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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

New Year....new challenge....

Happy New Year!  Are you partying tonight?  As you can see we aren't around here.   The retired guy has a bad cold and I am determined not to get it!!  Sew, I thought I'd let you know about something fun we have to kick off the new year!

Andover Fabrics has recently released an entire line of fabric commemorating the extremely popular Downton Abbey television series.  (I have to admit that I was a late comer to Downton Abbey, having *caught up* just in time to be ready for the newest episode the first weekend of January.)  We thought that it might be fun to have a *challenge* to kick off the new season.  Are you up for playing along?  Here are the general contest rules: Beginning on January 2, 2014 an Entry Form and the Downton Abbey challenge fat quarter (seen to the right here) may be purchased for $3.00.  A recognizable portion of the Downton Abbey challenge fat quarter must be included on the front of your project.  Projects must be finished, bound (if applicable), and no more than 72” in circumference.  Projects are not limited to quilts….let your imagination guide you!  (Please keep your entry “anonymous” by covering any type of label or personal identifier.)   Entries must be received by 6:00 p.m. Saturday, March 1, 2014 - sorry, no exceptions.  Entries will then be displayed for two weeks of customer voting, with winners announced Monday, March 17th.  Only one entry per customer is allowed.  Prizes will be: 1st Place - $100 gift certificate; 2nd place - $75 gift certificate; 3rd place - $50 gift certificate; 4th place - $25 gift certificate and a Downton Abbey tote bag for each winner.

Hope you have a lovely New Year's Eve in anticipation of 2014!!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013


 Some of you have asked about the notation on the calendar for the end of this month.  What's this *TMI WEEK* thing?  Well.....you know as business owners at the end of the year, we have to count everything.  So, TMI in this case stands for Too Much Inventory  =)  

But what does that mean for you?  Yesterday before I closed I went through and started taking some serious stock of what's sitting around here that doesn't need to be sitting around here any more.  I marked LOTS of patterns down to $1.00 and LOTS of magazines at 50 cents.  The Christmas fabric will be 40% off for the next week, along with Christmas panels and pillowcase kits.  There are also some new additions to the Clearance fabrics.  I was kind of busy Tuesday, so I haven't finished yet, but there are some SUPER bargains to be had.  Come on by and save me from counting this stuff ~ okay?!?

I hope you've all had a lovely holiday so far.  The retired guy and I went down to Kenmore and celebrated with our daughter, son and daughter-in-law and of course the stars of the show, our four grandchildren (plus Steve, the dog!).  A grand time was had by all.  We'll continue the celebrating in a week and a half when the Nashville contingent of the family comes for a quick visit.  Can't wait!  Right now, I think I'll go sit a spell and sew some binding.  How are you spending the evening?

Thursday, December 19, 2013


Wouldn't you like to find one of these Christmas morning ~ with your name on it?  We've been selling a lot of them this year, but I'm sworn to secrecy, sew don't try to get me to tell!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The stockings were hung....

A week or so ago, Jan and I thought we should try out the stocking pattern that uses the Twister ruler.  I had already cut some 5" squares from this Moda Christmas group, so that was the fabric of choice.  She managed to put this together in just a couple of afternoons!  What do you think?  I LOVE IT!  FYI....the ruler was one of our Nifty Notions this year, so it's on sale and the patterns and books for the Twister Ruler are also on sale at 25% off until the end of the month.  Sew, if you need another stocking to fill for someone, this might just be for you!

Been a busy, fun week so far around here.  Lots of happy shoppers!  A few new fabrics have arrived and I've been trying to get some tidying up done, but my desk...ugh....not a pretty sight!  And the Sew Expo brochures also came today.  I have a few last minute ideas to do for the family get together next week.  Hoping to wrap that up this weekend.  How are things going at your house? 

