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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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Tap, tap.... Hello ... hello. Anybody out there?? I know it's been awhile since I last posted, but I have been busy ... or at least preoccupied with other things. I've had the flu twice - and yes, I got a flu shot. Dang! I went to Phoenix for several days where we went ballooning and rode a segway .... first time ever for both. I can take them off my bucket list now. :) Did I tell you my cousin broke her neck jumping from a burning balloon in New Mexico?? Yup. It did give me pause, but I... Continue reading
Posted 12 hours ago at Country Sampler Quilts
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I thought it was about time to show you a few of the quilts and displays we have for February. It's cold outside, but it's toasty warm inside with all these beautiful quilts and projects! First up is the front display at the West Center shop. See the quilt on the right? It reminds me of the little heart candy that we all had for Valentine's Day - the ones with little messages on them, "Love You", "So Cool", and sentiments like that. We ran out of the kits for it last week, but we finally got more fabric and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2015 at Country Sampler Quilts
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Are you ready??? Flurry Frenzy starts today!!! Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2015 at Country Sampler Quilts
Way to go, Robin! Glad to have you join us. Its a great quilt! Deb Cizek Country Sampler www.countrysampleronline.com
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We're excited to introduce our newest block of the month .... A Prairie Gathering, from Pam Buda and Marcus Brothers fabric. Isn't it lovely??! As you can see, A Prairie Gathering is a two color, Medallion style quilt. There are blocks in the quilt, of course, but it really isn't a traditional block-of-the-month. During the year long program, you will be making parts of the quilt from the center out. By the third month, the entire center medallion is complete. In a few more months, the flying geese border, and checkerboard border are complete, with each subsequent border being completed... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2015 at Country Sampler Quilts
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I posted this on our Facebook page, but I know not everyone uses Facebook (and vice versa, not everybody reads blogs) ... so I'm going to post it again here. Several weeks ago, at the West Center shop, we had a lady come in and purchase binding fabric for this quilt ... Isn't it sweet? She stitched her children's (or grandchildren's) art work into the blocks and it is really a family treasure. Lots of work! The strange thing is that she left the quilt at the shop, clearly by mistake, but has never been back to claim it. We're... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2015 at Country Sampler Quilts
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We are proud to be in the Nebraska Row by Row Experience this year!! It's a new kind of shop hop and it's going strong across the United States and Canada too. No fees, no passports, just great fun! We need to have a quilt row designed that represents the Heartland, Country Sampler, and the Row by Row H2O theme. Here's your chance to show off your quilt design talents. The winner will receive a $100.00 gift card to Country Sampler, full credit for the pattern, and the rights to reproduce and sell the pattern at the end of the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2015 at Country Sampler Quilts
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I have very little new to say today. Kind of the after the holidays, after inventory funk. Besides that, we are closed today because of the ungodly cold. There's a 20 to 40 below wind chill here in Omaha, the schools are closed, and I have a terrible cold that I've had for over a week ... big sigh. I did find this on Facebook though and thought it might put a smile on your face. I hope you like it. CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL BORN IN 1930's, 1940's, 50's, 60's, 70's and Early 80's !!! First, you survived being born... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2015 at Country Sampler Quilts
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Did you have a good Christmas?? We had a great one - it's sooo much fun when you have a little one to share it with ... Of all the presents Charlotte got this year her favorite was the one we bought for her Mommy and Daddy ... We bought EJ and Crystal this nifty fold up wagon for trips to the zoo and the park. It even has a canopy that can be attached to provide some shade, but Charlie was sure it was for her. We had to take turns hauling her from the kitchen, to the front... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2014 at Country Sampler Quilts
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It's about that time to remind you of our Country Sampler holiday hours. Can you believe it's almost Christmas?? Hey, but don't forget that we'll be open the day after Christmas - Friday, December 26th with our BIG After Christmas Sale! All remaining Christmas fabric on sale at 50% off and we've even got a few Christmas kits at 40% off! Most Christmas gift and decorating goodies will be 50% off too! And if that's not enough (and it never is), Saturday and Sunday is Fat Quarter Frenzy! Over two thousand fat quarters just waiting for you in our classrooms... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2014 at Country Sampler Quilts
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First, I want to remind you of our upcoming Fat Quarter Frenzy. Mark your calendar, Edith, 'cause this is one of our biggest sales!! We've been cutting fat quarters like crazy women and have over 2,000 fat quarters (plus alot of half yard cuts that count as two) at each store - wahoo!! Our classroom will be full of wonderful, versatile fat quarters just for you ... and all below half price!! Be still my little quiltin' heart! Here's the details! Fat Quarter Frenzy Saturday, December 27th 10:00 - 5:00 Sunday, December 28th 12:00 - 4:00 20 Fat Quarters for... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2014 at Country Sampler Quilts
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First, I want to thank everyone who shopped with us on Small Business Saturday last weekend! We had a great day and appreciate you coming out to shop with us. Although I probably don't say it enough, we know it's you - our wonderful friends and customers - that make Country Sampler a success. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I haven't posted a lot lately 'cause I've been dealing with some health issues. I was confined to bed rest for a couple of days in an effort to try and help some damaged nerves to calm down. I had... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2014 at Country Sampler Quilts
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We've got two lucky winners for our Quilt Market Swag Bag give-a-way. Our first winner is Shelley Dahgren, whose working on finishing up some UFOs this season. Congrats, Shelley!! Our second winner is Ginnie Kadavy whose also finishing up some quilty goodies so she can start some new projects the first of the year. Ginnie has finished up two sets of placemats, two Patch Abilities wall hangings, a BOM, and the "Diamonds are Forever" quilt from here at Country Sampler. Way to go, Ginnie!! Shelley and Ginnie - drop me an email and let me know if you want to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2014 at Country Sampler Quilts
