Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Birthday Sale is This Friday and Saturday!!!

This Friday (July 25th) and Saturday (July 26th) we are having a Birthday Sale! It will be held from 10am-5pm, in honor of my (Linda's) birthday which is this month. We are offering 20% off all Shepherd's Wool yarn, 10% off all fabrics (except for the scraps, fat quarters, and flat folds as they are already marked at sale price) and if you purchase the last of the fabric off a bolt we will take 20% off instead! We have been getting in lots of new fabrics, have refilled the fat quarter bin, and have made up more jelly rolls in preparation for the sale. We will also be holding a drawing for a 5 yard bundle of fabric (more info here). I hope you will stop by and help me celebrate my birthday :)

Toby the Tech, Bringing Your Weekly Tip!

Toby the Tech, bringing you tips and techniques to prevent tantrums by helping with thread tangles, triangles, and all your sewing trials and tribulations!

This week Toby would like to share some tips he has picked up on different fabric marking utensils. Sometimes you follow the directions exactly on a marking utensil and it still doesn't work right, but before you give up on it completely, check out these Toby the Tech tips.


  1. If after ironing off your marks made by an iron-off pen (such as Frixion), a white or discolored line appears, don't worry as this often happens with dark colored fabrics. Luckily it isn't permanent, simply mist you fabric with water and iron it again to restore the color.
  2. Be careful about using colored chalks for marking your fabrics. It can be very difficult to remove some colored chalk marks, so it is best to just stick with regular white chalk, or other marking utensil (such as an iron-off Frixion) if a different color is required .
  3. If your fabric is red colored, be careful about using water-erasable marking pens on it. When some red fabrics are washed after having a water-erasable pen used on them, they become permanently discolored.
  4. Be quick when using air-erasable marking pens. While many of these pens claim that the marks last for 24 hours, they often don't last past a half-hour. Only use these pens if you need the marks for a short amount of time.
That's all Toby has for this week as he is off to help his momma Linda in the garden. Be sure to check back next Tuesday for more of Toby the Tech's tips and techniques! If you are having any problems that you think Toby can help with, please let him know in the comments (you can even do it anonymously without a creating a Google account), or stop by the shop and tell Shelby as she is Toby's secretary and does all of his typing for him (it can be very hard to type with fuzzy little paws).

P.S. Toby would love to hear feedback from you. Let him know if you think he is doing a good job, or if he has things which he could improve on. Just leave him a comment :)

Friday, July 18, 2014

More Florals to Brighten Your Day :)

We got in more colors in the floral fabric by Wilmington Print. We now purple, pink, teal, blue, and green joining the white, yellow, red, and orange we already had. We are selling these for $7.00 per yard.

Purple and Pink

Teal, Blue, and Geen

Thursday, July 17, 2014

You Never Know Who You'll Meet :)

Yesterday (July 16th) we meet two very nice and interesting people, Ken and Julie-Anne Fox :) They are originally from Australia and are traveling across the US on their bikes. You can find out more about their adventures here. We are so glad they decided to stop in and see our quilt shop. You just never know who you'll meet out here :)

Birthday Sale is Coming Up Fast!!!

Just a reminder that we are having a sale on July 25th (Friday) and 26th (Saturday) from 10am-5pm, in honor of my (Linda's) birthday which is this month. We are offering 10% off all fabrics (except for the scraps, fat quarters, and flat folds as they are already marked at sale price) and if you purchase the last of the fabric off a bolt we will take 20% off instead! We have been getting in lots of new fabrics, have refilled the fat quarter bin, and have made up more jelly rolls in preparation for the sale :) We will also be holding a drawing for a 5 yard bundle of fabric ( more info here ).

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Toby the Tech, Bringing Your Weekly Tip

Not Proper Sitting Position ;)

Toby the Tech, bringing you tips and techniques to prevent tantrums by helping with thread tangles, triangles, and all your sewing trials and tribulations!

Toby knows all too well that  sewing can be a literal pain in the neck sometimes. So this week he'd like to share his tips on ways to reduce your aches and pains while sitting at your sewing machine.

1) Legs, feet, and knee placement are important! Make sure you are sitting in a comfortable chair that allows you to put both of your feet flat on the floor, with your knees at an approximate 90 degree angle. Computer chairs are nice because most are adjustable which lets you raise or lower the height to best suit your foot and knee placement, many are ergonomically designed as well. Also try not to cross your legs or fold a leg up under you when you are sewing as this can throw your hips out of alignment and cut off circulation to your lower extremities.

2) Wrist and elbow alignment is important too! Try to use a table that is low enough that you can keep your elbows and wrists in line while you sew. Having your wrists and elbows torqued at different angles can cause cramping and soreness making it almost impossible to sew for hours at a time. Unfortunately many machines have bulky bases which makes it hard to keep your wrists and elbows aligned, some people find that using a foam keyboard wrist-rest can help with this.

3) Try angling your machine. If you find yourself stiff and sore no matter what you do, then try angling your machine towards you. Wedge shaped door stops work well for this as you can adjust the angle of the machine by pushing the wedges farther in or pulling them out more. Make sure to use two wedges to help keep your machine from wobbling back and forth. (Thank you Suzette of Whitehall, MI for this tip!)

4) Don't forget about your eyes! Eye-strain can be just as bad, if not worse, than muscle strain. Make sure your sewing area is well lit!

5) Take breaks as often as you need. No matter what your age, its a good idea to get up and walk around every now and then, every 40 minutes or so is preferable. Go potty, get a snack, make yourself some tea, stretch a bit, smell the flowers, whatever you want. Not only is its good for your body but its good for you mind too.

6) Last but not least, DON'T SLOUCH! Pay attention to how you are sitting. Simply sitting up straight without hunching your shoulders can make a world of difference.



That's all Toby has for this week! Be sure to check back next Tuesday for more of Toby the Tech's tips and techniques. If you are having any problems that you think Toby can help with, please let him know in the comments (you can even do it anonymously without a creating a Google account), or stop by the shop and tell Shelby as she is Toby's secretary and does all of his typing for him (it can be very hard to type with fuzzy little paws).

P.S. Toby would love to hear feedback from you. Let him know if you think he is doing a good job, or if he has things which he could improve on. Just leave him a comment :)

Friday, July 11, 2014

New Fabrics are In!

These new fabrics are from Andover and we are selling them for $8.50 per yard. They are slightly metallic leaves and come in three different colors. They'd be great in applique projects and would make beautiful leaves for an enchanted forest or perhaps feathers for an angel too :)





These new fabrics are from Stoff and we are selling them for $8.50 per yard. They are absolutely gorgeous and the pictures do not do them justice.