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Ladies, get out your maps and head to Langley!!!!

posted May 16, 2019, 4:56 PM by Lorna Shapiro

I've just come home from the George Preston Recreation Centre in Langley, where my very own guild's show is being hung as we speak... the Fraser Valley Quilt Guild show is on this weekend and it is NOT TO BE MISSED!!!! I'm so pleased with what all the members of the guild have created, and don't want you to miss seeing the wide range of styles and all the inspiring quilts that the guild has produced... Here's the information... the show runs 10 - 5 both Friday and Saturday.

My buddy and travelling companion, Irene Harvalias, is one of two featured artists and she has many beautiful quilts for you to see. Beside her is the other featured artist, Lynne Fanthorpe... also with amazing quilts.

I'll be in the vendor mall, along with a nice selection of vendors from near and farther away, so you'll have a good opportunity to find what you are looking for. Here's what I'm featuring...

End of bolt cuts -- batiks and printed cottons -- $6/M

Apliquick tools are actually on sale -- 10% off

Other notions are 20% off -- rulers, needles, misty fuse, and more

20% off on lots of new 3M cuts for clothing or quilt backs

Great clothing patterns 

Sale prices on a great selection of cotton/linens, shot cottons and contemporary Japanese prints

A great selection of Presencia thread for handwork on your quilts

Probably more... but I can't remember it all

Hope to see you there! You'll be glad you came. Have a great long weekend and enjoy the spring that has finally arrived!


Boundary Bay Quilt Show May 4-5, New Yoko Saito Fabric, Speaking Next Week

posted Apr 30, 2019, 4:04 PM by Lorna Shapiro

Hi to you all! 

I've been travelling for over three weeks and returned home one week ago tomorrow. Travelling is always interesting, but coming home is always wonderful... we are so fortunate to live in the country that we do, and travelling elsewhere always brings to the forefront of my mind an awareness of just how true that is. And it is spring, the most beautiful time of year in Vancouver. I trust you are all enjoying the sun and the warmth.

But before summer kicks in, we have a few very good quilt shows coming up locally, and the next one is this coming weekend.

Boundary Bay Quilters' Guild Show -- May 4,5 10:00 to 4:00 -- South Delta Rec Centre in Tsawwassen

I will be in the vendor mall for this show on Saturday, Sunday... and Susan will be at my home studio for those of you who want to come by there. Here's a bit of a description of what I'll have at the show:

End of bolt clearance fabrics -- $6/M

Tonal solids show special -- $10/M

$10/M show special on traditional Asian prints

A fabulous collection of new colours in Shot Cottons - sale priced

My best ever collection of Cotton/Linens -- from RK and from Japan - sale priced

Wonderful yarn-dyes from Japan - sale priced

3 M cuts of wonderful fabrics specially for clothing - linens, cotton/linens, shots -- 20% off

Clothing Patterns and Quilt Patterns

Notions -- 20% off

New Kits -- also sale priced for the show

And a couple of weeks after that...

Fraser Valley Quilters' Guild Show -- May 17-18 -- FVQG Show Information

I'm madly quilting in order to finish one of my quilts that will be hanging in the show! I'll also be a vendor in the vendor mall.

And then in early June...

Nanaimo Quilters' Guild Show -- June 7-8 -- Nanaimo Quilters' Guild show information

This will be the last show of the season at which I'll be a vendor and I look forward to visiting with my Island friends!

New Fabric -- Yoko Saito's New Line

Lecien Fabrics has come out with a new line from Yoko Saito. I have a bunch of them and am including a few photos. Come see them if you have a new project in mind!



Upcoming Speaking Engagements

I'll be visiting a couple of guilds next week and if you are in the neighbourhood I hope you'll drop in for the meeting:

Vancouver Quilters' Guild -- Wednesday May 8 -- 7 PM -- St. Mary's Church, 37th Ave & Larch St., Vancouver

At this meeting I'll be speaking about designing a quilt focussing on the design element of Shape. It's a fun talk that offers some new ideas for starting a quilt design when we are stuck for inspiration.

