Saturday, August 24, 2013

New Classes...Just in Time for Fall!

We're excited to offer new classes with some of our local talented quilters - these could be perfect for the advanced beginner looking for a fun project...or someone looking to get a head start on fall hand sewing projects or creative gift ideas for someone special.

Whacky Holiday - featuring cover girl artist Tonya Alexander! Tonya recently had this pattern published in the American Patchwork and Quilting magazine (featured on the cover!?!) and we're really looking forward to having her teach for us. The pattern features one main repeated block (showing off novelty prints really well!) and a focal pieced pumpkin with (fusible) appliqued accents. One of the great things about this pattern is that it is incredibly versatile- you could switch the pumpkin for a turkey, heart, or festive package...really, anything you wanted! This would also be a great design for an I spy quilt.

Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. ©2013 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.

The class will be held on Sunday September 22 from 12-4pm. The class fee is $40 and includes project instructions. During the class there will be time for both discussion and work- and depending on your speed and style, you'll leave with some or most of the blocks done. This is a great project to use up some scraps as well as learn some new techniques. The pattern is very well suited to using panel blocks or fussy cut squares...and you could mix it up with a different layout: a table runner, door hanging, or throw pillow would look awfully sweet done up in these blocks.

Here are a couple of alternate versions...the first is a so-very-fall themed table topper, and the second uses the focal block as a pillow but you could certainly scale it up and create a holiday quilt!
Festive Turkey Topper

Package Pillow

Creative Stitching with Suz Litzsinger this fall! The first class, From Imagination to Decoration, is all about working with trims, embroidery, and ornamentations. This class can be taken independently, without continuing on in the series.  We're offering two dates for this one, Tuesday October 22nd from 5:30pm-8:30pm, OR Sunday November 3rd from 1:00pm-4:00pm. The cost is $25.00. The second part of the class is creating either the Oh Sew Sweet Sewing Box, or the Notepad Cover.

The Oh Sew Sweet Sewing Box class will be held on Sunday November 17th from 12:00-4:00pm. The cost is $25.00, and includes the precut box shapes. The sewing box is perfect for your trims, spools of thread, or your stitchery supplies.  This class is all about hand sewing!

The Notepad Cover class will teach you how to create a cute cover for a small 5x7 inch notepad. These notepad covers make great quick gifts for the list lover in your life. Class will be held on Sunday November 24th from 12:00-4:00pm, the cost is $20.00.  This project is completed by machine.

 If you're interested in either of these projects, make sure to sign up for part 2 at the same time you  sign up for From Imagination to Decoration class, so you have access to the pattern for the project of your choice!

Happy Stitching!

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