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Friday, September 19, 2014

Machine applique anyone.....

So many of you have inquired over the years about machine applique done with fusible web.  We have our own resident, award-winning machine applique guru in Diane here @ Fab-Etc!  I managed to persuade her to teach a quick beginning class on the *basics* of machine applique!  You've probably seen the little 12" quilts that hang by the south door as you come in.  Well, you can pick any one of these and Diane will teach you how to make them ~ from the tracing of the images, to the machine stitching.  The class is scheduled for Thursday, October 2nd and there are still a couple of spots open.  We're just updating the classes on the website, so you can get the rest of the particulars at www.fabric-etc.com

Oh my....it has just been a whirlwind of activity around here this week!  I keep thinking I will make some progress on a few projects I've got, but it just isn't happening.  We've gotten some really great fabrics this week too!  There's a super bluebird panel with prints that arrived ~ you've probably seen the ads in the magazines.  Diane is working on a project over the weekend.  And another fun bird print just arrived today.  We have new batiks too.  Tomorrow, Applique Society meets in the morning and then Diane's Beginning Quilting Class is in the afternoon.  Alicia and I will be trying to rearrange and make some room for all of the new fabrics that have come in this week in between waiting on customers.  (I really need to find the top of my desk again, too!)

And....the summer weather is supposed to make a comeback over the weekend.  I have some outside work to do on Sunday, besides the Seahawks game and some paperwork and a block for the Tri-County Quilt Tour in March.  What's your weekend look like?

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Treats....not tricks....

Since school has started and Fall is in the air tonight with a few sprinkles I thought I'd show you these two Halloween projects.  The top one is not new this year.  Diane made it for us and Tracey beautifully quilted it.  It's a Quilt Soup pattern.  I understand the owner has retired, so I may have to retire this project too, since I don't think I can get any more patterns  =(  The other runner is one of Jan's made with a very fun stripe and her trusty 60 degree ruler!  (Sorry, I think I must have jiggled a little when I took the picture cuz it seems a bit blurry.....probably I was jiggling with excitement over getting a new sample up!)  We have a pretty good selection of Halloween fabrics if you're interested.  I may get Harriet to do us up a few pillowcase kits tomorrow?

Although....it has been super busy this week and I am not sure she'll have a spare minute to work on that!!  Harriet and Diane were hopping on Monday and Jan and I were kept on our toes the last couple of days.  I think she finally got lunch about 2:00!  We aren't complaining, though ~ it's lots of fun to see the projects and ideas you all have.  Tomorrow I have a sales rep coming early and then it will be even more fabric fun.....what does your day look like?

Monday, September 15, 2014

Quilt Sampler......

I know a lot of you enjoy perusing the twice a year magazine Quilt Sampler.  Well, we recently got our issues, so I thought I'd let you know.  Nobody very *local* is included....think Oregon is the closest place to us.  But it's always fun to see the different shops and what they offer.  And, if you happen to be traveling close by, then it's even more fun to stop in and see the shop in person!

What all have you been up to lately?  I know, I have been rather lazy in the blogging world the last couple of weeks.  We've been really busy at the shop at times, and who can believe the glorious end of summer weather we've been having in the Pacific Northwest!?!  The retired guy and I (thanks to Harriet and the gang) got a chance to take the little camping trailer out both yesterday and the Sunday before.  The weather was super and it was so nice to just sit and relax for a day or two and enjoy what was probably the last campfire of the season!

What else has been going on?  Well, we're working on a few projects that I'll be showing you in the next few days (promise it won't take 2 weeks again!)  And I'm prototyping our block for the Tri-County Quilt Tour in March.....the theme this year is Farm to Market.  Hoping the *construction* phase goes as planned!  More fun from us soon.....

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Along came a spider.....

Have you noticed just that little hint of Fall in the evening air?  And the difference in the light.....sigh.....summer is waning, isn't it?  And what a glorious summer we've had in the weather department!  I know, it did get a little too hot a few times, but it was nice to have all of that sunshine too.  Anyway, since tomorrow is September and I have been feeling the Fall-thing, I figured it was time to change things out by the counter yesterday.  Alicia and I started with a plan, and of course then we got REALLY busy with customers.  But they were good-natured about our mess, and even gave us some input as to whether I was getting things straight while dangling off the ladder =)  This really isn't a very good picture, but I wanted you to see the banner.  (Should have taken a picture before I managed to hang it over the fabrics!)  We've all had a hand in this one.  If you look closely, you might be able to see the spider webs we stitched in and the spiders dangling off them with cute googly eyes.  These are a panel from Riley Blake and we just added some *embellishments* for more fun.  And then, we put Mr. Chillingsworth (skeleton) on the quilt rack and put a few more Fall ideas, plus the Halloween fabric on the half rounder.  Still needs a little tweaking, but thanks to Alicia, we got most of it done!

Do you have plans for the long weekend here in the States or Canada?  Me?  Well, it falls on the end of/begging of the month thing, so I'm keeping busy with payroll, newsletter, calendar, update, bills.....but I'm making some headway, so maybe the retired guy and I can go for a bike ride tomorrow?  Would love to have some corn on the cob to go with our dinner, so maybe we can ride to local fruit and veggie stand?  Yum!!  And I'm just finishing sewing the binding down on that fun redwork snowman quilt I showed you a month or so ago.  Nikki from the Country Quilter did a fabulous job of quilting it for us....you'll have to be sure and take a look when you're in.  And I'm working on a cute little hanging from the Quiltmania Childrens Special edition.  That's where I think I'll head now ~ to my chair and handstitching!  Hope you are enjoying the weekend too!

Monday, August 25, 2014

You asked for it.....

Over the years, a lot of folks have come in and asked if we carry any Kaffe Fassett fabrics.  Well.....I think we've had 2 bolts in 17+ years.  Here in Whatcom County, we try to *play nicely with others* as far as fabric stores go.  We always answered the *Kaffe question* with, "They carry lots of it over at Fourth Corner Quilts....would you like a map on how to get there?"  When the local Kaffe-lovers heard about the closure of Fourth Corner last month, we were immediately begged asked to carry some of his fabrics by a lot of our customers ~ in person, over the phone and by e-mail!!   After some long and careful deliberation, we asked for help from a few Kaffe aficionados and placed an order or two.  Well, the day has arrived and we now have 20-30 bolts of Kaffe Fassett fabrics with more on their way.  (Actually, 4 more bolts came this afternoon after I had already taken this picture!)  We also brought in a few of his books, including the newest *Quilts in Morocco* that just arrived.  Several customers have offered use of their projects using some of his fabrics and we will have those to display shortly as well.  The fabrics are beautiful and colorful, so even if you don't think of yourself as a fan, I think you'll be surprised at how well they can complement your projects.

What else is new?  I took three days in a row off!!  How about that?  We had our annual Stewart family camp out at Bay View State Park....it was tons of fun.  Maybe I'll put up a picture soon for you to see.  I even made *camping pillowcases* for the four grandkids from some *end of the bolt* camping fabrics ~ the boys' had outhouses on them, among other things  =)  Hope you've been enjoying the glorious summer weather.....more later!

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!