Festival of Quilts Tickets Still Available

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Yes, we still have tickets for this weekend’s Festival of Quilts!  You will save some time and save some money by purchasing your tickets from us for the Festival of Quilts held at Heritage Park May 23rd and 24th.

As a sponsor of this show, we have single day admission tickets for sale for $18.50, which represents a savings of $7.25 from the walk-up general admission rate.  Not only that, you’ll just walk on by the line-up waiting to buy their tickets there.

For more information on this fabulous quilt exhibition, please click here.

You can purchase your tickets from us by:

  • Coming in, running to the counter, and requesting them.
  • Calling in to the store at 403-253-4419 or toll-free, 1-877-745-6445 with your credit card, and purchasing them over the phone.  We’ll hold your tickets here.  (I’m afraid it is too late to mail these out.)
  • Order them on our webstore here.  Under shipping method, choose “Will Pick Up In Store” (it is too late to mail them out and expect that you will receive them in time).

All sales are final.  So if hubby wants to paint the fence that weekend, suggest he join you at the park!

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

Another Round of 100 Modern Quilt Blocks Block of the Month

That’s right, it is an encore run of Tula Pink’s 100 Modern Quilt Blocks beginning in September.  Yes, that seems awhile away, but lets face it, you’ll be gardening over the next few months and when you’ve worn out your green thumb, you’ll be ready to take this on, and we will have had time to cut enough kits for everyone who wants to participate.

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  • Each month for 10 months you receive TEN individually packaged block kits –  all from one column of the quilt (versus “row” which is horizontal).  Each month’s package has candy-box appeal:  all blocks are different and each month has a span of different bright colours.
  • By the end of the 10 months, you will have 100 different 6″ (6.5″ unfinished) pieced – no applique – blocks which you can sew into any setting you would like.  The book features five different settings, of which not all use the 100 blocks.  However, you can always enlarge the smaller quilt settings to use all of them (which is what Kate did as seen in the quilt above- which, if you click, will take you to this product in our webstore).
  • The “Gridlock” setting featured on the front cover of the book uses all 100 blocks and finishes at 90″ square.  We are following the rainbow colouring of this particular quilt.  However as the fabrics featured in the book are no longer available for our store to purchase, we are using other colour- and style-appropriate fabrics.  Our store can provide you with the huge variety of fabrics needed for this quilt, all matching the colours of the Gridlock quilt.  In the first month alone, there are 32 different fabrics used.
  • Sashing and border fabrics are not included.  These are left up to you to choose, after you have decided on the setting and colours you would like.  Of course, we would be happy to help you select appropriate fabrics when you are ready to do so.
  • The price for this program is $58.98 for the first month and $29.99 for each of the subsequent nine months.  If you already own the book, please let us know when you register, and your first month’s charge will be for the blocks only of $29.99 ($3 per block).
  • By signing up for this program, you are committing to the full 10-month program costs.  Click Here  to find this in our webstore.

Please feel free to call us or email me with any questions you may have.

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

The fine print:

  • Click on the picture to find it on the Along Came Quilting webstore.
  • Local customers may sign up in the store or on-line at the webstore.  Please indicate in the comments section of your order if you will be picking up at the store.
  • All prices referred to are in Canadian dollars.
  • We happily ship world-wide.

Hoffman Elements Pre-cuts Special Pricing – Only 2 Days Left

hoffmanpreorder-1Pre-order your Hoffman Elements pre-cuts (2 1/2″ strip Bali pops, 5″ square Bali Snaps, and 10″ square Bali Crackers) by April 30th for fantastic pricing!

The important stuff:

  • Place an order on-line for the items on our secure website by April 30th.  If you are more comfortable ordering over the phone, please call us on our toll-free number at 1-877-745-6445 (local:  403-253-4419).
  • Your credit card will not be charged until the item is shipped.  There is no automated system that charges your card when you place the order; it is processed manually by yours truly.  If you choose to pay by PayPal, I will email you an invoice when the item arrives and is packaged.
  • Shipping charges will be the actual cost to mail to you.
  • In town customers pay when they pick up at the store (special pricing is held for 2 weeks after notification).
  • All charges are in Canadian funds.  If you are from another country, conversion will be handled by your credit card company.

Let me know if you have questions.

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

Get Your Tickets Here!

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Save some time and save some money by purchasing your tickets from us for the Festival of Quilts held at Heritage Park May 23rd and 24th.

As a sponsor of this show, we have single day admission tickets for sale for $18.50, which represents a savings of $7.25 from the walk-up general admission rate.  Not only that, you’ll just walk on by the line-up waiting to buy their tickets there.

For more information on this fabulous quilt exhibition, please click here.

You can purchase your tickets from us in 3 ways:

  • Come in, run to the counter, and request them.
  • Call in to the store at 403-253-4419 or toll-free, 1-877-745-6445 with your credit card, and purchase them over the phone.  We’ll hold your tickets here, or our worker bees will mail them to you (an additional $1.25 charge per address is applied).
  • Order them on our webstore here.  Under shipping method, choose whether you “Will Pick Up In Store” or Canada Post.  If we are shipping, note that the charge for this item is $1.25.

All sales are final.  So if hubby wants to paint the fence that weekend, suggest he join you at the park!

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

More on Batik Manufacturing

My last post generated an inquiry as to whether waste water is treated when printing fabrics.  I don’t know the answer to this, and can only imagine that it is entirely dependent on the country where the fabric is being printed.

However, the major player in the batik quilting cotton market, Hoffman California Fabrics, has produced a video showing that they have installed and run a water filtration system for the past decade.  I honestly don’t know whether other manufacturers have such a system.  If they do, they would be smart to put a video out on it.  Here is Hoffman’s video:

Hoffman has also published another video showing the manufacturing of their batiks.  This one also shows the folding and rolling of bolts and the laser cutting of their 2 1/2″ strip bali pops.

As you can see from any of the videos I’ve posted, whether it is at a fabric mill that prints cottons, or the batik process, none of the facilities are in a “sterile” lab environment.  This is just one reason why I recommend washing your fabrics before you use them.  It is not uncommon for us to find remnants of the batik wax resist on the fabrics or what the bird overhead left.  Just because our retail store is clean, don’t suppose that the fabric is squeaky clean.

And obviously, you cannot wash pre-cuts, but you can certainly wash the quilt afterwards, before it is used.

Linda Goh
Along Came Quilting
6432-1A Street SW
Calgary, AB
T2H 0G6
(403)253-4419
toll-free:  1-877-745-6445
Shop on-line at www.alongcamequilting.com

Printed Fabric Production

Awhile back I had posted links for videos on the making of batik fabrics.  Well, I found an Avlyn production on the printing of regular cotton quilting fabric.  I was surprised at the amount of processing the fabric must go through before it even has the designs screened on.  Most fabric mills used for quilting cottons are in Korea, Japan, and China.  This is a 17 minute video – perfect for break time.  And don’t let the “Batik Man” title confuse you off; this really is about regular printed fabrics, not batiks.

Linda Goh
Along Came Quilting
6432-1A Street SW
Calgary, AB  T2H 0G6
Shop Online at:  www.alongcamequilting.com
403-253-4419
toll-free:  1-877-745-6445

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?  (UPDATE:  We are re-running this BOM beginning September 2015.  Click here to see details on our webstore.)

#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