The Quiltzette

April 25, 2016


New Arrivals

We received a large collection of Australian fabric last week. Some bolts are already gone so we've ordered another shipment. Here's a sampling of these unique prints.

We've cut half-yard and fat-quarter bundles. We also have a book that introduces the designers of these fabrics and includes dozens of great ideas on ways to use it. 


Sewing and Quilting Classes

Evening Make & Take: Sneak Peek
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
$18, pattern required

Our April Evening Make & Take features Judy Bryan teaching “Sneak Peek.” Make these cute zippered bags in the size of your choice and use either vinyl mesh or clear vinyl. Embellish with ric-rack or the fabulous new ribbon we just received. Sign up today . . . only three spaces left.

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 all quilting/sewing classes.


Knitting and Crochet Classes

Beginning Crochet
April 30 & May 21 (Two Saturdays)

9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Are you ready to crochet? Guest teacher Karen Ragland will be your guide as you learn the basics in this two-session class. The class fee includes an Addi crochet hook and ball of yarn for practice.

Introduction to Lace Knitting
Friday May 6, 2016
1-5 p.m.

In Introduction Lace Knitting you’ll learn the simple elements used to create light and delicate scarves and shawls that intrigue every knitter. This class is designed for those who have mastered knitting fundamentals (casting on, knit and purl stitches, and binding off). You will need fingering or DK weight yarn (in a light color) and needles in size 4 or 5 to create a beautiful lace bookmark. Guest teacher Dana Jensen will be your instructor.

See all knitting/crochet classes here.


Embroidery Class

Wednesday, May 4, 2016
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
$29, plus pattern

These in-the-hoop zipper pouches are PERFECT for organizing small items. The flying geese blocks stitch out with perfect little points and the entire pouch has a nice tailored look. Each zipper pouch is lined and shows no raw seams. What a great way to learn or become more proficient at piecing in the hoop.

Hoop Size for the SMALL Pouch: 5x7 hoop (Embroidery Field Needed: 4.65 x 6.81)

Hoop Size for the MEDIUM Pouch: 6x10 hoop (Embroidery Field Needed: 5.77 x 9.44)

Since embroidery fields vary for different brands and sizes of hoops, please be sure that the embroidery field listed above will be the right size for your particular hoop.

Cindy Dahl will teach this class.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016
1:30-5:00 p.m.
BERNINA Club is Free, Pattern Required ($9.99)

Create a series of mesh bags for your organizational needs. Select from a variety of mesh colors and fabulous fabrics to create a set of custom pouches. Add extra zing with piping and create your own customized fabrics. Techniques: Creating piping, binding seams, sewing vinyl mesh, EASY zipper installation.

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.


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).


Lost & Found

Someone left three books here recently. They're not quilting books. If you think these might belong to you please call to identify and then come by to pick up. 970-565-7541.


Tip: Create Your Own Pattern and Calculate Fabric Requirements

By Karen Childress

My guestroom has always doubled as an exercise room, but in my current home that bedroom is a tad small. A daybed was the answer. When I got ready to make the quilt, however, I realized it needed to be sort of an unusual size. None of the patterns in the shop quite fit the bill, so I created my own. I knew I wanted something simple, and came up with 6-inch nine-patches alternating with 6-inch solid blocks, then put 1-inch sashing and cornerstones between the blocks. Easy peasey.

The only tricky part was figuring out how much fabric I needed. Here's the formula in case you want to try this at home.

Once you have your quilt top design sketched out, count the number of pieces for each fabric, determine the size of each one, and then think in terms of how many strips (width of fabric - WOF) you need.

For example, if you need (56) 6 1/2 inch squares you can get (6) 6 1/2 inch squares out of one 42" WOF strip (42 divided by 6.5). Then divide 56 by 6 and that tells you that you need 9.33 6 1/2 wide strips of fabric to cut the 56 squares (round up to ten of course). Ten strips times 6 1/2 inches is 65 inches of fabric. Divide that by 36 and you now know you need 1.8 yards of fabric. When designing your own quilt, it's wise to round up a little when buying fabric. In this example, 1 7/8 yards would be enough, but I'd recommend getting 2 or even 2 1/4 just to be on the safe side. 


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