Monthly Archives: April 2015

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

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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