Canada’s 150th Birthday Quilting Contests and Programs

As you probably have heard, next year is Canada’s 150th birthday.  For this momentous occasion, a few contests and programs have been constructed for the quilting crowd.  I’ve been getting inquiries regarding the fabrics and programs surrounding these, and thought I’d provide a breakdown of the various ones I have been made aware of.

Canadian Sesquicentennial Celebration by Northcott

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This program has three components all of which are based on their new fabric line of the same name for the 150th year.  We are purchasing this entire line of fabric which can be seen (and pre-purchased if desired) on our website.  There are also commemorative pins for sale also found on our website.

Transcanada Block Party:  From January to September 2017, participating shops will provide a free pattern (or have kits for sale) for a block to customers who visit their store.  Much like the Row by Row Experience program many of you are familiar with, this is not available on-line or by mail.  Kits from participating stores must consist of only the Canadian Sesquicentennial Celebration fabrics and the blocks can range from 6” x 6” to 18” x 18”, in 6” increments.  We are thrilled to be part of this block shop-hop program which is throughout Canada, with 27 stores signed up in Alberta alone!  Northcott created a google map where you can see the participating stores and their locations.  There still is time for stores to sign up and participate, so if your city or province is a little shy of participating stores, tell your local quilt shop that you would love for them to join the fun.  Just like Row by Row, the more stores, the more fun for customers.

Canada Quilt Challenge:  Make a quilt using at least 6 blocks from 6 different participating Transcanada Block Party stores with the Canadian Sesquicentennial Collection and enter to win either the grand prize of $500 or one of the 13 finalist prizes of $250 each.  Details on this contest are here.

Sesquicentennial Quilts of Valour Challenge:  Donate a quilt made from the Canadian Sesquicentennial Celebration fabric line for Quilts of Valour.  All quilts are submitted direct to Northcott, from which the top 15 will be displayed at Quilt Canada in Toronto in June.  Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 viewer’s choices.  Details on this contest are here.

With Glowing Hearts by Trend-Tex Fabrics

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Canadian designer, Grace Noel, designed a Canadian-themed line of fabric manufactured by Moda called With Glowing Hearts.  Our store has purchased select pieces of this line of fabric which can be seen (and pre-purchased if desired) on our website.  Trend-Tex, the Canadian distributor of Moda fabrics is also sponsoring a quilt challenge and the rules can be found here.

Canada’s Big Quilt Bee by the Canadian Quilter’s Association

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CQA’s is putting on a giant quilting bee to be held at Quilt Canada in Toronto in June.  Donated slab blocks from across the country will be sewn into 1000 quilts to be donated to Ronald McDonald Houses across Canada.  Each slab block must contain at least one piece of Canadian-themed fabric – not specifically 150th anniversary themed.  Details on this quilting bee are found here.  If you would like to see what we have in Canadian-themed fabric, you can always check out our store’s on-line Canadian Eh! department.  This department has all our Canadiana products.

So as you can see, there are lots of programs and Canadian-themed projects coming up, and we’ll be here to help you with celebrating this milestone.  Drop me an email if you have any questions.

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

Sewing Machines 101 and Servicing

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Psst – We know a man named Allan.  Now Allan is a very good man to know as he services sewing machines.  No matter what brand, Allan is the fixer/servicer guy-who-knows-what-is-going on.  That is his main business – servicing machines.  Sure you can also buy Babylock or Bernina machines and accessories through him, but his magic with understanding any machine is fabulous.  And since he actually sews and quilts as his hobby, he knows what you are expecting the machine to do!

Have a machine you want serviced?  Well we can fix you up with him.  He operates out of Red Deer, but has made ACQ a drop-off, pick-up joint.  You bring your machine to our store, and we will let Allan know it is here.  When he is back in Calgary, he will pick it up and have it back to us in approximately 2 weeks.  Typical servicing without additional part requirements will range from $100-$130.  And he will contact you directly with any concerns.  Your dealings are with him, and nothing goes through our till.  Have any questions you would like to ask him first?  If so, call him at 1-403-309-2774 or email him at ake2sew@yahoo.ca.

Sewing Machines 101 with Allan

Now while we are on the subject of sewing machines, I know just how few of you really know much about them.  Sure you know how to change stitches, thread it, and wind a bobbin.  But customers and students are often frustrated with their machines, complaining about their tensions, thread breakages, and multiple other “everything was fine until I came back from lunch” scenarios.  Here’s the test – if you started sewing tonight and had issues with your thread breaking, do you know what to do?  Would you just pack it in and say you have to get it serviced, resigning yourself to no more fun for awhile?

Taking 2 hours on Saturday, September 17th and learning how your sewing machine operates and how to maintain it can save you lots of anguish and exasperation.  Consider it your “driver’s education”.  In this class, Allan will cover:

  • Basic sewing machine lingo.
  • How to perform basic maintenance on your machine.
  • Learn how to troubleshoot problems with your machine.
  • Learn the differences of needles and which needle to use for the purpose and fabric/thread being used.
  • Learn how to adjust tension and bring tension back to base.

