July 2016 - 10th Anniversary Newsletter


Our Newsletter is a celebration of 10 years of Engine House Quilt Shop.
The whole month is filled with fun for all.

Be sure to check out our web site. There are coupons which you may print out and use online or in the shop.



We will be closed July 2nd, 3rd and 4th for the 4th of July Holiday

The whole month of July we will be celebrating our Tenth anniversary and in honor of this achievement, We will offer $10 when you spend $100 and 10% off any thread set or boxed set. These are already almost 50% off so this extra 10% makes these sets very affordable. We will not ordering any of these sets so when they are gone - they are gone.


UPDATE: Carla Miracle
Carla Miracle has been on our hearts and minds these past few months. Carla has been our long arm quilter for the past few years and has been battling an illness which involves a great amount of pain. Carla is on her way to scheduling surgery sometime this summer but until that time, we have set up a meal schedule to help her and her family on takethemameal.com under Miracle with the password Miracle. This is scheduled for Tuesdays and Thursday only. This is a wonderful encouragement for the family and a great way of touching our very special quilting friend in her time of need. Thank you in advance for all your efforts toward the Miracle family.

Quality Sharpening
We are very excited to have Quality Sharpening in our shop, Friday, July 8th and Saturday, July 9th. Feel free to drop off your scissors, knives, choppers, edge trimmers or anything you use to cut with, Quality Sharpening can sharpen it.


Floriani Software Club 
 
We will explore the world of Floriani on Monday,July 11th for FTCU customers. We will be exploring the Floriani software on your computer. This class is from 10 to 3 pm. We will be answering questions, working through the steps and the options available with the software. If you have questions or a request,bring them to class or 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.
MDQII
On Monday, June 27th we will be starting a new quilt with a 6 month Block of the month with MDQII. By using the software to accomplish some pretty cool quilting techniques we will be making a beautiful Christmas gift for someone on your list. This class is from 10 am to 3 pm and is well worth your time to check out, even if you do not have the software yet but would love to see it work. Our 2nd class will be on Monday, July 25th.

Kids Classes for the Summer
Kids classes will continue through Wednesday, July 20th from 1 to 5 pm. We have made a wall hanging and a sewing machine cover and pillowcases. We will be making purses, quilts, totes, and a number of other items which can be viewed at the Engine House. Grab your grand-children and make Wednesdays your afternoon out, learning an art that can be enjoyed for a long time - together.

Beginning Embroidery Class
On Thursday, July 7th, from 10 to 3pm, we will be having "Christmas in July" which is a trunk show of Antia Goodesigns samples. These are for you to view and touch. This is open to any embroiderer at no cost. Come and enjoy the day. It is a great time to start your Christmas shopping plan list.

Stitcher's Garden  1
Stitcher's Garden will be on Tuesday, July 5th 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:
* PINTUCKING
* 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. 

We are open on Saturdays from 10 to 3 pm.


Beginning Piecing Class
We will be offering a wonderful class for beginners on Tuesday, August 30th from 10 to 3 pm. This class will be show you how to piece a number of blocks correctly to get the best over all look and ease of piecing each block into a quilt. We will be going over tricks, helps and aids to make piecing easier. We will be making a quilt and after it is quilted we will be showing how to bind the quilt. All in all this class will open your mind to the world of piecing. You will need the Alex Anderson Beginning Piecing Book and supplies for your quilt. There will be a $10 charge for the instruction each month.

Secret Garden
In this class we will be piecing beautiful blocks. Donna will be showing us how to piece and quilt this masterpiece. Then we can apply this technique to all our quilts.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.. See you on Thursday, July 21st and July 28th from 10 am to 5 pm. It will be a $10 fee for each pattern block.

The 2016 Row by Row  Theme "Home Sweet Home" begins June 21st
Row by Row is starting on June 21st again this year. We have our row ready and our license plates ready for purchasing. We are one shop among shops all over the US and Canada. IF you like to travel, the Row by Row is a great way of seeing shops you have never heard of. Go to the Row by Row web site and look at all the states you are traveling in to get a complete list of shops who are participating. Remember: the first person who comes into the shop with a completed quilt with 8 rows receives 25 fat quarters. And if our row is among the rows you will receive a gift certificate along with your 25 fat quarters. This is such a fun shop hop filled with great patterns and a collection of license plates.


Be sure to check out our website! We have our shop items online to purchase! Be sure to find the coupon which is there for first time orders.


Quilting with Templates              * This is not a piecing class
 Quilting with Templates, is the latest, greatest thing since the Rotary cutter. This class will be teaching how to quilt with templates. 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 Quilt is like the one done in Australia by the designer and is now being offered in the United States. If you love working with the templates on a beginner status, this is the class for you. You will be learning a number of different templates that will not only make your quilting look professional, they will also be an eye catcher. We will have the templates used each month on hand for all students who signs up. This class will fill up fast so be sure to sign up and reserve your templates. 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. We will be using a Sampler package which includes 6 templates. These templates are used to make a very beautiful, whole cloth quilt. Each template is demoed to help educate you on the many ways these templates can be used. Be sure to have these packages ready to be used on Monday, July 18th from 10 to 5 pm. The cost of the class is $10 plus the beginning sets to get started. This is a cost savor if you quilt any of your projects. The over all look is very professional and all done by you.

