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Row by Row 2017

"On the Go"

And here it is....our 2017 Row by Row pattern!

A true tribute to "on the go" in Aggieland.  What more could you ask for than tailgating at the stadium?  Complete with chairs, a barbecue pit, a cooler, some flags and of course a goalpost!

And this year our kit is a laser pre-cut kit ready for you to fuse down on the background.  Of course if you don't want to purchase a kit we will have a complimentary reverse image pattern for you to use your own choice of fabrics!

Don't know what all the fuss is about regarding this Row by Row Experience you have heard of? 

Well, come visit "our" shop and the other 166 shops participating in Texas and let us tell you all about it. 

Travel to participating shops starting June 21st thorough September 5th, 2017 to collect a complimentary pattern for a "row".  Grab some friends for a road trip and visit these fantastic quilt shops located all across our great state.  Just be certain to call ahead to check their hours of operation as there are no required hours for this hop.

You can even get inspired to make your own row quilt, and yes, you can enter to win 25 free fat quarters from a participating shop you present your quilt to.  Each quilt must contain at least eight different 2017 rows to qualify and must be sewn, quilted, bound, and labeled.  The winning shop will award you an additional prize if you use their row in your design.

Each shop may choose to carry collectable fabric license plates.  Ours for 2017 are shown below with pictures of this years exclusive Row by Row Experience fabric.  (Both the license plates and the 2017 fabric are for sale already in house and online atwww.lonestarquiltworks.com

This year Row by Row will be introducing "Junior" for our younger sewers, and the 9th Row to provide some funding for the Make A Wish Foundation. Below is a link to "Junior" information if you would like to check it out! https://www.rowbyrowexperience.com/junior.htm

So come and join us as we start "rowing" on June 21st!

Here is a link to the Texas Row by Row Experience

https://www.facebook.com/TXRowbyRowExperience

Here is a link to the National Row by Row Experience website 

http://www.rowbyrowexperience.com/

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  AN AMAZING JUDY NIEMEYER CLASS!

Look at these amazing placemats!  Come and join Jan Mathews, our Certified Judy Niemeyer instructor as she shows you how to make these 18" diameter placemats to include your choice of a Dogwood or Impatiens. Jan promises these placemats are as easy as they are gorgeous and will make fabulous gifts, plus they use a new innovative binding technique.

What a great project to consider as a gift for that special friend or of course for yourself!

Techniques included in this simple project include:  foundation piecing, floating points, applique (center), curved piecing, and bias binding for the curved edge.  Class level is confidant beginner; you must know your sewing machine!

Class date will be Tuesday, June 6th from 10A-5P.  Class cost will be $55.00 plus your choice of pattern.  An optional lunch can be purchased for $10 extra.  (Please note each pattern makes four placemats.)

Jan's classes always fill fast so if you are interested please call the shop at 979.595.1072.  This is a beginning level class!  

Marj is back!


LSQW Wonderfil Workshop with Marj!


Do you remember Marj?  Marj is the awesome lady who conducted our Wonderfil trunk show in January of this year.  This is where we introduced you to the Wonderfil Boutique line we are carrying.

 

Well, as promised she will be back visiting our store!  Marj will be here on Friday, June 9th for an exciting 3-hour workshop packed with hands-on free motion and decorative stitching!  You will learn to use specialty threads featuring Spotlite metallic thread, DecoBob 80 wt super fine thread, and Mirage embroidery thread.  Embroidery techniques and other demos will be shown.

We will have two sessions on Friday, June 9th.  One will be from 10A-1P, and the other will be from 2P-5P.  Cost will be $30 per student, however, that will include one spool each of Spotlite metallic thread, DecoBob, and Mirage thread, written hints, tips, and binder sheets, PLUS the great Marj working with you! 

This workshop will be limited as to the number of students who can sign up! If you are interested please call the shop asap at 979.595.1072.  (Please note this is a non-refundable class charge.  Should you need to miss the class we will provide you with a wait list of students assuming we have one.  You may contact another potential student and sell them your spot, or you may donate it to a friend.)

 

COME AND SEW WITH MARJ! 

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Have you ever thought about working at your local quilt shop?  We are in need of three new employees.  We offer a fun, creative and challenging workplace for those with an interest in sewing, quilting, fabric, sewing machines and anything related.  Respect and teamwork are integral values of our daily jobs and customer satisfaction is our first priority. All three positions require a minimum of three days per week with occasional weekend hours.

