Chessie & Me

Great day here today - hope everyone has a pleasant weekend and we remember those who gave their lives in defending our great country and those who have served or serve in the military today.

Just got in a box of the most darling counted cross stitch kits from Chessie & Me. They are fairly small designs that are worked on 36 ct linen fabric and include the fabric and silk floss to complete. Several of the designs are perfect for highlighting our country's independence with 1776 or flags on them. You still have time to work one up and display for the 4th of July. They would make great little pillows or pin cushions. Another finish might be on a painted paper mache box that is hinged like a small book. I got some of those blank ones in, too, so you can customize your look.

I've started work on a quilt design for the All Iowa Shop Hop designed by Three Jars Full (Jennifer) that is done in black and white strips with just a touch of bright color in the borders. Think I'll get the top pieced in time for the beginning of the hop? That would be next Thursday - come in and see ;)


Attention all fabric lovers! The All Iowa Shop Hop magazine has finally arrived. Stop in and pick up your copy before they are all gone - only $6.00. There are patterns plus a directory of the 95 participating shops with hours and specialties. It also contains your passport that can be turned in at the end of your hop for entry into drawings for great prizes. You may indicate which shop you would like to pick up your prizes at. You will have to visit at least 5 shops to qualify for a drawing. The more shops you visit, the bigger and better the prize. These are handy to use all year long to check when shops are open. We will begin selling the AISH limited edition fabrics on June 1st when the shop hop starts. Remember this hop lasts the whole month of June and just during June, we will be open on Mondays from 10-5. Come on in and see us!


Just got in these CUTE box toppers from Faithwurks. One is called 3 Cheers and has 3 Uncle Sam figures that sit on the top of a small box. The other one is Hoppy Easter with a white chocolate bunny for the top. All you need to stitch is the banding that goes around the box. All banding and floss are included in the kit. You can paint the cardboard box whatever color you would like to match the design.

A reminder that we have four parking places leased in the lot behind us that are marked for Fiberworks customers during the construction on Bremer Ave. There is no parking on the street in front of the store but you can still come in the front door if you wish. You can also follow Denny (Denise) the Detour Dog's sign pointing to the back door. She has her crazy quilted shirt on since the street construction is CRAZY.

Entry reminder

Just wanted to remind you to use the back entrance on Saturday if the firefighters are using the street in front of the store. The IFA is having their convention in Waverly this week.

Row By Row is now officially over for 2016 and we are in the hibernation period until November 1. We have a few kits left over that we will be able to sell after that time as well as the patterns. You may call and reserve one for shipping after that date.

It is almost time for our 23rd birthday celebration - September 20-24. We will have our tree up with the tootsie pops ready for you to choose one to determine if you get 10, 15, or 20 percent off your purchase. (applies to items not already discounted)

The new September/October issue of the Country Registers is in - stop in and pick up a free copy.

The Lizzie Kate trunk show is up and hanging for you to see. These are models from her "Littles" and Boxers". They are really cute and you can see what they really look like in person.

Row By Row Ready

Here's our row for 2016 - Home is Where Your Honey Is. We used to have bee hives and "grew" our own honey several years ago so we are used to having bees buzzing around.

This extremely cute row gives you the opportunity to get creative in your quilting path. I just did some bee trail swirls in the places that looked like they needed some quilting as well as stitched in the ditch around the flowers, leaves, and hive layers - anything goes.

Aren't the country bee buttons cute that Jennifer picked to gather nectar from the flowers. The yo-yos on the flower centers give a nice dimension to the row and accented with yellow buttons.

Remember you can get the pattern free (one) or kit (buy as many as you want with pattern included) ONLY if you come into the shop between June 21st and Sept 5th. Then there is a hibernation period until November 1st that nothing is available either in the store or by mail. On November 1st we can start to mail out kits and/or patterns to those who would like them. If you pick a pattern up in the store they are furnished free of charge. After the hibernation period, they will be sold rather than given free. We will also have just a button pack available for sale if you want to use your own fabrics.