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.

We do Sell Janome Sewing Machines - Any Janome Sewing Machines

Beginning Computer Class
Have you ever wanted to learn a bit more about your computer? Like copy paste or Word or Excell to name a few computer programs that are used by many but look complex. We are having a beginning computer class scheduled on Tuesday, June 28th from 10 to 3 pm with a lunch break at noon. This class will need your laptop and questions and nimble fingers to learn some of the basics which will help when you are working on software or emails or a website. This class is $10.


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.



Remember to bring in your Six Sister's Hop Bag for 15% off regularly priced merchandise

New Age Saturday Quilt
Nancy Rink has done it again. She has come up with the quilt to stop traffic. The only thing better than our AGED MUSLINS in beige tones would be this same great look in cool blues and greys! Pair them with denims or chambrays. They'll give an authentic look when paired with reproductions, or a casual tone when blended in with contemporary prints. This quilt will be our New Saturday Quilt on July 9th at 10 to 3 pm. We will be cutting this quilt out on this Saturday. This quilt will be an 8 month quilt project using these Aged Sun Dried Muslins. We have the kits in the shop ready for purchase. Our classes will be on the 2nd Saturday of each month.

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.


The Sale room is filled with many items 50% off including kits, fabrics, books and patterns. This room is fun to rummage through to see what lays beneath the piles. The sale room as changed to the small room before you enter the classroom. Check it out! 


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 Thursday, July 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, September 13th from 10 to 5 pm, we will be making a Feathered Star Bed Runner.This is a perfect project for anyone who loves the down comforts on their bed but still likes a pieced quilt draped at the end of the bed. 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 all for the low cost of $10 for the class. We will have kits for this class at a $55. Mark this date on your calendars.



Anita Goodesign - Around the World Workshop
On Friday, June 24th Lydia will be working with our Embroiderers on making some very practical projects that can be used as gifts or for yourself when you travel this summer. We have the programs in the shop to purchase and then all day on this Friday, June 24th. We will be starting a new workshop next month - July. We do have samples for the Around the World Workshop on Friday, June 24th. Also on this Friday, Anyone who started the Quilter's Dream CD and would like to work on your project, this Friday is open for you too. And again on June 30th.


Geneva Center Quilting Retreat
On August 4th - 7th we will again be sewing at the Geneva Center in Rochester, IN. You must register before July 15th. If you would like a registration form please email me at deb@enginehousequiltshop.com and I will send you a form to mail back to us to reserve your place at the Center. We have a garage sale going on during our retreat of anything sewing related and a mystery quilt you may participate in. Double for the full weekend is $205 which includes your meals, room and all the sewing you would like to do. See you there!!

Tea Leaf Paper Piecing Class
We have fallen in love with a few Paper Piecing patterns which we are going to teach at the shop. Starting on Tuesday June 21st we will be piecing a Tea Leaf Table runner that is so cool. It can be used so many different ways and it is beautiful. We will be meeting for three months to get this pieced and quilted. Then in September we will begin a Paper Pieced Quilt which we know you will love. We will include pictures on the web and the pattern in the shop with samples for you to touch and feel and begin to plan into your schedule. This class will begin, Tuesday, June 21st for the Tea Leaf Table runner then in September we will start on a quilt. Be sure to be the first to purchase a kit for the table runner and your fabric for the quilt.

Vintage Onyx Quilt
There has been a big fascination with the Lucy Boston Quilt over the last year. So along those lines we have decided to do a quilt that combines the art of piecing and the honeycomb shapes to make one gorgeous quilt in taupes, blacks, whites and creams. The middle is honeycombs along with four other blocks but the rest is straight piecing. We have a picture by the cash register to view. We will begin this quilt on Thursday, July 14th from 10 to 3 pm for six months.

Floriani Event - Three Classes
We are so excited to announce our next Floriani Event which will be September 8th, 9th, 10th & 11th.  This is a weekend filled with information you do not want to miss. On Thursday, September 8th we will be having a "All Things Quilting" Seminar from 12 to 5 pm. This class costs $29.95 and you will receive a Free Gift from FLoriani and Engine House valued at over $200. This class is about battings, stabilizers, fusible webs and stabilizers to create stunning quilt and home dec projects. Then on Friday and Saturday, September 9th & 10th, We will again explore the world of embroidery with a complete day talking about stabilizers, needles, thread, software and designs. You will be choosing between either Friday or Saturday for this class which costs $49.95. You will be receiving a free gift valued over $500 to take home with you.
Then on Sunday, September 11th, we will be opening the shop
for anyone who ever thought of or are curious about the software. You will be able to bring in your computer and we will download a dummy copy of the software to play with and design with along with the instructor. So this would be a great time to answer your questions, see for yourself how the software works and how easy it is to design your own projects. Mark these dates on your calendar. Spaces will be limited so be sure to be one of the lucky ones who will attend.