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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Zombie Apocalyse......

Okay....I have to admit it right up front....I don't quite know what this is all about.  This is a picture of three fabrics we recently got from Riley Blake called Zombie Apocalypse.  When the sales rep was here, I asked Tracey what she thought about these...sales rep had been telling me that the zombie thing was HOT.  Tracey assured me that this was true.  Sew....that was months ago and now the fabric has arrived and sure enough, it's popular.  I thought since Halloween was just a couple of days away, you might like to see it.  And, maybe somebody can explain this phenomenon to me the next time you see me?   =)

What have I been doing, since I haven't been posting to my blog the last week or so?  Well, working on a few projects and the end of the month stuff, plus the 3rd quarter taxes and a newsletter, etc.  The retired guy and I also got to go to the Grandparents Tea at Cody's preschool in Edmonds.  Plus, on the way home from there, we were invited to go with our daughter to pick up her wheelchair van!  That was the culmination of a fundraising effort put on by her friends and family that started last summer.  Enough money was raised for a down payment on a van with a motorized ramp that will make her life much easier.  (She had been lifting both Lukas and his wheelchair in and out of her car for years.)  We are so grateful for all of the support she has received.  Needless to say, it was a pretty special day!

Well, we also managed to get all of the Bonnie's Team Quilts up for display last week and then down and off to the Infusion Center yesterday.  I believe there were a little more than 50 quilts donated this year.  Thank you all so much.  I've been climbing up and down the ladder the last few days taking quilts down and putting samples back up.  Think I am about done now!  I'm going to sign off for now....got some book work to do....and I'll try not to let it be a whole week before my next post....night all!

Monday, October 21, 2013

It's *Out of this World*......

This is a new panel we just got called *Out of This World* from Northcott fabrics.  (I see my picture looks a little skewed, but you get the idea ~ right?)  Can you read what that little sign we have tacked up in the corner says?  Yup, it glows in the dark!!  How doggone cool is that?  I think the back of the tag says that after exposure to 30 minutes of light, it will glow for about 10 minutes in the dark.  There are 3 coordinates with the panel and all three of them glow in the dark as well.  It's been selling quite well so far, so don't wait too long if you're interested!

This is the week that we display the Bonnie's Team quilts.  We have over 50 of them hanging throughout the shop until Saturday afternoon.  I must say, you guys have outdone yourselves this year!  They are some of the nicest groups of quilts we've ever received.  Thank you all so much.  Next week, they will go to the local infusion center to patients receiving chemotherapy.

What else is new?  Well, we've been keeping quite busy with customers and projects.  On Saturday, the Applique Society had a *sew in* in the classroom area.  They had a lot of fun working with wool and cutting some circles on the Accuquilt Studio die cut machine.  Harriet and I spent the time tidying and waiting on customers.  Today, Diane and I kept really busy with lots of you coming in to get supplies for projects.  Around my house, we celebrated our grandson, Cody's 5th birthday and tomorrow is a Grandparents' Tea at his preschool.  Promises to be a fun-filled day!  What's new at your house?

Wednesday, October 16, 2013


Yesterday, we were humming along when one of our delightful customers came to the counter with these two fabrics.  She had recently made some changes to her kitchen and wanted to add some new curtains to the mix.  When I went to cut that first fabric I discovered that when it came in a week or two ago, I neglected to see the birds along one of the selvages....is that just too darn fun, or what?  The fabric is from Windham and called Collage.  We have a few others in the line and they are also bright and fun.  Won't this really perk up her kitchen?

Do you live in the Pacific Northwest?  If so, are you just loving this weather?  I know, here in Bellingham, it took longer for the fog to burn off yesterday, but what a lovely reward when it did!  Jan and I kept busy with freight, customers and some projects we were each working on for the shop.  Jan finished a cute cloth book....I think it was counting with an owl theme.  Then, we picked out fabric for an apron from a new Bonnie and Camille line from Moda.  It's gonna be a winner!  I am plodding through a large project in between a few other things.  What sort of fun things are you working on these days?  

Oh....and don't forget the Lynden Craft and Antique Show that starts tomorrow.  Our Tracey and her mom, Sandy, always have a wonderful booth there!

Friday, October 11, 2013


Remember how I mentioned we had gotten the latest two panels for our 18" doll?  Well, this is what we've been putting together.  Harriet got her PJ's done and Jan did most of the blankie and pillows for her.  What do you think of her bunny slippers?  They are sold separately...not many left, but more on order. (Actually, there are slippers on the PJ panel, but we haven't finished them quite yet.)  We do have matching fabrics too, if you wanted to create something for a little girl, or more for your favorite doll.  

