Thursday, October 15, 2015

I just corresponded with a lady from France - she's eager to receive the kit she purchased Monday.  How long does mail take to get half-way around the world?

I still marvel at how "small" the world has become. Half a century ago, Pen Pals were a cool thing.  Now we can chat with anyone in the world by means of this small machine (computer).  The great thing is-  we quilters are all related through thread and fabric.  It doesn't matter which quilting event I attend or which town it's in-- there are quilters from everywhere and we ALL have our favorite pass time to chat about.

What's new in your part of the world?  My latest excitement is the young women who came for a patchwork lesson this week.  They really seemed to enjoy choosing the fabric and making 9-patches. Their 60" x 60" tops will be done as soon as the borders are added.  Nothing like that feeling of success when a project begins to show the finish is near.  Their pictures with their tops are on Instagram. Hope you've got a minute to watch the feed in the upper right corner to see their beaming faces!

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Things have ChANGED!  Having been a full service grocery store for 75 years, we've now almost mastered changing over to QUILTING! Stan still has all kinds of veggie seeds available in bulk.  Seeds can be purchased by the pound or by the little measuring cup, and we've also had school people come in to buy 3 seeds of this, 5 seeds of that, etc, for school projects!

We still have the life-time guaranteed garden tools-- they're Awesome! Even I can use that hoe! But Stan will tell you it's not wise- I "weeded" his watermelon plants out of existence and he had to start over.  We still have all the veggie starter plants in the Spring, and onion sets starting in January. We have organic soil amendments and Stan will help you with all the information you need to have a successful vegetable garden.  He's a wealth of info!

On the quilting side- the Gammill Classic now has the IntelliQuilter equipment so when you desire to rent time on the long-arm,  you might choose to use the IQ vs. taking the time to develop expertise freehand.  We're adding more new  fabric manufacturers to our inventory- new designs, more modern, yet keeping reproduction fabrics, too.   There are hand embroidery supplies and patterns, also machine embroidery!  And we stock Quilters' Choice products by Alex Anderson, produced by Floriani.

Oh, I forgot! We DO have cokes and candy bars and nuts.  I guess that qualifies as "groceries!"

Sunday, August 30, 2015

I hope all of you are on our email list.  Especially if you live in our area, there's an email that went out about an hour ago that Fabric Specialists will want to know about!  It's a secret, though, until you get those emails!

We sure have a lot of new fabrics coming in! We've got some 10 x 10's from Cotton and SteelJo Morton fabrics by AndoverSophia by MakowerPie Making Day by RJRVarsity by MODA,  and these are just a FEW of what's been ordered already.  If you're not familiar with the lines by name, click on each of those to see some thumbnails of the fabrics.
We also got in a new book panel with coordinating fabrics, and some "snack packs"  that are like jelly rolls but packaged differently and there's a free pattern with them on that company's website.  The new ones expected include  a novelty kitchen line, some Snowscapes,  a Woodlands line, even a Santa line.   You'll want to stay on top of things by dropping in from time to time to see what's new!

AND---- we have a RETREAT coming up the 3rd weekend in September. We're going to Le Retreat House  in Gainesville, TX for four days.  No interruptions, sew at any hour, lots of good times.  If you're available, it's a great time to start new projects OR catch up on UFOs!

And THEN, there's MARKET in Houston near the end of October.  If you do "your" part (that means come empty the bolts on our shelves so I'll have room for more!)  then I can do "MY" part (that means shop,shop,shop for even more new fabrics!)   Oh, it's a vicious cycle us fabric fanatics endure, isn't it???


Friday, August 28, 2015

It's almost September-- it's cooling off outside.  Lake Texoma's water level is finally nearing the level hubby wants.  School's starting. Our beautiful grand daughters are now almost-4 and 10months old. Our new little grandson is 10 wks old. Lots of things are changing, aren't they?

Our website got a face-lift not too long ago- that's so it could be readily accessible by mobile devices. I really like the turquoise-ey color,and the old wood effect. Certainly fits our store in the historic district, don't you think?  Paula Moses  has helped get most of our in-store products up on the web-- Tremendous Helper, you are, Paula! I could never have done it by myself!  It's a tough job just " booking" all the new stuff that's  been coming in lately. That area on the upper right, where the new Pie Making Day fabric on bolts from RJR is showing, is our Instagram feed.  FOLLOW us @keyquilter to see what we're up to on a more instant basis.

Our shop is looking  better and better every day! Last summer, we were  blessed with Jane Allen and Lisa Conway who labored to get the fabrics re-arranged periodically and keep my messes less messy! I am not organized-- I'm CREATIVE and no one can be both! 
This last summer, both Jane and Lisa were otherwise engaged-- we sure missed seeing them as much but Jane still held Damocles' sword over Stan's head...apparently!  When Jane would pull up outside, he'd say "uh-oh- here comes Jane, get all the stuff picked up QUICK!"  And when Stan balked at doing our bidding, we'd say "I'm calling Jane!" and he'd say " Oh-No! Not Jane!"  because he knows he has to tow the line for her! After all, She's the one who makes all the cupcakes! 

We still are blessed with Karen Arnold who helps with sewing and quilting when she can. Jovita Black has been our Godsend when we have youngsters who need sewing training. Debbie Stutsman has been helping with cutting Fat Quarters. And-- oh look! There's Paula Moses again, organizing and re-arranging, sewing some samples and learning the IQ, and what a mind she has! Thank you, Lord, for all the needed help. Yesterday and today were the most feels-like-a-real-quilt-shop days I've ever experienced! Love it!

