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Last Minute Gifts For Quilters

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

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The holidays are almost here…how ya doing on your gift list??? If there are still some holes in it we may have just the thing. Feel free to forward this to your secret Santa too! Or you can just skip the middleman and buy yourself what you really want. You know the old saying “If you want it done right, do it yourself!”

 

You have until the 20th of December to ensure delivery by Christmas if you choose Priority Mail. If you live in New England…we can probably go until the 21st…hopefully…

 

Lighting!

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I have sold hundreds of the little portable lights in the first photo. They’re a great light. Now they have a big brother! They both have 3 levels of brightness and are both powered by either 4 AA batteries (not included) or a USB cord (included) with just the touch of a finger. Now you can take your light where you need it most…in the living room while watching tv…while traveling, in dark hotel rooms…during class or retreat…at your sewing area at home…or all of them since they move easily with no cord!

 

Both lights can be maneuvered around to get the light exactly where you need it. The little one folds/unfolds to point light where you need it. The larger one has a flexible neck to get the light in just the right spot.

 

The little one can be found here. It sells for $14.95

 

The larger one can be found here. It sells for $19.95

 

Quick To Finish Projects!

Have you ever looked at your gift list and thought…oh crap, I forgot Penelope and we’re going to her house tomorrow! Perhaps you need a quick gift to give or you need a little something for a secret sister…Mini Projects may be just the answer. It’s always good to keep one or two on hand for emergencies! You can whip one of these out in an afternoon (no really, you can!) or just give them the pattern and let them have all the fun. We have LOTS to choose from! Check ’em out here.

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Tea Towels Are NOT Just For Tea!

Is your honey like mine and forgets to tell you things? “Oh, did I forget to tell you that we’re going to the Smith’s for dinner tonight?”…sigh…it’s a good thing I love him…

 

I don’t like to go to someone’s home empty handed but I don’t have a lot of time or money either so don’t expect any fine china or expensive wine if you have me over! A tea towel made for the host/hostess is just perfect. If I want to do a little more then I’ll put the towel as a liner in a basket or other container and add some homemade goodies. Oh heck, buy the homemade looking ones from the store and transfer them to the basket. No one will ever know. Just remember…it’s an old family recipe and Great Aunt Hilda would never allow you to divulge the family secret…

 

You really can make these in a blink of an eye. If you hurry you can get one done in about an hour…really…yes, even you! If I can do it, so can you. These are also good to keep on hand for emergencies. Especially if you have a forgetful honey like I do!

 

You can find the tea towels here and the tea towel patterns here.

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Good luck with those gift lists!

 

 

Want to name a quilt pattern?

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

Naming patterns is not always an easy task. Sometimes I know the name before the pattern has fully become clear. Other times (like now…) I struggle with it.

I have two new pre-cut, pre-fused kits that will be making their debut next week at Pinwheels & Friends quilt show in Sturbridge MA. All the cutting is done, fusing is done, instructions are almost done…all they need are names! Leave a comment with your name suggestions. If I end up using the one you suggest then you will receive a complete kit of that runner.

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First up is this table runner with a rooster and hen and all their eggs on a barn red background. I don’t want to use the word basket in the name since there is no basket on the runner. One of the ladies in my guild suggested Laying Around which is growing on me…

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Second we have this table runner with a couple of clusters of grapes. I’m drawing a complete blank on this one… I don’t really want to have a “wine” name since they’re just grapes, not wine. Unless it could somehow be a “pre-wine” name…sigh…still nothing comes to me…

 

Can ya help a gal out? Leave a comment with your thoughts and suggestions.

 

Spring Quilt Market

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

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I have just returned from Salt Lake City Utah where this year’s spring market was held. For those of you who don’t know…market is where quilt shops go to purchase the fabrics, notions and patterns that we sell to you. It is only open to people in the trade, not the general public. All the large fabric companies are showing off their new lines, pattern designers are displaying their newest creations and there are demos galore for us to learn how to use the latest gadget so we can, in turn, teach you. There is also a full day of classes before the show floor opens. The classes are everything from how to handle social media, how to make kits, the wonders of new patterns and gadgets…everything to run a quilt shop. The classes are 15 or 30 minutes in length, go from 10am to 6pm and there are at least 20 classes held in each time slot. You get the class schedule about 9:30am so it’s a daunting task to figure out which classes you want to attend!

