• Runaway Quilting: Your Source for “All Things Quilt” in Canada

    Posted by Cathy Cooper

    Runaway Quilting Your Source for All Things Quilt in Canada

    You can't really appreciate the value of a good tool until you've tried to complete the job without it. The right tools make every project easier, and when it's time to get down to quilting, crafting and sewing, Runaway Quilting carries the best fabrics, needles and sewing notions in Canada, all at reasonable prices you can afford.

    You're going to fall in love with quilting all over again when you get a good look at all the specialty tools and supplies we carry to simplify your life. Runaway Quilting: your source for quilting supplies in Canada.



    From fat quarters to yard goods, Runaway Quilting is your source for all things fabric. Visit us for the widest selection of prints and solids, fleece, quilted and unquilted panels designed to fit every project. Whether your latest effort involves piecing a king-size quilt or stitching together a few throw pillows for the college dorm, we have all the latest flannels, batiks, basic and retro-look fabrics from all your favorite designers.



    Regardless of project, Runaway Quilting has the thread to tie it all together.  Cotton, poly, silk, heavy-duty, metallic and wool - if you need it, we have it. All at prices to fit every budget. Get the right thread for your sewing machine, your long-arm quilting machine or your serger in every color of the rainbow as well as neutral, white and black. Need to sew on a button or put a quick stitch in a skirt seam? We have just the thread to do it.



    You'll find low-loft, high-loft and every batting in between when you use Runaway Quilting as your source to supply all your quilting and crafting needs. We carry all your old favorite cotton/poly blends, as well as today's eco-friendly bamboo and wool quilt battings. When you need to match the filling to the project, trust us to have it in stock. Never worry about bearding again when you shop our comprehensive collection of quilt battings.



    Your project is only ever as easy as the tools you use to complete it, and needles are a biggie. You need replacement needles for your sewing machine, betweens for your quilting sessions, and embroidery, upholstery and beading needles for your arts and crafts. Get the right needle for the job when you shop Runaway Quilting for all your needles and sewing notions.


    Shears and Scissors

    Everyone who sews needs a reliable assortment of shears, and you can trust us to carry the best selection in town. Choose from pinking shears, embroidery scissors and all-purpose implements that cut everything from fabric to aluminum cans to help you complete even the most difficult task. You need sharp shears, and we have them, including scissors for paper and crafting.  


    Rotary Cutters, Self-Healing Mats and Straight-Edge Rulers

    No quilter's cubby is complete without a quality rotary cutter, self-healing mat and straight-edge ruler. Get the most precise cuts in the least amount of time when you shop Runaway Quilting for the best in rotary cutting supplies. You'll find mats in all shapes and sizes, replacement blades, and the perfect straight-edge to fit your space. Even the coziest craft room can have a cutting mat when there's every size from which to choose.


    Pins and Thimbles

    You can't quilt without the necessary tools, and this means stocking up on thimbles and straight pins. Find the sizes you need in the materials you prefer, from leather, plastic and aluminum thimbles to pins of every size, Runaway Quilting is your source for the largest to the smallest quilting necessities.



    Cut a straight line, take the necessary measurements and make all your sewing projects a joy to complete when you purchase rulers and tape measures designed specifically with quilting and crafting in mind. Easy to use, easy to store, our measuring implements make fast work of every project that requires a precision eye.


    Markers and Marking Tools

    Measure twice, cut once, and that new quilt will be completed in no time with all the points perfectly aligned. When you need to mark on fabric, paper, carbon or more, Runaway Quilting has the right implement to do it. Never guess at a measurement again when it's clearly marked using the exact tool for the purpose.



    Ask any quilter what he or she needs more of, and you'll get the same answer every time - storage. You need a convenient place to keep fabrics, thread, ribbon and cutting accessories safe and out of the way, and that means cubbies, trays, tables and more. Runaway Quilting has ideal storage solutions for every craft room. See our innovative offerings today.


    Need quilting supplies? Trust Runaway Quilting

    Don't struggle through your latest project without the tools you need to make life easier. Let us provide everything you need—let Runaway Quilting be your quilt supplies source for all things crafty in Canada.


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  • The New Quilter’s Guide to Rag Quilts

    Posted by Cathy Cooper

    The New Quilter’s Guide to Rag Quilts

    Since the 1700s, quilters have been turning old clothes and leftover fabric scraps into quilts — rag quilts, more specifically.

    Rag quilts differ from traditional pieced quilts in a number of ways:

    • They highlight the raw edges of the fabric.
    • They're typically composed of simple squares instead of triangles and more intricate designs.
    • And they often use non-traditional fabrics such as denim or flannel. Rag quilts come together quickly as well.

    The best part about rag quilts? With some determination, you can complete a rag quilt over the course of just one weekend.


