Wednesday, December 31, 2008

The Quilting and Needle Art Extravaganza

It's a new year so it's time to start enacting your most important New Year's resolution and start a new project. Nothing makes us happier than the feel of newly purchased fabric sliding through our fingers or the feel of crisp paper as we open that new pattern or book and prepare to make that first cut. Imagine the feel of that new yarn wrapping around your favorite needles. A surge of pure joy! How can you experience this excitement?Join us for the very first....

Quilting and Needle Art Extravaganza
Friday, January 9, 11am-5pm and Saturday, January 10, 9am-5pm
Statesville Civic Center
300 South Center Street, Statesville, NC 28677

Statesville is conveniently located to both I-40 and I-77. Save time and gas, forget those traffic headaches by shopping at 23 of your favorite shops in one location. All the shops are working hard to make this a great experience for our customers. Many of the shops will offer special items, such as quilts and quilt tops, buttons, beads, yarns, thimbles, retired shop samples, and one of a kind items, so shop early for the best selection. Fabric, sewing machines and long arm machines will be there as well. There will be demos and door prizes too. Two days of creative overload!Please remember that in this time of economic uncertainty your local shops are depending on your support more than ever. We appreciate your purchases, your participation in our classes and workshops and it is your continued participation that will enable us to weather these rough economic times. We hope you will come out and show your support for all the vendors--- quilting, sewing, knitting, smocking---all the creative outlets we enjoy. This is your chance to see many of the best vendors in this area, under one roof, and to let them spark your creative fire.

The Statesville Civic Center is located at the intersection of Front and Center Streets in downtown Statesville.

From Northbound I-77, take exit 49A and turn left on highway 70 to highway 115/21 (Center St.). Turn right and the Civic Center is on the left.

From Southbound I-77, take exit 50 and turn right on East Broad Street. Go straight into town and turn left on South Tradd Street then right on E. Front Street. At the light turn left and the Civic Center is on the right.

From I-40, take exit 150 and drive south on highways 115/21 (Also, known as Center St.). Travel one and a half miles and the civic center is on the right.

Participating Shops:

Annie's Keepsakes
Rockwell, NC
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Special features for the show - Door Prize, Needle Felting Demos, Wonderful Wool Appliques

Auntie Ju's Quilt Shoppe
Wilmington, NC
Special features for the show - Door Prize, Fabulous Folkart Designs, Punchneedle Demos and Retired Shop Samples for sale!

Freda Berry
Morganton, NC
Felted wools, wool and silk remnants

The Cottage Quilt Shop
644 East Main Ave.
Taylorville, NC 28681
Special features for the show - Handiquilter Longarm Quilter, Quilts, Fat Quarters, Wall Hangings, Notions, Door Prize

Dixie's Quilting
203 Elm Ave.
Hudson, NC 28638
Special features for the show - General Quilting Items, Door Prize and clearance items.

Featherweight Poppy
565 Timberlane Trail
Salisbury, NC 28147
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Special features for the show - Singer Featherweight machines

Goneaway Quilting
Cleveland. NC 27013
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Special features for the show - Quilts, Clearance of hand dyed fabrics, and Unique patterns

Concord, NC
Special features for the show - Fibers

Vicki King
Mooresville, NC
Special features for the show - handpainted yarns

Knit One, Smock Too
4003 A Country Club Rd
Winston Salem, NC 27104
Special features for the show - Knitting and smocking

Knit One, Stitch Too
9709 - C Sam Furr Rd.
Huntersville, NC 28078
Special features for the show - Knitting Kits, Threads, Needlepoint, Shop Samples, Door Prize and clearance items.

Needle and Thread
236 W. Broad St.
Statesville, NC 28677
Special features for the show -Tin Lizzie 18 quilting machine, fabric and quilt tops

Overall Quilter
6580-A Old Monroe Rd.
Indian Trail, NC 28079
Special features for the show - General quilting items

Quilt Patch Fabrics
1017 Stallings Rd.
Matthews, NC 28104
Special features for the show - Quilts and quilt tops for sale.

Quilter's Gallery
Gastonia, NC
704-376-2531 (Cindy) or 704-864-4894 (Patti)
Special features for the show - Door prizes, Retired Shop Samples and Quilt Tops for sale, Antique and Modern Buttons, Clearance Items!

