Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Quilt Shop of Chisholm January/February Newsletter And Class Schedule Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 331 6th Ave SW 10am - 5pm Chisholm, MN 55719 218-254-1700 HAND EMBROIDERY CLASS: (4th Friday of each month) Friday, January 24, 10am Friday, February 28, 10am UFO CLASS: Thursday, February 13, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm “M” IS FOR MYSTERY BLOCK OF THE MONTH: (2nd Saturday of each month) Saturday, January 11, 10:00 am Saturday, February 8, 10:00 am WORDS TO LIVE BY WOOL APPLIQUE BLOCK OF THE MONTH: (Last Saturday of each month) Saturday, January 25, 10:00 am Saturday, February 22, 10:00 am BLESSINGS OF SUMMER BLOCK OF THE MONTH: (3rd Saturday of each month for 10 months, beginning in February) Saturday, February 18, 10:00 am ********************************* If you check our Facebook page (Quilt Shop of Chisholm) you’ll see the progress I’ve made on the “Cabin Fever” quilt that will be available in kits or progressive blocks soon. Progressive blocks means you pick up your next block when YOU are ready. Of course you have to sign an oath in blood that you will pick them up and give me a credit card number to guarantee that you won’t run off to the Cayman Islands with the first block or two and then forget about me. (How pathetic would that be to run off to the Cayman Islands with a “Cabin Fever” quilt block???!!) Some day I’ll figure out how to add pictures to my blog again, but in the meantime, you’ll have to check them out on Facebook. The “Words To Live By” wool applique block of the month is close to filling up. There are some spots left. This B.O.M. will be on the last Saturday of each month. I sent a picture of the 88” x 88” quilt in my last email to you, and I’m working on the sample for the shop. $32.00 per month includes all the wool and cotton fabrics. Let me know if you want the valdani thread kit, which is extra. Blessings of Summer is the cute applique block of the month that I’ve been working on. It is adorable and will get us out of our igloos and thinking about spring and summer!!! I must say, the whole state is hibernating. We need to buck up and realize that this is MINNESOTA and that we are TOUGH and a little cold weather doesn’t shut us down!!! This two days of no school on Monday and Tuesday on the Iron Range makes us look like a bunch of panty waists! The roads are good, the sun is out, so get over here and buy some fabric (I mean, come see us!!) Speaking of fabric, we have ALL 46 of the new Jinny Beyer batiks in the shop and several samples in the works. Little Black Dress II by Moda will be coming in later this month (jelly rolls and coordinating bolts). All kinds of good stuff! AND, bringing in your “unwanted stash” during December has been a big hit and we will continue to offer the $3.00 off a full-priced yard of fabric coupon for each grocery sack you bring in! The church we are giving the scraps and yardage to is thrilled. Some quilters have even brought in completed quilt tops that they don’t want any more!! Someone who works here, who I promised not to use her name, but she goes down to Texas to see her grandchildren ALL THE TIME, says she is not making anything other than lap or bed quilts for her son’s family. She says they never hang the wall hangings and the crushing blow came when she went to kiss her grandaughter good night and she was trying to snuggle up under a TABLE RUNNER!!!!! (That’s almost as pathetic as running off to the Cayman Islands with a “Cabin Fever” block.) SIGN UP FOR THE BUS FOR MARCH ! EITHER HERE OR AT QUILTS AROUND THE CORNER IN HIBBING!! I’M NOT GOING WITHOUT YOU!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Fall Schedule

Quilt Shop of Chisholm

331 6th Ave SW

Chisholm, MN 55719


Hours: (New!!!) Tues - Sat 10am-5pm

September Classes:

UFO Class - Thursday, Sept. 5, 5-8pm

Thursday, Sept. 12, 5-8pm

Cross Cut Technique Class - Thursday, Sept 19, 5-8pm

Saturday, Sept 28, 10am-2pm

Hand Embroidery Class - Friday, Sept 27, 10am-1pm


NOTICE: EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY, we will be closed on Mondays through May, 2014. Then we’ll open back up on Mondays!

