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I was making a tree skirt with the delish Riley Blake …but….

November 20th, 2011


I now fear I may be making a quilt.

It is ok, I have a plan b for the tree skirt.  I just can’t resist the Riley Blake.

This year my husband has the tree up (and the lights on, the Christmas cards done…and has been done for a week), the kids are calling him Mr. Christmas…..though I did notice that the 2nd house lit up, across and down the street from us, is pulling off a light display that may require an alternate power source….I am waiting to see if we engage in this competition or not.  It also means I have 2 little girls dying to decorate the tree…..for me it is simply too early for that.  And as we have a new fake one this year I thought I would get started by making a decent tree skirt, and use the Riley Blake I am loving (and putting in the store soon!).  The old tree skirt is one of those scary fake red velvet things, trimmed in green felt, both hideous shades…..plain embarrassing really.

Didn’t work, I may have made most of a quilt instead.

Oh well…..with 2 girls I need a mate for this one;




Still unpacking…..

November 7th, 2011

Well, they say timing is everything – so is the absence of timing nothing?  If that is the case then I have a whole bunch of nothing clogging up my living room…..I did finally evict my suitcase from the midst of it.  Somebody came home both too tired and weak to wrestle the beast up the stairs, and I am sad to say over a couple of days unpacking it on the main floor.  There is good reason for this, and it wasn’t simply that the “accident” that was sample spree made my bag to heavy.  Well, that is most of the reason, but the laundry is on the main floor and the suitcase goes to the basement, so I am sticking with the planning story……I guess what I need to do is show oyu picks of the sample spree haul.

I amy need a 12 step program before I can do that……or at least a nametag.

Anyhow – it was interesting to in sample spree get some fabric that, in Canada, I may only ever see either online or as art printed onto cardboard, if at all, prior to ordering it.  Case in point – Echino – Japanese fabrics.  There is a wealth of these out there, and I am not sure if I want to carry any of them yet as they are very specific, and only interest me at present, but at sample spree I picked some up so I could feel them and take them home to try them out.  My first reaction is it is a very different weight, and hand, but also very good quality.

In addition, and in this pic above and below the Echino, are an indigo assortment (below) – to me classic japanese in the indigo, and red i my favourite, so I am a sucker for it – this group is like my blue jeans and red sweatshirt I live in (yup, that’s me, a clotheshorse! NOT!!) whenever I can get away with it.  The prints at the top are a new collection by Nancy Wolff – a kids author/ illustrator – new to me, but again nice quality and colours….who knows, maybe in the store one day.

Who else fell into that bracket?  Anthology Fabrics – I couldn’t see them at all but grabbed a little fat quarter set at Spree – super saturated colours is my current impression, we shall see how it goes.

Last but not least….St. Ives – I am getting the cherry colourway, but grabbed an FQ set of this ans 2 other designers new collections at Lecien…again getting there fabrics isn’t easy…so I wanted to grab it, and it may make good 4 piece FQ giveaways down the road…..

Shades of Grey – I am very excited to be bringing in organics, more on that soon, it is nearly here!

Quilt Market is done….

October 31st, 2011

Wow – what alot to see, and decisions to make.  Some are regretted already (sample spree), and some I am quite looking forward to (new products, projects, directions in the store).

It was quite interesting, and as I am sitting int he airport now and must hop on a plane very soon it will be a brief update in point form, pictures to follow later, though I didn’t take many…..

1 – I met with Primitive Gatherings, I am considering carrying their product in the store

2 – I discovered a new product line, Babyville Boutique, which I should be able to get in Canada and am considering carrying – very interesting waterproof fabric and findings for baby products

3 – I have lots of new fabric set to come over the next several months

4 – I have a purse project that has everything you need ot make a gorgeous purse contained in the package

5 – I have purchased a cuddle fabric kit……we shall see how that goes, may carry that.

There is more, watch for some fat quarters in the shop…..gotta go get on a plane.

Let me know what oyu think so far, there is more, and be sure to like Log Cabin Yardage on facebook so you can see pictures of upcoming fabrics as I post them.

Cheers, Nicole



In between conventions….

October 25th, 2011

So – I have just finished our Creativ Festival here in Toronto, with the able bodied assistance of my friend Lisa and sister Natty.

We survived – the show was a blast, we had fun.  It was also a bunch of work.  I think next time we need to increase the booth size.

I enjoyed being at this show, along with the last 2 guild shows which I did, as it gives me a chance ot speak to people and figure out what interests them, as well as see what other shops are up to.  So I have my mental to do list.

Later this week I am off to Quilt Market in Houston, and back just in time for Halloween.

