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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.


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 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:

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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Saturday, June 27, 2020

Stage 2 Step 2 Massachusetts retail re-opening guidelines

Quilters' Quarters is going to postpone crossing over to the Stage 2 Step 2 timeline.  This means that, while other fabric shops are opening their doors to walk in customers as of June 22nd,  QQ is remaining on Stage 1 guidelines, using 'curb-side" pickup strategies (read that: 'storm door" pickup.) Our online webstore will also continue meeting the requests of distance customers, with the use of PayPal invoicing and payments.  At the physical shop, only cash or checks can be used to pay at the time of pickup. 

Customers who wish to come in to the shop to select fabrics or notions will be asked to wear a face mask, and to use hand sanitizer, to minimize the spread of Covid 19. The shop's space will only allow for one customer at a time, and appointments are strongly recommended. Drop-ins unannounced will be accommodated when staffing is available, but calling ahead is recommended.  Terry is vulnerable to the circulating virus due to age and medical conditions, as are other members of the shop, and minimizing health risk is a primary concern for all.

People unwilling or unable to wear a face mask will be limited to the curb-side pickup option. Orders can be arranged by phone or email (see top of home page.) QQ's inventory will continue to be shown on the shop's Facebook page. This week's post at Facebook showcases our collection of threads. 

The fabric inventory is slowing going down in size, as QQ will continue to provide free fabric to face mask makers in our area. Best estimate is that the shop will continue to have fabric for sale (and mask-maker donations) through fall of 2022. Until that point, only fabric specifically requested by members will be ordered from the distributors and manufacturers.  Interfacing, batting, stabilizer, threads, needles, pins, rulers and other miscellaneous items will also be ordered only when specifically requested by members. 

In the fall of 2022, a decision as to the future of the shop will be made ... will it continue to be a retail shop? Will it become instead a workshop where quilt and sewing classes take place? Will cleanings and lessons for self-maintenance of sewing machines continue? There are many unknowns ahead ... decisions to be made ... plans to be explored. Promises are not to be made if they are vulnerable to not being kept. 

Sewists and Quilters continue to be appreciative of the discounts QQ can offer, and are often generous in turn, leaving extra change or dollars at the shop. During the past two school years, these donations were forwarded entirely to the local school department to cover student lunch accounts that slipped into arrears. People receiving face masks from the many makers also often make donations in return, and the mask makers bring those funds to the shop when picking up more free fabric. This spring QQ was able to forward more than $2,000 to our school department to help provide the bagged breakfasts and lunches delivered by our schools to eligible students throughout the shutdown weeks.

During the summer months, while the eligible students receive state funding for extra meals no longer available at school, the donations received at QQ are being sent to a local food pantry. It is called the Abundant Food Pantry at the New Life Community Church on East Main Street in Georgetown. Please let people you know who may need food assistance to know of this local option.  During the last full week of June, QQ was able to send almost $300 to the pantry.

Sadly, as the country continues to re-open widely, the second surge of the first phase of the Corona Virus spread is growing exponentially. Here in Massachusetts, with our slower re-opening, we may see a continued decrease in cases, God willing. It depends on the the continued responsibility of people ... remember, please, and share with everyone who resists: Your mask protects me, and my mask protects you.

Be safe, be well, and be proud that we are able, so far, to do it right, here in Massachusetts.  Wear your mask, wash your hands, and keep a social distance.  Your health ... our health ... is worth it.

Sunday, June 7, 2020

Beginning Stage 2 of Covid Re-opening in Massachusetts

Quilters' Quarters continues to provide free quilt quality cotton fabric to mask makers as we progress into our fourth month of the Corona Virus pandemic. As the shop is not a food source, nor an essential item source, it is restricted to opening only for curb side pickup or distance delivery. Customers, even in limited numbers, are not yet able to enter the shop to browse the shelves. I'll do my best to post new fabrics here at the blog or on Facebook,  as they arrive

Massachusetts'Governor Charlie Baker is a responsible leader who is paying much more than lip service to the scientists at the CDC and NIH, and I respect him for that leadership. During "Stage 2" (beginning June 8th) I am happy to fill customer orders for fabric and notions via "Storm Door" pickup ... bags with customer names are put outside the door during good weather, or inside during storms ... and the shop's regular hours of Thursday through Saturday will resume this week, noon to 5 pm. You can place orders via email ( or telephone (978-352-2676) and payments of cash or check can be made at the door of the shop.  I am not yet able to accept credit cards, but will also accept an IOU from known customers. And your 20% initial or 40% repeat customer discounts will continue as established.  

