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You can purchase many items from our shop at our web store, via PayPal. http://www.terrycrawfordpalardy.com/apps/webstore/.
You can also email or telephone me to order an item: .978-352-2676;
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Please make checks out to Quilters' Quarters or Terry's Thoughts and Threads Many thanks.

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!


Sunday, March 26, 2017

Sharing Tips While Waiting for Warmth

As the shop is still closed, I decided I would use this post to offer some reminders that are answers I've suggested to questions that arise in lessons.

Threads and Thread Spools
  • Thread comes in many different styles today, and so do thread spools. An easy way to remember which spool for which spool holder is this: 
  • Vertical Spool Pins (standing upright) take thread spools that look like those you have known all your life. The thread is wound on them vertically, and so comes off the spool best on a vertical spool pin. All old sewing machines have Vertical Spool Pins and have a piece of felt, or a lovely little crocheted doily, underneath the spool of thread - which protects both the machine's surface and the thread spool itself.
  • Horizontal Spool Pins (which look like they are laying on their side) seem to have arrived when machines began being made of plastic, and they are best used with spools that are 'cross wound' (like Mettler, Aurifil and others) The spool of thread remains stationary on the horizontal spool, and an 'end cap' is placed at the end of the pin to keep the spool from being pulled off.
  • Cones are like cross wound spools, and they must have their threads pulled over the top of the cone ... a thread spool stand is often recommended, but I find a teacup behind your machine works just as well.
  • Bob, at Superior Threads, has a great video that explains these different types of spools and spool pins (and advertises his company's thread spool holder which accommodates all types of spools.) It is well worth watching ~ forgive him, for he does confuse the words horizontal and vertical at one point in the video ... but he does know what he is talking about.
  •  http://www.superiorthreads.com/videos/thread-delivery-system/

Old Sewing Machines
  • Vintage and antique machines require oiling, and manuals are helpful in showing you exactly where to oil the machines. For Featherweights, there are some ports that require oil every eight hours of use, and others that only require semi-annual attention. Whatever machine you have, a manual can be found online, and is essential for good maintenance. You can maintain these machines yourself as well or better than any sewing machine shop. 
  • Cleaning the surface of a vintage or antique, black, heavy sewing machine requires only sewing machine oil, a soft cloth, and elbow grease. Water based products (household detergents) will damage or possibly remove the decals on a machine.
  • Some of these machines  (including those dated 1930s and later) have electric motors that will also need attention and care. Worn electrical wires can be replaced simply with a trip to the big box hardware stores. Motors require Lubrication, not Oiling. Any place that requires Oiling (see your manual) does NOT take Lubrication. Make sure you have the right product:
  • Oil = sewing machine oil. Light weight, clear or white in color. When it yellows, throw it out.   Apply only ONE DROP where indicated in manual.
  • Lube = grease ... like vaseline, or sewing machine lubricant, Usually in a squeeze tube, clear or white in color, applied to gears or into the ports of a motor. See your manual for clear directions and frequency.
  • P B Blaster = a penetrating spray that will lubricate hard-to- turn or remove SCREWS ... not meant for lubricating a motor.
  • Evaporust = a solution that is reusable, biodegradable, harmless but does a terrific job in just a few hours of soaking to remove rust from chrome faceplates, throat plates, screws and other shiny metal parts. 
Modern Machines
  • Machines between the decades of nineteen fifties through early seventies may also need scheduled oiling, according to their manuals. But machines from the eighties and later have been manufactured NOT to need oiling ... they are constructed with a different type of lubricant that is more or less permanent in its viscosity. Check your machine, and if it does not ask you to oil it, don't. But check carefully so that you won't miss it if it does need oil.
I am happy to help anyone with a question about their machine ... while I am not an expert at modern machines that have circuit boards, computer connections, visual screens etc., I can help you maintain your own machine and trouble shoot tension problems if it is an older model... and you have a manual (or I can find one online for you.) Most problems are related to tension setting or timing, and on the old Singer's I'm very familiar with solutions to those problems. One very simple suggestion is to make sure you have the same weight thread in both the top feed and in the bobbin, as a difference will affect your tension. 

I still have several functioning sewing machines in the shop that are for sale; treadles, hand cranks, electrics ... dating from 1920's through 1970's.  Sadly, Rick is no longer here to make new wooden bases for them, but there are people online who do the same type of work and do ship their products from here in the United States. I can help you find them. 

You can stop into the shop to see me, or send me an email to arrange help with your sewing machine. 
  • Email - needlesandpens@comcast.net  (Yes, PENS ... I sew and I write.)
  • Shop phone - 978-352-2676  please leave your name and number first, then a brief message and I'll get back to you. (I don't have caller ID so need that info.)
Happy Sewing - see you in April!
Shop Hours: Thursday noon to 5pm, Friday noon to 5pm, Saturday noon to 3pm

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

More Winter Weather Ahead

Quilters' Quarters will remain closed for the rest of the month of March, as more winter weather is forecast for our area.

