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 Thursday,  April 20, 2017


Back-Basting Needle-Turn Applique; April 21, 10-1
Glass Houses; April 22; 10:30-4:30
Sew Steady Guide Class; April 24; 10-1
Sew Steady Club; April 24; 1:30-3:30
Intermediate Machine Quilting; April 28; 1:00-4:30

Mystery Club; April 29; 9:30-11 OR 11:30-1
Accuquilt Qube Klub; April 29; 2-5
Lone Star, April 30 and May 21; 12-5


Greater Houston Quilt Guild Quilt Show, May 5 & 6 Stafford Center
         Stop by and see us when you visit the show!

Patriotic-Themed ideas; May 6, 10:30 - 12:30
Saturday Sampler, May 6, 1-2
Beginning Quiltmaking; May 7, 14, 28 & June 4, 12-5
Color Theory' May 8, 10-5
Judy Neimeyer Sew Day; May 12, 10-5
UFO Night; May 12, 6-10
Jo Morton Club; May 13, 10-12
Wool Applique Club, May 13, 1:30-4
Intermediate Machine Quilting, May 15, 6-9pm
Quilting Angels Charity Bee; May 15, 10-4
Americana Collage Class; May 20, 10:30-4:30
Lone Star; Part 2; May 21, 12-5
Love Links Quilt; May 25, 6-9 OR May 26, 1-4
Mystery Club; May 27, 9:30-11 or 11:30-1
Qube Klub; May 27, 2-5


We have some great classes coming up this month!  Have you seen the Lone Star quilt and Glass Houses?  I love those designs and they are great projects for your arsenal!  And Tammy McCorkle teaches Backbasting Applique tomorrow morning.  We haven't had this class in awhile and I can tell from the signups that it was long overdue!  There are a few spots available so if you have a desire to learn a faster, easier way to do needleturn applique, sign up!. This is my favorite applique technique! 

The girls and I have been busy, busy, busy working on new quilt samples for my new fabric line for Benartex!   It was a lot of fun to open a big, heavy box that had 187 yards of my fabric!  I can't wait to show you these new quilts.  If you like The Antique Quilt that is on the shop wall, you will like this new collection!   We even had to corral our good friend, Pam Thorlin (remember her?) to help make one of these quilts.  There is a lot of blood, sweat and ...well more blood in these quilts...I had a rotary cutting accident last week...still have all fingers but one fingernail is cut down past the quick!  ouch!! Best news is--no blood on fabric!  Be sure to change your rotary blades...a dull blade is a dangerous blade.  It's been a long time since I did so much piecing...I'm trying some new tips (new to me) and I'm changing my mind on techniques that I have used for years.  I'll write more about this later.  


In the meantime, don't forget to stop by the shop after you check out the Quilt Guild of Greater Houston Quilt Show at the Stafford Center on Friday and Saturday, May 5 & 6!  Let's support our guilds whenever we can. It takes a lot of volunteers and effort to produce these wonderful quilt shows and I know the Houston Quilt Guild will appreciate your attendance.  There is always lots to see and the quilts are beautiful!  

We are going to demo some great products that are new to us in the shop and we will have a great fabric sale and a prize drawing!  So stop by Quilter's Emporium before or after the quilt show!

KWILT KAMP - This Summer!
Quilter's Emporium is proud to announce Kwilt Kamp, our version of a week-long summer camp for kids.  We will teach color theory, sewing machine usage, and all the basics of creating a quilt top.  Projects will begin with a pillowcase and advance to include a wallhanging and tote bag, and culminate with a quilt top.  We have set aside the week of June 12 - 16 for kids 12 years old and older.  We will offer a younger group (ages 8 - 11) our unique summer camp experience from July 10 - 14.  If you know someone who might be interested in this program, please share.  If you are interested in volunteering your time to expose a young person to the creative joy of sewing, please contact  The cost for 5 days of fun and accomplishment, 9 am - 4 pm, will be $275/student if they provide their own machine or $325/student if we provide a machine.  Kits for projects are included; students will pick their own fabrics to show off their color sense and style.  Notions (scissors, seam rippers, etc.) will be provided by the student.  Registration begins Saturday, March 4.  Sign up before May 6 and save $25.

