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Located at:
167 S.W. Court Street 
Dallas, Oregon
USA 97338

Store Hours:
Mon-Fri: 9:30am-5:30pm
Sat: 10 am-5 pm
Sun: Noon-4pm

T: 503.623.0451 
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503.623.0498 
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888-835-7397
 

 

 


Our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
The following is a list of answers to questions that
Grandma gets asked frequently.

If you have any questions that are not covered on this list, 
be sure and contact Grandma. 

General Questions

1. Do you have a catalog?

We do have a paper catalog that lists our Block of the Month programs, Fabric Clubs, Redwork, and a selection of our products; however, our online webstore is the best place to see our products. Being online, we can quickly update our store as new fabrics arrive. You can also download a PDF version of our paper catalog from our Guest book page.

2. What type of fabrics do you carry?

We carry 100% cotton fabric from top designers and manufacturers. The standard width of this fabric is 45"; however, our DaGama indigos are 36" wide and some of the backing fabrics are 90-108" wide. We note any exceptions in the description of that product.

3. Are the fabric pictures the same size as the fabric?

We scan most of our fabric in at actual size; however, occasionally we scale down a fabric so it will fit on the page. We note this in the description when this occurs. Fabrics may appear a different size on your screen depending on the specifications of your monitor. You can see a larger image of most fabrics by clicking on the product within the store.

4. What is a Fat Quarter?

While a regular quarter yard of fabric is 9" wide and 44" long; a "fat" quarter is the same amount of fabric cut "fat." Fat quarters are twice as wide (18") but only half as long (22"). It’s a little more versatile and the perfect size for quilting projects. A Fat Eighth is one-half of a Fat Quarter and measures 9" wide by 22" long.

5. What is a Fat Eighth?

A fat eighth is a small piece of fabric measuring 9" x 22". Used in quilting projects, it is a good way to sample our fabric collections and acquire the fabric you need for your quilting stash.

6. What is a Stash Builder?

Stash Builders are groupings of fabric in a particular line or color that are designed to help you grow your fabric palette. Remember, Painters have many tubes of paint on hand so that when they are in a creative mood a design can be created. Likewise, Quilters need to have fabrics in different colors, designs and themes available to them for quilt creativity!

7. Can I get fabric samples?

Your best option for fabric samples are Stash Builders and Fat Eighths bundles that are available with many of our fabric collections.

Block of the Month and Fabric Club Questions

8. Can I start or stop Block of the Month or Fabric Club programs at any time?

Our Block of the Month and Fabric Club programs can be ordered and started at any time. We’ll send you your first packet upon receiving your order. Subsequent packets will be sent out during the last week of each month until you have received all the packets in that program. You can stop your program at any time simply by sending us an e-mail to let us know you wish to cancel.

9. What is included in my Block of the Month kit?

Our Block of the Month kits include the fabric you need to make a quilt block. Fabric for backing/binding and batting are generally not included in any of the Block of the Month offers but are available for purchase. Fabric in Block of the Month kits is subject to change due to availability of goods; however, we make sure that any substitutions blend well with the overall flavor of the quilt block series.

10. Are the fabrics in my Block of the Month kit pre-washed?

Pre-cut fabrics purchased in packs or kits are not pre-washed and should not be put in the washing Machine or Dryer. These fabrics can be soaked in cold water until the water is clear. Air dry and press, and it’s ready to use!

11. How can I get the Finishing Kit for my Block of the Month club?

The Finishing Kit for your Block of the Month program will be sent to you automatically at the end of your program. When you receive your last block we’ll let you know that your Finishing Kit will arrive the next month.

12. Why do the Indigo Club Fat Quarters feel so "yuckky?"

The DaGama indigos that are included in the Indigo Club are from South Africa. They are heavily sized which makes them feel very stiff; however, once you have washed these fabrics they are very soft and feel wonderful to touch. 

13. Do I need to wash the Indigo fabrics?

You will need to wash and "set" the color of our authentic DaGama indigo fabrics. To maintain the maximum blue coloration, you will need to wash them with Color Shield or Retayne. For a more faded look you can wash them with regular detergent until you get the desired color, then use Color Shield or Retayne to set the dye color. If you do not use something to set the dye they will continue to bleed. Once you have set the dye, the color will last for years.

