Friday, November 29, 2013

(Not) Going Black on Black Friday

Quick! Why is it called "Black Friday" (here in the USA)?

1. Jonathan Black was the first merchant to open a store in the newly colonized America, right after the first Thanksgiving

2. The hibernation period for Black Widow Spiders begins on the Friday after Thanksgiving (no matter what the date in November)

3. Men in Black (movie) opened in theaters on the Friday after Thanksgiving and it caused a lot of people to go shopping after the matinee showings because they felt so good to NOT have these guys running around in their community

4. It's the first time all year that small businesses get out of the RED (their ledgers finally show a profit, also known as operating in the BLACK)

You can find the answer after I show you a few quilts from my first book, Bold, Black and Beautiful Quilts (AQS 2004):

The Royal Star - traditional pattern (early 1900s) using today's Fossil Ferns (by Benartex). You can read about this quilt and get the free pattern by clicking the link.
The Royal Star - still one of my favorite quilts
A new Dresden Plate design, discovered by accident. But I sure do love these Nighttime Butterflies!

Butterflies at Night
 98 Dancing Squares using all solids, except for the two border prints.

98 Dancing Squares is hanging on the Giant Quilt Rack in the Sky (ie, stolen)
Ooooh. Another Dresden Plate quilt!
Notice that my Dresden Plate quilt above has no border. It told me it was finished and that was that! And also notice that the base of the wedge units are NOT CIRCLES, but triangles. Easy enough.

You can see all 16 of the quilts at my web site: Bold, Black and Beautiful. I'm hoping to have this as an e-book for sale at my Craftsy pattern site, but for now you can see them and read a little bit about them. I enjoyed working with brights and black to create them. About half were stolen in 2005 when I was traveling and teaching. That's behind me now. I like to say they are hanging on the giant quilt rack in the sky! It makes the angels smile, I hope.

Oh, I almost forgot. The meaning of Black Friday?

4. It's the first time all year that small businesses get out of the RED (their ledgers finally show a profit, also known as operating in the BLACK)

Leave a comment about your thoughts on Black Friday. I am NOT ( I repeat NOT) shopping today. At all. Never. Want. To.

I will give away a copy of my book on CD (all 16 quilts with instructions as they appeared in the book) to a random winner. Contest is over Sunday, December 1 at midnight.

Thanks for stopping by.

60 comments:

  1. Such beautiful quilts! I love your dresdens with the non-circular centers. Black Friday thoughts? Staying away from the crazy stores today!

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  2. Love how the colors all stand out with the black background. I may go out later, but sure was not in any of the early madness.

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  3. I don't need anything badly enough to go out shopping on Black Friday. I would rather stay home and quilt.

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  4. Today is the first time I'll be out in the world on Black Friday but it won't be to shop - I'll be working.

    I don't expect to come home with any horror stories; I was very fortunate to have been scheduled for a 12-6pm shift. Past the crazies and before the grumpy marathoners. :-)

    Maybe I'll even buy a stocking stuffer or two during my lunch break!

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  5. Your quilts are so gorgeous, Debby. I don't shop on Black Friday. The crowds are horrible, and there are too many people that don't care about anyone else except themselves and what they want.Any savings that could be found today isn't worth the chance of someone hurting you. (I am an elderly person) So I am staying in and doing something I love.

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  6. Oooo, I cabbaged on to that free pattern, I L_O_V_E that gorgeous beauty !
    I ain't, no way, not gonna, forget it, don't wanna, shop on black Friday which actually started yesterday for pete sake ! I'm sewing for our steal the present from your friend Christmas party (better known as Chinese Christmas) at bible study next Monday....way more fun !

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  7. I never have & never will go shopping on Black Friday, except online. Shopping just isn't my thing & I hate crowds. Thanks for the fantastic giveaway. Love your quilts.

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  8. Only once did I do Black Friday shopping and never again. I am getting so I do most of my shopping on line. I will be visiting my LQS tomorrow tho for a couple of gifts for quilting friends.

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  9. I've always wondered why it is called Black Friday for the sales. I live in Australia and we don't have it here. Thanks for the explanation. Your quilts are just gorgeous. My favourite is your Royal Star!

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  10. Nope, not getting in on the craziness and consumerism. It angers me that they thought they had to open on Thanksgiving. Rather than being happy and thankful for what you do have, go buy more and more? I went out only to get a pack of gum and pick up some sandwiches for lunch.

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  11. No Black Friday shopping for me, although I did look at some of the online deals. Until after Christmas, I will even change my normal driving patterns to avoid the mall and retail areas.
    Great quilts to show and thanks so much for the giveaway!

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  12. I don't like to shop (except cooking and fabric stores) so I definitely don't do Black Friday. My oldest daughter loves it and I love having my granddaughters so I consider it a win win. I just wish stores wouldn't try to outdo each other by starting on Thanksgiving. I love your Butterflies at Night quilt!!

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  13. My Black Friday consists only of recovering from Thanksgiving food. No shopping. No crowds. No tired feet.

