Tuesday, June 27, 2017

We Have a Winner!


Mary Bresett from Acton, Ontario has won our Row by Row Experience prize!

Mary Bresett's Winning Quilt!




Friday, June 23, 2017

The Row by Row Experience is on!


The Row by Row Experience is a shop hop event with no fees, no passports and over 2655 participating quilt stores across the US and Canada! 

Simply visit any of the participating shops and receive a free pattern for a row in a quilt. Combine your rows in any way to create a unique quilt that represents the fun you had traveling throughout the summer. 

Create a quilt using at least 8 different 2016 rows from 8 different 2016 participating RxR shops and be the first to bring it into a participating shop to win a stack of 25 fat quarters (6-1/4 yards of fabric!). 

Use that shop’s row in your quilt and win a bonus prize! 
Click here for more details. 

Travel with friends, discover new quilt shops and have fun collecting rows! Our row will be available June 21 - September 5 so drop by the store this summer! 

The Row by Row Experience is an in store event only. 

Go here for more information: Row by Row Experience 


This Way designed by Judy Baldwin




Birdsong by Joanne Cocker for Dashwood Studio


Joanne Cocker's latest Dashwood collection, Birdsong, is a muted and calming collection of birds, trees, mountains, and raindrops. 
Birdsong is by Joanne Cocker for Dashwood Studio.
100% Cotton. 44" Wide.






Friday, June 16, 2017

The Canadian Sampler - Meet the Designers - Elaine Theriault

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

The blocks for June are by Elaine Theriault from Crazy Quilter on a Bike and Irene Dewar from Brambleberry Cottage Quilts.

Elaine Theriault from Crazy Quilter on a Bike

Star Cross by Elaine Theriault

Elaine began quilting in 1998 when she decided that her daughter, who was two, needed a quilt for her big girl bed. She started teaching in 2000. In addition to teaching at guilds, stores and her in-home studio she has entertained many audiences with her humorous quilt related stories.

Elaine’s Tech Tips columns (originally published in A Needle Pulling Thread magazine) are now available on-line in e-book format at QUILTSocial.com. Elaine guest blogs for QUILTSocial.com where she reviews Husqvarna Viking sewing machines. In 2015, Elaine joined Northcott and loves going to work in a warehouse full of fabric.


Elaine Theriault


Follow Elaine on her blog: Crazy Quilter on a Bike and on Instagram.

Inspiration for Star Cross 

I wanted to create a block with 13 prominent pieces, one each to represent the 10 provinces and 3 territories. That was a bit of a design challenge. I grew up in western Canada where star gazing was a wonderful nightly event. So my STAR has 13 pieces. The red surrounding the star was necessary to highlight the star.

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.

Monday, June 12, 2017

The Canadian Sampler - Meet the Designers - Irene Dewar

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

The blocks for June are by Irene Dewar from Brambleberry Cottage Quilts and Elaine Theriault from Crazy Quilter on a Bike.

Sugar Maple 
Irene Dewar from Brambleberry Cottage Quilts 



Sugar Maple by Irene Dewar


While still a very young child Irene’s mother taught her to knit, sew, crochet and embroider. She very much enjoyed these textile arts while growing up but it was not until 1983 when she took a quilting class she realized what an exciting and diverse variety of techniques there were in quilting. Those other needlework pastimes were soon set aside and quilting became her passion. Later, Irene began teaching quilting classes at home. Little did she know that those first few classes held around her dining room table would lead to countless classes at local quilt shops, work-shops and trunk shows at Guilds across Ontario, being a featured quilter in a Studio 2 production on TVO, or classes at the CreativFestival Conferences in Toronto.

Irene Dewar 

Irene was an avid participant in the now disbanded Quilt Project for Breast Cancer Support, participating in a group that annually made and donated a quilt. It was while designing the group’s 2004 donation quilt that she developed what would become her first commercial quilt pattern. With the encouragement of friends and co-workers, she began to self-publish under the name Brambleberry Cottage Quilts. Since then, her collection of published patterns has grown and expanded. She currently designs for Northcott Collections, Row by Row, Contemporary Sewing Materials as well as independently. In addition, she teaches in her home studio in Pickering, Ontario.

Irene can be reached through her website Brambleberry Cottage Quilts


Inspiration for Sugar Maple 

When I think of symbols of Canada, the Maple leaf is the first to come to mind. What could be more iconic than the Maple Leaf? It is literally the central image of our national flag. 

Just as the snow starts to melt the maple gives us another icon of the Canadian experience, maple syrup. Sugaring-off is celebrated as the first harbinger of spring and a promise of warmer weather to come. It’s sticky sweetness is an excuse to come out of hibernation and begin enjoying the great outdoors again. In the summer, maples give us shade and in the fall a brilliant display of colour. Who amongst us has not made bouquets of brilliant fall leaves? 


The Colors of Autumn reflected in the water at my Cottage

The maple seems to be a theme in my quilting. The shape of the leaf gives this pieced block. One of my first patterns, Ottawa Valley Serenade, features a Maple Leaf Block paired with a Log Cabin Block. A few years later Maple Ridge became another of my patterns. Place mat Duet РCanadian Maple, designed for Canada 150, features a maple leaf appliqu̩ for place mats, runner and table topper.

Brambleberry Cottage Quilts

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, 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!

Click here to go to our website: Sew Sisters

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. 




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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!
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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