Monthly Archives: October 2016

MONDAY ! REVIEW Free Motion Quilting Tutorials for Beginners

As I’ve been reviewing resources for quilting, I’ve become more and more intrigued by art quilts and other uses of free motion quilting. I went out and got a free motion foot for my Husqvarna and like most everything, decided I could learn without reading a single instruction. Can you tell I’m of the ‘trial and error’ method of learning? Needless to say, it went badly. LOL

Vanessa, The Crafty Gemini in the 6th Free Motion Tutorial

Vanessa, The Crafty Gemini in the 6th Free Motion Tutorial

So, I decided I needed to learn more about the technique. In my search for material, I came across a six-part online tutorial on Free Motion Quilting given by Vanessa of The Crafty Gemini.  Vanessa is delightful and her instructions are clear and very easy to follow. The filming is clear and well produced and she shows lots of close-ups of the work.

Video 1, gives information on settings for free motion quilting and is very specific. You can start the viewing here. I would definitely recommend watching these six videos in order.

Video 2, entitled, “Beginner Exercises” starts by showing you how to use a fabric/quilt ‘sandwich’ from two fat quarters and a layer of batting for your practice.  Vanessa also demonstrates how to start and stop your line of stitching to make the cleanest possible finish on your project. You can view this video here.

Video 3, “Straight Stitch Exercises” demonstrates exactly that. View here.

Video 4, “Practice Designs for Straight Lines” expands on what you learned in Video 3. See Video 4 here.

Video 5, “Stippling and Meandering Stitches” obviously teaches you about using stippling. Vanessa shows three different sizes of stippling and gives instructions on how to adjust your machine speed to accommodate the different sizes of shapes. See it here.

Video 6, “Practicing Curvey Stitches” builds on the learning in Video 5. Vanessa shows alternate ways to move fabric through your machine and offers tips about how to get the effect you want. You can view it here.

Who would enjoy these tutorials?
They are not for the advanced free motion quilter. They are definitely for beginners and for novices who want to improve their technique.

Upsides:
Vanessa is delightful, clear and the videos are professionally done without becoming too slick.

Downsides:
The only one I can think of is that I enjoyed them so much that when I’d viewed all six, I wished there were more.

Where to find them:
I’ve given the direct links to them above. You can also go to Vanessa’s website at http://craftygemini.com/ to learn more about her other tutorials and paid options. If you love crafts, you’ll find something there to enjoy.

Happy Quilting!

FRIDAY ! FREEBIES: Four Pumpkins and a Ghost

Today’s FRIDAY ! FREEBIES include some pumpkin patterns and a couple of ghosts. I know it’s a bit late for Halloween but these don’t take too long, especially the pumpkin potholders so let’s start with them.

Pumpkin Potholders
I’ve been experimenting with some Moda coordinated fabrics. I’ve done a few projects with these and will show more of them later.

Pumpkin Potholders two ways from Moda fabric

Pumpkin Potholders two ways from Moda fabric

You’ll see that in one set, I used a overcast stitch to finish them. I had planned to use bias tape but getting it around all those curves seemed overwhelming. I used the bias tape for the handle (6″). In my second try, I stitched  wrong sides together.

Here are some images of the steps I took with these. You can download the pattern here.

A version of the transfer pen I use is available on amazon.ca.

 

Strips of Moda fabrics sewn together.

Strips of Moda fabrics sewn together.

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Pin the pattern on the strips of Moda fabric or fabric of your choice.

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Tab stitched on the right side of the top in the second option

Blue line indicates space to leave open for turning.

Blue line indicates space to leave open for turning.

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Trim the padding to within an inch of it’s life. Turn and top stitch.

After turning and top stitching, or simply stitching around the edge, use a plain quilting stitch – I used my walking foot – to stitch the lines in the pattern. You can transfer them to the fabric using an iron-on transfer pen, tracing paper or draw with chalk.

Closeup of top stitching

Close up of top stitching

 

Pumpkin Pillow
This one is quite a bit more complicated. I will be detailing the layer, stitch and cut method in a later post. I used ideas I got from the video of Beryl Taylor (she’s obviously much more experienced than I am) and create a four-layered pumpkin and decided to feature it on a decorative cushion. You’ll see pins in my pillow because it’s not quite finished but I did want to show it as a pumpkin option.

Pumpkin Pillow

Pumpkin Pillow

Perhaps you can see the layering in this image.

Perhaps you can see the layering in this image.