Fraser Valley Modern Quilters' Guild -- Thursday May 9 -- 7 PM -- Parish of St. Matthew, 2010 Guildford Dr., Abbotsford

At this meeting I'll be giving a small trunk show and talk about the design process and some useful lessons I've learned about design over the past few years. I'm really looking forward to meeting the members of this guild as I have not attended one of their meetings before. 

OK... I think that is it for now. I wish you all a very warm, sunny month of May and I look forward to seeing you at one or more of these shows and meetings!


Abbotsford, and I, await your visit!

posted Mar 20, 2019, 12:25 PM by Lorna Shapiro

Maria and I are looking forward to your visit in Abbotsford this weekend! We have lots of show specials to share with you... it is definitely worth the trip... pack your car with some friends and come on out...

First, here's a two for one coupon for you... so bring a buddy:-)

Secondly, here are some of our specials this weekend...

$6/M end of bolt cuts of quality batiks

$10/M show special on tonal solids

$10/M show special on traditional Asian prints

A fabulous collection of new colours in Shot Cottons - sale priced

The best ever collection of Cotton/Linens -- from RK and from Japan - sale priced

Wonderful yarn-dyes from Japan - sale priced

3 M cuts of wonderful fabrics specially for clothing - linens, cotton/linens, shots -- 20% off

Clothing Patterns and Notions all 20% off

Thirdly -- I've prepared two new lectures for your enjoyment :-)

Maximizing the value of minimal tools

I came to quilting once I retired in my mid 50’s, having already reached the stage of life when minimalism in my acquisitions was a goal. I have therefore approached this hobby with the perspective that I want to choose the tools I work with carefully – choosing only those that are necessary or that significantly benefit the quality or efficiency of my work. And, once I’m working with a tool, I want to make sure I’m getting the most out of it. Nearly 15 years later, I’m still minimalist in my approach… and I’d like to share with you what I’ve learned about which tools give me the greatest payback, and how to get the most out of them. We’ll discuss threads, needles, rulers, oil, cutting boards, cutting tools, marking tools, pins… and more. Come and join us. I hope you’ll share your favourite tip for getting the most out of your tools.

Exploring shape as a design tool

I tend to stay within a comfortable zone of familiar shapes as I build new quilt designs. This past year I had the opportunity to spend 4 days in a workshop with quilter Maria Schell from Alaska. Maria’s work is very different than mine… very electric and busy and vibrant… but I chose to study with her because customers had praised her teaching. She was indeed a fabulous teacher, and I came away with a newfound interest in incorporating different shapes into my quilt designs. Shape is only one of the elements of design that we get to work with as quilters. However it can be very powerful as an aid to creating eye-catching designs. Come spend an hour looking at quilts as we isolate the element of “shape” and see what we can do with it.

It's spring! Great weather for a drive... come on out and please stop and say hi....

Victoria, here we come!

posted Mar 2, 2019, 4:15 PM by Lorna Shapiro

Hi everyone... it's a sunny warm Saturday and I am doing my last minute packing for the Victoria Creative Stitches show at the Tillicum Mall Friday/Saturday March 8 & 9! This email brings an odd assortment of updates... 
But first a couple of 2 for 1 coupons -- one for the Victoria show and one for the Tradex show, both coming up this month...

Now that we have the important stuff out of the way... here's what to look for at my booth when you come to say hi to Maria and me...

New Fabrics....

New clothing patterns...

New printed sashiko fabric...

New quilt patterns...

One house, two house...


Heading Home...

And other stuff you'll find...

End of Bolt batik pieces priced at $6/M -- get there as early as possible to get these

Quick Curve Rulers and other good notions -- 20% off

Presencia pearl cotton -- 20% off

505 large cans of spray -- $20/can

Hobbs Silk and Wool Batting -- 20% off

New... FQ's of various wovens only $5 each

New... Wash-out sashiko printed fabric from Japan -- FQ's and 1/2 M's

Some great new clothing patterns... get ready to Instagram search those patterns!

