Well, it's official -- Wiarton Willy, unlike his counterparts in Nova Scotia and Pennsylvania, has predicted a late spring. So February is looming large and casting a long shadow of its own.
But there is an upside: it's a short month, even if a day longer this year, and part of it is devoted to chocolate. And then March actually contains the first day of spring, no matter what the groundhogs say. So we just need to find things to amuse ourselves until then.
How about devoting some time to playing with thread? In keeping with Valentine's Day, we're having a romance with Deco-Bob right now -- love the weight, love the sheen, love the colours. It's wonderful for piecing, appliqué, and quilting, contributes to greatly improved accuracy, and works beautifully in both the top and the bobbin. What's not to love? Give yourself a play date and experiment with all those fancy stitches on your machine.
And whenever you need a change of scene, come in to see us!
Leslie, Val, Tamara, Amy, Valerie, Paulette, Carrie, Joan and Rachel
Our annual In-Town Retreat is being held at Camelot Golf & Country Club from Friday, March 18 till Sunday, March 20, 2016. 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 10:00 am on Friday and go home to sleep at 10:00 pm, 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, three lunches* and between-meal munchies, is only $430, plus HST.
Space is limited for this very popular event, so sign up early -- we don't want you to miss out!
* If you cannot arrive before 2:00 on Friday, there is a reduced rate of $399 for the weekend.
BRENDA MILLER INTRODUCED US TO CHINA! AND SHE'S COMING BACK TO ORLEANS!
We had a fabulous time with Brenda Miller, of Among Brenda's Quilts & Bags, during her recent visit. First, she regaled us with stories of her travels to China, where she has been recruited as a quilting ambassador. It seems that the Chinese are relatively unfamiliar with the concept of quilting as a personal pursuit, so Brenda has been providing samples, lessons, patterns, and inspiration to an appreciative and enthusiastic audience. Her presentation was fascinating, part travelogue, part trunk show, and we thoroughly enjoyed making the journey with her. As we've discovered, the world may be small, but the quilting world is getting larger all the time!
The next day, Brenda taught a class on her Essentials Tote, one of her newest designs. The Essentials Tote is roomy and functional, but sleek and stylish, too. Measuring a generous 14.5" x 7" x 13", with lots of pockets and a detachable swing purse, this tote will take you through your busy day with space to spare.
This class sold out early, and the lucky students had a wonderful time, so we are delighted to announce that Brenda will come back for an encore presentation!
Mark you calendar for Thursday, May 12 for another Essentials Tote class. Then, for a little variety, she'll be teaching her Around the Block bag on Saturday, May 14 (see the classes page for pictures). Each all-day class costs $75, and we advise you to sign up now, because space is limited and Brenda's classes sell out fast.
New year, new skills.
Take a look at our winter class schedule, with pictures, here. We're sure you'll find something that interests you.
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.