Thursday, December 30, 2010

Happy New Year - 2011

Happy New Year - it is hard to believe that 2011 is arriving.  However, for Quilter's Haven that means something very special -- THE ANNUAL NEW YEAR'S DAY SALE!!!!  Yeah!!!

So have a wonderful and safe New Year's Eve.  Then, on New Year's Day join us at Quilter's Haven for the SALE -- here is what will be on special:

FABRIC -- 25 percent of all 1 yard cuts or more of fabric
15 % off Bernina accessories or 25% coupon on 1 item up to $200.00

and the Bernina sale coupon for $100.00 off on everything over $999 is still good on January 1st.

THEN - the New Year's Resolutions will start!  But first - enjoy the SALE!!!!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas

Jean and her staff at Quilter's  Haven, Rosemount - wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful Holiday Season.

Quilter's haven will be closing early on Christmas eve and will be closed the weekend of Christmas so that Jean and her employees can enjoy the holiday and their families.


Friday December 24, 2010 -- 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

Saturday December 25, 2010 - CLOSED

Sunday December 26, 2010 - CLOSED

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Dear Santa - Help me Thread....

Dear Santa - I have a needle that I want to thread  -- any suggestions?  Kristi

Dear Kristi -- Jean said you MUST have one of the Clover Needle Desk Threaders available in a variety of colors ($14.98).  This is a simple one step operation - you put in your needle, pull the thread in, push a button and presto - needle is threaded!

Jean also mentioned that you might also love "Thread Heaven" once you have the needle threaded - it makes your stitches just glide through the fabric ($5.60)

Jean also mentioned that you and needles don't always get along well - so she is putting a "Nimble Thimble" soft thimble in my bag for you -- available in 3 sizes S-M-L ($4.79)

And, if you purchase any of these items between now and December 31, 2010 - you will get 15 percent off these items.


Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Dear Santa -- Scissors are not meant for paper...

Dear Santa - while I was wrapping gifts - someone used my fabric scissors for paper.  Help!  Kristi

Dear Kristi - Jean says that if you purchase any pair of scissors from the notion wall - you will get 15 percent off between now and December 31, 2010!   She has two suggestions for you:

Nifty Notions 4-inch Double Curved Machine Embroidery Scissors ($24.10)

Omnigrid 5 1/2 Fabric Scissors ($17.99)

Of course, you can choose any pair of scissors you want!  And, Jean said to remind you that had you not let your 4 year old near your scissors and wrapping paper -- or did you just want a new pair of scissors!!!


Kristi adds - here is a cool internet article on 
Choosing, Using and Caring for your Scissors:

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Dear Santa Pins...and needles...

Dear Santa - Christmas is only a few days away - and I am on pins and needles with the excitement of the event ---Kristi

Dear Kristi - Jean has pins and needles for everyone!   If you purchase any pin or needle item on the notions wall between now and December 31, 2010 you will get 15 percent off!!

Here are some suggestions:
Clover Fork Pins ($9.50)

Clover Flower Head Pins (Boxed) ($12.00)

Clover Patchwork Pins - Fine ($8.25)

Merry Christmas - Santa

Monday, December 20, 2010

Dear Santa - The Christmas Goose

Dear Santa - I don't want to cook a Christmas Goose - but I like Flying Geese....Kristi

Dear Kristi -- Santa and Jean are bringing you a RULER you will love - the Flying Geese x4 No Math Ruler ($19.95).  Jean says she knows you will really love this ruler - and it will help you with the sample that she gave you to make for the shop last week...she says she can hardly wait to see hanging in her store...soon...hint, hint....


Sunday, December 19, 2010

Dear Santa - I want to Quilt

Dear Santa - I love machine quilting.  What do you have in your bag for me?  Kristi

Dear Kristi -- Jean has stocked my bag with 2 great items for you....

The Free Motion Supreme Slider is an 8 x 11 1/2 inch sheet of 100 percent Teflon with a friction top to make that dreaded quilt drag disappear.  It has a new self sticking bottom that grips and is easy to remove.  It fits any machine and can be trimmed with scissors.  ($27.95).  And, she said every quilter needs a pair of "Machingers" gloves available in S/M or M/L ($8.00).

