Spring/summer 2016 Newsletter
How to Be a BFF to your LQS
by Maddie Kertay | Owner of BadAss Quilters Society Nov 23, 2015
“How can I help you succeed?” a sweet new customer who has fallen in love with the store asked this just the other day. Her question took me off guard and I have given it some thought since I know there are a lot of well meaning customers out there who want their LQS to stay around.
Of course the top thing is shop at your LQS as often as your budget allows. Not just for yourself but for gifts as well! Many stores carry adorable non-sewing items that make wonderful gifts this season.
But honestly you don’t have to spend a dime to help your favorite shop shine.
7 Ways to be your quilt shop’s BFF that don’t cost a dime!
- Make it your goal to introduce a different friend to your LQS every month. Bring them in the shop and get them on the mailing list for specials and coupons.
- Make sure to have a little stash of shop business cards on hand to give out when the moment is right. (guild meetings, craft fairs etc)
- Toot their horn! When you show off a quilt or other project give the shop where you got the fabric some credit. Give them even more credit if they helped you with your color selection, quilt math or ordered in something special for you.
- Boost them on social media. Give your favorite store a regular shout-out on line with a link to their page.
- Click the ~ LIKE~ button on all posts or mentions of the shops you love. Such a small thing and yet huge in the bid for social media presence.
- Share blog posts to Pinterest when appropriate.
- Share the facebook update when your LQS posts. This is called an organic-share and it is a powerful way to support your LQS in getting their message out there on Facebook and on Instagram. <—- This one is huge folks, if you do nothing else share!
And last but not least, know that the people running the store you love are making sacrifices to keep that store open for you. They are busting their asses every day and are not going to whine about it and when you ask they are going to smile and tell you that all is good since in many ways it is. But they are not rich, they are not getting many if any vacations and they are putting off many much needed things in their own lives to make sure you have new fabric, notions and a place that you can proudly call YOUR quilt store.
Instructor: Carolyn Nance $35
Friday, April 1 & 8, 9:30 am—1:00 pm
Join us for this popular new project and add a touch of whimsy for your home. The pattern is required. The Quilters Garden has kits available for the inside which include the precut/beveled foam already attached to the pre-drilled wood base with the t-nuts inserted, upholstery batting and the cording.
This Purse Is A Wrap
Guest Instructor: Nancy House $30
Saturday, April 9, 9:30 am—4 pm
In this class Nancy will teach you how to make a purse approximately 12” x 8” with shoulder straps using the wrapped clothesline technique. The purse will be in the colors of your choice but is best done in batik fabrics for reduced fraying. Finishing of hand work required for the binding and application of shoulder straps may need to be done after class. Bring a sack lunch or make a quick trip out.
Simply Elegant Tee
Instructor: Sandy Adkins $20
Tuesday, May 24, noon — 4 pm
This Elegant Tee can be whipped up in an afternoon and worn that evening. Dress it up with slacks or wear it with Jeans. It is perfect for those upcoming graduation parties and is especially beautiful using Rayon Batiks. Pattern is required.
Guest Instructor/Designer: Kathleen Andrews $40
Saturday, August 27, 10 am—4 pm
Convex Illusions is a very easy quilt pattern using strip piecing and simple construction techniques. The combination of shapes and shades creates the dramatic 3D optical illusion. quilt pattern is for the confident beginner. Finished size 60″ X 60″. Pattern is required.
Finding the Right Direction
Guest Instructor/Designer Kathleen Andrews $40
Saturday, July 23, 10 am – 4 pm
Finding the Right Direction mariners compass workshop introduces an innovative way to do “chain pieced” paper piecing to make a perfect 16 point mariners compass. Fabric is cut into strips instead of squares and rectangles and the “chain pieced” method eliminates the need to think about the angle of the fabric that is going to be sewn and then flipped open. This workshop also includes strip piecing, applique and learning how to make continuous bias tubing. This is an intermediate pattern.
Instructor: Sandy Adkins $30
Thursday, June 30,
10 am—4 pm
If you loved the Diva Wallet you will really love The Prima Diva! It is not only a wallet, just add a wrist strap and make it a clutch or add loops & a chain and make it a purse
The Prima Diva has 2 zippered sections plus 12 slots for cards and six more pockets. Pattern is required. Bring a sack lunch.
Quilt As You Go Table Runner
Guest Instructor: Carolyn Nance $25
Thursday, May 5, 10 am—3:30 pm
Instant gratification is what you get with this quick & easy project. You will actually be quilting as you piece, so when you are done piecing, just add the binding and you have a finished project! This is a great runner for holiday fabric or pick colors to match your room. Six fabrics are used for the braid and one focus fabric. The Quilters Garden is happy to assist you with your fabric choices. This is a great project for gift ideas including Mother’s Day. Pattern is required.