 

Purchasing and Inventory Clerk

Our purchasing and inventory clerk is responsible for processing purchase orders for products and supplies required to run the shop while helping the shop owner maintain tight controls of inventory.  Knowledge of inventory management software is a requirement in addition to a strong computer background with use of Excel and Word.  You must be detail oriented for this position.

 

Kit and Block of the Month Cutter

As a kit cutter you would be responsible for selecting fabrics and cutting/packaging shop kits and blocks of the month.  A good sense of color would be essential with this position as well as strong math skills.

 

Sales Associate

Our floor staff are our most important customer connection!  This position provides assistance to the customer in selection/cutting of fabrics, notions, and other sewing/quilting related services.  Assistance with class registration and phone orders is also required.  You must be able to stand on your feet for 6-7 hours per day for this position.

 

All three positions do require knowledge of our our customer flow and some floor time is required.  If you are a friendly and creative person with great people skills, who enjoys helping others and working in a positive environment we would love to speak with you!


Terry A. Skrabanek


Lone Star Quiltworks

4301A S Texas Ave

Bryan, TX  77802

979 595 1072

www.lonestarquiltworks.com

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New Online Information!

Free shipping

on orders over $75!

Don't you just love technology?  We recently found out that we have had lots of "abandoned shopping carts" on our website.  You know, kind of like you left your cart in the grocery store full of goodies and walked out!  So here is what we did - we contacted PayPal and they suggested we upgrade our payment system for our shopping cart to be more user friendly.  So Bingo Bango we made this Change - o!

What does this mean to you?  It means you may now check out on our website using the following options:

          an existing PayPal account with a balance if you have one

          VISA

          MasterCard

          Discover

It also means you DO NOT have to have a PayPal account to use our system!  To be honest this WAS the stumbling block for the "abandoned shopping carts".

Did you know our website is in "real-time"?  What that means is when you purchase from us online our in store stock levels reflect what we actually have in stock regardless of whether you are purchasing in store or online.  How cool is that?  Goods in and goods out all in one swoop!

So if you haven't purchased from us online please give us a try!  And of course if you are purchasing from us in store thank you, thank you, thank you; we so enjoy meeting and seeing all of you in person.

Contact us at the link or phone number below:

http://lonestarquiltworks.com

979 595 1072

Announcing Lone Star Quiltworks

Summer 2017

Class Schedule!

Come and join us for a new learning experience!  Our teachers have outdone themselves this trimester with many new classes for you to enhance both your quilting and or sewing expertise.  From beginning level to advanced there is something for everyone.  Plus, there are many special events listed as well with out of town teachers visiting the shop.

And don't forget you can rent a Baby Lock sewing machine from us for the nominal fee of $10 per day if you don't want to bring your home machine to the shop.  Of course we are really hoping you will love one of these machines and take it home with you at a discounted price!  (A little ulterior motive here, eh?)

Seriously, our classes fill FAST so call soon if you see something you like.  Here is the link

http://lonestarquiltworks.com/summer2017

We have samples up and ready for viewing at the shop.

Want to sign up now?

Call us at the number listed below!

979 595 1072


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We Did It!

We got our sale fabric on the web!


And by "we", I don't mean me.  I mean the awesome team of Nancy and Cindy!


I have always said when we get ready to put fabric on sale that we don't do 20% off, then 30% off, then 40% off.  We just move it to 50% off right at the start! 

 

Our one "glitch" was that we could not figure out how to get our sale section onto the web.  Well, enter the dream team of Nancy and Cindy!  These gals put their heads together and we now have a link for our out of town customers to see this fabric as well:  http://lonestarquiltworks.com/online-shopping/fabric/sale

 

So next time you are looking for a backing, borders, or anything requiring a large cut of fabric don't forget to check out our Sale section on the web. 

 

Additionally, just about everything in the store is on the website now, too!


You do love a good bargain

don't you?

