​​​​SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

We will be closed:
     
     Wednesday, November 21 - closing at 5 pm for Thanksgiving
     Thursday, November 22 for Thanksgiving
     Tuesday, December 25 for Christmas
     Tuesday, January 1 for New Years




FALL EVENTS

Oct 18 - 21  -  Pillow Party Shop Hop!
We will be joining some of our neighboring quilt shops to the South of us in this fun shop hop featuring, what else, but pillows!!  Receive a FREE pattern for the pillow we designed in the pic above or purchase a kit!   Our pillow is called Winter Trees.  Notice the interesting dimensional detail in the trees!  Laura designed this for us and did a great job!   Also receive $2 Winter Bucks coupon for every $10 spent that can be redeemed later! See the passport for the great prizes too! View and print the  PASSPORT !


Oct 30 - Nov 21  -  Words to Live By TrunkShow
Come see the quilts and projects made from this inspiring fabric line aptly named "Words to Live By".  It is a Benartex / Contempo line designed by Cherrie Gudry.  


Nov 15 - Dec. 9 - Arctic TrunkShow
I know we can't ever get enough Elizabeth Hartman, so we figured you couldn't either!!  Join us for this fun trunk show featuring her Arctic pattern series of swans, penguins, and North Sea animals!  This will kick off registration for our North Star block of the month which will begin in January!


December 8- 21  - Our Annual Twelve Days of Christmas Event.  
Details on this one will come much later!


December 29  - Great Stash Dash 5th Saturday!
That right!  It's the last 5th Saturday of the month this year and if you bought one of our Great Stash Dash bags back in January, you get to come in to any of the Great Stash Dash shops with your bag and get an extra 15% off all non-sale items!!  It was the bag that just keeps giving back!  See you on the 29th! It's in the BAG, baby!  


               
     

NEW!  Elementz Block of the Month!

What a fun quilt!!  This is one of our blocks of the month for 2019!  The colors are brilliant!  The graphic blocks of this quilt, cast in an asymmetrical setting, cascade across the surface of this energetic paper pieced quilt.  Did I say paper pieced?  Yes, but no fears, anyone can do it and Patti will show you how!  The sample is hanging in the shop, so come see for yourself how dynamic this quilt is!!

The quilt measures 48" x 70" and the fabrics are as you see in the photo above.  The way this works is that every month you come for a demo of how to put the block together.  Then you go home with your fabric kit and make the block!  

This block of the month is 10 months long and begins in January, 2019.  The BOM will end in October, 2019.  It will meet on the 1st Wed and 1st Saturday of each month for the 10 months. That first Wed is the day after New Year, and I don't want anyone blurring eyed from all that celebrating (including me!! LOL).  There might be other exceptions due to shop commitments and activities, but these will be noted.  All the fabric, the pattern, the binding, and even the printed foundation papers will be included in your kit fees!  

Skill Level:  Confident Beginner

Instructor:  Patti Dockus

Dates:  First Session is Wed Eve, Jan. 9, 2019, then the 1st Wed Eve of each month beginning in February and running through October 2019. Note:  The 1st meeting in January is delayed a week due to the New Year's holiday!

Time:  6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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Date:  First Session is Sat.Jan. 5, 2019, then the 1st Saturday of each month beginning in February and running through October, 2019

Time:  9:00 am - 10:00 am

Fee:  $ 36 at registration for the pattern.  Then, $ 20 each month, including the first month of January, for the duration.  








New! Graphic Gems Block of the Month!

Another stunning Block of the Month!  Designed by Sarah J Maxwell of Designs by Sarah J, this quilt features her Primo Batiks from the Marcus collection.  The beautiful Sea colors capture the idea of wandering along a quiet path, enjoying the sights and sounds of nature.  Recharge your creative energy!  Graphic Gems captures a random stroll along a beach, from stepping stone to stepping stone, taking in the bursts of color of flora, fauna, and water, symbolized by a dazzling variety of star blocks.

 Inspired by nature, Sarah's cool color palette is complemented by her choice of batik designs - cattails, a garden trellis, ocean waves and other motifs echo her inspiration for the "Graphic Gems" BOM design!  We have a beginning sample in the shop with more being worked on to show you, so stop by!!

