INfiber at Fishers City Hall

Carol Marlin's 200 theme quilt

Carol Marlin’s 200 theme quilt

INfiber, an Indianapolis area fiber arts group of which I’m a member, is holding an exhibit at Fishers City Hall.  The exhibit area is spacious to allow the group to put several pieces from each member.  Members did pieces specific for Indiana’s bicentennial this year.  Entitled 200: Threads of time, the challenge pieces all had a bicentennial or 200 theme and received the Indiana Bicentennial’s official endorsement.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The following are a few from the 200: Threads of Time Indiana Bicentennial portion of the exhibit.

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Jerri Warner (top) Joan Webb (bottom)

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Monica Vogel

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Audrey McFarland (left) Mary Strinka (right)

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Joan Webb

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Ann Luther

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Barbara Triscari Bicentennial Orchid rust and ink wholecloth

We had a small grouping of Indianapolis themed quilts.

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Here are my pieces (other than Bicentennial Orchid which is pictured above with the Bicentennial themed quilts) that are in the exhibit.

Here is a small sampling of the rest of the exhibit.  It is an honor to be a part of such a talented group of fiber artists.  Fishers City Hall: 1 Municiple Drive, Fishers, Indiana.  Open business hours and during special events.  June 6 -July 30 2016

 

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Ann Luther (left) Jeri Warner (both on the right)

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Judy Ireland

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Leigh Leighton

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Mary Strinka

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Kokomo Opalescent Glass: photography

While I enjoyed the tour and seeing how different types of glass are made, I also enjoyed photographing things that caught my eye throughout the facility.  I’m an avid amateur photographer and take photographs every week.  Often daily.

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This cute little face was so dirty, but still fun.

I had to laugh when one of my friends said she noticed that everyone else was watching the glass blower and my camera was pointed away from her at the wall.  There were cute little items made of glass here and there on the walls and most had been there for years and were dusty.  They made me smile.

dangling in the blowing studio

dangling in the blowing studio

 

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These little guys were on a utility box in the glass blowing studio

These little guys were on a utility box in the glass blowing studio

Another piece on the utility boxes in the blowing studio

Another piece on the utility boxes in the blowing studio

I also enjoyed the age of the building,

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an open window in the oldest part of the factory which made scissors. I loved the age of the building and the rusty view.

 

the equipment that had been in use for decades,

 

cullet barrels that hold the scraps that are saved and can be remelted and reused.

cullet barrels that hold the scraps that are saved and can be remelted and reused.  These are some barrels who have gotten many decades of use.

 

cullet in a barrel

cullet in a barrel

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bins for glass recipe ingredients

and tools.

texture rollers for the sheet glass equipment

texture rollers for the sheet glass equipment

I wondered at times which looked better: black and white or color (of which they didn’t have much anyway).

Color pic of carts to move around glass recipe ingredients.

Color pic of carts to move around glass recipe ingredients.

Black and white pic

Black and white pic

I hope if you are ever in the Kokomo area (central Indiana), you will make have time to get there and take the tour.

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Kokomo Opalescent Glass: Sheet glass

I enjoyed a tour of Kokomo Opalescent Glass (KOG) with a small part of my quilting bee.  My mom made leaded art glass when I was growing up.  So I always liked seeing the glass she brought home from KOG.  The ends were thick and lumpy from the rolling process and the colors swirled together.  When I she and I made a stained glass for a lifelong friend, we went to KOG to buys some glass.  It was a joy looking through all of the beautiful sheets of glass.  So when my friends asked if I wanted to go on the tour, I didn’t hesitate to agree.

The tour didn’t disappoint!  We had an enjoyable time and learned a lot.  I loved photographing the glowing fires and glass.

The glass furnaces that run 24/7.  These are very large, but no one is standing near it to get the scale.

The glass furnaces that run 24/7. These are very large, but no one is standing near it to get the scale.

A furnace that hasn't been installed yet.

A furnace that hasn’t been installed yet.

oven that the furnace goes into to heat up to be able to install it into the big octagon of furnaces.  Which has to be installed hot while the other furnaces are burning.  And fast so it doesn't crack from the temperature difference.

oven that the furnace goes into to heat up to be able to install it into the big octagon of furnaces. Which has to be installed hot while the other furnaces are burning. And fast so it doesn’t crack from the temperature difference.

testing if the molten glass is ready to go.

testing if the molten glass is ready to go.

