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8 More Sleeps to Quilt Canada 2018!

posted May 23, 2018, 6:35 AM by Lorna Shapiro

Hello world! I hope you are getting excited! 8 more sleeps to Quilt Canada 2108. Register now for lectures... they cost more if you register at the show. A great demonstration schedule is set up and those are free. Don't miss our booth... great specials and wonderful new fabrics...

10 More Sleeps -- Countdown to Quilt Canada 2018 in Vancouver

posted May 21, 2018, 3:53 PM by Lorna Shapiro

I hope that many of you will find a way to take advantage of Quilt Canada coming to Vancouver for the first time in over 15 years (that's before I started quilting!). Start planning your visit if you haven't yet... there is still room in many of the lectures! 

Quilters are lucky people, Victoria Quilt Show, Quilt Canada, New Stuff and New Designs

posted Apr 29, 2018, 1:28 PM by Lorna Shapiro   [ updated Apr 29, 2018, 3:41 PM ]

 Hi everyone. Turns out I was wrong before; it wasn't spring... but now it is! Boy it was a long time coming this year but it has finally arrived! So I know you gardeners are itching to get out there and you non-gardeners are happy to be able to take walks in the sunshine and smell spring. However we still need indoor activities for the rainy days and I have some quilt-related news and ideas to share with you for the days when the outdoors doesn't compel you to leave your sewing room! Here goes...

Why Quilters are Lucky People

My husband and I recently watched a great documentary on aging produced by Carl Reiner who, in his 90's now, decided to take a look at what his contemporaries and current science were saying about aging well. Throughout this delightful documentary, from both medical professionals and just regular old folks, a number of keys to aging with joy were identified. Towards the end of documentary my husband turned to me and said "It seems that your quilting brings you most of what is required to age with joy!" What was identified in the show were things like: having a community of friends, having a sense of purpose that gives meaning to your days, challenging your mind, helping other people. I think his reflection on the documentary was correct... we quilters are lucky people for all that this hobby brings into our lives. I'm sure you all knew this already, but I find it never hurts me to remind myself to be grateful for what I have so I thought I'd pass this along!

Victoria Quilt Show this coming weekend... May 4,5,6

It's almost here! Time for the Victoria Quilters' Guild show. Here's the link to the information about location, time, etc.

A Fun Lecture on Design at Quilt Canada 2018

I'm pleased to have the opportunity to offer a lecture on my favourite topic -- Quilt Design! It seems that learning about quilt design is a journey not a destination, and I am forever encountering new lessons scattered along the path I'm taking. I'll be sharing these in a lecture at Quilt Canada and I hope many of you will be there to join me.

And an Invitation from Trend-tex, a local distributor...

Having #quiltcanada on the west coast this year has inspired us to do something we have never done before…#trendtexfabrics is offering a few lucky #quilters the opportunity to come for an exclusive warehouse tour! You will get a top secret sneak peek at some upcoming collections from your favourite designers, you will get to see firsthand what over 30,000 bolts of fabric looks like and go home with a pretty sweet goodie bag! Did we mention all this was FREE?! We have limited spaces available so sign up quickly to ensure you don’t miss out on this awesome opportunity.

May 31June 1 and June 2 (3 tours total)

RSVP: Email  to register

Please note we do not sell fabric to consumers, however we will have a list of stores from across Canada where you can get our products.

A New Design...

Shannon, Carol and I were playing around one day and asked ourselves what we might be able to do with a simple, but oddly shaped block... 

We got on my computer and came up with this design...

And I wanted to make a grey quilt so I turned it into this...

And then I quilted it to look like a rainy day and here's a link to the Instagram photo taken at Vancouver MQG once I quilted it... I love what we can do when we just play!

And New Stuff...

I've just stocked up on a complete range of shot cottons and also cotton/linens and they are wonderful additions to any quilt (they play well with others) and they have enough range to create a complete quilt in themselves. Here are a few photos I took with my camera... so they are not fancy photos but it will give you an idea of what is here...

These are the cotton/linens... 55% cotton, 45% linen... $15.95/M (equivalent of $11 US/yard)



And here are the shot cottons... $14.95/M (equivalent of $10.45 US/yard).


And that is it for this month folks! A reminder that I'm open Saturdays from 10 to 5... and otherwise by appointment. Even if I'm at a show these days, Susan will keep the studio open and will be glad to help you with your next project.

