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Thursday, August 10, 2017

More in Store at Quilters' Quarters~

I've been downsizing our collection of vintage and antique sewing machines, and several have been re-homed this spring and summer. But a new collection has just found its way to our little quilt / fabric shop.

Come in and see THREE Featherweight 221 Singer Sewing Machines, each complete with its handsome case, traditional foot pedal and wiring, the original box filled with assorted presser feet, extra original bobbins, the original bobbin case, and manual!
These machines are dated 1950, 1953 and 1957. All are in good running order.
Click on each image to enlarge it for more detail.

Update9/16/2017
The second Featherweight, dated 1953, sold today! Only two more machines from the Newburyport UU church to sell. Remember, all proceeds from these sales benefit the church's charity work. Here they are: 
1957 Featherweight 221 with everything shown in photo;
the one remaining FW for sale at Quilters' Quarters.
Proceeds will go to the
UU Church of Newburyport, MA

Singer model 285 with original stainless steel
foot pedal, manual.
Portable with latching case, but very heavy


Previously: 9/7/2017: 
THE FIRST OF THE THREE FEATHERWEIGHTS ... JUNE,1950 MODEL ... HAS SOLD!  
Three Featherweights owned by UU Church in Newburyport
now for sale at Quilters' Quarters.

I am selling these for a local church organization that, as has happened with other machines in my past, were found in a closet and have been unused for who knows how long. I am not taking any money for cleaning, servicing and advertising these treasures as I believe that the proceeds will be taken by the organization and put to good use in their charitable works.  That's a major part of Quilters' Quarters and our Feel Good Shopping program, after all.

Each machine will be cleaned and oiled; I will run it to be sure all is in good condition, and will sell for what I see now as a standard price: $400.00 each. (Yes, you can find Featherweights at lower prices, but they are often in weak or ill-used condition, without essential parts, manual, case, wiring, bobbins etc. You must come in to the shop to see and appreciate these extraordinarily-well-preserved machines!)

And there is more! The church ladies also brought a VERY heavy and ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS Singer Model 66 with Red Eye Decals, in its original fabric-covered, sturdy, "portable" case. This popular machine dates to 1923, and has a generous harp space for quilters.  I haven't plugged this one in yet, so can't say whether it will be sold with its motor or not: if I find antique sewing machines like this one with any faulty wiring, I simply convert them to a hand crank model, which is wonderful for campers without electricity, or children who are just learning how to sew on a machine.
SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD
  I'll keep you posted as to its condition as I begin to work on it in a week or so. A good working machine of this caliber will probably sell in the $100-200 range. Time will tell!

So happy to say that this model 66 has found its new home!

SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD

And one last newbie - a mint green Singer 3/4 sized sewing machine, model # 285-K, and that K tells us that she was manufactured in Kilbowie, Scotland. I don't know much about her yet, except that she is adorable to look at, though her matching plastic case seems a bit worn for her years. When I find her serial number I will date her.


I saw similar machines with this 285K model number on eBay listing for $75-80. But I watched a few you tube videos and learned that this little lovely has her critics ... with the main objection being that she is LOUD and has some early plastic parts. But somewhere out there is someone who might appreciate her in their collection, if the price is right!


In other news, Row by Row™ will continue for a few more weeks. Once the hibernation period begins, our shop hours will revert to the spring schedule of this year ... open three days rather than four, starting an hour earlier at 11 am, and closing at 5pm  rather than  6... just keeping up with Mother Nature's changing amounts of daylight in the fall. We have a winning Row by Row quilt hanging in the shop. I still have many junior patterns as very few quilters have brought little ones in to the shop. There are five pretty blue ribbons waiting to be awarded to the first five juniors who complete a project using one of the official Row by Row Junior patterns. Adult Row by Rowers have the same deadline as the Juniors ... go to the official website to learn the details. Free patterns are not available during hibernation period, which begins on Labor Day.

Thank you for allowing me to send this newsletter to your email address ... and please feel free to share it with your friends and colleagues. Let them know that our Feel Good Shopping program includes 20% discount on all fabrics sold this summer, and a 50% (wholesale prices) for any fabric purchased for a charity program all year long.

Be well -

Terry, http://AtQuiltersQuarters.blogspot.com

Thursday, July 13, 2017

The Middle of July?

