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Dear Quilters,

Welcome back to all of our Northern visitors. Happy New Year to all! I can’t believe another year has gone by!

We were busy all summer planning for this season. We made samples, cut kits and planned classes. The first quilt we finished, Radiant Reflections sold out right away! We have made some beautiful quilts from a book called Icelandic Quilts (kits and classes available) Ellen Sheridan will be teaching the classes. The first is called Aurora.

Darlene Leosh has been working day and night all summer to bring you new and exciting classes. First is the Poppins Bag (we already have three people signed up), which Darlene says is her newest “go to” bag. She will also be teaching a one block wonder, all you need is a 60 degree triangle and a large print and of course she has added a “personal” twist, which you will find very appealing. She will also be offering a Four Patch Posie (another one fabric quilt) a Woven Wonder which you will learn to quilt as you go, and a new and interesting Bargello which is made with square blocks. She will also offer rug and tuffet classes on request.

Sue Anderson will be doing another quilt from the book “Stashtastics”, called English Knot, (kits available) as well as the French Twist. These are both fat quarter quilts and will help
you use up your stash. She is also offering a class in binding like a pro. Sue will also be doing an introduction to T-shirt Quilts and has come up with some interesting ways to use shirts from loved ones. Sue is a wonderful quilter and provides a wealth of knowledge you won’t want to miss.

Carol Bradshaw is coming out of retirement to teach hand quilting and an exciting new wool project. Be sure to come in and say hello to her as we all miss seeing her in the shop.

Cindy Curcio will be teaching our beginner quilting class this season. She is an excellent teacher and designer so if you’ve ever wanted to learn the basics or simply need a refresher course this is the perfect opportunity. She is also offering a new class called “Family Memories” which will be using family photos to enhance a project.

Ellen Sheridan and I are inviting you to our “Pillow Talk” Friday evening class. The class will include directions for making a pillow or two from Edyta Sitar’s book. DINNER IS INCLUDED. Join us for an evening of fun and creativity.

Our newest member to the Plum Lane gang is Debbie Fladd. She has been teaching Barn Quilts all summer and fall and is offering classes this session as well. Please come in to the shop to see some of the “quilts” we’ve painted. These classes have been very popular. The boards are 24” square and rest on front porches, over garages or your barn.

Another new teacher is Ginny Lane. She will be offering classes in the Duffel Bag and jelly roll rug and placemats. I have already taken the Duffel class and really enjoyed it!

Yes we will still have our traditional Fat Quarter sale, held of Fat Tuesday, which this year happens to be February 25. All fat quarters will be $2.00. We will also have our semi-annual 35% off sale Saturday March 28. Check on the last page for times.

Please come in and check out all of our new projects and don’t forget to bring your projects in to share with us. We LOVE to see what you’ve been doing. You inspire all of us to keep quilting.

I want to wish everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year.

“Life only comes around once, so do what you makes you happy and be with whoever makes you smile” **anon