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Groovy Holiday Club

Groovy Holiday Club

Get your Holiday Groove On with Sally Martin

Sept. 10, Oct. 8, Nov. 12, & Dec. 10.

2 – 4 pm OR 6 – 8 pm  $30

Let’s join Groovy Sally for some great holiday projects.

We will meet for four months.

The months are Gifts All Around; Deck the Halls; Eat, Drink, & Be Merry;  and It’s a Wrap.

Each month will feature different patterns with quick, easy gifts and decorations. A free pattern will be given each month, also.  Lecture, demo, show & tell, door prizes!

PS:  our Anna Smith did the cute logo!


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Groovy Girls #2 is Coming!

Groovy Girls Sewing Club with Sally Martin
Monday Sept. 12, Oct. 10, Nov. 14, Dec. 12, Jan. 9, 2012, Feb. 13, 2012.
1 pm OR 6 pm.

The Groovy Girl Sewing Club will start in the shop in September. We will meet for a fun monthly session on the second Monday at 1 pm and 6 pm. Choose the time that works best for you!

Each month we will demo a new easy technique and a fun project. You will receive exclusive projects that make great gifts for friends or for yourself. Sally Martin will be the head Groovy Girl and she has been sewing up a storm getting ready for the first meeting. She is having a ball and can’t wait to share.

You will laugh, learn, and be inspired by creative ideas! How groovy is that! The Groovy Girl Sewing Club is $30 for 6 months of in store meetings, patterns, newsletters, door prizes, and lots of fun. Grab your favorite Groovy friend and join!

Groovy Girls Sewing Club is designed by Terry Atkinson of Atkinson Designs. We carry lots of Terry’s great patterns and her colorful zippers. One of our favorite patterns is Cash and Carry. Others include Big Bag Little Bag, Let’s Do Lunch, Yellow Brick Road, and lots more.

The Groovy Girls Sewing Club is an in-store-only club.

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Minnesota Road Show in Virginia

We just finish 3 days of the Minnesota Roadshow in Virginia. It is a teaching trunk show event where Batiks Etcetera & Sew What Fabrics teachers present the techniques, patterns, and books from four well known Minnesota Quilt designers.

Check out the Minnesota Roadshow Goodies on our website.

This our third year to offer this event. Each year there are new products, quilts, patterns, and books. And lots of new ideas to make quilting more enjoyable and fun.

Each half of our classroom was set up with two designers' products and the tote bags for each participant.

Products we showcased are on our website so you can see all of the goodies.

Anna Jones presented the quilts and techniques from Debbie Bowles of Maple Island Quilts. Debbie's patterns, Celebrate and Frenzy were highlighted using interesting stripes. We all had fun picking stripe combinations.

Maple Island Quilts from Debbie Bowles are shown online here:  Maple Island Quilts.

Robin Ayers showed the great ideas from Ankas's Treasures Heather Mulder Pederson's Shams with Style book. Each participant received a pillowcase kit in their tote bag and Robin showed how to make matching pillowcases for the our designer quilt/pillow/sham ensembles.

See Anka’s Treasures offerings here:  Anka’s Treasures.

Our group of participants were divided between the two presentations and later switched rooms to hear the other presentation. Then we had a scrumptious lunch and shopping break.

Patsy Goodin showed the fantastic bags Terry Atkinson has designed by Atkinson Designs. The Cash and Carry and Zippy Strippy were a hit! Patsy showed step by step ways of setting a zipper easily - We now have 54 people more friendly with zippers! Patsy told us about Groovy Girls Sewing Club and how much fun they are having. Stand and Stow bags were explained. This pattern is only available from Groovy Girl Shops.

Terry Atkinson’s Designs are here:  Atkinson Designs.

Find out more about Groovy Girls here:  Groovy Girls.

Laura Post highlighted Brandywine Designs by Linda Hohag. She showcased the Rainbow Garden and Lollipops Tablerunner patterns. Linda has a fool proof way of achieving perfect curves with a machine applique approach. Laura did her sample with blue batiks. Yummy!

Brandywine Designs are shown here:  Brandywine Designs.

See what else we have planned online:  Classes.