It's 59 degrees out here at noon in Georgetown, Massachusetts. It was in the high eighties and low nineties with incredible humidity the past few days, and now the storms have brought our temperature down to the spring temps we never had this year. What a strange weather pattern we are experiencing here in New England ... what must our out of region summer travelers think?

Row by Row ™ has had a very slow start here, but Quilters' Quarters made  a very moderate preparation for it ... Of the fifteen row kits put together, I still have six in the box. If those begin to sell (at $9.00 each) with the license plates (at $5.00 each) I'll make more, week by week. Our row has received many compliments, and I'm sure you will enjoy putting it together, hero by hero!

The labels? They're not in the kit ...
I printed them on fabric on my inkjet printer.

You'll want to personalize yours, I'm sure! 


In the meantime, that fabric I'd bought for our Junior "Hereoes on the Go" row?  After learning that each shop must offer the program's junior rows only in order to be able to award a winner's blue ribbon for a junior finished project - each shop has five to award - so, I've begun making comfort quilts and bringing them to our police and fire department, to be used with children who are at a fire or accident scene. Lemonade from lemons ... another way to Feel Good by helping others!


Please remember that Quilters' Quarters likes to encourage quilts for charity ... whether it's a quilt of valor, or one given to a homeless shelter, or raffled off at a fundraiser ... or pillowcases for children in hospitals,  or in the back seat of a cruiser or rescue truck ... you will be given a full 50% discount on fabrics that you purchase for those endeavors. We have one customer who has already made (some with our fabrics) over a hundred "weighted" quilts that help calm some with varying conditions ... what an amazingly generous quilter! We have others who have made scores if not hundreds of pillow cases for Boston Children's Hospital ... I am always so inspired by the things quilters do 'out of hand' for others; what a wonderful community to be a  part of. Won't you join us?

I'm teaching a free 'beginning quilters' class at the Georgetown Senior Center (just two doors south of Quilters' Quarters on North Street) on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, from 2 to 3-ish in the afternoon. You're welcome to stop in to see what we're doing~

I appreciate the many expressions of condolences for the passing of my husband and better half, Rick Palardy. There is a limited supply of his wooden creations in the shop for sale, and sadly, when they, too, are gone, there will be no others.

In Rick's memory, I've initiated a scholarship for our local high school. This award will be given to a male and a female student who intend to pursue a career in the manual trades (construction, highway, fire, ambulance, police, and other roles that protect and improve our community. There is a page on my website to help people donate via PayPal ... click this link to reach that page ... Donations are also accepted at the Georgetown TD Bank on Central Street, and in Quilters' Quarters as well. If you're on Facebook, visit this page to keep track of our progress. With your generosity, the first two scholarships have been awarded, and we are well on our way to funding next year's.

Thanks for following us at the blog ... if you received this in an email, feel free to share it with your friends who will enjoy the fabric discounts and Feel Good Shopping incentives at Quilters' Quarters!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Yes, Today is the Start of Summer Hours, and Row by Row™ 2017 at Quilters' Quarters!

Our shop will now be open four days a week, from noon to six pm.

I did manage, in these thirty-six hours, to get the Junior Row by Row official patterns printed ... and the Ninth Row patterns as well.

Patterns AND KITS are also ready for our 2017 row, HEROES ON THE GO, honoring the public safety community that keeps us all safe ... and we include school bus drivers and teachers as well.

Please plan to visit our shop ...

Go to the official Row by Row™ website to see which other shops are participating ... there are thousands across the globe this year.

If you have someone aged 6 to 14 shop-hopping with you, you might enjoy visiting the Junior Row by Row page that has special activities, tips and printouts for you.

See you soon!
Terry

Monday, June 19, 2017

Row by Row begins Wednesday, June 21st!

In thirty-six hours, Row by Row™ 2017 will begin, and Quilters' Quarters is getting ready ... kicking into high gear now, to get kits together, free patterns printed, fabric license plates ready and ... oh, we're also offering free patterns for Row by Row JUNIOR this year ... and, wait, there's something else ... a NINTH ROW! Yes, Row by Row is offering a chance for you to help a charity of the shop's choice by making a ninth row for your quilt! (Hmmm ... I wonder what I'm supposed to have ready for that?  I've only 36 more hours to figure it out ... but I will, I promise.

But here is what we have in store for you later this week: 
First, our 2017 Massachusetts HAPPY QUILTER fabric license plate, in retro blue (well, it's more lilac than blue, but go with me here. ) If you can tell me the last year Massachusetts used bluish-purplish plates, you'll win a prize! 


