Nobody has called us that in a really long time (if ever), but that's not to say that we don't love our sly little friends! Take Rusty, for instance -- completely adorable in his cozy sweater. Use the fabric collection in a quilt, then make a comfy, huggable pillow to go with it. Your favourite fox fans will love you for it.

And it isn't only the foxes who have come out of hibernation. We've had recent fabric shipments featuring fishies, birdies, jungle animals, forest animals, owls, and even oysters. Along with the ever-popular florals, the new spring designs are fun and fresh.

We've got lots of new samples, too, to show you what the pattern designers have been doing. They've been very busy, and we think you'll be impressed. And more will be coming -- Spring Quilt Market is right around the corner (well, in Minneapolis, but still), so stay tuned as new products make their way to Orleans.

Hope to see you soon!

Leslie, Val, and all the staff at Quilty Pleasures 

*Good news for all you Zen Chic fans: Reel Time, the full collection, is now on our shelves! If you bought the pre-cuts, don't wait to get the yardage!

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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 15, for a wonderful one-block day!

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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 have designed our row, but it isn't quite ready to reveal yet. While you're waiting for it, why not visit the Row by Row official web site to see what all the excitement's about!

It seems there are always lots of reasons to make a quilt, but not always lots of time, especially during the summer. So we are here to help!

During the summer, we'll be featuring a Quick Quilt of the Month, highlighting patterns that make up fast and easy. Pick up the month's pattern, along with the fabrics you want for the size you want, and we'll give you a nice discount.

We'll be starting in June, so you can start thinking of all the upcoming occasions that could use a quick quilt. We promise, you'll still have time left over for a barbecue, or a trip to the beach, or a game of volleyball, or a drink on the deck.


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, and we have scheduled a series of classes to help with block construction. Cost of the kits is only $295, including the pattern; classes are being scheduled, with details available soon.


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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After hibernating all winter, it's nice to emerge, blinking in the sunshine, to reconnect with your fellow sewists and start a fresh new project. Click  here
 to visit our classes page to see what classes are on offer this spring -- there are lots to choose from, so you're sure to find a few that appeal to your inner student.

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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.