January 17, 2019 - In This Issue
- Australian Party - This Saturday!
- Third Thursday Is Today
- Blocks Without Borders Is Today
- Winter/Spring UFO Contest
- Come Play Block Lotto
- Fun BERNINA Clubs - Please note changes
- Classes/Events
- BERNINA Floor Model Clearance Sale




On Saturday, January 19th, 2019, we will be celebrating all things Australia. These fabrics are very loved by our customers, and now is the chance to come show off and show case the projects that you have created with them. As a special treat, we will have Mary Lucille of M&S Textiles here with a presentation of Australian fabrics and designers. 

Australian Day
Saturday, January 19th

1:00 PM
Mary Lucille's Presentation: Australian Aboriginal Fabrics From The Land Down Under

Followed by:
A trunk show presented by our customers - showcasing all of their creations using Australian fabrics.



Third Thursday Demo – Creating 3D Applique
Thursday, January 17, 2019
12:30 pm

Join us on January 17th at 12:30 p.m. for our monthly Third Thursday Demo. This event lasts thirty minutes – feel free to bring your lunch if you are on your break. We always have door prizes at our Third Thursday Demo’s! Bring a friend!

January 17th – Join us to learn how to create stunning 3D applique shapes with Heat N Bond Ultra. This is a very fun technique. Thanks to Laura Wright for sharing this with us!



Blocks Without Borders – Art & Landscape Society
Thursday, January 17, 2019

Blocks Without Borders (an Art & Landscape Society) meets on the Third Thursday of each month at 1 p.m.  Prepare to exchange ideas, along with giving and receiving inspiration.  Don’t forget to bring your Show-N-Tell! We will have a door prize! No RSVP necessary. This meeting usually lasts about an hour.

Note From Marie Wirth:

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and you are all ready to get creative! Susan Madden will be sharing her expertise on  how to show flow and motion in art and landscape quilts from the design process to free motion quilting, from landscape forms to water, heat and wind. If you need ideas for a project you’re working on, bring it and we’ll look at ways to make it dynamic. 

We will also spend some time talking about the bird project so please bring whatever you are working on, bring your ideas, your questions and your inspiration. We would like to shoot for having them completed by March or April so jump in and get started!  They can be realistic or totally imaginary!

As always please bring any pieces that you would like to share with the group, done, in progress or whatever because we love to see what all these creative minds have been up to. if you have an idea or skill or talent you want to share with us please let me know.  

Hope to see you all Jan. 17 at 1pm.

Marie Wirth



UFO Challenge
Friday, January 11- May 4, 2019

“I still have so many projects to finish.”
“I can’t start anything new until I finish something.”
“You would not believe how many projects are sitting in my sewing room.”

By request, (actually DEMAND)... We are starting a Winter/Spring UFO Challenge.
For the uninitiated or compulsively organized, UFO means unfinished object. Also known as PhDs . . . projects half done.

Here’s the deal. Bring in your UFOs starting this Friday, January 11th. You have until January 31st to register.  We will register each one and log them into your personal page in our special UFO Challenge binder. Then, get busy sewing! (Remember . . . any day we’re not having class or special event you are welcome to come to the shop to work on your projects.) Each time you finish a UFO, bring it back to the shop. We will mark it complete and you will be entered to win (see below). The more UFOs you finish the more chances you have to win.


• UFO must be a quilt, wall hanging, table runner, purse, or tote bag. It can also be a garment. Yes, place mats will count, but you have to have at least 4 of them.

• UFO must be started (i.e., fabric and pattern in a bag or a kit you haven’t begun won’t qualify).

• UFO must require at least one hour of work to complete (e.g., six inches left to bind won’t qualify).

• A completed UFO is really complete. (Quilted and bound, for example)

• No UFO registrations after January 31, 2019.

UFO Show and Tell Party
At the First Saturday Breakfast Club in May (May 4th)  we will have a special UFO Show and Tell Party. Bring everything you completed during the Challenge and claim your bragging rights. We’ll draw for the prizes during this party, but you don’t have to be present to win.

