Rick and I are doing our best to make the shop as user-friendly as we can ... we're buying a wider variety of fabrics to entice the quilting community ... but we're holding on to our notions and threads, antique sewing machines, lapel pins and all the little things that generate commentary among our customers.
And sales reps from companies like Moda, Quilting Treasures, Wilmington Prints and Mirah Princess Batiks are bringing new choices to us each month. Timeless Treasures, Benartek, Riley Blake and other familiar names are still arriving from online distributors, as well.
One of the bigger changes (ironically) is our decision to buy smaller in size: pre-cuts will begin to appear in more abundance, as they can show the variety available in smaller spaces. We'lll have charm packs of 5" squares and layer cakes of 10" squares in full 40 count and smaller 20 count sizes, to help customers sample fabrics and prints at lower prices. And we're planning on holding a few outdoor tent-sales during the good weather ahead!
Our friend Ann Lainhart is expanding the beautiful pre-cut fabrics she shares with us, adding half-yards to her collection in our shop.
The big event for Quilters' Quarters this year will be the Humble Beginnings Adventure in the fall. The six small quilt shops will be hosting quilters on Friday Saturday and Sunday September 30 through October 2. Our shop hop also coincides with the Merrimack Valley Quilt Show in its new venue in Newburyport (Sept. 29 and 30), just seven or eight miles north of Quilters' Quarters ... so plan on seeing that show while you're in our area for weekend shop hopping!
Humble Beginnings will introduce you to six small but growing quilt shops ~ an adventure pass can be purchased for $6.00 at any of the six shops, and will provide you with a different quilt block pattern with fabric enough to make two blocks at each shop, for a beautifully designed quilt, with a unique sample quilt using these blocks on display in each of the six shops. How great a deal is that!
Quilters' Quarters has already sponsored two community groups through our "Feel Good Shopping" promotion, in which your shopping with us provides ten percent of your purchase prices to a local non-profit organization. And of course, each customer also will receive ten percent of their five visits as store credit. And best of all, we keep track of your amounts FOR you, filing the Five Box Loyalty cards here in the shop so you don't have to remember to bring them each visit!
Please share this link with your quilting friends and relatives, so they, too, can find and enjoy Quilters' Quarters. And thank you for your loyalty!
Terry's email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Terry's webstore: TerryCrawfordPalardy.com (remember, if you see something here at the blog and you don't see it at our webstore, just email me and I'll put it up for on-line sale.)
Rick's website: www.woodentoyandgift.net
Rick's blog: WTandGNews.blogspot.com