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Thank you, thank you.  Because of your support, we are going to be able to move forward with the completion of the studio building that will house The Stitchery as well as classroom space for area artists!  Let the fun begin!
Thank you, thank you.  Because of your support, we are going to be able to move forward with the completion of the studio building that will house The Stitchery as well as classroom space for area artists!  Let the fun begin!
58 backers pledged $5,000 to help bring this project to life.
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In 2016, we contracted with our Amish friends to tear down our old rotting barn and build a wonderful studio space to house Penny's quilt design business.  Her company had grown tremendously over the 8 years she has been in business, and it had taken over the entire house.  So we needed space!  The entire construction of the new studio shell took 6 weeks from start to finish, and the results are spectacular.  We were left to complete the interior ourselves.

Unfortunately, half way through the build, Penny landed in the hospital with what we thought was just exhaustion, or maybe a nasty bug.  After many tests, she was diagnosed with SEID, System Exertion Intolerance Disorder, a form of Chronic Fatigue.  Now, Penny will be the first to tell you that she always thought that Chronic Fatigue just meant you needed to get more sleep.  But she quickly learned that it's so much more than that.  It can be a scary thing to not be able to control your body when it wants to just shut down on you.  We experienced this on the road once while doing a show in Connecticut.  We were worried, but Penny didn't want to give up on her dream.

We continued working on the building and the business throughout 2017, installed the boiler system, insulated and prepped the walls for drywall, installed the service box and ran the electrical system, installed the garage door, lights, just to name some of the accomplishments.  At the same time, we did 13 shows across the eastern United States and Mid-west, meeting so many wonderful people along the way.  We visited Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Virginia, Tennessee, Michigan, Illinois, Missouri, Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina. 

Well, it was all too much.  Penny's health declined to the point that she couldn't work.  We decided that her health was more important and we shut down her business at the end of the year.  It was a devastating decision, but necessary. And with that, we kind of stopped work on the interior of the building.

But, you know how they say that every cloud has a silver lining.  Well, our silver lining is around the corner.  We've been offered a tremendous opportunity to take over an existing sewing machine repair business, very well established in the area, as well as transition classes from a closing quilt shop whose owner is retiring.  But, we need to get the studio done.  Penny is feeling better, but still can't work like she did and her business closing has left our budget in shambles, so we need your help to finish what we started. 

Your pledges will help us finish the interior of The Studio, purchase tables, chairs and electronics for the classroom, and install a kitchenette, so visitors can grab a cup of coffee and relax on the beautiful porch.  The Studio will offer classes of all kinds, showcasing the tremendous artistic talent we have here in Western New York.  We already have teachers and students waiting for the space to be finished.  

In addition, area artists will have the opportunity to rent "maker space", a pop-up shop, so to speak, to come to The Studio, set up a booth to showcase their art and wares, and give demonstrations or classes. The Studio will promote and market each artist to bring customers in, giving these independents a place to show their work and conduct workshops.

The Studio is going to be a place of creativity, fun, learning, and adventure for all ages.  Help us finish the dream!  We have a bunch of great rewards, something for everyone, so we hope you'll take advantage. With your help, it can become a reality!

Thank you!

Risks and challenges

The opportunity we have been presented with has a finite timeline - and with doing all the work ourselves, we may run out of time. This would mean that we would have to hire outside labor to get The Studio done in time, and that would impact the completion budget. We have prioritized what has to get finished for the customer facing activities, and those will be completed first. The "back office" areas may remain unfinished until funds are available to complete.

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    My Thank You!

    A public Thank You from the folks at The Studio on Facebook and Twitter, as well as posted in The Studio for 3 months for all visitors to see that your pledge helped us meet our goal!

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    Be a Part of The Studio - 2 x 4

    Pledge at least $5 and we will write your name on a 2 x 4 and you will then forever be a part of The Studio. We'll send you a digital picture of your 2 x 4 in place, showing your donation at work!

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    Be a Part of The Studio - Drywall

    Pledge at least $12 and we will write your name on sheet of drywall and you will then forever be a part of The Studio. We'll send you a digital picture of your drywall in place, showing your donation at work!

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    $20 Off Future Order

    Pledge $20 or more and receive the same amount off a future order from PennyMarbleQuilts.com, including PMQD Ornaments, patterns, PMQD Portable Ironing Boards. Wholesale or retail! A great opportunity to help, and get an equal reward in return!

