Wednesday, September 21, 2016

It's Getting Prettier!

Fall is coming quick.  We live in a beautiful part of the country that is a photographer's dream during the changing seasons.  Here's a quick peek of Spearfish Canyon.  
Photo Credit:  Mike Gussiaas

In other news, did you know we have a YouTube channel?  Over 21,000 subscribers viewed Terry's 85 tutorials over 2.5 million times.  To get inspiration, instruction, or just a chance to watch an expert, try our YouTube channel:

Here is our most popular video.  It's called Fun & Done-A Quilt As You Go Technique.  We hope you get a chance to watch this one, or any other tutorial that Terry teaches.

I know I've been talking a lot about the sewing classes we're offering at the store.  I can't help it.  My oldest daughter is a new sewer and I was so excited to have her take a class.  This week they are getting familiar with the Baby Lock machines and working on a very basic project.  She came home with a pin cushion.  She loved it.  Right now, the classes are for 8-13 year olds.  We hope to be able to offer classes to more age groups in the future, based on interest.  Here's the setup we are using this week.

We have lots of fun items we carry in the store and online.  Gifts and small projects are a great way to show people you have been thinking about them.  One of the exceptional lines we carry is Goat's Milk Stuff soap and gifts.  GMS is made by a family in Southern Indiana and their soap is one of the best we've seen.  Made with just a few ingredients, they keep hands and skin moisturized during the harsh South Dakota winters.  Lip balms, bath fizzies, and candles complete the experience.  When you're in the store, please check out our GMS line in aromatic scents like Hazelnut, Lilac, Almond, and Vanilla.  We also carry seasonal scents like Cider Press, Frankincense and Myrrh, and Evergreen.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Baby Lock Destiny II Launch Party!

We are so excited to be a part of the Baby Lock launch party for their new machine, the Destiny II!  Join us in the store on October 1, 2016 from 12:30-3:30 to see Nancy Zieman introduce the Destiny II live from Baby Lock headquarters.  If you bring your smartphones, you can get your questions answered live by the experts.

In other news, our very first Row by Row customer came in with her project.  Doris brought her quilt by yesterday and showed us her beautiful creative design.  Thank you, Doris, for letting us see it!

Did you know we provide long arm services?   

We own two long arm machines and lots of quilting experts to help you finish your projects. We welcome you to come in or call to learn more about how we can help with every stage of your quilt.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

September Happenings

Labor Day is over.  The kids are back in school.  And we are getting ready for our inaugural sewing classes for kids.

Over Labor Day Weekend, Sturgis has become the home of a different kind of rally.  The Sturgis Mustang Rally celebrated its 10th anniversary this year.  Over 1,000 Mustangs showed up to barrel race, burn out, and drag race their way through the holiday weekend.  Here's a picture of the group photo from two years ago.  It has only grown since then.  This is a great event that provides a chance for families to see Sturgis and the surrounding areas in a safe and fun environment.

Living in Sturgis, we get plenty of use out of our city snow plows.  One of the activities our school kids get to do in the fall is called Paint the Plows.  The city partners up with our Middle School to freshen up the snow plows that will be used all winter.  I think this is a fantastic way for kids and adults to work together to beautify the community.

Another activity that we are offering the community is sewing lessons for kids.  Starting in a week, we will be instructing 8-13 year olds on basic sewing machine knowledge, embroidery, and sewing.  We have had so much interest that we will soon be adding adult classes.  We are so excited to see 4-Hers, homeschoolers, and Girl Scouts (and more) come in and learn our craft!

Terry has created another YouTube video tutorial.  This one is our last Block of the Month from Marcus Fabrics.  You can watch it HERE. She will soon post a video showing you how to make a quilt using all the scraps from the entire 9 month project.  We are excited to start our next Block of the Month in October.  You can see the project and sign up HERE.  

We hope you had a meaningful Labor Day weekend.  We look forward to seeing all the creative projects you have going on right now.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Quilting Hacks

You know all those life hacks you see on Facebook?  

Like how to freshen stale potato chips or 

How to remember a stranger's name? 

Or 101 ways to use a lemon?  

You get the idea...