I used a fusible web to applique the pumpkin and the stem to the pillow fabric and then used a variety of decorative stitches to secure it to the background fabric. if you have a sewing machine that does text, it might be fun to add a few words to the image.

You can download the pumpkin pattern here. The background fabric is cut 16″ X 16″ but that can vary depending on the size of your pillow.

Pumpkin Placemat
Another way to use the pattern for the pumpkin, is to create a placemat for it. However, in this one, I’m using Pentel fabric pastels. There’s really no reason you cannot use fabric for the same design. For the placemat, you will need, in addition to the pumpkin pattern above, the leaf pattern, the Halloween text pattern and the spider web pattern. Download leaves here. Download Halloween text here. Download spider web here.

Placemat, approx. 18" x 13"

Placemat, approx. 18″ x 13″

The pictures below illustrate some of the steps in the process.

Use a transfer pen to iron on the design. Alternatively, use your tracing paper.

Use a transfer pen to iron on the design. Alternatively, use your tracing paper.

Iron on the design.

Iron on the design. Do these same two steps with the text and the pumpkin.

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Sketched out cobweb using chalk pencil.

Sketched out cobweb using chalk pencil.

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Outlined all the items on the place mat. I used a wider stitch on the pumpkin as I wanted to emphasize it.

Details

Details

 

Now the promised ghost(s)
I believe that’s actually five pumpkins (if you count the potholders as three rather than two different designs but who’s counting???) I was thinking of ideas of fun things you could do with kids or grandkids. I came up with these two versions of the ghost placemat. The first one is a standard size and uses the Pentel fabric pastels I used above along with a bit of rough and ready embroidery. I haven’t done any in years so it is very basic. You can download the ghost and gravestone pattern here.

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Let the kids draw their own and even put their name on it. You can then quilt accordingly and finish the edges with bias binding, or, if you’re in a real hurry or have a lot of grandkids, use an overlock stitch or your serger.

By the way, fabric pastels need to be heat set and even then I did not find them holding up to well in the wash. Either make this a one use item or top stitch along the outline to make it more permanent.

For those of you who have fabric and no pastels, the second version of the ghost. This place mat was cut a bit smaller, about 11″ X 16″. You can use the same pattern download as for the place mat above.

All fabric ghost mat.

All fabric ghost mat.

Those of you who know Gail and Alvina will know that they are much more careful and accurate at sewing than I am. I like the to come up with the ideas. I used a button-hole type stitch to do the letters and an overlock stitch to outline the ghost and gravestone. I think this would benefit from some embroidery stitching around the eyes. I used a fusible web to applique the ghost, gravestone and tiny pumpkins. I finished the placemat with bias binding but you could also do a serger-type edge. For all of these I used a fusible fleece by Pellon.

Happy Creating! Share your results on our Facebook page. We’d love to see what you’ve done.

 

 

 

Bird Watching for Quilters; We Have Birds!

Today’s post is about birds, at least about birds in relation to quilting. We have some attractive and fun ‘bird’ fabrics and patterns in store.  First let’s look at a couple of patterns and kits.

Branch Buddies Kit
Perfect for child or baby’s room. Not too large and just loveable.

Adorable Branch Buddies

Adorable Branch Buddies Kit – available in store.


Cheep Talk Pattern

Finished size is about 18″ X 18″ and you can make it as colorful or quiet as you want. This is a fairly quick project that would make a nice cushion cover, wall hanging or gift.

Birds on a Branch - Pattern

Cheep Talk – Pattern

Tom Whitney’s Great Blue Heron Kit
Tom Whitney’s Great Blue Heron Kit comes with all of the fabric to make the wall hanging. Batting and backing required. The finished size is 11.5″ X 25.5″. You can view it and order it on our website at:

http://quiltingcanada.ca/products/great-blue-heron-kit-or-pattern

Great Blue Heron Kit

Great Blue Heron Kit

Ornamental Rooster
Many years ago, I visited Bali and was surprised to see in the village where I stayed for several months, Ubud, that many men kept pet roosters. You would often see the men carrying the roosters around in the street, stroking their heads and generally enjoying their company. Unlike our standard North American roosters, they came in many colorful breeds. If you can’t get to Bali just now, we have this attractive rooster pattern or kit in store.  If you can’t visit the store, call us at 250 586-1050 to ask about it.

Rooster - available in kit or pattern only.

Rooster – available in kit or pattern only.

