News Letter

Christmas in July Is Done!

November 15th, 2017

And we're done! Done! Done!! Done!!! I'm still holding onto 2 (only 2!!) Sale orders waiting for shipping payment, but all others are either delivered or just recently on their way. So I am declaring the 2017 PTP Sale officially over!

Once again the Sale took exactly 16 weeks which is definitely longer than we had planned on or hoped for. But considering all of the orders that have come in since the Sale - we're reasonably happy. We're also all a bit tired....

This years Sale went even smoother than last year. I know of no orders that were mixed up in any way and I only sent 1 out to the wrong address. So if you haven't heard about or seen your order - you should be emailing me!! We received more than 900 Sale orders so it's certainly possible an order was missed along the way.

All of us here are so very grateful to all of you who placed orders. We know how lucky we are that our fabric continues to be popular. Many of you sent us thank-you notes and messages of encouragement during the 16 weeks. It makes us love what we're doing even more. And - once again - everyone (with a few exceptions) was incredibly patient.

So what now? I thought about taking a bit of a rest (after all over 1200 yards was dyed just for Sale orders alone!!), but the orders just keep coming in (thank you!). And there's the new 2018 colors to think about....

And now it's time to tell you that we've decided that this will be our last Christmas in July Sale. It was a hard choice to make and all of us here talked about it for some time before we reached this decision. But we've become increasingly busy with orders from shops and stitchers as well as projects with designers. Something had to "give" and I'm afraid that it will be our annual Sale.

But all is not lost. There are several shops out there that have a sale on our fabric - Needlecraft Corner has a June Sale and ABC Stitch Therapy has a Sale several times a year. And there are others.

So thank you to all who took part in this Sale this year and in previous years. And to all who continue to use our fabric.

Thank you Marilyn, Susie, Lisa, Sara, Brittnye, Gaij & Sue

Christmas in July Sale October Update

October 23, 2017

Well, we've hit the 13 week post-Sale mark and I had hoped to be finished by now, but since we received about the same number of orders as last year and it took us 16 weeks last year - that hope was a bit unrealistic. The new goal is to be sending out the last of the orders by the first week in November. Orders are going out in bunches now so we're optimistic!

The vast majority of you have been and are continuing to be incredibly patient with us. Thank you. Those few of you that are a bit anxious - know that we can't be working any harder or more days than we already are. And that we are almost as anxious to get your order sent on it's way as you are to receive it.

Been getting a few emails - not a lot, but more than last year - asking about Sale orders. Please understand that if you do ask this you're likely to get an automatic reply something like "your order is in queue with several hundred other Sale orders and will be completed as soon as possible". We tried very hard to "warn" everyone that this is not a fast process. And most of you know that, don't you?

The next newsletter won't be sent out until we can announce that we are finished with the Sale!

And we're back to cutting and serging and dyeing and ironing....

Thank you Marilyn, Susie, Lisa, Sara, Brittnye, Gaij & Sue

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Christmas in July Sale

September 18, 2017

Taking a few minutes to send out this brief update.

We're just about at 6 weeks post Sale (already!!) and progress is steady, but slow. We've sent out a little more than 200 orders so far leaving us still with just under 700 to go! But this isn't as slow as it sounds. We're actually ahead of where we were this time last year! And while orders "trickle" out at the beginning, at some point (soon!) they should start going out in larger groupings.

Been getting a few emails - not a lot, but more than last year - asking about Sale orders. Please understand that if you do ask this you're likely to get an automatic reply something like "your order is in queue with several hundred other Sale orders and will be completed as soon as possible". We tried very hard to "warn" everyone that this is not a fast process. And most of you know that, don't you?

Our thanks - as always - to everyone for their patience while we work through the Sale orders. But keep in mind that there are "regular" orders coming in every day that also need to be worked on.

And we're back to cutting and serging and dyeing and ironing....

Thank you Marilyn, Susie, Lisa, Sara, Brittnye, Gaij & Sue

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Christmas in July Sale

August 10th, 2017

WOW!

Well, we made it! It was an exciting 24 hours during which we received 895 orders! Wow!! They ranged from orders for 1 special piece of fabric to orders that made me strongly suspect that some of you are trying to acquire every one of our colors!! But no matter what was ordered, we want to thank each and every one of you for making our Sale so successful.

Now...to work.

This week has been spent getting all of the orders organized, pulling the pieces that we just happen to have, answering emails and making a change here and there. Today we'll start making our Sale dye list. Keep in mind that all this is being done as work also continues on orders that came in before the Sale and continue to arrive daily. All non-Sale orders will be treated as "regular" and will go out within our usual time frame of 2-3 weeks. All Sale orders....well, you know we'll get them sent out as quickly as we can. I actually sent out 28 yesterday!!

So our thanks to all of you for your orders. Many of the little notes scattered among the orders made us smile. I'll send out an occasional short newsletter to keep everyone updated on our progress.

Oh - and my worker bees - the ladies here that I couldn't do without! - they would like to send out a big "Thank you!!" to all of you who listed your color choices alphabetically and those of you who really tried! They say that it makes the job of putting the dye list together soooooo much easier!!

And we're back to cutting and serging and dyeing and ironing....

Thank you Marilyn, Susie, Lisa, Sara, Brittnye, Gaij & Sue