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    Personalized Mug Rug

    I will personally make you a mug rug, with your name on it, so that you can show the world (under your mug, of course) that you support the individual artists and care about not leaving coffee rings on your tables! :)

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    1 Free Class at the Studio

    A pledge of $25 will allow you to take 1 classes at The Studio. We already have teachers lined up to do quilting, embroidery, hand dying fabric, painting ... and there will be more. We will have Mommy and Me classes to learn basic sewing and quilting techniques, and fun ornament classes at the holidays! Any class of your choice! (A "class" is defined as one day of teaching. Series would count as multiple classes)

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    1' x 1' Barn Quilt

    Pledge $50 or more and receive a 1' x 1' Barn Quilt, our design choice, featuring our exclusive hanging system which allows you to switch out the Barn Quilt whenever you want. Hand painted on primed steel, these will hold up against all weather and add a quilty touch to any home. The 1' x 1' is small enough to hang by your entry way to tell everyone how much you love quilts!

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    3 Free Classes at The Studio

    A pledge of $50 will allow you to take 3 classes at The Studio. We already have teachers lined up to do quilting, embroidery, hand dying fabric, painting ... and there will be more. We will have Mommy and Me classes to learn basic sewing and quilting techniques, and fun ornament classes at the holidays! Three classes of your choice! (A "class" is defined as one day of teaching. Series would count as multiple classes)

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    Award Ribbon Pillow

    Dust off those bags and boxes of award ribbons and allow me to make you a wonderful pillow to show off your accomplishments! Pillow will be 16" square with piped edge and includes the pillow insert.

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    Free Sewing Machine Cleaning

    Get one free sewing machine cleaning from our expert technicians. Keep your machine running in tip-top shape by keeping it well tuned. No one can do it like a trained service guy, and we've got the best!

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    6 Free Classes at The Studio

    A pledge of $100 will allow you to take 6 classes at The Studio. We already have teachers lined up to do quilting, embroidery, hand dying fabric, painting ... and there will be more. We will have Mommy and Me classes to learn basic sewing and quilting techniques, and fun ornament classes at the holidays! Six classes of your choice! (A "class" is defined as one day of teaching. Series would count as multiple classes)

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    Longarm Quilting

    $100 off any longarm quilting request. Custom or pantograph. Any size quilt - no minimum! Let me quilt that for you!

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    Two Weeks of Maker Space

    ARTISTS! Pledge $100 and get two weeks of maker space rental at The Studio! Set up your wares (we have backdrop and tables if you don't) and The Studio will promote and market your appearance to get customers to come and visit. Use the classroom (subject to availability) to hold workshops or classes to teach your art to others. Let us help you sell!

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    2' x 2' Barn Quilt

    Pledge $125 or more and receive a 2' x 2' Barn Quilt, our design choice, featuring our exclusive hanging system which allows you to switch out the Barn Quilt whenever you want. Hand painted on primed steel, these will hold up against all weather and add a quilty touch to any home. The 2" x 2' makes a nice statement to show your love of quilts!

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    New Baby? Personalized Quilt

    I will make you a personalized, keepsake quilt for your new baby, grandbaby, or if you're like me, great-grandbaby!! You pick your color scheme, personalization, and I will make it for you! Label can include names of baby, mom & dad, birth date, weight, length, time, etc. Let me know what you want, and I'll do it!

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    $200 off T-shirt/Memory Quilt

    Get $200 off any T-Shirt/Memory Quilt. Pull out those favorite t-shirts, sports jerseys and we'll make a quilt that you can cherish forever. Recently lost a loved one? We can do a wonderful memory quilt from their clothing items that will allow you to keep them close and have an eternal hug each time you cuddle up with your quilt. We will include a custom embroidered label for you as well.

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    3' x 3' Barn Quilt

    Pledge $250 or more and receive a 3' x 3' Barn Quilt, our design choice, featuring our exclusive hanging system which allows you to switch out the Barn Quilt whenever you want. Hand painted on primed steel, these will hold up against all weather and add a quilty touch to any home. The 3' x 3' is perfect for the side of a shed or a small barn to show your love for Americana.

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    Memory/T-shirt Quilt - Twin Size

    For a pledge of $275, get a custom made twin-sized quilt from your favorite t-shirts, jerseys, etc. Don't leave those memories tucked in a closet, bring them out and let me make you a fabulous quilt to snuggle under when the winds blow. Twin-sized quilt measures approximately 64” x 82” and requires a minimum of 20 shirts.

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