A blog showcasing quilt patterns by Monica Curry. Get free patterns, quilting tutorials, and printables. Quilt patterns for every skill level are featured.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

10 Great Canadian Online Fabric Stores

If you think buying your fabric online south of the border is cheaper, think again. I found out early that shopping US online doesn't really save me much money.

10 best canadian online fabric stores

When I first started ordering fabric online, I initially went to the US stores because of the cheaper prices. I quickly learned, however, that I wasn't getting much of a bargain. 

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.

It didn't take me long to realize I was better off shopping locally or at Canadian online fabric stores. In some cases, the fabric prices are higher, but I've found some great bargains with really good shipping rates. 

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.


Canadian National Fabric
This is my favourite online fabric store. The selection of quality fabrics is excellent and prices are as low as $6/metre. You also collect points on your purchases.

Shipping:
$5 flat rate shipping anywhere within Canada.
Free shipping on orders over $75.

Dinkydoo Modern Fabrics
A very nice selection of modern fabrics.

Shipping:
$8.99 flat rate under $99
Free shipping for orders $99+

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
BUY NOW at @ MY PATTERN STORE

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
BUY NOW @ MY PATTERN STORE

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