March 20, 2017 - In This Issue

• Welcome, Sue Maxwell

• Save the Date: Yarn Shop Anniversary

• New Fabric

• Quilt Shop Classes

• Yarn Shop Classes


• Block Party: A New Block of the Month

• Scissor Sharpening

• Spotlight Item: Save 20%


Welcome, Sue!

We're pleased to welcome Sue Maxwell to our team. She has been a customer here almost from the day we opened and decided to step out of retirement to work with us three days per week. Sue quilts, knits, and crochets. She'll be working mainly in the Yarn Shop and also helping out in the front of the store. 

Sue and her husband Mike live on Summit Ridge. They have two grown children and recently adopted Jack, an eight-year-old Boston terrier.


Yarn Shop Anniversary

It doesn't seem like a full year has gone by, but our Yarn Shop will celebrate its one-year anniversary on Saturday, April 1. Save the date! We'll be celebrating from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. with demos, a free class, door prizes, an Intermediate Knitting class reunion (bring your completed afghans in at 12 noon), special sales, and more. Look for more details in next week's newsletter.


New Fabric

This pretty collection arrived in time for the first day of Spring. It includes fat-quarter bundles, charm packs, and jelly rolls.



Quilt Shop Classes

Little Quilt April
Thursday, March 23, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
$15, plus pattern

We’re working our way through the year creating these adorable raw-edge applique wall hangings. Make them with or without the month at the bottom. These fit perfectly in the small wire stands. With the month added to the bottom, the finished size is 12 x 16. Karen will teach this class. Join anytime . . . you can backtrack and make the earlier months or make them later as each month rolls around.

Open Wide
Friday & Saturday, March 24 & 25, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
$29, plus pattern/supplies

This is one of the latest By Annie patterns, and we all know how much fun her projects are to make. Judy Bryan will teach this two-session class on March 24 & 25. On Friday, you’ll cut, quilt, and begin assembling this handy zippered bag. On Saturday, you’ll finish the project which features inside mesh pockets. Great for sewing notions, cosmetics, small knitting projects, and much more.

Click here to see the full quilt shop class schedule.


Yarn Shop Classes

Knitting 102
Friday, March 31, 2017
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

This class builds on what students learned in Knitting 101. Now you take your craft to the next level by learning how to increase and decrease.  Bring needles and any leftover yarn from Knitting 101. If you are already proficient in casting on, binding off, and doing knit and purl stitches, you may be admitted directly to Knitting 102. Limited to four students; youth and adults welcome. Anne Worthington will be the instructor.

Skill Builder: Intarsia Knitting
Saturday, April 8, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 12 noon

Learn how to knit small islands of color without having to strand. Usually worked in flat knitting, this technique allows you to incorporate different colors and shapes into your knitting.

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 by the store 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.

See the full yarn shop class schedule here.


Software Club
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Free (RSVP required)

Software 8 can be used to efficiently create a quilted project. It’s so quick and easy to add quilting stitches around designs that are perfectly placed. Our Software 8 video will be followed by a lesson in Software 7. Bring show and tell, a USB stick for a copy of the lesson, and your computer loaded with BERNINA software to create a design.

Software Sale!

Through March 31 we are offering VERY special pricing for anyone who wants to purchase DesignerPlus Version 8 or update from DesignerPlus 7 to 8. Talk to Cindy for details.

Embroidery Make & Take: Cell Phone Holder
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
5:00 - 9:00 p.m.
$18, plus pattern/supplies

This handy cell phone holder is made entirely in the hoop. Choose from two sizes. There is a pocket on the back to hold your charging cord. Cindy made this sample using Kraft-Tex and added a free-standing lace butterfly. Very stylish! Cindy will teach this class. Sign up today.

Attention BERNINA 7 & 8 Series Owners

BERNINA has released new firmware for both the 7 and 8 series sewing machines. Some of the features included are:

• New bootloader (runs first and loads everything else into the sewing machine)

• New feet recognized

• New stitches

• Minor fixes to some existing stitches.

Not all models have all of these updates. Visit the BERNINA site (support page) and click on your machine model. There you'll find information on what the update for your machine includes (release notes) and how to install the updates (download instructions).

It's recommended that everyone who owns a 7 or 8 series machine install the updates, and it is especially important for owners of 710, 750, 780 and 880 models and any 7 or 8 series machine purchased in 2014 or prior.

If you would prefer to have one of our certified technicians do your update for a fee of $25, please call 970-565-7541 to schedule a time for you to bring in your machine. Note: Our technicians always check for and install the latest firmware when servicing machines.


Block Party 

Join us for a very special Block of The Month starting in April. Make this beautiful quilt over the course of a year. We have the fabric requirements for this 77" x 77" quilt available at the shop, and we can help you choose your fabrics. Use the colors shown here or select whatever you'd like to go with your decor. There is no charge to join this Block of the Month, and you can receive the monthly patterns from us if you purchase your fabric at Cortez Quilt Company. Or you can go to BERNINA's We All Sew website and get the patterns there each month.

On the second Monday of each month, pick up your free pattern for that month (there are 12 total). If you'd like, you can stay for Open Sewing and work on your blocks with your quilting friends throughout the day.


Scissor Sharpening: March 31

We're happy to announce that Barry and Diana Owen from Columbine Sharpening in Durango will be at the shop on Friday, March 31 to sharpen your scissors. Bring your scissors in between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. for service while you shop, or drop them off anytime during the week of March 27

• Scissors: $4-5

• Pinking Shears: $6

• Knives: $2-5

• Pruning Clippers & Loppers: $5

Please plan to pay by cash or check directly to Columbine Sharpening when you pick up your scissors. Thanks!


Spotlight Item: 20% Off Wideback Fabric

Happy first day of spring! Before you get busy in your garden, gather up all of those large quilt tops you've been meaning to turn into actual quilts, purchase 108" wide backing, and save 20% . . . this week only!

Offer expires on Saturday, March 25 at 6 p.m. Limited to stock on hand. No phone orders. You must mention that you saw this offer in the Quiltzette to receive the discount.


"Spring is nature's way to saying 'Let's party!'." ~ Robin Williams


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