The Mary Mulari no-tie apron (I'll be wearing mine!!!)

Fabulous new wovens 

A whack of new Essex linens and shot cottons

Some new quilt patterns that I've designed (and some I haven't!)

A great assortment of 3M cuts for clothing -- lots of linens, shots, wovens...

And I'll be giving a couple of new lectures and I think you'll enjoy them.

Now a little family update. Hiroko, who has lived with us off and on for 4 years got her Permanent Resident status a couple of weeks ago. Here she is with our grandkids who have grown a bit since last they were featured in one of my posts...

And finally, here is a lovely little thought to close on... wishing you all happy creating...

My best to you all... I look forward to when next we meet.


Japan Shipment Arrives! A request & Upcoming Shows

posted Feb 14, 2019, 11:22 AM by Lorna Shapiro

Hi everyone... 

Thanks to all of you who came by on February 2 and made my sale so much fun! We know that the morning is always pretty darn busy and we do appreciate your patience as we tried to keep up with the cutting. We also appreciate all that you shared of new things you had learned... thanks to you all.

A request... I have a friend who is looking for a dressmaker in Vancouver. A dressmaker that can design and make custom clothing for her as she is taller than most of us. She has fabulous clothes but her dressmaker is retiring and she needs to find a new one. If anyone has any suggestions, please email me. I've been asking you individually as you came by, but to no avail... so I'm hoping this post might turn up someone for her. Thanks!

This week my latest shipment from Japan arrived. Printed cottons and cotton/linens, and woven cottons and cotton/linens... a lovely selection overall!

Here are some photos of what you'll find when you are ready for some new fabric... These are printed cottons shown with essex linens and pepper cory shot cottons.



And these are chambray weave cottons... so soft and lovely!

And these are linen/cottons... heavy and fabulous...


So you'll be happy to find these new fabrics waiting for you when you come by.

Upcoming Shows...

We are busy preparing for two shows before I go off to Greece with Irene and Susan... don't worry, Maria will keep the shop open while we are away in April.

Before I travel to Greece, Maria and I will be at the two Creative Stitches shows... Victoria March 8-9 and also Abbotsford March 22-23. Here's the link to the show information.

If you have any special orders for me to bring to the shows for you, now is the time to let me know. I'm happy to cut special orders for you but get very busy right before the show itself. I'm looking forward to reconnecting with many of you who don't get a chance to come by the studio.

Happy spring, once you clear away the snow!


This is it... get your rest!

posted Feb 1, 2019, 10:24 AM by Lorna Shapiro

A final note... 

I forgot to mention that all my APPLIQUICK tools are also on sale 20% off... This never happens, but tomorrow it does!!!

AND... I've stocked up on Superior's King Tut, my favourite quilting thread... 

Like eveything else, it's also 20% off... Maria on cash will be so happy that it is so easy:-)!

Except of course for the 505... which is $20 per can while supplies last...

Maybe you should go to bed now to make sure you are rested... I certainly am!

See you tomorrow! Saturday 10 - 5... 2726 W 38th Ave., Vancouver


Threeeeeee More Sleeps!

posted Jan 30, 2019, 6:14 PM by Lorna Shapiro

Here's a few more photos of some of the wonderful stuff that will be on sale here this Saturday 10 - 5. We love playing fabric so bring your project ideas and come play with us... 2726 W 38th Ave., Vancouver.


We are looking forward to seeing you... Get rested!


I'm Bursting to Tell You More!

posted Jan 28, 2019, 9:59 AM by Lorna Shapiro

I actually did that the other day when making popcorn for my grandkids... I was VERY popular!

But here's what I wanted to tell you about...

There are lovely new batiks on my shelves... all these and more are 20% off...

And Clearance Batiks on sale 40% off, 50% for the end of bolt...

And Large Cans of 505 Spray only $20 each... limit 3 cans per customer.

10:00 TO 5:00

2726 W 38TH AVENUE

Lessons and laughter are absolutely free!!!!

