Archive for January, 2012

Machine Quilting for Beginners
Teacher:  Ann Shaw 

When:  Saturday,  May 12th
Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Cost:  $60.00  

This is a method class to teach you how to do the quilting on your home machine.  You need a reliable machine with a walking foot and a darning foot that are made for it (the generic ones tend not to work very well).  We do a LOT of talking about the “how’s” and then play with a practice piece that is included in the class price.  This is definitely a ‘must’ class.  You’ll definitely get some tips that will make your job easier, making the cost of the class worthwhile!

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Country Lanes
Teacher:  Linda Davis

When: Saturday May 19th 
Time:   10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Cost:  $35.00


The combination of simple elements, great fabrics and clean piecing will yield a very exciting scrappy quilt.  This quilt uses one single background that is very busy giving the appearance of more than one fabric.  If you prefer to scrap your backgrounds, it is recommended that you stay close in value so the pattern formed by the dark squares can be readily seen.

This quilt can be completed using your stash, which gives you the perfect excuse (as if you needed one) to visit your local quilt shop to add to the next quilt stash.  This would be very easy to enlarge to any desired size by just repeating the elements or even adding borders.  Any fabrics you choose, or any size you choose, this is sure to be a show stopper showcasing your fabric collection.

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Buggy wheel

Teacher:  Christine Kryjeski
When: Monday, May 14th   
Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Cost:  $35.00

Also known as the “Carpenters Wheel”, the Amherst Museum Quilters Guild raffled this quilt in their 2006 quilt show. Whether you choose make it from a variety of colors or have one specific palette in mind, this is a quilt you will treasure for many years.  It is a favorite traditional quilt that is easy to construct and has a stunning visual appeal.  While the model is done with scraps, a more controlled palette can be very successful too.

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Sew What? News and Notions…

We hope you enjoyed your holiday season and are looking forward to an exciting 2012. Once again, it is time for our biggest event of the year: Fat Quarter Tuesday! This year, Fat Quarter Tuesday is on February 21, 2012 from 9:00am to 7:00pm, and EVERY fat quarter in the shop is on sale. And I mean every single one. Fat Quarters will be sold for $1.50 – regularly sold for $2.50; Batik fat quarters will be $1.75, normal price $2.75. With prices this low, it is time to come in and stock up. Why not plan your day around Fat Quarter Tuesday. You might come in before work, stop in at lunchtime, or make a quick stop after work. We will be here until 7:00pm, with bells on! Literally. Fat Quarter Tuesday is more than a month away, and we are already cutting like mad to get ready for you all!

Do you have a difficult project you have been putting off? Bring it into the shop and we will be happy to give you a hand with it. Sometimes another set of eyes and a few helpful hints is all it takes to get that project finished.  You can schedule a one-on-one class, join our Thursday morning free-sew, or just stop by! Our goal is to help you be successful with your task! Advice is always free!

Winter Class Schedule

Our winter class schedule is almost complete with a few new additions you may want to look into. Since Ann lives so far away, and winter is unpredictable, our classes are going to start a little later than normal. That will give you lots of extra time to be signed up. The full list will be on the website soon, so watch for an e-mail asking you to look at it. We have some really nice things planned for you this winter. Tossed Greens is a very cute spring wall hanging. I have found spring wall hangings to be rare, and this one is very cute. Triangle Magic is a method class that will show you several ways to make half-square triangles with perfect points. Everyone has a favorite way, and some patterns work better with certain methods. Christine will help us take the mystery, uncertainty, and fear out of triangles. Triangular units make many spectacular quilt designs!

Country Lanes is a new class taught by Linda Davis and Ann will be teaching the ever-popular Beginners by Hand, Basics by Machine, and Machine Quilting, as well as an oldie but goodie, Mary’s Triangles, which has a weird but wonderful method to it.

Quilter of the Month

Linda Davis is our Quilter of the Month for December. Linda’s first foray into quilting began when she taught herself how to quilt in 1969 while expecting her first child. She was shocked and amazed when her twins were born instead of just one baby! Linda enjoyed quilting so much early on, that when she had time, she went to Studio B and signed up for lessons with Fran Vinning.  Luckily, for us, Linda hasn’t stopped since! She loves the look and feel of fabric, and quilting affords her a way to create projects that are very different from each other. Linda loves all aspects of quilting: learning, teaching, and the actual quilting part, although machine piecing is her favorite. She loves using paper piecing when she needs to be “super precise.” She especially enjoys working on the appliquéd whimsical floral arrangements she designs. Linda is always eager to see how her designs work out. Sometimes they look a little different than expected, which only adds to the fun. A group of friends contributed blocks to a Nine Patch Quilt she made that remains one of her favorites, but the Log Cabin Quilt continues to be her overall favorite quilt to make. Linda sews with the Calico Cut Ups, The Thursday Morning Girls, and is a member of the Kenan Quilt Guild.

As Quilter of the Month, everyone who comes into the store and the entire quilting community will have an opportunity to view your talents and see the vast array of styles, colors, and techniques we have in our area. While your quilts are on display, photos are taken and a CD created to maintain a record of your exhibition. Also during the month of your exhibition, you will receive a 20% discount in the store. Any quilter at any level can participate. We love seeing other people’s work styles, and don’t worry if they are not quilted!  In fact, “tops” are easier for us to hang up!! Call the store at 632-8801 or go to to sign up for a future month.

Quilter’s Tip

Was your New Year’s Resolution to organize your fabric stash in 2012? Here is any interesting idea how to keep track of your stash. Once you have sorted your fabric by color and yardage, take a long piece of paper at put the amount of fabric you started with in or next to the pile. Each time you use some, subtract that amount from your total. This way, you will always have a running total of your fabric. It is a habit you will be very happy you started! For some interesting idea on what one quilter did, check out her blog, the twiddletails blog. (Here is the link Barb

Girl’s Night Out

January 27, 2012 is Girl’s Night Out!  We start around 5pm or 6pm (however it works into your schedule, its casual) and go until around 9pm. The cost is $8. Don’t forget to bring your UFO’s, orphans, and any other quilting projects you are working on and we’ll have a great night out!  All are welcome and we look forward to seeing you on January 27, 2012.


Individual and Group Lessons Available

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It costs $15.00/ hour for 1–2 quilters; $10.00/ hour for 3 or more quilters.

Thursday Morning Free Sew!

Did you know we offer a free sew every Thursday morning?

Bring in your projects and hang out with us for a bit!

Free advice, sewing tips and great companionship!

10-2pm every Thursday

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