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 Thursday,  August 10, 2017



KOALA FLOOR MODEL SALE - GOING ON NOW THROUGH END OF SEPTEMBER
If we don't have your cabinet as a floor model, no worries, we will order for you!!

AUGUST

UFO Night; August 11; 6-10
Jo Morton "Little Women"; August 12; 10-1
Wool Applique Club; August 12; 1:30-4
Sew-cial General Sit and Sew; August 14; 10-5
Easy Lemoyne Stars; August 13; 1-5
Fusible Machine Applique; August 18; 10-12:30
Basic Mitering for Attic Windows and Borders; August 18; 1:30-4:30
Bargello Basics; August 19; 10-5
Beginning Machine Quilting; August 20; 12-2
Beginning Quilt Binding; August 20; 2:30-4:30
Beginning Paper Piecing; August 25; 1:30-4:30
Mystery Club; August 26; 9-11; 11:30-1:30 
Note new time!
Accuquilt QUBE Club; August 26; 2-5
Westalee Club; August 27; 3-5  or August 28; 1:30-3:30
Westalee Guide Class; August 27; 12-3  or  August 28; 10-1


NOTES FOR NEW MYSTERY CLUB #12 from Pam!

Mystery Quilt #12 got underway in July, but we still have a few slots available.  Only three fabrics are used, but this quilt has an interesting finish you won’t want to miss.  Contact the shop if you are interested, and we can get you started and ready for the next meeting on Saturday, August 26th.  We extended each session to 2 hours.  New times are 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. OR 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  To wrap up Mystery #11, look for Viewer’s Choice voting which starts this week.  Drop by and vote for your favorite completed quilt top from Mystery #11.  Don’t hesitate, they will not be around for long.  Our winner will receive a prize of a $25 Quilter’s Emporium gift certificate. Good luck! 

FEBRUARY 2018 QUILTING CRUISE!

The first letter to our cruise guests will be emailed out next week to the email address that you gave to Al Magee.  It is jam packed with great information that all attendees will want to know!

Here are some details that you need to know about the February 2018 Quilting Cruise!

1)  All participants need to sign up through Cruises by Al Magee - no exceptions (713-729-3040).  There is an "upcharge" to the Royal Caribbean prices on the Royal Caribbean website.  This upcharge pays for all of your cruise classes, contests and challenges, demos, trunk shows, lectures, goodie bags, prizes, etc. 

2)  The cruise class catalog is emailed to only to those who have signed up for the cruise) on September 1. Classes are filled on a first come-first served basis.  If none of  your chosen classes require a sewing machine, then you don't need to bring one.  If any of your classes requires a sewing machine, you DO need to bring one. Any good working sewing machine with a reliable 1/4" stitch will work great.  So if you have a travel sized machine that you take to classes, this is what you want to bring.  You may want to bring it in a rolling case so you can get it back and forth from your cabin to the Conference Room (located Deck 2 - FORWARD).
There will be a few machines available for rent at $30 per class session (3 hours).  

3)  Once you send in your class requests in September, and you are enrolled in the class of your choice, then you will pay for any class kits that are required.  The cruise fee does not include your class kits.  It is unfair to expect a student to pay the same amount if they are taking nothing but lectures, demos, etc, than someone who is taking classes that require large quilt kits.  So once you are accepted in your chosen classes, you are charged for those kits.

4)  All class kits will be prepared as much as possible, including pre-cutting fabric so that all you need to do is sit down and sew.  Exception - if part of the instruction of this class includes preparation/cutting the fabric for the project, then the project will be prepared as much as possible to get you to the point to start the class.  Class kits will be delivered to you at the beginning of each class.

If you have any questions about the cruise, please email me at rcook@quiltersemporium.com.  I'm happy to help you!

           
 Notes from Joey...  

YAP YAP!!  I am the calendar puppy for the 2017 SPCA Calendar for the month of August!  This is the picture that is in the calendar.  

We are celebrating by giving you a free ticket for the Customer Appeciation Day in February/March when you mention my name when you check out at the register.  (One ticket per day).

Just a sweet reminder to you to keep an eye out in parking lots for animals locked in cars...but most importantly, no children locked in cars either!  

Licks and kisses, your pal, Joey!  
      
                                                        

QUILTING ANGELS CHARITY BEE

The Quilting Angles are an informal group of ladies who like to sew and like to help people in the community.  We make quilts and other things from fabric that bring comfort to others.  Our next quilting bee will be on Monday, September 18.  We generally make twin sized quilts, as that tends to be the size requested by most organizations.  Anyone who wants to join us is welcome to come. 