Our kit will include all the fabric you will need for the front, buttons and letters printed on freezer paper for ease of applying. All the strips are cut to the correct width so you just have to cut to the right length and sew together.

The first person to bring in a quilt completely bound and labeled using at least 8 rows from 8 different shops wins 25 fat quarters, plus if you use our row in your quilt, a $25.00 gift certificate. We would be happy to display your finished quilt for the duration of the "experience" so others can see how creative you are.

More progress

I had a chance to work on Threedles - Something Different canvas piece. The five squares are filled in at the intersections of the octagons and in the middle. I think it is looking pretty good. I felt some accomplishment at completing not just one area but five, even if they are smaller than the focal points.

Newest Just Nan

The mail arrived today with the two newest designs from Just Nan. Both are limited edition pieces so get yours while you can.

Romeo the Groom Mouse joins his bride wearing a cute top hat and rose boutonniere. The brass tail and button stand also come with the pattern. It is shown stitched on 32 count Silvery Moon Belfast linen from Zweigart.

The second design is in celebration of Nan's 25th anniversary of designing cross stitch pieces. It is called Peacock Garden Scissor Roll. The pattern includes beads, gold cube bead and snap for closure, violet wool and the peacock rose pin. The wool is the lining for the back of the roll which is stitched on 32 count Flax Belfast linen by Zweigart. Finished size is 2" tall and 3 1/2" - 4" embroidery scissors fit the pocket just right.

Speaking of scissor, remember this week all in stock scissors and scissor fobs are on sale!

Isn't this cool?

I just got in a new magnetic pin cushion from Zirkel. If you drop the pins onto it point first they all arrange themselves so the end you pick up is hanging off the pin cushion, making them easier to pick up. Also got some pretty pins from Patty Young Designs in Spade Parade and Splendid Spears tops. They are 2 1/4" long and .7mm in diameter and come 100 in a nice tin box.

The All Iowa Shop Hop starts June first and if you would like to preview the limited edition fabric for this year - it is HERE! We also have charms square packs and jelly rolls of coordinating red and green and neutrals that go with them. The magazine, with several patterns and listing of all the participating shops, should be here next week. Get yours for only $6.00. It also will have a passport included for your use. A reminder that we will be open on Mondays, only in June for this hop, from 10:00 until 5:00.

Lizzie Kate

The newest Lizzie Kate patterns have arrived:

The monthly flip-it series will continue with two months in each pattern. Charms are included with the pattterns.

We also got in the next inspiration boxer called Accept What Is. It says accept what is...let go of what was...have faith in what will be. The boxer also has a bonus pattern that is a vertical alphabet adorned with bird, flowers and diamond shapes.

New quilting fabric includes a glow-in-the-dark skeleton for Halloween -just the right size to hang on your door - some pretty fall prints and a modern one called Chromozones in a blue colorway.

Stop in to see these in person!

Traffic Jam

Once again Bremer Ave in front of our building is being a pain in the patoot. In order to service the sprinkler systems of the new downtown apartments, new pipes need to be run under the road. We were told that there would be no parking on our side of the street for about two weeks and then on the north side for another two weeks until this was completed. Unfortunately the situation was not described in reality. There is no parking on either side because the two lanes, one in each direction, have been diverted all on one side so with space for the cones to divide lanes you will be driving in the parking area going west. Also they have blocked off 1st and 2nd streets (the streets on either end of our block) so you cannot turn off Bremer Ave either north or south. The closest parking lot is across from the post office - so if you are coming to visit, turn south on 3rd street between Love & Lace and the First Insurance building. The parking lot will be on your right past the alley. You are welcome to use our back entrance if you wish, like during sidewalk construction in the past, rather than walking around to the front of the building. Sorry for the inconvenience. Remember we are glad to mail you anything you need if you don't want to stop in right now!

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