COLUMBUS DAY SALE
25% OFF ALL FABRIC ON THE BOLT
October 12th from 10am to 5pm
Whew the summer is almost over! What a wet and steamy one this has been. We are all looking forward to that first day, when the thermometer goes below 70* in the morning! But we Floridians hunker down, crank up the air conditioner and sew until the weather changes.
This fall we are welcoming a new Brazilian embroidery teacher, Jackie Thackery and her first class will begin December 5. We are happy to offer Brazilian again for all of you who enjoy stitching. We will be having our Conkerr Cancer pillowcase sew‐in on Saturday September 26th. It will be held at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Dade City. Bring a dish and come help us. (call the shop for more information)
We have some interesting new classes. Use up some of your stash to learn how to make a toothbrush rug; use that feature fabric you hate to cut up in our new BQ3 class. We are revisiting the Yellow Brick Road pattern and also offering two paper piecing classes. Two children's quilts and much more. Please check the class schedule.
Dade City is busy preparing activities for the upcoming holiday season. Come join the fun. Check the newsletter for more information.
Brenda Grampsas, AQS Certified Quilt Appraiser is coming October 10 with a new talk on Children and Baby Quilts from 1800 on. She will also be available for quilt appraisals. Be sure to call and let us know you are coming as space is limited. We also ask that you let us know if you are bringing quilts for appraisal.
We are planning several new blocks of the month and will notify you as soon as they become available. HINT: one of them is an Amish quilt!
I am so fortunate to have the staff I have. They are so knowledgeable, creative and caring. I have no words to thank them for taking over for me this summer. A family crisis arose, which resulted in me being away for over a month. These wonderful ladies kept the store humming! I can never thank them enough.
Come in and meet our staff. Join us in classes and visit our wonderful city.
Blocks of the Month
BOUQUETS FOR A NEW DAY
by Sue Garman
Twelve month Program
If you enjoy applique this is the quilt for you. Bouquets for a New Day is on‐going, so you can join any time. This is a 12 month project at a cost of $24.95 per month which includes the pattern and all the fabric to complete the top.Don't worry if you are a winter resident because we can ship it to you
JUDIE'S ALBUM QUILT
by Judie Rothermel
9 months $30.95/month (plus shipping)
This Block/Row of the Month features a reproduction quilt by Judie Rothermel that finishes 78" by 90". It is a fun quilt to work on and extremely "doable" each month. Call or stop by to sign up as there is a limited number of spaces. You will be sent a block on the fourth Saturday of the Month. If you wish to come in to pick it up, there will be someone here to explain how the blocks were done for that month.
According to the calendar fall is not far away, although someone forgot to tell whoever is in charge of temperature control. This 90*+ heat is brutal! I know it to be true though, because magazines are arriving with enticing covers: apple pies, hearty stews, Halloween quilts and to die for photos of fall leaves. I'm ready! I've been ready since July!!
I did have a respite from all the heat back in June. My daughter and I flew up to my sister's in Massachusetts for ten days. We had a wonderful time and the weather was perfect. It averaged 65*, almost a Florida winter! My goal was to eat as much seafood as I could and boy did I! Everything from swordfish to fried clam bellies at a little hole‐in‐the‐wall ice cream place that has been there since we were kids. Of course we had to have ice cream, too! Hot fudge Sundays if I remember correctly. Yum! We spent a day on Block Island, what a fun place! Four of us managed to eat six lobsters. We sat against the sea wall in our jeans and sweatshirts, ate and watched the locals sunbathe in their bikini's six feet away. I think I've been in the south too long, my blood must really be thin!
We only made it to one quilt shop. Unfortunately there isn't much in her area but we had a sewing marathon none the less. Jenn and Les sewed on two different projects, I was the pinner/presser. We got a lot done with the two machines going and laughed and talked into the wee hours of the night. It had been ten years since I'd been back, long overdue.
We have a new addition to our household, our cat Maxine. Yes, you read it right, Maxine, (my husband's idea....). She was a stray in need of a home and I'm a sucker. She's solid black with long, soft hair. My heart almost stopped when I first saw her as she's the spitting image of my Maxwell who died two years ago, (hence the name Maxine). She has her own personality of course and doesn't take well to men but she's coming around with Leo. She no longer flies out of the room when he enters and she may never be a lap cat. I wish she could share her history but we're all figuring it out. I guess she doesn't mind her new name as she's beginning to come when called.
My latest addiction is hexagons. They're my current hand project for night time TV watching. I'm using 7/8" papers and doing a traditional flower garden. I'm using all the fabrics I had set aside for a "Dear Jane" (really???) They've been "in waiting" for about seven years so I feel good about finally putting them to use. I have 23 plates made so far. The plan is to surround them with muslin, then set with a red diamond path. It may or may not have a border. Size? I'm hoping for a queen or whatever size it is when I'm sick of working on it. You know how that goes!
I've gotten very wordy here so I'd best end this now. I'm looking forward to a great fall with some new classes, new friends and of course seeing all of my old friends as well. Stop in for a visit, bring your summer projects to share and any new ideas you've come across. I always look forward to welcoming you back. My best to all of you!
Still happily stitching,
Mon-Sat 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
1st Saturdays 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.