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November Newsletter

Fall is here and doesn’t it feel great ! Crisp air and beautiful colors all around. Halloween seems to always kick off the holiday season and it is here ! Before we know it Thanksgiving will be here and we will be celebrating with friends and family. In the spirit of the season, we want to thank y’all for the kind well wishes and support thru this past couple of months struggles. We do appreciate your concern and checking in to see how we are doing. So far so good, everybody seems to be on the mend and doing well.

Thoughts of Christmas giving seems to be on the minds of those visiting the shop lately. We want to help you with ideas. The Cottage is packed with great ideas and fun, festive things. We have lots of gift ideas too that don’t require assembly (wink). If all else fails, we also have gift cards. We are constantly searching for fabric ideas for the holidays to help you out. Come on in and find out what we’ve been up to.

Coming soon to Little Cottage Quilt Shop…… Do you love Counted Cross Stitch ???

After multiple requests for the patterns, 90 different patterns will be here very soon for your stitching pleasure. We have the floss, the needles, the fabric, hoops & stretchers bars. Everything you need to launch into a great new project.

Edyta Sitar’s latest book is in the shop now and her newest released fabric collection will be shipped this month. If you are a devotee of her work, don’t delay, it goes fast once it is on the shelves.

We have lots of new fabrics this month again. It just keeps marching thru the door !! Too much to even start to name much less photograph. You have to make a trip here to see it all. It’s all so wonderful !!!

Just a reminder about our Top Shopper award, we have a winner each month of a $25 Gift card. Come on in and make sure your name gets attached to your purchases toward your chance to win.

We hope y’all have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your loved ones. Be safe and enjoy. And remember, we will be closed Nov 22 & 23rd. But we will be back on Friday the 24th with a free demo on making those darling chickens. You don’t want to miss this. Bring your visiting relatives and enjoy a day away from all the Black Friday madness elsewhere.

See y’all soon, Donette

Fabric Grab Bag

The Fabric Grab Bag for November is a nostalgic Christmas throw or table cloth. Done in a log cabin block, this Red Rooster “Christmas Bells” collection & pattern are reminiscent of the old Currier & Ives Christmas cards. It’s a great little quilt to keep or give as a gift at a great value. Don’t miss out.

 

Barn Quilt B.O.M.

We are completely blown away at the popularity of this cute quilt.

November is block #7 “Farm Fresh Flower Block”

 

November 2017 Calendar

We will do private classes for you or your group of up to 6 people. $25 per person Please call or email us to schedule your private class on the subject or project of your choice. Please give us 2 weeks notice

Wed Nov 1– 1 pm Open sewing workshop

Sat Nov 4– 1 pm FREE Fabric Xmas tree demo

(make a grouping from festive fabrics for your table center piece)

 

Wed Nov 8– 1 pm Open sewing workshop

Fri Nov 10 –   9 am Coffee at the Cottage (2nd Friday of every month)

Fri Nov 10 – 10 am Hand Embroidery Club

Sat Nov 11– 1 pm Fold & Stitch Wreath class fee $25

(Of course you can make yours out of any fabric, fun & easy)

         

 

Wed Nov 15– 1 pm Open sewing workshop

Sat Nov 18– Scandinavian Star Ornament class fee $25

(back by special request, if you missed it last month, here’s your chance)

 

Wed Nov 22- CLOSED for Thanksgiving

Thurs Nov 23- CLOSED Thanksgiving Day

Fri Nov 24- 10 am OPEN

Fri Nov 24– 1 pm FREE Cute Chicken Demo

(always fun, it’s a great scrap or orphan block buster)

 

 

Wed Nov 29– 1 pm Open sewing workshop

 

December 2017 Calendar

Sat Dec 2 – 1 pm Pine cone Ornament class   fee $25

Have fun learning how to make these ornaments for your holiday decorations. Make them rustic, realistic or fancy.

 

Wed Dec 6– 1 pm Open sewing workshop

Fri Dec 8 –   9 am Coffee at the Cottage (2nd Friday of every month)

Fri Dec 8 – 10 am Hand Embroidery Club

Wed Dec 13– 1 pm Open sewing workshop

Sat Dec 16– 1 pm FREE Quick & Easy Wreath Demo

(need a last minute decorating idea you can whip up in an hour or so from your stash?)

Wed Dec 20– 1 pm Open sewing workshop

Tues Dec 26- CLOSED for Christmas

Wed Dec 27- 10 am OPEN

Wed Dec 27– 1 pm Open sewing workshop

 

Valuable Info

November 2017 Newsletter

“Stitches & Presser Feet”

As I have said many times, I’ve sewn all my life. My children grew up with the sewing machine humming daily, and many nights as well. So you would think that my kids would have learned to sew, if nothing else, by osmosis !!! But no, my girls weren’t interested. Why should they bother when “mom” did it all for them ?!?!?! Bad on my part. My son on the other hand wanted to learn to sew and he did.  Today, he does all the mending and hemming in his household.  He no longer feels the need to create with fabric.  Now my embroidery machine, is another story, LOL, power tool and all that it is. He embroidered his name and badge number on his firefighter gear bag

My girls are in their adult years, with children.  NOW they want to learn to sew. (sigh !) Now, when I’m busy running a business.  Life is strange.