I look forward to visiting with lots of you in Victoria at the wonderful show this coming weekend!


It's Spring! It's Spring! Shows, New Fabrics, Insetting Instructions

posted Mar 7, 2018, 8:39 PM by Lorna Shapiro

Hi ladies... March is here and it is beginning to look like spring. And the worker bees who help me prepare for shows know that spring is definitely here! They've been cutting like mad for the upcoming shows... I think you'll be happy to see some of the new textured fabrics that have found their way to my studio. Here's the run-down on the shows where you will find me... only four this show season.

Upcoming Shows

The Abbotsford Creative Stitches show is coming up at Tradex on Mar 16/17. I'll be giving a couple of design-related talks... so I hope to see some of you there. Here's a two for one coupon...

Two for 1 Creative Stitches so you can come and share the cost with a friend.

Also coming up is the Victoria Quilt Guild show... May 4-6 at the Tillicum Mall Pearkes Recreation Centre in Victoria. and here is a link to their show information...

And very exciting for us Vancouverites is the fact that the Canadian Quilters Guild national show will be here May 31, June 1-2 at the new convention centre downtown. There are lots of great workshops and lectures so check them out and get registered so you don't miss out... Here is the link to the workshop information... 

I will be giving a lecture that I'm quite excited about... check this out...

and here is the link to the overall Quilt Canada show information...

Finally, I'll be ending the show season at the Parksville Quilters' Guild show June 22-24. Here is the link to information about this show... 

New Fabric and thread...

I'm pleased to tell you that my supply of Osnaburg cotton has arrived and if you are looking for an inexpensive way to add texture to your quilts, this is it! At $9.95/M for crease-resistant and $8.95/M for regular finish, this natural beige cotton is great for quilt tops, quilt backs and even clothing. 

Lots of new Essex linens by Robert Kaufman, including some 55" wide neutrals. 

Finally, I'm re-stocked with Superior King Tut and Masterpiece threads if you are needing any.

New Instructions...

I've been teaching a two day design workshop at some local guilds and one of the techniques I teach is a technique for insetting a random shape into a piece of fabric (which could be a quilt top or the background fabric of a block in the quilt). After teaching this a few times it occurred to me that written instructions would be useful for all of us, and so I've prepared some which you will find if you follow this link...

OK... that's it for now. Get out and enjoy the spring weather and please stop by to say hi when you come to the shows. Sending you all a hug... be well.


Winners of Challenge 2017, and how to finish binding

posted Feb 11, 2018, 5:06 PM by Lorna Shapiro

Hi again on this lovely sunny Sunday. 

Just a quick note to tell you I've posted photos of the Challenge 2017 winners' quilts on my homepage so check them out.

Also, I saw a video link posted on a quilt guild website that described the way I join the final ends of my binding when attaching binding to a quilt. From the comments I saw, it appears that lots of people don't know this very easy technique. I'm giving you the link here in case you haven't yet run into this method.  I think you'll like it.

Happy soon to be daylight savings time to you all!

Quilt Design 101 Workshop in Victoria!

posted Feb 6, 2018, 7:50 PM by Lorna Shapiro

Hi everyone!

I've just finished a great couple of days with 15 ladies from the BBQG taking my Quilt Design 101 workshop and am looking forward to spending a couple of days doing quilt design with a bunch of Vancouver Island quilters. The range of designs that the Boundary Bay women came up with was remarkable, and we all bumped our quilt design skills up a notch! And now...

Space in my Quilt Design 101 Class with the Victoria Modern Quilt Guild


I’m going to be teaching a two day, introductory quilt design class, for the Victoria Modern Quilt Guild on Saturday February 17 and Saturday March 24. This is such a fun and satisfying workshop no matter what your experience level with quilt design and no matter what your design aesthetic. You will come away from these two days with:

· new knowledge about design principles,

· new piecing techniques so that you can incorporate different kinds of shapes in your quilts,

· new experience with the design process, 

· new confidence in your ability to create your own designs, and

· new friends!.

And did I mention you will also have your own new quilt designed and construction started? I’d love to have you join this class if you are interested. Please contact Heather Beierneister ( for information about the cost and registration. The class is held in Victoria and I hope you can join in the fun we will have. It's way more fun with a full class of 15!



posted Jan 26, 2018, 9:53 AM by Lorna Shapiro

I thought I'd sneak up on you this time! It's TOMORROW!!!