The shop is too cold to enjoy the beauty and reasonable prices; the discounts will still be offered to Spring shoppers who return in April.

Saturday, April 1st, will be our new re-opening date.

My apologies to all. Your patience is appreciated.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Fewer Hours but Greater Sales

Quilt made of Rick's plaid flannel shirts and others,
made by our quilter friends in memory of his work
I have reduced the number of days that my quilt/fabric shop will be open as my better half is no longer with me ... Losing Rick early Christmas morning was a shock and his departure has truly broken my heart. I want to continue with the shop to honor his and my commitment to bring fabrics and notions to a local site that doesn't involve highway driving, and to bring the prices to a more reasonable level for people who do such charitable work as part of their days.
To that end, I'd like to let all know that Quilters' Quarters in Georgetown (two driveways north of Perley School on North Street) will have Spring Hours on Thursday and Friday from noon to 5pm, and on Saturday from noon to 3pm. But though the hours and days have decreased, the sales and discounts have increased; anyone who belongs to any guild or other charitable organization, or who supports the New England Quilt Museum in Lowell, or who just sews for family, friends and charities, will receive a 50% discount (that's wholesale pricing) on any materials bought for charitable projects. And there will also be a 20% discount on all fabrics and notions bought for personal use.
This is not a 'going out of business' sale ... but is intended to get the bulk of my inventory into the hands of the people who will make the best use of it. Rick built as many shelves and cabinets as we had room for, and they are currently full of beautiful fabrics bought from various quilt-quality vendors. I have very low overhead (as anyone who has visited the shop on a cold day can attest.) I'm not trying to run a business to 'earn a living' - I've earned my living, teaching thirty years in a good school district. I'm not out to beat other quilt shops' prices down ... I simply want to be a pipeline of reasonably-priced, quality goods.
Quilters' Quarters 'Feel Good Shopping' program will continue to support the Georgetown Public School's Lunch Program in donating funds monthly to provide a real school lunch to children whose accounts are in arrears for whatever reason. And we will also donate to other non-profits, such as the Lowell quilt museum, our local fire department, the public library, etc.
Quilters' Quarters is my way of giving back to the wonderful people who have welcomed me into this community of giving and doing. When I had to retire from my classrooms due to a debilitating diagnosis, I thought I would never again be part of an inspiring, collegial, giving community. But I am. And better yet, Rick was, also. He shared his connections with me, and helped me re-integrate into our small town after having taught elsewhere for so many years. I was truly blessed to have Rick in my life for fifty years ... I now have to learn how to best use my time so that I can rejoin him one day.
Thank you for being a part of what public good I can do with Quilters' Quarters.
UPDATE on Vintage Sewing Machines:
One Featherweight has sold. Another is ready for sale.
One Red Eye model 66 Singer Treadle is sale pending.
Other treadles and their cabinets are available and ready for your maintenance.
White model 77 in cabinet has sold.
 Singers are still waiting to be re-homed...
Singer model 99 

Please share this email with those who would want to know about Quilters' Quarters in Georgetown, Massachusetts. Let them know that the shop is just a few miles west of route 95, and just two driveways north of Perley School on North Street. 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Quilters' Quarters is Now Open: 20% Discount on ALL fabric opening week!

Welcome back to all our quilters and sewists. I've missed your company and conversations during these two winter months. The shop is ready for your return and I look forward to seeing everyone again.


Sweet cotton flannel with spring birds and butterflies
This winter has brought some changes to our community - the most significant being the loss of my husband, Rick, who died suddenly of an unexpected heart attack early Christmas morning. Life is very different now, as he and I were nearly inseparable and spent most of our time together. We were fortunate to have these past six years of retirement and never expected our Happily Ever After season to end so quickly.



I know he was pleased with our past year together ... many people came into the shop via Row by Row™ and Humble Beginnings, and when they found his woodworking art here with the fabrics and quilts, they were very complimentary. His work was beautifully done and appreciated by so many of you, and I am grateful that those wonderful memories will be with me for the future.



I will be selling off (or giving away) many of the antique and vintage sewing machines that Rick and I acquired over the past two years in the shop; restoring them to their wonderful, beautiful selves was a project we shared, and without him it is one I will be unable to fulfill, as the woodworking part of restoration is something I cannot do. If you spoke to me before this and have been waiting for a word from me that a  particular type of machine is ready for sale, please get in touch and remind me, as my memory has not improved since we last met.



In time, Rick's showroom of his wooden art will be reopened to visitors. Some of his work will be on display at our local public library just around the block, as Rick was a large part of the Friends of the Georgetown Peabody Library, and they, too, want to honor his work.



