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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Thanksgiving...


This is a picture of what we're going to be making next Friday at Suz's Make/Take class. They are great little portfolio covers! Would be a fantastic gift for a certain teacher I know. And FYI, there was a lot of interest for another Fun Fruit class, so we've scheduled that for Thursday, December 10th. Both classes are from 10:30-2:30 and the cost is $15 which includes all of the patterns! There are still a couple of slots open in each class.

It smells like Thanksgiving at my house this Saturday after the fact. We had a last minute change of plans when our grandson, Lukas ended up in surgery at Children's in Seattle for an infection. Thought maybe we could pull it off for tomorrow, but he's still there. So, I have the turkey in the oven right now so we'll have lots of turkey sandwiches and soup next week! We're headed down there tomorrow to see our daughter, Luke and maybe some of the rest of the family.

I tried to do some serious cleaning at the shop this week, but it looks almost worse than when I started! But you all know how that is....it gets lots messier before it gets better - right?? Believe me I am clinging to that!

Hope you all are having a good holiday weekend. I think you can agree that no matter what, we can always find something to give thanks for. In addition to my own family, I have a wonderful family of staff/friends that I am privileged to work with every week. And the privilege of serving all of you each day is icing on the cake. I am thankful this Saturday after Thanksgiving.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Tisket Tasket....Honeybun Basket....

Somebody asked today about all of these "pre-cuts" everybody is putting out - Jelly Rolls. Layer Cakes, Turnovers, HoneyBuns....why are they all food, she wanted to know?? Not sure why they're all food. Maybe to make us "hungry" for more fabric? Anyway, this is a picture of a very fun project I made using a HoneyBun pack (1 1/2" strips) from the Moda Bake Shop. It's a "Honeybun Basket" from K Cotton Studio. I made it in an evening, and there is enough in the pack of fabric to make at least two of these! (And you can always cut the 1 1/2" strips from your scraps - if you have any? You can put a liner in them (or not) and they would be great for gifts of cookies, plants, or even more fabric! I have a few patterns left and a couple dozen more on the way.

Today was fun. It was the last meeting of this year's KT Klub and the Applique the Tracey Way class. Linda and I cleaned up and rearranged a few rows. I managed to see the top of my desk again. Plus, we sold some fabric to folks working on projects this weekend!

Tomorrow? Well, John's painting the basement floor with DryLok, so I'm not sure if I can do laundry or not. Uh oh....could be laundry detergent withdrawal for me! Think I'll cook a roast and do some much needed tidying. Going to try and sew borders on our Holiday Lights project so Jan and I can put Christmas lights on it next week. Hope your Sunday is wonderful!

Friday, November 13, 2009

An apple for the teacher....

I played hooky this morning and made fun fabric fruit in Suz's class! I made a green apple for my favorite teacher - my daughter, Lydia! She's a Reading Specialist turned Kindergarten teacher extraordinaire due to budget constraints in the North Shore School District. I plan on making a few more for her desk at school. I made a plum and pear too, just didn't finish them! But the instructor FORCED me to put the stem and leaves on my apple so it would be done! ;-) And, Suz brought a very cool table arrangement you should see before it's gone to be the centerpiece on her table at her guild's Christmas party next month.

The picture here is of next Friday's Make It and Take it. These little pouches would be great gifts for anybody this season. I thought I'd like to put my silk thread in the little pockets and carry some scissors, needles and an applique project. The Make It and Take It Fridays are just $15 for the session and you get the pattern and a finished project to show for it! Why not join us next week?

We also got some fabric today....another one of those fantastically soft contemporary "oilcloth" prints. Hey - that would make a great one of those pouches! Hmmmmm......

Tomorrow is the last KT Klub of this year and also "Applique the Tracey Way". Should be a fun day all around! I know there are loads of great craft bazaars tomorrow (Covenant Church, Faith Lutheran to name two). So, if you're out on the town, why not pop in to tell us all about them and pet some fabric while you're here?

See you soon and hope you have a fantastic weekend!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Make It and Take It.....

Suz has some great "make and take" classes lined up for the next few Fridays. This is the one coming up this week - fun fabric fruit". These would be great to put out around the holidays. In just four hours or less, you will go home with a finished product! You can see the rest of the projects on the Classes section on the website.

We've been getting some new "stuff" around here too. After all, we made some room after the sale last week! Speaking of which, you all donated 385 pounds of food for our local Food Bank! WOW - you guys are awesome. Thanks so much for your generosity.

We got some new fabrics, including charm packs from Moda and some new Riley Blake designs. There's a new magazine celebrating 35 years of Quilt Market with great photos and projects. And Jan's been playing with a free pattern from Clothworks using the Picadilly line of fabric.

Tracey had her KT Klub Informational meeting tonight. It's going to be a great Klub next year! She's doing a sampler quilt. I'm in the Tuesday night group and there's a Saturday group as well. Can't wait!

Okay...got to clean up the kitchen and then maybe sew a bit?

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Day 1: Fall Fabric Frenzy....

Well, I was going to put up a picture or two today, but it just didn't happen! Part of the reason was - it was REALLY busy today. And then, the lights went out around 7:30 tonight. Tracey managed to finish her sale by flashlight and then we had to button the place up! Otherwise, I would have taken a picture of the awesome receipt from the Food Bank. You all donated over 150 pounds of food today before 4:00. WOW!! Thank you so much for your generosity.

So, hopefully, by the time I get there tomorrow, the lights will be on and we'll be up and running again. But not to worry, there's still lots of fabric at 25% off! And then, of course, if you bring a non-perishable food donation you get a coupon for 30% off one item of your choice.

I am pretty pooped, so think I'll grab a couple of Ibuprofen and then hit the hay. Hope you didn't lose your electricity tonight. Pleasant dreams!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

The Autumn Leaves....

A couple of years ago, I decided I should stop saying that I was "older than dirt"...and then on a trip to my grandson's birthday party an older classic Porsche pulled up beside me on I-5 and it hit me (well not literally, thank goodness!) I should start calling myself "classic". So, being "classic" as I am, the old song Autumn Leaves is what I think of when I look at this great Eleanor Burns wallhanging/runner project. You know, "The falling leaves drift by the window. The autumn leaves, of red and gold...." Can't you just hear Frank or Nat singing that? But I digress greatly! Did you catch Harriet's Halloween addition to this fun project? What would Eleanor say?!? It's always a pleasure to do an Eleanor Burns project - her directions and design are a joy to work with. Maybe it's because she's a classic too! Or that she's a former kindergarten teacher, and that means she gets down to my level!! It's not too late for you to create this to hang for Thanksgiving...or put on your table for that matter.

Hope you enjoyed your "extra" hour today. I guess technically, we just traded back for the hour we gave away last Spring....anyway, it was nice to have one more hour to spend on a Sunday! What did I do? Well, I am realizing right now that the day is pretty well over and I didn't do too much of anything "fun"! I did spend a couple of minutes on a sewing project, but that's it. The rest was payroll, bills, November newsletter, new class schedules, an e-mail ready to send tomorrow, laundry, homemade turkey soup. Okay, that's enough of that. I'm going to post this and go sit and read the paper! Big week ahead of us - Tea Party Wednesday and Fall Fabric Frenzy Sale Thursday-Saturday. Woohoo! See you all soon.