There are lots of bird fabrics also. Take a look at what we have below:

Batik by Hoffman
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Warm Wishes  by Hoffman Fabrics
You may not realize that most fabric designers NEVER repeat their designs. Once they’re gone, they’re gone. There is one exception, this beautiful Cardinal called “Warm Wishes” offered each year by Hoffman Fabrics. I’m sure that gives you an idea of just how popular it is. We currently have it in stock.

Warm Wishes by Hoffman Fabrics

Warm Wishes by Hoffman Fabrics

 

And finally, Flock by Michael Miller

Flock by Michael Miller

Flock by Michael Miller

And just for fun, a photo of a parrot (or bird of your imagining) pin cushion. Wouldn’t this brighten up your sewing room?

Bird Pin Cushion

Bird Pin Cushion

 

MONDAY ! REVIEW – fresh quilting by Malka Dubrawsky

Good MONDAY ! REVIEWS  morning everyone.  Today I’m reviewing fresh quilting by Malka Dubrawsky, published by Interweave (2010).It’s a very attractive book with excellent illustrations.

fresh quilting, Fearless Color, Design & Inspiration by Malka Dubrawsky

fresh quilting, Fearless Color, Design & Inspiration by Malka Dubrawsky

What is covered in the book?
The first chapter on materials and tools will be more useful to a novice than to an experienced quilter but is still valuable. The second chapter on essential techniques for patchwork, quilting and finishing will be a good refresher or guide for both experienced and beginning quilters.  Malka covers preparing fabric, cutting and types of stitching. By the third chapter she starts presenting her projects. What projects are presented? The projects are divided into two main categories, patchwork projects for home, family and friends and fresh quilts for wall, bed and baby. Projects vary from pot holders to nine-patch kitchen curtains, a mix-it-up patchwork scarf. Some great gift ideas here. In the second section, Malka offers a modern take on a baby quilt, a picnic quilt and several other unique designs.

 

Needle Cover

Needle Cover

Who would enjoy this book?
I think this book would be good for the intermediate or advanced quilter who wants to do more of their own creations and is leaning towards a modern style. Although instructions are quite detailed, a person who has never sewn before would find some of the projects difficult. That said, a beginner might get inspired to be creative and, as Malka herself said, “My best piece of crafting advice came from a wiser and more experienced crafter friend, as I was struggling to understand a pattern, worrying that I hadn’t interpreted the instructions properly. I asked for advice and she said that if I didn’t understand the directions, I should just wing it.”

Baby Book Crib Bumper

Baby Book Crib Bumper

Upsides:
Contains many beautiful, fairly fast projects that will make lovely home décor pieces or gifts. Might be worth looking at for ideas for Christmas gifts. There is nothing like a stylish hand-crafted gift.

Downsides:
There are drawings of designs but no full-size patterns.

Where to get it?
It is available through Interweave in digital download. http://www.interweavestore.com/fresh-quilting-ebook as both Kindle and paperback editions via amazon.ca and through the Vancouver Island Regional Library.

Details of the book:
Publisher: Interweave
Language: English
ISBN-13: 9781596682351

 

 

 

FRIDAY ! FREEBIES – Trees and more trees

Today’s FRIDAY ! FREEBIES are a selection of patterns and tutorials for making trees.

I like to have a theme for each Friday’s Freebies and this week I’m choosing trees. Now, a lot of these relate to Christmas but much of that is related to choice of fabric and color. If you choose something that does not include forest green or bright red, you can adapt these to other seasons. Light green and white and pink for spring, rust, gold, yellow and red for autumn.

tree8_farmThe Happy Trees mini quilt tutorial by Jacey at .Jaceycraft. These almost look like mini sale boats. Again, color choice could make it something for more than Christmas. You can view the instructions with explanatory photos included. However, I think unless you’ve done at least some quilting, the instructions leave out too many steps for a beginner. http://jaceycraft.blogspot.ca/2012/11/hcb-happy-trees-mini-quilt.html

 


 tree1Fons and Porter offers a free tree quilt pattern. You can download it here. Depending on your choice of fabrics, you can make it very ‘hip’ or quite traditional.  http://www.fonsandporter.com/wp-content/uploads/FP-A-2412_SSJohnsQuilt.pdf

 

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Tree block from Craft Passion

Craft Passion has a very basic tree design with very detailed instructions. In the photo here you can see how that simple tree can become something quite special when combined with other elements. View the pattern and instructions here. http://www.craftpassion.com/2013/01/tree-quilt-block-pattern.html/2

