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Saturday, September 29, 2012


I've mentioned this project a few times.  Diane made it using a wonderful panel from the Whispering Winter collection.  Then, Nikki from The Country Quilter did just what I asked her to do ~ "Make the ducks outstanding in their field!"  As you can see by the sign, we do have a few kits for this project.  Wouldn't it be great for a cabin or a *man cave* room?  I haven't heard too many of the Canadian geese migrating south yet, but then, I haven't had a lot of time to be outside the last couple of weeks either.  I do know that a number of our customers are *migrating* south in the next few weeks!

The 91 Mile Yard Sale was a lot of fun again this year.  On Monday, Alicia and I will be putting things back in order.  And, you may have realized that I didn't get that batik leaf project I kept mentioning done.  =(  
Sew, this week, after I get the end of/beginning of the month things accomplished I'll be back at that...and I was pretty close to completion too!  Enjoy the rest of your weekend everyone.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Anyone tatting these days ......

Okay....did you read the title of this post? Did you think of sweet little gray haired ladies sitting, chatting and tatting?  Good!  Now, I may not be too sweet, but I am gray haired and look how I've been *tatting* today  =)  Yup....I am *Born To Quilt* and can prove it.  I told everyone on the Fab-Etc Facebook page last night that I was going to get a tattoo to celebrate the 91 Mile Yard Sale.  I thought for sure I would get some "Really?!?"  Just joking, right, Carol?!?"  But nothing!  Sew....Tracey iPhone photo-documented my *tatting* experience this morning.  Okay, I confess, it's going to come off with a little baby oil and some scrubbing.  For just $1.99 you too can be a mean momma or dude if you want!  You take off the protective plastic; slap it where you want it; hold a damp cloth over it for 30 seconds and then voila ~ it's a tattoo!  We have more of them if you're interested.  

What a fun day we had today!  Lots of shoppers on the 91 Mile Yard Sale.  We kept having to print more entry tickets for the drawing next week!  And....I'm still going through those areas where we quickly toss our *leftovers* after a project or when we need to clean up quickly for a class or event. Freight?  Just a few notions to put away. 

Tomorrow promises to be another fun-filled day with shoppers galore.  Hope you have a super weekend, whatever you're doing.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

91 Miles.....

Okay....it's 91 miles from Lynden to Bothell.  And that 91 miles has some of the very best quilt stores in the Pacific Northwest.  AND....for the next two days (Friday and Saturday the 28th and 29th) we'll be having our annual *yard sale*.  We'll each have great clearance areas like the ones pictured above in our shop, plus each store will have a *department* on sale @ 20% off.  At Fabric-Etc in Bellingham, you can buy holiday/Christmas fabrics for 20% off.  That will include fat quarters and pre-cuts and panels, but not the Blitzen kit.  PLUS....for every $10 you spend, you get to enter your name in a drawing for either a $10 or a $20 gift certificate from EACH of the twelve shops ~ WOW!!  We have nearly 200 bolts of fabrics marked @ $4.99 and less, plus magazines, books, patterns and other great *stuff* for you.  There are also a few bins of 1/2 yard cuts for just $3.75!  The Cat in the Hat panel you see there on the design wall is marked down to just $9.99 for these two days only.  We are open an hour earlier than usual at 9:00, but open until our regular 6:00 each day.  Hope you can make it!

Sew.....you can probably guess what the last few days has been like getting ready for this.  Also, we got a few bolts of fabric.  Surprise!!  Yesterday, we got 3 new wide batik backs....already sold some of them today!  And there were a few novelty prints too.  Then, today, some more batiks arrived, including a couple with fish and one with bears.  We'll be checking those in tomorrow morning and put them out for your perusal.

Okay....I need to do some printing before tomorrow and tie up a few loose ends, then it's off to dreamland.  Hope to see you this weekend!!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Keeping 'em honest.....

Sew....some of the cable news show have these "keeping them honest" segments.  I want you to keep me *honest* about finishing this project!  When I just laid it out to take this picture, it was a lot smaller than I thought it was.  I must have started this at least 4 years ago.  It was on the design wall the first year, without the lights in the border.  Then I got Jan to help me with the lights.  But, since I had worked so hard at the piecing, there was just no way I was going to fuse the bulbs, electrical cord, etc. down.  (Silly me!)  Then, too much started happening.  I needed surgery and my Mom was diagnosed with a rare and very aggressive thyroid cancer.  This project was handy, so it went to the nursing home with me those last couple of weeks of her life.  Then....it just was too hard to pick up for two years.  BUT....this is the year!  I've been appliqueing the bulbs down and only have a handful left.  Then, the black ends of the bulbs need to be appliqued and the electrical wire.  I. WILL. FINISH.  Sew....keep me honest by *gently* asking me every so often, "How's that tree/light bulb thing coming, anyway?"

