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Saturday, March 1, 2014

I don't usually do this, but I'm running into a few *glitches* sending out the March e-mail update....so, just in case you're one of those folks who isn't getting it.....

Tuesday, March 4th, is Mardi Gras.  Which is also known as....
Which is more importantly known as Fabric-Etc's...
TUESDAY MARCH 4th     6:00 AM TO 6:00 PM
You started asking months ago, "When’s Fat Tuesday this year?” It’s always on Mardi Gras ~ and this year it’s a little later than in other years ~ Tuesday, March 4th. We open at 6 am that morning and you’ll be greeted by smiling Fabettes, coffee, donut holes and thousands of specially rolled and selected fat quarters. People always ask, "Are there really people here at 6:00 am?"  The answer is a resounding, "YES!"  It's always lots of people and lots of fun on Fat Tuesday!  You can purchase 20 fat quarters for $25 ~ that’s only $1.25/fat quarter ~ half of what the regular price is! Only catch is that you must buy 20 to get the special pricing and then after that, each additional fat quarter is just $1.25. We think you'll be pretty pleased with the selection this year Sure hope we get to see you.  FYI....you'll want to shop early for the best selection!  And, don't forget we are *bagless in Bellingham* so if you remember, please bring a bag(s), but not to worry, we do have some paper bags we can give away.  And, please, if the parking lot is full, consider parking across the street if it's not too inconvenient....we try to be good neighbors. It's gonna be sew much fun!!!
Okay....on to the March Update! 
Our Nifty Notion for March is a bobbin box. It’s from Art Bin, has a lid that snaps down (no runaway bobbins!) and will hold up to 30 bobbins or other small supplies. Another great idea to help you with that organizing resolution! Regular price is $4.95, but Nifty Notion price is just $3.50 through March!


The entries have started to come in....you're going to be impressed....it might be hard to pick a favorite!  Andover Fabrics recently released a line of fabric in the style of the popular Downton Abbey TV series. We thought it might be fun to have a *challenge* to kick off the new season. Entries are due by 6:00 March 1st and will be displayed for two weeks of customer voting beginning Monday, March 3rd (you can see them when you come for Fat Tuesday!)  So, please come by and see the creativity of our customers and vote for your favorite. Winners will be announced Monday, March 17th. Prizes: 1st-$100 gift certificate; 2nd-$75 certificate; 3rd-$50 certificate; 4th-$25 certificate and a Downton Abbey tote for each winner.

It’s that time again. We all *picked a flower* out of a hat this time. Ours is a daffodil.  Each shop will have a free pattern for a 9” block of their flower. This year, instead of each shop making a quilt with all of the blocks, we will be designing a project or projects incorporating our block. We'll have patterns and possibly kits for sale for our projects. There will be other fun *stuff* along the way, so grab a map and a buddy or two and join the fun!

You know us, there’s always some new fun *stuff* coming through the doors here @ Fab-Etc! Here are just a few of them. Clothworks has done a great toile ~ and in a Western Washington theme! It comes in three colors and would be a lot of fun to showcase our area in a project. We’ve already sold some that’s headed overseas with a customer! Quilter’s Garden is a wonderful red/cream group designed by the gal at the pattern company Bird Brain Designs. We just got it at the end of February and it’s already flying off the shelf. Pennants/banners have been hot. We’re wrapping up some embellishing on an Easter one and finishing a new one from Moda called Beary Happy Birthday (Berenstain Bears). We have a few new 108” wide backs in stock. There are new batiks and some new rayon batiks headed our way as well. Citrus is a new line from Windham fabrics that looks like it sounds ~ some basic designs in citrus-y colors! Andover’s newest doll panels just arrived and Jan’s putting the finishing touches on them. They are two summer outfits this time! We have two of Tonya Alexander’s quilt designs on display ~ both are featured in different magazines that are still in stock at this time. Jan has a Beginning Needleturn Class scheduled, but it's already full, but we’re hoping to plan another one, as well as a Beginning Hand Embroidery class.  Watch the website and Facebook for more updates throughout the month.

OMG....how did you do in that *weather event* we recently had here in Whatcom, parts of Skagit County and B.C. if that's where you live?  After it was over, I was putting the newspaper in the recycling and read where our local paper said *an inch of snow possible*  =)   It was pretty though, wasn't it; although I know many of you were inconvenienced by lack of power and/or the ability to get where you needed to be.  I am kind of expecting a run on batting, because I know many of you were holed up with your sewing machines finishing things!  Isn't it just wonderful to have something like quilting, stitchery and sewing to occupy our *down* times or to lift us up during a *down* time?  And for that, I am, as always....
Sew thankful -
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Bellingham, WA 98225

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