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Thursday,  July 12, 2018


July 2018

Tucker University – Split Rects – July 13, 1-4, or July 14, 10-1
Continuum Quilting Project – July 14, 1:30-3:15 or 3:15-5
Color Theory - July 15, 12-5
Quilting Angels – July 16, 10-4
Sewcial General Sewing Day – July 17, 10-5
Saturday Sampler Sew In – July 17, 5-8 or July 20, 1-4
Christmas in July – July 21-28
       Ventana Quilt – July 21, 10:30-5
       Dresden Christmas Neighborhood – July 22, 12:30-5
       Kids Christmas Project – July 23, 10:30-3
       Giving Tree Wallhanging – July 24, 11-3
       Christmas Disappearing Nine Patch – July 26, 11-3
       AccuQuilt Christmas Project – July 27, 10:30-3:30
       Christmas “Bowl Fillers” Wool Project – July 28, 2-4
Beginning Quiltmaking – July 29, August 5, 12, 19
Niemeyer Technique of the Month Bootcamp – July 17 (fabric selection),
     July 30, 31, August 1-4, 10-5

FACEBOOK PUSH - I've been trying to up our game on Facebook by posting a few times a week about new product in the shop, events, pictures, etc.  If you are on FB, check in and "LIKE" us.  If you aren't a FB member, I think you can still check out what is going on.  You don't have to share any private information or anything, as I wouldn't want to do that either.  But we will see how it goes.  In the meantime, these weekly newsletters are the best way to see what is happening as far as calendars, class schedules, etc.!

NEW BLOCK OF THE MONTH - WISDOM from Windham Fabrics - designed by Denice Lipscomb

is a new block of the month that should start in September/October of this year.  It is a 12 month program and, as you can see, it is a 30 block quilt with a stunning border and measures 86" x 98".  

Sign up fee is $15.  The monthly fee is $29.99 (for 12 months) includes pattern and fabric.  Each month you will receive a "freebie"!  That's 12 freebies exclusively for you!

If you prepay the program, you pay $340, a savings of $34.88! 

If you are interested in signing up for the program, call the shop at 281.491.0016.

So here is the next One and Done project - all precut - all batiks.  This version shows a light background.  You choose what you want.  It will feature 6 pieced blocks in bright Autumnal batiks.  Also included will be an array of pre-fused, pre cut fall leaves to be arranged in any way that the quilter wishes.  The side borders will feature bright strips in the same fabrics.  The pieced leaves will be made using Studio 180 Corner Beam's easy to use and we will give great hands-on instruction!  Your leaves will be perfect!  Of course lunch, snack and goody bag will be provided for every attendee.  Cost for this event is $150; size of the project is approximately 60" square.  Sign up by calling the shop at 281.491.0016 or come in to make your paid reservation.  But don't dilly dally.  It's a lot of fun..check out our Facebook page to see pics of the last event.  Hope you can join us!!


One more session remains for Mystery Club #13, where the final assembly will be distributed to club members.  This pattern will reveal a surprising secondary design we think you all will like.  If you were unable to be with us in June, your "clue" is waiting for you at the shop, or let Pam know so she can forward your instructions.  We completed Steps 9 and 10 in June.  In July we will reveal how to use those reserved pieces and units not used so far, so please bring everything in July.  We look forward to seeing you for the big reveal on July 28, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. OR 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.


All of our Koala floor models are discounted 30% off of MSRP, you don't have to wait for your cabinet to be built and you don't have to pay for shipping!   It's ALL GOOD!

We have, in stock, a white SewMate, a teak Cub and a teak RollAbout.  Check em out and take em home!  We need to make space for new cabinets coming into the shop!


 Notes from Joey...

Mama has been busy working on Facebook...whatever that is.  But she DID tell me that she has my picture on there, which I think is just plain smart...don't you think?

I did get my hairs all cut last Friday and I think I'm looking pretty dapper, if I do say so myself.  I'm thinking I'll come to the shop this weekend just to see what is happening there.  It's too hot to play outside anyway.  Will you come to say hello?  

and kisses, Joey    



This coming Monday, July 16 is charity quilting day.  Surprise!  We have a visitor coming from Parks Youth Ranch to pick up 25 twin bed quilts we are donating to them.  One of our ladies saw an article about them in the Fort Bend Star newspaper a few weeks ago. She checked their website, and it listed that they need blankets.  I emailed their contact person, and she responded immediately that they would love to have quilts for the kids.  July charity quilt day was the best time for her to come and tell us about Parks Youth Ranch.  They serve abused and neglected youth ages 7 - 17, by providing a safe, supportive and structured environment.  These youth have been displaced from their families, or are in a state of crisis. 


If you would like to hear about their ministry, Angela from Parks Youth Ranch will be at Quilter’s Emporium around noon on Monday.  Anyone who would like to help to make quilts for charity is welcome to join us between 10:00 and 3:00 to sew.  Bring your sewing machine to make quilt tops, or just a needle if you want to hand bind. Bring your lunch if you can stay all day.


On Monday, August 20, we will be sewing quilt tops instead of a charity sewing project.

