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Quilters' Line

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Winter 2010 Volume 13, Number 3


We're rolling over to another fast did that go? All your Millennium quilts are 10 years old! As we start another 10 years, let's hope we will all continue to make beautiful quilts and enjoy our passion for it. Many of you have kindly asked how we fared during the Chapman's Ice Cream Factory fire. It was the Friday of Labour Day weekend....we closed very shortly after the fire started and did not open again until the Tuesday; consequently we had absolutely no smell of smoke in the building or on the fabric! With an F1 tornado 2 weeks before, and a massive dump fire in between, I noticed at the fall round of shows that instead of being asked where is Markdale (the #1 comment at most shows), people were asking how is Markdale.

Let's Dance! New QL Block of the Month:

Our exclusive new Block of the Month programme, designed by Nancy Edwards and myself, commences in February. It is one we are very enthusiastic about - dance and music through the centuries, rendered in black and white, syncopated with shots of bright colours - hot, hot, hot for the latin beats, cool blues and greens for the jazz numbers, and so on. It will be a double, with many-sized blocks and a true keyboard border - not your average sampler. It will be perfect for college kids, music lovers and anyone who enjoys colour and rhythm in their quilt collection! It is suitable for confident beginners and beyond. The sign-up sheet and details are included in this mailing.

`Canadian Cottage' Quilt Challenge

We are pleased to be included in an exciting new Canadian quilt challenge from Robyn Pandolph and RJR Fabrics. Using the Canadian Cottage run of fabrics, make a wall or bed quilt and enter to win up to $750.00 cold, hard, lovely cash! The finished quilts return to the store for customer voting, and the 2 winners, one in each category, will go to final judging by Robyn Pandolph herself. Because we are a small store, your chances of winning are obviously increased. The 2 Grand-Prize winning quilts will then be displayed at Houston in October. The fabrics arrive in January - we have artwork and all the information in the store now. It is a beautiful line: soft colours, sumptuous floral and maple leaf prints, fashionable allover dots, and a great signature print of our anthem, crown and flag, with a 19th Century appeal. You will like it and we encourage you to participate.

5th Annual Shop Hop May 6-7- 8

Mark your new 2010 calendars now with the dates of our annual Goose of the Loose Shop Hop. We have the grand prize of a private quilters retreat in Muskoka for the winner and 7 friends, each store gives away a finished quilt, and we'll have demos in every store. It doesn't get better that this, with top drawer stores and preferred eateries in every location. We also have new surprises lined up!

Manitoulin Island Retreat Oct 4-5-6-7

Still have those 2010 calendars handy? We had an inordinate amount of fun at the 2009 retreat - we invite you will consider joining us . We are able to keep the price the same - it has never risen in 5 years - $485.00 all in, including project kit, all taxes and tips. A $100.

deposit secures your space, which we can accept at any time. You don't have to be an accomplished quilter - all levels of expertise are welcome and encouraged! Many of you may know by now that the Spring Creative Sewing Festival has been postponed until 2011 - when it will return as a 2-day show April 15 & 16 at the International Centre. We always like this show, and it's easier to get to for all of us living north of the city, so this is good news. My never-used Inspira Machine Quilting System is back on the market - now at reduced price of $2700.00 This is a great deal the store for details.

1930's appeal, and Hunky Dory prints from everyone's favourite designers, Chez Moi. You will see ads in the quilting magazines for all these lines, and Moda seems to hit the mark with every new release.

Kona Bay 2010 Nobu Collection

The first installment of the Kona Bay Nobu collection will arrive this month. Give us a call if you wish us to save you cuts from the entire collection; we can arrange to ship you monthly packages of the signature print and its co-ordinates. We are also running some classes in March that will showcase these amazingly fine prints.


The new Bali Pop colours are in the store and the `flavours' are terrific - use them for jackets, with any jelly roll pattern, or play with your own designs. The colours blend exactly right, so any project turns out beautifully. It's not too late to celebrate the upcoming Olympic Winter Games - we have a nice selection of 4 prints, 2 with a stylized maple leaf and `Canada' on them, and two with our Inukshuk symbol. Make placemats, napkins, anything at all to celebrate this event. We still have some of our Snow Folk Olympics kits remaining, and the Games don't start until February so you have time.

More William Morris Prints

A little pile of Morris Garden prints were found in the warehouse, and we jumped at the chance to have them in the store. This is the run immediately previous to the current one, and sold out with lightening speed in the Spring of 2008. To that end, we are running our William Morris Irish Chain class again, to let you have a chance to showcase these prints in a classic way.