September we will have two UFO classes (formerly Stash Pot Pie). They are open enrollment for each month, $10 fee. Please call 254-1700 to reserve a spot; must have 3 or more in attendance or class will be cancelled.

Cross-cut technique is the Ricky Tims’s Convergence technique. Maximum of 6 people per class, so sign up early. $45.00 non-refundable fee includes enough fabric for top, border and binding, instructions from your wonderful teacher, Doris Smith, and fee for the class. Check the QSOC Facebook page for photos of some of the samples, or come in and see them in person! You may choose from these same fabrics, or on the night of the class we will help you choose if you want something different. Can’t make the class? You can purchase the Convergence book ($27.95) and the 4 half yards of fabric that it takes.

Hand embroidery class - you should be starting on your Winter wall hanging/pillow this month, if you haven’t already! Note that we have moved to the 4th Friday morning of the month. Still openings available, still kits available to purchase for the Winter project, still no class fee .


October and November you can look forward to several new block of the months: “My English Garden” and “Cabin Fever”. Cabin Fever will be designed by my husband (a winterized version of the “Cabins Around The Lake” quilt he designed for this summer’s Shop Hop!

January brings a MYSTERY QUILT BLOCK OF THE MONTH!!!!!! Want to see what it looks like? Too bad! Even I don’t know what it looks like. But I can tell you this: The fabric used to make it makes me go “Ahhhh….” each time I see it. (Like the boys in the old song “Girl from Ipanema”. If you don’t remember this song, shame on you!). My fabrics for the shop sample (which you can’t see!) wil be here in October, and I’ll show you the fabrics. More info to follow….


The 3rd Annual Patchwork Pumpkin Shop Hop will be October 3, 4 & 5. On Thursday the 3rd and Friday the 4th we will be open 9am - 5pm. Saturday is BUS DAY and our Saturday schedule will accommodate the buses, which means we will be open at 8am and close when the buses are done. The cost for the bus is $40.00, lunch at the Fireside Inn in McGregor is $10.00 (including drink), and C A R O L L E E will be your bus hostess. Negotiations are still in progress with her, because she refuses to be on a bus that doesn’t have a cordless microphone. She’s such a prima donna. I am going to slip into the contract fine print that she cannot sing to you on the bus, but once the bus is gone, it’s really out of my hands. (Are you still humming “Girl from Ipanema” to yourself?) I have a sign up sheet for the bus and you must be signed up and paid by September 15. Limited seating.

The bus will leave from the Hibbing shop, Quilts Around the Corner, since we are sharing a bus, and go to Elaine’s Corner in Hill City, Sew Much & More in Aitkin, Timeless Treasures in McGregor, Quilted Dog in Cloquet, Terri’s Treasures in Iron and Quilt Shop of Chisholm, then back to Hibbing.

If you’re not on the bus, if you get your passport stamped at each store, you’re still eligible to win one of the seven $100.00 gift baskets ! FUN FUN FUN!!!

Monday, March 25, 2013


Quilt Shop of Chisholm
331 6th Ave SW
Chisholm, MN  55719


Hours:  Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm

Classes for Stash Pot Pie I and II are winding down for the year.  We will meet in April and May, at which point I will give you your terrifying summer mission, whether you choose to accept it or not is up to you! 

Mill Girls Block of the Month - All the blocks are ready.  March is month 7, April month 8, May month 9 and June month 10, but you may pick them up whenever you wish.  I also have the gorgeous wideback made especially for this quilt if you would like to purchase it. 

Women of Courage Block of the Month - Blocks 1 - 8 are ready, blocks 9 - 12 will be ready by the 2nd Saturday of April.  I'm going to get a 108" wideback for this quilt also.  Should have that in April, also. 

The Needlers (hand embroidery club) will continue to meet through the summer on the 2nd Friday of the month 10am-noon,  and if you need any additional help, let me know.  Not that I will be able to help you, but I can sure call Doris Smith in a hurry!!!!!!!  Doris would like you to bring in any heirloom-type embroidered pillows or dresses or whatever you may have to share next time you meet.


Spring is here!!!!!!!!  So is the snow!!!!!!!  It will go away eventually!!!!!!!!


