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Country Clothesline – a Canadian Online Fabric Store {+ a giveaway!}

2014 June 10

Today I get to introduce you to the ninth Canadian Online Fabric Store in our seriesCountry Clothesline! I found Sylvia’s shop at the Toronto Creativ Festival this spring and I’m really excited that she agreed to be featured here. Sylvia is even giving away some country fabric goodness (scroll down for the giveaway if you can’t wait!).

When my friends and I spotted Sylvia’s booth at the show we immediately went over to check it out. I have not seen a store online as yet with her style of selection. She has fine-tuned country goodness using vintage and modern florals down to perfection! If you love the new trendy florals or are always collecting vintage sheets at the thrift store you are in for a treat. Her stock even has a few very modern surprises if you take a look for them! As a bonus, Sylvia is lovely as well and it was so nice to get to meet her.

I asked Sylvia to write up a little bit about herself and her shop and here is what she had to say:

“I love flowers – roses, lilacs, daisies, simple wildflowers…

I have been quilting for years and had trouble finding a good selection of the fresh, country inspired floral fabrics that I love.  So seeing a niche in the marketplace and with my years of experience in retail, hospitality and customer service I’ve created Country Clothesline.   I want to offer quilters and sewers this unique Collection of floraly, vintagy, countryish, cute, pretty and just plain fun fabrics for their personal sewing and quilting projects.  I don’t buy full lines of fabric from my suppliers but prefer to just choose the fabrics that really speak to me.  That is also how I decide on the fabrics I use when I am making a quilt or a pillowcase – the ones that feel right together end up together.  I truly hope that the Country Clothesline Collection of fabrics will speak to all the creative sewers out there and you’ll love these fabrics as much as I do!”

I love meeting the online shop owners, even if it is only over the interweb. I find it is really fun to know what they are like and how it reflects in their online store front. I asked Sylvia a few questions to find out a bit more.

Thread Riding Hood: What inspired you to start Country Clothesline?

Sylvia: The inspiration behind Country Clothesline really comes from our little farmhouse in Prince Edward County where the constant breeze makes all that I hang on our clothesline dance in the sun overlooking the green fields.  So simple, yet so beautiful :)

Thread Riding Hood: What is your favorite type of sewing project?

Sylvia: My favourite sewing project is when I have the time to sit down and do the hand-quilting on a gift that I am making for someone special.  I love the effect of a quilt that has been hand-quilted.  These quilts just feel different, softer, cozier, each stitch really is an extension of the quilter.  Here is a close up of one of the squares from a charm quilt I made for my daughter for her 13th birthday – it is hand-quilted with various size hearts.  (certainly not perfect stitching – but full of love nonetheless)

Thread Riding Hood: What is something coming up in the near future that you are especially excited about?

Sylvia: As far as what I am excited about in the near future for Country Clothesline, to be honest, because the business is so new, I just really want to improve upon what I have so far.  With each customer interaction I learn a little more about how to provide better service, how to make the website work for my customer better, etc.  And on top of that I am excited to be adding some quilt and pillowcase kits and some exciting patterns to the store as well.  Lots to do and lots to look forward to!

Doesn’t it sound amazing?! I think I need to find myself a clothesline and a breeze. Not to mention a country farmhouse… though I suppose a pretty floral quilt will do! Sylvia has more than enough options to select from! Here are a few of my favorites…

So, you want to get some of this lovely fabric for yourself?! Sylvia is giving away a lovely 6 fat quarter bundle of 100% quilting cotton in reds and pinks! This “Dots & Checks” bundle is made from quality quilting fabrics by Riley Blake and Freespirit. Sylvia writes, “Some images that this group evokes for me are:  picnics, farmhouse tablecloths, little girls dresses and elements of a country patchwork quilt.” I couldn’t agree more!

This giveaway is open to everyone, internationally from today until midnight on Monday evening, June 16th. Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter – and if you don’t have Facebook to sign in with, just use your name and email address!

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Now that you have met Sylvia and signed up for the giveaway, head on over to visit Country Clothesline! I’ve selected a few more gorgeous florals from her shop for you to start with…

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  1. Joan permalink
    June 10, 2014

    Red is my favourite colour. I would make a cute table topper. Thank you for the chance to win.

  2. Sarah G permalink
    June 10, 2014

    Oh I would make some pretty napkins!
    Thanks for the giveaway and pumped to find another Canadian fabric supplier :)

  3. Donna D permalink
    June 10, 2014

    I think I would make an apron.

  4. kim griffin permalink
    June 10, 2014

    I would have to scour the pinterest boards, of all the people I follow. But would definatly love to make something for my granddaughters.

  5. Gill permalink
    June 10, 2014

    I’d love to make a picnic quilt !

