Grandmother’s fabric sale 2016

The main area with tables of fabric - and a LOT of people!

The main area with tables of fabric – and a LOT of people!

In my earlier post I mentioned the grandmother’s fabric sale… well it’s almost here! For all of my local Calgary friends who have asked me to remind them when this sale is coming up – consider this your reminder!

This year the sale takes place at the Woodcliff United Church, 5010 Spruce Dr SW, Calgary, AB.  It starts 3:00 p.m. on April 15 (running until 7:30 p.m.) and repeats on April 16 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

My tips:

  • Bring lots of re-useable shopping bags
  • Bring a partner to shop with – one of you can stand in to pay while the other shops.
  • Leave the coffee cup, etc in the car – you’ll need both hands free to shop, and it gets really crowded in the church.
  • Poster for the event (direct link)

    Be prepared to stand in line for a while, and to park far away – wear good shoes!

  • Likewise, consider what you’re wearing… it can be cold in line outside, and then gets really hot in the crowded church.
  • Pay attention to what you really want, and go to those areas first. Magazines, patterns, etc are USUALLY (but not always)  upstairs, while everything else is downstairs – there are usually different rooms for quilting, notions, yarn/knitting, crafting, and fancy fabrics, as well as a separate room where they have full bolts of fabric.
  • Have fun, and know you’re spending money building your fabric/yarn stash for a great cause!

Read more about previous sales here.

The line up to get into the Grandmother's Fabric Sale - Friday at 4:00 p.m.

The line up to get into the Grandmother’s Fabric Sale on a previous year – Friday at 4:00 p.m.


Raid your fabric stash!

Just part of the line up to get into the 2015 Grandmother's fabric sale

Just part of the line up to get into the 2015 Grandmother’s fabric sale

It’s nearly time for the Ujamaa Grandma’s annual fabric and yarn sale again! They’re taking fabric, notions, patterns, yarn, knitting needles, etc… all leading up to the sale with funds going to the grandmother’s cause.

If you’re in Calgary, drop off your unused stash at the Woodcliff United Church, 5010 Spruce Dr SW, on April 13 & 14, 2016 between 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Want to learn more about the sale? Check out my previous posts here.



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

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:

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 – 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.