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We're down to 3 more sleeps. Too early to start sleeping in your car!

posted Jul 24, 2019, 11:00 AM by Lorna Shapiro

Hi everyone...

Today is a good day to sort out your next project, gather the fabric or pattern that you want to use, and sort out what you might need to make it extra special... and hopefully at my sale we will be able to help with ideas! There are some lovely new materials that have arrived lately that I wanted you to know about.

I just finished making my first fully batik quilt in a while and was reminded just how great batik fabric is to work with, and how well we can blend colours and values with batiks. I've filled in a few missing areas in my batiks, adding a bunch of blues and a number of lights. Here's one photo of the lights that came here yesterday.


I've also filled in the missing sets of Presencia perle cottons because I'm starting to want to add a bit of handwork to my quilts. It adds just a bit more interest and I also find that the handwork is very calming, and gives me something to do while watching TV at night (besides eating nuts!). Here's what I did on Salt Spring Island... it's just a beginning of learning what I might do to add some handwork, but that seems to be where I have to start!



And here are the different sets of Presencia that I now have in stock... sets are $25 regular and individual balls are $5. And at the sale they are 20% off.


Tomorrow I have 8 women coming to get comfortable with curved piecing, so that will be a good day for all of us.

Friday we set up for the sale... Saturday we party! Hope you can join us. 

Lorna

 

Six More Sleeps to a fabulous sale!

posted Jul 21, 2019, 2:34 PM by Lorna Shapiro

Hi to you all...

Yesterday Susan and I unpacked 3 large boxes of new fabrics... Essex linens and contemporary Japanese fabrics in linen, cotton-linen, and cottons of various weaves. We are starting to get ready for the big day!!!! 

Saturday July 27... 10 - 5.

2726 W 38th Ave., Vancouver V6N 2W9

Here's the story... 

Everything in the studio is 20% off

New Presencia Perle Cotton colours are here

King Tut and Masterpiece threads are stocked up

Hobbs Tuscany Wool and Tuscany Silk Batting are stocked up

Patterns are stocked up... including the great apron pattern (I'm making them for my kids for gifts)

And just the normal, wonderful fabrics are here waiting for you


Here are some photos of some of the new fabrics...

  

            
   


Cotton/Linen by Kokka                                                     Cotton sheeting prints by Kokka

       


Cotton/Linen by Kokka                                                    Cotton pintucks

       

Lawn cottons and double gauze                                       New Nani Iro prints

      


and of course, much more... 

We look forward to seeing some of you here on Saturday. 




Mid July update -- Curves Workshop, Quilt Design 101 with VQG, 12 More Sleeps to My Summer Sale!

posted Jul 15, 2019, 4:10 PM by Lorna Shapiro

Hi everyone... We are on Saltspring for our now annual week's getaway with daughter, son-in-law and three  grandchildren aged 10-8-6. Each year gets a lot easier, I must say. Before we know it, they won't want to vacation with us... but it is lovely while it lasts. I took this photo as we walked our first night down to see the neighbour's new sheep. I hope all of you are getting in your summer outings with family and friends. We are so lucky to live in this amazing country.


Join my quilt design class with the Vancouver Quilters' Guild in October

When: October 5 and 19th, 2019

Where: Kerrisdale somewhere

Cost: $110

Contact: Meredith Kimball, meredith_kimball@sfu.ca

What do we do?

This workshop is for quilters who have created quilts from patterns and are moving on to designing their own quilts. Theory and technique are integrated throughout the workshop, allowing participants to:

·        gain a theoretical framework from which to evaluate and improve upon their quilt designs

·        experience a design process that supports the evolution and refining of a quilt design, and

·        learn new sewing techniques that allow a broader range of elements to be incorporated in their quilt designs.

Participants come to the workshop with some fabric they love (that’s important!) and have been wanting to incorporate into a quilt. They may also have a design concept in mind, however this is not at all necessary as a starting point. Ideas will quickly be generated!

On day one participants will develop a strong design concept incorporating their chosen fabric selection. 

Between days one and two of the workshop, participants will refine their design, assemble the complete set of fabric that may be used in the quilt, and possibly start creating some elements of the final design.

On day two of the workshop participants will progress from refined design on paper to the final design cut and positioned on their design wall, with some portion of the quilt actually assembled.

The class currently has 9 people enrolled and is definitely running. However there is room to add 3 more to the class so if anyone is interested in joining a group of women who will be exploring design ideas together, please contact Meredith.


1 Day Curved Piecing Class -- still 1 more space left

Several of you have asked when I would be teaching these various curved piecing techniques and now that it is summer I've decided it is time. 

Thursday July 25, 10:00 to 4:00 -- We'll cover 
  • inset circles, quarter and half-circles, 
  • free-form curved piecing, 
  • inset orange peels
  • Quick Curve Ruler curved piecing.

