Today I get to introduce you to the ninth Canadian Online Fabric Store in our series – Country 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!
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…