On the surface, November seems to be a relatively quiet month. But, if you look closely, there's a lot of frantic out-of-sight paddling taking place as Christmas looms closer and closer on the horizon. Lists are made, projects are started, and some are even finished. And that's before the real action starts!

We can help, and we're happy to be of service. Drop by to get some ideas, and then pick up the supplies required to execute them. You still have six weeks. Then, by the time our Christmas Open House rolls around (December 11), you'll be ready to relax and enjoy some Christmas cheer!

Until then, cheers to you, and we hope to see you soon!

Leslie, Val, and all the staff at Quilty Pleasures 

PS Need some gift ideas? Take a look at our classes -- many of the projects will be perfect for any number of people on your list.

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Here's good news for all you fans of Among Brenda's Quilts:

Brenda will be in town on Thursday, November 27 to teach an all-day class of Roll & Go, one of her newest and cutest patterns. The quilt itself is made with a quilt-as-you-go method, which means it's easy to both construct and finish. But the really brilliant part is that it rolls up into its very own pocketed tote bag, ready for carrying on picnics, tailgate parties, car trips, or wherever you need to take your warm with you.

Brenda's classes are always great fun, and this one will be no exception, so don't miss out. Cost for the class is only $75, plus the pattern, and then you'll be ready for hockey season!
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Is your sewing set-up giving you a pain in the neck? Whether you sew in a dedicated studio or in a corner of your bedroom, a properly designed cabinet can make all the difference in your comfort level. And if your stuff is all disorganized, proper storage will decrease your stress level. All of this, of course, has a direct bearing on your happiness level.

Make yourself happy by buying an Inspira, Kangaroo or Arrow sewing cabinet, or Inspira Sewing Studio pieces, and make your wallet happy by saving 20% off the regular prices during the month of November*!

Among the three cabinet lines, there are cabinet, caddy and chair options to suit every space, machine and budget. And the Inspira Sewing Studio furniture can get anybody organized in super style. Imagine having a place for everything and space to sew! Visit our cabinets page to see what's what, then visit us to see what will work best for you.

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*Cabinets, drawer units, cutting tables, chairs and storage cabinetry are all included in the sale. Some units come ready-to-assemble while others are pre-assembled.  We will place a single order for sale cabinets at the end of November, for delivery to the store in early to mid December.  A 50% deposit is required to secure the sale price.
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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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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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