Oven fires

Oven fires

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Glowing door to a furnace.

Hot glass in a very heavy metal ladle.  It has to be moved quickly to keep it from cooling off too fast.

Hot glass in a very heavy metal ladle. It has to be moved quickly to keep it from cooling off too fast.

Ladleful about to be added to the pile of molten glass

Ladleful about to be added to the pile of molten glass

Pouring the ladleful

Pouring the ladleful

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Stirring the colors together for ribbons of mixing colors.

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Stirring the molten glass to mix the colors a little

Pushing the stirred molten glass into the rollers.

Pushing the stirred molten glass into the rollers.

Texture rollers to add texture to the sheet glass

Texture rollers to add texture to the sheet glass

Directing the glass going into the rollers and coming out as a textured sheet of molten glass and then off to the ovens to cool down slow enough to not crack.

Directing the glass going into the rollers and coming out as a textured sheet of molten glass and then off to the ovens to cool down slow enough to not crack.

finished sheet glass trimmed down to size

finished sheet glass trimmed down to size

The head of a glass sheet that is cut off because it is not even.  I enjoy these pieces in their irregularity.

The head of a glass sheet that is cut off because it is not even. I enjoy these pieces in their irregularity.

I had a lot of fun photographing the process, in particular the molten glass and furnace.

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Kokomo Opalescent Glass: Blown glass

Glass blowing is something that has always fascinated me.  Working and shaping hot molten glass . . . what’s not to love?  I enjoyed living in Tacoma, Washington where there is a very large glassblowing community.  My parents lived in the same apartment building as Dale Chihuly and his assistant.  Now there is a wonderful museum of glass in Tacoma.

A glassblower at KOG was working on a bowl like the ones seen behind the IU awards on this table.

Projects for clients.  The red one's are awards for Indiana University and the bowls are what we saw being worked on in the blowing studio.

Projects for clients. The red one’s are awards for Indiana University and the bowls are what we saw being worked on in the blowing studio.

Blowing and shaping the bowl.

Blowing and shaping the bowl.

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Shaping the foot

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Tapping to remove the bowl

Tapping to remove the bowl

Smoothing out the pontil mark

Smoothing out the pontil mark

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Kokomo Opalescent Glass

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I had been to Kokomo Opalescent Glass (KOG) before when buying glass for a lifelong friend’s stained glass she asked me to make for her historic home remodel.   I really enjoyed looking through all of the beautiful glass they make and had a tough time just picking out what was needed for the project.  All of the quilters out there know what it is like to go into a quilt shop and see the gorgeous “eye candy.”  This is the same feeling: heart leaping with all of the possibilities for the beautiful supplies!

Making some glass beads

Making glass beads

So, KOG is 127 years old!  That in itself is amazing.  They opened in Kokomo because they were given free gas and there was a good supply of it.  They got that deal for many years until the gas supply dwindled.  They have had gas bills as over $65,000 in a month!  Yikes.  Needles to say, there is also not a high margin on glass productions given those expenses.

They give tours once a day on weekdays.  We expected the tour to be a few people and it ended up being over 40.  They split us into smaller groups and called in back up tour guides.  We lucked into getting the CEO.  He requested going last and I’m pretty sure we got a longer tour with a little more detail to our tour.  John O’Donnell was a very knowledgeable and interesting tour guide.  His wife, Patty, joined us and was very knowledgeable as well.

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John holding glass for the Washington DC metro in a warehouse.

There are multiple buildings in the complex, but the original building was a scissors factory prior to glass, so it is older than 127 years old.

There were rows and rows of sheet glass stored.

There were rows and rows of sheet glass stored.

I was surprised to hear about the scope of their business and customers.  They are one of about 6 glass manufacturers of the type in the country.  They supplied a lot of glass to Tiffany’s over the years and still have the recipes used originally and still get repair work for Tiffany glass.  Glassmaking has not changed a lot with the times.  You are still melting sand and additives to molten states in ovens and manipulating it how you want it.

