The classes in our new schedule begin with winter and end with the promise of warm weather as we look forward to Easter and spring.
Bonnie starts off the month of January with her Snowman Lucy jumper complete with skiing snowman appliqué. Nothing says “keep me warm” like a plush minkee blanket. Jeanne shows you how you cut strips--then sew them down in a “stitch and flip” method to make this favorite project. You just might have to make more than one if your family won’t share!
We are happy to have Maryanna teaching the Treasure Pocket Skirt and Carey the Abigail dress from Kwik Sew that is perfect for older girls. Other dresses you’ll love making are “Penny”, a knit dress from ModKids, Olive Ann Designs’ “Urban Princess Dress”, and the Bow Collar Peasant Dress.
Jeanne will be repeating her Yoke Dress Class for those who are ready to learn about collars, sleeves, and skirt plackets. You can also use this dress for Beginning Smocking, Picture Smocking, or the Madeira Applique Hem Class.
Our schedule would be incomplete without our standards—Jeanne’s Beginning Sewing Class and Linda’s Serger Class. Linda will also be repeating her Hourglass Burp Pad and Barbados Bag classes that were sell-outs the last time around.
Quilts continue to be popular with our customers. If you want to learn how, be sure to sign up for Jeanne’s Basics of Quilting Class. Then there’s her Chopsticks Quilt that features triangles and beautiful batik fabrics. Completing our quilt series will be Linda’s T-Shirt Quilt Class. We have had many requests for this class and are happy to finally have it on the schedule!
We are excited to announce another Block-of-the-Month Program beginning in February. Be sure to see the details on the back of the Newsletter.
For those of you who are Downton Abbey fans, you’ll want to make one of the beautiful tote bags that will be the envy of all your friends. A limited number of kits are available for the class, so be sure to sign up early.
We are continuing our Aurifil Thread Color of the Month special. You’ll receive 25% off the designated color. So check our Aurifil display each month to see which color is discounted!
There are several Fridays each month where you can come and “Sit and Sew” with Bonnie. Finish an old project or get help starting a new one. Check the enclosed schedule for dates and times.
GET READY FOR THE ROW BY ROW EXPERIENCE!
In just four years, the Row by Row Experience has grown from a few shops in the northeast to hundreds of shops across the United States, Canada and Alaska. Beginning on June 21 and ending on September 8, customers will be able to visit any participating quilt shop and receive a free pattern for that shop’s unique quilt row. Or, they can purchase a kit containing the fabrics to construct the row.
The theme of this year’s Row by Row is H2O or water. We have already seen some really creative rows that when put together will make a beautiful quilt. How does that happen? A customer visits at least 8 shops, collects their row, then turns those 8 rows into a finished quilt. If they are the first customer to visit a shop with a finished quilt between September 9 and October 31, that customer will be awarded a grand prize valued at $150. If the customer is the first person to return to one of the shops whose row was used in the completed quilt, they will receive an additional prize from that shop. So go to www.rowbyrowexperience.com and check out the state listings of participating shops. We are already hearing from groups who are planning road trips to collect their rows beginning June 21.
Check out the Tennessee Facebook page by June 1 to see pictures posted by quilt shops statewide showing their rows. You’ll be amazed at the creativity! We have been lucky to work with graphic designer and freelance artist, Kathryn Deising (www.kateyegraphix.com), on our quilt row. Her design highlights our local water feature—Percy Priest Lake—at sunrise and sunset. You’ll love the fish she has jumping out of the water. It’s all about that bass—largemouth bass, that is!