Friday, December 31, 2010

you brought me to my knees...

what a day it has been. it started like most others. unlock the door, turn on the lights, cash into the drawer, check thermostats. greet customers, cut fabric, return bolts to original position. and then about 3:00 or so...

the fabric gates opened. and time stood still. or rather it blurred in a state of frenzy. by about 4:50 i was about done. my arms, my legs, even my brain were yelling stop, stop, please stop. yet not to fear, my higher power was watching over me knowing just what i needed and a knight in shining armor, or in this case a brown hoodie, arrived for my rescue...

"joyce (i melt when he says my name) how are you going to get out? wait, i'm coming in..."

meet ammon one of my favorite customers. ammon and james, who i must get a photo of the next time he comes in. adorable, be still my heart little boys, who love to come to the quilt shop. such a great way to close out 2010.
then once i was down, i realized i truly could not get up. i was that tired. so, from my knees to you...

i thank you. words truly can't articulate how much we appreciate the support of our customers.

thank you so much. thank you for your friendship. thank you for giving us a chance and thank you for supporting our first year end clearance sale. according to the register tape at closing, we sold 1,331 yards of fabric this week. amazing. simply amazing. wishing you a fun and festive new year's. see you in 2011.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

last chance...

..such a beautiful sight to a shop owner the night before New Year's eve...empty bolts...lots and lots of empty bolts. There is still time to participate in this once a year incredible event...all fabric is buy one yard get one yard free...ALL FABRIC in the store...this is for real...all fabric is $4.00 per yard just until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, December 31. Please tell your friends.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

it's the year end bogo sale...

help us clear out the old to make room for the new...

yesterday we sold over 200 yards of fabric so it is going quickly. come in today for best selection.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

new stockings...

i had visions...of sugarplums...and new grown up stockings this year...

afterall, i am surrounded by fabric. bolts and bolts of perfect holiday collections. i have patterns. i have batting, and thread, even adorable trim. i just have no time. so like the tailors children who had no clothes...we have bought stockings.

i'm thrilled though. i did not hold out much hope for a last minute rush to buy stockings on christmas eve, but what to my startling eyes did appear...why two j's, an s and even one m. wait there's more...four stocking hangers...two girls and two trees. why it's perfect i say...for julie and john, sarah and matt...surely it's meant to be.

wishing you a very merry holiday full of wonderment and joy.

Friday, December 24, 2010

holiday winners...

announcing the winners* of our holiday drawing...

Judy Devere
Bonnie Gutman
Anne Schmidt
Karole York
Jeannette Metcalf
Shandra Belknap
Henrietta Michalko
Eileen Puette
Cathi Thomas
Ann Chevali
*(winners were randomly selected from email club forms submitted)

please come into the store to make your selection
from our 2011 Quilting Calendars
or the just delivered
2011-2012 Fiber and Fabric Mania Travel Guide
(first come, first selected)

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

there's still time...

to drop a hint or two or three...

We will be keeping our normal business hours through Christmas eve...

Wednesday, December 22 from 10 -5
Thursday, December 23 from 10-8
Friday, December 24 from 10-5

Friday, December 17, 2010

oh the weather outside...

oh the weather outside is frightful
but the fabric inside is delightful
and since there's no reason to go,
let it snow! let it snow! let it snow!
queen street is just what we need to keep us warm. and speaking of warm...such kind words over on the sis boom blog about our new little store. i am truly humbled that jennifer and madeline like our display. i must give a shout out to dj over at checker distributors for bringing this sampling of fabric for me to see. it almost didn't happen in so many ways. that's how i know it was just meant to be.

Friday, December 10, 2010

featuring queen street...

