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Remember when I told you about the tutorial that Barb of Bejeweled Quilts had?   I made this mug rug from her tutorial.  I’m planning on giving it to Allie of Allie Ooops Sweet Happy Life as one of her Christmas Through The Winter give-aways. I'm such a slob and this little mat really protects my table.  I love Barb's pattern,  Have you had a chance to think about starting in on next year's Christmas gifts?  I'm thinking about them because I sure don't want to go through that last minute rush like I did this year.  Check out Allie's blog.  There is nothing to commit to.  You can hop in and out as you please.  You just link to her blog during her post at the end of the month and get a chance to win the give-aways.  Check her blog often as she has links to tutorials and patterns too.

This is a close up of the mat.  The pattern is so easy and these fabrics add a touch of color to brighten up these dull winter days.

Heart of Winter Tour 
Come join us for our Heart of Winter Tour on Saturday, February 12th.   No need to worry about the weather or road conditions.  Just sit back and relax while you ride in a warm, comfortable bus.  A bus will pick you up at one of the four participating shops: Quilts Plus, Kalamazoo; Around the Block, Portland; Quilted Memories, Montague; and the Attic Window Quilt Shop; and take you to each of the other shops.  The hours are approximately 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. For the price of $40 you will ride in luxury while you talk to your quilting friends, receive lunch, free patterns for a winter project, and watch demos at each store.  This is a fun trip to help you get rid of those mid-winter blues.  Sign up at one of the participating shops before the end of January.  Actually, you would be best to sign up ASAP because last year there was a waiting list.  An early registration will guarantee you a seat, and let each shop owner know if a larger bus is required. 
Don’t forget the SNOW DAYS OF JANUARY at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.  Stop in anytime during the month and take advantage of the special events and sales.  All month we are giving away a free snowman pattern.  You can enter your name for a chance to win a $25.00 gift certificate. You will also get 20% off all fabrics on bolts. 
Each week during the entire month of January there will be a special sale.
2nd Week –         Jan 10-15…..20%off all books
3rd Week –         Jan 17-22…..20% off all kits
4th Week –         Jan 24-29.....Buy five pre-cut fat quarters and get one free.

NOTE: There is a 50% off special on a selected Christmas fabrics, patterns, books, and kits all during the month of January.
Diary of a Quilter has a quilt as-you-go table runner tutorial. Looks like it will be a fun project to add to Allie’s Christmas Through The Year projects.

PS:  Don't forget Mary Lou's Sock Block Swap.  There is still time to participate.  You can read about it on my previous post.  You can sign up by going to Mary Lou and Cherries Too on my side bar and then scrolling down and joining her Yahoo group.  It is going to be such fun!
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