2010 Hoffman Challenge

If it's January then it's time for the Hoffman Challenge fabrics - they should arrive at the end of January. Entitled Treasures of the East, the challenge fabric itself is a deep turquoise scroll, with lovely co-ordinates in tones of sapphire and jade, all accented with metallic highlights. It is most elegant, and perhaps the nicest they have had in a while. Sulky Threads is the co-sponsor of the Challenge, so there are lots of prizes. Details of the challenge are on their website

Moda Fabrics

Rouenneries is in the store now as well - these were cotton prints made in Rouen France in the 1750's and are exquisitely reproduced by Moda. Their faded elegance in greys, taupes, reds and creams is punctuated with a deeper Turkey red. If you have a heritage home, or like this look, this collection is sure to please. Look for a class listing using these fabrics under Bed & Lap Quilts. Other Moda lines coming throughout the winter include selections from Collections for a Cause - beautiful 19th Century prints and squares (our Heritage section is bursting with new prints), two interesting spring floral lines entitled Oz by Sanae and Verna by Kate Spain, an adorable selection of Whimsy prints, which have a


Microwave Potato Bags

This is one of those little ideas that occasionally sweep the quilting world....a pattern and matching potato fabric to make a special microwave pouch for the spuds. This is so popular our delivery can't be guaranteed until February! Quilters are swearing the potatoes taste better and quilters never lie. It will make a great gift item too!

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Scissor Pals

These are a gorgeous find - little charms that attach to your scissors and rotary cutter, to distinguish them from anyone else's at classes and retreats - a bit like the charms we put around the stems of our wine glasses, except these have fine, coloured Swarovski crystals as well, and are much higher quality. There are 25 charm designs to chose from, including quilt blocks, cats, sail boats, etc. - something for everyone, and at under $10.00 each, you can afford to buy them for all your quilting buddies and secret sisters as well.

and we now have a 5" square ruler to match the size of the charm squares. This will save a lot of time when you need to cut extra squares for your project, as you won't have to line up the grids on a bigger ruler. They have also released an 8½" x 12" ruler which is an ideal size for many sub-cutting jobs. Another relatively new size is the 2½" square. This is useful for cutting charm squares into 4, and sub-cutting jelly roll and Bali Pop strips.

Green Batts

Quilters' Dream batting, which many of you prefer, has a new polyester batt that addresses the needs of our environment. Called Dream Green, it is made from 100% recycled plastic bottles and is a lovely shade of pale spring green. Each pound of Dream Green equals 10 bottles saved from the landfill and other than its great colour, it is indistinguishable from the other fine poly products made by Quilter's Dream. It may be machine washed and dried without shrinkage and drapes like cotton. You can stitch it up to 10" apart and it is excellent for hand and machine quilting. Expect the shipment to arrive in mid January.

New Hand-Sewing Products

Fons & Porter have recently released a specialty Binding needle. The pack comes in assorted sizes to accommodate your preference in length of needle, and are excellent for sewing through the thick layers of double binding. They are stout and non-bending, which should cut down the time it takes for you to get around all those thick edges of your quilt. You can rest assured any product put out by Clover is bound to be a good one, and they have launched a new line of Black Gold hand-sewing needles. These excellent needles retain their golden eye and are specially coated with black plating, making them absolutely rust-proof and burr-proof. They are polished along the axis for effortless piercing. They are precision-balanced between hardness and flexibility and will not bend easily. While they are more expensive, they will last you a lot longer. We are currently stocking #10's in both Quilting/Betweens and Applique/Sharps. Clover has also released a spectacular new thimble, and if you've been thinking you might need a new one, your wait is over. These thimbles have a breathable, flexible, silicone-like rubber cup which gently caresses your finger. The cups are frilled like delicate flower petals and each size is a different, pretty pastel colour. The top has ridged and dimpled metal as you would expect, and simply put, you will by happy to own one!

Boxing Week Sale December 28 - 30

Time for inventory clear-out, so we can re-stock the shelves with the new lines of 2010. We'll aggressively move stock during Boxing Week, so come for a visit and expect excellent bargains in all departments. Please note this year we are closed New Year's Eve.

