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Sunday, November 18, 2018

The First Snow, and Impending Heat!

It has been a long time coming, and while it is not yet turned on, the new heater is in place at Quilters' Quarters.  A length of pipe connecting to the outside vent is all that remains to be found and fitted. And then, we will be able to share quilting ideas and stories and plans in relative comfort!

As a result of this investment, Quilters' Quarters will be able to remain open during the cold winter months, welcoming quilters who are hunkered down for the winter and looking for fabrics for their next project.

42 piece 5" squares
retail $13.00
 A few quilters were in last week, braving the cold and looking for red white and blue jelly roll strips. 
24 pieces, 2.5": x 44" strips
retail $24.00

They also noticed the Havel rotary cutter/ruler that I use there in the shop, and inquired about purchasing one. I'm happy to say that I was able to find both items and they will be shipped out early this week, from Ohio. 

Havel Fabric ruler with sliding rotary cutter
overall length 28", retail $59.95

And of course, if one is using red white and blue to make patriotic quilts, one might also want red white and blue threads ... I've stocked some cones and spools from Superior Threads to go with these fabrics.

Looking forward to seeing you and sharing the warmth of Quilters' Quarters this winter season!
Happy Thanksgiving, all.

*As always, thanks for reading my blog. If you've received this in your email, thanks, too, for following Quilters' Quarters on the web. Feel free to share this email with your friends. And remember: every quilter receives AT LEAST a 20% discount on retail prices, and you might receive more ~ Unlike the gas stations, I don't charge a fee above the price if you are using a credit card; rather, I give an additional 6.25% discount if you use cash or checks (it's the equivalent of no sales tax!) And ALL CHARITY PROJECT PURCHASES receive a 50% discount.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Time to Vote

Quilters' Quarters customers donated another fifty dollars, collectively, these past two months, and the money went over to the school superintendent today to be deposited into the school lunch program to help students whose accounts are in arrears.  The superintendent and school committee always express their thanks to these anonymous donations at their regular monthly meetings. Thank you, all, for offering the odd change via the envelope at the shop.

Tuesday this week is election day, though I've heard that the turnout for early voting has been significantly larger than it was four years ago.  Some say that the numbers will rival the presidential election two years ago, which is very unusual for mid term elections. I encourage everyone to give careful thought to what form of government we want for our present, and for our future. What has made our democratic republic secure these past few centuries is the system of checks and balances ... similar to that of Great Britain's Parliament, with two opposing factions learning to find concensus in the middle of the divide. 

Our three branches of government, currently, are each dominated by one of the two factions, and the system of checks and balances has been stymied, allowing one party to consistently override the other. This is not a healthy way to conduct government for our country.

But more distressing than the lopsided imbalance is the increasingly negative tone that dominates our newsfeeds ... the anger and disrespect toward our first amendment freedom of the press is only one aspect of the downward spiral ... the behavior of both politicians and their avid followers sets a very poor behavioral standard for our children and grandchildren.

Quilters are some of the most generous, good natured, kind, compassionate people I have ever known, and I wish all were more publicly visible to the larger populace. But you are not ... your charitable works, dedicated patience, and experienced wisdom remains unseen by much of America, more's the pity. One hundred years ago, such women mustered up the courage to speak publicly of their disagreements with the faction in power at the time ~ the male gender of privilege ~ the 'free, white and 21' citizens who could vote and own property, even after the turn of the century (1900.) And so they marched, and spoke, and shared their inequalities, and with patience and fortitude, they succeeded in turning the tide and gaining the right to be part of 'We the People.'

I ask that all of you vote with conscience ... vote your values, your true values, your privately held values, not the values printed on baseball caps and t-shirts by politicians' wealthy lobbyists.  Whether you vote red or blue, vote true, for your and your children and grandchildren's lives do depend on what kind of government we have ahead of us in this new century.
Vote for people who will work to rebuild our reputation as a positive environment for all. Vote for people who will rebuild alliances with like-minded countries, rather than with autocrats and dictators who care little for human rights. Vote for people you will not be embarrassed by ... vote for people whose values mirror your own. 

And be willing to live with those values exposed to the public, be they values of 'me and mine first' and 'not in my back yard' or values of 'share and share alike' and 'support the common good.'  Vote for people who will stand up for your values. I know you are all good people. You are generous, good natured, kind and compassionate.  You are Quilters. Please vote to share that goodness. Vote to encourage goodness.


~ Terry