The quilt measure 76" x 87" and is traditionally pieced.   The fabrics are as you see in the photo of the quilt above.  This is a nine month Block of the Month.  The way this works, is each month you will receive a fabric kit and come to a demonstration of how to put the blocks for that month together.  You will then go home and construct the blocks!   Borders and binding are included in the kits, as well as the pattern.  

This BOM will begin in January 2019 and will run for 9 months, finishing in September 2019.    This BOM will run on the 4th Wed eve, and 4th Saturday morning of each month.  There may be exceptions due to shop activities and holidays, but they will be noted in advance.

Skill Level:  Confident Beginner and above.

Date:  First Session is Wed Eve, Jan. 23, 2019, then the 4th Wed Eve of each month beginning in February and running through September, 2019.

Time:  6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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Date:  First Session is Sat.Jan. 26, 2019, then the 4th Saturday of each month beginning in February and running through September, 2019

Time:  9:00 am - 10:00 am

Fee:  $ 30 at registration for the pattern.  Then, $ 28 each month ,including the first month of January, for the duration.  









 
New! North Stars Block of the Month!

Another cool Block of the Month!  Designed by Elizabeth Hartman! This is a   playful animal sampler featuring Artic animals!  There are nine blocks featuring polar bears, walruses, owls, narwhals, seals, otters, muskox, foxes and reindeers!  (What's a narwhal you ask?  According to Wikipedia, it is a large toothed whale that has a tusk!)

The palette for this one is soft, as you can see from the picture of the fabric above!  Think icey colors!  The quilt measures 82" by 82"and features 9 animal blocks.  The blocks are 24" each!! The fabric is designed by Elizabeth Hartman and also incorporates some Essex for texture, as is her trademark.  

We will actually have the finished quilt to show you in our Artic trunk show Mid Nov to Mid December, so you can see it for yourself!  We are working this one a little differently from our usual blocks of the month.  The block construction here is pretty repetitive from a style and technique point of view.  The trick to it all is understanding how to read the pattern, cut your fabric, and get started on making a block.  

So, we will have a 2 hr class in January that is demo / instructional - not hands on sewing  -- to explain all this and take you thru the construction of a block.  Then, every month for the next 9 months, starting with the class in January, you will take home your monthly fabric kit and make the block!  You will simply pick up your next block each month by a set date within the month, without any demo and take it home to make it.  This will distribute the cost of the kit over 9 months making it easier to pay for!  Alternatively, you are more than welcome to purchase the North Stars kit in the shop as a whole package at any time!  The program is 9 months long and kicks off in January!


Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner and above.  

Instructor:  Laura Helvie

North Star Demo / Instructional class Dates:   Wed Eve, Jan. 16
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Dates:  Saturday, Jan. 19                 Time:  9 - 11 am

The cost for the one-time instructional class is $20 per person.

Registration for the Block of the Month kit is $28 per person, and covers the cost of the pattern.

Please note:  You must register for the instructional class as well as the, the Block of the Month kits in order to participate with monthly fabric kits.  If you are only interested in the instructional class without the fabric kits, you are most welcome to register for just that.

Then Each month, beginning in January, you will pay $23 for the fabric kit from January thru September.  The fabric kit does include the binding.

IMPORTANT!!   We have limited kits for this project and will not be able to get more, so if you are interested in reserving a monthly fabric kit, or purchasing the entire kit at once, please register early or come in and purchase your kit !! Once the kits are gone, they are gone!!
 
           

 



   

New and Coming Soon! Simply Delicious Block of the Month!

This is another gorgeous machine applique block of the month from Hoffman Batiks!  Each month you will receive a beautiful Fruit block.  The blocks are nice sized at 16" and the finished quilt will be 57" x 70".  The pattern pieces are simple to trace and apply fusing for your pieced background which lends tons of interest for this quilt.  And guess what?  All those little border squares surrounding the blocks and the final border of the quilt???  Those are all PRE-CUT for you!!  All you have to do is sew them together!!  While you will need to do the traditional tracing and fusing for the applique, all those small pieces are already cut and ready to go to the sewing machine!

