Wouldn't our Row by Row licence plate look smashing on an Aston Martin? Or on one of your quilted projects? Since we are not-so-secret agents for quilting, it just seems appropriate.

If you're participating in Row by Row and/or traveling to the Ottawa area this summer, welcome! After you've visited all of the tourist attractions, please come visit us in Orleans (only 17 km from downtown -- there's a map on our "About Us" page). We'd love to meet you and hear about your travels.

Hope to see you soon!

Leslie, Val, and all the staff at Quilty Pleasures 

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Summer is moving along way too fast, but here's some exciting news that will make you look forward to the fall:

Zen Chic's Brigitte Heitland, internationally acclaimed Moda fabric and pattern designer, is coming back for another visit! Brigitte hails from Germany, and you may remember her pop-up trunk show that we held in May, 2014 (the pictures are here) -- it was impromptu, but so much fun, and we vowed that we would have her back to teach.

Well, set aside Friday, October 30 and/or
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for two fantastic all-day classes. The Friday class is "X&+" (shown at right), an easy-to-piece quilt that makes a strong graphic statement. Suitable for all skill levels, the fun is in playing with fabric combinations to get the best possible effect. We've kitted the project with Brigitte's "Reel Time" collection, so you can spend the day relaxing and sewing with a celebrity.

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The Saturday class is "Octo", a paper-pieced project that will build your skill set while you build big, bold octagonal rings that pack a real punch. This one has been kitted with Brigitte's "Figures" collection (sorry, the sample shown at right is from a different collection -- Figures will feature more blues, corals and yellows with a white background, very bright and fresh). Both quilts measure approximately 30" square, with the option of buying additional fabric to make them bigger.

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Both classes will be held from 9:30 until 4:00 at Camelot Golf and Country Club. Camelot offers plenty of space, great light, spectacular views of the Ottawa River and Gatineau Hills, and, last but definitely not least, gourmet meals and a cash bar. Registration for each class includes a fabric kit and pattern for the day's project, a delicious lunch, morning and afternoon snacks, and the chance to spend quality time with an international celebrity teacher who happens to be really fun! 

And, as a bonus, Brigitte will be arriving straight from International Quilt Market in Houston, so we're pretty sure she can be persuaded to give us a mini trunk show of her latest fabric collections, quilts, and patterns. 

The cost to attend? Only $199 per class, OR you can sign up for both for $350, a savings of almost $50. But don't wait too long to register -- Camelot is roomy, but it has its limits, and you won't want to miss out!
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Because we can't seem to get enough of Brigitte Heitland's creativity, we are very happy to offer another opportunity to see her work up close and very personal.

From Monday, October 5 until Thursday, October 15, we'll be hosting a travelling trunk show of her recent designs. While she won't be here in person (yet!), seven or eight of her newer quilts will be on display to get you in the mood for her visit.

Drop by for a taste of what's to come, and immerse yourself in the calming world of Zen Chic. Once you get in the zone, you'll never want to leave!


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Piecing a quilt is very much like solving a puzzle. So it's no wonder that delegates to the International Puzzle Party brought along their quilting wives when they convened in Ottawa this week.

The IPP is a convention of mechanical puzzle enthusiasts from all over the world. As part of the spouses' program, a tour of local quilt and yarn shops was organized, and we were lucky enough to be included as the final stop. As you can see from the picture, these girls were a fun bunch, coming from seven different countries (Canada, US, England, Northern Ireland, Israel, South Africa, and Taiwan), and the party started as soon as their bus pulled up outside the store!

Thanks for dropping by, ladies! It was lovely to meet you!

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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. 

So 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!

This summer's remaining bloom schedule is:
Week of Colour
August 10 ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////  Pink
August 17 ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////  White and Cream
August 24 ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////  Blue
August 31 ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////  Black and Grey

This is a great opportunity to fill in the holes in your stash – just come in every week and grow a garden of your own!
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Interested in seeing what the new Pfaff creative 1.5 can do? Take a look at this video -- using a couple of the built-in embroidery designs and the Embroidery Intro software (which is included with the machine!), you can see how easy it is to make this very cool clutch!

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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! 

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! 

The creative 1.5 has arrived at Quilty Pleasures! Drop by to take a look, take a test drive, and take one home! 

* Adjust, personalize and combine your embroidery designs. Rotate, mirror, scale and resize, add lettering and monograms. Endless possibilities!

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Hot off the press! Just the other day, we had a visit from our Pfaff Regional Sales Representative, Sandy Morry, and she surprised us with the #1 Dealer Award 2014 for Ontario! 

