A Leaf Tour to Lansing and Back

Michigan.  October.  Eighty degrees outside.  Beautiful leaves to see.  Motorcycle.

Sounds like a trip on the bike is in order! 

The Woodworker suggested we take a ride to Lansing and stop at the quilt store and a gallery.  Yes, you read that correctly… it was HIS idea!  Totally!  Now, I don’t know any quilter in her right mind who would turn down a trip like that, do you?  So we took non-expressway roads through the country to East Lansing, home of Michigan State University.  (My apologies to my fellow University of Michigan Alumni…) and we went to Country Stitches. 

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I wanted to pick up some additional cream/beige prints for the backgrounds of basket blocks that I started making a year or more ago.  I ran out of them, and have been holding off until I could get some more.  Every block has a different print fabric for the basket, and each background is different as well.

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So this is what I bought today:

I was only going to buy neutrals, but I fell in love with both of these… The color above is more accurate than the photo below, but I love the print so wanted to share a close-up.  Yummy!

Now I have no excuse for sewing more basket blocks! 

A new Michigan quilt shop!

CattyWampusIt’s here!    Michigan has a new quilt shop, called Catty Wampus Fabrics.

 

Catty Wampus is located at

212 N. State St, Caro, MI 48723.

Their phone number is 989-672-0090

Though they have only been open one month, the owners have been very busy ordering, cleaning, painting and setting up their new business.  As with any new business, word of mouth and advertising are critical to future success.  We all know that a new venture such as this is extremely costly.  Quilters, would you please help do a little something to help spread the word? 

You could:

OK, maybe that last idea is pushing the limits… but you get the idea.  Let’s help quilters in the Thumb of Michigan get this new quilt shop rocking!

NOTE to people not from Michigan:  Michigan is shaped like a mitten.  We often refer to places on the mitten when talking about location.  So Catty Wampus is in the Thumb, and people living in the Thumb are also called “Trolls” because they live under the (Mackinac) bridge.  Murphy

Be sure and say hi to Murphy when you stop by. 

Caron’s Quilt Market – a long way from Houston

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It’s been years since I was in Houston.  I’ve been debating on whether or not I’d want a storefront here in Michigan.  Part of me would love that; part of me would hate that.  What would I include?   Could I keep my scissors out of the fabric?  Would everything I purchase for resale just end up in my stash?  Or would it be nothing more than a simply glorified quilter’s studio for a pampered quilter?

Here are some items I would definitely include.

  • John James quilting needles  JohnJames
  • All colors of Kona cotton solids (I’m a big fan)
  • Blenders on every wall.   I adore blenders.
  • Hobbs Heirloom Wool batting (if I purchase it for resale, I can use it for a cheaper price)
  • Pincushions (love them)
  • Threads of every manufacturer and color
  • Absolutely NO KITS
  • Books on drawing feathers (I am now a feather doodler)
  • Fabric dying supplies
  • Fabric printing supplies
  • Notions – You can never have too many notions.  I go crazy in office supply stores.    Imagine what notions do to me!

I don’t think I’d make much money if I had a quilt shop or booth.  Plan on me visiting yours!

It’s the little things…

In life, it’s the little things that make you feel good. A kiss from your dog, a single flower from your someone special for no reason at all, a walk by the river holding hands, a co-worker bringing you a latte “just because.” These little things are the things you remember the most.

I love shopping online at eQuilter.com for just those reasons. They do the little things that keep me coming back for more. They always wrap my purchases in pretty, quilty tissue paper before they put them in the shipping bag. They always take the time to write a little note on my order form. They always put a little cute sticker next to their note. “A sticker?” you say? Yes. It’s a little thing, but it always makes me smile, and it tells me that they care enough about me, the customer, to go that extra little step.

eQuilter.com special ordered fabric for me when I needed it. They will personally go looking for something if it isn’t on their HUGE website. They go above and beyond. That’s why they get my business. If you haven’t been to their website, please go there now.

Last summer I bought my Pfaff Grand Quilter and while I was at the quilt shop, bought a few little things (duh!). I saw a sign above the thread I wanted: 3 for $x.00. I thought, what a bargain!!! I grabbed three spools, paid for my order, and left one happy camper. When I got home (it’s an hour away) I looked at my receipt. They had charged me the regular (FULL) price for the thread.

Last night, I went to the same shop for a class on using my Pfaff. Since it’s so far away and I don’t get there frequently, I had planned in advance and had a few things on a very short list to buy. I was excited because they use a punch card reqard system. Each time you purchase something, they mark your card. When your card is filled up, you get $25 in free merchandise. I was $15 away from filling up my card. My purchase was easily going to fill it up! I got to the checkout table, only to have a grumpy lady tell me “We don’t do that anymore. You’re just too late.” The tone of her voice was pretty scolding. I showed her that I had been getting it filled out regularly and that I was reaching FULL with this purchase. She looked at me and said, “I told you, we don’t do that anymore.”

Yes, it’s the little things.

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