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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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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 3 days ago 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 3 days ago at Country Sampler Quilts
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 7 days ago at Country Sampler Quilts
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
I think we can all use a little inspiration to get us going on a Monday, don't cha think? And what better way than to show you a beautiful quilt and a cool notion that maybe you haven't heard of yet! This beauty of a quilt was designed by Laundry Basket Quilts and stitched by our very talented, Ann Lage, at the Papillion shop. (I think Ann is working her way through every quilt that Edyta has ever made!) And, just let me say ... the pictures just don't do it justice! This is "Reaching Out" ... A little piecing... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2014 at Country Sampler Quilts
It's finally beginning to feel like spring here in the Midwest, so I thought I'd give ya a little peek of the West Center store as you walk in the door .... Oh, and just a heads-up. I know I probably don't have to tell you but we'll be closed Easter Sunday to enjoy the day with our families. My family and I are going out for Easter brunch and baby Charlotte will get to see the Easter Bunny for the first time. I can't wait!! :) Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2014 at Country Sampler Quilts
If you've been in the shops and picked up the spring newsletter, you've probably read that we have a new block of the month -- and it starts next week!! This is "Sunday Ride" isn't it gor-ge-ous??!! It measures 68" by 86" and it's a wonderful spring and summer quilt. Ann Lage made both of our models and she did a fantastic job!! The original quilt (and ours) was stitched using the fusible applique method with a small machine buttonhole stitch, but you can use the applique technique of your choice. Seeww, here's the skinny in a nutshell -- "Sunday... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2014 at Country Sampler Quilts
I finally got time to add a few of our most current quilt kits to our website this week. They come and go pretty quickly, so be sure and check these beauties out! "Triple Treat" is the first up! This quilt is from the Happy Hour book and is easy to make and such a happy quilt! (72 1/2" by 87") From the Papillion shop, this great quilt called "In the Woods". The kit includes the pattern and kit, but you can buy just the pattern too! Quilt measures 55" x 55". This is "Scrappy Nines", from one of our... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2014 at Country Sampler Quilts
I finally got my quilt done to help announce the Country Sampler Red and White Quilt Show here at both the shops in May, and it's in a little display Carol and I put together by the back cutting table ... Mine is the primarily red quilt on the left hand side .... It's called "Croquet" and it's from this great book by Betsy Chutchian... (I love this book, by the way.) The original quilt was done in kind of muslin color for the chain and then the main fabric was a kind of soft cheddar color. Luckily, the design... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2014 at Country Sampler Quilts
We always look forward to a new Nancy Halverson book here at Country Sampler. We just received her newest - Table Please 2 ... It's full of runners and table toppers for Fall, Halloween, Christmas and Winter - all in that wonderful Art to Heart style. Looks great doesn't it?! We also have Nancy's first book in the series (in the shops and on the website) - Table Please Part 1 ... So whether you want to get a head start on the fall and winter holidays or are thinking about making a little sumpin' for this season ... we've... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2014 at Country Sampler Quilts
Just a quick post to let you know we've received Jo Morton's newest line of fabric from Andover, called "Woodlands". Wonderful greens, navys, blacks, and a few golds!! Gosh, I wish that picture was better. Trust me, Edith, it's really beautiful! Here's a little better close up ... Stop by either store and check it out! Yummy!! Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2014 at Country Sampler Quilts
If you've been following along in the Country Sampler newsletter, you know we're planning a Red and White Quilt Show for May 10th through the 25th and we're asking our friends and customers to stitch up a red and white quilt to put in the show. Have you started yours yet? Quilts are due into either one of the two shops on April 21st through the 30th, so you need to get hopping on that quilt! The good news is that it doesn't have to be a king size Baltimore Album quilt (like that would ever get done at my... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2014 at Country Sampler Quilts
I just got this information that I thought I'd pass on to you. It's just two days so be sure and mark your calendar now so you don't miss this opportunity! The Supper Quilt Exhibit comes to Nebraska for the first time April 17-18 9am-9pm Presentation by quiltmaker Dr. Don Locke each evening 6-6:30 Thursday and Good Friday Evening Services begin at 7:30 Pacific Hills Lutheran Church 1110 S. 90th Street Omaha, NE The Supper quilt is a 15.3' x 5.5' work of art modeled on Leonardo de Vinci's famous work "The Last Supper". The quilt is composed of 51,816... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2014 at Country Sampler Quilts
Join us at Country Sampler 1 and 2, this Saturday, for a very special ... Ann and I will be demoing some of our "Favorite Things in the Quilt Shop" from 11:00 to 2:00 - Ann at the Papillion shop and me at the West Center shop. We've chosen some of our favorite tools on the notions wall - many you may have never used - and we'll be introducing you to these wonderful time savers and accuracy builders. AND ... if you purchase one of these great tools that day, we'll give you 10% off!! (And did I mention... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2014 at Country Sampler Quilts
Anybody out there?? Geez, it seems like forever since I last posted a note to ya. For a while I was writing the Spring Country Sampler newsletter... which, by the way, is out in the stores now. It'll be awhile 'til it's on the website though, so stop by the shops and pick up a copy. Since I changed website hosting companies I have to figure out how to get it on the web, so that's one of my jobs for next week. Then ... we took a little vacation to Florida. It was sooo great to get out of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2014 at Country Sampler Quilts
I feel I've been remiss as a new Grandma for not sharing a few pictures of my new (and first!) granddaughter ... Charlotte. Many of you have been so kind in asking about her, so I wanted to share a couple of pictures of her. This is Charlotte in her Christmas dress that Grandpa and I bought for her ... Pretty dang cute, huh? Of course, everyone who held her at little gold sparkles all over them that day. In addition, I had to buy her a Christmas Eve outfit too - a little more casual for the well dressed... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2014 at Country Sampler Quilts
Since it's February I thought I'd show you a few pictures of the West Center store decked out in a little red, pink, and white to celebrate the season .... We've also got a couple of new models and their kits this month! First up, "Twist and Spin" .... Don't 'cha just love it?! Carla made the sample for it, then we quilted it with a small meandering stitch, and then washed it. Along with the fabric choices, this really gives it a vintage look AND ... we've got kits for it too! (I didn't put this one on the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2014 at Country Sampler Quilts
I thought I'd share some pictures of our staff party from last Sunday. This year we didn't do a Christmas party in December - sometimes it just seems like that month is too hectic to add one party to the mix. So instead I suggested we do a "Favorite Things Party" at my house in January. What's a favorite things party, you ask?? I saw the idea on a blog a couple of years ago and I've kept it in the back of my mind, waiting for the perfect opportunity. The concept of the party is like Oprah's Favorite Things... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2014 at Country Sampler Quilts