Apparently there were conflicting results on Groundhog's Day this year -- Punxsatawny Phil saw his shadow (thus predicting six more weeks of winter), while Wiarton Willie did not (therefore heralding an early spring). According to Google Maps, we live closer to Wiarton, both geographically and philosophically, so an early spring it is!

Which suits us fine. While snow days make great sew days, we're ready for a break. And with all the fresh new spring fabrics that are arriving daily, we are more than ready to move on to a matching season.

Give winter the cold shoulder and come in to see all of the new collections. We have French Quarter, Amethyst, World Maps, Have a Latte, and Whitewashed Cottage -- all of which arrived within the first few days of February!

Yes, it really is going to be an early spring!

Hope to see you soon!

Leslie, Val, and all the staff at Quilty Pleasures 

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We always try to do something special for our anniversary celebrations, and this year it's going to be spectacular!

We are delighted that Jen Houlden will be visiting us for a two-day workshop devoted to making her stunning Bargello Sunflower quilt. You have to see it to believe it --  an eye-catching pieced centre surrounded by gradated
flower petals, fusible appliqué secured with free-motion zig-zag stitching, and burlap stitching that gives the illusion of ghost pieces. Jen's techniques are extremely forgiving and, more important, fun, resulting in a truly original piece of artwork from a truly original Canadian designer!

As well, Jen will present a trunk show of her quilting life, starting in Saskatchewan, detouring up to the Canadian Arctic, on to the Australian outback, and then back to Ontario. Along the way, she has made many quilts, each influenced by her surroundings and her own incredible imagination. And we'll get to see them!

These events are not to be missed. The trunk show will be held on Thursday, April 30 at 6:30. Cost to attend is $15. The two-day workshop will be held on Friday, May 1 and Saturday, May 2 from 10:00 until 4:00 each day. Cost to attend is $175, which includes lunch both days. As space is limited for the workshop, please register as soon as possible.

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Photo courtesy of Quilts by Jen


School's in session! You can take a look at our class schedule here.

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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 27 till Sunday, March 29. 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, along with gourmet meals and a cash bar. We’ll provide mini-classes, games, prizes and surprises, with, of course, lots of dedicated sewing time.

Arrive any time after 2:00 pm on Friday and go home to sleep at 10:00, 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, two lunches and between-meal munchies, is only $375, plus HST.

Space is limited for this very popular event, so sign up early -- we don't want you to miss out!

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How much time and effort have you spent trying to come up with attractive, yet functional, storage solutions for your sewing space? How has that worked out for you? Probably not very well, judging by the grumbling we hear every day!

Well, here is welcome news: After consulting with real sewers, looking at their real sewing spaces, and analyzing their real needs,  the talented designers at Inspira have come up with a collection of cabinets to solve all your problems.

Just imagine, one cupboard devoted entirely to threads, another for hoops and stabilizers, and another for fabric. Then add a generous three-drawer supply cabinet, a compartmentalized unit for all the odds and ends, a mobile notions cart, and an adjustable activity table. The result? A perfectly organized room that lets you find what you need when you need it, which means more time for sewing!

Click here to view the Inspira Studio catalogue. Then take a few measurements and make some plans -- your sewing space is about to become a studio!

flying grad Many students pass through the hallowed halls of the Quilty Pleasures Institute in search of higher education, but not all complete their projects.  If you would like to come back for some grad work, you can tackle your PhD – Projects Half Done – with the help of Leslie, Val, Sherrill and Marie-Claire.

The summer school classes were very well attended, so we have decided to continue them on a regular basis. Check the class schedule for dates and times, and please note that the projects you bring should be from Quilty Pleasures classes so that we'll be able to help you! 

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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 Performance 5.0. It's the top-of-the-line, with all the features you'll learn to love, yet it's 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. 
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*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 a Performance 5.0, 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.

Your donations will be gratefully appreciated!

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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.

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