 Notes from Joey...      

Mama made me a comfy new nap map and I loovvveeee it!  It is very nice to lay on and it is in my favorite fabric.  

The instructions for making Joey's Nap Mat are on the Benartex Blog.  No applique....whatever that is!  

Licks and kisses, your pal, Joey!

 Janome Machine Talk with Joey

As you probably know, I am a modest dog with low mileage (I am 6 ½ years old), a trim weight (I only weigh 5 pounds), and I do have an eye (just the one) for the ladies!

Recently I have been noticing Janome's Anna Maria Horner sewing machine, also known as AMH M100, amongst all the lovely ladies at the back of the shop. She wears those lovely pink flowers and even signed her machine just for me.

Anna Maria has 100 stitches, which she says include all her favorites for making garments, patchwork, and quilt making. She has an easy needle threader, snap-on presser feet, automatic thread cutter, auto-declutch bobbin winder, and a 7 mm stitch width. She comes with a hard cover and a large extension table...not to mention needle up/down and stitch lock. That sounds like more toys than I have!

Her vital statistics (that means her measurements) – she is a mere 14.1 pounds with a work space of 6.7 by 4.3 inches. She is 15.9 inches wide and 11 inches tall and 6.9 inches in depth. Ann Maria is just the perfect size for taking to the shop so I can see her on weekends.  Wow! I didn’t realize she was that much bigger than me.

She is a smooth and quiet machine and I love to hear her humming while she stitches.  

She comes with a ¼ inch foot (much smaller than my paw), an automatic buttonhole foot, a blind hem foot (this works great if you have just one eye), an overedge foot, a satin stitch foot F, a zipper foot, zig-zag foot, walking foot, darning foot, and a seam ripper. Wait a minute – that is a lot of feet!! I just have four.

And you know what else? She has a 7 piece feed dog. Yeah. That is a lot of feed dogs. Who doesn’t like his chow? 

So come on in and see me and the Anna Maria soon. She is the perffect size for going on our cruise next February, taking to classes, or for being your main sewing machine at home!  She is in stock and MSRP is $999.00...of course our price is much lower AND Auntie Alison gives you a guide class too!


The Quilting Angels are a fun group of ladies who meet every other month to make quilts for charity.  We will have our next sewing bee on Monday, May 15 from 10:00 to 4:00.  We provide the quilt kits already cut out from donated fabrics, and each person gets to choose which quilt they want to work on.  There is no pressure to complete quilts by any specific time; we each work at our own pace.  Each person decides if they want to take home the quilt they are working on to finish it, or leave it with me to bring back for them to work on next time.

We are currently working on quilts to donate to a battered women's shelter at the request of Bonnie McCormick, a Quilter's Emporium employee.  The quilts will be donated in honor of Patricia East, the daughter of a friend of Bonnie, who was killed by her ex-husband.  Patricia had been serving in the Army.  The family asked for donations to battered women's shelters in lieu of flowers.  It is our honor to help with this request. 

Unfortunately, no one came this past Monday to help Pam Baum with machine quilting lap quilts for charity.  We will try one more time, on June 19.  If you are interested in helping in this way, but the dates just haven't worked out for your schedule, could you let me know?  You can email Susan at  Quilting Angels are sew special! Susan __________________________________________________


I was in the shop this afternoon and the drawer at QE is more than half full of pillowcases kits available to pick up and sew.   For those of you who don’t know, QE keeps pillowcase kits available for anyone to pick up, take home and sew.  All we ask is that the you return the completed pillowcases to QE so that we can donate them to Houston and Silverado Hospices for their patients.

The pillowcases we made during March Madness have been delivered.  Both of our Hospices were thrilled to receive them.  Unfortunately, none of you get the wonderful experience I do when the pillowcases are delivered.  I am greeted with huge hugs and lots of thank yous.  When this last batch of pillowcases were delivered, I got to enjoy watching the volunteer coordinator’s ooh's and ahh's over all the “beautiful” pillowcases.  Both hospices routinely tell how much the pillowcases are appreciated.

