The Quiltzette

February 8, 2016


Special Edition BERNINA

Isn't this adorable! It's a special edition from BERNINA for 2016 - the 350 Best Friend. If you're an animal lover who has been thinking about a new machine, don't miss out on this one. We received only four of these machines and one is already spoken for.

For every purchase of a 350 Special Edition Best Friend BERNINA donates a percentage of each sale to the Petfinder Foundation, an organization that cares for more than 300,000 homeless pets at any given time and assists shelters in saving the lives of pets.

The Special Edition Best Friend is paw-some! Standard accessories include the Free Hand System (FHS), the #29 quilting foot and an array of full-shank presser feet (an approximate $200 value) and the Pet Paws faceplate design. The Best Friend is priced the same as the regular 350PE that we regularly stock.  Click here for more information.


New Fabric

Spring will get here . . . eventually. In the meantime, enjoy this new floral collection for a new quilt.

This bold red/black/white collection came in this afternoon.

We also received some new solid widebacks. Deep, rich colors . . . blue, green, and brown, as well as a light tan and a muslin.


Food Drive Continues Through Monday, 2/15

We're off to a great start! Here's just part what has been donated thus far for our food drive to benefit the Good Samaritan Center. The effort continues through next Monday (one week from today). What the pantry needs the most: canned veggies, canned soups, canned beans, dried beans, tuna, spaghetti, and peanut butter. For each one of these seven items you donate you'll be entered into a drawing to win a $50 gift certificate to the shop. For example, if you bring in two jars of peanut butter and three cans of beans, your name will go into the drawing five times. Any and all non-perishable, non-expired food items are welcome. Thanks to everyone who has brought in donations.


Upcoming Classes

Lemoyne Star
Saturday, February 13, 2016
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
$29, ruler required

You’ll have the choice in this class to make the sampler shown here (pattern included with the ruler) or a somewhat faster wall hanging that is a separate pattern (see it here). There are no Y-seams or templates when you use the Studio 180 ruler to make the blocks for either project. Karen Childress will teach this class which is suitable for intermediate and advanced level quilters.

Monday, February 15, 2016
President’s Day – No School
Catch All Basket
9:30 – 12:30 OR 1:00 – 4:30 p.m.
$25, includes supplies and pattern

Make one of these cute Catch All baskets in our February youth class. They’re great for storing school supplies, craft/sewing notions, hair care items, and more. Adding the 6″ wooden embroidery hoop is optional. Class limited to six students, so sign up today. Aimee will be your teacher.

In The Kitchen
Quilter’s Apron
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
$29, pattern required

For our February In the Kitchen class you can make this darling apron. The half-square triangles in this pattern make it a true “quilter’s” apron. A bit of rick rack trim adds interest. Sign up today. Judy Bryan will be your instructor.

Click here to see the full class schedule.


Foot of the Month - 25% Off!

The February accessory special is the #34 foot. It's a reverse pattern foot with a clear sole. Great for precision straight and decorative stitching. Sale prices are . . .

#34 - $25.50 (regular price $34)
#34C - $39 (regular price $52)
$34D - $42 (regular price $56)

Software Club
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
6 p.m. (no afternoon session this month)

BERNINA has once again provided us with an excellent program for our first Software Club of 2016. This lesson will use Artwork Canvas and the Contour Tool to add layers of color to a design. We will use a scanned pattern as a guideline for placing the design on the featured mini tote pattern (if you want to use the pattern). Other tools and features used will include the ellipse tool, slow redraw, align and distribute, trim, change stitch order, and more.

Please register as soon as possible by calling Cortez Quilt Company at 970-565-7541 or by sending an email to Cindy. Bring your laptop loaded with Software 7, a USB stick to get a copy of the design of the month, and show and tell embroidered items for additional chances to win a door prize. Join us just for the 30 minute video presentation, or stay and create the design.

Feet Retreat
Sunday, February 28, 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 28 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.


Third Thursday and Saturday Demo

For February we're going back to basics with a demo on quilt binding. We've done this before but it's been a long time and we have lots of new quilters and others who have returned to the craft recently. On Thursday, February 18 at 12:30 p.m. and again on Saturday, February 20 at 9:00 a.m. we will demonstrate how to cut, piece, press, and sew on binding that can then be finished either by hand or by machine. Our demos are always free. Bring and friend and join us!


Class Policies

It's time for a periodic reminder about our class policies. Here they are, with a few updates.

Classes are limited to 6-8 students (minimum of three) depending on the complexity of the project. Class fees must be paid and any required pattern/book/notions must be purchased in advance to hold your space.

Store credit will be given for paid classes if you cancel and give 48 hours notice (otherwise, no credit). Refund or store credit (your choice) given for classes if we cancel due to lack of sign ups.

Bring your sewing machine and basic sewing supplies (scissors, seam ripper, straight pins, etc.) to class. If you prefer to use one of our BERNINA sewing machines (at no charge) let us know in advance so that we can have it set up. We request that you use either Mettler or Aurafil thread on classroom machines.

Bring lunch (we have a fridge and microwave) or order out from one of the many fine restaurants on Main Street. Coffee, tea, water, and soft drinks are complimentary.

It is important to be on time for class. We recommend that you arrive 5-10 minutes before the class start time.

Please do not park on Main Street in front of the shop when you are here for a class.

Please silence your cell phone while in class. If you need to make a phone call during class, we ask that you step outside or to the back of the store where it's quiet so that other students are not distracted.

Thank you and have a fun class!


Tip of the Week: Make Your Quilting Books Work for You

A new quilting book is so much fun . . . full of ideas, information, and inspiration. Did you know that you can take your books to a local print shop and have then spiral bound. You can!



Pioneer Printing on Main Street and Cortez Copy and Print on Washington Street both offer this service. For only a few dollars you can make all of your favorite books lie flat like the one shown here.

Thanks to LouAnn Burkett for suggesting this helpful tip of the week.


"Any time women come together with a collective intention, it's a powerful thing. Whether it's sitting down making a quilt, in a kitchen preparing a meal, in a club reading the same book, or around the table playing cards, or planning a birthday party, when women come together with a collective intention, magic happens." ~ Phylicia Rashad


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