The Quiltzette

February 15, 2016


Third Thursday and Saturday Demo: Quilt Binding

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!


New Fabric

This bright, fun collection arrived late last week. You won't doze off at your machine while working with this!


We also received a new line of blenders. Here are three from the collection. There are 14 colors total. Really nice fabric. 

And today these darling batik boxes arrived. There are five 1/2 yard cuts in each round, re-usable, batik-covered box. Great gift for your favorite quilter!


Successful Food Drive

Thanks to everyone who contributed to our food drive to benefit the Good Samaritan Center, and congratulations to Ann Sam who won the drawing for a $50 Cortez Quilt Company gift certificate. We collected well over 200 food items this year that we'll deliver to the food bank tomorrow. We appreciate your generosity!


Upcoming Classes 

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.

Beginning Raw Edge Applique
Saturday, February 20, 2016
10 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
$29, book required

Learn raw edge applique by making any one of twelve wall hangings in the great book Seasonal Silhouettes. Ila Starks is masterful at this technique and a very patient teacher . . . you’ll be learning from the best! Sign up today as the class is limited to six students.

Intermediate Free Motion Quilting
Guest Instructor Beth Cardozo
Saturday, February 27, 2016
10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Take your free motion skills to the next level in this intermediate class with Beth. The book shown here is recommended but not required. This class is limited to six students so sign up today.

Click here to see the full class schedule.


Woo hoo! Cortez Quilt Company has once again achieved Excellence Dealer status from BERNINA. This award goes to dealers who create strong relationships with their customers by providing superior service and support. This is demonstrated by carrying a wide variety of machines in the BERNINA line, investing in the newest models as they become available, offering mastery classes, maintaining a service department with certified technicians, and participating in continuing education provided by BERNINA. We look forward to serving you throughout 2016 and proving over and over that we deserve the honor of being named an Excellence Dealer. Thank you for your continuing support. 


The 380 is being retired from the BERNINA line. We have one in stock. To make space for new machines that are on their way, we've marked this machine down to a VERY attractive price. The 380 features 232 total stitch patterns, seven full shank feet, the convenient freehand system, and it's speedy at 900 stitches per minute. Come by the shop to try it out. Prepare to fall in love with a great machine at a great price!

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.


Tip of the Week: Pin Basting

This is an excellent tutorial on how to pin baste prior to machine quilting. It's from the BERNINA blog We All Sew. Click here to read and view. It includes 24 color photos and step by step directions. Be sure to sign up to receive We All Sew posts as they come out. They're really well done.

We carry the curved pins referenced in the tutorial and also recommend using the Kwik Klip™ tool shown here when pin basting. Kwik Klip™ ends sore fingers and reduces basting time. With Kwik Klip™, safety pins close effortlessly, preventing broken nails, stuck fingers, and the familiar painful indentations in fingers caused by closing hundreds of safety pins.


"I think I've discovered the secret of life. You just hang around
until you get used to it." Peanuts character Sally Brown


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


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