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Sunday, July 26, 2009

Hot and hotter....

It's going to get hot this week - guess that's not really big news to anybody who listens to TV, radio or reads the paper or Internet! See this picture? At Fabric-Etc we have air conditioning. So, we want to extend an invitation to
come on over and enjoy the cool air and cool fabric. Feel free to bring a machine, some handwork, or "whatever". As long as we are going to be open, we will have the AC turned on, so we would be more than happy to "share" with you - ok?
Thought I would get some sewing done today, but things haven't worked out that way - at least not yet! There was this "no food in the frig" thing happening and then the bills, mail lists to update, garbage day tomorrow, dinner, packages to mail and of course this blog post! We've been doing some cleaning at the shop, so it's about time to do some serious sewing - don't you think? Maybe tomorrow!!
Have a great evening, and seriously, don't hesitate to take us up on the offer of a cool spot to sit and rest for a bit in the heat!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Happy Birthday, Lukas....

Yesterday was our Lukas' 8th birthday. Two pictures are worth 2,000 words - right?

The first one is of his brother, Benson carefully pinning the "birthday boy" button on that his Uncle Pete gave him. The second is of him and our daughter, Lydia, at the "dinner party" at a local McDonalds.

We are blessed to have another birthday celebration with this brave guy. http://www.lukasvoss.com/

Happy Birthday, Lukas - we love you.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

The lost is found....

You know what? I confessed and posted about losing my camera and the very next day I found it! I was trying to clean up some "clutter" at the shop Saturday before I took a few days off, and there it was at the bottom of a bag of goodies I was going to bring home almost a month ago! Hooray! So...in honor of getting it back, here is a picture of what I have been "playing" with the last few days. It's a new line from Clothworks, called "Welcome Home" designed by Lydia Quigley - who wouldn't like something designed by someone named Lydia? (FYI - my daughter's name.) I've been enjoying trying my hand at applique and this is the start of the free pattern we got with the group. I'll probably have to fix this, but can you tell that the red circles on the top are a different size than the ones at the bottom? Well....I started this project and then we had a bit of a water problem in my basement sewing room and everything got moved rather quickly. When I went to make the red circles for the second set I couldn't find my original Mylar circle. Thought I had the right one until the original resurfaced - oops - slightly different size.

Today was our oldest grandson, Lukas' 8th birthday. So, we took a ride down the freeway to Kenmore to celebrate. Had a great visit at his house with his Mom, his brother Benson and Uncle Pete, and then met a few of his friends for a very quiet birthday dinner at McDonald's. On the way home we stopped for a quick visit with our son Dave, his wife Nikki and baby Cody (who is crawling now). I got to see ALL of my kiddos in one day - what a treat!

Tomorrow is my last official day off this week. Has been fun. One of the most fun things has been watching the International Space Station fly overhead each night. You should watch - very cool. Here's the link http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/realdata/sightings/cities/region.cgi?country=United_States&region=Washington We've been meeting the neighbors outside each night to ooh and ahh... And I have learned to Twitter at the ripe old age of 61! Here's the link to that http://twitter.com/FabricEtc

Okay, I know I am "on vacation" but it's still past my bedtime. More fun stuff soon!!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Lost camera.....

I know I don't need to put a picture up every time I blog, but I like to. Okay....true confessions....one of the reasons I haven't blogged recently is because I lost my little camera! At first I thought it was "lost" somewhere in my messy desk area at home - not! I know the last time I used it, but I'll be darned if I can find it. So, all that said, the last few pics here have been from my phone. And I always jiggle or get the wrong angle it seems. But I have decided to be content with what's happening and even blog without a pic if I need to - ugh!

This is a picture of the topper/wallhanging that Emily made using our spectacular poppy prints. Didn't it turn out fantastically? We have a free pattern if you are interested.

Things are good at Fab-Etc. (Easy for me to say - we have air conditioning!) I think today was the end of a long line of fabric reps I have seen of late. Lots of great stuff headed our way! Hoping to make the rest of the summer - "Sample Summer". In other words, lots of new samples for you to feast your eyes upon!

Tomorrow is Applique Society - always a fun group of gals! And then, believe it or not, I am taking a couple of days off at the beginning of next week. My husband has the week off. We probably won't do more than some much needed chores around the house and a day trip and the most important thing of the week - Lukas' 8th birthday lunch at McDonalds on Tuesday! I'll be sure to check in once or twice, though, even if it is with a picture from my phone! Have a great weekend!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Another AQ picture....

I never did follow through on my AQ pictures from pre-Shop Hop. Sorry! This is not a great photo of Jan's triple Irish chain quilt. It's done in this wonderful rose fabric. It turned out really well, and then Betsy quilted it using wool batting. If you're in, be sure and "give it a feel". The batting is super-soft and very light weight. Imagine it would feel really good on a cool winter night!

I didn't get any freight today. We have been getting lots of new fabrics, so no freight is good for now 'cause we have no place to put it!

I just got back from a bike ride to the Post Office to mail some Hop blocks and a yard of fabric to some customers. Felt good to be "out there". And speaking of "out there", I started a Twitter account!! Can you believe it - I am tweeting. Thought it might be a good way to let folks know right away when something great comes in or happens at the shop! Okay...not totally sure how it works, but this is the account https://twitter.com/FabricEtc

Enough for now...a few dishes still to do and maybe a fun thing or two in the sewing room. Saturday KT group tomorrow - FUN!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Cody break....

Enough fabric/Shop Hop talk....we got to take a Cody break!Our youngest son, Dave and his wife, Nikki were on their way from their house in Lynnwood to a picnic in Lynden and they stopped at Cody's great grandma's house (my mom's). So, we of course, dropped everything for a Cody break! As you can see, he was dressed for the Independence Day weekend. I know, we're pretty biased, but isn't he just the cutest little guy...except for his other two cousins, Lukas and Benson!

Okay, that's really all I have for tonight. Hope you had a fabulous Fourth weekend! More fabric fun to come this week at Fab-Etc!

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Post Shop Hop....

Okay....we survived and lived to tell the story of Shop Hop 2009. Here are some pics Tracey took for us. I don't know why I get so caught up in everything and then forget to take pictures to "capture the moment"! We had so much fun this year! The customers were great and all of us worker bees enjoyed meeting so many new folks from all over the country.

As you can see, they were greeted by smiling faces each day ot the door to get their passports stamped and receive their block kit. The gals at the stamp station were my heroes! We gave away 2269 block kits this year - only one small problem. Carol only cut for 2,000. So, we were cutting and they were bagging for us. In the end, it worked out just fine.

Since Jan and Linda were both in Alaska, we all worked lots of hours, and Emily's sister, Haley, came to help us out. She did lots of folding and putting fabric away - a real "Girl Friday". She was GREAT!

Post Shop Hop, we've been putting things back in order and having fun thinking of new projects to do! And we do have a few block kits left, as well as the popular laminated smaller poster and finishing directions for "The Quilt".

Well, I'm off to make potato salad and work on cleaning my sewing area a bit more, and laundry, of course. Hope to spend part of the day just sitting! Have a safe and glorious 4th of July!