40th Anniversary “Stir what you got” quilt challenge

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Three yard strip bundles
Three yard strip bundles

What could be a better way to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Creations than with a quilt challenge.  This challenge has very few rules, only one category, and all quilts will be donated to the Rainbow Room here in Kerrville which will aid children removed from their home environment. Our “Stir What You Got” quilt challenge begins August 6th with the purchase of any of our 3 yard strip rolls.  You will have until March 12th, 2018 to turn in your finished quilt. Our 40th Anniversary event is March 15th – 17th, 2018.

Creations opened in 1978 as a “fabric” shop as quilting just wasn’t very important.  The only “quilting” fabrics around were those small VIP calico prints that had been available for years. It was in the early 1980’s that the rotary cutter, ruler and mat were created and that changed everything.  Quilting took off, became more than a “granny” hobby, and has been growing ever since.   We have seen so many changes and loved being part of it.

The one thing common among quilters is that they love to give away their quilts.  Making a quilt for someone else seems to be the core of our industry. To help celebrate our 40th Anniversary, we will be holding our “Stir what you got” challenge.  We are going to give you the chance to make quilts for someone else, use your creativity and maybe even win a gift certificate to Creations.

First, how did our challenge get this name?  One of our favorite people was Dr Andrew Edington, a bible scholar, speaker, and President of Schreiner University when it was a boys high school and Junior college.  Now that can give you a marker as to how old we are!   Anyway, Dr. E (as we called him) loved his sweets.  He was from Alabama, and they know all about sweet tea in that state.  It’s a little tea with lots of sugar.  During one of his travels, he stopped at a local diner, and proceeded to use all the sugar bags at the table in his iced tea.  When he asked the waitress for additional sugar, she looked at all the empty bags and told him to “Stir what you Got”!   Over the years this has become one of our favorite mantras.

To participate in our challenge, you will need to purchase one of our sale 3 yard rolls of strips.  These are loosely coordinating strips in various widths to total 3 yards.  Each time you purchase one between August 6th, 2017 and March 10th, 2018, you will receive the official entry form.  Hold on to this form as it must accompany your entry.  Use the strip set as the beginning of your quilt.  Use the strips on the front, back, or binding.  You can use any amount of strips and combine them with any other fabric.  Complete a quilt no smaller than 30″ x 40″ or larger than 50″ x 70″.  (We aren’t strict about these sizes, they are just guidelines.) Turn it in before the close of business on Monday, March 12th, 2018. All quilts will become the property of Creations and all will be donated to The Rainbow Room in Kerrville.

In 2016, there were 337 child neglect or abuse cases in Kerr County alone.  The Rainbow Room is a “store like” place where thru donations caseworkers are able to get new items for the children they are helping.  Won’t it be wonderful when they will be able to find a special quilt for a child in need.  The Rainbow Room services children of all ages, so your quilt will find a child that needs it.  The Rainbow Room in Kerrville services only children in Kerr County so you know exactly where your quilt will go.  The items available at The Rainbow Room include essentials such as diapers, school supplies, hygiene products, and with our help, quilts!  All of the items in the Rainbow Room are new and are either donated or purchased with money donated.   Such a direct need and we have the opportunity to use our talents to help.

We also will have some great prizes as our thank you for participating.  The winners of our quilt challenge will be decided by viewer’s choice votes only.  All quilts turned will be displayed at The Main House, our retreat center just across our parking lot, during our 40th Anniversary celebration, March 15th – 17th, 2018.  You will have the opportunity to come by and place your vote for your favorite. You can vote once each day!  All prizes will be gift certificates to Creations.  First Place:  $400.00 gift certificate,  2nd – $300.00 gift certificate, 3rd – $200.00 gift certificate, 4th – $100.00 gift certificate.  The next 5 – 10 spots will each receive a $40.00 gift certificate.  The one who turns in the most finished quilts will receive a $200.00 gift certificate to Creations. Everyone who turns in a quilt will receive a coupon for a 40% discount on one package of batting, any size!  Winners will be notified by phone on Sunday, March 18th, 2018.

