Thoughts of a Quilt Shop Owner

January 8, 2018 – Story of a New Year’s resolution:

My New Year’s Resolution: Improve the new web page every day. I realize this is not directly about quilting, but the lessons learned apply to any self-improvement project.

I apologize that the new website is kind of klutchy right now. It is nearly impossible to explain quilting to a male web developer. So we went live with the basic framework, knowing that anything can get better with a little elbow grease. I have officially resolved to perfect this site over the next few weeks.

Yesterday I learned just exactly how much I need to learn about web management. My developer is giving me lessons. He smiles a lot when we work together – not sure why. Technology is not intuitive for us old timers, but I firmly believe you can teach an old dog. Wait a minute: old timer, old dog? What am I saying? I firmly believe you can teach an intelligent, capable and experienced woman anything. That sounds better. Lesson #1: Choose your words wisely! (Confession – This is a lesson I re-learn almost every day, so I really can’t take credit for mastering it.)

Today, it took me a few minutes (translation – 1.5 hours) to find where you go to write a new blog post in the software. It was frustrating because it had only been 10 hours since I nodded my head vigorously that I understood how to do this. Lesson #2: Never be too confident in new skills!

….It is now the next morning, and my developer has recovered my blog post from the Great Unknown. I hit the “Go” button last night and it promptly “Went” somewhere never to be seen again.  If you are reading this, I managed to re-learn how to post a new message. Lesson #3: Revel in every accomplishment, no matter how small!

I think I will stop working on my resolution now – I am done in.


What is new at the shop:

All Arrow sewing furniture currently in the shop is marked down so that we will have room for the 2018 models, coming soon.  This is a great time to get that cabinet you have had your eye on. Of how about a 3 drawer table on wheels. Pull it out when you need a work surface – roll it away when you are done. Over Christmas we set up the new Coronet long arm. It is great fun, and small enough to work in any sewing room. Want a bigger working surface? It also comes with a 10 foot frame. We are collecting quilts and pillow cases for the Sonoma fire victims. Large bed quilts are especially appreciated.

We have new Cuddle designed to look like alpaca.

The picture doesn’t do it justice. It is a soft tan/cream.

Can’t you just see a long-legged stuffed llama for a little one?


A new collection from Makower,Into the Woods.


Edyta Sitar’s Quilter’s Canvas 





  Beautiful trim – A shop challenge – Win prizes!!!!

    Ask for the details when you visit us




Classes coming soon: Here are the classes in January. There is additional information available on the class page of our web site, or just call us. We have some great stuff coming later in the year Check out our calendar.

FREE Group Charity Sew – Jan 10  11-3 PM

Description: Please RSVP to save your spot – plus if there are treats involved we’ll have enough for everyone! Bring your fat eighths and/or scraps to declutter your sewing room. We’ll incorporate them into something beautiful for charity. January = North Bay fire relief

Jen Kingwell’s Long Time Gone, Jan 18 2-4PM, for 15 weeks

Description: Jen Kingwell’s Long Time Gone is a unique quilt – well worth the effort, but the pattern can be challenging to follow. Sandi has demystified it totally. We are on our 3rd round of lessons, and this has been a fantastic class for all levels of quilters. Marti Michell has packaged 9 packs of templates, so no measuring or thinking needed. The good thing is that the templates make all sorts of great traditional blocks, so the cost is more justifiable. (They are Sets A, B, D, N, Q, Peaky and Spike, Pineapple and both small log Cabin templates).

Sandi says the templates make all your points match, and make the construction super easy. We will do it as a template/block of the week class – 15 weeks. Cost comes to $20 per class – that is for 2 hours of instruction, pattern and a template set. What a deal.

If you happen to have some of the Marti Michell templates, we will gladly reduce the cost of the class by that amount. And if you want to drop in for a lesson on a specific block, you are more than welcome. There is a detailed list of which blocks are on which weeks in our class calendar.



Skill Builder demo and workshop – Jan 24 (Monthly on the fourth Wednesday. 1-4PM) ($5 for St. Joseph’s Family Center)

Description: Learn or improve on a basic skill and help feed the less fortunate at the same time. Please RSVP to save your spot plus, if there are treats involved, we’ll have enough for everyone! We’ll work on a skill each month to help your quilting and sewing projects along. Demo will walk through the skill and if you want to stay and practice it, bring the items in the “BRING” section below. January = crocheted rugs (or clothing) from your fabric scraps – BRING fabric strips (1″ or wider) and crochet hook size K


Fabric Painting with Vicki Johnson, Jan 20, 10-4PM

Description:Learn to use various media to create effects on fabric. Find out more about Vicki at



FTCU User Group – 10:30 AM

If you own Floriani’s Embroidery software, or if you are considering a purchase in the future, this is the group for you. Learn to use the full capacity of this amazing design and digitizing system. This hands-on group discusses a specific topic or feature of the program each month, with Q&A and assignments to reinforce new techniques. See the link below for more information on the software.

Bunco Jan 25, 7PM

We play for charity, we play for prizes, but we really just play for fun. Come play with us. No skill required. Refreshments provided. Buy in is $15 for St Joseph’s Family Center and one non-perishable food item.

Zentangle, Jan 27, 10:30-3:30

Zentangle is an easy-to-learn, relaxing and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. Certified Zentangle teacher Nancy Domnauer will guide students through the method of creating Zentangle art on paper with pen in the morning session.  In the afternoon, students will learn to use special fabric pen &color ink pencils & fabric medium for tangling on a fabric zip top pouch!