So I asked my youngest what she would like to learn from this article. I think she hit it dead on; Stitches & Presser feet. What to do with and how to use. (youth! wish my brain was not so loaded down so I could think clearly like that) I have had many of you ask me the same thing. So here goes.

 

Most sewing machines can preform many different tasks. Most have a host of built in stitches it can be used. Some have “Cams” for decorative stitches, and some can download stitches from the internet. Whatever kind of machine you have, there are basic stitches and presser feet that can make whatever you need to do easier.

Lets break them down into groups and companions, as different stitches usually require a special presser foot. Hopefully this will make it more understandable.

To start with, all sewing machines will need a specific type of presser foot. (ie: low shank, high shank, slant shank) Be sure to check your manual so you are getting the correct style of shank for your machine.

Standard presser foot– this is the standard presser foot for general use. All sewing machines will come equipped with this standard foot. Use it as the name suggests, general use. (ie: sewing a seam, ziz zag stitches, basic mending, etc)

 

Zipper foot– this handy tool is used for many tasks. Obviously installing a zipper into an article of clothing or pillow cover or making a cute bag. It is used for attaching piping, or needing to sew very close to an edge. A zipper foot can only be used with a straight stitch. There are a few different styles to choose from. Your brand of sewing machine will dictate a lot about which one fits your machine. Your machine might have even come with one, check your manual. Here is a picture of different zipper feet.

 

¼” Foot-, especially to you quilters, this is a common presser foot. This foot is used to get a precise, uniform ¼” seam. Some ¼” feet have a guide blade on them. This foot can only be used with a straight stitch.

 

Blind Hem Foot– This is an adjustable guide for sewing a blind hem. The guide keeps the stitches an even distance from the fold. It can also be used with a blanket stitch for attaching an applique, quilt label, etc. This is a very handy presser foot.

 

Walking Foot– this is used to evenly sew multiple layers of fabric together. It’s very helpful when straight stitch quilting because it pulls the fabric from the top in concert with the feed dogs. This prevents the layers of fabric from shift and pulling. It is also very helpful when sewing on thick fabric like Cuddle and faux furs.

These are just a few of the more commonly used presser feet. There is a presser foot for every task from sewing on elastic & cording to darning & quilting, to ruffling yards of fabric for a twirly skirt. I could go on and on for pages. But before this gets to unmanageable, I think I’ll leave it here for now and talk about stitches and their uses next month. Read your manuals and practice. Don’t be afraid to experiment a bit. Keep on Sewing !

Little Cottage Quilt Shop

14076 State Hwy 16       Medina, Texas 78055             830-589-2502

 

Oct / Nov Schedule Calendar

Wed Oct 21 1pm Little Somethin’ Jacket class $25DSC_1821
Requirements for this class are done prior to class, so PLEASE  pay for the class and pick up the list and materials by the 19th.

Sat Oct 17  2 pm UFO Club NO FEE
Come and bring your “Un Finished Objects” & get inspired to finish them. Ideas and help are always available.

Wed Oct 28 1 pm Folded Star Ornament Class $40 (includes the kit)DSC_1180
Make this beautiful ornament for your Christmas decor or give it to a loved one. They can be made for all seasons and reasons.

Sat Oct 31 Halloween
We will be doing the “Trunk r Treat” at the Medina Fire Dept “Hunters Game Dinner” held at “The Farm” on FM 2828. Starting at 6:30 pm instead of at the Cottage this year.

Wed Nov 4 1 pm Basic Upholstery class $25  IMG_0147
Bring your SMALL project to redo and learn how easy it can be. Please pay for the class and pick up your list of supplies by the 2nd

Fri Nov 13 9 am Coffee at the Cottage
Fri Nov 13 10 am Hand Embroidery Club NO FEE
Come & enjoy & learn

Sat Nov 14 10 am Make A Bag Class $45Version 2
All day class making the”Walk About Tote”. Great bag !! Easy to do and so practical with lots of pockets. Please pay for & get supplies before the 11th.

Sat Nov 21 2 pm UFO Club
Come and bring your “Un Finished Objects” & get inspired to finish them. Ideas and help are always available.

Thurs. Nov 26 Thanksgiving Day
We will be closed. See you on Friday !!

Updated Class Schedule

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Updated Class Schedule

We are so please with the classroom and how well it has been received !  The response to the classes has been phenomenal !!  I thought when we planned to build a classroom that it would be a great asset to the Cottage, but it is so nice to actually have it happen 🙂

Please call or come into the Cottage to sign up for or inquire about any of these classes.

