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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Shop Hop Day 4 and a visitor.....

Okay....Shop Hop Day 4 is in the books!  It's been tons o' fun having tons o' folks through the shop the last four days.  Everyone is having a good time visiting the wonderful shops we have in Western Washington this week.  It's always so enjoyable to see families and friends traveling and enjoying the love of fabric and quilting together.  And this year, with the addition of Row By Row to the mix, it's been double the fun! 

Then, in the late afternoon, we had a visit from Kathy Doughty and her two lovely companions, Carolyn and Liesel, from Material Obsessions in Australia (that's Karen, president of the guild on the left, Carolyn, Kathy, Liesel, me, and Sharon, Programs Chairman for the guild, on the right).  Kathy's currently in the area doing a couple of workshops for one of the local guilds and also some classes in Mt. Vernon later next week.  BUT....the exciting thing for us, is that she's doing a trunk show/lecture for little ol' Fabric-Etc on Tuesday, June 30th!  It will be at 12:30 @ Northwood Hall just across the street from the shop (near Albertsons @ 3240 Northwest Ave ~ behind the Northside Restaurant).  The cost is $5.00 and the doors will open at 12:00 with the trunk show starting at 12:30.  We'll also be giving you a coupon good at the store that day where we'll have an *afterglow* of lemonade and cookies!  To use our Jan's phrase, she's a very *delightful* lady who will inspire you with her love of patchwork, fabric, texture and color.  If you get a chance to come, I know you won't be disappointed! 

Okay.....I have another day of Shop Hop and then I need to get the store looking halfway decent for a bunch of folks on Tuesday....so I think I need to make friends with my pillow pretty soon.  Hope you are having a perfectly lovely, and not too hot, weekend!  Hope to see lots of you on Tuesday for the trunk show.  

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

What a doll......

This is a picture of Harriet's granddaughter, Alanna.  She was spending a day or two with Harriet (Memaw to her) this week.  Sew....guess what they were doing?  Harriet had brought home the new doll panels from Andover and she let Alanna sew them.. She did an absolutely FABULOUS job on them with the help of her excellent instructor!  Can you tell how happy she was from the look on that darling face?  We were all so very proud of her!  (She used to come to our Tea Party when she was just a little kiddo and we have always affectionately thought of her as our littlest Fabette!)  Not only did she do some sewing, but she came on Shop Hop Eve and helped us set things up for today.  What a doll!

Okay, as I write this, I am not ashamed to say I am pretty doggone pooped!  Day One of Shop Hop is a pleasant memory.  We had lots of happy Hoppers and fun showing off our block and Row By Row project.  (It's made things a bit interesting with the two events starting the same week!)  We have kits for our Row and needed to put a few more together today to be sure we would make it through the weekend!  As you may suspect, I didn't sleep very well last night with tons of *still need to do's* racing through my mind.  But I worked some last night and got over to the shop early this morning and things are sort of on track now  =)  Tomorrow should be another fun-filled day!  Okay.....I need to go visit my pillow now.....night all.....

Saturday, June 13, 2015

You've got mail.....I hope.....

It's come to our attention that some of you didn't get the June e-mail update we sent out this week....hmmmm.....I was having a few *issues* with Comcast when I was sending it out and it seems to have affected delivery to some.  Sorry.....in case you didn't get this, here it is in all of it's glory!

For June’s Nifty Notion we’re featuring Sullivan’s Cord Minder.  The Cord Minder takes your iron’s power cord and keeps it out of the way.  It attaches to the end of the ironing board and there’s a swivel that the cord feeds through to keep it out of reach of the iron.  We've been trying it for a few weeks and like it, so take a look at it in action back in our work area Regular price $15.00 ~ Nifty Notion price just $10.50 for the entire month of June!

The fabric samples are here, and we’ve been taking your pre-orders!  The price is $9.99/yd. this year and quantities will be limited, so don’t wait too long!  You can see a picture of our block on our blog and Facebook pages (links at end of this email) Newspapers are available and passports ready to be downloaded.  Hours for this *adventure* are the same again this year ~ Wednesday-Saturday 9:00-8:00 and Sunday 10:00-5:00.  Hope to see lots of you!

For the first time, we're participating in the Row By Row Experience.  Let me try and explain it.  There are shops in all 50 states and the provinces in Canada participating.  Each shop designs a *row* that is 36½” long and up to 9½” wide fitting this year’s theme *water*.  At each shop you’ll get a free pattern for their row (no mail order). There are prizes and other fun *stuff* available at shops too.  See the blog and Facebook for pictures of our row.  More info at http://www.rowbyrowexperience.com/


We are absolutely thrilled to be hosting a trunk show from Kathy Doughty of Australia and Material Obsession fame!  She was going to be in the area doing some teaching for one of the local guilds and also in Mt. Vernon at the end of June and has very graciously agreed to come and *show us her stuff* in between teaching sessions.  At first we thought we'd just do a *meet and greet/book signing* at the shop, but as we just casually mentioned the possibility to a few folks, we very quickly became aware that the shop would be too small to contain the interest.  Sew.....we've arranged to rent Northwood Hall for the afternoon.  Northwood Hall (3240 Northwest Ave.) is just a parking lot or so away from the shop around the corner from Albertsons and behind the Northside Restaurant.  Kathy will be bringing quilts and will also be sharing some of the history of Material Obsessions.  Several of our customers and our own Jan have taken classes from Kathy and give her rave reviews.  She's an extremely inspirational and fun speaker, so we know you won't leave disappointed!  After the show, you're invited to an *afterglow* with lemonade and cookies at the shop.  To cover the costs of Kathy's time and the rental of the facility, there will be a $5 entrance fee, but you'll also receive a coupon good at the shop that day as well.  We plan to have a limited number of books available at the show at a slightly reduced price in case you'd like to purchase one and have it signed.  Mark your calendars and don't miss this one!  See more about Kathy at her blog  http://www.materialobsession.typepad.com/


