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Nov 10-17th
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Meet Your Neighbour


This week meet Arlene North, one of the most creative,strong women I know of. Arlene marches to her own drum and a mighty fine drum it is.

Arlene was born on her parents homestead in northern Saskatchewan. The old homestead is still there but no one is living there now. She was raised as one of 6 kids on the farm with grain fields, produce and every type of farm animal you can think of! She has had a life long love of horses in particular.

Of note, on this weekend that we remember our fallen men and women, I think it is interesting to note that Arlene's brother was killed in the WW2 at the age of 19. Such a huge loss to so very many.

Arlene attended a country school 1.5 miles from her house until grade 8 when she then attended school in Lloydminster. After graduation from school she moved to Calgary where she found work at Eatons, and attended night school to learn accounting. Her first job was with a Mortgage firm.

Arlene met a fellow who dreamed of becoming an airline purser. The fellow moved to Montreal with Arlene in tow. She didn't really care for Montreal and moved on to Vancouver. It was at this time that Arlene had one of her proudest moments. She bought a house on Union St. in North Burnaby on her own. As a single woman this was very rare. Many banks wouldn't even consider lending her the money. Arlene dug her heels in and she got her house!

She then met another fellow and married. They had 2 children, a boy and a girl. At the time Arlene was a new mom she was in her mid 30's. This was not common at the time for a woman at 35 to be having her first child.  Her husband's work moved them up to Kamloops where they settled on Westsyde Rd. for 12 years before moving onto Bank Rd., just down the way from where I live now! After living on Bank Rd for 12 years and operating her Ceramics business from her home, she moved out to the farm, past Rivershore Golf Course. Now she could really have some fun with her horses!
However, with the move her hubby encouraged her to find a hobby other than ceramics......hence quilting!

Quilting she picked up from books and her first classes were here at the Shelf doing table toppers. She also enjoys making rag quilts. Arlene actually enjoys every part of quilting except the hand work. She is a strictly machine stitching kind of girl. Arlene is also a firm believer in making a project your own, using the different stitches and features on your machine.

Now living in Dallas, east of Kamloops she keeps busy with her quilting, her friends and numerous activities. And no, Arlene still doesn't do what is expected. She marches to her own mighty fine drum and we are grateful to know her and count her a friend! While marching Arlene will always be wearing the very best in can see them in the photo!

PS......Arlene's motto: Keep yourself busy! Every day! All day!


Robin Sheils


Robin Sheils was in to long arm quilt this simple but gorgeous lap quilt. Don't you just love the colour choices?

Robin used the Seamless panto and Glide thread for perfect results! She also found time to help me out a bit on my social media. Robin is multi talented!

Thank you to Robin for spending your time with us and a huge hug for the help on the computer!


Shanamay Beecroft


Shannamay was in to long arm quilt this huge....really huge ....quilt! This one is not as big as the one shown in last week's newsletter but it is still pretty big!

The interesting thing about this quilt is that the quilt is going to a couple who have quite different tastes. She accommodated this by piecing flowers on the front for the lady and Star Wars on the back for the fellow! Is that not so clever? Shannamay loved it enough she was thinking she would like to keep it!

The first photo is Shannamay with the front of the quilt and in the photo below Bill is lifting a corner to show the back with the Star Wars.

Thanks to Shannamay for giving us inspiration and a great idea for future quilts for couples!



Houston Double Award Winner - See "15 Warthogs" a quilt by Marilyn Smith


Marilyn Smith's quilt, 15 Warthogs, won not one, but two awards. It was selected as the Judge's Choice award by Cindy Seitz-Krug and also won Viewer's Choice award at the International Quilt Festival in Houston 2019. It was exhibited as part of the Alternative Techniques category and while the color and graphic impact catches your eye, you are drawn in by all the meticulous detail on each warthog.

You can see this in a larger version by clicking on the link:


Stained Glass Class

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Joni Newman is teaching her Stained Glass technique class on Nov. 16 as well as the 23rd. These are one day classes for $60.00 where you will learn so much about colour and depth perception. A real artist learning class.

