Sunday, July 31, 2011

Kids can Sew

This past week at Heirlooms & Comforts we had four very good days with 14 youngsters who were learning to use a sewing machine and to sew. These youth are from 8 to 14 years of age and are clean slates waiting to have a life-skill printed on them. Judy Luke and Fran Kaiser are skilled teachers who manage a classroom beautifully. They made the sewing experience wonderful for these girls and boy. Yep. Boys sew too. Keep this in mind for your child, grandchild or special friend for next summer. Summer Sewing Camp is always the last week of July. Mark your calendar now for 2012 so that your child doesn't get that date taken by some other summer activity. Kids, learning for life.

H&C Feature of the Week: Havel Scissors
At Heirlooms & Comforts this week we will feature the 5" Serrated Blade Scissors from Havels at 20% off. These are new to the shop and come with a blade cover that protects from the very sharp point. The point and the serrated blade are very good for appliqué work because of the accuracy that these two feature produce. Fabric does not slip between the blades on these scissors when you are cutting those very small pieces. Check these out. You will love them at a bargain price.


Beginners Listen Up!
At Heirlooms & Comforts we have a Quilting for Beginners class scheduled to start right away. Don't miss your opportunity to learn to quilt from the great teacher at Heirlooms and Comforts. Kathy White instills in the student the will and the skill to make beautiful projects the correct way and with success. The class starts on August 16. Look at the description on our web site under classes.

Get the details here.


Just received from Husqvarna Viking is the news that owners of 3D Embroidery are going to get a special email letter detailing a trade-up rebate offer. UNPRECEDENTED! This kind of thing happens rarely in the world of software. Look for your letter, or come in to Heirlooms & Comforts after August 1 to get details for this limited time offer. Pay attention to the possibilities and don't let this pass you by.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Successful Event

Another Carolina Shop Hop has run it course. What a great time we have all had participating in this adventure. It was really nice to see friends we have made across the years as they have hopped from year to year. We all have aged and wizened as time has gone by. We have sewed our purchases and used our prizes in our art/craft of quilting and sewing. When you share your items with us it is always a joy to see what you have made.

The Carolina Comforts book added a new dimension to our fun this year. Hopefully you had an opportunity to say to Robin and the others who worked on her committee how much you liked the book. If not yet, send a quick email to Asheville Cotton Co and Robin so that she knows about your appreciation. We have copies of the book to sell at $18.95 if you failed to get one during shop hop.

The 13 shops will convene on July 25 to finalize the year 2011 Carolina Shop Hop. Then the prizewinners from the drawings will be notified of their good luck. Keep an eye and an ear out after the 25th to see if we pull your name.

H&C Feature of the Week: 20% off One Item of your Choice
At Heirlooms & Comforts this week we will feature a 20% discount on any one item you choose to purchase (excludes items in our Dept 975 of machines, software, and cabinets). You get to make the choice this week for what you want as our special of the week. You can choose a book, a ruler, thread, a machine foot, etc. One item of your choice will be 20% off original price.

Previously Owned Machines
At Heirlooms & Comforts we have a list of previously owned Husqvarna Viking machines that have been traded in for newer models and are now spiffed up and ready to go home with you as a second machine in your sewing room or as a "carry to class machine" to make life easier for you. Check out the list on our web site to see what is available. You just might find what you have been looking for including the great Designer Diamond!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Hands Up

What is it that happens to us when we become grandparents? We begin to act and think differently, I think. Last week as I was "bonding" with the new grandsons in Texas, I began to look at how different the twins are. Finn is the lanky one with narrow long feet and slender fingers and very defined, small facial features. What a handsome kid (even if he is my grandson). And Miles is the "stout" baby with the deep wrinkles in the arms and legs; the short stubby fingers and large hands; the square feet with toes all the same length; and the chubby, pinch-able cheeks. What a handsome kid (even if he is my grandson). They are just recipients of different traits from the same gene pool.

Miles's Hand
While spending time with them I began to think about the hands. Miles's hands remind me of my father's broad, sturdy but gentle hands - hands that did hard physical work and also offered kind, gentle care and reassurance. Finn's hands remind me of his own loving mother who uses her hands to nurture her three boys, prepare their food, guide their play and their learning, care for their needs, and at the end of a long day gently caress their precious heads as they sleep.

