Satin Moon Peacock panels

Peacock panels from Satin Moon in Victoria, BC

Peacock panels from Satin Moon in Victoria, BC

A quick “shopping” / stash post to share with you… from the Satin Moon Quilt Shop in Victoria, BC.
I bought two of them with the hopes that they would work well on an Art Nouveau-style of coat or jacket… Right now they’re just in my stash, waiting for me to be inspired and use them…

Do you ever just buy things that are beautiful…without necessarily knowing how you’ll use them?

I’ve tried to stop… but every now and then I’m inspired.

This panel isn’t on the Satin Moon Quilt Shop website right now.. but if you’re in Victoria, I recommend checking them out.

Satin Moon Quilted Garden
825 Fort Street
V8W 1H6 Victoria, B.C. CANADA
(250)383-4023

http://www.satin-moon.com/

Creative Stitches 2014

Some of the fabric I purchased at the 2012 sewing show

Some of the fabric I purchased at the 2012 sewing show

Earlier today I was responding to a post on Facebook, and it reminded me of the Sewing trade show that comes through Calgary once a year – the Creative Stitches & Crafting Alive show. A quick Google search later, and it turns out the event is at the end of this month! (There’s also a show this weekend in Edmonton for readers in our province’s capital.)

Learn more about the shows by visiting their website: http://creativestitchesshow.com/alberta-shows/

Calgary show
September 26-27, 2014
Friday 9am – 6pm
Saturday 9am – 5pm

Last year I was astonished at the lack of advertising, and although I’ve received emails from a few different sewing/fabric/crafting places in the past week or two, none of them included anything about the show – I have yet to hear anything about the show for this year – so I suspect they might be significantly reducing the advertising for the show yet again.

This year’s show is also being held in a new location – Spruce Meadows which raises another challenge for some attendees – the previous location was on a C-Train (light rail transit) route. Calgary Transit doesn’t go to to Spruce Meadows; those of us who rely heavily on transit will have to walk from the nearest C-Train station for over an hour, take a cab, or take a second bus followed by a 50 minute walk. None of these are really good options. When there are major activities at Spruce Meadows, often shuttles are set up, though I don’t know if the same will be done for this trade show… I have sent a few emails inquiring – none of the websites address this transportation issue.

With this in mind, I suspect the show might be a bit smaller again this year, but I figure I’ll try to go anyways. There are only two classes that interest me, and I’m shocked at how many classes they’re now offering with a (frequently very steep!) fee to attend. Since previously all of the classes were held in curtained areas, and were often hard to hear – I can’t say that paying $60.00 for a 3-hour class is something I’d see a lot of value in. Most of the classes are also about 30% content and about 70% advertising for the presenter’s booth or shop (or both), so that brings the value down a lot as far as I’m concerned as well.  If anyone attends any of the paid workshops, please leave a comment with your impressions!

So.. consider this a bit of a heads-up to the readers who didn’t know about the show at all, and a heads-up for anyone interested in attending. Hopefully it will be an improvement over last year.

You can read about the 2013 show here.

You can read about the 2012 show here.

Visiting http://creativestitchesshow.com/alberta-shows/ – clicking the image will bring up the run-book with class descriptions and a time-table, but just a warning… it wouldn’t open on Internet Explorer for me, crashed my Firefox, and would only print using Google Chrome as a browser.. so be patient!

Some of the cool quilts from the 2012 show:


Want some other impressions? Liz Africa from Janome Life has a post promoting the show, as well as an exact copy of the post on the blog Elan Life.

Out of Hand

Out of Hand in South West Calgary

Out of Hand in South West Calgary

I’ve been past Out of Hand, located in Lakeview shopping centre, a few times, but always thought that it was a tailoring or alterations shop. I walked passed a week or so ago, and realized that it’s actually a hand-sewing and quilting shop. I was quite interested in seeing some of the unique products they had, so popped out my iPhone for some quick (and sometimes a little blurry – oops!) photos.

Ribbon trim

Silk ribbons at Out of Hand

Silk ribbons at Out of Hand

Above I photographed a really nice selection of silk ribbon including beautiful gradient ribbons.  If I want to make ribbon flowers, I bet these would be wonderful for that purpose.

Blurry iPhone photo of rose-ribbon and spiked trim at Out of Hand

Blurry iPhone photo of rose-ribbon and spiked trim at Out of Hand

This second photo is the blurry one – but I thought that the spiked trim was really cool, and I could definitly see myself using it. They also had a small stock of that pretty ribbon rose trim – I bought some of this a while back, but haven’t used it yet.

A small selection of buttons

The shop also had a small selection of buttons – including loads of gorgeous rhinestone buttons.  I didn’t check out the prices of the buttons though – some of these I bet are really pricey!