If you have been avoiding entering quilting challenge because you don’t think your skills are “good enough”, then this is the quilt challenge for you. There are not critiques, just grateful kids.  Join us in the fun project, maybe win something, and feel great about donating your talents.   The prizes are fun, but everyone is a winner when we help a child in need.  We will accept any quilts turned in, but only those with our official entry form attached will be eligible for the gift certificate prizes.

If you are not able to get to our shop, but would like to participate, just give us a call at 830-896-8088 and we will send you a strip roll.  We’ll even pay the postage to get it to you!!

Warehouse Sale Video Preview

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We hope you enjoy our video preview of many of the goodies in Creations’ 39th Anniversary Warehouse Sale to be held on March 31st and April 1st. (If you don’t like the music, or it is too loud, just click the speaker button at the bottom of the video to change the audio volume. There is no narration, so you won’t miss anything.)

Remember – the sale dates are  this coming Friday and Saturday – you don’t want to miss it!

Check out our last 4 blog posts below for all of the details.
There is still time to “reserve” your spot as one of the first people in line. Just visit the “Our Anniversary Event” post below to find out how to do that.

Great Stuff at our Anniversary Event, March 31st and April 1st

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We are getting excited as our 39th Anniversary event is getting closer.  It won’t be long until March 31st.

Quilts and Antiques
Quilts and Antiques

You might be wondering if it will be “worth it” to make that donation to The Humane Society to secure yourself a spot in the first 100.  These pictures will convince you.  We know that not everyone who wants to pledge will be able to make that first 100, so be sure you know what to do.  Scroll down from this post and read our post entitled “Our Anniversary Warehouse Event”.  This will give you the details.  You will know when we will begin accepting pledges, and how they are to be made so that we can be fair to everyone.

In a nutshell, to get your spot in line, we will take e-mail only pledges beginning Monday, March 13th at 7am.  Just e-mail saying you want to be one of the first 50 and we will hold your spot. (creations@creations-online.com)  After the first 50 spots are reserved, we will take 50 more spots for $30.00.  Spots will be assigned by the time stamp they are received on MY computer.  When the sale opens to everyone, we will limit the number in at one time to comply with the building occupancy.  Reservations for your spot in line will only be for Friday, March 31st.  Each person pledging will have to send an individual e-mail.  We won’t take multiple names on one e-mail. We will notify you of your spot in line.

Be sure and read the first post to get all the details of how this is going to work.  There is no sense in repeating everything.  We would rather show you more of the “great stuff” we are offering.

If you don’t like crowds, we might suggest you plan to come on Saturday.  There will still be great fabrics and plenty of stuff.  You might even find a few cheaper prices.  Be prepared for a crowd, lots of fun, and some great bargains.

 

Batik quilts and fabrics
Batik quilts and fabrics

 

We have been crazy for batiks for over 30 years.  We always have quilts in the shop made from batiks.  We have 12 batik quilts in the sale.  We also have batik fat quarter packs of 20 for $39.00. (In the shop, packs of 20 are $70.00.) There are batik strip packs of 40 – 2 1/2″ strips from Hoffman.  These won’t last long marked down from $42.98 to $15.00.

We have a limited number of 1 yard cuts of batik.  These fabrics are $11.98 in the shop, but these cuts will be $4.99 at our sale.

 

 

Horn Chairs
Horn Chairs

We have 25 Horn chairs that were used in The Main House for just over a year.  New Deluxe Horn chairs retail over $300.00  We have them for  $95.00.  To be fair to everyone, they will be limited to one per FAMILY.  You can’t bring your hubby in to claim an extra one for you.  We want everyone to have a chance.  We even have 3 chairs that are still in the box.  These are completely new, but you will have to put them together.

If you are a fabric hound, we will have 3yd cuts for $13.99.  The original price is $36.00 for 3yd cuts.  We also have 1 yd cuts for $4.99.  These prices are originally up to $12.00 per yard. If you want to pick individual fat quarters, you will find them at the sale for $1.50 each.