ALL FREE!!!!!!


posted Jan 19, 2018, 9:46 AM by Lorna Shapiro

Winter Quilt Show and Sale


10 AM TO 5 PM






ALL FREE!!!!!!


Design Class, New Pattern, Lessons and Learning Opportunities

posted Oct 10, 2017, 2:21 PM by Lorna Shapiro

Hello All! I’ve been catching my breath after my fall sale and social media extravaganza in September, so this month’s blog post is a bit late… but you’ll be glad to know I’m rested and quilting up a storm! Hope you are enjoying these cooler fall days and the start of quilting season. Here are a few updates that will hopefully provide some ideas and inspiration.

Space in my Quilt Design 101 Class with the Fraser Valley Quilting Guild

I’m going to be teaching a two day, introductory quilt design class, for the FVQG on Saturday October 28 and Saturday November 18, This is such a fun and satisfying workshop no matter what your experience level with quilt design and no matter what your design aesthetic. You will come away from these two days with:

  • new knowledge about design principles,

  • new piecing techniques so that you can incorporate different kinds of shapes in your quilts,

  • new experience with the design process, and

  • new confidence in your ability to create your own designs

  • new friends!.

And did I mention you will also have your own new quilt designed and construction started? I’d love to have you join this class if you are interested. Please contact Judy Bond at for information about the cost and registration. The class is held at the Kennedy Senior Centre, just up Nordel road after you go over the Alex Fraser bridge… it’s really easy to get to and a great room for working with design.

New Pattern…

I’ve just finished quilting a new hexi quilt that is a lovely design for a grandchild’s quilt, or, for that matter, it’s a nice design if you just like cheery quilts! I call it Flowers and Showers and here is a photo of the quilt… taken by my dear quilt photographer who knows how to run a camera a lot better than I do!

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Only 1 Shizuka Quilt Kit Remaining…

While I’m thinking of that talented photographer, it reminds me that I’ve only got 1 kit remaining of my second yarn-dye quilt, Shizuka… It is $149 and is completely Japanese yarn-dyes and Japanese printed cotton… and it is beautiful. So if you were thinking about this kit, now would be a good time to take action… I can’t get more of the fabrics to make this beautiful quilt kit, so the last one is the last one… Here’s a photo to remind you which one I’m talking about.

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A Recently Learned Lesson

Many of you likely know this, but I didn’t know it consciously until very recently. Having become aware of this lesson, I wanted to pass it along. The learning opportunity arose during my last sale. I walked into one of my “studio” rooms where Irene and Maria were helping Fran choose three fabrics for a project she was working on. There was some difference of opinion amongst them (can you imagine?) about the three fabrics that they were considering. To be honest, Irene and Maria were of different opinions. Not knowing this, I walked in and saw the three fabrics, asked about the project and learned that there would be only three fabrics used… and offered my unsolicited opinion that I felt there was insufficient energy in the combination. This led to me selecting an alternate for one of the fabrics, replacing it, and expressing my approval of my own work! Maria agreed with me and Irene did not… poor Fran was caught in the middle! However as is so often the way, more discussion about the relative merits of the two options produced an interesting lesson. It turns out that the design of Fran’s was going to use a lot of one of the fabrics, a small amount of a second, and just a flange of the third. The one I was messing with was the second fabric. So we laid out the fabrics in the quantities in which they would actually appear in the quilt and realized that the original set of fabrics was better than my revision to the set of fabrics. In other words, as the proportion of the respective fabrics in the quilt top changed, our choice of what was the best combination changed. That was the lesson that I had not been consciously aware of until that point. Irene was right… but then she always is!

And finally… a great blog for you to learn from…

Some of my customers are just born with a fabulous colour sense, and many are like me… NOT born with a fabulous colour sense. So if you are like me, you probably like to find good sources of discussion about colour and palettes, sources that are clear and easy to learn from. I have been reading posts from a woman who is currently writing about colour in a way that is very approachable and very easy to apply. Her name is Shannon Brinkley and her blog is I highly recommend that you give yourself the treat of reading these posts over time, slowly, and experimenting with applying the ideas she offers. We will all make even more beautiful quilts!

And finally, finally…

Enjoy this lovely fall. Come and see me when you have a new project or want to chat about one you have on the go!

Be well….


Get a good rest... Sale Day tomorrow!

posted Sep 22, 2017, 10:24 AM by Lorna Shapiro

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