SIX MORE SLEEPS! Here's the details...

posted Jan 27, 2019, 1:58 PM by Lorna Shapiro

My last post gave you the date for this sale, but here are the details you've been waiting for!

Start getting your projects lined up now! And also some friends to come along and share the fun with you.

As promised, my winter sale is coming... 

            Saturday February 2, 10 - 5 PM. 

Everything in the studio is at least 20% off. 

That means Essex linens, Shot cottons, Japanese printed and yarn-dye cottons, silks, batiks, Superior Threads, notions, battings, kits... the whole shebang!

We always have fun on these days, sharing what we've learned and what we are hoping to learn from someone else. 

SIX more sleeps, so get your rest:-)

Hope to see you here,


You'll love what I learned! Sale Feb 2nd! Some new stuff...

posted Jan 15, 2019, 11:52 AM by Lorna Shapiro

Hi and happy new year to all of you! In my first blog post of this year, I'm happy to have one good new lesson to pass on to you, as well as some updates on products that have arrived at my studio. 

First, the new lesson...

I was quilting this quilt over the holidays... its a new one that I call "State of Flow". It uses the Quick Curve Ruler and is modelled on a quilt I saw at Sisters this past summer. Irene and Susan helped me pick the fabrics for the quilt and that's why it is so beautiful.

While I was quilting this section, 

I was using a 12 weight cotton Aurifil thread I'd purchased from Carola when she was stopping selling it. I selected an appropriately large needle and adjusted tension accordingly, but what ever I did, the thread kept breaking. At least by now I have learned that once the thread breaks once, I stop work on my real quilt and work only on a practice piece until I have the problem solved (so I don't have to keep burying threads after 20" of quilting!). But no matter what I tried to adjust, the thread kept breaking so I concluded that the thread had become dry and brittle, which can happen to cotton thread. I checked the web for possible solutions I hadn't yet tried and here's where the lesson comes... there was a chain of comments on one blog about putting the thread in the freezer overnight to rehydrate it. Some comments were made insisting this could not work because everyone knows freezers dehydrate things, but most comments said they'd tried it and it worked... So, I tried it and my thread came out icy, moist and, once I wiped the ice off it, my thread did not break again!!!!! So, how great is that????? We can recover old, dry, brittle thread by putting it in the freezer overnight. I was so excited with my discovery, it prompted me to write this blog post which I haven't done for quite a while:-). 

Some New Products...

Great Apron pattern

Susan made me this apron with a Mary Mulari pattern recently and I love it... It is slip on, reversible, and has great pockets...

I immediately contacted Mary and now have the pattern for sale... it costs $16.50 and is one size fits all.

Grunge's 30 best-selling colours now in...

There was a bit of a backlog in orders at my distributor, but all 30 of the most beloved Grunge colours are now in stock... 

I was not a Grunge fan before, but since having them in the studio I've discovered that sometimes when no other line offers the colour blending that I want, there will be a grunge that works perfectly. I'm happy to have these as an addition to my stock.

Mid-arm, Long-arm needles now in...

I finally realized that more than a few of my customers are now working with mid-arms and some with long-arms. So I've stocked a wide range of sizes of needles for these machines. I'm selling the Groz-Beckert line which is designed specifically for multi directional quilting. Here's what my distributor has to say about these needles, which are what I've been using and am very satisfied with.

Groz-Beckert Long-arm Needles are specifically made for multi-directional use, which is exactly what long-arm machines need. Multi-directional design means more accurate stitching while moving the machine in any direction. Extra strength allows maximum flexibility and bending. The deep scarf prevents skipped stitches, less puckering, and less thread breakage. (The 'MR' style designates the needle as Multi-directional, also called a Specialty Application Needle or SAN)

Finally, preparations are underway for my WINTER SALE... 

Get your projects organized! 

Sale day is Saturday February 2nd... 10 - 5.

Everything in the studio will be on sale. So start thinking about what you might be needing.

More to follow!

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