Mother's Day Sale
We all hope you are happy and well. As Mother's Day is fast approaching and since many of you were first introduced to the joys and pitfalls of quilting and sewing by your mothers or grand-mothers, it would be more than appropriate to have a -
MOTHER'S DAY SALE!! *This one is simple - 15% off!! (does not apply to MAP items, $4.99 fabrics, nor BOM)
*Starts Saturday May 1st through Monday May 10th.
*Online customers use code: MOM
******************BEAR Essentials************************** *Website - Since there is limited room on the bolt ends to write, plus if Janet wrote it you could not read it anyway - (yes dear, it may come as a shock, but I did not marry you for your penmanship) - Janet has created a new section on the website (threadbearfabrics.com) - MARKED DOWN CATEGORIES. It is located on the first page - just keep scrolling. It is down there. It has all the items - read fabrics here - that Janet has reduced. Now the bolts in the store may still have the old price on them, but at check out - the marked down price is what you will pay. Now, trust me, there is a lot of stuff in this section - not just one or two things, but entire collections - many, many bolts of fabrics! It just keeps growing. So bring your phone, tablet. or just ask us. The other growing section on the website is New Arrivals. We have received a considerable amount of new fabrics in the past two weeks in a large array of categories - Nautical, Kids, Batiks, Wide Backs, Spring, Dinosaurs - just about anything you could imagine. Janet is adding items every couple of days to the section. So, if it is 2 AM and you can not sleep, check out the New Arrivals section on threadbearfabrics.com. It will not cost you anything, and in the very least you will see some pretty pics. *Store changes - Some of you may have noticed we have gone to rubber banding instead of pinning fabrics on the bolts. So far this has been advantageous on several fronts:
1. It does not stick holes in the fabric nor people - no more bleeding on the fabric due to a pin stick.2. No more picking up pins up off the floor - the vacuum would not pick them up.3. Easy off - easy on bands. Almost nobody re-pinned fabric.4. No more ruining blades by running over a pin.5. Pins have soared in price - rubber bands are much cheaper.6. We get multiple uses from the bands. Pins we good for about 3 times - then they bend. 7. Ever try to pin a Batik? No more of that.8. It has increased our cutting efficiency - I can slip 2 bands on a bolt much faster than folding and pinning.Well, you know there is always a con. Remember when you were eight and how much it hurt when that kid popped you with a rubber band - I hate to tell you - just because you are a bit older makes no difference - it still hurts. When they snap they can sting, but as of this writing, we have received no reports of this happening from customers. Of course, Tina, Janet, and myself get popped somewhat. *Guidelines - We are still following CDC guidelines for the prevention and spread of Covid19. In the store, masks are required regardless of vaccination status. We keep the doors open as the weather allows in order to keep the air circulating. Hand sanitizers are available at both cutting tables, the entrance into 500 (Janet's side), and of course in the bathroom. Please help us in the fight against Covid19.*Vector - Our neighbor, Vector Quilting is still accepting quilts for quilting at the Cumming location. None of the long arms are located in Cumming. They are now located in their new store in Ellijay, Ga. The Sewing Doc (sewing machine repairs 470-297-5104 or sewingDoc.com) and select classes are still offered in Cumming ,Ga. Below are the classes being offered at The Sewing Doc. Call 470-297-5104 for more information or to register for the class.
Sewing Doc quilt classes:
INTRODUCTION TO QUILTING
Date: May 6th, 13th,20th and 27.
Time: 530-730 pm
Cost: $15.00 each class session
Learn the basics of quilting by making a table runner. Learn to piece the top, use your walking foot, and add binding.
Class supply list available when you register.
QUICK AND EASY 3 YARD QUILT CLASS
Date: June 5th
Time: 9am -12pm
This class if for the confident beginner! Make a throw size quilt in no time!
Class supply list available when you register.
It’s a Mystery!
Date: June 19th
Time: 9 am to 12pm
Join us for a morning of fun as we unravel the mystery and make a throw size quilt! Skill level is for confident beginner. Children 12 and over are welcome to join!
Class supply list available when you register.
