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Fridays Off – a Canadian Online Fabric Store!

2013 June 14

*** The giveaway is now closed. Thanks to all those who entered! *** 

I haven’t had a Canadian Online Fabric Store feature in a while, so today I am happy to introduce Alanna, owner of Friday’s Off Fabric Shop located in Toronto, Ontario. She started her shop recently and has a great (and growing!) selection of 100% cotton designer fabrics. Her fabric is available by the metre, in fat quarter bundles, and in quilt kits. She also sells patterns if you need some inspiration!

Alanna has a full time job, a toddler at home and a baby on the way, she blogs for (which has some really great information on it) and she decided to start Fridays Off Fabric Shop too! She’s not busy at all – ha!

So, with all that going on she’s also generously offered to give away a Valori Wells Wrenly fat quarter bundle to one very fortunate Thread Riding Hood reader! Hooray! I love this fabric and am so jealous of you guys… it makes such a pretty quilt. And (of course!) Alanna stocks the Valori Wells Wrenly Christmas Quilt kit – so you can get started on your gifts for this year!

Let’s meet Alanna!

Thread Riding Hood: What inspired you to start Fridays Off?

Alanna: It was kind of one of those light bulb moments. I’ve been sewing a lot over the last 10 years and buying really great fabrics at shops in my neighborhood downtown Toronto. People always admire the fabrics I buy because they’re modern and fresh and not available at large fabric stores like Fabricland and Fabricville. I also started buying fabrics online from US sources (which are expensive!) and that’s when I realized there was a huge lack of online fabric shops catering to the Canadian market. So,  I just went for it and set up my own shop online. It’s still a work in progress, but I’m having so much fun with it and I’ll be continuing to stock beautiful designer fabrics as we move forward. Most of my customers live in rural areas or in cities that don’t have great quality fabric stores.

Thread Riding Hood: What is your best trick for making sure you find time to sew?

Alanna: With a toddler running around, a full time job, a budding business and a baby on the way (4 more weeks!) I don’t have very much time at all to sew at the moment. I try to sneak in time by sharing the bath and bed routine with my husband, so some nights he does bath and bed with my son and I’ll sneak downstairs and do some sewing or I take advantage of my son’s nap time on the weekends. Now that I’m on maternity leave I’ve got my days free to get a bit in here and there. I often have to make something in stages though. Like I’ll cut a pattern one weekend and then sew it up in parts the next weekend.

Thread Riding Hood: Which of your upcoming fabric lines are you most excited about right now?

Alanna: I’ve got lots of great lines coming in over the summer. Like Lotta Jansdotter’s Glimma collection, Madhurri Cottons, Hooty Hoot Returns, Ashbury Heights Cottons

Thread Riding Hood: Ooohhh, nice selections, I’m excited! Thanks Alanna.

Alright – so you’d like to win some fabric?! The prize consists of 8 fat quarters, 1 each of 8 different fabrics from Valori Wells’ Wrenly collection. This giveaway will run from June 14th (today!)- Friday, June 21st at 10pm. Canadian and US residents are free to enter.

Here’s how to win: (Make sure to leave one comment per entry on this post so we can count them all properly.)

  1. Check out Friday’s Off Fabric Shop. Pick your favorite fabric/bundle/kit/pattern and leave a comment on this post to tell us how you would use it!
  2. Optional Extra Entry: Like Fridays Off on Facebook and/or follow on TwitterLeave a comment on this post to say that you did, include your Facebook name or Twitter handle.
  3. Optional Extra Entry: Like Thread Riding Hood on Facebook and/or follow on Twitter. Leave a comment on this post to say that you did, include your Facebook name or Twitter handle. (If you already like Thread Riding Hood on Facebook or follow on Twitter this is an easy entry for you – Leave a comment!)

Here are some of my favorite fabrics from Alanna’s shop, what do you think? While you are commenting, let’s leave Alanna some well wishes on the coming of her baby!

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  1. June 14, 2013

    What a fabulous write up Sherri. Thank you.
    I’m looking forward to seeing the giveaway entries come through :)

    • June 14, 2013

      Glad you like it Alanna, Thanks for providing the giveaway prize!

  2. mom permalink
    June 14, 2013

    I love the Matryoshka print. and the Red Riding Hood one. So fun for making granddaughter things! :)

    • June 14, 2013

      Love the Matryoshka print too… I had a hard time only choosing 3 prints for the post!

  3. June 14, 2013 Love that fabric the colours are great. Mind you so are all the cars fabric. Wouldn’t mind making a baby quilt for a boy in that.

