Wednesday, March 22, 2017

In Like a Lion, Out like a Tornado

Here in South Dakota, it gets a bit windy.  Doesn't matter the season, we can have gusts of wind up to 60 mph any time.  This past week, we hit 70 degrees, and then this happened:

Granted, it was a beautiful way to wake up.  But snow, wind, and fog on Tuesday, then 60 and sunny on Wednesday?  It's enough to make me duck under the covers for a few more weeks until I see the green of the grass and the lawn mowers out.  😒  

I guess I could get a few more inside projects done while I'm waiting.  Maybe I'll start a new quilt.  Terry has just created a new tutorial to show you how to create a quilt with her newest pattern.  She calls it Under the Stars.  I think you can see why.
The quilt is beautiful.  I hope you get a chance to watch her video.  Subscribe to our YouTube channel for all the newest videos.

Our sewing classes are so much fun.  We've seen aprons and coasters this month so far.  Next week is a pot holder and soon a really cute tote.
Apron

Coasters

Pineapple Potholder


Speaking of roosters, it is a great time to start a garden.  Do any of you start your gardens inside?  I would love to hear your advice on how to keep them going before transplanting them outside.  I don't have much success with that.  They sprout and then die before I can get them outside.  It's very depressing.  Thanks in advance for all your sage advice!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

It's Wednesday!

My desk is full of things to do.  I love being busy at work.  To me, if I'm not busy at work, I may as well not be here.  How about you?  How is your week going?

I'm not the only one who's busy around here.  Terry posted another YouTube tutorial this week.  It's called "Binding with Cuddle Fabric."  Cuddle (or Minky) fabric seems to give people some trouble when working with it.  Terry's video will help explain how to use it for binding without making yourself crazy.  Here's the tutorial:



If you're running out of ideas for your next project, we might be able to help!  Our Robert Kaufman Botanical Beauty is on sale this week.  It's regularly $8.20.  This week it is $6.50.  What a beautiful start to a striking quilt.  

These are the coordinating fabrics to help finish your quilt.




March is a fun month for all of us here in South Dakota.  We've been sweating at 70 degrees one day to shivering in our boots at 30 the next.  Just this week we had snow blowing sideways in 50 mph gusts of wind.  With these teasers of spring, I'm getting antsy to start my garden.  I always say I'm going to start with seeds inside.  By the time I finally get to plant them, the seedlings have dried up and died.  So then I go buy starters from the store, get them in the ground, and then it snows.  Or a deer eats them.  Or something.  I can't decide if I'm determined or crazy when I do this every summer.  I'm still trying to figure out how those clever Canadians grow their beautiful gardens. Maybe I'll go visit sometime and find out.  Until then, maybe you can comment below on some gardening tips for me.  Thanks!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Tutorials, Panels and Baby Locks

Yesterday I signed my children up for volleyball and softball.  The softball clinic is on April 1.  And to those who are familiar with South Dakota, you know there's a good chance that April 1 will still bring snow or cold weather.  My only consolation is that it will be her, not me, who will be out in that for four hours.  Is that bad?  I love that our kids have lots of options to keep them busy during the winter and spring months.  Art classes, sewing classes, gymnastics, piano lessons, dance lessons, basketball are all offered in the area for our children.  If our kids are bored, it's their own fault.  

Well, Terry isn't bored.  Since she has been back, she's been busy making tutorials for our YouTube channel.  In the last two weeks, we have published How To Use A 24" Panel in Your Quilt, and a Fabric Folding Pen Tutorial.  As always, Terry clearly explains her work in detail, making it easy for you to follow.


Since we showed you how to use your 24" panel, and we have another tutorial posted on how to use your yard panel, we decided to put a panel on sale for you.  You know, to help you get started.
Northcott Ahoy Matie Panel

This cute little panel is on sale for $6.25 this week.  We think it will make such a cute quilt for the little pirate in your life!  Click here  to take you to our website.


Speaking of sales, our Baby Locks are still 50% off!  Please call or come in to grab your next favorite machine.  You only have FIVE more days left to get one at this terrific price.  The sale ends February 28.

Our Shop Hop is coming soon.  Terry has been creating our block for this event, and it is lovely.  We can't wait to show it to you!


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Fabric Junction-A History Lesson

Fabric Junction hasn't always been this bustling quilting business you see and hear about today.  Yes, Terry has been sewing since before 6th grade.  But the store got its start when Terry wanted to sew clothes for her children, back in the 70's.  As her expertise grew, Terry was asked to create and repair clothes for friends and family.  From there she expanded to baby blankets.  In 1982, she started entering craft fairs.  Crocheted and baby nursery items were her favorite things to enter. 

Soon she started sewing formal wear-prom and wedding dresses for the ladies, and tuxedos for the men.  Along with creating original apparel, she started doing alteration work for the public.  With a daughter who was a dancer, Terry quickly learned how to make dance costumes.  She was hired to create costumes for many dance troupes in the Black Hills.  She was also asked to make costumes for an old west bar in Deadwood, and costumes for various theater productions in Rapid City.  Although she sewed clothes for other people, Terry had been quilting for herself for years. Her earliest quilts were quilted on a sewing machine, taking a week to finish after the piecing.

She opened her store in 1998.  Originally, she offered fabric for clothes and quilting.  In 1999, she bought her first long-arm machine.  This allowed her to add quilting services to her repertoire.