Just this week I was talking to a friend about him putting his mother-in-law in Hospice care.  He told me she was all settled in with Silverado.  Out of curiosity I asked if she had received a pillowcase.  His face lit up with a huge smile, “Yes she has!”  I told him a little about all the wonderful people that make those pillowcases.  He hugged me and told me that it really meant a lot to her and his wife to receive that pillowcase.  I got the privilege of the hug but please know that it was meant for each and every one of you.  Thank you for what you do!!

Save the date for Friday, September 15, and Saturday, September 16, for our 24-Hour Pillowcase Sew-A-Thon.  This has become an annual event at QE in conjunction with  More information will be provided as we get closer to the event.  Mark those calendars and join us for the fun.  

As of Wednesday, evening the National count is 715,085.  With the pillowcase donations from my Relay For Life team and QE we have donated 454 pillowcases this year alone!  Great job!

Happy Sewing!


Greater Houston Quilt Shop Hop
Liberty of the Seas Cruise

February 18 - 25, 2018
Prepare to be WOWed

7 Day cruise - Galveston to Cozumel, Mexico; George Town, Grand Cayman and Falmouth, Jamaica; plus Quilting Classes, Workshops, trunk shows, lectures, games, challenges and more during 3 fun sea days.  

All participating quilters will receive a great goodie bag!!

Cabin fees include access to all quilting activities. Kit fees are extra.  
We don't know what classes you will take and it isn't fair for you to pay for quilt kits if you are just taking lecture classes.  
Prices start at $1144.  Check out
Quilter's Emporium website for pricing details.

Deposit per person is $250 due now, balance due 11-1-2017.  Best cabin selection now.  Price and availability subject to change until deposited.  Payment plan available.  $200 discount for nonquilters.

For booking info, call Al and Pat Magee
713-729-3040   Toll Free  888-290-7245


Classes at Quilter's Emporium

If you are interested in taking one of our classes, you can either sign 
up in person at the shop or over the phone, by calling 281.491.0016.

Skill level Scale
Beginner - Student has no piecing or quilting experience
Experienced Beginner - Student has attended Beginning Quiltmaking Class or equivalent.

Intermediate- Student has completed a few quilt tops and is ready to "grow" their skills. A confident piecer.

It is the student's responsibility to remind the clerk at the time of checkout, if fabric or notions are being purchased for a class, qualifying for a 15% discount.  We cannot go back to previous sales tickets to issue discounts.  We appreciate your help in this.


Wool Applique Club

Our wool applique aficionoados have been working diligently on their Summertim Sampler blocks since last July and they are looking bright and beautiful!  If you are interested in learning the techniques of wool applique, you are welcome to join us!  You can work on any project of your choice...we have many kits available.  Wool applique is easy and rewarding!   Please come, all are welcome!Leader - Lori Demars
April 8; 1:30-4

Jo Morton's "Little Women" Club

Do you love reproduction fabrics?  Do you like to make timeless quilts?  Do you like fun projects that you can finish in a month?  Jo Morton loves to design small projects!  If you've been quilting for awhile (or not), you might have a great collection of quilts and tops around the house.  Well, for sure, you have space for these small quilts!  You will learn some great precision piecing tips from these experienced Jo Morton fans!  
We love Jo Morton's reproduction fabrics and are the hosts of the Jo Morton Little Women Club at Quilter's Emporium.  
Come join us!!
Leaders - Pat Martin, Tammy McCorkle, and Rhonda Wilhite
April 8; 10-1


Mystery Club
Our March meeting marks the halfway point on our Mystery Quilt.  Those lights, darks mediums and focals are all coming together, but nobody knows what the final result will be!  All our "mystery gals" are having a great time, even if they don't know what their quilt will look like when it's finished!
Leader - Zoe Mathews and Pam Brown
Saturdays; April 29, May 27 and June 24

Accuquilt QUBE Klub
We started our Qube Sampler in February, but it's not too late to join in the fun.  This group is using Accuquilt dies to cut very accurate shapes for a sampler quilt in colors and patterns that reflect their individual style.  If you are interested in an Accuquilt cuttter, we are always happy to give a demonstration.  If you would like to see our "Qube Klub" ladies in action, feel free to drop in on our meeting day.  For more information, please email
Leader - Bonnie McCormick
Saturday, April 29; 2-5

