Happy New Year! I hope you all had a peaceful, happy holiday season. I sure did. I’m quite spoiled, and had a lot of fun giving as well as receiving! I finished up all my projects on time, and their recipients all loved them. I wrapped up all the end of the year work too, (well, MOST of it) which includes taking inventory and all the boring accountant stuff. Taking inventory around here is always a job and a half, but it does give us time to pet and fondle the fabric. We sort out some stock for clearance during this process, which means:
The post-inventory clearance sale is in progress right now! Selected fabrics are 30% off until January 15. There are even a few bolts at 50% off, and we have a new selection of 6 yard pieces prices at the screaming deal of $40! The remnant bin is overflowing and all the books are on sale for 25% off. Hurry in to grab these fabulous deals before they are gone!!
As winter progresses we are all starting to look forward to spring, and of all the things that Spring brings, I like FAT QUARTER TUESDAY the best!!!! This year, FAT QUARTER TUESDAY is March 4, 2014. This year, I will be keeping the low price of $1.75 per FQ. I had threatened to raise the price to $2 for this year’s sale, but I have reconsidered and decided to give you all one more year at this fabulous savings. Here’s a photo to grab your attention if you’ve never been to FAT QUARTER TUESDAY. Just look at all those FAT QUARTERS! Such a deal!
Another thing about Spring that I love is creating the spring/summer Class List. I’m really depending on you, my loyal customers, for feedback. Attendance at classes has been pretty spotty lately I’m not really sure what to make of this trend. I know there are a lot of classes being offered by other shops and guilds in the area, and sometimes I feel that there are just too many classes out there, and ours are just passé. I would like to continue to offer classes, but we all must come to the realization that they are a lot of work and expense to prepare the schedule, print the advertising, hire the teachers, prepare materials, make a quilt, and hope that more than one of you will sign up for the class. Sometimes it seems to be way more work than it’s worth, when most of the classes only get one or two people in them. It could be the types of classes we are offering. If there is a specific class you would like to see on our schedule, you need to let me know, so that we can meet your needs. I have been considering the idea of offering only one-on-one classes and not making a formal class schedule, but before I make that kind of commitment, I NEED YOUR FEEDBACK. To encourage you, my loyal customers and friends, to respond to my plea, I will give a $10 gift certificate to ANYONE who e-mails me with feedback on this matter. (how’s that for bribery!) Please include your name (so I know who deserves the gift certificate), the kinds of classes you like/dislike, why you take/don’t take classes, timing preferences, ideas for new classes, and anything else you can think of that would help me figure out why you are not signing up for classes. Let’s see how many of you I can get to respond! Email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org. This offer expires on January 14, so send in your e-mails now. On the 14th, I will put the gift certificates in a file and you can spend them at your leisure. However, the gift certificates must be spent by May 30th.
Hints and Helps
Upcoming Events and Shows
Corning Museum of Glass presents
“Life On A String – 35 Centuries of the Glass Bead”
Explore the miniature works of art and learn how beads have played a significant role throughout time.
Hours: 7 days a week; 9 am to 5 pm through May 23, 2014 (closed Thanksgiving Day, December 24 & 24 and January 1.)
Quilter of the Month
We are excited to have two quilters to display this month; Pat Fowler and Carol Hamp. These women are very good friends and have been quilting for some time. Pat Fowler has always done something to keep busy whether it is sewing, painting, ceramics or stain glass. She entered the world of quilting about 10 years ago; deciding hand piecing and hand quilting would work for her because the projects were small and would travel well.
You’ll notice Pat’s quilts are ‘well loved’ and may be stained and faded, as they were used as intended. Pat has made quilts for her friends, as wedding and baby gifts. Pat’s home is blessed to have her husband’s grandmother’s large crazy quilt on the back of their couch. Grandma Isabella made the crazy quilt when she was 98 and lived until she was 103. Each wall in Pat’s home has a quilt displayed on it. “As long as I can hold a needle I will keep making them, one square at a time.” She says.
Carol Hamp stems from a sewing family. Her parents were heavily into the world of sewing. Her father was a tailoring professor and her mother was a tailor. Carol’s quilting career started in her twenties when she took a hand quilting class through a local community education center. Her next class was the ever-popular “Log Cabin in a Day.” She distinctly remembers using a bed sheet for the backing of that particular quilt. After her two children were born, any sewing she did revolved around making clothes for them and there wasn’t much time for quilting. After they grew up, Carol returned to quilting and also became an avid painter. She frequently takes classes in both qui9lting and painting. She loves to learn new techniques. Carol has taken many classes over the years. “I’m a better starter than finisher!” she says. Carol works part time at Sew What, and may have even helped you pick out fabric for your own quilts.
As quilter of the Month, the entire quilting community and anyone who comes into the store will have the opportunity to view your talents and see the vast array of different styles, colors, and techniques there are in our area. While your quilts are on display, photos are taken and a CD created to maintain a record of your exhibition. Also during the month of your exhibition, you will receive a 20% discount in the store. Any quilter at any level can participate – beginners to advance, really! We love seeing other people’s work styles, and don’t worry if they are not yet quilted! In fact, “tops” are easier for us to hang up!! Call the store at 632-8801 or go to www.sewwhatquiltshop.com to sign up for a future month.
Girls Night Out
January 31, 2014 is Girl’s Night Out! The “evening” starts between 3pm and 6pm, or whatever works best for your schedule – it’s a fun, stress free night of quilting and friendship – and we finish up around 9pm. Feel free to bring your UFO’s, orphans, and any other quilting projects you are working on and we will have a wonderful and productive night out! The cost is $8 and all are welcome! We look forward to seeing you on January 31, 2014.
From time to time, we all become “stuck” on a project or a certain part of a project. If you find yourself with something that isn’t working out the way you’d like it too, a seam isn’t matching up or there is a ripple in your border, please don’t hesitative to give us a call for help. We will be more than happy to schedule a convenient time to get your quilt “straightened” out! Also, if there is a pattern you are nervous about trying on your own, we can arrange for a private class! No question is a silly question – come on in and join us!
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