Sunday, December 15, 2013


 Here are a couple more ideas for you.  This first one is quite apropos....coming on the heels of the Seahawks' victory over the New York Giants today!  (With a game that was all Seahawks and a score of 23-0, I didn't wimp out and not watch most of it!)  See those ornaments at the far left?  Well, whether you might be a Sounders or Seahawks fan, the colors are right to show your team spirit and hang them on your tree.  There are some great sewing-themed as well as other fun ones.  These are beautifully handcrafted locally and we have a great assortment still.

Secondly, we've been having sew much fun *building* these beaded stilettos!  No, they aren't glitzed up high heels  =)  You can build your own still for $5 or purchase a ready-made one for $5.  What do you do with them?  Well, I've loved having mine to hold that seam allowance in perfect place when my finger is too fat to fit by the presser foot.  They'd make a great gift, or maybe you'd like one for yourself?  It can work both ways!!

Hope your Sunday has been enjoyable.  We had a nice Sunday dinner here and I got the laundry caught up and a few other things squared away for the upcoming week.  Now, it's time to put my feet up and relax.  How about you?

Friday, December 13, 2013

More blessed to give......

As promised, we'll feature a few gift ideas over the next week or so.  How's your list coming along?  The retired guy and I went out yesterday afternoon and got just about everything done for the four grandkids!  Then, we went home and I baked his all-time favorite Christmas cookies ~ Snowballs (aka Russian Tea Cakes).  Yup, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at our house.

Harriet and I were just super busy today with lots of customers popping in to get *stuff* to work on.  We thought maybe we'd get a little vacuuming done and a few other things, but guess I'll have to try and get there early tomorrow and catch that up.

Anywho....here are the first couple of ideas for you.  We don't have very many left, but we do have a few 2014 calendars, and who's not going to need one of those?  The Quilting Arts one is a desk calendar.  (I used to always use one of those when the kids were still at home to keep all of the comings and goings straight.  I really would enjoy going back a few years and looking at some of the activities and outings we'd had....but I digress).  The second picture is of Sandy's Pincushions.  These are beautifully hand-crafted here in the county.  And on the plus side, they were one of this year's Nifty Notions, so they are on sale for 25% off this month!  I confess to having 3 of them and love each one.  Know someone that also might love one?

I'll put up some more ideas tomorrow for you.  Hope you  have a wonderful weekend.  Don't forget to take a minute and enjoy the season and the things we all can find to be thankful for.  Good Night!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Little chefs......

Have any little chefs in your life?  I just finished this store sample from a Stitch 'n Save pattern.  Is it too cute or what?  I am thinking I need to make a smaller one for our granddaughter, Miss Ellie ~ don't you think?  The pattern runs from size 3 all the way to 8.  This is the largest size.  It was really pretty quick and simple to make.  I cut it out one evening and sewed it up yesterday in between customers!  There are a couple of other styles of aprons, oven mitts, a chef hat and headband in the pattern too ~ all that for just $2.99!  There are lots of other cute fabrics that would work for this apron....and the adult one that Jan made a few weeks ago would be a good one if you wanted to do a mother/daughter combo.  Just a thought  =)

How's your week?  Been a really busy one so far here @ Fab-Etc!  Today were the last two sales rep appointments I have for the year.  Got some fun stuff coming in the next few months!  Tomorrow, I'm going to take the afternoon off to try and get serious about a few gifts we need to find for the grandkids.  And it's time to make the retired guy his fave holiday cookies too.  Harriet and Diane will be there to help you with anything you might need at the shop.  Right now, I need to go sew a few rows together on my project ~ I have a self-imposed deadline to get this off the design wall and on to Tracey's longarm after the holidays!  Night all.......

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Poinsettia beauties.........

