The Quiltzette

June 20, 2016


2016 Row by Row Experience Starts Tuesday

It's back! Row by Row is a nationwide shop hop that runs from the first day of summer until the day after Labor Day. Each participating shop creates their own quilt row. The theme this year is "Home Sweet Home." Visit shops and pick up the kit or pattern for their row, as well as custom fabric license plates. Here's our row, along with both of our license plates. Get more information here on how you can collect eight different row kits, create a quilt, and win a prize.


Last Call to Learn from Ann Budd

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.


New Fabric

What will you make with this? We have a few ideas for a shop sample in mind and one great pattern on order that's perfect for this fabric. 


New Yarn

This little mountain of yarn arrived from Mountain Colors last week. More is on the way from this great Montana-based company.


Sewing and Quilting Classes

Wrapped Baskets
Thursday, June 23, 2016

1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
$25, all supplies included

Aimee is back (yay!) and so are our youth classes. We plan to offer 1-2 classes each month until school starts. For June we'll be making these cute and handy baskets. Fabric is wrapped around clothesline and then it's zig-zag stitched together. These can be made in different sizes and shapes. Call today to sign up. Class limited to six youth students.

Tri-Color Tote
Saturday, July 2, 2016
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
FREE with purchase of book and supplies

Make this trendy tri-color tote bag in one day using Kraft-Tex. What’s Kraft-Tex? It’s heavy paper that looks, feels, and wears like leather. It sews, cuts, and washes like fabric. Cindy Dahl will teach this class which is free with purchase of the book and supplies. The book includes 27 projects you can make using this amazing new product.

Click here to see all quilting/sewing classes. 


Knitting and Crochet Classes

Beginning Knitting – YOUTH CLASS
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
2-4 p.m.
$25, includes supplies

Guest teacher Deanna Hibbert will teach a one-session YOUTH knitting class on June 28. Students ages 8-16 will learn how to cast on and knit. A ball of yarn and knitting needles are included in the cost of the class. Sign up today.

Sock Knit-A-Long
July 5, 12, & 19, 2016 (Three Tuesdays)
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Join us for three Tuesday afternoons for our first sock Knit-A-Long (KAL). Week one you’ll begin this beautiful sock, week two you’ll work your way through the heel, and on week three you’ll finish up with the toe. Anne will be your guide for this free event. Space is limited to six knitters so call today to RSVP.

See all knitting/crochet classes here.


We have TWO machines on clearance at the moment. One is a floor model 380 that comes with a full warranty and it's priced to MOVE. The other is a very gently used 350PE that has been serviced and is ready to find a new forever home. Come in this week to sew on these machines and decide which one you want!

BERNINA Software Club
The Ins and Outs of Distortion
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
5:30 – 8:00 p.m.

This month we’ll work with Artwork Canvas and the distort tool. It’s never easy to predict what you will create when you apply distortion, but what fun it is to be surprised. Use your distortions to create a unique placemat for your table. 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, and show and tell items for additional chances at a door prize. To sign up please email Cindy or call 970-565-7541 by Friday, June 17.


New Local Product

In addition to the cute quilt block charm earrings we've carried for a while (top), we now have new ones that are made of wood (bottom). They're designed and produced locally by Marcie Ryan of Dolores. Get either today for only $16.95. These make great gifts for your quilting friends.


Dolores Mountain Quilters Show - August 26 & 27

Mark you calendar now. Reschedule vacations and put off house guests if you must . . . do whatever it takes, but don't miss this quilt show!

This is the Dolores Mountain Quilters 2016 raffle quilt. It's hanging in our shop for the next couple of weeks. Come by to purchase your tickets and this beauty could be on a bed in your home by Labor Day. Tickets are $1 or six for $5. 

The Dolores Mountain Quilters put on a spectacular, well-organized show and - as you probably already know - they do a great deal of charity work year-round in our community. So show your support and come by today to get your raffle tickets.

We'll have our usual booth at the show this year and look forward to seeing you there! For more information about the show, click here.


Tip: The Case for Tear-Away Stabilizer

By Karen Childress

I finally got around to starting my Leah Day Dancing Butterfly quilt. I discovered it at Spring 2015 Quilt Market, so this has been on my to-make list for a while. Very excited about this project because I'll be learning 24 different free motion quilting designs. It's an awesome pattern that includes video lessons for each of the designs. But I hit a snag right off when creating my applique butterfly blocks and thought I'd use my "oops" moment to tell newsletter readers about the value of tear-away stabilizer.

For my first block I used stabilizer under my fabric and the tight satin stitching looked pretty good. I simply cut a piece to the correct size and pinned it in each corner on the back of the block before going to the sewing machine. 

On my second block I zoned out and forgot to put the stabilizer under my fabric. (This I shall blame on watching The News Hour with Gewn & Judy while sewing.) I realized my error right away but thought I'd just keep sewing and see how things turned out. Mistake! This is how it looked. I got to make the block over.


Tear-away stabilizer is a great foundation not only for machine embroidery, but anytime you're doing tight, decorative, or wide stitching. This is what the back of a block looked like after the whole butterfly had been stitched down.

Once you're done sewing, it tears off the fabric easily without pulling. If you don't have a roll of tear-away stabilizer in your sewing room pop into the shop and pick one up today. It's a small investment that will save you a lot of frustration.


“Summer is a promissory note signed in June, its long days spent
and gone before you know it, and due to be repaid next January.”
~ Hal Borland, American Author and Journalist (1900-1978)


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