Don’t forget to call and sign up for next weeks classes. Monday evening – Basket Making class – $35.00 for class and supplies. Wen. afternoon 1:30 – oil painting class – landscape with Cynthia Gurreri. Bring your own brushes. $35.00.
Later in the month we have Monday (20th) come make up to 4 pair of gemstone earrings for only $20.00. with Katie Mullins. Tue. (21st) painting class 1:30 pm $30.00. Friday (24th) Paint party with Melissa Totten 5 pm ($30.00). NEW to the schedule: Microwave Bowl Cozy Class Wen. (29th) only $15.00. with Debbie Walker
Call to 304-653-4150 to sign up and pay for the classes you want to take.
Great news!!! There will be a Quilt Show with the “Fall Into Quilting Retreat” this year! The ladies coming to the retreat will be bringing their works of art for display. See my website for details. http://debannsfabrics.com. Don’t miss it!!
CLASSES ARE FILLING UP – Register NOW. The disappearing Pin Wheel class is FULL: Call 304-653-4150 or 304-799-7190 to register or download information below.
ATTENTION: Brochures for our “FALL INTO QUILTING” Retreat are now available at Deb Ann’s Fabrics and online at debannsfabrics.com. You can sign-up online or in the shop or with Diana L. Beverage of Artcents. They will be at the Visitors Center in Marlinton and Hillsboro and Marlinton Library. Sign-up early as some classes will fill up fast. See you there.
Deb Ann’s Fabrics is offering a 10% off your total in store purchase. To get this discount you need to print this coupon.
Cass Scenic Railroad State Park will be hosting a quilter’s retreat at the Cass Community Center. This retreat is designed for all ages and caterers to those who want to learn how to quilt. With two half day classes on Thursday and one full day class on Friday, it is a great opportunity for those to learn how to become better quilters. This retreat can peak interest and allow you to become more acquainted with fellow quilters. Registration is required for each workshop, as space is limited. Please make sure you are knowledgeable in how to use your machine before signing up for any or all of these workshops. For more information on individual workshops or to register for classes, please call Debbie Walker at Deb Ann’s Fabrics at (304) 653-4150.
To view or download the brochure click here.
Reminder: You only have until April 1st to sign up for the Watoga State Park’s Quilting Weekend on April 11-13. Check out their website or Deb Ann’s Fabrics website for a list of classes and the parks cabin special. Call 304-653-4150 with questions. Hope to see you there.
When Al Doan suggested to his mother, Jenny, in 2009 that he film her making patchwork quilts and post the videos on YouTube, she was not at all receptive. “Isn’t YouTube where all those crazy teenagers put their videos?” she said. YouTube was all of five years old at that point, and the era of influencers earning tens of millions of dollars had not yet dawned.
But the Doan family business, Missouri Star Quilt Co., was barely limping along. Jenny, now 60, was earning a small sum finishing other people’s quilts on a machine her children had bought for her, and Al had set up a small quilting supply business in Hamilton, Missouri, a one-stoplight town 64 miles northeast of Kansas City. The Doans had moved there 14 years earlier after they’d hit hard times in California.
“We were looking everywhere for quilters on the internet, and we couldn’t find them,” says Al, who is the chair of Missouri Star’s board. “I’d launched a site to sell our quilting supplies, but nobody cared.” With a marketing budget of zero, he wanted to give YouTube a shot.
At the first shoot, Jenny was so nervous, she tripped over the camera cord and broke her leg. She was also not good at reading from the scripts Al wrote for her. But she was a natural performer who had acted in regional theater. Mother and son soon figured out that all she needed was a concept, such as how to make a Christmas Tree chevron quilt, and she could improvise from there.
Jenny Doan with two of her children, Sarah Galbraith and Al Doan.Tim Pannell
“It’s just ironic,” says Kenneth Gamache, the president of QT Fabrics. “We were the last vertical company to print, merchandise and distribute our own goods in the U.S., and we just couldn’t compete because of the flood of companies going overseas. We shut it down in 2009. We were in Massachusetts, and hundreds of people lost their jobs.”
QT was printing on cotton that was grown and woven in China. Even so, maintaining a U.S. plant was expensive, and the technology wasn’t top quality. Gamache moved production to Korea and Pakistan, where flatbed fabric printers produce higher quality designs. The company thrived.
And last year, QT became the first quilting fabric company to print all its fabric digitally. “We went to China because they have a plant there that’s invested in high-speed machines that can produce 18 million yards a year,” Gamache says.
Digital fabric printing offers the promise of a profitable future for QT, but Gamache has some new cause for concern.
In March 2018, the Trump administration imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum imported from China. In July, an additional $34 billion worth of goods was added. Recently, the administration announced a third round on $200 billion more in Chinese goods and bumped the tariff from 10 to 25 percent. The new list includes a large quantity of craft supplies, such as cotton fabric.
Craft-industry businesses – from large chain stores to midsize companies to solo entrepreneurs – now have to contend with the likelihood of a price increase soon on supplies imported from China. Here’s what you should know:
What is a tariff, and what actions are businesses taking?
Tariffs are taxes on imported goods that are collected by customs officials on behalf of the government imposing them. With the exception of agriculture, tariffs have been very low or at zero globally over the last few decades because of free-trade agreements. The United States now is in a trade war with China that could escalate.
Large chain stores, including Ohio-based JOANN, carry a wide assortment of craft supplies imported from China and would be particularly hard hit by the tariffs.
“Nearly 450 of the listed codes would affect JOANN products, with the greatest area of impact related to our fabrics,” the company says in a statement. The store would pass the 25 percent price increase onto its customers.
For Sale: Singer machine, sewing machine table,and sewing light. All barely used. Book and extras included. Can be seen at Deb Ann’s Fabrics or call 304-653-4150 for more information.
Used sewing machines For Sale at Deb Ann’s Fabrics, only $30.00 each for the Simplicity and the Kenmore. The old Singer has the curved locking cover with the key. $200.00. All have been serviced and run good. Call: 304-653-4150 with questions.
NASA Astronaut Karen Nyberg, a lifelong lover of sewing, is inviting fellow crafters to join her in stitching together a global community space quilt.
We still have some nice Halloween fabric available. This 100% cotton fabric from the “Spooktacular Too” collection from Henry Glass. It features a cute witch with Halloween creatures on an orange background. Great for any Halloween or Fall project. Our “Trick or Treat” fabric features small block Halloween pictures. Each Panel has 4 repeating 6″ blocks and the colors are great for the season, the picture only shows you two.
2018 “Spring Into Quilting Retreat” will be held 4 and 5 May, at the Old Campbelltown School (same venue as last year). Class information, material lists and times are finalized. You can download the Brochure as well as the Registration Form. Can’t wait to see everyone again … Debbie
Merry Christmas to everyone out there and safe travels to all. We are heading out to spend it with our families in Calhoun Co. but will be thinking of our friends here too. The shop will be closed Monday and back open Tuesday. See you then.
PS: We still have throw pillows, table toppers & wall hangings, baby quilt/soft book combo and hand made wood products. Have a great holiday.
We ever have some wood items, All hand made!!! Would make a great Christmas present.
We have throw pillows too, many colors and styles. Come in and check them out!