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The show floor is open for three days and most shops take 2-3 days to see everything. I did it in one day. Needless to say I probably missed a lot but that’s ok. I still managed to find some great items, some of which I brought home but most of which will be shipped out and arriving soon. here are some highlights:

The two hour tulip purse by Anything But Boring. Pattern includes instruction for 4 sizes. I was able to bring this one home. You can see it here, Two Hour Tulip Purse. I think I’ve already pulled enough fabric to make 6 of these. Fast and quick – gotta love it!

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Isn’t this a cute loon family? It’s a pre-cut, pre-fused little number from Laura’s Sage Country Quilts. We’ll have both the applique as well as kits. Can’t wait until they get here.

These needle cases from Puffin Company come in two sizes and have various decorations on them. They should be here in about a week or two. So cute! The artist also makes needle threaders and needles minders. I ordered several and they will be here soon.

I ordered two new patterns from Happy Hollow Designs and they will be here soon. Topsy Turvy Moose and a cute Halloween runner/wall hanging.

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Of course with all this quilty stuff around and long days of working hard…there’s bound to be trouble with your friends…

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Ebony Love has found a new use for the new Fat Quarter Gypsy Pop-up basket!

My hotel was across from this beautiful architecture. The light rail stops had these cute birds on top. Not sure if they deterred real birds or attracted them…

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Salt Lake City welcomed the quilters with open arms. Many businesses in the area had signs inviting us in. Color was everywhere, even restaurants!

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So now it’s back to the business at hand all while dreaming about fall Quilt Market in Houston…should I go? hmm…

 

 

 

 

 

Sassy Scarf

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

Check out our newest item…Sassy Ribbon by Red Heart

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OK, the package says Sassy Fabric but it’s really a ribbon. What can you do with it you ask? Make a scarf!

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It could not be any easier. You can even do it while watching tv! Each skein of ribbon has 30 yards and works up to a scarf about 7′ long. Don’t want one that long? Then you don’t have to use the whole thing. All you need is a crochet hook, size J…or something close (size is not critical) and about an hour of your time.

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The ribbon is about 2.5″ wide and is scalloped on one side and has evenly spaced holes on the other side.

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Slide your hook from back to front through the first hole, back to front through the second hole, then third, fourth and fifth hole – back to front each time. Pick up the sixth hole and draw it through the first five holes on the hook.

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You are now left with a single hole on the hook. Continue on, adding five holes back to front and sliding the sixth hole through until you reach the end or the desired length. When you reach the end use the last few holes to go back and tie off on the portion already hooked together to secure the end. That’s it, you’re all done. The scarf will twist and turn on it’s own as you go. Wasn’t that simple? It comes in a variety of colors and we only have a limited quantity so hurry on in to get yours! Sassy Ribbon

Out With The Old…In With The New

Friday, September 6th, 2013

Out With The Old…

It’s a sad day for lovers of Seralene thread. Mettler has decided to no longer make this wonderful thread. All the spools I have in stock are all I’m going to get – ‘taint no mo! It has been marked down to $4.95 per spool (from $6.95). There is still a decent amount of white, off-white and black but the colors are getting to be slim pickens. Get it while ya still can. You can find it here, in the Seralene Thread section.

In With The New…

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I have gotten so many requests the last few months for small rotary rulers. Never being one to want to dissappoint the masses – we now have a full selection of Omnigrip/Omnigrid rulers in stock. 2.5″, 3.5″, 5″, 5.5″, 6″ & 6.5″. You can find them here in our Rotary Supplies section.

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Perfect Ovals, Perfect Circles, Perfect Bigger Circles & Perfect Stems. These templates are easy and fun to use. For the circles and ovals – simply trace the desired size, do a quick running stitch around, iron, remove the heat resistant template and VIOLA! Perfection. For the stems – simply place the template inside the fold of your fabric, stitch with your machine, trim, iron and VIOLA! Perfection.

You can find them here, in the Notions section. What would you do with a pile of ovals and circles? Flowers? Something else? Let’s hear it!