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Boy oh boy, it's cold here in Nebraska. It's not usually this cold this soon, but there's some Artic blast thingy that's causing havic with a lot of the US weather. Seeww, to give us a little pick me up during this winter blast, I thought we'd have a much needed give-away. At Market, Ann and I get lots of little gifty-quilty thing from the various vendors. We've pooled our goodies together (including books, patterns, a little cut fabric, and some charm packs!!), and have come up with two swag bags to give away to two lucky people. Just leave... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2014 at Country Sampler Quilts
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I've got a few more booths and projects to show you. Quilt Market is full of eye candy, so here's a few more to tempt you to start a new project! We were excited to purchase several patterns from the Shop Girls of Country Sampler in Spring Green, WI. We have a special bond with this quilt shop; not only do we share the same name and seem to like many of the same type of quilts, but every so often we get one of their fabric deliveries or they get one of ours! Here's a look at their booth... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2014 at Country Sampler Quilts
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I thought I'd share a few booths from market. I don't take a lot of these pictures, I'm usually intent on the individual quilts -- but I do have a few to share with you. First up, is Laundry Basket Quilts. Edyta had a large booth and it's stuffed full of her projects - past and present - so I took a lot of pictures! I think we took patterns home of all her new patterns (two have to be sent to us, because her husband forgot to bring then, but the rest we've got in stock at both stores).... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2014 at Country Sampler Quilts
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So let's get started with some new goodies from Market. First up is the new block of the month from Marcus Brothers and Heartspun Quilts, called Prairie Gathering ... As you can see, A Prairie Gathering is a two color, Medallion style quilt. There are blocks in the quilt, of course, but it really isn't a traditional block-of-the-month. During the year long program, you will be making parts of the quilt from the center out. By the third month, the entire center medallion is complete. In a few more months, the Flying Geese border, and Checkerboard border are complete, with... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2014 at Country Sampler Quilts
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I know, I know .... I'm late in posting about Fall Quilt Market. I did try and take a few pictures to share with you though. It's always exciting the first day of market to walk through these doors ... We did start at row 1, but had to make a quick detour to see an awesome display of quilts from the Ruby Jubilee Celebration commemorating the 40th anniversary of Quilt Market. This exhibit was inspired by the 2011 Infinite Variety: Three Centuries of Red and White Quilts in New York. I missed that show (dang it!) and while the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2014 at Country Sampler Quilts
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I couldn't resist showing you this amazing quilt and class at the Papillion store ... Sandy Ackerman is teaching this awesome series of classes from a pattern by Under the Garden Moon and we've got a kit available for ya too! The class is set up as a technique sampler that combines all our favorite methods of piecing. You will learn applique, paper piecing, stash and slash and traditional piecing. Join Sandy and work your way through this eight month project. Stop by the Papillion store to sign up or give them a call at 402-537-9515. Oh, and did you... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2014 at Country Sampler Quilts
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The winter edition of Primitive Quilts and Projects is in the shops now ... Here's a peek at some of the projects in this issue... Stop by either store and pick up your copy today - they go fast! Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2014 at Country Sampler Quilts
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Just a quick note to let you know the late awaited (and long suffering) Country Sampler newsletter is out in the shops and NOW on line at www.countrysampleronline.com . Be sure and check it out! Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2014 at Country Sampler Quilts
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As promised, I've got some pictures of the new baby quilts up on the wall at the West Center store. We redid almost the whole wall, with lots of new models, so just to tempt you to come see us; here's our new line up! First up, these fun and fast self-binding baby blankets. These are so easy to make and without the need for binding or quilting, they're a great last minute baby gift. We've expanded our kids flannels too, so you have lots of prints to choose from. All you need is 1 1/4 yards for the back... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2014 at Country Sampler Quilts
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I heard today that there's only 20 days until Halloween - yikes! It's not like I have to do anything to get ready, it's just that it proves how fast the days are flying by. But, don't panic, Edith ... there's still time to make some adorable Halloween pillowcases for those special someones in your life! We have some oh-so-cute pillowcase kits at both stores and they're a snap to stitch up. What little witch or ghoul wouldn't want one of these, huh? Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2014 at Country Sampler Quilts
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We've gotten mega boxes of new Kaffe in the West Center shop this past week. This is only one of the three deliveries we received ... it's sooo beau-ti-ful!! If you're a Kaffe Fassett fan, you're gonna want to see the fall 2014 prints up close and in person -- 'cause as always, they're awesome!! Here's just some of the pinks and reds .... And some of the blues and purples .... Makes you want to start a new quilt, doesn't it?? We've been expanding our Kaffe department and it's looking great! Come see all the new prints soon!! Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2014 at Country Sampler Quilts
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You might not know that Country Sampler has a Facebook page - it's a fairly recent addition and our new BFF, Denise, made it possible. Of course, part of this post is a shameless plug to get you to stop by there and "LIKE" us. (I'm not sure why, but I hear that's important with Facebook.) Here's the link: https://www.facebook.com/CountrySamplerQuilts The other reason for this post is to show you this amazingly funny photo that Denise posted recently. Since our Facebook page is relatively new, I figure a lot of you might have missed it. If you live here in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2014 at Country Sampler Quilts