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Threads Galore Quilt Shop
& Quilt Inn Rangeley Retreat Center

Dear quilting friends,

It's our "winter break" now, with some twists.  While the quilt shop is closed until Tuesday, March 29th, the online store on our website is always open.  Last year we wrote you from Jekyll Island, GA and Pawleys Island, SC.  This year we write you from snowy Maine, where our winter "get away" plans include lots of quilting, but no morning beach walks.

 

Dan & Carol are each working on their original design quilts for Maine Quilts, 2011.  Dan will soon be scouring quilt show listings across the country to decide where else he'll show his quilt.  Intricate piecing and a multitude of fabrics have been Dan's personal challenge.  Carol's goal is to set a variety of sizes of pieced blocks in a layout that allows her plenty of wide-open space for her beloved quilting.  The Lancaster, PA, Quilt Show later this month will find Carol meeting with the Superior Threads folks to hand select her newest machine quilting threads, while Dan catches up with Deb Tucker and her Studio 180 Designs team to check on the anticipated launch date for their newest tool, the Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star Ruler.

MAINE STATE QUILT SHOP HOP

Martha's piecing our challenge quilt for the Maine State Quilt Shop Hop, featuring the “Quilts of Valor” line by Windham Fabrics.  Even though quilting in the red, white, and blue patriotic theme is her forte`, finding a place for the eagle motif fabric in the pieced blocks will be challenging.  Carol & Martha are busily filling our Shop Hop “goodie” bags, as well as preparing chauffeur raffle and prize drawings.  Shop Hop is a great way to welcome spring and we hope to see many old friends and new “hoppers” during April.

FALL QUILT CAMPS 2011

Don't delay if you are interested!  Both “Quilt Camp With Bonnie Hunter” and “Quilt Camp With A Twist” are now 75% filled.  Bonnie Hunter is currently traipsing around Germany, visiting quilt guilds there, offering trunk shows as well as one day instructional seminars.  Bonnie adores mountains and we can't wait to delight her, on her first trip to Maine, with “our” mountains.  We love following her blog and invite you to check it out.  Her energy and enthusiasm are unparalleled!  Please contact us to reserve your place in the quilt camp of your choice.

NEW FABRIC ~~ “LOVELY”

“Happy!”                “Spring!”               “WOW!”            “Fun!”                  “Gorgeous!”

These have been our customers'  comments on our newest Moda fabric collection, so aptly named “Lovely”.  When it first arrived mid-February, Dan wondered if it was the wrong order.  Carol remembered it had been a cold, gray day in November when she ordered it.  We  find ourselves simply smitten with it's invitation to spring fever.  The prints include a gorgeous large floral, fun polka dots, whimsical flowers, buds & vines, and graceful swirls.  The large panel is just right to cut apart, add  sashing and have a fast, happy quilt in one day!  The colors tell it all ~~ “rain” is a beautiful bright turquoise, “daffodil” is a clear sunny yellow, “babies breath” is a pure ivory, and “peony” is a rich warm coral.  “Lovely” has been very popular!

RISING COTTON PRICES, INTERNATIONALLY

The evening news is giving frequent coverage to the cotton industry's current challenges and rising prices.  The causes are many ~~ weather disasters, supply shortages, and economic ripple effects.  While this will impact the pricing of the cotton fabrics we so love for quilting, it will also raise the price of the blue jeans we all enjoy and our favorite cotton knit shirts and sweaters.  In an effort to better understand the cotton supply and pricing situation, we share this informative and up-to-date article with you and hope you will take time to read it.

SPRING OPEN STUDIO DATES

Our Open Studio days are gaining in popularity and we've made some terrific new friends.  Registration, in advance, is $20 cash, payable at the Quilt Shop.  8 maximum gives us lots of elbow room and design wall space.

  • Monday, April 4, 2011
  • Monday, May 23, 2011
  • Monday, June 20, 2011

QUILT INN RETREAT CENTER – SPRING/SUMMER DISCOUNTED RATES

The new cutting center is in place in the quilting studio.  You will simply love it!

10% off your return booking, May through September

20% off your FIRST TIME booking, May through September

Contact Carol to plan your group's retreat with us.

Wishing you a wonderful March with the arrival of daylight savings time and the first day of Spring.  May your quilting bring you great joy, whether challenging original pieces, or fast and fun quilts!

 

With a bit of spring fever,
Carol, Dan & Martha
Threads Galore Quilt Shop
Rangeley, Maine
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Our grandson, Parker, asked for a quilt with RED stars for his 4th birthday last month.  He picked out the fabric for the stars! They were pieced using Deb Tucker/Studio 180's V-Block Trimmer.

Bumpie, Parker & Mamie
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