And, Jean said that I should remind everyone that if you mention the "Dear Santa" blog and you are buying one of these items between now and December 31, 2010 you will get 15 percent off of these items!


Saturday, December 18, 2010

Dear Santa - Bag Making

Dear Santa -- I LOVE making bags - and, in fact, Jean and I are talking about a "Bag of the Month" for 2011....I would love anything that might help in making totes and bags....Kristi

Dear Kristi - I walked into Quilter's Haven and Jean handed me 3 items she said she knew you would LOVE (in fact, one of those items she said you and she had found it at market together) --

Yes, the "Box-It" Bag Bottom Ruler ($19.00).   This handy little ruler allows you to measure the sides of your bags for perfectly even sides/gussets.  There is a slot you can insert your fabric in and then a grid to measure the side of your bag, mark it and sew it - then do it on the other side.  She said you would love it!

Then, Jean said she added two of what she already knows you LOVE using in making bags:
Scrap-bag Magnetic Snaps (available in two sizes) ($4.50) and Ghees Handbag Feet ($4.00) -- Jean said she knows there is hardly a bag that you make that you don't use (usually both) of these in!  Enjoy!

She also said that to punch the holes in the bag bottom to insert the feet or for the spot to insert the snap - you will LOVE the Clover Straight Tailor's Awl...


PS - And, anyone who comes into Quilter's Haven and buys any of these three items between now and December 31, 2010 gets 15 percent off if you mention the Dear Santa blog!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Dear Santa - Little Wallet

Dear Santa - I want to make a Little Wallet for Christmas - what can you bring me?  Kristi

Dear Kristi -- I stopped by Quilter's Haven today and here is what you will be getting  (oh, and anyone else stopping by Quilter's Haven between today and December 31st will get 15 percent off these two items)

First, I am getting you the Valorie Wells "Little Wallet" pattern ($3.00)

And, second for the snap - you are getting the SnapSetter Tool -- I chose purple for you because it is your favorite (Jean knew that).  Hey - Jean even mentioned when you find out how much you love it - she can order additional snaps, the tool adapter for other sizes and even a small hammer for you!
Enjoy - and looking forward to seeing your finished Little Wallet!!


Thursday, December 16, 2010

Dear Santa - Sidehopper Jump Stitch Scissors

Last week I was in the shop and looking over the notion's wall at Quilter's Haven.  I saw this funny looking little thing for lack of a better word in a package and immediately said to Jean "what is this?"  She said it is one little awesome tool -- it is a little scissors that lets you cut jump stitches for embroidery - or at least that is what it is intended to do.  The cost is $18.95.

I decided to give it a try - I love new things.  

Okay - this is the coolest little thing.  I took it out of the package and was just amazed at it.  First of all, this little puppy is sharp - and pointy.  Keep the cover on the tip or you will have a sweet little puncture in your bag or project or pocket or wherever you put it.    I tried it out on some machine embroidery - and it is slick.  Okay - but here is where I am really using it.  I am working on binding a quilt - and it is just great as a little thread snip.   I am starting an embroidery project and it will be perfect.

If you think you have everything there is related to quilting but you don't have one of these -- you need one. I give it a thumb and forefinger up (which is really how you use it....).

Here is the Santa deal of the day --- if you buy one of these from Quilter's Haven between today and December 31st and mention the blog deal - you will get 15 percent off on the Sidehopper Jump Stitch Scissors.    These are perfect gifts, stocking stuffers.

This Santa loves hers!!!

Monday, December 6, 2010



Monday December 6, 2010 - Sunday December 12, 2010

Quilter's Haven has moved and is celebrating our new location with sales and specials all week long during the first week of December!  There will be specials that will run all week long and also daily specials during this special event and sale!  Come and enjoy our new space and celebrate with us!

Monday, December 6, 2010 -  Fat Quarters - Buy 3 get 1 Free

Tuesday, December 7, 2010 - All Books and Patterns 15% off

Wednesday, December 8, 2010 - All notions 15% off

Thursday, December 9, 2010 - Tutto and "Go" bags 15% off and Bernina tote and machine cases 25 percent off  (in stock only)

Friday, December 10, 2010
Saturday, December 11, 2010 and
Sunday, December 12, 2010

$50 purchase = 1 free yard of fabric of your choice (up to a $10.00 value)
Kits 10% off (in stock only)
Thread and Buttons 10% off

SAMPLE SALE --- December 6, 2010 - December 12, 2010

Stop in this Week - Celebrate and SAVE!!!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Here is what I am Reading....