...on mayfield road. our newest window collection is ohh laa laa...sis boom ba. actually jennifer paganelli, is sis boom and she creates designs that just make me happy, happy, happy. go surf her website and blog for just a few minutes and i promise you will be in a better mood.

her newest collection is queen street for free spirit. it's been popping up everywhere lately. tv shows, magazines, celebrity's homes. the larger than life paisleys are perfection. the colors so bold and bright. just what we need in the middle of winter in cleveland, ohio.

here is a closer view inside the store. the adorable dress was made by bonnie of bonbon originals. for a limited time we will be offering queen street at our grand opening price of $8.00 per yard. we also have lots of fun trims and buttons to coordinate including a bright pink eyelash trim with crystal beads. and if you look really close you might just spot the word ellen on top of a few bolts.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

it's a dottie holiday

time for a window change...we have got dot, dots and more dots for you this holiday season. big dots, little dots, dotted buttons, dotted trim, even candy dots.

there are clearly a few leaders on the color wheel. can you guess which ones? i've already checked and they cannot be reordered, so hurry to get your most desired selections. as promised, prices will remain at $8.00 a yard for moda collections through the end of the year.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The No Sew Tree Tutorial

This little tree has been the talk of the store for weeks. I call it the "no sew tree." As promised, here is a tutorial for you to make your own.

Supplies needed:
fabric - enough to make 100 3x3 squares
one Styrofoam cone - 5 1/2" x 10 -12"
100 fern pins
one bag polyfil

Start by cutting 3" x 3" squares. The tree will use approximately 100 total. I have used four different fabrics from 12 Days of Christmas by Kate Spain. This would also be a great project to use your scraps.

Pinch off a ball of polyfil about the size of a large cotton ball. Place it in the middle of one square on the wrong side of fabric.

Have your Styrofoam cone nearby.

Select one fern pin from the bag. These can be found in the floral supply section of a local craft store.

Fold two corners of the square together. Push the fern pin threw both layers of fabric.

With the pin pushed about three quarters of the length threw, rotate the pin to pick up the next corner. Push the fabric all the way to the top of the fern pin.

Next, flip the pin to pick up the remaining corner. Push the fabric down to form a tight puff.

If done correctly, it will look like this. It may take a few attempts to perfect your technique. If you don't like the way it looks, take the fern pin out and try again.

Once satisfied with your puff, start at the bottom of the cone and push the fern pin into the cone.

You want to position them close enough so the fabric puffs are touching.

Once the bottom row is finished, start on the second row by staggering the first puff between two puffs.

Continue around the cone repeating this step. Each puff does not need to be the exact same size.

Continue up the tree in the same fashion.

The cone narrows as you get closer to the top. To avoid the pins coming through to the other side, start pushing the pins in at a downward angle.

Once a row is complete, use both hands to shape it tightly.

Don't worry if a loose edge is showing.

Simply take your finger and tuck the fabric in between the two puffs.

Once you get to the very top, I like to take a piece of fabric, matching the puff that will be used on top, to first cover the point. This way, the white styrofoam will not be showing. Simply lay it on top and use a few straight pins to hold it in place.

Then push your final puff straight down.

You may want to add garland or bows to the tree. Simply use a straight pin to hold them to the puffs. Total time to complete: approximately one hour. For an easy no sew wreath, click HERE.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

counting down with 12 days...

i must share a holiday treasure i unpacked this morning...

unfortunately this picture does not adequately convey the adorableness (is that a word?) of this darling advent calendar nor does it highlight the impeccable stitching that crystal consistently delivers. the selfish part of me does not want to share my connection, yet in all fairness i must. hop over to frivolous neccesity to see more of crystal's amazing work. i've never met her in person but we seem to share a love for the same designers, and kate spain tops our lists.

we still have some 12 days of christmas in the store. hurry though. it's going quick now that the snow is falling. for some extra holiday cheer, mention the word "crystal" and your purchase of 12 days of christmas will cost you just $5.00* per yard.
*offer applies to future purchases only and expires 12-15-10.

Monday, November 29, 2010

the cutest customer

meet lily. she is truly my dream customer. the cutest smile. a fun personality. curious. and the best part...she already loves fabric!!!

she came into the store and quickly found me in the middle room. she whispered to me that she needed some help and then described the fabric she was looking for. something bright with flowers for her grandma. i walked her back to see bliss. she loved it. she knew exactly how much she needed cut and then she asked me if i could quickly put it into a bag so her grandma wouldn't see it.

she carefully counted out her money that she had saved in a clever little folded paper purse. and then she got to work. she began rearranging the store displays for me. do you see the christmas tree on the round table behind her? she placed it there after taking everything else off. then she got busy on the kids room. she was just so adorable i wanted her to stay all afternoon with me.

