that we love Zen Chic's latest collection, Figures. With clear, fresh corals, yellows, sky blue and navy, accented with crisp white, this collection is young and fun. Just like us!
It arrived just last week, along with 170 -- yes, we counted! -- other bolts of fabric. That's a lot of material, folks, so come in and see it all!

And, since the weather is so beautiful these days, why not get your friends together for the Roundabout Town and Country Shop Hop? Once again, we've paired up with The Quilting Quarters in Almonte for the region's best hop. See below for details, and then call us to register.

We also have exciting news about Brenda Miller (she's coming to teach!) and the anxiously-awaited introduction of the new Inspira Studio line of furniture. We figure you're going to love it!

Hope to see you soon!

Leslie, Val, and all the staff at Quilty Pleasures 

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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!

Calling all quilters -- new quilters, experienced quilters, wannabe quilters -- for some serious quilting fun!  On Wednesday, October 29, Pfaff Quilting Specialist, Cheryl Stranges, along with Pfaff Regional Manager, Brenda Sutherland, will lead you on a tour of all things quilting. From the basics to the extremely creative, from traditional to modern, they will explore the many ways quilting has evolved. Using the tools, notions, machines and accessories available today, they'll show you how you can design and create just about anything you can dream up!

This will be given in a demonstration/lecture format, so all you need to bring is yourself -- no machines required! We'll be offering two sessions, one in the afternoon (1:30 - 4:30) and another in the evening (6:30 - 9:30), so just let us know which you'd prefer. Cost to attend is only $10, but the inspiration will be priceless!

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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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janomevideosapp (GIF) Janome has a cool web app for your mobile device, whether it runs Apple iOS or Android! The Janome Videos app gives you access to over 100 machine accessory videos. Each video details the proper use and application of sewing machine feet and accessories. Even if you don't have a smartphone, you can still watch the videos using your computer.

In either case, this link will take you to the videos. Your phone, of course, will have a facility of one kind or another to add an icon on its desktop so you can instantly connect to the video library.
Android phones differ, but if your operating system is Chrome, you're probably familiar with the three vertical dots circled here which you click to add the icon. Chrome Icon 210x75
If you have an Apple phone, you'll recognize the square and arrow icon shown here, which appears at the bottom of the screen and allows you to add the icon. Apple Icon 210x75
Sewing Machine 101!
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Note: Every sewing machine comes with a manual that explains the parts of the machine, threading instructions, how to choose and adjust stitches, proper foot selection, etc. Many also contain sewing techniques. Make sure you read your manual thoroughly and keep it handy for reference. If something doesn’t make sense, ask us for clarification – it will save you a lot of frustration later!

Meanwhile, we bring you the Quilty Pleasures helpful guide to a few things every sewist should know. Follow this link to QP's Sewing Machine 101!

(It'll open in a new window. We'll wait here!)

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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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EZ Steam II There has been some confusion with the switch over to Pellon EZ-Steam II in lieu of Steam-A-Seam – sadly, we have not been able to get Steam-A-Seam for over a year – so I thought I would post the instructions. 

The key is that when you apply the web to your fabric the first time, DO NOT IRON IT! If you iron, the web will fuse to the paper that you have not yet removed. Instead, simply place the web on the wrong side of your fabric and press with your hands. There is enough stickiness to the web that it will stay put while you cut out your shape. Once you have cut out your shape and are happy with the placement, then you iron it. Hope this is clear to everyone! 

Here's a PDF of the instructions!
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needle little help Needles can be confusing. What are the different types of needles? Which ones should be used on which projects? Does size really matter? 
Schmetz has developed a useful little booklet that explains the anatomy of a needle and indicates the fabrics and purposes for which each type of needle is designed. We have them here at Quilty Pleasures, and they're free – just ask us for one. 
But other factors contribute to the success of your stitching, too, and Schmetz has offered a troubleshooting chart to help you out. Print it out and keep it by your sewing machine for a quick reference.

Needle App

There's an app for that! 

Now, thanks to Schmetz, you can carry needle advice with you wherever you need it – in your studio, at the store, in a class. All you have to remember is your phone!  

If you have iTunes, this link will take you to the preview page, and subsequently open iTunes, where you can download the app. (If you don't have iTunes, you will be able to download it first.)


Quilting Calculator

There's an app for that, too!

Robert Kaufman has come up with this little number (no pun intended) that does the math for you!

If you have iTunes, this link will take you to the preview page, and subsequently open iTunes, where you can download the app. (If you don't have iTunes, you will be able to download it first.) 

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. 
*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!   
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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.

CREATIVE GRID LOGO When it comes to hydro, we'd all like to be off the grid, but when it comes to rulers, leave us on the Creative Grid! The markings are clear and easy to read, their exclusive turn-around feature eliminates confusion with full- and half-inch measurements, and the imbedded grippers are tremendous at preventing slippage.  
Click on the fox logo to open their website in a new window, and see the huge variety of rulers, both basic and specialty, that are available for all of your projects.  
Not sure which to choose or how to use? Check out the informative how-to videos for everything you need to know!

Have you tried our Wonder-Fil threads yet? Konfetti (50-wt solids) and Tutti (50-wt variegateds) are fantastic for both piecing and quilting – made of high quality long-staple cottons in a yummy range of colours, they're smooth, strong, and practically lint-free. Spagetti, their 12-wt cotton quilting thread, comes in the yummiest solids imaginable and is perfect for dramatic quilting and thread painting. You'll love them all, guaranteed. 

And be sure to try Invisifil, too, for proof that it's time to rethink the old rules about polyester and quilts. Available in amazing colours, this 100-wt thread carries more than its weight: used in the bobbin, it lasts almost forever; used for quilting and appliqué, it just melts into your fabric for texture without threadiness. Try it and become a convert.

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If you love Mary Ellen's Best Press starch but hate the idea of buying a new plastic bottle each time you run out, we have great news:  for $8.99, we'll refill your old bottle, right up to the top. That's a saving of $3.00 and lots of plastic.