The Quiltzette

January 11, 2016


New Dog Fabric

This may be the cutest canine fabric we've ever had in the shop. Only two bolts, but that's enough to make reversible placemats for your pup's food and water bowl.

We also received a large shipment of Moda Marbles today to fill up the color wall following the year-end clearance sale.

Speaking of which, we still have a good selection of clearance fabric at $7 per yard.


Upcoming Events

Our regular Third Thursday Demo will continue to be held at 12:30 p.m. on - you guessed it - the third Thursday of each month. New for 2016, we'll repeat the demo on the following Saturday at 9:00 a.m.

For January, Karen will demonstrate the Creative Grids Round Up Tool. This versatile acrylic template makes cutting circles, corners, petal and orange peel shapes, and drunkard path units quick and easy. We'll have three patterns available that use this handy tool.

Join us on Thursday, January 21 at 12:30 p.m. or on Saturday, January 23 at 9:00 a.m. to see the demo and experiment with the Round Up Tool.


Upcoming Classes

Beginning Quilting
Two Saturdays: January 16 & 23, 2016
9:00 a.m. – 5 p.m. both days
$119 (includes fabric, supplies, and the use of a BERNINA sewing machine)

Master the basics of piecing and quilting in this two-session class. You’ll choose four fabrics and make a beautiful quilted 35″ x 35″ wall hanging/table topper. Learn how to measure, cut, piece, press, machine quilt, and attach binding. This class will give you the skill and confidence you need to become an accomplished quilter. Class taught by Karen Childress.

On-the-Go Travel Pillow
Monday, January 18, 2016 (President's Day - No School)
1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
$25, includes supplies and pattern

Make this cute travel pillow in Aimee’s afternoon class. Great for traveling in the car. Store a book or your electronic devices in the side pocket. Choose any fabric from the store that you’d like to personalize your own pillow!

In The Kitchen
Quilted Cook & Carry
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
$29, pattern required

Make this fun and functional casserole carrier at the first of our new “In The Kitchen” series that will continue throughout the year on the third Wednesday of each month. Use strip quilting techniques to create a quilt block design for your carrier or use one fabric if you want to get it done fast. Insulated batting keeps your dish warm. D-ring constructed handle makes carrying simple and it opens flat for a stylish table mat. Designed to fit both square and round dishes. Cindy Dahl will teach this class.

Click here to see the complete class schedule.


Block Lotto is Back!

We're playing Block Lotto again this winter. Here's how it works. We choose five fabrics and cut a fat-eight of each one. On or anytime after the 5th of each month you purchase that packet of fabric for $7 and make two 12-inch (finished size) blocks of your choice. Bring your blocks to the shop where they'll be on display with all the others. For each block you turn in you are entered into a drawing to win ALL the blocks. Drawings will be held on the last day of each month and winner will be eligible for 10% off fabric to finish the quilt if desired (sashing, borders, binding, backing). This is the collection featured for the first Block Lotto of 2016. Join the fun starting today!


Tuesday, January 12, 2016
1:00 p.m. or 6:00 p.m. (same program, repeated)

Join us at either 1 p.m. or 6 p.m. to watch a BERNINA presentation on how to make this beautiful pillow. Tone on tone geometric appliqués are currently trending in home décor. Learn how to perfect your appliqué skills using built-in machine functions. Professionally finish your pillow with an invisible zipper and learn how to achieve perfectly turned corners. Also learn about satin stitch applique and get tips on perfect pivoting and corners.

If you’d like to bring your machine and make (or at least get started) on this project, plan to stay for about 2 1/2 hours. Be sure to bring a Show & Tell for extra chances to win a doorprize! To RSVP for this free event please call us at 970-565-7541 or send an email to Cindy. You do not need to own a BERNINA to participate.

Feet Retreat
Sunday, February 7, 2016
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
$95, includes continental breakfast, lunch, and a copy of The Big Book of Feet (a $59 value)

Join Cindy and Karen on Sunday, February 7 for a full day of hands-on learning about 16 different BERNINA presser feet. Feet Retreat will take you far beyond the basics when it comes to using the proper presser foot for the task at hand. Many BERNINA presser feet have multiple uses – some practical and some just flat-out fun. If you own a BERNINA (or if you’re thinking about investing in one) you won’t want miss this event. Feet Retreat is limited to eight participants so call or come by today to reserve your space.


Featherweight Service Now Available

Dion has become enamored of featherweight sewing machines - so much so that he's bought and refurbished two of them and taken a course on servicing and repairing these great little machines. Both Dion and Bill are now available to service Singer featherweights. These are relatively simple machines, so we've developed a special pricing structure for them. Click here for the details. We know how much those of you who have featherweights love and want to take care of them. Bring yours in anytime for some TLC.


Tip of the Week: You Should See My Sewing Room

We hear this all the time at the shop. And when most of our customers say, "You should see my sewing room," they don't mean they'd like us all to pop on over to see how clean and fabulously organized it is. They generally mean, "It's a disaster zone!" Here are a few ideas for keeping your favorite space under control.

Each time you wrap up a project take a few minutes to put away the supplies you're finished using. Sort the scraps, file the pattern, and generally clear the decks. This is a common sense tip, but how often do you just shove things aside in your excitement to get on to the next project?

If you work on multiple projects at once (that's most of us), plastic bins are your friend. We sell the ones shown here in several colors, but whether you use these, ones you already have around the house, or those that you purchase at a discount store, see-through bins with lids are a great way to stay organized and be able to find what you need when you need it. Large zip-lock bags work too, but they don't stack and store as well as bins.

When you finish sewing a project, take the time to clean and oil your machine and put in a new needle. Then you're ready to go when you start something new and won't be tempted to put off this important regular maintenance.

Every once in a while, go through your thread. Tedious yes, but it really helps to do this occasionally. Organized by color and type, toss out very old thread, and take stock of what you have. This will save you money over time as you'll be less likely to buy a new spool of thread just because you're not sure if you have the color you need at home.

These are just a few of many ways to keep your sewing space in order. If you have other ideas that you'd like for us to share send us an e-mail.


"I don't know where I'm going from here, but I promise
it won't be boring." ~ David Bowie (1947-2016)


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