Thursday, May 18, 2017

Mark Your Calendar! Sale on Clearance Fabric on May 22!



Look for our email bright and early on Monday, May 22 and get 20% Off Clearance Fabric!


Here are some things to remember when you're shopping the sale. 

  •  The Sale is ONLINE ONLY. The store is closed on Monday, May 22, 2017 for Victoria Day. 
  •  Flat Rate Shipping will apply - $9.99 within Canada and $12.99 to the US.
  •  If you live in Toronto and would like to pick your order up please mention this is the comments box. Shipping charges will be removed at the time of billing. We will email you when your order is ready for pick up. 
  • Discount is only valid on Clearance Fabric including Last Chance Fabric. Discount does NOT apply to regular priced fabric, pre-cuts, kits, fat quarter bundles, mini-bolts, interfacing etc. 
  • Orders are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Please select alternate fabrics in case yours sells out - things go really quickly during a sale. Please be sure to provide specific instructions in the box titled : If we do not have the full quantity of an item on your order. For example you might say: " If you do not have the full 6 metres of the blue fabric please cancel that item but send the rest"; or "If you do not have the full 6 metres of the blue fabric cancel the whole order"; or "If you do not have the full 6 metres of the blue fabric please send a similar fabric of the same price." 
  • Please note that we will send what we have if you do not add specific instructions on your order. 
 If you've shopped one of our sales before you'll know that we have a very high volume of shoppers. We will do everything we can to fill out your orders quickly and accurately as we possibly can. Please give us a week's time to get all the orders out. 


Thank you and enjoy the sale!

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The Canadian Sampler - Meet the Designers - Brenda Miller

How is your Canadian Sampler coming along?
Keep sharing your blocks on facebook and instagram with #thecanadiansampler and remember to tag us!

The blocks for May are by Brenda Miller from Among Brenda's Quilts and Bags and Leanne from She Can Quilt.

The Compass Rose/ La Rose de vents 
Brenda Miller from Among Brenda's Quilts and Bags
The Compass Rose/La Rose de vents by Brenda Miller

Brenda is a first generation Canadian quilter who taught herself to sew at an early age on her mom's converted treadle sewing machine. Brenda has been severely and irreversibly bitten by the quilting bug and loves to inspire others through her work, her classes and her trunk show.

She designs her own bag and quilting patterns and travels with her two trunk shows and lectures entitled “Developing the Designer in You” and “Introducing Quilting to China”. 

Brenda lives with her husband Rob and cat Harry in Strathroy, Ontario. 

Follow Brenda on her website, Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram 

Brenda Miller


I love history. Who doesn’t love a good story, right?  One of the most interesting things about Canada was how it changed hands from being a French colony to a British one with lots of battles and skirmishes in-between, there was even some action between ourselves and our southern neighbours. One of the stories I recall related how a 14 year old boy unearthed a medieval astrolabe while pulling stumps beside Buttermilk Creek near Cobden. This happened back  in 1867.
You’ll of course recall that’s the year Canada became Canada.   If you don’t know, an astrolabe is a mariner’s device used for navigation and it looks somewhat like a compass. Nobody really knows who dropped the astrolabe in Buttermilk Creek, but it’s been attributed to French explorer and founding father Samuel de Champlain who did travel in the area while searching for what he thought was the northern sea, but what was probably Hudson’s Bay. There is also some thought that it was dropped by Jesuit priests on their travels.  Really, nobody knows who lost the astrolabe but it rests comfortably in the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Hull, Quebec for all to enjoy and I have celebrated it in my block.  Enjoy! 





Sign up for The Canadian Sampler and make this gorgeous quilt to Celebrate Canada's 150th Anniversary!



 Registrations for The Canadian Sampler starting July 2017 are now open.

The Canadian Sampler - Meet the Designers - Leanne

How is your Canadian Sampler coming along?
Keep sharing your blocks on facebook and instagram with #thecanadiansampler and remember to tag us!

The blocks for May are by Leanne from She Can Quilt and Brenda Miller from Among Brenda's Quilts and Bags.