Friday I was in the shop and found myself  looking through the magazines Jean has by the cutting table at the shop.   The Winter 2010 "Quilts and more" caught my eye (and, as we know - winter truly has arrived).  For only $6.99 this magazine is packed with 23 easy projects --  not only are they quick and easy projects - they are really cute projects.   I like a magazine in which there are at least several projects that I find myself thinking "I want to make that."

Not only did I think "I want to make that" - I decided that I will not only tell you about this magazine - but I intend to make some of the projects and show you.  So, here is what you will be seeing in the next few weeks.  First, there is a quick and easy row quilt (selected the fabric on Friday from the shop) -- and,  better yet -  I came home Friday and in a very short time had the topped pieced.  I am quilting it right now and will show it to you as soon as it is done (I am pretty sure it will take me longer to bind than to make the top unless I get my friend Zee to bind it - she is the fastest and best binder I know...).

There is an adorable little Christmas tree centerpiece you make out of terra cotta pots that I am going to make and show you as soon as I find the little pots.   My intent is to let my 4 year old son make one along with me (it will be sticky but fun....) and I will let you know how it goes.   I love the little owl purse shown on the cover.  There are several nice sized lap throws in the magazine.   Oh - and some adorable donut pincushions (and I know the perfect "baker" to make and show you those - I just have to convince her to make some for us...).

I think you will love some of the projects you are going to see out of this magazine in the next few weeks.  Stop by the shop and pick up your copy of this magazine today -- for, when they are gone - they are gone....

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The Quilter's Haven Blog is back!! Sorry for sort of "leaving you" for several months - as you have noticed, we have a lot of new things -- not only new ideas and products for you -- but a new STORE LOCATION, a new WEBSITE -- and lots of NEW things to share with you and tell you about.

I spent all day yesterday with Jean at the shop and was just amazed at all the new products that she has in stock. I have much to tell you in the upcoming blogs! I also invite you to feel free to leave comments and make suggestions about blog post - please do not leave order requests or information - those need to be directed directly to Jean at her email or at the store. However, Jean and I discussed what we are going to do with this blog and we have decided that we are going to try out new ideas and products, show you projects in process and let me test out new ideas and techniques (showing you them along the way and giving you my honest opinion - in other words, if we give something a "thumbs down" you likely won't find it in Jean's store!!!).

I was REALLY impressed with a new little machine that just arrived in the shop -- the Bernette 46. It is a new starter machine from
Bernina and, well Bernina doesn't allow prices to be posted online, I can tell you that in their own literature they say "starting at $149.00" and I can tell you that Jean is at the starting gate. You are likely to see a few more entries about this machine - I told Jean I want to try this out and see if it is really all that they describe. We are going to also explore the new Bernina 300 series (which I am also really impressed with -- I have to tell you I have a Bernina 830 -- but for some reason I really want a Bernina 380 also)!!! And, I have a new Bernina serger you are going to get to help me take out of the box and try out!

Anyhow, back to this Bernette 46 -- a few years ago my Grandma gave me her sewing machine when she was moved into assisted living. She wanted a small, lightweight machine and got one from a retailer. She never liked and never used that machine much. I tend to have a "collection" of machines and when she died I got that machine - I have to tell you that one went on
ebay. If Jean had been a Bernina dealer at the time and the Bernette 46 had been around - that is the one I can assure you my Grandma would have had -- and she would have loved it and used it! My 4 year old son, Christoper, wants "Jean to teach him to quilt" and I think this might be the machine he learns on!! In fact, he was begging Jean to begin his lessons yesterday -- and the Bernette 46 was the very machine he picked out and wanted her to "light up" and plug in. If he was a few years older - he might have one of these under the tree for Christmas!

So - if you want a light weight but heavy duty machine to take to classes or to tote around instead of a featherweight -- look at this machine. Or - check you holiday gift list --- yourself, mother, grandmother, daughter, son, husband, boyfriend, sister, brother, friend -- well, this is a GREAT gift and one that would bring years of enjoyment.

