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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

 

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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

 

June 2017 Newsletter

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Here comes summer & we are currently on “vacation”.  (I use that term loosely, very loosely.) No rest for me though, I’m swamped & so far behind I can’t see the light of day. We are working at our little ranch as well as at the Cottage trying to get caught up on neglected chores. LOL !! Maybe, someday, I might just catch up, in the meantime, I have a newsletter to write. (wink)

There is always lots happening here at the Cottage. It’s a full month with exciting new arrivals, events and fun. Be sure to mark your calendars for these dates so you don’t miss out on your favorites. Our fingers are crossed that the new Edyta Sitar fabric release will arrive this month. Watch LCQS FB page for the announcement.   Here are just a few of the new arrivals this past few weeks. Texas fabrics, sparkly fairies, glow in the dark Halloween fabrics & a new vintage sewing collection to name a few.

  

  

Don’t forget to pick up this months Barn Quilt B.O.M. kit, Block 2, the “Welcome block”. They are all so cute !! I just love this fun quilt. Each month the kit is different fabrics. $9.99 ea

 

June Grab Bag Challenge

You don’t want to miss this month’s Grab Bag Challenge. This month, because we have had so much going on and are so far behind, we thought we would let you come up with the pattern for the project.   SOOOOOOO;

Here’s the scoop; take the 3 yards of darling, Northcott’s “Strawberry Patch” fabric and make up something fabulous. It can be anything, clothing, bags, table linens, a quilted throw, what ever you imagination and creativity comes up with. Then bring it into the shop before the end of the month. The first club member to bring in a finished project with the “Strawberry Patch” fabric, will win a $25 gift card . That pays for your Grab Bag ! (well almost, the state has to take their chunk) Get your creative juices flowing and make up something fun and fabulous. After all, what would summer be without delicious juicy strawberries.  Can’t wait to see what y’all come up with !

I hope y’all had a nice & safe Memorial Day week end. I look forward to hearing about it when we are back at the shop on Monday June 5.

See y’all then,   Donette

June 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

Mon June 5 – 10 am We are back open from vacation

Wed June 7 – 1 pm Open sewing workshop

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

Fri June 9 – 10 am Hand Embroidery Club

Sat June 10 – 1 pm Strip Club

June’s Strip Club quilt is “Circle Back” made with Benartex’s Gradations roll. (this fabric is wonderful) It’ so bright and summery, perfect for those summer outings or visiting guests. And so quick to make, before I knew it, DG had made 2 of them!

 

Wed June 14 – 1 pm Open sewing workshop

Tues June 20 – 4 pm Medina Quilt Group Meeting at Little Cottage Quilt shop for an interactive program. Nancy Springer will conduct a class in using your selvages to make fun projects. (Nancy is a great teacher so don’t miss out)

Wed June 21 – 1 pm Open Sewing workshop

Wed June 21Row By Row 2017 begins

Patterns and kits available

If you are new to R x R, go to this website for all the info and ideas

http://www.rowbyrowexperience.com

We have the companion fabrics. Ask us about great projects with them

This is our row pattern for this year, what’s more On The Go! than RVs!?!

Our plates for 2017, collect them all and sew them into all kinds of fun projects. Ask us about them !

 

Sat June 24 – 1 pm Folded Star Ornament Class   $45 includes kit

We are half way thru this year and I have had several of you ask if we are going to have this beautiful ornament class again. If you are wanting to learn how to make these beauties, don’t miss your chance, sign up early as we can only take 6 students at a time.

 

Wed June 28 – 1 pm Open Sewing workshop

 

Valuable Info

June 2017 Newsletter

I apologize for not having an article written this month………..forgive me please, I’m trying to be on vacation !! LOL

Watch for next months article

Thanks

Little Cottage Quilt Shop

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

What’s New ????

Hi y’all !!

Wow, time flies when you are busy running a business. :{  I have a hard time keeping up with everything that is going on around here.  New fabrics, tools, notions, patterns & books arrive every week.  Too many to list everything here on the website.  Give me a call or send me an email & I will be happy to share more info with you & shoot more pictures for you if necessary.

I hope y’all have signed up for the monthly e-Newsletter, it has info about new ideas, merchandise and events in it.  I do that once a month, unfortunately more current than this poor neglected website.  So look at the side bar to your right on the screen and sign up for the newsletter.

If you are an Edyta Sitar fan, you are going to love her new collection, Blue Sky.  We are now carrying all her patterns and books.  Her new collection, Blue Sky is being released by Andover Fabrics in June.  Our order is in and as soon as they ship I will let you know, so watch FB for the announcement.

