Friday, January 15, 2010

Here's a picture of the Grids and Grommets Bag being taught on Feb 20th. It also comes in a larger size and you can do it either with Jelly Rolls or just fabric; quilted however you like, gridded, or not.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Happy New Year everyone!!
We trust you had a great Christmas and New Year holiday with lots of time to rest and relax, spend time with family and friends and celebrate the true meaning of the season. We are very thankful for our loyal customers and hope you continue to shop with us this year, too!
I think last time I wrote I mentioned our new HandiQuilter longarm quilting machine. Well... it is up and running and we are excited and having fun with it! We plan to rent it out for those of you who are interested in quilting your own. You must take a class and "join the club" which involves a couple of hours of your time to learn the basics of the machine and try it out. If you have quilted 3 or more quilts on a long arm before, the cost is $40. If you are a novice, and need a little more instruction, the cost is $60. Then, to rent the machine for a quilt, you pay $20 for the first hour which includes needle and thread, and $15/hr after that, to be paid before you start your quilt. We will soon have extra leaders on hand for sale or for rent, so you can pin your quilt on ahead of time and just velcro it onto the pole when you get here - this will save you rental time, and if you miscalculate the amount of time your quilt will take, you can "unvelcro" it, so the next person can use the machine. There will be training on Sat Jan 16th from 8-10 am. If that's a bad time for you, you may be able to work something else out with us.

Other classes coming up...
Party with Patrick! We usually have it the third Tuesday of the month. This month we have to move it up a week, to Jan 12th. Of course, since February is all about Valentines, the project is a LOVE wallhanging. This month, Patrick is having a contest. Stop in & sign up, and get the details. Party starts at 5:00 on the 12th!

BEGINNER CLASS!!! We get lots of requests for beginner classes, so here's your chance! Saturday January 30th Eddy will be teaching a "Turning Twenty" quilt. Now's your chance to jump in and learn. A Turning Twenty is a great, easy quilt to start on, just pick a few fat quarters and Eddy will help you cut and piece them into a beautiful creation. Sign up soon!

Quillows - We've had several requests for that class also. Jackie has perfected Marcia's pattern for a quilt that folds into a pillow. They are great for the airplane, or to keep in the car for your emergency blanket. Just a few fat quarters for that one, also, plus backing and you're done. It's OK for beginners on up. February 6th. I'd better get this off.

Grids and Grommets Bag - February 20th - made with Jelly Rolls/Bali Pops or just quilt your own fabric -the pattern has 2 sizes in each style. The grommets are a snap to put in!

Come in and check out our new Valentine fabric. We also got in some "puzzle mats". Those of you who have asked for them in the past should know what they are (a special type of cutting mat. See you all soon! Maribeth & Jackie and the gang.

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