Dear quilting friends,
A huge thanks to all the State of Maine Shop Hoppers who visited Threads Galore during the month of April. It was fun to renew acquaintances and make new quilting friends! And, a warm welcome to those of you who signed up to receive our monthly email newsletters.
NEW SHOP HOURS ~ BEGINNING MAY 1ST
Tuesday through Saturday, 10 AM until 4 PM
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND HOURS
Saturday, May 26th ~ Open 10 AM until 4 PM
Closed Sunday and Monday to enjoy the holiday with our family
FALL QUILT CAMP UPDATE
Quilt Camp with Jackie Kunkel of Canton Village Quilt Works is half full. Quilt Camp with Dan of Threads Galore has three openings. Samples of three of the Quilt Camp projects are hanging in our showroom now. Sign up soon to enjoy the weekend of your choice!
QUILT INN UPDATE
This is the busiest time of year at our Quilt Inn Retreat Center. It's great fun to see what our spring groups are working on and we are so inspired by the creative energy of our guests. We look forward to having our returning and new retreat groups “next door”, enjoying the spacious and comfortable Quilt Inn this season! Carol is always willing to help your group leader with reservations and plans for a fun and successful weekend or week-long retreat.
SPRING QUILT CAMP, 2015
We are thrilled to announce the details of our first Spring Quilt Camp, April 29th through May 3rd, 2015. Our teachers, both Certified Studio 180 Design Instructors, are Dan Perkins and Michelle Hiatt. A variety of projects will be offered and campers may choose to focus on one quilt, or learn the specialized piecing techniques of each of several projects.
Our venue for Spring Quilt Camp is the historic and charming, beautifully landscaped Rangeley Inn, nestled on the shore of Haley Pond, and gateway to the lakeside village of Rangeley, Maine. The Kennebago Ballroom will be transformed into our classroom/studio for five days. Our Spring Quilt Camp Package includes all instruction, lodging, meals and snacks.
Class size is limited, so we encourage you to register early!
TOOL TIME SAMPLER CLASS
Many of you have enjoyed Dan's in-shop demos of the Studio 180 tools and purchased those that sparked your interest. This three session class is the perfect way to learn how to use your tools and create blocks for a sampler quilt or for several smaller projects of your choosing. Classes are held in the studio of the Quilt Inn. Deadline for class registration is May 10th.
ROW BY ROW ~ SEW A SEASON ~ JOIN THE SUMMER FUN!
We are excited to join the Maine group of independent quilt shops participating in the Row by Row Experience, 2014. During the period of July 1st through September 2nd, 2014, you visit any Row By Row Experience quilt shop, in person, and ask for your free row pattern. There are Row By Row quilt shops across the United States as well as in Canada!
Complete a quilt using at least 8 different rows from 8 different 2014 participating shops. Be the first to bring it into a Row By Row shop and you win a stash of 25 fat quarters. (That's 6-1/4 yards of fabric!) Win a bonus prize for using that store's row in your quilt. A completed quilt is defined as a quilt that is quilted, bound, and has a label. The final deadline for “showing” your quilt is October 31st, 2014.
Here at Threads Galore, we are at work, brainstorming our “Row” and deciding which season we'll celebrate for this fun event.
AUTUMN SPLENDOR SHOP HOP ~ SEPTEMBER 23RD THROUGH OCTOBER 5TH, 2014
We invite you to mark your calendars and plan to enjoy the beauty of fall foliage and a visit to each of six participating quilt shops in the western mountains and lakes regions of Maine. Harvest Breeze is our theme fabric collection and every shop hopper will receive a free quilt pattern from each shop. The Autumn Splendor website can help you with planning where you might wish to overnight or enjoy a seasonal event or dining experience along the way.
The three of us are putting our creative minds together, inspired by the beautiful Harvest Breeze fabric collection, to come up with the quilt design Threads Galore will offer to participants.
Two of our quilts, “Spotlight on the Stars” and “Insanity” were exhibited at MQX and honored with prize ribbons. See Dan's Ramblings to read about his MQX adventure. “Spotlight on the Stars” will next be shown at Vermont Quilt Festival June 27th – 29th.
FAVORITE NEW PATTERN
Windspinner is a fun spring/summer quilt! Using 2-1/2 inch strips or Jelly Rolls, and with 3 sizes, this is a great weekend project. The smaller size quilt would be perfect to snuggle under while reading on the porch, in the yard, or down on the dock! Nautical, sophisticated, or country cottage ~ any fabric palette works with this design.
FAVORITE NEW FABRIC COLLECTIONS
- Gray Matters ~ soft gray to charcoal gray, ivory and sunshine yellow. Polka dots, paisley, floral, and stripes. Lovely!
- Cottage Basics~ teal, grays, red. Floral, scrolls, plaid, pin dots. Softly inviting!
- Sansui ~ charcoal gray, soft gray, cream, red. Large florals, blossoms, streams, scatter print. Beautifully inspiring!
- Woodland Summer ~ pear green, summer sky blue, cherry red, indigo, tan and ivory. Sprigs, pine boughs, buds & berries, leaves, butterfly wings. “Rangeley” fabrics!
- Hoffman Bali Batiks ~ cool tones of watercress, sea grass, barbardos and cyprus; warm tones of coral gables, paprika, nasturtium, and chilies. Polka dots, swirling skies, florals, circles. Dynamic and vibrant!
- Batik Textiles~ oranges, red, blues, greens, tans. Ferns, dots, flower bursts, bubbles, bulls eyes and splats. Elegant batik basics!
SUMMER CLASS SCHEDULE
- New this year ~ gather 5 of your friends and let us know what class you'd like and we'll choose a mutually convenient date and put together a class for any group of 6 or more students.
- Open Studio ~ Work on your own project! Looking forward to seeing returning and new summer quilting friends at these fun days.
- Our summer class schedule and registration information will be available soon.
We are so grateful to each of you for spending time reading our monthly newsletters. We invite you to “like” us on Facebook for additional updates on classes and special events.
Here's hoping that spring bursts forth in beautiful ways wherever you are located and that nature's beauty inspires your quilting this time of year. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Carol, Dan & Martha
Threads Galore Quilt Shop