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Thursday, August 29, 2013


Look at what we have in the shop!  It's Tonya's *cover girl* quilt from the latest American Patchwork and Quilting magazine.  She's letting us borrow it for a week or two.  This way you can see it up close and personal, as well as Tracey's fabulous quilting job.  We have just a handful of magazines left.  Plus, she's going to be teaching a class on it over at Two Thimbles later this month.  Hope you get a chance to come by and see it for yourself!

What a great week we've been having here at Fab-Etc.  We've gotten some wonderful fabrics into the shop.  Plus, we've been trying to get some kits ready to take to the EverGreen Quilt Show which is just two weeks from tomorrow!  A couple of sales reps have popped in to show me their latest fabrics; and I am going to put up a picture in the next day or so of a stunning runner Jan whipped up today using those great poppies we have.  In fact, there's a picture over on our Facebook page....link at top of page.  *Like* us ~ okay?

Hope you've enjoyed the cooler weather....think my plants and lawn are loving having a drink from Mother Nature instead of the hose!  Got to run.....bills and payroll awaiting me.  Happy Labor Day Weekend all!

Monday, August 26, 2013

Here Fishy, Fishy......

 Do you go fishing?  I still remember the first time my Dad took my sister and
me fishing.  I'm not sure what lake we went to, but I vividly remember fishing from our rowboat with a *bobber* on our lines.  We were catching sunfish as I recall, and I'm pretty sure Dad baited our hooks and cleaned the fish for us  =)   It was pretty exciting to see that bobber all of a sudden go below the surface of the water and then to reel in my catch!  Years later, I would have a lot of fun catching salmon and even win 2nd prize in a fishing derby with a salmon....but that first *bobber experience* has remained very special all of these years.  That's what I thought about when this line from Heather Mulder Peterson (Anka's Treasures) came into the shop.  It's called, Here Fishy, Fishy.  Jan and I collaborated using a *cheater print* to make this really simple little boy's quilt.  We just used the print with the squares on it, added a couple of borders and voila....quick little guy quilt!  Don't you love the piping addition Jan added to the binding?  And, we used a leftover strip of squares to make the backing wide enough...too fun!

How is your week so far?  Around Fab-Etc, we've started cutting some 1/2 yards to take to the EverGreen Quilt Show coming up in just over two weeks.  It's going to be at the Birchwood Presbyterian Church September 13-14.  We have the info at the shop if you're interested.  It's always a great showcase for these talented guild members.  We'll have a booth there, so we hope you can stop and see us along with the many quilts on display.  Tomorrow, Jan and I will be cutting a few more 1/2 yards and *playing* with a wonderful Stonehenge project.  Hope your week is shaping up to be a fun one!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

A week.....

Sew...a whole week has gone by since I posted.  What have I been doing? Glad you asked.  Why, last weekend was The Stewart Family Excellent Camping Adventure 2013!  The whole family (except our Nashville contingent, Pete and Heidi) met at Bay View State Park across Padilla Bay from Anacortes.  We had tons of fun, including Bocce Ball tournaments, kite flying, bike riding, campfires, marshmallows, sunsets and water sports!  

That was Saturday and Sunday.  Then, on Monday, the retired guy and I moved to Camano Island State Park.  This is a picture of our view by day, and then our view with the full moon shining on the waters of Saratoga Passage.  We got home late yesterday afternoon.  We unpacked, I downloaded my 695 Spam messages =( and washed a few loads of clothes.  

I cannot thank my staff enough for holding down the fort so I could play for a few days.  When I got to the shop this morning, I was greeted by a bunch of really great new fabrics.  I'll be sharing more about that soon.  Hoping your weekend was a good one as well.  Night all!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Photo finish #3.....

As promised, here is our photo finish #3.  This was my companion camping project for the first part of the summer.  Of course, since the stitchery was on white, it couldn't go near the campfire or other spots that weren't set up for white fabrics  =)   Anyway, I finished the stitchery part a week or two ago, and just added the borders over the weekend.  The pattern is from Waltzing with Bears and is actually for a little pillow that was pretty cute.  But....I thought at my house, I'd rather have a little hanging, sew that's what I did.  We had this wonderful red print that mimics the snowflakes in the stitchery, and then I found this great little hanger from Ackfeld ~ more coming!  Now, I have another Christmas stitchery started to finish out the rest of the summer.

Those of you close by....what was that water falling from the sky this evening?  I think I heard my lawn and plants *singing in the rain* tonight!!  Well, Jan and I are collaborating on a cute *cheater* project from Anka's Treasures (Heather Mulder Peterson) "Here Fishy, Fishy" group.  It was super easy and it's gonna be super cute.  Will snap a pic for you soon.