We are switching things up a bit, due to the pillowcase sew-in in September.  The pillowcase sew-in is always scheduled for the Friday before charity quilt Monday.  We have found over the last several years that few people come to the September Quilting Angels day after having spent all day the Friday before (and sometimes all night too) making pillowcases.  So we this year, the Friday, September 14 pillowcase sew-in will be the charity sewing day for that month.


We would like to thank the people who have donated packages of batting recently.  Thank you also to Becky, who donated a completed quilt top, with backing fabric, batting and binding to go wit it.  How nice!


If you would like to reach me, you can email Susan at 


Boost your own self-esteem by helping others!







I received the following email this week.  I thought I would share it.


“Good afternoon Karen,

 Thank you so much for the pillowcases you’ve been dropping by the IPU.  Our volunteers absolutely love them and depend on seeing them to share with patients.  They are also very eager to help at your next sew-a-thon and are ready to bring donations of material as well.  We have an HPD Lieutenant and A Pre-Med student from Rice volunteer this year who asked if they could come, both males with their own sewing machines.


Please let me know if we can help this year and I will send everyone a notice to help gear up.


Thank you


Elisa C”


I immediately sent Elisa the information about the Pillowcase Sew-A-Thon.  Hopefully these two gentlemen will join us.  We also hope that you have marked it on your calendar as well.  This will be our 5th annual Pillowcase Sew-A-Thon.  We will start sewing at 9:00AM on Friday, September 14 and sew until 9:00AM Saturday, September 15.  The event will be held at Quilter’s Emporium.  This is a drop in and sew event.  A few of us will work for the full 24 hours, but most people stop in and work for an hour or so.  We will need help pinning, sewing, cutting and especially ironing (that takes the most time).  We have successfully made at least 300 pillowcases each year at this event.  We hope to do meet that this year.  Currently we have over 350 pillowcase kits made up and ready to sew.  Please mark your calendars for September 14 for lots of fun.  Watch for more information in future newsletters.


We delivered 94 pillowcases to Silverado Hospice last week.  That puts us at 808 pillowcase we have delivered this year.  Good job!  As of Wednesday night, the National count is 772,734. 


Thanks for all your hard work!

Karen& Barbara


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.


Mystery Club
We have made at least four different blocks.  Some have constructed their project using traditional methods, others have given the Studio 180 rulers a try.  Either way, the results are going to be a spectacular surprise.  And so we have the mystery!  No more cutting for this series, but please bring all your fabrics and completed blocks.  We are going to start part of the assembly.  
Come try to guess where this is going.  Hope to see you then!

Leader - Pam Brown
July 28
; 9-11; 11:30-1:30

This is a project based class to learn the techniques and tools in the Westalee Continuum Quilting Set, not the basic guide class.  We have had a number of people ask to join the class so I have set up a new section that will start on May 12.  If you wish to join us, please sign up today!  You must have had the Westalee guide class.  If you purchased the Westalee Continuum set from us, the class is FREE!  If you did not, you pay $50 for the classes.  
Leader - Rose Ann Cook

July 141:30-3:15 or 3:15-5

Accuquilt Club

Our AccuQuilt Club is for everybody!  If you have purchased AccuQuilt supplies at the shop, we offer this class to you for free as a thank you!  If you like the project or are interested in potentially purchasing an AccuQuilt cutter, please join us for one of our meetings.  The cost of $30 will be refunded if you decide to purchase a Go! or a Go Big!  These tools make cutting a breeze, and perfectly accurate as well as really fast!

June's project will be a patriotic table runner using flying geese dies, as well as several dies from the Qube.  July's project will focus on Christmas ideas and dies, 
from gift bags and mug rugs to ???  (shhh!  It's a Christmas surprise!)

Teacher - Bonnie McCormick

July 27, 10:30-3:30

Fancy Stitches!

A new club exploring embellishment of your projects with hand embroidery.  Great for wool projects, crazy quilts, and other needlework designs.  
Saturday, July 28; 2-4  (Bowl Fillers - taught by Rose Ann - Kit and class $35)

Saturday Sampler

Be sure to come to the Saturday Sampler with your Show and Tells!  Saturday Sampler is a fun way to learn new skills, visit with your new quilting buddies and get a chance to make a beautiful quilt! 

General Meeting – Saturday, August 4;  9:30-10:30

Saturday Sampler Sew-Ins

July 17, 5-8, July 20, 1-4

Tucker University - Cost $20


Our July class is based on the Split Rects ruler.  These units are generally made using plastic templates, or at least, they were until Deb Tucker invented this ruler! The basic shape created is a half rectangle, which can be used to make crisp, clean, strong star points as well as a variety of other border and block additions.

 Coming in August - Diamond Rects - This is an essential for Storm at Sea!

 Teacher - Pam Baum

Choice of 4 classes - Friday July 13, 1-4, 
Saturday, July 14, 10-1

Please sign up in advance so that 

we can plan to have enough supplies for all participants!

Teacher – Pam Baum

UFO Night - $5

All are welcome to our monthly UFO evening!  Join us for fun, fabric and fellowship, and work on your Un-Finished Object!  Staffers are always happy to offer advice if you are in need.  Bring a stack to share and a quilting-related project to show off for extra door prize tickets!

