Thursday, August 26, 2010

Tweet, Tweet, Tweet,Twitter!

We are now on Twitter! Our Twitter name is FreshPickedFab--because we are FAB! We're going to start telling people when an email comes out by Twitter, and we're also going to have regular updates on who stops in the store! We're on our way to having a Foursquare account (where you link to where you're located, like our shop, and see who else has said they're at the same place at the same time!)& a special Facebook account just for the shop (we'll be doing something special for people who Friend us!)! Look for that upcoming excitement!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Sweet Basket of Flowers Jeans Jacket with embroidery and embellishments with Sammie

Coming THIS Tuesday:
August 24, 10am – 4pm

$35. Sammie does it again with her romantic and whimsical style. 
This denim jacket is a great cover-up for autumn, and a wonderful gift!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Why are Fabric Prices Going Up?

This is what a fabric rep was talked to us about last week (Some information above was taken from an article Karen Montgomery wrote for the FabShop News magazine.):

Fabric prices are rising, no doubt about it. Our economy does play a roll but did you know that prices are tied to the global marketplace?

Quilt-weight goods are being produced in China. Possibly 90% of the cotton for our quilt fabrics are grown in China and turned into greige (pronounced gray) goods (textiles that have not received any bleaching, dyeing or finishing treatment after being produced by a textile process). The greige goods are shipped to print plants in Japan or Korea but now China also has it's own print plants and will continue to print more and more of the fabrics.

Another reason fabric is expense is because the weight of fabric adds to shipping cost when being moved from country to country.

And then there is the U.S. economy and how our dollar compares with foreign currency. The suppliers must negotiate everything from the cost of the goods to the printing and shipping.

Recently, when cotton prices started going crazy overseas, the Chinese mills decided to hold the goods hostage and ship to whoever paid them the most money!

So don't blame the quilt shops when you see the high cost of fabric. Quilt shop prices will go up when the manufactures are forced to raise their prices, but that's so the shop can stay in business and offer you, the customer, the lovely fabrics that are being produced.

Interesting, huh?

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

KNIT! KNIT! KNIT! & Get It Done!

Tomorrow is the beginning of our Beginning Knitting Class! It's for both KIDS & ADULTS! It's a 4 session class and it's on $25! You can also pick up a starter kit for $25 and it includes needles, wool, and a pattern! It's from 9am - 12pm and we are so excited to get it started!

Today we also have our 411 Get It Done Class! It goes from 10am - 4pm with Diana Fish $10/session, and there's no reservation required! Bring your UFOs & some help finishing them while enjoying the company of other busy, lively quilters. Just drop in and sew all day!

Hope to see you there!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

We're in a Movie!


Some of you may remember that our very talented boss, Gina, got the opportunity to make a "Gees Bend"-like quilt for the upcoming movie "Due Date" (with Robert Downey handsome).  Well, it is finally going to be released on November 5th!!!  Look for my quilt on the wall of a house in the movie. Either that or on the cutting room floor!

The countdown to the movie being released is to the right JUST to make sure NO ONE misses opening night!