Sunday, June 29, 2008

Closed June 30 & July 1

Due to the passing of a close personal friend, Cock-A-Doodle Quilts will be closed on Monday, June 30.

We are also closed on Tuesday, July 1 for CANADA DAY.
We will re-open on Wednesday, July 2 at 10:00 am.

If you have a quilting emergency on either of these days, call the store. Either leave a voice mail message or -- if you are lucky -- someone might be there to assist you.

Happy Quilting!

Jo-Ann & Barb

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Jo-Ann and Barb's Great Adventure II Day 3

We have returned! Arrived around 9:30 P.M., totally exhausted, exhilerated and inspired by two days of 100% quilting. The drive home was uneventful and we listened to "the little dude" inside the radio this time and crossed the border at Port Huron/Sarnia. It was a lot less stressful going that way.

Now that we're back we can get all of our ideas organized and plan some great events and classes for the store. Looking forward to seeing you all!

Happy quilting!

Jo-Ann and Barb

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Jo-Ann & Barb's Excellent Adventure II - Day 2

Hi everyone!

Barb and I had an absolutely exhausting, exhilerating, inspiring day today! From 10:30 a.m. until close to 6:00 p.m. with a break for lunch at The Olive Garden (remember that fabulous salad - I pigged out) we looked at, fondled and chose fabrics for the store.........and WOW did we do great! They will start arriving in July and keep coming until November!!!!!

For a little sneak preview - check out these!

From Benartex a gorgeous oriental theme in luscious Blacks, Golds and

From Henry Glass, designed by Kim Diehl and arriving in October, Country Haven with an amazing free quilt pattern also designed by Kim Diehl. It has to be seen close up......

Apple Pie from Timeless Treasures will be arriving shortly and it is wonderful. The apples are so realistic you'll want to take a bite out of them....or put them in the oven to bake.

As we were about to leave Barb asked if there were any quilt stores in the area worth visiting. Sonflower Quilts and The Quilting Foundry were the two reccomended. I checked the Quilters Travel Companion (the quilters Bible) and found out they were both open Tuesday evenings (how lucky can you get)....So off we went to Sonflower Quilts.

....where we found lots of great ideas and some new patterns we can source out for the store as well as a great idea for a "take away" Block of The Month. Stay tuned for something wonderful....Then off to The Quilt Foundry where we met Peg, one of the 4 owners. They have been there for 20 years and they're still friends - she says. She also knows Patsy Thompson who teaches in her store. Our next trip will be to take a class with Patsy. (and to buy fabric - of course.)

For Barb and I this was a fabulous day - who could beat looking at fabric all day then heading out to quilt stores. We topped it off with a late dinner at Applebee's of Chicken Fajitas and Iced Tea (the real thing - no sugar added)and have moved over to The Comfort Inn for our last night.

Tomorrow we hit "The Toy Store" - we promise to get all the good stuff! See you soon....

Happy Quilting!

Jo-Ann and Barb

Jo-Ann & Barb's Excellent Adventure II - Day 1

Hi everyone!

We were off and running at about 2:30 p.m., first a stop at the Toronto Western Hospital to drop off some of my famous Sweet & Sour Meatballs to a sick friend and then on the road to O HI O!

The rain hit on and off and needless to say we were parked in Mississauga for a good hour until we actually got going but we thought we were doing great. The Torrent (my car) has OnStar so our little "man in the radio" was giving directions however, I thought he was taking us out of our way to cross the bridge at Sarnia.......little did I know (and Barb said I should listen to the voices!!!) he knew something we didn't! DETOUR-------> 1/2 hour from Windsor we end up in St. Joachim, Ontario on the back roads to nowhere driving 20 km/hr.

Even Barb got to check out the local scenery and I was taking pictures of churches and police directing the traffic at 20 km/hr.

We finally got to the bridge which was an oversized parking lot and of course it was raining. It was around 9:30 p.m. by the time we crossed the bridge into the U.S.. It was slow going all the way across - it's down to one lane and the potholes are more than scary. Not sure I'm going back that way......I know Barb isn't (so she says)!!!!

We reached our destination at around 10:30 p.m. and then went looking for somewhere to eat dinner???!!! We found Frisch's Big Boy and had some food and then went straight to our room!

The room is really nice - and you will note the "Bed Runner" a lovely touch for a summertime look!!!! Actually that's exactly what it is and although it has no function it does look very nice and would make a great practice piece for machine quilting! I just might make one for my bed at home....

I am ready to get into that very inviting looking bed and conk out - Barb is busy colouring........the purple dinosaur!

Will continue our adventure tomorrow......until then!

Happy quilting!

Jo-Ann and Barb

Monday, June 9, 2008

Jo-Ann and Barb's Great Adventure II

We are off again - this time to Ohio! We are leaving this afternoon for a quick trip to buy MORE fabric and TOYS for the store and we will be back by Wednesday.

No time for sight seeing on this trip - just a quickie across the border and back but the best part will be opening up all the boxes when they come into the store.......

Maybe we will be able to send you a sneak peak tomorrow of what we ordered......

In the meantime,

Happy Quilting

Jo-Ann and Barb

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Beading Embellishment!

What an exciting evening! Pam Woodward is teaching a 3 part class in Bead Embellishment and this was our first class. She's an amazing teacher and got all of us started on a beading sampler which included sequins and beads of all colours and sizes. Most of us are making the main project which is a scissors case but some have veered off into other ideas such as eye glass cases. We will post more pictures as our class progresses.......

Here's Pam showing us how to do the sequins.
Helping us each work on our samplers......

.....and even Jo-Ann looks intense in her work! A rare occurence.
Stay tuned for next week's episode.....As The Beads Turn!
Happy Quilting!

Phyllis - We Wish You All The Best!

On Monday June 2nd, 2008 at our weekly Sit & Sew (Sew Many Quilts.....Sew Little Time!) we said farewell to our friend Phyllis who is moving to Ottawa to be close to her daughter and family. Phyllis has been a Sit & Sewer since we opened in November 2006 and we are

sad to see her off but know she will visit us whenever she's back in Toronto.

Jo-Ann made a special lunch, Baked Salmon with Noodles Alfredo and a lovely salad. For dessert she baked a beautiful cake with a not so wonderful surprise........In her "Martha Stewart" way she decorated the cake beautifully and wrote a note to Phyllis in the center, however, what she thought was a tube of writing gel turned out to be a tube of concentrated blue food colouring which had us all looking like Smurfettes!!!!

To top off the day she couldn't find the camera wires to download the pictures to the computer - duh! She and Barb are still searching for them in the "thousands" of bags they brought back from their "Excellent Adventure". However, somebody figured out theirs a card in the camera you can just plug in to the printer - duh! So 4 days later.....we are able to share the pictures from a wonderful day of food, fun and fantastic friends coming together to Sit & Sew.....

Happy Quilting!

The Chicks