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Saturday, June 28, 2008

What a difference!

A fresh coat of paint makes what was old look new! I am on a multi-year refurbishing project (only because I don't keep at "it") for our brick and mortar store. The project-of-the-month is flooring. But I had the primer out & decided that we needed to redo the door color to a lighter more appealing color than the burgandy/rusty color that we have been living with. All I can say is WOW! FNQ DH says, we should have done this sooner! To which I throw out "all good things in time"

So, I better get back to work & call this break over!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

New Features on the Blog~stop by & CHAT!

I found the coolest free plug in for my blog. Come over & see! Leave me a chat message...its so much quicker than posting comments to blog threads!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Monday, June 23, 2008

New Fabric for Sale

With the quilt show behind me, I am finally able to work on listing the new fabrics I received last month for sale to my online customers!

Please check my eBay store for great calicos, and other prints by great designers and quality manufacturers like Robert Kaufman, Benartex, Henry Glass, and Westminster!

Mention my blog before you pay & recieve 10% off!

Sunday, June 22, 2008

NEW moda Charm Packs designed by April Cornell *Portugal* NOW IN STOCK



I have been looking forward to receiving this charm pack for months! Its just too beautiful for words!

Pick this up in my etsy or eBay store!

Sew Sweet Quilters Quilt Show a HUGE Success

Oh what a weekend!

Our local guild's show was a great success. With over 140 quilts on display 9 vendors, a featured quilter and door prizes, there was something for everyone!



Our Best In Show quilter is probably the best quilter I personally know. Debbie Hart has recently moved to our area from Michigan and is so giving of her talents and tips that we are blessed to have her in our guild. Her hand appliqued and hand quilted bed quilt is a beauty. Quilted with varigated thread and using a mixture of vivid colors, this quilt was admired by all.

Also on display was a quilt made in 1939 by our local baptist church. Church members paid 10 cents to have their name embroidered on the quilt and then the quilt was auctioned off, raising an additional $10. The quilt is still in the family of the winning bidder. This is the black background quilt in the slideshow. This quilt along with other antique and some judged quilts were displayed in the church sanctuary.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Fabric sale! In Store only June 20-21! Come visit us!

Sew Sweet Quilters 1st Quilt Show THIS WEEKEND

Living in a small town is great! I highly recommend the slower pace & the ability to actually love and care about your neighbors to anyone looking for a simpler life. The other great thing about life in my small town is that there is a rich history. This is an area of hard working rural people. This shows in the culture in many ways.

It shows in the work of the men & women who have passed. To a crafter, it shows in the work of the women whose textile work out of necessity is also beautiful. Quilts here have been made to be used, to keep the family warm and dry. So it is a blessing that so many of the antique quilts from this area have survived that test of time and will be on display at our local quilt show this weekend.

Of course, we will also have judged competition of new quilts in several categories. We hope this event grows each year and that we can continue to give back to the community that has richly blessed us!

I will post pictures next week of the awesome displays! I hope that if you are in the area, you will make it a stop on your vacation!

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Check out my treasury on Etsy!

http://www.etsy.com/treasury_list.php?room_id=50757

One week of yART sale to go!

I am still busy on orders, but have put some great fabric deals in my etsy store for the yart sale.

Its never a bad time to stock up on fabric! The red sparkle fabric will look awesome in Christmas decorations!

And did you see the listing for 10 yards of Hanna Montana flannel shipped to your door for $40! Perfect for rag quilts, PJ's, pillows & all sorts of crafts.

These deals will go away with the yart sale, so snatch them up this week! There is only 1 of each!

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Etsy Acronyms...need a little help please

I have been learning daily about the acronymns on Etsy.

Just this week I finally found the answer to BnR (from treasuries). The treasury curator will put you in their next treasury (Replace) when you Buy from one of the artists featured. What a great idea!

So today's goal is to figure out what an ACEO is. Any help with this definition is appreciated.

Also if there is a help key in Etsy...can you comment back with a link?

Have a great weekend all!

Friday, June 13, 2008

An intro to my history in quilting

I began my quilting journey about 5 years ago, inspired by a former coworker. I started with a beginners kit that included rulers, a small cutting mat, rotary cutter and 4 easy quilt patterns. The patterns were easy to follow so I chose one and made a lap quilt - a 3 rectangle block set 4 blocks to make a sort of windmill. With my antiques background, I decided (at that time) that a good quilt had to be hand pieced and hand quilted.

I ironed, and cut, cut and ironed using mostly remnant pieces of fabric and inexpensive fabrics just incase I didn't enjoy this new craft...little was ventured. I didn't know what I was doing, except for what those directions told me to do.

I did enjoy being able to do something with my hands while watching tv (besides eating oreos-a fave pasttime). I pieced & pieced. My hands started to hurt. I pieced some more. My hands kept getting worse. Finally the top was together! So, I set out to sandwich it up & start to quilt it. I chose a simple, in the ditch, quilting. My hands were becoming growingly painful. I kept quilting. I was determined to get it done. I had worked on this quilt every night after work for 3 or 4 hours. I worked through the pain. I couldn't turn a handle or start my car "like normal" due to the pain in the "ball of my hands", but I was like a woman possessed.

