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1. Quilter’s Compass will be closed for the remainder of this week due to several family obligations, and will reopen on Tuesday, January 3rd. Apologies for any inconvenience; please contact us with any questions.

2. Quilter’s Compass will be closed on Sundays and Mondays in 2017. The shop will be open from Tuesday – Saturday.

3. Thursday hours will be from 10 am – 5 pm, outside of special promotions and events.

Please let us know if you have any questions. Thank you for your continued patronage and support.

12 Days of Christmas – The Adventures of Remy – Day 12

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We fly through the clear night sky. The moonlight glistens on the snow covered ground below. It feels calm and magical. Despite the cold air blowing I don’t feel cold at all. Soon, we land on the roof of a building with lots of different homes all joined toremy-and-stockingsgether.

The old man gathers me up in his arms and slips some pretty beads around my neck. He whispers “Welcome to your new home. I am sure you will be happy here.”

We quietly enter and he puts me down so I can start exploring. The old man starts by placing brightly wrapped boxes under a tree. Next he moves on to some mismatched socks hanging on the wall. I leap up onto a table to stare at the strange socks. I wonder what those are. Are they snuggly and warm? Do giants live here? Wait! There are treats going into the socks! May I have one?

The old man finishes his unpacking and turns to me.

“Be good, remy-at-homepuss, and take care of your new family. The missus and I will be watching,” he said. Then he was gone.

At first I felt abandoned and lonely. Looking for a place to sleep, I found a spot on a big grey cushioned thing with a brightly colored quilt on the back. As I settled in and waited for morning I caught the comforting scent of the old woman who had befriended me. It seemed to be coming from the quilt! I knew then that everything was going to be fine. Now, on to the next adventure!

For the 12th Day of Christmas  it is time to plan for next year! Today, December 14th, through 11:59 am December 15th (Thursday), purchase a $35.00 Quilter’s Compass Gift Card and receive a 2017 5th Saturday Bag for FREE! 

Our popular 5th Saturday Club is back for 2017, and membership has its privileges! During any year there are months that have five Saturdays in them. In 2017 those months are April, July, September and December. We are adding a bonus day on January 28th, which also happens to be Support Your Local Quilt Shop Day. The last 5th Saturday from 2016, rescheduled due to the wedding, will be honored on January 28th as well. Both the 2016 bag and the 2017 bag will be accepted that day. On a Fifth Saturday, club members can bring their membership bag to the shop and receive a 20% discount on all regularly priced merchandise and an extra 5% in addition to previously marked down prices on anything that they can put into the bag (sorry, longarm work and classes are not included as I have not found a way to bottle time yet). These discounts will only be available to club members.5th-saturday-bag-2017

So how do you enroll in the club? There are two ways. Today you can purchase a $35 dollar gift certificate (you know you will use it) and receive the bag as our gift to you. Or, you may purchase the bag separately for $10.  Supplies are limited!

The Euphoria Tapestry Eco Tote, our club bag for 2017,  is heavy-duty and generously sized at 15-1/2in x 15in x 8in. The zipper closure helps keep things secure. Featuring the Pomegranate and Acanthus pillow by award-winning applique quilter Deborah Kemball, the environmentally conscious tote is made from recycled plastic water bottles, also making it water-resistant.

Let’s review what we have for you today:

  1. Purchase a $35 Gift Card that you know you will use
  2. Receive a $10 generously sized, eco-friendly reusable zippered bag
  3. Receive five, including the bonus day in January, 20% or greater discount exclusive shopping days on anything that will fit in the bag.

How do you place your order? Call Quilter’s Compass at (608) 938-4334 or send an email to  barbhartman@quilterscompass.com  and say “Stuff My Stocking!” We will start a stocking for you or add to other items that you have requested. The stockings will be ready to pick up December 17th  with some items available as a winter treat later. Watch for a new item at a great price each day (except Sundays) through December 14th.

As a special side note, we hope that you have enjoyed Remy’s Adventure. In this story fact and fiction are mixed. Remy was adopted by my daughter, Hilary, joining her new big brother, Smokey (also adopted from a no-kill shelter, at home. She was one of the nearly 6,000 animals adopted in 2015 from PAWS Chicago, a no kill shelter that has placed over 43,500 animals in new homes since opening in 1998.

