Crossing the Finish Line

Over 2013 to 2014 we ran the 100 Modern Quilt Blocks by Tula Pink as a Block of the Month here at the store.  Each month, for ten months, customers were mailed or picked up their package of 10 blocks.  Previous blog posts were written about it here.

Pulling from the fabrics available in the store at the time, and sticking to a bright palette, I selected for each one and made them myself.  However, I have not been able to find the time to sash and finish.  However, our customer, Kate Friesen did!  And as far as I know, she was the first to do so.  She selected a different setting in the book, and I love it!  Kate has kindly lent us the quilt to hang in the store.  Pictures are below, and clicking on them will give you a much larger image that is sharper.

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The quilt was long-arm quilted by Jane Goddard, who used the Circle Play 2 design by Designs by Vicki and white Glide thread.

I’m debating whether to re-run this as a block of the month, and would love your feedback.  What do you think?

#tulapink, #100modernquiltblocks

Linda Goh
Along Came Quilting
6432 – 1A Street SW
Calgary, AB T2H 0G6
(403)253-4419
1-877-745-6445
http://www.alongcamequilting.com

One Way to Keep Your Silver Shiny – Without the Work

I have been meaning to write this blog post for years now, but something else always trumped my time.  Usually something that was a little more “pretty”.  You see, the fabric I am about to tell you about looks like plain brown flannel.  It doesn’t photograph well.

I bought Pacific Silvercloth at least 15 years ago.  Might even be twenty.  And I made myself a couple of bags with it, as I was fed up with polishing my silver and silver-plated items.  Here is one of the bags I made (which is now slightly grey and discoloured):

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And here are some of the items I had stored in this bag for the last 15+ years:

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None of these items have been polished further; they emerged from the bag looking like this.  I was shocked at how well they had stayed shiny.  But thrilled too!

Just last week Jean had to polish some silver that we had used on display with our Downton Abbey fabrics.  As you know, it is not a fun job.  However, if you only use your silver on special occasions and don’t keep it out on display, this is the perfect solution to eliminating polishing.

Pacific Silvercloth is a 38″ wide, brown-coloured flannel, that is embedded with thousands of fine silver particles.  These particles absorb the tarnish producing gases before they reach the silver stored with it.  Before first use, polish your items, as it will not take off tarnish that is already present.  Then keep your silver fully wrapped in or stored with this cloth.  The cloth will discolour over many years, but do not wash it, or it will lose its tarnish-preventing properties.  It also helps protect against dust and scratches.  Do not use it with rubber bands.

The manufacturer also suggests lining drawers, cabinets, jewelry trays, or silver chests with it.  I need to make some small bags just for my few pieces of silver jewelry.

We sell this cloth here at the store (I am a believer!).  Click here to see it on our website.  If you come in to the store, please ask a staff member to find it (we don’t keep it on the shelf with the other fabrics).

Linda Goh
Along Came Quilting
6432 – 1A Street SW
Calgary, AB
T2H 0G6
(403)253-4419
1-877-745-6445
http://www.alongcamequilting.com

Artisan Spirit Sandscapes

The entire 60-piece collection of Northcott’s Artisan Spirit Sandscapes arrived this week.  The picture below doesn’t show the neutrals, which we also received.

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This exquisite collection of marbleized textures has metallic glimmers passing through the print.  The greys are silver, and the rest are gold.  Absolutely scrumptious!

Northcott is donating a portion of the sales from this collection to Prokritee, a certified fair trade company based in Dhaka, Bangladesh, employing the artisan women who inspired this collection.

Click here to watch a video of Prokritee.

Click here to watch a video of how the ladies make the hand-made paper that Sandscapes fabrics mimic.  Unfortunately, it doesn’t show marbling of the paper.

Click here to see Northcott’s catalogue of the fabrics and patterns.

If you wish to find these fabrics in our webstore, click here.  This is a link to all of the Northcott fabrics we carry.  It is alphabetical; please scroll until you find it listed as Artisan Sandscapes.

For fabric lovers, we have cut fat eighth bundles of the entire collection of sixty fabrics.  They are a total of 7.5 meters of fabric for $116.99.  Click the picture below to see them on our website.

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If anyone would prefer fat quarters of the collection, or of certain fabrics, please contact us.

Linda
Along Came Quilting
6432 – 1A Street SW
Calgary, AB
T2H 0G6
403-253-4419
1-877-745-6445
askus@alongcamequilting.com
www.alongcamequilting.com

Winners of the 2015 Quilt Challenge Show

The ballots have been tallied and the 2015 Quilt Challenge results are in!  Before I show you the winning quilts, I’ll  give you a recap of the contest we run each year.

In the spring, we sell 30 kits of fabric for the Challenge.  Each kit contains the exact same fabrics, with the same quantities of each fabric.  The basic rules are that the purchaser must use 4 of the fabrics in the kit to make a quilt top or quilt no larger than 240 inches in perimeter.  Additional fabrics may be used, and the design can be from a pattern or original.  We recommend that if a pattern is used, permission be obtained from the designer.  This last spring, batiks by Andover were selected for the challenge, and are shown below.

