Sunday, May 16, 2010

Oh, she is here!!!!!!!!! Yes, that beloved lady is here and her name is Maxine. Super panel with most of her most memorable sayings and a few coordinates to go with it is now in stock here at Quilts n Gifts in Bluffton, Indiana.

Robert Kauffman has created this new fabric and believe me it is funny and so much like her.

I just came back from a quilt show in Chesterfield, Indiana and what a wonderful group of ladies. It was fun and the quilts were exquisite. Now, what did I find? boxes with new fabrics plus Maxine that I will start getting on the shelves today. After all, we are open today until 4:00pm so might as well work.

It is that time of the year were we do our spring/summer contest. Well, this time we are doing purses. We will be accepting purses for our contest starting Monday May 24th until Saturday June 5th, 2010. On Monday June 7th until Saturday June 19th, 2010 the voting begins. Like before, you can enter as many purses as you want and if you want you can let us know which pattern you used in the event that a friend asks us which pattern that is. There is wonderful prizes for the winners of our spring/summer contest.

I know you are all planting gardens but take a few minutes out of the sun and visit your friendly sewing machine and get that purse that was started a little while ago finished and enter it to win a wonderful prize. Like always, purses will be numbered as no name will show in order to vote for the purse that you like a lot and be fair to all of the entries.

Take a few minutes or an hour and do a ROAD TRIP to Quilts n Gifts in Bluffton, Indiana and see all of the new fabrics that are starting to arrive in our store. Take care my friends and like always our store number is 260-565-4438 or cell 260-273-2611 for any questions or concerns. Don't forget the Quilters Den.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Quilters Den at your service now.

Hello my friends, I know you are wondering who is the lady at the left picture, well she is Teresa Fields. Teresa is a pattern designer and her patterns go under the JWD Publishing and she is in the store teaching a class on her latest tote bag the Snap, Grab & Go as I spend some time with you right now.

This is a great pattern with a wonderful detachable vinyl liner, eight pockets, key fob and guess what? it is reversible.
Now, how sweet is that. Yes, I hear your question, we have the pattern in the store as we speak.

Also, in this blog you are going to see pictures of the on going class that Teresa is teaching on our new and exciting Quilters Den.

For those of you that do not know what the den is all about, is our new and exciting room with 11 individual stations just for you to sew, laugh, talk, therapy and in other words our very own hang out place and all of this is for you to choose when you want free of charge. Not the classes though, well most of the classes are at a very low nominal charge.

As you can see, we have one of our friends doing some basting on a bag that she will be working today too.

We have started to place quilts, purses, wall hangings etc. all over the room but there is still room for more and definitely we are working on it.

Now, just received this week, Alex Anderson Masterpiece threads from Superior. The colors are just wonderful. They look like candy with those great colors. Aside from the 600 yards spools we also have 3,000+ cones that are great for piecing and we do not have to change spools because we ran out so often.

Remember, reservations are going now for our 4th. Annual Quilters Reunion to be held on September 12th, 2010 here in Bluffton, Indiana. It will be held at Timberridge Country Club and our guest designer this year is Karen Montgomery. Karen is a pattern designer as well as fabric designer for a fantastic fabric line, Timeless Treasures.

Sunday, September 12, 2010 event with doors opening at 11:00am and lunch will be served at 12:30pm to give time to all of you, our friends, that are traveling from a distance and for all of you, our friends, that church service does not end till later in the morning. Tickets this year has not changed from previous years. It is still $30.00 for the whole day and, yes, lunch is included.

Remember, tickets will not be sold at the door since we have to give the country club the number of attendees by September 1st that will make our due date August 31, 2010.

You can call the shop at 260-565-4438 or cell at 260-273-2611 anytime for reservations or any other question that you have.
I know, you are wondering is Mary crazy or what? No, I am not, so with that said and done, friends remember to reserve a space to have your quilts quilted with Sweet Toni for the Christmas season. We are running now at 4 to 5 weeks time frame. It is our pleasure to be able to assist you with this service here at Quilts n Gifts in Bluffton, Indiana.
Well, fabrics are starting to come in again and Spring market will be here in a few weeks. Yes, we will be there getting excited and recharging the batteries of energy so I can let all of you know what is new and exciting in the quilting world.
Looking forward to seeing you all soon here at Quilts n Gifts in Bluffton, Indiana, but, if you need help or have a question, please do not hesitate to call us at the shop at 260-565-4438 or my cell at 260-273-2611.
Take care and happy sewing, mary

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Just a little bit of pixie dust from Tinkerbell to wish you a very Happy Easter to all of our friends and families.
Yes, the Peter Pan and Tinkerbell arrived at the store this week along with wonderful coordinates. This is a beaty. What else? Paper dolls (the new ones) and their coordinates also Moda, Timeless Treasures and Karen Montgomery line of fabric Papillon. If you like butterflies, this line is for you.
Apart of lots of fabrics that have come in the store, what else is happening? Well, as I have said before we are making all of the arrangements with Karen Montgomery our guest designer for this year reunion. It has been a pleasure working with her to make this year a great event in September. Don't have your reservations yet? Last day for reservations is September 1, 2010 with the events held on September 11 and 12. 2010.
What else? well, I know you are going to laugh but dreams come true thanks to all of you, pixie dust and faith and prayers. Pretty soon we will have our own area/room for classroom and sewing area. We have waited patiently and faithfully and it looks like everything is coming to order.
We have the Stateline Shop Hop starting this Friday with 9 stores participating. Also, we have the gentleman coming over for the scissors sharpening (my goodness I have two that are sadly dull) and more classes in our schedule.
Well, this is short and to the point since it is Easter Sunday and I do not want to take all of your day that you can be sharing with your loved ones.
Please take care and see you soon here in Bluffton, Indiana , mary

