Monthly Archives: November 2017

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



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.

Click for larger, crisper image.

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