August 15th, 2023 In This Issue

The Latest From Cortez

~ Website Woes
~ A Great Big Thank You!
~ I Love Fabric Days!
~ Third Thursday Demo

 ~ Improv Class With Ann Dimit
~ Class Passes
~ Classes & Events - New Classes Added

~ Summer Festival
~ Accessory of the Month
~ New Machine Reveal ~ Pre-Order Yours Now

~ Affliliate Links
~ Important Info



Yes, we are aware that there are serious issues going on with the website. We have been in contact several times with our web host. We are in the process of revamping the whole thing, as it is needing a huge overhaul. This is going to be a long project, so thank you for your patience.
Don't forget, we are always just a phone call away! Or better yet, stop on in!





What a BLAST our 5th Anniversary Celebration was! The weather was great, the food and cake were great, the entertainment was great... the best part though was to celebrate with you! 90ish of us all together to have fun, and share our friendship and love of quilting/sewing... it simply does not get better than that!

We will be adding more pictures later this week to our Facebook page,
Friends of Cortez Quilt Company and More. Click HERE to go to that page directly.

If you took pictures of the event, we would love for you to post them as well. If you are not on Facebook, please email your pictures to
[email protected].



Who doesn't love fabric? And now there are three days officially dedicated to this habit, I mean hobby!

August 17th - 19th, we are going to have Mystery Bags just for you!
Purchase a Mystery Bag that has been filled with three yards of fabric for just $24.99.

In addition, each bag will contain a half yard of "Ugly Duckling" fabric.
You DO NOT NEED to participate in the Ugly Duckling Challenge to purchase a Mystery Bag, although we hope you want to play along!

We are challenging you to create the following:

~  A 30 x 30 wall hanging.
~ 50% of the quilt top must contain your "Ugly Duckling" fabric.
~ Your wall hanging needs to be quilted, and be finished with a binding or facing.
~ All Ugly Duckling Challenge Wall Hangings need to be submitted by
Monday, October 9th.

We DARE you to join in the fun!

We invite all of our customers who don't live around Cortez to play along with us! Call us at
970-565-7541 to purchase your Mystery Bag.
We are happy to mail it to you! You can participate in the Ugly Duckling Contest as well!



Third Thursday Demo - Let's Go Batty With Batting
Thursday, August 17th




No Risk Improv
Thursday/Friday ~ August 24th & 25th
10:30 - 5:00
Special Guest Instructor: Anne Dimit
Cost: $120.00 (Not eligible for Class Pass)


Supply list: Any and all scraps, all shapes sizes you can find. Background fabric is available for purchase at CQC. Bring a sewing machine, thread and all the gadgets you like to create with, plus rulers, pins etc.


 "You don’t have to be crazy but be prepared to get nudged out of your comfort zone to free your creative self from matching corners and rules which equals more fun with fabric than you ever dreamed possible!" ~ Judith Swain

Anne's Bio:

"How did I get to this place of crazy improv quilt-making?

I have been sewing since I was 8 and quilting since around 30. I was taught “waste-not, want-not” and delight in creating with scraps and discards turning them into something useful and/or pretty. Other education includes an MA in education and many workshops mostly in sewing and quilting. My work has been displayed across the country, including the Governor’s mansion in Indianapolis IN and Rep Rebecca Dow’s office in Santa Fe NM, as well as several galleries and private homes. 

To me rules and patterns are jumping off points or suggestions.

Color choices should be what you like. It’s not fun if you don’t like the colors.

Experience has taught me that mistakes almost always lead to a better idea……………

Being left-handed, most tools are upside down and backwards for me. My body never was a standard size and shape, so I learned to make clothes by altering patterns from the start and using all types of fabrics.  Pattern directions often didn’t seem to make sense.  I also have a tendency to dive into new projects and figure out what I’m doing as I go. This means it takes a bit longer to learn, but I figure out what works for me without being inhibited by do’s and dont's. I had been making quilts for some time before hearing about the 1/4 inch seams and cotton-only rules!  My quilts may contain any type of fabric that is the right color and the seams will be what works for those fabrics.

My philosophy is: Let’s have fun!"



Three Month Class Pass: Take unlimited classes at
 Cortez Quilt Company and/or Farmington's Quilted Corners for three months for only $75. Purchase a Class Pass anytime. It’s activated when you take your first class and expires three months later. If a class/event is NOT covered by the Class Pass, it will be noted in the class description.




10:30 - 4:30
Every Wednesday is now BERNINA Mastery Day. Classes on Wednesdays are designed to  help you further your knowledge of your BERNINA machine, learn new techniques, and increase/master your sewing/quilting/embroidery skills!


Open Sew Days:
Monday, August 21st & 28th
10:30 - 3:00
Please call ahead to RSVP!

Software Club
Digitizing A Logo Patch
Tuesday, August 15th

Create a plan for digitizing a logo and then learn the steps for creating a patch from the logo design.


Third Thursday Demo - Let's Go Batty With Batting
Thursday, August 17th


Art & Landscape Meeting
"Blocks Without Borders"
Thursday, August 17th
@ 1:00


If you are interested in exploring the world of art and/or landscape quilts, this group is for you!
Our art and landscape group meets on the third Thursday of each month... we would love to have you join us! This is a totally open learning and teaching experience and we don't want you to miss out!

August Table Topper Series
Friday, August 18th
10:30 am
Instructor: Cyndi
This bright table runner is sure to brighten up your room!

Serger Bag
Saturday, August 19th
10:00 -4:00
Cost: $25.00

Instructor: Melanie
Use this little zippered bag for storing your serger accessories, extra feet, seam ripper, etc. You will even learn to put in a zipper with your serger in this class, as well as that cute tassle ~ GASP!

Machine Embroidery
Machine Needle Pincushion +
Sew Bizzee Pins & Needles Keeper

Tuesday, August 22nd
Cost $25.00
Instructor: Linda
Create 2 projects in this class - totally in the hoop! You will leave with a place to store your hand needles and machine needles.

No Risk Improv With Anne Dimit
2 Session Class
Thursday/Friday, August 24th & 25th
$120.00 (Sorry, not class pass eligible)
Please see above for details.

Stack N Whack
Saturday, August 26th
10:30 - 4:00
Cost: $25.00
Instructor: Elaine Brown
Learn how to stack your fabric layers, cut them, sew them back together, creating quilt blocks with unique kaleidoscope designs.

Convergence Quilt
Friday, September 8th
10:00 - 5:00
Cost: $25.00
Instructor: Jeanne Miles
Jeanne will be teaching Ricky Tims' Convergence method. Convergence quilts feature two or more fabrics cut into strips, sewn together, then cut and pieced again. Nothing could be simpler - or more magical!



Pick the perfect machine for you during BERNINA's Summer Festival!
Nearly every machine in stock is coming with free gifts! Who doesn't love a free gift?!
The gifts are tailored to each machine to ensure that you get the most out of your purchase.

Come on by to pick the machine for you!t.





When you purchase merchandise through OESD (Embroidery Online) or Kimberbell, we would greatly appreciate if you would use our affiliate links so that we can get credit for your purchase.

When you purchase items from Embroidery Online (OESD), click HERE

When you purchase items from Kimberbell, click HERE



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~ Walt Disney


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