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You can purchase many items from our shop at our web store, via PayPal. http://www.terrycrawfordpalardy.com/apps/webstore/.
You can also email or telephone me to order an item: .978-352-2676;
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Please make checks out to Quilters' Quarters or Terry's Thoughts and Threads Many thanks.

Monday, December 21, 2020

December 2020 Update

 

Updated 12/2020

Quilters’ Quarters 59 North Street, Georgetown MA 01833

Covid-19 Changes:

Customers making masks or nurse caps for charity receive FREE FABRIC via storm door pickup. Call ahead to request amount

Customers who wish to visit the shop can do so by appointment; groups limited to 3 due to small area of shop. Masks and distancing required in the shop. Hand sanitizer is available in the shop as well. Appointments can be scheduled by telephone, limited to Saturday afternoons.

Quilters’ Quarters gives standard discounts. First visit earns 20% discount on all fabrics and notions. Following visits earn 40% discount.  Purchases that result in items made for charities will earn 50% discounts (which is my cost price.)

Gift certificates in any amount are available, and there is no expiration date for those.

If the vaccines are successful and the risk of Covid-19 is declared by the CDC as safe, the shop may re-open for regular hours. Until then, for as long as the risk continues, Quilters’ Quarters will operate as above.

Telephone: 978-352-2676

Email: needlesandpens@comcast.net

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Thursday, November 26, 2020

Thanksgiving Day, 2020

 I am grateful to all who have dedicated their time and skills to the mask-making this year. It has been my privilege to provide free fabric to those earnest souls who have given so much of themselves to help promote the health of others


.  Wishing you all a peaceful, safe Thanksgiving! Keeping Rick and many others in my memories today.



Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Late October,2020

The number of  Covid-19 cases in Massachusetts is trending upward,  and Quilters' Quarters will remain closed to the public. Individuals who want to stop in on a Saturday afternoon may call for an appointment, to be sure I am here to open the shop. (978-352-2676)

Fabrics for Covid-19 Face Masks, Surgical Caps and Surgical Gowns (for those willing to make such for charity) are free and can be ordered by telephone and picked up at the door, contact-free. Thank you to all who are volunteering their time and skills for these public health items, and for your generosity in not asking for payment from those who requests such effort from you. I'm happy to provide the fabric and threads needed for this work.

The re-opening of Quilters' Quarters will depend on the availability and acceptance of a proven vaccine. Until then, curb-side (aka storm door) pickup will continue.


Donations have dwindled this month, but I was able to forward $100 to our latest charity, Lazarus House in Lawrence, Massachusetts. This organization assists homeless parents and children with clothing, meals, etc., and Quilters' Quarters is connected to them by the Kindness Collaborative, a Facebook Page that has dozens of volunteers doing great things to help residents of the Merrimack Valley. 

I have no Halloween fabric in stock, but can advise you to contact Bits'nPieces in Pelham, NH  if you are looking for it ... I believe they may have every Halloween fabric ever printed! 

Stay safe, stay warm, wear your mask, keep your distance, wash your hands and be well.  

Tall Order~!



Sunday, September 27, 2020

No News is not always Good News

 


There is no new news here at Quilters' Quarters. The shop remains closed to the public, although Google insists on still saying it is open on Saturdays ... it is not, but I am not averse to opening for someone who took a ride to get here because of Google's  persistent error. All I ask is that you wear a mask and use the hand sanitizer before touching things.

I am still using storm door pickup for requests of free fabric to mask makers.  And I am trying to amass a quantity of child-sized masks for the local public schools, and invite mask makers to leave some here at the shop for that purpose. 

Enjoy the Autumn ... I'll update here in about a month.

Terry

Friday, September 4, 2020

Shop Closure For Now...

 August was a very challenging month ... many messages to the shop requesting specific fabrics, some requesting specific designs for masks, and others wanting to come into the shop to browse and select for themselves ... all reasonable expectations for a fabric shop to fulfill. But my three day week of part time  hours was becoming much more than that, and life itself was making requests that at times conflicted. Medical appointments, postponed during the Covid-19 shut down, are now coming home to roost and imposing their own schedules. Surgeries and followup wound care for melanoma sites are ahead.

The shop will be closed for a few weeks at least... messages on Facebook or email or phone may not be received or answered. The collision of business, medical and personal time has caused an  unintended blurring of boundaries, and it is time for me to step away from that frame.