Of course, we feel very honoured to receive this recognition, but we have to share the credit. First of all, Pfaff makes a line of products that we love and love to promote, with quality second to none. And our customers (that's you!) know that sewing on a Pfaff is an exceptional experience, one to which they are extremely loyal. 

On behalf of Pfaff and ourselves, thank you for your continued support. Drop by to see your plaque!

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Great technique,
great teacher -- this is the class that will open up a whole new world for you! You'll take one large-scale, multi-hued fabric, cut it up, and rearrange the pieces to create a variety of fascinating kaleidoscopic designs. You won't recognize your original fabric, but you'll love the results!


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Our guest teacher, Nancy Leston, hails from British Columbia, where she started sewing paper in kindergarten ("I thought sewing was the greatest invention ever!"). A few years and a few moves later, while living in California and the Netherlands, quilting became her passion. After moving back to Canada in 1992, she began her teaching career.

Occasionally she ventures out of her studio in the stunningly beautiful Rocky Mountains fo
r travel and teaching tours (most recently to Caragabal, Australia!), and we're lucky enough to be included as one of her destinations. Of course, it doesn't hurt that her son, daughter-in-law, and infant grandson live in Ottawa to sweeten the deal!

Nancy's a real ball of fire, and her class will be one of our summer highlights. So if you're an experienced quilter with a hankering to expand your repertoire, set aside Saturday, August 22 (that's the third class -- the others have sold out!), for a wonderful one-block day!


Last year's experience was wonderful, and this year's will be even better -- quilt shops in all 50 US states are pa
rticipating, and, even better, shops in all of the Canadian provinces except Newfoundland & Labrador and the three territories have joined (next year, we'll try to correct that).

If you, too, are new to Row by Row, here's how it works: It's a shop hop, of sorts, but there are no passports, no fees, no set route, and very few rules. From June 21 until September 8, visit as many shops as you like and collect the free row patterns that they have designed (this year's theme is water). Incorporate at least eight different rows into a quilted project, and you could be eligible to win a prize. Simple, fun, and a great addition to your summer travel plans!

We're pleased to reveal this year's Quilty Pleasures row, Drippity-Doo-Dah, shown at right. We'll have free patterns (and very reasonably priced kits) available to pick up during the experience, and we'll also be selling our official RxRx license plate! They're fun to collect, to show where you've been.

If you visit the Row by Row official web site , you can see what all the excitement's about. And then you can join in the fun!

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August's Quick Quilt is Batik Baby, one of our own designs. Start with a layer cake (or cut some 10" squares), make a few simple cuts, rearrange the resulting pieces, and sew them back together for a cute, quick quilt.

We've kitted this quilt in the past, but it's easy to choose fabrics for it. One layer cake or 0.25 m each of eight different fabrics will make a baby quilt. If you want to go bigger, just add more fabric -- each 10" square will result in a 9" (finished) block. We can help with the math!

Once you've chosen your size and fabrics, take your selections to the cash and we'll give you a 25% discount*. Quick, easy, and affordable!

*Discount applies to the pattern of the month and the fabrics, including backing and binding, required for your chosen size. Sorry, batting and thread are not eligible for the discount.

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Until now, our grasp of gravity was pretty much limited to its effect on dropped pins and our chin lines, but we think you'll agree that JayBird's version of Gravity is spectacular, and much easier to appreciate.

It features nine unique blocks made from a dazzling range of Kona solids. The Hex N More and NEW Super Sidekick rulers ensure perfect piecing with no pesky inset seams, and creative colour placement gives the illusion of 18 different blocks. The burst of pattern and colour is amazing. 

To make colour selection easy and more affordable, kits of the exact Konas used in the original quilt are now available, in very limited quantities, and we have scheduled a series of classes to help with block construction. Cost of the kits is only $295, including the pattern, so order one now before they're sold out!

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, hover over the "Like" box, or click the arrow beside it and click "Follow". If you click "Get Notifications", it will alert you in your notifications window whenever we post something. So easy to be so connected!

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A little advance notice: Some of our fall classes are already posted on our web site, and you can click here to see what we have so far. The full list will be finalized by Labour Day, but, in the meantime, classes are available for registration and we urge you to sign up early.


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As well, our Fall Open House will be held on Thursday, September 10 from 3:00 till 8:00. Drop by to meet our teachers, see their samples, ask your questions, and have a snack. We'll send out a reminder closer to the date, but you can mark your calendar now.

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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.

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 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. 
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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 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.

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.