Posted by: flamingodebra | July 23, 2015

New Website!!!!

Yippee!  Debra Quilts Lots now has a new website and blog.  My daughter has been visiting us here in Penticton and couldn’t resist getting me back online.  So, here’s the link to what we have started, I will be posting a few customer quilts and I have a space for upcoming quilt shows too, so just send me your info and I will put it on there!  Don’t forget, we’re on Facebook and Instagram too!

See ya!

Debra and Rico

Posted by: flamingodebra | November 1, 2014

Today’s the Day

A few people know and many have heard the rumours…. and today is the Day.  I am no longer the Boss at the Flamingo Motel.  I am now only the Queen of Debra Quilts Lots.  Flamingo Quiltworx as an entity is no longer…… The shop is closed and the motel has been sold to some very nice people who will do a wonderful job.  The only thing they asked for when buying the place was to ensure that we would leave the quilts on the beds for their guests to enjoy!  How sweet is that?


It has been 13 great years here at the Flamingo, Castlegar has been fabulous to us.  We’ve met a ton of interesting people and made many wonderful friends.  I am extremely sad to leave but so excited to go!  We’ve purchased a new home in Penticton, BC a beautiful city that’s nestled in the wine country of the Okanagan.


I will still Quilt other’s quilts once I’m set up, but I will just finish up the ones I have right now before I start actively seeking out new customers.  I am hoping to continue with my current customers but I understand that shipping a quilt is sometimes daunting.  You could take your quilts to Timmy-Jeanne Quilting Arts or Karen at Lakeside Quilting, both do a very nice job.  If you email me I will get you their contact info.  Timmy-Jeanne also has her famous Hand-Dyed fabrics and a beautiful assortment of fabrics and threads and supplies…… checkout her facebook page, search for Timmy-Jeanne Quilting Arts.


We are going to take advantage of our freedom and do some travelling and relaxing.  Our new place needs some love and we have fantastic ideas for it.

So if you’d like to get in touch, my new email is and I’ll get a phone number out as soon as I get one.

So long!  See ya soon!img_0088_2

Posted by: flamingodebra | June 26, 2014

Only 2 Days Left!

Our renovation Sale has only today and tomorrow to go!!!!  We will be closed for the summer (July and August), available by appointment only…. mostly for long arming pick ups and drop offs but if there is something that you would like to purchase, please just call ahead so I can make sure to be available…… my phone number is 250-365-7978, or email .


I am very excited to get started on my ‘renovations’.  I am really going to be moving things around, trying to make the shop work better for classes and long arming….. since getting my A-1 Quilting Upgraded with the Platinum Elite stitch regulator, I am really enjoying it!  Kim made me totally level so I’m a little reluctant to move the machine now…..


I really appreciate you calling ahead, please do not ‘just drop in’. 


Thanx much!  Debra and Rico

Posted by: flamingodebra | June 3, 2014

June – Renovation Sale!

Hey Quilters!
We are having a Renovation Sale until June 27th – 30% off everything in the shop! 
We’ll be closed for Renovations July and August – we’ll still be available by appointment only for Long Arm Quilting! 
So stop in and pick up everything you need for your summer projects before the end of the month!
Posted by: flamingodebra | May 22, 2014

Sale is still in Full Swing!

Our May-ke Room sale is working well! There is still a LOT of Clearance fabric on the table for $7/m, buy 5m or more or finish off the bolt and it’s $5/m…… the Scraps are all gone but there are lots of Remnants and Fat Quarters left!…. Fat Quarters are on for $3.50, if you buy 10 or more, they are $2.50….. and the Remnants are 30% off!

Here are a couple of quilts that have gone home recently….. the Nimble Thimble ladies out of Nelson, BC did a Mystery Quilt this spring. Also Termed the “Misery Quilt”, these belong to Jo and Joy and they turned out great!





And this is Brenda’s Quilt, if I recall correctly, it’s one of her firsts…. nice job, great subtle colours and it was very soothing to quilt!