Terry wanted to provide a quilting hack, so she made a tutorial called "How to Square Your Quilt Blocks."  For all the times, you know, you want to square up your quilt blocks.

Let's face it, as much as some of us quilt, we all still need a little help sometimes.  Terry has so many tools to square up blocks, along with some really great advice.  Take a look.  Let us know what you think.

This nine minute video is a great time investment to help you with your quilting project.  Beginner or professional, we're here to help.  If you like this video, we have more.  There are over 80 tutorials to help you with anything from Disappearing 9 Patches to mesh bags to doll blankets to Simple Pineapples.  Our YouTube channel is easy to find and easy to follow.

Thanks and if you see a life hack that works, drop us a line!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Sewing Classes and Customer Pictures

Remember Judie?  She's our resident genius.  She will be teaching sewing classes starting in September!  Kids aged 8-13 will receive basic Sewing 101 lessons and then have the option of multiple projects throughout the fall and winter.  They will be using our Baby Lock Sofia brand sewing machine, which will allow them to personalize their projects.  Classes will run $10 plus the cost of materials.  We start 9/19/16.  Classes will run Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 3:30-5:30 pm.  If you want to sign up or have any questions, please let us know!

A few customer pictures:

This one is a of a favorite family of ours-Mrs. Jean Rounds and her husband, Mike.  Jean is a regular customer at our store.  Mike happens to be one of our state's US senators.  We appreciate their patronage and their service to our country.

This picture is one of a completed project that our customer sent in.  She got her instructions from our YouTube tutorial called our Last Minute Table Runner.

We love the colors and the crispness of her lines.  She did a fantastic job!

We hope you get a chance to visit the Black Hills Quilters Guild booth at the Central States Fair this week.  We love seeing all the finished quilts and demonstrations.  OK.  And the funnel cakes might be calling my name.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Baby Lock Sale and Other Stuff

Sturgis hosted its annual motorcycle rally last week.  Around here, we start counting the days until fall after the rally ends.  (Sometimes it's a short count.)  This fall and winter are promising to be colder than usual, so we are going to make sure our sewing machines are tuned up and ready to go.

If you need a new machine, this might be the time for you to buy one from us.  We are running a great promotion on two of our Baby Lock machines.

Baby Lock was the first to introduce the world to sergers with easy air threading and no tension knobs.  The Baby Lock Ovation Serger brings you the largest workspace in the home serger industry.  The Ovation has other innovative features like a knee lift and six bright LED lights to make every sewing project easier.  Plus, you get 87 stitch combinations including the Baby Lock Exclusive Wave Stitch.  

Sale Price-$3,999.00

We are also offering the Baby Lock Ellegante3.  With hundreds of built-in embroidery designs including exclusive Nancy Zieman designs, the Ellegante3 makes it easy to make every project unique.  Baby Lock IQ Technology works with the "brain" of the Ellegante3 to help you transition between sewing and embroidery.  Plus the IQ powered LCD Color Touch Screen lets you effortlessly change your machine settings.  Additionally, with on-screen editing, you can put a unique spin on designs from your personal library.

Sale Price-$3,888.00

Supplies are limited.  Sale ends September 5, 2016.  You can order your machine by calling the store at 605-347-2235.

Our Wednesday fabric sale is our brand new Studio E Mariposa Meadow line.  This line includes beautiful blues, purples and pinks with a butterfly design.  These would make a great option for those of you who watched the Disappearing 9 Patch tutorial and liked the fabric we used.  (Which has since sold out.)

Regular Price-$12.50/yard
Sale Price-$10.00/yard

As school gets started and you have a little more free time, we hope you come and visit us in Sturgis.  Or browse our website for free patterns, tutorials, and of course, our high quality quilting supplies.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Our Greatest Asset

Well that would be you, of course.

Our customers come in with an idea or two.  

They go home with some raw materials.  


And they create masterpieces.

(These customers used our Sturgis fabric and our Row by Row kit.)

We love seeing our customers' finished projects.  They show us the brilliant creativity that our sewers possess. 
If you come in to the store for fabric, notions, or just help, we would love to see what amazing quilt you come up with.