As the store became more successful, she spent most of her time offering fabric, notions, and service for the quilting side.  She started traveling to quilting shows all over the U.S. in 2004.  This allowed her to expand her knowledge in fabric and technique.  She also became well known here in South Dakota.  She eventually needed a business partner to help with all of the responsibilities.  She partnered with one of her sons, Chris, in 2012.  Chris soon became indispensable with his knowledge of sewing machines, embroidery, buying, and administrative duties, to name a few.  The same year, they decided to carry Baby Lock sewing machines.  The store is now an authorized dealer and a huge source of machines and support in our area.

As the store grew, the footprint of the brick and mortar store grew from 600 square feet to 2400 square feet.  At this point, we're busting at the seams with fabric, notions, two long arm machines, and multiple finished projects that beautify the walls in the store!  We boast six employees who are almost as knowledgeable as Chris about our fabrics, notions, and services.  All of our employees are sewers, so they completely understand your struggles and triumphs as you work through your projects.  Online, our store has expanded our business beyond our state borders.  We currently ship nationally and internationally on a regular basis.  It's a fun part of our day to see where all of our customers live.

Throughout Terry's journey, she has been an advocate for teaching what she knows.  Because of this she started a YouTube channel in 2013.  To date, over 24,000 subscribe to her channel to watch her clearly explain how to make quilts, table runners, scarves, pillow cases, and other beautiful projects.  We have also expanded into Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.  We hope to continue to reach people with our quality fabric art.

Terry's history with her store has been one of love, hard work, and service.  We can't wait to see what happens in the next 20 years!


Friday, February 10, 2017

50% off February


We love Baby Lock!  We love them so much we are an authorized dealer for their machines.  And we love them so much we want you to try them.  So for all of February, we are offering our Baby Lock machines for 50% off MSRP.  How good of a deal is that?  Our Destiny II, which usually sells for $15,699.99, is now half of that.  That is a serious chunk of change that stays in your pocket.  There are three machines that aren't in this sale. They are the BL-9, the Coronet, and the Tiara.  Baby Lock manufactures sergers, sewing, quilting, and embroidery machines.  If you would like to learn more about one of our machines, please call our shop at 605-347-2235.  One of our experienced employees would love to work with you to find the best machine for your needs.


Sophia 2 machines being used by our sewing class.


In other news, we have had a great 2017 so far.  January has been a whirlwind of sewing classes, trips to Phoenix, long-arm quilting for our customers, and improving our YouTube channel.  Our little sewers have made an owl craft, a drawstring duffle bag, and a pair of bowl cozies this month.  It is so fun to watch the improvement those kiddos make from project to project.  Terry and her husband made it home from Phoenix with some great stories and a little bit of a tan.  Our customers keep bringing in quilts for us to finish, and we love using our two long-arms to make that happen.  Our software gives us the ability to create some beautiful scroll work, shapes, and designs that complete a quilt in exquisite detail.  And lastly, our YouTube channel now has some new thumbnails of Terry and titles right on the screen that will help you find the tutorial you want faster.  With over 24,000 subscribers, we are excited to see more and more people watching and learning.  On that note, we should be adding new videos soon.  I'll keep you posted when they come out.

By the way, if you need a new project, find our newest quilt kit on our Facebook page.  It's beautiful.  Understated and soft.




We would love to see what you've been creating this month.  Send us your pictures and we will feature them on our blog.  You can send your pictures to our email:  junctionfabric8@gmail.com

Happy Sewing!


Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Groundhog Day Sale!

Just a quick note that we will be having a Groundhog Day sale tomorrow.  2.5 inch strips will be 34 for $23.  This isn't public knowledge.  Well, it is now.  Make sure to check back tomorrow morning at 9:00 MT to access the sale on our website.  They will be under our Sale page.

In other news, Terry is back from Phoenix.  They had a great time and met lots of wonderful people.  I'm not so sure they are happy to be back in the land of snow, but we are very glad to see them.

We are working hard to get our calendar updated for you.  Check our Facebook page and our website for upcoming classes and events.

Have you ever seen our Rotary Palm Cutter?  Terry created it to help relieve fatigue on wrists and hands while cutting.  There is a YouTube tutorial you can watch to see how it works.  

If you like it, hop on over to our website or our Etsy store to purchase.  We think it's great!


Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Shameless Cute Baby Post

Hope everyone is using their quilts this week!  After a beautiful weekend, we have had ice and snow again for the past two days.  How about you?  What is the weather like where you live?

Terry made it to Phoenix this week for the Quilt, Craft and Sewing Festival.  She is setting up her booth today.  Check our Facebook page for pictures over the next few days.

When it snows, we don't have as many customers that come through the doors.  That's okay because they can always order online.  But we do love it when we get to see a few of these cuties!


What projects are you working on?  We are gearing up for a new YouTube tutorial.  We can't tell you what it is yet, but we will show it to you soon.

Do any of you use embroidery software?  We use it here in the store and love all the templates it provides.  There are some darling patterns for all uses.  We have some Anita Goodesign software that is currently 50% off.  This brand includes monkey and nautical themes, candle wraps, book clutches and more.  I love the delicate stitches of the utensil holders software.  Take a look here for all the options.  

I can't believe we're nearing the end of January!  I'm not sad.  It just went fast.  February 2nd is Groundhog Day.  
Photo Credit:  Reader's Digest

I think it's fun that we all gather around a rodent to find out weather related news.  I'm hoping he's wearing a little scarf when he pops his head out.  Probably won't happen.  But to acknowledge the fuzzy guy, we will be having our own little celebration in the store and online.  It will be a great sale with a deeply discounted price point.  We're keeping it close to the vest for now.  We hope you'll check back with us next week to find out what it is.

Thanks for following along with us this week.  We look forward to seeing any current projects you're working on.  Just post them in the Comments section.  Have a great weekend!