Monday, September 12, 2011

Played Hookey To Sew

I took the afternoon off today to sew, what fun!  Our Groovy Girls club starts on Friday and I still had a couple of samples I wanted to get done so I used that as my excuse. 
Terry Atkinson has a fun new pattern for an E-reader cover that I was adapting for my iPad (come to Groovy Girls and I'll give you my changes).  I've decided I'd much rather follow someone else's pattern than design my own because I just like to sew, sew, sew! I had to keep stopping and measuring and crossing my fingers that it would fit when I got done (no trial versions for me, just on to the finished one out of the perfect fabric). 
It turned out fabulously, although it's difficult to tell from the photo - black fabric and black iPad, not an ideal photo op. Luckily the contrast of our darling Callie saved the picture. I guess you're just going to have to stop by and see the real deal. Now I just want to keep sewing and make a matching camera case and flip video camera (if you can turn your head sideways, check out my first video attempt during my Beginning Quilting class on Facebook)
Instead, I've been helping my sweet husband figure out how to link our Blog to Facebook...hope that goes as well as my Ipad cover.
Do one thing every day that makes you happy - I sew

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Christmas in July Sales Event runs Wed. - Sat.

Spent the day putting up Christmas decorations for our Christmas in July Sales
Event that starts Wednesday and runs through Saturday. I felt like I was back in
California, wearing flip flops and getting my Christmas tree in 80 degree

Come check out our great Christmas fabrics (as well as Fall and Halloween) and
draw your discount to see if you've won a free fat quarter, 20% off a holiday
kit, a free class or one of our other holiday deals.  Thursday, during our
Stitchery Clubs we'll be showing you our new holiday hand embroidery and wool
projects.  Also, if you'd like to learn how to embroider, we'll have a basic how
to class.

Saturday will be Demo Day - At 11:00am I'll show you how to make Christmas cards
with our new software and your embroidery machine.  1pm will be a how-to on
fusible applique, used in many of our Christmas projects and at 3pm, I'll show
you how to use the popular and addicting Twister ruler to make great gifts.

I'm not sure if Santa will be stopping by, but his reindeer have been busy
making cookies for our fun event and the Christmas music will be blaring!

See you there,

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Vending at Ankeny Quilt Show

Had my first taste of how much work it is to set up a booth for vending!  I'm going to have to get more organized and have a better plan if I'm ever going to get good at this.  The bright side is the great projects and beautiful yarns I took will make up for my lack of experience in booth design. Stop by the booth to say hi! and pick up a coupon to use at the store. Show hours are Fri. 9-6 and Sat. 9-4 at Faith Baptist Bible College

Friday, June 10, 2011

July/August Newsletter is online!

Wow!  Another newsletter is on the website and boy-oh-boy is it full! 
A few signups worth mentioning here:
Fall retreat sign-up is going on now
Strip N Stitch Bus Trip

A couple of special events:
Baby Lock Sale
Christmas in July
The Ankeny Quilt Show

Enjoy some summer fun with Quilter's Cupboard.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Baby Lock Sale!

Mark your calendars!  June 17 - 25 Baby Lock sewing machines will be on sale for 30% off suggested retail.  This is the perfect time to upgrade!  Call today to make an appointment for a test drive, or stop by anytime!  515-963-8758

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Don't miss our Batik Lover's Sale this Thurs. - Sat. May 19-21!

Don't miss our Batik Lover's Sale this Thurs. - Sat. May 19-21! 

All batik yardage including wide backs are 20% off. Hugh selection of batik fat quarters are only $1.75 each.

We've cut our own special 2 1/2" strip sets and charm packs and are offering spectacular prices on these beautiful pre-cuts. Just for fun, we've put together rolls and packs of yummy small batik pieces in 1 yard and 2 yard grab bags.

Back by popular demand are our batik scrap bags, great for the knitted or crocheted purse and for clothesline baskets. Flat folds in larger cuts are perfect for quilt backs and jacket linings at only $8 yard.

