Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Happy New Year to Everyone!
I still haven't made any resolutions but I plan to make more art quilts and loosen up and have more fun doing it. Sometimes I think we get so focused we forget how much fun it is to play. I recently got a chance to go to a regional SAQA meeting in FL and they asked us to bring a dozen or so ATC's. I barely know what those are: Artist's trading cards. So I asked and yes make them from textiles, size of a regular business card, 2.5 x 3.5 or paper, or mixed media. Just enjoy the process. One good piece of advice is to make a larger quilt sample and then slice it up to the smaller sizes and bind the edges as desired. That's quicker than one on one for each one, especially since I made them all the night before. It was such a freeing exercise! We could set up an ATC trade via snail mail here in TN/KY. Is anyone interested?
If you can get to the area northwest of Knoxville, TN, Clinton to be exact, a well established quilt shop is going out of business due to the death of one of the partners. I just found out, the sale starts 12/31, but they want to sell off everything as quickly as possible.

726 Clinch Avenue, Clinton, TN

Sale at Quick Qut Quilts – 50% off all fabric, patterns and notions in the Sale Room and 40% off all regular price fabric, patterns and notions. Thursday,  December 31, 10 AM – 4 PM, and Saturday  January 1, 10 AM – 4 PM. Due to the  current situation, all payments must be made in cash or by check.

This is an opportunity to stock up on a lot of fine fabrics.
I also thought I would mention there are a LOT of fabric shops in this area, so if you come, check out these. Times and distances are calculated from Morristown, TN courtesy of SAQA member Tina Sams.
Stitch ‘N Time Fabric Outlet
2223 Broadway Dr, Bean Station TN
12 min, 8 miles

The Cherry Pit
115 Bruce St, Sevierville TN
55 min, 37 miles

Holloway’s Country Home
3892 Cosby Hwy, Cosby TN
45 min, 40 miles

Garden Quilts
215 Rivers Edge Ln, Sevierville TN
60 min, 40 miles

The Pattern Hutch
926 Centerview, Pigeon Forge, TN
65 min, 45 mils

Tennessee Quilts
114 Boone St, Jonesborough TN
65 min, 54 miles

Mountain Stitches by Susan
601 Glades Road, Gatlinburg TN
70 min, 56 miles

Sewing Machines Etc
8419 Kingston Pike, Knoxville TN
57 min, 57 miles

Gina’s Sewing Center
10816 Kingston Pike, Knoxville TN 
62 min, 62 miles

Discount Fabrics
2030 Old Hwy 25 E, Tazewell, TN
43 min, 34 miles

1020 Old Knoxville Hwy, Sevierville TN
51 min, 36 miles

The Sewing Center
716 Parkway, Sevierville, TN
59 min, 38 miles

Dizzy Divas Fabric Shop
5404 Millertown Pike, Knoxville, TN
44 min, 44 miles

Magic Cat Quilt Shop
206 Clovefield Ln, Knoxville TN
55 min, 48 miles

Mammaw’s Thimble
4319 Papermill Dr, Knoxville TN 
53 min, 51 miles

Sewing Bee
107 E Jackson Blvd, Jonesborough TN
66 min, 55 miles

MidSouth Sewing Center
7240 Kingston Pike, Knoxville TN
57 min, 56 miles

Pappy’s Quilting Place
3426 Sevierville Rd, Maryville TN
85 min, 60 miles
Don't forget to contact me with all your quilt news for TN/KY and show us what you are working on, we would love to see it! Also, remember our regional call go to for the Regional Response to Marie Webster Quilts due January 6. Also, are you a JAM? Apply to be a juried artist member by January 1, 2016.

Hope to hear from you soon!

Sharon Buck