March Newsletter

Just a few instructions. This newsletter is a description of each and every class or Club. If you find a class or club you would like to learn more about, go to our web site ( Click on the Events tab at the top then choose which class or club you are interested in. Also you can click on the calendar and print it for your refrigerator or post it where you will not forget the schedule. If you top right click on the next month which will be March, You can print this or look at any class listed to veiw a picture or see a description and go ahead and sign up and even pay for this class or club. This will be very easy to keep you informed. Please let us know what you think of this feature.

Open sewing Wednesday and Fridays

Tuesdays are Fat Tuesdays    Fat Quarters are 3 for $7.

Sew till you drop night
On March 13th, we will be having another sew till you drop evening. Come in from 10 am Friday, March 13th and sew until well past midnight if you feel like it. We will have the shop open for sewing as long as you want to sew. We will be getting pizza around 7pm.
Marti and Me Club
      Marti and Me club will meet on Tuesday,March 17th from 1 to 4. If you attend this meeting you will receive a pattern for coming to class.  The pattern includes at least 5 different individual patterns. In March we will be using the Strip-it-tee Do Da templates and the 60 degree Triangle Ruler to make Aunt Nonnies Mountain View Quilt. These templates are used with 2 1/2" Strips. We will be using these templates for 2015 to open up many different blocks that can be completed with 2 1/2" strips with almost no effort.
     Each month, Marti and Me opens up our minds to patterns and templates to see what the capabilities of each tool can be. You are welcome to come and sew or come and go.   Marti's templates are so accurate that they make the hardest shapes easy. We also have a card made by Marti that you can mark all the templates you have purchased and carry it with you so you will not duplicate any of these handy items.

Floriani Products Update

      We are very excited to announce that we will be carrying a brand new line of thread, interfacing and machine embroidery programs. We will be selling the entire line of Floriani including their wonderful special  Floriani packages. These are different every other month and include special thread groupings, designs and interfacing groups. We will be exploring Floriani's software which can be used on any embroidery machine. This software when purchased has FREE upgrades FOREVER -YES WE SAID FOREVER.
This company has a complete line of inter-facings used to embroider or for other projects. The thread is some of the very best I have ever used. The colors are vast and wonderful. Be sure to stop in to see this new addition to the shop.  Also be watching for our Floriani Event which will be coming Friday and Saturday, September 11th and 12th This would be a great way to learn how to use those inter-facings. We will list this on our web site so you will be able to sign up online.

Mariner's Compass Star Paper Piecing Class

Have you ever wanted to learn to Paper Piece? Monday, March 2nd Judy Coghill will be teaching the ease of Paper Piecing while making some drop dead gorgeous Mariner's Compass Star Blocks to be used in a table runner or quilt.  This class will will begin at 12 noon and run till 4 pm on Monday, March 2nd. We will copy the Stars being used that day so you will be able to use our Paper Piecing Paper. The cost of this class is $10 for the instruction. Be sure to purchase the book and the add a quarter ruler to help with the piecing.

Embroidery Club
If you own an embroidery machine, these two classes are available for you to enjoy your embroidery machine. Check them out!

   We are into a wonderful world of Embroidery. Each month we focus on a few projects that you can make during the class. WE help you with the interfacing and helping you hoop the project all while learning more about your machine. All of this is at a cost of  $10. February's class is on Thursday, February 26th from 10 am to 5 pm and March's class will be on Thursday, March 26th from 10 am to 5 pm.

    If you are a beginner Embroider and you would like to learn what this is all about. Thursday, March 5th we will be doing a workshop from a previous class to learn all the techniques available to you with your embroidery machine.  We will take it slow and easy and make sure you understand what it takes to stitch out beautiful designs for any project. The cost of this class is $10 plus anything you decide to purchase to embroider on or any CD you might want to use with your machine. Diane will help you with a project you have started or if you want to learn about your machine by embroidering your first design. It doesn't matter what direction you are wanting to go, Diane and Lydia will help you learn what you can do with your embroidery machine.
     To anyone who decided to attend our Embroidery classes, we will be offering a special project. It is special fabric, stitches, techniques and ideas to teach and instruct all the wonderful capabilities these embroidery machines have. Come join us and learn.

