August 23, 2019 - In This Issue      
- Check Out The Classes From The Past Week!                            
- New Fabric
- Classes/Events 
- Tech Talk



What an amazing treat we had with Michelle de Groot here to teach us all the way from Australia! Tons of skills were explored ... everything from painting and sun-dyeing fabric, to free-motion quilting and thread work. We loved having Michelle and her mom Carole here... their Aussie spirit was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

We are also excited to report that Michelle will be returning in August of 2020 with new classes!
Be sure to check out our Facebook page to see more photos - they will be uploaded within the next couple of days! You will see how talented all of our customers are, and how much they learned!


These gals made these fun back packs at this week's Sew Days Class. 

Our latest Beginner's Class.... these quilters are ready to take on their next project! They've got SKILLS!



Wow…it’s hard to capture the unique peaks and valleys of a wave, but Caryl Bryer Fallert Gentry has managed to do it! Her Glacier collection is a perfect wave texture full of movement and grace. The colors are cool, too.

Wait until you see this texture! Just imagine the side of a wooden barn or bridge, beautifully painted. The sun and wind and rain have all had a turn at embracing the wood. It’s been several years and now the washed paint highlights every little nook and cranny and creates a rich surface. That’s Washed Woods. These wood textures range in color from the palest neutrals to reds, greens, blues, and a cool selection of grays. (Gray always adds a modern touch to your project!) 
Country farmhouse is certainly the trend right now... just checkout Pinterest!
Benartex is right there with their new washed wood collection.


Meowy Christmas! By special request, the most popular cats on the planet are celebrating Christmas. They’re everywhere… opening presents, under the tree, taking a stretch. One look and it’s easy to see why everyone loves them—they are just so colorful and whimsical, they’re irresistible! This is a holiday collection that will bring smiles and laughter into the season. Try pillows, wallhangings, fabric bags for presents, tree skirts - the list goes on and on. This is the year to have a Purr-fect Christmas!


You can’t help but smile at the sweet snowmen and lively cardinals that bring this fabric to life.Celebrate the holidays this season with only the cutest characters and you’ll be sure to spread the cheer with your next project!



Open Machine Embroidery
Thursday, August 22, 2019
Instructor: Linda Humphreys
Did you miss out on creating the Appliqued Decorator Pillow, or the Kimberbell Exclusive Design Pop of Summer Table Runner? Behind on the Imaginary Day Block of the Month? Come to this class to work on the embroidery projects that you need time to do, or need help with. Please contact Linda if you plan to bring something different, so that she can be prepared to help you.

Iceland Poppies – Applique/Freezer Paper Method
Friday, August 23, 2019   10:00-5:00
Saturday, August 24, 2019  9:30-1:00
Skill Level: Confident Beginner
Instructor: Judy Bryan
Judy will be teaching how to use the freezer paper method of applique. This pattern is stunning.

Sew Days – Trendy Tote
Tuesday, August 27, 2019
6:00-8:30 pm
$5.00 + Kit Fee
Skill Level: All
Instructor: Tierney Wilson

Jazzy Jar Lids – Machine Embroidery
This Class Is Open To All Brands/Models
Thursday, August 29, 2019
10:00 – 12:00
Skill Level: All
Instructor: Linda Humphreys

Biscuit Jar, Grandma’s Treats, Cookie Jar, Nanny’s Treats, Homemade Jan, Homemade Jelly, Homemade Marmalade, Homemade Relish, Homemade Chutney, Homemade Preserve, Homemade Goodness, Homemade Toffee, Homemade Fudge, Homemade Candy, Homemade Sweets, Home Made, Rewards. PLUS A Blank Design in each size that you can personalize yourself. For 5×5 6×6 & 8×8 Hoops

Swirly Place Mats – Machine Embroidery
This Class Is Open To All Brands/Models
Thursday, August 29, 2019
1:00 – 4:00
Skill Level: All
Instructor: Linda Humphreys
Leave your machine from class yesterday, and get back to embroidering! For 5 x 7, 6 x 10 or 8 x 8 hoops. These are so much fun! You will want to make several, just to use different fabrics to see how they turn out!



This week in the tech department, we had a machine brought in because the foot control wasn't working. After examining it, we determined the problem was twofold, in the cable. At the plug end, the cable had been abused, and was severely kinked, breaking the delicate wires within. At the base of the cable, right where it comes out of the foot control, it was broken still worse, and in fact the outer protective casing around the wires was split. This problem was due to winding the cable backwards when putting the foot control away. So the takeaway is this: first, try to be gentle with the foot control cable, and particularly don't let it knot or kink. Second, make sure you always wind your cable clockwise, making a loop only at the very end to tuck everything away. 





BERNINA and Cortez Quilt Company and More are using the month of August to celebrate and thank YOU for being such great customers! 

B 215 Simply Red

The B 215 Simply Red is a solid, user-friendly sewing machine boasting exclusive BERNINA features and a contemporary design. Priced at $599.00, you will be enjoying $400 off MSRP!



 Treating your machine to some new feet is like treating yourself to a new pair of shoes.



Hoops, please. Your embroidery projects will be spectacular.



The ideal tool for creating your own distinctive embroidery motifs.


BERNINA’s practical Magnifying Lens set sharpens your view of the work area. The set contains three magnifying lenses of different strengths, enabling you to choose the most suitable magnification for the project at hand.

The lenses provide an optimum view when threading, and magnify the stitching area. This is especially helpful for precision sewing in tricky places. The magnifying lenses also make lighter work of embroidery, sparing your eyes and reducing fatigue. The Magnifying Lens set also features a bracket for simple mounting to the sewing machine.


"Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort."

~ Franklin D. Roosevelt

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


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