Friday, December 30, 2011

Looking Ahead To 2012

Happy (almost) New Year All,

As we close the door on 2011 and reflect at the year that has passed, I'd like to give you a glimpse into what is ahead for 2012.

In January Lynn, Dave, and I will head to Ontario California for the Road To California Quilt Show which is January 19- 22. It's our first time visiting and we hope everyone will be able to come out and see us. Shabby Fabrics can be found in booths 1304 & 1306. I will also be participating in the Roundabout Friday, January 20th from 7:30 - 9:30 PM in the Empire Ballroom at the Doubletree Hotel (immediately adjacent to the Convention Center.). I will be demonstrating my appliqué technique since it has been so popular and well-received. Roundabout features a variety of quilt teachers and vendors giving mini-demonstrations while students rotate on an informal basis between the tables at 10 minute intervals. I hope everyone has a chance to make it to the show, we would love to see all of you there!

Of course we will be making our annual trip to Puyallup, Washington for SewExpo. Lynn, Dave and I will head over the west side of Washington for the Expo March 1st - 4th, and this time we're bringing Tiffany with us! Last year we had quite a few requests for cut yardage of our fabric, and this year we're going to be bringing some of our favorites along! I don't know how many and which collections we will be bringing, but yardage will be available for purchase at our booth. As soon as we have our booth assignments I will make sure to let everyone know where you can find us.

We will of course make the trip to Houston for International Quilt Festival again in the fall.

I will be working on more designs in the coming year and introducing new BOM programs as well. We're starting the year off right with a FREE Mystery BOM which everyone will get to view on January 7th!

I'd like to take a minute and thank you all for a wonderful year of patronage and loyalty. We strive very hard to maintain an exceptional level of customer service. We work to make sure every order is accurate and shipped as quickly as possible. We strive to make sure your block of the month fabric packets are neat and well organized. We work at providing excellent customer service with each email and phone call we receive.



So, here's the fun part! I would love some feedback from all of you regarding what you love about Shabby Fabrics. What is your favorite part of Shabby Fabrics? Is it our fabric selection, our fat quarter sets, our kits, our BOM programs, or is there something I'm missing? Please let me know what you love about Shabby Fabrics and I'll pick three responders who will each win a gift certificate for $20.12 to ring in the New Year!!! So, that means you've got 3 chance to win a gift certificate to Shabby Fabrics!!! Winners will be announced on January 3, 2012 so don't delay!

Thank you all once again and blessings to you always,

Jen

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Top 10 Block Of the Month Programs in 2011

Our Block Of the Month programs and clubs are something we truly enjoy offering. Picking the fabrics for each pattern, cutting and collating, even packaging and shipping them out - we love every last detail of these programs! Over the last year we've had the pleasure of offering close to 30 programs at Shabby Fabrics. We thought we would take a look back at the most popular programs we have offered.

Top 10 Block Of the Month Programs in 2011

1. Blessings of Spring
Blessings of Spring has been a wonderful block of the month program for our customers. The signups for this program were tremendous and it was sold out in no time! This program was the first one offered in the series and the interest today from quilt shops and customers alike is still very strong.

2. Blessings of Summer
Blessings of Summer was the second quilt to be released in the Blessings Series. Releasing the program this last summer was perfect timing! Featuring the little red wagon full of flowers, and the Sunflowers too, it's the perfect summertime quilt! Full kits and pattern sets are still available for this quilt.

3. Poinsettias de Noel
Poinsettias de Noel was designed by Jennifer and was in very popular demand during the enrollment process. Each 12" perimeter block features piecing, while the center block features appliqué. It's the perfect additional to your home for the holidays!

4. Great Pumpkin
There's no better way than to celebrate Autumn with this vibrant 73" x 76" quilt featuring pumpkins, pumpkins, and more pumpkins! The program sold out in record time, but there are still patterns available separately.

5. Quilted Village
This quaint town settled around a village green is the perfect choice to add a touch of charm to your home! Quilt can be completed using either appliqué or paper foundation piecing - instructions for both are included. Add finishing touches with silk ribbon embroidery and traditional embroidery. The program is now sold out, but the pattern is still available for individual sale.

