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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Another Beautiful New England Season!

The Presidential Range covered in foliage
resembles a beautiful patchwork quilt!
After spending the weekend in the White Mountains of New Hampshire this past weekend, I knew that the colors here in northeast Massachusetts would be spectacular this year, and they are!

Our collection of fall colors in the shop offers a wonderful echo of this season's beauty. And our 100% cotton, quilt-quality fabrics range in prices from $3.50 per yard to $12.00 per yard. When I get a bargain, you do, too.

Elizabeth Golz Rush fabrics
are on sale through November!
Quilters' Quarters is fortunate to have several local artists who share their talents and products with us, and so with you. Elizabeth Golz Rush brought several bolts of her Northcutt Fabric line to our shop and because of her generosity, I am able to sell some of her beautiful fabrics to you at a very reasonable price, here in the shop. Because our supply is limited, these fabrics may not appear on our webstore page. But you can telephone us (978-352-2676) to check our inventory of her fabrics, and order from a distance.

Wilmington Prints has also sent us a beautiful selection of ten inch squares and five inch charms; these will be added to the webstore soon if enough quantity is left after we've offered these at the Hammersmith Quilt Guild's annual show in Saugus, Massachusetts at the end of this month. Rick and I will be at the show vending fabrics, quilts, precut batiks and more.

Winter scenery backgrounds in ten inch fabric

 Christmas/Winter Pre-cuts, Wilmington Prints

Beautiful birch tree blender and wildlife scenery

For the outdoors enthusiasts in your circle, we have some fall and winter fabrics in bolts and precuts; these will be available on the webstore page by early NOVEMBER.

I've ordered more copies of The Quilter's Quarters volume 1 and have these in the shop and also available at this page of the webstore.  This is the collectible edition of the paperback, with color images of the quilts that will become part of the story as the mystery series develops; the images will not be repeated in the later stories, which will keep the cost at a more reasonable level. I sell the paperback, full-color volume in the shop for $15.99, which is far less than Amazon does. It is available as a kindle edition, though the quilt images  are far better on paper.

Watch for the second volume of this mystery series, Winter Wonders in the Quilter's Quarters, due to be published this winter, 2016-2017!

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Driveway is newly paved ... and a smidgen wider!

We left for the wedding just as the construction cones were being placed at the end of our new pavement ~ clearing snow will be much safer this year as all the rocks and pebbles are now out of the path of the snow blower and our house and shop will be spared any further dings!

Previous Post: 10/12/16
We've just heard that our driveway will be inaccessible beginning tomorrow (Thursday 10/13/16) morning ... While the shop could be open for 'walkers' who are able to park on the other side of North Street, or on side streets nearby, and enter to the shop through the side gate near the front door of our house (the south side, toward the school,)  the local paving company is coming to repair our driveway and will be closing it off tomorrow morning to begin work.

We had planned on being closed on Friday and Saturday of this week anyway, as our son is being married this weekend. That has not changed. We are closed this weekend. And that will give the new pavement a chance to set.

We look forward to seeing you again next week!

Thanks for your patience and understanding.

Terry and Rick

ps - did you know that our son, the groom, always celebrates his birthday the week of Columbus Day? When he was a young child, I used to tell him each October that the trees were putting on their best colors to celebrate with him! His wedding will be a lovely event in our beautiful New England Foliage Season!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Almost 200 Quilters Found Our Shop!

Humble Beginnings Adventure was a great weekend ~ we did in fact have more than one hundred seventy quilters visit us on Friday and Saturday, and a dozen or so more on Sunday morning. The rain didn't dampen their enjoyment of the quilt shops they visited. Rick and I, and Ann Lainhart, want to thank all of you who visited us and participated in the shop hop. Each of you received a 'bounce back' coupon that can be used at each of the shops and we look forward to seeing you again!

Sherri of Nashua NH won the 1915 Singer Model 66 Red Eye hand crank sewing machine - congratulations, Sherri. Maureen, Nancy and Kim each won one of our door prizes here at Quilters' Quarters for finishing with our shop and turning their passes in for the drawings.

