Saturday, August 1, 2015

Out of Hand...

While in Calgary, my quilting daughter, Erin and I slipped away and went to the quilt shop "Out of Hand"!  This shop is appropriately named as it really is, 'out of hand'... but in a VERY good way!  Every nook and cranny is crammed with quilting goodness!  Where does one start wandering in this shop?  You really do need a couple of hours to see everything and of course we didn't have that kind of time...

Let's start with the front desk...behind it was a modern/vintage quilt by Jen Kingwell called 'Circle Game'...which is a *DDG sampler style quilt that the shop was offering as BOM/Workshop Quilt...if any quilt could sway me to the dark side (modern) this one could!!  *DDG=Drop Dead really is!

 But it was the 'Steam Punked' blocks to the left of this quilt that had me hopping!  Loved these blocks!

WOW!  Now this is what I call a WOOL CORNER!  Send me to the corner...PLEASE!

 There were TONS of wool threads in every colour...

And the Wool Corner from another angle...Oh man, LOOK at those hexagon blocks above the wool...didn't even see those until NOW!  I need to go back!

 They even had sweet 'Liberty' $42.50 a metre!  (FQ were over $10 each!) but oh. so. pretty!
 And Civil Wars....yum!
 And in their classroom they were working on 'Farm Girl Vintage' by Lori Holt blocks...I was surprised at how small they were and how cute!
 And some close-ups!  They were being offered in workshop format!

 Buttons and trim...yowzers!
 They had a huge section of modern fabrics and diamond textiles!  Erin spotted this linen in amongst  the diamond textiles...created by Yoko Saito for Lecien.  We both bought a small piece...loved it for a backing?
 I also spotted Gardenvale by Jen Kingwell....I know...I am walking a fine line to the dark side but I do LOVE her designs and fabrics!!  And ONE charm pack isn't going to send me over the it?!
 And I had to have Jen Kingwell's Steam Punk pattern and templates!  SEW PRETTY!
 And this shop carries EVERY international quilting magazine known to's just to get at them!  There were bolts of fabric right in front of their magazine display...
...but that didn't stop me from snapping up these two up!  The 'Love Folk & Country Quilting' is from the UK!

So did we have fun at "Out of Hand Quilt Shop"?  Such a silly question..the answer is an unanimous YES!!  LOVED THIS SHOP!  I want to go back and check out all the corners...all the crannies...look under every shelf and under every bolt of fabric!  There are lots of hidden treasures in this just need TIME...and of course MONEY...lots and lots of MONEY!! :o))

Have a super Saturday and Happy Quilting!~P


  1. What a fun shops. We just have no idea how lucky we are that our prices in the USA are what they are for fabric.

  2. What a tempting store, I've heard of it but not been. I didn't realize that English Liberty cottons were so expensive. Love that Yoko Saito would come home with me also.

  3. I really enjoyed revisiting Out of Hand with you and Erin. I was there In April and had wished I had more time. You described it very well!

  4. OMGosh what a great shop! and sporting all the new quilts.

  5. Were they participating in the row by row? You didn't even mention that! HAHA

  6. Oh man I could hardly get passed the wool corner!

  7. what a wonderful shop to spend hours browsing in and spending too of course. Finally found we sell something cheaper here in the UK than you the liberty fabrics, still pretty pricy but not as bad as yours!

  8. Wow! What a shop! Lots of temptations! Love your picks.

  9. Well, you have caught my attention with those Steam Punk blocks, (pattern & templates too). Hope you will blog about sewing the blocks with lots of photos (because I may commit to giving them a whirl). Found a free pattern and will try a block or two before purchasing templates. Last night I spent some time searching for images of the quilt and found a Flickr group that gives lots of colorway ideas. This could be fun!

  10. What a wonderful quilt shop! All that lovely wool! Those Farm Girl blocks are really cute.

  11. This is my LQS 😁 I spend hours here every week and just love it! Deidre, the owner, and all her staff are amazing!

  12. I was there in in August as well but only had an hour! Not enough time! Bought the Circle Game pattern and a roll of FQs to use with it! And the charm pack of Gardenvale! Wish I had seen those Steampunk templates.