Inspired by Canada
Leanne from She Can Quilt

Inspired by Canada by Leanne

Leanne began sewing when she was five years old and has played with textiles ever since. She started quilting in March of 2010. Leanne is an award winning quilter, winning ribbons in both Canadian and American quilt shows. She likes to design quilts and has published patterns in magazines and a book. Leanne shares her quilting journey, including many free tutorials, on her blog, shecanquilt.ca. Leanne lives in Alberta, splitting her time between Lethbridge and Edmonton, and also heads off to the west coast to spend time on a Gulf Island. When she is not playing with fabric she works as a lawyer and hangs out with her family and two cats.

Follow Leanne on Instagram, Twitter, Flickr and her blog. 

Leanne from She Can Quilt



Inspiration for Inspired by Canada

I named my block, Inspired by Canada. A triangle is the strongest shape, and Canada is very strong. Canada has three mountain ranges, and three coasts and three oceans and triangles have three sides and there are three triangles in the block. And the Canadian flag has three branches on the maple leaf. The block looks modern and minimalist but it is pieced as a traditional log cabin, which is also typically Canadian. And finally this block reminds me of a hockey jersey. 




Sign up for The Canadian Sampler and make this gorgeous quilt to Celebrate Canada's 150th Anniversary!


Registrations for The Canadian Sampler starting July 2017 are now open. 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Look at these Cats!!!

 

Aren't these the cutest cats?!
Knittens is by Anita Jeram for Clothworks.
Click here to purchase online: Knittens





Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Dapper by Tim Holtz is here!



Inspired by worn textiles of a merchant tailor with the stylish nostalgia of timeless typography, Dapper captures a classic era in this new collection. The pattern and imagery are woven together in a neutral palette with a hint of faded color to inspire the most sophisticate and eclectic creations.

Dapper is by Tim Holtz for Coats.



Dapper - Street Maps

Dapper - Vintage Receipts

Dapper - Script

Dapper - Tape Measures & Cigar Box Labels

Dapper - Numbers

Monday, April 3, 2017

The Canadian Sampler - Meet the Designers - Stacey Lee O’Malley

We hope you are enjoying making your Canadian Sampler Blocks!
Keep sharing your blocks on facebook and instagram with #thecanadiansampler and remember to tag us!

April's blocks are Parliament Gate by Stacey Lee O’Malley from SLOstudio and Snowflake by Kathy Schwartz & Lori Suss from Highway 10 Designs.

Parliament Gate
Stacey Lee O’Malley from SLOstudio

Parliament Gate by Stacey Lee O'Malley

Stacey Lee O’Malley is a modern quilter and sewing pattern designer living in Ottawa. Stacey’s patterns have been featured in Modern Patchwork Gifts, Make Modern Magazine and Love Patchwork & Quilting Magazine. 

 You can find out more about Stacey on Instagram or on her blog: SLOstudio.

Stacey Lee O'Malley from SLOstudio 

Inspiration for Parliament Gate 



This block is based on a stone motif in the gates at Canada's Parliament buildings. I live in Ottawa and work just a few blocks away from Parliament Hill, so I often walk around the grounds at lunch time. I'm always inspired by the architecture and the little details in iron work and stone carvings - and wanted to share a piece of this inspiration for The Canadian Sampler.



Sign up for The Canadian Sampler and make this gorgeous quilt to Celebrate Canada's 150th Anniversary!

Registrations for The Canadian Sampler starting July 2017 are now open. 
 

The Canadian Sampler - Meet the Designers - Kathy Schwartz & Lori Suss

We hope you are enjoying making your Canadian Sampler Blocks!
Keep sharing your blocks on facebook and instagram with #thecanadiansampler and remember to tag us!

Kathy Schwartz and Lori Suss met in Flin Flon, Manitoba at a local guild meeting in 2003.  An instant friendship began and soon they were co-hosting guild programs that affectionately became known as the "Lori & Kathy Show" because of their completely different approaches to working on any project.

 In the fall of 2011 Lori moved to Dauphin and joined the local guild. The idea of designing their own quilt pattern to use as a Mystery project to be presented at both guilds is what sparked the start of their design business. From there Highway 10 Designs was born, named after the highway that connects their two towns. Now seven patterns later, the drive to create is stronger than ever and they are looking forward to seeing what is around the next corner for Highway 10 Designs. 