Projects for clients. The red one's are awards for Indiana University and the bowls are what we saw being worked on in the blowing studio.

Projects for clients. The red ones are awards for Indiana University and the bowls are what we saw being worked on in the blowing studio.

They had a container shipment ready to be loaded in a container bound for Japan.

Part of the shipment for Japan

Part of the shipment for Japan

 

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The unpainted signature brick wall

While this brick wall is more enduring, there still remains wooden shelving that has very old signatures as well!

Wooden shelving with dated signatures

Wooden shelving with dated signatures

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It looks like they place broken sheets at the ends of the rows.

The man who was doing the cut class/stained/leaded glass had just finished a piece (a wolf that was lovely and I should have taken a pic of him holding it up).  We didn’t get to see him working and thus didn’t take any photos.  We chatted a bit after the tour and he showed me a picture of the leaded glass he made for Elton John.

I took so many pictures (350+), that it is going to take a few posts to share them all.  I will post on glass blowing, sheet glass making, and general photography yet.

A few of us are planning to go back and take a class or two.  So if you find yourself in the Kokomo area, think about a tour.  More posts to follow!

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Supermoon Eclipse

SupermoonEclipse2005qtrWe have had such beautiful weather lately with lots of blue skies that I was a little surprised to find out we were very cloudy for the Supermoon Eclipse!  I was so disappointed that I was unable to see most of the eclipse.  But there was a short period of the beginning we could see.  Then only a little of the full eclipse.  SupermoonEclipse2132full

I have a nice camera that I upgraded to last Christmas, so I was anxious to see how I could do with it.  I tried lots of different settings and enjoyed seeing the variety of shots the camera got depending on the settings.  From huge haloing, to red, to fairly detailed when there was hardly anything I could see with the naked eye.SupermoonEclipse2021qtrc

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SupermoonEclipse2152BloodMoonThese three are the same photogaph.   The first (above) is pretty true to what I could see.  The second was adjusted for color.   The third was adjusted levels.  I thought it was interesting that it went to red white and blue.  I have decided to call it USA Supermoon Eclipse.

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19 Stars: Quilts of Indiana’s Past and Present exhibit at the Indiana State Museum

I visited the 19 Stars: Quilts of Indiana’s Past and Present exhibit at the Indiana State Museum and enjoyed seeing the beautiful quilts curated by Mary Jane Teeters-Eichacker where she chose 19 historic star quilts and 19 contemporary star quilts.  Indiana was the 19th state to join The Union and next year is the state’s bicentennial.  What a great way to get Hoosiers thinking of our upcoming 200th year, since quilts have been an integral part of Hoosiers’ lives.

As a quilter I love looking at all styles of quilts.  Although I am an art quilter, I can appreciate the love and labor that goes into making any quilt and enjoy a glimpse into another quilter’s brain through his/her design choices.  Given all of the quilting time in the world, I would try many, many styles of quilting.  But, alas I don’t have that time and I have to prioritize my choices and art quilts generally win out.  That being said, I enjoy seeing the contemporary quilts of the present than those of the past.  So I chose to hone in on the quilts from the present to share today, and art quilts by in particular.  Here are three talented Hoosier artists’ quilts.

 

Starry Knight by Ellen Anne Eddy

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Penny Sisto had two.  Frances Slocum’s Landscape and Frances Slocum’s Totem

Frances Slocum’s Landscape.  Oops.  I forgot to get a whole shot!  So here are two details.

 

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Frances Slocum’s Totem

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Linda Gray’s Nineteen Stars for the Nineteenth State

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The types of quilts, though all are stars or have a star in them somewhere, are varied, beautiful, and interesting.  I hope you will go to the ISM and see the exhibit if you are in the Indy area.

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SAQA IN and Cutting Edge

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Yesterday I met up with the Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) of Indiana at the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) for the opening of a new textile exhibit of fashion with the Curator Niloo Paydar.   While I am not a big fashion fan, I do love fiber and textiles and getting together with others who love them as well.  I really enjoyed the unusual, interesting, and beautiful collection that Niloo put together.  It was basically chronological.  The lighting was dramatic spotlighting the clothing while keeping the walls and the rest of the room fairly dark.  So, while my pictures of people not in the spotlights didn’t turn out well, the clothing was well lit to photograph.