What a few days!  Gosh, Jan and I were just hopping on Saturday.  Some of Diane's beginning students were there layering their quilts.  Sharon came in with her Beyond the Cherry Tree quilt ~ only one word ~ WOW!!  I'm going to get a good picture for you!  She came to cut 2 1/2" squares on the Accuquilt Studio for another fun project she's got going.  And lots of shoppers starting and finishing projects!  All last week and into this one, we are trying to get our yard sale *stuff* ready.  What does that mean?  We've been looking in every nook and cranny for those things that need to go live somewhere else.  This week especially, I am going through the rows of fabric and reorganizing and marking some things down for Friday morning.  I left quite a mess for tomorrow, but I think I see progress!

Okay....I'm also determined to get my batik/leaf project top done by Friday....not so sure that's realistic, but I am going to try.  Watch for a picture!  With that said, I am off to stitch a bit before bed.....have a pleasant evening all.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

It's a date......

Got any appointments for 2013 yet?  Maybe something big coming up?  Well, I know many of you wait for this to arrive each year.  Harriet unpacked the box this afternoon and a half dozen of these beauties were there!  Yup, the Quilt Art 2013 Engagement Calendar.  I've always liked those *desk* kind of appointment calendars.  Have you ever found an old one tucked away somewhere?  I found one not too long ago from when the kids were still in high school.  Pretty nostalgic to see the band concerts, family outings, etc listed there.  Anywho...they're here!

Another fun filled day at Fab-Etc.  Diane's Beginning Quilting class was having lots of fun layering their quilts today.  They're on the home stretch now and what a super job they all are doing!  You should see the points on their stars!!   It was kind of quiet in the morning, so Harriet and I continued the house cleaning.  Oh my....it just felt like I was never going to see any progress.  But by the time it got crazy again in the afternoon, there was definitely progress made.  Tomorrow....the dreaded back room!  Oh....and I didn't get a chance to really look at it, but a neat coffee group seems to have arrived too.  Hope your day was equally fun! 

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

On Donner, on Blitzen....

You know the words, right?  "Now Dasher! now, Dancer! Now, Prancer and Vixen!  On, Comet! On, Cupid! On, on Donner and Blitzen!"  Sew....that has pretty much nothing to do with this picture, other than the fact that the pattern is called *Blitzen* and it's a Christmas quilt.  The fabric is from Basic Grey's holiday line for Moda Fabrics.  We find their holiday line very refreshing and fun every year.  This was our *it takes a village* quilt.  ALL of the Fabettes worked on its construction in some fashion and then Tracey quilted it for us.  Linda and I hung it up on Tuesday over the Kwik Sew pattern counter.  Isn't it great?  It was a lot of fun to make.  We do have 99 cent glossy patterns for it and we have a few of the kits too.  There's yardage and charm packs as well.  Stop by and take a peak at it.

Whew....what a day it was!  I had a couple of sales reps this morning showing me great new fabrics ~ because you know we could be in grave danger of running out at any minute  =)   Then, it got kind of quiet, so I started attacking the shelves over my desk and Linda started on the shelves under the counters.  All of this in anticipation of next week's 91 Mile Yard Sale.  We made some good progress and then....you guessed it....it got REALLY busy.  So tomorrow, I need to get there early and finish setting up for Diane's next to the last Beginning Quilting class.  Plus, the back area by my desk is a huge mess.  And we sold all of the fabrics for a couple of the runners we have behind the counter, so I'll need to take those down and put something else up.  Guess you know what Harriet and I will be doing in the morning?  Not a lot of freight today, but we did get some patterns I had ordered.

Okay...need to get to work on a few things.  Hoping to send out an e-mail update about the 91 Mile Yard Sale, etc in the next couple of days, so be watching your Inbox (hopefully not your Spam folder).  Night all!