 Here's the two pics I promised you.  Sharon has been *playing* with the Quick Curve Ruler from Sew Kind of Wonderful.  Well, she noticed on Jenny's blog that she had put up a free tutorial for a tablerunner using this block.  Sew...Sharon got to work and in less than 2 hours she had made this block.  She brought it in and showed me and offered to make me one too for the shop.  Hers is the second one pictured here and mine is the first.  I just had to bind them and she did all of the rest, included the stunning quilting on her longarm.  Aren't they super?  We both decided that just the one block for our tables with maybe a poinsettia plant perched in the middle (or a plate of cookies?) would be the most useful.  But if you hop over to Jenny's site you'll see how she put them together in a tablerunner in colors to match her decor.  The reason I held off showing you, was because we were down to only one ruler left!  I did get six more and have a dozen on their way, but sadly they're lost somewhere in transit =(   Plus, the other good news is that the ruler was one of our Nifty Notions this year; and as such, it's on sale until the end of the month!!  Sharon has offered to teach a class using the ruler if there's enough interest.  It would be after the first of the year, so give us a shout if you're interested.

How's your Sunday looking?  Around here, I pulled the leftover turkey carcass out of the freezer and am making some turkey soup....gonna be yummy on this cold day, plus put some good smells in the house too!  And I have some sewing projects to work on too....will try and cheer on the Seahawks this afternoon, but I confess sometimes it gets too intense and I have to leave the room ~ I can be such a wimp!  Whatever your day holds, I hope it is relaxing and enjoyable.  I'll be blogging gift ideas coming up this week.  And watch your Inbox for an e-mail update from us coming this week!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Cross-state rivalry put to bed......

The cross-state rivalry between the University of Washington Huskies and the Washington State University Cougars is an old one.  The *Apple Cup* is played each year for bragging rights.  This time they belong to the UW players and fans.  Full disclosure on my part: my Dad graduated from the University of Washington College of Forestry.  It took him 7 years to work his way through college after the Depression.  He would work for a while, and then go to school until he ran out of money and then start over again.  I was always very proud of him.  And even though he liked to call the Huskies *fumble bums* they were who we always rooted for.  But I seriously digress here.  We have some UW and WSU fabric and we've made some pillowcase kits if you're interested in making one for a fan or two that you know.

It's been a fun and very COLD week here at Fab-Etc.  I am wrapping up a parade of sales reps that have graciously come to see me after Quilt Market.  It's been lots of fun to see what's new and sift through to find what I think will interest you, the customer.  Some times I am good at that and sometimes.....not so much.  Yesterday, we had such a fun time at our monthly Tea Party!  Harriet always brings her Christmas dishes to set the table ~ looked so festive!  Tomorrow, I'll take the afternoon off to get some errands done and Harriet and Alicia will hold things down at the shop.  Then, on Saturday, Sharon will be teaching part 3 of her Old Glory techniques class and Jan and I have a project or two in mind to *play* with after the class.  Everyone is doing such a great job on their blocks and learning some really super tips from Sharon.

I've got something else to show you, but am waiting for an integral part to arrive so I don't frustrate you!  Hoping that will be tomorrow....pictures when it comes!  Okay, I'm off to do a few chores and then sew some more binding on a quilt.....will feel good to have that over my legs tonight!  Stay safe, warm and dry all.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Cookies for Santa......

Okay....remember those placemats from last week?  the ones made with the Accuquilt tumbler die?  And remember how I said I had an idea, but I wanted to see if it would *fly* before I showed you?  Well.....what do you think?  We cut some new tumblers out of this great line of fabric from Moda.  Then, I made placemats like before.  Pretty cute, huh?  But Jan and I had cut some light colored tumblers too.  However, they didn't seem to work in the mix of fabrics we had for this placemat. Okay....picture light bulb going off over my head right about now.  Hmmmmm......what if I used the light colored ones and put those in the center and bordered them with the darker ones?  And what if I put a name in the center?  What about a placemat for Santa to have his cookies and cocoa?  Let's try it!  Sew....what do you think?  I haven't stitched around the letters yet, but I couldn't wait to show you!  I have a sales rep coming tomorrow that will take up the morning and part of afternoon.  But then, I'll get the letters stitched down and try and figure out making a few kits for this if anyone is interested.  I might have to make a couple for the grandkids, don't you think?

Hope your weekend was a lovely one.  It's supposed to get really cold this week in western Washington!  I have a quilt that I am putting the binding on....what a bonus that will be on a chilly evening!!