Quilter's Loft
188 N Main St.
Mooresville, NC 28115
Special features for the show -Sewing Machines and fabric, also Grandquilter and frame and Creative Vision Embroidery machine.

Cary, NC
Special features for the show - Fabulous, creative sewing patterns

The Quilting Solution
277 Devil Track Rd.
Taylorsville, NC 28681
Special features for the show - New computerized longarm quilting system called Homesteader and Side Saddle-
22" machine, king frame and computer system

Rene's Quilt Shop
195 West Statesville Ave.
Mooresville, NC 28115
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Special features for the show - Finished quilts for sale.

Schoolhouse Quilts
399 Sunset Memorial Rd.
Forest City, NC 28043
Special features for the show - Door Prize and Clearance Items!

Sew Original - Bernina Sewing Machines
3443 Robinhood Rd # DWinston Salem, NC 27106(336) 760-1121
1586 C Hwy. 421 South
Boone, NC 28607
Special features for the show - Sewing machine, Door Prize, Fabrics

Suffolk Shaker Shop
Suffolk, VA
Special features for the show - Shaker boxes and carriers

Paula Woods
Clyde, NC
Special features for the show -Vintage buttons

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Quilt Pink Donation Quilt

Stop into the shop and purchase your ticket for the Quilt Pink Quilt. Our goal is to raise $500.00 for the local chapter of the Susan G. Komen foundation. We are selling tickets for $1 and will draw the name of the winner when we reach our goal. The proceeds are going to a good cause. These quilts were made with the loving hands of our customers and staff. Many who have survived breast cancer. Please help us meet our goal and perhaps you will be the lucky winner of this beautiful quilt. It is hanging in the shop above the cutting board.

Quilts of Valor Sew-In

We had a wonderful time at our Sew-In on Nov 11 for Quilts of Valor. Everyone who came made several blocks and we have enough blocks to make about 4 quilt tops. Janet Graham has volunteered to put all the blocks together and so far she has completed two tops. Below is one of the tops. It is currently hanging in our hallway. We appreciate all who came to our first ever Sew-In for the troops. These quilts are to honor our very special service men and women who have given so much to our country. These quilts are not going onto a battlefield.

We have decided to become a site for making blocks for the Quilts of Valor. I will continue to donate fabric for our Sew-In. Janet will be working on the paperwork to designate us as a site.

We would like to hear from you as to when the best time for you to volunteer to come and make blocks for these quilts. We are considering making it an educational event, focusing on a new block for you to learn and make for the troops. These blocks need to be made with love and care. Speed is not our goal! These are honor quilts and we would like to make them with pride and appreciation of our troops. Thanks again to all who gave of their time and sewing skills. We very much appreciate your support.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Winner of the Pfaff Hobby Grandquilter 1200

Sarah and I spent the weekend at the Mooresville Centerpiece Quilt Show, at our vendor booth. There were lots of vendors and oh the quilts were so beautiful. Our own Pat Bourbeau won several ribbons. Ticket sales were great for the chance to win the Pfaff Hobby Grandquilter 1200 that I donated as the sponsor of the Show. Everyone sat down and tried the Grandquilter. There was so much excitement. On Sat at 4:30pm, I got the pleasure of drawing the name for the winner of the Grandquilter. Thanks to all who took a chance on winning the machine. The suspense was rising as I stirred the pot, a pumpkin head, until I found just the right one. The winner was not present, so we gave her a call on a cell phone. After a few minutes of chit chat, I asked her if she knew why I was calling. Nope!! She was surprised when I told her she was the lucky winner of the Pfaff Grandquilter 1200. The winner Jean Newman. She will be in this week to pick up her prize, get some lessons and of course, we will take lots of pictures!! It's so much fun to notify the winner. Congratulations Jean, and many happy days of quilting on your new machine.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Quilts Of Valor Sew In - Nov 11, 10:30-4:30pm

Come and sew for Quilts of Valor. We are going to have some fun sewing for our troops. What better way to honor those who serve, on Veteran's Day, than to make blocks for Quilts of Valor. All blocks are going to be a 12 1/2 inch star block. You can bring your own favorite star block or use some of the ones we have selected. We will be providing all the fabrics and Sewing Machines to make the blocks.