Register by calling our store at 403-253-4419 for one of the following 2-hour time slots on Saturday, September 17:

  • 10 am-12 noon
  • 1-3 pm
  • 4-6 pm

The price is $35.  Bring your machine just the way it is – no cleaning or servicing ahead of time.  And remember, this is non-denominational – any brands, any age – we aren’t going to be trying to talk you into a new machine.

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

Can’t make it in?  Shop anytime at:  www.alongcamequilting.com

 

SEWtorials

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New to our class calendar this fall, are SEWtorials – a tutorial in our classroom without the sewing machines.  Beginning September 14th and continuing every Wednesday at 10:30 am until the end of November (12 weeks), you will be guided through a new project by either Kim, Leslie, or Linda B.  Each project will be a surprise and while a few will be Christmas-themed that you can use as gifts, others will be fun, unique items for any occasion.  Bring your notebook and friends, and the coffee will be on.  And as everyone loves show and tell, don’t forget to bring your finished (or nearly finished) items to share.  Sessions are likely to finish before noon.

Tickets for these SEWtorials are available in advance for only $3 for each date ($2.86+GST), and, if desired, may be purchased by phone at 403-253-4419 and held for you at the store. The ticket may then be redeemed on the day of the demo toward any purchase of $9.99 or more (before tax).  Please see ticket guidelines below.

Jot us in your calendar and call us today at (403-253-4419) for your tickets.

Linda Goh

  • Once purchased, tickets are non-refundable.  If you are unable to attend, feel free to send a friend in your place.
  • ACQ is not responsible for lost or stolen tickets.
  • Ticket is only good for the date purchased and may not be transferred to another date.
  • Ticket may only be redeemed on the date of the demo (not saved to use on another demo day).
  • Only one redemption per customer per date please.

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

New Class Schedule

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When I was a young child, my grandmother received mail from her Arkansas friend every few months.  It was her last link to home, and inside would be a letter, newspaper clippings, and Li’l Abner cartoons whose humour was beyond my age.  But one letter held a very unique dried up cotton boll on a stem.  I guess it was to remind my grandmother of her southern heritage, but as a child I didn’t ask.  Instead, I was fascinated with the plant that my mother explained represented the beginning of the cotton that we wore.  I never forgot that cotton boll; in my hand was a beginning to my love affair with indoor and outdoor plants and then full-scale gardening.  Ironically, quilting became the other hobby of choice and now my work.  A seed of cotton; a seed of knowledge.  Everything has a beginning.

This September we begin our new class schedule which runs to January and we are hoping you will find with us a new beginning in what we have to offer.

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

Shop Online: www.alongcamequilting.com

 

Labyrinth Walk

In 2012 we first kitted this quilt in shades of teals and greys.  It was gorgeous.  But I always had a yearning to try this pattern in the Northcott Stonehenge fabrics that look like marble and granite.  So we came up with this version in creams and browns.

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(Click on picture for a larger, crisper image.)

Come in to the store and see this illusion for yourself.  It is actually quite easy, being only 2 different blocks.

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

Shop Online Anytime at:  www.alongcamequilting.com

Row by Row Experience 2016

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We are thrilled to be participating again this year in the Row by Row Experience.  Our row shown above sums up what “Home Sweet Home” means to us.  Come in to the store for a free pattern.  If you would like to bypass the enlarging, tracing, and cutting of the appliqué, laser pre-cut and pre-fused kits are available to  purchase in-store for $29.99CDN.  If you are unable to visit us for a kit or pattern, we will be selling them via mail order on November 1st.

Our fabric licence plate for 2016 reflects the downside of our hobby:

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For a listing of participating Alberta Stores, click here.

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Click on the logo above  for a link to the Row by Row Experience program.

Linda, one of the Grim Ripper clan
Along Came Quilting
6432 – 1A Street SW
Calgary, AB  T2H 0G6
(403) 253-4419
1-877-745-6445

Shop Online at:  www.alongcamequilting.com

Fold ‘n Stitch Wreath

Need a break from quilting?  Sometimes you just want a quick project, where you see results at the end of the day.  The Fold ‘n Stitch wreath will give you a lovely 3-D project that can be used as a wreath for the door or wall, or as a table topper.  You can make it in various fabrics for different seasons.  And it would be a great Christmas gift.

We have kitted this in two colourways.  One that is in the traditional Christmas of red and green shown below.

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And one for a more modern look in grey and black fabrics shown below:

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  • Approximate diameter is 21″.
  • Each kit contains the pattern, pre-cut foam interfacing, fabric, and matching beads.
  • $59.99.
  • Both kits are available for purchase on our secure on-line store.  Click on the picture to view on our webstore.

If you live nearby, Leslie is also holding a one-day class on making this wreath.  There are two dates available – Tuesday, August 9 or Sunday, August 21 – both from 10 am to 4 pm.  The price for the class is $35.

Here’s your chance to get a head start on Christmas.

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

Shop Online at www.alongcamequilting.com