Monthly Archives: December 2014

Pat’s Home Tweet Home

We ran McKenna Ryan of Pine Needles’ Home Tweet Home as a Block of the Month a couple of years ago.  One of our customers, Pat K., wanted to make hers larger to give as a gift to her sister.  She brought it in this summer to show us, and allowed me to take pictures to share with you.  (I meant to post this then, but didn’t actually click the “publish” button.  What a bird brain!)

DSC_0429-2

DSC_0438-2

DSC_0437-2

DSC_0436-2

DSC_0435-2

DSC_0433-2

As always, if you click on the picture, you can see it enlarged.

Didn’t Pat do a fabuous job!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Advertisements

12 Days of Christmas Wishing – December 12

 “On the Twelfth Day of Wishing,
I’d like some flowers on the table.”

WinterFlowersFrenzy-2

This nifty table runner makes up very quickly.  We finished our sample out of a lovely Christmas border stripe in less than six hours, and that was with figuring out the best way to use the fabric.  For the kit, the strip of fabric is pre-cut for you.  Using a 60 degree ruler that is at least 12 1/2″ high (12″ finished), you cut the triangles needed, sew them together, layer, and quilt.  So you can easily have this completed in a only a few hours.

  • Finishes at approximately 23 1/2″ wide x 54″ long.
  • Kit includes pattern and fabric for top.  Binding is not required if you pillow-turn the finish as the pattern suggests (this is how we finished our store sample).

Pattern is Triangle Frenzy Runner and is available separately here.

If you require a 60 degree ruler that is 12″ finished, we recommend the Creative Grids CGRT12560:

CGRT12560v2-2

I’d like to pick out my own notions/fabric/kit for Christmas.”

The most flexible gift of all is the gift certificate.  Our gift certificates:

  • Have no expiry date.
  • Come with an envelope, but could be slipped in a card.
  • Can be purchased over the phone with a credit card and mailed to the recipient.
  • Are available in any amount desired.
  • Are excellent for special order or out-of-stock items.  The purchaser could enclose a picture of the item that the gift certificate is intended for.
  • Allow the receiver to make smaller purchases, and carry forward the balance for the future.  They need not worry about spending an allotted amount at one time.

Might this be the perfect answer to what you want for Christmas?

On this last day of Christmas wishing, my wish for you for the next 12 days is:

Every stitch not be skipped,
Every needle stays straight,
That the time spent is pleasant,
And not staying up late.
 
May your presents be sewn,
Of a project just right,
For keeping those that you love,
Warm ‘n cozy at night.

Wishing you lots of relaxation, family time, and happiness over the Christmas and holiday season,
Linda Goh and the staff at Along Came Quilting

The fine print:

  • Click on the item’s picture to find it on the webstore.
  • All prices referred to are in Canadian dollars.
  • We happily ship world-wide.
  • Quantities are limited of some of our products.  Early shopping = happy faces.
  • Sorry, no holds on featured products without payment.

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

www.alongcamequilting.com

12 Days of Christmas Wishing – December 11

 “On the Eleventh Day of Wishing,
I’d like some Asian rolls.”

AsianRolls-2

Take these rolls, and make yourself this quilt:

AsianBaskets-2

  • Quilt finishes approximately 69 ½” X 92”.
  • The kit includes the pattern, and precut 2 ½” strips to make the baskets and sashing squares.
  • Background and binding fabric were not included in this kit, so as to let the purchaser customize to a colour they would prefer.  We used a solid black fabric.  The amount of 3.5 meters will give you a wrong cut, square-up, and washing allowance.  The absolute minimum you need is 3 meters, and this gives minimal squaring up allowance, no wrong-cut allowance, or a shrinkage factor should you wish to pre-wash the background.  (We do not recommend pre-washing the strip rolls.)
  • $99.99.

To complete the quilt, you will require a 90 degree triangle ruler that measures at least 6 ½” from the top of the triangle to the base line.  We used the recommended Creative Grids ruler CGRMSFG4590:

CGRMSFG4590-2

The pattern used is Basket Weave by Pam and Nicky Lintott.  It is included with the kit, but if you would like the pattern itself, it is available here.

Linda

The fine print:

  • Click on the item’s picture to find it on the webstore.
  • All prices referred to are in Canadian dollars.
  • We happily ship world-wide.
  • Quantities are limited of some of our products.  Early shopping = happy faces.
  • Sorry, no holds on featured products without payment.

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

www.alongcamequilting.com

 

12 Days of Christmas Wishing – December 10

 “On the Tenth Day of Wishing,
You have a fun hobby,
today is your day!
For many Seuss lovers,
a quilt comes their way.”

SeussTrailskit-3

  • Featuring many of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters, this quilt finishes at 55″ X 69″.
  • Kit includes pattern, and fabric for the top, binding, and backing.  Please note that while the exact same panel and Seuss multi-print is in all kits, some kits will have fabric substitutions of the green, blue, and dark brown fabrics.  However, they will still be in the same like colours – just not the “exact” same fabric.
  • $139.99

We also have many more Seuss panels for sale.  They can be found on our website here.