    • June 14, 2013

      The Wildfield in Pine is great! Why is it not on my favorites list?! How hard it is to choose favorites. The cars would be so cute in a quilt. Great idea!

  4. June 14, 2013

    facebook follower for Thread Riding Hood
    Gill recently posted… Coupons and quilting buys….My Profile

  5. June 14, 2013

    facebook follower of Friday’s Off
    Gill recently posted… Coupons and quilting buys….My Profile

  6. Leanne permalink
    June 14, 2013

    I love the “Little Red Riding Hood and Ladybug Garden Fat Quarter Bundle”!
    It would make such a sweet quilt for my girls.

  7. Leanne permalink
    June 14, 2013

    I “liked” Fridays Off Fabric Shop on Facebook…Leanne Habermehl

  8. Leanne permalink
    June 14, 2013

    I also “liked” Thread Riding Hood on facebook :)
    Leanne Habermehl

    • Leanne permalink
      June 14, 2013

      I’ll be sure to pin this contest too!!! Great to hear about new Canadian companies!

      • June 14, 2013

        Ooohhh… if you end up making a quilt can I see it?! Of course I can’t help liking any Red Riding Hood fabrics! :) Thanks for pinning!

  9. Laura permalink
    June 14, 2013

    I like the Little Red Riding Hood bundle and the Cruiser Cars fabric. I would love to make some hats for the kids!

  10. Laura permalink
    June 14, 2013

    I “liked” Fridays Off Fabric Shop on Facebook – my FB name is Laura Medrea Edwards.

  11. Laura permalink
    June 14, 2013

    And since I already “like” Thread Riding Hood on Facebook, I’ll just comment and thank you for bringing the Candian online fabric store into the limelight! When our only local fabric store consists of Fabricland, this is such a breath of fresh “fabric air”!! My husband may not be a fan of yours though since I’m spending all this money on fabrics now :) Great stuff Sherri! Nicely done.

    • June 14, 2013

      Thanks Laura! Hats would be super-cute in those fabrics! I hope I can redeem myself by also having helped to introduce you to making so many useful things for your family?! Ha! Likely not – the best prints are not cheap… It’s more of an obsession than a hobby for most I think! Ah, well – what can you do!

  12. Susan Nicol permalink
    June 14, 2013

    The fabric from Valori Wells contains some prints I would love to pet, I mean add to my stash, I mean use in my sewing!

    • June 14, 2013

      Love this, Made me laugh! I too have many fabrics that I have bought for “sewing”, the life of a sewer… we all need larger closets to keep (hide?) all of our stashing!

  13. Susan Nicol permalink
    June 14, 2013

    liked Fridays Off in facebook

  14. Susan Nicol permalink
    June 14, 2013

    liked Thread Riding Hood in facebook

  15. Cathy permalink
    June 14, 2013

    What a fabulous grouping of fabrics….. very difficult to make a choice…but when pushed I guess my favourite for the moment is…..Fine Feathered in Whisper by Anna Maria Horner. I have been looking for something for our granddaughters drapery and I think that may be the winner.

    • June 14, 2013

      Anna Maria Horner is pretty hard to beat… for the moment! Fine Feathered would make really cool drapes. Good luck on the contest!

  16. Cathy permalink
    June 14, 2013

    liked you on facebook….under my married name
    Cathy Holman

  17. Cathy permalink
    June 14, 2013

    liked fridaysoff on facebook again under my married name
    Cathy Holman

  18. Ashley permalink
    June 15, 2013

    Love the ladybugs. I’ve been eyeing up that fabric for awhile now :) And love the Little Red Riding Hood and Ladybug fat quarter bundle.

    • June 15, 2013

      Hi Ashley – those ladybugs seem to be calling everyone! They would make a perfect summer project. Thanks for the likes!

  19. Ashley permalink
    June 15, 2013

    Liked Friday’s off on Facebook under name Ashley Drudge.

  20. Ashley permalink
    June 15, 2013

    Liked Thread Riding Hood on facebook as well under name Ashley Drudge.

  21. Pam permalink
    June 15, 2013

    I like Tula Pink’s Cameo in Mist. Thanks for the introduction to this delightful store!

    • June 15, 2013

      You’re welcome Pam! Tula Pink is also one of my new favorite designers. LOVE her stuff!