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Row by Row 2017

Wow, can you believe it is almost time for Row by Row 2017 to start?  Dates this year will be June 21st through September 5th, 2017.  Here is the concept behind this cool travel and

quilt shop hop:

 

Visit participating shops across the United States, (we have 160 in Texas!), Canada, and now into Europe to collect a "complimentary" pattern for a row. Have fun traveling and visiting some great shops!  Should you want to participate in the Row by Row contest, collect 8 different row patterns from 8 different shops.  Assemble them into a quilted, bound, and labeled quilt and be the first person to present your finished quilt to a participating shop.  If you are the winner you will receive 25 fat quarters plus have your picture placed on the Texas Row by Row Facebook page.

 

Many shops that are participating will be selling their collectable fabric license plates.  This is an optional purchase for the shops so not all of them may carry the license plates.

 

This year's theme is Row by Row On the Go!  Here are the license plates we now have in stock.  Sticking with that "Aggie theme" we love of course, plus we had to add something for sewing/quilting!

 

More to come about Row by Row as we get closer to June.

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Personal Terry Issue

I wanted to take a little time to tell you about a very personal issue for me that is affecting our shop just a bit.

On January 1st my younger sister who lives in Waxahachie and is visually impaired was diagnosed with stage 3 congestive heart failure.  After many referrals, much testing, and several hospitalizations we were told her only cure was a heart transplant.  Whew!  What a kick in the gut that was.  Even with my nursing background the doctors almost had to pick both of us up off the floor.

Fast forward and we were blessed for her to receive a new heart on Saturday, March 11th!  I am with her in Dallas and will be for quite some time as she will require 24/7 care for several months. 

The lovely Lone Star Ladies have been "holding the fort down" so to speak at the shop.  They have done an outstanding job during January, February, and now into March while I made many trips back and forth to all the hospital admissions, doctors appointments, testing, and final transplant hospitalization that we were required to do. I could NOT have done this without them and want to thank them from the bottom of my heart.  I truly think of all of them as my second family.

My sister is doing well.  We are still in the hospital at present.  A big shout out to the Baylor Scott and White Dallas transplant center for their outstanding program that saved my sister's life. 

I also want to thank all of my customers and friends who have stood behind me through this journey.  Their prayers and well wishes have meant the world to both me and my sis. 

My reason for letting all of you know about this is because I never cease to me amazed at how kind and caring the quilting community is.  I am certain you all know I am a "hands on" kind of owner and felt I should explain my recent and continuing absences from the shop.

I would ask for your patience with my staff who are doing not only their own jobs but mine as well.  I would ask for your continued prayers for my sister's healing.  Somewhere on down the line I will tell you a little about her progression to the transplant stage.  Neither of us would like to see this happen to anybody else!

May God bless and keep each and every one of you safe.  Thank you for listening.

Terry A. Skrabanek

It's a Mystery!

A LSQW and QUILTmania Mystery that is!

This is the beautiful Michelle Yeo of Michelle Yeo Quilt Designs.

 I am sending you this picture so you can see how beautiful her work is. She is the designer for the QUILTmania mystery quilt listed below.  Here is a link to her webpage 

http://www.michelleyeoquiltdesigns.com/

and here is some new information regarding this Block of the Month!

We still have spaces available in this beautiful mystery Block of the Month. The fabric has been delayed due to the West Coast weather and we would love to have some additional sign ups for this quilt.  

As an added incentive I will offer FREE shipping in the US!  We will also offer the magazine at 1/2 price as listed below should you be interested.  Please consider signing up for this Block of the Month at an extra special price!

If you are local I now have some samples of the fabric for you to look at.  If you are from out of town click on the link below to the Riley Blake Torrington line that Michelle used for this quilt.


Remember the prices listed below are only charged every other month and not monthly!  


2017 QUILTmania mystery quilt!


 Our shop has been asked to participate in the 2017 QUILTmania Mystery quilt. We are only one of four shops participating in the United States so consider this to be quite an honor!

 QUILTmania magazine is published six times per year and is sold throughout the world.  Each year they do a "mystery" quilt starting with their first yearly issue.  Because the quilt is a mystery we can only tell you a few things.

We can tell you that the designer is Michelle Yeo from Australia.  We can tell you that the fabric line is Torrington from Riley Blake.  We can tell you the finished size of the quilt top which will be 90" X 90" and consists of 12 finished blocks. 

We have included two of the prints from the Torrington line for you to see in this email, plus the first two block pictures.  

