The Quiltzette

May 25, 2015


Upcoming Classes

Diva Wallet
Friday, May 29
1  – 5 p.m.
$15, pattern required

Need a new wallet? This one is GREAT! It holds currency, coins, credit cards, your checkbook, and more. And it’s cute to boot. Judy Bryan will teach this half-day class. Sign up today.

Make-It-In-A-Day Scrap Crazy Quilt
Friday, June 5
10:15 a.m. – 5 p.m.
$29, ruler set required

Make this fun lap quilt in one day – really! You’ll use the Creative Grid Scrap Crazy ruler set and either a layer cake (10″ squares), five to ten coordinating fabrics, or scraps. This quilt goes together quickly because there are no seams to match within the blocks, no trimming of dog ears as you go, and you can press in any direction. Join us at 10:15 in the morning and go home at 5 p.m. with a finished quilt top. Karen Childress will teach this class. No homework.

Lone Star
Saturday, June 6
10:15 a.m. – 5 p.m.
$29, pattern and pre-printed fusible interfacing required

If you’ve ever wanted to make the classic Lone Star but worried about matching all of those points and the dreaded “bias factor,” worry no more. This beautiful wall hanging (or quilt if you add borders) is made using pre-printed, lightweight fusible interfacing so that guess work and room for error is practically nil. The pattern and interfacing is available in two sizes. The one shown here is the smaller of the two (38 inches). Join instructor Judy Bryan for this class on Saturday, June 6. The only homework is cutting strips of fabric to prep for the day. If you need help choosing fabric we’re at your service.

See the full class schedule here.


Upcoming Events

After Market Review
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
5:15 – 6:30 p.m. 

Karen is back from International Quilt Market and brought back lots great new notions, patterns, and ideas. Join us for After Market Review on Wednesday, June 3 from 5:15 – 6:30 p.m. when you get to help decide what will be purchased for the shop over the next few months. Your vote counts! Light refreshments will be served. No need to RSVP . . . just pop in around 5 p.m. to claim a good seat!

UFO Challenge Show & Tell
Saturday, June 6, 2015
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Bring the UFO you are most proud of completing for Show & Tell and join the fun as we draw the winners of five $100 gift certificates to Cortez Quilt Company.



BERNINA Club – Tuesday, May 26, 2015
At Your Fingertips: A Professional Wallet
Time: 5:15-6:30 p.m.
Cost: $10 or free if you purchased your BERNINA, software or software update from CQC

NOTE: You do not need a BERNINA to participate.

For BERNINA Club this month we'll watch a presentation courtesy of the BERNINA educators on how to make this great wallet. It's a fairly advanced pattern so we won't stay to sew after the presentation. If you're interested in making it, come for the tutorial and them tackle it at home when you're feeling ambitious. As is the case with all BERNINA Club presentations, you're sure to pick up a few tips and tricks!


Tip of the Week: Uses for Batting Scraps

Recently here at the shop we hit the wall. Well, actually, we hit the closet. Batting scraps inside were running over, taking over, and we're pretty sure the pile spontaneously grew when the closet door was closed and the light was off. Emily bravely tackled the stacks, bags, and boxes and thing are once again under control - at least for the moment. This got us thinking about uses for batting scraps. You have a batting stash, right? Here are some ideas to use up scraps, bits, and pieces that are too small to realistically stitch or fuse together for a quilt or other project.

1. Cut scrap pieces into squares of a uniform size (5", 6", 8", etc.) and use them the next time you make a raggy shaggy. These sizes also come in handy for quilted coasters and mug rugs. 

2. Sandwich pieces of batting between muslin or to practice free-motion quilting. 

3. Use small scraps as stuffing for pet beds, pin cushions, and fabric toys.

4. Use batting scraps to wipe down your sewing machine, computer monitor and other surfaces that attract lint. 

5. Have a Swiffer? Cut batting scraps to fit and save a few dollars.

6. Use as packing material when shipping something that's fragile. 

Remember . . . waste not, want not!


"It's not easy taking my problems one at a time when
they refuse to get in line." ~ Ashleigh Brilliant


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


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