The Quiltzette

December 14, 2015


Quick Gift Ideas

It's not too late to make a few last minute holiday gifts. Join one of these classes later this week or come by the shop for other ideas.

Holiday Class #2 – Catch All
Friday, December 18, 2015
10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
FREE CLASS with purchase of pattern ($2.50)

Our second free holiday class will be taught by Judy Bryan. Make one or several of these Catch All baskets in a variety of sizes. Add iron-on vinyl to use them in the kitchen or keep cosmetics organized. Adding the 6″ wooden embroidery hoop is optional. Class limited to six students, so sign up today.

Holiday Class #3 – Luggage Tag and Vinyl Zippered Bag
Saturday, December 19, 2015
2:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
FREE CLASS with purchase of pattern ($2.50)

In our final free holiday class you’ll make two items – a luggage tag and vinyl zippered bag for travel. This set is perfect for your upcoming Christmas travels and wouldn’t your house guests be delighted to receive these as stocking stuffers this year! Aimee King will teach this class. See the samples at the shop.

Click here to see the complete class schedule.


It's Mystery Quilt Time

The first clue is available now and the final clue in the six-month program will be handed out in May. Clues are available on the 10th of each month. We’ll have a “reveal” party for all participants in July, 2016.

Fabrics Required
#1 — Light, 1 1/2 yards
#2 — Medium, 1 1/2 yards
#3 — Medium/Dark, 2 3/4 yards
#4 — Dark, 3 yards

Optional 4 1/2” border — 1 3/8 of #2 or another fabric
Optional 9 1/2” border — 2 5/8 yards of #2 or another fabric
Binding — 1 yard of #4 or another fabric
Backing w/o additional borders — 5 yards
Backing with 4 1/2” borders—5 1/2 yards
Backing with 9 1/2” borders—8 yards

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: 67 1/2 x 84” (add optional borders to make larger)

Cost to play: $20, or FREE with purchase of fabric for your mystery quilt top from Cortez Quilt Company.


We Dread Inventory: Part 3

Effective Tuesday we're adding the following to our "We Dread Inventory" clearance.

Civil War Reproduction Fabric is 30% off

Novelty Fabric is 30% off

Landscape Fabric is 30% off

Continuing on sale from We Dread Inventory Part 1 and Part 2 . . . most baby/kids fabric is 40% off, select baby/kids kits are 30% off, Christmas fabric is 30% off, Crossroads denim is $11/yard, and Minkee is $12/yard.

One yard minimum on all sale fabric. Fat quarters excluded.

Thanks for helping us make inventory day a little less dreadful.


It's Warm at the Shop - Join Us for a Sewing Day

With a predicted high of 32 and a low of ZERO for the next couple of days what better way to spend time than sewing. Come join us at the shop on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday where it's nice and warm and you have plenty to room to spread out with your project. We'll keep you going with hot coffee, tea, and hot chocolate. Bring a holiday gift that still needs to be finished, a UFO you've been putting off, or start something new.


Horn Sewing Room Furniture Holiday Sale

Through December 24 Horn sewing room furniture is 20% off. Stop by the store to see the display models we have and review the catalog for additional options. If you have a sewing cabinet or cutting table on your holiday wish list, take advantage of this excellent discount. Horn furniture is made in the USA and delivered right to your front porch. Most pieces come fully assembled. Tempted? Indulge yourself!


25% off Sale

December 18 - 31 take 25% off of all BERNINA products priced up to $500. Check your presser foot wish list, invest in a new embroidery hoop, or get your own copy of The Big Book of Feet during this great sale.

Bernette Seville Machine - $199

We're down to one of the retro-look Seville machines that were used in a few of our youth sewing sessions. It's been cleaned and oiled and is ready to find new homes this holiday season. Priced at only $199 (MSRP is $249) this is the perfect gift for a beginning quilter or sewist.


Survey Results

Eighty-five of you responded to our "Just For Fun" survey last week. Here are the results.


My favorite time to sew is . . .
Before dawn - 0%
During the day - 85%
Evenings - 15%
After midnight - 0%

When I'm at my machine my feet are covered with . . .
Shoes - 31%
Slippers - 13%
Socks - 44%
Nothing - 12%

I have this many sewing machines that I use at least once a year . . .
One - 22%
Two - 36%
Three - 18%
Four - 13%
Five or more - 11%

If someone in my household "borrows" my good scissors I will . . .
Forgive and forget - 2%
Find a better hiding place - 51%
Declare war - 47%

My pincushion collection consists of this many . . .
One or two - 34%
Three to five - 48%
Six to ten - 11%
More than ten - 7%

When I'm at my sewing machine I usually watch or listen to . . .
Music - 30%
News - 2%
Television in the background - 42%
Nothing, silence is golden - 26%

When I'm sewing I like to sip on . . .
Water - 38%
Coffee or tea - 34%
Soda - 3%
An adult beverage - 5%
Nothing liquid gets near my machine - 20%

Thanks for participating in our "Just for Fun" survey.
We'll do more of these during 2016.


Holiday Hours

Thursday, December 24 (Christmas Eve)
Open from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Friday, December 25 (Christmas Day)

Saturday, December 26
Open from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Thursday, December 31 (New Year's Eve)
Closed for Inventory

Friday, January 1 (New Year's Day)


"Christmas is a tonic for our souls. It moves us to think of others rather than
of ourselves. It directs our thoughts to giving." ~ B. C. Forbes


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


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