perfect introductory embroidery machine with: Impressive workspace, 240 mm x 150 mm hoop capacity, speed and precision, colour sorting capability, 101 built-in designs ... PLUS Embroidery Intro* Software, included for FREE!
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!
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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!
We continue to collect cuddle quilts for the Montfort.
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!
DID YOU KNOW?
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.