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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Wordless, well sort of, Wednesday.......


Thursday, November 13, 2014

Christmas in the Country......

Just a quick *heads up* about an event happening in Whatcom County this weekend in case you are out and about.  This is kind of a studio/shop tour with six or seven folks participating.  We are well acquainted with at least one of them!  

I know many of you have admired one of our many local longarm quilter's work ~ The Country Quilter, Nikki Crisp.  She has a very exciting adventure she's embarking on; and this Christmas In The Country Tour is kind of a *kick off* weekend.  Her family recently purchased an old farmhouse (early 1900's) and they have converted a former hen house into The Hen House!  Nikki has her longarm quilting machine in there to work her magic on customer quilts.  But, the exciting part of this is, if you take a class she gives, you can then rent her second longarm machine to do your own quilting!  Plus....the rest of The Hen House is available for *day retreats* for up to 10 people.  We have brochures here or you can pick up the info if you decide to go and visit during the Tour.  Here is the link to the Craigslist posting with addresses, etc.

Around here, we're tidying up after the sale and getting ready for our own Holiday Open House next Friday and Saturday (November 21-22).  And the UPS/FedEx people have been delivering some great fabrics, including some new Kaffe Fassett prints, Christmas flannel and fun novelty fabrics!  Okay...customers at the counter....Harriet and I will be having another fun day with fabric....hope your day is terrific!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Well, kind of a Wordless Wednesday.....




Friday, November 7, 2014

Quilting Celebrations.....



I've been wanting to share this with you, but things have been a bit hectic lately!  This is the newest Quilting Celebrations magazine.  We knew as soon as our Diane saw some of the projects in this issue, she'd be all over it!  She's finished three of them and has the fourth almost done already!  The NOEL banner was the first one she brought in.  Isn't it wonderful?  I got to sew the binding and sleeve on.  What isn't in this picture is the cute hanger we got to go with it.  Not sure how many we still have, but I'll be getting more of them.  She's also done the birds and birdhouse that you see there on the front cover.  There are some super snowflake trivets/coasters and then we're finishing up one of a darling girl skater.


Whew.....the sale has been going really well!  Lots of customers and lots of generosity.  Today, the retired guy took the groceries from the first day of the sale to the Food Bank ~ 303 pounds!  That's the most ever on the first day of the Sale/Food Drive.  Thank you all so very much for helping to make a difference!  If you haven't come by, you still have one more day to shop and donate.  Remember, you get a coupon good only tomorrow for 30% off one item if you bring a donation.  You have from 10:00 until 6:00 tomorrow (Saturday, November 8th) but at 6:00, I am going home  =)

Okay...headed to my chair to do a little stitching and put my feet up.  Have a lovely evening!
  

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Thankful Thursday.....


Just halfway through the first day of our Fall Fabric Frenzy Sale and Food Drive and look......our customers are so generous!  The retired guy will be making a *run* tomorrow morning and we'll put up the numbers after the Food Bank weighs it for us, so watch for that.  Thank you all for making a difference in someone's daily life. 

The sale has been tons o' fun as always!  Hope you get a chance to stop in and see us.  Okay....they need me at the counter!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Grrrrrr.......


Some of you got this e-mail update from us, but I am having *issues* with my service provider, and a lot of you haven't gotten it yet.  Sew, since some of this is time sensitive, I am posting it here and with a link to it on our Facebook page.  Have a marvelous Monday!! 



FALL FABRIC FRENZY SALE AND FOOD DRIVE ~ NOVEMBER 6-8

It's time for our annual Fall Fabric Frenzy Sale! This sale is always a favorite with all of us here @ Fab-Etc. Not only do we get to see lots of you take advantage of our sale prices for 3 days, but we also have a food drive. Last year we took nearly 500 pounds of groceries to our local food bank. Here’s the scoop:



ALL of the fabric (excluding Clearance and other markdowns) is 25% off
As alway, minimum cut 1/8 yard


PLUS….if you bring a non-perishable donation, we'll give you a coupon to use during those 3 days only for 30% off one item of your choice!
(Limit one coupon/customer during the 3 day period.)

Shop Thursday, Nov. 6th from 10 am to 8 pm
Regular hours of 10-6 Friday and Saturday.

