2211 St. Joseph Boulevard
Orleans, Ontario
K1C 7C5
613-834-3044
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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 special quilt project 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. And, if you love him, he'd love to have your vote in Northcott's Quilt Shop Block Challenge! 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
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PASSPORT TO LOVE!


Looking for a new romance during these long winter nights? Cozy up to Pfaff for a match made in heaven!

During the month of February, Pfaff is offering:

  • Great financing opportunities with the purchase of Pfaff's creative 3.0, creative 4.5, or the fabulous top-of-the line creative sensation pro II embroidery machines;
  • FREE embroidery design with any embroidery machine purchase;
  • 25% off embroidery software;
  • $200 manufacturer's mail-in rebate with the purchase of a performance 5.2;
  • Super pricing on the passport 2.0 and passport 3.0, along with a FREE extension table.
Come in to meet your match in person. We guarantee you'll live happily ever after!
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INTRODUCING SERGEANT SESQICENTENNIAL!


Sergeant Sesquicentennial

We're proud to introduce 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.

VOTE FOR THE SARGE!

This just in -- our pattern has made it to the top ten finalists in Northcott's Quilt Shop Block Challenge!

Please go to http://woobox.com/ze79n2 by February 28 to see the other contestants, then we'd appreciate it if you'd vote for the Sarge.

Thank you! 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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QUILTING IS A CLASS ACT!

Come in out of the cold, have fun with your sewing machine, and meet fellow quilters !

Our winter class schedule is posted here, with all kinds of opportunities to learn, from basic how-to's to more advanced specialty techniques. For example, here are a couple of special ones that you won't want to miss:

12 Steps to Successful Quiltmaking!
On February 4, QP hosted a fun and informative presentation by Claire Haillot, an award-winning quilter and former shop owner from Montreal. Claire covered all the bases, from fabric and pattern selection through to quilt completion, giving tips, organizational strategy, and inspiration every step of the way - and she'll be back! Read on.


Dancing Diamonds!

Spend a day with Claire, playing with colour and showing off your inner artist! Sew your fabrics together, cut into strips, then apply to a foundation of custom-printed interfacing -- these simple techniques will result in a complex, stunning (and perfect!) design that you can incorporate into an art quilt or use as a focus fabric in any number of projects. The Saturday, March 4 class is at capacity and Monday, the 6th is nearly full too. so call soon!

 


THE BASEMENT IS LOOKING GOOD!



Attention, all you bargain lovers! The basement, which was pretty much depleted during our inventory sale, has been restocked. Drop by soon for the best selection!


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SEW A LOT AT CAMELOT!

Camelot Overview

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 24 till Sunday, March 26, 2017.

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. Your weekend will include lots of dedicated sewing time interspersed with games, activities, prizes and surprises, along with gourmet meals and a cash bar. We'll also offer a surprise project for Friday evening, an optional super-secret Mystery Project, and great opportunities to meet and mingle with other quilters.

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 $460, 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, the cost of Friday's lunch will be deducted from your registration fee.


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CLASSES ARE IN SESSION! 

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If you think you've missed out on taking Quilting I (again), don't despair! There is still room in the Wednesday morning classes starting on January 25. Just call us to register and get your supply list.

And take a look at our complete class list here. We have several spots available in Claire Huneault's 12 Steps to Successful Quiltmaking, and we've added another session for her Dancing Diamonds class. These are in addition to all of our other great classes, so please take a few minutes to see what's available. You're sure to find something to while away the winter!






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!
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CELEBRATE CANADA!

Show your pride and celebrate our 150th birthday with these two patriotic wall hangings!

Freedom
Homecoming










Freedom captures the grandeur of an eagle soaring through the mountains, while Homecoming 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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BOOK DISPLAYERS FOR
SALE!

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.
 

 

 








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!








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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!



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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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!

 

 

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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!

 





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. 

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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!










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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.