So, when it was done, I draped it over the sofa and stood back. Ready to be at once proud & amazed with myself. But, alas, this was not the case. The colors I chose really made the blades of the windmill stand out TOOO much and to this day I still look at it with fond memories of my accomplishment, and a little dismay that I continued to quilt when that quilt was done.

I did make a very important decision when the quilt was complete. There is no shame in using a sewing machine! Its better to be able to turn a door knob or start your car than to boast that the quilt is hand pieced.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Peaks & Valleys~Glacier not required

Business cycles are somewhat predictable once you have been in the same business & get established. BUT, sometimes, one new customer can change those cycles for the better!

I am currently awash in custom orders. I feel I am neglecting the online stores of new creations, but my local business for created goodies is at a nice high point right now. Of course, I am always accepting custom orders, online & in person, but my newest customer has 3 sisters & a mom who have fallen in love with my quilted items and made orders for both purses and quilts. I will definitely share pictures when complete!

Our guild's quilt show is June 20-21, so I am also getting ready for that, as I will set up a booth during the show. My next show after that is not until September, so maybe I will be able to get done some of the new ideas in my head by then and be able to have a new product release for that show.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Blessed Rain! How does your garden grow?

My garden is letting out a choral ahhhhh! It's been over 90 for a week now with no rain, and just a few minutes ago, the showers began. I don't know if they will last long, but I am glad they came late in the day so that the affects can soak in overnight.

Our spinach, radishes & strawberries have come & gone, but we are still awash is romaine and cabbage. The tomatoes are doing well & I saw our first blooms on the beans yesterday.

I think we are most excited about the abundant crop of blackberries we will have this year and our new plot just for corn. I call it our "field of dreams". There are no voices, just anticipation of good things to come!

Hope the garden grows well in your area, whether it herbs on the patio or a farm-full!

It's not a yard sale, it's a yART sale on Etsy!

Etsians are having a Yart Sale June 11-20th! Search etsy for yart items but I suggest you narrow your search by adding other keywords like yart moda fabric to get a more manageable list of items you are interested in. I have added several of my fabrics to the sale & will continue to add more as the sale continues!

So check it out & you will find all kinds of sellers de-stashing supplies, vintage items & handcrafted treasures!

Be sure to use my Etsy store list to go to my faves & check them out first!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

A new challenge completed





Challenged by a customer, I have finally branched out to making accessories for my purses. The wallet was actually fun to make & I already have improvements in mind for the next one.
This set is for a local customer who will pick up the set later today. The deep red fabric is from Moda's new line Odelia. It is a delicious fabric with great tone on tone depth. I have yardage available in my eBay store

Friday, June 6, 2008

Everyone needs a facelift!

Well, ok, maybe just my blog needed one!

Thanks to lmglam for the generous tips about my blog. I have been working on behind the scenes things too, so I hope to have more to offer soon!

I am new to the world of blogging, but learning more everyday.

Hope you like the soothing new look!

Whew!

All the fabric is wrapped & rolled! All the pics are now in the slideshow & I will start listing these for sale on eBay and Etsy this weekend! But there is no need to wait! just send me an email!

click this link or watch the show below!
http://picasaweb.google.com/FabricsNQuilts/Fabrics/photo#s5206241595459238066



I'm a collector!

I have a few vices, fabric, quilts, and tips on how to make my online time more efficient.

But I am a collector of quotes. I love to read these little snippets of the past and revel in how relevant they still are.

So I am adding a list of quotes to my blog that I will update on a regular (hopefully daily) basis.

I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. The first one describes me to a "T", just ask anyone I know!

Thursday, June 5, 2008

SALE LISTINGS on Etsy.com


I have added a couple FQ bundles to my items on sale in my etsy store! Check out these great calico bundles & stay tuned for more!

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Flowers & Fabric...All's Blooming

I have all but the last 2 dozen fabrics on display now (online and instore). I wish I had a panoramic shot, but this will have to do! I will share the notions corner in a future blog after a little restocking that will happen later in the week.


And the garden is blooming too! Here are a few of my flower faves!


Monday, June 2, 2008

I just learned about TDIPT...take a look!

Networking with other crafters is one of the most enjoyable things in life to me. You learn about things that you never even realized existed before.

http://tdiptmercantile.com/ is a great site of primitive crafters who use many different medias.

I hope you will browse the site. Truly the top prim crafters are featured here!

Sunday, June 1, 2008

More fabrics uploaded

Here's another link to see the fabrics I have recently received.

http://picasaweb.google.com/FabricsNQuilts/Fabrics/photo#s5206242067905640850

This slideshow shows nice big pics instead of the little thumbnails.

I still have all the creams, browns, reds, pinks & yellows to go! There is so much more to show you! They will be added to the above slideshow as I get them done.

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