Christmas Hours

Thurs. Dec. 24 ..............10 am - 1 pm Dec. 25, 26, 27 ............Closed Mon. Dec. 28.................10 am - 4 pm Tues. Dec. 29.................10 am - 4 pm Wed. Dec. 30.................10 am - 4 pm Dec 31 & Jan. 1.........Closed

Quilters' Line wishes everyone a safe and happy Holiday Season. Thank you for your patronage throughout the year, and all the best in 2010!

New Omnigrip Rulers

Omnigrid/grip rulers consistently receive the best independent reviews for accuracy in their rulers, and they continue to meet the need of the quilter by releasing new shapes. The old carpenter's adage - use the right tool for the job - applies very much to quilting

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13 Annual March Break Sale

Fri March 19 & Sat. March 20 10 - 5 pm

Come in and stock up on the last of the winter fabrics; get inspired by the spring arrivals, and enjoy a store-wide Sale! Get the papers closer to the date, or give us a call.


We ask that materials for the class be purchased from Quilters' Line. We thank you for your understanding of this policy; without it, we couldn't bring you the variety of classes that we strive to do. You may rent a sewing machine for $5.00 plus GST for in-class work. Please reserve the machine when you register for class. You supply the thread. We have a fridge and a microwave should you care to bring your lunch, or there are several eateries within walking distance. If you go to Susan's Deli down the street, they will provide you with a complimentary beverage with your meal (ask us for a coupon). We are happy to provide tea and coffee throughout the day.


Here are the Winter classes, grouped by category:


Beginner Bear Making

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Bears . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Skill Builders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Paper Piecing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Toppers & Totes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wall Quilts.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bed & Lap Quilts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Specialty Classes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

We will make a 12" bear from high quality synthetic fur, fully jointed, and with glass eyes. These bears are not intended for very young children, but are "collector" bears. We will make our first bear by hand during two classes one week apart. There will be some sewing required at home between the two sessions. Caution: Bearmaking is addictive. Tues. Apr. 6 & 13................10:00 - 3:30

We try to include something for everyone and are always open to suggestions for new classes or ways to improve existing ones. Please take a moment to review the guidelines:

$25.00 class fee, plus kit ($25.00)

Chrissie Nash

Class fees are not refundable if we cannot find a replacement for you. A full refund is given if the class is cancelled.

Fur Coat Bear

In this hands-on seminar, bring your fur coat and we will discuss how and where to cut it, then show you how to line it. We will sew a body piece on the machine to get you familiar with the feel, and discuss jointing, clipping, noses, etc. Fur bears are very special. Please bring your sewing machine. Previous Quilters' Line bearmaking required. Sat. Mar. 13...................... 10:00 - 3:30 $25.00 class fee, plus materials Chrissie Nash

To hold your place, class fees are due at registration. If you cannot come in, please call us and we will be happy to make arrangements with you on the phone with a credit card, or you can mail payment. GST is applicable to class fees. Please check the descriptions of the classes to see whether you need to purchase or prepare anything beforehand. We do not call and reconfirm classes - we will only call if the class is cancelled.

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Basic Quiltmaking

For those wishing to delve into quilting, this series of classes will introduce you to rotary cutting, simple 9patch piecing, and hand applique. We will also construct borders, and apply straight grain binding. We recommend you consider also taking our ½ day class in either hand or machine quilting (or both!) and these classes are scheduled to coincide with this project. 4 half-day sessions. Please select fabrics in advance. Mon. mornings: Jan. 18, 25, Feb. 1 & 22 ............................................. 9:30 - 12:30 $60.00 class fee, plus materials. Trudi Wiley

Paper Piecing...

(This kit is also sold separately)

Spring in Grey-Bruce

The snow has retreated and the spring flowers are amassing by the roadsides. Paper-piece your way through undulating fields and meandering streams, over a classic red barn and up to a springtime sky. This is Nancy's own design and the class will teach you everything you need to know (or remember) about paper piecing. You can then go on to paper piece any pattern that uses this technique. Sat. Feb. 27...............................10:00 - 4:00 $25.00 class fee, plus kit ($19.99) Nancy Edwards

Hand Quilting

In this half-day class, Trudi will show you how to baste a quilt and execute the quilting stitch. We will work on sample blocks using different battings, so you can discover which type you prefer. Your kit also includes various sized quilting needles, and thread in your choice of colour. Mon. Feb. 8....................... 9:30 - 12:30 $15.00 class fee, plus kit ($15.00) Trudi Wiley

Toppers & Totes...

(the following 5 classes all use the same booklet, so you only have to purchase it once!)

