Tuesday, April 29, 2014

New Fabric and Upcoming Sale

Hello Again All:

We wanted to let everyone know that we did indeed go fabric shopping this past Sunday.  We found some really pretty new spring colored fabrics we haven't previously carried in the shop as well as purchasing all the fabrics we will need for our upcoming Block of the Month.  Now that we have the fabric for the Block of the Month, we will begin piecing the quilt top so everyone has a chance to see how beautiful and fun this quilt will be to piece.  We will be getting all the cost information together as quickly as possible so everyone can make an informed choice about whether they wish to come join the fun.  We had ten ladies for our last Block of the Month, and I would love to have that many again.   

Sandra is in the mood to have a FABRIC SALE (ooh, I just love that four letter word when it is preceded by FABRIC).  It will begin on  Friday, May 23rd through Memorial Day weekend and the entire next week ending on Saturday, May 31st.  All of our fabrics will be 20% off except for our newly acquired material which will be clearly marked as "not on sale".  If you buy what's left on a sale bolt, we will give you 25% off of that fabric.  All quilt kits, Moda precuts, notions, patterns and pattern books will be marked off 10%.  As usual, the batting and quilting services are not included in the sale.  There will be some extra special discounts on certain items that will be clearly marked. 

I am working on some upcoming classes for our clients, and am very interested in hearing from you if you have a particular class you are interested in taking.  I will also be scheduling a Beginner's Quilting Class during the summer.  I am considering making the classes for a longer time period so people don't feel rushed and have plenty of time to try the techniques and ask all the questions they need.  Let me know if you have any suggestions.

Hope you all have a good rest of the week, and I'll see you soon down at the Shop.


Thursday, April 24, 2014

Hello Again Everyone:

Having just emerged from the cocoon I call Tax Season, it was nice to find that the world still turns and I don't turn into a bat if I stick my head out in the daytime.  I mean to tell ya'll what, 13-15 hours a day for several weeks on end is enough to make you feel like a bat.

I was so excited to get to the shop last Saturday and see what had been going on while I was acting like a mushroom.  It is amazing how much creative energy you get just being around others who enjoy the same avocation as you. 

Sandra has been fielding questions from a few of our clients regarding if we were going to do another Block of the Month club this year.  We were very excited at the end of last year to realize that nine of the ten ladies who signed up had picked up all their blocks and were the happy recipients of their $30 gift certificate.  The even better news is that the 10th lady had not been well but has been in to see Sandra and hopefully will be able to finish it sometime this year.  Being our first Block of the Month club, it was a learning process for Sandra and I, and we will certainly take all your suggestions to heart.

Since most everyone bought at least some of the specialty rulers for our last Block of the Month, we want to be sure you are going to get your money's worth out of them.  We have decided to do another Eleanor Burns Block of the Month.  This one is called , "Quilt Blocks on American Barns".  It is a 70" square quilt, has five different barn blocks and eight additional pieced blocks.  I haven't seen anything like it recently, and neither had Sandra.  The quilt is based on Eleanor Burn's travels around the country on "Quilt Barn Tours"; looking at the different quilt blocks people had painted on their barns.  Of course, our barn blocks will also have miniature quilt blocks to replicate these barns from real life.  It is going to be a lot of fun, and certainly something different for most of us.

The primary colors in the quilt are going to be red, white and blue, with green, yellow and white accent fabrics and a little black.  We are going fabric shopping this Sunday, and will hopefully be able to acquire all the fabrics we need to begin piecing our store version of the quilt.  Since the colors are very patriotic, we would love to start this Block of the Month club around the 4th of July.  The sign up fee will be the same, $40 per person.  Again, if you make it to the end, we will give you a $30 store gift certificate to use on whatever you wish.  We will provide you with a cost per month just as soon as we are able.  In addition, I will start posting pictures as soon as we get some of the blocks completed.

I am so excited at the opportunity to renew old acquaintances after my tax enforced sabbatical.  I hope you have all been well and are enjoying this lovely spring weather.  For anyone who is interested, my version of the Tales of the First Ladies Block of the Month quilt is hanging up at the shop.  I did it in pastel shades and the centerpiece is totally different from the book.  I will post a picture as soon as I can remember to take one....

You all have a fabulous rest of the week, and I'll be posting more information soon.

Take care!