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2211 St. Joseph Boulevard
Orleans, Ontario
K1C 7C5
613-834-3044
info@quiltypleasures.ca
    

A CHANGE OF SEASON MEAN NEW REASONS TO SEW!

Hands up if you agree that this was the longest winter ever.

It may have been a long one but it does make us appreciate even more the birds singing, the sun shining, and the comforting hum of a tuned-up sewing machine! There’s nothing like a change of season to get those creative juices flowing and we’re excited for the possibilities: quilt a picnic blanket, make a messenger bag for road trips, or simply create new placemats to make your patio table stand out at your next BBQ. There’s no limit to what you can make to make the most of the warm weather ahead.

Now if only we could bring our entire sewing room outdoors…


Sam, Amy, and all the QP Dolls (Carrie, Diane, Janet, Leslie, Rowan, Sonia, Val, and Allison)

*PLEASE READ OUR GUIDELINES BEFORE COMING IN (We still have to take care!)

  1. Everyone is required to wear a mask and we ask that you sanitize your hands upon entering the store, We have hand sanitizer for you to use, or you can bring your own. We will continue to require masks to be worn, even after March 21st.
  2. Please limit the amount of bags/items you bring with you. You are welcome to bring a project to match but we ask you limit the amount of projects at one time.
  3. Remember to maintain your social distance at all times while in the store (2m)

Store Hours
Monday to Friday: 10:00-5:00
Saturday: 9:30-5:00


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MASKING UP, QP STYLE!

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How many masks have you gotten over the last 25 months? We're guessing you've either made, collected, or purchased a few since March 2020! We know we have, and we're still a bit hesitant to put them away for good. While we may be seen as overly cautious we've considered the opinions of both our clientele and staff and have decided to keep our masking policy in place for the time-being.

We want everyone who visits the shop to feel safe and comfortable, especially those who are most vulnerable to illness or are living with young children who are unable to get vaccinated. Quilting and sewing has been an escape for many of us and we hope to continue to be your destination when you need a fabric-centric mini-break!

Thank you for your understanding, and we hope to see you soon!
















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QUILTS FOR UKRAINE

Looking for volunteers!

The Lion’s club in Lachute is involved in renovating a former boarding school into lodging for Ukrainian families that will be immigrating to Canada. The club has already started painting, getting the lodge up to code and collecting household items for the families.

A good customer of ours is getting involved and was thinking of a way to help. What's more comforting than cuddling in a handmade quilt! She and a friend have started 2 quilts in the Ukrainian colours, blue and yellow, but they need some help to make more.

The quilts need to be lap size (55" x 70") and the pattern of your choice.

For more information or if you would like to volunteer, please email info@quiltypleasures.ca


















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WE'RE "SEW" GRATEFUL!

Quarters for Ukraine
Thanks to you and your generous purchase of our Quarters for Ukraine we managed to raise $450 for the Red Cross' Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Appeal!

We're incredibly grateful for your support - once again we're amazed at the generosity of the quilting community and how far that generosity can go.














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IT'S HERE! THE CREATIVE ICON 2 HAS ARRIVED

It was a longer wait than anticipated but it's finally here and in-store: the Creative Icon 2 has landed and is everything you've dreamed of: WiFi connectivity, voice-command enabled, stitch projection, and more. The Enterprise has nothing on this beauty!

Stop by the shop for a demo and to see it in action - seeing is believing and with this machine you'll definitely sew long and prosper!
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STILL INTERESTED IN CLASSES?

Bright Star
There's still room in a few of our classes - call us today to check availability and book your spot!

A few we can't stop thinking about:

  • Master curved piecing without pinning in Soak Up the Sun. This cheery quilt is easier than it looks (and adds a splash of sunshine to any room).
  • Cut, press, and sew as accurately as possible with Aiming for Accuracy and never fight with your projects again!
  • Bring your paper-piecing to the next level with Bright Star, (shown at left) an amazing wall-hanging that takes the fear out of Y-seams.








Check out the full schedule HERE or stop by the shop - class samples are on display and ready to inspire!

















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KRAZY FOR KONFETTI!