Buttons at Out of Hand

Buttons at Out of Hand

Closer photo (and a little blurry) of some of the buttons above along with a further (and more clear!) photo of some of the other buttons below. This only represents about 1/6th of the buttons they had.  I love the black rhinestone buttons  above, and the clear rhinestone buttons below. I’ve bought some similar kinds recently for another project, but it’s nice to know about this selection as well.

Out of Hand also has a nice selection of extra-large buttons that I think would be great on chunky hand-knit items. (I don’t recall seeing yarn mind you.)

Buttons at Out of Hand

Buttons at Out of Hand

 

Teddy bear & stuffed animal supplies

Fur for teddy bears and other stuffed animals

Fur for teddy bears and other stuffed animals

I’m not especially interested in making teddy bears and other stuffed animals, but sometimes I’ve found finding these kinds of items a bit difficult, so I wanted to make a note of this as well. Shown above is a sampling of some of their fur fabrics.

…and then an interruption

I had been really excited to find the shop, make a few notes, and take few photos of the unique items they had at Out of Hand. One of the staff people had seen me taking a few discreet photos (I’m careful not to get people in the shots as much as possible) but then another shop clerk came by and let me know that they didn’t like photos in the shop. I’m not quite sure why, as she was quite brisk and didn’t invite conversation on the issue. It could be that she didn’t want people comparing prices or knocking off ready-made items? Not sure… So, unfortunately the other noteworthy items I can only tell you about, instead of sharing by photos.

  • Tiny little charms – kittens, puppies, crowns and more. I think these would be cute for Victorian Crazy Quilts or charm bracelets.
  • They had a small but interesting supply of dupioni silk, but their prices were quite a bit higher than the other places I usually get silk from – they were asking $29.50/meter!
  • They had yardage covered in feathers – so unusual!
  • Their quick bias (for stained glass quilts) was also quite expensive – they were asking $19.50 for 11 yards – I’ve bought the same stuff for $5.00 for 11 yards in Vancouver.
  • They had some super-cute laminated cotton (including an adorable black, white, and red Scotty dog print) that would be perfect for rain coats or waterproof totes. This was also expensive I thought, at $28.50/meter, but honestly I see this fabric so rarely, that I don’t have much to compare it to! I’ve seen it in a really tiny quilt shop in BC, and at a quilt shop on MacLeod Trail, but in both locations the selection was minimal.

Have you been there?

Have you visited Out of Hand? What did you think of the little shop? Let me know in the comments below! You can find them here:

Out of Hand
12-6449 Crowchild Trail SW
Calgary, Alberta
CANADA T3E 5R7
toll-free: (888) 263-3353
phone: (403) 217-4871
fax: (403) 249-1778

Dachshund tunnel bed

On Facebook I’m part of a group devoted to people who are devoted to their dachshunds, and a while ago a fellow member posted about a bed with an attached blanket which created a bit of a cave for her dogs.  Dachshunds love to dig and tunnel, and one of mine seems especially keen on burying himself in blankets, with just his tail sticking out.

One of my dogs showing off his new bed while his brother looks on!

One of my dogs showing off his new bed while his brother looks on!

When I got a new pillow, I decided to make a similar kind of ‘tunnel bed’ for my dogs, mostly so I could have a little bed near my computer when I work.  (Of course, they still have their bedroom beds too! Spoiled dogs!)

It’s basically just a zippered pillowcase, with a lined blanket over top, and stitched down in the side seams.  The top blanket isn’t as tall as the pillowcase, but much wider, allowing for more wiggle room underneath.  I used quilting flannel (flannelette) leftover from the dog blankets I made last year for gifts, and from a quilt I’m making for myself as well! The pillow slips into the zippered pillowcase, but can come out easily for laundering.

One of my dogs showing off his new bed while his brother looks on!

One of my dogs showing off his new bed while his brother looks on!

Migrating purple geese quilt

"Migrating Flying Geese" quilt top in purples, pinks, and greys from the Jelly Roll fabric selection

“Migrating Flying Geese” quilt top in purples, pinks, and greys from the Jelly Roll fabric selection

After getting well under way with the Modified French Braid quilt, I started work on the quilt using the purples and dark pinks from the Moda Jelly Rolls that I had picked up.

Like the other quilt, I got my pattern/idea from Pinterest, rather than going back to the Jelly Roll ideas I had pondered back in December 2011 when I first was interested in Jelly Roll fabric collections. Of course, the problem with just looking at pretty pictures instead of actual quilt patterns, is that I don’t really know the names of any of the patterns, or have any of the techniques – so I sort of have to make them up myself!

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