Monday, October 18, 2021
Sunday, October 3, 2021
I promised myself I wouldn't buy any more fabric, anticipating the December 31 closing of Quilters' Quarters. But last night I did order more solid blue from Kona to go with the twisted ribbon border for this Silver Jubilee Maywood fabric. I love the illusion the solid sashes provide to the border, and plan to teach it at the Senior Center next week. See more of this quilt at my 2021 Quilt Journal page.
Templates and rulers are flying out the door with the 40% discounted prices, as are favorite panels and sometimes partial bolts of fabric yardage. One customer bought the nearly full roll of 45" Warm and Natural Batting, and as that is a staple for many quilters, I will order more batting to meet needs. (Her kind husband carried the bulky roll out to their car.)
Remember, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, noon to 5 pm. Cash or Checks, please, as the Credit Card Square and its Chromebook are not cooperating :)
Thursday, September 30, 2021
Thursday, September 23, 2021
Everything 40% off now through the end of 2021.
Friday, September 3, 2021
Quilters' Quarters is presently closed for the rest of Summer (and contrary to meteorologists on television, Summer does not end on September 1st, but on the real Autumnal Equinox in late September.) The shop will re-open on September 23rd.
When that happens, all fabric will be sold at 40% discount to all customers. Checks and Cash please, as my Credit Card reader is inconsistent at best.
Thursday through Saturday, noon to 5pm, will be the hours for the Fall Season. And when Fall ends (Winter Solstice is the third week of December,) the shop will begin closing down, with the end point on New Year's Eve of 2021.
Quilters' Quarters began as a subset of Wooden Toys and Gifts, Rick Palardy's workshop. For five years, from my retirement from Andover Public Schools in 2011 to Rick's sudden death in 2016, Rick and I worked together in the shop, expanding the building to accommodate the shelving and cabinets that Rick built to hold fabric and notions in the front of the shop, and lumber racks, stock and machinery in the newer back of the shop where he continued running the toy workshop he had begun in 1995. He began with wooden ornaments, battery-free wooden toys, doll houses and doll furniture, child size rocking motorcycles, wooden sleighs with bentwood runners, toy boxes, and eventually quilt racks, sewing machine cases, custom furniture and public display cases as seen in the main floor of the Georgetown Town Hall and Police Station. He then began more intricate pieces of wood art, including scroll saw art such as his Plaques Honoring American Heroes (military and public service awards.)
When Rick died suddenly on Christmas Day of 2016, we lost our toy making Santa, and the love of my life. I've done what I could to continue his legacy, but five years alone in the shop is all I can give. I appreciate the patience of all of our friends who have supported the shop, often contributing spare change and dollars via the shop to the Public School Lunch Program, the Friends of the Library, the Rick Palardy Scholarship Fund for high school graduates seeking careers that benefit the public good, and other charitable organizations.
I look forward to seeing many of you again this Autumn, for our last season in Quilters' Quarters / Wooden Toys and Gifts.
Thursday, August 12, 2021
I'm working on another centenarian quilt for a resident of town who will turn one hundred at the end of August. I will add two borders before backing, quilting and binding. I'll add more photos to my quilting journal page for 2021 as it evolves.
And this is the activity that keeps me going ... making quilts for people who have no expectation of receiving one ... our elders, our youngsters, our fellow citizens' children who witness a trauma or have a sudden need for an ambulance ride ... it brings me peace to meet the needs of others.
The fabric and notions in Quilters' Quarters are abundant and will last for many more years of quilting. I will be closing the retail shop at the end of this calendar year. Until then I will continue to offer discounts to all quilters.
I have done my best to continue the shop's existence, but it is not bringing me joy as it did when Rick and I worked it together. I miss not only his company, his warmth, his companionship and his love, but also miss his ease in meeting and helping customers, and in reminding me to rest, to walk and not run, and to enjoy choosing fabrics for our customers.
Health issues have closed the shop for the past two weekends, and for the next one or two as well. But come September the shop will be open again Thursdays through Saturdays, noon to 5 pm. And the quilting workshops at the Georgetown Senior Center at Perley School will continue on second and fourth Tuesday afternoons of each month.
Thank you for your patience during my recent hiatus. I look forward to seeing you again when my strength returns.
Friday, July 9, 2021
I'm happy to share that Quilt Workshop meetings will begin again next week at the Georgetown Senior Center. I will be there with machines and will welcome small gatherings on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. The hours will be different this year: noon to 3:45pm, which will give us time to pack up and be out by 4pm, when the center closes.
The Senior Center director asks that quilters call the center to reserve a place each time, as she would like to limit the number of people in the room to 5 guests. The phone number is on the town website.
I am currently working on a pattern that begins as a simple rectangle of 6 rows of 12 charm squares, which is then cut into three triangles and then becomes an even square with blocks on point. I learned this technique from Jenny at Missouri Star Quilt, and will share it with interested quilters on Tuesday the 13th of July. You can go to my 2021 quilt journal page for a sneak preview of this pattern.
I look forward to re-connecting with old friends and meeting new ones~