I intend to debut a designer of the month in November.  I will give you some info on the designer, and a discount on that designer for the month.  The plan is to start this in November, likely Nov. 15th – first one will be a half a month.

As well I am going to work on some kits and quilts using my fabrics…..a fat quarter club….and get some notions into the shop.

SO – keep an eye on this space.   I will post a Quilt Market update for those who are interested.

And as I simply cannot do a post without a picture, so check this out.  I have 2 lines on their way (possibly slowly, not sure yet) from a new supplier, who carries Fabric Freedom, which is a line out of the UK, imported.  Specifically I have one their way 2 lines, Deco Delight, remniscent of turn of the century lampshades, think Tiffany’s, and Floral Dance, which features a gorgeous red rose against black.  Looking at my order forms, and the account status statement I have, there seems to be a bit of a mystery with regard to one of the product codes, it is on my order form as Deco Delight, and on my account status as William Morris, so who really knows what is on it’s way!

Anyhow – here are a couple of pics of each line, they are on the site under coming soon for now, along with the others ordered.

Pardon the picture….

October 18th, 2011

Taken with the winning combination of my shaky hands and blackberry…..look what was awaiting for me when I got home!

 This should be the KING – in the house!

More pics once I am done inhaling my supper form Subway….

Tea for two……

October 12th, 2011

Look what I found when looking for girl’s novelty prints for the store, this is the cutest co-ordinated line…..possibly not the best picture though, my hands shake (and have for quite a while), it seems I can now confound the Nikon anti-shakey setting (lol), and the flash here has a wee bit of yellow in it…..I will have to bribe the in-house photographer for a better pic.

 I will get these loaded up as soon as I can, along with a bunch of other new fabric for fall sewing….though we had a weird weekend here weather wise for Thanksgiving it looks like things are headed back to normal for the fall this week, and in fact forecast to be a wetter fall then usual (of course a total about face from the prior forecast of warmer and drier than usual – but there you go!).

So – keep an eye on fabrics coming and a few project kits, as well as fabric covered journals, tote bags, and some Amy Butler thread.

In other news the baby long arm is up and running, after a fair bit of creative language and pretty much a thorough cleaning/overhaul (tweezers were involved), it was rocking on Sunday before headed to my parents with my husband and kids on Sunday.  In the car on the way up, along with answering “guess what mummy?” a total of a gazillion times, and laughing at my 4 year olds jokes which were hilarious to her, I only had to rip stitches out in 3 small areas, where the tension was totally off on the underside (due to my having to “fix” on several occasions while quilting), which isn’t a crisis as once things got going the balance was fine, and I was doing an all-over stippling thing so I can fill in the voids on my Janome and it won’t be noticed…..I will post a pick later.

Whew – almost a finish!


He puzzled til his puzzler was sore….

October 8th, 2011


Pillowcase #2 & Creativ code

October 6th, 2011

Well, here is the 2nd pillowcase.  These are meant as samplers for the show, and the first one as it had the little Who girl was pretty girly.  So this is a boy option….

 We will see how this works out, they are dead easy to make.

For Creativ Festival in Toronto, the weekend of Oct 21-23 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre I have  a discount code for use online when purchasing tickets – 234LC – this gets oyu a $1 off the entry for both single and multi day admission.

In other news I started a christmas quilt last night using the Grinch fabric, I have to finish it off for kits, and I have to cut a few kits for my big Flurry snowflake quilt…..

And I have some new fabric which arrived yesterday with more coming today, so stay tuned!

Happy Fall Sewing…..

Elvis……rumoured and perhaps real????

October 4th, 2011

Ok, so I have been speaking to one of my suppliers, who let me down rather spectacularly, due to their not being able to effect their own delivery of the product I was after.  Though you may have all decided that I was delusional in some of the fabrics which I have previously told you were arriving, I am told my order is half in British Columbia, with the balance due next week… exciting is that?  It may actually make it to me before Creativ Festival – there is a chance.

 There are two more…..but you get the idea.

Terribly exciting, let’s all keep our fingers crossed.

Pillowcase #1

October 4th, 2011

So – two shows coming up, and I have deduced that my fabric isn’t really the normal fabric one sees at a uqilt show, so I am thinking I should give people some ideas of what to do with it…..Voila!

This would be the first pillowcase I will put a couple of kits together for.  Arguably it may be a girl’s pillowcase, due to the little girl in pink, so tomorrow there will be a boy one put together, or sometime soon anyhow.

Plans also consist of non christmas grinch, and some space fabric which glows in the dark I am waiting for, and perhaps some from the Children at Play line.  It is good to have plans……