Good Day Quilters,
Thank you to all who came to our open house of the Needles N Pines Retreat House. It was great to have such a super crowd. Also, our first “green bag-5th Saturday” event was very successful. The next one will be July 29th, don’t miss it!!
We are now taking reservations for the Needles N Pines retreat house. I will post more pictures on my Facebook page and the website will soon be up with the calendar, pictures and all the info you need to learn about the retreat house. Don’t hesitate-we are taking reservations almost every day! Just call or email us and we will tell you dates that are available. The email is email@example.com.
It is going to be an exciting summer in Athens County this year. Quilt National will be opening Memorial Day weekend. We also have the “Quilt Crawl,” plus the exhibit at the new Southern Ohio History Center. See more information below.
Fred and I are heading to St. Louis on Wednesday for spring Quilt Market. I hope to bring back some great ideas, new gadgets, books, patterns and who knows what else. (It is hard to control Fred and his buying!) It is time to focus on the shop more, since all of our attention has been on the retreat house!!
All of a sudden we are getting lots of new fabrics. Got in the newest colors of Grunge, Shiny Objects from RJR, Laurel Burch panel and coordinates and believe it or not the Christmas and Halloween fabrics are arriving. We have a stunning Halloween panel from Hoffman!! I can’t wait to get samples made. Everything is not on the web yet, so you will have to come in and check it out.
Upcoming Classes –We are going to add a beginning quilt class soon, our Yellow Brick Road class. Let us know what day works best for you. We have several that are interested in having one.
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 June 1st, 1:30 pm. Join us for either hand or machine applique. Interested in starting a project, come and we will help you find one. Free. Lets start working on some cute seasonal stuff!!
Embroidery class -First Friday of each month, June 2nd. 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)
First Monday Club-June5th 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. They will be starting a “Feather Star,” but you can bring any project you want. Come anytime after 10:00.
Strip Club - Monthly club that meets 2nd Thursday of the month, June 8th 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. We are now working out of a fat quarter book. June is the month that your challenge quilt is to be finish.
Friendship Table Runner-featured in the latest Missouri Star Block magazine. 1:00, Teacher -Sheila Warren. Fee-$10.00. This is a quick table runner using the Binding Tool and 2 ½ inch strips. We have a sample made out of patriotic colors.
Machine Quilting-June 16th, 10:00, Teacher-Karen McManaway. Come spend the day with Karen to fine tune your skills to machine quilt on your home machine. Call for supply list. Fee-$25.00
Breakfast Club-3rd Monday of the Month, June 19th. 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. It is not too late to join into the “block of the month”. It is so much fun to see the variety of blocks.
Holiday Hours- we will be closed the following days to observe the national summer holidays.
Memorial Day- Monday, May 29th
Fourth of July- Closed Sunday July 2nd-Tuesday July 4th
A lot of great things are happening in Athens County this summer, check it out below. We will always welcome a bus of quilters, what a great summer to take a bus trip to Athens Ohio!
Quilt National 2017- May 27-September 4- Dairy Barn Arts Center. The Best of Contemporary Quilts. I have seen some of the quilts and they were fabulous!! You won’t want to miss this one.
Crazy Quilt Crawl-2017—There will be a map of quilts hung up all over Athens – it would be fun to travel the “crawl” and see some amazing quilts and places in Athens county.
Quilts and Stories WWI to WWII
From mid-April to the first of September, the new Southeast Ohio History Center in Athens, Ohio will be featuring an antique and contemporary quilt exhibit called, Quilts and Stories: WWI to WWII. This exhibit is part of the grand opening of the history center.
In January 2016, the Athens Historical Society purchased the century old First Christian church building at 24 West State Street, Athens. The building, listed on the National Registry of Historic Places offers two large exhibit areas and an opportunity to acquire and properly store collections from the region.
The quilts tell the story of American life between two world wars, the first couple decades for a large membership. There will be a WWI exhibit entering the center with several quilts to help tell story. As viewers progress through the exhibit, quilts and textiles will take you on a journey into the past. A special feature will be an opportunity to vote for a favorite contemporary Dresden Plate design that was a challenge event for several guilds in the area.
Susan and et al
Nelsonville Quilt Co.