January at The Country Quilter ~ Happy 2020!
Our hope is that you are all enjoying a relaxing season with family and friends, including a little time for quilting! Look forward to seeing you in the New Year. The shop reopens on January 7th. We have many interesting classes planned for the new year. Make a resolution to try something new.
Thread Painting with Judi Miller would be a great start to something new. “You can do it” Judi says, and she was correct. The students in her first class all went home with a successful piece. All you need is a free motion foot and your machine. Judi provides a kit with everything else you need. Tuesday January 14th, 10:00 – 2:00.
Touch Quilt Workshop: There is a need for this type of quilt in the Long Term Care homes as we often get requests for more. Join the workshop to learn how these quilts are constructed to help calm people with dementia. If you donate the quilt that you make the workshop is free. All supplies are provided, just bring your machine. Wednesday, January 29th, 10:00 -2:00.
Fun with Lynne: Our charity project classes continue. At the November Open House, we raised enough to pay school fees for two children for a year with the sale of items donated from these fun days. Friday January, 31st, 10:00 – 2:00.
Fabric Portrait Class: This is another way to move out of your box. Jane will guide you through the process to an amazing finished project. You will discover that you can do it! Choose a photo of your favourite pet or person. Classes start February 1st and continue for four lessons. 9:30 – 12:30.
Beginning Quilting: Come and learn about the latest techniques and new tools to make your quilting easier. This is where to start, or where to restart! Choose to make a bed runner, or a table runner from start to finish. Starts Tuesday, February 18th, from 1:00 to 3:00 for eight classes.
Quilts of Valour Workshop: Join the troops to stitch up quilt blocks for veterans. We will also be making some quilts for the new residence for homeless vets. Donate your time to this worthwhile project. Tuesday February 11th, 10:00 – 2:00.
Join one of our monthly classes…
Saturday Stitchers meet the second Saturday of the month to learn to stitch, share ideas and enjoy a morning of stitching. Lots of patterns and ideas available to choose. First class Saturday, January 11th, 9:30 – 11:30.
Fusible Applique: Skills will be taught at your level using a variety of stitching techniques and fusible web. There are many patterns you can choose to do in this class. You can also adapt regular applique patterns to this technique. Join up and see the new original patterns that have been designed for this class. Saturday, January 25th, 9:30 – 11:30.
Friday Stitching: Lots of inspiration is provided in this class. No experience necessary, come join the fun. Starts Friday, February 14th, from 10:00 to 12:00.
Knotty Girls: Come along and learn how much fun stitching can be. Lots of projects to inspire you, and many ideas to share. Starts Friday, February 14th, 1:00– 3:00.
DECEMBER AT THE COUNTRY QUILTER
Open House and Sale, Proceeds to CANHAVE On Friday, November 29, from 10:00 to 2:00 there will be an opportunity to do some Christmas shopping. Money collected will go to CANHAVE to help pay for school fees for AIDS orphans in Uganda.
There will be quilted items for sale including small quilts, table runners, pincushions, produce bags and more. Also for sale, will be notecards made from the Ugandan children’s drawings. African soup will be available for sale at lunch time. Bring along your non-quilting friends and enjoy!
Brave and Bold Challenge Come to The Country Quilter on Tuesday, December 3 from 10:00 to 2:00to make this year’s Northcott block for Quilts of Valour. Bring along your sewing machine, sewing kit, six 2 1/2 inch x WOF strips of red and six of white and we will see how many quilt tops we can sew! Coffee and soup lunch will be provided for $6.00.
Thread Painting Another beginner thread painting class with Judi Miller is scheduled for Tuesday, January 14 from 10:00 -to 2:00.The last class had a waiting list so sign up now to ensure a spot. “You can do it!” Judi says! She will supply a kit and encouragement!
Holiday Closure The store will close on Saturday, December 21 at 3:00 p.m. and will reopen on Monday, January 7 at 9:00 a.m.
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!
