Monday, April 30, 2012

New from D. Hall Designs

This is the newest quilt by D. Hall Designs - "Kay's Favorite". I can tell you it's one of ours too. We will have it in the shop during Shop Hop. Then if we're lucky,  Denise may teach it as a class this summer.

Rockin' and a Rollin'

Huge stack of strips.... a little Bob Seger and I'm Rockin' n Rollin'.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Caring and Compassion

This has nothing to do with Fabric Town, Quilting or Quahog. It's just something that happened yesterday that brought me to tears and has left me with a knot in my stomach.

I was in the parking lot of Rainbow Foods yesterday loading cases of water into my truck. I could hear a man and woman talking. While they were talking the gentleman was looking into his hand. This is what I heard him say, " you take it and go get one for you, I'll try to get enough for mine." Then she responded, "maybe we could split one?".

I looked up to see a homeless couple. Not the scamming kind, no fraud here... these two were obviously down and out. Dirty, rumpled and they had that sad look in their eyes. Neither looked like you're stereotype lush or that there were drugs involved, they just looked tired and hungry. The clothes the woman had on at one time had been nice.

What they were talking about was the fact that it's 74 cents for a White Castle hamburger and they only had enough for one.  He was hoping to get enough to get another one... somehow. Do you know how small a White Castle hamburger is? She wanted to split it with him.

When they got closer to my truck, I couldn't look away and I couldn't act like I hadn't heard them. I was so close to tears it was hard to hold them back. So, I said "Hi" and they replied with a smile. I asked if I could help and they both just looked at me with those very sad eyes. The gentleman spoke up and told me that he needed 40 more cents so that he could get each of them a hamburger, he only had $1.08.

I reached into my purse and took out my wallet. I had $20 in it. I handed it over to him and said "Take that, you'll be able to get a few for each of you." They took the money, held each others hand and their legs were going so fast as they headed for White Castle they were almost in a trott... and they were smiling.

I got in my truck, and yes, I was in tears. I sat for a minute and couldn't help thinking - who know's someday that could be me. You never know what's going to happen, life is funny like that. I will say one thing, if I never do another good thing in my life I know that I helped out two people who really needed  a little caring and compassion. I will think of them and silently wish them well every time I drive by White Castle.

Thanks for listening to my story...

Thursday, April 26, 2012

It's ALMOST Spring

Today was the day. I got my coffee, took my basket of Civil War strips to roll and went out on my deck. Was out there for 10 minutes and went back in to get a fleece lined hoodie. 46 degrees is a little chilly. Managed to roll them all before the sun finally came out. Now it's warm on the deck, so I'm going back out to relax and enjoy a second cup of coffee before my day kicks in gear.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

12th Quilt Sewcial planning begins

Talked to Marlowe at Old Chicago and we're all set up for our 12th Quilt Sewcial.
Hard to believe we've had that many already.  Time really does fly when you're having fun! 

After 11 events, I'm wondering if it's time to make a few changes. We have the same menu each time. I have been told by many of the ladies who live alone, that the Pizza buffet is wonderful because they don't usually order a pizza for just themselves.  The lunch buffet is really nice, build you own sandwiches with soup and chili, rolls and salad. That I would not be inclined to change. For dinner I was thinking about maybe lasagna? 

I have time to decide, our Sewcial is not until Saturday, September 29th.  

Other Patti and I are going to start on our gifts, she came up with a really nice one. We have to get started so they're all done in time. I even have an idea for one I'm going to make.  Bet that got you thinking.....

Have you reserved your spot yet? Call the shop, operators are standing by to take your reservation. OK, I watch to many infomercials on the TV. (952) 432-1827

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Calling all 30's fans.

Scott from UPS was in today and brought us some new 30's prints

I don't know about you, but they always make me smile.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Sneak Peek... 10 reasons to do the "Hop"

I've been working on new displays for the past four days.

Only 10 days left til the "Twin Cities Shop Hop" starts.

Here are 10 reasons to be sure to stop by Fabric Town.

There's alot more... this is just the tip of the iceberg!!!! I will post a few more after I get the rest of the quilts hung. Denise of  D.Hall Designs brought in a wonderful selection to share with you. Since I'm allergic to the ladder, Jeff will have to hang them for me and then I'll post a few pics.