i recognized her grandma. edna has been to our shop before. she patiently waited in the front room while lily made her purchase. it so reminded me of when i too was seven and my grandma took me to the fabric store in sidney, new york. that was the beginning of my love for fabric and sewing.

lily and i got to talking. i asked her where she goes to school. at first i did not recognize the elementary she named. so i asked her where it was. it turns out she lives rather far from the store. but as soon as she told me the district, i just knew we shared a connection. the principal of her school was sarah's third grade teacher. one of the best teacher's sarah ever had. a teacher who truly made a difference to our family and one who shaped sarah's future as well as many others. so i told lily about mrs.b. then i went upstairs where sarah was eating her lunch to bring her down to meet read more about that encounter click HERE.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

team colors

today is the day. the day set aside for all buckeyes. it's like a holiday for us ohio state fans. this momma buck is a tad nervous this year. not about the game. the scarlet and gray will win for sure. my two boys are in columbus together. for the first time...unsupervised. a brotherly bonding experience for sure. a passing of the parental alma mater torch i guess. meanwhile, up here in cleveland at jellen's house of fabric, we have all your favorite team colors.

scarlet and gray, maize and blue, purple and gold, brown and orange, green and gold. we now stock moda marbles in over 50 colors. perfect for your favorite fan. Go BUCKS!!!!

Friday, November 26, 2010

black friday + new hours

Join us today for our first ever

50% off anything and everything
you can find in the store
that has BLACK as a feature color
yes you read that correctly
all black and white fabrics
will be
$4.00 per yard
for one day only
Friday, November 26
starting today
we will be opening at a
new time

You asked and we listened.
Our new store hours will be
Tues. - Sat. 10:00 - 5:00
Thurs. 10:00 - 8:00

while in the store
be sure to visit our
clearance corner
where all fabrics are on sale

Thursday, November 25, 2010

sew thankful...

...for all our new friends

we would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation to all our new stitching friends who have supported us during our opening months. we are extremely touched by your enthusiasm and appreciation for a quilt store in our area. we look forward to many years of continued growth and friendship. wishing you and your family a blessed and relaxing thanksgiving.

Friday, November 19, 2010

boxes, boxes, boxes...

it is super helpful when boxes arrive on the day sari and sarah are working.

sari gets busy unpacking...

while sarah does the shelving. any idea what they are unloading? a charm pack of the newest collection is waiting for the first person to guess correctly.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

the greatest sacrifice

today is a day set aside to remember our veterans. truly one day is not enough. we should be thanking them each and every day. their sacrifices are beyond measure.

for sometime, sarah and i have been organizing events to create thank you cards and care packages for members of the military. we call it stampin' for america. this year we have an opportunity to extend this project to include our wonderful moda fabrics and all of our quilting friends.

today we created a display in the store to launch this effort. laurie of minick and simpson wrote an excellent post that describes both quilts of valor and under our wings. we as a store will be participating in this effort. please watch this blog and our website for more details.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

the small details

i've often revealed our new window displays at night. they seem more impactful with the lights shining down.

we've had the window changed for a day or two. and we liked it mostly. but something was just not right. then last night i had reason to drive down the road without pulling into our lot. that's when i recognized it was too open. our fall fabrics in the window did not pop because you can see straight into the big open room. this morning i had an idea...

what do you think? awesome?? yes, that's awesome. no, not the idea. well maybe that too. but the fabric. it's awesome by sandy gervais for moda. i think it's just the punch we're looking for.

Monday, November 8, 2010

fit for royalty

lily and will. designed with babes in mind, ann sutton has created a rich and stunning collection.

we have hand selected all the components you will need to complete an entire nursery or just a piece or two. pre-cuts, fat quarter bundles, satin trim, snuggle for an extra soft backing and patterns are waiting just for the newest delivery in your family.

Friday, November 5, 2010

expecting triplets...

...not to worry. lily & will by ann sutton of bunny hill designs arrived today in pink, blue and green. and chocolate. oh how we love chocolate...

we have lots of precuts too. and chocolate satin truffles. oh sorry my mistake...that would be ruffles...and textures, along with ann's exquisite patterns too. hurry, hurry...i'm afraid these bunnies will not be multiplying, just disappearing quickly.