We have decided on a fun and easy project for October, which is breast cancer awareness month.  On Monday, October 16, we will be making heart shaped pillows for breast cancer patients who have had reconstruction.  The shape of the top of the pillow is just right for....well, you can figure it out.  One of our own, who is a breast cancer survivor, will deliver the pillows to M.D. Anderson Cancer Hospital.

Thank you to the people who have donated fabric in the last couple of weeks.  It is always appreciated.  All of our projects are made with donated fabrics.  Thank you for the monetary donations at the register a well.  Your donations keep us stocked with batting.  If you would like to get in touch with me, you can email Susan at charityquilts@quiltersemporium.com.

Friends are like fabric - you can never have enough!

Susan

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MILLION PILLOWCASE CHALLENGE

We are a little more than a month away from the 24-Hour Pillowcase Sew-A-Thon.  Preparations are coming along well.  We have 275 kits stashed for the Sew-A-Thon.   Thank you to Darlene Patin and Mary Wright for volunteering to pin the kits.  Having the kits pinned will give us a head start on our sewing. Maybe we can beat last year’s 310 pillowcases that we made.

The 24-Hour Pillowcase Sew-A-Thon is a national event.  QE is one of many shops participating across the country to make as many pillowcases as possible in 24 hours.  This will be the third year, QE will be participating.  Our Sew-A-Thon begins on Friday, September 15, 9:00 AM and will run until Saturday, September 16, 9:00 AM. This is a come and go event. Some people have just joined us for a little while when they have stopped in to shop; others have spent a part of their day and a few have actually stayed the full 24 hours.  Just because the event takes place for 24 hours doesn’t mean that anyone must commit for the full time.  We would welcome any amount of help you are willing to offer.  There are lots of thing for people to do.  We need people to pin, sew, cut and iron.  (Lots of ironing!)  The day is full of good company, good food and door prizes while doing something nice for someone else.  Please watch this newsletter as we get closer to the event for more information.  If you haven’t marked you calendars yet for this year’s 24-Hour Pillowcase Sew-A-Thon, please do.  If you are ready to commit, please RSVP to Quilter’s Emporium.

With all the kits we are making to prepare for the Sew-A-Thon and keep the drawer full our fabric stash is getting low.  If you are cleaning out or would like to buy an extra yard or two of fabric we would greatly appreciate your donations.  The body of a pillowcase takes 27” by the width of fabric and the tops are 10” by width of fabric.  If you have fabric to donate you can drop it off at QE and tell them it is for the Pillowcase Challenge.  Thank you in advance.

It has been a while since I reported how we are doing on our donations.  At this point in 2017 we have donated 748 pillowcases.  Making a grand total of 11,475 pillowcases since we started in 2010.  What a wonderful accomplishment.  Best of all we are still going strong!  Just think of all the smiles we have put on people’s faces.  Great job everyone!

As of Wednesday the drawer at QE is full of kits.  Kits are free to anyone who is willing to make pillowcases.  All we ask is that you return the finished pillowcase to QE to donate to our Hospices. The National count is 733,668.  Our August delivery will go to Silverado Hospice.  

Thanks!   Karen & Barbara

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.

CLUBS

Wool Applique Club
We start a new smaller project this coming meeting!  We're looking at potential projects for upcoming meetings and gladly welcome anyone who is interested in joining our group!  Call or drop by the the shop to get more information on wool club.
Leader - Lori Demars
August 12; 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

August 12; 10-1


                                                    

Mystery Club
July marks our first meeting for Mystery Club #12.  There is still time to sign up.  Our sewing time has been extended by 1/2 hour.  Note the new times!  Finished quilts from Mystery Club #11 are due on Saturday, July 29.  Voting will begin next week.  
All skill levels are welcome.
Leader - Pam Brown (brown@quiltersemporium.com
Saturdays; August 26; 9-11; 11:30-1:30 (NOTE NEW TIMES)

Accuquilt QUBE Klub
Qube Klub will finish their project in September.  We only a few more blocks to complete, then the sashing.  On October  7, we will create a trick or treat bag using fusible and applique!  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 bonnie@quiltersemporium.com
Leader - Bonnie McCormick
 Saturday, August 26; 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; August 27, 3-5
Monday, August 28; 1:30-3:30
Monday, September 25; 1:30-3:30
Sunday; October 22; 3-5
Monday, November 27; 1:30-3:30
Sunday; December 17; 3-5

Saturday Sampler - NEW SEASON!
On September 2, we will reveal the new project for the 2017/18 year.  The designs that I have seen from the team are gorgeous and I think everyone will be very pleased!  The design team is planning blocks that use some of the great tools and techniques that are available and I am sure that each meeting will be a great learning experience for everyone!  

