Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Wednesday with the Ladies.

My favorite day at the shop is Wednesday... why you ask? Because that's the day the ladies get together and sew. From the moment they arrive in the morning til late in the afternoon, it's nothing but laughing, and fun.

Thank you ladies for the enjoyable times we have together.


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Crazy Day

Never let it be said that we have boring days at the shop. Today it was raining and we provided free "Rain Gear" to anyone that wanted it.

Here is Jamie, modeling it for all. The best part was watching her actually go into the parking lot wearing it.

Jamie is a good sport and fun person to be around.

She makes us all laugh and we truly enjoy having her as part of our team.

Just for the record... we only gave out one of the free "Rain Gear" hats - Hmmmmm.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Something for everyone...

I have always liked to decorate for the holidays. I have special dishes for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Tablecloths and napkins, beaded napkin rings.... the list goes on.

One of the best things - going to my sister's house. She has the best tree and she decorates it with 100's of ornaments she has collected since she was a child. She can tell you who gave her each one and the meaning behind them.

Over the years I've given her Snowmen & Santa cookie jars. She incorporates them into the cutest displays all through the house. She adds garlands and lights to the staircase and the bathroom is festive as well. I always look forward to going to her home during the holidays because of the warm, cozy feeling her decorations add.

These photos are just a few of the Holiday projects available at the shop. Heide made the cutest FaLaLa quilt that highlights the ornament print in the center and would look cute draped on a chair or couch. Lola's Snowman Quilt is wonderful. Nice thing about snowmen, they can be displayed til the snow is gone... in Minnesota that could be April!!!! Theresa, Becky and Sandy Schilder made runners and toppers. More are on display at the shop, and more are being added weekly.

We'll be glad to help you chose the right project for your home or as a gift for friends and family.
Start making holiday memories for your family with Quilts and items that will last from year to year.

Take Care,

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The Birthday Girl...

Here she is... tiara and all. Looking pretty as always.

We had a fun day, ladies kept stopping in at different times during the day to wish her well and share a piece of cake.

Thank you to all who came to the shop and also to those who
emailed and called.

When you get to 86, we'll have a party for you too.


Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Birthday Party for Evelyn

Do you know Evelyn???? That's Evelyn Nall, our Southern Belle.

Tomorrow at the shop we are celebrating Evelyn's 86th Birthday. Her real birthday isn't til Friday but we wanted to surprise her. We have ordered a lovely cake and want to share her day with all her friends. We even have a Birthday Tiara for her.

Everyone is invited to stop in and have a piece of cake and wish her well.

She will be in the shop between 11:00 and 3:00, if you have a chance - please stop in. We want to make a very special ladies day as special as she is.

Will take pictures to share.

Hope to see you.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Quilting, Food and Friends.

Our 6th Quilt "Sewcial" is over and was enjoyed by all.

The weather was perfect, the Ladies were fun and the food was great.

Everyone arrived at 9:00 AM and we set up for a full day and night of sewing, eating and making some new quilting friends. Projects came out of bags - some had been in the bags since the last "Sewcial" and some even longer. Nice to get those UFO's done so you can move onto a new project without any guilty feelings. Other projects were just getting started.

It never ceases to amaze me the different quilts, tablerunners and other projects that everyone is making. Quilting brings out the creative side of all of us. You can have a pattern and do it the same way as the photo on the cover - or you can use your own style and fabric choices and make it one of a kind. Fun to see the same pattern done by several quilters and see how different they can look, just by changing the fabric.

As our gift to each "Sewcialite" they received a Humbug bag that contained a tiny scissors and a spool of thread. Patti H. made most of them alone, I just helped with the pinning on a few at the end. She sews like wild fire so I just get in the way. As always - many thanks to her for all her help in making this a special day for all our guests.

Patti H. also took alot of photo's and will be posting them to our website and I will also put a selection on my next blog.

We are now getting ready for our 7th "Sewcial" on the 25th. We added the 2nd day because the 6th filled up so fast. We do still have openings if you missed out the first time.

Thank you to all who attended and I sincerely appreciate your support of Fabric Town and your friendship.


Tuesday, September 7, 2010

"After" photos of the Labor Day house cleaning.

Labor Day...literally !!!


Spent our entire Labor Day weekend doing just that.... Labor. We moved walls, painted new shelving and re-arranged half the shop.

Here are a few of the "BEFORE"shots.

Since the shop was closed I wore my oldest pajama bottoms and a ratty tee shirt to do the painting in. Guess how many customers we had in to see that delightful outfit?

The place was jumpin' - we opened the front door to air out the paint smell. We had it blocked with a quilt rack and sign that said we were closed. When they all started to arrive, we gladly let them in with the understanding that they not notice my fancy outfit and had to carefully shop around the mess. Great group of quilters, they just laughed and climbed over the piles of fabric and ducked under the ladder. We washed the paint off our hands and cut fabric for them and one of the ladies from
Brainerd purchased my Celery Featherweight. She already has two of the black ones so this is a new addition.

It was a fun and still constructive day. We spent a total of 16 hours but it was worth it.

Special Thanks to "Other Patti" for coming in and helping us get it back together... with out her help it would not have gotten done as quickly.

Next post will be the "AFTER" photos.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Quilts of Valor Thursday

The first Thursday of each month Fabric Town is invaded by the "Quilts of Valor" group. I say invaded because for 5 hours they turn our classroom into a Quilting Sweat Shop. They piece, bind and make pillow cases. Each Quilt top is then machine quilted, bound, labeled and put into the coordinating case. The pillow case is actually a presentation case.

When the quilts leave Fabric Town they are distributed to locations such as, Minneapolis VA hospital, Landstahl Medical Center in Germany and to the National Guard to be given to soldiers who have done multiple tours.

These ladies are dedicated to making a quilt for as many of our service men and woman as possible. So far, since their inception in January of 2007, the group has completed 440 quilts.

When all you hear on the news and read in the newspapers are acts of violence and pain, it's nice to know that there are also alot of people willing to help others.

In the photo from left to right: Margaret, Jane,Kathy, Helen L., Judy, Sybil, Margie, Helen