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Sunday, October 6, 2019

Out with the Old, and In with the New...

Many who have visited the shop have noted the old treadle machines that Rick and I collected and restored, and passed on to new 'caretakers.' Other than the Featherweights which we sold for a church benefit, many of our Foster Machines were given away to young students and older enthusiasts ... one was a shop hop first prize, and one was a quilt show raffle item ... others just came and went as we had time to find missing parts and spend elbow grease cleaning and restoring these old treasures.

It's time now for me to let go of that passion; not only do I miss Rick's company, enthusiasm and talent in restoring these beauties; I also lost the source of my machines' missing parts ... Cindy Peters passed away not too long after Rick, and without Rick and Cindy, my interest in restoration has waned ... so I am in the process now of finding new homes for those machines that we did NOT have time together to fix, clean and restore. There are only a few left in the shop, and a few more in the house.




In their space, I will be bringing a new adventure to life ... I am purchasing a "Sweet Sixteen" sit down long arm quilting machine.  Unlike a full size long arm, with which the quilter moves the machine across the span of the quilt, this sit down model uses Free Motion quilting skills, so I and a few of my friends are boning up on teaching our muscles to remember the motions of making feathers, curves, arcs, swirls and such... One of us has read a book that calls it 'train the brain' to facilitate muscle memory. Who said we can't teach old dogs new tricks?



While it is sad to say goodbye to old treasures, it is a wonderful blessing to be able to replace them with new opportunities. I trust that our 'fosters' will have happy landings in their new settings...

Stay tuned for more information ahead ... I'll also be adding our Bernina 180 Embroidery Machine to the shop ... we're turning the back room into a place for individual lessons! Now, I just have to learn how to make that embroidery machine module sew where I want it to sew! Rick had mastered it, and he could make it do wonderful things ... I have a few new coaches that are trying to help me learn new things... it's not a new model, so we ought to get along... and maybe my coaches will offer classes for others, too. 



As always, thanks for following the Quilters' Quarters' blog. Please feel free to invite your friends to sign up at the top of the page to follow with you. Remind them that ALL quilters get 20% off fabric and notions, and that some who visit often get more. All charity project materials are sold at 50% off, as well.

Friday, September 27, 2019

Zanzibar prints and a few others...


 Beautiful new prints titled Zanzibar by Quilting Treasures arrived this week!





The teal blue is from a line called KASHMIR prints, also from Quilting Treasures.


And this fun bolt features balloon animals!


All of these Quilting Treasurers feature new digitized printing, allowing more vibrant colors without losing any of the well known 'soft hand' that makes this employee-owned company so famous and respected. Retail price for each yard is $11.60, but Quilters' Quarters always has a discounted price ... 20, 40 or 50% less!

The shop will be closed on Friday October 4th as a friend is in need of hospital transport ... but will be open as usual from noon to 5 pm on the Thursday and the Saturday.

Come on in and see what else is in store! 

Thanks for signing up to follow this blog. If you are reading this in your email, please feel free to share this with your email friends. Fabric discounts continue in 2019 ... all customers will receive a 20% discount; folks who become frequent customers will receive a member discount of 40% on everything cut from the bolt. Quilters who are working on charity projects can purchase fabrics for those at 50% discounted!
Terry



Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Do you want to make some toss pillows?

I can purchase pillow forms from an online wholesaler.  I had ordered some a few years ago for a customer, and she was pleased with them ... I think she ordered the down filled forms ... 

This week, I ordered some regular poly-filled forms, because they were more affordable and I knew they could be washed and dried as needed. I plan to turn a spare bedroom into a playroom, and wanted to use the bed as a day-bed, so needed pillows to dress it up.

Imagine my surprise when the smaller, 16" x 16" pillow forms arrived ... six of them ... in a box that I thought must hold only two!  And then I opened the box ... and found what appeared to be six flat, seemingly-deflated, balloons! But they were not as light as deflated balloons would have been...and so I tentatively reached into the box and drew one out.

