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Seminar schedule posted, upcoming show; Web-sites for quilters; 2016 Challenge is underway; Etsy shop for my kits; Question about open days; 2017 Show schedule; Ideas for easy sandwiching of quilts

posted Oct 28, 2016, 4:21 PM by Lorna Shapiro

The sun is shining; the SUN is shining; the SUN is SHINING!!!!! I just got home from a two hour walk at the beach and the sun actually poked its face out for a few moments. After all the overcast rainy days this October, I hope that all of you can appreciate moments of sun… tear yourselves away from your quilting, and just appreciate being alive on a beautiful day! Rainy days have their own beauty, I know, but seeing the sun after a long spell of overcast weather is particularly exciting for this BC-import.


So it’s time for another update from the house of Quilter’s Dream Fabrics… and here goes…


Love to Sew Expo seminar schedule is now posted…


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We have a new show here in the lower mainland this year, focussing on all things sewing related. Debra Justice is organizing it and it will happen at the Cloverdale Agriplex Friday and Saturday November 18, 19. Debra has organized a great lineup of seminars, all of which are included in the show entry fee, so I think the show will be well worth your while to take in. I have some lovely new quilts and fabrics to show you in my booth… so stop by...


Here’s a link to the seminar schedule… http://www.lovetosewexpo.com/sewing-stars---classes.html


Two web-based resources that are new to me…  


I recently learned of a website that exists to help we quilters find information about what quilt shops and events are to be found in various locations. So here is the link for you to use if you are planning a trip and wanting to know about quilt stores in the location… https://www.quiltinghub.com/


And here is a link to a quilt inspiration blog with photos of lots of great quilts… http://quiltinspiration.blogspot.ca/


The 2016 Challenge is Underway…


Fifteen intrepid quilters took up the challenge this year and I’m so pleased that so many did. The challenge they accepted was to make a small quilt incorporating different types and textures of fabric, celebrating texture in some way. The women who entered come from Vancouver Island, the BC interior, Alberta and of course the lower mainland… so we have an international show of sorts:-).


The challenge idea occurred to me after I completed our new bed quilt, which was the first time I had intentionally sought to make a quilt in which texture, rather than colour, was central to the design…


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Their quilts will be ready for early January and the challenge quilt viewing and voting day is Saturday January 15… mark your calendars! I have no doubt that there will be lots of good inspiration for all the rest of us in the quilt viewing that day… thanks so much to the women who are participating!


Back up on Etsy with some quilt kits…

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With Vic’s help I recently re-started my Etsy shop with the kits that I currently have available. If any of you use Etsy, you could do me a favour by liking my shop on Etsy. My Etsy shop has a different name, Pacific Spirit Quilts, and please don’t ask me why I ever thought that was a good idea???!!!???. But, once named, so it is named forever… so it is what it is. Here’s the link to my Etsy, oddly named, shop…

https://www.etsy.com/shop/pacificspiritquilts?ref=hdr_shop_menu


Wondering about Regular Open Days…


Right now, as I’m sure you know, I have two regular open days a week… Monday and Saturday, both from 10 to 5. I’ve found lately that I’m often not very busy with customers on those days and so am wondering if I should just change to being open by appointment. It seems to me that I’m open few enough days that you really have to plan ahead to shop here. That being the case, is it just as sensible to say I will open at your convenience if you contact me in advance… and not bother having two regular open days which may or may not be when you want to come by. So… my question for those of you who have an opinion, is would you rather have me simply be open by appointment? Can you email me your thoughts on this if you have a moment? I’d appreciate hearing from you.


My Show Schedule for 2017…


I’ve had a number of emails asking me what shows I will be participating in for 2017, primarily from my out of town customers. So at this point, here is the list of shows I have committed to:


March 10, 11 -- Victoria Creative Stitches Show


March 24, 25 -- Abbotsford Creative Stitches Show


March 31- April 1 -- Central Alberta Quilters’ Guild Show, Red Deer


May 6, 7 -- Boundary Bay Quilters’ Guild Show


June 2, 3 -- Lethbridge Quilters’ Guild Show, Lethbridge


June 23, 24 -- Fraser Valley Quilters’ Guild Show, Langley


November 18, 19 -- Love To Sew Expo, Cloverdale


Finally, two new suggestions for sandwiching quilts…


A customer recently explained to me that she stands up when she sandwiches her quilts. She does so by propping up two 4’ x 8’ styrofoam boards against her wall, and then pinning her backing to the boards. She then spray bastes the backing and attaches her batting, and finally spray bastes and attaches her quilt top… standing up all the time!

Another customer explained that she bought two 30” x 72” folding tables from Staples and stores them in her garage. When she is ready to sandwich a quilt, she sets up the tables in the garage and uses them as the surface for sandwiching her quilts…


Any other ideas? Let me know and I’ll pass them on:-)


OK…. I think that is it for this blog post. I’m always happy to hear from you about your current quilting adventures whenever you stop by or send me photos… Please be well, and enjoy this restful season between summer and Christmas...
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