Westalee Quilting Templates Club
For those of you who have joined the "Revolution" to quilt your own quilts on your own machine using the Sew Steady/Westalee Quilting Templates, this club is for you.  Bring any show and tells where you used the templates. If you have purchased your quilting templates from us and want to see the new templates in the shop and how to use them, come to this free meeting!  Templates will be available for purchase and Rose Ann will demonstrate how to use the new templates.  
Leader - Rose Ann Cook

Sunday; April 9; 3-5
Monday, April 24; 1:30-3:30
Sunday; June 18; 3-5
Monday, July 31; 1:30-3:30
Sunday; August 27, 3-5
Sunday; October 22; 3-5
Sunday; December 18; 3-5

Saturday Sampler - County Fair
Thank you to everyone who helped us to make some blocks for "County Fair"  which is the new name for this quilt.  Your help was greatly appreciated!
Our Saturday Sampler group is past the three-quarters mark!  Even if you haven't been making these blocks, please join us for a fun-filled session.  We talk about piecing techniques, introduce the group to new classess on our schedule, and show off new fabrics, projects and products in the shop.  We are always excited to see what great quilts and other projects oour customers have been working on.  Everyone present is eligible for our door prize drawings; any;one bringing a show and tell, receives extra door prize tickets.
Leader - Rose Ann Cook

Saturday; May 6; 1-2


SAVE THE DATE FOR GREAT CLASSES - more info coming soon!

Quiltworx Impatiens Placemats, beautiful paper-pieced creations for tables/walls- June 2
Exploring Half Square Triangles - focus on ways to cut and sew and quilt design - June 8
T-shirt quilt - June 9 and 23
Christmas in July - July 15 - 22

(If there's a class that you would love for us to offer, please let us know -


Patriotic-themed Ideas - $10
Join us for this lecture / demo class just in time for Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and patriotic home decorations.  Bring note-taking supplies and your camera - we will have samples, patterns, techniques, and demonstrations that will inspire you to make red, white, and blue creations!
Teacher - Bonnie McCormick
Saturday, May 6, 10:30-12:30

Americana Collage Class - $40, includes choice of patterns
This class is for those who have experienced the fun of collage-ing with fabric, as well as those who have never even heard of the concept! We will be working on a patriotic theme for summertime holiday decorations.  This collage can become a wallhanging, tabletopper, pillow, or can be incorporated into a larger quilt.  For fabric lovers of all levels!
Teacher - Pam Baum
Saturday, May 20, 10:30-4:30


Color Theory Class - $57
Are you struggling with choosing fabrics for your projects?  Do you remember studying the color wheel in school but don't recall the specifics you learned or how to apply what you remember?  Here is your opportunity to get a refresher and a couple of new tips for applying color theory to commercial fabrics for a WOW project.  You will begin a Color Journal which will become an important quilting tool for helping you create amazing quilts.  Lecture format - no machine required.  All levels.  Come play with color!  
Teacher - Jan Mathews
Monday, May 8, 10 - 3

Love Links Quilt - $25
Have you ever been discouraged by flying geese that didn't turn out as expected?  Join us in this class to learn a technique that creates practically perfect geese, flocking in a cheerful modern quilt. This versatile quilt can be made in many sizes, depending on the size of the flying geese and the number of links included.  This is a great quilt for beginners and experienced quilters alike.

Teacher - Pam Baum
Thursday, May 25, 6-9 or
Friday, May 26, 1-4


Backbasting Applique - $38
Includes pattern
If you have ever thought about learning traditional  hand applique, this class is a great opportunity for you!  Learn the technique from one of the best!  Bring some scraps (or acquire some at the shop) and create this lovely bloom with embroidered accents.  There are curves and points, as well as straight stretches, to practice this skill in a variety of situations. 
Teacher - Tammy McCorkle
Friday, April 21, 10 - 1

Lone Star - $60
Make this stunning Lone Star project using foundation fabric so that your piecing is exact.  Use this as the center of a larger project that you want to design.  Put some borders around it, with or without blocks.  An easy technique that has attracted a lot of attention in the shop!  Sign up soon..this will fill up fast!
Teacher - Lori Demars
Friday, April 30 and May 21, 12-5


