Redesigned by Quiltworx

This year, Judy and Judel came up to Heritage Park for the special display of Quiltworx quilts.  They also put on a display of their own of their Red and White quilts, many of which are featured in their Redesigned:  In Red, White & Black book.  Following the show, they very kindly lent us the quilts, which we hung in the store for the following 5 weeks.  It was a stunning display, but in case you live away or weren’t able to see them at the park or in the store, below are some pictures:

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Thanks again to Judith and Judel for coming up for the Festival of Quilts and for allowing us to share with you their beautiful creations!

And by the way, we offer a Niemeyer club at our store on Saturday evenings.  If you would like more information on this, please see our class and club listings.

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

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With a Touch of Holland

Ria Timmermans is a customer of ours from Holland.  She stays in touch with our store regularly, either by visiting or emailing with us.  When she isn’t in Canada for a visit, her sister-in-law, Riet, comes in and picks up what she needs.   Riet lives here in Calgary.

This year, both couples are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversaries.  For the occasion, Ria made Riet a gift using our All Around Canada pattern (our winning Trans-Canada Block Party design) and the Northcott Canadian Sesquicentennial fabrics.  But she changed it up a bit, and added “A Touche of Holland”.

All Around Canada

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I think she did a lovely job, and made a unique celebration of their anniversaries and their joint friendships and heritage.

Bravo Ria for such a lovely wall hanging.  We look forward to Riet bringing it in for a personal viewing after the party!

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

New Class Schedule – February – September

There are still the Sewcials to add, as well as a few more classes to work out, but the bones of our February – September schedule is laid out, and we are ready to take registrations.

You can always check out the latest on our website at:  https://www.alongcamequilting.com/classes.aspx

Linda Goh
Along Came Quilting
6432 – 1A Street SW
Calgary, AB  T2H 0G6

403-253-4419
1-877-745-6445

http://www.alongcamequilting.com

What a Winner!

Customer Josée Element came into the store a couple of weeks ago with a big surprise!  But before I reveal it to you, I want you to know the background.  So here we go!

2015 was the first year our store participated in the Row by Row Experience.  A mere eight days into the contest,  Josée  brought in her finished quilt and was awarded a 25-piece fat quarter bundle of Northcott’s Artisan Spirit Sandscape fabrics.  Below is the picture of happy Josée (on the right) and her quilt.

Along came 2016, and Josée finished her Row by Row quilt again in record time to win a fat quarter bundle from Quilt Thyme in Kingston. (Sorry, I don’t have a picture).

In November that year, Northcott held a challenge using the Artisan Spirit Sandscape fabrics.  Not one to sit around waiting for next June’s Row by Row, Josée put on her creative cap, and came up as a winner.

You can view all the winners of this challenge here on Northcott’s Facebook page.

2017’s Row by Row came along at our store, and 6 days into it, Josée came in with her finished quilt to capture another 25-piece fat quarter bundle of batiks.

So what is she up to now?  Well four wins in (that I know of), and Josée comes by to share with us the card of fabrics that she and Debra Edwards have designed for Northcott based on her winning Sandscapes challenge entry!  And so cool that her entry was made with the bundle we presented to her in 2015!  How’s that for multiplying your wins!

Here is another view of these fabrics which are shipping to stores in March/April 2018.

Way to go Josée!  We are so pumped and excited for you,  love your enthusiasm, and appreciate how you are always up for a challenge.

PS:  I know you want to see the details.  So click on the pictures for larger, crisper views.

Linda Goh
I’m the Bossy One
Along Came Quilting
6432 – 1A Street SW
Calgary, AB  T2H 0G6
Toll-Free:  1-877-745-6445; Local:  403-253-4419
www.alongcamequilting.com

 

Farm Girl Vintage Sandy Style

At the last Quilts of Valour meeting here at the store, Sandy C. brought in her Farm Girl Vintage quilt to show. Each block is 6″ square, and she sashed it with the background of white, and added colour cornerstones.

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Sandy started off with one of the fabric rolls we sell that give you a great selection of small, bright mini prints. Each roll has 25 different fat eighth fabric pieces measuring approximately 10″ x 21″ in a range of colours from yellow, orange, red, pinks, green, brown, teals, and blues. The price per roll is $62.99.

The white background can be scrappy as well, and a 13-piece fat eighth bundle of tone-on-tone whites will get you well on your way to constructing over 40 6″ blocks. This bundle is $32.99.

Once outfitted with the book and some bundles, Sandy was off to the sewing machine. Besides using the Farm Girl Vintage book by Lori Holt, she found some more fun blocks in the “Spelling Bee”. While most of the blocks in the “Spelling Bee” are the alphabet, numerals, and punctuation, there are also other blocks such as the sewing machine, dog, typewriter, and camera. Both books are chock-a-block filled with multiple quilt designs and variations. Coming in at over 140 (Farm Girl Vintage) and 190 (Spelling Bee) pages, Lori provides multiple block sizes and full diagrams for piecing each block. Thankfully, both books are spiral-bound!

 

Sandy loved making the blocks, and so far, has made 3 quilts.  Some customers make fewer blocks and do up lovely baby quilts.  In our store, we have a full-size hanging top, as well as a small baby or wall hanging size.

Sandy got creative with her choice of fabrics for each block. Check out who is living in Sandy’s barn, and the words of wisdom on the typewriter. We can see she had a lot of fun!

And she didn’t stop there, she quilted (yes, she does her own quilting) with a very swirly all over design that looked great.

On a side note, if anyone wants to join Sandy at the Quilts of Valour charity group here at the store, they meet at 10:30 am to 4 pm on the 1st Tuesday of the month. More information can be found here.

Happy Sewing!
Linda Goh

Along Came Quilting
6432-1A Street SW
Calgary, AB  T2H 0G6
Toll-free:  1-877-745-6445, Local:  403-253-4419
www.alongcamequilting.com

Worry-Free Browsing

Ok, this is not super exciting, no quilts are involved, and there aren’t any pretty pictures. But it is important work that I thought our customers should be aware of.

One of my many hats that I wear includes website work. A few months ago we migrated to a new website. A slightly different look with a few new features. And we’ve always had a secure shopping cart system on our website for customers to use without worrying about submitting their personal information when placing an order. But now, after a few magic days in front of the computer, our entire website is “https”. The “S” at the end of the “http” stands for “secure”, and it means all communications between your browser and the website are encrypted. It is now safer and more secure, even when you are just browsing. When you are using the internet browsers Microsoft Edge or Chrome, you will see the lock or green lock respectively.

So that’s it. Nothing flashy. But better for you.

Want to check it out?

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

Colours, No Maps

Without a study done, I’d still bet that 80% of us can vividly recall the smell of new pencils sharpened for school.  The musky notes of the ground wood was heightened if you used a mounted sharpener, or better yet, an electric one.  That smell intermingled with the joy of a new red boxed package of Laurentien pencils.  The box was always the preference over a folded transparent plastic case as it held a larger number, and therefore, variety, of colours.  I would study each one, and try to pick my favorites, for they would be used the most frequently to colour in those dreaded maps.  For while I loved the colours, I hated colouring maps.  It’s always been about the colours for me, an obsession that continues to this day.  As does my lack of geographical knowledge.

Fortuitously, at our store, we sell fabrics of all colours, and there are no maps in sight.  To guide you through your quilting journeys, learning new techniques or patterns, we’ll teach you in our classes.  No maps are needed, with lots of colours to choose.  Sounds like the best kind of school to me.

Pick your favorite colour, or pick your favorite class.  We look forward to helping you this fall.

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