We have some wonderful trunk shows from Perkins Dry Goods, This and That

 D. Hall Designs, Quilt Company Patterns & Clothesline Quilts.

Kim Diehl is sending a selection from her "Simple" series

She's even sending the sample of the project we're doing at her Workshops in August. (By the way, we have openings left for the trunk show - lecture and the Saturday workshop)

How about a few fun runners for 4th of July? Did you notice the pinwheels are 3-D?

Little bag?  We have some cute  Atkinson Designs "Cash & Carry" and "Zippy Strippy" kits made up.  You can't have to many bags - and these patterns make zippers easy. To quote Terry Atkinson... "Zippers are no big deal" !!!!
I hope you enjoyed this preview. I still have a lot to put up, and will try to get a few more photos for you in the next few days.  Until then.... Twin Cities Shop Hop,  May 3rd - 5th. 

Need a gift for a quilting buddy?

How many times do you need a gift for a quilting buddy or one of your Guild friends, and can't think of what to get them?  This cute topper is a fun little project and makes the perfect gift.

We even packaged it like a cute present, you just add the card. Kit includes everything but the batting.

This little pincushion has been a big hit and is also kitted up like a present. So, when you're in need of a quick, inexpensive gift - come on in and let us help you choose one.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

A latte + a smile = Valley Girl.

It's pretty well known that I like latte's, mugs, tea cups and funky stuff. I also like to support local -  shops in my area, especially family owned vs chains.

On the next street over from Fabric Town,  is the cutest - funkiest coffee shop and boutique. "Valley Girl" is owned by a Jackie and Sara. When you walk in, you're greeted with a big smile and asked how you're day is going. Then... handed your favorite coffee. For me, that's a skim latte... made just the way I like it. Here's Jackie this morning making mine.

There's a menu of sandwiches etc but what is really wonderful are the quiches, really decadent desserts and my favorite Rice Krispie bars. The selection changes from day to day, but there's always something yummy in the case.

While waiting for your breakfast quiche or lunch sandwich to be made, you can check out the wonderful gift section. They have the wildest, and most unusual gifts around. Just to name a few things... jeweled pens, notebooks with sequins, lots of retro necklaces, rings and jewelry, candles and fun books you don't find everywhere.

Are these cute... lots of Peace Signs of every color and shape, glittered, painted, metal and more. You can find them hanging and scattered on the shelves throughout the shop.

Really fun clothes. Lots of tie dyed and gauze dresses. Fun tops and the cutest flip flops.

Even the dressing room is cute.

Need some quiet time with a friend or group of friends. In the back is a private little room to sit, sip and relax. It's perfect to just kick back and read a book or maybe do a little facebooking. What ever you choose, you'll feel very welcome.

This morning when I was in getting my kick of caffeine, they had a new mug... I love the saying on it  "Wish it... dream it, do it". The newest addition to my collection.. and I'll be trying it out first thing tomorrow morning.  I hope that you'll stop by "Valley Girl" when you're in the neighborhood. Until then check out their website -

Monday, April 16, 2012

18 days left ...

I just spent the day cutting, kitting and working on some new displays. Only 10 days til the "Twin Cities Shop til you Drop" Shop hop begins. This will be our 15th year, did you know we were the first hop in the state? 

It begins on Thursday, May 3rd and ends Saturday, May 5th.  9 shops are participating:  Bear Patch, Blue Bamboo, Calla Lily, Fabric Town, Glad Creations, Make it Sew, Millie P's, Quilt Cove and Treadle Yard Goods. 

I guarantee you'll have fun and enjoy all the wonderful things each shop has to offer.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Happy Easter

Happy Easter to everyone.  Remember... today Choicolate, jelly beans and PEEPS don't have any calories... Eat all you want.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Just a reminder

Good Morning,

This is just a reminder to those who have signed up for our Bus to the Minnesota Quilter's Show or the Kim Diehl Workshop/Trunk show.

Be sure that you stop in or mail your payment to secure your spot. Both events are filling fast and your reservation is not guaranteed until we receive your payment.

Also, if you would like a kit for the workshop, please let us know. We will begin cutting them next week and want to be sure we have enough.


Sunday, April 1, 2012

Paper vs Plastic April Winner

Today,  we drew the name of our first "Paper vs Plastic" winner.
Congratulations to Cindy Mach.

If you aren't familiar with our "Paper vs Plastic" drawing - it's easy.
Every time you use cash or a check instead of a credit/debit card you're entered in our drawing for
 a $20 Fabric Town Gift Certificate.

Our next drawing will be June 1st. 
(Aug, Oct. Dec)