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Wednesday, August 12, 2015


Hey....it's me again!  Just wanted you to know that the retired guy/webmaster just updated the classes page on the website.  This is a picture of one of them that Diane is teaching in September.  It's called Kimimila and is a two-part class (FYI...not recommended for beginners).  There are several other great classes going on in September, so you might want to hop over there and check them out!

Whew....the sale last week was lots of fun....so nice to see so many of you!  It has just been a super busy summer around here.  And then, this week we've been getting some new fabrics, so we've been doing the *fabric shuffle* to make room!  There's a darling group from Riley Blake that we put right front and center at the counter.  It's called *Bloom and Bliss* and is cute as can be!  There were some new Kaffe fabrics that came this week too....good thing, since we sold LOTS of them last week.  We have some of the Shot Cottons too that have proved to be popular.  Next, we may try some of his stripes.  Okay....I'm doing this at the shop, at there are folks who want to buy fabric.....imagine that....gotta run!!

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Guest blog post by Tonya......

Hey....check out this guest blog post from Tonya Alexander!  We are sew proud of her.....we can say *we knew her back when*


She will be teaching this runner next month in conjunction with a Kaffe Fassett charm square swap.  We just scheduled it, so it's not on the website yet.  Let us know if you're interested in that, plus we have a list going for the pre-order of her book *Stash Lab* coming out in October.

Okay.... in the middle of our Sizzling Summer Sale....gotta run!!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Sizzling Summer Sale and August Update.....

Share this news with your fabric-loving friends!!
It's time once again for our annual......
Help us make room for our new fabric arriving!
*Clearance fabric not included
*Minimum cut 1/8 yard
Now, back to our regularly scheduled August update  =)
AUGUST'S NIFTY NOTIONFor August’s Nifty Notion we’re featuring the new *Itty Bitty Eighths* rulers from Creative Grid. There are 2 sizes ~ 3" x 7" and a 6" square.  They were designed by Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings with easy to read 1/8 inch markings. Black and white dashed ” markings show on light and dark fabrics, plus the Creative Grid *grip* helps holds the fabric while you’re cutting. The regular price $15.95 ~ but Nifty Notion price just $10.95 for the entire month of August!

ROW BY ROW EXPERIENCE ~ JUNE 21 - SEPTEMBER 8 We're participating in Row By Row Experience! Let me try and explain it. There are shops in all 50 states and the provinces in Canada participating. Each shop designs a *row* that is 36½” long and up to 9½” wide fitting this year’s theme *water*. At each shop you get a free pattern for their row (no mail order). We also have kits for our row, as well as our fun collectible license plate ~ HKD ON QLTS (our *row* has some fish and a baited hook!) See the blog and/or Facebook for pictures. More info at www.rowbyrowexperience.com
BONNIE’S TEAM…...Dear friend and customer, Bonnie DeSpain, lost her battle with cancer in 2001. In her memory, we annually help the group she started, “Bonnie's Team”. Here’s what you can do: Aug 1-Sept 29, pick up your one yard of batting and one yard of 44” cotton fabric for the back of your quilt (donated by Fabric-Etc - limit one per customer). Using any design, make a quilt with the approximate dimensions 34” x 42” (Bonnie’s original size). Bring the quilt to us by Oct 17. Quilts will be displayed at the shop Oct 19-24. Your quilt will then be donated to a chemotherapy patient at our local Infusion Center. More info and history is available on our website.

NEW STUFF….CLASSES…..INSTAGRAM....Lots to tell you about, so here are the headlines! I know it’s still summer, but I need to tell you that we’ve got some great Halloween prints! Jan used some to make a Trick Or Treat bag from the latest *Quilts and More* magazine. There’s also a placemat/pillow panel that is fun, quick and easy. And then, of course there’s Christmas fabric too….we just got a great grouping of prints by the Alaskan artist Barbara Lavalee! There are only a few of these left, but we have a super advent calendar panel. There are new poppies on fabric that are glorious! *Aunty Acid* is such a hoot….you’ve got to stop and read it next time you’re in the shop. There’s also a new Asian grouping of fabrics and one of them is a popular koi print! We just got our re-order of the Jen Kingwell *Gardenvale* stripes…..I made a quilt using stripes and a Dresden ruler that is pretty darn cool, if I do say so myself! We’ve also started to bring in a few of the Kaffe Fassett shot cottons, with more on the way. One of our resident quilt designers, Tonya Alexander, has a book *Stash Lab* coming out from Martingale in October...congrats to this very talented lady! We have names of folks who would like us to hold one for them, so let us know if you want to be added to that list. Classes? We have a Beginning Quilt class starting in September. Diane’s also teaching *Kimimila* a spectacular round butterfly project. There are several others in the works, including a beginning machine appliqué class, so watch the website for more info.  Hey....we are on Instagram now...follow us ~ okay?!  Find us at #fabricetc

CAROL'S COMMENTS.....How are you faring in the HOT weather here in the Pacific Northwest? My, oh my…..we just aren’t used to this kind of heat, are we? We’re fortunate at the shop to be air conditioned….please, don’t forget that at any time you are more than welcome to come in and just *hang out* in the cool….grab one of our magazines to look at or bring some stitching and join us! We’re happy to *share* our cool air with you. Have you been traveling or entertaining this summer? We’ve so enjoyed meeting lots of new folks coming through the area this summer….it’s just fun to have this *fabric loving/stitching thing* in common, isn’t it?