6. Farmhouse
Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts has designed this beautiful quilt featuring cottages and fruit. Quilt finishes to 61" x 61". Each block incorporates both piecing and appliqué. The program is no longer available for signup but the book can still be purchased.

7. Merry Merry Snowmen
Merry Merry Snowmen is a 10-month Block of the Month Program designed by Anne Sutton of Bunny Hill Designs. This 62" x 66" quilt features plenty of jolly snowmen! Program begins in February 2012 and runs for ten months, ending in November 2012.

8. Little Red Barns
You can easily get swept away to the countryside every time you look at this quilt! Little Red Barns by The Quilt Company is a darling farm-themed quilt, complete with roosters, sheep, and, of course, little red barns.

9. Dolly Days
Reminisce about days gone by with this darling 46" x 54" paper doll-themed quilt! The Dolly Days heirloom quilt is the perfect gift for a daughter or granddaughter. This Block of the Month Program begins in February 2012 and ends in December 2012.

10. Sweetheart Houses
This program is one of the newest Shabby Fabrics exclusives and it's seen high enrollment - the program doesn't even begin until Summer of 2012! We can't wait to get this program started and we hope all of you are just as enchanted with the sweetness of this quilt like we are!


Which of these Block Of the Month programs are you currently enrolled in? We want to know if there are any patterns you would like to see offered as a block of the month in 2012. Have you seen our newest programs Amish With A Twist, By My Hand, and our newest Shabby Exclusive Country Cottages Mystery? Country Cottages will be a FREE program!
 
We've got some great new programs coming your way in 2012!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Mystery BOM - Country Cottages!

We are excited to announce that we will be offering a Mystery Block of the Month for 2012!  The best part?  The pattern will be a free download available right here at The Shabby! 

Country Cottages is the first mystery BOM designed by Shabby Fabrics.  This darling calendar style quilt is just so much fun, featuring quaint cottages and some special themed surprises each month! The pattern will be available as a free download around the 7th of each month right here on on our blog.  This quilt features applique, hand embroidery, and wool felt accents.

Here is a sneak peek:



Want to use the fabrics shown?  Sign up for our BOM program, which runs February 2012-December 2012.  All fabrics, embroidery floss, and embellishments are included.  Enrollment fee is just $10 to reserve your spot.   Sign up today!

The pattern for Block 1 will be available around January 7th. 

Are you excited about this?  What do you think future blocks will include?  Have you participated in mystery quilt programs before? 

Shabby Fabrics Top 10 Kits of 2011

Shabby Fabrics Top 10 Kits of 2011

Often times people look at the price tag on a kit and think it's a little overwhelming. We always encourage our customers to consider this option for a few reasons:
1. This is the most cost efficient way to make a quilt. Sometimes as you know, the pattern can call for 1/4 yd or even less, and the smallest cut of fabric you can purchase is a 1/2 yd. If you're purchasing the kit you don't have to worry about paying for the additional yardage.

2. If you like the look of the quilt, the kit is the right option for you. Unless otherwise noted our full kits come with the original fabrics used to create the original. Which means - NO SUBSTITUTIONS!

3. Free Shipping! Our domestic customers will always receive free shipping on orders over $100.

1. Shabby Fabrics 7 Piece Appliqué Kit
Earlier this year Jennifer created a step by step tutorial on YouTube featuring the appliqué process. The video became a huge hit and everyone wanted to know what tools were used. We've combined all the essentials into a 7 piece kit. The Basic Kit includes the following: Stiletto, Turning Tool, 2 oz. bottle of Roxanne Glue-Baste-It, 50 sheets of C. Jenkins Freezer Paper (which can be put through a printer), a Loew-Cornell stipple brush for applying your spray starch, a case of 16 Straw Needles, and the Shabby Fabrics Appliqué Guide - a step-by-step photo guide of Jennifer Bosworth's own appliqué technique which explains how to use each of the above items.

2. Wreath of Spring
This pattern was featured in the May/June 2011 issue of McCall's Quilting. Wreath of Spring is a gorgeous quilt designed by Jennifer. Featuring a wreath of roses and several borders, this quilt finishes to 51 1/2" square. People just discovering this quilt still call to see if we have kits available. We sold the last one many months ago, but we still have some of the fabrics used.