We have room in both classes so give us a call at 250-376-7630, come into the shop or sign up on line at


Retro Clean


Retro Clean is a gentle soaking agent while Retro Wash is an eco-friendly laundry detergent specifically designed to safely wash vintage quilts and delicates. Retro Wash contains no dyes, phosphates, optical brighteners, perfumes and leaves no residue.

The feedback we are getting is that this product is great on the antique, yellowed quilts. I know that I have some hand embroidered linens my mom did as a young girl that are yellowed and I will be giving this a try this weekend.

For the Retro Wash to use on all your laundry needs you only use 1 tablespoon in a large load wash!
The Retro Clean is for the antiques and brightens it right up! You dissolve 3 - 4 tablespoons in a gallon of water. Soak your item for up to 48 hours. Then just wash and rinse after.

Check them out in the shop or online at


Braided Table Set


I don't know what it is about Braid projects but I just love them! This one is lovely done up in autumn fabrics but I think in Christmas fabrics it would be stunning!

No special tools are required, just your regular 6 x 24 ruler and you are good to go! Give this one a try for a lovely table setting this season!

We would love to see this done up, so if you get a chance to make it up please send in a photo or bring it in!

Click on the link for the free pattern:


Bosal on sale --- one week only!


Our Prepackaged Bosal Foam is on sale for one week only!
Starts today and ends midnight of Nov 17th.

We have Bosal single sided Fusible Foam Stabilizer. 18" x 58" reg. priced at $23.99 on sale for $16.79.
We also have Bosal Double sided Fusible Foam Stabilizer 36" x 58" reg. $44.99 on sale for $31.49.

Each week we will be posting a new item at a very merry price for the one week only. Keep an eye on the newsletter and facebook for the latest deals coming your way!

Available in store or on line at


APQS Millie Contest

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Have you entered the APQS Win A Millie contest? Remember, you can enter every day, but only once a day.

Monthly gift basket winners

In September, October and November one lucky entrant will receive an APQS Quilting Gift Basket full of thread, patterns and other great APQS goodies.

Click on the link to enter: http://:


APQS Demo Sale


The APQS Fall Demo Sale!

Don't miss out!  Take advantage of deeply discounted prices for those longarm quilting machines that were display models in our quilt show booths. You can save BIG on an APQS quilting machine backed by our unbeatable lifetime warranty. Inventory is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Sale prices listed below. Give us a call at 250-376-7630 to order yours today. Remember a $500 fully refundable deposit will hold your machine for 30 days at the sale price.

Demo - Almost Gone - Millie

Discounts include:

  • Discount: $1,500 cash off
  • Free Quilt Glide - $1,250 value
  • Free Automatic Quilt Advance - $1,350 value

Comes with:

Total Value: $22,300; Sale Price $18,200

Demo - Almost Gone - Freddie

Discounts include:

  • Discount: $1,500 cash off
  • Free Quilt Glide - $1,250 value
  • Free Motorized Fabric Advance - $1,350 value

Comes with:

Total Value: $21,200; Sale Price $17,100

Demo - Almost Gone - Lucey

  • Discount - $1,200 cash off
  • Standard Table with options of: 8 ft., 10 ft. or 12 ft.
  • Lifetime warranty

Total Value: $13,400; Sale Price $12,200

Demo - 1 left - Lenni

  • Discount - $2,000 cash off
  • Standard Table with options of: 8 ft., 10 ft. or 12 ft.
  • Lifetime warranty

Total Value: $11,300; Sale Price $9,300

Demo - 3 left - QuiltPath

  • Discount - $600 cash off
  • 1-year warranty

Total Machine Value: $9,500; Sale Price is $8,900

George is sold out!

Don't forget the amazing extras that come with APQS machines:

  • Bobbin Winder
  • FREE Beginner' class ($200 value)
  • One-year subscription to Fons and Porter 's Love of Quilting magazine
  • Several sample spools of thread
  • A starter pantograph
  • A package of needles
  • Extra bobbins

Only $1,000 for optional Bliss Track System Upgrade - Available on all Deluxe and Standard frames.

Give is a call at 250-376-7630.