November 14, 2019- In This Issue 
- Open Sew Day This Friday
- Third Thursday
- Art & Landscape Group

- Tie One On Day
- Todd's Tech Talk
- Surprise!
- Winter UFO Contest
- Classes & Events


BERNINA is loaded with time-sensitive promotions that you will definitely want to check out! Start making your list early to take advantage of these special offers to ensure that your dream machine shows up wrapped and topped off with a bow under your Christmas tree!


Create attractive decorations from wool yarns or loose wool fibers in no time.

Wool fabrics, different types of felt and loden are primarily used for needle felting. The design in question can be worked into these fabrics simply and neatly.



Friday, November 15, 2019

This Friday has opened up on our schedule! Come on in and spend the day with us. Bring one project… or work on several at a time. (Don’t forget you get extra entries for attending an open sew day!) We will stock up on the chocolate!



Third Thursday Demo  – November 21, 2019
12:30 pm
Join us on November 21st 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!



Art & Landscape Group – Blocks Without Borders
Thursday, November 21, 2019
1:00 pm
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.


Our October meeting was filled with exciting learning, progress and creative ideas! 

• Susan Madden gave us an excellent class on “Easy Curved Piecing” which is especially useful in landscape/art quilting for horizons and layered geological formations. Equally so for amusing art quilts like Janet’s piece titled “Brain Bleed” (you have to see this!) Thank you so much Susan.

• A fun-filled show and tell – this is a creative and talented group all still learning together.

• A reminder that there is a SAQA sanctioned art quilt exhibit at the Farmington Visitor Center through January 4th. A field trip is under consideration.

• Updates on the Historical Museum project with more beautiful and wonderful quilted interpretations of our county’s history were shown and discussed. Lou Ann Jacobson-Ball reported that if they all are completed by January as committed, we will have 20  10 x 12 blocks. If you are interested in participating in this fundraiser project for our newest local museum, please come to our next meeting on November 21st or contact Lou Ann directly. 

• New challenge suggestions for 2020: “Bee” and “Time Flies. Perhaps a mini art quilt show at Olio in Mancos. Janet is researching

Upcoming BWB meeting Thursday November 21st at 1:00 p.m. 

• We are delighted to announce a presentation by Dee McAliney called “Creative Imagination.”. She will take us on an adventure to expose the world around us – there are “Nurturing Nature” quilt ideas in every direction. All forms of consciousness will be explored including cultural and social representations.  Don’t miss this opportunity to see with fresh eyes.

• Historical Museum update and block reveals

• Decide on date for field trip to Farmington 

• Show and tell

• Discussion of December meeting topics



Cortez Quilt Company and More is excited to join forces with The Fabric Shop Network, who is proud to be a national sponsor of National Tie One on Day. Before Thanksgiving, women across the country will be celebrating the day by wrapping a loaf of bread, a pie, or another dessert in an apron, tucking a prayer or a note of encouragement in the pocket, and then delivering the bundle to someone in need of physical or spiritual sustenance—or both. What could be nicer than receiving such a gift—and handmade at that?

National Tie One On Day is the perfect opportunity for
quilt and fabric shops to join in on a national charitable activity. It’s a great way to encourage customers to put a little give into Thanksgiving by reaching out to share their skills with someone who could use a kind word, a pat on the back, and a tasty treat for Thanksgiving.


How To Take Part

If you know someone in our quilting community that could especially use some cheer, please call Cortez Quilt Company and More to put them on our list to receive an apron, dessert, and a note letting them know that they are being thought of.

Sew an apron either at home or join us during an Open Sew Day. These aprons will then be delivered to the recipients on Tuesday, November 26th.

Do you love to bake? We would be grateful if you would be willing to bake an extra pie, or other baked goods to be given along with the apron.

  For more info, be sure to call us!



Surge Protectors – If you have an electronic sewing machine, regardless of brand, it is of utmost importance that you keep it plugged in to a high-quality surge protector. I regularly have machines brought in requiring new circuit boards that have blown because the machine was either plugged directly into the outlet, or a cheap surge protector was used. When you consider that circuit boards frequently range from a couple of hundred to a couple of thousand dollars, investing $30 in a quality surge protector is a good investment. I always recommend getting a good surge protector from your local hardware store or home electronics store, rather than getting a $6 one from the local discount big box store that too frequently allows surges through without tripping the breaker.

On a related note, I know that some brands don’t manufacture spare circuit boards, so a blown circuit board must be sent to the factory to be remanufactured. This is a process, with these companies, that frequently takes several months, which means several months without your machine. BERNINA is good about keeping spare parts on hand for every current model machine, and for several years after a model is no longer manufactured, but it can still be a large and unnecessary expense that can be frequently avoided with proper surge protection.


Reminder: If you own a BERNINA with a JUMBO bobbin (new 4, 5, or 7 series), then you should NEVER pull up on your fabric when you get a thread jam. ALWAYS remove your bobbin, open the hook retainer, and remove your hook. Once you have the hook removed, then you may easily pull the thread jam out without damaging your thread cutter.



As a thank you for being our loyal customers, we will be gifting this machine to a lucky winner on December 21st, along with other great prizes!