Y'all come on in- don't miss out on the fun!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Back in Time

We're having our first Cross Stitch class this Saturday.  We planned it pretty quickly so we'll repeat it if you're not free to come Feb. 21.   Deb Boeken will be providing the foundation on which to build your new hobby!  We have kits for participants that have all you need to get going with a small project:  canvas (Aida), floss, needle, hoop, scissor.   We just need YOU !

Have you ever thought about what hotels are good in your own home area?  Never crossed my mind! I've always heard "there's a first time for everything!" Time used to be when the hotels/motels were all along HWY 77 (Commerce street) but now they're all out along I35! Won't there be a change of atmosphere when leaving the hotels to go downtown to the Historical District and our store??

Good memories were made in a similar transition from the "new time" to "old times".  Several of us used to travel to McKinney, TX, to Sharon's Quilt Depot down on "the Square".  We'd leave hwy 69/75 and drive through a neighborhood of older antique-y looking homes toward the old downtown area and it was like traveling back in time! We' shop & splurge on a tasty lunch across the street- they had the Best Pies!  That quilt shop is where I began to love quilting- and-- that's where I saw the Gammill quilting machines and Linda Taylor!

Next weekend, Saturday, Feb 28, we're having a Bargello quilt class. Our technique guru is Mary Easley from Combine, TX. And we've got a student signed up (Hi!, Maryann!) from New Mexico!  How many of us would love to travel to a class somewhere? Welcome, welcome, welcome to Ardmore and our shop!

We also have a number of other ladies who've signed up--so far only 3 have had their fabric  cut for them. I know y'all others will be getting in as soon as you can...hopefully by Saturday so you can have time to get your first strip sets sewn.  The 3 sets I've seen are all gorgeous! Can't wait to see the rest of the combinations that day!

Lorna, will you bring your very 1st quilt- that bargello one using the Christmas jelly rolls? Everyone will want to see it.  I'll bring mine that I made 10-12 years ago. Mary will be bringing several examples, also! I'd say if you haven't signed up for the class, drop in to see what you're missing and get a peek of the samples, anyway. Always time for a "quilt show!"

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Do you Play Sudoku?


Do you enjoy working puzzles? Crosswords aren't my thing, and 
solving those encryption messes is beyond me. But I do enjoy
working Sudoku puzzles. 
Sudoku puzzles basically use a
 Double 9-patch form.
Each patch, row and column uses digits 0-9
 only one time in each square, row or column.
 
Do you enjoy picture puzzles?  I do- used to always have one in the works. 
Once, when I worked in Norman, there was an 
"office puzzle" being worked in the break room.  I got
carried away putting pieces in on my break and....well....
Did you know that popcorn in the microwave WILL catch fire? 
 
Do you get the newsletter from The Quilt Show? Often, there will be a link to a quilt 
done as a picture puzzle. Love 'em but have yet to complete one in under 16 minutes.

Quilts really are puzzles.  I've often compared making the quilt top to "making my own picture puzzle and then working it!"  It's great fun to make the pieces fit and there's no better
satisfaction than finishing a quilt!   Quilted, bound and labelled.

The other day, it hit me. Sudoku, picture puzzles, quilts:  
each has pieces that fit accurately together! Each number or piece of fabric/block fits in just 
one place, but without all the pieces, none is finished.
LET'S GO SEW!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

New Raggy Quilt Method!

Next Saturday, Oct. 25, we'll be seeing a NEW BOOK out by Terry Estes.  It's her method for Raggy Quilt making and we'd love to have you join us.   Want to see?
The class is only $25 and that INCLUDES her NEW BOOK! Bring 2 pieces of quilting cottons that are 1-1/2 yards each, and a piece of flannel the same length.  Of course we have fabrics and flannel at our store so we can fix you up here! Wouldn't this be cute in Be Jolly prints?  We'll even give you a 20% discount on your yardages for the class!

You'll also need your machine, scissors, rotary cutter & mat. It'll be a FUN time so we hope you'll come play along.  Sign up at our website on the class page: HERE .  See you then!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Not Another One!

I'm a Quilter! I gave up every other "craft" to do quilting! Wait...I did knit some socks a couple of winters ago. And oh yeah, I forgot Machine Embroidery--I love to do that.  But all the others are pretty much absent: toll painting, needle tatting, afghan crocheting, and even most of the hand embroidery. 

Last Christmas, I was given a card that was SO beautiful and creative.  I hadn't shopped for cards in quite a long time so totally unaware that cards that pretty aren't for purchase!  Nope! That card was hand-made by Sharon Claytor.    Is it possible receiving just one such card could have caused an addiction?  NO! Couldn't be! 

  
No other sighting of hand made cards has occurred. But--- that was pre-ScanNCut! 
I happened into JoAnn's to check on flannel. Yep- they had some on sale... Wasn't sure what color to get so walked across the store & what do I see?   PAPER! and it was on SALE! Two of those little tablet collections came home with me. Took me a full 24 hours but I did work up the courage to *try* one. Watched a video & learned a LOT!  The video was by Vicky zt This Blog and she's
having a GiveAway! Check it out!
In truth- "paper" still isn't my passion but hey- that machine will cut most anything, including FABRIC! YAY!



Sunday, April 6, 2014

No Wonder!

I posted a comment to a quilter's page and though- what if she wants to know who I am? What happens when she clicks on my name?  The click took me to my profile page- so I updated that a little.... And the profile lists the blogs we follow--- WHAT a LIST!!! NO WONDER I don't have time to post on my own blog!  I'm too busy reading everybody else's blogs! 

So here's a big Thank You to all the quilters that take the time to write & post pics. I know it Does take time and it's a great way to spend uncounted hours while hubby's watching all those basket ball games on the TV! I should be sewing though.....