2211 St. Joseph Boulevard
Orleans, Ontario
K1C 7C5
613-834-3044
info@quiltypleasures.ca
    

JOIN THE SESQUI-FEST!

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!
                                       
Leslie, Val, Tamara, Amy, Valerie, Paulette, Carrie, and Rachel

Canada 150 Logo
Our Canada 150 banner kit makes it easy to show your patriotic colours!

 
So does our Canada 150 tote kit -- only it holds more stuff!

 


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SUMMER GARDEN OF VALUES!

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As with any perennial garden, your fabric garden needs annual maintenance: Identify colour gaps, deal with the weeds, add some new varieties. As a public service, we are again offering our ever-popular Summer Garden of Values! 

Every week during the summer, we'll be featuring a different colour. If that colour appears, in even the tiniest amount, in a regularly-priced fabric, it's 25% off! This applies to fabric on the bolt (minimum cut 0.25m), fat quarters, pre-cuts such as charm squares and jelly rolls, and kits. Take a look at this year's schedule here, then
start digging through your stash and get your garden in order. Unlike the real kind of gardening, this one's much easier on the manicure!














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ROW BY ROW 2017 -- ON THE MOVE!



With Sesquicentennial celebrations going on all over the country, this year's theme seems particularly appropriate. And with Row by Row running from June 21 to September 5, you'll have plenty of time to visit plenty of quilt shops!

If you're not familiar with RxR, here is a quick rundown: It's sort of a shop hop, only easier, and lots of shops are involved (over 3200, worldwide!), so you can plan your summer travels according to which shops you want to visit.

Each participating shop has prepared a 9" x 36" quilt row based on the theme of On the Move. Collect their patterns (which are free) and use at least eight of them in a finished quilt to be eligible for a prize of 25 fat quarters.


 This is our block, This Way and That, designed by our Amy. Notice how it can be incorporated into your quilt either vertically or horizontally.You're welcome.



Visit the Row by Row Experience web site,where you will find a full explanation of the rules, a list of participating shops, maps, and answers to frequently asked questions. To see pictures of all the local shops' rows, visit RxR's Facebook page.

Happy rowing! We're looking forward to seeing you on your travels this summer!
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FINANCING OPTIONS!
Sometimes the deals come along when the budget isn't quite ready. Did you know there are several financing options which are always available to help you in the short or longer term?
3 Months No Payment, No Interest is always a great solution because it comes at no extra cost and is available on all machines over $500.
If you prefer Equal Payments, there are two plans from which to choose: 48 months or 60 months, each at a cost of just 8.9%. These plans are available for all machines costing over $2000.

Interested? Just ask us for details. The process is simple and will put a machine in your sewing room right when you need it.



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HERE'S SERGEANT SESQICENTENNIAL!


Sergeant Sesquicentennial

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!




BONUS!


If you've bought the Sesquicentennial Panel featuring the Parliament Buildings and a Mountie, Northcott has provided a free quilt pattern for you.

Click here for the pattern.

 

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SPRING CLASSES ARE IN SESSION! 

Val's Classroom

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!








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!
Passport Machine

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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:

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The Pfaff expression 3.5 offers lots of light, lots of throat area, and the incomparable IDT dual-feed system. 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.
Memory Craft 9400
The Janome MC9400 is a top-of-the-line machine with all the bells and whistles (and yet it's surprisingly quiet). Full-featured with touch-screen navigation, this machine will spoil you for anything else.

 

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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WE'RE MEDIA SOCIABLE!

Please visit our Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest pages
for all the latest QP happenings.

Amy keeps those sites up-to-date, so take a look and be one of our Quilty Pleasures friends! (A new window will open when you click the above links.)

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!


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CUDDLE QUILTS!

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.

 





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.

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GRAVITY FOR SALE!

Gravity
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Isaac Newton probably didn't envision this, but we have Gravity for sale. For only $900, plus HST, you can own this gorgeous quilt that was featured last year in our Block-of-the-Month programme from Jaybird Quilts. 

The quilt measures a generous 97" x 96" and was perfectly pieced by Valerie Lutes and professionally quilted by The Silver Fox. It's breathtaking, and was a big hit on our classroom wall for many months, but now it's time to find it a new home. If you're interested, just give us a call. 

But hurry, there's only one!



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!





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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!