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March 2013 Newsletter

 Have we all been enjoying this weather?   Certainly been enjoying the snow days to sew.  But not all the shoveling. And now there's more on its way.

We are celebrating the first anniversary of our new addition and also our tenth year.   How time flies.   We are starting a sale on patterns and books, 25% off from March 16-30.   We will also have 20% off end-of-the-bolt purchase.

We have had some fun days doing up samples of some new collections.   The latest one is called Who's on First by Benartex.   It is a small throw with vintage baseball players panels and some cool coordinates.  

Our all-time favorite fabric is a fall tree printed as yardage, called Nature, from Timeless Treasures.   It is so realistic, just super in the pattern Oh Henry and Trifecta, a new fav from Mountainpeek Creations.   Trifecta makes a large lap that reminds you of looking out a window.  We did a new Japanese with Trifecta also.  

Kaufman did a jungle called Wild Africa.  By the same designer who did our favorite North American Wildlife.   The colors are so vivid and realistic.  We did our favorite Bricks pattern with the jungle. It is really, really nice.  We've also done a horse print in the Bricks. It is such a nice pattern for horizontal prints or panels.   

We got the queen-size kits finalized for the blue deer we call the Iowa Deer.  

The Thimbleberries Lake Lodge is quilted and kitted.  It is a large panel with bobbers, boat, fish, lounge chair and vintage pail.  It a perfect one for a lakeside cottage, it is a double size.   Summer wind Farm by South Seas is a small farm collection.   Marblehead Northwoods by Paintbrush Studios is another woodsy collection.   Exclusively Quilter has out Hooks and Ladders, a vintage fire truck which is a panel and an allover.  They also have a Red Fox that is neat. 

Clothworks has a neat Cattails line called Water Lillies.  Ours has the white background.
On Friday, we got in fifteen batiks from Island Batiks.   The new Island Batiks Stripe Tease strips in these color ways: Firecracker, Walnut Bark, Wild Truffle, and Lucky Potato.

We have gotten in some new bolts of black and whites.  We ordered two stripes, one with black on white, and one with white on black.   Can't  wait to do something with it.  We've gotten some new fusions blenders in and some new whites.  

Moda's Indigo Crossing is here in charms and jelly rolls and eight of its bolts.   Coming in April will be the complete collection of Primitive Gatherings Snowmen that will go nicely with it.  
We are in month three of our Amish With a Twist.   It is not too late to start it, most people are getting the blocks done on time because they are easy. It's the colors that people like. We also have some complete kits if you want to do it all at one time.  

We are starting to get the sample done for the BOM "A Year To Crow About" from Red Rooster.   It is a panel with crows doing monthly things that you cut apart a piece different things around them to make them 15" blocks.   We are doing them as 12 different small wall hanging  so we are giving customers the choice...either as wall hanging or a large quilt.   We plan on starting it in June.
Speaking of June, besides that we will be in the All Iowa Shop Hop, June 1--20.  There are 82 shops in it all over the state and there will be bus tours going to other Iowa shops.   Ask your local shop.  

Our North East Iowa Shop Hop with 7 shops will be April 11-13.  The hours will be 8-6 p.m. And 20% off!!! 

Carolyn will be traveling to Ames for the Shopping Spree the first Friday and Saturday in April (April 5-6).   If you've never been to one of them, they are fun.   There are about 13 shops under one roof at the Holiday Inn.   A chance to visit different shops in one stop.

Carolyn & Dianne
Forest Mills Quilt Shop