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  14. I finished my X-mas shopping 2 weeks before Halloween - yeah, hate me. I don't go near stores from mid Nov - Jan 10. I first do not like shopping, but really do not like shopping in (rude) crowds. I haven't even been on-line shopping - just relaxing with my furries.

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  15. Wow...those colours really stand out on the black...very pretty! As for those quilts that are stolen...perhaps who ever took them, needed them more than you did. As for Black Friday...it seems to be branching out here into Canada now...never used to. I certainly wouldn't do the crowds, not my thing.

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  16. I don't go to big box stores on Black Friday either. Never! Today I took my dog to the groomers then browsed at consignment shops and a flea market. I have always loved brights with a black background. Thanks for the drawing.

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  17. No shopping for me today either. Except I did buy something online. Fabric. Just could not resist all the great sales that I found in my In-Box. Heh - beats the crowds! Happy Thanksgiving, a wee bit late.

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  18. you have a wonderful selection here, have not seen the triangular centres on dresden plates before but think it works so very well. Black friday seems to be taking off a bit here in the UK Asda (Woolmart) did some reductions but it ended up with fights and one lady had her arm broken!

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  19. Estupenda selección de edredones. No sabía de la existencia del viernes negro, en España no existe.

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  20. Decades ago I did the Black Friday and day after Christmas shopping thing, but no more! I have to drive over an hour to get to a store of any consequence and I'm just not the excited by their "sales"! The only shopping I did today was at my little local grocery store for potatoes and pie shells...cooked Thanksgiving dinner at my house today (I needed the leftover turkey and ham!!).

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  21. Instead of going to a crowded mall or big box store, I went my local quilt shop and happily took advantage of their Black Friday specials. Now I'm set for gifts for my quilting friends. -- soparkaveataoldotcom

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  22. I don't care for shopping in crowds so Black Friday is out for me , it amazes me how crazy people can get :-)

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  23. Thank you for sharing all this beauty with us. Black Friday actually makes me sad...have profits become so important that we have lost the true meaning of the holidays? If I think enough of someone to give them a Christmas present...it is usually handmade...because every stitch is made with love, with a vision of the smile it will place on the receipients face. I wish every one a Merry Christmas!

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  24. Black Friday as with so many 'media hyped episodes of frenzy' is just that, media hype. My daughter and I have a tradition of sorts, we rummage through thrift shops in search of one of a kind treasures followed by lunch on the town. Always good for belly rolls of laughter. Yesterday's finds...150 quilt binding clips for 99 cents!:)

    I love your Black Widow hibernation theory, got a good chuckle from that one! :)

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  25. I am from Canada and our big shopping day is Boxing Day. The mayhem is the same as your Black Friday. I don't ever shop on Boxing Day and I am absolutely certain that I wouldn't shop on Black Friday.

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  26. Gorgeous quilts as usual, Debbie. Thanks so much for sharing. We up here in Canada have our big shopping day after xmas. Not much use then, if you ask me. I would much prefer Black friday...

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  27. Me either! Hate crowds and not that crazy about shopping. One needs to get so creative this time of year!

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  28. Thanks Debby for the info on Black Friday.I never knew why it was called that.It doesn't generate much excitement in my corner of the world as its to small,anyplace big enough is hours away. Being Canadian it doesn't have the same hipe although I do have some family members who cross the border to shop ,but they too do not live near me.

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  29. There's no way I'm going to fight those crowds on Black Friday. Rather stay home and quilt.

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  30. Interesting story on Black Friday. Great quilts and colors.My favorites are The Butterfly quilt and Dresden Plate

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  31. I dont shop either on black friday. I have been a long time followerer. Thanks for the chance....

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  32. I don't shop on Black Friday either! Tried it once-never again.

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  33. I usually venture out after breakfast, but not for anything special. I just feel the need to stretch my legs after being in the house the whole day before. I did go out yesterday to get one of the specials that went until 1 and it wasn't bad.

    Sandy A

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  34. I agree, No Black Friday shopping for me, but I would love to make a black quilt! Happy Thanksgiving

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  35. I used to love Black Friday, but now I am happy to sit at home and shop online!

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  36. I agree with you! I never go shopping on Black Friday. Instead, my family and I look a lovely evening stroll through a garden decorated with colored lights. It was a wonderful time to relax and just enjoy time together as a family. A new Thanksgiving tradition is born! yoyopattycakes@hotmail.com

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  37. Black Friday is the one day I refuse to step foot in any store. I hate crowds.

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  38. I guessed right, though number 1 was awfully tempting. =) I, too, never shop on Black Friday. There's nothing I want that much. I even stayed off the computer shopping, though there were a couple of things that tempted me, but I just said no and clicked away! I finished a charity quilt instead.
    That night butterflies is really unusual. I like it! I love quilts with black backgrounds - at one time I used nothing else for several years. I'd love to win your CD.

    dezertsuz at gmail

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  39. Beautiful quilts. Love how you did the dresdan plates with the non-traditional centers.