It was a wrapped white fabric (I thought,) wrapped in a clear plastic bag. When I slit the bag open, nothing happened ... until I pulled the item out of its plastic wrapper ... it began to decompress ~ it had been vacuum-sealed into the wrapper. I had my doubts ... I'd seen vacuum-sealed vegetables at my mother-in-law's house years ago,  and while the bag was deflated, the green beans had their same size and shape, before and after opening.  But within moments, the pillow form achieved its intended shape and size ... I measured it ... and then struggled to put it into the fabric cover I'd made for it. It fit perfectly, and retained its shape!  When I opened the second one, I put it into its fabric cover more quickly, before it reached full size, and it was a bit easier!

I've made four pillows so far, and will make a few more to fill out the look of the intended day-bed. In time, my grandchildren will perhaps enjoy their soft cushy nest. Meanwhile, I'll order more pillow forms and make some up for gifts.

The forms took only two business days to arrive. If you want some, let me know what size you'd like. And if you're not sure how to make a pillow, I'll be happy to show you a way with just fabric, no zipper. If you'd rather a zipper, we can figure that out together, too.

I'll price these forms to agree with the regular retail price at fabric shops, but remember, you'll always get your Quilters' Quarters discount! 
Yes, that sad looking thing on the right is the pillow form

But to its left is a pillow made with one of these 'flat' forms! 
It fills out nicely and fairly quickly once the
plastic wrapper is removed!
left

Two sixteen inch and two twenty-two inch pillows ...
it's a start!

You'll find a complete size and price list, but for a start here are a few of the sizes available at the online warehouse ... I can order what you would like and it will be here within a matter of days.

Pillow Form Size
Poly-filled
Feather/Down filled


16” square
$11.99
$18.50
18” square
$14.50
$23.50
22” square
18.99
$36.00
24” square
$20.99
$40.00

Friday, September 6, 2019

More to See at Quilters' Quarters

They apparently had a backlog of fabric orders overseas (where many of our fabrics today are printed.) But the July order of Quilting Treasures fabrics arrived this week, and I'm told the August order will be here sometime in the next month ... then more later as winter begins. 

Fabric prices have increased each year ... those I purchase from the companies directly show the steadiest climb, and today's prices can run between 11 and 13 dollars per yard, retail. But you will always have at least a 20% reduction in per yard prices at Quilters' Quarters ... and sometimes I can buy last year's prints at a lower price, and when I get a sale, so do you!

Here's what arrived just the other day:
This line is titled Blanc et Noir, and I chose
the floral and 'scribbled floral' bolts


Carnivale Dots and Floral Designs


The unicorns measure about five inches in length
and are scattered across the 44" width of fabric.  





Here they are shown with some batik fabrics
that blend beautifully with the Mystical line.

Artworks Rainbow Animal Panels is the name of this line ...
the animal bolt has alternating zebras and elephants

The blender bolt that accompanies the panel is called
"Paint Strokes."

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Beautiful New Fabrics Arrived

Six bolts of beautiful Timeless Treasures 100% cotton quilt-quality fabrics arrived this morning.  When I get a sale, so do you! A beautiful black on black blender, two gorgeous colorful prints and three sweet Tonga Batiks priced to sell before the summer season ends! Stop by to see these bolts ... and enjoy working with nature's beauty as you stay cool indoors...




Timeless Treasures "Electric Trees" and "Garden Sanctuary"

Garden Sanctuary print by Timeless Treasures $7.00  yard

Tonga Batiks by Timeless Treasures, $9.00 // yard
And another bolt arrived ... this one is a panel that measures 36" x 44" and bears the Psalm 23:6 verse ... "Goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life."

Designed by Susan Winget, for Springs Creative fabrics


Come back to this page later today to see the July Block of the Month ... and more information on Quilters' Quarters stock. 

Sunday, June 23, 2019

June 2019 Block of the Month at Quilters' Quarters!

I didn't want to post the block until the new Clover tool for making yo yo's arrived at Quilters' Quarters - but now they are here ... and we are half way through the 2019 block of the month patterns and kits! I think you'll like this new way of forming the yo yo's ... I've made hundreds of them through the years ... some for family quilts (my first quilt ever~) and some for Books in Bloom entries ... But here is my favorite so far, made with the Clover tool!