Sunday, September 16, 2012


This week the retired guy and I took our little camping trailer to Birch Bay for a night.  We had such a good time.  We walked all the way from the Park into Birch Bay and sat on the deck of the Bistro overlooking the Bay, had fish and chips and then walked back.  The sun was shining and it was a wonderful afternoon.  Then, when it was time for the sun to set, I convinced him to walk back down to the beach for the sunset.  I confess to being a *sunset kind of girl*.  For about 14 years we lived out in the county. We had a great view of the Twin Sisters and I saw many a beautiful sunrise.  But oh, how I missed my sunsets.  Sadly, because of the fires in Eastern Washington there is lots of smoke and haze in the air.  But, it does make for some beautiful sunsets.  This is the best picture I could get.  The sun was really more orange/red and the water looked kind of like mother of pearl ~ all pink and blue at the same time.  Okay, so this has nothing much to do with fabric but the colors........ they could inspire something ~ right?  Happy Sunday evening to all of you out there in blogland!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Pumpkin parade.....

Okay....I just *Googled* pumpkins to see if they were a gourd or a squash and now I am more confused than ever!  Sew....I will refrain from any squash/gourd references and suffice to say that this parade of pumpkins, whether they be squash or gourds, are just pretty doggone cute!  This is a Quilt Soup pattern called "Pumpkin Harvest".  I stumbled upon it when I was ordering something else designed by Quilt Soup.  At first, we couldn't get any more patterns, and then after we were able to get a few more, we couldn't figure out the fabric combinations.  Diane and I agonized over it Monday afternoon and came up with this.  And bless her heart, she brought it back on Thursday when she came to teach her Beginning Quilting class all done up like this!!  We don't have it quilted yet, but we still have a few patterns and more on the way.  It's on the back design wall.

Hope the end of your week has been a good one.  The summer to fall weather has just been spectacular, hasn't it?  But, we've been pretty busy around here with folks getting itchin' to do some sewing.  We've even had a fair number of you picking our Christmas projects!  In fact a lady today told me it was just about three months away!!  We do have LOTS of holiday fabrics if you're interested.

Well, I'm finishing up the end of the week bookwork *stuff* around here and then I'll go down to the sewing room and work on a batik project I'm hoping to get done before the 91 Mile Yard Sale the 28th-29th of this month.  The "Lord willing and the creek don't rise" it will be hanging up in less than two weeks....probably not quilted yet, but up, none the less.  Wish me luck!   Have a super Sunday all.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012


Well, the calendar says it's still summer and the weather is certainly living up to that!  Don't you just love this time of year?  The days can be oh so wonderful, yet the nights are cool enough for a quilt on the bed to be cozy!  It was hard for me to do this year, but the time came to change the store samples behind the counter to reflect the changing season.  Sew....I have spent the last couple of days climbing the ladder ~ part of the exercise program =)   We've moved a bunch of projects around and are fairly happy with the results.  That Dresden sunflower project is waiting for me to finish a pattern and we even have the fabrics to kit it, but I just haven't gotten it done yet.  Diane took a VERY cute pattern home this week and is working on a pumpkin runner that we'll have up in the next few days.  And Jan found a Fall stripe fabric or two to make a couple more 60 degree runners.  All in a week's work @ Fab-Etc!

Today the UPS truck brought "Zippy Java" from Clothworks ~ the colors are super and the fabric is FUN!  The newest Quiltmania came as well and a cute new kiddo turtle group.  We're sewing the binding on our "Blitzen" quilt that Tracey quilted for us and it should be up by next week....kits coming!  Nikki is quilting a Whispering Winter duck scene that Diane made...you'll like it!

My pillow is calling.  Enjoy these last few days of summer!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

JT2 Saturday.....

Sew....yesterday (Saturday) was the monthly Just Takes 2 group meeting.  We cleared off the design wall so they could *play* with their blocks.  All the peeps were a bit camera shy, but I did get this picture of some of their blocks.  Aren't they fabulous?  Tonya is using various shirtings as her backgrounds.  Sharon's is almost all red/white (see that hint of cheddar in her feathered star?)  And Tracey has been using a eggplant/cream combo ~ hers has the cheddar too.  Some of the other combos are black/white and brown/pink.  Outstanding work ladies!!