Contest Rules: No Purchase Required!

  1. 1 entry every time you visit one of our stores, 40 W Main in Cortez or 3030 E Main Suite A2 in Farmington
  2. 2 entries for joining an “Open Sew” Day
  3. 3 entries for each class or event you participate in
  4. 4 entries for a 300+ word essay on how BERNINA sewing machines have helped you create memories, or on how owning this BERNINA 475 will impact your life
  5. 1 entry for every new customer who comes in the store and mentions your name as their referral
  6. 1 extra entry for coming into the store on “Customer Appreciation” Days- Friday, November 29, 2019 or Saturday, November 30, 2019
  7. 1 entry for signing up for the UFO contest
  8. 3 extra entries for every UFO Finished by Saturday, December 21
  9. 10 entries for sitting down and taking a BERNINA Sewing Machine for a test drive

Contest open only to US residents age 18 or over. Taxes are to be paid by winner.

1st Prize: $2399 MSRP. Other prizes to be drawn and awarded on Saturday Dec. 21

Need not be present to win. Winners will be notified by telephone and/or email. Valid phone number or email address required to win. If winner is unable to be reached and does not respond within 24 hours, then the prize will be awarded to another entrant.




November 2, 2019 - March 7, 2020

“I 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.”

One of the upsides of colder temperatures and shorter days is Sewing & Quilting Season has officially arrived! We are starting a UFO Challenge to motivate everyone to get those unfinished  projects done!  (For the uninitiated or compulsively organized, UFO means unfinished object. Also known as PhDs . . . projects half done).

Here’s the upsides of colder temperatures and shorter days is Sewing & Quilting Season has officially arrived! We are starting a UFO Challenge to motivate everyone to get those unfinished  projects done!  (For the uninitiated or compulsively organized, UFO means unfinished object. Also known as PhDs . . . projects half done).

Extra Incentive
Bring your completed UFO project in before Saturday, December 21st and you’ll receive three extra entries to win the BERNINA 475 that we are giving away! We hope this will help get those Christmas presents done for this year.


• UFO must be a quilt, wall hanging, table runner, purse, or tote bag. It can also be a garment.

• 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. (For example = Binding is done).

UFO Show and Tell Party
On Saturday, March 7, 2020, at our First Saturday Breakfast Club, we’ll have a special UFO Show and Tell. 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 March 7, FIVE lucky people will win a free yard of fabric for each month of the year, from March- December 2020. We also have an additional prize to the person that submits a completed project that is the oldest UFO. Remember, the more UFOs you finish the greater your chances of winning!




We have added several classes that are perfect for creating quick Christmas gifts. They are also perfect for taking time out of this busy season and enjoy a little bit of relaxation, fun and friendship for yourself.

Open Sew Day
Friday, November 15, 2019
9:30 – 5:00
Come on in and spend the day with us. Bring one project… or work on several at a time. (Don’t forget you get extra entries for attending an open sew day!)

Bee-Utiful Sunflower Table Runner – Machine Embroidery
This class is open to all make and models.
Saturday, November 16, 2019
Instructor: Linda Humphreys
We have been asked to add this second class… so here it is! You will learn how to embroider, applique, and quilt in the hoop + you end up with this sunny table runner!

Twirly Batik Skirt
Wednesday, November 20, 2019 Please Note Date Change
Skill Level: Confident Beginner
Instructor: Judith Swain
Join us to create this fun and flirty skirt. Use fat quarters to make a colorful skirt, or looks equally beautiful with one color. Our rayon batik fabrics are an excellent choice. Easy construction using familiar quilting sewing plus tips makes this a great skirt to create… before you know it the skirt is ready to wear!

Third Thursday Demo
Thursday, November 21, 2019
See above for more info.

Art & Landscape – Blocks Without Borders
Thursday, November 21, 2019
See above for more info.

Fractured Star: Intermediate Paper Piecing Part 2
Friday, November 22, 10:00-5:00
Skill Level: Intermediate
Instructor: Judy Bryan
Customers are loving all of Judy’s paper piecing classes, and this one sure is spectacular. The unique border adds a special touch.

Intro To English Paper Piecing
Saturday, November 23, 2019
Instructor: Sine Skaggs
Skill Level: Beginner
Now is your opportunity to learn English Paper Piecing from a pro! In this class, you will learn three different methods of preparing your pieces, along with how to make your templates. English Paper Piecing does not require a sewing machine, enabling you to take your projects with you on trips, waiting for appointments, or simply snuggling up by the fire this winter.

BERNINA Embroidery Club – Free Standing Lace
Tuesday, November 26, 2019
Pick out whatever Free Standing Lace pattern you would like to do, and come spend the day with us to stitch out. Linda will be here to assist you.  Pictured here is an OESD design.

Faux Chenille Scarf
Saturday, November 30, 2019
1:00 – 5:00 PM
Instructor: Julie Ayers
Skill Level: Confident Beginner

Fashionable and useful scarves make great gifts. Make a cuddly, warm scarf for yourself or someone special using the faux chenille technique. You will definitely want one for yourself!

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~ Eckhart Tolle


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