Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Spring is Here -- Finally!

It's official!  Spring is Here, although in some parts of the country you wouldn't know it!  
We're celebrating with our annual "Spring Fling Shop Hop" starting Friday!  We love seeing our friends come in, excited to find new projects and ideas! 

 We're also happy to see the start of Downtown Restaurant Week -- highlighting the fine restaurants in the historic district!  
 Find the list of participating restaurants at www.mainstreetrogers.com/restaurant-week/ 

Spring also brings new things to the shop!  New books, New yarn, New fabric!  

We're excited to now carry designs from Riley Blake Fabric -- a fun new line called "Treasure" for the young at heart!   This kit will be quick and easy to put together. 

We love the Marcus Brothers Ombre Hand Dyes -- they're perfect for applique AND piecing, and provide beautiful shading, as well as brilliant color in your quilts.  We're now offering fat quarter and half yard collections, as well as yardage!  What does your vision tell you to create with these? 

We love creating kits for you!  We especially like helping you create new decor for your home, like this spring-y design "Modern Flowers Skinny Quilt"!

Since we love embroidery, it's only natural that we dip into the cross stitch area!  We're starting with some kits from Mill Hill to make it easy for you -- 

Keep watching -- we'll bring you more next week!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Hurry Spring!

It's been a long winter in many parts of the country!  Like you may be, we are anxious for Spring to arrive!  

To celebrate the upcoming season, we have 3 reasons for you to get out and visit Downtown Rogers this month!  

"Spring Fever Shop Hop" -- 11 shops in Arkansas and Missouri -- March 7 to 15 -- free block in each shop and a chance to enter the drawings for 11 Go Cutters and 11 $50 Gift Certificates!  

"Spring Fling Shop Hop" -- March 27 - 29 -- Kits featuring a beautiful Hoffman paisley batik!  

"Downtown Rogers Restaurant Week" -- March 31 - April 6 -- enjoy a special menu in selected restaurants!  

You can find out all the details about these under "Events" on the website.  

We excited to be participating in "Worldwide Quilting Day" on March 15!  We've started collecting star blocks as a part of their campaign to "Wrap the World with Stars".  For each 12" star block you make and donate through us, you'll receive a $1 bonus buck to spend in the shop!  Our group of Caring Quilters will assemble the blocks for a chosen charity.  You can also enter (as many times as you want) to win a $100 gift certificate!  Upload your pictures at www.worldwidequiltingday.com. 

Shop with Us Online! 
When you can't visit the shop, the website is always open!  

We have several block-of-the-month programs running, and know you'll find one to love working on!  

"Chateau Hexagon" by Lynette Anderson features her hand-painted buttons, embroidery and subtle fabrics.  This is a "mystery" quilt, and she recently posted her finished quilt -- it is gorgeous!  We have a few spots left for these kits -- all the details are Here
"Flower Garden" design features a cream background with bright and happy fabrics by Kaffe Fassett and others!  Perfect for starting with dreams of flowers that will soon be blooming!   The first month you will receive all the fabric for your background squares and borders, plus applique fabrics, then flower applique fabrics every month.  You can sign up for this Here.
To see other block-of-the-month selections, click Here. 

We're constantly adding new items in the shop and to the website -- yarn, fabric, books, patterns and more!  When you can't visit us in person, please check out the website -- our shipping is always $5.99, no matter how much you order!  

Only Because of His Grace,
Mary Elizabeth 

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

It's a New Year!

We're looking forward to more in the New Year -- more new classes and programs to help you become more creative!  

Be sure you are signed up for our email newsletter so you don't miss a thing!  Send us a note at info@therabbitslair.com to be added to our list.  

Once again, we'll be offering Jo's Little Women Club Online.  Club 13 will begin in February, and our members receive many benefits, including a monthly mailing of pattern with exclusive newsletter with quilt history and techniques and tips by Karan Flanscha, the ability to order club fabric kits, a 10% discount on purchases in the shop and online and more!  
 For full information about Club 13 and to see all the projects on the website and to sign up, Click Here.

If you are a lover of Jo Morton fabrics, you will be interested to find out about our Jo Morton Fabric Auto Ship program.  When each collection comes into the shop, your order will be cut first and sent to you automatically.  To find out more, email julie@therabbitslair.com

The next collection by Jo to arrive in the shop will be "Woodlands".  Here is what Jo has to say about it:   "Time for another group of loved medium to dark fabrics, this time with added indigoes and greens.  These shades would be seen on a lovely walk in the park or perhaps on a trail in a forest.  And there is a surprise -- a sweet floral for each colorway."

The free-to-use quilt design by Candy Hargrove alternates pinwheel blocks with log cabins -- you can preorder the fabric kit for this on the website Here.  The pattern may be downloaded from Andover Fabric's website.  

Members of our Jo's Little Women Club have access to their own Yahoo Group -- Recently they posted pictures of how they use Jo quilts in their home to decorate.  Here is just a sampling of those posted.  

Keep watching for more pictures soon!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

"Countdown to Christmas"

The weather outside is frightful -- but our "Countdown to Christmas" is so delightful! 
No matter what the weather is doing outside, you can always order online!  

Here are the details of this year's "Countdown" -- continuing through Sunday, December 15 -- all packages will be shipped by December 16.

Twice a week, we will offer new specials to help you with your Christmas shopping!  We will ship each week's purchases for just $5.99 flat rate!  (Shipping rates will be adjusted at time of shipping.) 