Fabrics in the 2015 Quilt Challenge

Fabrics in the 2015 Quilt Challenge

The quilts or quilt tops (they don’t have to be quilted) are brought in to the store in December and hung in January for 3 weeks of viewer’s choice voting.  Eight beautiful entries were received this year.

Krista McIntosh, a regular participant in our Quilt Challenge, took first place with her original design.  She receives from our store a $100 gift certificate, along with an insurance replacement appraisal by Dawn Hunt, our local certified quilt appraiser.

Krista McIntosh's Winning Entry

Krista McIntosh’s Winning Entry

Maureen DeRay, another regular participant in our Quilt Challenge, placed 2nd with this original design:

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2nd Place Winner – Maureen DeRay

Sherie Fleming took 3rd place, with her lovely pieced original design:

3rd Place Winner - Sherie Fleming

3rd Place Winner – Sherie Fleming

The 2nd and 3rd place winners won prizes donated by Contemporary Sewing Materials.

Below are pictures of the remaining 5 entries.  Entries from this and past years can also be viewed on our website here, where there is also a zoom image when you click on the thumbnail.

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A big “Thank You” to everyone who entered!

Now I know some of you are wondering how you can participate in our store’s Quilt Challenge.  We email our local customers when the Quilt Challenge kits are available for sale.  If you are a local customer, but don’t receive our emails, you can sign up for them on our website’s home page.

As the entries have to be brought in and picked up at the store, and registration pages must be signed by the purchaser when the kit is purchased, we cannot extend this competition to anyone who cannot come in to the store.

Best regards,
Linda Goh
Along Came Quilting
6432 – 1A Street SW
Calgary, AB  T2H 0G6
403-253-4419
1-877-745-6445
http://www.alongcamequilting.com

 

 

 

 

 

Mystery Quilt Classes

In last year’s Fall mystery classes, Laura asked the participants to bring in their quilts and quilt tops from past mystery classes.  Unfortunately, I didn’t get pictures of all of them, but I did of a few which are shown below.

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For those not familiar with the premise of mystery quilts, it is where you sew the quilt, without knowing what the finished quilt looks like!  In our classes, the pattern is handed out one step at a time, and everyone works through the steps at their own pace, without seeing the next steps.   When everyone is close to the final step of assembly, Laura reveals her own finished quilt, which she previously made.   Laura guides you through the entire process and provides tips and tricks along the way.  We keep a copy of the finished quilt pattern here at the store, so staff can refer to it and help customers pick the best combinations of fabrics.  We even pick some fabric selections for those that don’t want to pick their own.

Our Spring mystery classes are in our class schedule.  We have room in the March 20- 22 weekend session, and the March 17-19 weekday session.  If you would like to join the fun, you can come in or call us to register.

Linda
Along Came Quilting
6432 – 1A Street SW
Calgary, AB  T2H 0G6
403-253-4419
1-877-745-6445
www.alongcamequilting.com
askus@alongcamequilting.com

Rat Race

We had a customer drop by late last year to show us the quilt from the Rat Race class she had taken with Leslie.  This quilt was made as a gift, and no names were to be divulged.  It was definitely a large queen or king size; my camera couldn’t take in the entire quilt laying on the table.

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The fabrics were what we refer to as Japanese taupes, and the backing is Fireside, a plush micro-fiber blend.  You can see the wonderful quilting on the Fireside back:

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The pattern is Rat Race, from the book, French Braid Transformation, by Jane Hardy Miller.  We carry this book in our webstore, and would be happy to kit it for you.  Just call us.

Linda
(PS, Click on any picture for a large image.)
Along Came Quilting
6432 – 1A Street SW
Calgary, AB  T2H 0G6
403-253-4419
1-877-745-6445
http://www.alongcamequilting.com
askus@alongcamequilting.com

Quilt Challenge 2015

Our seventh annual Quilt Challenge is on right now, and the quilts are beautiful!

Last May, we sold 30 kits for this challenge.  At least 4 of the fabrics in the kit had to be used to make a quilt top (not necessarily quilted) that measured no more than 240 inches around the perimeter.  The design could be original or a pattern.  Amateurs or professionals alike could enter the challenge.

We received 8 entries for this year’s challenge, which is a Viewer’s Choice competition.  Voting continues until January 31st.  The entry with the most votes will win a $100 gift certificate from our store, and an insurance replacement appraisal from Dawn Hunt, a local certified quilt appraiser.  There are also prizes donated by Contemporary Sewing Materials for the 2nd and 3rd place winners.

We invite you to come in, view this quilt show, and vote for your favorite entry.

Regards,
Linda
Along Came Quilting
6432-1A Street SW
Calgary, AB
T2H 0G6
(403)253-4419
1-877-745-6445