The statewide shop hop (Quilt Minnesota) is in August 2nd - 18th, 2013, and the fabric is State Parks of Minnesota.  It looks very pretty on the computer (go to but I can't WAIT to see it in PERSON!  It is supposed to be delivered in May.  We are back in the Upper Northeast Section again this year (yeah!) and are cooking up some wonderful incentives for those who complete the section.  To see what those incentives are, you will have to visit Quilt Shop of Chisholm in person or on Facebook.  Yes, it's true.  The shop is on Facebook.  Starting tomorrow, I hereby promise to update the facebook page every day.  I will actually do this, because I can control it from my phone.  But not today, because I left my cell phone at home.  Boy, do I have excuses, or what?


(That was for those of you who just scan the blog to make sure I don't have an incriminating picture of you posted and didn't read the above paragraph.)


Remember:  Check out FACEBOOK tomorrow!     Mary

Monday, December 17, 2012

January Class Schedule

Quilt Shop of Chisholm
331 6th Ave SW
Chisholm, MN 55719

“Half way between the Iron Man and the water tower!”

Hours: Monday - Saturday 10am-5pm
Open late for classes on Thursdays

January Class Schedule:
Stash Pot Pie II - January 3
Stash Pot Pie I - January 10
The Needlers - Friday, January 11, 10am-noon
Women of Courage Block of the Month - Saturday, Jan. 19, 10am-noon
The Mill Girls Block of the Month - Saturday, Jan. 19, noon-2pm
Freedom Rings Block of the Month - Saturday, Jan. 26, 10am-2pm


The Needlers club will meet January 11, 10am. If you have not signed up for the class, please do so if you want to learn how to do all those hand embroidered stitches that Doris Smith will teach you. The first project is the wool envelope to keep all your stitching supplies in. Cost of kit: $35.00. Since this is a club, instead of a class, Doris has decided not to charge a class fee.

Women of Courage - We are done with the blocks and January starts you on the setting squares! How about that???

Mill Girls - I have been promised that FINALLY the fabrics for blocks 3-6 will be arriving the first week in January, so by January 19 you will be able to pick up November, December and/or January!! Sorry about the delay.

Freedom Rings is the NEW block of the month starting January and going through July. This block of the month is the one with the triangle papers to make the perfect half square triangles if you’ve seen it in the shop. Also the one with the eagle and star sashing. The blocks are beautiful! $30/month for 7 months.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Address:  331 6th Ave SW, Chisholm, MN  55719
Phone:      218-254-1700

(and, incidently, January Newsletter)

This is the sixth December I have been in business and every one of those Decembers I -- PANIC! -- (just ask Bev). I panic because everyone is busy with Christmas preparations and if they are making Christmas presents, they have already bought their fabrics for those presents. It’s kind of like when you are a little child and all the preparations are made for your birthday party and you’re staring out the window waiting for your guests arrive and all of a sudden you have a terrifying thought: WHAT IF NOBODY SHOWS UP? So every December I go through this. (It always turns out okay, but this year I’m closed December 22-January 1 to go to South Carolina for Christmas, so I’m in HIGH PANIC MODE because I want to order new fabric for 2013. So, this year I’ve decided to have a December Panic Sale. Details:

For the general public, the sale is December 10th-15th, Monday through Saturday, one week only. For those of you who get the newsletter, this sale starts right now and goes through Dec. 15!!!

25% off all fabrics!!! (one yd cut min.)

25% off all kits!!! (does not include BOM kits)


Buy 20 or more fat quarters and get them for $1.50 each, instead of $2.75 or $3.00!!!

You cannot afford to miss this sale!

Punch cards will be punched, but save your full cards for 2013, they cannot be redeemed during this sale!!!!!!!!!!