    I too do not shop on Black Friday! Bad enough that I have to work that day for the part-time job.

    Would love to win the CD! Thanks for offering it.

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  40. I did slip out to a sale on flannel (I use it a lot for backs) and I'm working a seasonal job at the mall and got called in early so I shopped for two gifts, one wedding, one birthday, on my lunch break. I used to go when the stores opened at seven but this whole 5 and 6 am is too much for me! pbstrand@msn.com

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  41. The quilts are stunning. I skip Black Friday shopping, too stressful for me. I sewed all day long, no kids or Grand kids this year.

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  42. Your quilts are beautiful, especially the last Dresden Plate. I never go shopping on Black Friday, it's too crowded! Thanks for he chance to win.

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  43. I did Black Friday in my younger years, but I don't go out at all on Black Friday or the following few days if I don't have to. Black Friday is just not the same as it used to be.

    I always love quilts with a black background and I really like Royal Star. Thanks for the free pattern.

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  44. Love your blog! I do not like black Friday...people shoving and losing their tempers when it is supposed to be the season of giving and love. No thanks! I'll just stay at home and quilt! Thanks for the chance to win!! Merry Christmas!

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  45. Hi! I went to JoAnn's for flannel for gifts, and to Sam's Club for groceries. No other shopping, either. Great quilts!

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  46. Your quilts are beautiful I love the black with all those beautiful bright colors.
    We never had Black Friday up in Canada until last couple of years but I just don't think the deals are that great to get me out there. We have Boxing Day but who wants to shop day after Christmas ? Anyway it is all crazy as far as I am concerned. Not much of shopper ant more would rather sew.

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  47. Your quilts are lovely. Thanks for sharing and the give away. I did not know this about black Friday's origin. Cool piece of info, thanks. I do not shop on black Friday. Much rather enjoy my day at home with family.

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  48. I am with you, no shopping on Black Friday. My quilting sister and I did it once. We both vowed to never do it again. We have kept that vow.

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  49. I think your quilts are great. And I like bright colors. When much younger, my sister and I got in line at 7AM to shop the day after Thanksgiving. (I don't think they called it Black Friday back then.)It was not worth it and absolutely not now when people are in line at midnight! I'll sew at home.

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  50. I'm definitely NOT a Black Friday shopper. I'd rather spend the add'l few bucks than stand in line for HOURS to pay!!Leaves me more time for quilting!!! Yah!!

    Linda

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  51. I did go shopping on Black Friday - but only to the grocery store since we normally do our food shopping on Fridays. We had the store pretty much to ourselves, so it actually worked out well. We laughed driving home to see all the cars in the other store parking lots!

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  52. Love the quilts and I only shopped for fleece fabric to make indoor snowballs on Friday. BTW The origination of Black Friday comes from Philadelphia in the late 50's early 60'ss. It was what the police referred to as the friday after Thanksgiving due to the huge amount of traffic on the city roads. It was never called Black Friday outside the NE part of the country until the mid 70's. The cute explanation about the retailers ledgers turning to black was invented around that time. I worked for Rich's in Atlanta in 1966 and Saks in Atlanta in 1969 and 1970. No one ever used the term Black Friday. The first time I heard it was in 1976 when my husband, a Trenton, NJ retailer, called it that. Trenton is 40 minutes N. of Philly!

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  53. I didn't go again this year. It is funny. Back in the 70's and 80's we used to go and got some good deals. But that was before it became "Black Friday" and the crowds got so big and crazy. The past 20 years we decorated for Christmas on Friday. This year we took my sister and her husband to see some historical sites around our new town as well as our granddaughter's dorm room. Gee, someday that may be a historical site:) Sure beats fighting the crowds to spend money. Nancy: rangerer@sbcglobal.net

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  54. While walking at the mall, I noticed that one thing I had been eyeing was on sale on Black Friday, so I did go in a purchase that one thing. The Royal Star quilt is one of my favorites. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  55. I had no desire to face the crowds to shop for anything. Thank you for sharing pictures of your black/bright quilts, the black makes the brights pop and seem to glow. I stayed home to get a jump start on my cyber-Monday shopping.

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  56. Such beautiful quilts! The black fabric is a really great contrast. Such a bummer that you had some quilts stolen, just makes me sick. I don't do Black Friday, in fact I don't do shopping on the weekends even, hehe. Not a crowd person and have not found a deal yet worth it to me to venture out and fight the crowds.

    Thank you for a super giveaway and a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  57. Black friday was named after the hunting widows. The day after thanksgiving is the first day of hunting season. The men leave to go hunting and the 'hunting widows' all go shopping. Widows ofc wear black, thus black friday.

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  58. Beautiful Dresdens and black quilts! I used to go out every Black Friday just for fun...I was crazy! :O)

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  59. I really like the Dresden blocks on black. They really pop. years ago I shopped on Black Friday, but it is too crazy to do it now.

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  60. I do not shop on black Friday!!! Love your quilts on black!

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