Well, it's shaped up to be another fun-filled week here at Fab-Etc.  We've been busy with lots of customers and their fun projects!  It's always great to get to be just a little part of the creativity you all bring to the table.  Right now, I am moving pretty slowly through a big project using a new group of fabric we have stashed away awaiting the quilt.  It's going to be stunning, sew I need to get a move on and make some serious progress in the next few days.  Think you'll like it.

Well, I have some book work to take care of and then maybe I'll just put my feet up for a little while before bed.  The retired guy has been working on a project we had wanted to do many years ago, involving ripping up the living room carpet to expose the hardwood floor beneath.  It's kind of a *funky* hardwood, but then we decided that we are kind of *funky* too!  Actually, he did a marvelous job making it look beautiful.  I think I will love sitting there tonight and enjoying the view....night all!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013


This isn't a really good picture....the sun was coming in the windows at the end of the day (that was a nice thing!)  This is a new group we received yesterday from Benartex called *Cosmopolitan*.  Isn't it wonderful?  Diane and I fiddled around and managed to give it a home at the end of the row with the other grays and yellows.  I know, you can't see it very well in this picture, but you'll have to take a look next time you're in.  (I guess a Cosmopolitan is a cocktail too.....never had one, but I probably would like it. But, I do like this fabric a lot!)

Well, what a day today!  It POURED rain earlier in the day here and then, lo and behold, the sun popped out for a glorious end to the day.  Jan and I kept busy with customers and a few little *jobs* we were both working on.  I'll try and get a picture tomorrow of some of it for you.  No new fabric today....just some notions re-orders and a PUL re-order.  A lot of you know that I just finished sending an e-mail update, so that kept me busy for a while this week.  Tomorrow?  Well, I guess we will keep working on our projects in between customers and tidy things up a bit too.  What about your tomorrow?

I didn't notice until yesterday....we just went over 100,000 *hits* on our blog ~ WOW! 

Thursday, October 3, 2013

What's cookin' good lookin'......

I can remember my Dad saying that to my Mom some evenings, "What's cookin' good lookin'?"  They were quite the pair!  My Mom had a few *special* aprons she wore for *special* occasions.  I'm guessing that if she would have owned this one, it would fall in that *special* category.  Is this darling, or what?  Linda and Harriet came up with the idea and Linda executed it flawlessly, as usual.  She used the *Always Blooming* fabric line ~ the apron is made using the panel and the ties are made from a coordinate.  She took the panel, hemmed the three sides, and ran a basting stitch across the top and gathered it to about 22".  Then, she took three 6" strips of a coordinate and sewed them together for the ties and waistband.  You could use just two strips if you didn't want ties long enough to wrap around the front into a bow.  (It was based on our Dollar Menu Pattern *Tie One On Apron*.) 

Today was such a fun day for me!  Emily (our Fabette turned RN) agreed to help me out this week, since I am running a little short-handed.  It was just wonderful to work with her today and *catch up* in between customers.  It's so wonderful to see the confident, lovely young lady she has become since she started here when she was just a teenager.  Thanks sew much, Em!

She helped me get started on that project I mentioned last time.  Think it's going to be stunning.  I'll see if I can get a little further tomorrow.  Alicia will be helping me tomorrow and we'll be playing with that and setting up the classroom for Sharon's Old Glory class Saturday morning.  Should be an all around fun day!  Hope your Friday is equally enjoyable. 

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

A class act.....

This is a picture of the pattern cover for Tonya's tree skirt *All I Want For Christmas*.  Quite a few of you have bought the pattern....quite a few of you have also asked if there might be any chance we would have a class for this.  Well, Tonya has agreed to teach the class!  Hooray!!  It's scheduled for Saturday, October 26th from 1:00-5:00.  I didn't even get a chance to blog it before it nearly filled up already.  Sew....give us a call or shoot us an e-mail if you're interested and we'll sign you right up.  (If there's enough interest, we may be able to persuade her to do an *overflow* class another day?)

I don't know about you, but here in the Pacific Northwest, I'm feeling like we went straight from summer to winter!  Gee, it's been wet and stormy, hasn't it.  Oh well, all the better weather to sew  ~ right?  And here at Fab-Etc, now that we've finished rearranging the fabric and cleaning the dreaded back room, we'll have a chance to do just that!  Well, after the Tea Party tomorrow.  I've got a project in mind to take the place of the Falling Leaves batik quilt we just took down.  I'm looking forward to getting going on that.  And we just got some of the newest Laurel Burch fabrics yesterday too.   And a gorgeous Asian print from Northcott arrived today.  I bet you say the same thing...sew many projects, sew little time!  

Have a lovely evening.....