Wednesday, December 16, 2009
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 email@example.com 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
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Space the final frontier. Isn't this fabric just awesome and the coordinates are just as much fun and the quilt that can be made it is just fantastic. Voyage to the hemisphere of quilting.
Hi my friends, as you can see I am very excited about this collection. It is a great one and for sure it will make a great quilt for a young or adult boy/man. Ok girls too but in our house the space and Star Trek etc was more for the male figures of the family.
As you can see it has been a long time since I have posted but life was hectic but in the circle of life everything is coming to normality again. Thank you for your patience.
Now, what is going on.....lots and lots....
First of all Sweet Toni our long arm Gammill Statler stitcher quilting machine is in and working and working. Quilts are getting completed and they are just beautiful.
Fabrics are coming in and we are working new samples for a refreshement in our walls.
Our blocks of the month are getting full but if you have not signed up yet give us a call and join the fun. We are currently working in putting together the Civil War, Buck a Block, Thimbleberries and Cobblestone Lane. They are just out of this world.
We already have the designer for next year 4th Annual Quilters Reunion and not only she is a pattern designer but also a fabric designer for one of the best fabric companies in the industry. We are very excited about it.
Remember the sewing area is open for you to come in anytime you want and finish some of those Christmas projects because we do not have dishwasher, washer, dryer going that we have to take care....so the only thing to take care is our machines and sew sew sew till our hearts content. There is no charge for you to come in but we recommend you call in order for you to reserve your spot.
In a couple of days we will be celebrating Thanksgiving. A day with very deep feelings, a day to give thanks for what we have we had and who we are. In our family we have lots to be thankful this year but also we will give thanks for friends like you.
The store will be closed on Thanksgiving day but we will open at 8:00am on Friday and we will have 25% off regular price Christmas fabrics and 30% off regular price fall fabrics. Also, finish the bolt any bolt that is regular price will be 25%off. We will also add more bolts to our 50% off table and maybe one or maybe two more items on sale.
So stop by and feel the fabrics.
Well my friends until next time (defintely will not be this long) around the web quilting frame and thanks for your friendship, mary
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Good afternoon my friends, one question, Isn't this a beauty? I really think so. What is this? This is a have to have one of a kind block of the month. This block of the month is a great combination of Marcus Brothers fabrics and designer Judy Rothermel and partnering with Homestead Hearth.
This quilt is a 150 year commemoration of the American Civil War to be celebrated in 2011. This is a 12 month program. It is a very detailed quilt showcasing 48 different fabrics. Each of the blocks represents a major battle fought during the war. Finished size of this quilt is 100" x 112".
You want to join us for this wonderful quilt of the month. How? just email me at shop at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the store at 260-565-4438 or my cell at 260-273-2611 and reserve your kit today. This quilt includes all of the fabric for the top and binding plus the patterns for all 12 months. Price a month is $23.95 but if pre paid you will get 15% off the full price. Will you mail if I join? The answer is definite yes! and you decide if you want to priority or first class mail. So let's get together and honor those who fought the Civil War.
The date is finally here. October 22nd. is the day that "Sweet Toni" will be a permanent resident of our store. For those of you that do not know who is Sweet Toni, that is our Gammill Statler stitcher long arm machine.
Remember Friday October 16th. the Shades of Fall shop hop will start. Passports are free and they are waiting for you at the store. There will be 13 participating stores. Friday October 16th store will be open until 7:00pm and the rest of the days of the hop stores will be opened until 6:00pm. Quilts n Gifts in Bluffton, Indiana will be opened on Sunday from 12 to 4 for your shopping convenience. There will be special promotions for all of you shop hoppers.
So, my friends what do I have to say......join us for our Civil War block of the month, come over and see our new long arm machine and hopefully we will be able to help and serve you and last but not least join us at the hop.
Until next week around the web quilting frame. Please take care and see you soon, mary
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Komfort Kids that is what this picture of the new fabric from Avlyn Fabrics and designed by Patrick Lose is, all about giving comfort to those children in need and that is why this fabric is designed with children and Project Linus in mind.
We are very proud at Quilts n Gifts in Bluffton, Indiana to be the drop off site for Project Linus for Northern Indiana. Peggy and all the group of volunteers do a wonderful job keeping this mission of love going. Before we opened the store I used to go and volunteer but now the time is tight so the best I can be is to support and offer our store as the drop off site.
What can you do for your local chapter of Project Linus? Very simply, give a little bit of yourself to bring some comfort to needy children. First of all find where they meet and offer an hour or two if that is all you can give (something is better than nothing) or use those fabrics that are back in the drawer and put together a quilt for a child. You do not have to do fancy quilting if you don't want just a stitch in the ditch or just plain knot it and BAM it is done.
