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Winter Newsletter and Class Schedule

Stuff Your Stocking!

A big thank you to all who participated in our first ever Stuff Your Stocking event!! We had over 125 people participate, we had fabulous feedback from you about the fun of shopping this way, and the delight in getting a bag of wrapped presents! We had a wonderful time doing this event so be assured we will be doing it again next year!! We got some great ideas from you, and are making plans to help you with your hand made holiday gifts with a series of fall classes. Stay tuned for more in our next newsletter.

Annual Inventory Reduction Sale

In keeping with tradition, our annual inventory reduction sale will start on Friday, February 3th, and end on Saturday February 13th. Everything except for hand made items (and there will even be some exceptions here) will be 20% off storewide. Included are all regularly priced fabrics, yarns, books, patterns, notions, basketry supplies and more. There will also be some other specials which are as follows:
– all sale fabric will be $5 per yard for regular cotton and $6 per yard for batiks and flannels.
– 30% off selected quilt kits.
-fat quarter sale $1.50 each, price drops to $1 if you buy 10 or more.
-book clearance; many new and used books at $5.00.
-cook books at 70% off
-75% off all yarns in the 50% off bins
-50% off all yarns in the 30% bins
-knitting books at up to 50% off
– free patterns

-basket patterns at $1 each
-selected handles at 50% off

And we will be added an area for more drastic mark-downs! We will have a Yard Sale table that will have selected fabric at $3 per yard, and many other fabulous bargains….we have stuff that needs to go so we can buy some new stuff!!

National Quilt Day

We are pleased to announce that Katherine Simel of Midcoast Cottage Design will be our guest for our National Quilt Day celebration on March 18. She will be here for the entire day with her wonderful array of patterns. She will be doing 3 trunk shows through out the day, at 10:30, 1:00 and 3:00. Katherine is giving a free pattern to all who attend, and will also have a special on her picnic quilt pattern.

Katherine’s patterns are crisp, clean, modern and fun. Her quilt, “Catching Up” was awarded a ribbon at Quilt Con 2016 for best use of negative space. The quilt pictured below is featured in the most recent issue of Modern Quilts. We are so honored to have such an inspiring quilter help us celebrate our shared passion for all things quilting!

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Upcoming Classes

We have some new classes coming up over the next few months, for a full and detailed listing, click here to go to the classes section of our website

Beginning Free Motion Machine Quilting

Betsy will be offering a Beginning Free Motion quilting class on January 28 for beginners, from 9 to noon. The class includes an overview of the machine quilting process and then lots of practice with various free motion patterns. This is a great class to get you started or to give yourself a little boost of confidence.

“Dressing up” with Kantha Stitching

This two part class with Andrea Paul will start with making a basic scarf, that will provide the backdrop to be “dressed up” with Kantha stitching. For part one, participants will sew a basic scarf with either a kit (available here) of fabric of their choosing, that will be simple yet personalized. The part two class will focus on Kantha hand stitching as a way to embellish the scarf. Andrea will show you the basics of hand stitching (large needle & embroidery thread). Slow sewing is a growing trend, and these scarves will allow you to express your own creativity, and make a very wearable accessory. Class meets 2/2/17 and 2/9/17 from 1:00 to 4:00pm. $45.00 class fee covers both classes.

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Two Color Knitting

Cindy Charloff will show you the secrets of two handed knitting (with two colors of yarn) We have kits for these beautiful hand warmers. This small scale project is a great way to try out this wonderful technique Class will be held on February 7 and 14, from 1 to 4 pm.

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Tuffets

These tuffets were one of our favorite finds at Quilt Market this year. If you haven’t made a tuffet, it is recommended that you start with a round one as they are slightly easier than the square. The sewing part is all foundation pieced, and we have the tools for the “construction” part of the process. We have Tuffet kits that include the tuffet form, the legs, the coverable button and the upholstery batting. The pattern comes with foundation fabric. We also have foundation fabric for purchase separately for those who already have the pattern. The class will be done in two three hour sessions held a week apart to allow adequate sewing time. The fee for the each class is $30. Part I will be focused on the foundation piecing. Part II will be the assembly portion of the class, stapling the batting and cover in place, covering the bottom and putting the legs on. Classes are on February 4th and February 11th.

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Winging It

This day long class led by Kitsie Claxton will show you how to “wing” your way to an adorable bird quilt. Kitsie’s method of piecing is very intuitive, serendipitous and fun. She will encourage you to let go of preconceived notions, and just have “wing it” Bring your sense of adventure!

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Draw String Bag
We like to find things that you can complete in one class. Sue Duval has been working on this Draw String Bag pattern that can be re-sized in limitless ways. It’s a great project for your own needs and makes a lovely gift as well. This class is Tuesday, February 28th from 1:00 to 4:00.

Nantucket Basket Class

Donele Monte, an accomplished weaver and fabulous teacher will be returning for a week-end Nantucket Basket Class on March 11 & 12. Donele has literally hundreds of basket molds to choose from, and supplies the finest basketry materials….its a great way to spend a week-end!!

Schedule of Events for 2017

We have added many of our regular events for 2017 and we are updating regularly so please check back often, click here to see our schedule!

Announcements

Our dear Mary Field has retired from Quiltessentials. She has been here for nearly 20 years, and we miss her already. We hope for lots of sewing and “horse” time for her, along with our sincere thanks for all she has given to Quiltessentials.

For Sale: A floor size quilting wooden frame for hand quilting. $100. or best offer. Please contact David Fuller at 207-415-1986 for more information.