You will love our fabric strip sets if you like variety.  We have taken strips from the end of the bolt, coordinated them into bundles of 3 yards.  These will be $15.00.  Great buy for charity quilts, applique, or just to add to your stash.

Pizza Boxes
Pizza Boxes

If you love a bargain and a surprise, then our Creations’ Pizza Boxes are for you.  First of all, you will get one of the last remaining boxes with our logo.  These are great for keeping blocks flat and projects together.

These boxes are filled with books, patterns, fabrics, finished items, and notions.  We have determined that the retail value of each one approaches $100.00.  We have 39 of these boxes and they will be only $25.00.

They are tied, so you won’t know what you have until you own it.  If you have ever gotten one of Creations’ “surprise” boxes, then you will know that it is a pleasant surprise.

 

We want this experience to be fun for everyone. When you get here, remember, no pushing, no shoving and no grabbing.  After all it’s only “stuff”.

 

 

It’s Getting Closer – Our 39th Anniversary March 31st and April 1st

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We are working almost daily at the warehouse to get ready for our 39th Anniversary Event.

Warehouse
Side entrance to warehouse

If you were here last year, we will be glad we have made some changes.  We will enter and exit thru the side “garage door”.  Not to worry, when you get here we will have it all clearly marked.  Once again, to speed up the check out line, we will be taking only cash and checks.  We will round the dollar amount down to work with even money and no loose change.  If you are writing a check, we would ask you to have it out and ready except for the amount.

Remember, you can reserve a spot in line for the first 50 gals who pledge $50.00 to the Humane Society.  We won’t be taking any money, but rather you will write a check to The Humane Society of Kerrville so that you will have a record for tax purposes. This is all explained IN DETAIL in the first post about our sale.

 

To get your spot in line, we will take e-mail only reservations beginning Monday, March 13th at 7am.  Just send us an email saying you want to be one of the first 50 and we will hold your spot. (www.creations-online.com)  After the first 50 spots are reserved, we will take 50 more spots for $30.00.  We will limit the number in at one time to comply with the building occupancy.  Reservations for your spot in line will only be for Friday, March 31st.

 

Be sure and read the first post to get all the details of how this is going to work.  There is no sense in repeating all the details.  We have more of the “great stuff” to show you.

 

Three yard rolls
Three yards of strips

 

We all love fabric, and who wouldn’t want a set of strips that total 3 yards.  We have spent many hours picking and sorting from strips that are left at the end of the bolts. These strips range in size from 2 1/2″ up to 10″.    We coordinate them into colorways, themes, batiks, and flannels. You will find rolls of Aboriginal prints, Kaffe prints, solids, and neutrals.  We have coordinated colors and a few that are just plain scrappy.  Can you tell we had fun making these rolls?   We have over 150 to select from.  What a great starter for a baby quilt, charity quilt, scrap quilt, table runner, or bag.  We had a great time putting them together and know you will have a great time picking them out.

If you were to purchase 3 yards of fabric in the shop, it would be between $33.00 and $36.00 for quilting cotton.  We often have these strip rolls in the shop and we sell them for $19.00 each.  They don’t last but a few days.  At the warehouse sale, we will have them for $15.00.  I bet they will be gone quickly.  I want some myself!

Batik Fat Quarter packs

 

We have batik packs of 20 fat quarters.  If you are a batik lover you will be hunting for this table right off the bat! Who could resist these beautiful fabrics?

A pack of 20 fat quarters sells for $70.00 in the shop.  In honor of our 39th Anniversary, we will have these packs for $39.00.  Better reserve yourself a spot in line if you want to find any of these when you get inside.

Fabric Remnants
Fabric remnants

We will have some great remnants at a discount of over 75% from the original price.  There are some wonderful home dec weight remnants, knit remnants, linen remnants and cotton remnants.

In our next post we will show you some of in quilts we will have available for sale.  This is the only chance you will have to get a finished quilt from Creations.  Be sure and read the first two posts that give all the details about securing yourself a spot in line and avoiding the crowd.