When we draw names from all the entries on May 4th, FIVE lucky people will win a yard of fabric/month for a year!  Remember, the more UFOs you finish the greater your chances of winning!



Play Block Lotto! Come by to see this month's fabric pack. Each month we will reveal the new Block Lotto collection at the 1st Saturday Breakfast Club.

• Buy your fabric pack (5 fat eights) for $7 by the 25th of the month.

• Make two 12 1/2 inch blocks from each pack.

• Bring them to the shop by the last day of the month.

• For each two block set you create, you’re entered into a drawing to win ALL the blocks.

• Drawings held on the first day of each month. The winner will be eligible for 20% off fabric to finish the quilt if desired (sashing, borders, binding, backing)




New In 2019!

Are you interested in getting the most out of your BERNINA investment?

Continue your sewing education by learning techniques specifically created by BERNINA experts to help you get the most out of your BERNINA machine and accessories through the BERNINA Creative Studio.

Cortez Quilt Company and More will be offering these programs! Go here to see a list of the programs being offered the first half of 2019.

We will be offering the Creative Studio through three clubs:


This Club will include twelve months of technique and project lessons

Club Cost -$50.00/full year
(supplies for classes will be additional)

BERNINA Creative Studio -Technique Club
Ruffler Foot #86
Thursday, January 17, 2019
11:00 am
Learn how to use the BERNINA Ruffler Foot #86 to create the most beautiful pleats or ruffles for any project. This is a technique class that focuses on three settings on the foot, which will fine tune the ruffles to your preferences, easy and fast! We will demo, and participants will get to try the foot out.



This Club will include 24 embroidery lessons for the year. You do not need to bring your machine/module to class to participate. Come learn the lesson, and stitch out at home if desired.

Club Cost $100/year 
includes 24 embroidery lessons. Club Member may also attend technique and project lessons for this same price.
(supplies for classes extra)


BERNINA Creative Studio – Embroidery Club – Customized Pencil Case
In The Hoop Plus
Thursday, January 24, 2019
1:00-5:00 pm
Learn how you can add an embroidery design to an existing in-the-hoop project, thanks to BERNINA’s PLUS
em­broidery features. Use un-grouping and embroidery sequence control to quickly insert a design at the right point in your embroidery. Easy, simple and fast!



This Club will include 12 months of software instruction, along with four additional DesignWorks classes.

PLUS - Only at Cortez Quilt Company and More - we have added a second club meeting per month, for a total of two lessons per month.

Club Cost - $75.00/full year
This includes admittance to any software or DesignWorks lesson in 2019!
Free downloads of projects/lessons when available.
(supplies for classes will be additional)

BERNINA Creative Studio – Software Club
Thursday, January 24, 2019
10:00- 12:00
Words In Shapes
What you will learn:
   Reshaping Letters
   Resizing, Rotating, Changing Spacing of Letters
   Editing Individual Letters
   Envelope Tool In Artwork Canvas



Double Duty
Thursday, January 24, 2019
5:30-8:00 pm
Make this cute combination pin cushion and thread catcher to keep next to your sewing machine. It’s also nice to have one at the cutting table and one on the ironing board. They’re lined with iron-on vinyl, which makes emptying quick and easy.


Quilt Til You Wilt
Friday, January 25, 2019
5:30-8.00 pm
Bring your projects to work on, plan to chat and have fun! If you would like, bring a snack to share. Please RSVP, space is limited

Introduction To Applique
Friday, February 1, 2019
10:00 – 12:00 Needle Turn Applique With LaWana Farrier
1:00 – 3:00 Sharon Schamber Technique With Elaine Brown
3:00-5:00 Raw Edge Applique With Aimee King
$25.00, Class Pass Accepted
Skill Level – All Levels

Have you wanted to try your hand at applique? On February 1st, you will get the chance to learn three different techniques. These mini classes will provide you basic instruction that will allow you to advance to more difficult and detailed projects. If you are planning on participating in the Farm Sweet Farm Sew Along, this class will be most helpful if you are new to applique.

Click Here To See More Classes!


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~ Vista M Kelly


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