My apologies to all who are left inconvenienced by this ...my best recommendation for a solution to meet fabric needs is to connect with other small fabric shops who may have more than one sole proprietor to handle the volume of customer needs.


Here is a link to help you connect with others around us:


I will update the Quilters' Quarters Facebook page when the shop is able to reopen.

I appreciate your understanding.

~ Terry


PS: An update on our collective donations ...

From the middle of March to the third week of June, generous donations from mask recipients were left here and also with the mask makers, who brought them to the shop ... they totaled just over $2,200 which was forwarded through Quilters' Quarters to the Georgetown Public School Lunch Program to assist with costs for the Bagged Breakfast and Lunch assistance for eligible families during the school shut down.  When that program ended in the last week of June and was replaced with state funded food coupons for eligible families, the mask and fabric donations were then forwarded to the New Life Community Church Abundant Food  Pantry. From the end of June to the beginning of September, Quilters' Quarters forwarded over $1,000 to the food pantry. The generosity of mask makers and mask receivers is very much appreciated. When school sessions resume, next week, either virtually or in person, the donations that may continue to arrive here will be sent to the school program again. Thank you, all, who donated. 





Friday, August 21, 2020

2/3 of the Summer Has Passed.

 Getting closer to the end of August ... this has been a very long summer, with heat waves, high humidity, and many long hours cutting and sewing face masks for the pandemic. I'm very happy that I started and nearly finished my granddaughter's first birthday quilt six  months ahead of time ... so it  was ready to be dropped off, left in a bag at the gate to their side door on her birthday, where her dad or mum would find it and bring it in to her... Keeping social distance and not seeing my grandchildren has been very challenging. But as the white house occupant said, "It is what it is."

Here is the quilt I made for her, from a doll house panel on the front (from Red Rooster's Home With Me line) and a beautiful foliage/forest (from Timeless Treasures) print on the back. 

A few cute dolls from the dollar store makes this sweet panel a happy play space for a one year old granddaughter.


The mask production continues ... 'smile masks' are coming along more quickly now, and the pleated masks still disappear quickly each time I put some out on the bench for free. Donations for masks (and sometimes for free fabric for mask makers) also continue to arrive, those more slowly on these very hot August days ... Still, nearly a thousand dollars have been sent on to the food pantry.



I'm doing my best to stay cool and productive. I plan to interrupt the daily mask making sessions next week so I can make a few more comfort quilts for the fire and police vehicles... I haven't brought them any since February, and feel remiss!

Visit the shop's Facebook page for more updates on in-stock materials. I'll continue with the Covid-19 Stage Two contact-free plan of 'storm door pickups' and online orders.  Call or email your requests, and I'll do my best to respond on Thursday, Friday or Saturday of each week. 

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Monday, July 20, 2020

Third-Way Through Summer

I find it hard to believe that only one month of summer has passed; it seems that it started months ago ... schools have been out since mid-March ... all of Spring. Not to diminish the hard work that teachers and students did during those Spring months ... working from home via Zoom meetings and the like. I am not sure I would have succeeded at that type of teaching... my episode of working on a new computer platform to complete my taxes was humbling enough!

During the Spring my mask making improved gradually, but this past week I've begun using a different pattern, so my speed is back to the beginning ... but I will work on it each day and eventually have enough to share with the team of sewists in North Andover and Andover who are making these for special education teachers.



If you would like to try this pattern, you'll find it on You Tube at this link: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b78VGVWa6hw&fbclid=IwAR2-L_WnBJYI5HpsclXOOyGrhrP7ifoS7dXk7894JbuNl18kR7gCAzagOgM&app=desktop

I was given a supply of vinyl for the window of these masks, but I hear it can be purchased at JOANN'S Fabric Stores. I was able to use 1/4" elastic, but have ordered some 1/8" as it was quite a tight fit. 

As it will soon be the middle of summer, I want to share some fabric that would make a lovely picnic quilt: one bolt is a border print, and the other an overall scatter of very large 7-8"sunflowers.



Quilters' Quarters is still at stage two step two parameters ... "storm door" pickup ... Call 978-352-2676 to order, and to schedule a pickup. If you are wearing a mask you can make an appointment for an individual visit to the shop. Preferred hours are Thursday through Saturday, noon to 5 pm. 

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~Terry