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Quilt Those Quilts

Quilt Those Quilts will be September 9, 10, and 11.  Come any day.  We will show different ways of quilting your quilts with home sewing machines, the Pfaff mid-arm Hobby Grand Quilter, and the 18.8 Pfaff long arm quilter.  There will be 5 demo stations and lots of quilting supplies will be demonstrated.

Kick start your fall with these great quilting machines and ideas.  Special financing and prices will be available.


Enjoy a demo and enter to win the Pfaff Hobby Grand Quilter.  The Grand Quilter can be used in the quilting frame or as a home sewing, piecing, and quilting machine.  You must come to the shop to enter to win the machine.

Make your plans for September 9, 10, or 11!



Bali High Quilt

Isn’t this just gorgeous?  Leigh Headington made this and we have it available as a kit or just the pattern.  It uses our version of the Hoffman Kiwiberry Bali Pop (the original is no more – boo hoo!) plus really intense jet black and two great borders.  The kit also includes the binding.  The quilt finishes 64″ x 74″.  Click on the picture to see the kit.

What do you think?  moody, steamy, intense, or just plain yummy????

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My Favorite Dr – Dr. Seuss!

I loved Dr. Seuss as a kid.  And I still do!  I was happy to read the books to my siblings.  I still love the Grinch, too.

The first Dr. Seuss book I could call my own was a present in first grade for my birthday.  Billy Stufflebean gave me “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish” and wrote his name and the date 1906! (1960)  We lived in Newport, Rhode Island in Navy housing and shortly thereafter moved to Florida.

I have the book around here somewhere.  Small world – my best friend in high school Karin Lynn knew Billy before she moved to Virginia Beach.

My husband who is 3 years older did not have a Dr. Seuss tradition.  He just didn’t understand my excitement when Robert Kaufman Fabrics announced the new Dr. Seuss line of fabrics.  He also didn’t have younger brothers and sisters to read to.

If we had children they would be Dr. Seuss kids!

We ordered the full line of Dr. Seuss Celebration and Cat In the Hat.  Pre order yours now to get in on the first shipments.  The prints and coordinates are so much fun.  They would be great for a sofa quilt, kids room, a grandma’s house quilt.


Beach Walk Block of the Month

At quilt market McKenna Ryan had her upcoming Block of the Month pinned to a display board.  It was so gorgeous I ordered all the fabric and patterns before they were even ready.  We have just enough info to set the prices and so we are taking pre orders for the Block of the Month.  We hope to start shipping in September depending on fabric deliveries.  The fabrics are printed cotton and batik combined.

This is a 9 month BOM.  It is 59″ x 73″.  Check it out!  We will also have the individual blocks available as separate kits.  We don’t have prices on those yet.  I can’t decide what my favorite block is.  Maybe the boat with the seagulls.  I can hear their calls and feel the soft beach air.


Life on the Road: Credit Cards

EGADS!  HELP!  At the Asheville show we had problems with a new credit card reader.  I spent the first hour or so on my cell phone with tech support trying to get it to work.  My calm husband Marty stayed at my side.  I had to find an analog line and thankfully the NC Arboretum’s fax line was analog.  They kindly let me use it.

Then mid afternoon it stopped working.  We broke out the old knuckle buster and ran old time tickets.  I knew I schlepped that around all these years for a reason.  The box would only take 100 sales and this was a good show!  Each day we broke out the knuckle buster.  My 20 something helper, Kendall was appalled at the old technology.  Thankfully Marty had used one before long ago.

Then at the hotel I couldn’t do the deposit.  I spent 2 plus HOURS on three separate calls trying to get things right.  The people were WONDERFUL.  The last two calls were the SAME person.  What are the chances?

Everytime we did a step the machine would spit out more paper.  Finally all was corrected and life turned to normal.  I think I’ll travel with my old box in the future!


Monkey Business

The Monkey Business Bag (don’t you just love that name) is the first project for the Groovy Girls Sewing Club that will meet here at the shop monthly on the second Monday for six months.  We begin in September.

The Monkey Business Bags would make great gifts for your friends or for yourself.  The pattern is free with your membership.  There will be lots of great projects to come. Have you signed up yet?