Our Guild brought in Coreen Zerr to teach two classes, so I was able to spend 4 days learning new things!  I have never tried Art Quilting before and this is a whole new tangent for my brain to think of things when I should be sleeping……. here’s Coreen’s website, take a few minutes and look at her creations…. many are massive ( like 10 feet tall) and her smaller samples that she travelled with were also incredible.  There are so many things you can do with your quilts – art pieces – that you can’t even imagine….. check out our creations at our show in October….. I am stunned by how many of our quilters have made progress on theirs and are ready for borders.  I am looking through my stuff for some twine/macramé cord to make some hay bales and I’m waiting for a break in the action to put my Lily up on the wall and work on it too….


Coreen also spoke about the Power of 10.  Focusing on only 10 projects at any one time…. I am still on step number one, clearing out the things I know I won’t finish…… so I put my unquilted tops on the table to sell, about half of them have already found new homes.  I really want someone to take them home and finish them and enjoy them, they are not doing anyone any good in my closet…….

This weekend in Calgary – Heritage Park Quilt show… May 24, 25

Quilter’s Garage Sale!!!
June 22/14, 8 am- 1 pm
Timmy Jeanne Quilting Arts,
509-105 th St.
Castlegar, BC (Blueberry Creek)
Call 250-304-9384
Reserve your table today,  $10/table, canopies and tents welcome.
Rain or shine!!!
Refreshments available, tell your friends, tell other guilds, other quilt shops welcome. Hand dyed fabrics, Aurifil thread, and long arm quilting services available on site as well. Clean out your stash, rent a space, sell your goods, check out what others are passing on. Great deals, make this an annual event, call today to reserve your space.

Timmy-Jeanne Tack
Timmy-Jeanne Quilting Arts
Longarm Quilting Services
Call (250)304-9384

June 27 and 28, Quilts in the Garden in Grand Forks, BC at Heart n Sole…. always a beautiful show!

Posted by: flamingodebra | May 14, 2014

It’s May and we are May-ke ing Room

May-ke Room Sale….. Starting May 14th, Everything is on Sale….. I have to May-ke Room! Sale goes until May 30th!

Buy 1 m $14, 2m off the same bolt $13 each, 3m or more off the same bolt$12 each, 5m or more off the same bolt $10 each
Finish off the bolt for an extra 10% off……
Selected Bolts $7/m, 5 m or more off the same bolt $5 each
Fat ¼’s are $3.50, buy 10 or more for $2.50 each
Notions, Remnants, patterns and precuts all 30% off
Books are $12 each

BYOB – Bring your own bag to fill with scraps for $5

Selected quilt tops for sale too!

Posted by: flamingodebra | April 18, 2014

Some finishes

I finished another customer quilt, that makes 3 so far this year, I took the winter off of quilting for others thinking I’d get so many of mine done that I’d free up a whole closet full of space. I started more than I finished, so technically, I am further behind than when I started!

This is Leona’s Cosmic Jewels, it’s a king sized quilt, made with a kit bought at Heart n Sole in Grand Forks…. beautiful!



While I was retreat last week, I finished nothing, made some progress on a few things and started this one. Then I found out that a great friend’s daughter received horrible health news. This young woman has faced a few big challenges and triumphed like a trooper so I am certain she’ll continue to do so with this one! She has a wonderful family and a huge support system. About all I can do in these situations is make a quilt, so here’s hers, the front is a couple of jelly rolls and the back has the Healing Tree on it….. she loves bright colours, so I think she’ll like this! I put wool batting in it and washed it….. looks and feels snuggly.



I got an email the other day ‘Start a Mother/Daughter Book Club’….. and my daughter thought that it would be a great idea…. so she got to pick the first book, we are starting with The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion, I’ll let you know how it goes!

Posted by: flamingodebra | April 6, 2014

Retreat! Retreat!