(830)589-2502

Here is the latest list of classes that are scheduled for February and March.  We will be adding more classes in March.

Feb. 11, at 2 pm ~ the Medina Garden Club will hold their monthly meeting with a slide show of local wildlife.

Feb. 13, at 9 am ~ Coffee at the Cottage followed at 10 am with Hand Embroidery Club.  We will be learning Silk Ribbon Embroidery this month.  Anyone who is interested is welcome to join in the learning and great socializing.  Bring a hand work project you are working on or need help with and learn a new stitch as well.  Or start a new project with all the beautiful patterns and flosses available here at the Cottage.

Feb. 16, at 1 pm ~ 1st class of the Beginning Quilt Piecing 6 weeks course.  This course will cover all the aspects of piecing for uses in a quilt top or many other practical and fun purposes. (think bags, table linens, jackets, vests, tops, skirts, pillows…………………..)

Feb. 18, at 4 pm ~ 1st class of the Beginning Sewing for Kids 6 week course.  Kids will learn the parts, language and use of a sewing machine. How to cut fabric, sew a straight line, put in a zipper, hem and piece.  If the skill set of the group is advanced enough, we will also make pajama pants.

Feb. 23, at 1 pm ~ 2nd class of Beginning Quilt Piecing

Feb. 25, at 4 pm ~ 2nd class of Beginning Sewing for Kids

Feb. 28, at 2 pm ~ Glorious Hummingbird BOM ~ Block 2

March 2, at 1 pm ~ 3rd class of Beginning Quilt Piecing

March 4, at 4 pm ~ 3rd class of Beginning Sewing for Kids

March 6, at 1 pm ~ Basic Upholstery Class.  Bring your small project (foot stool, kitchen/dining chair, ottoman, etc) and redo it in class.  Learn the tips and tricks to make it look professional.  Take home a new look !!

March 7, 10 am ~ Every Binding Workshop by Pat Gates.  This is our second time for this workshop and it is getting five star reviews.  Again, due to the nature of this hands on workshop, the number of participants is limited.  So the first 10 people to pay for the workshop will be taking it.   Call or come in to save your place. 🙂

March 9 at 1 pm4th class of Beginning Quilt Piecing

March 11 at 4 pm ~ 4th class of Beginning Sewing for Kids

March 16 at 1 pm ~ 5th class of Beginning Quilt Piecing

March 18 at 4 pm ~ 5th class of Beginning Sewing for Kids

March 23 at 1 pm ~ 6th class of Beginning Quilt Piecing

March 25 at 4 pm ~ 6th class of Beginning Sewing for Kids

March 28 at 2 pm ~ Glorious Hummingbird BOM ~ Block 3

Hand Embroidery Club – May

Hand Embroidery Club – May 2014

Here at  Little Cottage Quilt Shop, we have started a Hand Embroidery Club.  It was the brain child of Dinah Keeley, one of our quilt club sisters.  She does incredibly beautiful hand work of all types.  She wanted to share her knowledge with others to help them explore their desire to do hand embroidery.  The Hand Embroidery Club was born.  We meet every second Friday of the month, here at the Cottage, at 10 am.  It’s open and informal and a very nice time together.  We share “Show and Tell” and ideas.  You can bring something you have been working on and are needing help with.  You can learn a completely new technique for something you want to do.  Or you can start a new project. We have fine quality floss and fabrics to work with here at the Cottage.

It was a dark and stormy morning today.  The sky was full of black clouds and the thunder was rumbling.  We all gathered around 10:00 and started sharing and visiting.  Sherry had brought with her an array of beautiful vintage table linens she was planning to make into window valances or something.  She also brought a project that she has been working on.  It was the center block from the Crab-apple Hill pattern, “Pieces of the Past”.  It’s a stunning vintage look quilt made up of embroidered blocks, some with applique, and a crazy quilt edge boarder. (we have this pattern here at the shop)  It’s beautiful in the pictures, but it was exquisite in person.  Thanks Sherry for sharing it.  I can’t wait to see it all finished.

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So many talented women in this area.  Beautiful artists, so supportive of one another.  I am blown away by their abilities and work.  Here are some of the ladies admiring Sherry’s work.

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We were really getting into sharing different ways of working with the floss, when one of the ladies’ husband came in to tell her he thought she should come home before the storm hit.  We checked the radar and it was headed straight for us.  That pretty much broke up our meeting today.  Everybody headed home to close windows and “batten down the hatches”.

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Then the storm hit.  It poured rain for about half an hour or so.  Blessed rain, we really need it here in Medina.  The drought is taking it’s toll on everything.     Next month maybe we can have a longer meeting.  But no matter the length of time spent together, it’s always rewarding and wonderful.  Please come and join us. 🙂