February Newsletter from Engine House Quilt Shop

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Lucy Boston

On Tuesday, February 9th  and Tuesday February 25th at 10 am at Engine House Quilt Shop, we will be having the Lucy Boston Class. This class will meet every two weeks just to help you choose and cut out the blocks for this quilt. You are welcome to use your own scraps or purchase a theme fabric. We have the book, templates and paper templates for you to complete this quilt. You are welcome to come and spend the day or come and go as it works in your schedule. We will meet On Tuesday, February 9th  and Tuesday February 25th at 10 am
Hand Quilting
At Engine House we have been blessed with a wonderful Hand Quilter. This makes it possible to offer hand quilting when you complete a quilt. This can be for a baby quilt, a full size quilt, a memory quilt or a vintage quilt. All you need to do is bring your completed top to the quilt shop. We will help you purchase batting and a back and we will take it from there. We will give it to our quilter and when it is finished we will give you a call to come pick it up. The price is comparable to machine quilting and is beautiful. This gives you some choices when you get ready to have your quilt quilted.

Machine Cleaning
When was the last time you had your machine cleaned? Well, if you have completed a few projects for Christmas, or if you have been sewing Minkee or flannel, now is the time to get that machine cleaned. Mel is our machine expert and he will oil, clean, change the needle and adjust the tension in your machine to make it run like a top. Our price will be $59.98. Mel can fix almost any machine so if you are having issues with one of your sewing machines, bring it to Mel and see what he can do.

Floriani Embroidery Club 
  We will explore the world of Floriani on Mondays, February 8th for FTCU customers and February 22 for those with MDQII.  We now have a T.V. from which you will be watching what Diane is doing on her computer. We will watch many different information videos which will help us accomplish many more beautiful designs. This class is from 10 to 3 pm. This software is the best on the market and can do anything, and I mean anything. Come in and see a demo.

If you are a beginner Embroiderer and you would like to learn, Thursday, February 4th 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.  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 these dates: Thursday,  February 4th.

Stitcher's Garden  1 and 2
Stitcher's Garden will be on Tuesday, February 2nd 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 Tuesday, February 2nd from 10 to 5 pm and then again on March 1st.

Anita Goodesigns Express

By popular demand, we are bringing back Anita Goodesigns. We have Anita's Wonderland Workshop scheduled for these Wednesdays: February 3rd and March 2nd from 10 to 3 pm. This class includes a full color tutorial book with over 60 pages of step-by-step instructions for 9 exciting new projects. A design CD with multiple designs for each project. And a chance to order Anita Goodesign products at a special price. All of this will be yours for a once amount of only $29.95.That is right! This amount includes all 3 days of the workshop instructions and all of the above.

We will be having an Anita's Express class once a month also. We have this packets at the shop to look over and sign up for. This class will be on Wednesday, February 17th from 10 to 3 pm and every 3rd Wednesday for the next six months. These packets are priced at $29.95 and will be completed in one session.

We are closed on Saturdays for the winter months.

Secret Garden
On February 9th and 11th, We will be working on a wonderful Block of the month that begins with choosing your fabric, piecing all the blocks and quilting this quilt in sections to complete the total package. Plus we will be putting on the binding in class so make sure you see this quilt to it's completion. Donna will be showing us how to piece and then quilt in sections so that we can apply this technique to all our quilts. You will need to sign up and purchase a kit or pull fabrics which you would like to use to make this quilt. The next classes on Tuesday, February 9th and Thursday, February 11th from 10 to 5 pm. It will be a $10 fee per month for each pattern block.

Quilting with Templates
Along side of the Class " Secret Garden", we will be doing a class with Quilting with Templates. This class will be demoing how to quilt with templates. If this is something you would like to see up close, please let us know to schedule the demo. We will be ordering the first package that it takes to quilt with templates and also we will be ordering a value package which includes 6 templates. Each retails for $75.  Be sure to make sure you have these packages ready to be used on your sewing machine.

Quilting Friends Shop Hop
Six shops have come together to make one of the best Shop Hops of the year. This shop hop will be from Tuesday, February 23rd to Saturday, February 27th. These shops are Caroline's Cottage in Rome City, A Quilt of Many Colors in Leo, Edwards Sewing Center in Fort Wayne, Heaven on Earth in Wabash, Quilts N Gifts in Bluffton and Engine House Quilt Shop in Berne. At each shop you will receive a goody bag, a free pattern for the sample in each shop and sales and specials unique to each shop. If you visit all six shops you will receive a shopping bag that can be used all year for 15% off of regular priced items. Plus you will be entered in our drawing for a $50 gift certificate at each of the shops or a winner of other prizes. This is a wonderful time to spend with your quilting friends. All the shops will be open 10 to 6 Monday through Friday and 10 to 5 on Saturday.

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, February 15th 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 is a picture of the quilt on our web site.. Remember:  class on Monday, February 15th. We do have kits available if this is something you would like to purchase.

Trunk Shows or Private Classes
If you are a member of a sewing group or guild and you are looking for a different type program. Why not ask Engine House to come do a trunk show for your group. We do not charge anything for the program. We only ask that we can set up a store which those who attend can shop at when the program is over. Just a thought!! We can also do a private class for all your friends.

Not Just Another Towel
On Friday, February 12th 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 June. This class will be the 2nd Friday of each month. If you miss the Towel Day, be sure to ask for a kit to make that month's project.

Country Crossroads Class
 On Thursday, February 18th, we will be working on a beautiful slate blue quilt called "Country Crossroads". This quilt is a Nancy Rink Designs which is the designer of 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 Thursday, February 18th. Please stop by the shop to see this quilt for yourself. It is a beauty!

We have number of pieces of upholstery which is for sale. Many of the pieces are only $1. Be sure to stop in and see what we have to add to your collection.

UFO Friday

Engine House would like to help you complete those UnFinished Objects or Projects that you have in your sewing room. So when you sign up for this Club. We will have you fill out a UFO List with 9 projects named that are not complete in your sewing room. Before the club, We will have you draw out one name. This will be your project for the next month. When completed you will draw out another name. We want you to complete each project in a month but if that is not the case you will have three Whopper-Jawed passes which you may use. Once those three Whopper-Jawed passes are used and your project is not completed, you must treat the club with snacks.
Our next club will be on Friday, February 19th and go till the last person turns the light out.

Quilters Spring Retreat
Engine House Quilt Shop and Creative Stitch Quilting Studio come together for a Quilting Retreat in Rochester Indiana. Starting Thursday, March 3rd through Sunday, March 6th we sew, sew and sew. We have demos planned and for the first time we have a block challenge which we will have all the details in our shops. Along with all this fun we will also offer Quality Sharpening on Saturday of this retreat. If you are interested, be sure to call the shop and reserve your spot for the weekend.

The Bunny Hop Shop Hop
On March 30th, 31st and April 1st we will be doing a fun hop with a total of 4 shops. Each shop will be giving away a pattern block which we will be demoing in each shop. Each shop will have a sample which has all four blocks for you to view. The four shops are Cotton Candy in Muncie, Stickley's Quilt Shop in Portland, Country Creations in Preble and Engine House Quilt Shop in Berne. You will learn how to applique, use templates, piece and do hand embroidery. Join us for a very
fascinating shop hop where you will learn and have fun.