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May 2019 Newsletter

May 2019 Newsletter

Good morning to our fellow quilters, sewers, and crafters! We hope your Wednesday is off to a great start. If not, why don't you grab a cup of coffee or tea as we give you a glimpse at the latest happenings and products here at the store. 
This week we're staying particularly busy, due to the fact that in two short days, on May 3rd & 4th, we'll be hosting our annual Anniversary Sale. This is an in-store only sale, in which you'll receive 30% off your entire purchase (excludes handmade items and quilts). It's our biggest sale of the year, so you won't want to miss it! 

In celebration of our 54th Anniversary, we thought we'd share a little bit about the history of Miller's Dry Goods and how it became the store that we know and love today:

Miller's Dry Goods, Holmes County's first quilt shop, was founded in 1965 by Amanda Miller. It was first located in one corner of her kitchen, in the house that sits next to our present day fabric store (You may also know it today as the Rural Thimble Quilt Retreat). Soon, more space was required so the business was moved into her father's house next door (the present day fabric store), while he moved in with Amanda and her family. Over the years, many additions have been added to the fabric store to accommodate the expanding business. In 1994, the barn beside the store was remodeled to allow for even more space, and today it houses our quilts & handmade items, along with our homespun, flannel, and cuddle fabrics. 
Amanda passed away in April of 2005. From then, up until 2016 the store remained in the family with the ownership transferring between her kids. In 2016, one of the employees, Naomi Miller, and her husband took over the ownership of the store and are still the owners today. 
The small little fabric store that started in a kitchen has grown into a 2 shop desination that boasts thousands of bolts of fabric, plus hundreds of notions, patterns, books, stencils, and rulers. Not to mention, we also carry a large variety of handmade items, like potholders, wall hangings, wallets, and more. 


1965 Fun Facts:
In case you were interested, here's a few other things that happened within the same year that Miller's Dry Goods got started. 
1) Diet Pepsi was first introduced
2) The Pillsbury Doughboy made his debut 
3) Shania Twain was born
4) A gallon of gas cost $0.31 
May Online Special 
There will be no online featured item this month. HOWEVER. Be on the lookout for a pop-up online sale to be announced later this month in celebration of our 54th Anniversary. 
Stonehenge Fabrics & Block Kits are Back in Stock!
Our Stonehenge block kits are available once again along with yardage of the Stonehenge Solstice prints. Find them at the store or purchase them on our website! 
New Patterns, Notions, Etc. 
Whether you're a beginner or novice in the world of quilting, you'll enjoy making each of the 11 featured quilt blocks in Emily Dennis's new book. She's created a quilt project for each of the blocks + a sampler quilt, as well. Emily says "[b]lock based quilts are versatile, easy to make and usually use smaller precuts of fabric such as fat quarters."
 
Be inspired by 14 different Moda designers as you browse their 14 unique jelly roll friendly designs. Along with each quilt pattern, there's a question and answer section that helps you get to know each of the designers a bit better. 

 If April showers bring May flowers, then April dress patterns bring happy little girls. Just in time for spring, this adorable dress with ruffle accents comes in sizes 6 month - 6. Wear it to church, for a play date, or to a tea party. Level of difficulty: Moderate- Expert. 
Taffy Pull Quilt Pattern

Wanting to try your hand at paper piecing, but not sure where to start? If so, this Taffy Pull Quilt from Pen + Paper Patterns is for you. It's the perfect learning experience for those of you who are just entering the realm of paper piecing, and you'll end up with a beautiful, simplistic wall hanging or lap size throw in the process. Finished size 58" square.
Pat Sloan's Celebrate the Seasons Book

For every season, there is a quilt project...or at least that's the case with Pat Sloan's latest book. It includes patterns for mug rugs, lap quilts, pillows, and wall hangings...14 projects in all! There are projects for each season, so you'll have plenty of decorations as each of them rolls around. Grab your scraps and let's get started! 
Geo Gems Quilt Pattern

You've gotta love fat quarter friendly patterns, am I right? This particular pattern from Emily Dennis is no exception. This lovely geometric design looks great in all solids, all prints, or a combination of both. Colored image instructions, make this pattern easy to follow. Finished sizes: Crib (45"x 45") ; Throw (60" x 75") ; Queen (90" x 105").  
Butterfly Patch Quilt Pattern

Think spring, with a giant butterfly quilt from Lella Boutique. Finishing at 66" square, this Layer Cake friendly quilt will be the perfect addition to your springtime decor. The pattern is easy to follow with an overall layout picture to help you visualize block placement. 
 