Here is a new panel that just arrived this week: it measures 24" x 42" and retails, before discount, at $9.00 per panel.  It has a blender fabric that retails for $11.80 per yard. Remember, ALL Quilters receive a discount on their total order with few exceptions.

Butterfly Panel by Timeless Treasures

Timeless Treasures' Blender Bolt
I'm happy to let you know that the donations left here and at other mask makers' homes have helped provide bagged breakfasts and lunches for Georgetown's eligible public school students throughout the months of shutdown.  So far your generosity has provided over two thousand dollars to the lunch program. When school closes, the donations will  then be provided to a local food pantry for the summer months, during which time the Massachusetts will provide food purchase eligible cards to families with eligible students.

And Quilters' Quarters has donated over six thousand dollars worth  of fabric to our mask makers, and those makers have created somewhere between fifteen and twenty thousand masks here in the Merrimack Valley and the North Shore communities, adding to our level of safety here in Essex County.  I appreciate the help of everyone involved in this socially responsible activity.

Please continue to behave responsibly, safely and in good health practice ... wear your mask when you leave home ... maintain your six feet of social distance, wash your hands as often as possible, and share empathy and kindness with everyone you meet, as suffering from worry, depression, loss and anxiety are not always obvious, but are always in need of support.  Thank you for what you can and will do for the common good.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Two Weeks Later...

I've been tracking the Coronavirus news and numbers and posting updates on my Facebook page, and continue making masks... I've had a generous donation of 1/4" elastic, and have been able to share that as well as sharing quilt quality fabric to others also making masks...

Today is April 15, always known as Tax Day, and in my previous post I promised myself, at the outset of making masks, that I would finish the tax forms and clear that stuff off my couch, finally.  Well, it is still there ... I had to buy an updated computer with Windows 10 to handle the Turbo Tax disk, which is challenging me at every turn ... but the federal and state deadlines have been pushed ahead to July, and my procrastinating self is taking full advantage of that gift of time.

At the end of today, I will have reached the count 200 masks made. Quilters' Quarters has given away well over $1,000 worth (at cost... or $2000+ at retail)  of quilt quality fabrics, and dozens of yards of donated elastic.  People needing these supplies call me or reach out on Facebook, and I cut and package their order and tape them to the storm door of the shop, accomplishing this transfer of goods without physical contact.  One mask maker is part of a larger group, and she comes by to pick up full or partial bolts of fabric. 

Individual folks needing masks (or fabric for masks) use the same process to receive them.  Though I ask them not to donate money,  several have, and I will put that money aside to buy more elastics ... and will share most of those dollars with the schools that are providing bagged breakfast and lunch 'to go' for students at home ... paying it forward. 

The paperwork for taxes remains on the couch ... the dining room table is a cutting station, the sewing room is a mask production area, and the washer and dryer in the back room have been kept busy with yards of fabric. Sadly, one of the panes of glass in the roof of the attached greenhouse blew out of its place during the windy night and shattered on the patio, where it remains until I have time to go sweep it up.  I tried calling a glass repairer but had no answer, probably because of the small business shut down. I left him a phone message, and I will put a bucket under the hole to catch any rainwater (or snow?) I will pray that chipmunks, squirrels and birds don't find the hole before I can find someone to patch it ... as it's about ten feet above ground level it is definitely not something I can patch myself, though I have done so with many lower old panes of glass... clear packing tape is my tool of choice, as most panes can be fitted back together ... but not this one.

If you are making masks, or headbands with buttons to hold mask elastics away from the wearer's ears, or surgical caps ... call and I'll cut for you and leave it in a bag on the door with your first name, for pick up. We are just this week entering the 'surge' of Covid-19, and cities like Salem, Massachusetts are requiring citizens to wear masks when out in public, so I don't think this need will diminish for quite a while. Some say we may not see a virus-ending vaccine until 2022 ... maybe not effective treatments before 2021 ...

Stay at home when you can ... appreciate those who go to work every day to keep us all safe ... to help those in need ... to keep food on the shelves, and other essential goods in our community.

Be well, wash your hands, call your family and friends. We can do this.