Perfect summer jewellery! Get it Quick!

Don’t worry there will still be an amazing selection of Maria’s jewellery available, but not at this price. Maria’s star is rising and so are her prices. So, the prices in my shop will remain only until the end of the month! Along with a new lower shipping cost!

Pick one pair for yourself and another for a gift! Christmas is coming…

Hand dyed threads and shibori fabrics

plastic tub filled with hand dyed threads by Anne Peters
variegated hand dyed perle cotton thread by Anne Peters

Colour all around! These gorgeous hand dyed items by Anne Peters, a textile artist and passionate dyer, will be available for 2 days only. Anne of @dyeforfun and I will be sharing a booth and our love of shibori dyeing next weekend at Quilts at the Creek festival.

shibori cotton fabric
shibori cotton fabric
white and blue pillow with shibori strips by @dyeforfun
quilted shibori pillow

At 1:00 sit down and relax for 45 minutes while I do my trunk show in the Wilmot Town Hall. I will be showing and talking about my love of indigo and snow dyeing using shibori techniques. I will be bringing some of my quilts and fabrics to illustrate the techniques I use to create one-of-a-kind scarves and fabric. Then step across the Town Hall Green to see the items available for sale in the vendor located just steps away in the Event Pavilion area.
Come and see us, our indigo and hand dyed shibori cotton fabrics, kits, variegated perle and embroidery cotton threads. I am also bringing snow dyed fabric and scarves. A cornucopia of colour, texture, and designs will be available!

rolled up quilting cotton by anne peters
fabric bundles with thread hand dyed
July 27, 2019 @ 11:00 am – July 28, 2019 @ 5:00 pm

Anne has some bundles and fat quarters of shibori and hand dyed fabrics and thread that are greatly reduced. She is clearing out colours and designs that she is no longer dyeing to make way for her new ones. Visit us to see what she has available. But don`t wait!

fabric in plastic bags by textile artist anne peters ontario canada
fat quarter bundles in co-ordinating colours

Anne and I will be in the vendor’s pavilion from July 27, 2019 – July 28, 2019 @ 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

Quilts at the Creek at
Black Creek Pioneer Village
1000 Murray Ross Pkwy
North York, ON M3J 2P3

Come and say hello!

Thrift store scraps

My mom bought me a ziplock bag full of pre-cut squares of cotton from a local thrift shop for $4.00. The bag was full to bursting.

Thrift store scraps
Thrift store scraps

I pulled the squares out, counted the 1 1/2 inch squares and approximated the rest:

  • 266 – 1 1/2 inch squares
  • 220 – 2 1/2 inch squares
  • 260 – 3 inch squares
  • 200 – 4 inch squares
  • 100 – 5 inch squares

There is quite a variety of scraps: Kaffe Fassett, children’s prints, modern, calico prints, florals. They are all patterned, there are no solids.

Thrift store scraps
Thrift store scraps

I love using scraps. Quilts made from scraps have a wonderful sense of colour. They also remind me of how quilts were usually made by our ancestors.  Small pieces of clothing that were not too worn out, were repurposed into a quilt that would be used to keep the family warm.

For the moment, I will add these to my stash of scraps and ponder on what to do with them. How often do you use scraps in your quilts?

Placemats from orphan blocks

The traditional guild I belong to – Yorkshire Rose Quilters’ Guild of Toronto has asked for placemats to donate to the Meals on Wheels program. So I pulled a few partially completed blocks to start making some placemats.

Selection of scrap blocks
Selection of scrap blocks

These half square triangles were pieced together in a workshop I took last year. The instructor created beautiful scrap style quilts and taught us her quilting philosophy. She immediately cuts leftover fabric from her current project into various sizes of squares and strips. Similar shapes and sizes are stored together. When she wants to make another quilt, she just goes to the container with the size of scraps she needs and can start piecing immediately.

Selection of cotton backings
Selection of cotton backings

After that workshop, I went home and spent an entire afternoon cutting my scraps and organizing them.

Zig zag placemat
Zig zag placemat

This placemat was straight line quilted with a walking foot.

Teal green placemat
Teal green placemat

Using the same cotton with circles, makes the block disappear. I practiced free motion quilting on this mat.

Pink placemat
Pink placemat

I like how the the quilting is the focus in this pink placemat.

Tulips placemat
Tulips placemat

This last one was an attempt to make a placemat that wasn’t too girly! I free motion quilted columns of leaves.

Four placemats
Four placemats

I didn’t use the purple half square triangles because they were too long and for the size of placemat I wanted to make. So I will leave them for another project.

Meals on Wheels will give these placemats to their clients with their Holiday meal.

Buon appetit!

QUILTsocial – a new Canadian ezine, blog and more!

QUILTsocial Fall 2014 Premiere Issue

QUILTsocial is a new Canadian eZine for all of us obsessed with quilting. It’s a blog, a weekly bulletin, a monthly newsletter, and a quarterly e-magazine, from the publishers of Needle Pulling Thread.

QUILTsocial emagazine
QUILTsocial emagazine


The editor, Carla, asks: When does an obsession become therapy? If quilting is one of the releases we have from the stresses of life, it’s therapeutic isn’t it? Doing something creative takes us away from our ourselves and let’s us concentrate our energies into something we enjoy and gives us pleasure.

QUILTsocial magazine is for all levels of quilters, with patterns, tutorials, and showcasing new techniques.  Regular contributors as well as guest bloggers will share their knowledge and love of quilting.

I have already used the tutorial by Elaine Theriault: Crazy about zippered pouches to create a couple of bags for the Toronto Modern Quilt Guild pouch swap. It’s a three-way across Canada swap with the Victoria and Maritime Modern Quilt Guilds. I will also be using Jennifer Houlden’s On-the-Go place-mat tutorial to create some placemats for the Yorkshire Rose Quilters’ Guild Christmas outreach project for Meals on Wheels.


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