Creative Grids Folded Corner Clipper

No more pencil lines needed! Creative Grids has created this Folded Corners Clipper just for you...to help you create folded corners quickly and accurately. It makes half square triangles that much easier to make! Plus, the 45 degree angle makes creating binding and mitered corners a breeze! And as with all Creative Grid rulers, it's non-slip so that your cuts can be accurate every time.

Flower Tile Quilt Pattern

The possibilities are endless with Meghan Buchanan's new Flower Tile pattern. The large size of the quilt blocks allows you to showoff some of your favorite prints and patterns. Want to make it using all solids? Okay, do it. Want to make it using bold prints? Another great idea. If you want more inspiration follow Meghan on Instagram
 
Southwest Sunshine Quilt Pattern

The perfect companion for your favorite fat quarter bundle, the Southwest Sunshine Quilt pattern comes in 5 different sizes from Crib to King size. This quilt is stunning in bold and bright colors, but would also be equally as beautiful in black and white. Skill level: Intermediate. 

Super Edge 6 In. Hobby Craft Scissors

Affordable and effective. A good pair of crafting scissors is always a good thing to have at your disposal. These super edge scissors are simple, classic, and sharp. Perfect for cutting thread & paper (those things that you don't want to use your precious fabric scissors for).  
 
Picnic Patch Quilt Pattern

Pack a picnic basket, grab this quilt, and you've got the perfect date idea for this summer. The Picnic Patch Quilt is easy to assemble and pairs perfectly with a Layer Cake and the Perfect 10 Ruler from Creative Grids. Scrappy, quick and fun, this quilt is a great summer project! 
New Fabric Collections 
Pollinator from RJR
An un-bee-lieveably cute collection that's just buzzing with potential. All bee puns aside, this collection is stunning with its cool blues and purples that contrast perfectly with rich, warm sunshine yellows. 
Everything But the Kitchen Sink XIV from RJR
Fact: one can never have too many 30's prints in their stash. They're perfect for scrappy quilts, remind you of spring with all of their floral prints, and add loads of color to your life. What's not to love? 
Red Blues & Roses Too from Marcus 
Roses are red, violets are blue...this collection is elegant, don't you think so too? Vintage and classic, this collection has a subtle patriotic feel with its color scheme of reds and blues. Prints include paisleys, waves, and florals. 
Eclectic Elements from Free Spirit
Typewriter fonts, old fashioned receipts, calendars from days gone by...they all help give Tom Holtz's new collection that signature "antique" vibe that his fans have come to appreciate about him. These prints work well to make pillows or other types of home decor. 
Pinkerville from Free Spirit
Did someone say Tula Pink? That's right. A collection with unicorns, the Loch Ness monster, owls, whimsical elements, and a TON of color...who else could have designed it? This collection makes your wildest dreams and fantasy land imaginations come true. The prints are interestingly unique and just overall, fun to look at! 
Winter White: Solstice from Robert Kaufman
You didn't think we were going to just forget about winter altogether, now did you? We had to throw a little bit of a snowy mix into the equation to balance out all the spring time florals. And no better way to do that, than with this beautiful woodland winter collection, complete with forest animals, pine tress, snow flurries, and chickadees. 
Forest Fancies from P&B
Bright, bold, and vibrant...Forest Fancies is full of whimsical florals, heart shaped leaves, and stripes. Just like the rain forests boast many colors, so does this collection, as it's full of greens, teals, aquas, purples, magenta, and pinks. 
Abigail Blue from Windham
No one's singing the blues here....just enjoying some blue fabrics, that's all. You'll find dainty florals in creams and blues in Mary Koval's new collection of reproduction prints. It includes both small and larger prints making it versatile and eye-catching. 
Merriment from Moda
Be prepared to see more and more Christmas collections in the next couple months. The bulk of them will most likely arrive in June & July (because you need time to make those Christmas gifts before the season arrives). This particular collection features a panel with cute little forest animals, plus pine tree, snow flake, fur, and holly berry prints. 
Lady Liberty from Windham
A vibrant and beautiful patriotic collection featuring a digitally printed panel of the iconic Statue of Liberty. Other prints include: fireworks, flags, and stars. It's the perfect collection to use for your 4th of July celebrations. 
Monthly Specials

 In-Store Special
May
10% off
Precut Fat Quarters & Kits


May Online Special
No Online Special this month
However, be on the lookout for an online sale sometime this month
Save the Date

54th Anniversary Sale
May 3 & 4 
30% off storewide

*excludes quilts & handmade items
In-store only. 

Open 10-3pm 
May 27
for Memorial Day


Closed
May 30 
for Ascension Day
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