If you like, add a note to your order and all items will come to you wrapped with a note of what they are -- ready to put under the tree or in the stockings!

Each order (entire order) will be charged $5.99 shipping - yes, that is right! Order all you want and only pay $5.99 shipping!

Want to call us and place your order? We are ready! Or you are welcome to email me at mary@therabbitslair.com
!!!  "Countdown to Christmas" is also available in the shop -- ask for a listing when you come in!

In the shop, we've created a new "kitchen" area -- Here are a couple of shots to share with you -- 

You'll find supplies for embroidery projects and more -- gift ideas too -- in this area.
Our "Caring Quilters" have been busy!  Here is a show of a few of the quilts they've completed -- 

 We'll soon be receiving information from Jo Morton about the Jo's Little Women Club 13 -- starting in January 2014!  Here's a photo of all 8 projects that will be included: 
Two "larger" (for Jo) quilts and six smaller ones, including two with applique!  As soon as we have all the details, they will be posted on our website.  It's sure to be a great Club series!  To be added to the list to be notified when info is available, contact julie@therabbitslair.com. 

We hope you are having a wonderful holiday season and enjoying the preparations! 

Monday, November 11, 2013

"Blue Variety" Challenge

Our co-leader of the Jo's Little Women Online Club, Karan Flanscha, issued a challenge to the members -- What will you make with the beautiful "Blue Variety" collection designed by Jo Morton?

We had 8 beautiful entries -- Each quilter wins a $25 gift certificate and a charm pack of Jo fabric, with the Grand Prize "Viewer's Choice" award to Pam Moore.

"Feathered Star Medallion" combines piecing and applique -- popular with everyone!  The center is a pattern by Marsha McCluskey and the border is by Border Creek Station.  Congratulations Pamela on this winning creation!

"Arkansas Bluebird" is a small quilt design by Geannine Ott.  She was inspired by the little glass bluebirds that are made in Northwest Arkansas, and will use this as a class project for teaching.  A perfect accent to any home!

"Little Blue Ohio Stars" by Liz Ewing combines intricately pieced stars, chain patches and a flying geese border.  This small quilt is just 14 1/2" square!

"Blue Baskets" doll quilt by Tina Marks was designed by Jo and called "Betsy's Baskets" in Jo's book Vintage Journey.  

"Freedom Stars" was made by Patti Liles from the free-to-use design on Andover's website for the "Blue Variety" collection.  A beautiful addition to any room!

"Crown of Thorns" by Kim Heger looks like a true antique!  Size is 25" x 29".

Sue Bennett created this reproduction of a quilt she saw in an antique shop, the bird toile is a beautiful setting!  Size is 19" x 24".

"Twist and Spin" by Sue Huettl is a pattern by Betsy Chutchian from her book Lizzie's Legacy.  The size is 34" x 42 1/2" and looks great on her wall!

We are so impressed with these quilts and our members who participated in the challenge!  We plan to have another challenge in Jo's Little Women Club 13, starting in January!

Only Because of His Grace,
Mary Elizabeth 

Friday, October 25, 2013

Visit by Kaffe and Brandon!

This past week, we were honored to have Kaffe Fassett and his design partner Brandon Mably visit The Rabbit's Lair! 

Prior to an inspirational trunk show by Kaffe on Monday night, Brandon conducted a knitting workshop called "Concentrate on Color". 

Class members enjoyed Brandon's input on their color selections and knitting expertise.
The same pattern can look so different, depending on color placement!
The next day, it was time for Kaffe's class on the Bordered Diamond Quilt. 
The focus of the class was on color placement, not on sewing technique. 
Individual attention was key -- class size was kept to a size that would allow that.
Everyone agreed that it was a productive day -- and enjoyable!  Wonder when he'll be back this way? 

You know what they say about all work and no play -- that won't happen with Brandon and Ellen around!
If you don't already own one of Kaffe's quilt books, do yourself a favor and choose one!  You'll learn a lot and discover some new creativity!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Coming in October!

We feel very honored to be hosting Kaffe Fassett next month!  We're getting ready by featuring a fabulous selection of his fabrics - his books - and other items that help you create! 
Although his class on Tuesday, October 22 is full with a waiting list, we still have openings in his lecture and trunk show on Monday evening.  Come be inspired by his use of color and shapes! 

We're also working out the details on a new block-of-the-month program using Kaffe's fabrics and Kim McLean's design, "Flower Garden".  Details will be posted on the website this week, and featured in next week's newsletter!

For all our knitting friends, we're also hosting Brandon Mably with his "Concentrate on Color" class on Monday, October 21 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. 
Following the visit of Kaffe and Brandon, we'll be featuring a trunk show in the shop by Dawn Heese of Linen Closet Designs.   Dawn will be returning from Fall Quilt Market will all her new designs!  This will be a real treat, as she will be available to talk to you all day on Wednesday, October 30 from 9:00 to 5:00 pm! 

On Thursday, October 31, Dawn will be teaching two half-day classes -- in the morning will be a wool and velvet applique class.   She'll share her techniques and tips for working on both these fabrics.  This design is one of her new series of dresser scarf patterns.  
In the afternoon, Dawn's class will be on her method of Big Stitch Quilting.  She is finishing a brand new applique quilt design with this. 

Keep watching the newsletter for updates on everything happening at the shop!