Sunday, June 28, 2009

Red, White and Not So Blue …

Kay Wilson, one of our many creative customers, recently sent in a photo of her wonderful Red and White Quilt. The simple color schematic reminded me of the graphic quality of the Gee Bend Quilters. Kay thanks so much for sharing, keep us posted on your creative endeavors.
After receiving the photo of her quilt I was thinking it might be time to post a calendar of some quilt shows

that are happening in the Late Summer and Autumn all over America. After perusing the list of shows it makes me want to take a Quilting Holiday. You could choose one or several of these shows, grab a few friends, take a road trip and really have a blast. Many of these shows are hosted by local Quilting Chapters/Clubs.

Madison, WI
Quilt Expo
September 10-12, 2009
Location: Exhibition Hall at the Alliant Energy Center
1919 Alliant Energy Center Way
Madison, WI

Washington, AR
Washington Quilt Show
September 11-12, 2009
Historic Washington State Park
100 S.W. Morrison Street
Washington, AR

Prairie du Chien, WI
Downtown Prairie du Chien
September 19-20,2009
Quilts Displayed throughout downtown 608-326-4593 sponsored by Pickett Fence &PDRI
Sault St. Marie, MI Quilt Show
September 19-20, 2009
Location: Sault St. Marie Middle School
Sault St. Marie, MI
Westminster, VT "The Natural World in Quilts"
October 17-18, 2009
Location: Westminster Center School, School Street
Westminster, VT
Des Moines, IA

AQS Quilt Expo
October 28-31, 2009
Location: Iowa Events Center
Des Moines, Ia

Lastly I have an email from a very happy customer and wanted to share her experience with shopping online at If we do not have it, you probably do not need it. We are always adding new and different quilting fabric to our collection. Log on now and don’t forget to check out the sale page, the deals are amazing and the selection is very good.

Dear Mary Jo,
Friday (6/5/09) I received the fabric I ordered from your store. Inside the box, the fabric was packaged in a Mary Jo's plastic bag. Gosh I sure miss being able to shop there anytime I got the urge like when I was living in Gastonia. Sometimes when I get homesick for you, I do the virtual tour just to remember looking at the fabric and notions in all the sections. My "stash" is full of your fabrics, and the curtains in my kitchen windows and the table cloths I use for company, come from your tablecloth fabric section.

Keep the blog going, keep up the website, and thanks for always having good prices and great selections.

God bless.

BT from Mountain Home, Arkansas, formerly from Gastonia, NC.

PS - You would have been surprised that I often come across people who have been to your store. I might meet them anywhere. Last person I met was at the Padaucah AQS show this April.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Lace On Sale...

Spending time on our website really pay off. There is always so much to look at and new stuff is added everyday. This past week I was checking out the pre-cut Lace Collars and Lace embellishment pieces on the sale page. It got me to thinking about all of the different ways and applications these Lace pieces could be used.

They are amazingly in-expensive (between 1.25 and 3.50). Here are a few of my thoughts, do remember in school we would add a lace collar to a sweater, or piece onto a plain dress?

Costumers, do you have a prim and proper play coming up? These would be perfect, and again so cheap! Mary Jo's also has some lace embellishments which could easily fit into a romantic room project, you could stitch onto a colored piece of fabric and create a dresser scarf, side tablecloth, or finish a trim for a curtain. It would be interesting to play around with the idea of applying them onto a colored lampshade, along the edge to create a Victorian look, they did love the lace during that romantic period. These beauties will not last. Check it out at
I would like to thank all of you for your amazing letters and projects. We received several quilt projects this week and will be featuring them in the next few weeks. I love how creative, inventive and just plain talented you all are. I am looking for a few more to feature. Is anyone a passionate-pro at "Stack and Whack" or "Selvedge" Quilts? I would love to know all about your inspiration, process and why you love creating your works of art. Please send photos. I thank you in advance and cannot wait to see what you all send in. I will be patiently checking my email!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Summer Madras & Camouflage, A Strange Combo...

It is like Christmas at Mary Jo’s Cloth Store, new and exciting bolts of fabric arrive every day. Today we are featuring two collections and both are a tremendous value. The first is our “Madras Patchwork” Collection. This is a really fun assortment of Madras Plaids that has already been pieced together. This collection comes in summer colors and Patriotic, just in time for our nations birthday on the 4th of July.

Imagine the fun and easy projects you can whip up in no time. You may want to consider a light quilt for a summer guest room or your mountain cottage? Easy, just cut to size, attach a backing and transform a space in record time! This collection would also be a good choice for

Summer Skirts, Shorts, Dresses or even a Shirt. You may want to consider using this interesting Madras fabric for some “Summer Funk” pillows on your sofa or chair. A patchwork style Table Cloth, Runners or a few Placemats would be a nice addition to your summer BBQ or Dinner Party.

