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March Newsletter & Updates

Happy Spring

We have had some wonderful warm, sunny days in February & so far this month.  Makes you almost think that Spring is here. Then we have a cruel reminder or two, that winter can still make its presence known.

I have to apologize for not getting a newsletter out the beginning of February. It’s been a busy year for me so far. My sister, whom I haven’t seen for 3 years, came to visit for a week. It was glorious !!! We had such a great time here at the shop. She is a quilter too and got a quilt top mostly finished for a patient of hers. I miss her terribly !!   It was such a wonderful week for me. Thank you dear sister for all your help, laughs and good conversation !!!!

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I am back in the saddle and getting caught up on everything. (well trying anyway) I have so many exciting things to share with you !!!

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We have 1 February Fabric Grab Bag left. So if you are in the club and want this darling quilt kit, don’t delay !! If you would like to join this great value club, it’s a great one to start with.  February Fabric Grab Bag is pre-cut, ready to assemble.

“Sweets for My Sweet”

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March Grab Bag is ready to go and it is right in line with the Irish !! Lots o’ fun and lots o’green 😉  (a strip piecing project)

“Top O’ the Mornin’ To Ya” 

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Our latest coming attraction is ……………….……Strip Club ! (No pole required)

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Come in and sign up for this great fun club and learn new ways to use a jelly roll .  So many wonderful ideas and quilts.  Strip Club meets the 4th Saturday every other month.
(March, May, July, September, November, Janurary)  Sign up, pay in advance and your pattern is free.   First  Strip Club meeting is Saturday March 26.  Pick up your prepaid jelly roll and free pattern.  Meet everyone who is in the club.  Get a tutorial on the pattern.  Purchase your choice of background and accent fabrics at the meeting and get a 15% discount.  Sign up and pay for the next Strip Club.  It’s a great social event, meet new friends, have tons of fun and learn new techniques.
At the next Strip Club meeting, Saturday May 21, bring your finished top for a great Show & Tell.  You will be amazed at all the different variations of the same jelly roll and pattern.  No two are ever alike.  Then pick up your next jelly roll and pattern, get the tutorial on that pattern and repeat same as the meeting before.  The Strip Club will meet 6 times a year for 6 different ways to put a jelly roll quilt together.  Lots of fun, laughter, & learning. (not to mention beautiful quilts.)  Sign up today !!

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When the fabric bolts get too skinny for the shelves, they get lost in the crowd and take up precious space that new collections need. So we pulled several hundred bolts off the shelves, cut them into 1 yard cuts and bagged them ready for you. Plus, they are marked down 10% at the register. You will find fabric you didn’t know we had because they were hiding behind a bigger bolt.

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The fine Cotton Jersey knits that we have been promising from STOF, are slowly trickling in to our great dismay. It takes a long time to get here from Demark on a ship.  We are now up to 7 of the original 14 ordered. They really are so beautifully soft and versatile. I took a yard home and washed it and it was wonderful out of the drier.  Going to make myself a pair of leggings and then some PJs (Psssssst! It’s also making great sashing on a tee shirt quilt)

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We are getting lots of wonderful new fabrics here at the Cottage. I have included a couple of pictures at the bottom of the newsletter. What will you make out of them? We love show & tell !!

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My Valuable Info article this month is all about a terrific tool that I have been using for years and realized that most sewist don’t know what it is. Read the article at the bottom to find out.

Whew !! I think that pretty much wraps up what’s been going on here at the Cottage the past month.

See y’all soon, Donette

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Don’t forget every Wednesday afternoon is open sewing workshop. Lot’s of you are taking advantage of it and getting help with those great projects.

March Calendar

Sat Mar 12 – 1 pm  Infinity Scarf Class (please register early to get supply & prep list)
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Make this ever popular Infinity Scarf.  I made this one out of the fabulous Shannon FAUX Rabbit.  So soft to the touch you never want to take it off.  But you can make it out of a Batik, or a Linen blend or one of the new knits too.

