August Newsletter

Engine House Quilt Shop   Berne Indiana   164 W. Main St.  

 You are welcome to go on our website to get more information and purchase  kits 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 is Wednesdays and Fridays

All of our Wool will be 50% off until it is gone. We have had wool for a number of years and we feel it is time to move on to other fabric choices. Be sure to look at all of our pieces and yardage. We have some beautiful items for projects.

In honor of Swiss Days we have a number of items on sale in the shop. All of our Embroidery CD's at 50% off except Floriani Software. We have a number of orphan fat quarters for only $2. Come in and see if there is anything you are in need of. Great time to stock up for future projects.

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

Marti and Me Club
      Marti and Me club will meet on August 18th 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 August, Carol will be showing "It's All About Rulers" Sticks and Stones Throw  Ruler #8972  3" X 18" and the Log Cabin Rulers. In September, Carol will show us the Pineapple Pizazz in a Classic Pineapple Wall Hanging using the Pineapple Ruler.
     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 just came back from a four day seminar to learn the Floriani software. It was an amazing four days filled with wonderful info to open new directions in machine embroidery programs. 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.
     We will be selling the entire line of Floriani including their wonderful special  Floriani packages. These are different every other month which includes special thread groupings, designs and sabilizer groups. This company has a complete line of stabilizers used in embroidery 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.
     We just added a complete line of Stabilizers and batting for Quilters. This  includes a print and piece, double sided web, wool batting, cotton batting and a lite web used for applique. There are information sheets with the products so make sure you pick one up and become familar with this top quality items.

Floriani Event
    The Floriani Event  will be coming Friday and Saturday, September 11th and 12th from 10 to 4:30. This Event will come at a cost of $49.99 for the day with each person attending, taking home $499 worth of product home. Each day is the same so you can either sign up for Friday September 11th or Saturday, September 12th. This is what Floriani states on their web site:
Novice, intermediate, or master, whatever your level ... we will teach you how to combine threads and fabrics in a new and exciting way! No More Ruined Garments, Puckered Embroideries or Off-Center Designs.  Anyone Can Create Beautiful Embroidery With The Right Techniques & Secrets! Each day will be divided into two sessions:

10:00am to 1:00pm: Basics to Beautiful

Creating beautifully embroidered garments, quilts and other items starts with the right foundation and combination of stabilizers, threads and designs. Join Floriani for this in depth embroidery class and learn stress-free techniques for hooping, eliminating puckering, understanding embroidery designs and how they affect your garment, choosing the right needle for stitch and garment type. This three hour session will be very in depth and full of fantastic information which will make your embroidery creations perfect every time!

2:00pm to 4:30pm: Let’s Get Creative

In the afternoon we will move into how to use Floriani Stabilizers and our other specialty products for quilting, applique, home decorating items, embellishment and more! Who knew stabilizers could make such a fun difference in your creativity! This afternoon session will surely get your creative juices flowing and give you fantastic ideas for gift giving, stitching with your kids or grandkids, and most importantly having fun in your sewing room but with perfect results!

There is limited space and a limited number of people will be accepted so be sure to sign up early. Floriani will be advertising our event to all of their customers all over the country. Do not let this Event pass you by especially if you are an embroiderer or "a want to be embroiderer. This day will fill you with so much valuable information to make you more successful in this wonderful world of stitches.

Mariner's Compass Star Paper Piecing Class

Have you ever wanted to learn to Paper Piece? Monday, August 3rd, 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, August 8th.   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.

Row By Row
It is that time of year when the Row by Row will be starting. What is the Row By Row you ask? This is a shop hop that includes all  50 states and Canada. On June 21st through September 9th, you can pop into any participating shop and ask for their FREE pattern which is 9 1/2"  by 36 1/2" and the theme this year is "WATER". This means that everywhere you go you will see creative ways of using the theme "WATER" in the participating shop's sample. It might be in the pattern or the fabric they used. Ours is an appliqued row of the Ceylon Covered Bridge. Many of the shops are also making license plates for customers to purchase. Ours is "Banks of the Wabash" all in the water theme. We love to advertise some of the special, historic places of our area. If you are interested in visiting a few shops in the Row by Row, be sure to look up "Row by Row Experience" online

Embroidery Club and Floriani Projects
 We have two classes available for the those who love machine embroidery and love to use your machine. Check this out!

To anyone who attends our Floriani 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. The Floriani Signature Social will be held every other month with a different project during the next month.  We will help you with the stabilizer and hooping the project all while learning more about your machine. August's Class will be on Monday, August 24th from 10 to 5 pm. This is the Floriani Signature Social and for August it will be Elegant Feathers. Be sure to stop by the shop and look at the program.

