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Deb Cizek
Country Sampler Quilt Shops in Omaha, NE
A mom, a wife, a daughter.... and a shop owner.
Interests: reading, quilting, sky diving, scuba, and rock climbing.
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After a few weeks of construction our long arm room is finally up and running! We moved out a wall to give us a lot more space for our two Gammill long arm machines and - unlike some of my ideas - it's working out really well. We've got to get some more shelving and do a little more reorganizing, but it really feels spacious now. This is Bonnie, one of our three long armers at Country Sampler. Like a lot of people, she didn't want to pose for my photo but I told her she could just keep working... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Country Sampler Quilts
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We've been waiting and waiting … and it's here! It's the 2016 Row by Row Experience! We've been busy these last two months getting ready for Row by Row 2016, "Home Sweet Home". Our row has been completed and kitted, and our license plate is available for purchase. The program officially begins on Tuesday, June 21. Remember that this special summer Shop Hop challenges you to visit participating quilt shops all over the country and Canada. Obtain a free pattern from each of the shops and complete a quilt using any eight rows from participating shops. Remember that the quilt... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2016 at Country Sampler Quilts
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Just a reminder that our annual Porch Sale starts next Friday!! We're in the middle of construction, enlarging the long arm room to make way for Papillion's long arm. After we're done, we'll have two long arms going five days a week in an effort to get your quilts back to you even faster!! In the meantime, it's kind of managed chaos at the old Sampler! But back to the Porch Sale. We've got TONS of great stuff this year for you!! **Hundred of bolts of fabric - all at half price - and all really good stuff too!! **... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2016 at Country Sampler Quilts
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Well, it's been awhile since I've posted, but now that that things have calmed down a liddle bit, I'm hoping to have more time to blog. One of things I want to bring you up-to-date on is the Riley Blake and Lori Holt Bloom Sew Along. As you probably know ('cause we've got this awesome quilt on display and because we now have 150 Farm Girl Vintage gals signed up!) - we're BIG Lori Holt fans. Here's the quilt …. We were super excited to be asked to be part of the Bloom Sew Along on the Riley Blake blog….... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2016 at Country Sampler Quilts
Just a reminder that this Friday is the last day of operation for the Papillion shop. Stop by and say "hi" to the gals and pick up a great deal on our remaining stock! ALL REMAINING FABRIC IS 50% OFF!! Lots of beautiful reds, browns, and creams -- it's a great time to pick out a couple of backings for upcoming projects!! Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2016 at Country Sampler Quilts
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As some of you know, who have read the old Country Sampler newsletter, we've got an all new block of the month coming your way this summer! It's called Merrie Christmas and was designed by our old friend Stacy at Buttermilk Basin. The quilt features all the trimmings of the season, and measures 42" by 42". Take a look at this beauty ... And it's even tons more awesome in person! Anyway … it's a nine month program that begins June 15th. Originally, the price was $23.98 per month. But we went back and checked the numbers and the costs,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2016 at Country Sampler Quilts
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Hey out there to all our Country Sampler Farm Girl Vintage gals!! As promised - here's a photo of the month 3 blocks …. I'm happy to say that it sounds like most everyone is keeping up with their blocks. They're addicting, aren't they?? Did you know we're starting Round Two of our Farm Girl Vintage BOM?? Yup, we've already got 20 sign ups so it's an official "go" … and we can take more if you want to come quilt with us. The next round starts in June, so sign up soon so we can start cutting your kits!!... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2016 at Country Sampler Quilts
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It may be April 1st, but we're not fooling! We're down to the last few weeks of business at our Papillion Country Sampler. Stop in now to receive 50% off all remaining stock! We'd love to see you before we close the doors! Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2016 at Country Sampler Quilts
Just a quick note to let you know that the Papillion store has reduced all remaining stock to 40% off!! There's still hundreds of beau-ti-ful bolts to choose from, so stop by soon and pick up a great deal! Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2016 at Country Sampler Quilts
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I doesn't feel like spring today, but we've had a few teaser days that tell us it's on it's way. No matter what the weather outside is like … we've got spring (and Easter) inside Country Sampler!! And don't forget … our "Going Out of Business Sale" is still going on at the Country Sampler in Papillion!!! Lots of great deals and steals!! Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2016 at Country Sampler Quilts
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Vintage Farm Girls …. your February blocks are now available at the West Center shop!! And, as promised (and on time), here's the photo of the newest four blocks ... Aren't they sweet? Let's get those sewing machines humming!! Now I know that not everybody who wanted to join us got a chance to sign up for our Vintage Farm Girl BOM. I just felt that 100 kits was all we could handle for one little old Block of the Month -- but, nope - I was wrong. We're doing really great with our kitting and all that goes with... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2016 at Country Sampler Quilts
It is with some sadness that I write to let you know that after 18 years, the Papillion Country Sampler is closing. We will be open for business as usual, on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of this week. We will be closed Thursday, February 11th through Sunday, February 14th, to get ready for our BIG going out of business sale beginning Monday, February 15th. In some ways, it's kind of a merging together of the two Country Samplers. There are many things that we can transfer over to the West Center shop. Lots of the notions, some patterns and books,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2016 at Country Sampler Quilts
