Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Open House - Saturday - August 28th

Quilts by Phyllis, Inc.
2943 Putnam Ave.
Hurricane, WV 25526
Email – quiltsbyphyllis@aol.com

“Better late than never” – a phrase my mother repeatedly told me – well I’m using it this time!! Try as I might – the newsletter just hasn’t wanted to get posted yet – but here it is!

Open House is Saturday – August 28th – from 9:00am – 3:00pm – Fabric will be $1.00 per yard off – Fat quarters $1.50 each – PRECUT FAT QUARTERS ONLY –
Fat quarters cut on the day of the sale will be at regular price ($2.00). Books, patterns and notions will all be 20% off. Jelly rolls, Layer cakes will be $28.00 each.

A lot has been happening here at the shop – we have a new baby named “Millie” that arrived Monday, August 23rd. The “baby” is actually a new longarm quilting system from APQS which is the same brand I currently have. My longarm had to be sent back to Iowa for some repairs – so we decided to purchase an additional machine to help with the growing amount of quilting we do. I am currently talking with them about becoming West Virginia’s APQS dealer – so I’ll let everyone know if I do.

We have a company building our website – which should be live in the next few weeks. We will be posting our newsletters, link to the blog, class schedules and the newest fabric and kit arrivals.

Visions of WV fabric panels are going to be available again soon. They have been printed at the fabric mill in Korea and shipped here to the US. We don’t have an exact date – but wanted to let everyone know that it won’t be much longer.

Neighbor’s Day will continue to be on the 2nd Thursday of each month from 10:00am – 3:00pm – Hope everyone can come out and join Millie Clinton and the rest of the gang work on some much needed community projects.

Class Schedule:

Baskets of Blessings: What a wonderful way to start off our new season of classes than with an overflowing basket of natures blessings. Come join Pat Habenschuss as she leads us beside the “fence” and adds plenty of appliquéd goodies to our baskets. Jan Patek is the designer of this pattern which incorporates simple piecing and machine appliqué methods to construct a luscious fall quilt. Class will be held on Tuesdays – September 7, 14, 21 from 10:00am – 3:00pm. Beginners to intermediate levels – Instructor fee: $40.00 – pattern: $9.00. This is a jelly roll friendly quilt – however, fat quarters always work well!!

Fall Sampler Tabletopper: Beginners delight!! This class will start with fabric selection, a little introduction to the differences in fabrics – then off to cutting techniques, squaring up, ¼” seams, correct pressing methods and all the “tidbits” quilters need to know!! Sharon Martin will be instructing you and showing you all the “in’s and out’s” of quilting- all while you are making your first Sampler tabletopper (or throw??). This class will be held on Thursday from 1:00pm – 3:00pm starting on September 16, 23, 30, and October 7 and 21st. The instructor fee will be $50.00 which includes pattern.

Aunt Grace Circle of Friends: In honor of the 100th birthday of Aunt Grace, Judie Rothermel has created a very special Aunt Grace collection, Circle of Friends. As the originator of 1930’s reproduction fabrics for the quilting industry, Judie presents her Aunt Grace devotees with a group of prints that is varied in color, scale and motif, as well as classic Aunt Grace solids. This project is not only beautiful, but provides quilters with new techniques to advance their quilting skills. Roberta Farmer will be the instructor on this project – sharing her expertise and love of the 1930’s fabrics. This class is better suited to intermediate quilters with a desire to learn some new techniques!! Class will be held on the fourth Saturday of each month (unless it is a holiday) – September 25, October 23, and November 6th – We will skip December and resume classes in January. This class will also be offered on Wednesdays as well (if there is enough interest)- September 22, October 27, and November 3rd – no class in December and will continue in January 26th. Classes will be from 10:00am – 12:00pm on either day. This program is set up for a 7-month class. Instructor fee will be $10.00per class – Kits will be $140.00 and will be available for pickup now.

Harvest Thyme Sweatshirt Jacket: It’s not Fall until Cookie has a new “appliquéd fashion” for us to commence on!! Take a mustard colored sweatshirt – add some fall leaves, acorns, a crow sitting on a pumpkin and you will have Cookies newest creation. Cookie will be supplying the “kits” – all you need is a pattern and a sweatshirt and you’ll be all ready for the coming season. Instructor fee with fabric included: $45.00 – pattern $8.00. Class will be on Tuesdays – September 28, October 5, 12, and 19th from 1:00pm – 3:00pm. Instructor – Cookie Ranson.

All Bundled Up: This little quilt (12” x 14”) is an extremely quick and easy project. Cookie’s little “snowman” is wrapped in a scarf and hat adorned with wool fringes. His smile brightens up any room – display on a single scroll stand (available here at the shop) or hang on the wall. Some may even want to make a pillow for a friend – who knows – if enough interest – we may just plan on some more for special occasions and holidays. This is a great time to get started on some of our gift ideas!! Instructor: Cookie Ranson – November 9, 16 from 1:00-3:00pm – instruction cost $20.00 plus pattern.

Tennessee Waltz: We have had many requests for this class – a book by Eleanor Burns that is an easy, traditional pattern. No curved piecing (but it sure looks that way). The Tennessee Waltz Quilt is easily created by combining 4-patches, star points and snowball blocks. Straight forward piecing techniques makes this pattern fun and easy to make – Join Jody Postalwait on Saturday, October 30 and November 13th from 10:00am – 3:00pm – Instructor fee: $35.00. Great for beginners and intermediate quilters.

Tablerunner: Want another great gift idea?? Jody Postalwait is willing to guide you in a fast and easy tablerunner. Using a border print and a little time – you will have this project finished in no time at all!!! Cost $10.00. Friday evening 6:00pm-8:00pm on October 15th.

We will be taking deposit checks for the Pigeon Forge trip in March 8-11, 2011. This years cost will be $375.00 – 1st payment due 9-15-10 - $125.00 – 2nd payment due 11-15-10 and final payment due 1-15-11. (Will have itinerary in September.)

Happy quilting!!