We all know and love Konfetti, but there's even more to love with 60 new colours available both in-store and online! Each 1000m spool is made of 50wt, 3-ply double-gassed and mercerized Egyptian cotton with a gorgeously soft, clean, and lustrous finish. Low lint and free of any type of wax or coating that can cause build up in machines, this super low lint thread is perfect for quilting, piecing, and longarming.

Did you know Konfetti is also available in 2250 m cones? We regularly stock neutrals in our shop but can special order certain Konfetti colours - no minimum necessary! Call or email us to place an order.
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MY FAVORITE COLOR IS MODA

The 'My Favourite Color Is Moda' kit may seem intimidating, but Val is here to help you create your own beautiful, modern quilt. With videos of her favourite tips and tricks, you will be cutting and piecing with the greatest of accuracy in no time! The videos are free and available on our YouTube page. They won't be taken down so you can watch and sew at your own pace.

We will also have print sheets available to look at (and write on) if you click here. Keep checking back for more!

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QUILTYFLIX!
INFO FIX!

If you're looking for some enlightening entertainment, search no further. Quilty Pleasures is producing a series of videos that bring you up to speed on great gadgets to make your sewing experience easier, more creative and more fun!

Take a look here!
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Inspired to SEW digital magazine features interviews with sewing stars, fabric designers, authors, teachers, sewing enthusiasts and bloggers from around the world — sharing their behind-the-curtain moments of muse.
Take a look at the latest monthly issue!
You can also browse back issues.

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FABRIC!


Check out Northcott's Orchids in Bloom, or Moda's Lulu by Chez Moi or Birds on the Move by Stof -- these collections are just a few examples of the fresh, lively fabrics that are arriving regularly. Florals, textural geometrics, and birds feature prominently this season, so you're sure to find something to lighten your mood.

If you're looking for a major injection of colour, here's the perfect project for you -- the Kasada quilt, shown at right. Designed by Crystal Manning for Moda, this 63" x 63" quilt has been kitted with the pattern and all the fabric required for the top and binding. It's truly glorious. And, since we can't easily travel these days, you can pretend to be visiting Turkey while you sew!
















OH HEY, HAND QUILTERS!

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It's an Eleganza extravaganza! New 8 weight pearl-cotton has landed and is a fantastic way to add depth and colour to any project (or drool over, we don't judge!). The Alison Glass collection includes 36 solids and 12 variegated spools in swoon-worthy colours that have our hearts racing. Available both in-store and online.










GOOD READS!

We've all been sewing non-stop for almost a year now, and maybe it's time for a little break. But we still love to sew and can't stand the thought of completely walking away, even for just a little while. It's what we do, especially in troubled times. But sometimes we need something different.

So here's a thought: How about reading about sewing? Not a how-to instruction manual, but a really good novel. The lovely folks at Schmetz have compiled an annotated list of stitch-themed books to get you through the winter, and what a list it is! There are histories and mysteries, novels, and travels, slaves and royals -- definitely something for everyone, no matter your taste.

Take a look at this recent issue of Inspired to Sew for the complete list, and get inspired to read. Who knows what inspiration you'll find between the covers? Then you'll be ready when it's time to get back to the sewing machine.

We also have all the back issues available on our Tips & Apps page of our web site. It's always the source of some really good reading!



INTRODUCING THE Pfaff creative icon 2!

Pfaff has some very exciting news for you --- the new creative icon 2 sewing and embroidery machine is getting ready to launch next spring!

What's so special? Well, it has very cool features like AI, and speech recognition, and a built-in camera and projector, and connection to mySewnet, and ... sorry, there's just way too much to list here. But ask us for details -- we'd love to tell you all about it!

There's a pre-launch campaign underway now, with a very limited number of machines being pre-sold in three gorgeous colours (Northern Lights, Winter White, and Dusk Fabric), with a bonus $2200 luggage and accessory bundle included.

If you want to get in on the excitement, give us a call. We can set you up!


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DID YOU KNOW?


A QP gift card works on our online shop as well as in the store! So take a look in your wallet and junk drawer. A GOOD look.

If you find a Quilty Pleasures gift card, bring it in or call us with the number. If it has a balance on it, you can spend it like cash on whatever we sell, wherever we sell it. Fabric, notions, tune-ups ... . It's literally found money!


Those cards aren't doing any good sitting at home, so redeem them now and buy some fun!



