Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Class schedule

Sometimes we oops and when we do we surely want to make it right......if you're participating in The Raven block of the month we owe you house roof fabric for block #5.  If you are keeping up with your blocks and need the roof now, we'll be happy to pop fabric in the mail now.  Please send an e-mail to and we will get it right out.  If you're more of a "collector of blocks of the month for now", we will include the roof in your block in March.

We have a few more openings in The Raven so if you'd like to join this fun project, please let us know.  The quilt finishes 87" x 87" and includes the pattern for the border (the original quilt didn't have a border).   Cost is $24.95 per month for 11 months.  The pattern is sold separately for $28.
We have exciting news about a new button club from Lynette Anderson.  We know many of you were disappointed to miss out on the previous club, Anderson's Farm.  The new club, Seaside Town, looks like it's even more adorable.  As with the previous club, the quilt is a secret.  We've seen a few sneak peeks and are sharing them with you.  We know the quilt will be a combination of applique, embroidery, piecing, English paper piecing, and bias stems.  It will finish approximately 34" x 44".

We plan to use a combination of Lynette's fabrics and other designer fabrics (as we did with Anderson's Farm).

The program will begin in April 2017 and run for 12 months.  Cost per month is $22.95 which includes the pattern, hand painted button and fabric to make the block.  You will receive fabric for the entire quilt top and binding (we are not offering the option for the pattern and button only).

We will also offer a thread kit and stitchery stabilizer.  Valdani personnel are working on the thread kits so we don't have a cost yet.

We have a very limited number of spots so if you know you want to join, please e-mail us quickly (
As we promised last week, we have class information to share.  If you're interested in taking a class, simply e-mail and we'll get you on the list.  You'll receive a supply list shortly before the class meets.

We realize our schedule may not match your schedule.  If you want to take a class and the dates don't work for you, let us know and we'll see what we can do to accommodate you.  Also, we are open to coming to your guild or group to teach.  E-mail us and we'll see what we can do.

Fill your Heart wool applique - You will learn how to mark stitching lines on dark fabric, how to stitch stems, and several embroidery stitches.  The piece will fit in a 16" x 20" frame.  Class fee $20 (kit is required and sold separately).  Weds Mar 20 10:00-12:00 OR Fri Apr 7 10:00-12:00
Itty Bitty Pocket - You will learn how to construct the stitching bag and scissor case.  Class fee $25 (kit is required and sold separately).  Mon Mar 6 9:30-12:00 OR Fri Apr 14 9:30-12:00
Invisible Machine Applique - You will learn how to prepare applique shapes for machine applique.  You must have a sewing machine with an adjustable zigzag option and must be familiar with the operation of your machine.  Class fee $35 (kit is included).  Weds Mar 22 12:30-3:30 OR Weds Apr 26 9:00-12:00

Please note the kit you will receive will not have the exact fabrics as pictured below.  This sample was made about 5 years ago and the fabrics are no longer in print.
Needle Punch - You will learn how to transfer a design to fabric, how to thread your needle punch, and how to correctly needle punch.  We will also discuss finishing options for your finished project.  $20 (kit and needle punch is required and sold separately; hoop will be provided).  Weds Mar 15 10:00-12:00 OR Fri Apr 7 1:00-3:00
Beginning Wool Applique - We will discuss methods of adhering wool to your background with an emphasis on the use of Soft Fuse.  We will demonstrate the blanket stitch, backstitch, and stem stitch and allow you to practice the stitches.  $30 (your choice of Sew Graceful pincushion kit is included in the class fee).  Friday Mar 31 10:00-12:00 OR Weds Apr 12 10:00-12:00
Beginning Quilting - This class is offered on an appointment basis only.  If you are interested, please e-mail and we will schedule a date. 
My Sewing Box - You will learn how to stuff a wool applique shape as it is being stitched, how to begin and end thread when blanket stitching the outer edge, and how to adhere your appliqued piece to a sewing box.  $20 (kit is required and sold separately - kit includes the sewing box).  Monday, Mar 20 10:00-12:00 OR Fri Apr 14 1:00-3:00
We will be back next Thursday with new projects to inspire and motivate you.  See you soon.

Darlene and Debby

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