Friday, October 29, 2010

Celine Perkins is coming to Fabric Town.

Many of you already know Celine Perkins through her fantastic pattern line "Perkins Dry Goods".

Over the years,Fabric Town has made up numerous samples and kits using her patterns and we know how much you have enjoyed them. Celine writes for all levels of quilter. Her patterns are easy to follow, the instructions are clear and the yardages are accurate.

We have asked Celine to come teach one of her newest patterns "Pieces in Time" on Sunday, January 16th, 2011 from Noon to 5:00. The fee is $30.00 and that includes beverages and a snack break. If you sign up and bring a friend, you'll each receive $5.00 coupon good at Fabric Town.

The quilt is due in the shop soon, it is just coming back from Quilt Market where she introduced it to the public.

Space is limited so please stop in or call to sign up as soon as possible. What better way to spend a cold winter afternoon.


Monday, October 11, 2010

Fabric Town's newest member

Meet "Quahog 3". He is the newest member to the Fabric Town staff.

Over the years I have had 2 other Quahog's. Both were a delight and a very important part of my life. When Jeff and I lost our last Qua, we thought it was time to take a break.... at least Jeff did.

We tried a few other avenues to replace the emptiness , Lily Jane our cat was beautiful but it turned out that she was jealous of Jeff and I - in other words, she was his cat and pee'd on me every chance she got. When I finally had enough of was time to start looking for a Boston Terrier Puppy.

Jeff was not excited when he saw me looking on line at breeders in MN. He was still saying that we did not need a puppy. That lasted about 15 minutes. Once he saw this face on the breeders website, it was pretty much a done deal. I called the breeder to discuss the puppies she had. I wanted to make sure she was reputable. A puppy mill dog is not what we wanted. She was wonderful. She asked us as many questions as we asked her. When I asked her where she lived she told me but it meant nothing to me - up north by Fergus Falls. At this point I handed Jeff the phone to talk to her. Before I knew it, he had arranged the meeting for Oct. 9th at 9:30 AM in Sauk Center. She was meeting another lady there to deliver one of her other puppies and we could just go there instead of way up north. OK, Mr. "No Puppy" had just caved in.

Saturday morning I pulled into the parking lot of the McDonalds in Sauk Center and there he and his brother were. I had the choice between the two. His brother had perfect markings ( for one thing,the nose was totally black) but not the personality. He was more laid back. When I held Qua, he was a kisser and all excited - that was the one for us.

This little guy has some pretty big shoes to fill, he's replacing two of the most wonderful companions you could imagine. He is loving and has a wonderful personality, I have no doubt he will fill those shoes in no time at all.

Once he gets kennel trained, I hope to be bringing him to the shop. Please stop in and say hi, he loves to meet people.

Sew on...

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Not your Grandmothers Christmas Decorations

One of my favorite things to do this time of year is to go to Lakeland Floral and see all the decorations for the holidays. I am always amazed at how they can take a collection that is so different and incorporate it into the most appealing trees and arrangements.

Who would think of using mesh ribbon, ornaments larger than your head, berries in all shades and colors that you would never associate with Christmas. They do it and they do it well.

This Gold tree was flocked with thick white flocking and done with Gold poinsettias, sprigs of gold and silver berries and gold and crystal mesh ribbon. They wove the ribbons gently through the branches, it gave the tree the most elegant feel.

Peacock feathers, purple and teal berries and lots of metallic ribbons made up this whimsical tree. This was definitely not your Grandmothers Christmas tree. I could see it for a change but the next one is my favorite.

Take a flocked tree, add crystals, snowflakes, silver beads and soft blue balls.... you have a tree that gives you the Crisp-Winter day feel. Like when you wake up in the morning after a snowfall and the trees are all totally white. If you saw the movie "Chronicles of Narnia" you know what I mean.

For more traditional decorations, this tree was done in Red glitter. The poinsettias, berries and sprigs were all glittered. It was very appealing.

Now that we are into fall, it's time to start thinking about Christmas and decorating.
What will your tree be like this year? Peacock Feathers???

What ever it is, as long as it gives you that warm holiday feeling....