Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Chinese Puzzle Quilt for Christmas

I discovered a wonderful versatile project called the Chinese Puzzle Quilt. The recipe is simple, each block requires 5 - 5" squares. Four of the five assortment fabric prints are folded in half diagonally and are placed one at a time on the fifth unfolded square, basted in place one at a time. Below is a photo of my "Christmas" Chinese Puzzle Quilt.
There are several layout possibilities. I made a small pillow using this technique. A great project if you like to add dimesion and texture to your work. (Psst, I rate this project as "super easy" with stunning results
 Contact us if you would like the pattern. The cost is $11.00for the pattern or $50.00 for the kit tax & postage included.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Getting back to sewing this fall

Is it time to think about Christmas gifts to make this fall? We have more Christmas fabric lines at Carola's than we've ever had before! Below is a picture of a very popular Christmas Tree Skirt. We offer it as a pattern or kit. It is easy to make and a simple style for most tastes.

Below is a snapshot of some of our Christmas fabrics and two lines of Autumn themed fabrics too. Do you already have plenty of Christmas Fabrics? We just might have "the right" fabric that will help you pull your project together.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

The Travelling Bear

I would like you to meet Marion, visiting from Germany. Do you see who we are holding? That is Marion's Holiday Bear. She takes one of her handmade bears along on her world travels. Marion picked up some Canadian Maple Leaf fabric to make him a vest, I think. Marion will forward a picture as soon she has stitched it up. If you would like to see some of her other mohair bears:
Marion's website is
Thanks for stopping by Marion!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Block of the Month - All Cooped Up

We are starting a new Block of the Month Club. Designed by McKenna Ryan it is suitable for even the Art Quilter. Below are all nine blocks. Your options are endless, individual art quilts, tote bags, placemats, wall quilts, you decide. Each block measures 8" x 8"
The first block of the month called "Hit the Hay" is available immediately priced at $19.95

Please email or call us toll free to sign up for the whole series of nine blocks at 1-877-886-0033
Let us know any time if you would like us to set aside a finishing kit of additional fabrics for border, blocks and binding.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Tomato Pin Cushion

Until two years ago I was so proud of my good eye sight. I could easily read the needle size on the top of at sewing machine needle. No More!

This is where the tomato pin cushion come in. Have you noticed that a tomato pin cushion is divided into segments by green floss?
Take out your "ultra fine" permanent marker and mark each segment with the different needle sizes; 60,70,80,90 etc. sizes you most commonly use. Instead of returning a "used" sewing needle back into it's packet, place the needle in the appropriately marked segment of your tomato pin cushion. By the way, you should never return a used needle to it's original package because you don't want to mistakenly pull out what you think is a "new" needle only to discover it is dull or damaged.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Quilting on the Sunshine Coast of Canada

Hello everyone,
Today I am writing the very first message on our Blog from my Quilt Shop here in Gibsons BC.
We are busy getting ready for the 11th Annual Fibre Arts Festival August 19 - 21st
I will be teaching a hands-on Free Motion Quilting Clinic as well as manning our booth in the merchant mall.

My daughter Alaina has an extensive vintage toy sewing machine collection which will be on display during the Fibre Arts Festival at the Sunshine Coast Museum and Archives, 716 Winn, in Lower Gibsons starting this Saturday August 14th and at Carola's Quilt Shop 1161 Sunshine Coast Highway in Upper Gibsons.
Here is a sneak peak at her collection

I look forward to blogging about thread, what sewing machine needles and threads are best for different techniques and how to use your sewing machine's capabilities to add so much more to your work. What sewing machine needles and threads are best for different techniques.
Happy , Carola & Company