It's already the beginning of a new school year and we're offering three “Back to School” opportunities for quilters.
(1) The Groovy Girls Club meets once a month, 8:30 – 10 AM on a Wednesday morning, and there's no prep work, no supplies or machines to bring, and no homework! It's a fun gathering where quilters will receive a free pattern, enjoy a project demo, pick up tips and techniques for using those fun & colorful Atkinson zippers, and many surprises are planned. This isn't a series, so you may sign up for six months or whatever months suit your calendar.
(2) The Village Square Club meets once a month, September through February; some months at 6-9PM Wednesday evening and some months at 9AM – 3 PM on Saturday. This is a series class based on the folk art quilt designed by Terri Degenkolb of Whimsicals. Students will use the Village Square quilt pattern as Carol teaches easier, faster, and more precise ways to do each step along the way.
(3) Open Studio Days don't have formal instruction. We learn from each other and there are always many “Aha” moments and opportunities for designing and re-designing your quilt with feedback from fellow quilters. Sept. 20th is filled, wait list available. October 23rd, November 13th, and December 4th.
So grab your calendars and stop by the quilt shop, in person or online to see where you'd like to go “back to school”.
Bags continue to be so popular, make fabulous gifts year-round, and Martha loves stitching up the latest samples for the shop. STAND 'N STOW, by Atkinson Designs, is available only at Groovy Girls Club shops. This simple sack stands up to pack easily and folds up to stow away. The small size makes the perfect lunch bag; medium is designed for groceries; and large will carry a 9x13 pan to your next potluck or family gathering. What a wonderful hostess gift! RUNAROUND BAG, by Lazy Girl Designs, is a great little cross body/shoulder strap bag using Lazy Girl's trademark “sew easy” zipper technique. A recent Quilt Inn group made a bazillion of these. With a lined interior, back pocket, and zip closure, this bag offers lots of opportunity for fun embellishment.
NEWEST FABRIC LINE ~ Arriving Mid-September Collection for a Cause ~~ HOPE, by Howard Marcus, benefits the search for a cure for ALS. This line is inspired by an antique quilt, circa 1860. The prints are lovely ~~ a large floral, leaves and blossoms, stripes, paisleys, and floral vines. The solids are rich. The colors are magnificent ~~ teal, chocolate brown, ivory, warm red, soft tan, and a lovely golden brown called 'carmel'. We'll have charm packs to coordinate. HOPE promises to become Martha's new Charm Party Tote as it's time to put away her patriotic red, ivory and blue one until next Memorial Day. A
QUILT CAMP NEWS
What fun to have our 2010 quilt “campers” coming in now to select fabrics for either Twister or Shadow Stars! Carol's Shadow Stars in blue batiks will be the perfect place to use that batik background print she's been eying all summer. We're happy to help you “pack” for camp in any way we can, in the shop or online.
Both Quilt Camps are currently filled. Please contact Carol to be placed on the waiting list.
QUILT INN NEWS
September welcomes Janet and Ann's Mother-Daughter Quiltworks to Rangeley, bringing two week-long groups to the Quilt Inn. Creative and enthusiastic quilt lovers, these gals amaze us year after year with the fun ideas they pack into seven days. We think Rangeley is most gorgeous in the fall, and invite you to plan an autumn Quilt Inn Rangeley retreat.
WEBSITE SPECIAL OF THE WEEK
Just a reminder that our website “Special of the Week” is also available for in-store purchases when you mention it to us.
DAN'S RAMBLIN'S column is updated whenever inspiration hits so stop by often. Questions and comments are welcomed ~~ just follow the link.
PERKINS FAMILY GALORE
Our team at Threads Galore has recently expanded to include the Perkins daughters, Vanessa Freeman and Erin Smith. Vanessa and her young family live in Maryland close to Lucas's navy base. She'll be keeping our website store “shelves” stocked and relieving Carol of some web page maintenance. Erin and her young family live in Rangeley. Working around her music teaching job, she joins us in the care and cleaning of the Quilt Inn, keeping it comfortable and ready for our check-ins. Dan's getting back on his feet following hernia repair and has claimed a corner of the machine quilting studio where his machine hums along, piecing away at something scrappy. Come Quilt Camp time, there is usually an original creation being pieced by Dan as he holds down the fort at Threads Galore. Long range plans have Dan getting back into some machine quilting on the Gammill during the “indoor months” of late fall and winter.
It's time to put away the summer door quilts and table runners and pull out those with sunflowers and autumn leaves. May your late summer/early fall days be filled with sunshine and gorgeous color!