For our "Feel Good Shopping" program, we  had a very successful return to share with the Georgetown Public School Lunch Program ... between the 10% of last week's sales (larger than typical, due to the Adventurers)  and donations made by local quilters , we were able to send well over two hundred dollars to assist students whose lunch accounts are in arrears this year, providing them with a full lunch rather than a partial one as designated in the new school policy this year. Thank you to everyone who purchased fabrics during the Adventure, and especially to those who made an individual donation! We will continue the donation envelope here at Quilters' Quarters, and Rick and I will continue our donations and invite others to do so as well. Our plan is that on the first Monday of each month, we will be able to drop off money to the school superintendent for those lunches. And now, we're looking for our October recipient's nomination ... any suggestions?

More fabrics continue to arrive ... visit our Quilters' Quarters Facebook page for frequent updates of inventory. I do have Humble Beginnings Adventure kits in stock for those who may have missed the adventure, and have a few finishing kits available as well.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Mid-way through the Adventure~

Oh, the rain! Despite it all, we had a great second day of Humble Beginnings Adventure at Quilters' Quarters! Quilters good naturedly dashed between the raindrops to visit our shop, and the tents we had in the back yard that held sale fabrics, wooden art and most importantly, refreshments that included chocolate!

 Because who doesn't need chocolate on a rainy day! :Thanks to all who stepped gingerly over the puddles that are where the driveway used to be... and will be again in a few weeks. We didn't want you to have to step through fresh tar, and though the puddles did dry up eventually, we had to move the check-in, IN. 

Thanks for everyone's patience with Mother Nature, and for sharing your good cheer with us. We have met so many wonderful new friends, and hope to see you all again in the months ahead! Thank you, thank you for helping to make this Adventure a successful one! 

We're looking forward to tomorrow ... begging your pardon for the interruption in road access due to the worthy 5K walk/run race for Melanoma ... we'll be open Sunday from 10 to 7, but North Street will be closed from 11:30-ish to about 1pm. Parking will be a challenge, but side streets are not long walks from our shop. We'll keep the light on for you! 

Remember, someone will win this American Treasure: 1915 Singer Model 66 with Red Eye Decals and a white oak hand made base by Rick Palardy! It comes with a tall goody bag with lots of great quilter gifts as well! Visit those shops and make sure your pass is handed in with all six shops' marks!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Psst: It's This Weekend!

Friday, Saturday, Sunday!

A full, three-day weekend of Adventure!

Six unique quilt shops ready to share their wares!

A Quilt Show in Newburyport just north of our shop!

C'mon along!

Click here for more details!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

What is Batik fabric, really?

New: Direct link to Batik fabrics at our online webstore! (under construction, but getting there ... is having technical difficulties.)

Batik is an unusual fabric, and customers seem to either love it or ignore it. I began stocking Batik this spring, and had to learn how to order it. Fortunately, the salesman from WilmingtonPrints  Fabric introduced me to the idea of having fabric collections that tell a story... and so I looked at dozens and dozens of fabrics before I began to choose.

The rational part about buying lots of fabrics at one time is spreading the deliveries out over a season, and so the batik bolts began arriving seven at a time... but the challenge was in the fact that the colors didn't arrive in coordinated color groups. But this beautiful pink and blue floral was in the first delivery, accompanied by some brown and orange bolts ... nevertheless, the day they arrived, a friend and loyal customer immediately bought a few yards from the bolt! So my initial thought of tucking them away until the coordinated colors arrived was banished, and Rick built us a new set of shelves to hold them.
Click here to order Batiks from our webstore online, via Paypal
By the end of summer, the bolts had all arrived, and arranging them on the shelves has been delightful. A collection of coordinating charm packs arrived with the last shipment, and those include 5" squares of the many, many bolts that I could not afford to order all at once. 
Click here to order charm packs from our webstore.

Each company producing Batik fabrics has their own individual patterns, and the prints used are applied by hand. The stamps are developed by hand as well. Hoffman fabrics produced a video available at youtube that lets us see the workers skillfully creating the stamps, and then applying the colors and patterns to the fabric yard after yard after yard. Click here to view the video.

Come in to Quilters' Quarters to see which bolts whisper a story to you. And watch for our future kits and patterns that will be featuring these fabrics.

