Thursday, October 13, 2016

Working It All Out

So.  I have decided to work out a little.  I've let it slide for awhile, and it's time to get going.  Every week, my daughter has dance lessons for an hour in another town.  This week I decided to use this time to walk/jog around a park close by.  I accomplished my goal.  Well aware that I am in the worst shape I've been for at least 20 years, I was happy with my initial effort.

The next morning, I wake up and feel like I am moving a 500 pound pillow with the front of my legs every time I take a step.  I've never had shin splints, but I may have them now.  Feels like muscle soreness so I just push through the day.  Until about 5:00.  Then, as I am running errands, I lose my voice.  By the time I go to bed I have a fever of 101 and feel like I've been run over by a truck.

That will teach me to start working out.  :)  Just kidding.  I know from experience that the better shape I'm in, the lesser my illnesses will affect me.

Enough about me.  

Let's talk about you.  And YouTube.  Did you know Terry just posted a quick new tutorial on our YouTube channel?  It's called The Rainbow Quilt.  It's a great way to use a retro panel from Northcott that we carry at the store (and online).

It's a 6 minute video that is sure to be interesting for you.  We hope you enjoy it.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Pumpkins and Turkeys and Trees, Oh My!

Normally, I balk at the idea of Christmas sales before the first snow.  

But seeing as how this is a quilt shop, and you need time to finish your gifts, I think it's perfectly appropriate to be having a sale now.

So, as some of you know, our holiday sale is in full swing!  This week, Halloween is 30% off with panels starting at $5.75 and yardage at $7.55.

Thanksgiving is 20% off, with panels starting at $6.55 and yardage at $8.35.

Christmas is 20% off, with panels starting at $6.55 and yardage at $9.15.

Click here to go to the sales page.

Check back every week throughout the season to see how low we can go.

Tis the season for falling leaves and football.  
Just three short years ago this area went through a little something called Atlas.  On October 3-5, 2013, Winter Storm Atlas swirled through the area with gusts of 70 mph.  Within a 30 mile radius, snow accumulations ranged from 14-58 inches.  Here in Sturgis, we received 29 inches in roughly 24 hours.  And rough it was.  Residents of the areas impacted reported more than $1.7 billion in damage, including lost livestock, downed trees, and structural damage.  A week later, it rained.
Was there a positive to all the chaos?  Most definitely.  The agricultural community immediately banded together to help their brothers and sisters.  People donated time, dollars, and even cattle from their herd to families in need.  And the people that donated weren't just from South Dakota, Montana, and Wyoming.  Local charities set up donation sites so that national and international residents could give.  

Every year about this time, we are reminded of the extreme weather that can occur in these parts.  We also remember the extreme care that our community gives to each other.  We are proud to be part of a community that withstands blizzards without complaint, provides for each other, and rises again.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Contest Time!

Otherwise known as, Whoops!  It's Thursday.

Sorry that I'm late in updating our blog!  We are having so much fun at the store that it kinda slipped my mind.  Here's what is going on:

  • Lots of customers are coming in to stock up on their fall projects.  
  • Our Christmas flannels are starting to be delivered.  
  • We are in the process of installing a Smart TV for our live Baby Lock Destiny II Launch Party.
  • We are smack-dab in the middle of teaching our 8-12 year old sewing students how to make headbands, key chains, baby blankets, pin cushions....and well, you get the picture.
  • We are finishing 20 quilts this week for our awesome local customers.
  • Terry just posted another YouTube video with an Easy Twist technique for your next project.

Do any of these things sound fun?  Click on the links that interest you for more information.

On top of all that, we are having a contest!  Like and Share our Facebook page for an entry to win an exclusive Sturgis Rally Gift Pack.  It includes a Sturgis Rally fat quarter, nail file and key chain.  If you follow us on Pinterest and/or Twitter, you get an extra entry.

Thank you for allowing me to be late this week.  I hope you are having a beautiful autumn season and are filling your calendar with enough projects to keep you busy as it gets cooler.  Don't forget to call or contact us online if you have any questions or need anything!

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!