Okay, laundry going, cinnamon rolls rising 'cuz in a weak moment I said I could be persuaded to make them for a Sunday family breakfast.  More fabric fun soon!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Photo finish #2.....

This was a number of *seasons* in the making, but  it.is.finished.  Hooray!!  The pattern is by Alex Anderson and called "Holiday Lights".  I started it quite a few years ago and brought it out each holiday season and worked a bit more on it.  Then, when my Mom was in the nursing home 3 years ago before she passed away, it was my companion as I sat and appliqued the lights down.  Sew....there are memories that come with this project.  When you come in, you'll have to look at the quilting Sharon from Grass Roots Quilting did....I LOVE IT!  She's got the *fixings* to make this quilt too, so I managed to convince her to *practice* on mine first  =)  And, speaking of Sharon....she won some pretty amazing awards at the Northwest Washington Fair this year.  She got a Blue Ribbon; Best of Division; Best of Longarm Quilting and Judges Award for Best Professional Quilting 2013 ~ WOW!!!  So, not only is my little tree and light project finished, but it's quilted by an award winning quilter!  Thanks, Sharon and congrats on the recognition....you deserve it.

Tomorrow, Jan and I will be fiddling around with some new things!  I took today off and it looks like Harriet and Diane were kept hopping over there.  I think I also saw some gorgeous fabric that arrived too.  What's your week looking like?  Are you going up to the Fair?  Don't think we will be able to make it this year....would love to see the quilts and eat some Fair food, but it's shaping up to be a pretty hectic week at my house.

I actually have another *finish* to share later this week....aren't you proud of us Fabettes?!?  Wishing you a lovely week.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Photo Finish #1......

We had some *finishes* this week!  This is our photo finish #1....the Saffron Bucket Bag.  Jan started it on Tuesday and finished on it Thursday.  If you look closely, you can see that the fabric she used in the bag is the very same fabric used in the pattern!  It's called Passport and is pretty fun.  The bag is a great size with the right length of handle and has a sturdy base that would hold up well for just about anything.  It's hanging just inside the south door, sew take a quick look at it and the fabric the next time you are in the shop.

How was your week?  Any starts or finishes or in betweens?  Things were a little quieter at the shop this week compared to last.....Sizzling Summer Sale was hopping at the end of last week!  The gals moved a few things around to make room for some new fabrics we got.  And we managed to make some progress on a few things we had started, plus got a few more ideas on things we'd like to accomplish.  I brought home a couple of things to *play* with tonight and tomorrow!

Hope the rest of your weekend is positively lovely, whatever you plan to do!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Wacky Jack....

I just got back from a quick overnight camping trip and when I went to the shop tonight to settle things out...this was waiting for me.  I knew it was coming, because Tonya gave me a *heads up* a few weeks ago.  That's her quilt "Wacky Jack" on the cover!!  How cool is that?  But wait, there's more.  Our very own Tracey quilted it for her, so, that makes her a *cover girl* too.  And they mention her fabulous spider web quilting in the article.  We are sew proud of you both!  And to think we have samples at the shop quilted by this cover girl.....way to go you two.  Oh...and because we knew this was coming out, we have extra copies of the magazine.

Well, since I wasn't at the shop the last two days, I am not too sure just what is new over there.  I did have a lot of fun with the retired guy at Birch Bay, though  =)  We'll be having a grand time at the Tea Party tomorrow...and I'll find out what else has been happening and fill you in shortly ~ okay?  Got to run....dirty clothes in the washer, but I just had to share this cover story with you all!

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Sweet Things......

This is the quilt that I told you about a few weeks ago.  Jan got me started and then I finished the top and Tracey did the fantastic quilting!  For some reason the pattern is called Snow White....not sure why.  The group of fabric is from Lakehouse and is called Sweet Things.  It was a lot of fun to make.  And I am thinking perhaps when my grandaughter, Miss Elliana, goes into a *big girl bed* she might have to have this, since she's a sweet thing!

Well, we survived the Sizzling Summer Sale!  It was a lot of fun seeing so many of you.  Tomorrow, we'll start the tidying up and do a bit of rearranging.  It was nice to have Linda back at work after her Alaska trip they started mid-May!  The next thing on the agenda will be the Tea Party on Wednesday.  After that, we'll pull out those new project ideas and get cracking on them!  And of course, there will be new fabrics to arrive as well.

Right now, I think I will finish a few chores and get to sewing on a binding I am working on.  Hope you have a super week!