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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Busy, Busy, Busy

Hey Everyone!
We have been very busy at the store! Every day we have new customers coming in from all over the state of Ohio. It is very fun meeting new quilters and seeing the projects that they are working on. We are working on keeping our inventory up. Making sure we have patterns and books in stock and keeping the fabric coming on a constant basis. Kits, kits, kits..... we can't cut them fast enough. We have new blocks of the months coming and new projects starting everyday. It is always so exciting to go into the shop and see what is new.

Our scarlet and grey and our scarlet and cream Thangles Buck A Block of the month have been very popular. We are cutting, cutting and cutting more and saving fabric for future months.

We have a new shipment from C & T expected any day now. For the beginner or intermediate quilter, Alex Anderson's Super Simple 2, and from M'lis Hawley 101 Fabulous Fat Quarter Bags. I don't normally order Ms. Hawley's stuff because she sells her stuff in JoAnn's and we can't compete with that 40% coupon, but everyone in our shop loves purses, so we had to see what that book is all about. Also from C & T for the machine quilters is Quilting Designs from the Past. All of these books look great. Come on in and check them out!

Have a great weekend! Enjoy October for it soon shall pass!

Mary

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Middle of October and still warm.. woohoo!

Hi,
Today is the first day of the Circleville Pumpkin Show. Rain is predicted, but I hope it stays nice. Tomorrow I am taking a couple of machines from the shop and doing a demo for a couple of hours. We are making postcards with of course Pumpkins on them. The shop has been buzzing with projects coming and going. Last Saturday night was our first Mystery night of the New International Mystery Series II. We visited Belgium. We dined on Belgium Endive apple salad. chicken paillard, Blegian potroast & potatoes, grilled veggie pasta. I made a carrot dish, but forgot to serve it. For dessert we had Belgian waffles and Belgian cheesecake. We served two Belgium beers (Apparently they don't do wine) and one was from the company that took over our local Busch bottling company. In November we are doing a patriotic theme and just may be eating red, white and blue food....

This week we are cutting kits and making samples for three new projects. We are cutting Carol Hopkins Aunt Sukeys socks. This is made from reproduction fabrics. We are also cutting a Patchabilities pattern, The Candy Cane wallhanging. These wallhangings go very quick and finish at 6 x 22 inches. Since these kits are tiny we include the backing and the binding too. Our big project for the week is a quilt from the Jelly Roll book. This book has so many great quilts in it that when we were looking for a new sample Sharon narrowed it done to five for me to choose from. Five quilts that she loved from one book. That is a great book!

Friday night is our free sew in and then Saturday is our Dear Jane at the shop. No, I am not caught up on all of my blocks, but I am getting very close. I think I will be caught up by the end of the year.

Have a great week!

Mary

Thursday, October 9, 2008

October?? What happened to September?

Hi,
Happy Fall! The store has been hopping! I am sorry I haven't been updating every week, I am overwhelmed with the day to day and then when I get home and think I am going to get a ton of sewing done I fall asleep. Here is an update of what is going on with different areas of the shop.

New Fabrics arrive daily. We have most recently received Baby Genius grows up from Benartex, and the new Dick and Jane from Michael Miller. Also we received the whole line of Nancy Halversons Cider Mill.

The autoships from all of the regular companies are ccontinuing to come in on a regular basis. The shipment from Kansas City Star was amazing, People are loving the Scraps and Shirttails: Reuse, Re-purpose and Recycle! The Art of Green Quilting
by Bonnie Hunter, this is a book about reusing old shirts to make great quilts. We also just received the Quilts For Men book.

Our classes have been filling up and people are excited about learning how to quilt.

The monthly applique club has been going well, as well as the Dear Jane group.

We have started some new blocks of the months. A scarlet and grey for the OSU fans and a really pretty red and cream colorway.

The book that I participated in writing The Guild In The Granary is going to press. We are working on getting a web page up and running. Expect to see something on the web soon.

Stop by and say hello. Get started on a new fall project, or dig out an old one and come hang out with us.

Mary