Ahhhh....Sunday....after a VERY busy week at Fab-Etc!  It was a busy, but somewhat productive week I'm happy to report.  The fondly referred to *office/kitchen/backroom* area of the shop has just been in chaos ever since I grabbed stuff for the quilt show a couple of weeks ago.  The other day when Linda was working, I started digging it out and putting things in as good of an order as it ever gets around there  =)   My desk is somewhat tidy and there's still a pile of Fall/Holiday samples that we want to put up starting Monday, but it's a much more pleasant atmosphere to work in!

And...tomorrow morning is our Tri-County Quilt Merchants' Assoc meeting.  The one where we bring our blocks for March's Quilt Tour.  The theme this time is *A Year In Quilts*.  We each drew a month and then were to create a block centered on that month.  I confess that most every year I'm still working on the block the Sunday before the meeting.  My block was done yesterday ~ hooray!!  Of course, it came with great obsession on the part of the entire staff here at Fab-Etc.  I would be lost without the super team I get to work with every day!! Can't wait to see what blocks this very creative bunch of shop owners has come up with.

The sun is coming out and I'm going to put some Sunday dinner on and then maybe the retired guy and I will ride our bikes to the store and grab some corn on the cob to have with it?  Hope your Sunday is a pleasant one! 

Friday, September 7, 2012


I just noticed when I put the title up there today, that it rhymes with the last post title...."Nifty".  No, I'm afraid I'm over a decade past nifty fifty  =)   Actually.....yesterday we got some more of our wide quilt backs in (106"-108" wide).  Sew....since they seem to be exploding over there, I thought I'd count them.  OMG....we have 50 bolts of wide quilt backs @ Fab-Etc right now!!  WOW.  I don't know if you've ever considered using them for your quilt backing?  First, there's the convenience of not having to piece the back.  Secondly, not always, but usually, it's cheaper to buy the wide back.  I helped a gal the other day that needed just about 10 yards for the back of a large quilt she was making.  It was going to be about $100 for the back.  But, we found a wide back that required no piecing and would cost her $75.  Yay!!  The color selection is great and we even have some flannels and batiks (always hot sellers).  Where are they in the shop?  Over by the batting in the class area.

Well, it's been a really GORGEOUS week, hasn't it?  And it's been a really BUSY week for us too!  Some super fabrics have arrived and we're still *squishing* to make room.  The Tea Party was such fun this week with lots of laughter.  Today, Tracey and I will continue the fun!  I need to cut binding for the Blitzen quilt she longarm quilted for us ~ she did a fantastic job!  Can't wait to get it trimmed up and the binding on so we can hang it next week!  And we'll be setting things up for Just Takes 2 Saturday group tomorrow.  We'll clear the design wall so the gals can throw their block up there and see how things are looking.  Should be a fun weekend!

Okay.....I need to still hit the shower and finish my morning chores.  Hope your weekend is a wonderful one!

Sunday, September 2, 2012


This is a pic of our September Nifty Notion ~ Seam-Fix.  I must confess, I'm not so sure how they came up with the name for this.  It doesn't really describe the notion.  Sew....what does it do, then Carol?  Glad you asked!  It's a sharp seam ripper....but the *wait there's more* part is what's cool.  Each end of the tool has a specially formulated plastic that grabs those pesky little threads that are left behind when you backward sew.  I've heard from a couple of people that have purchased this that they are VERY impressed with it.  Regular price is $6.95, but just $4.95 for the month of September as our Nifty Notion.

How's your weekend?  Do you get a long one?  I do!  Two days in a row off.  (That's an FYI that we're closed tomorrow for Labor Day here in the U.S.)  Wasn't it a beautiful day?  I sat on the patio and read the Sunday paper this afternoon and then the retired guy and I took the horse car out for a ride to Smokey Point and had dinner with most of our kids and grandkids.  (I get a little blue without a *grandkiddo fix* at regular intervals!)  Then, on the ride home, we took Chuckanut Drive in time to see a magnificent sunset!  Hoping for a bike ride tomorrow ~ at least as far as the Post Office so I can mail off the bills.  Then, a bit of cleaning, and hopefully finishing the quilting on my sunflower project.

Tuesday, Diane and I will be finding homes for a couple of groups that arrived Friday.  Thought I'd get that done yesterday, but OMG...it was SO BUSY Saturday.  I didn't schedule anyone to work with me, thinking....holiday weekend, sunshine.  Boy, was I wrong ~ I was hopping all day long!!  Anywho...we'll be working on that, setting up for Tea Party on Wednesday, and helping customers.  Hope you're enjoying your weekend!