Happy New Year everyone! Sorry you missed our Open House on the 6th, it was a lot of fun and there were a surprising number of quilters here considering the nasty weather. I think they were here to get supplies for quilt fun on a stormy day. If you missed this event, we have one at the beginning of each quarter, so be on the lookout for one when we get close to April. We'd love to see you!
When you drive up to the shop and it looks a little gloomy, don't worry, we are open, but half of the front door is boarded up. We had a bit of a break in on New Year's Eve morning. No, it wasn't a frantic quilter who needed that one elusive piece of fabric. All is well, but a 5 a.m. wake up call isn't our favorite thing!
If you are thinking about the new year, you are probably thinking about new projects. Or if you are like many of us, ways to use up favorite fabrics you have stashed away. Check out our classes to see ways to satisfy either idea.
Coming in January, Carol Gustafson will have a new Block of the Month called Stargazing. It is made with Marcus Brothers' gorgeous suede-like Aged Muslin. Look for the time and dates in the class listings. Patty Shaw has a couple of bag/tote projects that will tickle your fancy. Deborah Miller, the designer of wonderful kaleidoscope patterns, will be visiting our shop on Wednesday, March 20th, to teach her Kaleidoscope Centerpiece. We have a sample in the shop and it's brilliant! We have groups and clubs that indulge a plethora of favorites, from outlandish Australian patterns to embroidery and handwork. Don't forget our talented teachers who can instruct you in everything from learning how to quilt to expressing your talents with art quilts. Check out the classes on our website listing or stop by and see the class samples, and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow quilters!
We've gotten in some charming fabrics that seem to play nicely together.Paintbrush Studios sent us the Fish Hope Funky Line, Moda sent us a panel from Gingiber called Farm Fresh and Hoffman sent Details,lovely yardage that has eight different fat quarters in a color way. Surprisingly, they all seem to overlap color wise and their sense of style.
We're scheduled to get extra bolts of the wonderfully exotic and appealing Aboriginal fabrics each month. It's really hard not to pick up a fat quarter or more from each. My quilt from this collection is going to be great once I convince myself to transfer my stash from the "pet and love" pile to the "cut it up" pile. We've also had additions to the Jen Kingwell fabrics, which have been really popular.
Just arrived in time for Valentine's Day, Moda's REDdiculously In Love and some really cute Valentine's socks.
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Many of you have already noticed the wonderful antique quilt top we have in the back of the shop. It was made by a remarkably talented quilter, Sarah Simms in 1816. The quilt has embroidery, Broiderie Perse, piecing and applique and has been reproduced by Pearl Perreira and is now available as a pattern and kit in our shop We are very proud of this pattern as the quilt top is owned by our partner, Dawn Licker.
For more information on these events and our classes, please check the class listings on this website or give us a call at (916)366-6136.
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1 MILLION PILLOWCASE CHALLENGE
Thank you all of our customers who have so generously donated pillowcases to the challenge.
The pillowcase challenge continues in 2018. If you have a favorite charity you would like us to donate pillowcases to, please let us know. So far we have collected and distributed over 500 pillowcases to local charities. You are welcome to drop off your pillowcases any time and we will see that they are donated to a worthy cause.