September has arrived!
Fall is in the air (yes I am optimistic it is only going to be 90 today)!!!
August was great, the kiddos are now back in school and we have been blessed with rain in what is usually the hottest month for Texans (setting a record of over 5 inches of rain for the state in the month - the most ever since they began record keeping)! The year is continuing to fly by – I will be a little less busy as my classes were cancelled for Tech and I only have one for MCC so that means I get to breathe!
We are still working diligently on getting the website full of the pictures and all the inventory re-entered into the system. If you haven’t checked us out online please click on over and check it out www.tomorrowsquilts.com
We have pushed, shoved and rearranged again this week to get all of the new fabric out on the floor, but Tina is a miracle worker and found room for it all! We have the new Rifle and Paper Company collection from Cotton and Steel, the entire 42 bolts of the new Aunt Grace is out, a new collection from Me & My Sister called “Brighten Up” as well as a very cute bear line! In addition we have two new baby lines – A Miracle and the Gabby Quilts collection. You may remember Gabby from when Linda owned the store, it is a cute book collection where the little girl sews for her friends, the new book is “Gabby Quilts for Baby Brother” and this time they decided to introduce a fabric line to go with the book as well as a pattern booklet to make the quilt that Gabby makes for her brother.Speaking of Baby fabrics on October the first (11am – 1pm) and October the fourth (5-7pm) we will be hosting a Susybee trunk show. I will be carrying the Susybee line of fabrics and want to share her story with all of you – it is the cutest fabric and the story behind it is wonderful. This line of fabric will never be on sale as I have committed to donating 20% of the profits to the Primary Ciliary Foundation – a foundation near and dear to my heart as it is the condition that Les suffers from, so I will be sharing that story as well during the trunk show. Please plan to attend as we will be having a celebration with refreshments, and door prizes during the trunk show.
A quick update on Premier Club – we have 5 slots left in the 1pm time slot, once that one is full we will open the 4pm time if anyone is interested in that time slot before the 1pm fills just let me know and if enough are interested we will go ahead and open it up as well. It is lots of fun and a great time of sharing!
To celebrate fall and the kiddos being back in school there are two big sales starting:
Handi Quilter is offering a zero down and zero interest on the new HQ Stitch sewing machines!
And our “color” of the month is not a color!!! Instead all fall and “school” fabrics are 15% off this month!!!
Classes and Clubs for September:
On September 6, we will kick off our six week Intermediate Quilters Class. This class will be ever changing with a new quilt pattern each time as we look to improve our quilting skills by learning new or different methods to create quilt blocks. This class is both a follow-up to our Beginners class as well as a stand alone class for those who want to hone the focus technique for the class. Sue is on vacation this week so I am not sure which pattern she has chosen, but once she is back I will send out an email to all of those interested in the class. This class meets every Tuesday evening from 5-7pm for six weeks. After this class we will begin again with our introduction to Quilting class, followed by our Beginner class. This is our only intermediate quilt class this year as we will be taking December off to focus on getting those Christmas projects finished and wrapped in time!
September 7th Longarm Club at 10am - This monthly club is open to any longarmer who would like to come and share their experiences as well as learn from others. Each month I will also demonstrate a technique, ruler, foot, or gadget. The cost is $10 per month and is limited to 10, so sign up early to reserve your seat!
September 13 Beginning Sewing: Open to all who have no experience in sewing. Students will learn about their machines, and begin creating their first sewing projects in this four hour class from 10 -2.
September 10th – Reverse Applique Class from 10-1 - This class will cover the reverse applique technique used by Margaret Willingham for Eye of the Beholder Quilt Designs! We will be making a simple design that you can finish to be part of a quilt or as a mug rug. Class includes pattern, fabrics and batting, you just need to bring scissors, thread and either a hand needle or your machine depending on which finish you desire! Cost for class is $25.
SEPTEMBER 22nd AT 6PM WE WILL HOST OUR SECOND GAME NIGHT!!!!!! The only way to find out about this is through our newsletter - so please forward it to your friends!!! The first tables will play from 6pm to 6:50pm sharp - the second set begins at 7pm sharp and ends at 7:50 and the last set of tables begin playing at 8pm and end at 8:50pm. The last hour is the wine hour, you may bring wine to this game hour only. Please bring snacks to share during your game time. I will be compiling a game night cookbook at the end of next year with the best of the snacks brought! This game night you will need to bring 20 (Twenty) 2 1/2" Squares of fabric. You will receive a free quilt pattern for attending game night. This is a fabric swap game so be prepared to have some fun with your friends while petting fabric!!!! You must call and reserve your seat at the tables! Each hour is limited to 18 people so if you are wanting to be in a certain group make sure you get together and decide on your hour before each of you call to reserve your place - we cannot take reservations for groups, as we need to make sure each person is dedicated to coming so the maximum amount of fun can be had by all. If you can't make it to the game after you have made reservations please call at least 48 hours prior to game night so we can call people on the waiting list.
