"Poor reputation".....that's what nearly all of the e-mails I just sent to anyone with a shaw.ca e-mail provider came back with! SPAM is what the old Verizon addresses are calling me. I am trying not to have my feelings hurt over this current rejection! So.....hopefully some of the couple hundred of you who were to have gotten this e-mail yesterday and today are checking out our blog 'cause here is what I tried to send you before I was so rudely labeled as SPAM and someone with a poor reputation....of course, I guess Spam does have kind of a poor reputaion! :=)
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HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO US......
HAPPY SAVINGS FOR YOU!
Did you get your postcard yet? Fabric-Etc is having its...
Thursday, January 20th thru Saturday, January 22nd!
Plus. we're open until 8:00 on Thursday the 20th (regular hours of 10-6 Friday and Saturday).
This is always the biggest sale of the year - the only time we put EVERYTHING on sale. Yup....
EVERYTHING 25% off
That means fabric, notions, batting, books, patterns, etc. The only exclusions are class fees, gift certificates, special orders and sale items. Plus, we've marked down lots of other fabrics to $3.99 and $4.99/yard. And there are patterns, books, samples, remnants at fantastic prices!
Hope you can make it!
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Now, for "the rest of the story".....
JANUARY'S "COOL TOOL"
This year we'll be featuring a "cool tool" every month! My husband is famous for saying that having the right tool makes all the difference in completing the task. Sew, we thought we'd help you fill your toolbox with some awesome ones this year at great prices. Our first is the Rapid Fire Hunter's Star Ruler. You're right, that's a mouthful! You may have seen some of the samples we have around the shop. This ruler really is cool! It helps you make the stunning Hunter’s Star quilt without any “Y” seams. We’re having another workshop on Jan 25th if you're interested. Ruler comes in two sizes….regular price is $24.95, but Cool Tool price is just $16.95!
SEW EXPO TICKETS AND FLYERS
They're here! Sew Expo in Puyallup is March 3-6. Flyers came at the beginning of the month and the tickets arrived Saturday. Buying your ticket in advance is $10 ($12 at the door) and we'll try and have tickets available through the event. This is one of the biggest sewing expos in the country!
ACCUQUILT STUDIO RENTAL
Last month we took the plunge and bought an Accuquilt Studio die cutting machine. What is it? Well, it's a machine that uses dies with special steel blades that will cut up to ten layers of fabric! And the beauty of it is that they're super accurate. We've been "playing" with it and it's really great to get such accurate cuts and be able to cut that much fabric in so little time! We've just announced that we'll be renting the machine for you to bring in your own fabric and cut. We have a number of dies available right now, with more to come. Cost will be $10 for two hours and $5 for each additional hour. There's a "fact sheet" available at the shop if you're interested.
CLASSES AND "STUFF"
We have a limited offering of classes right now. As mentioned above, Diane is holding another Hunter's Star Workshop Tuesday, January 25th. Betsy had her first Baltimore Halloween class Saturday, but if you'd like to join in, there are a couple of spots open and you can easily catch up! There are also just a few openings in our 2011 KT Klub. There are two sessions - Wednesday night or Friday morning. The Klub meets every other month and Tracey has us working from the Civil War Sewing Circle book this year. Our first Saturday of the month EQ classes are very popular and Velina explores a new aspect of the program each month. There are also a couple of spots open in the Spicy Spiral Runner class at the end of February. We're hoping to add some other classes, so watch the website for updates!
NEW BLOCK OF THE MONTH!
Beginning the first of February, we'll be starting a new BOM program - "Paris in the Fall" - made using Moda's French General "Maison de Garance". This is a gorgeous fabric line! I put a picture of the work in progress on my blog the other night, so you might check it out www.fabric-etc.com/blog.htm
This will be a seven month program. There are six blocks in the quilt (two blocks are made from each pattern). Cost will be $20/month with a $20 start-up fee (applied to last month). Participation is limited, since fabric is no longer available.
FAT TUESDAY - MARCH 8th
Mark your calendars. Tuesday, March 8th is Mardi Gras, and around here Fat Tuesday means from 6am to 6pm we sell 20 fat quarters for $20.
Can you say "batiks"? We have LOTS of new batiks! What else? Well, here are the highlights. Daily Special is a very fun kitchen print that includes an apron panel. There are some new wools in a heavier weight. Knit prints - we have lots! Ty Pennington of Home Makeover fame has a great new home dec weight line out in greens and grays - gorgeous! Lots of you liked the SoftFuse fusible web, but wanted it in more than just sheets - we have it by the yard now. We get many requests for native American prints, so we brought back a group we previously had. We also have requests for dinosaurs - three prints are available right now. And we have princesses, knitting sheep and some martini prints. How many of us love Dr Suess? We have some of the new fabrics! There's a fun new camping line "Are We There Yet" that's been flying off the shelf. We've made a few kits of a dramatic black and white and red log cabin quilt we have on the wall. And speaking of kits...our current pillowcase kits are GREAT! The newest Mary Jane's Farm magazine is here. Our bookshelf overfloweth, too. There are new Valentine novelty buttons. We have quite a few new flannels. Diane has been playing with some new patterns by The Wooden Bear that are monthly seasonal projects - VERY cute! Lots more has come in, but enough for now!
So, sew....a new year! Always feels kind of like a clean slate, doesn't it? I'm not much for New Year's resolutions - are you? Although, this year, there's a world-wide cotton shortage. Both China and Pakistan had major flooding in 2010 and there were droughts in India, both of which were unexpected. Also, the U.S. and Russia both under planted their cotton crops. Sew...what does that have to do with New Year's resolutions? Every time a sales rep comes to see me, it seems the prices have risen. Last time I ordered cotton thread, the price had gone up! We try hard here at Fab-Etc to keep our prices "reasonable" and I think you probably are aware of that. We only have one or two bolts of quilting cottons that are over $10/yard right now. Sew.....my resolution is to try and keep buying the fabrics I hope you'll like and keep it at a price you'll like too. Could be we'll all be building more quilts and projects from our "stash", but we here at Fab-Etc resolve to do our best to have that one more thing you need to "make it all work". We so appreciate your continued support. And for that, I am, as always....
Sew thankful -
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