If you are a beginner Embroiderer and you would like to learn what this is all about, Thursday, August 13th 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. This month we will continue working on the 30's quilt or a project of your choosing.  Bring in suggestions of what you would like to work on.  We understand not everyone wants to create the same thing so we will help you with whatever you want to work on.  We will also be demonstrating how to create some of your own designs and techniques in the Floriani software.  We will be available to work with you from 10 to 5 on Thursday, August 13th.

Stitcher's Garden  1 and 2
Stitcher's Garden will be on Tuesday, August 11th from 10 am to 5 pm.  Feel free to join us no matter what block you are on or if you want to get started.   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.
Both Stitcher's Gardens are 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 either class at anytime. 

   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.
Stitcher's Garden 2 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 August 4th from 10 am to 5 pm.

$5 Saturday Club
On Saturday, August 8th 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. Come enjoy making this quilt with all the memories of what you see on a Park Bench.

Tincaps Ball Game
In our $5 Saturday Club, we announced an evening for the whole family or all your friends, whoever you would like to invite. On Friday, August 14th Engine House has Tincaps Baseball Tickets for only $10 each. These have to be spoken for and paid for by August 3rd. We are right behind home plate in section 106. This game starts at 7:05 with fireworks at the end and then a BIG HIGHLIGHT:  You can run the bases after the fireworks. Anyone up to a little race???!!

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. This quilt will be offered on Tuesday,August 25th entitled "Frost on the Window".  We will offer kits for this class which are available. This quilt class will be on Tuesday on August 25th from 10 to 5 pm. The cost of this class is $10 plus the book if you have not purchased it yet. Do not forget the kit.  Donna will be teaching this class with Mel. Then we will be working on yet another quilt for September, Tocsan Sun Quilt from the Blocks to Diamonds book. That will make five quilts from this one book. It is a winner!!                 

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, August 20th from 10 to 5 pm. 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, August 17th from 10 to 5 pm. 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. Remember:  class on Monday, August 17th.

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 from 1 to 5 pm on Tuesday, August 18th. This class  will be every third Tuesday of the month. 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.

Not Just Another Towel
On Friday, August 14th from 10 to 5pm, we will be making a towel with machine embroidery or traditional applique. 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 towel for this month will be a towel for January. This class will be the 2nd Friday of each month.

Christmas Tree Skirt
On Thursday, July 30th from 10 to 5pm we will be making a Christmas Tree Skirt.   This pattern uses the 10 degree ruler. Sample in the shop. You will piece a strip set and then cut out the wedges to make the Christmas Tree Skirt. What a great gift or a wonderful tree skirt for your own Christmas Tree. Maybe you would like to use this skirt year round. Either way this is a wonderful project with a great look. You will need a kit with the wedge which has the pattern on the back. It will be a $10 teacher fee for this class.

Country Crossroads Class
On Thursday, August 27th, we will be starting a beautiful slate blue quilt called "Country Crossroads". This quilt is a Nancy Rink Designs which is who designed the Amish with a Twist 2 quilt pattern. This quilt is a large 105 X 105 quilt with some applique. This quilt is a beautiful quilt for anyone's bed or as a gift for a family member. We have complete kits in the shop which may be purchased before the class. The kits include the pattern, all the fabric for the top of the quilt including the applique and the binding. We will meet on the fourth Thursday of the month until this quilt is completed from 10 to 5 pm. Please stop by the shop to see this quilt for yourself. It is a beauty!

Sew Till you Drop in September
We will be having another "SEW TILL YOU DROP" day in September on Friday, the 25th from 10 am to when the last sew er is standing. We will order pizza or some food around 7 pm. Bring in whatever project you would like to work on.

Scrap Therapy
Scrap Therapy will begin on Thursday, September 3rd from 2 to 8 pm. This is a day set aside to sew with your own scraps and make a beautiful quilt with help from a teacher who has completed the sample. We will be working on Edita Sitar's pattern using your own scraps to complete a beautiful quilt or a similar quilt in the Baskets, Birds and Boughs Book. Your choice. We will be having Show and Tell at 7pm so whether you come for the entire time or just for Show and Tell, be sure to be a part of this Scrappy Time Together.

Be Sure to See us at these Shows

Portland Quilt Show                                   August  26th  -  29th
Floriani Event - Shop                                 Sept. 11th and 12th
Harvest Hop                                             Sept. 23rd - 26th
Dayton One Stop                                      Oct. 2nd and 3rd
Greenville Darke County Quilt Show           Oct. 9th and 10th
Rochester Retreat                                     Oct 22nd - 25th
Frosty's Gone Shopping                             Nov 3rd - 7th