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Sweet Jane Fabric Giveaway

15 Oct

Hello Quilters!

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Too many of us have been affected or know someone who has been affected by this disease. I found this great site that has everything you need to know about breast cancer. It is so important to perform regular breast self exams! http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-cancer-symptoms-and-signs

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Sweet Jane is Northcott’s latest Quest for a Cure collection. It was created by Deborah Edwards in honour of Jane Spolar, one of Northcott’s designers currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer. Northcott is donating a portion of the purchase price to breast cancer research for every metre/yard of Sweet Jane that is sold.

Plus there are two FREE patterns you can download for this collection:

WeavingHopeWeaving Hope by Jane Spolar
Visit Jane’s web site www.quiltpoetry.com
*It’s on the home page, you have to scroll down a bit to get to it

Stacks of Support by Patti Carey (free download)Stacks of Support by me, here is the link
http://www.northcott.com/?sid=3&layout=2col&content=pattern_details&pid=1379&fabid=1&colid=583

Oh yes the giveaway!
Prize
Please post a comment telling me who the sweetest person in your life is and why. Example: The sweetest person in my life is my husband, because he never complains that I quilt too much and he supports my love for the craft!
Your comment counts as an entry. I will draw two lucky winners at the end of October. Each will win a fat quarter bundle of the Sweet Jane collection. Good Luck everyone!

Cheers,

Patti

A gesture of kindness to victims in Japan

20 May

When Northcott began accepting donations and offered to transport your quilt donations to Japan, we had no idea how heart-warmingly generous you would be. I mean, we knew we would have dozens, even hundreds of quilts…but here we are at over 1,500 quilts made by YOU! Wow, it is truly breathtaking to stand back and look at 1,500 quilts all stacked in one place. The countless hours invested in each one, the devotion and care that went into each stitch and seam, the careful placement of colour and design. It was hard not to get choked up just assembling the (many) stacks for our photo shoot! There are so many beautiful quilts. Cathy Miller says it best:

“May this quilt keep you safe from harm
May it be your good luck charm
I do not know your name or the mountains you face
What you hold in your arms is a quilter’s embrace”

While the photos don’t do it justice, it is at least something we can share back with all those who donated a quilt. In some cases many quilts. If you have ever felt like contributing just one thing doesn’t make a difference, have a look at what happens when 1,500 of you said I CAN make a difference. Each quilt received will be a blanket of love that someone will cherish for years to come. When tragedy strikes, it is sometimes the simple kindness of others that can be the hope that’s enough to make it through.

Today our staff has packed up the last of the remaining quilts. We will be shipping out the many boxes in short order. In addition to those already  mentioned in earlier posts, we would like to recognize the following contributors of quilts or supplies that will be packed and sent to Japan. If your name has been left off of this list, we sincerely apologize. Your quilt was not missed in the final packing.

• Castilleja Cotton, Calgary, AB

• Keepsake Quilters Guild, Sicamous, BC

• Brampton Quilt Guild

• Hilltop Quilters Guild, Hamilton, ON

• Marion MacGowan

• Cookstown (Country Cove), Kingston, ON

• Ionne McCauley, BC

• Candy Mullins, Mississauga Quilters Guild

• Jeff of Evelyn’s Sewing Centre

• Bev Smith, Warm ‘n’ Cozy

• Mayflower Quilter’s Guild

• Jannette Binder, Strathroy

• G. Bleakney, QC

• Louise Nykifourk

• Susan Cameron, Rouge Valley, QC

• So Creative, Strathroy, ON

• Cini of Cindy Bee’s, Espanola – Sudbury – Manitoulin

• The Piecemaker’s Bee of Halifax, NS

• Creemore House of Stitches

• Etobicoke Quilters Guild

• Judy Messenger

• Genie Green of Parksville, BC

• Markham Town Quilters Guild

• Quilters Cupboard, Uxbridge

• Sew Have Fun

• Quilting Gnome in Jacksons Point, ON

• Stone Cottage Crafts in Midhurst, ON

• Quilter’s Dream of Burlington, ON

• Threads that Bind, Maxwell, ON

• Creative Sewing, Kitchener, ON

• Oakville Quilters Guild

• Ye Old Fabric Shoppe, Stratford, ON

• Green Wood Quiltery, Guelph, ON

• Sara Nedd, Qualicum Beach, BC

By popular demand, we have a counter!

19 Apr

Hi there, I’m one of Northcott’s graphics gnomes that hides away in a dark corner of the office and designs some of the bright and colorful things you may see throughout your adventures with Northcott. Patti was kind enough to let me make a post on her blog, related of course to the exciting new Quilts to Japan Counter. Until our shipment leaves, you will be able to find this icon on the sidebar and watch it grow as we receive more quilts. Our team will be updating this as often as we can – the more quilts you send in, the more this number climbs (funny how that works) and the more quilts we have to send to those who truly need them. Stay tuned for photo updates, we’ll try our best to dazzle you.

You may hear from me once in a while with some tidbits on graphic design, the fabric industry and shiny things that I find wonderfully entertaining. Thanks for staying tuned.

Aaron.