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Wednesday, 24 August 2016

10 Great Canadian Online Fabric Stores

10 plus Great Canadian Online Fabric Stores

Hello, Canadian quilting friends! When I first started ordering fabric online, I initially went to the US online stores because of the lower prices. However, I quickly learned that I wasn't getting much of a bargain. 

It didn't take me long to realize I was better off shopping at Canadian online fabric stores. In some cases, the fabric prices may be slightly higher, but the price you pay online in Canadian is the price you pay without the duties, exchange rates, and high shipping costs to worry about.

Shopping USA: Let's do the math . . . 

For one thing, shipping costs from the US can sometimes be outrageous. Also, you have to take into account the current Canadian/US dollar exchange rate, which is pretty high right now. As of this post, the exchange rate on the Canadian dollar is around 1.30. That's right, right now our dollar is only worth around 0.70 cents compared to the US $1.00. This means when you shop US stores online, you're paying 0.30 cents more on the dollar for your fabric. For example, a fabric at $10 US will cost you $13 CAD and $100 US can jump to $130 CAD! And that's before shipping costs.

I still prefer to shop my local stores, but below are 10 of my favourite Canadian online fabric stores with their shipping rates. This is not an exhaustive list. These are just the main stores that I go to if I shop online. If you have any Canadian online shops you like that aren't listed here, let me know.



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A very nice selection of fabrics.

"We ship via Canada Post, which base their prices on volume whereby the dimensions of the package and the weight factor into the price, along with a fluctuating fuel surcharge.

We cannot know what the shipping rate will be until we weigh and measure the package to be sent. . ."

2. Canadian National Fabric
This is one of my favourite online fabric store. The selection of quality fabrics is excellent and pricing is good. You can also collect points on your purchases.

$5 flat rate shipping anywhere in Canada.
FREE shipping on orders over $75.

3. Dinkydoo Modern Fabrics
A very nice selection of modern fabrics.

$8.99 flat rate under $99
FREE shipping for orders $99+

4. NEW Fabric Spark

$5 for orders up to $25
$8 to $11 for orders from $25 to $149
$150 and over - FREE

4. Flare Fabrics
A lovely selection of batiks.

All Canadian orders under $20 get a flat shipping rate of $4.50
Ontario orders between $20.00 to $124.99 - $9.99
Quebec orders between $20 to $124.99 - $11.99
Rest of Canada orders between $20.00 to $124.99 - $13.99
All of Canada orders over $125 - FREE

5. Fridays Off Fabric Shop
Has a nice selection of unusual modern prints.

Under $20 - $2.99
$20.01 to $45 - $5.95 flat rate.
$40.01 to $124.99 - Canada Post calculated shipping.
FREE shipping on orders over $125.

Friday, 19 August 2016

Two new paper piecing patterns you'll love . . .

Christmas Cactus Table Toppers

This pattern was inspired by the Christmas Cactus which got its name because it starts blooming during the early winter, just in time for Christmas.
The blocks are simple foundation piecing. The pattern includes yardage and assembly instructions for both Versions 1 and 2. Finished measurements: 26" x 26" (65cm x 65cm). See a new post for this pattern HERE

Christmas Cactus Table Toppers

Christmas Cactus Table Runner Pattern by monica curry

Butterfly Garden Quilt Block

This pattern is a pretty quilt block with foundation pieced butterflies and traditional nine patch sashing. It's so sweet and versatile. You can make a lovely table runner or piece it together for a wall hanging or throw. Finished measurements: 12" x 12" (30cm x 30cm)

Butterfly Garden Quilt Block

Butterfly Garden Quilt Block Pattern by monica curry

Butterfly Garden Quilt Block table runner

Butterfly Garden Quilt Block Pattern by monica curry

Saturday, 6 August 2016

Postage stamp doll quilt

I love postage stamp quilts; they're great stash busters. I made this doll quilt for my grand niece, Abby, who just had a new baby brother. I made her mom my Precious Bundle pinwheel quilt for the new arrival, and my sister and I thought it would be nice to make a quilt for Abby's baby doll as well.

To make this quilt, I used a great piecing technique I found at So Resourceful, a blog with some great sewing posts. This technique makes piecing all those little squares a breeze. See the tutorial HERE

postage stamp doll quilt - detail 1

postage stamp doll quilt

postage stamp doll quilt - detail 2