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Monday, December 31, 2018

Happy New Year!

To welcome the new year, I'm offering a free copy and hands-on lesson for my snowflake machine applique quilt block. Quilters who visit this first week of the year will receive the pattern and a sample kit of winter fabrics to make one snowflake block. 

January 2019 QQ BOM
(Quilters' Quarters Block of the Month)

Quilters' Quarters will offer a new block with an original pattern and kit each month for 2019.  Patterns will be given free during the first week of each month, and can be purchased after that week with an accompanying kit containing enough fabric to make two blocks.   

At the end of the year, quilters will have collected enough patterns and fabric kits to make twenty-four quilt blocks, (enough to make a 4 by 6 block lap quilt.)

 This is my first attempt at designing a block of the month group, and I promise that each original pattern will offer you a new skill to learn and practice. 

I look forward to sharing these patterns and fabrics with you! 

Here is a photo of a child size lap quilt I made five years ago using my new (then) snowflake design.

A "Frozen-ish" lap quilt, made of
nine inch blocks with two inch sashings.

Thanks for signing up to follow this blog. Please feel free to share the email with your quilting friends.  Fabric discounts begun in 2018 will continue in 2019 ... all customers will receive a 20% discount; friends who become frequent customers will receive a member discount of 40% on fabrics cut from the bolt. Quilters who are working on charity projects can purchase fabrics for those fabrics at 50% off.
Wishing all a healthy and peaceful 2019.
~ Terry

Friday, December 21, 2018

Wishing you a Peaceful, Gentle Christmas!

Quilters' Quarters will not be open again now until after Christmas, but I want to thank everyone who made December a positive month for me. This time of year has always, in a teacher's life, been hectic and stressful, but the past two have been filled with changes and loss. Your visits to the shop, even if you aren't purchasing anything, keep me involved and emotionally invested in providing whatever I can, as inexpensively as I can, for quilters.

For thirty years, I would tally up at the end of the year the amounts I spent on classroom supplies, student projects, school initiatives, graduate courses, educational books and videos, bulletin board materials, and so on and so on, just in case I would be audited to prove I had spent those hundreds of dollars at my job. Living on a pension is different than having a full salary, particularly when I no longer have a partner with a pension or salary ... (teachers don't qualify for spousal SS income.) But I am fortunate in that Rick and I had finished mortgage payments a few months before he died, and had only an equity loan for the remodeling and roofing of the upper barn to pay off. It's less than the mortgage amount, and I can manage it within my budget.

The reason I'm sharing this is to reassure all of you that my giving healthy discounts to faithful quilters is not putting me in any financial distress. As I've explained to some, I've already earned my living once, and have the pension to show for it. If I can continue to pay just the utilities from the shop sales, I am content to continue to run this shop as a cooperative for quilters.

Instead of tallying up school material purchases, I've tallied my sales for the year. I offer 20, 40 and 50% discounts on all of my fabrics ... and have a rack card in the shop that tells who gets which discounts and why ... it averaged out this year to a 31% discount overall ... which means I still had about 19% over the cost of the purchases to use on utilities. So what I'm doing is working well enough. My pension covers my household expenses, and the shop is finally able to earn enough to pay for itself while still providing an opportunity to meet quilters' needs with discounts and without stretching their budgets, nor mine.

I feel satisfied in being able to do what I do ... I love teaching young and old to quilt. I love learning with them new techniques via You Tube. I love sharing ideas and beautiful fabrics and cups of tea or coffee with those who visit. I'm happiest when I'm finishing a quilt for a veteran, or a smaller one for the fire and police departments to have on hand when needed.

I would be lying if I said life is good ... I miss Rick every hour of every day. When I'm in the shop, I can feel his presence still there. When I talk with newcomers about the few remaining vintage and antique machines, I feel his warmth sharing the information with me. When someone mentions his woodworking, or his sense of humor, or his patience, strength and generous spirit, I remember his love and his confidence in us together.

 I am sad when I think about how ready he was to work in his new space ... to take advantage of the insulation and windows and light in his new workshop upstairs ... of his plans to be sorting through patterns until his shoulder would have healed enough to get back to his wood art. I intend to chase some of that sadness away in the next year or two by learning to use his scrollsaw to finish some of the work he had begun ... it is there waiting for me ... patterns afixed to panels of Baltic Birch Plywood, pilot holes already drilled and ready for the tiny saw blades ...

When good weather returns, I'll continue to spend three days in the fabric shop, but will spend some of the rest of the week upstairs in Rick's woodworking shop, with his sixties music playing loud enough to hear over the sound of the machinery. And I know he will be with me there. This, I believe. He often said, when cutting out wooden ornaments and while I painted them: "It is always Christmas at the  Palardy's house." I will make that true again, in time. There will always be little ones looking for Santa's helper shop. There will always be grownups enjoying the smell of freshly worked wood.

Meanwhile, thanks for your patience, your company and your support.

Wishing you a peaceful, loving Christmas and happy new year ahead.
~ Terry (and Rick in spirit)

Friday, December 7, 2018

What's Under Your Needle?

The second week of December begins, and for some, the push is on to finish holiday gifts. 

I would love to see, and share, photos of projects that you are finishing this month as gifts.

Send me your photos at my email ( 'blog share' as a subject, and I will transfer the images here to the blog with whatever information you provide. If you used a specific pattern, please try to identify it to both credit the creating artist and to guide others who may want to find his/her work.

I look forward to hosting this exchange of ideas and talents!

As for me ... I continue to work on a civil war potholder quilt for a special nephew who has retired from his career as a Chief Petty Officer in the US Navy.  Here are a few blocks ... 

I am quilting "as I go," block by block, some with a walking foot, and some with a hopping/free motion foot. I do some work on my Bernina Activa 125, born in this century, and some on my Singer Featherweight 221, badged in 1950. Just this past week I ordered a Featherweight Sew Steady extension table from the Henry Family in Idaho, and am having a lot of fun using it for these blocks. 

Wishing you all a safe and peaceful holiday season!