Here are a few new fabric collections that are already in the Cottage & available now.

Just arrived !!  Riley Blake has done a great TEXAS fabric with companion cowboy fabrics.  Don’t miss out, this won’t last long.

Row by Row 2017 is just around the corner.  Here are this years official Row by Row companion fabrics by Timeless Treasures, available for purchase now.

Also our Row By Row fabric plates are here and they look great !! they are also available for purchase now.

Double Gauze is all the rage and we have some of Shannon’s lovely soft colors & designs.  Great for baby paraphernalia and adult & kids clothes as well.  It’s machine wash & dry and it come out great.

We added Timless Treasures fabrics to our stock several months ago and have really enjoyed their designer’s beautiful work.  Here is a darling fairy print & coordinating “fairy dust”.

“Redwood Express” by Blank Quilting (another addition to our inventory) is catching the attention of lots of shoppers, especially the men. 

Hoffman Fabrics “Nocturne” is a beautiful life like rendition of the Owl family.  Beautiful companion fabrics too.

“Nature”,  an outdoorsy collection by Timeless Treasures is perfect for that masculine quilt.  It works nicely with several other outdoor collections too.

Tools and wood are more “man cave” type fabrics also by Timeless Treasures

Jumping to the opposite end of the spectrum, we have the Glampers !!!   Loralie Designs’s fun and colorful collection, “Vintage Holiday”.  RV fabrics are always popular !!

Yet another fun RV fabric collection from Maywood Studios, “Roam sweet Home”.

We have beautiful 11″ repeat border fabrics for the 60 degree angle ruler table runner.  They are truly fabulous.

“Tweet Me” is a very cute collection by Michael Miller.

I love Clothworks fabrics.  They are so soft and lovely.  And this new lavender collection is called “Lovely Lavender”.  (LOL)

More soft and romantic florals from Timeless Treasures, so like Spring.

Honey bees are forever popular and these are very sweet.  Three different collections from Henry Glass, Red Rooster Fabrics and Wilmington Prints.  Oh and there’s some Fire Flies in there too.

These soft and soothing colors and  subtle prints of the beach are so nice and comforting.  Clothworks soft and relaxing “Sea Side Cottage” collection is all that.  We also have a few 2.5″ strip rolls of this collection.

I LOVE TEA !!  Anything that has to do with TEA.  I’d like to share with you this soft & romantic, vintage tea collection, “Tea Time” by Clothworks

Altho, these beautiful rayon Batiks from Island Batiks, aren’t usually used for quilting, they are exquisite in clothing.  They drape so wonderfully and are so flattering.

Another wonderful “summer feel” collection is the “Lakeside Retreat”  by Wilmington Prints.  Check out what we did with the panel !!

Halloween is coming faster than you think.  We are getting some fun new Halloween collections.  These 3 bolts, glow in the dark !!!  “Ready, Set, Glow”, another fun fabric from Blank.

And this SPECTACULAR new digital printing process, has produced this stunning witch silhouette, “Super Nova Seasons” from Hoffman.  We also have a Santa silhouette on a blue night sky.

Beautiful sunflowers accented with gold is our latest fall fabric from Hoffman, “Falling For You”.

Another fun fall fabric collection is from Clothworks, “Fall Feast” is so cute with the bird houses.

Not necessarily a fall fabric, the colors in this darling “Roosters” collection by In the Beginning work beautifully with all the fall colors here in the shop. (check out the chicken wire !! )

Another chicken fabric collection is”Elegant Roosters” by Clothworks.

The Holiday fabrics are starting to trickle in.  We keep all our Holiday fabrics out & available all year long.  So keep an eye out for the latest Holiday prints.  Like this nostalgic Christmas scene panel that just arrived, “Winter Snow” by Timeless Treasures.  I love the quilt block on the end of the barn !!

We have a large variety of blenders too.  The “Artisian Spirit” by Northcott collections are highlighted with gold and so very popular.  They just seem to go with anything and add that extra spark.

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Our many, many Shannon Cuddle fabrics continue to be a favorite to back your quilts.  Our ever changing stock is irresistible.  Use your imagination, jackets, baby supplies, bathrobes, toys, throws and pillows, it’s endless !!!

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New Fabrics

The last few weeks has been like Christmas around here.  Boxes arriving almost everyday filled with beautiful fabrics and fun patterns.  Here are some pictures to give you an brief idea of the fantastic array to choose from.  I realized that I have so busy that I haven’t posted any new fabric pictures for almost a year :{  Wow, Time flies !!!!!  Sorry :{   So to catch you up a bit, here are some of the collections we have.  As always, pictures don’t do any of it justice, you have to see and touch it to really appreciate it. 🙂

For those of you who  have been waiting for the “Glorious Hummingbird” fabric, we have released it for sale, but it’s going FAST.

