The question on everyone's lips..... I love ric rac and sell it in all colours and sizes, my fav would have to be the linen ric rac. Have never known how you measure the width of the different ric racs until now.
Great to use when doing embroidery, simply run through your printer, press onto your background fabric and start stitching.
Then simply remove by submerging in warm water, agitate for 2 - 3 minutes and rinse thoroughly.
Came a cross a few new products at our recent Quilt Camp. There's the very wonderful Pin Picker, Perfect Circles and Mylar Plastic Sheets. Matilda's Own has also bought out a quilt wash. For more details visit the Haberdashery Album.
I spoke to Bernie today about rescheduling his Antique Quilt Talk. I am going to offer it at night later in the year, once daylight savings comes in for the summer. I will take your name if you are interested. Once l have the minimum number l require l will sort out a date and get back to you.
I have had a great response to my gripe about minimum orders. Maybe it's time the little folk stood up to these people.
Here's what you can do. Talk to your local quilt shop,ask do they have the same problems with minimum orders as l do. (This isn't all companies by the way.) If so, ask them to email the company and let them know their grievance. If they'd like to talk to me about it pass on my email address.
I spoke to the owner of Mitre 10 today. He said they'd come up against the same thing. They got together and forced changes.
The response l have had since asking for donations for survivors of the February 7 bush fires has been over whelming to say the least.
I'd like to share this with you. I had an email from a lady called Kay. She has a few problems that mean she has had to give up Patchwork - she's still able to do other crafts. She emailed me and said she was about to clean out her sewing room and wanted to know if l could use what she no longer needed. Well she didn't just clean it out, she attacked that sewing room of hers
Yesterday a large box arrived. It has thread, fabric, pattens and haberdashery. Seems to me that Kay was a bit of a collector as we all are. The box is so big l can't lift it.
Kay, thank you so much for your donation. There's a quilting group who live in one of the areas where the fires hit very badly. I hope with what we have collected that they will be able;e to get their sewing group up and running.
If it's blunt, we can sharpen it. Well actually l can't but Julian can. He will visit the shop once every 8 weeks. Drop whatever you want sharpened off one day and pick it up the next. And of course l can't for the life of me remember when he's coming.
I will include it in the May calendar at the end of the week. If you want any more details scan down the right side of the blog, stop when you get to the Service Typelist.
Sorry dear readers but just wanted to share this with you. You all know that at the moment the world economy is in a bad way. Small businesses like Mrs Martin's Quilt Shop work hard to keep things going. Patchwork and quilting is considered a luxury and so is one of the first things people cut back on when things are tight.
One of the things l really try to provide for my customers is good service. You keep trying to get new stock in so that there's something different for people to see when they come in or when they are reading the blog. I deal with a lot of companies that have minimum orders of say $100. May not sound much but when 10 companies you deal with have minimums it makes things hard. You either purchase goods that you don't need just to make up the minimum order or you apologise to your customer because you can't help them.
We have had to tighten our reins and it's about time some of the suppliers l deal with made some changes as well. Without the little corner quilt shop they could find themselves in big trouble. I have decided that l will let these companies know my grievance and if they don't come to the party then l wont deal with them. They probably wont be effected by my boycott but at least in my mind l am making a stand.
Sorry, but l just hate cancelling any of the classes we offer.
Those hand dyed threads that arrived from Cottage Garden Threads on Friday have been a hit. We only have 3 left. They have been very well received by those who have seen them and haven't been able to resist them. I'd better organise another order quick smart. Meanwhile l have added the names of each of the threads under the colour cards in the Cottage Garden Threads Album. Just scroll down the left of the blog.
March, April, May Calendar I am away from Saturday April 15th until Monday May 8th. going on a road trip with seven other ladies from Chicago to Nashville. Along the way there will be a quilt shop or 2 and 4 days at the Paducah Quilt Market. I will be posting my adventures on the blog and Facebook.
The shop will be closed during that time.