Date: August 14th
Time: 9-11 am
Cost: $10 to join, and $10 a month
Join us as we celebrate birthdays! This is a beginner friendly get together as we learn new techniques and make the birthday girl or boy a block that he or she can put together in their very own quilt! Great way to make new friends and celebrate birthdays!
Coming in August.. beginner sampler quilt. This class will fill up fast! Join us for a 6 month class as we make a 9 block sampler!
Please note that you must register and pay at the Sewing Doc for these classes NOT Thread Bear.
*$4.99 Tables - We have put sooo much new fabric on the tables they are bowing! These are name brand fabrics slashed to below cost. Quality fabrics at rock bottom prices. Great for most any project. Many of our customers have been purchasing them for backing fabrics for quilt tops. These are not offered on line - sorry - but with shipping, we would be paying people to buy fabric - not a very good business model. So, if you are in the area, stop and check out the bargains.
*Events - Not much to communicate about quilting events in the area. As more and more events are scheduled, we will try to apprise you. As a general rumor, most are looking at the fall before public gatherings will be plentiful (think FOOTBALL here and oh yeah, Quilt Shows).
*Shipping - Our special Pandemic shipping rates are still in effect. If the order is $35 or greater, a flat $5.00 shipping will apply. So when your other half exclaims, "You spent $2,000 on fabric?!!" You can reply, "But I only paid $5.00 in shipping!" *Store Pickup - Many have used the store pick up feature. Order on line, we will cut it and send you an email that your order is ready. When you get here - it is a "grab and go" plus no shipping fee! Just remember, if you live in Seattle, WA, it is a long drive to Cumming, GA. *Gift Certificates - Always available online 24-7. Get Mom something she will really like and use this year. Flowers die - fabric is forever!
*Industry update -
The fabric and quilting business has changed much over the past few years and this year is no exception. Covid19 has presented many challenges which has had a major impact on the industry. Demand for cotton goods are at an all time high. Manufacturing factories are running beyond their normal capacity and with a smaller workforce. Fewer vessels are available to transport the finished goods to the U.S which has impacted availability of goods in the stores. The bottom line is that the cost of cotton has increased by 30-40% according to some of our vendors. The cost of processing the raw goods into our beautiful fabrics has increased along with the cost of transporting the goods to our vendors and ultimately to our quilt shops. As a result fabric companies have increased their prices to the shops which means that we will have to increase our prices. Some of the increases have already gone into effect and most of the other will start in May and June.
The other trends that has started in the industry is that several of the fabric manufacturers are putting in minimum selling prices on their fabrics (MAP). These companies will be monitoring the price of their goods and will issue a warning to businesses to increase the price of the fabric or risk the capability of carrying the fabric line. Their concern is that underselling their fabrics undermines the premium value of their brand.
Finally, I know many of you are waiting on popular fabric lines that were originally due out earlier in the year. I have started receiving February and March lines for some companies. Even if the line is out according to the designer, it may not have arrived in the shops as of yet. We are listing our new collections each week and will put them under "New Arrivals" on the home page of our web store.
*Yoko Saito Fabrics -
Lecien of Japan has discontinued producing fabric lines. Yoko Saito printed her designs under this brand. A new company has picked up distribution of her popular Centenary Collection line. I have ordered her new line and it is scheduled to be shipped in June or July. The exact date is unsure due to the limited availability of ships to move the cargo from Japan.
*Glide Quilting Thread -
We are continuing to expand our thread offerings. Our first shipment on the popular Glide quilting thread is on its way. We should have it available for purchase in about a week. We will put a link on the homepage of the web store after we have the thread checked in. More colors and size will be available in the future.
*Roc-Ion - As you know, the pandemic has wrecked the lives of people as well as many businesses. Roc-Ion, the maker of oh sooo soft muslin, was also a victim of the pandemic. We can no longer order any of their fabrics as they have ceased business operations, but we still have plenty of muslin in stock from other manufacturers.