Here is a link to the Torrington line from Riley Blake for you to see the balance of the fabrics  http://bit.ly/2gZIs85

 

But there is more!  There will be one special fabric you will receive as part of the quilt top that no shop except participating shops will be able to order.  How cool is that!  And, we can tell you that the entire quilt will consist of machine piecing, hand applique, English paper piecing, and foundation paper piecing.  We can also tell you that you will receive six shipments throughout the year with each one including the required fabric for two blocks and the magazine/pattern, (if you do not already independently subscribe to QUILTmania).  The final Mystery photo will be revealed in the sixth installment of the program.

Call now to register!

 

Starting date for the 2017 QUILTmania Mystery quilt will be the 4th Tuesday in February. (Note, date will be delayed due to late fabric shipment!)  Pickup and/or shipping dates will always be the same 4th Tuesday of every other month. Cost for this program will be $49.95 bi-monthly, + sales tax, (if you are located in Texas), and shipping if applicable. 

 

If you do not receive QUILTmania magazine by subscription, and would like to add it, (which you will need for all six patterns!), we will need to add at additional $13.99 to your $49.95 charge.

 

If you sign up before December 31st, (best deal!), (now extended with the email!), we can discount your magazine price by 1/2 to $7.00, so your total will be $56.95 bi-monthly, + sales tax, (if you are located in Texas), and

shipping if applicable.  (See note above re shipping!)

 

If you are interested in participating in this program please call the shop as soon as possible.  A credit card will be required to be on file at the shop for bi-monthly billing purposes.

979 595 1072


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Here are some new items for you to check out either at the shop or online!

Come and visit us soon!


108" backings

We have added some new 108" wide backings to our already large bolt selection.  These backings are pre-cut in a 3 yard piece perfect for that quilt back that you don't want to have a seam in.  These pre-cut backs are placed right next to our 108" bolts just outside my office.  Another nice surprise is that they are priced way LESS than you would pay for 9 yards of 42" fabric for an equal backing.  Check them out next time you are in the shop!

  http://lonestarquiltworks.com/online-shopping/fabric/108?p=5


New charm rulers!

Here is a line of rulers I found that can be used with 5" charm squares to make 6 different patterns with directions included! I have also included a picture of a 5" Omnigrip ruler we sell that you can use to cut your own 5" pieces out of scrap fabric.  You do have some scrap fabric at your house don't you?  What a great way to use up some of that fabric you have at the house!  And of course if you need a complimentary sashing or border you know where to go to find more!

http://lonestarquiltworks.com/search/?q=rulers


Betty's Scrap Packs

Most of you know Betty from our Gypsy Wife Club, Farm Girl Vintage Club, etc.  Well, Betty also coordinates our great little scrap packs that we sell for 1/2 price!  She color coordinates them, then I weigh them out at full price and  mark them down to 1/2 price.  These are great little packs for any scrappy projects you have going, or if you just need small pieces of "that" special color.  They are also located outside my office door in the shop.  (Sorry, but we don't have these online yet, however, you can call us at the phone number below and we can assist in picking colors you might want!)


Villa Rosa Patterns

Don't forget these cute little Villa Rosa patterns ready for you to pick up at the register.  These patterns are post card size and are perfect to tuck into a Birthday card, Get Well card, etc for that special friend.  Most of these patterns are super simple and make a finished quilt size that averages 55" X 72". They are pretty reasonably priced at $1.99 each.  And they can use up scraps, too!   

  Just a review of a few items you might enjoy at the shop.  We hope to see you soon, or let us help you with an online order!

Ordering Online

Don't forget our webstore is always open 24/7 for fabric, notions, patterns, books, and more!  Check us out  at http://lonestarquiltworks.com/ 

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We are proud to announce that we have added a new thread line

 to our shop!  We are now a Wonderfil Boutique shop, and are the 

only one in the state of Texas!


I have been looking at adding this thread line to our shop for over two years.  Well, decision made!  Their products that I have listed below complement our already great thread lineup that we currently carry at the shop.  Wonderfil thread is low lint producing and color fast!  In addition Wonderfil has great online informational references and are very active on social media and YouTube. Their booth at Houston Quilt Festival was standing room only at checkout!  (I have listed links to their web pages below for your use so you can Check Them Out).