  22. Pam permalink
    June 15, 2013

    I like Fridays Off on Facebook. And I love the name of this shop! :)

  23. Pam permalink
    June 15, 2013

    I like Thread Riding Hood on Facebook (PK Sews)

  24. June 15, 2013

    My wallet thanks you for introducing me to another Canadian online fabric shop! I would pick Sinister Swarm in Leaf by Anna Maria Horne as a favourite,, it would go nicely along with my other AMH prints in my butterfly quilt backing.
    lisa m recently posted… Simply Solids Progress – WIP WednesdayMy Profile

  25. June 17, 2013

    Liked the Friday’s Off fb page!

  26. Rachel permalink
    June 17, 2013

    The mushrooms in red are just too cute! I’d love to make a summer dress with it for my youngest. thanks for the giveaway:)

    • June 17, 2013

      Rachel! Great choice, I love using quilting fabric to make kids clothes – there are so many cute options!

  27. Rachel permalink
    June 17, 2013

    I “like” thread Riding Hood on fb!

  28. Lisa permalink
    June 17, 2013

    I would totally get “Wildfield in Pine” by Valori Wells. I love the pops of colour & dandelion motif! It would be perfect for a bag I’m currently working on, and possibly in the quilt I’m about to start… Hmm! Thank you for introducing me to this store, I’d love to buy more from Canadian sources!

    I’m also following FridaysOffShop on Twitter (@lisahjamieson).

    • June 17, 2013

      Hi Lisa! I’m so glad you like the blog :) Thanks so much! I love my “diaper bag” turned tote bag and use it all the time. It’s great for holding everything and would also make a great project bag since you can customize all of the inner pockets to suit whatever you want to hold. Have fun with your projects. I’m jealous of anyone that can make quilts – for some reason they seem to take me forever to finish!

  29. June 17, 2013

    Like Tread Riding Hood fb page!
    Sara recently posted… Blue & Grey Polka Dot Wristlet Key Chain, Key Fob- Gender Neutral by ThePerleyShoppeMy Profile

    • June 17, 2013

      Hi Sara! Thanks for the likes – good luck on the contest! I just checked out your Etsy shop. You’ve got some really great stuff there! Nice fabric choices :)

  30. June 17, 2013

    To all the people who have entered the giveaway and who have visited my shop so far – thank you! This is just a reminder that all of my prices include shipping! There are no additional fees added to your total for shipping or handling at checkout.

    • June 17, 2013

      This is amazing Alanna! What a great idea :) I have also shared your post on my FB page.

  31. Jennifer permalink
    June 17, 2013

    I love the colours in Cruiser Hexi Blue. I’ve been determined to make my son a backpack, and I think that fabric would be great. Thanks for directing us to another great Canadian Online Fabric Store.

    • June 17, 2013

      Hi Jenn – The cruisers would be super cute as a back pack. Great idea! Helpful for me too – I’m collecting things I should not to make him for his birthday :) LOL

  32. Jennifer permalink
    June 17, 2013

    Liked Fridays Off on Facebook (Jennifer Sra)

  33. Christie permalink
    June 20, 2013

    Beautiful witty collection! Thanks for sharing the collection :)

    • June 20, 2013

      Christie! Nice to hear from you again :) I’m sure Alanna would be pleased to hear that you like her taste in fabric!

  34. Jennifer permalink
    June 20, 2013

    Fine Feathered in Whisper, by Anna Maria is my fave right now. Thanks for the chance Sherri, and congrats Alanna on your coming bundle of joy.

    • June 20, 2013

      Nice choice! Great to see you here again! Thanks for reading.

  35. Niki McLeroy permalink
    June 21, 2013

    I like the Ladybug Fat Quarters. It would be such a cute jumping off point for a nursery quilt, or a tummy time mat.

  36. June 21, 2013

    I would LOVE to use the Ladybug quarters to make a nursery quilt or a tummy time mat. That would sooo cute!

  37. Linsie Peto permalink
    June 21, 2013

    I love the Wren in Snow fabric and I would probably make a vintage inspired dress for my daughter with it ^_^ I also followed you both on twitter!~ I’m @linsie_hunny Thanx!~

    • June 21, 2013

      Love Vintage Inspired patterns! What a great idea. Thanks for the follows :)

  38. Quilting Tangent permalink
    June 21, 2013

    Red Ladybug Dance I would use in a spring quilt or where I need that shade of red.

    • June 21, 2013

      Red Ladybug Dance would make a great quilt! The all-over pattern would be perfect, even for a small block.

  39. Pam permalink
    July 13, 2013

    I already like you on Facebook. :)

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