Archive For The “Fabrics” Category
Small Business Saturday
Saturday, November 30, 2019 is Small Business Saturday® – a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities. Please join the SBA and organizations across the country in supporting your local small business by shopping at a small business.
History of Small Business Saturday
First observed in Roslindale Village, Massachusetts on November 27, 2010, it is a counterpart to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which feature big box retail and e-commerce stores respectively. By contrast, Small Business Saturday encourages holiday shoppers to patronize brick and mortar businesses that are small and local. Small Business Saturday is a registered trademark of American Express corporation.
The first event was sponsored by American Express, in partnership with the non-profit National Trust for Historic Preservation, Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, and Roslindale Village Main Street. In 2010, the holiday was promoted by American Express via a nationwide radio and television advertising campaign. That year Amex bought advertising inventory on Facebook, which it in turn gave to its small merchant account holders, and also gave rebates to new customers to promote the event.
American Express publicized the initiative using social media, advertising, and public relations. Many local politicians and small business groups in the United States issued proclamations concerning the campaign, which generated more than one million Facebook “like” registrations and nearly 30,000 tweets under the Twitterhashtags #smallbusinesssaturday and #smallbizsaturday.
Shopping Small on Small Business Saturday
With the U.S Small Business Association reporting that 28 million small businesses in America account for 54% of U.S. sales, it’s no secret that small businesses are big business. Year round, small businesses shape our communities and neighborhoods thanks to their unique charm, characteristics and one-of-a-kind personas, and it’s these attributions that help make Small Business Saturday even more important to support and celebrate. Putting small businesses center stage on Small Business Saturday is the least we can do as customers for businesses and the people that work within them who do so much for us year round.
So please show your support of all small businesses in our community by SHOPPING SMALL!
New fabrics have been added again this week. Fabrics from Studio e, Timeless Treasures, and Tula Pink are now included in the inventory. Please take a look and feel free to share this post with others! Happy shopping.
As you continue to develop your skills as a sewist and/or a quilter, your collection of fabrics will (hopefully) continue to grow to epic proportions! Having a fabric stash is a funny thing. When you begin a project, you peruse your stash to see what you might want to use and, for me, it is never anything from my stash. A new project requires new fabric because THAT fabric is for my stash. It reminds me of a cartoon I read not too long ago, “No one expects a stamp collector to actually mail letters with their collection. No one expects the coin collector to use his coins in a vending machine to buy a soda. So why does everyone expect me to use my fabric collection to actually sew anything?”As I have continued to acquire new fabric, it has become increasingly difficult to manage the information that goes hand in hand with new acquisitions. While I have thought I would remember where the fabric came from, how much I paid for it, how much I bought, etc., I didn’t! I thought keeping the receipts from my purchases would it help. No, it did not! So I am now in search of a way to keep important information about my fabric purchases and in a way that will be functional for me. After doing from research via the web, I have found several really interesting ways to tame your fabric stash and wanted to share the links with you. ‘The Sew Weekly” discusses how to gain some control over your fabric collections and they provide a free downloadable PDF for fabric swatches. I would recommend printing it on cardstock to make it more durable. Colette Media discusses various ways they have worked with their growing collections of fabrics and they, too, have included a downloadable fabric swatch tag. You may like to have something just a little different so I have provided a link from “Planner for Handmaidens”. They have a different type of fabric swatch (for a fee) and downloadable, also.
There are lots of other ideas out there and I encourage you to do additional research, if these ideas don’t work for you, and would love to hear your thoughts and ideas about this topic. In the meantime, Happy Sewing!!!
We have added new fabrics to our website this morning. Collections from Henry Glass – Flowers of Provence, Shadows and Sunshine, and Coffee Escapes, to name a few. Studio e fabrics include Peppered Cottons and Heartland. Please take a few moments to look around my website and be on the lookout for other new fabrics to be added very soon!
