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Saturday, March 29th, 2014

Hey Everyone…..March is certainly going out like a lion, still had snow this past week, high winds and rain/freezing rain….however today is a lovely day so far and the birds are singing!

We have a few things going on …. Thursday night I spent an enjoyable evening at the East Toronto Quilt Guild and gave a talk about modern quilting, and shared some of my own quilts (and who are we kidding, a few tops and one unbound almost all quilted quilted – may as well “keep it real”), it was a nice group and they tell me they enjoyed themselves.  Since more than one person was so kind I am going to say it wasn’t pity……lol.  I had to return my youngest daughter’s quilt to the top of the sleeping kid on my return….it had a temporary pass to the leave the house only, and yes, she checked and commented in the morning.  I guess she appreciates the quilt at least!

Coming up this weekend is my guild’s show!  We will not discuss how prepared I may, or may not be……but if you are at all in the area come on by!  It is a new venue for the guild, ample parking, near restaurants and the mall if you are making a day trip of it, in addition to our own tea shop with sandwiches at the show.  Lots of quilts will be on display, there are vendors of course (I am one), a quilt appraiser and a few other little surprises!  Here is the link – check it out, or if you have any questions ask!

In the scramble to get a “trunk show” together for the talk here are a few finishes or tops…..

ff tudor quilt









This is the “Tudor” collection by Fabric Freedom out of London, UK, the company does an exquisite job of adding decorative metallic gold line to fabrics.

kfc trip around the world








This is one block of the trip around the world pattern, done really big. Truth be told I will hang this quilt the other way once in the shop today, Mr. LCY has hung it horizontally. All KF Collective prints as you can see….the targets are a favourite of mine.

In other exciting news we are having a KF themed give away in the shop…….if you are in the store ask how to enter!  The prize is a neat Fassett patterned nylon shopping (or whatever else you desire) bag, plus a couple of fat quarters, and a copy of last falls book signed by Kaffe and Brandon during their visit in October.  Come by and check it out.

giveaway pic

Signs of Spring?

Saturday, March 15th, 2014

Ok – truthfully, this may be desperation but…I have seen signs of spring..I am terribly ready for winter to be over, it has taken it’s toll on our old house this year, it has taken it’s toll on the business as the shop is int he country and every weekend seemed to involved a blizzard or an ice storm, it has even taken it’s toll on our youngest, who asked today “Mummy, will it ever be summer again?”.  And I like winter.  I think my breaking point was driving my filthy salt spray covered home from the office in a + (yes, plus) 12 degree sunny late afternoon on tuesday, making one feel a fool for even having a jacket as that is summer as far as I am concerned, to be shovelling through knee deep snow the same time on wednesday in howling wind, an equivalent number of degrees but minus.   That snow was on the ground and making the drive difficult to the shop this morning, but gone when I left as the sun was out all day and the temps crept over zero…..however there are two more snowfalls forecast yet!

The signs of Spring?  Houseflies are back.  Where do they go?  The sun has warmed up enough to bring them out, I have found them in the house and the shop.  It is astounding really.

New fabric is trickling in….I have stocked the full line of “In Cahoots” by Whole Country Caboodle for Henry Glass Fabrics….I was taken by the colour scheme, it is definitely not the ordinary.
in cahoots collage reduced

As well, this one I love the detail of and the colours hidden in it, some of the prints from the Tudor collection by Fabric Freedom out of London England. I have started a wee project using some solids with these prints, should be fun, more on that soon.
tudor collage

I also have a new product, one I am very excited about. Being the owner of a small business I sincerely appreciate when members of my community choose to shop local, I also appreciate the online business, but the shop will survive with local support. I discovered that one of the moms I know runs her family business, Eversoft, which is in the business of foam essentially. And they offer a cost-effective, locally made, 100% pre-consumer (i.e. clean, unused recyclables) recyclable materials batting which is hypoallergenic and washable. Do not get me wrong, I do love me some of the Quilter’s Dream 100% cotton we carry, but if I am going to use a polyester product then I am happy to use a locally made, recycled, cost effective batting. This one will not be going onto the website, but it is in the shop, bagged in your typical bedding sizes. I may bring this in on a roll, but as a first try I decided to go with individually bagged sizes. The same company makes a wonderful, sizable and well filled pillowform which is going to mean my ladies night out envelope closure quilt block throw pillows get a much more substantial pillow…..more on that soon.

Have a good weekend everyone, especially those of you who have spring!