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Entering the exhibit with a glow in the dark pantsuit by Stephen Sprouse.

We met for lunch at the IMA cafe which is one of my favorite places to eat.  Always fresh and delicious.  We discussed the upcoming SAQA exhibit that will be at the IMA next year.  The call for entry is here and is open to SAQA members in these states: Indiana, Wisconsin, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, Iowa, Minnesota, and Tennessee.  It is an artist response to Marie Webster’s quilts.  It will be in conjunction with an exhibit of Marie’s quilts in the textile department.

Every year SAQA has an auction of 12″x12″ quilts.  You can see my leather quilt: Bee Play II here.  The quilt I donated last year now resides in Paris.  I hope my bee lands in another good home this year as both quilts have bees on them.  I may need to continue that unintentional theme.

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A zipper vest by Martin Margiela.

 

The clothing ranged from recycled, to paper, to satirical, to haute couture.  They were all beautiful and all interesting.    Here is a vest made from reused zippers.  I know my daughter is going to love this one.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Niloo Paydar the textile curator

Niloo Paydar the textile curator

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Niloo told us about different ways they acquire articles.  One way is through donations,

such as this hand painted and hand made dress by Zondra Rhodes that Niloo donated.

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Niloo’s donation

 

 

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Looking at Moschino leather purses

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Moschino leather purses

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Another piece by Moschino: Dinner Jacket with utensil docorations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Some of the group listening to Niloo discuss the exhibit in the Japanese section

Rei Kawakubo's unique gloved ensemble

Rei Kawakubo’s unique gloved ensemble

I had an enjoyable afternoon and hope that if you are in the area you will stop by the Indianapolis

Museum of Art to see Cutting Edge.  The pictures I shared here are just the tip of the iceberg.  There are some others posted on my Facebook page Barbara Triscari, which is public, so you don’t have to friend me to just check out the pictures of the exhibit.

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Indiana Heritage Quilt Show: Bloomington

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This quilt was my favorite. It hits close to home with being a military family for 20 years. By Cindy Garcia

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She really caught the sadness in the girls eyes. I teared up.

I had a lot of fun at Bloomington’s IHQS!  I always love looking at quilts!  Quilters are not only VERY creative, they are fun, and so friendly.  I chatted away the day as I went.  I saw lots of Indy QGI friends, booth sat at the SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) booth where we had wonderful conversations, ate lunch with some local quilters, and then made some purchases before heading back home.

I had two pieces in the show.  Il Ponte alla Carraia and Thistles and Bee.   First time I showed there.  Next year SAQA will have a special exhibit, so that will be nice and they allowed us to have an informational booth.  Kate Lenkowsky was wonderful to run it for 3 days with just some breaks!  I really enjoyed chatting about art with her, albeit continually interrupted, lol.  I can’t wait to see what her submissions for the SAQA Indiana exhibit at the Indianapolis Museum of Art will be.  She showed me a very rough sketch of one of her ideas.

I have to share my quilt show pet peeve.  It has become common at shows to put up plastic ropes that criss cross through the booth.  I get that it keeps people further away from the quilts and keeps most people from being tempted to touch.  But then you can’t get close to the quilts to see the details.  Which is the biggest best part of going to a show, in my opinion!  I will be less likely to go that far away when I know I can’t do what I like most.  It also makes it impossible to get good pictures of the quilts on the sides.  So not many pictures.  Ba humbug!

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I don’t usually get all that excited about the shopping.  As a dyer, I usually use my own fabrics and I don’t like to fight the crowds looking at the latest quilt gadgets.  But I knew that Breezy Manor Farm would be there with her hand dyed wool.  Yummy.  I bought a bag of silk/wool roving and a bag of wool.

I found Heather Givens creator of Crimson Tate, her alter ego cartoon character who is out to rule the world.  I love her enthusiasm for all things creative and finally got to tell her congrats on her new fabric line!  I stopped in the store in Indy last month but she was out, but I got a sneak peek at the succulents fabric.  I bought her “baby toes” t shirt.  Love it!  She gave me a couple of pins from the Houston pin swap and a huge hug.  Love her!