Where -- 2726 W 38th Ave., Vancouver, V6N 2W9 -- my studio 

How to register -- Email me -- lorna.shapiro@gmail.com and then either etransfer the $30 fee or call me with your credit card number

Class size is limited to 8 people

What to bring --

Come with your sewing machines (or use one of mine), 

bring the scrap fabric you want to work with, and 

also any rulers you have that you might be wondering how to use. 

Also bring your lunch. 

I'm excited and I hope some of you are too! A summer school opportunity:-)


12 More Sleeps to my Summer Sale

A hockey-sock full of new bolts of Kokka fabrics from Japan and new Essex linens are arriving this week while I'm away. They will be just in time to get on the shelves, ready for my summer sale. Start thinking about your projects and how I can help! Summer Sale -- everything in the store is 20% off -- e v e r y t h i n g !!!

Saturday July 27

10 AM to 5 PM

2726 W 38th Ave., Vancouver

           Presencia Perle Cotton
                                                                                   Superior King Tut & Masterpiece Threads
                

Pepper Cory Shot Cottons, Contemporary Japanese Prints
 

Essex Linens (55% linen, 45% cotton)



Bring a buddy and come join the fun... advice, community, and laughter are all free! My grandson, on the left, with his best buddy at soccer practice!


Best wishes to you all... and I hope to see some of you on July 27.

Lorna







July 2019 Check-in - Inspiration & Ideas, A clever tool, Working with curves, New stuff

posted Jul 3, 2019, 4:57 PM by Lorna Shapiro

Hi to all of you. Summer has arrived, and with it comes quieter days with opportunities for creative expression. During show season my mind is so business focussed that my creativity seems to go dormant. Sometimes I fear it might not return! But, just as soon as the dust settles after my last show of the season, sure enough... my creativity comes hopping and skipping out to play. It's such a relief to welcome her back. Do you also have times when you feel that you've lost touch with your creative spirit? 

Inspiration and Ideas

One of the things that helps me is that my wonderful customer friends will often pull out their phones and show me photos of some of their latest projects. These photos give my inspiration a kick-start. Today I want to show you a few of the photos I've collected over the past few months...

Leslie Jo's silk purses... made for a group of women friends... Leslie Jo's own design... I believe she mixed woven cottons with Dupioni silks... This idea could be incorporated into quilt blocks... or placemat designs... or pockets on a garment... so many opportunities.



Gladys's placemats... these were created to feature some Guatemalan fabric and she integrated a combination of shot cottons and batiks ... I love what happens when we mix a variety of types of fabric... and Gladys's focus on line makes such interesting results.



Tiina's vintage silk wall hanging... this very simple project resulted in such an elegant and interesting wall covering over the head of this bed. Tiina simply chose a couple of silks that coordinated nicely with each other and with her room, assembled them so that they could be hung, and there she was... This could also be done with textured fabric to which you've added your own stitching


So as not to overload you, I'll leave it at that for now. But I'll send some more photos in the coming months. If you have any photo's you'd like to share, please send them to me. 

A Clever Tool

I was speaking to a group of women in Victoria at the Creative Stitches show this past spring. We were discussing tools that we found most useful. One of the women in our group passed on this great idea for threading heavier threads through needles. Here's what she uses... This package of floss threaders can be found in your local drugstore in the tooth care section. Using one of them to guide your thread through the eye of the needle works very well for all kinds of thread. I am using these now for my embroidery thread because it is too thick to work well with my Clover needle-threader. I keep a package in my sewing bag and am so grateful that we share ideas!


Curved Piecing practice day...

Probably most of you know that I love curved piecing. I love inset circles, free-form curved piecing, inset orange peels, and now also the Quick Curve Ruler curve! Here are some examples... 

              

  

It's Curved Piecing Workshop time... Several of you have asked when I would be teaching these various curved piecing techniques and now that it is summer I've decided it is time. Thursday July 25, 10:00 to 4:00 -- 

Where -- 2726 W 38th Ave., Vancouver, V6N 2W9 -- my studio 

How to register -- Email me -- lorna.shapiro@gmail.com and then either etransfer the $30 fee or call me with your credit card number

Class size is limited to 8 people

What to bring --

Come with your sewing machines (or use one of mine), 

bring the scrap fabric you want to work with, and 

also any rulers you have that you might be wondering how to use. 

Also bring your lunch. 

I'm excited and I hope some of you are too! A summer school opportunity:-)


Finally, photos of some of the new fabric that's been arriving... 


                           Essex Linens                                                              New wovens

       

        

New embossed cottons...


So how cool are those???!!! 

Start planning what you might do with some of them because I've saved important news till the end...

Summer Sale Day here will be Saturday July 27, 10 - 5

As usual, everything in the studio will be on sale at least 20% off. More to come later...

That's it for now... enjoy the summer weather... 

Thanks for being part of my quilting community.

Lorna

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!

Lorna


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!

Lorna

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...


Flow


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.

Lorna

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. http://creativestitchesshow.com/bc-shows/

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!

Lorna






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

Lorna

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