Visit their Facebook page where they share pictures of their quilts and quilts made by others using their patterns.

Lori Suss & Kathy Schwartz from Highway 10 Designs

Besides being pattern designers both are professional Longarm quilters—a dream that came true for Kathy in 2009 and for Lori in 2012.

Kathy is the owner of Tamarack Shack Longarm Quilting located at Schist Lake near Flin Flon, MB. Visit her blog: Tamarack Shack

Lori is the owner of Night Owl Quilting and Dye Works located in Dauphin, MB. You can visit her blog: Night Owl Quilting & Dye Works  



Inspiration for Snowflake 

Lori and Kathy both grew up in Winnipeg and developed an appreciation for winter activities at a young age. Now as adults living in central (prairies) and northern (shield) Manitoba they still enjoy many winter activities like snow shoeing, cross country skiing, ice fishing or snow dyeing.  The Snowflake is a reflection of their love of winter and how they embrace Manitoba’s six months of snow each year.



Sign up for The Canadian Sampler and make this gorgeous quilt to Celebrate Canada's 150th Anniversary!

Registrations for The Canadian Sampler starting July 2017 are now open. 

Friday, March 17, 2017

Tabby Road is Here!



Tabby Road is the illustrated adventures of a fabulously sophisticated polka-dotted house cat with flare to spare and her sassy striped kitty sister.


These two crazy kittens spend their days climbing delightfully proportioned banded fruit trees, chasing mice up and down elegant acanthus leaves for sport, coughing up brightly colored fur balls and ending their days with bellies full of artisan-crafted consciously canned, organic cat snacks. If ever there was a cat to envy, this is the one.




Tabby Road is the life of the common house cat as seen through Tula Pink's eyes, transformed into an imaginary world of quirk and color, mischief and mayhem.


Click here to purchase: Tabby Road by Tula Pink

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Deal of the Month - March - 31% Off Kona Basics - Black, Medium Grey, Canada Red, White, and Snow


Our Deal of the Month for March is 31% Off Kona Basics - Black, Medium Grey, Canada Red, White, and Snow. *

This is a great time to stock up on those basics you know you will use and get some Canada Red for your Sesquicentennial Projects!

*Please note:
  • There is a 1m minimum cut on the Deal of the Month colours. Buy as much as you want!
  • Offer is valid through the month of March 2017 online and in the store. 
  • Offer is valid on Kona Black, Medium Grey, Canada Red, White, and Snow. All other Kona Cotton colours can be purchased at our regular price of $12.99/metre. 
  • This offer does not apply to Kona Mini Bolts. The Deal of the Month cannot be combined with other offers. 
Click here to purchase: Deal of the Month - March -  31% Off Kona Basics - Black, Medium Grey, Canada Red, White, and Snow. 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

The Canadian Sampler - Meet the Designers - Felicity Ronaghan

We're in the third month of The Canadian Sampler and we love seeing your gorgeous Keep'n WarmPacific Stars, Thousand Islands Star, and Canada by Code blocks.

This project has been a labour of love for all of us involved and it makes us so happy to see you enjoying it.

March's blocks are Maple Leaf 4 Ever by Felicity Ronaghan from Felicity Quilts and Grain Elevator by Jennifer Houlden from Quilts by Jen.

Maple Leaf 4 Ever
by Felicity Ronaghan from Felicity Quilts

Maple Leaf 4 Ever by Felicity Ronaghan from Felicity Quilts

Felicity has been a passionate quilter since the first minute of her first quilting class over 15 years ago. Felicity started her blog, Felicity Quilts, in 2010 to be a journal of sorts, and blogging led her to discover the online world of modern quilting.

It's literally changed my life - I've met friends, expanded my creative life and travelled in ways I'd never imagined. 

When Felicity is not not quilting, she's a wife and mom, and now a job-seeker since her family relocated from Vancouver, BC to Naramata, a small community on Lake Okanagan in BC's wine region.

