Flare Fabrics is the culmination of my dreams, but it’s a family and friends affair. My husband built my studio, my children help with the website and family and friends sew the samples for my kits.

I launched my website in the the hopes that other quilters and sewers are looking for the fabric and patterns that I’ve been using in my own quilting the past 15 years.

I’ve quilted while raising three children and working full time. I’m always looking for projects that are not only fun — but quick and easy. I also search out patterns that are bold and modern, and suit a variety of ages and interests.

As I explore the fabric and quilting business, this blog is the place where I look forward to sharing what I learn,  products I find I hope others will find interesting and tidbits from other sewers. I also hope you’ll share your advice, suggestions and ideas with me.

It’s been a lot of fun — and hard work — putting this site together. I know I’ve found it worthwhile, and I hope you do as well.


8 Responses to About

  1. Karen says:

    I am trying to locate somewhere/someone in Peterborough who gives sewing lessons to children/teens. My daughter is going into grade 6 and would love to learn to sew properly. The one store in Peterborough who did teach teens is now closing because the owner is retiring. Do you know anyone who is teaching children? Thank you for any help you can give.


    • Marlene says:

      Hi Karen, My suggestion would be to ask at the local quilt guild if they know of stores or individuals teaching children. Sometimes the local school or community centre are offering classes as well. Good luck. Marlene

  2. Eleanor Plewes says:

    I would like to purchase the pattern for the Abby lane thread catcher Is it possible?Please e-mail me a reply thanks

  3. I am going to use an electric frypan (skillet) to melt wax for batik – I was planning to use a pot inside it, rather than melt the wax directly in the fry pan – will this work? What temperature do I need to start the frypan at and what temperature should I maintain the wax at?

    • Batik wax is a 50/50 mix of paraffin and beeswax that creates the “crackle” effect required for batik. The batik melts at 140 degrees F or 60 degrees C. Batik wax is extremely flammable and should not be heated directly on a stove. A double boiler or electric fry pan with a temperature control is fine to melt the wax. Make sure you work in a well ventilated area and don’t heat it hotter than 240º F! Hope this helps.

  4. Margaret Langlois says:

    We would like to send a couple of quilts for the people of Slave Lake if you still need them.

    Would you send me the address please.


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