Quilt Making for Beginner
Instructor: Carolyn Nance $50
Thursday, July 14, 21, 28, August, 4 & 11
6 pm—8 pm
Quilt making from start to finish! Students are instructed in picking out fabric and tools, using a rotary cutter, piecing accurately using a 1/4” seam, sandwiching their finished quilt top, quilting and binding their quilt during this five session class. Everyone will leave class with their own finished quilt. Book is required.
Hand Embroidery Block of the Month
The Mystery of the Salem Witches Quilt Guild
Hand Embroidery w/coloring
Instructor: Jane Reed $50
Second Tuesday of the Month, June 14, July 12, August 9, September 13 & October 11,
You’ve been invited to a Salem Witches Quilt Guild Meeting. Come with us as we meet the ladies. In the first of the Salem Quilt Guild panels (pictured here), you’ll meet a few of the girls as they arrive at the guild meeting. In the other two “mystery” embroidered panels, you’ll get an inside peek at their goings on. The 4th “mystery” pattern will include all of the witches’ favorite quilt blocks and the final quilt assembly directions. This adorable project is a combination of hand embroidery, coloring with crayons and machine piecing. Crabapple Hill pattern is required. Final quilt size is 57” X 72”.
Instructor: Carolyn Nance $10/month
Third Thursday of each month for 11 months,
Starting Thursday, May 19, 10 am—noon
Take a trip through the galaxy! This block of the month features nine blocks all created with the Hex n More and Super Sidekick Rulers by Jaybird quilts. Each month you will create two blocks from the same design. Creative fabric placement will make your quilt appear to have 18 different blocks. Fabric kits are available in either Kona Cotton or Batik. Pattern and rulers are required. Kits are also available for purchase if you don’t want to take the class.
Instructor: Carolyn Nance $10/month
Second Saturday of each month for 12 months,
Starting Saturday, May 14, 10 am—noon
Feel like a kid in a candy shop! This Block of the Month design features 12 unique blocks all created with the Super Sidekick & Hex N More rulers. There are no pesky Y seams! Each month you’ll create two blocks from the same design. Creative fabric placement will make your quilt appear to have 24 different blocks. Fabric kits are available in either Kona Cotton or Batik. Pattern and rulers are required. Kits are also available for purchase if you don’t want to take the class.
Fusible Machine Applique
Instructor: Sue Koehler $10/session
3rd Saturday of the month, April 16, May 21, June 18, July 16 & August 20
start any month, 10 am – noon
Find out how EASY it is to do fusible machine applique! Join Sue for the Winter Cardinal or the pattern of your choice. The Quilters Garden has many patterns, some with fabric kits, or you can choose the fabric or have Sue help you choose in class.
Have a ‘Garden Party’ to celebrate your birthday!
The Quilters Garden will continue our “The Garden Party Birthday Celebration” program.
What better place to spend your birthday celebration than a free class at The Quilters Garden with a group of your friends. The cake and the class are on us!
Invite a minimum of six and maximum of eight friends and the class for all of you is FREE.
Choose your birthday celebration project from a list of one session, two to six hour projects.. Our intention is that all party attendees will leave the party with their completed project. Stop into the shop to see a selection of project ideas.
Party attendees will receive a 10% discount on the project kit and will also receive 10% off anything they purchase at The Quilters Garden the day of the party.
Call your friends, call The Quilters Garden and schedule the date!
- Register for your party with a minimum of six and maximum of eight friends.
- Register early to get your date. A deposit will be required to hold the date.
- Class time is up to six hours. If the class goes through lunch, attendees must purchase their own lunch.
- The smaller projects can be held in the evening.
- Pick your class project when you register so we can be sure to have the proper kits.
- If there is a class project (not listed) that you would like you are welcome to request it.
- All Party attendees must purchase the kit.
- Party attendees must bring their sewing machine, thread and basic supplies.
- Party attendees get 10% off everything they purchase on party day.
- Birthday cake & coffee will be provided by The Quilters Garden.
- Party attendees must have fun!
- Prices may vary slightly.
Classes must be pre-paid with cash or check made out to the teacher. No seat is held until payment is received.
The Quilters Garden gives students 10% off all class supplies and also 10% off everything purchased on class days.
The teachers would appreciate that students come on time and prepared for class with all supplies ready to go,
Class refunds are only given with 48 hour cancelation notice. Students must cancel by phone or in person (no exceptions).
Class refunds can not be given on classes with guest instructors unless your spot is filled.
The Quilters Garden would appreciate, if possible, that you purchase your class supplies from us. Without your support we would not be able to continue to provide you with these wonderful class opportunities, quality fabrics and supplies.