You must remember; fabrics must be new fabrics from a non smoking environment and no embelishments on your quilts. These quilts go to children of all ages and safety must come to a priority along with a clean non smoke quilt.
Just join the fun and be part of a wonderful organization like Project Linus. After all if a fabric company and a designer can do something for Project Linus so we can do it too.
Now, to the store. Remember this Saturday we will having the gentleman to sharpen scissors, rotary blades etc. We will be having a small sale that is 25% off of all regular price fabrics that have some red in it or is red. Like one of our store friends just said it is a RED HOT SALE. That is Saturday only.
Also this Saturday from 3 to 7 and Sunday from 11 to 4 the classroom will be open for all of you that are doing block of the month and are running a little bit behind. It is catch up time with friends. You are up to date but still want to come in...it is ok too....just call me to reserve your space even though the classroom is growing it is not up to par yet. Hopefully by Saturday.
Well, my friends I need to go and get my hair dry and finish getting ready to go to the store and say HELLO to all of you. Until next time around the web quilting frame, mary
Monday, September 7, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
On this quilt the theme is very somber but on the same token extremely elegant. If you have a print (large) that you want to show without joining this quilt is for you. As you can see there is (really 2) a long strip where you can show your nice print and with coordinating fabrics you can have the talk of the town quilt. Needless to say, this one is one of the quilts that we are planning to get started. Finally the fabrics has been chosen and it will be a stunner.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Good afternoon friends, well here we are posting pictures of the wonderful afternoon we had last Sunday. In this picture we have a couple of friends registering. As you can see there are quilts on the side of the hallway but there were more on the other side too. In other words, you were greated with quilts.
It was one of those times when you walk into a
time. We had quite a friends that has been to all three of the reunions and cannot wait now for #4.
On this next picture we see a group of friends concentrating and learning about the wonderful rulers that Monique Dillard from Open Gates Design, our featured designer for this year, the Fit to be Geese, Mini Fit to be Geese and Fit to be Square.A flying geese never been easier. thanks Monique you just saved me taken headache medicine.
Standing right in front of this wonderful quilt we
find Monique. This quilt is one of her very favorites and it became one of mine too. Needless to say, I am already planning the colors that I am going to use to do this quilt.
Tomorrow I will add more pictures so you can see around the room that is covered with quilts to the extent that they had to be folded in half in order to place all of the quilts. Nice and sweet but I will also give you some close up pictures of the quilts so you can admire the wonderful quilting work and selection of fabrics.
On our feedback sheets we asked about the event like once a year or every other year and the results were every year so I will very hard to make this possible. The dates will have to change since Appleseed Quilt Guild from Fort Wayne will be having their magnificent show around those dates and we are part of the stores that will be vendors. If you have a suggestion as to whom would you like to see please let me know. You can email me at email@example.com or call the shop at 260-565-4438 or my cell at 260-273-2611.
Belive it or not I have been trying to do this post now for almost 5 hours on and off and I think that this is the best I can make it. Remember computer savy I am not but that will not stop me from sharing some time with all of you and sharing pictures and friendship.
Please take care and see you soon, mary
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Treasures dinosaurs fabric and a line called Lotus that is driving me insane because I really want to do a sample with that fabric.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
The first two pictures that you will see are friends working on our Helpful Wednesday day.
We are very proud to say that we had two new quilters yesterday on our group.
What is Helpful Wednesday? This is the day we reserve just for you to stop in the shop and we will help you with any questions or techniques that you have. This is a complete free service for all of you. We also have Helpful Saturday on the
Absolutely not!!! You can stop in anytime you want but on those days I can guarantee you almost a one on one help.
Customer service is our number one priority and this is another way for us to say THANK YOU for your friendship here at Quilts n Gifts in Bluffton, Indiana.
What in the world are you doing now? Mary. Well, I am just taking the picture but Tina and Jeannette are working on getting the door prizes for Sunday and Saturday events for Third Quilters Reunion weekend.
I just talked to Monique, our featured designer this year, and she is ready to meet all of you and spend some quality time with all of you.
Monique will also be having special door prizes for attendees.
I tell you this year I think will be the best yet. WHY? because our designer is a wonderful person, we have some wonderful door prizes and because of YOU. You make this event the best. Take care and I will be posting pictures from Saturday and Sunday.
I hope you all have a great day and see you soon at the shop, take care, mary
PS: we did not eat all of the Teddy Graham cookies from the box in the picture.
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Good morning my friends it is Sunday almost afternoon and today is our Sunday to be open. Yes! the quilt from Open Gates Design is in the store now. We just received it and it is beautiful.