We ask you to bring your own sewing supplies, such as scissors, rotary, ruler and small mat. Be sure to identify your own supplies so they don't get mixed up with others.

We will have refreshments.

It's a great day out doing something wonderful for our troops.

The Sew-In for Quilts of Valor will be in the new Pfaff Shop Classroom, at ground level. Veteran's Day is Tues Nov 11, 2008 from 10:30 - 4:30pm. Please let us know that you will be sewing with us, so we can plan for the refreshments.

Oktoberfest Sat Oct 25, 2008, 11-2 pm

We are so excited that we moved into our new space. The week was so busy moving the Pfaff Shop from the back space to the front space. Everything has come together nicely and all hands worked diligently to make it happen. This weekend is our first annual Oktoberfest. Rain or shine Harry will be under the tent cooking brautworst and pouring root beer from 11am to 2pm. Next best thing to a German Band is our DJ who will be playing German music to get us into the spirit of it all.

Come in and test drive one of the new Pfaff Creative or Expression Sewing Machines and enter a chance to win a iPod Nano. It is preprogramed with sewing information and you can do what you like with it. I have never had one and am not so sure how to use it, but there are instructions. Just ask any kid and they will show you! We also have great prices on many machines and financing is available up to 48 months depending on the machine.

We are having our Nostalgia Sale where fabric is $7.50 per yard for cottons (min 1 yard). There are some other in-store specials. We have not received the fabric cabinet for the Pfaff shop so we only have fat quarters in the new classroom, some sale fabrics and regular priced kits.

So come out and have a "Braut" on us. We are accepting donations for the Danielle E Liotta Scholarship fund for scholarships for Lake Norman and Mooresville High Schools. Danielle was a wonderful 19 y.o. who lost her life in a tragic traffic accident. In life she did so much for everyone and supported some many charitable events in her short life. She is an inspiration to many and we would like to keep her memory alive with the scholarship funds. Danielle's mother will be with us as we support the scholarship fund.

We are also raising money for the Susan G Komen Foundation as Oct is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Tickets are $1. for a chance to win a pink quilt and the drawing will be November 30, 2008. All proceeds will go to support breast cancer. Help us raise $500 for this worthwhile cause.

Come out and have fun with us on Saturday, rain or shine. "Brauts" are on the grill behind our building under the tent from 11-2pm or until the last guest leaves!

Friday, August 15, 2008

We are expanding!

This week the renovation of the old bakery at the front of our building has started. We decided to take over the additional space, and not have any more tenants. We are so excited that we will have a Main Street presence and a classroom on the ground level. A classroom with NO fabric and lots of room to be creative. This will give us about 4,000 square feet of space.

The Pfaff Machines are moving forward and we are now trying to decide how much room we have, so that we can put other merchandise in the space. We will be expanding our notions, and other artistic items for art quilters. I found a great line of children's clothing patterns and we can't wait to make them. Decisions, decisions, decisions, and too many to think about!

We are planning lots of club activities, charity sewing and just some fun sewing nights with the girls!

I'm finally going to have an office again, so I don't have to drag stuff home and back again. Wow, I could get more organized and I am looking forward to it!

Stop in and watch the progress! We hope to be moving sometime in September. We are planning a Grand Opening and Celebration of our 6th year as a Quilt Shop, and our 4th year as a Pfaff shop. Reserve the weekend of Oct 24 and 25. We are going to have some fun events, so stay tuned to what we are up to!

We are currently working on our class schedule to start new classes when we have the ground level classroom. If you have ideas about some classes you would like, please let us know. All the teachers are working on some great projects for you to enjoy taking classes from them. Stay tuned to the blog class schedule as we update it when schedules come in.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Creative Vision - Owner's Class

Creative Vision - Owner's Class
Instructor: Sarah Brandt/Erica Ransom
Saturday June 21,July 19, August 16, & Sept 20
10AM to 12:30PM

The owner's class will walk you through the features of the Creative Vision. This class is FREE to owners who have purchased their machine from Quilters Loft Company. You will need to bring your machine to class with you. If you did not purchase your machine from the Quilters Loft, and there is space in the class, we can "adopt you" for a fee. We will put you on a wait list and contact you with details.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Creative Visions receives International Red Dot Award

We are pleased to announce that the Pfaff Creative Vision has received the International Red Dot Award. The following is the article published in the Business Wire on March 25, 2008. It's a great recognition of our newest top of the line sewing and embroidery machine.

