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

BABY STEP ONE!

It's been over two months since we've been able to see you in-store and we're thrilled to welcome you back to Quilty Pleasures. While curbside pickups and online ordering have their benefits we certainly missed seeing our quilty friends in person. Starting this Friday, June 11 we are opening our doors to the public and are able to have 3 people inside at a time (while maintaining social-distancing and safety protocols). If you arrive to shop and we're at capacity we'd be happy to take your name and cell number if you'd like to wait in your car (especially with the summer heat ramping up). We'll give you a call as soon as a space has opened up.
 
It may not be the ideal reopening we all had in mind but we appreciate your patience with us as we navigate the new normal. Stop by to see our latest samples, newest fabrics, or just to say hi to the QP Dolls - we certainly can't wait to see you!
 
Sam, Amy, and all the QP Dolls

*PLEASE READ OUR GUIDELINES BEFORE COMING IN

  1. Ring the doorbell on the table outside. If we have space, we'll let you in but if not we will take your cell phone number and call you when a spot opens up. Feel free to wait in your car (and it might be a good idea to bring a bottle of water with you on hot days).
  2. Everyone is required to wear a mask and sanitize their hands upon entering the store, We have hand sanitizer for you to use, or you can bring your own.
  3. 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.
  4. Please be mindful that there may be people waiting to come in after you. May we suggest browsing the website for some ideas before you come in? We want everyone to get their fair share of shopping time!
  5. Remember to maintain your social distance at all times while in the store (2m).
  6. If you come with a friend, please be aware that you may not be able to go in the shop together, depending on wait times.
  7. The washroom is temporarily unavailable to customers.


In-Store Shopping Hours
Monday to Friday: 10:00-4:00
Saturday: 10:30-3:30


Curbside Pickup Hours
Monday to Friday: 10:00-5:00
Saturday: 10:00-4:00


Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work together to get back to normal!


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MEET US AT THE QUILT CANADA VIRTUAL MERCHANTS MALL!

This year Quilt Canada will be doing their annual show virtually, and we're excited to be a part of their Virtual Merchants Mall. Each day, from June 16th to 19th, we'll be offering a different deal on fabrics, notions, threads, and more!

Once registered, get inspired by the webinars on offer, view gorgeous projects that are part of the National Juried Show, then stop by our Virtual Booth and online shop to keep the creative juices flowing. Sam, Amy, and Val will be on-hand to answer your questions or chat quilting while highlighting some recent new arrivals in store.
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BUY A GIFT CARD FOR BONUS GIFT BUCKS!

We want to celebrate the reopening and make shopping the show even easier with the purchase of a gift card from QP - plus receive free money while doing so! From Thursday, June 10th to Tuesday, June 15th every gift card sold will come with a bonus monetary value that can be used on anything in-store or online.*

Buy a $25 gift card, receive an extra $5
Buy a $50 gift card, receive an extra $15
Buy a $75 gift card, receive an extra $25!

*Maximum $25 bonus value with gift card purchase. Limit 3 cards per customer. Some restrictions apply.
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FREE PATTERN, FUN FABRIC!

Colour Brush by Stof is a brand new line of fabric with beautiful colour and texture. This sophisticated palette will go with a variety of decors and is perfect for that elusive "Man Quilt". Val used the 'Masterpiece' pattern and added blocks to make it larger. You can do the same with this free pattern!






WHAT WE'VE DONE WITH WHAT WE HAVE!


We hear it all the time: "I need inspiration. What's new?"

It's a great part of the appeal of shopping in the store rather than online -- not only can you see and feel the fabric in person, you can see it made up into a variety of projects. And often you can talk to the people who actually made the samples, getting advice on fabric and colour selection, pattern reviews, tool recommendations. In short, inspiration.

Even during lockdown, you still need ideas and we're still making samples, so welcome to our virtual show and tell! Until you can visit us personally, we hope that by showcasing new fabrics and patterns, we'll spark some thoughts of new possibilities for you. We know you'll enjoy our new feature, the Samples Page!





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MACHINES!!

We've all been waiting, fairly patiently, for machines to arrive, and now we're able to report that progress is being made!

We have entry-level Pfaff 160's in stock, creative icons available in the warehouse, and many other options in between. There's a machine to suit every sewist and every budget, so ask us to help you find your perfect machine!

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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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NEW FABRIC!


Spring is finally here, and our new fabrics are perfect for the season!

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. Not a snowflake in sight!

If you're looking for a major injection of colour after a long drab winter, 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 travel these days, you can pretend to be visiting Turkey while you sew!
















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NEW PATTERNS!

Since staying home and sewing is an authorized activity these days, why not take the opportunity to try a new technique or experiment with a new design? We've had an influx of new quilt patterns lately, so if you've always wanted to explore fabric collage, or colour theory, or curved piecing -- now's your chance to try something new with all that fabulous fabric you've been hoarding!
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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.












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VIRTUAL CLASSES!

Since we probably won't be able to have in-person classes for the foreseeable future, we're taking the plunge and moving online!

That might be a bit of an overstatement. We're dipping our toes in, with a series of FREE short videos about all sorts of topics -- product demos, tips and techniques, sewing machine maintenance, needles and threads, and anything else we think you might like. The first ones have been posted, so take a look here to see how we did!

If you have any suggestions about areas you'd like us to cover, please email us at info@quiltypleasures.ca
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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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CLASSES! 

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Unfortunately, classes have suspended indefinitely. As soon as things get back to normal, we'll post a new schedule.

When that happens, we'll continue to try our best to offer classes that we think will appeal, but we will 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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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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