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Tuesday, January 28, 2014


Well, we made it through the Anniversary Sale!  It was a lot of fun to see so many of you.  Thanks again for all the continued support over the last nearly 17 years....I deeply appreciate it.

I managed to finish this tea cozy using a coordinate to the placemats I
showed you last week.  It's a Fabric-Etc pattern, so we have them if you're interested.  It's the same tea cozy we use every month at our Tea Party....works really great and keeps the tea super hot!  We sold a lot of the placemat panels during the sale, but I know there are still a few left, as well as some of the other coordinates.

Sew.....what did I do after the sale?  Well, I started a scrap project with Kansas Troubles fabric!  I don't *collect* a lot in the way of fabric.  My two favorites over the years have been Kansas Troubles fabrics and 30's prints.  As I was cutting 1 1/2" strips on Sunday, I sent Tracey a note (fellow KT lover) and confessed to possibly bordering on a KT hoarder.  But she quickly reassured me that it was not possible to have too much KT fabric.   Whew.....

Then, the retired guy and I went to Smokey Point Red Robin to meet our youngest son, daughter-in-law and two of our four adorable grandchildren for lunch.  FUN!  All the time realizing we all had to be home in time to monitor the Grammy Awards which started at 5:00 in Los Angeles.  Why?  Well, that handsome young man in the picture is our oldest son, Pete with his lovely Heidi.  Pete was an engineer on the Macklemore and Ryan Lewis album *Heist* that was up for Album of the Year along with a few other awards.  And while it did not win the top honor, it did win for Best Rap Album, which gave Pete his third Grammy!  We are so proud of all of our children....but Sunday night was Pete's turn!

Now?  I need to get cracking on my newsletter/calendar/bills/taxes/payroll.....okay, that's enough of that or I may need to find a paper bag to breathe into!  More fun from Fab-Etc soon..... 

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Come on down.....

Sew....today is *Visit Your Local Quilt Shop Day* and here at Fabric-Etc we have a great  reason for you to come and visit.  Today is the last day of our Anniversary Sale!  Yup....and everything that isn't already marked down is on sale ~ 25% off.  The gentleman that makes the wonderful quilt ladders has even joined in on the fun and is offering them at a reduced price during the sale.  Instead of $50, they are $42.95....but there are only two left now.  We've been having a lot of fun seeing so many of you.  And you all seem to be enjoying yourselves and taking advantage of the bargains.

Of course, with that going on at the shop this week, I don't have a lot of other things to tell you about!  I am working on a couple of things though.....and I did finish all of the Hoopla spools quilt top.  And Tracey took another quilt top home with her yesterday to quilt for us.  Think you're going to like this one.  Not sure, but we may do up some kits when all of the fabrics are here.  And....I have another stunning quilt that just needs a little *tweaking* due to operator error and then it will be ready to send off to Nikki for some quilting.  And....our quilt designer/customer Tonya has a new quilt coming out in a magazine in a couple of weeks and she's loaning us her quilt to display.  This one is a great *stashbuster* that I think you will love, love, love!  Well, I guess I had more to tell you than I realized!   Okay, I need to get dressed and head over to the shop for another fun-filled day....enjoy your Saturday!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Wordless Wednesday.....

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Hoopla fun.....

We recently got this great line from In The Beginning Fabrics called *Hoopla*. Included with the fabric was this fun little wallhanging-sized project with free directions .  I wanted to make it, so Diane was drafted to cut out the letters for me from the panel.  As she was cutting letters and I was making spools, I started looking at what the words were in the pattern....hey....with a little change here and there, we could get our name up at the top!  How much fun would that be?!?  What do you think?  True confession here...the top isn't done yet.  Have the letters stitched down on three of the four borders and might *tweak* those cornerstones before we stitch it to the center.  Hoping to get it done in the next couple of days.

How has your Sunday been?  Are you a Seahawk's fan?  As I told you before, I kind of wimp out on the close games.  So, you probably know that I couldn't watch a lot of it  =)   I went downstairs and sewed on another project and just *checked in* often.  Then, at the end, I decided to do what I did a month ago when my oldest son was under a tornado watch with sirens going off in Nashville and I couldn't just sit there and listen to the Weather Channel.  I jumped on the treadmill, cranked it up close to 4 mph and turned the sound off on the television and watched.  And just like when the tornado didn't touch down in Nashville, the Seahawks managed to pull out a win and are Super Bowl bound!  (Does that mean I am going to have to walk on the treadmill for the whole Super Bowl?!?)  Anyway, I'll be showing you the project in a day or two that I finished when I wasn't watching the game.  Have a super week everyone!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Banner day.....

As promised, here are a couple of pictures of the Valentine banners from Riley Blake.  They come as a panel with 18 *pennants* in each one.  We made two banners from the Valentine one.  We put some Hobbs Thermore thin batting and a backing with each pennant, stitched around the outside edge and then cut them apart and stitched them onto some double fold bias binding.  Several folks have suggested that they'd be great for a baby shower or to decorate a room.  There are also panels in Easter, Fourth of July, Halloween and Christmas colorways.  We'll probably put some Easter ones together next.

Well, as you might be able to tell from the one picture, I did manage to get some things moved around a bit on the walls ~ yay!  It's starting to look like a new year here.  We're working hard on a few other things to switch things up even more.  Speaking of which, I'm going to sign off here and go down and work on a border in my sewing room.  Did you hear that?  A border....you know what that means....I am actually getting close to finishing something!!  Night all......  

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

12th man.....

12th Man fever is rampant in Western Washington these days!  We've been *fiddling* with the new Riley Blake holiday pennants this week (pictures soon).  But, it gave us an idea to make a Seahawks banner for the shop.  Yesterday afternoon Diane, Harriet and I pooled our efforts and came up with this in Seahawks blue and green.  Not sure who gets to take it home for the game this Sunday  =)   And then, today, Linda and I were moving some fabric around and I happened to realize that I had the football stripe to make a 60 degree runner.  Wait....I still have the sample in the back room!  Sew, we made a few changes by the bookcase and our Seahawks spirit is up for all to see!  Both of these would be quick and easy to do before game time if you are interested.  The runner would be perfect to put your drinks, chips and snacks on this Sunday.

I finally got most of the holiday *stuff* put away this afternoon.  I even moved the holiday fabric again to a better home.  We're still fine tuning things, but it's starting to look like a new year around here!  Okay....got to go work on a fun project from In the Beginning fabrics called Hoopla.  It's up on the design wall at the shop while I drag parts of it home each evening to make some more progress.  Have a nice evening!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Back again.....

Sorry for the blog break.....what's been going on?  Well, there was that whole *end of the year/beginning of the year* thing happening and a few other things thrown in for good measure.  One of those was a brunch we had at our house a week or so ago with the whole Stewart clan ~ even the Nashville contingent was there.  Here's a picture of the happy group.  You can tell that it wasn't this weekend by the lack of rain gear ~ right?!?

And then, well, we've just been really busy at the shop moving a few things around and slowly taking down the holiday *stuff* and finding homes for it.  I still need to change out some samples, but I'll get to that this week ~ right?  This next picture is a placemat from one of the very fun chicken groups we have right now.  It comes on a panel and has some great coordinates.  The lovely Jan put this together for us and I stitched the binding down last week.  We have a few other projects up our sleeves and I promise to not take sew long to tempt show you those  =)

Okay.....I need to finish some more book work and clean up my sewing mess before Downton Abbey starts!  FYI....we've had a lot of takers on the Downton Abbey challenge we've got going, but there's still time if you're interested.  Hope you have a super week!