We will be starting this gorgeous 12 month block of the month in February.  I don't have a sample block made just yet, but I will get that done later this fall to show you!  This block of the month will run a little differently than our usual blocks of the month.  Instead of coming to a demo every month, you will only come to one demo at the beginning.  Since all the blocks are constructed pretty much the same with just a different fusible design on each I thought this would be the better way to do this.  So one demo, then you just pick up your kits every month after that for the next 11 months.  

The demo at the beginning will approach the subject of fusible applique and teach you how to do that with tips and demos from Patti, as well as any basic construction considerations that you will need.  We don't have the dates for this demo set up yet, but plan on joining us!  A sample block will be available to see later this fall!  And, if you prefer to just get the whole kit at once, and don't want to do this monthly, you are more than welcome to purchase the entire quilt kit at once! These are available now, if you are interested in the entire kit at once.

Skill Level:  Confident Beginner and above.  
Coming Feb. 2019!            

 
   
FALL CLASS SCHEDULE

New! Gourdy's Gang!
 
Gourdy  is one of those gotta' have it for your fall decor! Not quite Halloween and not quite Thanksgiving, it will service your décor all fall long! Our cute kit is made with all batiks in a fall palette.  The project is done with machine applique.  This cute wall hanging is 10" x 40" and will be the high-lite of your fall decor!!    Kit is required.  Skill Level:  confident Beginners and above - must have applique experience.
 
Date:  Tue Eve, Nov.6                       6:00 - 9:00pm
Instructor:  Debbie Stark                    Fee:  $ 25
   
 
 
     
 
 



New Project!  Sew Easy Pajama Pants!

Just in time for a great gift for anyone!!  PJ pants!  Every night feels like a slumber party when you are wearing a pair of comfy pajama pants made from your favorite fabric!  These have an elastic waist and can be made in any size XS to XXXL for adults or teens.  We made ours in our sloth fabric.  Our pic above does not due them justice, so come in and take a look for yourself in person!  Cute and soooooo easy!!  You will want a pair for yourself as well!  Plus, they might come in handy for an event we will be having during the winter, but I'm not telling you what!!  If you have never made any apparel, this is a great place to start because you don't have any pesky fitting issues!   What ever your reason for wanting to make these, come join us plus learn some new skills!.  The pattern will also make the PJ Bag and a pillowcase, as well as PJ pants in various lengths, but we are just making the PJ pants.  Kristy will show you from the beginning how to cut our your pattern and then sew it!

Skill Level: Confident beginner

Dates: Sunday, Nov. 11                             Time:  12:30 - 3:30 pm
Instructors: Kristy Garceau                         Fees:  $ 25
 
 
 
     

     

 
New! Mama Love!

This is another great applique project .  Everyone always loves giraffes, and this particular pattern is so charming with the heart. The mane on the giraffe is the best part, because it really is loose and textured (see the detailed pic above!) !  This wall quilt measures 51" x 51".  The applique pieces are large, so come and make use of our cutting counter and tables to get it all layed out during class, then you can focus on how to get that mane done, which adds so much interest to the project!   We of course have a kit, or you can choose your own fabrics.  Skill level:  Confident beginner!

Dates:  Tuesday, Nov 13                          6:00 - 9:00 pm
Instructor: Wendy Torris                            Fee:  $25

 

 
 
       

 
 
New!  Daphne Handbag!
This faux piped handbag sports handles with an adjustable crossbody strap and beautiful hardware.   It features a zipper closure, two interior pockets and bag feet!  This is truly a "designer" looking handbag with ALL the details!  If you want to make a really nice bag, come to this class!  The finished size of this handbag is 9.5" wide at base, 9" high and 4.5" deep.  We made ours in some of our new Keiko Goke fabric, but you can choose whatever fabric you like!  We can get hardware in a metal color to match your fabric choice (i.e. gold, bronze, silver, rose god, etc....)  No-one will believe you made this bag when you are done!
Skill Level:  Confident Beginner

Dates:  Thursday Eve, Nov 29and Dec. 6         6:00 - 9:00 pm each nite

 Must come to both sessions.

Instructor:  Kathy Pizarro                                   Fee:  $48
 

 
       
     

 
New Project!  Bloomers!
 
