Feb 022012

We  have all been touched by a loved one who has dealt with various illness.  My Aunt was recently diagnosed with an extremely aggresssive form of breast cancer.  She has battled this disease with courage and grace.  Currently she is in remission and I am so thankful for the many prayers that have been answered on her behalf.  A few years ago I was touched by a friend who went through her battle with breast cancer.  She was brave and selfless in her battle, she too is in remission.  As I think back, this disease has touched many in my life, and taken few.  I have always felt helpless until I started quilting.  When loved ones have been stricken with this illness I tend to donate quilts on their behalf for auctions, benefits, or just for my loved one to be comforted by a gift of love.  This year we will be honoring the women who are fighting this disease at our annual spring fling.

Every year at this time we begin preparation for our annual Spring Fling.  This is an event that is held at Barker island, April 19 & 20.  Various Quilt shops will participate, and there is always a wonderful viewing of quilts made from challenge fabrics. For those of you not familiar with challenge quilts, a fabric is chosen that must be included in your quilt.  Generally, there is a minimum amount of the challenge fabric that must be included.  This year the fabric is a breast cancer awareness fabric, P.S. We Love You…. Quilt for the Cure.

Because quilters care… because quilters know others who are or have struggled with Breast Cancer….becaause quilters want no one to fight this battle alone… we are dedicating our Spring Fling Quilt Show 2012 to Breast Cancer Quilts.  All quilts will be donated to our 2 local Breast Cancer Centers.  The goal is to get 100 quilts donated.  Here is another twist that some of us are doing.  There are so many other types of cancers that are being fought besides breast cancer,  so after you have made your breast cancer quilt and donated it, make a quilt that will be used for another person that is dealing with cancer.  If you look on the internet under national cancer association, there is a color chart that will tell you colors that are designated for various cancers.  And feel free to donate 2 quilts to be used for a very good cause, to comfort someone in time of need.  Information is available at area quilt shops.

My featured quilt shop today is Creations, owned by Dick and Pam Dado.

 I caught Pam as she was meeting with a fabric rep,
preparing her order for next seasons newest fabric lines.  Dick and Pam are always bringing in new and exciting fabric prints and panels.  Creations has the largest selection of batiks, oriental and extra wide backing fabrics in the area.  They also have a wide selection of books, threads and patterns.  Creations is clearly the largest fabric shop in Duluth, with the greatest variety of your quilting needs.

Pam has a fantastic selection of king tut, signature, aurafil threads, just to name a few.

I always enjoy coming into the shop,they have such a great selection that I am sure I will find what I need.  Creations also had an awesome book selection as well as notions and batting.  This is truley an all inclusive quilt shop.  They also have classroom offerings.  Stop in or join our class for a road trip to visit Creation Quilt Shop.  For more info on our road trip to Creation, call 393-6262.


Pam always has the newest in patterns to purchase.  Don’t let the building mislead you, from the outside, you would never dream the amount of fabric inside this store.  And don’t fear, there is a sale rack in the back of the store. Parking lot in the back of building as well as on street parking.  conveniently located on 3rd street just west of 27th ave west.

 Here is a few photos, they just can’t do justice to what Pam actually has in stock.  This is a shop that shouldn’t be passed up.  Always friendly and knowledgable, Pam and Dick are available to help with any questions.

so much extra wide backing..... hurray!!!

so many batiks, its like a rainbow of colors

Let me know if you need more info on quilt shops in the area, quilt shows or information regarding the cancer quilt donation.  For the month of february I will be donating 1 hour lessons to people who are interested in making their first quilt and donating it to the spring fling Quilt for a Cure.  Fabric for the class can be purchased from participating quilt shops, and as always, I have fabric on hand as well.  Please leave a comment if you have suggestions or input.   I appreciate your comments.


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