March 27, 2017 - In This Issue

• Yarn Shop Anniversary - This Saturday

• Scissor Sharpening - This Friday

• New Fabric

• UFO Challenge Deadline

• Quilt Shop Classes

• Yarn Shop Classes


• New Notions

• Spotlight Item: Save 20%


Yarn Shop Anniversary

Our Yarn Shop is turning one! We're celebrating this Saturday, April 1, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Selected yarn will be on SALE and all needles and notions will be 20% off all day. Here's the rest of the plan.

10 a.m. - Demo on how to turn the heel when knitting a sock. 

11 a.m. - Demo on how to crochet decorative edges around a knitted item.

12 noon - Intermediate knitting class reunion. Bring your beautiful afghan - finished or in process - for show and tell. You'll be entered into the 3 p.m. door prize drawing if you show off your project.

1 p.m. - Free class. Make a crocheted Easter egg. Yarn provided. Free pattern for eggs and the adorable basket. Bring a D, E, or F crochet hook if you have one. Must know how to chain and single crochet.

2 p.m. - Demo on how to make a needle-felted Easter egg to add to your basket.

3 p.m. - Bring any item you've made from yarn purchased at Cortez Quilt Company & Yarn Shop over the past year for Show & Tell. Each item shown is eligible for an entry to win one of three fabulous prize baskets. We will hold the drawing at 4 p.m. You do not need to be present to win.

All day . . . coffee, tea, goodies, fun, and selected yarns will be on SALE and all needles and notions will be 20% off all day. Don't miss out!


Scissor Sharpening: This Friday

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

• 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!


New Fabric

Another springtime collection arrived last week. This beautiful garden-themed fabric includes yardage, jelly rolls, and charm packs.


Hawaiian prints with a retro feel. Layer cakes, charm packs, and jelly rolls have been shipped and should arrive on Tuesday.


Kansas Troubles remains one of our favorite collections. Here's the latest arrival. Coordinating pre-cuts will be here this week.


UFO Challenge Deadline This Friday

The third and final month of our 2017 UFO Challenge is coming to a close. Bring in your completed projects (the ones you registered March 1-10) by 6 p.m. on March 31st to be entered into the drawing to win a $50 gift certificate. 


Quilt Shop Classes: This Week

First Saturday Make & Take: Runaround Bag
Saturday, April 1, 2017
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
$10, pattern required

This smart-looking purse is easy to make and very functional. The inside is fully lined and the purse features a back pocket. Use any standard zipper and find out how easy it is to put a zipper in using Lazy Girl’s trademark ‘Sew Easy’ zipper installation technique. Finished size is approximately 7″ x 9″. Judy Bryan will teach this class.

Skill Builder: Hunter’s Star
Saturday, April 1, 2017
1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
$10, plus ruler

Learn to make this most versatile block in just one afternoon using the Studio 180 Hunter’s Star ruler. These blocks are stunning in two, three, or more fabrics. Karen Childress will teach this class.

Click here to see the full quilt shop class schedule.


Yarn Shop Classes

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.

Intermediate Knitting
13 Weeks – April 25th through July 18th
Tuesdays from 6:00 – 7:00 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. Sign up by April 15 so we'll have time to order the yarn you choose.

See the full yarn shop class schedule here.


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.

Ruler Work: Machine Quilting with Rulers
Guest Educator: Shanna Stordahl
Sunday, April 23, 2017
1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
$35 (may be applied toward purchase of ruler set)

Join us for a Sunday afternoon workshop with guest educator Shanna Stordahl and learn to machine quilt using acrylic rulers and a unique presser foot. With this technique you can make beautiful, symmetrical designs on your quilts. Participants will use BERNINA 7 and 8 series machines as well as the Q20 sit-down long arm.

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.


New Notions

The label says it's a "sewing machine in a bottle." Liquid Thread is great for applique, trims, hems, and more. Permanent, washable, dry-cleanable, non-toxic, and dries clear. 


Love self-threading needles, but don't love how they come un-threaded if you pull just a bit too hard? Here's the solution. Side-threading needles. Package of twelve in a variety of sizes.


We finally found a finger presser roller that's made of real wood. Yay!


Spotlight Item: 20% Off Lo-Lo Bars

Keep your hands (and feet and other body parts) smooth and moisturized this spring and summer. All natural, non-greasy, and available in a variety of scents.

Offer expires on Saturday, April 1st 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.


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