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Three More Sleeps!

posted Jul 25, 2018, 1:51 PM by Lorna Shapiro

Three more sleeps! 

Saturday, one day only, 

50% off ALL batiks and 15% off ALL other fabric, including kits. 

Here are two of the 73 new bolts from Japan that arrived Monday. Don't miss this sale!

Summer Sale Soon!, Sisters 2018 Quilt Photos, Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild Show

posted Jul 19, 2018, 5:09 PM by Lorna Shapiro

Hi everyone. 

Here I am rested and relaxed after a great trip to Sisters for the Quilters' Affair and the Show. Short update but a few important things to tell you.


10:00 AM TO 5:00 pm







And if you find out where to get these great T-shirts... please let me know!

Please enjoy the photos... and I hope you drop by for the sale July 28! There will also be a lot of new fabrics from Japan for your shopping pleasure:-)


Parksville Quilt Show, Apliquick, Quilt photos, PFD batik

posted Jun 20, 2018, 11:15 AM by Lorna Shapiro

Hi everyone! 

I hope you are surviving this heat wave. Those of us with our sewing rooms upstairs are now envious of those of you who have your sewing rooms in the basement! I'm excited to give you this update today.

First... the Parksville Quilters' Guild show is this coming weekend (Friday - Sunday) and it is always a great show with a satisfying diversity of artistic styles... hope to see you there. Here's the link to the information on the web about the show... I'll be there with Maria and we look forward to chatting with you about your latest project. Susan will be keeping my studio open here on Saturday 10 - 5 as usual, so no need to worry if you were planning on coming by the studio this Saturday.

Second... two days after the CQA show, I had a couple of women from South Africa come by to purchase a supply of yarn-dyes and cotton-linens to take back to South Africa. I asked what they were doing with them and they mentioned they do a lot of "Apliquick". 

"What's Apliquick?", I asked. 

"You don't know Apliquick?" they replied in amazement. 

"No I don't!" I replied with perhaps a bit of defensiveness... At this point they described what seemed to me to be just turned edge applique and I thought not much more about it. They did tell me that yarn-dyes and cotton-linens were great because it was easy to get beautifully smooth edges. 

Three days later I was a civilian visiting the Lions Gate Quilt show (which was fabulous as usual) and I stopped when I heard another South African-like accent coming from a booth (turns out it was a Spanish accent so I'm not very good at accents). However the booth, as it turns out, was the Apliquick booth and the voice was coming from Rosa, who's business is Apliquick. I decided to pay attention and see what she had to show.

So for those of you like me who didn't know about this product line, Apliquick is a set of very high quality, specially designed tools for doing turned edge applique... and everyone I've met who uses them swears by them. Oddly enough, she intrigued me enough that I wanted to do some turned edge applique RIGHT AWAY! So two things are true -- the tools are great, and Rosa is a great saleswoman! 

All of this is to tell you that I've now started carrying most of the Apliquick tools, and this summer will be hosting an Apliquick demo/lesson day. Probably in conjunction with a sale of some sort. Irene and I are busy developing our expertise with the tools and we will be able to tell you what we learned. I've got a queen size bed quilt on the design wall and I'm going to use these tools to add a bit of applique... I'm very excited to be adding to my tool set!

Third... I want to pass on a couple of photos that came my was recently of quilts that were created by women who took a workshop I taught on designing quilts that include set-in circles/quarter-circles. As is often the case, both women put in lots of time after the workshop and both created quilts that have beautiful movement, while still being calming to look at. The first I'll show is by Marilyn, and you may have seen it in CQA this past month. The second is by another Lorna... It wasn't at CQA but it could have been. 

And finally... I've just brought in a bolt of white PFD batik. I think it is $14.95/M, and it is very good quality batik so for those of you who want to do some dyeing this summer, this would be a good way to start.

All the best... thanks for being part of my quilting community!


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 Jul 19, 2018, 4:11 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   [ updated Jul 19, 2018, 4:11 PM ]

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!!!!!!

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