 Follow Felicity on her blogInstagram & Twitter 


Felicity Ronaghan


Inspiration for Maple Leaf 4 Ever

As a centennial baby, I feel especially connected to Canada's Sesquicentennial, so I was thrilled to be asked to participate in this Sampler! I really wanted my block to exude Canadiana and I think four maple leaf blocks fits the bill. Having the colours alternate as leaf/background adds a bit of movement and interest.

Sign up for The Canadian Sampler and make this gorgeous quilt to Celebrate Canada's 150th Anniversary!

Registrations for Round II of The Canadian Sampler starting July 2017 are now open. 


Maple Leaf 4 Ever in The Canadian Sampler

The Canadian Sampler - Meet the Designers - Jennifer Houlden

We're in the third month of The Canadian Sampler and we love seeing your gorgeous Keep'n WarmPacific StarsThousand Islands Star, and Canada by Code blocks.

This project has been a labour of love for all of us involved and it makes us so happy to see you enjoying it.

March's blocks are Grain Elevator by Jennifer Houlden from Quilts by Jen & Maple Leaf 4 Ever by Felicity Ronaghan from Felicity Quilts.


Grain Elevator
by Jennifer Houlden from Quilts by Jen

Grain Elevator by Jennifer Houlden from Quilts by Jen

Jennifer is a quilt designer, pattern writer, teacher, lover of colour and fabric/fibre addict. She is the proprietor of Quilts by Jen and loves to share her passion for quilting. 

As a young child Jennifer was always creating something with her hands – every craft imaginable - but sewing was never something she wanted to do. Then she found quilting and her whole world changed! She learned how to quilt when living in Yellowknife, NWT and continued quilting when she moved to the Australian Outback. She moved into the world of designing and writing patterns for Arbee Designs while living in Australia. 

Upon her return to Canada in 2011 Jennifer developed her own company and started writing patterns under her own label as well as teaching and speaking at local guilds and shops. 

Follow Jennifer on her websiteTwitterFacebook, and Instagram.


Jennifer Houlden from Quilts by Jen

Inspiration for Grain Elevator

I grew up in Saskatchewan where grain elevators dotted the landscape and were an icon of the prairies. These wooden elevators are few and far between now as most have burnt, collapsed or been removed and replaced by large concrete versions. My block for this great project is a tribute to the wooden grain elevators that lined the prairie landscape as we travelled the prairie roads to visit friends and relatives.




Sign up for The Canadian Sampler and make this gorgeous quilt to Celebrate Canada's 150th Anniversary!

Registrations for Round II of The Canadian Sampler starting July 2017 are now open. 


Grain Elevator in The Canadian Sampler

Friday, February 24, 2017

Compositions from Moda!

Compositions is a delicate and sophisticated collection from BasicGrey. Sheet music, text, numbers, and pages from books come together in an elegant palette of white and grey complemented with BasicGrey's classic Grunge textures.



What's your type, maestro? Medley or Melody? Can't decide? Let Compositions guide your next crafty symphony. Whether you create a ballad or an epic, or even a complete chorus, this goes-with-everything collection is sure to move you in creating monumental arrangements. Encore! Encore! Compositions is by Basic Grey for Moda. 
Click here to purchase: Compositions





Thursday, February 9, 2017

The Canadian Sampler - Meet the Designers - Michèle-Renée Charbonneau

We're in the second month of The Canadian Sampler and we have enjoyed seeing your lovely Keep'n Warm blocks & Pacific Stars blocks.

February's blocks are Canada by Code by Michèle-Renée Charbonneau from Quiltmatters & Thousand Islands Star by Nellie Holmes & Christine Baker from Upper Canada Quiltworks Publishing.

Canada by Code
by Michèle-Renée Charbonneau from Quiltmatters
Canada by Code by Michèle-Renée Charbonneau from Quiltmatters 
M-R's a hard core quilter, with a passion for modern and art quilting and a deep respect for our traditional quilting roots. A first generation quilter, she's been quilting for over 18 years and blogging at Quilt Matters for the last five years. She also speaks to guilds about modern quilting and shares her passion for this art through teaching.   She lives in Ottawa with her husband and three wild things (ages 12, 9, and 7). She's actively involved in her local quilt guilds, including being a founding member of the Ottawa Modern Quilt Guild.