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Remember, you can always call the shop (830)589-2502 or email (littlecottagequilts@gmail.com) to order fabrics you are looking for or ask for a more detailed picture emailed to you or a more detailed description. We are happy to mail you anything you need, we only charge what the post office charges us to ship.

Give us a call or email us

 

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“Hey Cupcake” collection from Clothworks.  Sooooooo funny and fun

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“Lizzy Fay Enjoy” by Stof

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“Sweet things” by Northcott

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“Good Morning sunshine” by Henry Glass

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“Butterfly Hollow” by In the Beginning Fabrics

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“Let It Bee” by Henry Glass

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“Strawberry Patch” by Northcott

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“Handmade” by Stof

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“Wine Connoisseur” by Kanvas for Benartex    (Very elegant collection)

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“Vino Bellisimo” by Wilmington Prints   (Collection has; Place mats panel, apron panel and border stripe, vignettes & grapes)

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“Wine Country” by SPX Fabrics

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This table topper/wall hanging/lap quilt was made from the “Wine Country” collection.  The colors are so rich in this collection to have to see them to believe them. 🙂

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“Little Princess” by Northcott

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“Wild Wild West” & “Rodeo Roundup” by Benartex

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“Jumping Java” by Benartex

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“Dramatic Effects” by Marcus Fabrics

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“Little Mermaids” by Northcott

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Beautiful new soft “Batavian Batiks” by Wilmington Prints

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“Cute As A Button” by Henry Glass

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“Happy Hour” by Northcott

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“Hedge Hog” Sundry Prints by Benartex

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“Symphony Rose” by Red Rooster

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“Wild Texas” by Northcott   (makes a Great bag too !!!)

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“Words To Live By” by Wilmington Prints (also has a book panel that can be fussy cut to piece into the pattern)

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“Redwork Revival” by Henry Glass & “Bombay” by Red Rooster

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“Gratitude Blooms” by Red Rooster

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“Roswell Mill” by Henry Glass & “Sunflower Fields” by Benartex

beautiful fall toiles and botanicals

Watch for the next post with MORE beautiful, irresistible  fabrics and

SEW MUCH MORE !!

Show and Tell

Show and Tell

People come into the Little Cottage Quilt Shop all the time and bring their beautiful quilts and fabric arts to share.  I love it !!  They are beautiful and sew full of great ideas.  I learn sew much from my wonderful customers.

Here is a quilt that Gayle R. brought in last week for us to see.

We have a wall quilt made up and hanging in the Cottage of an off set Lone Star.   Gayle really liked the pattern and I gave her a copy (completely legal).  She took it and made it her own, combining a small panel she had and appliqueing the yellow rose.  She used Texas wild flower fabrics for the star, making it a truly Texas beauty !  Thanks Gayle for sharing your talent with us and allowing us to appreciate your artwork. 🙂

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Gayle is a very talented fabric artist.  Last Holiday season, she brought these georgous Christmas Tree ornaments she had made into the Cottage to show us.   She has generously agreed to do a demo on how to make them.  So don’t miss her at the

Christmas Festival in August

Saturday August 23,  11 am to 2 pm at the Medina Community Library in Medina

Then visit the Little Cottage Quilt Shop to get your supplies to make these beauties for your own Christmas tree.   Give them as cherished gifts to your loved ones, co-workers, your kids teachers or whomever is on your list.

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Row By Row Winner

Our Row By Row Winner !!

Good Monday Morning to ya’ll !!  This morning, August 4th, we had our Row By Row winner !!!  We are so proud of her, Brenda J. from Bandera, brought in her winning row quilt for us to display.  Brenda used all Texas rows from Texas shops.  She did a wonderful job of tying them all  together and coordinating them with her side borders, embellished with the Texas icons.  Her workmanship is beautiful too.

Great job and CONGRATULATIONS Brenda!!!

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Here are the rows that Brenda used in sequential order:

1) Sew Special Quilts  in San Antonio

2) A Sewing Basket  in Salado

3) Little Cottage Quilt Shop  in Medina (hey !!  that’s us :})

4) Memories By the Yard  in San antonio

5) Creative Sewing Center  in San Antonio

6) Gone Quiltin’  in Bandera

7) Creations  in Kerrville

8) Common Threads Quilting  in Wasahachie

It was long arm quilted by Ann Wells