What’s new around here?  Well, we have a few new fabrics to tell you about. From Moda is *Reel Time* and if you’re like me, when I saw that on the bill I was thinking fishing.  (Many times fabric we order is months *out* for delivery.)  Imagine my surprise when I opened the box and it was a movie theme….it’s very fun and we have some charm squares too!  There are always some fun new batiks each month.  A few weeks ago, Diane went through our *batik drawers* where we keep the ends of the bolts for projects.  We chopped everything that was *width of fabric* into 2½” strips on our Accuquilt die cut machine and made some mini jelly rolls.  Diane took some and made a great project called *Blueberry Hill* that’s a scrappy lap-sized quilt.  There are also some new cat and dog prints in the dog/cat section.  A few more wide backs have arrived with quite a few more on order.  There are new magazines, including Quiltmania and American Patchwork and Quilting, plus the new Quilt Art Engagement Calendar for 2016 And we just got more copies of the last American Patchwork and Quilting with Sharon's stunning black and white quilt in it.  There are some new doll clothes panels, but we haven't had a chance to do much with them yet.  And nothing says June like Christmas fabric ~ yup, it's starting to arrive.  And wait until you see Diane's interpretation of Amy Bradley's newest pattern *Campers*.  Jan and I have been working like crazy on a new Block of the Month program we’re going to debut in time for Shop Hop. Considering that we have a Tea Party every month, *Garden Tea Party* is right up our alley….think you’re going to like this!  Stay tuned for some more info on the blog and Facebook.

The weather feels like summer as I write this, even though it’s still only spring. My flowers are in full bloom and so are my deadlines!! We have our Row By Row patterns to get ready, plus kits for sale. And then there’s the matter of 1200+ Shop Hop kits to have ready three days later. And I may need to have my head examined for attempting the Kathy Doughty trunk show less than 48 hours after Shop Hop!  Add in the usual newsletter, calendar, bills, payroll, schedules, ordering, new samples to make and yikes! But, I have been doing it long enough and knowing I have the best staff in the world makes me have to stop, breathe deeply and know that somehow, it will all get done.  And for that, I am, as always....
Sew thankful ~
1633 Birchwood Ave.
Bellingham, WA 98225

Monday, June 8, 2015

Slow stitching Sunday.....

There's a movement in the fiber world called The Slow Stitching Movement.  I don't know a lot about it, but I do know that it was started by the very talented, creative and funny Mark Lapinski.  Don't quote me on this, but my impression is that it's taking a step back in the creative process and allowing it to be *okay* to slow down, and not crank projects out one after another, which can be pretty draining on our creative side.  I do know that there are also many folks participating in *slow stitching Sundays* in blog land and elsewhere.  Well.....that really wasn't my initial intention yesterday when I traced a new stitchery pattern we had received from Buttermilk Basin on Saturday night.  I took today off and we were pulling our little trailer up to Birch Bay State Park Sunday and I wanted to have some handwork to take along.  Sew, I diligently traced the pattern onto Moda's Primitive Muslin; added a cotton batiste back (just in case my thread wanted to show through); got a black spool of Sulky 12 weight; got my embroidery hoop; found my magnifying sunglasses and regular magnifiers; stuck in a pair of scissors all in a big Ziploc bag.  Notice anything missing?!?  Neither did I until the retired guy and I were happily sitting on the beach in our chairs, gazing at the beautiful Bay.  I eventually pulled out my project and was about to get to work....oh no......I forgot to put any embroidery needles in....ugh!!!!  That would make for a *No Stitching Sunday*......I was literally not a happy camper.  Retired guy called Beach Basket Yarns.....sorry, no embroidery needles.  I had an idea, though.....Sharon to the rescue!  I texted her and asked if just maybe she happened to be at her guy's condo in Birch Bay and just maybe she had a spare embroidery needle?  YES!  She walked from her end and I rode my bike from mine and as you can see, it was a happy slow stitching Sunday for me!

How was your Sunday?

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Shop Hop 2015......

Well, last time I showed you our Row By Row Experience project.  Tonight, I am going to show you our 2015 Shop Hop block.  The fabrics had a real *fall* feel and I just got this picture in my head of a girl throwing leaves up in the air.  Sew, we did a silhouette picture and added the colored leaves.  Shop Hop is June 24th-28th this year and the hours are the same as last year: Wednesday-Saturday 9:00-8:00 and Sunday 10:00-5:00.  We will also be hosting the EverGreen Quilt Guild's raffle quilt Wednesday-Saturday.  Jan F brought the quilt to our Tea Party yesterday....all I can say is WOW....it is really stunning!  Who wouldn't want to win this!?!  Shop Hop is a lot of work for the shop owners and staff, but always a lot of fun too!  We're almost ready to bag our 1200+ kits.....always a good feeling when those are put to bed.

Well, you've been around here long enough to know that nothing says June quite like Christmas fabric!  Yup....it's starting to arrive, and so are Halloween fabrics too.  French General *Joyeux Noel* is set to arrive at the end of next week and will join a few other collections already here.  We're hoping to get a minute or two to work on some projects, but realistically, it may not happen until after Hop.

Jan and I are nearing the reveal point on our block of the month project.  I am hoping to get the center sewn together tomorrow and then it's just pretty much the outer borders and a bit of applique.  Sharon  has agreed to quilt it for us as soon as we can get to that point.....shooting for next Wednesday, so keep your fingers crossed!

Well, the weather is supposed to be downright summer-like this weekend!  Do you have plans?