In a few weeks we will be celebrating my daughter Hilary’s marriage to David Lippman. Many of you may remember meeting Hilary when she was working here at Quilter’s Compass during our first 2 years. You may have also met Dave over the summer as he worked in the shop and helped keep things going during my recovery from surgery. Hilary and Dave are a remarkably kind and generous couple and I am very grateful to have them in my life.remy-family-picture

For their marriage, in lieu of a gift registry, they have requested donations to various charities that they support, including PAWS Chicago and Animal Rescue League of Boston. If you have enjoyed this story, please consider making a donation to PAWS or another no-kill animal shelter near your home. Thank you!

So that’s it! We hope you’ve had fun watching the 12 Days of Christmas unfold. Thank you to everyone who has participated and we look forward to continuing to serve your quilting needs in the future! If you have any questions, comments, or ideas for items that you would like to see included next year we would love to hear from you!

 

 

 

12 Days of Christmas – The Adventures of Remy – Day 11

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I knew something was up. All around me people were busy putting pretty paper on packages, bows on boxes, and stuff in suitcases. I kept hearing a soft “ho, ho, ho” coming from the room nearby. It is the same room with the sleigh in it. Something told me that it was time to stay close, my adventure may soon be over and I would be stuck back at the shelter. But, I liked it here. If I found a good place to hide maybe I could stay!

remy-in-a-suitcaseI find an open suitcase and crawl in. I can still see most of what is happening and hope that none of the little people will find me.

Quiet as I try to be, someone does hears me. The old woman’s small friends certainly have big ears and sharp hearing. One of them finds me hiding. The next thing I know I am in put into some type of harness with a long flat rope attached. The little person takes me to the room with the sleigh where I see big creatures with horns on their heads. Each one of them is also in a harness with a flat rope leading from the front to the back, hooking all of the creatures together. They can’t be trying to put me in there. I won’t let them!

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The old man comes over to me and picks me up. I don’t want to be held and try to squirm out of his arms and jump down. He keeps talking to me softly and gently. With a wink of his eye and a nod of his head I quickly knew I had nothing to dread. He steps up into the sleigh and places me right on top of the piles of presents. What a relief! There was certainly no way that I could pull that sleigh!

As I watched, the boxes and cases, bags and bows, packages and parcels were stacked in the sleigh around me. It was time to go and I got to sit right on top and see it all!

For the 11th Day of Christmas  it is time to pack for the holidays! This set of nesting mini Sew on the GO cardboard suitcases come in 3 sizes. The small case is 7½” x 6¼” x 3¼”, the medium case is 9″ x 7¼” x 3¾”, and the large case is 10¼” x 8½” x 4″. They are perfect for use as a display, storage for small items, gift boxes for your favorite quilter, or even a doll suitcase! These sets are so new that we just received them! Don’t miss out! Today, December 13th, through 11:59 am December 14th (Wednesday), purchase the Sew On the Go three piece suitcase set for $17.50 today and save 30% off of the regular price of $24.99! 

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Sew On The Go Suitcase 3 piece set

How do you place your order? Call Quilter’s Compass at (608) 938-4334 or send an email to  barbhartman@quilterscompass.com  and say “Stuff My Stocking!” We will start a stocking for you or add to other items that you have requested. The stockings will be ready to pick up December 17th  with some items available as a winter treat later. Watch for a new item at a great price each day (except Sundays) through December 14th.

12 Days of Christmas – The Adventures of Remy – Day 10

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“Drat! Looks like I should have paid more attention in Math class” said the old woman. “Every time I need to calculate how much fabric I need for my project I have to figure it out. I am always having to search for the information. I know I can probably find it, but then I have to get to the computer and go online. Sometimes, I don’t even know what I am searching for. There has to be an easier way!”