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I promised all our Farm Girl Vintage BOM gals I'd blog a picture of our first four blocks for January - it's always nice to have a colored picture to refer to and although I'm a little behind in posting - I'll do better next month. Seewww, here it is, girls …. the first four …. Don't forget to save your left over scraps to make the little corner squares! Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2016 at Country Sampler Quilts
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Well, I think the weatherman may knew what he's talking about this time. They're predicting 8" to 12" of blowing snow for Tuesday here in Omaha ... so if nothing changes, Country Sampler 1 and 2 will be closed tomorrow. We'll try and dig out on Wednesday, but I'm not promising anything yet! Hopefully, you've got plenty of stitching goodies on hand and you're ready for a cozy day of quilting! Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2016 at Country Sampler Quilts
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This is a great day to remind you about the second annual Metro Area Flurry Frenzy. It's steadily snowing today and it's suppose to snow pretty much all day here in the heartland!! Seewww, button up your overcoat and get ready for .... Pick up your passport at your first shop. Get a stamp at each shop and pick up a free fat quarter. Turn in your completed passport at your last shop. Participating Shops include ... Cut Up & Quilt! Bella Fiore Country Sampler I Country Sampler II David M. Mangelsen's More Sew For You Sunshine Stitches The Quilt... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2016 at Country Sampler Quilts
I want to wish everyone a happy, healthy and prosperous new year. Thank you all for your support in 2015! The concern I have heard over and over again in recent months is that of quilt shops closing. The concern is real for all shops. The internet has not made it easy for any retail business. I know as avid sewers and quilters you hate to see this happen. There is nothing like seeing the fabric and "petting" it, to be able to grab something in a hurry, get some advice or help with our projects or enjoy sitting in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2016 at Country Sampler Quilts
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Just a liddle update on our Farm Girl Vintage BOM! We've been cutting like crazy for our first installment in January ... If you haven't signed up yet, we only have a couple of opening left. Then, we're done… finished … no more add ons. It's a awesome block of the month, but there's A TON of prep work on our end, so once we get to 100 sign ups, we're not recutting. Also, if you're doing the BOM with us … be sure you've signed up for one of our two "parties" designed to give you lots of great... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2016 at Country Sampler Quilts
I haven't blog in quite a while - you can tell I'm busy when I don't blog. But afterall, it IS Christmas and the busiest time of the year. I have all my presents bought and under the tree so I'm finally feeling a little less stress. I thought it might be a good time to bring you up-to-date on some of our holiday hours and events... First, we will close at 3:00 on Thursday, Christmas Eve and we'll be closed on Christmas Day (duh, huh?) We'll be open on Saturday, December 26th with all our Christmas fabric and Christmas... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2015 at Country Sampler Quilts
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Don't forget tomorrow (Saturday) is Small Business Saturday. A day to shop small and help keep our small businesses running strong. And just to entice you a liddle bit to come see your old buddies at Country Sampler, we've got one more day left on our End of the Bolt Sale. Just take whatever is left on the bolt and receive 25% off the entire amount!! Both stores! Yay!! Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2015 at Country Sampler Quilts
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From all of us at Country Sampler, we wish you a blessed Thanksgiving with friends and family! My turkey is in the oven, the pototoes are next, and then I'll set the table for my little crew. In between I hoping to watch a little of the Thanksgiving parade - man, it just doesn't get any better than that! It's always a lot of work, but a perfect day to share with family. Hope yours sparkles with happiness and thanksgiving. Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2015 at Country Sampler Quilts
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Did you guys hear the news for Row by Row next summer? The theme for 2016 is "Home Sweet Home". Geez, there's so many possiblities for that one. My first thought is a row of houses but I bet there's going to be hundreds of those. Hmmm... it may be time to get the old creative juices flowing again. Here's the official fabric for this year's Row by Row from Timeless... It's all so stinking cute we may have to have several bolts of each one, don't cha think? I can think of lots of patterns that these would work... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2015 at Country Sampler Quilts
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Just a reminder that our "Red Tag Turkey Event starts Sunday ... Each store has tons of items with red tags on them, each are 25% off the ticketed price. Some are on the country side, some are on the fabric end. It's kind of like searching for Waldo! Think Christmas! Or, just think of yourself ... heck, a girl needs a little treat once in a while, right? Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2015 at Country Sampler Quilts
Ginnie, Thats my smiling baby. Shes such a happy baby! Deb Cizek Country Sampler www.countrysampleronline.com
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A few of my customers/friends have asked me about my grandbabies, so I thought I'd add a few photos from Halloween as a little update. Here's my two girls ready for Halloween. Charlotte (just turned 2) was a bumble bee ... Baby Mac (Mackezie) went as an owl .... Since Mac is only 6 months, she just went along for the ride. However, Charlotte didn't really understand trick or treating either. She kept trying to give the neighbors her candy, rather that recieving it. Here they are back home just chillin' after four houses. Yup, just four. Mom said that... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2015 at Country Sampler Quilts
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Oh my gosh, it's November - can you believe it??! Most our fall and Halloween goodies are on sale for 40% to 50% off for the next week -- come on in and scoop up a bargain while the selection is great!! Also, I wanted to let you know that the Country Sampler Fall/Winter Newsletter is on the web now. Just go to .... http://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/3269/country_sampler_fall_winter_2015.pdf Check out all the latest and greatest for this winter from your old buddies here at the Sampler. As your perusing the newsletter, be sure and check out the article on our newest block of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2015 at Country Sampler Quilts