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Flare Fabrics – a Canadian Online Fabric Store {+ discount & giveaway!}

2015 November 30

Happy Monday! This is the 17th shop I’ve interviewed for our continuing Canadian Online Fabric Store interview series! Today’s feature is Flare Fabrics – Marlene’s shop is “where to go” for batiks and bold contemporary cottons. Plus she stocks lots of other fabrics, yard dyes & linens, tons of notions and bag hardware and patterns. Don’t miss her gorgeous Lecien giveaway bundle, or the month-long discount code at the bottom of this post. (Good until Dec 31!)

** PLUS: Don’t miss out on the Flare Fabrics Cyber Monday Sale – Nov 30th ONLY! Save 22.2% on everything in the shop with code FF2015! **

I started the store with a focus on batiks, a traditional fabric that is handmade in Indonesia. In the last few years as the “modern” quilt movement has grown, I love to mix and match batiks with solids and modern fabrics. It’s an exciting blend of old and new. I’m always on the look out for the unusual – a new fabric artist or a line that people haven’t seen.” ~ Marlene, Flare Fabrics

I was re-introduced to Flare Fabrics when I talked to Marlene this Spring at Creativ Festival. I worked with her Cory Pepper shot cotton in my Indiesew spring collection post. It’s gorgeous cotton and I’m still hoarding my leftovers. Here are a few favorites of mine from the shop – click to find out more! You’ll have to check out the bottom of this post for the most gorgeous Marcia Derse Bookends – she has created really amazing, unique and beautiful fabric.

Thread Riding Hood: Why did you decide to start Flare Fabrics?

Marlene: Like every quilter, I was always looking for that “one” perfect fabric for my current design. Online shopping opened numerous doors, so when I couldn’t find what I wanted in Canada, I kept turning to the U.S. Why not have these fabrics in Canada, I thought? And so Flare Fabrics was born.

My professional career was concentrated in communications. I’ve been a journalist, a photographer, a marketing consultant, a graphic designer, a web developer…to name a few. When I started Flare Fabrics in 2010, I was working full time so an online fabric store was a perfect fit with my skills, interests and availability. Or so I thought. Busy, busy, busy! Last year I left my “regular” job and took the business full time. I’m really enjoying having the time to experiment with the fabric we sell.

Thread Riding Hood: What is your favorite type of sewing project? Quilting, Apparel… ?

Marlene: I’m partial to projects that can be sewn in 2 weekends – or less! I don’t sew anything larger than a decent size lap quilt and I prefer simple patterns where the texture of the fabric shines. That’s one of the many reasons I love batiks. Lately I’ve become enamoured with bags and purses and I have a large extended family so lots of people to sew pouches and totes for :)

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

Marlene: Flare Fabrics is moving!  I have completely outgrown my home space – both the small outside studio in our Toronto backyard and the basement of the house. And so now I can finally combine my love of fabric with my love of the country. Our new home-based studio is rural – outside Perth in Eastern Ontario – and hopefully we won’t outgrow this one too quickly!

Thread Riding Hood: Thanks Marlene! My postage-stamp of a suburbian backyard can’t compete with your new place. Wow! Looks amazing!

Check out this super-generous gorgeous L’s Modern Basic by Lecien 12 Fat Quarter Giveaway! The cool blues and grays are fantastic blenders for your projects, and I think they’d make a fabulous wintery quilt all mixed together!

This giveaway is open to readers in Canada & the US, from today (November 30) until midnight December 7, 2015. 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. There’s a “click to enter”, no social media login entry too!
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Thanks so much to Marlene, we can use the discount code “THREAD15″ to save 15% on your order at Flare Fabrics from December 1-31, 2015! (Christmas shopping anyone?!)

Here are a few of my favorite Marcia Derse prints to get you going!

 Thanks for reading. Don’t miss a post – Follow along below! 

Disclosure and Privacy Policy: I asked Flare Fabrics to be a part of this series.  I will never recommend or highlight a shop that I do not love, and my opinions will and have always been my own. Thanks for reading! 

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  1. Susan K permalink
    November 30, 2015

    I love the colors in the Sea Breeze Tonga Batik 12 FQ Bundle. There are so many beautiful and unusual fabric choices!

  2. Linda Brown permalink
    November 30, 2015

    I do like the Hoffman Fabrics Dot Pops Bali Batiks – Nirvana ……very nice

  3. Brenda Maxwell permalink
    November 30, 2015

    Oh My Goodness – Angel Wings and Daydreams by Frond Designs are simply Gorgeous!

  4. Marie permalink
    November 30, 2015

    Beautiful fabrics

  5. November 30, 2015

    Love her denim selection!!! ps. those fabrics would definitely make a great winter quilt!

  6. Karon permalink
    November 30, 2015

    Really love the City Lights Batiks

  7. Quilting Tangent permalink
    November 30, 2015

    Tropical Nights Bali Batik-Wildflower Sunrise is my favorite.

  8. Allison CB permalink
    November 30, 2015

    Love the Dewdrop Raccoon Kit!

  9. Morgan Mitchell permalink
    November 30, 2015

    Love the wolf quilt kit and the whimsy fox cross stitch!

