Saturday, September 26, 2009

September Newsletter

Class Schedule:

Autumn House Block of the Month - Thursday, September 3, 5-8pm

Stash Pot Pie - Thursday, September 10, 4-8pm

Winner’s Bouquet Class - Saturday, September 12, 10am-2pm

Tablerunner of the Month - Thursday, September 17, 5pm-8pm

Cobblestone Lane Block of the Month - Saturday, September 19, 10-11am

Sweet Pickins Club - Saturday, September 19, 11am-12noon

Atlantis Block of the Month - Thurs., Sept. 24 OR Sat., Sept 26, 10am-2pm

Batik Mystery Block of the Month - Pick up at your convenience.


Remember, if your name is mentioned in this newsletter, no matter how inappropriately, you will receive a free fat quarter! (You have to come in and tell me, unless you want a virtual fat quarter emailed to you.)


QUILT CAMP!!!!!! Quilt Camp at Camp Chicagami October 8-11. 3 night/4 day is $160 and 2 night/3 day is $125. We have a few openings left Linda Mortenson. I need a $50 non refundable deposit by 15 September! Those of you on the list will receive a special mailing with more details. We are going to have SO MUCH FUN!!!!!!!!

Well, September has arrived! The school busses will be humming in town here and all children will be off the streets, out of our houses, out of our kitchens with their heads stuck in the refrigerator, and will have to wait until after 3pm to ask us the dreaded daily question: What’s for dinner? I would like to go JUST ONE DAY without being asked that question. For approximately 22 years I have been asked that question EVERY STINKIN’ DAY, and it looks like I have another 9 years to go. Yes, Austin just had his 9th birthday. I looked in on him sleeping the other night and brushed his hair with my hand and felt a lump on the side of his head. I started to panic until I felt one on the other side of his brow, too, and realized it was just his Cro-magnon Iron Ranger brow growing in.

With my daughter Charlotte at school in Minneapolis now, we have 3 down, 1 to go, unless of course……….SOMEONE COMES BACK. A few years ago I had a Grown Child Stress Quiz that maybe did not apply to some of you then, but it does now. Here goes:

1. If you have a grown child living at home, give yourself 1 point.

2. If it’s a male over the age of twenty three, give yourself 5 points.

3. If your GC (grown shild) is living in the basement, give yourself

Another 5 points.

4. If he calls you “Mommy”, give yourself 10 points.

5. If your GC is not employed, give yourself 10 points & a big shot of

Jack Daniels

6. If you have teenagers living at home (they pretty much have to, by

Law) in addition to the GC, give yourself 10 more points.

Now let’s tally up the points:

1-5 points - It’s already bad - you have a grown child at home.

6-10 points - It’s not looking good - you won’t be getting your quilting room

Back anytime soon.

11-19 points - You have permission, Sharon Wrobel, to cry and throw things (other than His/her laundry in the washer) whenever you wish.

20 points + - God Bless You. You get a 10% discount at the Quilt Shop of

Chisholm in the month of September if you tell me you have

20 points or over when you come in. Don’t tell me anything else

- no details, please. Otherwise we’ll both get stressed and

Upset and we come to the quilt shop to get away from that

(and drink coffee and eat chocolate).


STASH POT PIE begins our new year September 3, and will continue to be the 2nd Thursday each month. I’m SO EXCITED because this year I get to choose the scrappy patterns instead of following the program we did last year. You are at my mercy! Let’s face it, it couldn’t be any worse that the program last year. I won’t be telling you to cut 467 1 ½” squares with a Tri Rex ruler…..Or will I???!! You are safe for the first few months - but if I hear any complaints or whining, it’ll be back to tiny Dear Jane blocks with templates. Ha! $5.00 class fee

Winner’s Bouquet - if you have seen the beautiful quilt on display in the shop, then you know how popular this class is going to be, Merle Dosen. The class that begins on September 12 will be taught by Doris Smith and will consist of cutting out your fabrics using the rotary templates provided in the pattern. You will NOT need your machine for the first class. You will decide as a group when to meet for the 2nd class. Pattern cost is $30.00, class fee $15.00 for the 1st class and $10 for each class after that.

Tablerunner of the Month - Ok, you guys. Summer is over, Carol Haverkamp. It’s time to get down to business. Every 3rd Thursday. Is that so hard to remember? If you haven’t seen the vegetables we did in July or the apples we did in August, you should BE ASHAMED. Ha! Of course I have kits made up if you want to make it like the sample. This month we will be doing the pumpkin/jack-o-lantern, which is REALLY cute, so don’t miss it! $5 class fee

Cobblestone Lane Block of the Month - This block of the month will be the 3rd Saturday of the month - this is our Moda University replacement this year. At the September meeting we will receive the pattern, and talk about the quilt, because the fabrics (Astor Manor by 3 Sisters for Moda) are not available until October. The cost of the block of the month program will be minimal each month ($5-$8) except for the first month - the pattern is $30 - and at some time during the year you will need to get your finishing fabrics and alternate block background and sashing fabrics. The quilt will finish 78” x 100”. If you want to choose your own fabrics and still do the block of the month with us, then I will help you choose them. Sherri K Falls, who designed the pattern, will be sending the completed quilt to the shop so we can see exactly what we are making. I would LOVE to tell you when in September, but I can’t remember. It will be a SURPRISE when it gets here, which pretty much sums up all events in my life.

SWEET PICKIN’S will follow the Cobblestone Lane class every month - it will also be the 3rd Saturday of the month from 11am-noon. Sweet Pickin’s is a new club that is going to meet also on the 3rd Saturday of the month right after Cobblestone Lane. So you can come to one, the other or BOTH, Karen Ecker! Sweet Pickin’s Club does not make a quilt. Each month you will receive a newsletter, an exclusive pattern that will not be sold in stores, but will be for members only (such as bags, table runners or wall hangings) and an “extra”. The “extra” is a small project or challenge like a pincushion, Christmas ornament, etc. The newsletters have recipes, sewing tips and info on tools/gadgets that work well for quilting. Members receive a web address and password for the club blog which will post projects that other clubs do and will post pictures from US and our finished projects! I don’t know about you, but I’m getting a haircut and losing weight if I’m going to be on a blog. (I barely know what a blog is.) The losing weight part will be hard, since we will be serving refreshments each month. The membership dues for the whole year are $36.00 per person. This will cover club costs and printing charges. And, of course, each month I will JUST HAPPEN to have kits of the projects for sale.

Batik Mystery Block of the Month - This is a B.O.M. that can be joined at any time. If you subscribe to McCall’s Quilting Magazine, there is a 6-issue series for a Mystery Quilt called “Make It Your Way!” that started in the June, 2009 issue. If you want to participate, Judy Towle, and do not have the magazines, then I have a limited number of the past issues. We are making it from batiks and once you come in and pick out your fabrics, then I cut them, put them in back, and dole them out to you monthly (approximately 2 yds per month) to do that month’s mystery blocks. How simple and inexpensive is that? AND it makes a huge (90” x 102”) quilt.

If you have emailed me and I have not responded, it is because my email is different - it is now It’s not because I only check my email once a week or because I don’t care.

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