Patches Quilting & Sewing, Mt. Airy, Maryland

August 27, 2009

August 2009 Updates!

Filed under: Emails — by Toni @ 3:46 pm

Back to School Time

We have lots of exciting news to share with you as the kids head back to school. We hope this will free up more time for you to sew! To help you in that respect, we have some new lines of fabric – Pumpkin and Spice, Eleanor Burns’ True Blue and her new book Orion Star. We also have autumn and harvest fabric that is just yummy. Not to be forgotten – we also have flannels – Cabin, Northern Reflections and Chillin’ (with polar bears) and many others. The Tapestry blenders by Avlyn will help you complete any project. (We also have some Backyard Bandits – snakes, skunks and foxes)

  • Openings and Closings: Mark your calendars for the following dates:

    • September 7th – Patches Quilting will be closed in observation of Labor Day.

    • September 13th, 20th, 27th – Patches will be opened 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm.

    • October 3rd & 4th – Mt. Airy’s Fall Festival. Patches will be on Sunday, the 4th from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm.

    • November 11th – 15th – Annual Quilters Quest Shop Hop – Patches will be open each day from 9:30 – 6:00 pm except Sunday. Our hours on Sunday will be 12:00 to 5:00pm.

  • Sale Fabric – You can find many bargains in the sale fabric area as we continually add more bolts every week. Sale fabric with a green X is 40% off and ones with a red X are only $4.00/yard. We are trying to make more room for the newest fabrics coming in.

  • In Flight, Block of the Month Series: We are currently in our 3rd month of our latest block of the month series by Zebra Patterns called In Flight, featuring 12 different butterflies. Be sure to swing by and pick up all 3 kits to get caught up!

  • Quilters Quest Bus 2009: We have a bus ready to go to all the Quilters Quest shops this year! The bus will travel on November 13th & 14th, Friday-Saturday. Be sure to sign up early and rsvp your spot. The cost for both days will be $130. The bus will leave and return to the Mt. Airy Park & Ride (off of Route 27) each day.  Further details will be available soon. Jackie II will be your fabulous cruise director.

  • Husqvarna Viking Embroidery Machines, under $2000! You can now own your very own embroidery machine for the right price. Just in time to get those holiday gifts personalized. We have several previously loved machines ready for new homes. Warranty and classes are included with the machines. Come in now to test drive one.

  • Longarm Services Sale – Bring in your tops for longarm services before November 15th (to insure job completion in time for Christmas) and receive 10% off services.

  • Upcoming Classes: We have some great instructors coming this Fall to Patches Quilting.  Be sure to check out all our classes at our website, but here is a small sampling of what is coming:

    • Needle Pushers: Our hand sewing club is still going strong on the first and third Tuesdays of each month. Since Carolyn has introduced so many of you to English Paper Piecing, we have expanded our line of templates to include diamonds, leaves, circles and apple cores. Join us for these fun filled evenings and get more of your projects completed before the holidays.

    • New Tote Bag Classes – Dottie Raab has returned from vacation with lots of new ideas for totes. Keep checking the schedule for her new tote and purse classes as well as her Quick Step quilt class.

    • Pat’s Sloan’s Wild and Free Quilts. Instructor: Pat Sloan, Sept 12th, 9 am – 4 pm, Cost: $75
      This workshop is unique and fun. Quilters come away looking at their fabric and quilts in a whole new way. Pat loves quilts that are very playful and free flowing. This class is about how Pat uses use asymmetrical designs, appliqué that is large, and lots of fabric. Pat’s focus for this class is on developing the background, with a concentration on fabric selection and placement. The workshop offers students extensive one-on-one advice on color and fabric selection. We will be recreating Ma-Ma’s Garden and the pattern is included.

    • 7 Sister Quilt. Instructor: Shirley Mandler, 3 Sessions: Sept 13th, Sept 20th, Sept 27th (all Sundays), 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Cost: $45, Skill Level: Advanced Beginner
      This quilt has generated a lot of interest over the summer. It is the quilt hung on the wall near the checkout. You too can create this complex design with strip piecing! No Y-seams needed! Shirley walks you through new techniques while creating this elegant quilt. Pre-cutting fabric before class is expected. Be sure to check out the supply list for further instructions.

    • Lona Hull’s Free Motion Series – First class is Sept 26th called Speed Bumps Ahead, Instructor: Lona Hull, Cost: $55, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, Skill: Advanced Beginner
      This class includes what you should know and practice before attempting heirloom machine quilting with trapunto and feathers. You should be familiar with your machine and its settings for needle down, free-motion quilting, dropped feed dogs and tension adjustment. You will learn
      ergonomic techniques for working with your machine for long periods of time, marking, basting, navigating the quilt top, grid quilting, echo
      quilting, continuous lines, stippling to enhance the top design and numerous background quilting design choices. (Pattern/material fee $10
      paid to Lona at class time.) The next two classes in the series will be October 24th and November 21st.

    • Magical Medallions -Block 3, Instructor: Karen Kay Buckley, Cost: $75, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
      Karen has been fascinated with medallion style quilts for a long time and has created one large quilt using 13 different designs adapted from
      early European architecture. In this workshop we will hand appliqué on just one of those blocks in order to learn many of the techniques used
      in the “Magical Medallions” quilt. While you hand appliqué on this 19″ square block you will learn to make bias stems, perfect circles, use an
      underlay fabric and an overlay fabric and create smooth curves and sharp points. (Sewing machines will be required to make the stems.) Check with the store for the use of one of our classrooms machines, rather than bringing your own for this one task.

    • Woven Tote Bag, Instructor: Judy Young, Cost: $30, Dec 12th, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.
      Judy Young is coming back by popular demand. We are weaving fabric again on December 12th. Make this special piece the front of your tote, the center of a placemat or table runner or showcase your project in a jacket or quilt. Sign up now so that you can put you’re weaving skills on display.

    • Christmas Tree Skirt, Instructor: Maria O’Haver, Cost: $35, Oct 4th, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm.
      Use a variety of beautiful holiday fabrics to make strip sets which are then recut with a wedge ruler to create the fan shaped tree skirt. The
      result is an elegant addition to your holiday home decorations. Skills to be learned: Strip set piecing, using a wedge ruler and binding zigzag
      edges.  Be sure to look for Maria’s upcoming Square in a Square Technique class this Winter at Patches Quilting.

We want to thank all of our customers for your continued patronage and loyalty. Your business means so much to us and we truly value your referrals.

Jackie and staff


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