Leader - Pam Baum
Upcoming UFO nights
July 13, 6-10
August 10, 6-10
September - (will be the annual pillowcase challenge)
October 12, 6-10


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

More details will be following next week, but we wanted you to know about the great week of Christmas classes we have planned in July.

July 23 (Monday) is Kids Day.  Pam Baum and Bonnie McCormick will be hosting a gathering to create Christmas presents, decorations, etc.  Ages 8 and up.  (yes, adults are welcome too!)

July 27 (Friday) is AccuQuilt day.  Bonnie McCormick will be focused on a variety of Christmas projects, using AccuQuilt dies for piecing and applique, even adding some machine embroidery.

We're still working on some details, but we want you to know about some of our great classes coming in the next few months!

Cathedral Windows - August Thursdays 9, 16, 23, 30

Clockworx, a beginner Judy Niemeyer paper piecing project, August 18

Scalloped Borders and Bias Binding, August 24 or September 1

Machine Embroidery Clutch in the Hoop, September 9

Winter Traditions, a Niemeyer Snowflake Quilt, September 22, 23, 24

Ventana - Cost $40

Join us for a class that uses the elegant new Holiday Flourish 11 fabric to create a fabulous Christmas quilt!  This is an extremely easy paper piecing technique, great for beginners.  The pattern is from Alison Glass,  a modern designer of great quilts and fantastic fabrics.  The pattern creates an interesting secondary design in this throw-sized quilt!

Teacher - Elizabeth Oldham
July 21, 10:30-5

Christmas Dresden 
Neighborhood - $35

NOTE:  We do know that the picture at left is a Halloween Dresden Neighborhood (isn't it cute?), but we don't have our Christmas sample done yet and we wanted you to see the project asap.
Join us for a Sunday afternoon of fusing fun!  We will teach you the basics of making a happy Christmas neighborhood in the shape of Dresden plate, a great wallhanging to celebrate the holiday season.  You will create a variety of wonky houses to express your holiday vibe - silly, traditional, or whatever else you desire!

 Teacher - Pam Brown

Sunday, July 22, 12:30-5

Giving Tree Wallhanging or 

Table Topper - $30

 We have a great project that looks much more difficult than it actually is, suitable for anyone of advanced beginner stage and above.  Yes, it's curved piecing, but this is the Quick Curve Ruler method, which makes for beautifully perfect blocks.  For all who have listened to Pam Baum wax eloquent on the wonders of the Studio 180 rulers, you know that she loves to trim down her units to make them as perfect as possible.  Here is another ruler that follows the same principle, only with curves!  Join us for a fun day of sewing, learn the wonders of the mini-QCR, and make a great project all at the same time!

Teacher - Pam Baum

Tuesday, July 24, 11-3 (but you can stay later if you want!)

Disappearing Nine Patch, Christmas Style - $45, 
Includes 2 charm packs and pattern

 We just love the variety of designs that can be created using this method of piecing.  In this beginner class, Pattie will lead you through the process of making nine patch blocks and then cutting them to pieces!  If you have ever thought that you might need permission to cut up your pieced blocks, Pattie is the person to encourage that practice.  For piecers of all skill levels, this is a class sure to be fun and productive.

 Teacher - Pattie Fox

Thursday, July 26, 11-3

Summertime Boot Camps

If you have ever wanted to spend a week immersed in a quilt project, we have a couple of options for you this summer.  

We are excited to announce another Judy Niemeyer Technique of the Month class, this time as 6 days in a row!  Our Certified Instructor, Jan Mathews, will lead the class through the entire process of paper-piecing a quilt using the efficient Niemeyer methods.  This is a class for anybody who is familiar with their sewing machine.  Six days in a row - and you can leave your machine and supplies at the shop instead of hauling them back and forth.  Check out the information in our classes section for more information.

Judy Niemeyer Technique of the Month Class BOOTCAMP  – Cost $280
If you have ever wanted to make a Niemeyer quilt, this is your chance.  We have opened up a second class!  Even if you have never done foundation paper piecing, this is your opportunity to learn and to create a masterpiece with the instruction and advice from our Certified Instructor, Jan Mathews.  She will walk you through all the steps, from picking your fabric to using the template papers to all the various sewing techniques.  You have your choice of quilts - Glacier Star, Mariner's Compass, Paradise in Bloom, and Vintage Rose - and choice of sizes - wallhanging or queen.  

The class fee, $280, includes 6 full day sessions.  
The cost of the pattern and fabric is additional. 
Please call the shop (281-491-0016) or email for more information.  If you are interested, 
we need to know as soon as possible.

Join Jan Mathews, Certified Instructor, with the pattern of your choice, for a fun and productive class.  The cost of the pattern is separate and dependent on your choice of quilt/technique of the month.  Glacier Star – base $65, extension to queen $25.  Mariner’s Compass – base $65, extension $25.  Paradise in Blooms – base - $95, extension $45.  Vintage Rose – wall hanging $65, queen $82.

Teacher – Jan Mathews
July 30 - August 4 

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