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.
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.
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