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October Newsletter

October and Cooler weather has arrived!

Well, so much for my high hopes of fall in September as we set record highs!!

We are still working diligently on getting the website full of the pictures and have worked out the bug that wouldn’t let you check out so, of you haven’t checked us out online please click on over and check it out


We have pushed, shoved and rearranged (and my wonderful husband made us more shelves) again this month, and Tina continues to amaze as she finds room for it all! The newest Bonnie and Camille line, Handmade, is out on the floor and the line and the quilt is just beautiful!!! In addition the new Tula Pink line, Slow and Steady, has made its way to Waco! And Moda has taken flight with their new line that is aviation inspired.

We are welcoming the newest baby line to central Texas with the Susybee collection, this is some of the cutest baby/children’s fabric that I have seen. Each purchase of this fabric will benefit the Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia Foundation (PCD). PCD is a very rare genetic condition (only 500 known cases in the USA) that my youngest child, Les, suffers from, the Susybee fabric was a perfect fit for this, as its creator/designer paints murals for children’s hospitals and from all the time we spent in the hospital I know personally how much these paintings mean to the children and parents.


A quick update on Premier Club – we have 4 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 the cooler weather finally arriving there are two big sales starting:

Handi Quilter is clearing out the floor models and making way for the new lines that are coming up at Fall market. All my floor models are on sale, and if you are looking for one of the larger models I can get you a floor model from Utah at great savings – so if you are looking to purchase a longarm, now is a great time!!


Our “color/theme” of the month for October is “Forest Friends” this is all fabrics that have forest animals on the print (this does not include the Susybee animals).

Classes and Clubs for October:

Introduction to Quilting: October 6th and 11th, 5-7pm

October 5th 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! This club has been extremely popular, so if you would like to attend an afternoon version of the club please let me know and I will set up a 1pm time.

Sewing for Baby! – October 13th: Learn how to create a coordinating nursery for baby using some of our new baby fabrics! Cost for class is $15.


October 20th – Chenille It! Class from 10-1 - Learn how to use Chenille It Strips to create your own Chenille Quilt or learn how to Chenille the Susybee playmats! Class is $15.

October 20th AT 6PM WE WILL HOST 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" strips (think jelly roll orphans) 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 you call to reserve your place. 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.

October 22nd Children’s Sewing: Open to all children ages 8 & up who would like to continue sewing new projects throughout the year. This will be an ongoing class with new projects each month on the third Saturday of the month from 10-12.

The Fifth Prairie Women's Circle will be October 22nd 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! Last month due to trips and illness we were unable to get together, so this month we will play double up so you will need to bring a 6" square of DARK PRINT and Civil War fabric for our swap for last months swap and for this months!!! 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 November 5th 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. This group usually meets on the last Saturday of the month, but since I will be in Houston at Fall Market, I thought it would be more fun for all if I not only shared our new fabrics but also any new gadget, tricks or techniques I picked up at market. 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!


Introduction to Hand Quilting – Originally scheduled for October 22nd from 10am to 4pm has been cancelled and I will refund class dues as Ms. Heitman has unfortunately had to cancel the class.

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! Starting in November the First Thursday of the month will be Block of the Month day, an open day for sewing on your Block of the Month to catch up or to stay caught up. This will be like a BOM Class where we will be available to help with any sticking points that have occurred in your piecing, applique or embroidery.

 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. Only 3 spots left!


Vintage Shirtings & Dress - This 12 month program is a beautiful traditional sampler quilt pattern in Red, White and Blues.

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 in teals, beige and pink – Beautiful!


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.

Upcoming 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 embroidery class to teach a sampling of stitches.


And a few more in the coming months will be:


Orphan Train


Its Sew Hue


Conestoga Crossing


Until I see you all I hope you have a blessed time as you continue to sew and quilt!