Thursday, October 25, 2012

Next step....

Rich finished the priming yesterday and was off to buy paint today.  Now that's been started so things are really moving along.  I might even post a picture in a couple of days.

I have to admit, I am getting very excited about the move.  Still trying to figure out what will fit and what won't but that won't be decided until we start actually moving the furniture.....

I am working on new samples for the store - cutting fabrics and we will start making up some kits as well.  Check the other blog to see what I'm up to as far as projects go (  Or you can wait to see the completed samples here, hopefully very soon.....

We'll see how much I can get done tonight - I'm still working on my 9 Patch Exchange Blocks.....

Will definitely keep you posted!

Happy Quilting!


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

What's Up!

Finally the light is on at the end of the tunnel!  The old store looks a little like a cyclone has gone through it - doors have disappeared, vents have been removed, flooring is being stored until tables and all kinds of "goodies" are all over the store for decorations, desks, tables, chairs, etc.

Rich is busy at the NEW store painting and as soon as that's done he'll be doing the flooring and then the bathroom and the kitchen and then - well then - everything else can move over.....

I feel like I'm sitting in flux - waiting for this all to happen and I'm doing it quietly, I do not want to disturb the "master" at work....

I am starting to work on some samples for the new store too!  Can't wait to get in there and show it off but of course it will take a few days to get everything sorted out and start receiving new stock.  I don't want to order anything until we're over there and ready to open the doors so I don't confuse my suppliers....

It's so exciting - and it is in the works and happening!  Will keep you posted as to the progress and how quickly we will be going .....

Happy Quilting!


Thursday, October 18, 2012

Tell me!

First I want to tell you that I did find the Seam Rollers at Lowe's for $2.98.  I bought 3 so if anyone needs one I'd be happy to sell it to them....
I was able to get the 2" size of the above roller which I believe will work perfectly.  Since the move is fast approaching I will probably be in Home Depot and/or Rona as well and will check to see what they carry.

Now - the TELL ME part of the blog - would you buy fabrics and make quilts or other things from the following themes:-

Archie Comics
Star Trek

Family Guy

The Simpsons

I have the opportunity to get these fabrics but have, in the past, shied away from the "trendy" theme like fabric for numerous reasons.  With the new store being a tad smaller I want to make sure my shelves are stocked with what my customers want to buy so - let me know soon!  Fabric comes and goes quite quickly and I would need to get the order in almost immediately....

Happy Quilting!


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

NEW Tool!?!?!

Many of you were at the York Heritage Quilters Guild meeting last night and were introduced to a fabulous "new" tool by Renae Merrill, the guest speaker.  She called it a "seam presser"!  Since they haven't as yet made an "overpriced" quilters tool out of this yet I will tell you what will work......and also what I think it is! 

It's a Wallpaper Seam Presser -

They come in all different shapes, sizes and are made from metal, plastic and wood.  I'm not sure what they cost but probably under $10.00 and are available at your local Home Depot, Rona, Lowe's and Home Hardware.  I'll bet you can even get them at the dollar store......

It was Barb who clued in right away when she saw the actual "tool".  Since they don't make the "overpriced" quilters version yet - I suggest you all hit the hardware store.

I have to admit it really is a great idea when you're paper piecing to have this "tool" or something similar available, especially when the pieces are small and close together......

That's my tip for the week and I do intend to go out and get one tonight!!!

Happy Quilting!


Thursday, October 11, 2012

Busy Bees!

The thing about moving is that you have to pack!!!!  We've been here for 6 years and needless to say, we have accumulated a lot of "stuff"!  Mary came in yesterday and the two of us tackled all the "this and that" boxes of holiday decorations and store props.  We had a lot of fun but paring down is one of the goals, so there's a lot of great Christmas and other holiday decorations that are priced to go quickly all over the store.  Not to mention a complete sewing corner.....

 From Halloween to Chanukah - something for everyone!
 All you need to decorate the tree - the tree is for sale too and already has the lights on it....
 We've got the odd dish here and there with more coming out of the back daily including some really unique sets......
 Chanukah has not been forgotten and then there are the lovely egg plates - great for deviled eggs!
 If I had the space this would be going home with me - a sewing center with a space for the computer and it comes with a two drawer filing cabinet on casters - you can't beat it!
There's room to set up a cutting area as well - and plenty of space for books and those great DVD's - I can just imagine taking some on-line quilting classes and being right next to my sewing machine......what a bonus!

Of course, that, on top of 30% off all store merchandise is keeping me on my toes these days.  The Creativ Festival starts today so if you are in the city, you might want to just drop by the store to see what's on sale too!

You can tell we are moving, there are doors missing and flooring boards are being stored under the class tables, along with a big ladder by the washroom which is holding up lengths of baseboards we have removed.  I met with the electrician yesterday at the new store and the walls are up and the electrical is happening so it won't be long before things start disappearing from 115 Miranda Avenue.  I'm actually getting antsy....I just want to get over there and start getting in all the new stuff that will be on it's way shortly.

If you have a spare moment, come by for a tea or coffee and a chat, browse around and see if there's anything you need and let me know if there's anything you want me to order for the new store....I would love all your input.  I already had some input from CM yesterday about a fabric line she would love to get her hands on - took a look and I'm ready to order it!!!!  Gorgeous, blacks, metallic golds, whites - with butterflies and floral prints!  Really stunning and there's a free pattern as well as a featured pattern in the new McCalls quilting magazine.  Not sure when it will be available but will certainly let you all know......

In the meantime - gotta get back to the task at hand!

Happy quilting!