May Newsletter

Welcome to Engine House Quilt Shop's May Newsletter

In this email you will find a number of classes which will be held at the shop in May. You are welcome to go on our website and view the project, get more information and purchase the kit or supplies. Any questions you might have can be emailed to me at or by calling the shop at 260-589-3060. We would be happy to help you in anyway we can.

Open sewing Wednesday and Fridays

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

Marti and Me Club Will be Postponed till May 19th
      Marti and Me club which was to meet on Tuesday, April 21st from 1 to 4, will be postponed due to the death of Carol's Sister In Law Julia Amstutz. We will be resuming Marti and Me in May on Tuesday, May 19th. If you attend this meeting you will receive a pattern for coming to class.  The pattern includes at least 5 different individual patterns. At that time we will be using Tessellating Windmill Template to make a Tessellating Table Mat. In June, Carol will be demoing the 60 degree Diamond Template with a 1800's Dutch Tile Candle Mat.
     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.

As of May 1st Engine House will not be taking Jo Ann Coupons

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, May 4th, 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 4pm. We are also offering this class during our $5 Saturday, May 9th and every 2nd Saturday of the month after that.  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 classes are available for you to enjoy your embroidery machine. Check this out!

  To anyone who attends our Embroidery classes, we will be offering a special project from Floriani that is designed to teach a concept. It is everything from the fabric, stitches, techniques and ideas to teach and instruct all the wonderful capabilities these embroidery machines can accomplish. Come join us and learn. We will help you with the interfacing hooping the project all while learning more about your machine. This class will be on Monday and Tuesday, April 27th and 28th from 10 am to 5 pm.

    If you are a beginner Embroider and you would like to learn what this is all about, Thursday, May 7th is for you.  Diane will help you with a project or with something you have started. Or maybe you might like 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. Be sure to email us so we can get you on our Embroidery Club News Flash group that includes pictures of what you will be working on. We are making the 30's quilt that Diane made with her Embroidery machine, available to learn the technique on this Thursday, May 7th. Be sure to take a look at it. We have the program if you are interested.

Stitcher's Garden  1
Stitcher's Garden will be on Tuesday, May 5th from 10 am to 5 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 ready for 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 May 5th from 10 am to 5 pm

Fractured Bargello Jacket Class
On Thursday, May 14th we will begin a class to make a Fractured Bargello Jacket. This jacket is sewn on a sweatshirt and uses 11  1/3yd fabrics plus 1 1/4 yd of a focus fabric. You will take your sweatshirt apart by removing the sleeves and the bottom ribbing. Do not remove the neck. You will also need your fabrics and the pattern which we have in the shop. Donna will have a sample to view so that you will be able to see how beautiful this jacket is for you or for a friend. This class is $10 each month plus supplies and we are going to meet for 3 months on the 2nd Thursday each month from 10 to 5 each month.

Using Your Strips Class
On Friday, May 1st from 12 to 4 pm we will be working on using your strips to make a very interesting quilt. We will have choices as to which quilt you would like to try. We will be demoing each quilt sample and helping you choose colors to make a quilt in your shades. There are so many choices of designs and combinations. You will be amazed. The cost of the class is the Strippers Template Set from Marti Michell.

$5 Saturday Club
On Saturday, May 9th from 10 to 3, we will be demoing two blocks which will work into a beautiful quilt called PARK BENCH. The two blocks will be done in fabric which we will have bagged for $5 if you come to the demo. We are using JayBird Quilts book Park Bench to make this quilt along with their templates. Each month we will  look at some of the things you see when sitting on a park bench. You can see a first date, listen to a sing along or take in a festival. We might even go in for a baseball game. Why not enjoy making this quilt with all the memories of what you see on a Park Bench.

Strip block Quilt Class
In the same book " BLOCKS TO DIAMONDS" Donna found a strip quilt that is "knock your socks off" beautiful! So Donna and Mel put this beauty together and had Carla quilt it.  We will offer kits for this class. This quilt class will be on Thursday, April 30th from 10 to 5pm and again on Tuesday, May 26th and again on Tuesday, June 30 from 10 to 5 pm. The cost of this class is $10 plus the book if you have not purchased it yet and the kit.  Donna will be teaching this class with Mel and we will also have my Dad available to help with cutting if needed. Donna also has another quilt from this book ready for July and will be working on another quilt for September. That will make Four quilts from this one book. It is a winner!!

Kids Summer Classes

We will offer sewing classes on 8 Mondays from 1 to 5 pm. Each class will have a different objective, completed project and cost for each week. There will be fabric requirements and suggested notions with each week. You may pick and choose the projects that interests you or come to all 8 classes and begin loving this most incredible hobby. Sign up or call so we will be ready with helpers and teachers.

June 15th       Pillow Cases  ( 2)                   kit      $20
June 22nd     Triangle Bag   
                               kit      $  5
June 29th      T Shirts into quilt                   Kit      $20
     Bring in your t shirts to cut
July    6th      Purse from a pair of jeans       Kit      $  5   Bring in your jeans
July  13th      A picture into a Block             Kit      $ 15  Bring in a coloring book page
July 20th      Raggy Shaggy Quilt                Kit       $45
July 27th      Tote Making Class
                          Kit      $ 12
Aug  3rd      Any previous class or Choice   

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. If you would like to begin, You will need the book and 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, May 12th from 1 to 5pm. 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, May 21st. This quilt is a wonderful way to learn the basics of piecing a quilt. We have a sample in the shop to view. You will need a book and all your fabrics to make this quilt. The cost of this class is $10 per month.

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 Monday, April 20th from 10 to 5 pm. 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. There will be two ways you will be able to purchase this quilt. 1.You may divide the quilt into 6 months, payable on the 15th of each month with a credit card for $50 each. This includes the teacher fee and your pattern. or 2. You may purchase the complete kit with the pattern which will be $199.98 plus you will need to pay $10 per month to the teacher. This choice is a $40 savings. There is a picture of the quilt on our web site with the different choices listed. If you cannot make the first meeting be sure to come to the class on Monday, May 18th

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, April 21st. from 1 to 5 pm and again on Tuesday, May 19th. This class  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.

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 be Thursday, April 23rd from 12 to 5 pm. and then again on Thursday, May 28th from 12 to 5 pm.  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.

Not Just Another Towel
On Friday, July 10th from 10 to 5pm, we will begin a brand new class for machine embroidery or traditional applique enthusiast. Each month we will focus on a different sewing foot and a techniques featuring Tea Towels. You will learn how to use these feet for your sewing machine:  Buttonhole, zipper, edge, pintucking, couching and ruffler. You will receive a notebook to keep all your patterns in for future use. Each month will be $20 which will include your kit to make the project. You will get the project done in class. If you are a machine embroiderer, be sure to bring a USB stick to get the designs on your machine. Our fist project will be a Christmas towel for our Christmas in July month and you will be ahead of the seasons by starting in July. This class will be the 2nd Friday of each month.

The Ohio One Stop Shop Hop  April 24 & 25

The Ohio One Stop Shop Hop means just that! You drive to one central Ohio location, instead of driving to each quilt shop, and get to visit all of your favorite Quilt shops in one place! You save all that driving, time, and gas. How fun and convenient is that?   Wright State University
Nutter Center
3640 Colonel Glenn Highway
Dayton, OH  45435
Friday 9 - 5:00    Saturday 9 - 3:00

Quilt Fest in Shipshewanna      June 24th - 27th

Honeyville Quilt Show            June 22nd  - 26th