Our recent annual Christmas Open House was fun!

Even if you couldn't be there, we hope you can join us sometime to take a break from the holiday bustle. We have some great gift ideas for the quilters on your list (and for yourself!).

Thanks to those who brought donations, both monetary and edible, for the Gloucester Emergency Food Cupboard.

We'd like to take this opportunity to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas, and all the best in 2015. Have a safe and happy holiday!

Leslie, Val, and all the staff at Quilty Pleasures

Holiday Hours

Wednesday, December 24    9:30 - 3:00
Thursday, December 25        Closed
Friday, December 26             Closed
Saturday, December 27         9:30 - 5:00
Monday, December 29           9:30 - 6:00
Tuesday, December 30          9:30 - 6
Wednesday, December 31     9:30 - 3:00
Thursday, January 1               9:30 - 6:00
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We know this is a busy time of year, what with Christmas and all, and once again our elves are quite happy to help your family and friends shop for your presents. Just leave your wish list with us and give your loved ones our address, and we’ll take care of everything. Then, while you wait for the big day, you can practice looking surprised.

If you need some ideas, we’ve put together a list of some of our favourite products for you to think about!

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The annual one from Pfaff celebrates the 
Fall Creative Elegance Event and is available here!

One of the featured machines is the NEW expression 3.5!

 With all of the features previously available on the expression 3.2, the expression 3.5 has the added benefit of built-in thread snips and automatic thread tension! Could it get any better? Yes -- until December 24, we're including an Inspira Crafty folding table and acrylic insert FREE with the purchase of each expression 3.5.

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The Crafty is a sturdy table that offers free arm and flatbed sewing for those larger sewing machines (like the expression 3.5). The steel locking legs offer a sturdy base, but fold up neatly for easy storage, and the tough melamine surface will withstand years of sewing and crafting projects.

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If you're not familiar with the Grabbit Magnetic Pincussion, a glance to the left will explain it all.

Right now, the people at Schmetz needles are giving you the chance to choose the next color for this handy gadget and win a goodie bag of Shmetz and Grabbit products.

Just hurry and send your colour suggestion to info@SCHMETZneedles.com before December 15th and wait on pins and needles (you misplaced) for your name to be drawn!

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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!


It's always exciting when Pfaff launches some new machines, but it's particularly exciting that they've brought out four models just for our anniversary! They haven't finished the commemorative labels yet, but we're sure they'll be arriving any day now. In the meantime, just take a look at these:

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smarter by pfaff 140s 
  • 21 stitches
  • built-in needle threader
  • manual buttonhole
smarter by pfaff 160s 
  • 23 stitches
  • built-in needle threader
  • automatic buttonhole
quilt ambition 2.0 
  • 201 stitches, 7 mm width
  • high-resolution touch-screen display with easy navigation
  • bobbin sensor
  • adjustable presser foot pressure
  • alphabets and sequencing
creative 4.5 embroidery machine 
  • 480 stitches, 9 mm width
  • large, full-colour, wide-angle screen
  • large embroidery hoop
  • precise positioning
  • increased embroidery speed
  • ribbon stitches, stacking stitches, unique Stitch Creator for extra fun!

The smarter by pfaff machines are young and fun, perfect for beginners and sewers on the go. How could you not get excited about sewing when your machine is hot pink?

The quilt ambition 2.0 is specifically designed for quilters, and includes all the features and feet you need to tackle all of your  projects. With a larger-than-normal throat area and a less-than-expected price, this machine will help you tackle your projects with ease!

The creative 4.5 sets a new standard for those interested in high-end sewing and embroidery without any interest in breaking the bank. This machine comes mighty close to the top-of-the-line creative sensation pro in terms of features, so you can get the full experience!

All of these machines are set up and ready to demo. No matter what your sewing needs or budget, we have the perfect machine for you! Just come in and we'll make the introductions.

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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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