Dear Quilting Friends,
Threads of Tradition staff, along with the help of some much-appreciated volunteers, have spent the last few days counting every book, pattern, notion and gift in the shop and weighing every bolt of fabric for our annual inventory. We are excited to say that process has been completed, we’ve rearranged the shop a bit, and we’re now ready to welcome new spring and summer fabrics to lighten and brighten our look.
The staff has also taken some time to sew some special quilt samples for your inspiration. The most recent is a wall quilt stitched with the new Hydrangea fabric collection from Clothworks. The lilac and green color scheme is like a breath of fresh spring air in the shop.
A is for Annabelle makes a wonderful quilt for a young girl. The fabric in this quilt is inspired by the drawings and text from Tasha Tudor’s classic children’s books.
Dr. Seuss fabric is also inspired by well-loved children’s books and we have selected a pattern and sewn a quilt top with this fun fabric line.
Also, for spring, Glora Belle has sewn one of our bright laminated fabrics into an adorable Petal Poncho raincoat that will fashionably protect your little one from all the spring rains that are sure to come.
Other new fabrics that have arrived for spring include a pre-printed I Spy panel for those of you who prefer quilting to piecing, some decorator weight fabric prints from Alexander Henry for making great purses and bags or home deco projects and Chrysalis by Moda with butterflies in a contemporary color scheme.
New Classes Online
If you are in the mood to learn something new, or just to refresh your sewing and quilting skills, new class offerings have been posted online this week. Members of Sauder Village may have already seen these classes in the latest issue of the Sauder Village Experience newsmagazine. I just wanted to remind you that you can now register for any class and also print out supply lists online at: http://www.saudervillage.org/Creativity/classschedule.asp. February and early March classes are shown here; check the website for a complete listing. We look forward to seeing you in the classes that interest you most!
Stepping Stones to Creative Sewing
This series of classes are designed for teens through adults who want to learn basic clothing sewing skills. Specific skills will be taught in each class. You can register for the entire series, or part of the series, based on your previous sewing experience.
Thursday February 3,
6:30 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.
Instructor: Linda Stuckey
Class Fee: $15.00/ $13.50 Member
Class Size: Minimum 4 Maximum 8
Learn how to cut out a pattern, make elastic casings, double rolled hems and techniques to finish seams while stitching a pair of pajama pants, capris, or shorts for a child or yourself.
Click here for the Basic Bottoms Supply List.
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Thursdays, February 24 and March 3, 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. (2 session class)
Instructor: Glora Belle Yoder
Class Fee: $30.00/ $27.00 Member
Class Size: Minimum 4 / Maximum 8
Choose a simple sundress or jumper pattern that includes gathers but does not need a zipper or buttonholes. You will cut out the pattern, stitch the bodice, learn to sew curves, and finish the inside with a lining or facings. The following Thursday, we will learn to make gathers, attach the skirt to the bodice and choose from a variety of hemming options.
Saturday, March 12, 10:00 a.m - 12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Quilt Shop Staff
Class Fee: $15.00/$13.50 Member
Class Size: Minimum 4 /Maximum 8
New skills will include a centered zipper in the garment, practice making buttonholes and sewing on a button on scrap fabric. Choose a very simple pattern such as a straight or flared skirt that includes a zipper closure.
If you haven’t already done so, there is still time to join the current session of Saturday Sampler at Sauder Village. This year we chose 12” blocks that are simple to piece and a perfect chance for a beginning quilter to learn in a non-threatening and low risk environment. When you register, purchase the first kit of your choice and sew the block before the second instructional session on February 12 so that you are eligible to receive your second block kit free just like everyone who attended the first session in January. The blocks pictured here are the January block in all three available colors. We hope you decide to join us in this fun learning adventure in 2011!
OH-MI Shop Hop
This annual February event, scheduled for February 24-26, will be here before we know it, so be sure to purchase your passport to fun and shopping soon!
Passports cost only $5.00 and are ready for purchase at any of the nine participating shops. The first 400 participants purchasing a passport will receive a canvas tote. At each shop you visit every Shop Hopper will receive:
- A gift from the shop
- One part of the official shop hop pattern
- Special sales
- 20% off selected bolts of fabric
- Entry to win a prize valued at $50.00
Plus, enter to win Quilt Cash. Participants completing the Shop Hop will be eligible to win the Grand Prize of $400.00 in Quilt Cash! Some other lucky participants will win $100, $50, or $20 in Quilt Cash to be spent in whichever shop you prefer.
Threads of Tradition will be sponsoring a bus trip for the OH-MI Shop Hop on Saturday, February 26. The bus is already almost half full, so stop in a Threads of Tradition or call us at 419-445-9610 to reserve your seat and you will be free to enjoy yourself and let the worries of driving, directions and the weather up to the professional driver!
For more details on the bus trip, stop in the shop or check the January issue of Current Threads, available online at: http://www.saudervillage.org/Hospitality/CurrentThreadsJan11site.asp
35th Annual Quilt Show—April 26 – May 1, 2011
Make plans now to visit the 35th Annual Quilt Show at Sauder Village! The week is made up of the exhibition of over 400 beautiful quilts, a grouping of creative demonstrators as well as full-day workshops all set in the charming setting of Historic Sauder Village, with beautiful accommodations at the Heritage Inn or Sauder Campground and the delicious food of the Village restaurants and bakery. Hands-on activities and plenty of shopping opportunities at Threads of Tradition Quilt Shop will add to the events of this fun-filled week. Whether you participate in a portion or all aspects of the week, plan now to attend! All show details plus registration to exhibit a quilt or participate in workshops with Nancy Prince is simple and can be completed online at: http://www.saudervillage.org/Creativity/quilt_show.asp. We hope to see you and all of your quilting friends at the show—our biggest quilting event of the year!
Books for Everyone!
Kim Brackett is back with more of her masterful designs! Scrap-Basket Sensations is an all new collection of eye-catching quilts designed for 2 ½” strips. Each project is perfect for convenient precut bundles or for cutting strips from your stash. Enjoy a varied assortment of fabrics, from soft pastels to rich country colors to contemporary batiks. Choose from 18 exciting quilts with concise, clear instructions appropriate for all skill levels—a great value in one book. See what a few strips can do!
Reflecting the beauty of Talavera ceramic tiles of Puebla, Mexico, the stunning quilts in Quilt Fiesta! invite you to a celebration of color and design. Each eye-catching fusible appliqué quilt includes a photo of the original tile that inspired it. You’ll learn to translate a tile’s solid colors into a vibrant quilt design. Choose from ten decorative projects, including quilts, placemats, a bed runner and more. Mix and match blocks to expand the creative possibilities and add unique touches such as prairie points, rickrack, and dimensional elements. Let Mexican folk art spice up your quilt making!
The Civil War Sewing Circle, features quilts and sewing accessories inspired by the era along with a combination of lovely projects and fascinating historical tidbits. Patterned after quilts made during the Civil War, this collection is ideal for nineteenth-century reproduction fabrics. Choose from 16 easy projects, including large and small quilts, plus a pincushion, sewing box and needle case. Learn how women’s efforts during the Civil War lead to increased civil and political involvement among women and see historical photos and read eloquent excerpts from letters written to and from soldiers during the Civil War.
Although I am looking forward to the warmer weather of spring, these cold days and nights of winter are perfect for hibernating in the sewing room and finishing up all those projects I’ve been dreaming up all year long. May you find lots of time and inspiration to warm up the winter with your quilts and creativity!
Threads of Tradition @ Sauder Village
22611 State Route 2, Archbold, Ohio 43502
800.590.9755 or 419.446.2541 ext. 3011
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