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Welcome to the October 2016 issue of Stashed! 
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In the News Now:  
  • Landmark Britex Fabrics Not Closing
  • Free Pattern - Join the Fight Breast Cancer Awareness Quilt
  • SCHMETZ Professional Grade Needles Come Home - Win a Notions Bundle!
  • New Fresh Quilting TV Show Debuts in 2017
  • Insurance Company Gives Vintage Quilts to Smithsonian
  • Winners of September Stashed! Prizes
  
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Landmark Britex Fabrics Not Closing 
When the San Francisco Chronicle reported on Oct. 5 that the landmark Britex Fabrics would be evicted from its home at Union Square, no one was as shocked as owner Sharman Spector.  

The front-page story was pure fabrication, but it caused a social media meltdown and newsroom pandemonium.  
Sharman recalls the day vividly.  

"It was really quite the storm," she says.

When she arrived to open the store, TV news crews were waiting on the sidewalk underneath the store's iconic red and white neon sign. And cyberspace was swirling with messages from concerned shoppers worldwide, including a tweet from an alarmed Terry Dresbach, the award-winning costume designer of television series Outlander. Terry shops at Britex Fabrics to create a wardrobe for Claire Randall, the beautiful nurse who travels in time from World War II England to 18th Century Scotland.

For several days, Sharman and her staff responded to hundreds of emails, Facebook messages and telephone calls as well as interview requests from every news organization in the city. 

"We have zero intent to close," Sharman says. "We don't know if Union Square would let us leave." 

Britex Fabrics has been in its four-story Union Square location for 60 years. 

Outlander's costume designer shops at Britex. The fabric in Claire Randall's dress cost $99 a yard. 
So how did the media get the story wrong? 

First, it's helpful to know that while the Bay Area has always been an expensive place to live, the recent explosion of high-tech business ventures has been both a blessing and a curse. Some residents have been enriched by new jobs, new opportunities and new wealth. Other residents have been squeezed out by skyrocketing property values and rents.   

"The city is changing radically," says Britex Fabrics Store Manager Dina Fayer, adding that rent increases have forced many stores supporting the creative community to relocate or go out of business.

In this environment, the 12,500-square-foot building at 146 Geary St. was sold for (are you sitting down?) $38 million. At the Planning Department, the new landlord filled a public record document describing changes it might make to the property where its fancy-pants neighbors include Chanel, Hermes, Gucci and Prada.
In the seismic landscape that is the San Francisco real estate market, the local press assumed that Britex was a goner.
Far from it, according to Sharman and the new landlord.

Sharman says it's business as usual, right down to the "four-floors-of-fabulous" tours. At least twice a month, a Britex employee shares the store's story with townspeople and tourists alike. The one-hour tour is free. 

Despite the surprise of suddenly being front-page news, Sharman says the outpouring of love from customers has been incredible.   

"Everybody has a Britex story," she says. "Britex is a vital part San Francisco, and it would be a shame if it wasn't here."

Sharman Spector, whose parents created Britex in 1952, says the store is a "joyous treasure hunt" for quilters, interior decorators, brides, seamstresses, costume designers and DIYers. Out of towners can shop Britex online. 
Free Pattern - Join the Fight Breast Cancer Awareness Quilt
Cut Down Cancer is a favorite charity of Susan Miner of Trendy Threads quilting services. Every year, Susan makes a gorgeous quilt that the charity auctions at its annual fundraiser in Monroe, Oregon. 

We are privileged during Breast Cancer Awareness Month to give Stashed! readers the pattern that Susan designed for Cut Down Cancer's 2016 auction. Sharing Susan's pattern has even more meaning for our staff right now because Generation Q Magazine and Stashed! Publisher Jake Finch is fighting her own breast cancer battle.  

Join the Fight Quilt by Susan Miner.
Susan's design is a modern arrangement of the Drunkard's Path block.  The finished quilt measures 80"x80".  
Free Pattern - Join the Fight Quilt
SCHMETZ Professional-Grade Needles Come Home
Win a Notions Bundle!

SCHMETZ Needles, a trusted friend in the home sewing room and an essential partner in the commercial sewing industry, has heard our call for high-performance needles.   
 
Earlier this month, SCHMETZ introduced Chrome Professional-Grade Needles. The Chrome line answers the need for needles that can keep up with faster, more sophisticated home sewing machines.  

"When a home sewing or embroidery machine cranks out 1,000 or more stitches a minute, heat and friction will build up fast, causing stitches to skip and thread to break," says Rhonda Pierce, SCHMETZ spokesperson. "The choice then is to slow down or switch to a high-performance needle." 

Because slowing down doesn't sound like fun, Rhonda says a Chrome needle will let you keep the pedal to the metal, literally.




SCHMETZ Chrome Professional Grade Needles are available now.


Rhonda Pierce of SCHMETZ says Chrome Professional Grade Needles are available in eight types and a variety of sizes.  