14. What is Redwork?

Redwork is a type of embroidery that was very popular from about 1875 through the 1930s. Patterns were outline stitched in red (or sometimes blue) on a muslin background. Stitches are made using 2 strands of thread (one strand for fine details). Sears & Roebuck and Montgomery Ward catalogues offered "penny squares"--sheets of muslin with stamped patterns for one penny each. You could also go to the local dry goods store and have your favorite pattern stamped. Children looked forward to picking out patterns and tried to find ones that were sure to last them "all week" until they made another trip to the store. 

Pictures had different meanings (horse shoes for good luck, etc.). Patterns included flowers, animals, baskets, children, household objects, historic places and famous people. Designs often depicted historical events, memories, and life of that era. Nursery Rhymes were popular with children. Table and luncheon cloths, linens, dishtowels, quilt blocks, splashes and other items all featured this type of work.

15. What color floss should I use for Redwork?

The color of floss that is closest to the color available during Redwork’s heyday (1875-1930) is DMC #498. This color is a nice turkey red. Other colors appropriate for redwork (or bluework) include: DMC Color 321 (medium red); DMC Color 304 (cherry red); DMC Color 797 (darker blue) and DMC Color 813 (light blue). All of these floss colors are available in our webstore.

16. What is the best way to transfer Redwork patterns to cloth?

Use only the finest 100% cotton muslin or cotton toweling. Place your design on a light box, then place the muslin square on top of the design. Trace your design using a mechanical pencil, blue water erase pen or red pigma pen. All the items you need can be found in our webstore.

Ordering Questions

17. Do you give out customer names to anyone?

No. We respect your privacy. We do not give out our customer information to anyone for any reason.

18. What is your policy on returns?

We cannot accept returns on cut fabrics, patterns or books. Items other than cut yardage and copyrighted materials (i.e., books and patterns) may be returned for credit within 30 days providing they are in saleable condition.

19. Do you have a storefront open to the public?

We do indeed! You may wish to take a virtual tour of our store or visit the "Our Shop" page of our website to get an sneak preview of what our brick-and-mortar store looks like! Our brick-and-mortar store hours are 9:30-5:30 Monday through Friday, Saturday 10-5 and Sunday Noon-4 (Pacific Time). Of course, our virtual store is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week!)

20. Where are you located?

We are located in the heart of the Willamette Valley in Dallas, Oregon. If you are vacationing in Oregon, we are only a 45 minute drive from the beautiful Oregon Coast. By car, we are one hour south of Portland; one hour north of Eugene; and three hours west of Bend. We are centrally located to many of the tourist attractions in Oregon. Our shop is closest to Oregon’s state capital, Salem. Our store address is:

167 SW Court Street
Dallas, Oregon USA 97338

21. What is your minimum yardage cut?

Our minimum on cut yardage is 1/2 yard; however, there are also many fat quarter and fat eighth bundles available for purchase.

22. How long should it take to receive my order?

We normally ship within 48 hours of receiving your order; however, occasionally an item is out of stock necessitating an additional day or two. We ship most packages first class and priority mail which can take 3-7 business days in transit. Overseas orders can take more time depending on the country and method of shipment.

23. Can I order by sending an e-mail note without using your shopping basket?

Yes. If we already have your credit card number and mailing address on file, you can e-mail a list of the items and quantities that you want to order, along with your name and phone number. If we do not have your information on file, please use our webstore, or phone or fax us your information.

Questions for Grandma

24. Some of my quilt block squares are not really square. What should I do?

A fabric square may not be a true square for two reasons: faulty construction (inaccurate templates or not taking care in cutting and piecing) or distortion in ironing or storing after construction. If construction is a problem, try again by creating a fresh square while paying attention to technique. If careless ironing or storage caused distortion, blocking the square and gently pressing into shape should solve the problem. Remember: the more accurate you are cutting and piecing, and the greater care you take to press (don't iron!), the happier you will be with the results.

25. My grandma recently gave me a quilt that had been stored in her attic. There are dark yellow stains on the fabric. How can I remove these stains?

For one thing, those stains are caused from the fabric coming in contact with wood. If you or your loved ones have stored this quilt on a wooden shelf or (worse yet) in a cedar chest, then a chemical reaction is taking place, causing those yellow-brown stains. Stains can also be caused by aging, mildew, and a myriad other reasons. Since your quilt is considered an antique and not recently made, you may want to talk to a textile conservator as well. A new product on the market called "Sew Clean" can help get stains out of quilts. For yellow stains on linens, try "Vintage Textile Soak." Both products are available in our webstore.

If you have any questions that are not covered on this list, 
be sure and contact Grandma.