All Things BERNINA! 


It’s 2017 and we plan to make this our best year yet for offering educational and fun opportunities for all of you who have invested in the best brand of sewing and/or embroidery machine on the market. We love our BERNINAs, right? Here is a summary of what we have scheduled so far.



This group focuses on techniques and BERNINA feet and accessories. Sometimes we make a project and sometimes we practice a technique. You can bring your own machine or use one of ours. You don’t need a BERNINA to participate. We meet the second Tuesday of the month from 1:30-5:30 p.m. Occasionally there is a small kit fee or a pattern to purchase for a project. Otherwise, the club is free. Bring show and tell of a project or two that you have completed or are working on. We’ll have light snacks, watch a video, give a door prize, and learn together.

Currently on the schedule . . .

BERNINA Club: Bobbinwork
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
1:30 – 5:30 p.m.
$5 kit fee

Bobbinwork is the creative solution for sewing with fancy, decorative threads that are too thick for the needle. Decorative thick threads or yarns are wound onto the bobbin and sewn from the wrong side. Learn the techniques for creating successful bobbinwork with a variety of decorative threads, yarns, and silk ribbon and use stitches, combinations and free-motion methods that will enhance any project. Bring your machine or use one of our BERNINA 350 classroom machines. Cindy and Aimee will be your guides. Call 970-565-7541 or email Cindy to sign up.

Also add these Tuesdays to your calendar (other topics to be announced) . . .

Tuesday, February 14: Needle Punch
March 14
April 11
May 9
June 13


Software Club

This club is geared toward those of you with BERNINA Software 7 or 8, however if you have a different version of BERNINA software or are contemplating a software purchase we encourage you to join us. We meet the third Tuesday of the month from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.

During this year’s Software Club we will show a video of a new feature in BERNINA Software 8 and then we will have a discussion and lesson of a technique using Software 7.

We have added a new twist to software club this year. There will be no charge for the event if you bring something you have created using the lesson from the previous month. Otherwise the cost is $5 (cash, please) and we will donate all fees collected to a local charity on a quarterly basis. 

You are encouraged to bring show and tell of projects you are working on or have completed. We have light snacks, a door prize, and time to share best practices in machine embroidery. Bring your laptop loaded with software and a USB stick to take home a copy of the lesson for the month. Here's the current lineup . . .

January 17
Software 8: PhotoStitch
Software 7: Creating Quilt Labels
Bring something you created using the December lesson “No Rules Allowed”

February 21
Software 8: Alternating Pattern Runs and Using Basting Stitch Markers
Software 7: Stippling around a design in a quilt block
Bring a quilt label you created using what your learned in January.

March 21
Software 8: To be determined.
Software 7: Creating a recipe towel using your favorite recipe. 
Bring a project you created by stippling around a design. (Maybe a potholder?)

Save these dates (details will be published soon) . . .

April 18
May 16
June 20


Embroidery Make & Take 

Wouldn’t it be fun to machine embroider with friends? We will meet on some Sunday afternoons from 1-5 and some Tuesday evenings from 5-9 to complete an embroidery project. This one is next Sunday.

Sunday, January 15, 2017
1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
$29, includes pattern, design, and all supplies

Join us on Sunday, January 15 for our first Embroidery Make & Take of the year. You’ll choose two fat quarters to embroider on and then make this cute origami drawstring bag. Bring your machine and embroidery unit. Cindy and Ann will be your guides.Call 970-565-7541 to sign up or email Cindy.

Save these dates for future Embroidery Make & Takes . . .

Tuesday, February 7, 5-9 p.m.: In-The-Hoop Pouch
Sunday, March 12, 1-5 p.m.
Tuesday, April 4, 5-9 p.m.
Sunday, May 7, 1-5 p.m.
Tuesday, June 6, 5-9 p.m.


Interested in an Embroidery Block of the Month?

We are considering an embroidery Block of the Month. Are you interested? Please let Cindy know if you are.


Embroidery Designs

Cortez Quilt Company is affiliated with Embroidery Design Studio. If you don’t have an account yet, you may want to go to and click on the butterfly representing Embroidery Design Studio. If you are asked to select your store, please choose us. There are thousands of designs and Cortez Quilt Company gets a little credit when you purchase through EDS.


January Foot-of-the-Month

Save 25% on the BERNINA Clear Embroidery Foot #39/39C and easily  match decorative stitch patterns, satin stitching, appliqué and couch on decorative cording. The sale prices are $30.75 for the #39 and $44.25 for the #39C.


Feet Retreat

Sunday, January 22, 2017
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
$35, includes lunch
Big Book Of Feet required for class ($39 if you don’t already have a copy)

Join Cindy and Karen for a full day of hands-on learning about 16 different BERNINA presser feet. Feet Retreat will take you far beyond the basics when it comes to using the proper presser foot for the task at hand. Many BERNINA presser feet have multiple uses – some practical and some just flat-out fun. If you own a BERNINA (or if you’re thinking about investing in one) you won’t want miss this event. Feet Retreat is limited to eight participants so call or come by today to reserve your space. 970-565-7541.



Please sign up for all clubs and classes as soon as you know you are interested to help us with planning. You can either call Cortez Quilt Company at 565-7541 or email Cindy. You can always find current class offerings on the Cortez Quilt Company website. And please let us know how we can make your BERNINA experience better!


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


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