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November Newsletter

November is Here!!!

I have spent the last four days in Houston at Quilt Market and many of you are on your way to Quilt Festival – what a wonderful way to kick off the month!!!! Premier Club is brimming to the top since we had to move it back a week and you all will also get the inside scoop on what is coming in the next few months!

I promise that I will get all the pictures on the website before we are one-years-old! If you haven’t checked us out online please click on over and check it out


Now for some changes occurring at the shop:

Julie has decided to spend more time with her family and will only be at the shop on Saturdays through the end of the year when she will return to being a full time mom and housewife.

Tina has been inspired by Kaffe Fassett to return to her dream of designing fabrics, and has given her two weeks’ notice.

I support both of these ladies in following their hearts desire and wish them nothing but the best.


If any of you are interested in working in the quilt shop and are detail oriented, happy and enthusiastic about fabric please come in and fill out an application, I will be interviewing applicants the week before Thanksgiving. Until we have these positions filled Ellen and I will be here daily and Sue will be pinch hitting for us as well.


Because we haven’t had Premier Club yet – the moving of fabric hasn’t occurred, but will very shortly after our Saturday meeting. We have 2 spots left for the 1pm time slot. It is lots of fun and a great time of sharing, if you are interested please let me know and I will get you enrolled!


We are going to begin our Holiday make-and-takes this week. Starting Saturday each Thursday and Saturday we will be making a new project – this week it is English Paper Piecing! We will make a bio-sphere bowl, great for the desk or bedside, wherever you need a little catch all bowl. The Class is $25 and includes everything you will need for the project! See below or online for the Make-and-Take events throughout November and December!


Holiday Sales and Savings Events:

Handi Quilter is celebrating the Houston International Quilt Festival with some great add-ons when you but a

new machine. I still have a Sweet Sixteen, an Avante and a Pro-Stitcher floor model reduced in price (they will not qualify for the add-ons but they are great deals!).


Arrow and Kangaroo Cabinets that are floor models are reduced in price – you are receiving pre-assembled cabinets and ready to assemble pricing saving you hundreds of dollars, and some of these cabinets have just been put together!


Janome has just sent me their Holiday savings guide as well and many of their machines are either on sale or have great savings in free accessories.


To celebrate the holidays along with these great manufacturers:

Our “color/theme” of the month for November is “Christmas” all Christmas on the bolt or Christmas kits are 15% off for the month of November!

Classes and Clubs for November:

November 2nd Longarm Club at 10am and 1pm - 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!

October’s Premier Club is Saturday November 5th from 10-12 for the Original Premier group; 1-3pm for group two. This group usually meets on the last Saturday of the month, but since I was 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.

Make and Take 1: English Paper Piecing Bio-sphere bowl. Class is $25 and includes your pattern and materials. This is a Saturday only club and it will be at 3:30pm on November 5th (after Premier Club)


Make and Take 2: Bowl Cozies and Bowl Covers – You will receive both patterns and will make at least one of each during class. Class fee is $25. You can choose either Thursday November 10th or Saturday November 12th class will be at 10am on both days.


Setting Blocks on Point! November 10th at 1pm Karen Curlee will be demonstrating how to use the new on point ruler to easily set your blocks on point. Sign up now as space is limited!!!


Tuffet Class November 12th at 1pm is for part one and December 10 for part two! Come and join our Tuffet Class!! You will leave after the second class with a completed piece of furniture – a great gift for that man or lady in your life that has everything!!!! Split into two classes to help us not to be so rushed. Our last tuffet class was a great fun filled time, don’t miss out on this great time of fun, fellowship and creativity!


Make and Take 3: Holiday Placemats and Table runners – You may choose which one you would like to make in class. Again cost of class is $25 and you will receive your patterns to make both the placemat and the table runner but we will only have time to complete one of the projects. You can also choose which day is best Thursday November 17th or Saturday November 19th. Classes will be held at 10am.

November 17th 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. This is the last game night of the year – we will kick it off again in January after we all recover from the holidays!

The Sixth Prairie Women's Circle gathering for Journey One will be November 19th at 2pm! This is the last gathering for this journey I have enjoyed meeting with all of the ladies, learning about our quilting history and sharing stories with each other as we have moved across the west, making do along the way. If you are interested in joining our group for the next journey we will begin Journey Two the third Saturday in January. Each journey is six months long and you receive a new pattern each month and the club membership is $60 – just $10 per month!
This month you will need to bring a 6" square of DARK PRINT of Civil War fabric for our swap. You will also receive your bonus pattern to use in putting together our yo-yos!!!


Make and Take 4: Bub or Ted in a Bed. This make is take is both wool and cotton combined, a really cute stocking stuffer or gift for a little one. This class is $20 and all the patterns and materials are provided. This is a Saturday only class. I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.

November’s Premier Club will be held on December 3rd at 10am and 1pm. I don’t want to take away from Thanksgiving weekend, so we will move it back a week again, and we will not have one over the Christmas holiday either.


Upcoming December Classes:


Make and Take 5: Fat Quarter Pop-up! I can’t wait for this class, it is going to be wonderful, we will be using the mini pop-ups that were just released at market!!! Class will be on Thursday at 10am or Saturday at 3:30pm (following Premier Club)


Make and Take 6: Embroidered Lace Ornament Covers. December 8 and 10th at 10am. $25 materials and pattern provided.


Make and Take 7: Gift/Toy Bag! Last minute gift wrap and storage container for those odd shaped toys or those small toys that you want to keep together! Choose your fabric and make these great bags for under the tree! December 15th or 17th at 10am. Cost of class $20.


Stuff Your Stocking is Coming!!! December 1st through the 12th! Sign up anytime in November or during the event – I have some great items coming your way!!!!


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.

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.


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


Waddington Way


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