The Quiltzette

February 22, 2016


Leap Day Sewing

One week from today - next Monday - you score an extra day in your life. This only happens once every four years. What a gift . . . and what better to do on that day than come to Cortez Quilt Company for a relaxing day of sewing and fun! Join us from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. for Leap Day Sewing. We'll have a Leap Year Trivia Contest running throughout the day with prizes every hour, along with door prizes and special gifts for everyone who spends the day with us. Bring lunch or order out from one of the many fine Main Street restaurants. Beverages are provided. Leap Day Sewing is FREE but limited to eight participants. Call the shop at 970-565-7541 to reserve your seat today.

Leap Year Clearance-the-Clearance Sale

From Tuesday, February 23 through Saturday, February 27 take an EXTRA 20% off anything currently on clearance (fabric included). On Monday, February 29, take an EXTRA 30% off . . . if there is anything left, that is!


New Fabric

This nice shipment of batiks arrived last week. Love all of them, and especially this lovely blue/purple/green flower print. 


We're also now stocking Crossroads Denim in precut 18" x 56" pre-washed pieces. This fabric is great for tote bags, home dec, and more. It's the same lightweight denim that we used to carry on the bolt.

And these great batik jelly rolls came in last week, too. We have a darling tote bag pattern on the way and will make a shop sample (and maybe do a class) using that pattern with these fun fabrics.


Job Opening: Yarn Department Coordinator

We'll be carrying yarn soon and need to add a new person to our busy team. The Yarn Department Coordinator will be responsible for ordering and maintaining inventory, merchandise displays, scheduling classes, identifying and engaging guest knitting/crocheting teachers, hosting events, and assisting in the fabric/quilting department as needed. Experience with yarn and knitting is required. Retail experience is a plus. This is a part-time position (20-25 hours per week). Please bring your resume and apply in person at 40 West Main Street in Cortez. No phone calls please. 


Upcoming Classes 

Friday Sampler
Friday, February 26, 2016
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
$5 per session plus book – 501 Rotary-Cut Quilt Blocks

Have you always wanted to make a sampler quilt? Make 2016 the year to accomplish this goal. On the fourth Friday of each month we host “Friday Sampler” sewing sessions. Make your sampler using traditional fabrics or go contemporary by using solids, brights, or batik. Join this group anytime. Karen Childress (who loves sampler quilts!) will be in the classroom to provide assistance.

Thursday, March 3, 2016
1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Creative Cross-Body Bag
$25, includes supplies and pattern

Make this darling bag on March 3 with Aimee as your teacher. The Creative Cross-Body Bag features a pocket with decorative stitching across and front and a clear vinyl pocket on the back. Sign up today.

Click here to see the full class schedule.


Another Special Edition

This Dandelion 350 Special Edition was originally slated only for the European market, but BERNINA decided to do a very limited release for the US. We scored two of these and they arrived last week. Like the Best Friends Special Edition (and the Tula Pink and Ricky Tims ones from last year) this machine features full-shank presser feet, a walking foot, the freehand system, and much more. Priced the same as the regular 350 . . . come in this week to claim one of these beautiful sewing quilting machines. 

0% Financing for 72 Months

For the first time ever, zero percent financing for a full six years is available (on approved credit, of course) for BERNINA purchases of $8,000 or more. If you've been looking at the Q20, the 790 with embroidery, or an 880 with embroidery this is an opportunity you won't want to miss. It's a Leap Year special . . . good only from February 26 - February 29. Come by to fill out the one-page credit application. We'll run it through the system and you'll know in minutes if you qualify for this special offer. NOTE: If you click on the links above to look at the machines, please be aware that our prices are LOWER than the MSRP listed on the BERNINA website.


Tuesday, March 8, 2016
1:30 p.m. OR 5:30 p.m. (same program, repeated)
Free ($5 supply fee for the photo if you stay to make the project)

Join us in creating a fun piece of art that can be incorporated into a bag or quilt, or make it to hang on your wall. We will begin with a video from a BERNINA educator (35 minutes) and then will try out the following techniques:

* Photo Printing
* Good Piecing Practices
* Free Motion Quilting
* Free Motion Couching

We will have a small supply of embellishments available for you to use, and you are encouraged to bring pieces of yarn, cording, buttons etc. to add to your project. If you would like to print a different photo (we'll have the one shown here available), we have specialty printing products available and will sell sheets individually for this project. Or we can print a photo for you if you drop it off by March 4.

Every BERNINA club includes a time for show and tell. Bring items you are working on or have completed for extra chances to win a door prize. We encourage non-BERNINA owners to attend these events. No matter which machine you own, you'll learn lots at BERNINA Club!

Please register in advance by calling 970-565-7541 or send an email to Cindy. Please indicate which session you plan to attend and if you will be making the project or staying only for the presentation.


Tip of the Week: Develop These Positive Sewing Habits

1. Use a pincushion (or the handy magnetic Zirkle shown here) instead of putting pins in your mouth. The latter is dangerous. Accidentally swallowing a pin or inhaling one into a lung is a sure-fire way to ruin a good day of sewing.

2. Have the right scissors for the task at hand: snips near your machine, good fabric scissors at the cutting table, and paper scissors so that your good scissors don't dull before their time.

3. Practice good posture at the sewing machine and ironing board. Invest in a comfortable, ergonomically correct chair for your sewing station.

4. Clean and oil your machine regularly. Change your machine needle as needed and use the right needle for the job. Have your machine serviced annually.

5. Channel your inner carpenter. Measure twice, cut once. 

6. Snip threads as you go.

7. Resist the urge to sew on borders without measuring your quilt and cutting your borders to fit the quilt (rather than just sewing on a long strip and lopping off the excess). More here how to ensure a square quilt top.

8. Read your pattern from beginning to end before launching into a project. You'll save yourself a lot of frustration and headaches if you get into this habit.

9. Set you seams. This is such an easy step to skip when piecing, but setting seams really does give you a better end result.

10. Don't stress. This is supposed to be fun. If a project starts to feel like work, put it away and begin again another day. 


"Why does a woman work ten years to change a man's habits and then
complain that he's not the man she married?" ~ Barbra Streisand


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


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