Saturday, October 30, 2010

Sew Spooktacular Event

We are having a one day super SEW SPOOKTACULAR Event.

All things Halloween will be 50% off our already low prices. That means Haunted Mansion by Sanae for Moda, Halloween Night by Minick and Simpson for Moda and Boo to You by My Mind's Eye for Riley Blake will be just $4.00 per yard. All patterns with a Halloween Theme too. And all orange, black and purple rick rack, pom-poms and buttons also will be 50%. Hurry. Hurry. Stock is limited to what is on hand and sale prices do not apply to previous purchases. We will not be able to stamp frequent buyer cards during this event.


Sarah and Sari have been working very hard to have treat bags ready for our first Charity Event.

The Charity Table includes:
Fabric Treat Bags with two Cheryl's cookies = $10.00 (includes one punch on your frequent buyer card)
Candy Cards featuring Malley's Chocolate = $2.00
Candy Corn = $1.00
patterns by Little Scraps from This & That = $4.00
doodlebug design buttons = $3.00
All sales will go directly to Reece's Rainbow and Camp Cheerful
Hope to see you in the store on Saturday, October 30 from 11:00 - 5:00

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

an itsy bitsy sneak peak...

stayed tuned for more details...

Sunday, October 24, 2010

it's halloween week

we have been having lots of fun stitching up for halloween in the shop. i thought i would try a pattern a just recently discovered with haunted mansion by sanae for moda.

the pattern is charmed living topper by rebecca of ruby blue quilting studio. i love how it came out with this fabric collection. it will make a festive addition to the front window.

Friday, October 22, 2010

four is better than two...

i had an idea today. so i asked sari if she would like to help me with a sewing project. she agreed.

and we learned together that four hands...

...can make many halloween treat bags!!! next task...stuffing the treat bags with goodies:)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

a weekend in the city...

there has been a quiet patience for our newest arrival. liesl gibson certainly has a loyal group of followers...

and now, they can walk right into our store. the entire city weekend collection including all the adorable patterns have arrived. for a limited time only for our blog readers, if you purchase a minimum of two 1 yard cuts of city weekend, you may select any oliver + s pattern at half price. just mention this secret word...adorable.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

thrilled to meet rachel clark...

i knew rachel k.d. clark was to be in town. i've had customers tell me about the exciting events the africian american quilt and doll guild had planned for this weekend. yet i never imagined rachel would walk in the shop. our shop. not just once, but twice. i was thrilled beyond words.

if you're not familiar with her work, you must take a moment to go to her website. she has an extremely impressive list of accomplishments and a very full touring schedule (tomorrow she will be in oberlin, ohio for our local readers). she is well known for her amazing coats. and i mean amazing. she is currently working on one featuring halloween details. she fell in love with some greens i have. some purples and oranges too. we had such a grand time talking and sharing sewing tales. thank you so much rachel for stopping by and for all the kind words i know you are spreading about our store. happy stitching and safe travels to you.

Friday, October 15, 2010

introducing mr. ted e. bear...

i've known mr. ted. e. bear for many years now. he is a very well traveled man. his ventures have spanned the globe. he owns a well styled wardrobe and sports a selection of comprehensive accessories. his greetings are found throughout the region. today he made his way onto a shelf in the house of fabric. he seems quite comfortable amongst the awesome fall collection designed by sandy gervais. can you spot him? a $10.00 gift certificate to the store awaits the first person to identify the location of his recent photo shoot.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010


... just arrived today. paradise batiks as dreamy as the sandy beach and foaming waves in maui. surf on over for your own lucious experience. it's like feeling a warm glow of the tropical sunshine without ever leaving home.

Monday, October 11, 2010

it's not pretty...

i once worked in an office where a few of the lead staff were just terrible at planning. they always waited until the last minute to give the secretaries their work, which often would necessitate them working late the evening before a big meeting. stress levels increased tenfold. if the directors had just done some planning. used their brain a little more, everyone would have been happier and more productive. one day a support person had enough. so she hung the above sign on the wall of her cubicle. i never forgot that. i've tried to live by that motto. it is just common courtesy. it creates good will.
but i've also lived long enough to observe that time and time again, it's the poor planners, the one's who can't think beyond today that often rule the think tank. they have a way of getting their needs met regardless of how others are treated in the process. regardless of the loss of productivity. regardless of the disruption to others. regardless of the additional financial requirements.
do i sound bitter? sorry. i am. this could have all been taken care of when we were knee deep in mud, the plaster kind. when the painters were here. when the carpenter was here. unfortunately it wasn't. so please check this blog often for new details about some construction that must occur in our building. it will necessitate the closing of the store for a time in the near future. hopefully only a few days. i appreciate your patience and understanding.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

mayfield village quilt exhibit

we had a great day at the mayfield township historical society biennial quilt show. there are many beautiful quilts on display by the members of this quilt guild. they are serving yummy cookies and punch. we have a small booth featuring our fall collections set up along with marcy from katie brooke quilt shop in kent, ohio and beth from cottonpickers in madison, ohio. the show runs from 9:30 - 4:00 on sunday too, so come out and join us if you are in the area.

Friday, October 8, 2010 CLOSING...

JEllen's house of fabric
will be closed
on Saturday, October 9, 2010
so we may participate
as a vendor
at the
Mayfield Township Historical Society Biennial Quilt Show
October 9 & 10
9:30 - 4:00
at the
Mayfield Village Civic Center
corner of Wilson Mills and Som Center Roads
Hope to see you there

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

white vs. wheat...

are you a white bread lover or a wheat bread connoisseur? today's delivery reminded me of that debate. many would open the box with some disappointment. nothing to colorful. maybe not even worth a second glance.

oh yet think about your best loved sandwich...without the would be...well...nothing. so today i was happy to see our arrivals of bella white, ivory, snow and natural. they go with our collections like filling to the bread...yummy. and like all bella solids, they sell for only $5.00 per yard.

and speaking of bread...did you catch the latest free project on the moda bake shop? it's a very clever creation called the bread HERE for the link.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

a walk in central park

i am one spoiled woman. i had men arriving at the store yesterday bearing amazing gifts. how lucky i am!! i already wrote about my handsome helper...i forgot to mention that it was a fugi apple salad from most favorite salad in the whole world...with two containers of dressing which means he has been paying very close attention.

and then moda mark stopped by. on a saturday no less. with this baby wrapped in the palm of his hand...

ohhh laaa laaa...i can't believe it...i truly was shaking i was so excited. thank you sooooo much mark. is this a sight to be hold or what? it's like a walk in central park...oh is central park...the newest soon to be revealed collection by kate spain. i just don't know how kate does it. each collection is somehow better than the last. i have already ordered the entire selection...including laminates...that will make the greatest spring rain apparel you have ever seen. i hate being the bearer of bad news...but i will not be in the shop until january. but that gives you plenty of time to finish the other ufos in your stash and to dream a little...of a beautiful central park.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

my handsome helper...

i had a few surprises in the store today. all good. very good. after two very early soccer games in lodi, the youngest son arrived to be my helper.

he's not sure he wants to learn to sew just yet, but he was more than happy to alphabetize our email club slips. he answered the phone a few times, even greeted some customers. he seems fascinated by the biz. i wouldn't be surprised if he's not running the cash register soon. the best part besides just having him here...he brought me lunch. thanks matt. i love you.

Friday, October 1, 2010

oozing with warm butter...

at least once a day for the past few weeks someone has mentioned tater bags. it is by far the most requested item in our store's short existence. so...

we now have warm tater in the house. it measures 22" wide and sells for $2.50 per yard. hurry though. it is already melting out the door.