The Quiltzette

May 11, 2015


Have You Ever Made a Mystery Quilt?

Whether you have or haven't, do join in on the one that we launched this past Saturday (when this photo was taken at the Show & Tell Reveal Party for the prior mystery quilt). The new one is called Questionable Outcome and here are the details.

Begin anytime and receive your first clue when you sign up. The five remaining clues will be available on or after the 10th of each month through October, 2015. We’ll host a Reveal Party for participants in December, 2015. 

Fabrics Required
#1—Light, 1 1/2 yards
#2—Medium, 1 3/4 yards
#3—Medium/Dark, 2 yards
#4—Dark, 2 1/4 yards
Optional 9” border—2 3/8 yards of #2 or #3 or choose another fabric for your border
Binding—1 yard more of #4 or another fabric
Backing—5 3/4 yards with optional 9” border

CONTRAST is very important for this quilt. All four fabrics should have a definite difference in value and/or color in order for the pattern to emerge. Choose a variety of scales and prints for interest. Avoid directional fabrics. 

Quilt size: 59 1/2 x 76 1/2 (add optional 9” border to make larger) 

Cost to play: $20 or FREE with purchase of fabric for your mystery quilt top at Cortez Quilt Company. Come by the shop to see our Staff Picks and let us know if you need help choosing fabric for this fun project. 


New Thirties Fabric

We received some very sweet new thirties reproduction bolts last week to add to our collection. Come in and have a look.  


Upcoming Classes

Placemat Club: Table Attire
Wednesday, May 20
10:15 a.m. – 5 p.m.
$29, pattern required

This placemat is so fun to make! Encase batting inside 2 1/2 inch strips and sew them together to make the sides. Then choose a coordinating fabric for the centers. You can quilt the center using a simple straight-stitch design or use this as an opportunity to practice your free motion quilting. We did pebble quilting in the center of the one shown here. The pattern is nice because it includes three different layout choices as well as a tablerunner. Karen Childress will teach this class. NOTE: Placemat Club will be on vacation for the summer and will return in September.

Crazy Eight Strip Teaser Table Topper
Friday, May 22
10:15 a.m. – 5 p.m.
$29, pattern required (kits available)

This pattern has been around for a long time and continues to wow. When we called the designer recently to make sure it would still be available for us to make kits and schedule a class, the answer was “this one isn’t ever going away.” Love that! Judy Bryan made the sample and will teach the class. Minimal homework (only a bit of fabric cutting) and you should finish this project in a day. Bonus . . . learn how to make continuous bias binding. The table topper measures 44″ x 44″.

Reminder . . . we're having Youth Classes this summer. Click here for details.

See the full class schedule here.


Are You a Stripper or a Scrapper?
Two New Ongoing Events

Beginning in June on the second Friday each month we will alternate hosting The Strippers and The Scrappers. If you're a Stripper, you'll enjoy making a jelly roll quilt during class and if you're a Scrapper you'll have fun spending the day working on a scrap quilt (and get some free scraps as a bonus!). These two groups will be ongoing but you can join the fun anytime. Get the details on on the classes page of our website.


Upcoming Events

UFO Challenge Work Day
Friday, May 15, 2015
10:15 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Bring your unfinished projects, machine, and lunch. UFO Work Day is FREE but seating is limited so call 970-565-7541 to reserve your space. Remember . . . the deadline to register your UFOs is Tuesday, May 26th at 4 p.m.

Third Thursday Demo – Quilt Labels
Thursday, May 21, 2015
12:30 or 5:15 p.m.

Join us on Thursday, May 21 when Cindy Dahl will share a variety of ideas on how to make quilt labels. If you attend the 12:30 session you have the option to stay from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. and use our BERNINA embroidery machines (with assistance!) to make up to two labels of your own. Please bring the fabric (12″ x 16″) you wish to use for your label and there will be a $5 supply fee (stabilizer and thread) for each label.

After Market Review
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
5:15 – 6:30 p.m. 

Karen is traveling to International Quilt Market this week and will no doubt return with great new notions, patterns, and an update on the newest trends in quilting. Join us for After Market Review on Wednesday, June 3 from 5:15 – 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Please call us at 970-565-7541 to reserve your seat for this free event.


Foot of the Month

25% Off BERNINA Binder Attachment #88 and Binder Attachment Foot #95/95C

Professionally bind the edges of projects large and small with BERNINA Binder Attachment #88 and Binder Foot #95/95C. Available in three sizes, the binder attachment folds and wraps a flat tape around a fabric edge, holding it in place for securing with stitching. The results are a first-class edge finish. Watch our tutorial video to learn tips for use. 


All About Embroidery
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Tea Towels with Chocolate Recipes
Time: 5:15-8:15 p.m.
Cost: $10 or free if you purchased your Bernina, software or software update from CQC

If you love chocolate you will love these kitchen towels embroidered with chocolate recipes. The recipes are stitched with small letters that you will learn to successfully embroider. These towels make great house warming or wedding gifts. Please register by calling Cortez Quilt Company at 970-565-7541 or sending an email to Cindy.


Floor Model Clearance

Take $125 off of a floor model cutting table if you act quickly. This is the Tailormade table that we've been using in our classroom. It's in almost perfect condition and ready for a new home - your sewing room perhaps? It has lots of storage on both sides and folds down to a small footprint when not in use. 


Tip of the Week: Finding Time to Sew

"Too many projects, too little time," is a common refrain among quilters. Here are three ideas for finding more time to sew.

1. One of our most creative customers (you know who you are) often says, "You can get a lot done in 20 minutes!" And it's true. If you have a dedicated space to sew or can leave your projects spread out over the dining room table without causing a family meltdown, simply sit down for a few minutes before work, before dinner, or before bed to enjoy whatever you're working on.

2. For one week track the number of hours you spend in front of screens (computer, TV, iPad, phone). Then, decide what percentage of those hours, if any, that you'd rather be sewing. 

3. Block off a full day or half of a day and pack up your machine to join us here at the shop for open sewing. Any day that we're not having a class everyone is welcome to  use our space to sew and socialize.


“I try to write parts for women that are as complicated and
interesting as women actually are."  ~ 
Nora Ephron


As always, thank you for supporting Cortez Quilt Company, your local independent quilt shop.


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