I stare at remy-at-the-computerthe woman as she get more and more frustrated trying to look up the information. Personally, I think computers are great to sit on and stay warm, but other than that I don’t know what they are good for. I am much happier curling up with a good book.

remy-with-a-bookFor the 10th Day of Christmas  let’s jump right into the information age! The Quilter’s Pocket Reference is filled with all the information you need to determine the yardage for your next quilt plus more! Everything is presented in easy-to-use charts and instructions. All of this is packed into a handy book that is the perfect size to take along with you to quilt shops and the merchant’s mall at quilt shows. Whether you keep it in your sewing room or carry it with you, you’ll refer to the Quilter’s Pocket Reference again and again! Let’s add more to it. Today, December 12th, through 11:59 am December 13th (Tuesday), purchase the Quilter’s Pocket Reference for $8.95 today and receive TWO coupons for a free, one session class or 1/2 off a multi-session class! Take advantage of the new year to learn a new skill or two or share with a friend!

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How do you place your order? Call Quilter’s Compass at (608) 938-4334 or send an email to  barbhartman@quilterscompass.com  and say “Stuff My Stocking!” We will start a stocking for you or add to other items that you have requested. The stockings will be ready to pick up December 17th  with some items available as a winter treat later. Watch for a new item at a great price each day (except Sundays) through December 14th.

12 Days of Christmas – The Adventures of Remy – Day 9

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Sewing, and sewing, and more sewing. As soon as one piece is finished there is another to take it’s place. There is sew much to do and so little time! The next fabrics come out, along with a selection of string on big round things.

The old woremys-closeupman looks at me and asks ” What do you think? Should I match the thread  color to the fabric or should I choose an accent color?”

I sit on the table top and start batting some of the things out of the way. They drop to the ground and roll beneath the table. I place my paw on the only remaining piece. It is a beautiful shade of grey. I look at the woman to let her know that this one is my choice. I think it coordinates well with my fur.

For the 9th Day of Christmas restock your supply of Aurifil 50wt 100% cotton, 2 ply thread with this selection of five, 1422 yard spools. Colors include black, white, natural, grey, and taupe. These items together retail for $64.95. Today, December 10th, through 11:59 am December 12th (Monday), purchase the 5 spools for $48.75 and save 25% off normal retail!

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Aurifil Thread Collection

How do you place your order? Call Quilter’s Compass at (608) 938-4334 or send an email to  barbhartman@quilterscompass.com  and say “Stuff My Stocking!” We will start a stocking for you or add to other items that you have requested. The stockings will be ready to pick up December 17th  with some items available as a winter treat later. Watch for a new item at a great price each day (except Sundays) through December 14th.

12 Days of Christmas – The Adventures of Remy – Days 7 & 8

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Snack time is over and it is time to go back to work. In one corner of the kitchen I notice a small table with a seesaw underneath it. The old woman sits in a chair in front of the table and starts to raise the lid! Some type of black machine rises up from within the table and comes to rest. The table top is now twice the size!  This room made me feel as if I had journeyed to a magical playground! All around me are new things to explore.

She sat down at the table, puts two pieces of fabric together and lowers a lever to hold the fabric in place. Next, she puts her feet on the seesaw and starts to rock them back and forth. As she does, the black machine starts to make a quiet noise and the fabric starts to move all by itself! When she is done the two pieces of fabric are joined together. Next she unfolds the fabspinning-mat-and-cutterric along the edge that has been joined and it now looks like a square with two colors and pointy ears.

I watch as she moves the square to the board on the table, pick up a tool and trims the pointy ears off of one side of the square. Then she spins the surface around and cuts the point ears off of the other side. I’d like to go for a ride on the spinning mat! But I definitely don’t want to have my ears trimmed.

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This is interesting to watch, but I think it is time for a rest. I see a nicely padded perch off of the floor and decide that it would be a great place to watch from. I will be able to see more and stay off of the drafty floor. It is just the right size and I won’t have to share! Time for a little cat nap!