The sale does include pre-cuts (charm packs, fat quarters, jelly rolls, etc) but it does not include kits or clearance items.

Hope to see lots of you...it's a great time to get a start on those holiday gift projects!
(Sorry, no pre-sales.)

Sew, what else is happening around here?

NOVEMBER’S “NIFTY NOTION”
This month’s Nifty Notion is a booklet entitled *No Math Quilt Charts & Formulas*. This little book is small enough to fit in your purse, and holds a wealth of information ~ like when you are staring at a fat quarter and wondering how many 2” squares you can get from it. It includes quick quilting reference guides for measuring diagonal blocks, side-setting and corner triangles, as well as half-square triangles and quarter-square triangle blocks. There are 16 charts and formulas. The regular price is $7.25, but the Nifty Notion price is just $4.95. this month.

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE ~ NOVEMBER 21-22
This has become a favorite among our customers. Come to our Open House and see demos each day on fun gift ideas. (Demos will be shorter and closer together this year to make it more convenient.) Plus, we’ll have some other projects for the holidays laid out for your pleasure. We’ll have refreshments, and I might even start playing Christmas music for the first time! Watch the website, Facebook and blog for times of the demos.

NEW STUFF…

Oh.My.Gosh  We have A LOT of fabrics right now! The retired guy was called into action a couple of weekends ago, when Harriet and Linda discovered a way to get us 5 or 6 new shelves for fabric. But, it cannot live here forever, so I’m going to hit some of the highlights in hope of piquing your interest enough to give some of it a new home! The new Laurel Burch group is here ~ horses this time and glorious as always! There are 3 new doll outfits for American Girl size dolls. The Fall groups are beautiful, and a new one has a fabulous kit for our Falling Leaves project. There are, as always, new batiks. Had hoped the new rayon batiks would be here by now, but alas, no luck in that department. There are a few new Kaffe Fassett prints here, with more on order. And speaking of *on order* the new Downton Abbey fabrics should be arriving this month! Mimosa is a new contemporary group in green, gray and turquoise. There are new flannels and more *wintry* ones coming any day. There’s also a new citron and gray grouping from Michael Miller fabrics. And we have Seahawks cotton and fleece! Kim Diehl’s Whatnots 1 has been super popular. It ends in February, with Whatnots 2 starting in March. Space once again is limited, so let us know right away if you are interested.

CAROL'S COMMENTS.....
November….always a time to give thanks. I have so much to be thankful for in life. Sure, there are things that aren't so great in my life, as I’m sure there are in yours too. But, I can still see my glass as half full most of the time. I have a roof over my head; more than a few meals in the house; I have a wonderful family; and I have a wonderful *Fab-Etc family* as well; I get to come and be surrounded by fabric and creative folks every work day too. But right now, I’d like to take just a minute and let you know how truly blessed I am by your continued support of what we do here at Fabric-Etc.  And for that, I am, as always....

Sew thankful -

Carol





Sunday, October 26, 2014

Why......


I've been waiting for this little book to come in.  As the Mom of three kiddos who were once 3, 4 and 5 at the same time, I remember answering the *Why?* question quite frequently!  This little soft book is from Henry Glass.  Jan (soon to be a Grandma again and this time to a little girl) made this up for us last week.  I am guessing she'll have lots of fun reading it to Sarah in a year or so!  We've started using Pellon interfacing #911 in these books instead of batting.  Seems to make them a little easier to manage, but low loft batting will work just as well.  Might be a good Christmas gift for a little one?

What a week we had!  The Bonnie's Team quilts were on display all week, so it was fun to have lots of you in to see those.  The retired guy and I will be taking them down in the morning and then Linda C. will be delivering them to the Infusion Center for chemotherapy patients.  Thanks again to all of you....I know this will bring comfort to folks at a difficult time.

This week?  Well, with the Bonnie's Team quilts down, I'll need to put the samples back up we took down.  Maybe we'll do a little rearranging there.  And then, at the end of the week, we'll put some holiday *stuff* behind the counter where we had the Fall displays.  And Whatnots meets on Saturday, so I need to get cracking on the kits tomorrow!  What's your week look like?