 

tree3Moda Fabrics/United Notions, has an attractive Tree Farm Quilt pattern available here http://www.unitednotions.com/fp_tole-christmas.pdf

tree4Amy Smart of Diary of a Quilter has a pattern that is similar to the one above. Her instructions are carefully photographed and presented in a way to make it easy for almost any quilter to follow. You can see the full tutorial here, http://www.diaryofaquilter.com/2014/11/patchwork-tree-quilt-block-tutorial.html

 

 

tree10From craftsy.com, a very different tree pattern, and it’s free. You just need to have a Craftsy account. You can download it here. https://www.craftsy.com/quilting/patterns/aspen-grove-forest-qal-block-3/148527

For inspiration only, the following is not available free.

tree6I love this Duluth Trees from Frieda of FrieStyle Designs, for craftsy.com. It’s available for download for $13.99 CND here. https://www.craftsy.com/quilting/patterns/duluth-trees/144208

Around the Shop – A Sweet Pea Quilting Day

 

Welcome to Sweet Pea Quilting in Parksville, BC

Welcome to Sweet Pea Quilting in Parksville, BC

Today I want to give those of you who can’t get into the store a little tour of our day here at Sweet Pea Quilting. The minute you drive up, there’ll be a warm welcome for you.

View from the front door of Sweet Pea - Can you see Alvina way in the back working?

View from the front door of Sweet Pea – Can you see Alvina way in the back working?

I’m not sure where Spicey got to. He’s usually here to meet me. Perhaps it’s his nap time.

 

Our beloved Spicey

Our beloved Spicey

Inspiration awaits the moment you start wandering around the store. It’s such a happy place to be. Here are some samples of what you’ll see.

toys fishsticks animalsAnd fabrics and bags and more…..

fabric1 bag2 bag1And then Alvina might be working on a quilt on our Long Arm Quilting Machine….it’s big! Here she is doing some free motion quilting on a small wall hanging of two birds on a branch.

Free Motion Quilting

Free Motion Quilting

And when she’s not doing that, or chatting with  customers, she’s busy making samples. Here she shows the fabric and charm pack she’s using for a baby quilt.

alvina1Come in when you can. We’d love to see you.

MONDAY ! REVIEW – Quilting Arts TV Series 700 DVD

 

quiltingarttv_700_coverGood MONDAY ! REVIEWS  morning everyone. Today I’m going to review a DVD from Quilting Arts TV.  This particular DVD covers Series 700, episodes 1 – 13, all hosted by Pokey Bolton.  For those of you who are not familiar with the program, according to the online introduction “Quilting Arts TV is a national PBS television program hosted by Quilting Arts Magazine’s founder, Pokey Bolton. Offering something for everyone who loves quilting, the show is where art and embellishment meet traditional quilt making.”

I checked out the local PBS channel and I could not find the program. Perhaps it is no longer being shown. If someone knows where to see it, perhaps they could add that info to the comment section of this post. We’d appreciate it.

What is covered in the episodes?
Projects include a messenger bag that features fused appliqué and stitch; place mats; an apron; a colorful scarf; a fabric collaged/painted canvas tote; and for pets: a doggie bed, a dog jacket, and pet portraits.  What I thought most useful were three very practical segments; one that gave very clear instructions for shipping quilts to avoid damage, a second that talked about how to created ‘frames’ for your quilts, especially ones for hanging and finally, an segment on sewing a perfect hanging sleeve that will allow your art piece to hang, without distortion, on a wall.

Doggie bed segment, Episode 710, with Susan Brubaker Knapp

Doggie bed segment, Episode 710, with Susan Brubaker Knapp



Whose work is presented?

Host Pokey Bolton and Jean Wells on set in segment, Episode 701, on how to ‘frame’ a quilt.

Host Pokey Bolton and Jean Wells on set in segment, Episode 701, on how to ‘frame’ a quilt.

Artists who appear on the show in this series include Deidre Adams, Shelley Brenner Baird, Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, Mary Jane Butler, Malka Dubrawsky, Jamie Fingal, Victoria Gertenbach, Dianne Giancola, Candy Glendening, Kerr Grabowski, Mary Hettmansperger, Leslie Tucker Jenison, Susan Brubaker Knapp, Jeannie Palmer Moore, Judy Coates Perez, Beryl Taylor, Jean Wells, Valori Wells, and many more.

 

 

 

Who would enjoy this DVD?
Some projects are complicated and some are simpler and would be suitable for beginners. If you’re looking for inspiration, there’s enough here to have to trying new techniques for months is not years. Some of the work crosses the line between quilting and fibre art.