Stitcher's Garden  1
Stitcher's Garden will be on Tuesday, March 3rd from 10 am to 6 pm. Either class can be started anytime and anyone who has taken the class and has not finished the quilt, you are welcome to come and we will help you get this quilt to the quilter.
Stitcher's Garden  is a Block Of the Month program that gives you the opportunity to learn to use your sewing machine and feet. You are welcome to begin this class at anytime. We have students who are on their first block and others on their 6th block while others are putting on their borders. Please come and we will help you get started.
  A few of the techniques used include:
* TWIN and WING needles
* BOBBINWORK has been stepped up for more challenges on the flower and leaves using not only #5 Perle cotton but an 1/8" polyester satin ribbon.
* TWISTED floss in front of the needle on vines.
* FRINGE or TAILOR TACK foot is used around one of the centers for a looped edging.
* COUCHING rick rack and 1/8" ribbon adds another dimension to the blocks.
* CIRCULAR attachment is used to create a flower and border.
* RUFFLER is a new foot being featured to create three flowers.
* BINDER foot is another new foot being featured not to bind the quilt but to add an accent edge to the corner triangles and the edge of the binding.

There is also Stitcher's Garden 2 which has a machine embroidery version along with an applique version. This quilt is for those who loved the first quilt and want to learn even more  Let us know if  you want to sign up for these classes so we can have the patterns ready for you. Every month we have customers who decide to join this class.
Stitcher's Garden  will be on March 3rd from 10 am to 6 pm. 

Bargello Class
In this class you will learn how to make a Bargello Quilt as you go quilt. It is teaching the art of making this quilt in the tube fashion. The quilt is strip pieced then sewn into a tube and cut at various points to make a ribbon bargello quilt. We will be choosing your fabric, cutting and sewing the strips together at the first class. We will meet for 3 more months until you will complete this entire quilt. Our next class will be on March 12th and will be in April and May on the second Thursdays of the month. The cost of this class is $10 if you purchase your fabric from the shop or $25 a month if you bring your own fabrics. Bargello is the theme of the challenge at the Swiss Days Quilt Show this year in July. We would love to help you win this challenge by making this Bargello Quilt.

Saturday Club

Our Saturday Club  will be on Saturday, March 14th from 10 am to 11.  We will be demo-ing another block in the quilt. . We will be teaching the blocks and helping with the log cabin blocks. Also you are encouraged to stay after class and sew the blocks with us. Do not forget to bring your show and tell
We are working on kicking off a new Saturday Club in May. This club will be our $5 Saturday Club. There will be a sample in the shop in February.

2 Block Paper Piecing Quilt Class
This class will explore the art of Paper Piecing on a large scale. You will be using freezer paper to complete each block of this quilt. There are only 2 blocks in this quilt of which will make this beautiful star quilt. We will offer kits for this class or you can choose your fabrics to complete this beautiful, transforming quilt. This quilt class will be on March 31st from 10 to 5pm.. The cost of this class is $10 plus the book and kit which you will need. We will provide the Freezer Paper for your paper piecing templates. Donna will be teaching this class and has another quilt done from the book which she will be teaching in April.  We will have kits for this quilt. Donna also has another quilt ready for May and will be working on another quilt for June.

Pennies from Heaven
 We have also decided to do a Block of the month with the book "Pennies from Heaven". This quilt has so many great helps for beginning with wool.  You also have a choice of making the block for the quilt or using the block by itself for other projects which are suggested in the book. You will need the book and to sign up so we can make you a kit for class. Each month the cost will be $28 which includes the wool, fabric and instructions. This is a wonderful way to enjoy using wool to make a great, beautiful quilt. The next block will be on Tuesday, March 10th from 2 to 6. Make sure you stop by and view these blocks to see what we are going to be working on.