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

1633 Birchwood Ave.
Bellingham, WA 98225

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Quilts and More......

Prepare to be awed.....yesterday, we got the newest *Quilts and More* magazine.  Today, thanks to the amazing Jan, we have a sample of a pattern in that very same magazine!  Alicia and I were thumbing through the magazine when we spotted this fun bag.  And guess what, we even had the fabric in the shop!  I think it's *Mind Your Mummy* from Maywood Studio.  We kicked around some ideas about fabric choices (the pockets are made from *patches* on the fabric.)  Then, this morning, while the Applique Society was meeting in the back, Jan and I settled on this for the first bag.  After we straightened up she set to work and voila.....a really cute bag from the magazine!  We picked another combo that she'll probably put together on Tuesday.  The directions are great, and as you can see, it's quick to make!  Do you have a kiddo that might like this?  Actually, the magazine also shows a grocery tote made with the same pattern.

It's been a fun week here at Fab-Etc.  Things got a wee bit quieter today, so I was able to catch up on some *fun* filing and paperwork.  There's another project or two on my *I'd really like to try this* list, so I've been playing a bit with those.  I've been doing some redwork Christmas stitchery from a pattern I got at Quilt Market a couple of years ago that's also nearing completion.....good things take time ~ right?!?

Have weekend plans?  Think it's gonna be kind of a quiet one here.....catching up on laundry, etc.  Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Stitches To Savor......

Where has the time gone?  Sorry it's been over a week since I touched base with all of you!  And speaking of time......this is a picture of the 2016 Sue Spargo calendar called *Stitches To Savor*.....we have a limited number of them at the store right now.  If I am not mistaken, she has a book due out in the fall with the same name.  Several of our customers have been working on some of her fabulous stitches in wool...gorgeous, fun stuff!

Things have been busy at the shop!  Last Friday, Harriet and I moved all of the batiks to where the Kaffe fabrics were and the Kaffe fabrics over to where the batiks were.  I put over 20,000 steps on my Fitbit that day!!  It partially solved the batik explosion problem, but more work is still needed!  We kicked off our new Block of the Month *Garden Tea Party* last Saturday.  In fact between that and the Whatnots, I cut 60 kits last week ~ yikes!  And we've had loads of Row By Row participants....fun to meet them.

Sharon T has put set me out on the slippery Instagram slope!  I'm not really too sure what I'm doing, but it's been quick and fun......if you're on there, you can find us at #fabricetc

The retired guy and I got an overnight in our little camping trailer at Birch Bay State Park last Sunday...it was fun and didn't even rain on our heads....just rained overnight!  Okay, got to run.  Have a lovely weekend.....and remember, we are air conditioned, so if it gets too hot, feel free to come and *hang* with us for a while.  No need to buy anything, just come and feel the *cool* fabric  =)

Tuesday, July 7, 2015


Okay, I am not really much of a drinker, but I do know that 7/7 can be a mixed drink with Segram's 7 and 7-up ~ right?  

Well....this post has absolutely nothing to do with that!  See that number 18 over there on the right?  Eighteen years ago on 7/7/97 Fabric Expressions opened in Barkley Village.  I always called it a spaghetti ranch location ~ long and narrow where you could grow or store spaghetti!?!  In July of 2000 the store moved to its current location and then in 2006 it became Fabric Expressions LLC dba Fabric-Etc.  I have to say it's been sew much fun for the last 18 years!!

We have been really busy at the store!  We made it through Shop Hop and we've enjoyed seeing folks from all over who are participating in Row By Row.  The trunk show a week ago today with Kathy Doughty was absolutely FABULOUS!  And now that I'm beginning to catch my breath for a minute or two, I am excited to start *playing* again with some fabric.  There are just a few more HAVE TO DO things to get checked off and then let's have some fun!  We've gotten some more batiks in the batik explosion area and a few more Kaffe fabrics to fill in some blanks.  Linda and I discussed a possible move to accommodate both fabrics better, so watch for that coming soon.  I am also sending out the July e-mail update so watch your inboxes for that in the next few days.

Speaking of which, I need to sign off and go send the next 1,000 of those e-mails.....have a super evening! 

Monday, July 6, 2015

We have our winner......

Fabric-Etc has their winner for Row By Row Experience 2015!  This afternoon, Judy Taylor came in with her completed 8 row quilt.  We were happy to present her with a stack of 25 batik fat quarters and a gift certificate for $50 at the shop since the Fabric-Etc row was included in her quilt!  Congratulations, Judy!  There's only one winner per shop, but I haven't heard of any other winners in the county yet, so keep stitching and you too could win!

I'll catch you all up tomorrow on some of the other happenings around the shop.....