Good Day Quilters,
Happy Valentine Day—I have to give one husband a gold star for coming in a buying a gift certificate for Valentine’s Day. Can’t say who it is—or it won’t be a surprise!!
Happy Spring or is it still winter? Crazy weather—never know what to wear! Not complaining, I was hoping for maybe one “snow day” to where I get to stay home all day and sew, but I don’t think that is going to happen. Maybe we will have a crazy March!
This Saturday we are having a beginning sewing class at 10:00 and we will be making an apron. No charge if you buy your fabric from us and we will provide you with a machine if you don’t have one. Call and get a spot.
Cathy Janes, my longarmer and inventory control person, Broke her foot over a month ago, had surgery last week and is doing pretty good. Probably won’t be back in the shop till the end of March. Have to see how the foot heals.
Retreat House-still working on it, wow!! Hope to have good news soon, it has been tough, when you are semi retired and own a business. Have a super bank that seems to want to make it happen. Will send out a email when we are ready to take reservations. Hopefully we will have quilters in there by May!!
Green Bag Event- I know all of you have one of my beautiful green bags that I have been passing out for the last several years. Well now they are going to come in handy!! Whenever there is a fifth Saturday in a month- you bring your bag in and receive 20% off any regular price items!! So…dig out those green bags. I gave them away free all last month, now they will be $4.99. The first 5th Saturday will be April 29th! Put it on your calendar.
Coupon Books-we are expecting a new shipment of coupon books in this week, if you still need one, stop by and pick it up. We have a lot to mail out!! This month’s coupon is: buy one pattern get one free. Great time to be inspired.
A Challenge for an Exhibit at the Southeast Ohio History Center, 24 W. State St.
The Dresden Plate Challenge
All quilts entered in this challenge will be exhibited from the first of April until the end of August at the Southeast Ohio History Center as part of their grand opening for the center. They will provide an opportunity for visitors to the exhibit to have a point of study and evaluation as they vote for a “Visitor’s Choice.” The building was constructed in 1916 and will feature a WWI exhibit with quilts and stories throughout the exhibit area from WWI to WWII.
Due: March 31
1. Finished size should be 14” X 14” up to 28” X 28” and anywhere in between – square or rectangle or circular, or be creative.
2. Must be 3 layers – top, batting, backing and bound.
3. Must be quilted – hand or machine or combination
4. Cannot be a kit – must be an original design/plan
5. Must use the Dresden plate pattern or orphan blocks in some way, big or small, your choice.
Where to bring the finished quilt: Nelsonville Quilt Company Shop
On the back, sew on your name so the quilt can be returned at the close of the exhibit. It will be returned to the quilt shop for pickup.
Block of the Month—We started this in January Breakfast Club, if you missed it, it is not too late to join in. Can’t wait to see the variety of blocks that were created last month. It is a great pattern designed by Marti Michel , called The Romance Continues– finishing at 90X102. We will be using Marti’s templates and they are wonderful! You will be choosing your own fabric- how exciting to think how many different quilts that will be created!!
Lynn Buchannan will be facilitating this event and will be helping you with the blocks. If you come for the breakfast club the cost is $10.00, includes patterns, breakfast and 20% off supplies for your quilt. Please let us know if you are coming so we can have enough copies of the pattern and of course enough breakfast!!
Lots of new fabric coming in, now that inventory is over. You can always check our website for recently arrived. Donna has a couple new machines that she would like to show off. Plus, we have special financing on Feb. 15-21st.
If you have a princess in your family- we have the cutest princess panel. Plus we have some great coloring fabric, one a panel the other a humming bird print. Last fall we had the “sky scape” from Hoffman, it is back but different. I have a pattern that I hope I can make a great quilt using this fabric.
We are expanding with some new items. We now have the top colors of Cosmo floss, and we have some wool precuts. We are trying to get some samples made using these items and some great patterns. Come in, check it out and tell us what you would like to see.
Upcoming Classes -save these dates -more details in next newsletter.
Quilt Therapy — Every Wednesday Open Classroom. Come and join us for a day of sewing on whatever you want. It is a time to get motivated and inspired. Everyone helps each other. 9:30-5:30 bring a lunch or order in.
Appliqué Time - Every First Thursday of the month, next date March 2nd, 1:30 pm. Join us for either hand or machine applique. Interested in starting a project. Come and we will help you find one. Come and join us. Free. Lets start working on some cute seasonal stuff!!
Embroidery class -First Friday of each month, March 3rd. An email will be sent out with a description and a supply list. This is a great class just to help you do amazing work on that embroidery machine. Fee $15.00 plus supplies. ($25.00 if you did not buy your machine from us)
Stash Busters-March 4th-we will be using the pattern 4patch lattice quilt by MSQ. Email us and we will send you the cutting instructions. Class is $5.00 which includes the pattern.
First Monday Club-Almost sounds like “First Wives Club” but nothing like that. They will meet the first Monday of the month and sew on any quilt of your choice. This month a group has decided to make pillowcase dresses. The dresses are then given to a church organization to be distributed to children in need. It takes at lease ¾ yard of fabric. Plus it’s cute to add pockets and trim. Great way of getting rid of some of that fabric in your stash! Lynne Buchanan, Amy Whitney and probably “mom” will be facilitating this event.
Strip Club - Monthly club that meets 2nd Thursday of the month, March 9th. We work on quilts using 2 1/2 inch strips. Dinner is served at 5:30, fee $6.00. Bring a Show & Tell. Please call me by Friday and let us know if you are coming. This month your challenge is due, anxious to see all of them. Often a demo!!
Breakfast Club -3rd Monday of the Month . February 20th, President Day, so we are planning on a big crowd. Come enjoy breakfast, a demo and learn about our block of the month. Breakfast is served at 9:30 and the cost is $10.00. Bring your machine and stay and sew all day. If you missed last month, it is not too late to join into the “block of the month”.
Susan and et al
Nelsonville Quilt Co.