PFAFF® Creative Vision™ Sewing and Embroidery Machine Receives Highest International Design Recognition

Business Wire, March 25, 2008

International Jury Awards the PFAFF Creative Vision Machine with the Red Dot--the Best of the Best

HAMILTON, Bermuda -- Today SVP Worldwide, owner of PFAFF[R]--the world's leading brand of premier sewing and embroidery machines--announced the new PFAFF CREATIVE VISION[TM] sewing and embroidery machine has been awarded the prestigious international 2008 Red Dot Design Award--The Best of the Best. The state-of-the-art machine offers unprecedented sewing precision, brightness and more sewing space and is easily recognized for its pioneering design.

"The PFAFF team is honored by the prestigious international recognition of the Red Dot--The Best of the Best Design Award--for household products," said Don Fletcher, CEO of SVP Worldwide. "PFAFF sewing machines have been the pinnacle of German design and engineering for more than 145 years. Experienced sewers, and now design experts from around the world, have found that the CREATIVE VISION machine is delivering on its tagline--The More You Want The More You Get."

"The aim of the Red Dot Design Award is to make well-designed innovative products stand out from the rest," said Professor Dr. Peter Zec, Initiator of the Red Dot Design Award. "The design excellence found in the Red Dot recipient's products appeal to all the senses, awakens emotions, and promote the enhancement of everyday life. Design should not only make everyday life more beautiful, it should also make it easier!"

Offering more unique features than any other sewing machine, the CREATIVE VISION machine offers sewers previously unavailable features and benefits including the largest embroidery area available in the market today. Custom, adjustable LED lighting allows sewers to perfectly illuminate their sewing space and with the Original IDT[TM] system and precise positioning, sewers can create the largest and most intricate embroideries in the industry and create sewing projects with unprecedented amounts of fabric.

Participating in the 2008 Red Dot Design Awards competition were companies from 51 countries submitting a total of 3,203 products to the international jury. After examining and testing the products to assess them against the judging criteria of degree of innovation, functionality, formal quality, ergonomics, durability, symbolic and emotional content, product peripherals, self-explanatory quality and ecological soundness, fifty products in sixteen categories were selected.

"The culmination of the CREATIVE VISION sewing machine's development and design is an example why PFAFF sewing machines are the number one choice for the most advanced sewers around the world," said Brad Hunsaker, Global Vice President of Sales and Marketing for SVP Worldwide.

The PFAFF CREATIVE VISION sewing and embroidery machine, along with the other award-winning products, will be on display from June 24 to July 27, 2008 in the exhibition titled "Design on Stage--Winners Red Dot Award: Product Design 2008" at the Red Dot Design Museum on the premises of the 'Zeche Zollverein' World Cultural Heritage Site in Germany. The Red Dot Design Museum houses the largest permanent exhibition of contemporary design worldwide.

The pinnacle of German design and engineering, PFAFF sewing machines are the world's premier precision machines that sewers aspire to own. The PFAFF brand has a 145 year sewing heritage that creates a climate for continued development and design of high quality sewing and embroidery machines. As the perfector of the sewing craft, PFAFF machines are the creative catalyst for passionate sewers giving high quality results in all aspects of sewing. Known for technical refinements and precision, PFAFF sewing and embroidery machines inspire sewers to perfect their art.

About the Red Dot Design Award:
Today, the Red Dot Design Award, the origins of which go back to 1955, is one of the largest and most renowned design competitions worldwide. It consists of the individual disciplines "red dot award: product design," "red dot award: communication design," and "red dot award: design concept," which has been held annually in Singapore since 2005. For further information please visit
COPYRIGHT 2008 Business WireCOPYRIGHT 2008 Gale, Cengage Learning

Monday, June 2, 2008

Bohemian Bouquet Block of the Month

This is an updated picture of our blocks that have been revealed in our mystery series. You can still participate in this series.

