Get ready for cooler weather
The colors on the trees are amazing!  October is my favorite month, as well as my birthday month.  Its time to shut down our summer cabins at our resort, take walks in the woods without mosquitoes, enjoy the beautiful sunshine on the orange leaves and wear my favorite sweaters. Its also time to enjoy the sewing projects I've had to put off until busy summer was over.
 
Did you see this new project to arrive in my shop?  Its Hoffman's "Sew Into It!" batik, pre-cut (YES!  Pre-cut!) kit, 90"X90", stained glass looking quilt.  All the pieces are cut for you.  Just start sewing. 
This will be my winter project.  I haven't decided what bed it will go on, but I'm sure it will find a place at the shop first.
 
I also have some new patterns:  A-OK Patterns that require 5 yards of fabric.  Pick your pattern (8 to choose from), then pick out 5 separate yards of fabric and you're all set.  Even if you don't know for sure that you will work on it this winter, at least you'll have something all set for you to fall back on. 
 
My Christmas line this year has a lot of options.  It is based on blue colors with silver metallic.  I have a tree panel with 2 deer at its base, a border print and many pattern options.  Stop in to see the line and the cute basic Christmas fabric (great for wrapping gifts too) of deer, red truck, etc. on red and green plaid; an Advent Calendar tree with gold metallic for a fun project; and the many 5" charm packs and fat quarters of Christmas lines too.
 
Closed Nov.1-April 30:
What will your fall and winter projects be?  Its time to plan ahead!  As you may have heard, my shop will only be open through the end of October.  Then my shop will be closed until May.  So don't delay.  Look at what you might sew for your winter projects.  Do you have backing fabric; batting; thread; rotary blades; needles; a blender to bring all those fat quarters together; a brand new project?  Don't be the one who has to drive over an hour for a spool of thread.  Plan ahead, especially with the Minocqua quilt shop closing on Oct. 13th.
 
What's coming up?
October 20 is the Mercer Lioness Craft Bazaar and Bake Sale. 
Where:  It will be at the Mercer School cafeteria, 2690 W Margaret Street (Hwy 51 to Hwy J to Margaret Street/school). 
When:  Saturday, October 20, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
What:  Crafts, vendors, bake sale, raffle baskets, face painting.  Food and beverages provided by Mercer's advanced placement students.
Questions:  Genne 715-476-7613; Lauree 715-476-0166
 

 
Scarecrow Run Shop Hop
October 19-27 
 
There are new shops this year!!!!!
Get your friends together for a fun shop hop.  Each shop has a raffle basket (free to enter), specials, and maybe even some treats.  Check out new fabrics, get ready for your winter projects and those Christmas presents.  Pick up a passport at any participating shop, get it stamped and turn it in at the last shop to be entered to win a grand prize - $25 gift certificates from every shop. This has been a fun shop hop each fall.  Don't miss out.
 
Participating shops: 
 
 
Cheri's Fabric to Quilt-Mercer, 715-476-0111;
Fabric Patch-Ironwood;
Elizabeth's Woolery-Minocqua;
Quilt Elements-Ashland;
Fisher Under Cover in Port Wing, WI and  
Cottage Treasures, Spooner, WI;
River's Edge Antiques & Quilt Loft-Hayward and
Plum Lake Quilts-Sayner.

 
Hours: 
Oct. 1-18:  Wed. - Fri. 10 - 5
Saturday 10 - 4
Oct. 19-27 (Scarecrow Run)
Tue.-Fri. 10-5
Saturday 10-4 
These hours are through the end of October. 
November through April - shop is closed.
 
       
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Need a place to stay in the Mercer area?  Pine Forest Lodge, is our resort and we have been running/operating it for over 20 years.  We have updated every cabin with all the modern conveniences.  We have over a 1/2 mile of frontage on beautiful Spider Lake in Iron County and 40 acres of woods with improved trails for hiking or mountain biking.  If you want to sew while you are here, I will set up tables, lights and more for your convenience, plus you get 15% off regular-priced merchandise at my fabric shop.  Call  715-476-2241 or:  www.pineforestlodge.com