The Quiltzette

March 30, 2015

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New Arrivals

We're now stocking (and using in our classroom) the amazing OlisoPro Smart Iron. Here's why we love it. First, it's easy on the wrist. No need to set this iron on its end when not in use. It has little "legs" that pop out when you're not touching the handle so that you can leave the iron in the horizontal position right on your ironing board. As soon as you touch the handle, the legs pop back in and you're ready to go. This iron heats up quickly and - best of all - it stays hot for 30 minutes before the auto-off feature kicks in (with most irons it's 10 minutes tops . . . so annoying!). And if you use steam when you sew/press you'll love the Oliso Pro. It's easy to fill and holds plenty of water. Come by the shop to try out this fabulous iron. If you like it (and we know you will!) take one home. This is a $189 investment you won't regret.

We've also added a new line of scissors from OESD. The handcrafted 8" bent fabric shears shown here have razor edge sharp blades to cut through all fabrics with ease. The large finger and thumb openings allows for comfort while cutting. Forged from German grade stainless steel and finished with a sandblasted nickel chrome plating process for durability, these heirloom scissors were constructed to last for generations. We also have the OESD Curved EZ Snip scissors, duck bill applique scissors, and curved embroidery scissors. The 8" shears are $39.99. 

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Upcoming Classes 

Janet’s Tote
Thursday/Friday, April 9 & 10
10:15 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. both days
$49, pattern required

Guest teacher Ila Starks has made so many of these great totes that we’ve taken to calling it the “Ila Bag” around here! This large, functional, and fun-to-make tote is perfect as an overnight or travel carry-on bag, diaper bag, or just as a nice, large purse. Sign up for this two-day class now. It’s limited to eight students. 

Placemat Club – April
EZ Breezy Quilt-As-You-Go
Wednesday, April 15
10:15 a.m. – 5 p.m.
$15, pattern required

This month you’ll have the option to make these modern looking placemats and/or a matching table runner. The pattern includes instructions for both. Quilt-as-you-go and no curved piecing means you go home with a finished project. How great is that? Judy Bryan made the sample and will teach this class. NOTE: You do not have to be a monthly “member” to participate in Placemat Club. You are free to pick and choose . . . take one class, take one occasionally, or come every month if you are so inclined.

See the full class schedule here.

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Design A Quilt

BERNINA Software Inspiration
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
5:15 – 8:15 p.m.
$10 or free if you purchased your BERNINA machine and/or software at CQC

Use the Quilter Program within BERNINA Embroidery Software 7 when creating your next quilt. Design your own block design or use one of the many blocks that are built into the software. It is easy to do and you can even scan your fabrics into the software to see how your quilt will  look before you begin. Bring your laptop loaded with Designer Plus 7.  Please register by noon on Monday, April 13 by calling Cortez Quilt Company at 970-565-7541 or send an email to cindy@cortezquiltcompany.com with your RSVP. NOTE: Even if you don't own a BERNINA or have the Designer Plus 7 software but are curious to see how this program works, please join us and get inspired to design a quilt!

Clearance on the Bernette London 5

We have ONE of these left in stock at a VERY special price. Stop by today. This machine would make a great graduation gift or second machine to travel with. It's lightweight!

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Beginning Quilting

Did you know that we teach Beginning Quilting at Cortez Quilt Company every other month? It's a two-Saturday class where students learn all the basics - choosing fabric, measuring and using rulers, rotary cutting, piecing, pressing, machine quilting, and perfect binding. Everyone makes the same three-block table runner to learn the techniques and the class is so fun because every runner is unique based on the student's fabric choice. Here are our most recent graduates with their (almost) finished projects. From left to right . . . Myra, Sherri, Pat, Frank, Roxanne, Olive, Nicole, and Myra Angelina seated on the floor. This was a GREAT group of beginners. Congratulations to all of you on your wonderful work!

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Tip of the Week: Iron Maintenance

As a quilter, you know that having an iron you enjoy using and that works well is almost as important as having a good sewing machine. Our irons here at the shop get heavy use so we clean them often. There are many different recommendations for cleaning an iron, so before doing anything read the owner's manual that came with yours. 

We find that a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser (available at the supermarket) works nicely for gently cleaning the sole plate or our irons. Other suggestions we've heard and read about include using a soft cloth and a baking soda/water paste. Some people have had luck pressing a new dryer sheet to get "gunk" off of the bottom of an iron. 

If you put water in your iron to use steam regularly be sure to empty your iron when it's not in use to keep minerals from building up. Check your owner's manual about what kind of water to use in your iron. The Oliso, for example, (see above) specifically calls for tap water or inexpensive bottled water and says NOT to use distilled water. 

You can clear the steam vents of mineral deposits using a Q-tip soaked with a a mild water/vinegar solution. For a thorough internal cleaning fill your iron about half way with water, let it heat up to the highest temperature, and the hold it over a sink while depressing the steam button repeatedly until the water droplets coming out are clear. Some people recommend doing this with a mild vinegar/water solution but, again, consult your owner's manual. And if you do use vinegar, repeat the process with water only to get the vinegary smell out. However you do this, be CAREFUL . . . steam is hot!

Before cleaning your iron make sure it's unplugged and cool to the touch. Don't use abrasive cleaners or scouring pads on the sole plate. Now go find your iron and give it the TLC it deserves. We wish you pleasant pressing. 

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Free Television

The shop needed a larger television monitor for when we have sewing machine classes and do video demos, so I adopted the smaller one for my sewing room. It replaced my old 25" Panasonic which is now in the garage awaiting a new home. It's an unfashionable "clunky" model but it works great and has a digital converter box so that it can be used with an antenna. If you need an extra TV for somewhere in your house give me a call at the shop (970-565-7541) to arrange a pick up. ~ Karen

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