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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter.....

Happy Easter everyone!  Hope you had a super day today.  If you live in the Pacific Northwest, you enjoyed abundant sunshine and warm temperatures.  What a lovely day!  We took the horse car out for a ride this afternoon and walked around Boulevard Park for a bit.  We saw all of our local kiddos last Sunday, so no family time today.  This is a picture of the retired guy's daffodil and tulip combo.  The yard and flowerbox are blooming with daffodils and ready to pop tulips.  I'll be back tomorrow with more fabric news....and a picture of a super quilt Sharon created from the latest American Patchwork and Quilting magazine that we've scheduled a class for.  See you tomorrow!

Monday, March 25, 2013


Well, we made it through the Tri-County Quilt Tour!  It was sew much fun seeing sew many of you.....thanks for making it another great event this year. Diane and I started putting the place back together again today in between customers.  Jan and I will finish up tomorrow hopefully.  What's up next?  Well, the Shop Hop fabric samples arrived last week and I have less than three weeks to get my block sent to In the Beginning Fabrics.  Then it will be time to start making our +/- 2,000 block kits for the big Hop in June.  Speaking of which, the newspapers arrived this morning.  Pop in and get one.

This is a picture of Old Glory.  Sharon will be teaching this as a sampler/technique class beginning in May.  Here's what she has to say about the class: "This is a great technique based workshop for quilters who want to sharpen their skills and be more productive with their quilting time. Join Sharon for 6 Saturdays and you will learn lots of tips and tricks as you progress on this Sampler Flag. Everything you learn in these 6 monthly sessions will carry over into all your future projects: Fast Flying Geese; Power Cutting; Easy Angler Ruler; Paper based ½ and ¼ sq triangles; Pressing tips; Production mode piecing….and much more."  Plus.....you'll have a great sampler flag to show for it!  I don't have it listed on the website yet, but I'll get the retired guy to put it up tonight or tomorrow ~ okay?

All right....need to get some other *stuff* done this evening.  Hope you got a chance to enjoy the beautiful sunny day we had here in the Pacific Northwest today!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Quilts for Newtown.....

I won't be able to go to this because we are finishing up the Tri-County Quilt Tour tomorrow.  If you get a chance, we all encourage you to attend this.  Sew many of our customers have been involved in this effort; Tracey quilted many, many of the quilts for them; and it was our privilege to donate some of the batting used and be able to be a tiny part of this effort here @ Fab-Etc.  If you're going on the Tour, you could stop on your way to Fabrics Plus in Anacortes and see the Quilts For Newtown.  King 5 will be there filming and we'll let you know when the segment will air.  Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Quilt Tour in progress......

 Okay....we are half way through the 2013 Tri-County Quilt Tour "A Year in Quilts".  We're having A LOT of fun!  This first picture is of some of our shoppers enjoying the stack of $1.50 fat quarters on one of our Clearance tables.  The weather wasn't as nice here yesterday as it was today....it was pretty windy and rainy for part of the day.  We had put a rounder outside with some of our marked down fleece.  Well....the rounder is on casters.  Yup, you guessed it.  The office manager from the doctor's office poked her head in yesterday afternoon and let us know our fabric was about to hit the street!  The wind had caught it and it was headed for eastbound Birchwood Ave.  This second picture is to show you all what a pretty day it was here for most of the day.  No fabric trying to escape today.  =)

When I've had a chance, I've been sewing some more of my Urban Abacus blocks during the Tour.  The project has been growing on the design wall.  Maybe I'll get them all done and be able to sew them together next week?  After that. I'm starting on sewing the rows together on my wild striped hexagon quilt.  How has your week been sew far?  Any projects started?  Finished?  Well, I would be lying if I said I wasn't tired.  Going to do a little paperwork and then relax before hitting the hay tonight.  More from the Tour later in the week ~ okay?

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Let's Tour.....

Okay....this is me holding up the Fab-Etc version of "A Year in Quilts" this morning so the retired guy could get this picture of it (can you see my hands and feet!?!)  As you can see, we went with black and white and *punched it up* with bright colors.  Each of the blocks are quilted and bound with a hanging sleeve and Velcro to fasten them to the larger background quilt.  What you cannot see is that underneath each quilt is a clear vinyl pocket that you can slip a calendar into!  That way, you could remove the block; hang it on a cute hanger (we have a few!); and expose the corresponding month's calendar.  We'll also have a few patterns for sale if you'd like to create one yourself.  We're open from 9-6 just for the days of the Quilt Tour and you'll get our patterns for the months of April and May for free during the Tour.  We'll also have a cute basket charm available for free with a $10 purchase.  Plus... we got a few of our last year's charms in too that will be for sale in case you missed out last year!  The Tour is Wednesday through Saturday....we have maps available at all of the shops and more info @ www.quilttour.com  Hope you can make it!

This other picture is a pretty exciting thing that happened yesterday!  Fabric-Etc got to be the *backdrop* for a King 5 news crew doing a story on the Quilts For Newtown project I mentioned in the last newsletter/e-mail update!  Some of the gals came to the shop with their quilts and they did some filming.  They were kind enough to use the shop since we played just a tiny role in this by donating some of the batting used in the project.  Then...they went to Tracey's Sew What studio and filmed her longarming one of the quilts.  (She has quilted MANY of the quilts for this project and donated MANY hours of her time!)  Then....they went to Tangled Threads to talk to the gals there.  Thelma also donated MANY hours of work making personalized labels for the quilts.  Sew....you can see it's been a busy week already here @ Fab-Etc!

Okay....I have still got a bunch of things to do tonight to be ready for all of you tomorrow.   Have a great week everyone.  I'll try to post some pictures of our Tour guests tomorrow ~ okay?

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Star struck.....