Glass Houses - $60
(Includes Pattern)

Join us in this fun class that will help you make perfect house blocks using foundation paper piecing. Use Rose Ann Cook's glorious Glass House fabrics to make your own Glass Houses or chose fabrics to make the houses of your dreams. Beginners can make perfect blocks with foundation paper piecing. Cost includes pattern and enough foundation papers to make your first three houses.
 Teacher - Elizabeth Oldham
Saturday, April 22, 10:30 - 4:30

Intermediate Quilting - Planning Your Design and Gridwork - $35
We often hear from our friends that they are uncertain about how to actually quilt their creations.  This class is for everybody who ever felt overwhelmed at the thought of putting a quilting pattern together.  We will discuss the planning process, potential motifs, accentuating the pieced design (or downplaying it!), and anything else about design that the class is interested in.  We will also work on using grids as filler, practicing a variety of designs with the walking foot or the Sew Steady ruler foot.  This is a great class for anybody who aspires to q
Teacher - Pam Baum
Friday, April 28, 1-4:30
Monday, May 15; 6-9pm

Judy Niemeyer Sew Day - $10
Judy Niemeyer Sew Days (NOT a class) are dedicated to ONLY Judy Niemeyer projects.  Jan Mathews, a Certified Instructor for Judy Niemeyer Quilting, will be available to answer questions and get over trouble spots.
Teacher: Jan Mathews
Monday, April 10; 10-5
Friday, May 12: 10-5
Monday, June 5; 10-5


Beginning Quilt Making - $70
Rose Ann teaches quilting newbies how to select fabric, prepare and cut fabric, reading patterns, and how to make the same quilt top that has been taught to over 1200 students over the years.
Level:  Beginner
Teacher:  Rose Ann Cook
Sundays;  May 7, 14, 28, June 4  12-5
BOOTCAMP -Monday-Thursday June 26, 27, 28, 29; 12-5
Sundays; July 23, 30  August 6, 13;  12-5
Sundays;  September 10, 17, 24, October 1; 12-5
Sundays;  November 12, 19, 26, December 3; 12-5

Beginning Machine Quilting - $30

If you are ready to learn to use your domestic sewing machine to quilt your quilt tops, then this is the class for you.  Rose Ann walks you through the entire process so that you can go home and start machine quilting that stack!  
You will need to bring your sewing machine, a walking foot (even
feed foot) and a darning foot (free motion foot).
Level: Beginner

Teacher: Rose Ann Cook

Sunday; June 11; 12-2

Sunday; June 30; 12-2
Sunday; August 20; 12-2
Sunday; October 8; 12-2
Sunday; December 10; 12-2 

Basic Quilt Binding - $30
Includes kit - quilt "sandwich" and fabric for binding strips.
Teacher:  Vikki Youngmeyer
Level:  Beginner
Sunday; June 11; 2:30 - 4:30
Sunday; June 30; 2:30-4:30
Sunday; August 20; 2:30-4:30
Sunday; October 8; 2:30-4:30
Sunday; December 10; 2:30-4:30

Westalee Quilting Templates Guide Class
If you purchased and received your Sew Steady table and quilting templates, then this is the class that will help you learn how to use them.  
Attendees, please bring 2-3 fat quarter sized "quilt sandwiches" to practice upon.  It's a great idea to use Sullivan's Basting Spray between the layers of the fabric and batting.
Leader - Rose Ann Cook

Monday, April 24; 10-1
Sunday, June 18; 12-3
Monday, July 31; 10-1
Sunday; August 27; 12-3
Monday, August 28; 10-1
Monday, September 25; 10-1
Sunday; October 22; 12-3
Monday, November 27; 10-1
Sunday; December 17; 12-3


Our Quilting Friends

Quilter's Emporium
11925 Southwest Freeway, Suite 11 Stafford, TX 77477 
Mon-Sat 10-5 & Sun 12-5
Take the West Airport exit (coming north or south on US 59).
Quilter's Emporium is in the Brighton Lane Shopping center which is located next door to the new Houston Garden Center.  We are on the inbound feeder road of the Southwest Freeway, between West Airport and Murphy Road.

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