 

More Details — Anniversary Event March 31st and April 1st

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Read our previous post for all the pertinent details about our 39th Anniversary Event.

Warehouse
Warehouse behind Creations

This is the warehouse where we will hold our Anniversary event.  It is located just behind Creations on the corner lot.  Any parking place you would find in Creations’ parking lot would be very close.

If you were in the line last year, you will be very glad we have a new plan.  Remember, we are going to reserve a spot in line for the first 50 gals who pledge $50.00 to the Humane Society.  We won’t be taking any money, but rather you will write a check to The Humane Society of Kerrville so that you will have a record for tax purposes. This is all explained IN DETAIL in the previous post.

 

To get your spot in line, we will take e-mail only reservations beginning Monday, March 13th at 7am.  Just send us an email saying you want to be one of the first 50 and we will hold your spot. (www.creations-online.com)  After the first 50 spots are reserved, we will take 50 more spots for $30.00.  We will limit the number in at one time to comply with the building occupancy.  Reservations for your spot in line will be only for Friday, March 31st.

 

Be sure and read the previous post to get all the details of how this is going to work.  There is no sense in repeating all the details.  We want to show you several of the items that will be included in the sale.

Ten needle embroidery machine
Ten needle embroidery machine

 

Our biggest item is the Brother PR1000 which is their ten needle embroidery machine.  This particular machine was our demo model used only in the shop with about a million stitches on it.  In the embroidery machine world, that is like new.

This machine comes with the Horn cabinet it is shown on. It includes hoops and bobbins. There are round hoops, rectangle hoops, and even a border hoop.  There is a set of “flat frames” for quick hooping.  There is also a large flat table that mounts to the machine for larger hoopings.

This is the perfect machine for someone who knows how to operate an embroidery machine as there are no lessons available. It would be perfect for someone who wanted to increase or start and embroidery business.

The retail value of the machine, hoops, cabinet is $22,000.

The price will be $9,000.  Remember, we are not taking credit cards at our warehouse sale and we will need cash or check.

Spool Cabinet
Clark’s Spool Cabinet
Coat's & Clark Spool Cabinet
Coat’s & Clark Spool Cabinet

 

We have two spool cabinets.  These wonderful cabinets won’t last long, so you will definitely want to be in that first 50 to have a chance at either one. The retail value of each is $2,200 with Creations’ price at $1,999.00.   At our warehouse sale we will offer these two spool cabinets at $800.00 each.

 

 

 

Horn Deluxe Chairs
Horn Deluxe Chairs

We have changed chairs again at The Main House so we are offering our Horn Deluxe Chairs at $95.00.  The new Horn Deluxe Chair retails for $375.00 so this is a great chance to have one of these chairs at an unbelievable bargain.  These chairs will be only one per family or household.  We want to give as many people as possible a chance to have one of them.

We hope you will put the dates for our sale on your calendar.  The items we have shown today are just a few “special” things.  We will, of course, have lots of fabric bundles, 1 yard cuts, fat quarters, and 3 yard cuts for those fabric lovers.

 

 

Our Anniversary Warehouse Event

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Long lines

If you were at our 38th Anniversary Sale and stood in this line, you’ll be happy to know…

this year we have a plan to help you avoid the long line!

You can reserve your spot in advance by making a donation to The Humane Society of Kerrville. Get the details below…

Creations’ 39th Anniversary Sale

March 31st and April 1st, 2017

 

We have great stuff for this sale and, as the date approaches, we will be sharing pictures and descriptions of what is available.  This is our first installment of items that will be in the sale.

You don’t have to wait in the long line. You can be in shopping while others wait outside. Humane Society donors get in early, in 2 shifts, depending on your donation amount. Read on for the details.

  • 8:45 for the first group of 50
  • 9:15 for the second group of 50
  • 9:30 for general admission  (Building occupancy limits will be observed)

 

How do I get to the front of the line?

This is how it will work this year:

1) You can reserve a spot in line for Friday, March 31st with a donation of $50.00 or $30.00 to The Humane Society of Kerrville. The first 50 people to pledge $50.00 will be in the first group. The second group will be made up of the 50 people who pledge $30.00.