  6. Jennifer Woodward permalink
    June 10, 2014

    Cheery polka dots and floral prints together are such a lovely combination for summer. Table runners, place mats, napkins and basket liners immediately come to mind. How fin!

  7. Jennifer permalink
    June 10, 2014

    Such pretty fabrics! I would make a romper and hat for my wee little girl.

  8. June 10, 2014

    Little doll dresses!
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  9. June 10, 2014

    Little doll dresses! :)
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  10. June 10, 2014

    Hmm… something with patchwork without a doubt! Maybe a patchwork zippy pouch! :)
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  11. June 10, 2014

    I am inspired to make a picnic quilt! Thank you for the chance to win these beautiful fabrics.
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  12. Mallory permalink
    June 10, 2014

    Would make a very cute sewing machine cover!

  13. Quilting Tangent permalink
    June 10, 2014

    A quilt with lovely movement in the blocks.

  14. June 10, 2014

    I’m thinking a panel in an apron. or jumper. or maybe a mixed media work. or … or… or… ;)

  15. Brenda permalink
    June 10, 2014

    I remember checking out their booth at Creativ – nice stuff

  16. June 10, 2014

    A patchwork skirt!

  17. June 10, 2014

    Definitely something for my table! Thanks for the chance.
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  18. June 10, 2014

    I am loving all the great ideas that everyone is coming up with!

    And Sherri, I had a giggle: I am always searching for vintage sheets at the thrift stores – I have quite a collection!

    • June 10, 2014

      Nice Sylvia! They are so pretty. What do you plan to make with them?

  19. Karen Thurn permalink
    June 10, 2014

    These reds and pinks would make some great placemats!

  20. Judy permalink
    June 10, 2014

    I would love to make something for my granddaughter or her dolly.

  21. Niki permalink
    June 10, 2014

    So cute! They would make an adorable apron and potholder set!

  22. Reece permalink
    June 10, 2014

    This bundle definitely says “picnic” to me. I’d probably make a picnic blanket or a table runner and placemats.

  23. Janie permalink
    June 10, 2014

    I would make a Quillow (a quilt when folded creates a pillow). Thank you for the chance.

  24. June 10, 2014

    I think some pillows I have seen some really cute ones on Pintrest
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  25. Debbie Rogowski permalink
    June 10, 2014

    I’m thinking a red, white and black quilt I think they look so prim and proper

  26. June 10, 2014

    Wouldn’t this make a sweet doll quilt and pillow?
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  27. Sherry VF permalink
    June 10, 2014

    I’d like to make something for my niece…maybe a jumper. svonfumetti at yahoo dot com

  28. John Hutchens permalink
    June 11, 2014

    I would make some placemats and napkins for my mother, she loves red

  29. WyoDi permalink
    June 11, 2014

    I’d made a DOP bag or two

  30. Janet T permalink
    June 11, 2014

    A tablecloth or picnic quilt!

  31. Elena permalink
    June 11, 2014

    Super cute!!!
    Uhm… maybe a cap to my baby…

  32. Sandra permalink
    June 11, 2014

    I would make some pretty pillows for my daughter’s bed!

  33. Nicole Sender permalink
    June 11, 2014

    I’d make a table runner and matching napkins.

  34. Heidi permalink
    June 11, 2014

    Love the fabrics. Remind me of the farm. Definitely inspires a picnic quilt ;)

  35. auschick permalink
    June 11, 2014

    I do love the idea of lining a jacket with it, but since it is fat quarters, maybe making bias binding and making an unlined jacket with it!

  36. allison pogany permalink
    June 11, 2014

    I’m thinking doll clothes, mini picnic blanket, and some tiny napkins- everything you need for a doll tea party/picnic!

  37. Faye permalink
    June 11, 2014

    I’d make a patchwork baby quilt and if there are any leftovers a flag banner for baby’s 1st birthday.

  38. June 11, 2014

    I am really starting to enjoy this type of fabric and I would love to make needlebook with matching pouch with this bundle of reds and pinks with some added embroidery.

  39. June 11, 2014

    I picture summertime picnics as well!
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  40. June 11, 2014

    It just spells tote bag to me!

  41. sally dixon permalink
    June 11, 2014

    Napkins and placements for a picnic.

  42. June 11, 2014

    I would use them to make a lap quilt!

  43. Chris permalink
    June 11, 2014

    It makes me think of tablecloths, napkins and a picnic. Sounds wonderful.

  44. Lori Morton permalink
    June 11, 2014

    I would use them to make a fun Picnic Quilt!!! OR some cool Kitchen accessories for a summery addition to my Kitchen… lol

  45. Delaine permalink
    June 11, 2014

    It is beautiful fabric! I would make toss cushions and placemats for my patio furniture with it. Thanks!

