March Newsletter

Happy Easter!!

March is Spring Month.

March is Here and Spring is around the corner.

Lucy Boston

Looking for a hand project you can take anywhere? Why not look at Lucy Boston which will be an heirloom your children and grandchildren will fight over. You can take your time, choose small pieces of wonderful fabric, cut out the pieces and put them in a bag to take anywhere. The doctor's office,waiting in line, in the car or just in your easy chair at night - these blocks will amaze you, dazzle your friends and completely relax you after a hard day. Our Lucy Boston class will meet Tuesdays March 8th and March 22nd from 10 to 3pm. We meet every two weeks for your convenience. Come as often as you want, stay as long as you want. This is a class for you to help you put together bags to take with you everywhere.

Floriani Embroidery Club 
  We will explore the world of Floriani on Mondays, March14th for FTCU customers and March 21st for those with MDQII.  WE will be working on a project which will be announced at a later date. This class is from 10 to 3 pm. Be watching for future projects which will be coming in the next month. If you have questions or a request, please give us a call or email us your thoughts. Floriani software is the best on the market and can do anything, and I mean anything. Come in and see a demo.

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

Anita Goodesigns Express
By popular demand, we are bringing back Anita Goodesigns. We have Anita's Wonderland Workshop scheduled for 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 are closed on Saturdays Except for the Quilting Sisters Shop Hop February 27th and Bunny Hop Shop Hop on March 31ST. We will be open all the Saturdays afterwards as normal

Secret Garden
It is not to late to join Secret Garden block of the month. In this class we will be piecing beautiful blocks which we will be quilting in May. Along with quilting in sections, teaching you how to quilt on your own sewing machine instead of taking your quilt project to be quilted. Donna will be showing us how to piece and then quilt in sections so that we can apply this technique to all our quilts. In May, during our class, we will be demonstrating how to quilt the first 6 blocks in two different ways. Be sure to bring your six blocks to class with your back and batting. We will be quilting this quilt in sections to complete the total package. Plus we will be putting on the binding in class before this quilt is completed, so make sure you see this quilt to it's completion.. 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 Thursday, March 17th and Thursday, March 24th from 10 to 5 pm. It will be a $10 fee 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, Carol Cumming will be showing us the simplistic method of using templates to quilt our projects from a table runner to a full size quilt. This method uses a special foot specific to your sewing machine and 2 templates which costs $75. This package may be ordered by telling us the sewing machine you will be using for the class. There is also a value package which includes 6 templates available till March 31st for $75.  Be sure to have these packages ready to be used on Tuesday, March 22nd and or Monday, March 28th for the class from 10 to 5 pm. The cost of the class is $10 plus the beginning set to get started.

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.

Quilting Friends Shop Hop       (the year round bag 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.

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, March 11th 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 August. 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, March17th, 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, March 17th. 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, March 18th 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 31th, April 1st and 2nd 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.

Stack and Wack Class
Have you seen those beautiful Kaleido Star blocks made with 8 repeat fabrics, and always wanted to try to piece one together for yourself but do not know where to start. On Friday, April 1st from 10 to 5pm we will be cutting, stacking, and wacking our fabric in order to make a Stack and Wack Quilt. We will be using Marti Michell's Kaleido Ruler and her Book Kaleidoscope ABC's to complete our quilt. You will love the result and the precision of the blocks. Plus it is fun to see how many blocks you can come up with from the same fabric. You will need to have your fabric, template and book for the class.

Diva Wallet
Diane has made the most useful wallet to date. This wallet is small but filled with compartments to carry your money, cards and your phone. We have a number of different purse hardware to choose from. Each clasp comes with the pattern so all you need is the fabric. On Thursday, March 31st we will be making this wallet in the shop. You will be ready to make all those people on your gift list a wallet that they will love. This class will begin at 10 and go to 3 pm. Be sure to purchase your hardware soon before they all disappear.

Janome 8900 Sewing Machine Class
On Wednesday, March 23rd we will be having a Janome 8900 sewing machine class. If you have purchased an 8900 from Engine House you are welcome to attend. We will be using our computer and your sewing machine to explore the advantages of this sewing machine. We will begin at 10 am to 1 pm. If you would like to stay after class and sew, that would be great. If you are thinking of purchasing a new sewing machine, this is one you will love. You are welcome to come and see all of it's uses on March 23rd. If you are thinking of trading up to this sewing machine, we can also work with you on that transaction. Those coming for the class will need their sewing machine, book, CD and parts for the machine.

Spring Fever Shop Hop
Six shops, four in Indiana and two in Ohio have teamed up for a Spring Fever Shop Hop April 5th - through the 9th. Shops included in this hop are:
Bev  from Country Creations                       - Preble
Mary from Quilt's N Gifts                             - Bluffton
Donna from Stickley's Quilt Shop                 -Portland
Linda's Sew and Sew                                   -Cleina
Valerie from The Quiltire                               - Celina
Deb from Engine House Quilt Shop               - Berne
This hop is filled with free patterns, drawings, sales and goodie bags. Each shop will have a sample on display in their shop which you will receive for participating. After the hop your name will be entered into the prize drawing which is always worth the trip. So mark these dates on your calendar so you will be able to see the latest, greatest quilts, kits, fat quarters and notions.

Ugly Fabric Class
Have you ever went through your sewing room and found UGLY fabric? Fabric that was purchased, but why? It is not your colors or look. It doesn't match anything you have.
On Friday, April 8th we want to help you do something with that UGLY fabric. On April 8th we will be having an UGLY Fabric class. You bring in your ugly fabric and we cut and sew a beautiful masterpiece quilt out of it. This class will begin at 10 am and go till 3pm. The cost of the class will be $10 and you bring in at least 2 yards of your ugly fabric. We will help you choose fabrics to complete your quilt project.

Feathered Star Bed Runner Class
On Tuesday, May 10th from 10 to 5 pm we will be making a Feathered Star Bed Runner. This project will be a QUILT AS YOU GO project with lots of options. You can piece each block and then quilt each block, then put the runner together or piece each block put it together and then quilt the runner. We will be showing you both methods. This class will also cover the binding of this project as well. We will have kits for this class. Mark this date on your calendars and be watching for the sample which will be coming very soon.