February Engine House Quilt Shop Newsletter

Stitcher's Garden  
Stitcher's Garden will be on Tuesday, February 7th 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.  

Our next class will be on Saturday, March 18th at 10 am.

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. 

FTCU Embroidery Club Monday, February 13th from 10-3pm

MDQII - My Decorative Quilter II Class will be February 27th from 10 to 3 pm. 

Beginning Embroidery is for all embroidery sewing machine owners and is helpful to learning your Embroidery machine, what stabilizers to use and when and what threads to use. This class also shows you how to set up your sewing machine, what hoops to use and how to center your projects just to name a few things. This class will be the first Thursday of the month so the next class will be Thursday, February 2nd from 10 to 5 pm. 

Vintage Onyx
On Thursday, February 9th we will met for our Vintage Onyx Quilt.   

Scrappy Class
On Friday, February 24th  from 10 to 5 pm we will begin a Scrappy Class where you will bring in your scraps and we will work on a quilt together. This class will have teach techniques you can use to help you use up your scraps. There will be five colors used in the quilt. IF you are interested in this class stop by the shop and pick up the first information sheet to pick your fabrics from your scraps. We will begin on this Friday, February 24th with cutting and sewing the first group of fabrics. There will be no cost to this class, just gained knowledge of organizing your scraps into quilts. 

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. 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. 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. 

Quilting with Templates  -  The Quilt
On Monday, February 6th we will be working on a Quilt with the templates. We have a sample in the shop which shows some of the choices which will be explored in class with the templates. When you are finished with this class you will have made a quilt that is a collection of the most beautiful quilting stitches you can preform on your sewing machine. This is a collection of templates that are available. You will be amazed at all the different looks each template has to offer. 

Quilting with Templates   -  Beginning Project
On Monday, January 30th from 10 to 3 pm, Carol will be teaching a beginning Quilting with Template class by piecing place mats and then Quilting them with Templates. This class will help you to get better at quilting a project after it is pieced and using the templates to make a great overall look. Each month we will be making a different project and then quilting it. Our next class will be Monday, February 20th. 

Quilting with Templates  -  Advanced
On Tuesday, January 31st Carol will be teaching an advanced program with Quilting with Templates.  If you have used the templates in the past and want a bit of a challenge, this class is for you. Carol will challenge you to use the templates to achieve an even more advanced, great quilt. 

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 have a great deal on a Cloth Setter in the shop. Stop in and see what it can do. 
We also have two SERGERS that are on sale and ready for your projects.

We do Sell Janome and Brother Sewing Machines - Any Janome or Brother Sewing Machines

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

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!  

Lucy Boston and Friends is a group who enjoys hand work. On Tuesday, February 21st anyone who likes to do hand work is welcome to come into the shop and stitch. There is no cost for this day and we break for lunch. You are welcome to come and go or stay the day. 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. 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 next class will be on Wednesday, January 25th. What a great way to learn the tricks of the trade on traditional blocks from the past and using your scraps. In February we will meet on Friday, February 24nd.

Rochester Retreat
On Thursday, March 2nd through Sunday, March 5th Engine House will be sponsoring a Spring Retreat in Rochester Indiana with Linda from Creative Stitch of Columbia City. Registration forms will be available this week. We are also having a mystery quilt with nine blocks which we will cover during our time together. Each block teaches a new concept which can be used in other quilts or projects. That means there are 9 new concepts you will learn on one quilt. Let me know if you do not receive a Retreat email in the next few days and I will email you one.

Star Spankled Liberty Quilt
Star Spankled Liberty Quilt is one of the most beautiful quilts we have put together. This quilt, along with it's beauty, is also full of pieces. We have decided to start this quilt on Thursday, January 26th from 10 to 3pm. We have complete kits which include the pattern ready for purchase. Each class will be $10.  We know you will be so excited to start this winter project for next July 4th. It is one of a kind. 

Eldon Quilt
Donna found the most beautiful pattern and just had to make it. It was an Edyta Sitar pattern. We have pulled the fabric Donna used to make this quilt and put them in a quilt. So on Thursday, February 16th Donna will be starting a class to make this quilt just as it hangs in the shop. The same colors, the same prints and with the person who put this quilt together. You will need a kit for the class and each class will be $10 for the instruction. This class will start at 10 and go to 3 pm.

Sewing machine/ Serger  Sale
We have the last 3160 Janome Sewing machine. After it is gone there will not be any more 3160's. This is a wonderful machine. 
Also we have a 1100 Serger for sale. If you are interested in either machine, give us a call and we will put your name on them. 
We also have three Brother/ embroidery machines ranging in price from $599.99  -  $ 1899.99.
We have a number of sales going on with our sewing machines so be sure to stop by and ask about our sales and specials.

Sew In Friday
On Friday, February 17th we will have our sew in. Come and sew for an hour or sew for all day. We will keep the lights on for you for as long as you would like. 

Granny Stars Quilt
Donna made a beautiful Quilt for the shop and we have been asked to do classes so those who have fallen in Love with the quilt will be able to complete this masterpiece with expert fashion. We will meet four times for instruction on this quilt. You are welcome to use your scraps or change the colors. This quilt is open for you to create your own pallet. In the first Class - Tuesday, February 14th, we will be learning the art of cutting and beginning piecing.  This class will begin at 10 and go to 3 pm. In March we will be sewing the blocks together with all the tricks to make them easy. April's Class is piecing the blocks together with the borders and May's class will be the applique. This quilt is a beautiful heirloom for your collection. Each month will be $10 for the instruction. You will receive the pattern in the first class.

Six Sister's Shop Hop         -       February 21st - 25th    -      Free Bag
This Shop hop is the best way to kick off 2017. We will be kicking this Shop Hop on Tuesday, February 21st at 10 am until 6 pm. This time is guaranteed at all six shops from Tuesday through Friday and then all six shops will be open from 10 to 5 on Saturday, February 25th. We also have a new shop joining the hop - Lowery's Sewing and Vacuum in Warsaw.
These are the shops involed in our shop this year:

Edwards Sewing Center               Ft. Wayne

4114 N. Clinton St.                 260-486-3003

Caroline’s Cottage Cottons          Rome City

195 Weston St.                        260-854-3900


 Lowery Sewing & Vacuum                       Warsaw

707 E Winona Ave.                    574-267-8631


 Heaven on Earth                              Wabash

4767 N. State Rd. 15                    765-833-5461


 Quilts N Gifts                                 Bluffton

2190 Commerce Dr               260-565-4438


Engine House Quilt Shop                   Berne

164 W. Main St.                      260-589-3060