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There's something reassuring about getting back into the
routine of fall. The gardens are safely put to bed, the cooler
weather and heartier foods are comforting, the longer evenings are perfect for sewing, and winter is still a ways off.

Feels good, doesn't it?

Here at Quilty Pleasures, we've been very busy planning for this very busy season -- lots of classes, some very special events, and a couple of noteworthy sales.

Hope to see you soon!

Leslie, Val, and all the staff at Quilty Pleasures


brigitteheitland cropped (PNG)Now that October is here, we just want to remind you of an event you won't want to miss:

Brigitte Heitland, internationally acclaimed pattern and fabric designer for Moda, is coming all the way from Germany, via Houston, to teach two fantastic all-day classes on Friday, October 30 and Saturday, October 31! This is your chance to spend time with a bona fide quilting celebrity and to hear behind-the-scenes stories from the fabric design industry. Her design style is definitely modern, but her fresh take on traditional designs is appealing to quilters of all persuasions. 

The Friday class is "X&+" (shown below, left), an easy-to-piece quilt that makes a strong graphic statement. Suitable for all skill levels, the fun is in playing with fabric combinations to get the best possible effect. For those of you who want to explore colour and texture, this class will prove to be of great value -- you'll have a professional designer and colour expert available to give you tips and pointers throughout the whole project. We've kitted a 30" x 30" version of "X&+" with Brigitte's "Reel Time" collection, so no prep work is involved -- your day will be filled with relaxing and sewing. With a celebrity.

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The Saturday class is "Octo", (shown above, right) a paper-pieced project that will build your skill set while you build big, bold octagonal rings that pack a real punch. This one, also 30" square, has been kitted with Brigitte's "Figures" collection. If you're new to paper piecing, or just want more practice, this is the class for you.

But why not take both? Each class will be held from 9:30 until 4:00 at Camelot Golf and Country Club, located just 5 minutes east of Quilty Pleasures. Camelot offers plenty of space, great light, spectacular views of the Ottawa River and Gatineau Hills, and, last but definitely not least, a gourmet meal and a cash bar. Registration for each class includes:

  • a fabric kit and pattern for the day's project (no prep work involved!);
  • a delicious gourmet lunch;
  • morning and afternoon snacks;
  • door prizes; and
  • the chance to spend quality time with an international celebrity teacher who happens to be really fun! 

Brigitte is full of personality, and her stories of how she became a Moda designer (a checkered academic career in interior design features prominently) are hilarious. And, since Brigitte will be arriving straight from International Quilt Market in Houston, we're pretty sure she can be persuaded to give us a mini trunk show of her latest fabric collections, quilts, and patterns.

The cost to attend? Only $199 per class, OR you can sign up for both for $350, a savings of almost $50. The premises are secure, so you can leave your machine and sewing supplies overnight between classes. Classes are filling up, so don't wait too long to register -- Camelot is roomy, but it has its limits, and you won't want to miss out!


ZC_Paper_PyramidsBecause we can't seem to get enough of Brigitte Heitland's creativity, we are very happy to offer another opportunity to see her work up close and very personal.

From now until Thursday, October 15, we'll be hosting a travelling trunk show of her recent designs. While she won't be here in person (yet!), eight of her newer quilts are on display to get you in the mood for her visit.

Drop by for a taste of what's to come, and immerse yourself in the calming world of Zen Chic. Once you get in the zone, you'll never want to leave!


mystery quiltGet a head start on celebrating Canada's 150th birthday with this exciting new program from Cantik Batiks!

Every six weeks, starting really soon, you can get a block kit depicting a different province or territory (that's 13 in all) to put together into a distinctly Canadian quit. Each kit will contain a fusible appliqué pattern with all the fabrics required to complete the block. We'll also have accompanying fact sheets (titled "I Didn't Know That!") with interesting background information about the scenes shown in the blocks. Beautiful and educational!

Each kit is very attractively priced at just $16.99. To participate in the program, we're asking that you pay for Block 2 when you pick up Block 1, Block 3 when you pick up Block 2, and so on. At the end of the program, finishing kits will be available for final quilt assembly.

Block 1, New Brunswick, is on its way. Once you see it, you'll be hooked. And, because the kits are so affordable, we encourage you to think outside the quilt -- how about making provincial wall hangings for friends and relatives from around the country? Wall hanging kits are available for that, too!

Give us a call to reserve your first block now so that you can get started. 2017 will be here before you know it!


Our September floor model sale was really successful, but there are still a few machines left. While they last, our remaining floor models will continue to be on sale. This applies to both Pfaff and Janome, sewing machines and sergers, so it's a great opportunity to get what you want at the price you want -- which is low!

All of these machines have been gently used for demonstrations only, they include all of the standard accessories, and they come with full manufacturers' warranties.

There are only a few floor models left, so don't wait too long to check them out.

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Carting your machine back and forth to classes can be a pain -- literally. Lighten the load with Pfaff's fabulous little passport 2.0!

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, 70 stitches, full electronic functions, and it takes all of your standard Pfaff feet. We're also throwing in a free extension table!

Need more reason? How about a back-to-school special price of $650 (MSRP $829, our normal price $699)?Now this is a grown-up school supply!

CREATE A CLASS!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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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!


Interested in seeing what the new Pfaff creative 1.5 can do? Take a look at this video -- using a couple of the built-in embroidery designs and the Embroidery Intro software (which is included with the machine!), you can see how easy it is to make this very cool clutch!

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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!


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!

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Why should the kids have all the fun of back-to-school? The fall class schedule is up and running, with a great selection of old favourites and brand-new offerings to keep you occupied. 

Click here to take a look; see what appeals, and give us a call. And, while you're getting ready for classes, now might be a good time for a tune-up -- just sayin'.


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!


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.