2211 St. Joseph Boulevard
Orleans, Ontario
K1C 7C5


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modern geoDespite what the calendar and the weatherman are saying, summer really ends with the coming of Labour Day. Sadly, the carefree days are over and the fall routine begins in earnest. So let's make the most of what's left of August and get September off to a great start!

Certain things are winding up -- Summer Garden of Values, Row by Row Experience, First of Infinity Challenge -- but others are coming along to take their place. We're in the process of gearing up for Canada's 150th birthday year, some special events are being planned, and a big-name celebrity teacher will be visiting us in April (here's a hint: her initials are Gudrun Erla). Details will be coming, so stay tuned.

In the meantime, our fall schedule is full of classes that you won't want to miss: You can get a head start on Christmas gifts, you'll learn something new, and you'll have fun. Win, win, win!

 So go ahead and turn the page on your calendar. This autumn is going to be awesome!

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

Modern Geo, from Hoffman Fabrics, combines a
spectacular digital print with Indah hand-dyed batiks
to stunning effect. And we've kitted it for you!

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Our first-ever silent auction to sell retired store samples has raised a whopping $1500 for the Gloucester Emergency Food Cupboard!

Thank you to everyone who attended our Notion Commotion/Sample Sale event in July -- your generosity was overwhelming and is appreciated greatly. With no food-centric holiday to spur donations, summer can be a slow season for food banks, so your money will be put to very good use.

Thanks again. The Commotion paid off! 


Throughout the summer, we focus on a different colour every week. If the featured colour is present, in even the tiniest amount, in a fabric, that fabric* is 25% off!

So make sure you drop by every week, to fill in the gaps in your stash!

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*Applies to all regularly-priced fabrics, fat quarters, pre-cuts and kits.


ROW BY ROW EXPERIENCE! row by row 2016

It's a sure sign of summer, the annual Row by Row Experience. If you're new to it, here is a basic rundown: It's a shop hop, of sorts, with over 3200 participating shops located all over Canada and the US. But, unlike a normal shop hop, there are no passports to stamp, no fees to pay, and minimal rules to follow.

All you have to do is visit the stores of your choice. At each shop, you can collect a free pattern for a 9" x 36" quilt row. Put a minimum of eight of those rows, from at least eight different stores, together into a finished quilt, and you could be eligible for a prize or two. Simple!

Here are some more details, in a nutshell:

  • The dates of this year's RxRx are June 21, 2016 through September 6, 2016;
  • Each shop's pattern is free, but you must visit the store to obtain one. Stores are not permitted to mail, publish, or otherwise distribute their patterns until October 31;
  • If you want to be eligible for a prize, a minimum of eight different rows from eight different shops must be included in your finished quilt, either on the front or the back;
  • The quilt must be quilted, bound and labelled to be considered "finished";
  • Bring your finished quilt to any participating store -- if you are the first to bring in a finished quilt, you will be awarded 25 fat quarters. If that store's block is included in your quilt, you will be awarded a bonus prize of their choosing.

Visit the Row by Row Experience web site, www.rowbyrowexperience.com, for more details, lists of participating shops, and FAQ's. It's lots of fun, so get your friends together and plan some summer road trips.

Of course, you'll want to visit Quilty Pleasures first, to pick up the pattern (or kit) for our row, designed by our very own Amy. Notice that it can be incorporated into your quilt either vertically or horizontally -- which is why we named it The Bee's Knees!
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Our fall class schedule is pretty much settled, and there are several new classes that you'll definitely want to check out (Twisted Log Cabin is one of them; so is Folded Star Hot Mat). Take a look at the lineup on our classes page, then call or drop by to register.

As always, sign up before they fill up!

Take a look at our classes here.



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Congratulations to Julie Lisle, the winner of QP's RxR fat quarter bundle!

Julie lives in Onsted, Michigan, collected her row
s while visiting in Texas, and did all of her sewing right here in Ottawa, making this a truly international project (and all in less than a week!). It was also a project of firsts for Julie: sewing bias edges, using fusible webbing, appliquéing with both invisible thread and zigzag stitching, making a flanged binding, and quilting by machine.

Well done, Julie! Congratulations again, and thanks for rowing!


Show your pride and get ready for our 150th birthday with these two patriotic wall hangings!


Flag and Geese
Freedom, (top) captures the grandeur of an eagle soaring through the mountains, while Homecoming, (bottom) depicts Canada Geese in flight against a stunning Maple Leaf flag. Both are available as kits, with full-sized patterns for fusible appliqué, instructions, and all the fabric necessary to complete the tops and bindings. 

Drop by or call us to get your kits now, before they all fly out the door!

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Every once in a while we find a fabric that's totally in left field for us, but which we just have to buy. This time around, it's the First of Infinity glyphs collection from Lecien. It's so much fun, we couldn't resist, but it's also very different, so what to do with it?

Here's where you come in! We are issuing a challenge to you, our very creative customers, to see who can come up with the best use of this fabric. The rules are simple:
1. Purchase a minimum of 0.25 m of either fabric (or both) and use them in the project of your choice. This may be a quilt, a bag, a garment, a home dec accessory -- whatever -- as long as the fabric is clearly visible on either the front or the outside of the project;
2. In the interest of display space, quilts must have a perimeter of no more than 144". All submitted projects must be labelled with the maker's name and phone number;
3. Projects must be handed in to Quilty Pleasures by the end of the business day on Wednesday, August 31, 2016;
4. Projects will be on display at Quilty Pleasures until Friday, September 30, 2016, during which time Viewer's Choice votes will be collected;
5. The winner will be announced on Monday, October 3, 2016 and will be awarded a $50 gift card from Quilty Pleasures! 

Good luck! We're looking forward to your creations!



We're downsizing a little bit in the book department, so if you would like to relieve us of a book displayer (or two), just let us know.

We're asking $175 each, and they're in excellent condition. Perfect for kids' rooms, school libraries, retail spaces, offices -- they hold lots of books or literature in a relatively small footprint, and they look good doing it.



gravityIsaac 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!
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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!


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.


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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for all the latest QP happenings.

Facebook instructions

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!


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!


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.