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2020: What the Heck?

2020: What the Heck?

Alexa, delete 2020. The Internet and conversations regarding 2020 all point to our frustrations toward this banner year of destruction and devastation. How much more can we take? We have seen a pandemic, riots, protests, racism, tornadoes, hurricanes, killer hornets, devastating fires, scorching temperatures, business shutdowns and closures, employee layoffs and furloughs, and so on. 2020, what the heck? What is going on and what does this all have to do with the quilting industry? I think that the lesson I have learned from all this is two-fold. First, I think that 2020 has led us toward appreciating our time more...

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Buying Local: How You Can Help Even More

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Buying Local: How You Can Help Even More

When Covid-19 shut down most shipping lines, and products from overseas were delayed or cancelled, most people began to see the value in local businesses even more than pre-Covid days. Then when local shops were shut down, more people began to see the value in keeping productions local and not relying so heavily on foreign manufacturers. We need to bring jobs back home, and we need to keep our American businesses healthy and strong. Buying local is essential for strong economies. Covid-19 again highlighted just how many small businesses are in the United States and the extent to which they...

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Authorized Dealer vs. Big Box/Online Stores

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Authorized Dealer vs. Big Box/Online Stores

Big box and online resources are major competitors for independent shop retailers. As a consumer, I understand completely the need to save money whenever and wherever possible. However, the old adage—You get what you pay for—is the motto in this case. When you are considering making the investment in a sewing, embroidery, or cutting machine, you should research all the models and sources available. Often, price beats out all other factors, which often leads to disappointing results. Facebook is filled with lamentations of consumers who purchased a machine online, only to be met with disappointing, and often disastrous, results. As...

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Virtual Classes

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Virtual Classes

Join Owl's Nest Quilters' classes virtually.

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Christmas in August

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Christmas in August

Due to Covid-19 delays, we are promoting Christmas in August. It's not too late to plan for the Christmas season.

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