Spaces are still available in our Easy Quilts with Pre-cuts class coming up June 6 & 13  and our Beginning Quilting class starting Tue. May 24. Both classes are perfect for Batiks. A Little Something Jacket is a great unlined jacket that looks really fabulous in batiks - class is Wed. June 22 & 29

Friday, May 13, 2011

Quilt Market Update from Cindy

Here is a note from Cindy that we received on Thursday.  Sorry it's a day late but Blogger was feeling blue.

Salt Lake City is beautiful and the 1st day of market was fun and filled with lots of great ideas!  I have seen several new books that look exciting.  Let's Twist 2 has lots of new projects using all the sizes of Twister Templates.  I am anxious to try several of the new rulers from Creative grids.
More tomorrow on the new fabric finds!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Strip N Stitch Bus Trip

Sign up Now!  September 23rd - 25th, 2011

We have put together the ultimate dream Shop Hop!  Travel with us through 6 states and visit 12 wonderful quilt shops.

Make your deposit now to reserve your seat for the 3 day, 2 night experience of a lifetime.  The price is  $229 which includes lodging, transportation, lunch, and a few snacks.  

Quilted Treasures - Rogers, MN
Calico Hutch - Hayward, MN
Quilter's Cupboard - Ankeny, IA
Heart and Hand Dry Goods - Sioux City, IA
Quilter's Quarters - Leavenworth, KS
Sew Country - Belleville, KS
Sunflower Quilt Shop - Hiawatha, KS
Material Girl - Grand Island, NE
Country Sampler - Omaha, NE
Dutch Rose - Sioux Falls, SD
Gathering Friends - Bird Island, MN
Crossroads Quilting - Cameron, MO

Friday, April 15, 2011

Spring Cleaning!

We've gone a little crazy with our Spring Cleaning, now that Jenny's not here to stop us and we're clearing out to make room for new.

All tagged fabrics 25% off - get 30% if you finish the bolt. Choose from Kansas Troubles, Jo Morton, 30's, Children's Prints, Flannels, Batiks, Cottons and a little Holiday thrown in.

Our $6.00 a yard sale fabrics are an additional 10% off if you finish the bolt. Also big savings on select Kits, Books, Patterns, Notions and even a few of our fabulous
Baby Lock sewing machines.

P.S. Please don't tell Jenny!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Latest Newsletter

Hi all! the latest newsletter and class schedule is on the website. A couple of highlights...
Huge sewing machine sale! February 25 - March 2 - Every machine at least 30% off MSRP
Spring Shop Hop Scavenger Hunt is March 24, 25, and 26.
Batik Block of the Month starts soon!

Have a great day!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Quilter's Cupboard News from Jenny

As some of you may have heard, I am moving to the Philadelphia area. Greg has been doing consulting work in Pennsylvania for the last 8 months. He was recently offered a full time position. After much thought and consideration, we’ve decided that it is best for our family to accept the job. But don’t worry, Quilter’s Cupboard and Knitting Next Door will remain the quilting and knitting stores you love.

I will continue to be involved with both stores, and Cindy Peters, the current manager of Quilters Cupboard will be buying into the business and keep both stores growing and servicing the quilters and knitters of Central Iowa.

We continue to work on improving both stores. We are adding a few more Baby Lock models so we have a more complete line to better match your machine wants and needs. At Knitting Next Door (our new yarn shop), we have started adding new spring yarns. We are also working on expanding the number of classes offered at both stores.

While I am both excited and anxious about the move to Pennsylvania, I will miss the day to day operations. I intend to be very involved with the future direction of the stores. I am confident that Cindy and I share a similar vision for both stores, and I know our customers are going to continue to love the direction we are headed.

Jenny Gruenwald
Quilter's Cupboard
706 SW 3rd St.
Ankeny, IA 50023