JANUARY NEWSLETTER   We moved to our current location, 331 6th Ave SW in October, for those of you who haven't been by to see us.  Then on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving the building next to the OLD location of the quilt shop burned.  We would have lost all our fabric to smoke damage and water damage - so we are really blessed.  But being next door to a liquor store is VERY interesting.  Just now, while I was hiding in my office doing the newsletter, a man walked in with his six pack of beer and wanted to know what a quilt shop was and who owned it and what we did here.  So, of course, Barb had to drag me out from the back to answer his questions.  If we see a man approaching, we will fight to the death to get to the back room first so we don't have to talk to him.  Invariably, men who don't quilt or have wives or girlfriends who quilt will want to custom order a king size quilt with "fish" or "deer" on it and pay about $25-$50 for it.  My favorite part is telling them that a king size quilt custom made would be about $1000 minimum.  I should get my camera out before I tell them and snap their picture as I tell them.  I would gladly custom make a quilt for $1000 minimum but I don't think there's enough money in the world to make me put "fish" on it.  That is my personal opinion (the fish) just like you will never see me making a Sunbonnet Sue quilt (there is something evil under that bonnet, I just know it) or a quilt that has trapunto (I don't even like people to SAY trapunto.)   Anyway, we are very happy at our new shop and January classes are:   Thursday, January 3, Stash Pot Pie II Thursday, January 10, Original Stash Pot Pie Friday, January 11, Needlers Club (hand embroidery) Saturday, January 19th - Mill Girls BOM and Women of Courage BOM.   Remember, we have NEW HOURS now:  Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm except when there are classes on Thursday nights.    Mary      

Thursday, November 1, 2012

November News

331 6TH AVE SW

NEW HOURS:  Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm
Open later for scheduled classes.


We have relocated to 331 6th Ave SW in Chisholm.  We are halfway between the Iron Man and the water tower right next to Central Liquor and two doors away from Iron Kettle.  Easy to find, easy to park!!!!!!  We are very happy with our "new digs".  Below are some pictures if you haven't had a chance to drop by and see the new shop.  The main word people use when they see it is "cozy"  and "light and bright". 

Stars of the North Quilt, Old Savannah Quilt and Granny Squares Quilt

A view from the front entrance
 A view from the front register
 Notions, books and patterns with a "shrine" to Edita Sitar's quilts
 The Cozy Flannel Corner
 Behind the cash register
Village Square Quilt and Homespun Hill Quilt
 Amish With a Twist
 Bon Voyage Quilt
 Berkshire Flannel Throw

So now that you have had the grand tour, come in and see all the great new samples we are finishing up.  We're still the same shop, just "cozier"!!!!!


Stash Pot Pie II - Thursday, November 1, 5-8pm
Stash Pot Pie I  - Thursday, November 8, 5-8pm
Generals Wives - Saturday, November 10, 10am-noon
Women of Courage - Saturday, November 17, 10am-noon
Mill Girls - Saturday, November 17, 12pm-2pm


I have some really cute last minute holiday stuff for teacher gifts that you can whip up in no time flat!  There is a pretty Braided Diamond Table runner in fall colors that would be perfect for Thanksgiving and I'm working on a Christmas version now.  The 10-minute table runner is always a hit!  Let me help you pick out some fabrics for the people on your list.  And we have kits for cute kid's throw quilts featuring pink cats and blue puppies!!!  Very fast and easy. 

THE NEEDLERS' CLUB - Doris Smith is going to teach a hand embroidery class starting in January on Friday mornings.  The first project will be Crab-apple Hill pattern "Embroidery Envelope" made from wool.  Complete Kits will be available for the class.  This is a class where you will learn the intricate embroidery stitches that make heirlooms and have fun with other women at the same time.  Doris is a wonderful teacher.  She won't slap you or anything if you make a mistake.  At least not hard.  Ha!  She's the best hand embroiderer I know and a very patient teacher.  The second project will be another Crab-apple Hill pattern called "Winter Sampler".  The hand embroidery will be done in class and if you wish to complete the wall hanging on the pattern we can easily help you do so, but the kit will include your pattern, threads and fabric for the center of quilt embroidery square.  Go to to see these patterns and all the other wonderful patterns they have.  I would imagine that the third project will be chosen by the class and how many times a month you will meet will be decided at the first meeting.  The first meeting will be Friday, January 11, 2013 at 10am.  The cost of the class is $10.00 and the cost of the kit for the embroidery envelope (which will include wools, floss, pattern and beads will be around $35.00.   Call me to sign up, since I have a feeling this will be very popular!