The Fourth Prairie Women's Circle will be September 17th at 2pm!
I am excited to be hosting this circle where we learn about our fore-mothers and the history and art of quilting all as we learn how to "make do" share fabric with each other and make yo-yos together! Don't forget to bring a 6" square of DARK PRINT Civil War fabric for our swap!!! This class we will also be making our pin cushions! It is hard to believe this journey is over half way through!!! Journey two will begin in January 2017 for those of you who missed beginning this journey with us you may join in the fun on Journey 2.
Premier Club is Saturday September 24th from 10-12 for the Original Premier group; 1-3pm for group two and if we fill that group we will continue with group 3 from 4-5:30. If you are an original member and would prefer to stay at the 1pm time please let me know and I will put you in that group and open a spot in the earlier group. If you are not signed up you need to hurry in and get signed up for this monthly premier of all of the new fabric and notions that has come in this month! Door prizes will be given as well as your gifts for joining - tote bag, pin, coffee cup/jump drive (your choice of the last two). Sign up now and get in on the fun!
Upcoming October Classes:
Chenille It! - Oct 6th: Learn how to use Chenille It Strips to create your own Chenille Quilt. Class is $15 and includes
Sewing for Baby! – October 13th: Learn how to create a coordinating layette for baby using some of new fabrics! Cost for class
Introduction to Hand Quilting – October 22nd from 10am to 4pm Linda Heitman will be here to teach us how to hand quilt using a hoop!!! I am excited to have such a well-travelled teacher now living in the area to teach this class! You will leave with a completed project. – Class costs $45.
Prairie Women’s Sewing Circle and Premier Club will be held on the Thursday prior to their regular Saturday times (PWSC Oct 20, Premier Club Oct 27 to accommodate the guest teacher and Quilt Market
Block of the Month Programs:
Some of our Block of the Month Programs have filled so I will only list those with spots still available – all of your programs will be ready for you to pick up your block on the first day of the month and you may pick them up any time during the month without penalty!
Christmas Keepsakes – 6 month program that started in July and will be ready by Christmas – as long as we stay on track This is an appliqued wall-hanging that is cute and quick! Only 3 spots left!!!
Crossroads – a 6 month program that started in July for our Modern Quilters – beautiful bright colors! Don’t let the small churn dashes intimidate you, it is going to be a lovely quilt when it is done and Stacy says it is easier than it looks!!!!
The Simple Whatnots Club by Kim Diehl started in July as well. This is a Mini-Quilt a month program. You can choose to pick up your quilt kit any time during the month or come on the 2nd Saturday of the Month and partake of the club meeting from 10 - 11! Only 3 spots left!Vintage Shirtings & Dress - This 12 month program is a beautiful traditional sampler quilt pattern in Red, White and Blues.
Lori Holt’s Cozy Christmas sew along – I had a couple of ladies approach me about creating Blocks of the month for this kit, so I have taken three of them and made a six month Block of the month. Lori's Sew along began September 15th so get in soon so you don't miss out!!!
Block of the Month Programs beginning in September:
Freedom Bound – This journey north begins this month. This 12 month program is a pieced quilt and each month you will also receive the story of Hannah Cummings who escaped slavery and made her way north to Freedom. Only one spot left!!
Southern Vintage – A Nine month pieced sampler quilt – sample block coming soon – the picture does this one a disservice!! This fabric just came in this morning, but we will have kits ready by the weekend and a sample block by Tuesday I hope!
Star Spangled Liberty – A pieced row quilt in red, white and blue that resembles our nation’s flag when complete – two options for one of the rows allows it to be all pieced or a pieced and applique quilt.
October Block of the Month Programs:
First Blush – This bright and cheerful quilt is from It’s Sew Emma and is sure to please!!
Sweet summertime – A pieced and Hand Embroidered Block of the month! Each month you will piece one block and embroider one block! We will be having a hand embroider class in October to teach a sampling of stitches.
MORE COMING SOON!!!!
Now that I am not teaching I hope to begin posting more on Facebook and to get newsletters and/or reminders out weekly!!!
Now that I have spent the day working on this lovely newsletter (and I want you all to know that it was lovely) I now find out I can't attach a file to the newsletter so I have had to put everything thing into one box and delete all of the pictures I had attached!!!! So to find the pictures go check out Facebook!!!! I will post the new fabric lines there now so you all can see the pictures.
Until I see you all I hope you have a blessed time as you continue to sew and quilt!