A rusty-looking watering can filled with bright June blossoms,
set on a background of fabric that echoes 1970 kitchen wallpapers!


Clover Yo-Yo Maker
Very clear directions in several languages,
 and free patterns for various yo yo uses!
Less than $6.00 each with your QQ discount.
Only five more of each in stock at Quilters' Quarters.




These are the first six months' QQ 2019 BOM blocks.
Patterns, fabrics, tools for each are available at
Quilters' Quarters in Georgetown, Massachusetts.
Quantities are limited!

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Zipper Sale!

Quilters' Quarters is receiving some much needed maintenance this month ... this weekend, a new storm door replaced the old one, which was decaying from the moisture ... and many of you had tried to close it and found it wouldn't line up anymore with the frame.

But new storm doors are no longer made of wood, and some don't have much in the way of horizontal  or cross-cut structure, as the old ones had. So to help myself, and all of my visitors, avoid blindly walking into and through the nearly invisible screen, I've hung ribbons and colorful zippers across the screen, at eye level!
Look closely to see the red white and blue zippers~
on the nearly-invisible screen door.



To celebrate the new door and its 'decorations,' I'm having a sale on 14" nylon zippers ... both the traditional style, and the new 'invisible' style. I'll be helping people find videos on you tube that instruct you in creating 'box pouches' using fusible fleece ... with your choice of a visible or invisible zipper.
The yellow zipper is 'invisible' when sewn in;
the blue zipper is the traditional style.
Both at Quilters' Quarters for 75 cents each!

Quilters' Quarters does not stock the invisible zipper pressser foot, but you can find them for your favorite sewing machine at eBay, Amazon, and in quilt shops that sell new sewing machines.
This is the bottom of the new clip on 
invisible zipper presser foot.
For those choosing an invisible zipper, there is another you tube video that you will find instructive ... and another clip-on "invisible zipper" presser foot that you might or might not have in your collection, depending on the age of your machine. I found some on eBay, for Singer and Brother low shank sewing machines, and for Bernina tall shank as well.

Two coordinating pouches in dark and light
purple prints, made for my granddaughter's
vacation!


Stop in to Quilters' Quarters for help with the directions ... I'm happy to learn with you!

Here are the links:
Zippered pouch bag tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-SsfnXbVrc
Invisible Zipper Foot instuctional tutorial:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ttAN0D1XOI

Stay tuned for the June Quilters' Quarters Block of the Month photo in the next post!

Thursday, May 9, 2019

May Flowers

The lilac bush in our back yard in South Boston grew at the edge of the man-made cliff ... hundreds of years of coal furnace ash built up the land behind our two family home, creating a space that measured about 12 x 15 feet and ample room for a five line clothesline, an ash shed for the rubbish barrels, and a lilac bush.  When we moved to Georgetown, we found a similar old fashioned lilac outside the screened in porch, and enjoyed the fragrant blooms each May. The date of blossoms opening varied with the weather year to year, but I planned to carry some of our home grown lilacs as my wedding bouquet ... unfortunately, that year the bush bloomed early and by the thirtieth they had all passed their bloom. My bride's bouquet forty nine years ago, a small white, French family bible covered with trailing stephanotis, was instead a simple one. But every year following our wedding, Rick brought lilacs into the house whenever in May they bloomed, and we enjoyed their beauty and scent for weeks. He could always reach the best blooms at the top of the bush.

Curved blossoms, heart shaped leaves and wooden stems...
This month's QQ Block of the Month honors those lilacs ... The background is a deep blue print that echoes the cool, clear spring skies here in New England;the blossoms are made with Moda marble swirl fabrics, the  leaves and lilac blossoms are fused in place and will be decoratively quilted. The stem is a simple narrow zig zag stitch repeated three or four times. The pattern and various appropriate fabrics are available in the shop upon request.

The shop itself will be once again 'under construction' at times this spring and summer ... old clapboards are sagging, the window shutters are losing their louvers, paint is peeling, the storm door has paid its dues and will be replaced with a newer model, and some windows need replacing.  I had enough of a tax refund this year to do one large project and had two to choose from ... and the shop repairs won out over the new kitchen floor.  Such is life in New England, where one's barn is always prioritized, as it is where one's occupation takes place. One step at a time, one project per year ... eventually it will be as good as a two hundred year old barn can be.