Next, of course, is our row for 2017: designed by contest winner Kim Schweisberg, I'm calling it HEROES ON THE GO! Kim did some research on the blog, found out about Rick's and my dedication to public safety, our connection with the  Erie 4 Fire Association (which just happens to be THE OLDEST STILL OPERATING PRIVATELY FUNDED FIRE SERVICE IN THE U.S.A!) And Kim dug a little further, finding my books on education and medical conditions ... and ... voila!  Police, Fire, Ambulance and a School Bus grace our row this year. Well done, Kim!


I misunderstood the intent of the Junior Row by Row event ... and I began creating our own Quilters' Quarters junior row and titled it JUNIOR HEROES ON THE GO!  Unfortunately, I later learned that I missed the part of the directions that said all shops must use one of the five authentic Row by Row™ - designed junior rows ... or the rows won't count toward a blue ribbon for the first five young quilters who bring their finished rows in to my shop ... And so I put my junior row idea to rest, for now. Maybe in the future I'll bring it back out. 



Meanwhile, I'll get those free patterns printed up so I'll be ready to hand them out to Row by Row visitors beginning in thirty-six hours! Phew! Clock is ticking and I STILL have to find out the details for the NINTH ROW opportunity. I did make the shop's donation ... did I receive the free pattern template? Time will tell...


Oh, and yes, all shop fabric is reduced at 50% IF it is being used for a charity project! That's the wholesale price that I've paid ... no profit for the shop, other than the happy feelings of helping quilters help others. So many of you do so much and I'm honored to be able to help you out!

When you visit, be sure to ask about Quilters' Quarters' spectacular deal on Oliso Smart Irons! Pink, Blue, Yellow, and Black are currently in stock! And I guarantee I'm lower in price than you'll find in other quilt shops or online!

Looking forward to seeing you again!

Be well, be happy, and quilt on!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Beautiful Fabrics Arriving at Quilters' Quarters!

I have a friend who has been searching for a fabric for several years ... once long ago, she had made a quilted item using this certain red poinsettia cloth, and would like to replicate it but cannot match her remnant to a new fabric.

Often, quilters will buy only as much as they need for a designated project, because we all have to live within our means ... You know the old saying borrowed from woodworkers: Measure Twice Cut Once ... Rick once made a plaque of that for quilters, and added the line Or Buy Extra Just In Case!

I've been able to buy dozens of bolts of Quilting Treasures' former lines of fabric at a reduced wholesale price, and you now that means you will have a reduced retail price ... because when I get a sale you get a sale. I don't really worry about whether a fabric print is this years, last years or from a decade ago, which is why warehouse shopping works for Quilters' Quarters.

I'll post photos of those gorgeous 'curiously left behind' bolts when they arrive later this week ,.. until then, come on in and see some of the fabrics that I'll soon have to be moving into my own storage areas to make room for the new ones ... my fabrics are ALL on sale at 20% off while they last ~ unless you are using them for a charity project ... then, they are 50% off!

Quilters' Quarters has also just acquired several bolts of Ann Lainhart's beautiful fabrics that lend themselves so well to her fussy-cut patterns, and though I can't discount her bolts, I can tell you that I'm not taking a commission for selling them, so they are also priced reasonably. That's another old saying that's worth remembering: For those who have been shared with much, ' paying it forward ' is expected (well, I paraphrased that, because I don't know who originally began that similar saying and don't want to plagiarize ... or, because I can't remember the exact words. 😉 Here are some photos of Ann's lovelies ... all are 44" wide bolts of quilt quality cotton fabrics:

Prints, solids, florals, abstracts ...
and they all work together beautifully!

Uniquely blended solids and prints,
some with metallics, and some without

Silver and Gold metallic medallions

Three different colorways of medallion prints 

hummingbirds and favored blossoms in ten inch blocks

Large and small butterflies and florals

cardinals and beautiful backgrounds

Cats and dogs galore~

Lighthouses~
Quilters' Quarters Spring Schedule continues until June 23rd ... Thursday and Friday 12-5pm; Saturday 12-3pm. Call to arrange other hours (978-352-2676)

Feel Good Shopping continues through Spring ... 20% off all Quilters' Quarters fabrics, unless for a charity project ... then it is 50% off! See this page: https://atquiltersquarters.blogspot.com/p/feel-good-shopping-at-quilters-quarters.html

Donate to the Rick Palardy Scholarship Fund; see this web page for further details: http://www.terrycrawfordpalardy.com/apps/webstore/products/show/7431777
There never was a better man than Rick!
We need to help more become like him ♞

Saturday, April 22, 2017

April Showers ... but We Have Flowers (fabric, that is!)


