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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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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 2 days ago 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 6 days ago 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 7 days ago 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
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It's been a fabric sort of week here at Country Sampler 1 and 2!! Lot of new, beautiful fabric that's gonna make your little fabricholic heart go pitter-pat. (I know it sure made my heart skip a beat.) First up, is a new line from Moda and Barbara Brackman, called Richmond Reds. Now, this is "petting fabric", Edith. (You do know about petting fabric, don't you?? Petting fabric is material that is sooo beautiful that you hate to cut into it. Instead you just pet it as you're searching around on the shelf for the perfect material! You know what... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2014 at Country Sampler Quilts
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Can you believe that September is almost over? Soon it will be time for witches and goblins and then ... Christmas! Big sigh. I guess I'm not ready to move on yet. Speaking of getting ready, do you remember this guy? If you're one of our many mystery quilters, he should look familiar. So it's time to remind you that our Mystery Quilt Party for 2014 is Wednesday, October 15th, at 6:00, at the West Center store. Finish up that quilt top, Edith, 'cause you only have about two weeks 'til it's time for the big reveal! Remember to call... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2014 at Country Sampler Quilts
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We're seeing dots at the West Center store ... marvelous Micheal Miller dotty fabric to be exact. Isn't it yummy?! Forty bolts in the all the colors of the rainbow! I love 'em all and dots are seeww popular right now. Oh, and did I tell you we've got two sizes of dots? Yup. Now we just have to think of something great to do with them. Any suggestions?? Oh, and look what we else we've got .... ONE bolt of ... FROZEN fabric from Springs!!! Wouldn't it make cute pillowcases? It probably won't last long, so come on in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2014 at Country Sampler Quilts
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Look what arrived this week - yay! Yup, it's the fall edition of Better Homes and Garden's Quilt Sampler magazine!! We always look forward to this biannual magazine featuring 10 top stores and a signature quilt and pattern from each shop. Stop by either Country Sampler and pick up your copy today! Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2014 at Country Sampler Quilts
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Well, I can't believe it's September - I know I sound like "old people", but summer seems to be slipping by waaay too fast ... and although I love autumn, I'm not too thrilled about what comes next. This is my day off though, so after I write this and finish the wash (ugh), I'm bringing out the pumpkins and fall garlands and decorating the house for the season. (I've already got my pumpkin scented candle going -- just to get me in the mood!) In my continuing effort to keep you up to date on all the needful things... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2014 at Country Sampler Quilts
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Edyta Sitar from Laundry Basket Quilts has a new book out and we've got it!! Well, we did have copies when I left work on Friday - but even then they where going fast! But never fear, I've got two more orders of this wonderful book winding their way to us this week! Fifteen beautiful scrap quilts making it a snap to incorporate all your cottons and batiks into wonderful heirlooms ... Just makes you want to start a new quilt, doesn't it? Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2014 at Country Sampler Quilts
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I met with a gal yesterday about a marketing position with Country Sampler. Marketing is something I don't do well, I know this. After all, I'm a quilter and a Elementary Education major - not surprisingly, neither one came with a class on marketing ... big sigh. One of the things she said I should do is blog more often - it should be short and sweet, with just one or two topics. That way it doesn't seem to be should a chore and I'll blog more often. Of course, this isn't anything I didn't know (even without a marketing... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2014 at Country Sampler Quilts
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Just when you thought there couldn't be anymore new Christmas projects ... I've got some more eye candy for you from the West Center store. (The Country Sampler elves were veerrry busy this summer!) First up is, "Tags of Christmas", a new pattern and kit for the holidays! You can't really tell the size from the picture, but when it's framed it measures about 6" x 24". We even have frames for it too! Pattern is just $9.50 and the kit is $31.98 and includes wool, fabric and five Valdani threads to complete the project. This cutie is called "Frosteez"... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2014 at Country Sampler Quilts
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Well, I doubt if I'll get all our projects and displays into one blog post - the staff stitched a lot of really super quilts and projects, but I'll try and get a few in today and a few more later. First, let's make a stop at the Papillion shop. Although it's a little smaller than the West Center store, we've got it jammed packed with Christmas quilts, kits, patterns, and new books. Just look at this beauty, entitled "Good Tidings". It has a nice fresh look for Christmas, don't 'cha think? And here's a little closer shot of "Peppermint... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2014 at Country Sampler Quilts
