Friday, 29 May 2015

An evening of Bargello....

Mrs P's was very fortunate to have Joy Rector come in on this past Tues evening for an informative yet informal talk on her journey into Bargello.  

Thank you to everyone who came out and also to those who wanted to come, but couldn't. There were quite a few that are interested in learning some hands on experience with Bargellos and Joy will get back regarding a time, place ( it might even be Mrs P's!), how many in a class and how much.  I will keep you posted through the blog.

One of her stunning works in progress! 

If there is something you would like a small informal evening on, please email or come come see me in the shop and we can see about finding someone that can give a presentation on it.  Or if you'd like to be the presenter- samething. 

There are so many types of quilting out there and even if you may not want to make a full sized quilt - it's fun to learn different techniques. I marvel at the talent that exists locally in quilting!  

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Shop Hours ...

Last evening, An Introduction to Bargello, was a wonderful time!  It was informative without being overwhelming and there was interest in having a workshop at a later date.  

I will post a few pictures of the evening in the coming days.  

This post is to alert you to the fact, Mrs P's will close at 2pm on this Friday only and also be closed this coming Sat.  This is so I may be in Saulnierville, NS  to show some fabric on Sat!  This is an exciting opportunity for me and I am looking forward to the chance to visit the area again!   It is quite lovely there.  

Part of a retailers' challenge in showing your wares in other parts of the province is  recognizing that there are retailers there, that need supporting too.   So, I am trying to bring things that are not currently in the area.  I have been asked for a lot of precuts by Moda, so I know those are going with me.  :)   

Back in stock at Mrs P's are these wonderful informative small books! 

Log Cabin Basics- $8.95 Know Your Needles - $9.95  

Friday, 15 May 2015

Bargello Info Evening!...

On Tuesday evening, May 26th, 2015 at Mrs P's, there will be an informal evening of 'Introduction to Bargello!'  

Bargello is a type quilt top that looks like waves of varying sizes and colours. It can look like intertwined hearts or just a 'wave' across the quilt top.  They look intimidating but Joy Rector will show you some of her spectacular results and tell you they are not.  She plans to show how to read a Bargello pattern and show some of her work in progress.  She's a fun person to talk to and will show how colours can work together that you might not think of for a Bargello. 

The evening will start at 6:30pm and the door will open at about 6:15pm. It's an informal evening so come in and enjoy.   There is no cost to you but I do need to set out chairs, so please email or call if you are coming- to guarantee a seat.  Email:   Phone during shop hours 902-661-4260. You can also drop in and let me know in person!

I don't seem to have a picture of a Bargello quilt to show you, but if you google Bargello, there should be lots of images. 

Hope to see you that evening! 

Sunday, 10 May 2015


I was one of the lucky ones who went to the Sackville Quilters' Guild Show, Timeless Treasures on Sat!  

Thank you for allowing me take photos of your fabulous work!  The following is just a piece of what I saw there.  There is no rhyme or reason why the quilt intrigued me into taking a picture - I enjoyed them all!  

I'll start with the Special Exhibits of Mary Fillmore ... Hooked rugs and quilts...

And then onto the older ( much loved) quilts on display.  Some red work ones dated from around 1915 and the 1920s...  This one is from 1975 by  Laura Steeves...a Dresden Plate...

The note said... ' Made by my Grandmother.  I love finding material pieces from dresses we wore as children.  This quilt was a wedding gift for Susan and Peter Spence'

Then there was this whole cloth one...

'My Scrap Pile' by Greta Patterson was a wonderful example of a scrappy quilt...

A church can be a fabulous place to watch the light play across the fabrics... Carol Smith's 'Pineapple' was practically glowing as I walked by.  It was made for a workshop put on by Nancy Elaschuk...

A Summer Challenge ... to embellish a pieced background - also by Carol Smith ...

All in the same quilt! 

A minature Log Cabin by Joan Nuttall ... from another Guild Summer Challenge, it was to replicate a full size quilt in minature! This was the write up....

And this is the Minature on top of the original...absolutely beautiful!

Gail Baker's beautiful Double Wedding Ring quilt was on display in the way in and out! Check out the edging of the quilt...

It was a wonderful day to enjoy all the artistry of the Sackville Quilters' Guild!  They put this show on every 2 pencil it in for 2017!  

Friday, 8 May 2015

Timeless Treasures...

Have you been to a Quilt Show lately?  

If you are in the Amherst-Sackville area you will get the chance this Sat May 9,2015  at the Middle Sackville Baptist Church located at 14 Church St, Sackville, New Brunswick. 

The Sackville Quilter's Guild is proudly presenting....Timeless Treasures...a Quilt Show, Sale & Tea from 10 am to 4pm.  Your $5 admission will allow you to see their 100+ quilts, small projects display- with a special exhibit showcasing the work and artistry of Mary Fillmore.  Both her hooked pieces and quilting will be shown!  

Karen Neary will be signing her new book...Quilting Beauties

Spruce it Up Quilting will be there as a vendor.

There are door prizes and tickets for sale on a raffle quilt and other baskets.  

An event of this size does not happen without a lot of volunteers and planning!  Hats off to all the volunteers!

Mrs P's will be closed Sat, May I can get to the quilt show!  Hope to see you there!  

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Stencils! and more! ...

There are more stencils in stock!  

Yep, that's a lot of different stencils!  Part of the challenge with stencils is visibility.  If they are showcased on too light of fabric or too busy of a pattern, you only see the whiteness of the stencil and not the actual stencil.  Pegging them will work, but that will take a lot of space that I'm not willing to give up....pondering all of this, Mrs P's is trying ...

A nice blue fabric background hung on the door!  Although only showing a smattering of all the patterns- it's a great starting point!  The others are pinned onto purple bristol board like big cards and laid flat so you can flip through them easier. 

Now for the more....

Shhh, Christmas fabric lines are arriving already!  { I'm so not ready to go back to snow yet! }  The above Fat Quarters are a Burlap Print 100% cotton line by Bernartex! 

Friday, 1 May 2015

Bright Totes for you!...

In a quilt shop, you meet some very talented people!  

One such person, Shari, is showcasing some bags she has made from Mrs P's fabrics tomorrow, (Sat) from 10am to 1 pm.  If you get the chance, drop in and say, hello! 

All the bags are modestly priced at $25.

They are all very unique and make excellent totes for spring/summer! 

This past Wednesday, the Canadian Quilters' Association/ACC was at Mrs P's with their Cross Canada Travelling Quilt Show, 'It'sTime for Colour!'  A big kudos to Dorinda McCully, the NS representative of the CQA/ACC, for bringing the show to Amherst!  

There were 18 quilts on show and all but 2 of them were sold.  Check out for info on how to purchase and the schedule!  


The details on these art quilts were exquisite and they saturated with colour!  

Also of note : coming the last Tuesday of the month, is an evening seminar - Introduction to Bargello.  Bargello is a type of quilts that have a wave like pattern and look very difficult!  I have been assured when you learn to read a Bargello pattern, they are much easier than they look!  I will post more info on this evening a bit later.  There is no charge, but you do need to 'register' so I can set a chair out for you. :). Email is the easiest but telephoning or dropping in will work, too.  This is an information class only.  If there is enough interest from the floor that evening ... a class/workshop may be set up.