Follow M-R on her blog Quilt MattersInstagramTwitter, & Facebook .

Michèle-Renée Charbonneau from Quiltmatters 

Inspiration for Canada by Code

I wanted my block to have a modern look to it, but still pay tribute to our history. This simple-looking block uses Morse code to spell out our country’s name. Fitting too, since Canada’s primary long-distance communications method during the time of Confederation was the telegraph. And while we don't use Morse code anymore, this 'code' block design is also a nod to our tech industry and lifestyle -- we're a pretty 'connected' society. Did you know that 82% of Canadians have high speed Internet connections? We are so connected in fact that the Canadian government has recently declared that high speed broadband internet should be considered a "basic communications necessity" like landline telephone lines. That's a pretty bold statement that's going to have major impacts on our telecommunications infrastructure in rural areas of the country.  

 I like to think that this block celebrates our history and gives us a taste of our future.




You can join the fun! Sign up for The Canadian Sampler today and make this gorgeous quilt to Celebrate Canada's 150th Anniversary!

Please Note: We will be closing registrations for this round of The Canadian Sampler at the end of February. All registrations March 1 and onward will be enrolled for Round 2 of The Canadian Sampler starting July 2017.

The Canadian Sampler - Meet the Designers - Nellie Holmes and Christine Baker

We're in the second month of The Canadian Sampler and we have enjoyed seeing your lovely Keep'n Warm blocks & Pacific Stars blocks.

February's blocks are Thousand Islands Star by Nellie Holmes & Christine Baker from Upper Canada Quiltworks Publishing and Canada by Code by Michèle-Renée Charbonneau from Quiltmatters.

Thousand Islands Star
by Nellie Holmes & Christine Baker from Upper Canada Quiltworks Publishing
Thousand Islands Star by Nellie Holmes & Christine Baker

Twelve years ago, designers and friends Christine Baker (Fairfield Road Designs) and Nellie Holmes (Originellie's) formed a joint company, Upper Canada Quiltworks Publishing Co. so that they could publish books and patterns that they co-design.

Their first book, Rag Bags©, released in May 2004, was a huge hit and featured patterns for 12 different tote bags all made using the rag technique. Their second book Rag-a-Muffins© (2005) contains lots of projects to make for children such as rag quilts, fusible appliqué wall hangings and accessories. This year they released their third book “Celebrate Canada” which contains lots of projects using Northcott’s “Oh Canada” line of fabric. It is available now in quilt shops across the country. Collectively they have designed over 200 patterns.

Nellie & Christine

They currently have 56 patterns that they have designed jointly for Upper Canada Quiltworks and Northcott Fabrics and have just released their first block of the month quilt pattern called “Tweets and Twinkles”. They also design patterns for many major quilt magazines. Christine and Nellie do trunk shows and workshops for quilt guilds and they teach at local quilt shops. They have often been exhibitors at International Quilt Market and Quilt Canada. They both live in Brockville, Ontario.

Follow Nellie & Christine on their website and their blogs - Fairfied Road Designs & Originellies.




Inspiration for Thousand Islands Star

We live in Brockville, Ontario which is located in the beautiful Thousand Islands. During the summer, the St. Lawrence River is the centre of almost all of the activities that occur in our area. Much like the flying geese blocks that join together to form arrows which point towards the centre of our block, all of the activities in Brockville in the summer point to the river. From sailing and kayaking on the river, camping and picnicking on the islands, beautiful restaurants at the waterfront and festivals and gatherings in the parks along the water, the St. Lawrence River and the Thousands Islands form the centre of our community.


Thousand Islands Star in The Canadian Sampler

You can join the fun! Sign up for The Canadian Sampler today and make this gorgeous quilt to Celebrate Canada's 150th Anniversary!

Please Note: We will be closing registrations for this round of The Canadian Sampler at the end of February. All registrations March 1 and onward will be enrolled for Round 2 of The Canadian Sampler starting July 2017.