I was sure impressed! So impressed that in case you missed the photo above - here it is again!

The cool retro look of the Bernette 46 is reminiscent of early sewing machines.
The Bernette 46 is a great machine at an affordable price. With variable stitch width and an assortment of practical and decorative stitches, the Bernette 46 helps you turn your sewing dreams into stitched projects!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Happy Mother's Day!

Jean Graham and Quilter's Haven wish to say "Happy Mother's Day!" to all of you wonderful mothers and grandmothers out there. In honor of Mother's Day, Quilter's Haven will be CLOSED on Sunday May 9, 2010 to give Jean and all of her wonderful employees the day to celebrate with their families.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Easter!

Jean Graham and all of the staff at Quilter's Haven wish you and your family a very Happy Easter!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Bed Turning Event at Quilter's Haven Featuring Evelyn Nall - March 27, 2010 (10:30am -12:30pm)

Evelyn Nall was first taught to embroider by her mother at a very young age. She made her first dress out of feedsacks when she was about 10 years old but didn’t really start sewing until her children were born – 2 girls and 2 boys. She made play outfits, dresses, pants, suits, prom dresses and eventually a wedding dress for one of her daughters – all the while making clothes for herself and making curtains and draperies for her home. She was a very busy lady! Quilting came later, in 1970-71 with her first completed quilt – a Dutch Doll pattern – for her oldest grandchild, Erin, born in 1971. From there it’s been a wonderful journey as Evelyn has completed wellover 60 quilts – she loses count! Evelyn was born in Tulsa Oklahoma and moved to Minnesota in 2006 to be close to her daughter and her family. She has won numerous ribbons for her quilts over the years and she even entered a quilt in the 2008 Minnesota Quilt Show. Her favorites are the old patterns and the reproduction fabrics but she has done a bit of everything. Her children and their families love how generous she has been in making and gifting quilts to them. Even with having given many quilts away, she still has many she treasures and loves to show, telling a little something about each one that reveals so much about this lovely woman.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

FABRIC PAINTING is the new TREND and Quilter's Haven is ready to help you paint, paint paint....Jean has ordered the entire Liquitex Surface Design Center and is fully stocked with all that you will need to begin venturing into this fun and creative area. Check out this exciting display at Quilter's Haven today!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

A Must Have SERGER book!!!

"How To" books are simply the best when it comes to learning (or re-learning) new techniques. Using a serger seems daunting to some people (like me) -- however, one of my goals this year is to learn to use the Bernina serger that I bought from Quilter's Haven then end of last year --- so Jean ordered in this GREAT book on serging techniques (on a side note -- if you want to stop in and BUY 2 serger books -- add the Bernina book on Serging to your list). Stop by Quilter's Haven and buy your copy of this great book today.

Here is a description about the book:

Creative Serging
A serger is a multi-threaded, multi-needled appliance that sews at an average speed of 1500 stitches per minute-three times faster than most sewing machines. Though expressly designed to finish edges and seams, the introduction of microchip technology has enabled sergers to go well beyond those simple tasks. Sewers who want to take full advantage of this miracle machine need look no further than this thoroughly up-to-date and comprehensive manual. It's fully illustrated with both photos and line drawings, and offers complete instructions for every type of serger available to the hobbyist today. Each one is listed by brand, with a description of its pros and cons. And that's not all; there are plenty of projects, too, including scarves, throws, shirts, gowns, bedcovers, and quilts.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Bobbin Thread

I Love this OESD bobbin thread - especially for the bobbins in machine embroidery designs. The cones come with 6000 yards on each cone which means it seems to last forever. Quilter's Haven carries this bobbin thread in both white and black. This thread is manufactured by OESD which is well known for its embroidery products -- and this one is no exception!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Quilter's Haven is Celebrating the Shop's Birthday!!!!

Quilter's Haven is Having a Birthday Sale

February 12th, 13th, and 14th 2010

Come and celebrate the shop's birthday with savings you will enjoy --

25% off 1 yard cuts of fabric
25 % off selected 1 of a kind kits
15% off patterns, books, notions and kits (excluding block of the month kits)

In addition -- as a special birthday gift to you there will be a free gift (zippered tote bag) with a $100 or more purchase.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Happy Birthday Wishes to Quilter's Haven Owner Jean Graham!!!!