The Boutique line includes the following threads:  Fruitti and Spagetti (12 wt solid/variegated cotton), Konfetti and Tutti (50 wt solid/variegated cotton), Razzle (8 wt rayon), Dazzle and Sizzle (8 wt rayon metallics), DecoBob, (80 wt polyester), Spotlite (40 wt metallic), Mirage (30 wt variegated rayon), Invisifil (100 wt polyester), and prewound DecoBob bobbins for Class L and Class 15 machines.  Whew, that is a lot of thread!

 

So, as you are reading this I am certain you are saying what?  How do I know what to use each one of these threads for?  Well, here is the good news!  Wonderfil has an amazing education presence in the thread world.


First off, they will be bringing "threaducators" to our store in 2017.  Our first trunk show and educational program will be held Friday, January 13, 2017.  Mark your calendars for this fun day.  (I will be sending out a separate email as we get closer to that date.)  Additionally, the "threaducators” will present two more hands on programs later in the year.

Wonderfil Website link http://www.wonderfil.ca/

Wonderfil Facebook link https://www.facebook.com/wonderfil?fref=ts

Wonderfil YouTube link https://www.youtube.com/user/WonderFilThreads


Why not familiarize yourself with some of their products via the links above?  If you are into art quilting, longarming, paper piecing, decorative stitching, hand embellishment, machine embroidery and more these are the threads for you.  We have charts at the store above the displays that list each threads weight and content.


I hope you get a chance to stop by and see our beautiful new Wonderfil displays!

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  Handi Quilter Way Award


We are proud to announce that Lone Star Quiltworks has been awarded the 2016 Handi Quilter Way award!  (We won in 2015 also!) What does this mean to you, our customers?  It means we have met specific criteria set out by Handi Quilter to make certain your buying experience and followup after the sale exceed their requirements.  Examples of this are: 


1. Being able to demo all the HQ machines that we sell; 

2. Setting up your purchased machine in your place of residence;

3. Providing your first lesson and after sales help either in the shop or 

      at your place of residence; 

4. Maintaining a strong notions wall containing after-market products 

      for your purchased machine; 

5. Maintaining tech support to include machine cleanings and trouble 

      shooting; and 

6. Hosting events in our store with a Handi Quilter staff educator.


I want to publicly thank Maegan and Deb for their amazing help in winning this award.  They are truly the best in their sales knowledge and enthusiasm shown while helping our customers make their purchase decisions.  We strive to be honest and accurate in all of our dealings with our customers, and I could not do it without them.


So, now that we have told you this great news, don't forget that Handi Quilter added an awesome little machine with a 16" quilting area to their lineup.  It is called the Simply Sixteen.  The footprint for this machine is 6 to 8' X 8 to 10'.  It comes with the Little Foot Frame or can be placed on a larger 10' or 12' frame.  It is stitch regulated and uses a larger class M bobbin.  Here is the best part, the MSRP is $5995!  How about that?  A reasonably priced midarm machine that we will come to your house to setup and give you lessons on!  Think about it.  

You know you deserve one today!


New 2017 Rewards Program

 

Effective January 1st of 2017 we will phase out our birthday discounts!

We will be phasing in a new rewards system through our point of sale checkout process.  

What does this mean for you?  

It means when you spend $500 in regularly priced merchandise with us you will receive a $25 Gift Certificate to be spent in the shop.  

Our checkout process will keep track of your "points".  Take a look at your register receipt next time you are in and you will be able to track your progress towards your 
Gift Certificate.


Thank you for supporting a locally owned small business and helping keep the Bryan/College Station area vibrant by your tax dollars that are returned to our community!

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I wanted to share something very special with you.  

Our shop was featured last Thursday on the 

Moda Cutting Table Blog Post!


Moda regularly interviews shop owners regarding the "flair" of their shop.  I was asked to participate several weeks ago and was interviewed prior to leaving for Fall Quilt Market.


First off, thanks to Moda for a great article spotlighting our shop, but most importantly thanks to my wonderful Lone Star Quilt Ladies!  The shop would not be what it is without them and I treasure each of them individually for their strengths and positive attitude.  They help make the shop a fun place to hang out!


If you get a chance to read this and are in the shop visiting please tell them thanks for what a wonderful job they all do.


I hope you enjoy the post:


http://blog.modafabrics.com/2016/11/featured-shop-lone-star-quiltworks/