The Quiltzette

April 11, 2016


New Arrival

This new modern collection arrived last week. See the little sleeping foxes? We have matching ribbon on order that will arrive in a day or two. We'll have a sample made from this fabric hanging in the shop soon, too.


Upcoming Classes

Fold ‘N Stitch Wreath
Saturday, April 23, 2016
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
$29, pattern required

This is the #1 best-selling pattern in the sewing world at the moment. Guest teacher Donna Brace will teach this class where you will complete a beautiful wreath for any holiday (or no holiday at all!) to hang on a door or wall, use as a candle holder, or as a decoration around a candy dish. These would make great gifts.

Beginning Quilting
Two Saturdays: May 7 & 14, 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.

Click here to see the full class schedule.



Duuango Crochet Retreats is hosting renowned crochet artist and author Marie Treanor of Clones, Ireland May 3-8. Attend for three or all five days. Register by April 30 to receive the Four Corners Resident discount. Find more information here.


New arrivals! The skeins in the basket are hand-dyed locally by Anne.

Upcoming Yarn Shop Classes

Beginning Knitting
April 14 & 21, 2016 (Two Thursdays)
or May 7 & 14, 2016 (Two Saturdays)

10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
$39, includes supplies

In this class students will learn to cast on, knit, purl, increase, decrease, and cast off. At the end of the second session you will begin working on a scarf that you will finish at home.

Knit Your First Sock
Friday, April 22, 2016
12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m.

The mystery around knitting socks will dissolve during this four-hour class in which you’ll make one small practice sock from top to toe. Then you’ll be on your way to sock-making heaven!

Supplies: Fingering weight yarn and size #1 double-point needles. Bring what you have from home or purchase on the day of class here.

Students for this class should know how to knit, purl, increase, and decrease (i.e., this is not a class for first-time knitters).

How To Read Knitting Patterns and Charts
Saturday, April 23, 2016
10 a.m. – 12:00 noon

The abbreviations, the diagrams, and details . . . does reading a knitting pattern or chart intimidate you? If so, conquer your fears and take your knitting to the next level in this informative class. You may wish to take notes during this class.

Sit & Stitch: Every Tuesday and Wednesday

Join us on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and on Wednesdays from 2 – 5 p.m. for Sit & Stitch. Gather around the table, enjoy a beverage, meet other knitters and crocheters, and work on a project. Sit & Stitch provides inspiration and camaraderie. These sessions are free.


Upcoming Events

April Demo: Thursday, 4/21 or Saturday, 4/23

Join us on Thursday, April 21 at 12:30 p.m. or on Saturday, April 23 at 9:00 a.m. for our April Demo. Sine Skaggs will share her "Easy Turned and Fused Applique" technique. Sine does beautiful applique work and she's excited about this method. Don't miss one of these demos!


Michelle Watts
Thursday, May 12, 6:00 p.m.

Many of our customers are familiar with Michelle Watts. We've been carrying her beautiful Southwest patterns for years and have several samples in the shop made from them. Join us on Thursday, May 12 at 6 p.m. for a trunk show featuring Michelle and her work. She will show quilts and wearable art and have her entire pattern line available. The trunk show is free but seats are limited, so pre-registration is required. Call 970-565-7541 to put your name on the list.

Michelle has been quilting for more than 30 years. She has spent the last 28 years creating wearable art and quilts and that express her love of the Southwest. Michelle designs southwestern quilt and wearable art patterns, southwest fabrics, teaches classes, and lectures throughout the U.S. She is also the author of three quilting books.

On Friday, May 13 the Dolores Mountain Quilters will offer a class taught by Michelle Watts. The project is Wheel of Scraps. A sample (in a blue/white colorway) is hanging in our shop. The class is $25 for Guild members and $45 for non-members. You can sign up and pay at the shop (cash or check made out to DMQ only).


BERNINA Software Club

Tuesday, April 12, 5:30 p.m.
Free (please register in advance)

Have fun creating abstract quilting designs in Artwork Canvas. The focus of the lesson is on the powerful blending tool in Corel Essentials. Learn to create all sorts of exotic blends and utilize Blackwork Run to eliminate jump stitches. Reshape, distort, and envelope tools will also be used.

Be sure to bring:

• Your laptop loaded with BERNINA Software 7 Designer Plus

• A USB drive for a copy of the design of the month

• Show and tell items for additional chances at a door prize.

To sign up please email Cindy or call 970-565-7541.


Tip of the Week: Press It!

This is what happens in every Beginning Quilting class here at Cortez Quilt Company. A student is measuring something that she's pieced and calls for the instructor. "It came out too small," the new quilter says. But it's not. It simply hasn't been pressed properly. If you gently pull two fabrics in your pieced block (or element for a block) apart and notice a small pleat at the seam line, more pressing is indicated. Quilting requires accuracy in four areas: (1) measuring, (2) cutting, (3) sewing, and (4) pressing. Aim for "four out of four" and you'll have great results. 


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