This year, we are offered a new Block of the Month program called "Bohemian Bouquet" by Susan Brubaker Knapp. It is a mystery applique you can do either by needleturn applique, or by fusing and satin stitching.

Blocks 1 thru 5 are available now. There are 11 blocks in this series; additional blocks will be released on the 15th of each month through November 2008.

Kit price: $19.95
Pattern only: $5

Sunday, March 23, 2008

New Instructor: Chris Tibbetts

Chris Tibbetts is a trained and experienced teacher (M.Ed., M.A.) who has taught a variety of disciplines to students of many age groups. Currently, she is employed full-time by Mitchell Community College as an English instructor. Out of a desire to share her love of the art of quilting, Chris also teaches quilting on occasion. She has recently relocated to Mooresville from Asheville, where she worked as Chairperson of the English Department for the local community college and also taught classes for several quilting shops on the side. Chris loves to introduce beginners to the joy of color and design, and is very patient with sewing newbies. Her goal for her quilting students is that quilting should be fun and not stressful. She helps her students quiet their “inner critic” to enjoy the process of learning new sewing skills to express their own creativity through the medium of fabric. Chris will be teaching our new class for beginners (no sewing experience), "First Time Quiltmaking".

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Pfaff Creative 2170

Experience unlimited creativity!

Just imagine...that there is a sewing machine that not only sews to perfection but also creates amazing embroideries – large, in bright colors, and breathtakingly beautiful. Design unique embroideries and create your own fashions and home decorations that show off your personal style. Turn your ideas into reality, revel in fabrics and colors, and create your own unique look.

Creative 2170 Stitches!

Unlimited possibilities! Your sewing options are endless with the Pfaff creative 2170. Choose from among 9 mm stitches, Maxi stitches, Antique Embroidery stitches, unique Antique Quilt stitches, and several built-in alphabets to create your own projects. UNIQUE and ONLY from Pfaff!

Create embroideries of unlimited size with Precise Positioning!

Now it is easier than ever to create embroideries of unlimited size! You don't have to use templates and copy the outline of the design on your fabric to connect your designs after rehooping. When using your Pfaff creative 2170, just rehoop your fabric, activate the Precise Positioning function and direct the needle to the correct position by pointing to the design on the screen. Then move the design on the screen until it's positioned where you want it in the hoop. It's that easy! Each design will be positioned exactly and you can create embroideries of unlimited size.

Learn what it means to have modern technology to support your imagination.

Special Financing.......... for the first time ever Pfaff is offering 24 months, no interest (0%), with minimum monthly payments through May 31, 2008

Free Gift with purchase........ beautiful tapestry sewing luggage set for your new Creative 2170, while supplies last, as quantities are limited.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Pfaff Creative Vision

The Pfaff Creative Vision is Redefining creativity. New functions and technology of the highest level open a world of unlimited possibilities and a perfection which has never been achieved before. The Pfaff Creative Vision is redefining precision. The IDT (TM) guarantees absolutely even fabric feed from the top and bottom.

Precise Positioning.......... is the easiest, most accurate means of connecting sections of large embroidery creations.

A huge selection of high quality 9 MM stitches will inspire new ideas. There are about 500 built in embroidery designs. You 've never experienced anything like it before!!!

It is spacious..........the most generous sewing space, the longest free arm and the largest embroidery area of all time is waiting for you. The free arm is larger than the Grandquilter! Wait til you see the built in maxi quilting stitches.

Bright ...........The perfectly illuminated sewing space, the brillant sewing HD Screen and the three dimensional views of designs, shapes and colors will fascinate you.

Experience the Pfaff Creative Vision live by going to . Once you experience it, you will dream of nothing else. After all you do for everyone else, it's time to do something for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The Creative Vision will take your sewing, quilting and embroidery to a whole new level. These machines are in high demand, short supply, and we have them in stock. You don't have to wait for yours!

Special Financing.......... for the first time ever Pfaff is offering 36 months, no interest (0%), with minimum monthly payments through May 31, 2008. Just think - for about two Starbucks a day this machine could be yours! What can you give up to get the machine of your dreams! Sarah is thinking M & M's.

Free Gift with purchase........ beautiful sewing luggage set for your new Creative Vision, available for a limited time.