Although, I loved my sainted mother immensely, there are some things just universal to all mothers - like NAGGING. I guess there must be some kind of school for it. If so, my mom was at the top of the class, but I am positive I was not the only one to undergo this right of passage:
Mona Lisa's Mother: "After all that money your father and I spent on braces, Mona, that's the biggest smile you can give us?
Humpty Dumpty's Mother: "Humpty, If I've told you once, I've told you a hundred times not to sit on that wall. But would you listen to me? Noooo!"
Columbus' Mother: "I don't care what you've discovered, Christopher. You still could have written!"
Michelangelo's Mother: "Mike, can't you paint on walls like other children? Do you have any idea how hard it is to get that stuff off the ceiling?"
Abraham Lincoln's Mother: "Again with the stovepipe hat, Abe? Can't you just wear a baseball cap like the other kids?"
Barney's Mother: "I realize strained plums are your favorite, Barney, but you're starting to look a little purple."
Mary's Mother: "I'm not upset that your lamb followed you to school, Mary, but I would like to know how he got a better grade than you."
Batman's Mother: "It's a nice car, Bruce, but do you realize how much the insurance is going to be?"
Little Miss Muffet's Mother: "Well, all I've got to say is if you don't get off your tuffet and start cleaning your room, there'll be a lot more spiders around here!"
Albert Einstein's Mother: "But, Albert, it's your senior picture. Can't you do something about your hair? Styling gel, mousse, something...?"
George Washington's Mother: "The next time I catch you throwing money across the Potomac , you can kiss your allowance good-bye!"
Jonah's Mother: "That's a nice story, but now tell me where you've really been for the last three days.
Thomas Edison's Mother: "Of course I'm proud that you invented the electric light bulb, Thomas. Now turn off that light and get to bed!"
Of course my mother believed in a good education. She was always seeking to teach me basic principles, concepts, and the foundations of living a good life. For example:
Reason: "Because I said so, that's why."
Religion: "You better pray that will come out of the carpet."
Interdenominational Time Travel: "If you don't straighten up, I'm going to knock you into the middle of next week!"
Foresight and Planning: "Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you're in an accident."
Irony: "Keep crying and I'll give you something to cry about."
The Science of Osmosis:” Shut your mouth and eat your supper!"( I loved this one when we had Brussel Sprouts!)
Contortionism and Yoga: "Will you “look’ at all the dirt on the back of your neck!"
Stamina: "You'll sit there 'til you finish all those Brussel sprouts.”
Weather: "It looks as if a tornado swept through your room."
Physics Problems: "If I yelled because I saw a train coming toward you; would you listen then?"
Hypocrisy: "If I've told you once, I've told you a million times - Don't Exaggerate!!!"
The Circle Of Life: "I brought you into this world, and I can take you out."
Envy: "There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who don't have wonderful parents like you do!"
Logic (if P then Q)... "If you fall off that swing and break your neck, you can't go to the store with me."
Medicine... "If you don't stop crossing your eyes, they're going to freeze that way."
To Think Ahead... "If you don't pass your spelling test, you'll never get a good job!" (Mom, if you can hear this, I can’t spell – guess that’s why I’m working in a quilt store!)
ESP ... "Put your sweater on; don't you think that I know when you're cold?" (I always knew my mom had superpowers – that’s how she knew I was doing something wrong!)
Challenging Situations and Confusion... "What were you thinking? Answer me when I talk to you...Don't talk back to me!"
Humor and Sarcasm ... "When you cut off your toes with that lawn mower, don't come running to me."
Become an Adult... "If you don't eat your vegetables, you'll never grow up. Now, I know why Janet calls me childish! (note from Janet ...I think you can tell by now that Randy just does not like vegetables)
Sage Wisdom... "When you get to be my age, you will understand."
Anticipation... "Just wait until your father gets home."
The importance of giving... "You are going to get it when I get home."
Belief in Evolution... " If you don't stop, I'M going to jerk a knot in your tail!"
Justice... "One day you will have kids, and I hope they turn out just like YOU..Then you'll see what it's like."
There is also an almost mystical quality with a Mother's Wit, Wisdom, and Superpowers:
Daughter: Mum, what’s it like to have the greatest daughter in the world?