Sarah's Sampler
Jennifer Chiaverini has a wonderful quilt which she wrote about called Sarah's Sampler. Donna Peyerk will be teaching this quilt on Thursday, March 19th. This quilt is a wonderful way to learn the basic of piecing a quilt. We have a sample in the shop to view. You will need to book and all your fabrics to make this quilt. The cost of this class is $10 per month. Be sure to sign up.

Amish with a Twist
If you like the traditional Quilt using solids, log cabin blocks and other great piecing tricks, you will love Amish with a Twist II. WE will be making this quilt starting in April. We have a sign up sheet available along with the fabric packs for the first few months of this masterpiece. Each month will have it's own kit with the fabrics needed to complete the blocks for that month including the pattern. This quilt will kick off on Tuesday, April 24th from 10 to 5 pm.

Aunt Sukey's Quilt
Marti came out with Book 5 last year and we loved what we saw in this wonderful book. One of the quilts were named Aunt Sukey's quilt. This quilt has great sashings, borders and 12 wonderful blocks using Marti's Q template set. This class will be Tuesday, March 17th. from 1 to 5 pm and will be every third Tuesday of the month for 12 months. You will need the book, the template Q set and your fabric requirements. We do have Donna 's quilt hanging in the shop for a sample as to what your quilt will look like. It is a queen size but can be re-figured to your own specific size.

Six Sister's Shop Hop
Do not forget the Six Sister's Shop Hop which will be Tuesday, February 24th - February 29th. This hop is with:
Quilts N Gifts                  Bluffton
Caroline's Cottage          Rome City
Quilt of Many Colors       Leo
Heaven on Earth             Wabash
Edwards Sewing              Ft. Wayne
Engine House                  Berne
You will receive a tote bag after completing this hop that will give you 15% off regular priced items for the next year.
Do not miss this!

Heirloom Quilt - Crazy Quilt
We are working on bringing you a very special quilt which we know you will fall in love with like we have. It is an heirloom Quilt and it is beautiful. We will be doing this quilt in three different ways. One will be done in a crazy quilt fashion with all hand work, stitches, heirloom designs and vintage over all look. The other one will be done on the sewing machine with great stitches and wonderful designs made by our machines. The third quilt will be taught with Machine Embroidery in mind. This quilt class will begin Thursday, March 26th from 12 to 6 pm. You are not required to be at the class from 12 to 6pm. If it works in your schedule to come from 4 to 6pm you will be able to learn the technique. If we have a number of people who would like to stay past 6pm, we will certainly make that happen also. You will need the book and your supplies for the class. This class will be on the fourth Thursday of each month. We have a number of samples to look at in the shop so be sure to sign up for this class. It is one of a kind.

Lima One Stop Shop Hop
Do not miss the One Stop Shop Hop in Lima on Friday, March 20th and Saturday, March 21st. This is one of those hops with some of the greatest shops in Indiana and Ohio. This hop is held at the Howard Johnson Hotel right off of 75. You will enjoy this hop.

Bunny Hop

Our Bunny Hop will be Thursday, March 26th - Saturday, March 28th. There are four shops participating in shop: Country Creations in Preble, Stickley Quilting in Portland, Cotton Candy in Muncie and of course Engine House in Berne. Each of the shops will be making a project from the block: Ham and Beans or as we call it for this hop: Abundant Garden. We will be doing demos, giving out goody bags and celebrating the Spring time with quilting projects and patterns. This hop is a great way to prepare for the Easter Holiday just the next weekend.

Spring Fever Shop Hop

Five shops go together to kick off the Spring by having a Shop Hop. Quilts N Gifts in Bluffton, Country Creations in Preble, The Quiltere in Celina, OH, Linda's Sew and sew in Celina, OH and Engine house in Berne all go together and give you a free pattern, goody bags, sales, giveaways and special drawings. Everyone is a winner when you hop with these shops. Mark these dates on your calendar - April 7th - 11th to gather all your quilting friends and take advantage of everything these shops are ready to dish up for all their customers.

T-Shirt Quilt Class

Do not let this spring go by before you start on your graduate's T-Shirt Quilt. On Monday, March 16th from 10 to 5 we will be helping you make that T-Shirt Quilt. So bring in your T- Shirts and your ideas and we will get started.