Friday, August 7, 2009
Good afternoon my friends, ok, who said I was 15 years old? I don't know but yesterday I could have fooled anybody since I was taking pictures of new fabrics, panels etc. I built a section with a backdrop and all and then got on the floor to take pictures and to top it all I decided to walk on my knees. I know you can tell that Susan was not working yesterday because she would have been in my case and not let me do those dumb stuff. Thanks Susan for taking care of me. Today, I am paying all that with interest since I feel every single year I have and more to come. Anyway enough of complaining, one thing for sure some nice pictures were taken and we will share with all of you.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Friends I am in the process of writing the update but had to stop since I place a reference to this page and I thought I had to do the blog first. In a few minutes I will go back to finish the update and send it to all of you. You are not part of our weekly update? Just email me and I will be more than happy to sign you up. It is free like most of the classes in our store. Email at firstname.lastname@example.org or thru our website at www.quiltsngifts.net
Monday, August 3, 2009
Saturday, August 1, 2009
Yes, today is the first day of August, where and how fast is this year going? In only 12 days kids will be back in school and we can more or less safely can say "the end of summer is almost here."
But with August comes our reunion time. The quilt feature on today's blog is one of Monique's quilts from Open Gates Design our featured designer on this year reunion. Wow, I just received an email from Monique letting me know the date of arrival etc. and she just told me that she is bringing 50 to 60 quilts to be displayed, talked about what inspired her to design that quilt, and for all of us to say ahhhhhhh ohhhhhh that is really pretty.
So, I am pretty excited to see these quilts since, even though, I have seen a lot of her quilts during market time I most likely have some that have never seen and cannot wait.
Have you signed up for our luncheon on Sunday August 16th yet? No? Please don't wait too much longer since we only have 14 spaces available as of today. So call me today here at the store 260-565-4438 or my cell at 260-273-2611 and make this reservation because, this one you do not want to miss.
A Sunday with quilting friends, quilts, fabrics and the conversation, quilts. Do not get better than that. Waiting for your call.
Now, let's see what are we are going to do this weekend. This Sunday I am off from the store but I will be working hard since Al and I have been asked to babysit two of our grandchildren so we are doing it. We have to be on the road by 5:30am YES that early on your day off, so we can get there on time. Then I have to play, go shopping and take them for lunch and then we are taking a nap. I will need one by that time. It is going to be a lot of fun since we don't get to see them that often so it is always a special treat when we see them. Ok, it is special when we see all of our grandchildren.
Sometimes this next week I will have to go to Fort Wayne to find something for August 16th. and I am asking our oldest granddaughter to drive me there.
She just got her permit so we are going to cruise to Fort Wayne.
Well, it is past 9 in the morning and that means I have to go back to work but don't forget to call me and make your reservations for Sunday August 16th. You will not regret it if you call.
See you later blogging around the quilting frame,,,,,,,,,mary
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
New merchandise is starting to roll in and we need space so you get the savings.
See you at the shop this week. I know there is no picture on this posting but I promise I will have pictures later. After all, the idea just hit my head and I thought I need to share it with you right away.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Now, you have to understand that the day started with Robin bringing in 3 dozen of doughnuts in celebration of her birthday today and then my husband followed with cheese, crackers, diet coke and diet pepsi (you know after the doughnuts you have to watch the calories so you drink diet pop) and veggies with dip. It turned out to be a great time and camaraderie among quilting friends.
Tomorrow we will be posting the 3-D trees from the Figgy Pudding line of fabrics but for now see around the quilting frame. take care, mary
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
I'll try calling it and see if we can hear it."
Yea, that's the phone in one of the containers packed ready to go to Berne tomorrow. Mary was transferring items from the containers from Marion into containers for Berne and packed the phone with them. It was quite fun trying to figure out where the muffled ring was coming from. If you called and we didn't answer it was probably because we couldn't hear it ring!
I guess that's what we get for trying to do too many things at once (like you don't!).
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
She tells me to come write on the blog, then goes out and opens a new box of fabric. Of course the opening is accompanied with "Ooooos" and "aaaaaaaahs" and "this is sooo cute" and I can't wait to see what is out there.
Well, I couldn't wait. I had to go look. The new fabric is 30s reproductions small prints on white background. I'm already picking out a project for it!
We are often asked about classes we offer. Right now we don't have any. We need ideas! If you have a specific class you would like to see, let us know. We will schedule just about anything. If you and some friends want a private class, we will schedule that as well, just let Mary or me know.
We have some ideas floating in our heads, if we can only catch them and get them scheduled! It's too bad our brains work faster than our fingers! Sometimes the ideas even get mixed together they whirl so fast!
Well my friends new fabrics just came in and the box is screaming open me up.
I will update and keep you posted. talk to you soon.
I hope you join us blogging and exchanging ideas and hints of our wonderful world of quilting and anything else that comes to mind.