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Wednesday, August 20, 2014


Okay....one more Christmas project and then it's on to something else ~ okay?  This was really fun to make ~ especially because all of those little 2 1/2" squares come pre-cut.  Moda calls them *Candy* packs.  This is from the Sandy Gervais Pine Fresh line.  We have charm packs and jelly rolls too, plus a few different patterns utilizing them.  And yes, we do have that cute star hanger as well.  Don't you like the prairie points at the edge?  Jan helped me do that part.....thanks, Jan!

How's your week been so far?  Ours at Fab-Etc has been busy....that's a good thing ~ right?  We've gotten a few new fabrics lately, including Miss Kate by Bonnie and Camille from Moda.  The group has some cottons and flannels in fun, bright colors.  And then from Art Gallery Quilts we got *Cherie* which is a more contemporary grouping.  We're also fiddling around with a Halloween banner from Riley Blake....adding a few spiderwebs and spiders to jazz it up a bit!  I'll put up some pictures when we get our creation done.  Got to run....writing this at the shop and it's getting busy again.  Have a super rest of your week!!

Monday, August 18, 2014

60 degrees.....

No....it's warmer than 60 degrees outside today.  At Fab-Etc we love our 60 degree rulers!  The new patterns from Triangle Frenzy have been a lot of fun, but sometimes, we just like to go back to that old standby 60 degree runner made from a striped fabric.  This one with the deer came out really well, don't you think?  The group of fabric is called *Peace on Earth* and there's a panel that came with it too.  Jan added a border to the panel and Tracey worked her magic on the longarm.  I just finished the binding and sleeve, so I'll grab a pic and show you that later.  You know, I was sure I'd ordered less Christmas fabric this year than last, but it doesn't seem to be that way.  We are having a lot of fun working up the projects, though!

What else is happening around here?  Well.....we've been keeping busy moving fabric around after our sale.  The aforementioned Christmas fabric has a new home and of course that necessitated new dwelling places for a lot of other fabrics!  Of course, we no sooner get things situated than our UPS/FedEx trucks arrive with more....back to the drawing board!  A gorgeous bright floral was one of the things on a recent truck.  We made room right by the door for it and its friends so you wouldn't miss it!

Hope you're enjoying the winding down of summer....today is going to be warm and sunny!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Wordless Wednesday.....in anticipation of Thrilling Thursday......

Monday, August 4, 2014

How many days until.....

Somebody told me the other day how many days there were until Christmas.....now that's a scary number to be thinking about in the hot summer sun!!  This is a picture of one of the Advent Calendars we currently have in stock.  Aren't the owls great?  Plus, this is one of those calendars that is printed so you just fold the rows up to make the pockets and then stitch them in place.....sew simple!  I think we may need to go and get some *treats* to put in those pockets, don't you?  We've been having a lot of fun working on some other Christmas projects too, and I'll be showing some of those to you as well.

Sorry I've been pretty AWOL from blogging this summer.  We have a two-family house in Kenmore that our daughter and two boys have been living in.  With no more downstairs *renters* this is the summer to put it on the market.  So, every spare minute has been spent on sweat equity ~ paint, fencing, flowerbeds, deck stain, 10 yards of bark, garage overhaul, carpet, clean, fix up, clean again, etc.  Our daughter has been amazing, as always.  Bet most of you've been there at least once, right?  Well, this Sunday is tentatively listing day and are we all happy or what?!?   I say all of that to let you know I should be a more faithful blogger later in the month...well, at least until it's time to find the new house and move the kiddos!

New fabrics?  We've gotten a lot of new batiks....and there are some stunning rayon batiks on order, but they haven't come in yet.  Last week we got a couple of Caterpillar equipment/tractor fabrics.....would be great pillowcases.  And the new Quiltmania magazine, plus a couple of their special editions are here too.  Okay....got to run....hope to see you soon!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Quilting Celebrations.....

Patrick Lose's magazine Quilting Celebrations always seems to have the best projects in their Fall editions.  And the current one didn't disappoint us!  I've been itching to show you these two projects, but was down to only one magazine, so I needed to wait until more came in ~ today was the day!  Our amazing Diane made both of these from the magazine, and there are still even more fun ideas too!  The house is on the cover of the magazine, and like last year's, this has black tulle over the top to give it that added *effect*!  It took me a while, but I finally got that the owl is a door banner...."Whooo is it?!?"  Duh.....  Now I need to find a prominent place to display both of these, since we have the magazines in the store again!  Oh, and yes, we do have some of those darling hangers you see in the pictures.

If you live in the Pacific Northwest you got a bit of rain today.  My lawn and flowers were happy....only wish we could send more of it to the fire-ravaged Eastern part of our state.  We have been pretty busy the last few days around the shop.  Jan made a 60 degree tablerunner that I am sewing the binding on ~ out of a wonderful Christmas print with golden deer on it!  I am working on a little hanging from another Christmas group.  (I thought I had ordered less Christmas fabric this year, but it just kept on showing up, so we're trying to get as many samples done as possible ~ will be showing you another one in a few days!)

All right....I am going to put my feet up and sew some more on the binding tonight....what do you have planned?

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Here kitty......

There just seems to be no end in sight as far as Helene Knott's Garden Patch Cats series goes!  This is her latest....#29 if I am not mistaken.  It's Rutabaga Catta and our Diane has once again made it up perfectly!  I am going to be out of wall space in the back soon, so I don't know where I am going to put any more of these *purrfect* little quilts!  Yes, we do have the pattern for this latest in the series.

Sorry I have been kind of AWOL from blogging lately.  Lots going on here at the shop and on the homefront.  Our grandson, Lukas, was in the hospital a week or so ago with some problems that we are hoping have been resolved.  We are also getting the house in Kenmore he lives in with our daughter, Lydia and his brother, Benson, ready to put on the market....LOTS of work to be done, and my sciatic nerve hasn't been too happy with me about that, so I am trying to pace myself.  Hmmmmm.......need more practice at that!  Are you good at pacing yourself? 

Around the shop, we're working on some new samples and trying to find homes for the bolts and bolts of new fabrics that have been arriving!  I'll hopefully be showing you some pictures of a few things we've been working on this week.  You're gonna like these, I think!

Right now, I am going to go sit in my chair and relax for a little while!   Hope you have a perfectly lovely evening......

Friday, July 11, 2014

Here a chick, there a chick.....

I've been wanting to show you this!  But.....we sold out of the magazines that have the pattern during Shop Hop.  I put in a phone call and we just now got some more.  This is a quilt Diane made using a block from the current Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks magazine.  There was a picture of one in the magazine, but we had a Fab-Etc huddle and decided to do it *our way*.  First of all.....the one in the mag didn't have any legs.....was not working for us.  Sew, we raised her up a bit on the block and gave her some legs to stand on!  She's much happier now!  We handed it off to Tracey and she did some very fun quilting on it....look for the chicken feet when you stop by!  All in all, this has been a happy addition to the wall by the counter.

Hey, if you live locally....it's WARM!  We've been enjoying having air conditioning at the shop this week, and it looks like we'll need it next week too.  Remember, feel free to pop in and sit a spell if your house is too warm.  Bring a project, a book or *whatever* and come cool off with us.

Okay....I need to get a move on and get over to the shop and open the doors for a fun-filled Friday!  Enjoy the weekend.