 

 

 

Tues Mar 15 – 10 am to 2 pm Enchanted Rose Table runner class (please register early to get your supply & prep list)

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Fri Mar18 – 9 am  Coffee at the Cottage

Fri Mar 18 – 10 am  Hand Embroidery Club (has been moved 1 week later this month because of the Dallas Quilt Show)

Sat Mar 19 – 2 pm UFO Club {bring your projects that need a boost and get expert advice)

Sat Mar 26 – 1 pm  1st Strip Club meeting  (don’t miss out on the Fun, fun, fun – no poles needed)

Tues Mar 29 – 10 am – 3 pm  Floor Tuffet Class (please register early to get supply & prep list) (bring your lunch or we can pick up your order from the Apple Store)IMG_3205

Join all the buzz & make this cute and usable floor Tuffet

quilt together.  Lots of fun, laughter, & learning. (not to mention beautiful quilts.)  Sign up today !!

 

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                              New Arrivals                               

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Cotton/Linen Blend “Shabby Chic”  by STOF

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Tuscany by Henry Glass

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Botanicia III by Henry Glass

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Artisan Spirit Shimmers by Northcott

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Lakeside Retreat by Wilimington Prints

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Cotton jersey  by STOF

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13 new colors of the American Brand solids.

 

Also 15 new Island Batiks, new flannels, a new collection from Jason Yenter

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Valuable Info

What’s a Clapper ??

I have been asked many times about an interesting tool we have here at the shop. It’s called a “Tailor’s Clapper”. It’s no wonder everyone asks what it is. Most people have never seen one and information on them is hard to find. It’s a very important tool used by tailors and dressmakers for centuries, especially in Europe. When the home sewing movement exploded in the early 1900’s, the clapper sort of fell through the cracks. Only the “professionals” continued to use them.

Lucky for us, the Clapper is back ! And becoming a popular part of the home sewing vocabulary. I have been using a clapper for years. It’s a wonderful tool that gives you professional results.

Let me introduce the “Tailor’s Clapper” and the quilting version, the “Betty B Flat”.

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Tailor’s Clapper in front       Betty B Flat in back with handle

I love and use these tools constantly. (You might have seen them sitting on the ironing table in the classroom). If you want to achieve a nice flat seam or crease, this is your “go to” tool. Your seam nesting will be flawless and smooth. You can crease hems, even denim, and not need to pin at the sewing machine. You can press a sharp crease in pleats or pant legs (without a shine), in even difficult fabrics. Once you start using one of these fabulous tools, you will not want to be without it.

To use:

They are used in conjunction with your iron and steam. Press, steam, and apply the Clapper or Betty B Flat for 10 – 15 seconds. I usually follow my iron with the Betty B Flat as I am pressing seams or making bindings. This holds in the heat and steam that sets the crease or flattens your seams without scorching or burning delicate fabrics. Quilters, do not be afraid of steam. It is really your friend if you do it right. It will not stretch the fabric if you do not move the iron while it is in contact with the fabric. In fact, it will shrink back any stretching that has occurred.

Give this wonderful old tool a try, I guarantee you will love it.

 

 

Fabric Plates

Fabric Plates

The Row by Row Experience is almost here !!

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But, you can start collecting the Fabric Plates from participating shops now.  There are  1250 shops participating nation wide and Canada !!  Of that number, Texas has 105 shops !!  How fun to collect as many as possible, or at least all from our beautiful and diverse state !

You can call us to purchase Little Cottage Quilt Shop’s Fabric Plate anytime, (830)0589-2502, or email us littlecottagequilts@gmail.com

Better still, come into the shop and pick one up for yourself and another for a friend !!  Have a look at our RxR block.

(Not to mention all our fabulous fabrics)

They retail for $5.99

measures 4 1/2″ x 8″

Medina is the Apple Capital of Texas, notice where the apple tree is located on the plate 😉

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Check out Row by Row FB page and website for ideas for “what to do with it” these fun and clever fabric plates

https://www.facebook.com/TXRowbyRowExperience

http://www.rowbyrowexperience.com