  46. Sarah permalink
    June 11, 2014

    This looks like the perfect picnic quilt combo. I would also love to make a simple sundress for my 4 year old with a few of these coordinates– so fun and summery. Thanks for sharing!

  47. June 11, 2014

    those inspire me to quilt in a shabby chic style but since I don’t have time for that they are destined to become a patchy bag. I also shopped at her place at the Creativ Festival…it was such a pretty booth!

  48. Diann Cornell permalink
    June 11, 2014

    I’m inspired to make a cute doll’s outfit.

  49. Bekk permalink
    June 11, 2014

    I love that checkered pattern! They would make great artist or note folders.

  50. Helen permalink
    June 11, 2014

    Wow – I especially like dots so this is a great bundle. I can see the makings of a happy quilt!

  51. Lee permalink
    June 11, 2014

    I would love to make a pretty picnic tablecloth!

  52. Lisa Marie permalink
    June 11, 2014

    I think those fabrics would make a great patchwork apron.

  53. Emily C permalink
    June 11, 2014

    This fabric inspires me to make a picnic blanket.

  54. Joan H. permalink
    June 11, 2014

    I would like to make a sweet little dress and bonnet for my little great grandddaughter.

  55. Sarah permalink
    June 11, 2014

    Cloth napkins

  56. Ashley permalink
    June 12, 2014

    Definitely would make a table runner with those!

  57. Kathleen permalink
    June 12, 2014

    I see picnic quilt and napkins!

  58. Hayley permalink
    June 12, 2014

    Oh this screams picnic rug to me!

  59. Judy Buzby permalink
    June 12, 2014

    Dots and checks remind me of summer and outings at the beach… a beach quilt!

  60. June 12, 2014

    It makes me think of summer. My husband said he’d like a red, white and blue quilt, so if I won this may go toward that.
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  61. June 12, 2014

    Such a lovely selection of fabric! Thank you for the giveaway. I’m heading right over to check out your shop, Sylvia!
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  62. Cathy permalink
    June 12, 2014

    Love to see those fabrics made into bunting! thanks

  63. Cindy Dahlgren permalink
    June 12, 2014

    It would make an adorable picnic quilt!

  64. Melissa H permalink
    June 12, 2014

    These are adorable! I think I’d make a wallet or maybe that KitchenAid Stand mixer cover I’ve been eyeing for weeks… :)

  65. Nancy permalink
    June 12, 2014

    A cute summer shirt – retro style collar

  66. June 12, 2014

    I’ve always had visions of a red picnic blanket! Love the fabrics! Thanks for the chance to win! So exited!
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  67. Michele Timms permalink
    June 12, 2014

    I think that a picnic or beach quilt would be perfect with this fabric!! Thanks for the chance!

  68. Vanessa G P permalink
    June 13, 2014

    These are lovely. I’d do a series of cushions for my living room!

  69. June 13, 2014

    I’m thinking a picnic blanket…
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  70. Valerie Boudier permalink
    June 13, 2014

    I think I’d make some nice, fresh, bright cushions

  71. Paula permalink
    June 13, 2014

    Hmm… I’m thinking I’d make a pillowcase dress for my niece.

  72. Stacy Peart permalink
    June 14, 2014

    A dress or a tote!

  73. Rochelle permalink
    June 14, 2014

    I would love to make a beautiful pinwheel quilt with this fabric. It would be adorable! Thanks.

  74. Glogirl permalink
    June 14, 2014

    It inspires me to make an apron.

  75. Jess permalink
    June 15, 2014

    A little girl’s dress. Or tea towels. I love red & white.

  76. Sue permalink
    June 15, 2014

    I would make a tablecloth and napkins for our picnic table in the yard – just right for those summer evening salads.

  77. Laura E. permalink
    June 15, 2014

    I would make sundresses or skirts with matching sun hats.

  78. June 15, 2014

    Oh, my! My all time favourite fabrics are polka dots and gingham, so this lovely bundle has me swooning. ;o) I’m dreaming of a sweet picnic quilt in simple patchwork to let those fabrics take center stage.

    Thanks for the introduction to a lovely shop and the chance to win, Sherri!
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  79. June 15, 2014

    They would make lovely basket liners for a country kitchen! Thanks for the chance to win.

  80. Sandy Ross permalink
    June 16, 2014

    Beautiful colors. Found you through SewMamaSew. Thanks for providing the great tutorials with patterns. Think a lunch bag from these summery fabrics would be fun!

  81. May 28, 2021

    I have been to your lovely shop in Toronto and also when you were at the market at the big Quilt show in Ottawa, you have very lovely fabrics, thank you.

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