Mum: I don’t know dear, you’d have to ask Grandma.
A little girl asked her mum, “How did the human race appear?”
Mum answered, “God made Adam and Eve and they had children, and so was all mankind made …”
Two days later the girl asked her Dad the same question.
Dad answered, “Many years ago there were monkeys from which the human race evolved.”
The confused girl returned to her mum and said, “Mum, how is it possible that you told me the human race was created by God, and Dad said they developed from monkeys?”
The mother answered, “Well, dear, it is very simple. I told you about my side of the family and your father told you about his!”
A mother is trying to get her son to eat carrots. “Carrots are good for your eyes,” she says.
“How do you know?” the son asks.
The mother replies, “Have you ever seen a rabbit wearing glasses?”
Sunday school teacher: Tell me, Johnny. Do you say prayers before eating?
Johnny: No, ma’am, I don’t have to. My Mum’s a good cook.
One day, a little girl is sitting and watching her mother do the dishes at the kitchen sink. She suddenly notices that her mother has several strands of white hair sticking out in contrast to her brunette hair. She looks at her mother and inquisitively asks: “Why are some of your hairs white, Mum?”
Her mother replied: “Well, every time that you do something wrong and make me cry or unhappy, one of my hairs turns white.”
The little girl thought about this revelation for a while and then asked: “Mumma, how come all of grandma’s hairs are white?”
“Mom, are bugs good to eat?” asked the boy. “Let’s not talk about such things at the dinner table, son,” his mother replied. After dinner the mother inquired, “Now, baby, what did you want to ask me?” “Oh, nothing,” the boy said. “There was a bug in your soup, but now it’s gone.”
When I was a kid, somewhat adventuresome, I liked to apply my new found knowledge to practical things. Problem was as my Mother used to say "You did not always think right". Just had to share some of that wisdom with her. Mom always emphasized how important it was to share.Got me into trouble a lot. (Note from Janet...you will understand why Randy's mother was a saint after you read his facts.)
If you hook a dog leash over a ceiling fan, the motor is not strong enough to rotate a 42-pound boy wearing and a superman cape.
It is strong enough however to spread paint on all four walls of a 20 by 20 foot room.
You should not throw baseballs up when the ceiling fan is on.
When using the ceiling fan as a bat, you have to throw the ball up a few times before you get a hit.
A ceiling fan can hit a baseball a long way.
The glass in windows (even double pane) doesn't stop a baseball hit by a ceiling fan.
Not everything will flush. You should never should say the words "Uh-oh", after flushing. it's already too late.
Brake fluid mixed with Clorox makes smoke, and lots of it.
You can start a fire with a flint rock even though a 36-year-old man says they can only do it in the movies.
A magnifying glass can start a fire even on an overcast day.
A king size waterbed holds enough water to fill a 2000 sq foot house 4 inches deep.
Legos will pass through the digestive tract. Duplos will not.
Play Dough and Microwave should never be used in the same sentence.
Super glue is forever.
No matter how much Jell-O you put in a swimming pool you still can't walk on water.
Pool filters do not like Jell-O.
It is hard to nail Jell-O to a tree.
VCR's do not eject PB&J sandwiches even though TV commercials show they do.
Garbage bags do not make good parachutes.
Marbles in gas tanks make lots of noise when driving.
Sardines on pizza are terrible, but worse on radiators and manifolds.
The oven was not the best place to hide things.
Plastic toys do not like ovens.
Garbage disposal and candles do not like each other.
The fire department in Charlotte has a 5-minute response time.
The spin cycle on the washing machine does not make earthworms dizzy.
It will however make cats dizzy
Cats throw up twice their body weight when dizzy.
You can break an auto windshield on a moving car with just pebbles.
Auto windshields contain plastic.
People can get stuck in drainage culverts.
Cinnamon sprinkled on a hot range eye produces sparks.
China is not located under our garden.
Until next time, we at Thread Bear Fabrics would like to sincerely wish all of you a Happy and Joyous Mother’s Day.
Best Wishes for a Happy Mother’s Day,
Thread Bear Fabrics