Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Finally! I update my blog!

November and December 2009 Newsletter

November Class Schedule:
Free Motion Quilting - Saturday, November 21, 1-3:30pm
Tablerunner of the Month - Thursday, November 19 - 4-8pm
Cobblestone Lane Block of the Month - Saturday, Nov. 21, 10-11am
Sweet Pickin’s Club - Saturday, Nov. 21, 11am-noon
Atlantis Block of the Month - Saturday, December 5, 10am-2pm

December Class Schedule:

Free Motion Quilting - Wed., Dec 2, 10am-12:30pm
Autumn House BOM - Thurs., Dec. 3, 5-7pm
Hand Quilting - Thurs., Dec. 3, 5-7pm (same time as Autumn House)
Atlantis Block of the Month - Sat., Dec. 5, 10am-2pm
Stash Pot Pie - Thurs., Dec 10, 4pm-8pm
Tablerunner of the Month - Thursday, December 17, 4-8pm
Cobblestone Lane - Saturday, Dec. 19, 10-11am
Sweet Pickin’s Club - Sat., Dec. 19, 11am-noon


Remember, if your name is mentioned in the newsletter, no matter how inappropriately, you get a free fat quarter next time you are in the shop!


WE WILL BE CLOSED FOR REMODELING ON MONDAY, DECEMBER 7 and will be open for business again on Tuesday, December 8 (even if we are still moving things. We are getting new carpet! Be sure to come by to see our fancy new look, Pam Moss.

Then, on SATURDAY, December 12, we will have our annual open house, with a FAT QUARTER FRENZY and all fabrics (except flannel and sale fabrics) on the bolt for a 20% discount! One day only. Fat quarters will be $1.25 each. If you buy 25 or more, they will be $1.00 each.




Free Motion Quilting - Don’t be afraid! Once you learn how to do this, you will be amazed at how those quilt tops get done! It’s all in practice, practice, practice. You are not allowed to criticize your stitches (I will be happy to do that for you!) But there are some requirements for this class: You need to have a sewing machine that you know how to operate and has the capability of lowering the feed dogs and you need to know how to lower them. You need to have a “Free Motion Foot” that fits your machine and is specifically made for free motion. If you don’t have one, get one from either P & D Sewing in Grand Rapids or Viking Village in Hibbing or Virginia. You have to be able to tell them your model and make of sewing machine for them to give you the right one. Call them first and ask them if they have one for your machine and if not, can they order it for you. Other supplies you need (which are available here at the shop if you don’t have them) are quilting gloves (I prefer the “Machingers” brand), Schmetz Quilting Needles, size 75/11 or 90/14 depending on your thread size, 40 or 50 weight cotton thread AND something to quilt. I would suggest you either make a few quilt “sandwiches” with fat quarters and batting and also bring something that you want to quilt (and can live with the fact that it won’t be perfect.) We do not use safety pins for basting - either 505 spray or hand basting. Only 505 spray please, because the cheaper brands tend to gunk up your machine. Class fee $15.00

That being said, Karen Skraba, for Hand Quilting, I will supply the needle, you will need a thimble and your choice of thread. You do not need a practice “sandwich”, just a quilt that you want to work on. Class fee $15.00
TABLERUNNER OF THE MONTH: You don’t want to miss the last two classes - November is the darling Santa Runner and December is the Snowman! They are both done (believe it or not) and kitted, or you can use your own fabrics. Class fee $5.00

COBBLESTONE LANE - The sample is here - the blocks are kitted and the price will be $10.00 per month. We will try to have the finishing kits ready if you want to get yours this month.

SWEET PICKIN’S CLUB - Cute stuff this month - come and see! If you want to join Sweet Pickin’s, Susie Cencich, and have not, there is still room for you.

ATLANTIS will meet on Saturday, December 5, 10am-2pm for the November class due to Thanksgiving. We can decide then when to meet for December. December will be block 11 of 12! I need to know if you are doing the fancy border or the plain border by December 5, so we can kit it up for you!

STASH POT PIE - If you remember last December, Karl and Kristine made us a WONDERFUL Chicken Pot Pie and the best Chocolate Cake EVER, and they are going to do it again this December. So if you are not signed up, there are still a few spots. Call me!!!!!

January we will start a new Wool Club - raw edge hand applique (or machine if you prefer) of wool on flannel. It will be a block of the month, Doris Kerzie, every 3rd Thursday of the month starting January 21st, 5pm to 8pm. You can stay and we’ll hand sew (you will not need your machine) or you may pick up your pattern and fabrics and take them home. More information to follow, Lois Mehle……..

If you have a deer hunter in your life, you know that rifle season is coming to a close. But of course, there is always bow season and something called “muzzle loader” season - WHAT EVER. All I know is that Quilt Season is open year round for me, Lue Strom. (Except summer. I read in summer.) I have some questions about the men in your life that I would like to quiz you on.
1. Have you ever found a machete in your umbrella stand?

2. How many pairs of boots does a man need?

3. Why do men never throw anything away?

4. Why do men and boys like to wrestle?

5. Why do men notice that rolls of toilet paper in the store have gotten
Narrower but they don’t notice when the roll is empty at home?

If you know the answer to any of these questions, please let me know.