Monday, May 30, 2011

New Classes at Calico Mermaid for June:
WIP Wednesday (no charge) Work in Progress Wednesday
Every Wednesday all day - Bring your machine & your project. Come bring your friends & sew where it's cool! Call ahead & we'll put on the coffee.
Li'l Twister ($25) good beginner/intermediate small project
June 2 3-6p.m.
June 14 10-1

T Shirt Quilt ($30) Turn your treasured T Shirts into a keepsake quilt.
June 4 10-4

Quilting 101 (Before you begin) no charge
June 7, 21, 18 anytime 10-1
Come & try the tools, learn about patterns, & ask questions.

Rail Fence ($25) good beginner small project
June 14 6-8
June 17 10-2

Crafty Clownfish ($20 includes kit)
Kids' Sewing Class (ages 8 & up)
June 9 & 16 10-2
Easy beginning sewing projects for children & teens.

10 Minute Block ($25) easy
June 23 or June 30 10-2

Sidelights ($25) easy
June 28 10-3
You can register over the phone, in person, or online to reserve your space.
559 793 2510
Open 10-6 Tuesday-Saturday, 1-5 on Sundays

Come sew in our cool, comfy classroom. Brown bag it, order in, or go for a walk & enjoy lunch in one of our local downtown eateries.
We have extra parking in our back parking lot. You can use our little red cart to roll in your machine & supplies.
We'll see you soon!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

It doesn't seem possible, but...

I can't believe I'm reordering patterns & books & fabric already! Some of the fabric can be reordered, but not all. So I find my evenings after school & shop filled with searching for replacements for all kinds of things!
In addition, I'm keeping my stockboy/chief engineer busy thinking up ways to display the new collections I preordered.
Not that I forgot about those, not me...heavens no...but now that they're arriving, it's time to find the perfect spot to feature them.
Anna Griffin & Blank Quilting have some mighty pretty pieces!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Catching up

It seems like this week has been a time to catch up & relax a little, after our Grand Opening whingding last Saturday.
School is winding down, so I've been busy with the end of the year activities. My Techno Wizard/Stock Room Manager/Bookkeeper is also finishing up his year at the college & enjoying some down time.
Today we'll take down & return some of the gorgeous quilts on display & spend some time on the HandiQuilter Avante & Sweet Sixteen. They are really cool machines.
Even more new fabric arrived this week from Blank Quilting & Lake House. Children's print flannels are in, too.
We're working on scheduling some more challenging classes & some kids' sewing classes as well. If you're local & have some class preferences, let me know. As soon as I finalize the calendar I'll post it on the website & FaceBook page Discussions. If you have trouble finding it, email me & I'll send it to you.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Grand Opening!

We celebrated our Grand Opening with about 150 friends & family. It was an amazing day, with ribbon cutting, the Jazz Band, the local quilters' beautiful work, 20+ door prizes, & delicious food all day.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Quilt Show down at the Quilt Shop

Here are a few photos of the gorgeous quilts our local quilters made & graciously allowed me to display for our Grand Opening tomorrow. Aren't they amazing? Our quilters are so generous & talented.

This is the Porterville Quilters' opportunity quilt.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Getting Ready!

We're spiffing up the shop for our Grand Opening party on Saturday. I spent this afternoon hanging quilts from some of our talented local quilters. They have done some amazing work. I'll post those pics as soon as I can. Right now I have cookies in the oven for Saturday - gotta go!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Grand Opening!

The prizes are all wrapped up for our Grand Opening celebration. Many of the big fabric companies sent beautiful freebies. The challenge is to wrap them & get them ready for Saturday. We have more than enough to draw a name every hour. No purchase necessary, & we'll call if you win after you leave.