Let me know which colors or styles or patterns most appeal to you, or most suggest a quilt or project that you've been thinking of beginning.

Another of our frequent customers came in today and bought some of the blue collection, as she plans to make quilts for family friends in return for their generosity and kindness. Quilters are like that!

And remember, pre-cut packs like the 5" charm packs add a great variety to your new stash of Batiks ... it may take us a while to collect enough to include something for everyone, but give us a chance and we'll do our best!
Remember: when I get a deal, you get a deal!

And one last comment on Batiks: they are as clear and beautiful on the reverse side as they are on the 'right' side ... in other words, there is no 'wrong' side! Sometimes silk, sometimes, cotton, but always beautiful ~ all of the fabric at Quilters' Quarters is 100% quilt quality cotton ... tell your friends to come and check out our shop ... we'd love to see you and them!

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Humble Beginnings Reminder

Our first involvement in a multi-quilt shop adventure is almost here ~ The Humble Beginnings Adventure will occur from  Friday, September 30th through Sunday October 2nd. Have you secured your pass yet?

You can still buy them at Quilters' Quarters for the inaugural price of $6.00, and let me refresh your memory as to what that small fees entitles you to:

  • Six very unique quilt shops run by their owners ... shops that haven't been involved in many or, in my case, any other shop hops to date.
  • Each shop will give to you a unique, free Humble Beginnings Adventure kit that contains enough quality fabric to make two autumn-colored 6.5" blocks. We all have chosen different patterns for our blocks, and when you bring the twelve free blocks together you will have a wonderful small quilt to share during New England's beautiful fall season.
    Quilters' Quarters 2016 block
    made with  Moda Marble Swirl fabric
  • Each shop will have its own unique sample quilt made with these twelve blocks and some blender fabrics, and will share their pattern with you.
  • For the first fifty customers buying an Adventure Pass in one of the six shops, a free Tote Bag for Humble Beginnings will be given as well.
  • The shops will have their own special offerings available to Adventurers during the three days of Humble Beginnings. There will be door prizes provided by Moda Fabric at the Quilters' Quarters shop ... and others at each of our shops. There will also be a sewing machine given as one of the prizes!
    1915 Singer Model 66 hand crank sewing machine
    refubished with a white oak two storage compartment base
    made by Rick Palardy for Humble Beginnings Adventure 2016
  • Light refreshments will be offered to our customers as well.
We are very excited to be offering you our first shop hop adventure for such a reasonable price; it is our humble offer to thank you for visiting our shops and helping us to spread awareness of what each of us has to offer.

At Quilters' Quarters, you will find not only quilt quality 100% cotton fabric, but also interfacings, elastic,zippers, buttons, rotary cutters, mats, templates, pins, needles, threads and more for those sewists who create custom clothing. We also feature antique and vintage sewing machines, as we are too small to have a contract with a sewing machine manufacturer ... and what we can do is help you learn to maintain your own vintage machines ~ you will be surprised at how simple restoring and sewing on these beautiful treasures can be. We have been accumulating so many antique Singers, their treadle tables, and reproduction hand cranks for those that have lost their treadles, that we now have enough to offer some to you ... again for reasonable, humble prices!
Merrimack Valley Quilters Raffle Quilt
While it is ironic that the Merrimack Valley Quilt Guild has chosen the same weekend as our Humble Beginnings Adventure (a change made too late for us to alter our printing orders) we're going to be optimistic that our MVQG friends will be able to attend the quilt show in Newburyport and still have time to visit our partner shops in the same weekend. We're sure you will enjoy both!
Merrimack Valley Quilters Show Poster 2016

We have invested a lot of time, energy and materials in preparing for Humble Beginnings Adventure, to provide what we want to be a wonderful, colorful, beautiful New England weekend quilt shop expedition ... please put us on your calendar for those three days. You can visit the special website that
we have set up for your convenience to learn more about our six shops. We've provided maps in the flyer that will help you locate us and plan your route. We've also posted the Humble Beginnings Adventure (and the MVQ show in Newburyport) at Quilters Bug website, and at each of our own sites.

Will you honor us with your company? We promise it will be well worth your while~