We are working almost daily at the warehouse to get ready for our 39th Anniversary Event.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Read our previous post for all the pertinent details about our 39th Anniversary Event.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
We have managed to get ourselves a spot at The Main House to have two embroidery classes.
Join us on either Wednesday, January 4th or Thursday, January 5th for this one day class. We will construct Rita’s Wallet on the Embroidery machine. You will need an embroidery machine with a hoop size of at least 8″ to be able to make this bag.
If you have a Brother Dream Weaver or Dream Creator you can upgrade to an 8″ hoop. We can upgrade your machine for you. This class would certainly be reason enough to do that.
The class fee is $60.00 and includes lunch at The Main House. The Wallet design is $35.00 and the fabric requirements are minimal. We have the frames needed to complete it. We also have the RFID fabric to make your wallet a very safe place to keep your credit cards. We will have the complete supply list at the time of registration.
Give us a call at 830-896-8088 to get your spot in either of these classes. Ask for Kathy, Julie or Elaine. The doors open at 9am and class begins at 10:00. As usual, Elaine and Kathy will be the instructors so there will be lots of help.
Our plan is to complete one wallet together in the morning and let you at least get started on your second one after lunch. This is such a fun project that you won’t be able to stop with just one or two.
We have always loved wool and have carried it in our shop for all of our 39 years. Now we admit that in the early years, it was yardage that we used for garment construction. We still have wool yardage, but it has been felted to use as backgrounds for applique, although it would be a great vest or jacket.
We have a wonderful selection of hand dyed wool. We carry wool from Blackberry Primitives, Primitive Gatherings, Wooly Lady and Mary Flannagan.
Since hand dyed wool is expensive and you usually need small pieces for applique, you will find all kinds of sizes in our shop. We have, of course, fat quarters. That often is too much of a good thing so we have many smaller sizes. You can find our rolls that are approx 7″ x 16″. We then have pieces that are approximately 7″ x 8″. Even those sizes can be too large so we have 5″ charm squares and even 3″ squares. All of these can be individually purchased as well as some pre-packs.
We are often asked for the difference between “wool felt” and “felted wool”. You will find only “felted wool” in our shop. Felted wool starts as a piece of wool fabric and then is washed and dried with heat to cause it to shrink. Wool felt is a felt made with wool fibers, but it was never a piece of fabric. Wool felt is made from compressed fibers, that create the felt. Wool felt is much stiffer than felted wool. Rayon fibers are added to the wool felt to make it somewhat softer. Wool felt is less expensive than felted wool.
Our felted wool has been hand dyed and laundered to make it ready for applique or rug hooking. It is much softer and thicker than wool felt. We are a great source for all those small pieces to add to your wool stash. We even have a package of wool called “Squares and Rectangles” which include small pieces of lots of colors. This is a real value for wool applique.
We love wool and hope you will want to give it a try or enjoy adding to your selection.
We are excited to have coming a 60 color selection of wool thread from Sue Spargo. We love to use wool thread for wool applique. It blends into the wool with a whip stitch so that it is almost invisible. You can then add all the embellishment stitches you would like. The very best news is that these spools will contain 70 yards of thread. The price will allow you to have a great selection of colors and not have to purchase the large spools that have nearly 400 yards and a price to match. This thread won’t be in until late November, but we are already making room and will put it on line when we get it.
One of the most intriguing and often confusing aspects of quilting is the selection of thread. There are so many different weights of thread and there doesn’t seem to be “just plain sewing thread” anymore.
We always tell our customers to buy the best quality thread they can afford for their sewing machine. It makes such a difference in the quality of the stitch as well as how much lint is deposited inside the machine.
Our selection of thread has grown tremendously over the years. We now carry weights of thread from 12 to 100.
The lower the number the thicker the thread. The thicker the thread the more “showy” it will be. Twelve weight thread is the thickest thread that will easily sew in a machine as long as you use a 100 Topstitch needle.
The higher the number the thinner the thread. The less you want your thread to show, the higher the number you will select. Our 100 wt called Invisifil from Wonderfil is such a fine thin thread it is great for quilting if you don’t want your stitches to show. We use it to “stitch-in-the-ditch” to anchor quilts. We use it for applique if we don’t want the thread to be important. Any size needle will work with this thread. We recommend a 70 Microtex for applique because you don’t need the needle to poke a large hole for the thread to pass through.
For decorative stitching we recommend a 12 weight thread using a 100 Topstitch needle. We use a lighter thread in the bobbin and recommend Metrosene 50wt cotton. Metrosene is a thick 50wt thread so it will help hold down the top thread. We always loosen the to tension to “1” for 12 weight thread.
I must brag on our Brother machines as they make the decorative stitching such a breeze. We always have a cheat sheet for our customers for working with heavy threads or metallic threads. With a few hints, we all have had great success with all kinds of threads.
One of the best new notions to come along is the Thread Director. This “gadget” sits on top of the bobbin winder and allows these decorative threads to come off the spool horizontally. This keeps the threads from twisting. We always recommend this for metallic threads, but have also used it for 12 wt threads.
You can see this wonderful tool online at Thread Director. The only thing I have found is that the spool cap end is VERY tight. You will probably need to put a screwdriver in the cap end and twist it so that it will fit easily on the spindle. Other than that, it’s a GREAT tool.
If you want to talk threads, needles or tension, drop by the shop and chat with Kathy….she loves that stuff!