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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

No Foolin' I'm Retiring......


As most of you know, my goal here @ Fab-Etc has always been to provide quality quilting and apparel fabric in a fun and friendly atmosphere.  But now, I have a new goal - my retirement!  Yup, I plan to permanently close the store when the lease is up at the end of May, and join the *retired guy* in having much more time to focus on our grandkids, travel, etc. 
Sew, I'm having a ...

Yes, the shop will be temporarily closed from Saturday, March 26th through Thursday, March 31st so we can get ready to re-open on Friday, April 1st and kick-off my "No Foolin' I'm Retiring Sale."  We'll begin by offering 30% off everything, limited to stock on hand and excluding clearance items, fixtures, display items, quilts and store samples (which will all be specially marked-down to sell quickly). 
Sorry, but there can be absolutely no pre-sales!

Since we'll eventually liquidate the entire inventory, you can expect further reductions as time goes on, BUT, you may want to hurry in for the BEST SELECTIONS!  Watch your Inbox, our Facebook page and Instagram feed for sale updates and *flash sale* items.  (As you would expect, at this time we will no longer be issuing gift certificates or placing special orders.)  PLEASE .... if you have a Fabric-Etc gift certificate or if you bought a Fabric-Etc gift certificate for anyone make sure you/they come and use it. 

We expect the first week or two to be pretty crazy, so along with your shopping bag (remember ~ *bagless in Bellingham*), pack your patience too.  =)   And, for my neighbors' sakes, please consider parking across the street in the Albertsons lot if ours is crowded. 
And try not to make me cry ~ okay?!?  My face gets all red and puffy and it's not a good look on me!  Although, I expect I'll need the kleenex box close by the next two months.  THANKS!

Most of the fixtures, counters, registers, display items, etc. - along with a number of quilts and store samples - will also be available for purchase.  As stated above, they will be priced as marked, without further discounts (Photos of available items will eventually be available for viewing on our website.)

CAROL'S COMMENTSAs you can probably  imagine, I have mixed feelings about ending this chapter of my life and starting a new one.  Thanks to your continued support, 2015 was our best year ever, so it feels good to *go out at the top of our game*.  I will miss seeing all of you and your creativity .... it has inspired me daily.  Truthfully though, I will not miss the 60-70 hour work weeks I regularly put in.  At almost 68, it's time to slow down ..... and my body and mind tell me that on a regular basis.  =)  

I look forward to watching my grandkids' soccer games, school concerts and plays.  And after five years of having a *retired guy* around, I'm going to enjoy being his *retired gal* ..... we're looking forward to putting the top down on the *horse car* and hitting the open road from time to time! 

I will miss my staff/friends terribly and all of the crazy, creative adventures we've had the last nearly 19 years ..... those last minute "how are we ever going to get this to come together" times, as well as all of the laughter we've shared together in the fun times; and the tears we've shed during the hard times in our lives.  Sew, I'll show my age by saying the words Bob Hope often sang ..... Thanks for the memories .....

And for that ..... will always be, sew thankful ~


Sunday, March 6, 2016

City Bag......

Think I told you about a bag I was working on.....this is a picture of it (including my very *thready* design wall!)  I think now that you see the picture, you understand why I said I was going to call it The City Bag.  It's made using a heavier fabric with the city printed on it and Robert Kaufman's Essex Linen in black as the base of the bag and the handles.  For the lining, I used a fun, newspaper-type print.  It's pretty good-sized, so for us *bagless in Bellingham* folks it would be a great bag to take shopping!  I'm looking forward to hauling my projects around in it after we're done using it as a sample.  I took some time yesterday and wrote up the directions on how I made it, if you're interested.  And yes, we still have some of the fabric, as well as some other great fabrics to make a bag.

Yesterday was another fun day at the shop.  Sharon kicked off the day with a group of folks who learned how to hand-piece a LeMoyne Star block.  Then, Diane had the next to the last class with her Beginning Quilting class.....these gals are doing a FABULOUS job on their projects.  It's so much fun to see to their enthusiasm for learning new skills.  Harriet and I kept busy with customers and were on a *cleaning up* mission at the same time  =)  How was your Saturday?

Friday, March 4, 2016


Here's one of the things we've worked on lately.  Remember the *old* tumbler placemat kits we had?  No....well then, just remember these new tumbler placemat kits!  Our customer Ann, had done some table toppers similar to these so we *stole* her idea and re-did our tumbler placemats.  Aren't they just lots of fun?  Alicia and I just finished kitting up the rest of the tumblers we had cut from the *food aisle* in the shop.  I think I need to make some of these for when the grandkids come for dinner...or maybe the family campout next summer?  Anyway, we have quite a few kits ready ~ everything is pre-cut for you and each kit makes a pair of placemats!

How's your week been?  We've just been hopping at the shop this week....you guys must have been busy the last week or so thinking up your next projects!  I finished a *cheater* baby quilt that looks like Grandmother's Flower Garden.  The yardage is from Lakehouse Fabrics.  I'm putting the finishing touches on a bag tonight (I hope) that I'm calling The City Bag.....you'll see why I named it that when I show you the finished product ~ hopefully this weekend.  And on that note, I am headed downstairs to try and get closer to a *finish* on it!  Have a great weekend everyone!