My, how time flies!
Lots of things going on around here....
My hubby is getting ready to retire, so we've been trying to tie up all of those loose ends.
Our youngest is getting married on August 5 halfway across the country from us, so I've been trying to plan a rehearsal dinner long distance, and make decorations for the tables. Both me and hubby were able to get our wedding attire this week, so I loved checking that off of the to-do list.
Summer has finally hit Omaha, so that means changes in daily habits...mainly watering the garden and container flowers.
I did take time to order some new fabrics from Riley Blake Designs, and began adding them to the shop yesterday. Keep an eye on the NEW section for the new additions!
I love charm packs! You can find them everywhere, from all of the great brands and designers!
Plus, there are sew many ways to use them.
I found this picture on Pinterest, showing a simple way to use a pack of charm squares for a small quilt, perfect for a baby!
The Pin came from Piece N Quilt, but when I clicked on the link, it didn't take me directly to the post about this cute quilt, so I sort of gave up on trying to find it. I decided the photo was enough of a tutorial to make one.
As I said, there are many charm packs for sale out there. I also offer pre-cut, die-cut 5" squares in my shop, Fabric ala Carte. They are mostly scrappy sets of 20, so you can Mix & Match as many sets as you want!
In an effort to be more interesting (maybe!), I decided to start posting cool quilting tips and tutorials, along with some of my shop fabrics that would work for that project.
I love Pinterest, and use it daily for both my business and my personal life.
Today I found this sew cute scrappy block on Pinterest. I am a scrap quilt lover, and my favorite color is blue...so this picture jumped off the page at me. Imagine a whole quilt in all blues...OR...make each block in a different scrappy color family! And remember that in a scrappy quilt, the background fabrics of each block can also be different!
The blog where it came from - The Q and the U - is lots of fun and very interesting. Just click on this link for the tutorial for this fun block.
Now...do you need to fill in a color way in your stash? If you do, and you love fat quarters, check out my new SELECT A SIZE options on all of my yardage listings! All (almost!) fabric is now available as fat quarters or half yard increments!
And...I'm having a BIG SALE! Everything in the store is 20% off, even items already on sale or clearance! Use coupon code MAY20 for 20% off - $10 minimum purchase - Unlimited uses - Expires May 31. Just visit Fabric ala Carte to browse!
Yes, I have three online stores!
I have two shops on Etsy - Bon Bons and More, my handmade gift shop, and Fabric ala Carte, a quilt fabric shop.
Etsy was my first venture into online business, and I would say it has been a good experience all in all. But there are a few limitations with Etsy that can be annoying as a shop owner. So last summer I took the leap and started a second "stand alone" fabric store, also called Fabric ala Carte. This store has taken a lot more time to be seen by customers, but I keep plugging away at getting the word out about it. Every week gets better!
So, how are the two fabric stores different?
Both stores have fabric yardage and bundles. However, my Etsy store yardage is sold in 1 yard increments, and the second store sells the yardage in 1/2 yard increments, which is a little more customer friendly. Half yard and yard bundles in both stores are listed with a 5% discount!
My Etsy store really only has fabric yardage and bundles.
But my "other" store has much more!
You will find yardage, bundles, notions, patterns, single fat quarters, pre-cut square sets, an inspiration blog, and MONTHLY SALES.
Plus, you can start your own REWARDS POINTS program, where you can earn points for shopping that can be used later in my store like cash!
I love my little gift shop,Bon Bons and More. This is where I can show off my creative side. Even though I don't make larger quilts anymore, I still like to play with fabric and yarn to create smaller items like pot holders and coasters.
I added a few new pot holders to my gift shop this weekend....
Want to put together a fast and scrappy project?
Check out my selection of pre-cut 5" squares!
I've put them together in color co-ordinated scrappy sets of 20 - for example all red, but each one a different print. The best part of all....each set is only $5.00!
Lots of colors to choose from, plus an I Spy set, and Christmas sets!
So....mix up the sets of colors, or stick with one or two!
Just figure out how many squares you will need, pick your colors, and....GO!
This months MONTHLY SALE is a small collection of sweet 1930's reproduction prints - Toy Box IV by Blue Hill Fabrics.
Six soft florals, offered both as yardage and bundles.
Save 25% on the fat quarter bundle, and 50% off on the yardage!
I'm starting out the New Year with a cool REWARDS program for all of you!
Earn points....Spend them like cash in my shop!
How can you cash in?
Its very easy!
When you go to my store, Fabric ala Carte, click on the little red "Earn Rewards" widget at the bottom of the page.
Set up your account.
As soon as you do, you'll start earning points!
The points and rewards are all spelled out, but let me know if you have any questions.