The Quiltzette

January 16, 2017


In This Issue . . .

• Third Thursday Demo This Week

• Art & Landscape Quilt Group Meets Thursday

• New Fabric

• Quilt Shop Classes

• Yarn Shop Classes

• Floor Model Clearance on the BERNINA 880

• Software Club Meets Tuesday

• UFO Challenge Report

• The Tip: Open Toe Presser Foot

• Row by Row License Plates Available

• Weekly Spotlight Item - Save 20% 


Demo This Thursday

Join us on Thursday, January 19 at 12:30 p.m. when special guest LaWana Ferrier will demonstrate how to use the 10″ Clearview Triangle Ruler to make very unique log cabin blocks. This is a fairly advanced technique. Of course, LaWana will make it look so easy! Once you understand the dynamics, you’ll be able to do it, too. Bring a friend. No RSVP necessary.



A&L Quilt Group: Thursday, January 19, 1 p.m.

The growing A&L (art and landscape) Quilt Group meets regularly on the Third Thursday of each month at 1 p.m. Cortez Quilt Company. In January, you’re invited to bring an original design 12 1/2" block that will be the beginning of a round-robin type group project. No RSVP necessary. Join this group anytime.


New Arrivals

This past week we received some pretty new batiks.


And 20 new bolts of Australian prints. Our collection is larger than ever now. 


Quilt Shop Classes

Banded Baskets
Friday, January 20, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
$29, plus pattern

We’ve had requests for this class from some of our knitters, so here it is. These “open wide” baskets with handles are perfect for knitting/crochet projects and much more. Soft & Stable gives them enough body to stand up and open for easy use. Choose one of three sizes to make in this class that will be taught by Cindy Dahl.

Little Quilt February
Friday, January 27, 2017
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
$15, plus pattern

This the second in our Little Quilt series. Each month you’ll make a different seasonal wall hanging to display each month in your home or office. There are three options: 12″ square quilt to hang on a stand, 12″ x 16″ with the month included, or you can add an optional calendar holder. These are simple applique projects that can easily be made in one class session. Join us to make one, two, three . . . twelve. Your choice!


More Quilt Shop Classes

Sunday, 1/22 - Feet Retreat (details)

Saturday, 1/28 - Turned Edge Machine Applique  (details)

Tuesday, 1/31 - Introduction to Quilting  (details)

Beginning Quilting - Two February Classes  (details)

Saturday, 2/4 - Box It Up  (details)


Yarn Shop Classes

Cabled Hat

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
$29, plus supplies

In this class you’ll learn how to do a provisional cast-on and do cable knitting. Make this warm, cozy hat for yourself or as a gift. This class is for intermediate knitters who already know how to knit in the round. Anne Worthington will teach this class.

Intermediate Knitting
13 Weeks Starting Monday, January 23, 2017
Mondays from 12:00 noon – 1 p.m.
FREE with purchase of Building Blocks book AND yarn
$75 if you bring your own yarn (book required)

If you’re ready to take your knitting to the next level or need a refresher course after being away from your needles for a while, this fun 13-week class is just the ticket. Each week you’ll make a block (for a total of 12), each featuring a different stitch. In the final session you’ll sew them all together and have a beautiful afghan. NOTE: Please sign up for this class by Tuesday, January 17 so that we'll have time to order your yarn.

Garment Knit-A-Long (KAL)
Every Tuesday Beginning February 21, 2017
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Free with purchase of yarn

Tired of making scarves and hats? Want to sink your teeth into something a bit more challenging? Are you ready to knit a sweater, vest or skirt?  With purchase of yarn we invite you to join our Garment KAL beginning February 21. Come to the store by February 10 and we’ll help you select a pattern and order the yarn of your choice. During the KAL, we’ll help you through any rough spots you might encounter and you’ll enjoy moral support and encouragement from your fellow knitters.

More Yarn Shop Classes

Saturday, 1/28 - Introduction to Lace Knitting (details)

Friday, 2/3 - Knitting 101 (details)

Saturday, 2/4 - Easy Fingerless Mitts (details)

Friday, 2/10 - Knitting 102 (details)

Saturday, 2/11 - How to Adjust Patterns (details)

Save the Date: Needle Felting - March 4 (details coming soon)

Friday Fiber Demo: Drop Spindle

Friday, February 3, 2017
12:30 – 1:00 p.m.

Drop spindles have been around for thousands of years and were the primary spinning tool until the Middle Ages. Early spindles were made with wood and stone, ceramic, bone or other heavy material for the whorl. Today’s spinners use a variety of simple and exotic spindles. Join us for a demonstration of spinning using a drop spindle.


Floor Model Clearance

Have you been dreaming about the top-of-the-line BERNINA 880? Now is your chance to purchase one at the lowest price we're allowed (by BERNINA) to offer. Come in today for details and to try out this amazing sewing/quilting/embroidery machine. Only one in stock.

BERNINA Software Club

Tuesday, January 17
5:30 - 8:00 p.m.

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

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.


2017 UFO Challenge

We have 67 UFOs registered by 34 people for January. Remember to bring in your finished projects by Tuesday, January 31 at 6 p.m. We'll draw winners on February 1. You could score a $50 gift certificate.

One question that's been raised is whether you can carry over an unfinished January UFO to February or March. The answer is no. The goal of the Challenge is to help you finish projects, not procrastinate further. :)

We'll register next month's projects from February 1-10. Then you'll have until February 28 to finish those. Get more details here.

Be sure to us for Open Sewing every Monday and Wednesday from 10-5 to work on those UFO projects! Open Sewing is free. 


The Tip: Three Uses for an Open-Toe Presser Foot

This tip is courtesy of BERNINA's We All Sew blog. Regardless of your machine brand, you probably have (or can get) an open-toe presser foot. It's one of our favorites around the shop. Click here to learn about three uses for this foot. If you don't already follow the We All Sew blog and would like to, click here.


Row by Row will launch on June 21 (and run through the summer. Our 2017 license plates are available now. They're $5.99 each (plus $2 shipping/handling if you live out of town). Get yours today!


This week's spotlight item is the Olfa 60mm ergonomic rotary cutter. Save 20% this week only!

Offer expires on Saturday, January 21 at 6 p.m. One per person. Limited to stock on hand. No phone orders.


“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot
drive out hate; only love can do that.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.


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