Finn's Hand
I remember my mother's hands as she prepared food for our family. They moved in a rhythm that was almost like a dance as she snapped beans or peeled peaches. Hard as I try, I cannot achieve that movement. I remember her hands as she caressed fabrics and manipulated the fabric into patterns and shapes that became quilts made with love and care. She had such a way with handling fabrics that I constantly try to emulate. Those were loving hands that created beauty, both physical and "spiritual", that she shared with those of us near her.

Hands are an extension or manifestation of our personality in a way. They can hurt or they can heal. They can destroy or they can sustain. They can be idle or they can be creative. Watch as people around you use their hands - how differently they employ their hands in day's time. Hands tell stories of life. I hope all the stories from my hands are uplifting!

 At Heirlooms & Comforts this week we will feature the continuation of the Carolina Shop Hop. We are offering three items as allowed by the shop hop rules for your consideration:
  1. Clover Silk Pins with glass heads is the notions item on special at 25% off. These pins do not skew your fabrics when pinned because they are so skinny.
  2. Carolina Comforts is the book resulting from Robin Culbertson's compilation of quilt patterns from the 13 participating shops in the hop.
  3. Sophie's Choice block kit, styled by our friend and customer Sophie Hart, is the block that H&C contributed to the theme of Civil War Reproduction style fabric/pattern for 2011. $6 per kit is the price.
See the quilt that Judy designed using the 13 blocks from the shop hop participating shops. It is hanging in the front of the store for your viewing pleasure.

Reproduction Interest Club
At Heirlooms & Comforts Joan Grove and Sarah Parham are organizing a group with interest in reproduction style fabrics and quilt patterns. This is intended to be a group that meets to share ideas, sewing tips, and challenges based on antique fabrics in reproduction. There are numerous fabric vendors who offer styles that have been directly inspired/copied from museum quilts and fabrics from all eras in the history of fabric weaving and printing. The organization meeting is being held on Monday, July 18 at 10:00am at H&C. Come for this brief meeting with pen and paper and your calendar to offer input into how the group will interact to learn more about period fabrics and design. What fun to make reproduction pieces and challenge each other! Come find out what these two talented ladies have come up with. No charge.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Gadabout Grandparents

Bobby and I are becoming the Gadabout Grandparents! Here we are in northwest Arkansas just before going to central Texas. Half of our offspring are west of the Mississippi, you know. And we have to see them more often now that half of our grandsons are west of the Mississippi River. So we are driving this time, pulling our utility trailer that we have previously used for going to quilt shows. It is loaded with a lot of those things that didn't leave our house when the sons went out on their own. You know what I'm talking about: the "don't throw it out, Mom; I might want it some day" things like the Tonka Toys and the books and the furniture, etc. Now we are taking it to them. They can use it or lose it. It is no longer in my care. One son has the largest house in the family now and no children yet; and the other son has the smallest house and the largest family. Go figure. That they are happy in their situations is what it is all about.

We expect to arrive back at the quilt shop in time to hang all the wonderful quilts that we want hoppers to see. Some of these are ones that customers have made and some are ones that staff members have made and some are heirlooms that were in the closet. Come by during Shop Hop and see all the beautiful models that thrill us so much.

At Heirlooms & Comforts this week we will feature Carolina Shop Hop with a commemorating theme to highlight Civil War Era fabrics and quilts. See our rendition of the quilt made from the blocks that the participating shops have designed/kitted. As you hop about the route for Carolina Shop Hop you can collect the kits that each shop has put together. Then you can combine the finished blocks into a beautiful quilt to reflect the style of the quilts from the Civil War period of our country's history.

Also as you hop around the shops you will see the real models that are included in the Carolina Shop Hop book called Carolina Comforts. Kathy White designed the quilts that are featured from Heirlooms & Comforts. We are pleased that the editor of the book, Robin Culbertson from Asheville Cotton Company, used the photos of Kathy's beautiful quilts in the quaint setting at the front of the Central Roller Mill. You will want to purchase one of these books during Shop Hop because it is a great book and you will be able to save $2 per book during the July 8 thru July 16 time frame. All the 13 quilts in the book are great; you will love making all of them!

Pre-Owned Machines Available
Whenever a new model Husqvarna Viking machine is introduced, it creates great buys for those who wish to have a bargain-priced pre-owned machine. That is the case at Heirlooms & Comforts right now. We have a list of used machines that you just might be interested in. Click on this link to go to the full list to see what has been traded in lately. Some models are moving out the same day they come in. Check with us often to be sure you don't miss these good ones.

Holiday Hours
Remember that we are closed on July 4th and will return to regular hours on Tuesday, July 5th.