October is Upon us

UPDATE: Carla Miracle
Carla Miracle had surgery on Thursday, Sept. 22nd. All went well and now she is on the way to recovery. The shop has put together tie dyed T Shirts that say "All I need is a Miracle". They sell for $20 with all of the proceeds going to the family. If you would like to order one, email us and we will send you a T shirt in the size you request. If you would like to send Carla a card her address is 155 E. Shore Dr. Geneva, In  46740.  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.

Stitcher's Garden  
Stitcher's Garden will be on Tuesday, Oct 4th 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.
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 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.  

We are open on Saturdays from 10 to 3 pm. 

Beginning Piecing Class
We will be offering a wonderful class for beginners on Wednesday, September 28th 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. October's class will be on Wednesday, October 26th from 10 to 3pm. 

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, Oct 27th from 10 am to 3 pm. It will be a $10 fee for each pattern block.

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.

Floriani Software classes
After our Event which was wonderful and eye opening, we are scheduling some Software classes for everyone who decided to add Floriani to their sewing experience. These classes are for those who purchased the software and wants to use it to it's full use. 
My Design Album:     Jo Weiderman      Wednesday, Oct. 5th
                                                         10 - 12 and 1 - 3 pm
Embroidery Club        Diane Martin       Thurs. Oct 6th  10 - 3 pm
FTCU Club                 Diane & Lydia      Mon. Oct 10th  10 - 3 pm
The Total Quilter Club  Diane & Lydia     Mon. Oct. 24th  10 - 3 pm
(MDQII,Decorator Quilter included)

Antia Goodesign Club
We will be working on another one of Antia Good's Designs which they have included in our Club lineup on Monday, October 31st. Lydia will be showing us some of the gift giving ideas these programs have to offer. This class will require the program we are working with and $10 for the class. This class is from 10 to 3 pm on Mon, Oct 31st. 

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.  This method uses a special foot specific to your sewing machine which costs $55. We will have the templates used each month on hand for all students. Be sure to reserve your templates in the correct size before class.. We will be using a Sampler package which includes 6 templates. 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, October 3rd from 10 to 5 pm. On Monday, October 17th, Carol Cummings will be showing us the another template set that you will enjoy. 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. 

We are offering any of the templates in stock or in the catalog in a library setting. You will purchase the template at the listed price and then you have one month to use the set. IF you find that you will only use the set once or you do not care for the template - return it for the purchase price minus $5. This will allow you to try anything that interests you at no risk. We are excited about how creative our customers will become. 

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

Large Quilter's Tote Bag
Yes you read correctly, we are going to have a class to make the BIG bag Deb carrys with her to and from the shop and home. Yes this is the bag with the wooden handles. We have a number of choices of kits or you can put one together in your own colors. This class requires a kit which is $50 and includes the wooden dowel rods and the instruction. We have rewritten the pattern so you will be the first group to test our new version. This is a very fun class. You will complete the bag in class. This class will be on Election Day, Tuesday, November 8th from 10 to 3 pm. Do not forget to vote.

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 Oct. 8th at 10 to 3 pm. We will be cutting this quilt out and piecing the blocks. This quilt will be using  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!  

Geneva Center Quilting Retreat
On October 20th through Sunday, October 23rd we will again be sewing at the Geneva Center in Rochester, IN. This year we will be taking Kim Deihl's latest Book, and we will be demoing all the items in the book. This book is full of Christmas ideas for the whole family.  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. Double for the full weekend is $205 which includes your meals, room and all the sewing you would like to do. See you there!!

We will be closed Thursday, October 20th through Saturday, October 22nd so that we will be able to attend the Retreat in Rochester. 

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. This class will be on Thursday,October 6th from 10 to 3 pm.

Lucy Boston and Friends will be on Tuesday, Oct. 25th. Anyone who likes to stitch is welcome. 

Grandmother's Scrap Basket Quilt
We will be piecing a quilt with traditional blocks beginning in the middle of the quilt. This masterpiece can be done in any fabric of your choosing. We used off white background and thirties fabrics for blocks. There are vintage blocks such as churn dash, dresden plate, nine patch and a bit of applique. We will be working on the middle first and each block around it. Our class will be 1 to 5 pm and 5 to 8 pm for those who are busy during the day. This class is $10 a month plus the pattern and supplies as needed. This quilt would be a great way to use up many, many Scraps. Our first class will be on Friday, September 30th and Friday, October 28th to get started. What a great way to learn the tricks of the trade on traditional blocks from the past and using your scraps. 

Star Spankled Liberty Quilt
On Thursday, September 29th, we will be starting a Block of the Month Quilt in Red, creams and blue patriotic colors. This quilt is a type of Row by Row and is absoulty
 beautiful. We will meet on the fourth Thursday of the month to complete this quilt. You will need a kit which includes the pattern. This class will be from 1 to 8 pm. Again the class is on Thursday, September 29th and October 27th to get started. 
The cost of the class will be $10 for the instruction. 

On Tuesday, October 18th we will be beginning a Lily of the Valley table runner which will adorn any dining room table. The cost of this class is $10 for the instruction. We also have a kit if you like our sample or we will help you pick out a table runner to match your decor.

Antia Goodesigns is having a sale this month. Their CD's will be $10 and & $20 which normally is $70 and $80. Also if you purchase one of our Workshop programs you may choose another one for 50% off. 

Dayton One Stop Shop Hop

Engine House will again be one of the shops participating in the One Stop Shop Hop on Friday, October 13th and Saturday, October 14th at the Nutter Center in Dayton, Ohio. Be sure to go to their web site (ohioonestopshophop.com) for all of the details. 

Frosty's Gone Quilting
From Wednesday, November 2nd through Saturday, November 5th, the Shop will be participating in a shop hop with:
Stickley Quilting      Portland
Country Creations    Preble
Quilts N Gifts           Bluffton
Linda's Sew N So     Celina, Oh
The Quiltery             Celina, Oh
and of course Engine House. 
Each shop will be handing out a FREE pattern which will be using the Quick and Easy Block Tool which we will have available in the shop. These samples are a must have in your sewing room plus you will be taking advantage of all the sales, specials and giveaways during these few days. You will not want to miss this one.