    Quilted piece by piece

    Unlike most traditional quilts, the rag quilt is constructed of small squares that have each been quilted. Most squares are made up of three separate pieces — the backing, the batting and the top. Individual pieces are pinned together, and then quilted either by machine or by hand. Only afterward are they stitched together to form the quilt top.  


    Raw edges to the front

    And while no quilter anywhere would normally turn his or her raw edges to the front, the rag quilter does exactly that. If you're new to the art of quilt-making, there's a great tutorial on simple machine quilting found on Generations Quilt Patterns. It will help get you started with solid information on the different parts of your machine, as well as the basic technique. Because you're quilting small, individual squares, one at a time, quilting a rag quilt is fast and easy.


    Low-loft batting or bust

    Your rag quilt needs a low-loft batting. That is, if you choose to use batting at all—some quilters forego the batting in a rag quilt and use heavier fabrics instead.

    You could cut up all your family's outgrown denim jeans, for instance, and back them with flannel. This type of rag quilt is heavy enough on its own that it doesn't necessarily need to use a batting.

    If you do decide to fill your quilt, however, use a quilt batting that's low-loft, and cut it at least 1 1/2 inches / 4cm smaller than your quilt blocks. You'll have a lot of thicknesses to sew through as you stitch your blocks together. And unless you're a professional with tons of experience, a high-loft batting in this project is only going to make your life miserable.

    Find out more about the types of quilt batting available on our post here.


    Assembled with love

    When it's time to pull your rag quilt together, you’ll experience the satisfaction that comes from making your first, super-easy quilt or coverlet.

    Simply assemble all your pre-quilted squares, pin them together two at a time with the raw edges together, and stitch. Your finished seams will face the back; raw seams will face the front.

    Wash your creation afterward to start the fraying process. (Frayed rag quilts are happy rag quilts.)

    For more detailed instructions on how to assemble and stitch a rag quilt (using fleece in this case), visit FleeceFun.com.


    Get started making your own rag quilts

    There's hardly an easier quilt out there for beginning quilters to try than the rag quilt. And the more you launder and love this creation, the better it looks. As the edges fray, they create fun and fuzzy borders around each square. There are no fussy points to match up, no intricate sashing to sew. Simply assemble your squares and go. You're going to love the look and feel of your new rag quilt, and so is the loved one who's lucky enough to receive it.

    For more on rag quilts, there's a perfect introduction to rag quilting on The Educational Value of Quilting website.

    Once you’ve learned about this non-traditional method of quilt-making, though, make sure to come back to Runaway Quilting for all your supplies.


    Ready to get started? Runaway Quilting has everything you need

    Need quilting supplies or notions to make your rag quilt? You’re in the right place.


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  • 9 Ideas for Organizing Your Sewing Supplies

    Posted by Cathy Cooper

    9 Ideas for Organizing Your Sewing Supplies

    Most busy quilters have a lot more enthusiasm for their craft than they do for the dreaded task of keeping their sewing rooms tidy.

    Let’s face it—creative people thrive in a bit of a mess sometimes. Still, when it's getting difficult to find sewing supplies or embarrassing to invite people into your creative space, it's time to get organized. These ideas can help a sewing room look and work as well as your quilts do.


    Ruler storage

    Angie Padilla taught herself to sew and to quilt. Now she offers some great ideas that can help teach you to organize your grid rulers better. Like many of you, she has collected a variety of sewing and quilting rulers in all shapes and sizes. Proper storage can make these rulers easier to find and keep them from getting damaged.



    If you're short on space, you might not want to waste your walls. You can organize and hang all sort of sewing supplies from pegboards. The Stitching by the Lake blog shows some good examples of how a pegboard made use of wasted space on the wall behind the door. In this case, it was used to hang cutters, shears, and grid rulers.



    Adding shelves directly over a work table is another great idea from Stitching by the Lake. It's fairly easy to install sturdy, inexpensive shelves on the wall. This idea makes good use of space and keeps things handy right overhead.


    Fabric racks

    Do you have rolls of fabric that you've simply been standing in the closet or against the wall? If so, you might get some inspiration from the Real Simple blog. They used a wall-mounted bike rack to hang fabric rolls. This keeps them off the floor and displays them in an appealing manner. Of course, you can purchase a fabric rack that has been made to support heavy rolls of fabric too.


    Storage cubes

    Some quilters and crafters live in apartments or small homes. If you don't have the luxury of using an entire room to work, you might just dedicate a small corner of a room. Inexpensive storage cubes and cabinets can contain a lot of sewing supplies in a tiny space. If you are really cramped, you can even place a board across two of the cabinets to use as a work table. Apartment Therapy has some images that should help spark ideas.


    L-shaped table

    One reason that many rooms waste space is because most furniture gets stacked against the walls. You can purchase an L-shaped table that offers you a place for your sewing machine on one side and a place to cut or mark fabric on the other side. Sew Many Ways has some ideas to create one of these tables out of other tables or storage units.


