Fabric Garden

Cabin Fever Reliever, Demos, New Items, Projects for the Troops & More!


In This Issue:
Saturday Morning Demos Return
Events & What's New In Store
New Projects for The Troops
Operation Helmet Liner Discontinued
One Million Pillowcase Challenge Extended
Recipe! Celia's Touchdown Chili
Store Hours & Contact Info
The Fabric Garden
167 Lakewood Road
Madison, Maine
(207) 474-9628 
Monday-Friday 9-6
Saturday 9-5
Sunday Noon-5

We are located on Route 201 just north of the Skowhegan Town Line, and next to Ware Butler.

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All of us at The Fabric Garden hope you're safe and sound with this winter weather! 

Lots of new things in the store!   New Saturday Morning Demos start this Saturday.  Cabin Fever Reliever Open House Party next Saturday (I think we could all use a party right around now!)..  New fabrics and kits in the store.  New Buck A  Block coming.  And a new collection for our troops overseas.

I hope you are enjoying your winter, and staying relaxed and inspired with nice projects.  

Happy Quilting-Sewing-Knitting-Everything!

Saturday Morning Demos Return!
Saturday DemosWe're pleased to announce the return of FREE Saturday Morning Demos! 

9:30-10:30 am
on Select Saturdays.

No reservation or sign-up is needed.   Learn the latest techniques in a quick, informal setting.   All attendees receive a valuable coupon towards class supplies (some restrictions apply)  AND are entered into a Door Prize Drawing!


Saturday February 5:
"Warm Window Quilt Demo"

Learn how to make warm window quilts to save money on heating costs in winter, and cooling costs in summer!

Saturday February 19
"Taking the Mystery Out of Machine Needles and Threads"

Kala will de-mystify all those needles and threads for use in sewing and quilting by machine


Saturday February 26:  
"Hands-On Knitting Demo"

A quick demo to teach you the very basics of knitting.   We'll have some stations set up for a quick try.  Beginners only. 

Sunday "Make It & Take It" Classes will return in March!
  Please watch for details and class list.
Class Make It and Take It

Events & What's New In Store

Cabin Fever Reliever Next Saturday!

  Cabin Fever Reliever


What's New In Store


Pre-cuts (charm packs, jelly rolls and layer cakes)

Dragonfly Summer by Moda (below)
Kansas Troubles Perennials, Dilly Dally, Happy, Lilac Hill and much more 

Dragonfly Summer


New Bolted Fabrics!

including Melrose by Laura Ashley (below).
Also over 50 new Hoffman Batiks, Sarasa, Artifacts, New Solids, New Widebacks, the entire collection of Kansas Troubles "Perennials", Home Away from Home, and more

Laura Ashley's Melrose 


So many new Kits!

Wind and Waves (below)
McKenna Ryan's "Beach Walk" Kit (all the fabrics needed, patterns not included)
Hoffman Challenge Kits, Hoffman Batik "Radiance" Kits, A is for Annabelle, Old MacDonald's Farm,  and many more.
Wind and Waves Kit


Click Here to See More of What's New In Store! 

New Project for The Troops
New Project for the Troops:


  Knit Projects for the Troops

We are currently collecting knit projects for our troops.  

Each month The Fabric Garden will be mailing care packages overseas, and we would love for you to join in by knitting an item.  There are two different projects to choose from:  a knitted hat or slipper socks.  Either will help show our troops that you care and put a much-needed smile on some tired faces far from home.  We are also collecting Beanie Babies (read why in the link below).   When you drop off your knitted donation, you will be able to sign a card, and you'll also receive a 10% OFF Coupon towards your next yarn purchase.    THANK YOU!
Helmet Liner Project has been discontinued
Please Note
Operation Helmet Liner has been discontinued



Thank you to all who have so lovingly knit and donated Helmet Liners for our troops.  I am happy to announce that the military will now be supplying Helmet Liners for the troops, made of special wicking material.  Therefore the effort is finished, the military is no longer accepting any donations.


A total of 92 Helmet Liners have been shipped from our Fabric Garden family.  THANK YOU to all those who took the time and made the effort to so lovingly knit these items that provide such comfort to our troops while they endure the cold winters.


Details may be found on the home page of our website (www.fabricgarden.com)


One Million Pillowcase Challenge Update
One Million Pillowcase Challenge
has been extended!
Million Pillowcase Challenge

The One Million Pillowcase Challenge was to end in 2010.  However, the goal of One Million pillowcases sewn and donated nationwide has fallen short.  They are currently at under 250,000.   Therefore the effort continues.


The response has been incredible.  So far, 400+ pillowcases have been donated at The Fabric Garden!  THANK YOU to all those who made pillowcases.


They have been donated to those in need in our local community:   Togus Veteran's Hospital,  Hospice of Somerset County, area Nursing Homes, Department of Health and Human Services where they went to children and families in need and to women's shelters, and to Redington Fairview Oncology/Prenatal/Nursery /other departments.   So many smiles were provided by YOU and these gifts of love.


Let's keep the effort going...  There are more in our area whose lives would be improved, even if for a little while, by a homemade pillowcase.


So please, continue to make those pillowcases and drop them off.  We'll make sure they get delivered to the hands of someone in need. 



Newsletter Recipe

Get ready for the big game and warm up with this hearty chili!  

Cubed beef is slow-cooked for hours until it's tasty and fork-tender.

 Chili Bowl


Celia's Touchdown Chili



3 or so pounds Beef, such as Top Round, Sirloin, London Broil


trimmed & cubed into bite-size pieces (about 1/2 inch cubes)



Vegetable Oil


1 or 2 Large Onions, diced

2-3 Bell Peppers, diced

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped or crushed

1 small can Tomato Paste

1 small can crushed tomatoes

1 can red kidney beans, drained

2 bottles of beer (not dark beer)

1 Cup strong coffee

3 Tablespoons Chili Powder

1 Tablespoon Cumin

1 tsp Cayenne Pepper

1 tsp Oregano

1 tsp dried basil

A few shakes Tabasco sauce


 In a large heavy pot: put about 3 Tbs. vegetable oil - get this hot over Med-High heat.

Meanwhile, toss the cubed beef in a few Tablespoons flour in a large bowl to coat the beef in flour.


Add beef to hot oil and stir quickly & often to sear the meat. Get the meat as brown as possible without burning the flour. Remove meat from pot into a large bowl or another large pot.



Toss garlic, peppers & onions into pot. (add a bit more oil if needed) Stir over med heat for a couple of minutes until translucent.  Add tomato paste, canned tomatoes, spices, and hot sauce. Stir well. Slowly add beer and coffee, stirring constantly. You may need to add some water too (or beef stock if available)- the liquid should just about cover the ingredients. Stir well. Put the seared beef back into pot. Stir again, add water if needed, to cover ingredients. (or beef stock if available)



Bring to a rolling simmer over med-high heat, stirring constantly. When it reaches a rolling simmer, reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer for 3 or so hours, stirring every 20-25 minutes. Skim any fat during cooking. Adjust seasoning to taste. When done it will be thick and you should be able to cut through the beef with a fork.


Add the drained kidney beans during the last 15-20 minutes. Season with pepper to taste, adjust seasonings again. Done!


Serve with anything you wish:  Heated tortillas, nacho chips, refried beans, sour cream, guacamole, shredded cheese, chopped tomatoes, shredded lettuce, chopped peppers, chopped onions, black beans, sliced black olives, chopped jalapeno peppers, Mexican rice, cornbread...     ENJOY!