The Quiltzette

July 6, 2015


New Fabric!

This soft collection arrived last week. Butterflies and flowers. Sweet.


This bold floral collection with ladybugs also came in. Must be the week for insects.


And in the baby room we have this cute Puffy Teddy panel and coordinating fabrics.


Upcoming Classes

The Scrappers
Friday, July 10
10:15 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Admission to The Scrappers (an ongoing group – join anytime) is the purchase of the book Scrap-Lovers’ Quilts ($13.95)
Scrapper sessions are free. PLUS . . . each time you attend you’ll receive a bag of scraps to help keep you excited about your project!

Join The Scrappers and spend the second Friday of every other month working on a scrap quilt of your choice from the book Scrap-Lovers’ Quilts. You’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish during a full day of sewing without the distractions of home! Each time you attend you’ll receive a bonus scrap bag to add to your collection or trade with others while you sew. Attendance at The Scrappers is FREE but space is limited so do call to reserve your seat in the classroom.

Thursday, July 16, 2015
Guest Teacher Bonnie Bobman

We’re excited to present Bonnie Bobman from Scottsdale, Arizona as a guest teacher. Bonnie has created some very fun and unique projects that she’ll be sharing in two different classes. Get all the details here.

Cash and Carry
Friday, July 24
1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
$15, pattern required

In this afternoon class you’ll make any one of these cute zippered pouches and maybe even more than one. Quick to make, the “Cash and Carry” collection holds your change, bills, credit cards, sunglasses, and more. Aimee King will teach this class. No homework.


Local Quilter Creates and Donates

In case you missed the article in the Cortez Journal, local quilter LaWanna Ferrier made an absolutely gorgeous quilt featuring the Galloping Goose. She's donated it to the Galloping Goose Historical Society and the plan it for it to be auctioned to raise funds for the society. Click here to read the full article and see LaWanna with her amazing creation.


25% Off BERNINA Embroidery Foot with Clear Sole #39/39C During July

The BERNINA Embroidery Foot with Clear Sole #39/39C provides a clear view of the stitching area and is ideal for stitching compact decorative stitch patterns, satin stitching, and appliqué as well as for sewing off-the-edge scallops. Watch our tutorial video to learn tips for use.

Embroidery Club: A Mug Rug for All Seasons
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Time: 5:15 – 7:30 p.m.
Free Event

These mug rugs are made entirely “in the hoop.” If you have not yet tried this embroidery technique, you’ll be amazed by how easy it is to create these pieced mug rugs and embroidery applique designs in one hooping. No need to bring your machine. We’ll watch the video and then Cindy will demonstrate using our 790E. Please call 970-565-7541 or e-mail Cindy no later than Monday, July 13 at noon to reserve your space.

NOTE: If you don't have a BERNINA embroidery machine and you're curious what this is all about, please  join us!


Upcoming Events

Third Thursday Demo
July 16, 2015
12:30 p.m.

This month we’ll enjoy a trunk show featuring Bonnie Bobman and her delightful projects. This event is free and will last 30-45 minutes. Please join us!

Christmas in July
Saturday, July 18, 2015
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Join us once again for Christmas in July when we’ll have all of our holiday samples on display along with the beautiful fabric we made them with. This year we have a special event planned . . . the Chickadee Challenge. Don’t ask us what that is . . . yet! Just like waiting to open presents on Christmas morning, it’s a surprise that will be revealed in the next (July 13) edition of The Quiltzette.

Sewing Sunday
Sunday, July 19, 2015
1:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Another opportunity to get some sewing done and have fun visiting with old friends and making new ones. Join us on Sunday, July 19 from 1-6 p.m. Bring a project. Snacks and beverages provided. Call 970-565-7541 to reserve your space. Free!


Tip of the Week: SEWPRENEURS

Yes, that's a play on the word entrepreneur which, according to Merriam-Webster, means "a person who starts a business and is willing to risk loss in order to make money."  There are actually quite a number of sewpreneurs right here in the Four Corners area. We have long arm quilters, women who do machine embroidery for the public, those who are expert in custom clothing and alterations, some who make custom merchandise to sell in local shops or on Etsy, and there are probably many others out there working away at their sewing machines who we don't even know about.

Have you ever thought about taking your love of sewing or quilting and turning it into a business? As a serial entrepreneur myself (this is Karen writing, by the way), I'll offer a few quick business tips here and then refer you to a page on BERNINA's We All Sew blog that's full of great information from successful sewpreneurs. First, the tips . . .

1. Have a vision and write it down.

2. Set concrete goals and write them down.

3. Create an action plan and write it down.

See a trend here? If ideas swim around in your head and never make it onto paper they'll likely stay just that - ideas. If you're serious about turning those ideas into a business, write everything down. Once you do, magical things will begin to happen.

4. Be prepared to invest in your business . . . both time and money.

5. Treat your business like a business. For example: deliver what you promise; meet deadlines; learn how to market your services; become tech-savvy; be organized; understand and follow copyright, employment, and other pertinent laws; keep personal money separate from business money; pay your bills and taxes on time. 

6. Be prepared to work hard, but not so hard that you turn something you love into something you dread. 

7. Have fun. I'm asked occasionally if I still enjoy owning Cortez Quilt Company almost four years in now. The answer is an unequivocal yes. The day it stops being fun is the day I'll walk away. Life is too short for boredom.

I could go on, but instead I'll stop and refer you to the blog I mentioned above. Click this link and then type "sewpreneur" into the search box in the upper right hand corner of the screen.  Hope you find some useful information and inspiration.


“I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs
from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.” ~ Steve Jobs


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


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