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Sunday, April 24, 2016

40% off @ Retirement Sale......

 The Retirement Sale has been going really well,
but we are ready to take it to the next level.
Sew....beginning Monday, April 25th.....

Until further notice, almost EVERYTHING in the shop will be 40% off (excludes Clearance, other markdowns, fixtures, samples, etc.)   ALL Kwik Sew patterns will now be $4ALL buttons 50% off, plus there will be some other markdowns as well.  So, be sure to take your time and look around when you come in! 

We've had a number of people who thought we were going to close at the end of April.  Not so....the lease is not up until the end of May, and right now, it looks like we will be open at least until the middle of May. 

Do we still have fabric?  Yes....we still have a lot of fabric left, including batiks, knits, wool, Kaffe Fassett, Kansas Troubles, solids, flannels, tone-on-tones, black and whites, and novelty prints (even Seahawks, Mariners and Sounders).  Below are pictures taken at the shop on Friday afternoon ...

We also have a good supply of most types of batting and some notions.  Plus, we keep *unearthing* other items for our Clearance Dept.  There are plenty of store samples, shelving and fixtures available too.  (Some fixtures and shelving may not be ready for pick-up until after the middle of May, though.)

To say that the last three weeks have been a whirlwind, would definitely be an understatement....I've even been averaging 18,000 steps a day on my Fitbit lately!!  Your kind words and support during this time have been such an encouragement to me, the Retired Guy, and the staff.  All of us are really going to miss you, not to mention all of the fun, creative projects you've allowed us to assist you with over the years

  And speaking of the staff, they have been my rock for the last month!  I could never have pulled this off without the help of the Fabettes....our RN Emily, who worked for us when she was in high school and summers during college, even pitched in and helped out, giving up her Saturdays and days off.  I am truly blessed with wonderful customers, friends and staffAnd for that, I am, as always....

Sew thankful ~


1633 Birchwood Ave.

Bellingham, WA 98225


Friday, April 8, 2016


Okay.....we've got quite a few thousand fat quarters waiting for you!  We open the doors at 10:00.....imagine they will get *picked over* pretty quickly.  We tried to arrange everything so it wouldn't be too crowded, but it probably will be.  Don't forget to bring something to *gather* them.  Hope to see lots of you!

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Happy Birthday to Me......


Okay.....I usually try to *fly under the radar* when it's my birthday.  Not sure why, I don't really mind at all that I am getting a year older, just don't like the attention, I guess  =)

However, this year I am going to break that tradition.  Saturday, April 9th is going to be my 68th birthday.  Sew, to celebrate, we will be selling ALL fat quarters for 68 cents THAT DAY ONLY from 10:00-6:00.

That's right, you did just read it correctly!  Every single pre-cut fat quarter will be 68 cents....but, we will not cut them to order that day.  And we will have absolutely no pre-sales.

So....come on in and wish me a happy birthday by buying some fat quarters ~ okay?  Also, you might want to bring something to gather them in.....I'm afraid we have *recycled* all of those boxes, etc we use during our annual Fat Tuesday Sale! 

Now, please read this carefully....do not come on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday for 68 cent fat quarters....the sale is ONLY SATURDAY, APRIL 9th 10:00 to 6:00!

As for right now, the current sale continues featuring 30% off EVERYTHING, plus 50% off all Kwik Sew patterns and LOTS of other great markdowns.  We're also starting to price many of our fixtures, etc that are for sale.  You can see some of them at our website www.fabric-etc.com  

Reminder: we're open regular hours for the Retirement Sale of Monday-Saturday from 10:00 to 6:00. 

I just want to take a minute to thank all of you for your overhwhelming support of my Retirement Sale, as well as all of the kind words, cards, e-mails, Facebook and Instagram posts.  I have saved them all in special folders to read and re-read as needed!  I am truly blessed to call you my customers/friends.  I will miss all of you and your kindness throughout the years.  

And for that..... am as always, sew thankful ~

1633 Birchwood Ave.
Bellingham, WA 98225

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

No Foolin' I'm Retiring......


As most of you know, my goal here @ Fab-Etc has always been to provide quality quilting and apparel fabric in a fun and friendly atmosphere.  But now, I have a new goal - my retirement!  Yup, I plan to permanently close the store when the lease is up at the end of May, and join the *retired guy* in having much more time to focus on our grandkids, travel, etc. 
Sew, I'm having a ...

Yes, the shop will be temporarily closed from Saturday, March 26th through Thursday, March 31st so we can get ready to re-open on Friday, April 1st and kick-off my "No Foolin' I'm Retiring Sale."  We'll begin by offering 30% off everything, limited to stock on hand and excluding clearance items, fixtures, display items, quilts and store samples (which will all be specially marked-down to sell quickly). 
Sorry, but there can be absolutely no pre-sales!

Since we'll eventually liquidate the entire inventory, you can expect further reductions as time goes on, BUT, you may want to hurry in for the BEST SELECTIONS!  Watch your Inbox, our Facebook page and Instagram feed for sale updates and *flash sale* items.  (As you would expect, at this time we will no longer be issuing gift certificates or placing special orders.)  PLEASE .... if you have a Fabric-Etc gift certificate or if you bought a Fabric-Etc gift certificate for anyone make sure you/they come and use it. 