Tsunami-Snail Table Topper

Is it a wave or a snail's trail? The placement of colour will determine its look, and also where you sit at the table! This table topper has interesting, clipped corners for extra appeal, and finishes up to 46" long, by 12½" wide. Please select fabrics in advance. Sat. Jan. 23................9:30 - 12:30 $15.00 class fee, plus booklet & materials Carol Singleton

Basic Machine Quilting

You will learn about the stitches and the threads in this half day class, working on samples provided in a kit. We will work with different battings, so you can get a feel for what works best in your machine. Learn to think outside the box with your feed dogs up in this innovative primer, plus master the basics of freemotion stippling. Special feet required; please enquire. Sat. Jan. 30........................9:30 - 12:30 $15.00 class fee, plus kit ($15.00) Chrissie Nash

Market Tote

Just three fat quarters will make the exterior of the bag and a square from the co-ordinated lining sits outside, on point, as a cute and safe pocket for your keys, and we'll have key fobs you can sew in for extra security. This 30" x 36" bag will be strong enough for books and groceries,

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or fill it for guild meetings and classes...take it just about anywhere in fact! Please select fabrics in advance. Sat. Feb. 13......................9:30 - 12:30 $15.00 class fee, plus booklet & materials Carol Singleton

every time you go looking for them! It features bold broken stripes and bars and will suit batik fabrics as well as many other looks. Think spring and give yourself a lift with this new accessory. 12" x 15" x 5". Please select fabrics in advance. Sat. Apr. 17......................9:30 - 12:30 $15.00 class fee, plus booklet & materials Carol Singleton

`Easter Morning' Topper

Spring will be just around the corner and we will be more than ready to delve into pastels and pretty spring fabrics to make this zig-zag design table topper, complete with pointed ends. It's jazzy and sweet, or it can be bold and elegant, as you wish. Finishes 11" x 38". Please select fabrics in advance. Sat. Mar. 6...................9:30 - 12:30 $15.00 class fee, plus booklet & materials Carol Singleton

Wall Quilts...

Stack `n Whack

This technique is enjoying a resurgence as new quilters wish to try it - the results are always fascinating. Audrey will lead you through the accurate cutting required and once you've made one block, you can't wait to see the results of the second block, and so on...before you know it, it's done! You can make this into a bed quilt as well, just let us know. The cutting and sewing is identical. Please select fabrics in advance. Thurs. Jan. 28 ...........................10:00 - 4:00 $25.00 class fee, plus materials Audrey Morrow

`Classic &Scrappy' Table Topper

Clever placement of background rectangles together with coloured squares make this topper a breeze to sew, although it looks mighty complicated when it's done. The scrappy 2½" squares make it a good candidate for the charm packs or use part of a jelly roll; it would also look great in controlled colours, such as powder blues and chocolates. This long quilt finishes large enough to be an interesting wall quilt as well as suiting a harvest table. 17 ½" x 54" Please select fabrics in advance. Sat. Mar. 27.....................9:30 - 12:30 $15.00 class fee, plus booklet & materials Carol Singleton

Floating Squares

This is a good choice for a three colour quilt such as our sample, or you can opt to make a scrappy look as pictured on the cover of the pattern. The fabrics are showcased in 18" blocks, making construction go really fast, and it features an off-centre 12" square with an interesting offset lattice affair. Orientals, batiks, Kaffe Fassett, and big florals will all look great in this quilt. Can easily be made into a queen quilt. Please select fabrics in advance Wed. Mar. 31...........................10:00 - 4:00 $25.00 class fee, plus pattern & materials. Audrey Morrow

Springtime Tote

No girl can have too many bags....this one has inner pockets, so can easily sub as a purse for those casual jaunts around town. You can add a key fob as well, so your keys won't always be at the very bottom each and

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From a pattern of the same name, this wall or lap quilt creates never-ending sidelines around rectangles and squares. The blocks are graphic and bold and the different settings of the blocks will create different looks, making no two quilts the same. This will be perfect for those Nobu or other large-scale oriental prints, or any bold design. Please select fabrics in advance Wed. Apr.7...........................10:00 - 4:00 $25.00 class fee, plus pattern & materials. Audrey Morrow

suitable for a large double or certainly big enough for a small queen. Limited kits available...sign up early to avoid disappointment. Tues. Jan. 19.........................10:00 - 4:00 $25.00 class fee, plus kit Chrissie Nash