Go wild, this collection is inexpensive, looks terrific and is being sold at a price that is certainly unbelievable. The Fabric is 44/45 wide, 100% Cotton and is being sold for only 6.99 per yard. At this price it will not last long!
To purchase at click on Fabric, Subcategory Madras.

The next collection of Fabric is very interesting and maybe even a bit unexpected. Do you have Boys and Men that love ‘Camouflage” clothing? We have just received a shipment of “Camo” in 4 different styles. US Government: Navy, Air Force Tiger, Marines, and Digital. Think of all of the interesting things you could whip up. Shirts, Shorts and Pants, are a natural.
How about whipping up a “Camo Quilt” ? A few other ideas may be Book-covers, Totes, and maybe even a few Tablecloths for your welcome home “Veteran Party”. The possibilities are as limited as your imagination.

The details: 61/63 wide, 100% Cotton on sale for only 5.99 per yard. To purchase at, click on Fabric, Subcategory Camouflage.

We hope you take a moment to check out these amazing values and dream up some clever projects. It would be terrific if you sent photo’s of your wonderful finished projects. We always love to see what you are doing with all of the Cloth you purchase here at Mary Jo’s Cloth Store.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Happy, Creative, Funny and Dear...

One of my favorite things to do is to read all of your notes, stories, thoughts, projects and experiences that you have had recently and over the years at Mary Jo's Cloth Store. These emails are always happy, creative, funny and dear. They are always a joy to read. We receive a lot of “Fan Mail” and I thought it might be fun to share a few of these letters with you today.

Hi Mary Jo,
I have a small house in Upper Central NY state. I've been decorating this house forever...AND using Mary Jo's amazing bridal fabric for years now. Just last year I completed the front living room windows that face the street
Not sure if you can see with this little photo but the living room are the 3 small windows, in that window is the most beautiful fabric I got last summer at your amazing store. Every single room in that house has fabric from Mary Jo's. I wouldn't think of putting anything BUT your fabulous selection of fabric's. I did my kitchen windows last year with the most perfect red/white checked gingham...and I love it.
Although I don't see this house more than once a year for 3 months out of the year, it brings such a happy smile to my face when I open the door and see all my hard work in every room...thanks to Mary Jo!!!!
New York

Dear Mary Jo and friends,
Thank you so much for going online. There is nothing like going to your store and shopping for the project you are doing, but sadly some of are now housebound. I was so happy to know that I can now go online and get a few things that I need. I think you are a wonderful group and I wish you continued success. You really go out of your way to see that we have a great shopping experience. You ladies are the greatest.
Sue in GA

I have had a love affair with Mary Jo's fabrics for years, making all of my daughter's clothes and going to the Dallas store. Now in a wheelchair and with 6 grandchildren 5 of them girls, I would like to make some spring shifts for mother and daughters. I looked at the Lily Pulitzer's clothing and they are made well but I thought I know I could make those. I figured if anyone had some of those beautiful cotton prints, it would be you. Thank you for providing a place to order online and to come in person as well. Thanks for all the beautiful memories of your store.
Paulette Munn

Good morning,
What a wonderful blog. I am on dial-up sew it takes me a long time to get
The most out of it. But extremely worthwhile!!!
I am taking advantage of sleeping with my boss and hitting him up for
a day off to finish some Xmas sewing that has to get in the mail.
Ha ha, he is my husband and at this time of year we are fighting the
weather fishing for lobster off of the coast of Nova Scotia.
I am using the wonderful fat quarters that I received from you to make
a large Xmas wall hanging and it looks just wonderful and it will be
around for years I am sure. Friends that have watched the progress
say they are jealous sew that must mean it is just fine.
The ladies Xmas wreath looks great and I think you should remind people to check it out next summer when the weather in lots of parts of the world is more accommodating.
Take care,
Sew long,

Love your Blog as much as I love your store!
Thank you so much for sharing with us so many interesting ideas and sewing information. I especially like to see the Employee of the Week. It's so very nice to see faces and names of the ladies that we have had serving us for years. They often share tips on sewing or making something creative.
Please do continue to give us tips, suggestions and creative ideas. It is much appreciated. It is much worth the 2-1/2 hr. trip each way to buy at Mary Jo's.

Do you have a story or project to share? Now is the time! Take a moment out of your busy life to share your passion for fabric and the incredible things YOU do with Mary Jo's Cloth. Send an email today.
I thank-you and look forward to hearing from you.
We are listening,
KDB, Editor.