3. Blessings of Spring
This exclusive design was created by Jennifer and featured all of the Blessings of Spring: tulips, daisies, ladybugs, a birdhouse, a gardening angel, and more! Each block features both piecing and appliqué. The last kit of this quilt was sold at International Quilt Market in Houston earlier this fall. Though the full kit is gone, it's never forgotten as it was the first quilt in the Blessings Series.

4. Yellow Brick Road
This kit perfect choice for a beginners project! Kit includes pattern, all top fabrics, borders, and binding to create the Queen Size (93" x 102") quilt that looks much more difficult than it is! Our version features pinks, yellows, blues, and creams for a shabby look.

5. Black Beauty
Jet black, gorgeous florals, and rich colors combine for a spectacular result! This stunning queen size quilt may look difficult, but is actually made using simple piecing. Kit includes pattern plus all top fabrics including borders and binding. Finished size is 85" x 102".

6. Deco Delight
This stunning quilt was quick and easy! The kit included all top fabrics and the pattern was offered as a free download. We couldn't believe how quickly these kits went out the door!

7. Blessings of Summer
Blessings of Summer is the 2nd pattern in The Blessings SeriesTM by Shabby Fabrics. This cheerful 55" x 65" quilt celebrates all the joys of warm summer days with twirling pinwheels, a wagon full of daisies, yummy ice cream cones and so much more. Tiny wooden clothes pins secure miniature quilts to the clothesline for added fun!

8. Rabbits Prefer Chocolate
Finished size is 52"x54". The kit includes top fabrics, borders, and binding! An extensive embellishing kit of buttons, ribbon, Swarovski pearls, gingham bows, ric rac and full skeins of embroidery floss are included!

9. Enchanted Holiday Table Runner Kit
Jennifer designed this beautiful runner which features appliqué and simple patchwork. Finishes to 22 1/2" x 59 1/2". Designed to coordinate with our Enchanted Holiday Stocking and Enchanted Holiday Tree Skirt. This kit includes pattern, all fabrics including backing, and button embellishments.

10. As For Me & My House
Pinwheels and a red, white, and cream color palette give this an Americana feel. The verse "As for me and my house, we will serve the LORD. - Joshua 24:15" is prominently embroidered above the house. Finishing to 41" x 41.

Which of these kits are your favorite?

Monday, December 26, 2011

Shabby Fabrics Top 10 Patterns of 2011

Hi Everyone,
As the year draws to a close I thought I would take some time this week to reminisce. Each day I will be sharing with you the top items that we sold in each category in 2011. Today I'm going to share with you the Top 10 Patterns sold throughout the year.

1. Blessings of Spring
This cheerful quilt celebrates everything Spring! The pattern set includes patterns for all 9 blocks - including large close-up photographs of each block, finishing instructions, a fabric selection guide, and the Shabby Fabrics Applique Guide - a step-by-step guide for spray starch appliqué! Quilt finishes to 56" x 62".


2. Blessings of Summer
This joyous 55" x 65" quilt celebrates all the joys of warm summer days with twirling pinwheels, a wagon full of daisies, yummy ice cream cones and so much more. Tiny wooden clothes pins secure miniature quilts to the clothesline for added fun!

3. Holly & Berries Table Runner
This embellished Holly & Berries Tablerunner is 23" x 50". You'll have so much fun making this quick and easy project using charm squares, fusible appliqué, simple hand embroidery and sequin embellishments.

4. Vintage Valentine
Every now and again we stumble upon a pattern that causes us to catch our breath. This design called "Vintage Valentine" does just that. The beauty of this 72" x 72" heart quilt is like no other. You will receive full size templates of all appliqué pieces as well as close-up photographs of every block


5. Quilted Village
This unique quilt features all of the traditional buildings of a village: rowhouses, a schoolhouse, a chapel, town hall, and more, all around a village green! Quilt finishes to 57" x 60". This pattern set includes all 12 patterns needed to create the quilt as well as instructions for the ribbon embroidery and other embellishments. This is a perfect project for a quilt guild or community project. Project can be appliqued or paper-pieced.