I took my first sick day in five years today ... Grieving my loss of Rick sometimes leaves me without wind. But tomorrow is another day, and things to be done await. I'll be out in the shop at noon for quilters looking for fabric, notions and ideas.

As always, thank you for reading this. Please share the link for this blog with your quilting friends ... tell them of the automatic discounts that increase with time. I look forward to seeing you all. New shipments of fabric will occur in June, August and November ... come check on what's on hand each season!

Thursday, April 18, 2019

April Showers!

The April 2019 block of trhe month for Quilters' Quarters is ready at the shop ...  pattern is free, and kit with all materials, including fusibles, is priced at $10.00, less your personal discount, of course.

The raindrops, umbrella and bunny are fused to
the block using Heat'nBond heavy duty.

I've been visited by the salesman for Quilting Treasures, and will have dozens of new bolts of fabric arriving between now and November. Beautiful prints now featurizing the new process of digitized printing ... I was amazed to see the brilliant colors that look so much like metallic shimmers but are actually carefully crafted hues of print that will now fade despite several washings!

Yesterday a friend and I visited the New England Quilt Supply and picked up some wonderful bargain fabrics as well, and added to our collection of more threads and pre-cuts.

And I have restocked the 1/2" Creative Grid Square Templates, from 3.5" up to 12.5" ...  and was able to get a good price on 14" zippers (the ones that can be cut to a shorter length) and will be offering a lesson at the Georgetown Senior Center on making small zippered fabric pouches ... I won one in an Essex County Needlecraft Guild raffle and love it for carrying my quilting  supplies to lessons , and look forward to helping others learn  to make them.

I'm very happy to be presenting the fourth Centenarian Quilt to a woman here in town this week: here's a photo of her quilt:

I was delighted to learn that her first name is Rose!


Remember that all quilters receive at least a 20% discount on all fabric purchases at Quilters' Quarters in Georgetown, Massachusetts! All cash and check purchases get an extra 6.25% discount as well!

Looking forward to spring and more shared treasures ahead!

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Happy Pi Day ... 3.14 etc. etc. etc....

The March block of the month is ready and available at Quilters' Quarters ... I could have used a delicious pie for the pattern, but went with the traditional shamrock instead.

This month I'll include a four-inch strip of Heat 'n Bond double sided fusible in the kit. It is a very easy-to-use, non-messy affordable 'tool' that makes machine applique simple and smooth.

Patterns and kits for the January and February blocks of the month are also still available in the shop ... I'm looking forward to less icy roads and sidewalks, and seeing more quilters.  Bring a friend with you!

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Another Schedule Change

As February draws to a close this week, March appears to be coming in like a lion ... and that does bode well for April and the potential of lamb-like gentleness... I'm remembering that last year, having been closed for the full winter due to lack of heat, our spring reopening was rescheduled at least three times due to ongoing snowy weather ... right up to April Fool's Day!  But this year there is heat in the shop, and Quilters' Quarters is planning a happy spring sale of light spring colors ...

In the first full week of March, Quilters' Quarters will be opening late on Saturday March 9th as we'll be celebrating Ian's first birthday! The shop will open at 3 pm, rather than at noon.  I thank you for your patient understanding...

The March 2019 block of the month will feature, of course, a shamrock ... stay tuned for photos next week. 

Monday, February 4, 2019

A Foot From the Past

Your great-grandmother's generation had fabulous sewing machines ... some were hand cranks, some were treadle powered,  and some were limited to a single thread chain stitch...

What was most amazing, though, were the presser feet made to expand the power of these simply geared machines ... Each time I open one of those old green cardboard boxes that hold Simanco (Singer Manufacturing Company) feet I am immediately set to wondering whether anyone ever used all of these feet.

The same type feet were as carefully crafted by the Geist company and sold with non-Singer machines such as the White, the Standard, the New Home machines ... all crafted with the same mechanical ingenuity. My goal this year is to use each one of those mechanical wonders while designing the Quilters' Quarters Block of the Month set of patterns.