Just as in the first Saturday Sampler, we will talk about piecing techniques, introduce the group to new classes 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 our customers have been working on.  Everyone present is eligible for our door prize drawings; anyone bringing a show and tell, receives extra door prize tickets.

Saturday, September 2 at 9:30am

UFO Night - $5
If you have never joined us for our monthly UFO gathering, you don't know what you're missing!  For the minimal cost of $5 to reserve your spot, you are entered in our doorprize drawing and have access to experienced staff and participants for any guidance you may need.  Most of us being a snack to share; we have a good time, get some sewing done, and maybe even do some shopping.  The next UFO nights are August 11 and September 8, from 6-10 pm.  
Call and reserve your space at our table!

GENERAL CLASSES

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


**NEW**
Bargello Basics - $50
It’s finally here!  Pam 2’s bargello tote bags have been drawing attention since she brought one into the shop and she is finally going to share her secrets.  Learn about fabric selection for achieving dramatic designs and how to plan bargello curves.  Then turn your creativity loose – we will make a bargello quilt that can become a tote bag, or add to it for a wallhanging, table runner, or something even bigger!  This class is for confident piecers:  consistency is more important than quarter inch seams!
Teacher – Pam Baum
Saturday, August 19, 10-5

**NEW**
Fusible Machine Applique - $35, 
includes kit
Learn the basics of machine applique using fusible web! We will introduce you to a variety of fusibles, with focus on the best applications of each.  We will also instruct you in the various stitches that can be used to permanently attach the applique.  This class includes the materials needed to create the blocks for a table runner.  Sashing to complete the project is included in the afternoon mitering class.  We will be using Edyta Sitar's AccuQuilt dies for our appliques.
Teacher - Bonnie McCormick
Friday, August 18, 10-12:30 

Note:  Sign up for both classes (Basic Mitering for Attic Windows and Borders and Fusible Machine Applique) and you get a $5 discount, along with fabrics and fusible for a complete project!

Basic Mitering for Attic Windows and Borders - $35
This class is focused on creating perfect mitered corners for your quilt.  What a great way to practice - making attic windows!  The fee includes the sashing needed to add a 2-tone mitered border on each of the applique blocks created in our morning class.  Or you can just learn the procedure and make miters on the project of your choosing!
Teacher- Elizabeth Oldham
Friday, August 18, 1:30-4:30


Summer Solstice - $107
Summer Solstice is a great introduction to the Judy Niemeyer paper piecing method.  Foundation paper piecing and organization of units is the hallmark of Judy’s paper piecing process, making the construction of what appears to be a difficult pattern much easier.  Curved piecing and traditional piecing skills are used to join the various paper elements after the foundation piecing is completed.  Join Jan Mathews, Certified Instructor for Judy Niemeyer Quilting (through Quiltworx.com) to learn or expand your paper piecing skills.  Class is a “no stress” learning zone so join us and have some fun.  No paper piecing experience required but knowledge of your sewing machine is a must.  
Teacher - Jan Mathews
Thursdays, August 10, 17, 31, 10-5


**NEW**
Sew-cial General Sit and Sew - $10 
Do
 you have a project that you need help or guidance with?  We have regularly scheduled sew days for folks who are specifically working on Judy Niemeyer projects, but were recently reminded that there's not a day set aside for general quilt projects.  Well, here it is!  Our knowledgeable staff is here to help you. Bring your gear and your project - we will be here to answer questions and provide guidance.
Teachers - Bonnie McCormick and Pam Baum
Monday, August 14, 10-5

**NEW**
Easy Lemoyne Stars - $25 
Join us in making a variety of sizes of 8-pointed Lemoyne stars using the Studio 180 Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star ruler.  We will turn strip sets into stars with perfect points and no y-seams.  Many of us consider Lemoynes to be a challenging block - not with this technique!  This class is for all levels of quilters!
Teacher - Pam Baum
Sunday, August 13, 1-5




Judy Niemeyer Sew Day - $10
We have a special opportunity for everyone who has a Judy Niemeyer UFO.  There is space in our classroom during our upcoming Summer Solstice and Sunrise Mixer classes; Jan Mathews has graciously agreed to allow those spaces to be occupied by anyone who would like access to her knowledge and advice!  We will be treating this as a regular Judy Niemeyer Sit and Sew - please sign up in advance if at all possible to verify that there is still space.  The fee is $10 for a full day.
Dates:  August 3, 4, 5 (regularly scheduled sew day), 10, 11, 17, 31
Teacher: Jan Mathews
Friday, September 1; 10-5
Friday, October 6; 10-5

BASIC SKILLS CLASSES

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;  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; 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; 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

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 
281.491.0016
OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK
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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