Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Holiday Projects and FREE Shipping...

It is hard to believe that the Holidays are almost here. The month of December can be filled to full with Parties, Events, Dinners, Gatherings and many visits and trips to the homes of friends and relatives. Yes, this time of year can be a blur. You may want to consider slowing down and taking time to smell the Christmas Tree! What if this Holiday Season you choose to stay home a little more often and make all sorts of amazing treasures, holiday and otherwise. Here at Mary Jo's Cloth Store we are gifting you with FREE shipping for the holidays. This offer is good for the entire month of December. If you are thinking about your next Quilt, Dress, Drapery, Duvet Cover, Tablecloths and oodles of crafting projects, now is the time to stock up. If you make your living with needle and thread, we do not have to remind you that not only are our prices some of the best in the nation, for the month of December you can score a little extra dough with this special offer of FREE Shipping. Want to be inspired and tempted with some great fabric? Log onto www.maryjos.com, you won't believe the selection or the SALE page, really. We are always posting new items at great prices.

A few weeks ago we had a shout out on our Facebook page for Holiday Projects. Today we are featuring two gals and their inspired projects. By the way if you are not a Mary Jo's Cloth Store Facebook friend, click this link and "like" us. You can keep current on specials, sales and shout outs for specific projects and quilts.

One of our readers, Barbara Dersch, a talent from Crystal Lake, Illinois submitted this beautiful quilt. The Christmas colors are lovely and the workmanship certainly looks perfect. Thanks for sharing this beauty.

Our next featured project comes Emily Brown a local talent. She has shared several of her favorite holiday items with us. Her Mom also contributed Christmas Stockings made with Mary Jo's Felt.
She writes, Hi! Saw on facebook your call for holiday items made with Mary Jo's fabric. I am local (grew up in Shelby, spent many a weekend day at MJ's with my mom fabric shopping.) Now I work in Gastonia a couple miles from Mary Jo's and stop by frequently as I have a handmade kitchen accessory line that I sell on etsy. I make aprons and oven mitts and pot holders. Much of my fabric is from Mary Jo's. Thanks Miss Emily your work is well designed and executed. Seems like you may sell quite a bit at your ETSY Store. Stop in anytime, Emily, we would love to see you. Do you have a project to share with us? Please email us a few photos and a brief description.
We cannot wait to hear from you.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Two Gals Making Waves in The Quilting World...

The fabric company, Riley Blake Designs licenses the work of many talented designers.
They also work with the best in the business of Quilting. They hire these experts to work as their Course Teachers at their very own web based "Cutting Corners College".
Today we are featuring two designers that are real hottie's in the Fabric and Quilting design world.
If you had one hundred words to describe Jina Barney, it just would not be enough! She is a super talent in the land of Quilters. What, you say? You have probably seen her work, she has a line of patterns she calls "Butterfly Kisses" and you can view her "how to" videos at "Cutting Corners College". She also gives workshops all over the country about quilting. Her work is inspired, different, contemporary and very arty. She loves cheerful colors and patterns. It is fun to go online and click onto a video and hear her talk about her many projects. The one we are featuring today is on the Riley Blake site, titled, "Hotpads". She uses 10x10 pieces of fabric and batting. Her tutorial is very informative and you can see just how easy it is to whip up a project that is useful and would also make great gifts for your friends and family.
You will love her way of matching fabric patterns and colors. Check it out you will be delighted and inspired. Click this link to view her video.

Another hyper-talent in the industry is Carina Gardner. She is not only a Fabric Designer but a talented blogger. She is interested in all things "home" and her eye for color and pattern is exquisite. She presents a Design Blog filled to full with wonderful ideas and projects for a life well lived. We believe she is a lady to pay attention to. Carina was recently featured in Fat Quarterly.com a great article, check it out it is worth a look. Watch out Martha Stewart!
We are featuring Carina's project "Pinfeathers Rosetta Wreath". This is an easy 1, 2 3 step style project. This wreath is quick to create and so easy you may even become addicted to creating these beauties. Be careful, once you display your wreath for the holidays all of your friends are going to want one! Click this link for a free PDF download of the pattern and the instructions. This could be an inexpensive project if you use your remnant pieces. You could also log onto our Mary Jo's Sale page. Did you know the stock changes on this page sometimes almost daily? Today we have over 200 fabrics, trims and notions to choose from.

Thanks to Jina and Carina for adding beauty, knowledge and generosity to the Fabric World and the internet.

This is the time of year when we all stop to give thanks for all of our tender blessings. We would like to thank-you for being our wonderful customers, for shopping online and in the store, contributing your projects for articles on this blog, sharing your newsletters, checking in on our Facebook page and being a part of our Mary Jo's Cloth Store family. We are blessed. Keep sewing and Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.