April weather here has lived up to its "April Showers" reputation ... but sadly, wildfires rage in south-western Florida where residents are still in drought conditions.  Mother Nature seems to be rebelling against those in power who deny climate change caused by man's excesses ... and Mother Nature usually wins whatever conflict engages her.

flannels

Here in the quilt shop, despite the freezing temperatures that have delayed my cleaning the back of the barn for a group-sized workshop, quilters have been coming in to restock their shelves for projects ahead. For the entire month of April, I've offered 20 - 50% discounts on fabrics and notions. Quilters' Quarters has a good supply of batiks, of fifties-style strawberry prints, of pastel florals and ginghams, and many juvenile prints. We also have many bolts of quality flannels in juvenile prints and two color checks. As always, if I get a sale on 'last year's' prints, prices reflect those lower costs.  And if there is still an abundance of fabric bolts that don't yet fit on the shelves that Rick made for the shop, the discounts will continue into the month of May.
We have an abundance of fabric!

In late June (when the real summer begins at the Summer Solstice date of June 21st) the shop's abbreviated Spring hours will revert to our summer schedule of four days a week (Wednesday through Saturday) and longer open hours (11-7.)
Remember, though, if you need something outside of shop hours, you can call and ask me to be open when you can be here, and I'll try to accommodate you.

Quilt Quality prints, fifties-style

My inventory of vintage and antique sewing machines is beginning to dwindle, slowly. I still have one Featherweight (1950) available for sale, and a few model 99s, 66s and 128s for sale, some with and some without tables. The featherweight 221 will sell for $400, and the others will range between $60 and $120.

1950 Singer Featherweight 221 

I look forward to seeing "On The Go" Row by Row™ 2017 designs in our Quilters' Quarters contest.  Remember, the chosen design will win a $100 prize! The deadline for submissions is 4/29/2017.  Click on our RowbyRow2017 page for details.

I appreciate the many expressions of condolences for the passing of my husband and better half, Rick Palardy. There is a limited supply of his wooden creations in the shop for sale, and sadly, when they, too, are gone, there will be no others.

In Rick's memory, I've initiated a scholarship for our local high school. This award will be given to a male and a female student who intend to pursue a career in the manual trades (construction, highway, fire, ambulance, police, and other roles that protect and improve our community. There is a page on my website to help people donate via PayPal ... click this link to reach that page ... Donations are also accepted at the Georgetown TD Bank on Central Street, and in Quilters' Quarters as well. If you're on Facebook, visit this page to keep track of our progress.

Thanks for following us at the blog ... if you received this in an email, feel free to share it with your friends who will enjoy the Spring discounts at Quilters' Quarters!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Let's Try Again!

I'm game if you are. I don't see snow in our ten day forecast, so the shop will AGAIN try a re-opening tomorrow...

Remember, anyone who quilts or belongs to a guild or supports the quilt museum or is just a friendly-quilty-customer will receive a 20% discount on fabric for this opening and the rest of this month. (Guild members will receive that discount FOR THE ENTIRE YEAR ... have you thought about joining a guild?) And those who are buying fabrics, threads, etc. for charity projects will receive a 50% discount on those materials ... that's pure wholesale purchasing!

I've made a sample quilt top featuring some of the Spring fabrics here in stock at Quilters' Quarters in Georgetown Massachusetts (just two doors north of Perley School.) And I'll share the pattern for the featured block in this design: it's the Nine Patch Swap, offered by Missouri Star Quilt's Jennie. It's very easy to do and brings a lot of colors together in a block.

So come on in ... your patience will be rewarded!

And a reminder: every month, we donate ten percent of our gross sales in our best week to a non-profit charity ... and we accept donations for the Georgetown School Lunch Program every day ... Since January 1, with out sporadic openings for friends who call, we made enough sales through the end of March to have donated more than a hundred dollars to the lunch benefit (which offers free lunches to students whose accounts are in arrears and would otherwise have only a cheese sandwich and a piece of fruit ... which is not bad, but not nutritionally complete.)

You can always call if you need something during our closed days ... if I can, I will open for you. 978-352-2676.

Be well ... Spring might finally be arriving ... at a quilt shop near you!