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Get a good rest... Sale Day tomorrow!

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

Hobbs Silk Batting & Hobbs Wool Batting

20% Off

2 More Sleeps... this is sooooo exciting!

posted Sep 21, 2017, 10:38 AM by Lorna Shapiro

All Meter Pre-cuts of Bali batiks


4 More Sleeps... did you miss me yesterday?

posted Sep 19, 2017, 9:51 AM by Lorna Shapiro

Pepper Cory Shot Cottons

20% Off

6 More Sleeps!

posted Sep 17, 2017, 11:24 AM by Lorna Shapiro

20% Off All Yarn-Dyes

And the selection is amazing...

7 More Sleeps to Sale Day... are you getting excited?!!

posted Sep 16, 2017, 12:36 PM by Lorna Shapiro

20% Off Regular Price On All Kits

Like this beauty...

8 More Sleeps to Sale Day!

posted Sep 15, 2017, 2:13 PM by Lorna Shapiro

40% Off All Regularly Price Notions Under $15
That Includes Superior Thread!!!

9 More Sleeps to Sale Day

posted Sep 14, 2017, 9:53 AM by Lorna Shapiro

Add texture to your next project with vintage kimono silk 20% off regular price of $13.95/M.

10 More Sleeps to Sale Day

posted Sep 13, 2017, 10:13 AM by Lorna Shapiro

CreativeFestival WEST, Wonderful folks, and random news...

posted Sep 5, 2017, 5:03 PM by Lorna Shapiro   [ updated Sep 5, 2017, 8:21 PM ]

September 2017 Update

Hi again. Another month has rolled by and now it is September. Kids back to school, cars back on the roads, and quilt guilds starting up again for the year -- as with most of life, September brings good news mixed with bad news:-). I’m off to Edmonton for CreativeFestival WEST on September 9, 10. For that reason, my studio will not be open Saturday September 10… but all will be back to normal September 17!

Here’s what’s been happening around here…

I meet the most interesting folks in my studio…

About 4 months ago a couple walked in for the first time. They wanted Japanese vintage kimono silk and a variety of tonal solids for a multi-quilt project they had undertaken. He was David Baxter and his wife is Carol McEown. David had envisaged a project to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and Carol was to be his helper in this project. David has an engineering background and had never made a quilt, and Carol was also not a quilter. But they were going to make 22 quilts to commemorate the anniversary. This was to be David's project, from drawing the motifs, to cutting the wood blocks, to printing fabric, to sewing and final assembly. Carol was David's muse, his supporter, his assistant.

They had travelled to Japan many times and we shared a common interest in that culture. As happens with so many customer visits, we also shared our knowledge about all things quilting related… David was making wood blocks for printing on the fabrics and described his process, and I shared bits of know-how related to quilting. They visited often over the intervening months and finally I heard that the project was complete and would be shown one evening at the Rennie gallery in Yaletown.

What follows are a very few of the many photos I took of these 22 quilts each 86” x 86”, made in 4 months by someone who had a vision but no previous experience with sewing or quilting.






So I just had to tell you about this amazing couple and their project. I learned through them a little more about the Charter, a little more about working with fabric, and a lot more about just what amazing results can come from two people’s innovation and determination. Aren’t we all lucky that our hobby brings us in contact with people who are creative, inspiring, and full of a joy of life.

Restock on Shot Cottons

I ran very short on my supply of shot cottons by Pepper Cory for eeSchenck and just recently restocked. I added some more colours because the Canadian dollar is stronger so I’m able now to sell them for $14.50/M… a great price for some lovely fabrics. I also now have charm packs of these shots. Here’s a photo…


More bulk-order 45mm blades…

I’ve just done another order of 500 rotary blades, 45mm. Instead of $40/pack of 5 blades, they are $49.50/pack of 10 blades.

My Etsy store is back in business…

A friend of my daughter is a photographer and I’ve enlisted her help in putting up photos of my quilts for quilt kit and pattern sales on Etsy. My Etsy store is Pacific Spirit Quilts and this link will get you there… Contemporary Japanese-influenced Quilts & by pacificspiritquilts - Etsy

Here are a couple of the photos Juli took…

Black White Pink display.jpg

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Quilts Edited-20.jpg

OK… that’s the end of my update for now. I do hope you are all well and bursting with enthusiasm about the start of a new quilting year!

For those of you in Alberta, I hope to see many of you at the Edmonton show in a few days.

Be well…


One day overstock sale on blades, batting... Quilting tips...

posted Aug 8, 2017, 3:32 PM by Lorna Shapiro

Overstock 1 day sale, two quilting tips!

Hi everyone…

I’m just coming off a 5 day stint during which our three grandchildren came to live with us while mom and dad went to visit friends in Toronto. Perhaps I don’t need to say this, but I am zzzzausted!!! But mom and dad come back in a couple of hours and kids' bags are all packed and ready to go… so a quiet adult dinner tonight is on the menu! I have a couple of things to tell you about...

Overstock sale… Saturday August 12, 10:00 - 5:00…

Bulk blades, 10 Pack of 45mm rotary blades

Regular $49.90  Sale $39.90

Hobbs Tuscany Silk and Tuscany Wool battings

20% off

Two great deals so come for the deals and stay for a visit!

Freemotion Quilting technique tip

At the FVQG show in June I visited with some customers about my Whirligigs quilt’s quilting. The lesson I had learned when I quilted that quilt was that there is no need to know my complete quilting plan for a quilt when I start it. A friend showed me that if I just start with what I do know how to quilt, when that part is done I will have an idea for the next part of the quilt. And on it goes… the entire quilt gets quilted one step at a time. Here’s the photo of the quilting so you can see what I mean…

Full size whirligigs.jpg

Now for the second part of the quilting lesson… the friends I was visiting with at the FVQG show told me about a teacher who had taught a technique for free-motion quilting. That teacher selects her backing fabric based on it having an interesting design. She starts her quilting from the top of the quilt, outlining all the main motifs of the quilt. Once she has done that, she turns the quilt over and quilts from the back all the background areas (which she can tell from the outlining she’s done). In all these background areas she quilts following the design of the backing fabric! Now how smart is that???!!! Please try it and tell me how you like it.

Ok… short message this time… but I’m pretty proud I could do any message after 3 kids 8 - 6 - 4 for 5 days! Enjoy the rest of your summer!!!!


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