Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Abundance Block of the Month

We have mailed out our first packets for the Abundance Block of the Month.

This great quilt was designed by Verna Mosquera of The Vintage Spool. The pattern is available in the shop and we still have spaces left in the Block of the Month. It is sure to become a Fall favorite in your home. For our Block of the Month we decided to do a twist and make ours in traditional fall colors of green, brown, gold, orange, and of course reds. Here are the first two blocks that you will make in Month 1. Enjoy...

Monday, January 18, 2010


Congrats to Jim K. for solving the puzzle,

In Between Stitches has been chosen to be in
American Patchwork and Quilting Spring Quilt Sampler Issue.

Quilt Sampler will hit newsstands on May 11, 2010! Last September American Patchwork and Quilting sent a photographer and a designer out to take photos of the store. The plan was they would photograph the store and we would be open for business. Oh did I mention we couldn't share with anyone about the magazine. It was such a difficult secret to keep, especially from those of you who were in the shop during photographing. Andy and Jan made the day very fun and they took pictures of almost every nook and cranny in the shop. To begin their Livermore experience we took them to Casa Orozco, a visit to Livermore wouldn't be complete otherwise. The next day the photography began, even our shop dog Harley was in on the action. He was brought to the store by special request of the editor of American Patchwork and Quilting. We can't wait to see what the article looks like and says.

This great honor of being one of the Top Ten Quilt Stores in the country, would not be possible without our great staff. Each of them have made the store what it is today. We are grateful to all of you, our customers, for allowing us the opportunity to do what we do each day! It is very exciting to be able to share your quilt store with the country. Not only are they showcasing the store, they are also showcasing Livermore. They planned to drive around and take some photos of attractions in town...that may have been clever photographer talk for going wine tasting but we won't know. All in all we are very excited and hope that this brings a whole new group of quilters to our area. We have been getting lots of emails from our friends across the country, they want to see what Leslie has done in the front they are.

Remember we are having our Monster of a Pillowcase Challenge....bring in a standard size pillowcase made from novelty fabrics. We are donating the first batch to the George Mark Children's House in San Leandro.

In Stitches,
Leslie and Melissa

Friday, January 15, 2010

Saturday Marks One Year

Dear Friends,
It is amazing how one year goes by so quickly! Saturday, January 16 marks one year since Leslie and I first walked into 2190 First Street and covered the windows, to begin the remodel!
It was finally time to make Mel's Furniture the new quilt store and our crew of workers had a large task in front of them. We wanted to be able to reopen in the new location by our Seventh Anniversary on February 14th, 2009. The anticipation of our new store was mounting and we even had ladies who decided to get in line early...
It was a long haul, with long days and nights...but with lots of hard work, LOTS of sandpaper for the hardwood floors and over 50 gallons of paint it was finally time for moving day.We filled every truck and SUV we had with all of the store inventory and made the trek across the parking lot. Then began setting the store up! Visit our February 2009 blog post to see the process.

Here we are one year later, the response from all of you about our new home has been amazing! Everyone agrees In Between Stitches has found the perfect spot. It has been truely amazing being a part of Livermore Downtown and we have met so many new friends.

Now we have GREAT....BIG NEWS to share with you...

and so we decided to play a game....

The first person to post a comment with the correct answer will receive a
$25.00 Gift Certificate to the store and a gift...

Also to Celebrate the Big News and the significance of January 16th we are having a sale....

20% Off any 1/2 yard or more of fabric

**Cannot be combined with any other offer or discount,
purchase not applied to frequent buyer points, cannot be used for s
pecial order fabrics or precut goods**

So now time for the game....

It is a tile scramble...put the tiles in the correct order to guess the news.

Remember to post the answer in the comment section...

the first person to guess will win the prize. We will have some runner up prizes as be sure to post your comments.

In Stitches,

Leslie and Melissa

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Retreat Between Friends

This May we will be holding our Seventh Annual "Retreat Between Friends".

The retreat is held at Camp Arroyo, located in the outskirts of Livermore. Once you arrive on the property you feel like you are a world away.
The fun begins on Friday May 14 at 4 p.m. and we depart on Sunday May 16 at 2 p.m., during the weekend stay all meals are prepared for you, allowing you to sew, sew, sew.
There are always people sewing in the dining hall, from early in the morning until well the next morning! The coffee pot is always on, along with sodas, juice, and tea, if you need some chocolate well we have that as well. A snack table is usually brimming with chocolate, peppermints, pretzels, and much more! The naturalists at Camp Arroyo always enjoy the snack table as they pass through to check out what we are doing.
When you get tired, the cabins are just a short walk away. Each cabin accommodates 4 people, with its own bathroom. The weekend involves lots of sharing, quilting, and of course friendship and fun! Why don't you grab and friend or two, or join us and meet some new friends. It is always a fun weekend and you won't want to miss out.
Call or email the shop for more details....
In Stitches,
Leslie and Melissa
P.S. Stay tuned for the big reveal.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Monster of a Challenge

Happy New Year! We thought we would start the year off just right with a Monster of a Challenge. American Patchwork and Quilting is sponsoring the 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge and we are participating. To inspire you, Leslie has created some FUN front window displays! These monsters are having a great time, pillowsack races, jumping on the bed, and even a pillow fight..

Will you join us in the cause? We have made up lots of pillowcase kits or you can use your own fabrics. The first organization that we have chosen to support is The George Mark Children's House in San Leandro, CA. They will accept the first one hundred pillowcases that we collect. To find out more information about their organization, please visit their website.

We will begin collecting standard size pillowcase immediately and then will deliver them once we have received 100 cases. Your fabrics should be pre-washed and good quilt store quality fabric. Remember that these cases will be loved and washed quite a bit. The pillowcases should appeal to little kids through early adult (20's). We have pillowcase patterns available at the store.

In Stitches,

Leslie and Melissa