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Quilt Sale Class Sale Fall 2018

Summer must be coming to an end. The quilt stores are having their class sales and there are too many ripe raspberries to pick. Raspberries are a wonderful example of nature’s power. You clean them out and cut them down in the spring. Ignore them for 4 months – don’t weed, don’t fertilize, don’t wonder if they are getting enough water. And before you know it there is a dense prickly thicket taller than your head loaded with gallons of delicious berries for you to turn into scones or jam or ice cream topping. It’s like magic.

Wouldn’t it be interesting if quilting was like that? Put some fabrics in a pile; maybe throw in some thread and a couple patterns for inspiration. Ignore the pile for a few months. Then presto, more quilt blocks than you can stuff into a quilt. This sounds like a great idea when you have a lot of project backed up (as most of us do). But really, that’s not what we want.

The real pleasure of quilting isn’t in the finished product. If it was, we could all save a ton of money and just go to Penny’s and buy our quilts. No, the thrill of quilting is in the process. Choosing patterns, auditioning fabrics, cutting sewing, creating. What quilters really need is more time. In that regard quilt classes can help. It helps to have dedicated time to quilt, and teachers can offer you more efficient and accurate ways to work – which can save time. To be fair, quilt classes sometimes lead to more projects which make you feel like you have less time but that is a different story – this story is about the Quilt Zone Classes.

The Quilt Zone classes are on the website. There are repeats of some favorites. And some new classes that look interesting:

Sherry’s class called “Anita’s Arrowhead” is a slice/sew/slice fast/fun way to put together a block (works great with layer cakes or any lonesome squares you have hanging around).

Jan’s pet portrait is sure to interest pet lovers.

Peg’s civil war blocks are some of my favorites.

There are several one session classes that are good for “gift giving” projects.

The details are there for you to see.

There are some empty weekends in November. I’m going to leave these a Mystery for right now, but I hope to get it all together for a later email.

The Quilt Zone class sale will be over Labor Day weekend starting Friday, August 31 through Monday, September 3 (Quilt Zone is open on Labor Day noon to 5pm). Class fees will be discounted 20% if you sign up on the sale weekend.

Also, as a special reward for waiting patiently for the class information (like you had a choice) ALL FABRIC WILL BE DISCOUNTED 20% for this weekend. This includes the stash fabric. I hope you will come in and splurge.

- Diana

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September 2018 Classes

Block Sampler

Advanced Beginner -- Peg Tuott -- $40
These are traditional blocks in a very attractive diagonal set. Peg will provide you with directions and show you how to use Bloc Loc tools to make the construction easier and more accurate. The sample is done in civil war fabrics, but the blocks would look great in more modern fabrics, batiks or solids.
Saturday, September 15, 22 and October 6, 2 to 5pm

Block Sampler

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Stitch Happens

Advanced Beginner -- Linda Postlewait -- $35
Nine different blocks combine in a creative set to form a very cute sewing machine. These are simple traditional blocks –a good small project on which you can practice your cutting and piecing skills. Linda will help you so all you points and corners meet cheerfully.
Saturday, September 22 and 29, 10am to 1pm

Stitch Happens

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Glam Shell

Advanced Beginner -- Deb McCormick -- $25
This is kind of like the Diva Frame Wallet on steroids. It’s a small bag (8”x7”) on a metal frame that opens up flat and has pockets and slots and zippered pockets for credit cards and phones and whatever. Easy to make, especially with Deb’s expert guidance. These would make great Christmas presents for someone you know.
Sunday, September 23, 1pm to 5pm

Glam Shell

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Long Finishing Class

All Levels -- QZ Staff -- $40
Use this 10 hour chunk of time to dedicate yourself to finishing some UFOs. Drop your things off Saturday at 2 and don’t pack up until Sunday at 5. We’ll have staff on hand to help you with any problems you might have with your projects and you can use any of the Quilt Zone resources to help you along.
Saturday, September 29, 2 to 7pm & Sunday, 30th, Noon to 5pm

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October 2018 Classes

Anita’s Arrowhead

Advanced Beginner -- Sherry Girard -- $30
This is one of those clever “sew, cut, sew” patterns. Each block is made from just two fabric squares and three cuts. Fun, fast easy way to make the traditional arrowhead block. Sherry will make sure you understand the steps and you will have several blocks done by the end of class.
Saturday, October 6, 10am to 1pm

Anita’s Arrowhead

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Camden Bowls

Advanced Beginner -- Deb McCormick -- $35
This class was very popular last quarter so we are repeating it again. These great fabric bowls are fast and easy to make. These are not made using close lines, but with sewing strips onto a strong batting foundation. Deb will give you all the special hints – you should have one done by the end of class. Don’t be surprised if you make a second one (one to keep and one to give away)
Sunday, October 7, Noon to 5 pm

Camden Bowls

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What not Wallet

All Levels -- Kate Beebe -- $25
Looking for a unique way to present gift cards, or maybe some fun little stocking stuffers? This simple little wallet is a perfect project for this time of year. There is minimal sewing and it can be made in various sizes. Work with Kate and you will have some done by the end of class Saturday, October 20, 10 am to 1pm

Whatnot Wallet

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Pet Portraits

Intermediate -- Jan Sant -- $35
We love our pets! What better way to honor them – make them into a quilt! In this class you will use a photo as a guide to create a portrait that reflects your creativeness. In the first class jan will demonstrate the process of making a portrait and discuss fabric options and the value of value. Jan will give you tips on how to enlarge and print your photos. The next week you can work on constructing your pet portrait.
Saturday, October 20, 1pm to 3pm and October 27, 1pm to 4pm

Pet Portraits

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Shattered Glass Table Runner

Advanced Beginner -- Deb McCormick -- $35
These seasonal table runners (the pattern has both fall and Christmas appliqué ideas) are easy to make, attractive on the table and make great gifts. Deb will help you through the construction and you will be well on the way to finished by the end of the class.
Sunday, October 21, 12noon to 5pm

Shattered Glass Table Runner

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Christmas Stocking

Beginner -- Kate Beebe -- $25
Tis the season for gift giving ideas. Kate will show you how to make a fully lined Christmas stocking with only three seams. Get those Christmas fabrics out of your stash and into something useful – to give to guests, to decorate the house or for actual use by kids at Christmas. You’ll have one or more done by the end of class.
Sunday, October 28, 1 to 4pm

Christmas Stockings

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November 2018 Classes

Choosing Fabrics Lecture

All Levels -- Diana Bradley -- $15
Some people call this the color class, but there is so much more to choosing fabric than color. Maybe color is the least important characteristic. Value and texture, that’s where the power is. This lecture class is loaded with examples and structured to help you see fabric as a design tool, to be used for effect. Learn to see color, and look beyond it to the other fabric characteristics -value and texture.
Sunday, November 11, 1 to 5pm

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