We expect the first week or two to be pretty crazy, so along with your shopping bag (remember ~ *bagless in Bellingham*), pack your patience too.  =)   And, for my neighbors' sakes, please consider parking across the street in the Albertsons lot if ours is crowded. 
And try not to make me cry ~ okay?!?  My face gets all red and puffy and it's not a good look on me!  Although, I expect I'll need the kleenex box close by the next two months.  THANKS!

Most of the fixtures, counters, registers, display items, etc. - along with a number of quilts and store samples - will also be available for purchase.  As stated above, they will be priced as marked, without further discounts (Photos of available items will eventually be available for viewing on our website.)

CAROL'S COMMENTSAs you can probably  imagine, I have mixed feelings about ending this chapter of my life and starting a new one.  Thanks to your continued support, 2015 was our best year ever, so it feels good to *go out at the top of our game*.  I will miss seeing all of you and your creativity .... it has inspired me daily.  Truthfully though, I will not miss the 60-70 hour work weeks I regularly put in.  At almost 68, it's time to slow down ..... and my body and mind tell me that on a regular basis.  =)  

I look forward to watching my grandkids' soccer games, school concerts and plays.  And after five years of having a *retired guy* around, I'm going to enjoy being his *retired gal* ..... we're looking forward to putting the top down on the *horse car* and hitting the open road from time to time! 

I will miss my staff/friends terribly and all of the crazy, creative adventures we've had the last nearly 19 years ..... those last minute "how are we ever going to get this to come together" times, as well as all of the laughter we've shared together in the fun times; and the tears we've shed during the hard times in our lives.  Sew, I'll show my age by saying the words Bob Hope often sang ..... Thanks for the memories .....

And for that ..... will always be, sew thankful ~


Sunday, March 6, 2016

City Bag......

Think I told you about a bag I was working on.....this is a picture of it (including my very *thready* design wall!)  I think now that you see the picture, you understand why I said I was going to call it The City Bag.  It's made using a heavier fabric with the city printed on it and Robert Kaufman's Essex Linen in black as the base of the bag and the handles.  For the lining, I used a fun, newspaper-type print.  It's pretty good-sized, so for us *bagless in Bellingham* folks it would be a great bag to take shopping!  I'm looking forward to hauling my projects around in it after we're done using it as a sample.  I took some time yesterday and wrote up the directions on how I made it, if you're interested.  And yes, we still have some of the fabric, as well as some other great fabrics to make a bag.

Yesterday was another fun day at the shop.  Sharon kicked off the day with a group of folks who learned how to hand-piece a LeMoyne Star block.  Then, Diane had the next to the last class with her Beginning Quilting class.....these gals are doing a FABULOUS job on their projects.  It's so much fun to see to their enthusiasm for learning new skills.  Harriet and I kept busy with customers and were on a *cleaning up* mission at the same time  =)  How was your Saturday?

Friday, March 4, 2016


Here's one of the things we've worked on lately.  Remember the *old* tumbler placemat kits we had?  No....well then, just remember these new tumbler placemat kits!  Our customer Ann, had done some table toppers similar to these so we *stole* her idea and re-did our tumbler placemats.  Aren't they just lots of fun?  Alicia and I just finished kitting up the rest of the tumblers we had cut from the *food aisle* in the shop.  I think I need to make some of these for when the grandkids come for dinner...or maybe the family campout next summer?  Anyway, we have quite a few kits ready ~ everything is pre-cut for you and each kit makes a pair of placemats!

How's your week been?  We've just been hopping at the shop this week....you guys must have been busy the last week or so thinking up your next projects!  I finished a *cheater* baby quilt that looks like Grandmother's Flower Garden.  The yardage is from Lakehouse Fabrics.  I'm putting the finishing touches on a bag tonight (I hope) that I'm calling The City Bag.....you'll see why I named it that when I show you the finished product ~ hopefully this weekend.  And on that note, I am headed downstairs to try and get closer to a *finish* on it!  Have a great weekend everyone!

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Just *spoolin* around......

Life has been busy around here.....and this was one of the things I've been working on.  You may have seen my Button Jars made from the same Dot, Dot Dash charm square pack from Moda.  Both the button jars and these spools are included in the pattern and can both be made from the same charm pack!  (Are you old enough to remember the *two, two, two mints in one* commercial?!?)  Anyway, both projects were fun to make and we do still have a few charm packs and patterns in stock with more patterns on order.

We've been keeping our noses to the grindstone around here and trying to FINISH some things that were started and then got pushed aside for one reason or another.  I'll try and show you a few of them in the next week or so.  I know that my spools and button jars still need to be quilted and bound, but thought I should hang them before we don't have any fabric or patterns left!  Speaking of patterns, we had finally gotten our backorder of Elizabeth Hartman's Fancy Forest patterns last week.  Well, they sold out in one day, so I do have a few more hopefully headed this way!  I'm pretty sure we still have a few of her Fancy Fox patterns, though.

Have some more book-work things to get done tonight, so I'll be signing off for now!  Hope you have a wonderful week.....