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.
Got a comment from Jo yesterday asking where l was. Let me explain why l haven't written. The Fabric Frolic has been going brilliantly. This time last year it was very hot and very uncomfortable. Only a few days later our State was hit by those terrible bush fires. This year we have been very lucky and the weather has been kind, perfect for th Frolickers. We were set for another great day yesterday. Friday is a day when a lot of ladies go out for a spot of retail therapy and some lunch. So l was ready for a steady day.
Just stepped outside the shop at 9.00am to put the signs out when l heard a loud noise. Went back inside to find the power was off. The news started to filter up to my end of the street. A tanker driver had taken a corner a little too sharply and nudged the power lines and you guessed it, no power.
The long and the short of it is we were without power from 9.00am until 4.50pm. I shut at 5.00pm. Grrr. One of my rooms is quite dark so Ray brought up torches. Of course I only had a manual EFTPOS machine and no cash register.
I am premenstrual, menopausal, expecting a busy day, couldn't have my shot of caffeine and l am tired. It was lucky the emergency numbers for our power company only gave me a recording. I pity the poor person who would have been lucky enough to get my complaint call had l been able to get on to a real person.
In fact the day was not as bad as l thought. Still had lots of visitors who thought it was exciting going into the back room with torches. So thanks to all those who still came and didn't complain about be inconvenienced.
More seriously though our banks and Post Office closed for the day, as did many other shops. The whole of the Main St was without power. We were very lucky that yesterday was not a Total Fire Ban day.
Week 2 of the Frolic starts today, wander what it brings?
If you are taking part in the Fabric Frolic why not take advantage of this offer. Matt who is the new baker across the road from the shop is offering all Fabric Frolickers a yummy deal. Simply flash your Fabric Frolic passport and receive coffee or tea and scones for $4.50. This special will last until the end of the Frolic.
Remember, the more you save on refreshments the more you have to spend on fabric.
Have just shut the doors for Day 2 of the Frolic. So far 149 people have visited Mrs Martin's Quilt Shop. Most popular purchase - fabric and patterns.
We are open tomorrow - Sunday. Don't normally open on a Sunday but we are tomorrow because we'll be closed on Tuesday for Australia Day.
So if you are planning to visit you can schedule us in for your morning or afternoon tea stop,. The CWA have baked biscuits - all we ask is a gold coin donation. There's free tea and coffee on offer. Remember the more you save on food, the more you can spend on fabric. I'll be here at 10.00am and will close the doors at 4.00pm. Hope to see you then.
I liked the way Jen is approaching the Fabric Frolic. She has a plan. She's collecting bright fabrics for a Licorice Allsorts quilt she intends making. Great idea Jen. If you have a way of approaching the Frolic let me know and I'll share it with the world. What about the ladies in the States? I know Shop Hops are huge over there. I'd love to hear some of the ideas your shops have.
Worried about getting all 8 shops done in a day why not take advantage of late night shopping at Mrs Martin's Quilt Shop. We are open this Friday night between 6.30pm and 10.30pm.
Our night classes start again in February and l know l am open on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday that week, you are ,most welcome to call in then. We'll be open between 7.00pm and 9.00pm. If you are planning to do the frolic in one day and are wanting to take advantage of the late night opening there are a couple of local places where you could enjoy dinner and catch your breath.
June at Lilly Patches is also happy to open for Frolickers when she has night classes during the Frolic. It may pay to call her to check times.
Oh and the CWA ladies will be baking biscuits again this year. All we ask is a gold coin donation. They do a great job helping all sorts of people in need. This is one way we can support them. Last year we collected $100 which they put to great use. Eat on the run or help yourself to free tea and coffee. Or you may prefer a home made cordial.
Today my son Sam and his girlfriend Annie started out on an adventure of a life time. They are on their way to the USA. Over the next 3 weeks they will be visiting San Francisco, New York and Washington DC.
They are both artists and hope to visit a lot of galleries while they are away.
So if my friends in the States happen to bump into a young 6'4" male Aussie who has a hairstyle very similar to Kramer from Seinfeld that's Sam. Say hi.
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.