This class will have you appliquing in no time with confidence!   Join Debbie as she teaches you how to do machine applique!  We will take you from the very beginning  on how to trace your patterns on to the fusible webbing and then fuse them to your backgrounds to make these adorable blooming flowers. Lastly you will stitch the applique down.   If you already know how to applique, come anyway and get some work done! You can use this as a table runner, bed runner, wall hanging, or just make singles and use them as placemats or pillows!  So versatile!   We have kits for the complete five bloomer runner in the same fabrics as the sample.   Why not give it a try and get a great runner for your efforts?  Come let Debbie show you how!  Skill  Level: Confident beginner.

 

Dates:  Sundays, Dec 2 and Dec 9          12:30 - 3:30 pm (each day)
             
Two day class - you must come to both sessions.
           
Instructor: Debbie Stark                  Fee:  $48

 


 

 
     

New! Tree Hugger!

The Holidays are just around the corner, and this can be a great gift or addition to your own home.  A paper pieced tree that is 27" x 77" - almost life size in height!  It's perfect if you don't have space for a real tree, but want the effect of one.  Hang it on the wall or your door, or even drape it over a chair to give any room a little holiday cheer!  We have the kits for this complete with fabric, and paper piecing foundations that came from Hoffman Fabrics, so they feature batik fabrics and they are required.  This is a great project to learn to paper piece if you have never done it before, but great for all skill levels also!  .  Skill Level:  Confident Beginner and above.


 

Dates: Tuesday, Dec 4                      6:00 - 9:00 pm
Instructor:  Wendy Torris                     Fee:  $25
 
 

 

 
 

 
New!  Ragged Flashback!

A new spin on a ragged quilt!    The quilt top is sewn in ragged fashion, but then the quilt is batted, backed, and quilted like a regular quilt.  Cool!  Large blocks make this quick to complete, and our colorful flannels make it a perfect comfort quilt for anyone!  Come let Suzanne show you how to make the rag top.  Makes a nice big quilt of 64" x 86". And of course we will have kits made in the flannel fabrics we made our sample in! Skill Level: Confident Beginner and above.  
 
Dates:  Thursday, Dec 13                        6:00 - 9:00 pm
Instructor: Suzanne Showalter                  Fee:  $ 25
 
 
 
   

   
 

 
New! Penguin Party!

Another great Elizabeth Hartman design!  These penguins are just so cute!!  Done with brushed flannels and kona cottons, this adorable quilt will make anyone happy!  This is not paper-pieced, but is traditional pieced.  You will make one penguin block in class to see how it is put together.  We have a lap sized kit in the fabrics you see, or you can choose your own.   The lap sized quilt is 60" x 66", but the pattern does give a pillow cover and smaller quilt size. Skill Level: Confident Beginner and above.

Dates:  Tue Eve, January 8, 2019                 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Instructor: Wendy Torris                                Fee:  $ 25
 
 
 
   

   
 

 
New! Jelly Roll Rug!

These jelly roll rugs are all the rage right now!  We put one together and started showing a few people, and before we knew it we had filled almost 2 classes already!  So we have a class not in the newsletter already filled, and  one that you can sign up for, but with only a couple of slots left, and then a whole new one with nobody registered yet!   Sorry about this confusion, but man, this thing got popular!!  I wouldn't wait to register, because this one is already out of control popular!!   If we get a lot of interest, we will add another class in February.  

This rug is easy to make!  First you take your jelly roll strips, add batting and then fold them and sew them down.  Then you zigzag the strips together!  That's all there is to it!!  Anyone can do this!  Making it a rectangle also helps make it easier to keep straight. the finished rug is 32" x 42".  

 We have the jelly roll we used for our sample available, or you can choose any jelly roll you wish!  We will also have packs of batting strips already cut for you (they are back-ordered right this second but should be here in time for all classes.)  or you can cut your own batting strips.  Either way, it is a fun project!  What a way to customize your home!!  Skill Level: Confident Beginner and above.

Thur Eve, January 24, 2019                          6:00 -9:00 pm
Instructor: Wendy Torris                                Fee:  $ 25

945 E. Rand Road, Arlington Heights, IL 60004

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Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 10am - 5pm
Wednesday: 10am - 8pm
Saturday: 10am - 4pm
Sunday: 12pm - 4pm
Monday: Closed