If you frequent the West Center Store of Country Sampler, you know that Carol Avok has been the manager there for years - I don't know how many, but Carol has been with us since at least 2001. (I looked for a picture of Carol, but she's pretty elusive when it comes to the camera!) Anyway, Carol's last day is this Thursday. She's moving to Norfolk where her husband has a job with the local paper. We're going to miss her like crazy - she's always been the "go-to" person that helps keep the shop running smoothly (not to mention... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2014 at Country Sampler Quilts
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I've had a couple of people email me asking when I was going to post some pictures and projects from our annual Country Sampler Christmas in July. Seewww, I finally did some uploading, alot of editing (I'm not really good with the photography thing), and I've got some pictures for ya! But first, let me send out a big thank you to everybody who came out and saw us last weekend for the big event. The staff and I work so hard for months getting ready for the seasons - selecting fabric, sewing, cutting, kitting, and packaging; not to mention... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2014 at Country Sampler Quilts
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We had a productive week this week ... we cut and package several more quilt kits for Christmas in July (next Saturday and Sunday) and the anticipation is building! All the little Country Sampler elves are stitching, cutting, and packaging like crazy to get ready for the BIG event. We've got a couple more projects to quilt, but it's going along pretty well and I think we'll be ready for Saturday. Remember ... we'll be closed on Friday, the 18th, the revamp both the stores! I do have a couple of new quilts to show you this week ... it's... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2014 at Country Sampler Quilts
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Well, it looks like I took most of June off from blogging and if I don't get in gear, I'll miss July! We've been seewww busy getting our projects ready for our annual Christmas in July, that I haven't had much time to do anything else!! Just in case you've miss the dates of this fab-u-lous, once a year extraganza - here's the info .... Country Sampler's 20th Annual Saturday, July 19th 10:00 to 5:00 and Sunday, July 20th 12:00 to 4:00 We'll have the Christmas music on for you, plus all the new holiday fabric for fall, Halloween, winter,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2014 at Country Sampler Quilts
We're packing up today ... getting ready for moving in tomorrow , so I wanted to give you a little reminder .... The Omaha Quilters' Guilds 36th Annual Quilt Show Location: LaVista Conference Center, 12520 Westport Pkwy, LaVista, NE (across from Cabela’s) 200 Quilts on Display, 34 participating in the Vendors Mall, Small Quilt Auction, 2014 Opportunity Quilt, Doll Display, Silent Auction of quilts & handcrafted items with a buy it now option, Great door prizes. Times: Thursday, June 19th - 5p.m. - 8p.m. Friday, June 20th - 9a.m. - 8p.m. Saturday, June 21st - 9a.m. - 4p.m. Price: $7... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2014 at Country Sampler Quilts
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Hey, you know this guy, don't you??! He's here to remind you that our HUGE annual Porch Sale is this week end - Friday, June 6th and Saturday, June 7th!! Both stores! (10:00 to 5:00) Although we no longer hold the sale on our front porches, you can be sure our classrooms will be chock-full of great deals and bargains!! We've got tons of fabric at half price, books for just $5.00, and patterns for only a $1.00!! And, at the West Center store, we've got lots of gifty-type things for your home at 40% to 70% off!! AND, for... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2014 at Country Sampler Quilts
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Can you believe it's almost the end of May??! I have no idea where April and May have gone, but after all the cold of this winter - I'm ready for summer and a little warmth. Oh, and just a reminder that we will be closed Monday, May 26th, for Memorial Day. I'm hoping to sew the day away - how 'bout you?? Ann and I just got back from Quilt Market in Pittsburgh and I'll have some goodies to show you in upcoming blog posts, but first I wanted to let you know about some of the new things... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2014 at Country Sampler Quilts
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I wanted to get ya some pictures of our wonderful Red and White Quilt Show - now showing at both stores! The pictures are in no particular order and I'm not going to do a running commentary on each photo - but it's great eye candy for your little quiltin' heart! (Oh, and sorry for the ceiling lights in a lot of these pics. I tried to turn them off and shoot in the dark with a flash, but that didn't work either. Big sigh.) I kept the ironing board in this picture - I thought it just added a... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2014 at Country Sampler Quilts
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Did you have a good Mother's Day?? We went out for brunch with the family. We've suddenly become big brunch people, but I'm not complaining - I love brunch. It's great to combine two meals into one and have somebody else do the cooking! I was really impressed by the salad table - just look at these beautiful creations from Crave Restaurant in Midtown .... Fun, huh? Who knew you could do so much with a watermelon?? Don't forget we've got the Red and White Trunk Show going on now at both stores! Our customers (and friends!) have turned in... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2014 at Country Sampler Quilts
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Okay ... I admit this has nothing to do with quilting, or the shops, or me ... but I found this today and I just had to share it with you. It's one of those "Who Are They Now" things and reminds me of all those awful pictures they use to take during grade school and junior high. You know the ones. The ones you stuffed into your back pack after homeroom and told people your pictures didn't come or that you have to wait for yours for another 6 weeks 'cause the picture factory had a fire just as... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2014 at Country Sampler Quilts