Let's Dance! - Sampler Series

The same as our current Block of the Month, you can make the quilt over 7 weeks instead of 8 months - you pick the fabrics instead of us, and together we'll make the quilt. Nancy will guide you through the construction of the blocks, sashing and pieced borders. We'll talk about the dances and the music, and thoroughly enjoy our afternoons throughout this project. Please select fabrics in advance. Wednesday mornings........................10:00 - 1:00 Jan. 27 - Mar.10 $75.00 class fee, plus materials Nancy Edwards

Tessellated Flowers

This is not a new pattern but it has been updated with new techniques, making it approachable for all of us. The design emerges from the placement of the flower petals and a design wall is a must - hence we will get most of the cutting and learn the technique of sewing the petals in the class, but the majority the rows will be sewn at home later, so you can spread it out for your colour placement. This is not difficult to make but the results are amazing. Please select fabrics in advance. Wed. Apr. 14...........................10:00 - 4:00 $25.00 class fee, plus pattern & materials. Audrey Morrow

Key Hole Quilt

We have some lovely jelly rolls in stock right now and this wildly popular quilt is just the thing to introduce you to them - a Bali Pop in one of new colours will work equally as well. The joy of a jelly roll is that it is accurately precut, eliminating hours of tedious cutting of 2½" strips: you can get right to the good part of sewing up the top. Let us know if you would like to make this a queen size. Please select fabrics in advance. Mon. Mar. 1............................10:00 - 4:00

Bed & Lap Quilts...


Another winner by Moda, these elegant reproductions of 18th C French textiles are stunningly beautiful and look like designer fabrics for magazine spreads. The quilt looks random, but has clever control of design elements. Fondling the fabric and gazing at the designs was truly a joy during the construction - I almost didn't want that part to end! The quilt finishes 80" square -

$25.00 class fee, plus pattern & materials Trudi Wiley

William Morris Irish Chain

We will work up an Irish Chain quilt that can be sized from Lap to King. The William Morris fabrics always seem to make this quilt absolutely breath-taking and with renewed

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inventory of Morris prints, now is the time to make this stunning quilt. Of course you can choose other fabrics if you wish! The technique is easy enough for a beginner who is comfortable cutting strips. Please select fabrics in advance; some pre-cutting required. Mon. Mar. 22........................9:30 - 3:30 $25.00 class fee, plus materials Trudi Wiley

Beading 101

In this half day class Trudi will get you started on the basics of beading on fabric. We will embellish a fat quarter of your choice, outlining patterns in the fabric. Add a border and quilt it, and you have a new and interesting little hanging, or a terrific gift for someone special. All hand work. The younger ones on their March Break may enjoy this class as well. Mon. Mar. 15......................9:30 - 12:30

Log Cabin (Easy)

This classic design is an excellent choice for quilters just starting out, or those who haven't yet had an opportunity to make one - you can spend a lifetime working with log cabin blocks and never repeat yourself. While not all blocks will be finished in a day, you will get a good number completed and learn the chain stitch and squaring up techniques. Once your blocks are done, you can set them in a variety of ways. Please select fabrics in advance. Pre-cutting helpful, but not required. Mon. Apr. 12..................9:30 - 3:30

$15.00 class fee, plus materials

Trudi Wiley

Silk Ribbon Embroidery

Beautiful unto itself, silk ribbon work is also a wonderful embellishment on crazy quilting and a fine companion to cross stitch work. It is also durable enough to embellish clothing. We will work from a kit that incorporates all the basic stitches, but you choose your own colour scheme. Mon. Mar. 29.........................9:30 - 3:30

$25.00 class fee, plus materials

Trudi Wiley $25.00 class fee, plus kit ($20.00) Trudi Wiley

Specialty Classes...

Finish-It-Class Lattice Vest

Audrey adapted this lovely woven vest so that you can make it effortlessly on your own sewing machine. Because it is so open, it will look great over a turtle neck sweater, so take that into account in your sizing (which Audrey will tailor to you exactly).Two half-day classes, with some sewing at home. Please select fabrics in advance; some pre-cutting required before the first class. Thursdays, Jan. 21 plus Feb.4......................9:30 - 12:30 $30.00 class fee, plus materials Audrey Morrow We are happy to help you with anything you have started in any of our classes during this session but may not have gotten all the class work finished - the class is free but please register so we have a space reserved for you. Wed. Apr. 28.................................10:00 - 3:00 FREE, but please pre-register

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