Stand ‘n Stow Bag

This is a fantastic bag pattern by Terry Atkinson of Atkinson Designs.  Only Groovy Girl shops can offer this pattern at this time.  It is called Stand ‘N Stow.

There are three sizes.  We love them all.  The small one is made with Mardi Gras beads for handles.  Memory handles!  The bags are also lined.  Terry has tricks for that!

Our Groovy Girl Sally has made them all and loves it.  After the last Groovy Girls Club, Marty (DH) asked where the largest bag came from.  He liked the size, shape, and fabric that Groovy Sally used.  Endorsed by DH Marty!

Sally used a batik poplin by Benartex.  It is a “bottom” weight – a little heavier than broadcloth weight quilting cottons.  It is also 60″ wide.  Check out the colors!  This batik is great for home dec, bags, totes, vests, pants, jumpers, tablecloths, etc.

For the middle size Stand ‘N Stow, Sally used Sherrill Kahn’s printed cotton line by Kaufman called Chasing the Rainbow II.  Sherrill’s fabrics look like they have been hand stamped, inked, and dye painted.  I love them.  Lots of excitement and color.

What makes these bags stand up?  Pel Tex stabilizer is the key.  It is a very stiff one sided fusible stabilizer.  Terry developed a unique way of inserting the stabilizer so the bags still fold up for storage.  Mighty clever that Terry!

Try this great pattern and send us pictures at  The highlighted words link directly to our web store with secure online ordering.


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?

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Terry Atkinson Retreat

What a wonderful experience!  I’ve always loved Terry Atkinson’s designs and have made several.  We had 4 days of great projects, activities, and ideas at a shop owners retreat with Terry Atkinson in Augusta, Wisconsin. (home of Bush Beans)  The setting was lovely and the people were great!  A local chef, Jason spoiled us royally.  Now I think I should have a brunch every day!

We tested a new design that Terry will release at the Fall Quilt Market in October.  It was so much fun being in on the design/editing process.  I love when we are SUPPOSED to make mistakes!  I can’t show you the quilt but I can tease a little.  I chose the Bonfire fat quarter pack – it’s Virginia Tech colors.  I love how they are working.  We also have a jelly roll to match.

Terry showed us great ways to roll up fat quarters just right for the projects we did during the retreat.  I love tying the packages with rick rack.  She also tied some with zippers!  We learned how easy zippers can be.  We did a Groovy Girl project with her great zippers.

The retreat was so much fun.  The setting was wonderful.  Terry was most gracious and sharing.  Roseann Kermes facilitated the retreat and I can’t wait to visit her shop Rosebud’s Cottage in White Bear Lake, MN on my next visit to the area.

The last picture shows the zipper display that Terry designed.  There are two turner racks.  The zippers are 14″ long and you can cut them to fit your project.  They cost only $.99 each and we have all of them at the shop.  They aren’t online yet.  Call or email and we will pick a color to match a fabric for you.  Terry’s patterns show an easy way to do a zipper.  Everyone can do it – even those who think they can’t.

I love Zippy Strippy.  I needed a few for this trip!


Groovy Girls

Are you a Groovy Girl?  Or just want to be one?  We are starting a Groovy Girl Sewing Club at the shop that will start in September.  We will meet for a fun monthly session on the second Monday at 6pm.  Each month we will demo a new easy technique and a fun project.  You will receive exclusive projects that make great gifts for friends or for yourself.  Sally Martin will be the head Groovy Girl and she picked cool fabrics yesterday to make some samples.

You will laugh, learn, and be inspired by creative ideas! How groovy is that!

Groovy Girls Sewing Club is designed by Terry Atkinson of Atkinson Designs.  We carry lots of Terry’s great patterns and her colorful zippers.  One of our favorite patterns is Cash and Carry

Cash and Carry

Others include Big Bag Little Bag and Let’s Do Lunch.  Click on either of these and see other great Atkinson Designs.

Big Bags Little Bags

Let's Do Lunch

Make plans to join us for the Groovy Girl Sewing Club.  It sounds like so much light hearted fun.  Grab a groovy girlfriend and sign up together!