The Quiltzette

February 27, 2017


In this issue . . .

• More new fabric

• Quilt Sampler Magazine

• We're curious: Quilt border survey

• Quilt shop classes

• Yarn shop classes

• BERNINA news

• Spotlight item: Save 20%


New Fabric

We received two new collections last week, including this bright and cheerful one just in time for spring. This fabric would make a great graduation quilt for someone who loves bright colors. Add a couple of nice solids or tonals to break up the action.


This vintage-look "Farm Fresh Eggs" collection also came in last week. It includes a beautiful panel of four placemats.


Reserve Your Copy of Quilt Sampler Magazine Today

Don't miss out on getting your copy of the Spring issue of Better Homes and Gardens Quilt Sampler magazine. As we announced in January, Cortez Quilt Company is being featured as a Top Ten shop in the magazine. You can advance purchase your copy now at the shop for $6.99. If you live out of town, call us at 970-565-7541 and we will mail your copy when it comes out in May ($3 shipping in the US, $5 to Canada). 

Also, please plan to celebrate with us on Friday, May 12 at 6 p.m. when we will unveil our Quilt Sampler magazine quilt, have magazines available for pickup and purchase (before they hit newsstands), and enjoy food and drinks and the delightful company of fellow quilters. 


Now We're Curious

I was taught that when adding borders to quilts it was necessary to measure both sides and the middle of the quilt top, then divide by three to determine how long to cut a border. However, in doing research for the February Third Thursday Demo (if you missed it download a copy of the handout here) it appears that many quilters measure only the middle of a quilt top to determine border length.

So now we're curious. What do you do?

Take our one minute survey here.

We'll publish the results in a couple of weeks. Thanks! ~ Karen


Quilt Shop Classes

Youth Class: St. Patrick’s Day Wall Hanging
Thursday, March 2, 2017
1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
$25, includes all supplies

The luck of the Irish will be with you as you make an adorable St. Patrick's Day wall hanging. Applique shamrocks are the star of this show. Students will learn to do thread painting and sew on buttons. Aimee King will be your teacher.

Inside Out Placemats
Saturday, March 4, 2017
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
$10, pattern required

For our First Saturday Make & Take in March you’ll make fun and easy placemats. This pattern is perfect to show off large print fabrics, and there is no binding to attach. A little over 2 1/2 yards makes four placemats. You’ll make one in class to learn the technique, then finish up at home. Or, come back on one of our Open Sewing days to complete your project.

Make Your Own Umbrella
Friday, March 10, 2017
10 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
FREE with purchase of pattern and umbrella frame

Sign up soon for this popular class! You’ll make a custom umbrella using fabric of your choice. It requires only 1.5 yards of fabric (unless it’s directional) and these always make up so beautifully. Give it a spray of waterproofing when you get home and you’ll be ready for April showers. Judy Bryan will teach this class.

Introduction to Quilting
Saturday, March 11, 2017
1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
$29, includes supplies

This class is ideal for anyone who have never sewn or who has very limited experience with sewing. You’ll learn to use rulers, a rotary cutter, do simple piecing, basic quilting, and turn your finished quilt into a 16″ square pillow cover. This is a great prerequisite to Beginning Quilting. Class taught by Karen Childress.


In the Yarn Shop

Needle Felting with Guest Instructor Linda Smith
Saturday, March 4, 2017
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
$35, plus $12 kit fee

Wool fiber can be worked into a variety of human, animal, plant, and whimsical forms with only the use of several different felting needles. This class will give students an understanding of which types of wool to use and how to use folds, rolls, and other techniques to dry felt wool into a small frog. Emphasis will be on sculpting these wool techniques into a basic body parts of a frog.  All of what is learned will transfer to any creations/animals/aliens students may imagine on their own. This is a class for those who want to learn the basics of needle felting.

Knitting 101
Friday, March 17, 2017
2:00 – 4:30 p.m.
$29, supplies included

In this class you will learn to cast on, knit and purl, bind off, and start working on a basic ribbed scarf.  Anne Worthington will be the instructor. A pair of knitting needles and ball of yarn are included in the class fee. Limited to four students; youth and adults welcome.

Garment Knit-A-Long (KAL)
Every Tuesday
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 anytime. Come to the store by 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. 

First Friday Fiber Demo: Spinning

Join us on Friday, March 3 at 12:30 p.m. when Anne will demonstrate how to make yarn using a spinning wheel. 


Software Club
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
(RSVP required)

Create interesting textures using Alternating Pattern Runs. Learn how to use basting stitch markers to create a design that reaches beyond the limits of the hoop. Be sure to bring a USB stick to get the February lesson, show and tell, and a quilt label you created using software and knowledge from the January lesson. After the V8 presentation we will create a design in DesignerPlus 7 adding stippling or other stitches around a design.

Embroidery Make and Take
Sunday, March 12, 2017
1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
$29, includes designs and all supplies

Come and join other embroiderers on Sunday afternoon and make one or two freestanding lace projects. This cute Easter basket is an option, and there will be several other designs to choose from as well.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017
1:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Free (RSVP and supplies required)

Learn how to make pintucks and their many variations. Pintuck feet in four styles create pintucks in a variety of sizes and spacing for different fabric weights. Learn about corded and decorative stitch pintuck options. Plan to stay and make a kitchen towel with pintucks and decorative stitching or add pintucks to the “Cash and Carry” pouch. Think of all the projects that can be spiced up with pintucks! Don’t forget to bring show and tell for chances at a door prize.


Zirkel Magnetic Pin Holder: 20% Off

The Zirkel is a magnetic pin holder that repels pin heads to the outside edges in a sunburst pattern for easy pick up. Four inches square and available in several colors.

Offer expires on Saturday, March 4 at 6 p.m. Limited to stock on hand. Limit one per person. No phone orders. You must mention that you saw this offer in the Quiltzette to receive the discount.


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