The Quiltzette

March 31, 2014

Welcome Judy Bryan!

We're excited to have Judy Bryan on board as the newest member of the CQC team. Judy recently retired after 33 years with the National Park Service. She'll be working two days each week and brings a wealth of knowledge with her. She's a master quilter and knitter, makes jewelry, and is very fun to work with. Stop by to say hello to Judy the next time you're downtown.

Upcoming Events

Introduction to Quilting – Wednesday, April 2
12:15 p.m. OR 5:15 p.m.

Curious about learning to quilt? It’s not as difficult as it looks! Come to a FREE 45-minute demo session and see how easy it really is to measure, cut, and piece a quilt block together. You’ll learn many tips and tricks (one that will surprise you) about how to create a beautiful quilt. No RSVP necessary . . . just show up at Cortez Quilt Company, 40 West Main in Cortez at either 12:15 or 5:15 p.m. on Wednesday, April 2. Call 970-565-7541 for more information.

Introduce a Friend Day – Saturday, April 5
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Do you have a friend who admires your beautiful quilts but says, “I could never do that!” Here’s an opportunity to help your friend move beyond “I could never” to “I can do it.” Bring your friend on Saturday, April 5 for a day of fun and confidence-building. Karen will teach a mini-beginner class from 10 a.m. until 12 noon. Then you’ll support your friend in the afternoon (while you work on a project of your own) as she pieces a block and adds a border or two to create a pillow top, wall hanging, or table topper. The fee for this special event is $75 per friend pair. The fee includes lunch for both of you, fabric and thread for your friend to make her block, and a special gift for each of you at the end of the day. We can also provide a sewing machine for your friend if needed. Limited to four friend pairs.

Scrap Savvy – Thursday, April 10
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

You know all that leftover fabric in your sewing room you’ve been meaning to organize? Well, this is your chance to get it done and have fun with other quilters and sewers at the same time. Cyndi Foote is the Queen of Scraps (that means she uses everything . . . eventually!). She’ll give a short presentation on fabric scrap control, then you’ll spend the rest of the day organizing your stash of leftovers. For this event we’ll have several new scrap quilt books in stock that will be 25% off for participants. This event is free, but limited to eight due to space. Call to sign up today . . . only one space left!

Quilt ‘Til You Wilt – Friday, April 25
5 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Relax at the end of the week with an evening of sewing and fun with old and new friends. Cyndi and Beth will host this fun event. It’s free, but space is limited so call today to get your name on the list. Bring a brown bag dinner or order something from one of the wonderful nearby restaurants. Beverages are provided. Space limited to 16, so sign up soon.

Upcoming Classes

Free Motion Quilting
Tuesday, April 8
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Accomplished long arm quilter Beth Cardozo will teach free motion quilting for us on April 8. Learn how to prepare your quilt, choose thread, select the right needle, and learn simple techniques that will take the mystery out of machine quilting. The book shown here is recommended but not required for the class. Bring 6-8 fat quarters with enough batting to sandwich those into 3-4 “quilts” to practice on. Solid colors or tone-on-tone will work best, along with contrasting thread so you can see your beautiful work.

Pincushion Thread Catcher
Friday, April 11
1- 5 p.m.
This class is always fun because it’s “make and take” for a very practical item to have in your sewing room. Two fat quarters, some iron-on vinyl, and a bag of crushed walnut shells are all that’s needed to make this project. Class will be taught by Karen Childress.

Click here to see more classes!


This beautiful new fabric arrived the other day. Cyndi says it reminds her of charcoal drawings.


We have Minkee in many colors!


We have four unique bargain items to offer . . . first come first served!

(1) Used only a couple of times, here are two machine carrying cases (bottom one for sewing machine, top one for embroidery unit). Wheels make transporting your machine to classes and retreats a breeze. If you don't have an embroidery unit, the top case could be used for your supplies and projects. $300 plus tax for both. Very nice!

(2) Janome Magnolia sewing machine. This is a used machine (was at Karen's  house until she finally took home a new BERNINA!). $225 plus tax which includes the usual accessories, a 1/4 inch foot, and a walking foot. Bill has cleaned, oiled, and adjusted this machine. No warranty.

(3) Three acrylic inserts that fit into a sewing table and are customized for the Janome Magnolia machine. These retail for about $100. Price is $25 plus tax  for each.

(4) Tailormade Quilter's Vision and Companion Chest. This is the largest sewing table that we carry. We ordered it for the BERNINA showroom but realize now we need more small tables instead so that we can have more machines on display. This table retails new for $1,198. The cost for this one is $950 plus tax. It's out of the box but is in perfect condition. If you've been dreaming of one of these for your sewing room, here's your chance to have one at a discount!

We have scheduled our first series of "My BERNINA" sewing machine classes. Classes are free for those of you who have purchased machines at Cortez Quilt Company. If you have a machine you purchased elsewhere and would like additional training or a refresher course, the cost is $35 per class. Here's the schedule:

Series 2 and 3
Class #1 - Basic Operations: Tuesday, April 8, 5-8 p.m.
Class #2 - Stitch Fun: Tuesday, April 22, 5-8 p.m.

Series 5 and 7 Machines
Class #1 - Basic Operations: Friday, April 4, 9 a.m. - 12 noon
Class #2 - Stitch Fun: Tuesday, April 18, 9 a.m. - 12 noon

Call 970-565-7541 with questions or to register for one of these classes. Watch the newsletter for future classes!

BERNINA #8 Jeans Foot  25% off

During the entire month of April, BERNINA jeans foot #8 will be 25% off. BERNINA offers a foot promo each month and we plan to participate in most or all of them. Regular price is $32 . . . special price will be $24. Call 970-565-7541 today to order your foot at this special price.

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

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