Upsides:
Fun to watch. Each episode moves quickly and you don’t have time to become bored.

Downsides:
Sometimes the episodes go so quickly that they cannot really be followed. However, the good thing is that most of the projects are available for downloading at:
: http://www.quiltingdaily.com/quilting-arts-tv-series-700 and http://www.quiltingdaily.com/tag/qatv-series-700-projects

Where to get it:
On Interweave
 the DVD is available for the sale price of $10 (http://www.interweavestore.com/quilting-arts-tv-series-700). I also found it at my local library. I could not find it online at the Vancouver Island Regional Library but with the ISBN details you may be able to get it through an inter-library loan. There are also numerous video clips of the show’s episodes on youtube.com. Just search for “quilting arts tv”.

Details of the DVD:
Publisher: Interview.com
Language: English
ISBN-13: 9781596683969

FRIDAY ! FREEBIES Halloween Sewing Projects

Today’s FRIDAY ! FREEBIES  are all about Halloween. None of these projects is so difficult or so time consuming that you cannot finish them before Halloween. Some will give you pleasure directly and some will please you when you give them as gifts to the little ones or other friends and relatives.

There are lots of free Halloween Costume patterns, including some at the sites I’ve listed below. However, I thought that more interesting for quilters would be things they themselves could use or give away. Enjoy these and let us know how you like them and also, if you try any of them, please don’t hesitate to post them on our Facebook page.

 1.       So-sew-easy.com: http://so-sew-easy.com/free-patterns-halloween-costumes-sew/

Halloween Scrapped Pillow

Halloween Scrapped Pillow

Striped pieced pillows. This is a lightly illustrated tutorial but anyone who has quilting experience should not have a problem following it. Also, I think it could be done in almost any color combination for daily use or other special occasions. http://sew.guru/7osus#http://7layerstudio.typepad.com/7_layer_studio/2011/09/scrap-busting-strip-pieced-pillows-tutorial.

Tiny Treats Bag

Tiny Treats Bag

Tiny Treat Bags – very cute. See here. http://sew.guru/qjn7j#http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/bags-pillows-gifts/bags-and-purses/tiny-treats. You can download the project here…. http://sew.guru/qjn7j#http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/bags-pillows-gifts/bags-and-purses/tiny-treats but first you need to log in or register.

2.       All Free Sewing Halloween Projects http://www.allfreesewing.com/Halloween-Projects

Football Fun Pumpkins

Football Fun Pumpkins

Football Pumpkin Fun http://www.allfreesewing.com/Halloween-Projects Project tutorial is found on a blog by Lisa at http://team-t-adventures.blogspot.ca/2010/09/football-pumpkin-fun.html

3.       The Polka Dot Chair http://www.polkadotchair.com/2013/09/25-halloween-sewing-ideas.html

Scrap Table Runner for Halloween

Scrap Table Runner for Halloween

Melissa at Polka Dot Chair used Amy’s tutorial at http://www.diaryofaquilter.com/2010/08/table-runner-tutorial.html to create this colorful Halloween Table Runner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That's my Letter Bag

That’s my Letter Bag

4. That’s My Letter Halloween Bag http://thatsmyletter.blogspot.ca/2011/10/p-is-for-party.html This is a riff on her pumpkin bag tutorial available here: http://thatsmyletter.blogspot.ca/2011/09/t-is-for-treat.html

Cat Pencil Toppers

Cat Pencil Toppers

 

5. All People Quilt – Cat Pencil Toppers http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/holiday-quilts/halloween/cat-pencil-toppers

Is Black and White the new Black?

I know. It’s a ridiculous question but you always hear fashion magazines saying something like, “Beige is the new black”, or “orange is the new black”. Oh right, that’s the name of a television show about prison.

When Alvina and I were at Trend-Tex Fabrics Ltd. a couple of weeks ago, we wanted to gather up a collection of black and white fabrics. In the following photos you’ll see a lot of what we have in store in the black and white range.

Any thoughts on how to use these? If you have an idea, be sure to post it on our Facebook page.

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Come in and enjoy the new black. Black and white looks great with a one solid color accent; try red, yellow, orange, bright green or royal blue.

Happy Quilting!

 

 

 

A Day in the Life (of a quilt store owner)

 

Owning a quilting store has some obvious advantages. Where else can you feast your eyes all day long on fabulous fabrics and chat about your favorite hobby with all sorts of other interesting and interested people? But what does one day in the life of this particular quilt store owner entail?

And we're only part way through.....

And we’re only part way through…..