Diane taught the Lemoyne Star class again this week and these are some of the blocks the gals created....aren't they great?!?  The class is taught using the Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star Ruler from Studio 180 Designs.  It utilizes a technique that eliminates those pesky Y seams....hooray!  She has a quilt hanging over the batiks made from the pattern that comes with the ruler.  Got to see another one of these Linda brought in this week that she finished at her retreat....a beautiful wedding gift!

How's your week going?  Mine?  Well, I am writing this in the early morning hours because I've been awake waaay too long.  I don't usually suffer from insomnia much anymore, but I just couldn't turn the brain off early this morning, so sometimes the best thing is to just get up and avoid the tossing and turning  =(

THE QUILT is coming back this morning and I'll be sewing the binding on later today.  We won't be hanging it until the night before the Quilt Tour, sew that's going to be Tuesday.  There are still a few unfinished little details on THE QUILT to attend to (might account for the sleeplessness.....that, and I still don't have all of my tax *stuff* ready~ Yikes!!)

We've gotten a bit of freight this week.  The black/gold batik fabric has almost all arrived, so I thought Tracey and I could get a few kits started today for the leaf quilt.  And I cut some more tumblers yesterday for the flag kits we keep running out of!  Some super soft flannel came on the UPS truck yesterday and we'll be putting that out this morning.  Have a sales rep coming in today around 11:00, so my day is looking pretty full!  But I get to spend it enjoying our creative customers and fabric....doesn't get much better!  Have a super Thursday all!

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Whose turn is it.....

Did you ever argue with a sibling or parent about whose turn it was to dry dishes?  I'm sure that NEVER happened in my house  =)

These are a couple of tea towel ideas from Linda and Alicia.  Alicia took some of the cute coffee prints we have and just turned under the edges on a couple of squares and stitched them onto some Birdseye cloth.  And Linda took some leftovers from those cute lobster placemats and added a little rick rack ~ voila ~ cute towels for the kitchen!

If you live in the Pacific Northwest, you've enjoyed a gorgeous Saturday today!  The sun was shining, the air crisp, but you could feel the promise of Spring.  The retired guy's daffodils are almost all in bloom and the tulips are showing up all over too....very nice!  Jan and I had a great time with customers today and even had to open the doors to let the sun in for a while.  Diane had the second session of her Beginning Quilting class today and the gals were whipping out their very first block in the little quilt they are making ~ looking good, ladies!  Sharon popped in this morning with a couple of great projects she's going to be teaching soon.  One will be a very fun sampler project that's going to be wonderful for learning some basic techniques.....this is super for anyone from a confident beginner right on up to experienced quilter.  Sharon has some wonderful tips to share with you....."sharin' with Sharon"!  WAtch the blog and website for more details.

THE QUILT is coming along.  Tracey will pick up her part to quilt on Monday.  I usually "blog the blocks", but the group decided that the earliest the quilts could be hung will be Sunday the 17th.  Sew....I might try and blog a few blocks at a time beginning then?  Quilt Tour is the 20th-23rd.  Have heard rumors about what some of the shops are doing.....it's going to be a good one!  Okay, have a few things to do before bedtime.  And don't forget...Spring ahead tonight ~ drives the retired guy nuts that I've already gone around and changed most of the clocks  =)

Monday, March 4, 2013

Urban Abacus......

As promised, here's the other sample I've been working on using this month's Nifty Notion the Quick Curve Ruler.  We're also featuring this pattern from Sew Kind of Wonderful called "Urban Abacus".  As you can probably tell, it's just on the design wall (next to my Urban Chained runner).  I've been trying to make a few blocks every morning before I head over to the shop, so it's been *growing* on the design wall each day  =)  It's really a lot of fun to make!  Jenny has lots of great ideas and patterns using the ruler.  If you hop over to her blog you can see what she does (including some phenomenal quilting ~ she has a longarm quilting business too!)  I know she has a quilt-a-long going using the ruler with a couple of new blocks each month coming out.  Ahhhh....if only there were more hours in the day! 

Speaking of which, I did manage to make some progress yesterday on THE QUILT for the Quilt Tour.  Everybody's been pitching in and we're either seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, or it's an oncoming freight train!  Diane and I were just hopping today with lots of customers making fun projects.  Got some freight, but didn't even have time to open the box!   Think it's some re-orders on basics, so not all that exciting.

Okay, got some paperwork to do and going down to sew a bit in a minute.  What have you got planned for this evening?

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Urban Chained......

Sorry I've been MIA the last few days.  Got totally caught up in the end/beginning of month *stuff* plus our Tri-County Quilt Tour project (don't ask.....it's coming slowly!)  Anywho....I promised a picture or two of the project(s) for this month's Nifty Notion.  We are featuring the Quick Curve Ruler in March.  Yes, you CAN piece curves.  The ruler is designed by a lovely lady in Everett, Jenny Pedigo.  She researched the different angles until she came up with this ruler that will help you cut and piece a curve without tearing your hair out!  This runner is made from the pattern that comes with the ruler.  On the design wall at the shop, I am putting together her Urban Abacus pattern....it's really fun!  I'll get a picture next week and share that too.  The info is on the opening page of the website  www.fabric-etc.com  We have links there to the tutorials Jenny has on her blog that will show you just how simple this is.

Hope your week has been a good one.  We've been slowly working on the Quilt Tour project at Fab-Etc.  I always seem to have good intentions of getting this project out of the way early, but somehow I get a *quilting block* and get bogged down at a certain point.  Well, I am past having time to be bogged down, sew it's got to be full steam ahead this week and we'll get 'er done!

Hope you all have a lovely Sunday.  I'm going to be sewing and doing paperwork among a few other things like laundry, etc.  Enjoy!