  • You’ll pledge the amount in advance to reserve your spot in line.
  • You will present your check at the door made out to The Human Society of Kerrville.
  • This way we are out of the $$ and you will have a record of your donation.
  • You will be able to reserve your spot beginning Monday, March 13th at 7am.  Any reservations before that time cannot be considered. The only way to make a reservation is to send an e-mail to us at the address shown below: Be sure to include your name and phone number in your e-mail.  Tell us if you are pledging $50.00 or $30.00.  We can’t take phone calls, only e-mails so we will know the exact time they were received.  This way we can assign spots in line accurately. Each spot will be reserved with a separate e-mail.  We can’t take multiple sign-ups with one e-mail.creations-email-address-graphic

 

  • Remember, we can’t consider any reservations that are received before Monday, March 13th at 7am. This gives everyone an even chance.  Also, it is one sign-up per e-mail.   We will answer by e-mail if you are in one of the first groups, and your spot line.

 

2) Your donation amount will determine your position in line.

The first 50 spots will be reserved for a $50.00 donation each to The Humane Society of Kerrville. This is for Friday, March 31st only.

  • You will be assigned a number for entry according to the time we receive your pledge of $50.00.
  • We will have your name and number at the door and will collect your check at that time. (Have your check made out to The Humane Society of Kerrville)
  • These first 50 shoppers will have not only a head start in line, but will also have 15 minutes before we let in the next group.
  • We will have a “goodie” bag from Creations to help offset the donation amount.

The second group of 50 spots will be reserved for a $30.00 donation each to The Humane Society of Kerrville. The doors for this group will open at 9:15.

  • If you pledge $50.00 and don’t get in the first group, we will place you in the $30.00 group if there is room.  We will notify you of your spot and amount of donation.

 

  • For the rest of the day, we will limit entry to match those who are exiting so as not to overcrowd the building.

 

At our last sale we had over 400 people waiting in line. It got a bit crowded in the warehouse, to put it mildly!  This new approach will make it more fun for everyone and give you a great chance to help a wonderful organization.

 

What will be for sale?

We will be adding pictures of items that will be available for sale so that between now and March 13th you will have plenty of time to plan your strategy to be one of the first 100.

  • You will find several spool chests in our selection along with 2 free Elna sergers.  (To our knowledge, these are working models. The original MSRP on one of the models was $1999.00. Remember, they are on the free table.)
  • We will be offering 24 Horn Deluxe Chairs at $95.00 each.  These chairs are only 2 years old and used at The Main House.  They sell for $295.00, but at the warehouse sale these 24 chairs will be $95.00 each.  To make it fair for everyone, we will limit them to one per family.  That’s right, can’t bring your hubby to get you an extra!!.
  • We of course will have lots of 1yd cuts, 3yd cuts, fat quarters. remnants, scrap bags and bundles of fabric.
  • Our biggest item is a Brother PR1000 10 needle embroidery machine.  This machine has all the hoops, supporting table, and upgrades available to it.  The machine has less than a million stitches and was used only as a demonstrator.  With all the accessories included, the total MSRP is over $23,000.  We will have this machine available for $9,000.  There are no lessons included so it is perfect for someone who already knows embroidery, or has an embroidery business and wants another machine.  Remember, we cannot take credit cards at this sale, so it is cash or check only.
  • You will find finished quilts and models from the shop as well as a bunch of eclectic stuff.

 When can I make my donation to reserve my spot in line?

Remember, nothing happens until March 13th, at 7 am when reservations begin.  Come back often to see the new things we have added in additional posts.

 

Start saving your money!
  • We can only take cash or check… (To speed up the line, have your check dated and made out to Creations so you will only have to fill in the amount and sign it.)
  • No charge cards
  • No credit cards
  • No gift cards.
  • All of those can be handled in the shop, but not at the warehouse sale.
  • All items purchased at the warehouse must be paid for at the warehouse.

 

 

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