Well, a couple of weeks ago it was a day to travel from Vancouver Island to the mainland to visit Trend-Tex Fabrics Ltd, wholesaler of many popular lines such as Benartex, Cotton + Steel, Hoffman, Michael Miller, Moda, RJR Fabrics, Stof. Most orders are given to the sales reps when they visit but once every few months Alvina likes to visit the warehouse and see what else is available and fill up any holes in the stock.

So, today starts super early.  Anyone who lives on Vancouver Island knows that if you don’t catch the first ferry, you are late all the rest of the day. Fortunately we are traveling on a Thursday that is NOT a long weekend.

Alvina picking up Radiance, literally in the dark!

Alvina picking up Radiance, literally in the dark!

That 5:00 A.M. cup of tea.

That 5:00 A.M. cup of tea.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Waking up at 10 to 5 is painful but that first cup of milky tea helps. Alvina picks up her web assistant in the pitch dark and cold (that’s me). The car has Spicey the dog ready to give a warm greeting and relinquish his front seat to Radiance. Thanks Spicey!

It is just dawn as we arrive at the ferry terminal (inset ferry) and we relax in the car before getting another cup of tea.

Alvina as dawn breaks on the ferry.

Alvina as dawn breaks on the ferry.

A slightly rainy day outside Trend-Tex Fabrics Inc.

A slightly rainy day outside Trend-Tex Fabrics Inc.

The scenery is beautiful as ever and the crossing was easy and on time. We head out to Port Coquitlam.  A quick visit to the drive through for coffee (Alvina) and tea and a bagel (me) and we’re ready to go.

One of the quilts that captures our attention.

One of the quilts that captures our attention.

The setting is lovely with grass and trees  but WOW! We enter the lobby and see several examples of colorful quilts decorating the offices. (photos) I’m excited already and we haven’t even reached the warehouse where all the fabrics are.

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Alvina with Matt, owner of Trend-Tex Fabrics Ltd.

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Matt and helpful staff.

Alvina checks in to see how her current orders are faring and then we get a cart (more like a land based barge) and scout the isles for new and interesting fabrics.  I’m like the proverbial kid in the candy store. Alvina, having the wiser business head, selects carefully. One big downfall of some store owners is simply buying what they like and not considering their clients likes and dislikes. This can be a real problem. Alvina, having been in the business for years, has a pretty good idea of what will appeal to her customers. If I had my way, we’d have one of everything.

I take charge of the barge/cart and follow Alvina around (see photo) and try not to pick up every bolt in sight. It’s harrrrdddd!  We spend several hours in this wonderful way. Alvina kindly lets me have an opinion but fortunately, me being a web designer, does not take my opinions too seriously. LOL

Laser Cut Kit

Laser Cut Kit

Along the way we look at patterns and kits to see if there’s something new. Alvina selects some kits of a raccoon in batik called the Hoffman Wild 1 Treetop Raccoon Laser Cut Kit. The pattern includes exact layout, just start layering and stitching! Kit includes pattern, fabrics for front and binding. Finished size: 20″ x 30″  These were in a limited edition so they are becoming quite rare. Get one while they last.

Aisles of fabrics at Trend-Tex Fabrics Ltd.

Aisles of fabrics at Trend-Tex Fabrics Ltd.

Now to tally up and pay. All bolts are laid on the cart, one end out and labels clearly visible to make scanning quicker.  (By now I am quite happy to let go of the cart – it is pretty heavy at this point. At least I feel I’m getting my exercise for the day.)

We meet up with Joe who starts to find out which bolts are for sale (some are the last or already spoken for). We are disappointed about a few of the black and white fabrics. We’ve been on a particular hunt for them and some of them are not available. Oh well. There are still lots and lots.

Joe adding up our order.

Joe adding up our order

That all takes a while and I can’t resist wandering a bit more and taking photos of all sorts of luscious fabrics. “Look but don’t touch!” I remind myself.

12trunkAlvina, being the smart one, has parked the car right by the loading bay and we are able to very easily load up the trunk. Once we’ve done that, I wait in the car with Spicey who seems fairly happy to see me except for having to give up his seat again. (pic of me and Spicey) We sort our things out and head back to Vancouver (for me) and back to the Island for Alvina. She’s home just about 12 hours after leaving in the morning with lots of lovely new things for her customers. Tomorrow is another day that starts about 6:00 a.m.

Who's the cute one here? Me and Spicey wait in the car - the work is done.

Who’s the cute one here? Me and Spicey wait in the car – the work is done.