  10. November 30, 2015

    Northwoods 4 Artisan Batiks Half Roll

  11. Janet T permalink
    November 30, 2015

    I have always wanted to makethe Fire Island quilt. That is my favorite item on this site There is a lot of fabulous fabric too!

  12. Doris McCarty permalink
    November 30, 2015

    I like the sea glass Bali crackers.

  13. LINDA permalink
    November 30, 2015


  14. NancyB from Many LA permalink
    November 30, 2015

    I like the Kaffe Fassett Wovens – 15 pc FQ bundle

  15. NancyB from Many LA permalink
    November 30, 2015

    I like the Kaffe Fassett Wovens – 15 pc FQ bundle (hope this isn’t a duplicate,I just tried to post and don’t see it)

  16. November 30, 2015

    Hoffman Wild – Dewdrop Racoon Kit ….They are all pretty amazing to look at but big racoon fan….

  17. Linda Webster permalink
    November 30, 2015

    I love the Tonga Batik Citrus Mint FQ Bundle. So pretty!

  18. brittany permalink
    November 30, 2015

    I love the Yarn Dyed Flannels – Red Lumberjack Plaid, but I never say no to any fabrics :)

  19. Michele T permalink
    November 30, 2015

    I spotted Java Batiks Indigo by Fresh Water Designs (9 FQ bundle) that I would love to cut into!!

  20. Rebecca K permalink
    November 30, 2015

    I love Jennifer Sampou’s Black and White – Feather in Smoke, and all the different text prints that are available. What a fantastic selection!

  21. Anne Simonot permalink
    November 30, 2015

    I also love Jennifer Sampou’s black & white bundle! Black & white is always fun to work with.

  22. Lee permalink
    November 30, 2015

    I do love the Bookends bundle! thanks!!

  23. Pam permalink
    November 30, 2015

    I like the Cockatiel bali batiks. Thanks Sherri and Flare Fabrics!

  24. Kathy E. permalink
    November 30, 2015

    One of my favorite fabrics is: Mauve Multi Thistle Batik . The colors are perfect for my home for a fall table runner!

  25. Lori Morton permalink
    November 30, 2015

    LOOOOOVE the Maywood Studios “Woolies Flannel” 2.5 inch Strips!!!!

  26. Vicki H permalink
    November 30, 2015

    I like the Black and White Collection by Jennifer Sampou.

  27. Edith Reardon permalink
    November 30, 2015

    I love the Black and White – Damask in Steel I have some panels that would look so sharp with it.—Damask-in-Steel-

  28. Chris permalink
    December 1, 2015

    I am fascinated with the Frond designs at the moment. Have no idea what to do with them.

  29. Claire Sutherland permalink
    December 1, 2015

    I am loving the denim stretch stripes in Indigo x

  30. Amy permalink
    December 1, 2015

    The Java Batiks in Sketched Leaves in denim is pretty cool.

  31. Beth permalink
    December 1, 2015

    I love woolies flannel! And just the time of year for it.

  32. Peggy permalink
    December 1, 2015

    I love the Dream Blossoms fabrics and the new Deer wall quilt kit that Marlene has in store now.

  33. Nancy permalink
    December 1, 2015

    I like the Black and White Collection by Jennifer Sampou.

  34. December 1, 2015

    I like the Barbados Bag Pattern.

  35. Patty Swatzell permalink
    December 1, 2015

    I love the batiks the best.

  36. Diane Beavers permalink
    December 1, 2015

    Dream Blossoms : Bluegrass Silver Dreams Meadow…so soothing and serene !

  37. Sarah J. permalink
    December 1, 2015

    I love their selection of shot cottons- especially Blue Jay! I’ve been itching to get my hands on some so I will keep them in mind!

  38. Delaine permalink
    December 1, 2015

    I love the Large Angel Fish panel. Thanks!

  39. Jenni Hunt permalink
    December 1, 2015

    Oh man, the Dream Blossom prints are so cool!

  40. December 1, 2015

    I like the Black and White Collection by Jennifer Sampou.

  41. MoeWest permalink
    December 1, 2015

    I like the wideback batiks. There are lots of pretty choices for quilt backings.

  42. Laura permalink
    December 2, 2015

    The FOREST DEER KIT is absolutely awesome!

  43. Janie permalink
    December 2, 2015

    I love the book ends fabric. Thank you so much for the giveaway.

  44. Lisa Marie permalink
    December 3, 2015

    Love the Gradations Bali Batik – Blue Topaz, haven’t seen that before.

  45. Laura permalink
    December 3, 2015

    I love that new bookends by Marcia Derse. Already have a few of her fabrics. Love the color palette.

  46. Rebecca H permalink
    December 4, 2015

    I would have to choose any of her fabric bundles, which I dearly love.

  47. Nancy Hilderbrand permalink
    December 4, 2015

    i like them all but my favorite is Gradations Bali Batik – Amarylis .

  48. Greta permalink
    December 6, 2015

    Love that you can shop by color! Thanks for a chance to win.

  49. Bev Leischner permalink
    December 7, 2015

    I love the fact that I have found a new Canadian source of fabric and such delicious colors too!

  50. Dominique Wielgosch permalink
    December 7, 2015

    I really like the book ends bundle.

  51. Kristin Gillis permalink
    December 7, 2015

    Love the denim selection!! But really it’s hard to choose.

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