This has been a crazy year.  I’m glad I paced myself this year, taking a good chunk of time off of blogging. I had originally thought I’d completely shutdown QuiltShopGal this year, but I’ve concluded I really do enjoy learning about new products, as well as helping increase awareness of new products, events, designers, teachers, events, as well as encouraging everyone to push their skills to learn and improve, as well as make money with your skills (for those that may desire such).  Thus, I’ve decided to continue as QuiltShopGal, but at an easy pace as I don’t make money from QuiltShopGal and also don’t want to allow it to totally consume me.  I think I’ve figured out how to find a good balance for the future of QuiltShopGal vs my personal life and personal creativity.  BTW – Based on feedback, I did launch a personal blog this year and hope to do more work on it in 2018.  For those interested, you can follow my personal side of creativity at Creative Latitude.

What is your take on our world of quilting for 2017?  For many of us, for years, we’ve seen quilt shops shut down, as well as those in the business struggle with economic challenges.  While some are still economically challenge, I sure feel like we are closing this year with better economics overall and definitely seeing a big economic improvement for designers, teachers, authors, store owners, fabric manufacturers, etc…essentially “those in the business”.

Thank you to everyone who has supported their “local” businesses, as well as those that have helped support their favorite online quilting, sewing and embroidery businesses.  2017 has definitely been a year for sales, as many of us are now many of us are now taking advantage of such sales, to stock up with basics, or even splurge to buy something we’ve been dreaming about, but felt we couldn’t (or shouldn’t) afford.   As I came across some good deals for Year End Sales, I wanted to share a few that caught my attention:

 

CRAFTSY has up to 70% off supplies.  Wowser.

Cap Hill Cable Hat Knitting Kit is on sale for $7.44 (regularly 21.25).  I think I will buy this for friends that knit.  What do you think – good gift idea ?

Boundless Grand Pre-cuts on sale, price varies depending on cut (5″, 10″, 2.5″ strips or Fat Quarter).  All great prices starting at $4.80.

Boundless Solids Nothing But Neutrals on sale, price varies depending on cut (2.5″ strips, 6″ strips or Fat Quarter).  All great prices starting at $11.90

Lily  & Loom Butterfly bundle of one yard cuts only $52.50 (regularly $105)

 

SEWING MACHINES PLUS has a year end sale thru December 31st 2017.

They have an  amazing deal on King Quilter Special Edition 18×8 Long Arm Quilting Machine with Adjustable LED Handle Bars, 7 Inch Android Tablet, Professional Grade Stitch Regulation and FREE Bonus.

 

They also have a good deals on Westalee Rulers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As an Affiliate for Craftsy and Sewing Machines Plus.  If you click thru to their sites and make a purchase, your price remains the same, but I “may” receive a small fee back.  I use those funds to help “supplement” shipping costs for giveaways and prizes. Thus, I do appreciate those who kindly make such purchases and those that receive such prizes, which I ship (vs sponsors ship directly) they also benefit.  I have plenty of items I’d like to giveaway, but right now my quilty budget was negatively impacted with shipping of prizes this year.  With the help of followers who remember to use such links, when they are making purchases, will hopefully help fund many more giveaways in the New Year.  

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