I am off to my annual Retreat, Quilters without Borders meet outside Couer d’Alene every April for 5 days to just quilt, visit and relax….. someone even feeds us. There’s usually another group of quilters on the weekend and we all sit down to dinner together and pop back and forth between sewing rooms to see what’s up….. it’s wonderful to just sit and stare out the window too, looking out over the lake is a great pastime.

So the shop will be closed all of next week, April 8 – 12, I’ll be back and rarin’ to go on the 15th. I have about 15 projects I’d like to start and about 30 I’d like to finish while I’m there so we’ll see how things go……. I’ll be happy if I get 3 things completed, really.

I did finish two customer quilts this week, Sharon won a set of blocks at last year’s West Kootenay Conference and added a few more to make up two single quilts…..the borders were cool.






Posted by: flamingodebra | March 20, 2014

Back in Full Swing!

Well, after having the winter ‘off’ from quilting for customers, I am about to be in full ‘GO’ mode again…. funny how thinking that you have time makes you use it in different ways than intended.

I am off this weekend to a LongArm class with Judy Woodward.  The shop will be closed today, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  But we’ll be open next Saturday even if it’s the last Saturday of the Month when we are usually closed.

And to add to the whirlwind of activity, I got a ticket to an event the same evening as Flamingo Club.  So, I will be sending out an email but if you read the blog you’ll have some more time to think about it.  We can do the evening Flamingo Club on Tuesday April 1 or Thursday April 3, I’ll take a vote which will work best and then we’ll go with that….. sorry if that’s an inconvenience but the other group wouldn’t change their date for us…..

Here’s what I’ve been doing with my time…. I had 70 quilt tops to quilt but…. I started too many more projects and really got 3 or 4 of the 70 quilted.

016 003 014 005 006 002 008 011 004I got a Scan n Cut for Christmas, played with it and a pattern that was in the Canadian Quilter years ago, did two bedspreads for the motel rooms, Rico was posing here…. this is a collage of leftover trimmings, didn’t work out like I thought it might, my BQ3 quilt, it’s been waiting about 4 years to be quilted, the start of my Lonestar Pizzaz Block of the month, my Little Black Dress 10 minute block quilt, a baby quilt for a friend’s grandson and another from the leftovers – it’s going to Guatmala with the Nursing students from Selkirk College and finally my geese for the Glacier Star I’m working on.   So really, I have accomplished something…… just not what was intended initially.  The best laid plans sometimes get waylaid.

Posted by: flamingodebra | January 23, 2014

Classes Finally!

I have finally set some dates for classes!  Check out our Classes by clicking on the tab above that says “Class List”.

Please contact the shop if you’d like to sign up for a class, email to or phone at 250-365-7978 (after 11am please) ….. and if there is a class you’d like to take but cannot attend the set date, or there isn’t a date set, let me know and I can maybe arrange something……or if you have a friend or two that would like to take the same class, we’ll make our own date.  Minimum two students, 3 is perfect and 4 is the maximum (and it’s cozy).

The Block of the Month – Lonestar Pizzazz is also on the class list.  We’ll start in February with our Lone Star points and meet up the last Tuesday of the month after that for 2 sampler blocks each month.  First Demo will be February 25th at 11:15, so come in and sign up so that we can get your fabrics all picked out and you can start right away.  We’ll need two main colours and a background.  My niece picked Orange and Purple with a dark background (think sunset…..).  You could also start with a border fabric and pick from there….. the possibilities are endless.

Classes start at 10am, with doors opening at 9:30 so that you can get set up.  It’s a great idea to come and pick your fabric ahead of time or if you have something you’d like to use and need a companion for it, that’s best done before class day too.

I have pretty much everything you need here in the shop and if I don’t I can certainly order it in for you.  I don’t mind to even lend you my tools for class, but if everyone wants to use the same tool at the same time, we may waste time waiting.

As you may know, I’m taking a little ‘me’ time away from longarming other people’s quilts.  I have started up a list to take quilts and I’m currently booking in July, 2014.  I know of some other fabulous long arm quilters in the area if you need something quilted sooner and I’d be happy to pass along their contact information.  I haven’t quit, just taking time to play…..

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