6. Poinsettias de Noel
Create this stunning 68" x 68" quilt, Poinsettias de Noel, designed by Jennifer Bosworth! Each 12" perimeter block features piecing, while the center block features appliqué. Pattern includes all instructions. Consider adding the Embellishing Kit which includes gold beads, hand pressed buttons for the holly berries and gold metallic velvet ribbon.


7. Holiday Charm
The Holiday Charm pattern shows you how to make the adorable 54.5" Christmas quilt. This fun and easy table topper features an inner border of sweet hand embroidery and red glass bead accents. The piano key scalloped border is finished with a bias cut red/white striped fabric for a fun Candy Cane effect. A Shabby Fabrics exclusive design.


8. Baltimore Christmas
Baltimore Christmas is a beautiful appliqué quilt by Pearl! This is truly a spectacular heirloom quilt when completed. The 24" center medallion Santa block is surrounded by twelve 12" album style blocks with holly and berry swag appliqué border. Finished size is 69" x 69".


9. Holly & Berries Tree Skirt
The tree skirt features eight scalloped quilted panels of holly, candy cane sashing, jumbo ric rac and plenty of darling buttons and sequins for that wonderful holiday sparkle . The tree skirt is 45" in diameter..


10. Quilt For Hope
This Shabby Fabrics Exclusive pattern has been entirely rewritten and now includes instructions for 4 sizes: Crib (33" x 48"), Twin (74" x 98"), Full/Queen (92" x 98"), and King (104" x 104"). This quilt uses both piecing and appliqué to create a stunning design with the Holy Cross as the focus. Fabric Kits are also available for each size.

Which of these patterns are your favorite, and why?

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

New Year’s Eve 2011 Twitter Party!


‘Tis that time once again to ring in the New Year with your nearest and dearest! Shabby Fabrics has teamed up with Stitch'n Heaven and a bunch of other really fun sponsors to ring in the New Year with prizes on Twitter! Not a Tweeter? That is O.K. ! Create your FREE Twitter account here. Then follow these easy "how to" party instructions: 

1. Go to www.tweetchat.com (or the platform of your choice if you have another you prefer)

2. Enter SHPARTY next to the hashtag (#) at the top of the screen. Once you do that all conversations and party goers for our party will show up in a list just below the top of the page.

3. Sign into Twitter if you aren’t already. You will be prompted to allow or deny the app to access your account. Click “allow".

4. You will be redirected to the party page where you will only see conversations for #SHPARTY partyers.

5. Use the text box to write your messages. No need to put #SHPARTY in each post because Tweetchat does that for you.

6. Party! We will post messages to the party and you respond. You’ll see the conversation roll. You may want to set the speed of messages, either slower to keep up or faster to get your messages almost as soon as they post without the delay. However you want, it’s your party! You can find how to set the speed right under your message box.


Remember we can all have fun in different time zones wishing one another a Happy New Year, well, aside from our awesome International customers who will be partying with us in the middle of the day! It will be so much fun and we know you will all be the best party guests!... and here's the best part, I don't have to do dishes after the party!

So. I'm sure everyone is wondering what will be offered at the party? Well, you can check the details here, but I can tell you that Shabby Fabrics is going to give away 5, $20 gift certificates throughout the night. We hope to see you all online on New Year's Eve!

Cheers,
Jen

Friday, December 9, 2011

Ruffles!!!

Love ruffles?  Girly?  Frilly & feminine?  Take a look at our newest collection: Ruffle Fabrics!  These fun fabrics feature ruffles across the width and are excellent choices for a variety of projects.



Here are just two ideas for how to use these fabrics:


Create a beautiful pillow!

Sew up a flirty skirt!


How would you use these fabrics?

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Give Thanks Giveaway Winners!

Announcing the winners of our "What are you thankful for?" pattern giveaway:


Christine M of Australia

Carol of Arizona

Luvtoquilt of California


Congratulations, ladies! You have each won a the Bountiful Harvest Pattern Set!
Thank you to all who shared with us what you are thankful for!