Last month, the pattern used only the standard 'comes with' presser foot all machines have when purchased. The January Snowflake applique is made with all straight seams, and is still available at the shop. This can be machine or hand appliqued to a ten inch block, and the size can easily be changed for other size blocks.


This month, the February Valentine block continues to use all straight seams, but makes use of one of the simplest of the old presser feet: the shirring foot. It looks like an ordinary, single hole straight stitch foot, but it has a curious little rise in it just in back of the needle hole ... and that makes all the difference. This little foot will gather the material passing under the foot as it sews ... and if the bobbin thread is elastic, the entire row of gathered material will be stretchy! But we're
not using elastic thread in the February Valentine block, and to prevent the shirred material from twisting once it has been 'shirred', the shirring foot is removed and replaced with the standard 'comes with' foot for a single row of what Simplicity, Butterick, Vogue and other clothing patterns would call 'stay stitching.' And then the shirred fabric is ready to be top stitched in place with that same ordinary foot.


Come in to Quilters' Quarters for your free copy of the February Valentine block of the month. I'll be happy to let you use one of the machines with a shirring foot, and will have a few of those feet on hand to sell, first come first serve. They are also available on eBay and at other online sites.

If you are reading this in your email, thank you for following the blog. Please share the page with your friends and quilting groups. And thank you for shopping at Quilters' Quarters in Georgetown, Massachusetts.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Schedule Notification


I am sorry, Quilters' Quarters will not be open this weekend, January 31-February 2 ... the proprietor is not feeling well and will be remaining in the house. 

Members willing to come to the door for the key and able to find and cut their own fabric purchases are welcome to call ahead.  

The shop will reopen at noon on Thursday, February 7th, 2019.  

And ... coming next week: the Quilters' Quarters 2019 February Block of the Month free pattern and kit ... with another skill for you to learn or remember .... featuring the low shank side clamp Shirring Foot ... Stay tuned!


Sunday, January 13, 2019

Mid-month Update ... Notions In Stock at Quilters' Quarters

While the shop is primarily a fabric-oriented place, filled with eye candy of all colors and textures that meet the criteria of having a good hand (see an explanation of this term here,) Quilters' Quarters also stocks notions that quilters find useful and often necessary. 

Here's some of what you'll find at the shop:
Cutting mats in three sizes, rulers long and short, Creative Grid square templates on the 1/2" measure, butterfly head pins, sewing machine oil dispenser pens (that release that one single drop at a time,) Schmetz machine quilting needles, embroidery scissors, sizes 15 and 66 plastic bobbins, inexpensive thread snips,  threads from Coats and Clark, Gutterman, Mettler and Superior in solid and variegated colors, spools and cones. Hand and machine needles, thimbles of different sizes and styles, and even a few shoe horns and bra strap extenders! There are still a few antique sewing machines available for consideration, and bins full of donated fabric available free to quilters who will make good use of it!


Omnigrid and Olfa mats in different sizes

Havel sliding rotary cutter

Creative Grid rulers and square templatesin many sizes
Plastic bobbins to fit many generic
Singer and Brother machines

Sweet little butterfly straight pins

This pen comes with an inner and outer cover to avoid leakage
(unfortunately not shown in the illustration.)

Olfa blades and cutters of various sizes

Plastic shoe horns!
Who knew?


omnigrid rulers and mats
Quality needles in various
sizes and styles


Inexpensive, simple thread snips 
Retail price $1.99,
but LESS with your discount!
I almost forgot to mention the books and magazines that can be found and BORROWED FOREVER at Quilters' Quarters!  You just never know what you'll find in the nooks and crannies of the shop ... come visit ... you won't be disappointed.  All customers receive a 20% discount off manufacturers suggested retail prices, frequent flyer (members) receive 40% discounts, and all charity projects qualify for wholesale pricing (that's 50% off the sticker price.)

Share this email update with your friends and fellow quilters ... purchase for them a gift certificate to celebrate a special event in their lives (birthdays, grandchildren, anniversaries, get well, etc. etc.) I look forward to seeing you soon at Quilters' Quarters.
~ Terry