Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Upcoming classes (Continued)

Sorry about that, but for some reason the blog wouldn't let me put anything else in, so decided at this time of the day (i.e. 5:40 a.m.), I would just put the finishing touches in another blog post.

As always, we need three participants for the classes to go ahead.  We have one lady signed up for the 10-minute block class, and one lady signed up for the Dresden class.  Please give us a call at (931) 682-3746 or email us at to let us know you are interested in attending.  If you sign up and we don't get enough people to have the class, we will call you as soon as we can to let you know about the cancellation.  You have until the Wednesday before the Saturday class to sign up.  If we don't have enough signed up by Wednesday at 5:00 p.m., the class will be cancelled.  We feel that will give the ones who did sign up plenty of time to be able to make other plans for their Saturdays. 

If you have any questions about any of the classes, don't hesitate to contact us.  As always, we look forward to seeing you soon and have a great rest of your week.

Take Care!

Melissa (one of Sandra's Elves).

Upcoming Classes (with Pictures this time :))

Morning All:

Just an update on the upcoming classes available:

June 22nd, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00ish - MACHINE APPLIQUE - $25 per person

This is a beginners class for those who either have never tried machine applique or want to brush up on their skills.  We will be using AccuQuilt Go Sunnbonnet Sue and Overall Sam pre-cut figures with Steam-A-Seam.  You can either bring your own fabric to the shop with Steam A Seam applied and cut the figures from your own fabric (@ .50 cents each).  If you don't have Steam-A-Seam at home, we have some at the shop for purchase.  We will also have some Sue's and Sam's for you to choose from already, precut and ready to go for class @ $2.00 each.  The only other thing you will need are background fabric squares measure 11".  You will need six for this project (or more if you want to make a bigger quilt).  Your sewing machine needs to have the ability to do either a blanket stitch or a satin or zig-zag stitch.  The only other thing you will need is your regular sewing supplies (i.e. scissors, pins, thread, etc) that you will need for sewing. 

This is an example of the Overall Sam cut outs we will be using in class.  This was made by Ms. Margaret and quilted at the shop.  

July 6th - 10 Minute Block Class - 9:00 a.m. to 12:00ish - $25 per person

I have two of these quilts on display at the shop back in the classroom.  I have made it both with layer cakes and with charm squares.  This is an easy way to get a wonderful quilt in a very short amount of time.  These blocks are made using only three seams per block.  On the layer cake quilt, I played with my embroidery machine and embroidered 20 blocks with the same, Victorian style design and then used those as the centerpiece blocks.  The quilt made with charm squares required four charm packs (or you can cut one layer cake into four charm packs) and one charm pack of solid / neutral charm pack.  I decided to play with the fancy stitches on my sewing machine to tack the edges down for ease in quilting.  On the larger quilt with the embroidered design, I chose to leave the center square loose at the edges, giving it a three dimensional quality.  

This is the quilt I made using the 10-minute block method and four packs of "pattern" charm squares and one pack of neurtral colored charm squares.  This quilt was set together on point.

This quilt was put together using two layer cakes and twenty centerpiece squares that had been embroidered.This makes a general queen-sized quilt and can easily be made larger.

Your will need to purchase the pattern book @ $15.99 each as well as layer cakes / charm squares if you don't already have some.  I will have some at the shop for you to choose from, or feel free to bring your own.  This class will be focused on block construction.  Once you have the system down, you will see how quickly you can produce a beautiful quilt for yourself or a friend. 

August 3rd - DRESDEN PLATE / GRANDMOTHER'S FAN QUILTS - $25 per person

This class will begin @ 9:00 a.m. and go until 12ish.  With this class, we will be using the pre-cuts from the AccuQuilt Go machine at the shop.  Feel free to bring your chosen fabric to the shop and cut them @ .50 per layer.  You can use either the rounded end blades, the pointed end  blades, or both.  We will have some pre-cut for the class if you choose to buy them from us @ $4.00 per Dresden plate.  You will also need some 16" squares of background fabric.  Also, if you cut your own you will need to choose a fabric for the round centerpiece.  You can make either a Dresden plate or Grandmother's fan block with these cut outs, so it's your choice.  We will be working on block construction during this class. 


Tuesday, June 4, 2013


Morning All:

Just think, a four-letter word that Mama won't fuss at you for saying.....

Ms. Sandra is going fabric shopping on Sunday June 23rd.  She decided to clear some space from her fabric shelves to make room for the new stuff by offering up some great deals to her wonderful customers.  The sale begins on Saturday, June 15th and runs through Saturday, June 22nd.  All of her fabric on bolts will be marked down an additional 20%, her kits and precuts will be marked down an additional 10%; our already made quilts will be marked down 10% as well.   Books and patterns will also be marked down 10%.  Sorry, the quilt batting will not be included in this sale.  Come visit us if you can that week and stock up on great fabric at great prices.

We have a handbag class scheduled for this Saturday, but due to lack of interest I am going to cancel it and reschedule it for a later date.  Since I just got back from vacation, I haven't been able to get the pictures up so everyone can see what it is we are making.  I will let you know when I get that class rescheduled. 

I will post some more pictures for upcoming classes this week and let you know what I have on the schedule for the month of July.  Also, for anyone interested, we have a beginner's quilting class beginning the end of August.  We have two people already signed up, so need just one additional to ensure the class will proceed.  If you are interested, please let us know at your earliest convenience.  We have room for a total of five participants, so if you have a couple of friends who are interested, bring them along as well. 

I will be sending out an e-mail blast this evening about the upcoming sale.  Everyone take care and enjoy this wonderful sunshine!

Melissa (one of Sandra's Elves)