For the 7th Day of Christmas indulge yourself with a 12″ Olfa Spinning Rotary Mat and a 5-pack of 45mm Replacement Rotary Blades. This small mat is incredibly handy to have set up close to your sewing machine for trimming and squaring blocks as you sew. The rotating mat eliminates the need to move your body or project around. Make your cut, rotate the mat and cut again keeping your ruler in place for safe, accurate cutting. Get a set of 5 Replacement Rotary Blades and stop fighting the little burrs and nicks that inevitably make cutting more challenging. You deserve to have the best tools available to keep your sewing efficient and fun. These two items together retail for $81.49. Today, December 8th, through 11:59 pm December 9th, purchase the pair for $48.89 and save 40% off normal retail!

That’s not enough you say? For the 8th Day of Christmas it is time to join in and create one of the year’s hottest projects. Be prepared to put your feet up when you select a complete Tuffet Finishing Kit! The kit includes a wood base with pre-beveled quality foam attached and t-nuts installed, upholstery batting, button, cording and high quality furniture legs. This partially assembled kit normally retails for $165, but you can stuff your stocking  and save $30. If you don’t already have the pattern, add that in as well for $12.00 and save 25% off of the normal $16.00 retail price. These items may be added to your stocking through 11:59 pm December 9th.

How do you place your order? Call Quilter’s Compass at (608) 938-4334 or send an email to barbhartman@quilterscompass.com and say “Stuff My Stocking!” We will start a stocking for you or add to other items that you have requested. The stockings will be ready to pick up December 17th  with some items available as a winter treat later. Watch for a new item at a great price each day (except Sundays) through December 14th.

12 Days of Christmas – The Adventures of Remy – Day 6

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All this work this morning! Time for a snack. I follow the woman through the hallway to the kitchen. It is hard not to notice that we are in a very old building, so I start looking to see if there are any signs of mice. So far, no luck. Maybe I will find some hiding in corners in the kitchen!

When we arrive I jump up on the table to get a better view of my surroundings. The old woman puts a kettle on the wood stove and gets two mugs out of the cupboard. It must be tea time.

She looks at me asks “Did you know that we are artists and builders? What do you think of our new mugs? They are in production now and should be ready to go soon. Maybe you were one of the models the potters used to create the design.”

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Gato’s Mug by Laurel Burch
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Canine Friends Mug by Laurel Burch

I looked at the mugs and thought that the felines looked particularly handsome. I suppose that the canines are nice, too. But, I don’t drink tea. Maybe she would fill a mug for me with some nice warm milk. In the meantime, I should keep looking for some mice to go with my drink.

chocolate-miceI glanced around the rest of the items on the table and there they were! It was as if she had laid a plate of cookies and mice just for us! But it was kind of funny that the mice didn’t move or seem frightened of me at all. This definitely required closer inspection!

Moving in slowly to take a closer look I could tell that there was something very strange about the mice. They certainly didn’t smell like most of the mice I had smelled before. In fact, they smelled like chocolate! This was definitely a strange and wondrous place!mice-close-up

 

 

 

“I see you stalking my mice, little friend,” said the woman. “Unfortunately, those are not for you. They are treats that I make for my husband, Kris. He loves sweets, especially chocolate, almonds and cherries! The cherries remind me of the rosy glow of his cheeks when he comes in after a sleigh ride.”

Drat! Looks like I am not going to be getting any mice without trying harder!

For the 6th Day of Christmas let the world know if you are a cat person or a dog person with one of these great new mugs from Laurel Burch! These items are so new that we will not have them in stock until after the 1st of the new year. Preorder one now for $10.00 and save &2.00 off of the regular $12.00 purchase price. Order a pair (you can mix and match) for $19.00 and save $5.00 of the $24.00 total. As a bonus, each order will include a recipe card for the Chocolate Covered Cherry Mice autographed by Remy!

Just a reminder, the mugs will be available to pick up or have us ship in early January, 2017, but will not be in stock before the holidays. Order one or both of these fun Laurel Burch mugs to Stuff Your Stocking! 

How do you place your order? Call Quilter’s Compass at (608) 938-4334 or send an email to barbhartman@quilterscompass.com and say “Stuff My Stocking!” We will start a stocking for you or add to other items that you have requested. The stockings will be ready to pick up December 17th  with some items available as a winter treat later. Watch for a new item at a great price each day (except Sundays) through December 14th.