Linda

The fine print:

  • Click on the item’s picture to find it on the webstore.
  • All prices referred to are in Canadian dollars.
  • We happily ship world-wide.
  • Quantities are limited of some of our products.  Early shopping = happy faces.
  • Sorry, no holds on featured products without payment.

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

www.alongcamequilting.com

 

12 Days of Christmas Wishing – December 9

 “On the Ninth Day of Wishing,
I’d like to some help with my math.”

Until quilting became your passion, you may not have needed your math skills much since grade school.  But once you discovered diagonal settings that require side and corner setting triangles, you were reawakened to the more finicky math side of quilting.  This little gem of a book may be for you.

L112988-2

  • Book has convenient charts for standard bed sizes.
  • Reducing and enlarging percentages.
  • Charts for corner and side setting triangle measurements, as well as half-square and quarter-square triangles.
  • 16 charts and formulas.
  • 4” X 6” size makes it easy to take with you.
  • $7.95

Linda

The fine print:

  • Click on the item’s picture to find it on the webstore.
  • All prices referred to are in Canadian dollars.
  • We happily ship world-wide.
  • Quantities are limited of some of our products.  Early shopping = happy faces.
  • Sorry, no holds on featured products without payment.

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

 

12 Days of Christmas Wishing – December 8

 “On the Eighth Day of Wishing,
I’d like to perfect my pressing .”

I use a wooden seam stick when pressing to avoid distortion of my fabric, particularly when constructing my blocks:

StripStick-2

By pressing your seam on the curvature of this Strip Stick, your iron only touches the seam – not the rest of the project.  The flat side ensures the seam stick does not move (unlike using a dowel).

  • You can use this stick to press your seams to the side or to press them open.
  • Use an ironing surface or heat-protected surface under the stick.
  • The Strip Stick has a thin cushioning and muslin cover.
  • Manufacturer recommends storing by hanging by plastic cover (comes with stick), or laying flat to avoid warping.
  • The 18” length is very useful for strip sets, bias seams (i.e., half-square triangles), small blocks, or any seams you want pressed open.  This length is more transportable.  Click here for the 18” length on our webstore.
  • The 45″ length is perfect for selvedge-to-selvedge strip sets (such as used when making bargello quilts), sashing, or borders.  Click here for the 45” length on our webstore.

Click here to watch video.

Linda

The fine print:

  • Click on the item’s picture to find it on the webstore.
  • All prices referred to are in Canadian dollars.
  • We happily ship world-wide.
  • Quantities are limited of some of our products.  Early shopping = happy faces.
  • Sorry, no holds on featured products without payment.

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

 

12 Days of Christmas Wishing – December 7

 “On the Seventh Day of Wishing,
I’d like to run some Marathon.”

Save your legs!  You can run Marathon’s trilobal polyester embroidery thread while stitching out your embroidery designs.  We have the complete 306 polyester colours now available at the store, as well as all the metallics, and the rayon variegated/ombre.

marathonlineup-2

Marathon’s polyester thread has a high sheen and luster – similar to rayon.  It is difficult to tell the difference between Marathon’s rayon and polyester threads.

Wondering whether rayon or polyester is better to use?  It depends on the use of the item.  Rayon fibers are weaker, so are not as resistant to abrasion caused by heavy use and laundering.  As well, rayon can be affected by bleaching or whitening agents in the detergent.  Therefore, items that will be heavily used and laundered frequently and/or at high temperatures would be better stitched out in polyester.

Polyester mini-king spools of 1100 yards (1000 meters) are regular $4.49 – on sale until December 24th for $3.75 each.  (Would you like a starter package of the polyesters?  Let us know if you would like 20 or 50 spools and we will prepare a selection for you.)  Click here to see the polyester colour charts.  Please note that computer monitors can show colours differently.  For an exact colour match, it is best to refer to Marathon’s colour chart, which is available for purchase for $15.49.  It is also handy for keeping track of the spools you have purchased!

Marathon’s metallic threads get a thumbs up approval from Linda B. here at the store.  She has literally used thousands of yards of their metallic threads with her thread painting and never had breakage.

Metallic mini-king spools of 1100 yards (1000 meters) are regular $9.49 – on sale until December 24th for $8.75.  Click here to see the metallic colour charts.

Variegated rayon mini-king spools of 1100 yards (1000 meters) are regular $5.49 – on sale until December 24th for $4.75.  Click here to see the rayon variegated colour charts.

Need some bobbin storage?  Marathon also has a bobbin box:

marathonbobbinboxm-2

  • Removable sections allow you to customize and hold a variety of small notions such as seam rippers, needles, and bobbins.
  • Box is approximately 5 ¼” X 2 ¾” X 7/8”.  It is small enough to put in your purse.
  • The latch on this box is great!  I know of some bobbin boxes where the closure barely holds the lid on, and you know what happens next!
  • $5.49.

Linda

The fine print:

  • Click on the item’s picture to find it on the webstore.
  • All prices referred to are in Canadian dollars.
  • We happily ship world-wide.
  • Quantities are limited of some of our products.  Early shopping = happy faces.
  • Sorry, no holds on featured products without payment.

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

www.alongcamequilting.com