Fibber McGee Sale

It's A Fibber McGee Sale!
Saturday October 12

Cleaning out Fibber's Closet!
Table, chairs, good used sewing machines
(Brother, Kenmore in cabinet, Bernina in sewing table, White, Kenmore portable, pink Elna, Featherweights). 
Machines serviced, come with 30-day guarantee.
Books, batting remnants perfect for dog beds
Store samples 50% off (quilts, runners, etc)
Clearing our many gift items 50% off
sports items, fleece pillows, teddy bears
Halloween fabric and panels $5/yard
many misc items!

So who is Fibber McGee?  Fibber and his wife Molly did a radio comedy series from 1935 until 1959. By the 1950s few of us were listening to radio shows; TV was the new thing and the radio was only to listen to rock and roll on the new fangled transistor radio.  I do remember listening to Big John and Sparky, a kids show. 

  It seems when Fibber opens the hall closet to put in another item, everything comes tumbling out with a clang, ending with a bell.  Google it on Wikipedia if you want to hear the closet.  My mother always used the phrase "Put it in the Fibber McGee."  I am certain we all have one or more Fibber McGee's.  Alma Sue's storage area turned into a Fibber McGee over the past 9 years.  Last year we supposedly had Fibber cleaned out.  Even rented a storage POD, then had a big POD sale in October.  Finally we cleared a path through the first two sections, then oh no, the 3rd section had a bunch of stuff.  For the long time Sarasota residents, you remember our quilt shop was the former "50s Diner."  Our storage room was the diner's walk-in refrigerator and freezer, running the length of the building.  Unfortunately a large storage area breeds an opportunity to collect stuff.  Don't know what to do with it just now - put it in storage.  Loved that fabric can't bear to part with it but don't know what to do with it - put it in Fibber's closet.

Every so many years its time to take stock of the business and change or fine tune it to meet today's needs.  According to Forbes magazine, brick and mortar retailers, the small mom and pops, are coming back.  Walmart killed the mom and pop stores.  Now the internet is killing the big box stores and milennials want that "experience" and "moment" that comes only from a retail store and not the sterile internet.  Yes there are now quilting services offered online in factory mode, but there is nothing that equals a personalized discussion about making a custom quilt or finishing your quilt top.  And yes, you can ooh and aah over the offerings and prices at Missouri Quilt Company or Keepsake Company, or Hancock of Paducah, but they do not contribute anything toward your community.  Its the small retail shops that contribute $$ to keep your community viable - first responders, fire fighters, policemen, roads, infrastructure, schools, teachers, the arts........

Mr. Stoltzfus has been traveling cross country on his antique John Deere tractor to raise funds and awareness for the nations veterans, service members, and first responders.  His journey ends on Saturday, October 12 in Florida at the Der Dutchman restaurant at 1:00 pm.  Expect a crowded parking lot next door with the celebration of his journey.

New Classes posted on Facebook and online
3 Dudes - $40 includes bali poppies
Tuesday October 22
morning session 10-1 OR
afternoon session 1:30-4:30
For the absolute beginner.  Use a set of strips to create a double pinwheel quilt top, lap or crib size.  You won't believe you made such a complicated looking quilt so quickly.  Choose your color from a wide range of strip sets.  See other classes for the option of adding sashing, borders, and quilting.

The Basics - Sashing and Borders - $20
Tuesday morning October 29, 10-1
Bring your tops or blocks
Learn how to calculate fabric needed for sashing and borders, using manual formulae or quilting calculator.  Eliminate wavy borders, what is the straight of grain and why does it matter.  Tap into our combined 100+ years of quilting.  Learn tips not found in the books!

The Basics - Sandwich layers and finish the quilt - $50
Tuesday all day November 5, 10-4 (Dawn, Ella, Faye)
Limited to 3 students - bring your top (crib, lap, throw size)
Learn how to finish your own quilt instead of sending it out.  Batting tutorial - best products for intended use.  Sandwich your quilt WITHOUT propellant adhesive (hello binder clips, pinmoor, painters tape).  Quilt by hand, free motion, or Bernina Q20.

Mini Class Dog Leash - $8 (includes kit)
Thursday morning October 24, 10-12:30
Make a leash for your dog to celebrate each holiday.  My nephew's dog Gus is getting an Ohio State Buckeyes leash!
Supply kit of swivel hook, fabric, and interfacing included in fee.

Mini Class Quick/Easy placemat - $20
Saturday 1-3 November 9
Use Bosal forms to make quick and easy placemats.  Forms and fabric to make 2 mats included in price.

Mini Class - Alma Sue's Hotpads - $12
Saturday November 16, 1-3 
Sew one, or a dozen for gift giving.  Free pattern, the one we use in the store to make our hot pads.  Use our scrap batting and select 2 fabric squares.

Mini Class - Cards - $20
Thursday December 5, 10-12:30
Use blank 4x5 card stock, fabric and fusible webbing to make a set of cards to wow your friends this season.  Stitch around the card with one of those decorative stitches on your sewing machine that rarely gets used.  Kit includes supplies to make a set of 10 cards with envelopes. 

MegaStar or Lone Star class SOLD OUT.  Call to get on the waiting list for the next session.

One Block Wonder Class using Panels.  Call to get on the waiting list for the next session.

On October 24, Thursday at 11 am a company from Germany will be in house making a movie about Pinecraft.  If you want to get in on the action, just show up!  If you are taking the dog leash class, you will be here already! 

Oh, we are now into our winter hours and have added one late shopping night on Thursday, open until 7 pm.  Still closed on Sunday, Monday, and major holidays.  Open until 5 pm rest of the week Tuesday-Friday.  I think season is here already.  Yesterday it took me about 8 minutes of waiting to get out onto Bahia Vista street at 5 o'clock!  Welcome back to all the snow birds.