LOYALTY DOES HAVE ITS...!

Implementing an on-line shopping platform has necessitated a number of changes around here. One of the biggest is our new POS system, which won't affect you too much in your day-to-day shopping with us, but it does change how our loyalty programme works.

In a nutshell, the new system gives you a $10 coupon good for 90 days for every $250 you spend in the store*. Still pretty rewarding!

*Rewards are earned on regular-priced items only. Does not include classes or sewing machines.
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NANA CAUGHT A BUG!

Here's a timely message, written by one of our very own customers for all of the young children in our lives.

Laurelle Callaghan is well-known within the local quilting community. She's also a retired chaplain in the Canadian Armed Forces, so she has ample experience in helping families with difficult situations.

It's no surprise, then, that she turned her own experience with COVID-19 into a picture book that helps kids and their parents deal with the realities of life during this pandemic. Told from the viewpoint of a six-year-old, the story's serious content is blended with a healthy dose of humour, making it perfect for encouraging family discussions about a troubling topic.
 	Nana Caught a Bug
The book is only $20 (shipping and handling included) and may be ordered directly from Laurelle at grumpabooks@gmail.com.
















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ANOTHER SHOPPING OPTION!

Maybe you remember meeting Barry Jenkins, our TrendTex sales rep, at our Christmas open house last year. He's pretty memorable, but we know you were really blown away by all the fabrics he showed you.

Well, we aren't in a position to order every fabric TrendTex sells, but now you have an exciting opportunity to shop directly from their warehouse! This will give you access to a huge inventory of Moda, Benartex, RJR, Hoffman California, Stof, Michael Miller, and Lewis & Irene collections!
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Here's how it works:

1/ Visit shop.trendtexfabrics.com to, well, shop;
2/ At checkout, enter the code STI020 This gives us a portion of the sale, keeping your dollars local;
3/Shipping is $15 for all orders under $149, and free for orders of $149 and over.

This is a unique programme and we're excited to be a part of it, so please give it a go. It's always disappointing for us when a customer requests a fabric we don't have, but this gives you another way to buy exactly what you want.

It's easy, it's fun, and it's fabric. All good!


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WHAT IS MYSEWNET?

mySewnet™ Cloud is, in essence, a service where you save and access your personal files, stitches and designs over the Internet instead of on your computer’s hard drive. Your files in mySewnet™ Cloud can be saved and accessed from different synched devices such as your mySewnet™- enabled machine, your PC or Mac, your smart phone, or your tablet via mySewnet™ apps. And it lets you do so many things!

By visiting the mySewnet™Portal, you can access your own profile information, user account settings, machine information, subscription options and online cloud file management. It is easily accessible from anywhere with an Internet connection, including mac computers. Sign up for SewNotice, an app that lets you monitor your embroidery stitch-out progress via notifications on your smart phone. Get notifications when you're out of thread, ready to change colors, and when your design is done. Or take a look at ImageStitch, an app that allows you to take a photo and quickly create an embroidery design with it. Save the design to your mySewnet™ Account to be synchronized to your machine.

Even if you don't have an embroidery machine, you'll love CreatorCue, an app that allows you to view step by step tutorials for various sewing techniques on your tablet or smart phone. It also includes instructions for projects and handy information about stabilizers, with more content being added all the time.
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For instructions on registering for mySewnet, click here. To download CreatorCue, click here. Then have fun!









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WE'RE MEDIA SOCIABLE!


Please visit our Facebook and Instagram 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, click "Follow". (it's next to the "Like" button.

Hovering over the "Follow" button will show you a menu with the "Get Notifications" option. Selecting this means you will be alerted in your notifications window whenever we post something.

So easy to be so connected!


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CUDDLE QUILTS!

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!















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DID YOU KNOW?

 
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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IT PAYS TO COMPARE!

We know that price is a big factor when shopping for quilting supplies, and it's easy to assume that big box or chain stores will always offer a better price than an independent quilt shop.

However, we recently have had several customers tell us of specific instances where our prices were equal to or better than our competitors', even after their 50% discount was applied. We appreciate knowing that people are paying attention and realizing that our prices are competitive, even though we're a small, local business.

To our watchdog customers: Thanks very much for doing the math!










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