The Quiltzette

May 23, 2016


Fat Quarter Friday - May 27th

One day only . . . buy ten fat quarters for $25. This offer is good only on pre-cut fat quarters (i.e., we won't be cutting them from the bolt at this low price). Come early THIS FRIDAY for the best selection which includes quilting cotton, landscape, and batik fat quarters. Limit: 50 fat quarters per person. P. S. Regular fat quarter price is $3.25.


Sewing and Quilting Classes

Evening Make & Take
Vinyl Mesh Market Bag
Friday, May 27, 2016

6 - 9 p.m.
$18, plus pattern ($3.99)

We've had requests for LouAnn to teach the Vinyl Mesh Market Bag class again, and this time it's an Evening Make & Take. Join us for a fun end-of-the-week sewing night where you'll learn a number of tips, tricks, and modifications that LouAnn has made to this handy tote bag. The vinyl mesh is easy to work with and all the rage at the moment. Sign up today as the class is limited to eight students.

Snappy Slippers
Friday, June 3, 2016
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
$29, pattern required

This class keeps filling up, so it’s on the schedule again. Judy Bryan will teach on Friday, June 3. You can make the slippers and matching zippered carry bag from one pack of charm squares. Soft & Stable make the slippers comfy and non-skid fabric on the bottom make them safe to dash about the house in. These make great gifts.

Click here to see all quilting/sewing classes. 


After Market Review

Karen just returned from International Quilt Market in Salt Lake City and brought back new patterns, notions, and ideas. Please join us on Thursday, June 9 at 6 p.m. for our annual After Market Review. There will be a slide show, “thumbs up/thumbs down,” door prizes, and light refreshments. This event is free but registration is required. Call us at 970-565-7541 to put your name on the guest list.


Knitting and Crochet Classes

Introduction to Lace Knitting
Saturday, June 11, 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.

Beginning Knitting
June 15 & 22, 2016 (two Wednesday evenings)
6 – 8 p.m.
$39, includes supplies

In these two-sessions classes students 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.

Ann Budd Comes to Cortez!

Ann Budd Knits
Four Half-Day Classes
June 24-25, 2016 (Friday/Saturday)
$49 per class
Trunk Show and Book Signing, June 24, 6 p.m. (free, reservation required)

Internationally known knitter Ann Budd will be our guest to teach four classes, sign books and exhibit her knitted items. Classes include:  Shadow KnittingIntarsia in the RoundSocks at Any Gauge, and Fixing Mistakes. Each class will be 3 hours long. The book signing and trunk show will be the evening of June 24. Click here to download/print the flyer that includes all the details.

Ann Budd is a freelance knitting editor, author, teacher, and designer. She has authored more than a dozen books, including the Handy Book series and many of theStyle series, as well as several book on sock knitting, including Getting Started Knitting Socks and Sock Knitting Master Class. Ann’s newest book, New Directions in Sock Knitting will be available in early 2016, the same year that her Knit For Fun Retreats will debut. Ann lives in Boulder, Colorado, and teaches workshops around North America and abroad. Learn more at


See all knitting/crochet classes here.


Machine Service

Bill and Dion are once again almost caught up in the service department (they're so awesome!). Bring your machine in for its annual maintenance this week for a quick turnaround.


350PE Special Edition

Now through the end of May ONLY take $150 off the BERNINA 350 Best Friend Special Edition. Standard accessories include the Free Hand System (FHS), a walking foot, the #29 quilting foot, an array of full-shank presser feet.


Memorial Day

We will be closed on Monday, May 30 in observance of Memorial Day.


Trim It Down

At Quilt Market last week I spent some time with Deb Tucker of Studio180 Designs. We carry several of her rulers and patterns, and they're all great (check out the Hunter's Star and Lemoyne Star samples we have hanging in the shop). One thing we like about her technique is that she makes almost all of her block units oversized and then trims them down so that everything fits together perfectly. Deb's Wing Clipper ruler, shown here, is the best on the market for cutting down flying geese units.

The next time you're making a quilt that includes a lot of - for example - flying geese, half-square triangles, or four patches, cut a little bit oversized, piece, and then trim the finished units down to the appropriate size.

Here's a half-square triangle unit ready to be trimmed down to 4 1/2 inches using the Bloc_Loc ruler. These rulers a nice because they feature a diagonal ridge on the underneath side that bumps up against the seam and eliminates slipping.

And here's the same unit ready to be trimmed using a Creative Grids 4 1/2 inch ruler.Notice the black diagonal line on the ruler that lets you know exactly where to position the ruler before trimming.

For these 4 inch finished units, instead of cutting the two squares using the usual HST formula (finished size plus 7/8") we cut them 5 1/4 inches leaving enough extra around the edges to trim down to size.

This technique won't work with everything (e.g., a nine-patch unit) but when you can, use the "trim it down" method and you're sure to be pleased with the results.


“I have learned, as a rule of thumb, never to ask whether you can
do something. Say, instead, that you are doing it. Then fasten your
seat belt. The most remarkable things follow.” ~ Julia Cameron


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