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Friday, March 4, 2022

March Madness!


Well, in order to be ready for our April Spring Workshops, or what I like to call FEATHERWEIGHT FEVER, I purchased a couple of Featherweight 221s from eBay and have been practicing repairs and mainenance on them. In mid-April I plan to hold a few small group (3 to 4 person) workshops on regular cleaning and oiling of these beautiful portable machines. I will repeat these so the groups can remain small. There will be no fee for the FEATHERWEIGHT FEVER workshops other than voluntary reimbursement if you need SMO (sewing machine oil) or SML (Singer Motor Lubricant) I will have some of each to share in the shop, or you can pick some up at a fabric shop of your choice, or online. 

WHAT? NO WORKSHOP FEE? Yes, that is not a typo ... I am no longer in business for profit (and that's a well established truth!) My goal in re-opening the shop under its formal business name of Terry's Thoughts and Threads (I write and I quilt) is to help quilters and sewists to enjoy their machines. After all, the Featherweight was designed to be self-maintained by the owner of the machine, and you will be doing the work yourself, with guidance from your manual and a few tips I can offer. 

 I'll be scheduling participants who have and want to learn more about their Featherweight 221 sewing machines first, and in May will open the workshops for maintenance on other Singer and Brother machines, and ask only that you bring your manual with your machine. If you have misplaced your manual, I will have some available in the shop for the workshops, but I recommend that you find and keep your manual (or look online for a free replacement) for future reference and maintenance. 

I will, later in the year, offer writers' workshops as well.) In time I will change my email address from needlesandpens to end all of the commercial messages that continue to flood my inbox for the now-closed Quilters' Quarters retail shop, so watch for that new email here at the blog.

And yes, there will be more workshops ahead in an effort to see the leftover fabric in the shop put to good use!

Winter weather has worn me out and I am ready for Spring! 

Saturday, January 1, 2022

Starting Over Again


Wishing everyone  a Happy New Year.  

The Quilters' Quarters journal pages  of this blog
will continue to share photos and stories of quilts I've made each year as time goes on. 
(See table of contents in the right margin for these and other related pages)

But because the Quilters' Quarters retail shop is now closed, I'll be adding a new page to my other, older blog, which you can find at this link: 

Terry's Thoughts and

This is where I have read and reviewed books for many years, though not so many recently. I plan now, looking ahead: 

  • to go back to that activity ...  reading and reviewing authors
  • to also return to my own writings ... I have a few books to finish, and others to begin, and I'll update readers on my progress
  • and to begin scheduling sewing lessons for students of all ages. 

Please visit my old blog.  I'll keep you posted there, 

    Terry's Thoughts and Threads has always been my formal business name with the State of Massachusetts; Quilters' Quarters was a DBA ("doing business as") for the retail shop which we opened after I retired from teaching public school. While Rick was opening Wooden Toy and Gift and I was still teaching, I had begun reading and reviewing books and making and selling / donating quilts.  It seems right that I am going back to that title now.

    It's a new year, and a new beginning. People keep telling me I still have things to do before my story closes.  So, on I go.

    ~ Terry

    Monday, December 20, 2021

    Just memories, and projects ahead...

    Thank you to all the customers who visited Quilters' Quarters in its final week of retail. The fabric that remains will be put to use for charity quilts. I've returned this week to making child-sized comfort quilts for the Georgetown Police cruisers, Fire Department trucks and our local ambulances.  

    I will also continue to make Centenarian Quilts for our town residents who reach the age of 100 years. And if the need returns, I'll have plenty of fabric on hand for mask makers who give these important covid mitigators away to hospitals and schools as well.

     I'll probably keep the town certificate for Terry's Thoughts and Threads renewed, but will let the two for Quilters' Quarters and Rick's Wooden Toys and Gifts expire. The signs for both of those small businesses will then go away, but will be replaced by the former one for the quilt lessons and book writings (T.T.T.) ...  that will allow the sole proprietor zoning exception in this residential area to continue uninterrupted, and will encourage me to dedicate time to holding sewing lessons here in the back of the shop. If I don't charge any fees for lessons, I think I'll be free of filing quarterly tax returns, which will be another relief. 

    I will miss the happy exchanges with fellow quilters, but can always be reached by phone or email if there are questions or need of advice or assistance. And I will continue to welcome beginner and experienced sewists and quilters at the Georgetown Senior Center's Sit 'n Sew sessions on second and fourth Tuesday afternoons.

    The Google and Yelp online pages may take some time to reflect the permanent closure of the retail shops, so if you can help spread the word that I am no longer a shop, I would appreciate it. I don't know where else the shop may be mentioned ... but if you see it online perhaps you could let me know so I can advise whoever of the closure.

    Wishing a better (healthier) New Year ahead for all of us!

    ~Terry (and Rick, who is always with me in spirit.)

    Thursday, December 16, 2021

    The Final Weekend

    Quilters' Quarters will be closing in three days ... Saturday December 18th will be the last day for retail sales of fabric and notions.  I spent a day finishing up the free motion quilting on this Santa Quilt for a neighbor. I still have a few of these panels left in stock: $8.00 retail before your 40% discount ~ and lots of others, and blenders, and such.

    Final hours are , Thursday, Friday and Saturday, December 16-18, 2021  from noon to 5pm. 

    Wishing you all a Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and happy quilting!

    ~ Terry

    Saturday, November 27, 2021


     We had our first snowfall yesterday!

    Hannukkah fabrics and blenders that coordinate. A few years ago one of my young students made a table runner with some of these for her family. 

    And, Santa is checking his "Nice" list: are you on it?

    The Santa panel is bordered with blender fabrics from Henry Glass's Folio line. Panel is 28" x 44" and sells, before your discount, for $8.00. It makes a quick and easy lap quilt with 8" borders, totalling 44" x 44".

    Remember, Quilters' Quarters is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from noon to 5pm.      See you soon?   ~Terry

    Tuesday, November 16, 2021

    The Holidays Approach

     This quilt will be included in the raffle basket offered by the Georgetown Peabody Library for the HOLIDAY ON MAIN STREET in Georgetown Massachusetts on the first weekend of December. The tea pot and Cozy, along with an assortment of books, perhaps some cocoa mix, tea bags, and other surprises will also be in the basket. For more information on other attractions, see Lisa Scala at the Scala Art Center on West Main Street. 

    Friday, October 29, 2021

    Another Panel To Simplify Your Work


    This panel measures 27" x 44' so I widened the design with 6" x  8" blocks bordered with sashing that matched the binding ... made a very easy  lap quilt / floor mat. I added a few matchbox cars and had a nice Christmas quilt for my youngest  grandson. This was  few year ago, but I still have the panels in stock and some blenders that work well with this design. Panels are priced at $9.00 each, before your 40% discount :)

    Here's another 27' x 44" $9.00 panel I featured on Facebook last weekend ,,. three of these sold yesterday; at the 40% discount they were reduced to $5.40! This is called "AWAKEN" by Timeless Treasures, but I call it the Rainbow Butterfly :)

    Come in to see this panel, and several others which I will feature here on the blog now and then. Looking forward to seeing you!

    ~Terry, at Quilters' Quarters