Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Ovarian Cancer

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Blank Quilting has a beautiful fabric line dedicated to ovarian cancer, it's survivors and it's fighters.
We are carrying some of the fabric here in the shop for one of our local guilds who is going to be making one of these quilts. I thought I'd share the website with you and if you and your local guild or quilt shop would like to get involved then you will have all of the details!

Inspiration Guild  at Blank Quilting.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Oh, Free Thread!!!

If only I had practiced more at those "Guess How Many M&M's are in the Jar" games then I would definitely have this competition in the bag! ...Or in the chest? Check out Aurifil's Threads Facebook page to enter to win free thread! Yep, to the tune of 216 spools! Woohoo!
Click here to go to their Facebook page 
By the way, if you aren't our friend on Facebook, be sure to visit our page too and Like us!
Also, in the world of deals..make sure to check out Gammill's current promotion. Probably the biggest sale they've ever had! If you live in the Tennessee Valley area or aren't sure where your Gammill representative is, send Butch an email at butch@quiltersrefuge.com for more information or if you have any questions.
Take a look at the flyer below!
Go to the Gammill website or to our website for more information. If you've ever wanted a Gammill, well, now's the time to buy!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

hello thrifty friends!

Now, I know it is hard to stomach, but the fact is this darn cotton is only getting more expensive and our fabric that we love so dearly is directly impacted!! I am trying to come to terms with it myself, so I can only imagine how it is sometimes when you walk in your quilt store and you see $10/yard and even $11/yard fabric.

Thank goodness for American Quilt Retailer. They have some smart people over there and they decided to ask opinions. But they didn't just ask anyone. Of course not. They asked the heads of the fabric companies we all know ( Hoffman , Marcus , Michael Miller , Moda , Robert Kaufman ) and many others. So please read what they have to say.

Maybe it will make it just a little bit easier for all of us to understand :)

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Follow? What Does That Mean?

I know a lot of people are new to the blog world (blogosphere) and if you find a lot of blogs you would like to read (follow) then it can get a little confusing! Where do you go to find the blog again? Can't I just read all my blogs in one place? How do you know when they write again?
from pctechnotes

I thought I would offer my advice on this topic because blogs are really beneficial to the quilting community! We all have so much to share and they are a great way to learn new tricks and techniques. Plus you get to see what everyone else is working on and keep up with your favorite quilt shops' classes, new fabrics, and events.
Phew! I could go on all day!

But here is my number one tip for you : USE GOOGLE READER!
Google Reader collects all of your blogs, puts them in one place, and lets you know how many posts you have to read. Fabulous!
So how do you get it? Well, for starters it's FREE just in case you were wondering and there will be a little tab at the top of your browser for instant access.
Start HERE. That is the Google Reader home page. Once there either use your already established Google Account log in or create a new account (very simple!).
Here are some links to help you get started:
Google Reader Home Page
Google Reader FAQ
Google Reader Tour

Once you have logged in to your account just go to your favorite blogs and click "Follow". They will magically all be collected and put on your Google Reader page for you to read when you have a free second.

How great is that? Have a question? Just ask! If I can help you with anything, I'll be glad to :)

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Quilts of Valor

We will be participating in the Quilts of Valor program this year. We have chosen the American Valor Fabrics Collection from Marcus Brothers by Faye Burgos. This quilt uses our favorite new fabric, Strip-it! So the red/white/blue pieces between the stars? Just one piece of fabric! Woohoo! Plus, the middle is a panel so this quilt is going to be a great one for the beginners.

Check out this video to learn more about the Quilts of Valor program and stay tuned for more info!

Presenting the Quilts of Valor Foundation from Catherine Roberts on Vimeo.