If the shop continues to attract enough customers as it has in the past few years, it will remain open. I have plenty of fabric in stock, and am happy to acquire whatever types of notions you wish to find here. I am able to sell things at a reasonable price as I buy much of what is here at a wholesale warehouse here in Massachusetts. My goal in opening this quilt shop four years ago was two-fold:

  • I wanted to provide quilters and sewists a local setting to gather and find the necessities of sewing without taking to the highway. Having a low overhead here at my shop helps me keep retail prices reasonable.
  • My other goal was to help Rick promote his art with greater visibility ... I knew that quilters were a community of artists themselves, and would have an appreciation for the dedication Rick put into each one of his many creations. 


There won't be any more shelves added to my space, nor any more delightful pairs of wooden scissors, or Christmas ornaments, or plaques for American Heroes. But Rick's spirit will always be with me in the shop, and it will remain a comfortable place for quilters to come and gather, and share their stories, their quilts, their questions and their challenges. 

Please come by and say hello when you're in the area ... I look forward to seeing all of you, again, and sharing your stories, and ours,


email: needlesandpens@comcast.net   phone: 978-352-6758

New Spring Schedule for Quilters' Quarters: 
Thursday, Friday noon - 5pm, 
Saturday noon-3pm.
Lessons to be scheduled before and after shop hours. 

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Ten Days of Winter Closure Left


Ten days until Quilters' Quarters re-opens.

Soft 'Pre-opening' sale on Wednesday 3/1/2017 with a special 25% discount.

Grand Re-Opening Sale of 20% discount on Thursday 3/2/17 through Saturday 3/4/17.

Spring 2017 schedule will be Thursday and Friday, 12-5 and Saturdays 12-3. Other hours more convenient for individual customers can be arranged by appointment (call 978-352-2676 or email needlesandpens@comcast.net.)

Summer 2017 schedule will resume evening hours to accommodate Row by Row™ travelers, with Thursday, Friday and Saturday hours from 12-7.

As the sun begins setting earlier, Fall hours may return to the Spring Schedule.

Don't forget to sign on to follow our blog so you won't miss any fabric, notions and sales updates. Look to the right margin for the "Follow Us" invitation. 

Friday, February 3, 2017

Late Winter Update

Quilters' Quarters and Wooden Toy and Gift have been in hibernation this month and last, The plan is to reopen the the fabric and notion part of the shop at the beginning of March, with a schedule of Thursday and Friday, 12-5 and Saturdays 12-3. Other hours more convenient for customers can be arranged by appointment (call 978-352-2676 or email needlesandpens@comcast.net.)

Wooden Toy and Gift's founder and wood artisan, Rick, passed away this  Christmas; it will take a little longer to organize the space of that shop to display the beautiful items he had made. Some will be for sale; others will be displayed in memory of his talents and spirit.  The kind thoughts and prayers that have been shared on behalf of Rick are very much appreciated.

Antique Sewing Machines for Sale!
Many of the vintage and antique sewing machines will be offered for sale in the shop this year. The goal of Quilters' Quarters has been, and will remain, to teach visitors how to maintain their own family treasures. The machines in the shop have been acquired at low prices, with minimal parts to bring them into working order, and will be sold at the combined costs of those parts, with a small labor fee. The machines include some early twentieth century dated model 66s with beautiful Red Eye decals and the familiar, easy to use metal rotary bobbin; model 99s (which is, basically, a 3/4 size Singer 66);  model 27s and 128s (with a vibrating shuttle 'bullet' bobbin) with unique decal decorations. The machines may be in a five or seven drawer treadle table, or in a portable case/base with hand crank option. These machines will sell between $75 and $150 each.

More Sewing Machines:
Newer vintage machines dating in the 1960s and early 1970s have been professionally serviced before being brought to Quilters' Quarters, and are for sale by their quilter/owner, with a 'best offer' pricing. One of these is the coveted 'work horse' White model 77, known for powering through many layers with its strong electric motor. Another is a Singer model 257 with metal, not plastic, gears. Both of these come with a sewing cabinet.

And the Desirable Featherweight 221 is Available~
Three Singer Featherweight machines, model 221, dating in the 1950's, will be sold at a higher price as they were purchased more expensively. Beginning price for a Featherweight will be $400.00  One of the three has already been reserved. And the highly regarded David McCallum's Singer Featherweight 221 and I maintenance books, with  a flat spring binding, full size pages and clear illustrations, are also available in the shop for a reasonable price at Quilters' Quarters.

Quilters' Quarters is again enrolled as a Row by Row™ shop for 2017, and there is a page for this event here at the blog, in the right hand margin's table of contents.

I look forward to seeing each of you this spring, summer and fall. New fabrics have arrived and will bring the new seasons to you and yours. For our early visitors, dressing warmly in layers is recommended as the weather may still be quite cold in March, and the shops are, of course, in a barn. We'll have some heat, but not a lot.

Terry Crawford Palardy
Author, kindle books can be purchased here at Amazon.com.
Paperbacks also available in the shop, and at Amazon.