I’m not big on Countdowns, but . . ..

I’m giving you a gentle nudge today, since you need to have advent calendars ready for the 1st of December.  We are in the process of kitting the new ones we have, and here are two that are ready for sale:

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Click on the picture, and you will find them on our webstore.  You can also come in to the store to see our finished samples.

For the counters in the world, it’s actually 97 days until the advents need hung.

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

Rolling on a Flat

Have a look at the pictures below.  What is wrong?

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Well, I hope that you noticed that part of the edge is worn right down.  So far down, that the blade is almost exposed.  Too close for my comfort.  I don’t anyone to get hurt, so this cutter made the swan dive into the garbage bin.

This kind of cutter only exposes the blade when pressure is made on the sheath (the plastic that surrounds the blade).   You cannot unsheath the blade and then begin the cut.  Therefore the sheath gets worn down as you can see.  And actually, this cutter was not popular with the staff, so was used infrequently at the store at the cutting tables.  For a long time, it was used only for paper.   So this wear on the sheath was really surprising.

The brands we sell at the store, Olfa and Clover, must be unsheathed before beginning the cut.  Each are slightly different in how they do this, and that is a subject for another post.  But what we like is the fact that when we start the cut, the only thing touching the fabric is the blade, as the sheath has been pulled back.  When you use a cutter like the one above, the sheath can nudge the fabric slightly before the blade comes into contact with the fabric.  The movement of the fabric from the sheath can affect the cut, and as you know, precision piecing starts with precision cutting.

If you would like to see a few examples of various cutters and their features, please drop by and ask us about them.  We’d be happy to show and talk to you about the pluses and minuses of the different ones available.  Click here to see on our webstore what we usually stock.

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

FriXion Pens

FriXion pens have been sold by many quilting stores as the answer for marking your quilts.  I never trusted them; never sold them; and am very thankful that someone – Jenny Lyon – took the time and did some serious testing of them and published her findings for all the quilting world to see.

Click Here to Read Her “All you need Know” Post about them.

There is also a clickable link in this post to previous postings she did about these pens.  For anyone that marks their pieces or their quilt top, this is worth reading.  The comments are also good.

I’m still loving the .9mm ceramic lead marking pencils.  There are few manufacturers of these, Dritz, Bohin, and Sewline are ones we carry under this department in our online store.  I would always test the coloured leads on white before using them to mark a quilt top, but I have extensively used the white lead on dark fabrics, and it marks a very fine line that completely washes out.  The white lead also erases very well with the eraser provided on the pencils.  We frequently have one on the front counter for our customers to try.  If you are in next and don’t see it there, please ask about it.

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

 

Missouri Star Quilt Company

In case you don’t know, we became a dealer of MSQC products a couple of months ago.  I hadn’t informed you via the blog or Facebook, as re-stocking has kept us busy.  Why blow our horn, when half the shelves would be empty at any given time?  So at this moment, we are stocked, and I am on the soapbox.

If you haven’t seen any of MSQC’s Jenny Doan videos on YouTube, then you might not know of this company.  Jenny was one of the quilting pioneers marketing on YouTube. Each week a new project video using pre-cuts is posted (but of course, you can use yardage).  This week was the Hashtag quilt:

 

Well MSQC took the videos, and turned the projects into magazine form, without the ads.   They publish 6 per year, and are now into their second year of publishing.  There are 10 patterns in each issue, with excellent photography and printing.  All for a low price at our store of $7.99CDN.  That’s 80 cents per pattern!

MSQC has also turned some of the projects into separate patterns.  We suggest the customer purchase the BLOCK magazine that has the pattern in it.  On our website, we have listed the projects per issue.

Should you want to ensure you don’t miss an issue, we run a subscription service, where you leave your name with us, and we reserve a copy for you to pick up (or we mail to our online customers).  You don’t pay for a year in advance.  You only pay per issue.  Click Here for More Information.

So, in essence, you can watch the video and make the project.  But if you want a printed version, buy the magazine.

Templates and notions have also been manufactured for some of the products, and we carry them as well.  Everything we have is online on our webstore.  Click the quack below to see:

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That quack always makes me laugh!

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

Hoffman’s New Mid-Season Catalogue

Normally, I post links like this directly to Facebook.  But I thought I’d switch it up.  Facebook is barely distributing my posts to the fans’ newsfeed now, unless I pay them to.  Not even 10% of fans who have liked our page get to see the posts.

Further, even though my blog automatically posts on Facebook at the same time, Facebook is now deleting the blog posts after some time has passed.  There are blog posts I have made that can no longer be found on ACQ’s Facebook Timeline.

The blog posts are always here, don’t disappear, and at least we can rely on finding them!

So, once again, I recommend that if you want to be best informed, please subscribe to all of our social media platforms:  Facebook, Blog, and Newsletter.

Now, I wanted to let you know that Hoffman has some fabulous prints in their new catalogue.  The prints won’t be available for a few months, but I’ve put my order in.  Click the picture to see the catalogue in all its glory.

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Linda Goh
Along Came Quilting
http://www.alongcamequilting.com
6432 – 1A Street SW
Calgary, AB  T2H 0G6
1-800-745-6445
403-253-4419

 

 

 

Myrna’s Christmas Celebration

Myrna is an instructor here at the store, who is an afficionado of Judy Niemeyer patterns (aka, Quiltworx).  So much so, that she has taken many classes from Judy and completed 9 of her patterns.  Well , 10, now that she has put the binding on her Christmas Celebration Tree Skirt or Table Topper seen below:

Christmas Celebration - Pattern by Judy Niemeyer

Christmas Celebration – Pattern by Judy Niemeyer

It looks fantastic (click on the image and you will see it bigger and clearer), and the quilting by Janet Madeyski is fabulous.  Come by for a look.

If you would like to make one, you can sign up for Myrna’s class on: Saturday, October 17 from 5-9 pm
Saturday, October 24 from 10 am – 4 pm
Sunday, October 25 from 10 am – 4 pm
Sunday, November 15 from 10 am – 4 pm
(Yes, all these dates for one session)

Put some homework and quilting time in and you could have this ready for Christmas.

Click here for more information on this and the rest of our class schedule.

Linda Goh
Along Came Quilting
www.alongcamequilting.com
6432 – 1A Street SW
Calgary, AB
T2H 0G6
403-253-4419
1-800-745-6445

A Different Approach to Inner City

Sandy W. brought in her Inner City quilt to show the students in Kim’s most recent class what she had done with the blocks.

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As you can see, she floated hers on a background, instead of bordering straight to the blocks, as is shown in Kim’s sample:

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Lovely, aren’t they?  (As usual, click on the pictures to see a larger, clearer image.)

Kim is holding another Inner City class on Saturdays, September 19 and 26; and November 14 from 4 -8 pm.

You can view all of our class offerings up to January 2016 here.  If you wish to register, you can come in to the store, or call us at 403-253-4419.

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