    Car caddy

    Many people regard their craft as a social activity. A convenient car caddy can give you a way to cart the essentials around to your friends’ houses, classes, or anywhere else you might go. You might purchase a caddy that's perfectly suited to notions that you frequently transport. Alternatively, here's a really cute car caddy that Karen of Sew Many Ways created out of some extra fabric and a plastic bucket. You can also buy or make inserts that have pockets and slip right into the buckets.


    Organizers for tiny things

    Wise people say that you should never sweat the small stuff. At the same time, smaller sewing supplies often present the largest challenge when it comes to keeping things organized and contained. You may want to use a notion organizer that has a lid, so you don't have to worry about dropping it. The clever folks at Pick up Some Creativity used a recycled cupcake container as a temporary solution.


    Fabric bin

    Most fabric comes folded. It might be easier to keep it that way until you are ready to use it. You can purchase stacking bins or drawers that can store quite a bit of fabric in a small space, as demonstrated by the organizational whizzes at Lasting Order. Transparent drawers make it easy to pick out the right print if you'd rather not take the time to label everything.


    Ready to organize your sewing supplies?

    It's easier to have an organized sewing room, if you can design it with organization in mind from the very beginning.

    At the same time, don’t despair because your sewing room has grown a little cluttered. You can still use a few of these ideas to contain your collection of sewing supplies a little at a time. Some of these tips may even help you find the space to begin crafting even if you didn’t think you had enough room before.

    Of course, if you need more sewing supplies… You’re in the right place. Runaway Quilting has everything you need.


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  • Are Quilt Kits Right for You? Ask These Questions

    Posted by Cathy Cooper

    Are Quilt Kits Right for You? Ask These Questions

    Quilt kits can be a lot like rainy days—either you love that quiet opportunity to take it easy, or you hate that hemmed in feeling.

    Rarely is there a middle ground. If you're the creative sort, you might find working from a kit to be a limiting experience.

    After all, with a quilt kits there’s no opportunity to choose your own fabrics or to arrange the patches in your own design. Then again, if you're looking for a fast fix—a quilt top that's going to go together quick and easy with minimal sweat and tears on your part—then quilt kits could be just the thing. The trick is in knowing what kind of quilter you are.

    If you're considering purchasing your first kit, but you're still on the fence regarding the pros and cons, ask yourself these four revealing questions.


    1. Do I already own an abundance of fabrics?

    If you're anything at all like your mother, your grandmother or your crafty Aunt Kay, the answer to this question is probably a deafening 'yes.' Quilters who've been in the game for a while tend to build up backlogs of gorgeous fabrics. Clearance sales, fat-quarter bargain bins and even those late-summer estate sales are all perfect opportunities to pick up material for a song.

    If you have plenty, or even too much, then a quilt kit that comes complete with all the pieces pre-cut could just be a waste of money. If you've taken the time—and spent the cash—to collect a nice assortment of fabrics, it only makes sense to use them up.


    2. Am I pressed for time?

    If you're short on the minutes and hours, but want your next project to look like you spent all the time in the world choosing a design and picking out fabricsquilt kits will get you there.

    Without having to do all the tedious cutting of squares, triangles, sashing and borders, you can trim your piecing time in half. Your finished quilt top will still look handmade, and only you will be any the wiser.


    3. Will I enjoy putting together someone else's creation?

    This is a tricky question for any die-hard quilter, and one that most tend to answer in the negative. But if you think about it, nearly every quilt patch was initially the brain child of a woman who lived long ago. Every time you piece a Log Cabin or an Attic Window, you're building on the ideas of someone else's great-great grandmother.

    So if you’re asking yourself “What's the harm in taking things a step farther?”, then you're going to love the ease and convenience of working from a kit.

    If that thought horrifies you and keeps you awake at night, however, you might want to avoid quilt kits the next time you go shopping.


    4. Do I hate cutting fabrics into the necessary shapes and sizes?

    How do you feel about the cutting chores that come with quilting? Are you the quilter who owns the largest self-healing board on the market and an impressive array of rotary blades and cutters? If so, you've probably narrowed the cutting chores down to an art. Possibly, you even strip-piece your quilts - sewing bits and pieces together before pressing and cutting them back apart.

    But if you're still that quilter who meticulously cuts out each square and triangle with your coveted sewing scissors, you should probably give quilt kits a try. No cutting means less time getting to the main attraction.

    If you are looking for a quilt kit, Runaway Quilting has everything you need

    Regardless of which type of quilter you turn out to be, it's worth giving quilt kits a go. For the time and money they can save you, they're well worth the small concession you'll make in creativity, and the kits themselves are gorgeous.

    Shop our quilt kits here.


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