Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Fall dates to remember

Well, we are coming down to the wire. We leave for Houston on October 8. We still need to pack and load the trailer. I have one more order to get in and then we should be ready to pack.

This weekend is the first Saturday of the month, so we can expect to see all those club members, bright and early. Only three more months left, it's hard to believe. Next years five dollar club is going to be a choice between red and white or black and white. It will have a center medallion, with rows and rows going around. The corner blocks of each row will be the $5.00 blocks and the borders will be in finishing kits. We are toying with the idea of multiple kits throughout the year, so there won't be a major expense at the end of the year.

Also, we are taking enrollments for next years Block of the Month. It is from Timeless Treasures and is called "Back to Nature". The colors are warm and cozy, with pine cones and leaves. The border stripe is very unique and will be a nice finish to your quilt. The cost for this club is $25 per month. This fee includes all the fabrics for the blocks, borders, and binding as well as batting and shipping.

Mark your calendars for the Maple Leaf Festival, October 17-18. We will be open on that Sunday from 1-5. For those of you who have never been to Maple Leaf, you don't know what you have been missing! The whole town turns into craft and food vendor booths. There is a parade on Saturday morning and a quilt show in the old grade school. Lots of good ideas and stuff to buy. We are not open very many Sundays, so you will want to take advantage of that. Postcards will be going out shortly to our local mailing list. Let us know if you would like to receive our mailings, either by email or snail mail.

The end of October finds us traveling to Des Moines, Iowa for the AQS show. We should have Vicky's new book by then, so we will be showing off her fantastic applique quilt. If you don't get to see it in Des Moines, it will be up for our open house in November. If Vicky is around, she'll be glad to sign it.

Another date to set aside on your calendars is our Christmas Open House and the "BBBETO" Deck the Walls Shop Hop, November 12-14, from 9-5. We will be showing off the new things we find at market as well as serving lunch, all three days from 11-2. You won't want to miss seeing us all dressed up for Christmas. We have a lot of quick and easy projects that make great gifts for your secret pals and other special people in your life.

Well, life continues on and I'm off to change light bulbs. I don't like to get the ladder out very often, so I've waited until I have more than one to change, many more.

Hope to see you soon, either in the store or on the road

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Getting ready to head to Pittsburg, Kansas

I was reminded last night at the quilt guild meeting (thank you Emily) that I had not blogged for quite awhile, so here goes:

We are heading for Pittsburg this weekend for the Little Balkans Quilt Show. They always have very nice quilts and wonderful vendors. We will be demonstrating our fusible cell phone bags, the fabric greeting cards, and of course, the Bohin Chalk Marking Pencil. If you have not used this pencil, you are really missing out. It glides on smoothly, stays the same width through the whole marking process and removes easily. But, not no easily that it will disappear before you are ready.

We finally have extras of the bobbin holders and the new Clover thimbles. It is so exciting to be able to talk about new toys, that of course we all need in our sewing rooms. The class schedule is heading to the web page in a couple of days. I don't have all the dates confirmed yet, but you will be able to see what the choices are going to be.

I have even gotten to sew lately, making two of the "Grids and Grommets" tote bags for friends. It is fun to ignore paper work for a while and sew. Hope to see all of you soon, whether in Pittsburg, in the shop or further on down the road.

Happy Quilting!