Missouri Star Disappoints

The Missouri Star Quilt Company's black Friday special was $200 and get a bolt of fabric free deal. I thought holy cow, that's a lot of fabric. Then my husband challenged me to get to $200. I did that easily and I placed the order. That was on the 24th of November. During the first week of December I got an apology email from them stating that they are way behind on filling their orders due to the volume and their inadequate inventory system which was being upgraded.

They did not waste any time in taking the money from my account back in November for my order.

On December 15th I received a notice in my email that the order had shipped. I got a notice that the box was left on my porch but it was not there. A few hours after that my neighbor called to tell me my package was left on their porch. Grrr!

When I opened the box, there was an apology note stating that this was a partial order blaming that bad inventory system. The packing slip only listed the items that were in the box. So I waited for the rest of the order.

Last week I got tired of waiting and I contacted the company to ask where the rest of my items were. I called the company during regular business hours and I got a message stating that I should call during regular business hours. Feeling somewhat frustrated, I sent an email. 2 days later I got a response saying sorry but your items are out of stock and that I will be getting a refund for the missing items. The refund came 2 more days after that.

It sure would have been nice if they offered me the opportunity to order something else in place of my missing items. But now if I want to order more, I have to pay shipping. More Grrr!  And what if I never contacted them? Even though I did get some really pretty things at great sale prices, I'm not sure I will order from them again after this experience.


Merry Christmas

The Christmas season went by way too fast.
Between cookie baking...

And holiday decorating...

And shopping and wrapping...
Add in some home improvements and before I knew it, it was all over. I must admit though, I will be happy to get back to some sewing however, my next big thing is getting my sewing machines tuned up.


Mini Christmas Stockings

I made these cute little stockings just in time for Christmas. I actually made 4 of them but my granddaughter instantly snatched them up. I convinced her to let me photograph them and she gave me three of the four back. I promised her that I was just borrowing them but I don't think she believed me.

I used a tutorial found here to make the stockings. They are the cutest little things and I am going to have to make more for next year since I have to give these back.


Table Runners

I've finished quilting 3 table runners for a friend so she can give them as Christmas gifts. With preparing for Christmas, it's the most sewing I've done all month. I really enjoyed quilting these; I think doing small projects is a nice break from all the holiday hoopla.


QAYG Christmas Stocking

I got this really cute holiday fabric from my favorite Etsy shop called the Fabric Shoppe. They always have very cute whimsical fabrics which is just my style. I've been meaning to make new Christmas stockings for a very long time and the new fabrics I ordered were perfect for that purpose. I chose to use a pattern I found online called Falling Flakes quilt-as-you-go Christmas stocking. The link for the tutorial can be found here. It's easy to follow and I whipped my stocking up in no time.


Some Home Improvements

We're all decorated for the holidays. It was a pretty tough road to get here since I decided at the last minute to clean the carpets and paint the living room.
After I painted the room, I chose to paint the mantel around the fireplace too. It really needed an upgrade. However, I've yet to figure out what color to paint it. I put a coat of primer on and after I get used to the new wall color, I think I'll pick the mantel color.