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

If She Sews,,,She Knows....that is the theme of this wonderful fabric for all of us quilters and seamstresses from Michael Miller.
This fabric is fresh from the UPS truck since it arrived today at the store. I think it is totally fantastic.
Well, today we mark the first day of the first update sent via the new system. It is a different format to which I am still learning but I think it will be a great way to communicate with all of you my friends.
We have received a lot of new fabrics and we are getting ready to the Seven Sisters Shop Hop that starts on March 4th thru March 17th.
This is going to be a great hop and a great way to beat that cabin fever that this winter have giving us.
We have added another present to our birthday club and that is if you bring your quilt to be quilted by our long arm service during the month of your birthday, you will receive 15% off as our birthday present from us to you.
Our classes are filling out very fast so don't wait till the last minute to sign up. You don't have a class schedule? call us or sign up for our weekly updates to receive the class schedules and everything else that is going on at Quilts n Gifts in Bluffton, Indiana.
Well my friends hope to see you soon at the shop but in the meantime take care and keep on quilting, mary

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Good afternoon my friends, it is a Wednesday afternoon here in Indiana and we have not seen a sunny day in a week or so, BUT, you know what? look at the beautiful number 330.
Yes, Quilts n Gifts here in Bluffton, Indiana has paired up with American Patchwork and Quilting to work together and reach the national goal of one million pillowcases to be donated to the charity of your choice or ours if you do not have one.
Right now we are working with about 4 different charities and as of today we are at 330 pillowcases and counting and every single one has been donated.
Now, as we all know the situation in Haiti is definitely lower than acceptable because of the terrible devastation that those earthquakes has caused. We are on a drive right now to collect as many small non perishable items like toothbrushes, toothpaste liquid soap and pillowcases to send to Haiti. A local church here in Bluffton has families working as missionaries in Haiti as we speak, so far they are ok, and they will be taking/sending a container to Haiti to be distributed. We have only 3 more weeks to collect some of these items and we urge you to join us to help in making a difference.
If you want you can either drop off items here in the store or you can mail them to Quilts n Gifts, 2035 Commerce Dr. Ste. 205, Bluffton, Indiana 46714. You can call us at 260-565-4438 store number or my cell at 260-273-2611. Looking forward to hear or see you soon. Remember only 3 more weeks.
We have finally finished the inventory, what a relief! and with that has come quite a few more fabrics in the store. It is so refreshing to open those boxes and see great new fabrics.
We also have been very busy with Sweet Toni, our Gammill Statler stitcher quilting machine, finishing some very stunning quilts. We are running about 3 weeks and sometimes even less depending on the size of the quilt/wallhanging etc.
Well, it looks like we are getting busy again and with that for me to go back to work. Take care and see you all around the web quilting frame, your friends, mary

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Now isn't this a beautiful picture. Wait, it not a picture is the new fabric from Robert Kauffman honoring the Boy Scouts of America.
Along with this fabric we have some great coordinates and the colors are just luscious.
This fabric just arrived at the store last week and the response has been phenomenal.
Well, it is that time of the year again. No, wait it is not Christmas (even though is that time of the year too) it is inventory time. UYK and double YUK.
To celebrate this mmmmm I don't know how to describe "event" we will be having our annual pre-inventory sale with the biggest discount of the year. What and when? It will be held this Saturday December 19th, 2009 and we will have a special pass if you arrive at the store between 7:00am and 9:00am and the discount at that time will be 40% off regular price items total purchase after 9:00am during and Saturday and Sunday you will then get 30% off. This discount does not includes batting, 50% off marked fabric, and a selection of items that will be at the sewing/class tables since they are items that have just arrived to the store. These items will be for sale but not on sale. Get it? I hope so.
If you have any questions please call me at the shop at 260-565-4438 or email me at
Buck a Block is finished and on display so you can see what a fun quilt that has come to be also Civil War is getting done and as we get a block done we have been constructing and you can see the progress. We still have space for both of these block of the month and you can either call the shop or email me.
Remember to get those pillowcases to the store or if you deliver them to let us know how many so we can add them to the count. Right now we are at 244. YEAH!!!!!
Well my web friends time has come to say until next time. Remember the reason for the season and please take care, mary

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

MMMMMM, girl scouts cookies...Yummmm.. My favorite shortbread.
Yes, this fantastic fabric just arrived at the store. Girl Scouts and waiting for arrival on Friday is Boy Scouts.
This is just the fabric to do that special quilt for that boy or girl that are in the world of scouting.
Just stop by and take a look.
Starting next Thursday December 10, 2009 Quilts n Gifts in Bluffton, Indiana will have new hours for Thursday's and that is we will open at our regular time but we will have extended hours until 8:00pm. You can shop, bring your machine and sew or just keep me company.
This will also be a great time to go over block of the month and instead of having one day a month you will have 4 and sometimes 5 days a month but remember you can stop at anytime and we will help you.
Remember your love ones that they can get you a gift certificate from Quilts n Gifts here in Bluffton, Indiana at any denomination that they want. Great present and you do not have to do the exchange lines at the mall. :)
We still have some space for the Civil Way block of the month so call us and reserve yours today. Our phones are 260-565-4438 and 260-273-2611 or can email me at The price per month is $23.95 and if you pre pay you will get 15% off that is an equivalent of one and half month fees off.
Also we still have space for Buck a Block and Thimbleberries. For Thimbleberries we are doing the midnight color way (which is almost sold out) and dusk. Which one do you want?
Well my friends until next time around the web quilting frame, take care, mary