As the name says, Chrome needles are plated in chrome. Chrome makes a needle heat resistant so that there's less friction when the thread passes through the eye and the needle penetrates the fabric. 

The chrome plating also enhances needle durability. 

 

Rhonda adds that SCHMETZ Chrome Professional Grade Needles will be sold exclusively at locally-owned independent quilt fabric shops and sewing machine dealers. 

To celebrate the launch of Chrome Professional Grade Needles, our good friends at SCHMETZ Needles put together two prize packages for our October reader drawing. Valued at $160 each, the prize packages contain: 
  • The full line of SCHMETZ Chrome Professional Grade Needles
  • Grabbit Magnetic Pincushion
  • Grabbit MyPad Needle Organizer
  • Grabbit BobbinSaver
  • IRIS Quilting Pin Tin
  • SCHMETZ Color Chart Luggage/Sewing Machine Tag
For a chance to win, tell us the last two words that SCHMETZ representative Rhonda Pierce speaks in her two-minute video explaining the types of Chrome needles and packaging details  

The entry period ends
 Monday, Oct, 24, at midnight PST. After we draw two winners, we'll notify them by email. Good luck! 

 

Enter for a chance to win!  
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MQG Debuts New Fresh Quilting TV Show
Watch out!  A new quilting show is coming to television.

Fresh Quilting debuts in February on PBS and online. It's the latest brainchild of the
 Modern Quilt Guild, which created the show with KS Productions to bring inspiration and knowledge to a broad and diverse quilting audience.   
"Fresh Quilting is an all-inclusive name," says Heather Grant, MQG spokesperson. "It's great content for everyone." 

There will be three segments in each 30-minute episode of Fresh Quilting.
  • A design segment will focus on concepts such as improv piecing, alternate gridwork, modern traditionalism, negative space, minimalism, scale and color theory. 
  • A community segment will discuss building the quilting community through group projects, swaps and challenges, guild programs, hiring teachers and organizing quilt shows. 
  • In the technique segment, teachers will demonstrate how to piece curves, make triangles, quilt with bias tape or tiny fabric scraps, and use familiar shapes and blocks in new ways. 


Jen Carlton Bailly negotiates curves on the set of Fresh Quilting.   
In a no-host format, a different guest teacher will appear in each episode, speaking directly to the camera, classroom-style. 


Shannon Brinkley, author of Scrappy Bits Applique, goes big with tiny pieces of fabrics during a taping of  Fresh Quilting.
Guest teachers include Elizabeth Dackson, Latifah Saafir, Chawne Kimber, Jacquie Gering, Victoria Findlay Wolfe, Rossie Hutchison, Rebecca Kemp Brent, Rebecca Bryan, Shannon Brinkley and Jen Carlton Bailly.  

In addition to watching a weekly episode on your local PBS affiliate, Fresh Quilting will be available online at its own website, which is still under construction.  

For binge-watchers, Heather says all 13 episodes in season one will be available to Modern Quilt Guild members online, starting Feb. 23. (If that date sounds familiar to you, Feb. 23 is the first day of the guild's QuiltCon East conference in Savannah, Georgia.)
And a big shout out to Brother Sewing Machines for sponsoring Fresh Quilting.  

For updates, follow
Fresh Quilting at Facebook. 
Insurance Company Gives Vintage Quilts to Smithsonian
Thanks to the Royal Neighbors of America, the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History has two well-documented vintage quilts to add to its exhibit.

Royal Neighbors of America - or the RNA - is one of the oldest women-led life insurance companies in the nation. Both quilts were made in the 1930s by members of RNA volunteer chapters for senior citizens living in care facilities operated by the life insurance company between 1931 and 2004.  
The RNA Wheel Quilt was made by one member of the RNA volunteer chapter in Virden, Illinois.  

Her name was Hattie Gass.

Hattie pieced 20 wheels containing 36 blades each. Across a total of 720 blades, Hattie hand-embroidered the names of her co-volunteers and the businesses that supported their community service. The names are embroidered in an elegant cursive style. 

In another sign of Hattie's skills as a master quilter, there are 10-12 hand sewn stitches per inch.  

 

The RNA Wheel Quilt.


Lily Camp 7699 Quilt. 
The second quilt was made by the RNA volunteer chapter in Clovis, New Mexico.

The quilt is called Lily Camp 7699, which references the name of the chapter.  

In the alternating white and lavender blocks, the quilters hand-embroidered flowers along with the names of chapter members.

The quilts were appraised by Catherine Noll Litwinow.  

"These memory quilts are an excellent example of the art of hand-stitched quilting," Catherine says. "The names, dates and locations stitched in these particular quilts make them valuable historical research documents."
Congratulations
 

          
Stashed! readers Rosemary Taylor of Madison, Mississippi, and Mary Seman of Hinsdale, Illinois, are the lucky winners of our September drawing!    

Their prizes packages include a Zirkel magnetic pincushion, a quilt pattern book and a storage tin.  

Congratulations, Rosemary and Mary. Thanks for reading Stashed!  
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