New fabric has arrived in the shop and on my website! Additions include several bolts of “Dear Stella” and fabrics by Timeless Treasures, Quilting Treasures, Fabri-Quilt and others. For me, it is always exciting when we add new fabrics because the possibilities are endless as to how you use them. It really gets my creative juices going!
Speaking of exciting, the West Virginia Shop Hop is just a week or so away! We simply can’t wait to meet and greet all our quilting travelers! We have already seen quite a number of “Row by Row” folks!
For my website followers, we now offer $5.00 flat rate shipping so be sure to check out our entire product line.
See you soon!
New collection of fabrics arrived Friday along with several new bolts of fabrics. Come in and check them out. See you soon. Don’t forget that Row by Row starts on the 21st of this month. Start making plans for you route to collect them. The shops are planning the new rows, the new lists and maps are being designed, everyone is getting ready to take off on June 21 for Row by Row Experience 2017. Be sure to follow the Facebook page for your area to keep up to date as we go through spring. Simply search in Facebook for Row by Row Experience or go to Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/rowbyrowstudio/ and enter the name of your state or province. You will find us there! Or you can check us out on the the web at: https://www.rowbyrowexperience.com
New fabric arrived today. Timeless Treasures collection. Patriotic prints made in the USA and more. Come in and check them out. The shop has a new look too. See ya soon.
Follow along with Jen to learn how to make a gorgeous Christmas Wreath wall hanging featuring stunning Dresden fans!
Yes, it is true: all fabric is not created equal. There really is a difference in fabric: the thread count, the dyes that are used, the way the fabric is produced, all affect the quality of the finished product. Frankly, you get what you pay for. The bigger box stores are going to carry cheaper, not as well-made fabric – especially in the quilting cottons. There’s no reason why you can’t use the cheap stuff. I personally would not invest in super expensive fabric. But if you are making a wedding quilt that you hope to become a family heirloom make the investment in high-quality products. You won’t regret it – especially considering the time you’ll invest in a project like that. Below are some really great fabric options from Amazon.
My friends have been helping me sort and put up new fabrics. There are prints of all types and styles. We will still be working on them for a few days but if you don’t mind unorganized mess you are welcome anytime. Also, I am in the middle of prom dress alterations and getting ready for the Alderson Quilt Retreat this week-end. So as you can this is a busy place. But it still is not work to me. Hope you feel at home when you come in to see me. Happy Quilting and have a great time creating. Deb Ann
[relatedYouTubeVideos relation=”postTags” max=”3″ class=”horizontal center bg-black”]
Learn informative machine quilting tips and techniques the second and fourth Thursday of each month as Connie Fanders, director of education and training for Bernina USA, provides a variety of helpful hints and demonstrates techniques that will improve your quiltmaking skills. From what quilting features to look for in a sewing machine to quilting with a serger to learning how to make perfect prairie point and much more, Quilters Newsletter Machine Quilting Tips & Techniques offers comprehensive information for fun, efficient and successful quiltmaking.
Color and the way it flows in and around patchwork and applique might be the look that inspired you to learn how to make a quilt. Now that you’ve begun, don’t get discouraged if you’re struggling with color choices, because you are most definitely not alone. For most of us, working with color is an ongoing learning experience. Try these one these four video’s for putting together color selections, often called “color stories,” to help you find that perfect color combo!
Firstly, choose the type of material. Most quilts are made from 100% cotton or cotton mixes. Cotton is a very versatile, strong and natural material to work with, it is generally allergy free and is not flammable, unlike some man-made fibres such as rayon and polyester. So if you are making the quilt for a child’s bed then this could be a huge consideration!
Synthetics and cotton mixes are sometimes a little more difficult to work with as they crease and pucker far more than 100% cotton does, however they are available in a really fantastic range of bright colors and pastels and can be very stunning in appearance. Synthetics can be difficult to quilt however as they have a “spongy” feeling, so if you are a beginner try to use 100% cotton or cotton mixes if you can.
Maybe some of these video’s will help you in you final decision.