As a chapter ends...
After 15 years, it is time to leave the nest (close our doors) as the Bluebird is off to new adventures! Read the farewell letter below for details.
We expect this to be a very busy time for us both physically and mentally, as such please note the changes below:
- Online fabric yardage now has a 1 yard minimum.
- The closing sale will be running simultaneously online and in-person. If there is a conflict between our in-person sales and the website it will go to the in-person customer. If this does occur, we will reach out to you.
- If the difference between what you ordered and what we have in stock is 1 yard or more we will contact by email, if the difference is less than a yard we will ship what we have and reduce the bill to match quantity shipped. Leave a comment at checkout if you need exact yardage.
- All sales final.
We have no final date set. Our doors will close once we are empty, which we expect to before the end of December.
I have been so happy to share the love of quilting with so many people most of my life and specifically with my store Bluebird Quilts & Gallery. I had planned that my retirement would include my husband at the store, however that was interrupted with his death two and half years ago. I vowed not to make any major “life” changes or decisions immediately upon his death.
Over more than 15 years of owning this store, I have seen and dealt with the stress of daily operations along with 3 break-ins, persevered as an essential business through a pandemic and the dealt with the lack of encouragement by the quilt industry for being a store that does not operate on Saturdays (even while we provided a place on Sundays when other stores were not open). Even through all this, my prayers have been for the business, and most importantly the people - staff and customers to experience happiness, creativity, and success.
I have also been blessed to realize a dream of store ownership! And with that, been able to see great things: 1). In the faces of those that find similar happiness in quilting and learning to quilt. 2). In the amazing staff that supports me and works as a cohesive team unit. 3). And most definitely with the customers that offer encouragement and their support over the years. Further, to realize that my store was more than just a retail store with the charity work that we participated in. For example, charity sewing Sundays benefitting both Stephen’s Hope for Children in Fontana, California as well as Ryan’s Cases for Smiles (formerly ConKerr Cancer) in the Inland Empire, in addition to other projects. I am grateful to know we made a difference in other’s lives.
I have felt that we were a safe place for many. More times than I can count the number of people that needed a sensitive ear to hear special life challenges, be it personal frustrations over work, family or whatever, no matter how big or small. One of my favorite (and humorous) memories was a day before Thanksgiving when someone came running in and grabbed the bolt of fabric right out of my hands, hugged it and while petting it said with a huge sigh, “Ah, now I feel better!” Or the times with one-on-one learning while standing by someone’s side dealing with family or personal medical care and how they needed something else to focus on while also traveling through the overpowering path life was handing them. What a privilege to be there at those times and yes, even when grief comes. I feel honored that we were there when a hug was just the thing to get someone through the day. Those memories are precious which I will hold as cherished and dear!
Even with the good, I realize now that providing quality product, class opportunities and amazing personal service in the changing world where the internet “grab an item cheaper”, or “learn on YouTube for free” has created more demand of my time than I can give to meet that challenge. I still applaud and show great joy in your accomplishments, and care for you and the world you must face. However, it is time for me to abandon the nest and close Bluebird Quilts & Gallery doors.
So let the sales begin for which many will be happy for the bargains. Even as we part, I will still give a “Happy Stitching” send off to one and all!
Due to our closing sale, we've updated our shipping policy. Free shipping is no longer available, and the prices have been updated to better reflect our actual shipping costs. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding.
Orders are pulled and packed Monday-Friday, and shipped within 24 hours when possible. Orders placed on Saturday, Sunday and select holidays are processed on the next business day. Most packages will deliver within 3-5 business days, once shipped.
Our shipping and handling charges are based on your merchandise total before any taxes.
- $ 9.50 flat rate shipping charges on orders $0 - 34.99
- $10.50 flat rate shipping charges on orders $35 - $94.99
- $17.00 flat rate shipping charges on orders $95 - $149.99
- $22.95 flat rate shipping charges on orders $150 - $249.99
- $46.00 flat rate shipping charges on orders $250 - $474.99
- $68.00 flat rate shipping charges on orders $475 - $749.99
- $90.00 flat rate shipping charges on orders over $750
*MAY BE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE*
Avoid shipping fees by selecting "In-store / Curbside" pickup (click the small circle) when on the shipping methods page of ordering.
Once your order is placed, you receive a confirmation email that we have your order. You can then plan to pick up your items at the next available pickup time. You will receive another email once the order is "packaged." You do not need to wait for the second email notice as may not happen until earlier the morning of pickup. Again, plan to pickup even if you have not received the second email.
We are available for In-Store Pickup / Curbside service during normal business hours. (Monday-Friday 10am-4pm, and Sunday 12pm-4pm. Closed Saturday.) Just come on in and let us know you are here to pick up your order, or give us a call from your car and we will run it out to the curb for you.
We are not providing International Shipping at this time. So any orders placed for international delivery will be cancelled.
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At the end of your checkout process, you'll see a confirmation page notifying you that your order is being processed. We encourage you to print this message for your records. When you’ve completed checking out online, you will receive an email confirmation of your order. You can check the status of your order by visiting the Order Status section of your confirmation email. Your order will normally ship within 24 hours.
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Returns & Exchanges
As we are closing, all purchases are final. We will not be offering returns or exchanges at this time.
Gift cards cannot be returned, exchanged or redeemed for cash (unless required by state law), and cannot be replaced if lost or stolen.