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So the fabric line hasn’t hit the market, but she had some at Houston and said she couldn’t let it be sold at Houston without letting us buy some back home.  So, I bought a fat quarter pack of the fabric.  She told me to let her know if I might want to make a quilt for the next line she is working on.  So I pondered that on the drive home.  Go, Heather!

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I thought I was all done spending.  My two temptations I couldn’t pass up.  But no!  Out of the corner of my eye I saw the SAQA Urban Textures line, which was designed by SAQA members.  Ugh.  I had to get some of that and now I might “have” to do the quilt challenge now.  I was trying to not get sucked into another project.   So again, thinking I’m done, I got sucked into some more fat quarters: Marcia Derse and Nature’s Treasures by Laura Van Horne which reminds me of my hail photos.  So much for not spending much.  IHQS4159fatquartersWeb

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The cat had to hop up and smell the wool and was annoyed when I made her go.

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Then she decided to help me out, which she does occasionally when I’m photographing by holding up some fabric for me for a backdrop.

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Quilt Inspirations and Book Fair

I just got word that a new book with one of my quilts has arrived at the publisher’s warehouse, which, coincidentally is about 10 minutes away from me.  Sadly I have to wait for it to ship, but should only take a day to arrive when it does, I believe March 1st.  I don’t recall which quilt photos I submitted, so it will be a surprise to me what I have in it.

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You could pre-order/order it at Barnes and Noble from Feb 28-March 3 using the code: 1154892 and part of the proceeds of your order will be donated to the guild and the charity we choose.  The guild works with many organizations donating quilts, hats, and other items and services.  It is currently 26% off.  Be sure to scroll to the bottom of checkout page and look for a selection box for bookfair orders!

I will be doing to presentations during the book fair: Printing on Fabric and Art Quilt Techniques (2:30 and 4:00).  I hope that if you are in the Indianapolis area, you will stop by.

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The Guild is hosting a bookfair on Saturday, February 28th, from 10 AM to 9 PM, at the Rivers Crossing Barnes & Noble (near Keystone at the Crossing). Your purchases that day will help support the Guild and one of our favorite charities (to be determined). The bookfair will feature the following:

  • A quilt exhibition throughout the store, featuring the Guild’s 2015 Quilt Show Opportunity Quilt
  • Quilting demos and workshops for children and adults alike
  • A quilter’s storytime for children
  • A charity quilt-in where you can help finish quilts for charity
  • A book signing by Jennifer Fulton and the Guild members that helped with her book, Idiot’s Guides: Quilting

The bookfair will help promote membership in our Guild, our upcoming Quilt Show, our charitable activities, and quilting in general. Simply come to the River Crossing B&N and then prior to your purchase, either show the coupon, mention the code, or tell the cashier you want to participate in the bookfair to have your purchases count.

Although we hope you will all come out to support the bookfair, there are many ways in which you can participate. For example, you can make purchases at any Barnes & Noble in the country from February 28th to March 3rd and as long as you show the coupon or mention our bookfair code 1154892 prior to the actual transaction, those purchases will count towards this fundraiser.  So spread the word to everyone you know—they can help us out even if they don’t live here in Indy.

You can also purchase items online at www.bn.com/bookfair from February 28th to March 5th, and use the code in the Bookfair Event ID Box at checkout to help the fundraiser. So again, spread the word about our fundraiser and share the code number at the bottom of the coupon to help increase our sales.

By the way, if you are a Barnes & Noble member, you can apply your member discount and still help the fundraiser. Gift card purchases, video games, software, and digital content (such as downloadable books, digital magazines, or music files) will not count, however Nook ereaders, accessories, and purchases at the in-store Starbucks do!

So plan ahead and hold your purchases until our special day, and then go crazy and help your guild and its charity.

Printable: QGI bookfair coupon code.

Note: In the case of bad weather, the events scheduled at the River Crossing Barnes and Noble will be moved to Sunday, March 1st, from 10 AM to 9 PM. The bookfair fundraiser however, will run from February 28th to March 5th regardless.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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