November at The Country Quilter
Thanks to all who donated a small quilt to go to the hospital in Iqaluit. Members of the Richmond Guild, the Scrappy Quilters, Victoria, Barbara, and others. In total we packed up 42 small quilts, pillowcases, and new baby clothes to be given to the moms and babies at the hospital.
Some highlights for this month include a beginning thread painting class with Judi Miller. “You can do it!” Judi says! She will supply a kit and encouragement!
This month Fun with Lynne will feature a 30-minute table runner. Come along and join the fun!
The first Bag Class was so successful that Lynne will be repeating it again on Wednesday, November 27th. Some people even made two!
On Friday, November 29th we will be featuring an Open House and Sale of small items and quilts for CANHAVE. This is a great opportunity to purchase unique gifts.
See the calendar for weekly specials for November
Welcome to Autumn Weather and October Activities at The Country Quilter
It is time to get back to all those projects you are thinking about!
Beginner Quilting (8 classes) begins on Sept. 28, 12:30 – 2:30. This is your opportunity to learn, or review, the latest quilting techniques. Choose the size of quilt you wish to make. It could be a festive table runner or baby quilt… or?
Stitching Club: It is time to revive your embroidery skills from days of yore, or to learn all these wonderful stitches. Embroidery has become popular again and is a wonderful way to embellish your quilting projects. There are many new patterns available that make unique gifts. This is a monthly club, starting Saturday, October 19, 9:30 – 11:30. You are welcome to bring your own pattern or to choose one available at the shop.
Star Bed Runner: Intermediate level. There is still room in this class. You can make a table runner, or a dresser scarf, you choose the size. Tuesday, October 8 and 22 12:30 – 3:00.
Wool Applique: This is the introduction to wool applique. Linda has designed a lovely pattern especially for this class. On Wednesday, October 16, 1:00 – 4:00. Everything you need is included in the kit that Linda makes up.
Check the calendar to see when the other monthly clubs are booked. There are still spaces open for you to join these groups. Call to register. 613 838 5541.
Sarah Jane Smiley, Of Heritage Arts will give $5.00 off the price of long arm quilting for quilts dropped off in October. She will donate this money to the Richmond food bank. Call the store to book an appointment with her.
September at The Country Quilter!
With September comes the return to regular hours. Tuesday to Friday 9:00 to 4:00pm, Saturday 9:00 to 3:00pm.
Each Tuesday morning join our ‘Finishing School’ to work on your projects, share ideas and see what others are doing. This is a casual drop-in event. Cost: $3 per day.
Our regular monthly clubs will be starting in September.
Stitching Club Friday, September 13, 10:00 – 12:00
Knotty Girls Friday, September 13, 1:00 – 3:00
Saturday Stitching Saturday, September 14, 9:30 – 12:30
Fusible Applique Saturday, September 21, 9:30 – 11:30
The above groups are open to all, you need to register in advance, $40.00 for 4 months.
Landscape Club Wednesday, September 18, 10:00 – 2:00 and Wool Applique Club Wednesday, September 25, 9:30 – 12:30.
For these two clubs you must have taken the introductory class to join. Registration required in advance as spaces are limited.
Landscape Class (for beginners) starts Thursday, September 12, 10:00 – 2:00 for three classes. This is where you will learn how to create photos in fabric. $48.00.
Waterproof Bag Lynne will again teach this popular little bag. It is an easy bag to make for bazaars or gifts. Thursday, September 19, 10:00 – 2:00 $30.00.
Sew Day Bring along your project to work on. Lunch is included. $20.00. Tuesday, September 24, 9:30 – 2:30.
Fun with Lynne Make mesh bags to use for purchasing your produce. Lots of other gift ideas available. Friday, September 27, 10:00 – 2:00. $20.00.
Beginning Quilting This class teaches you how to make a quilt from start to finish. Choose the size of project you want to make. There are 8, two- hour classes starting Saturday, September 28, 12:30 – 2:30. $85.00.
Scrappy Quilters These ladies donate their time to make quilts for the shelters. The first session will be Friday, October 4, 9:30 – 1:30.
Beginner Wool Applique Class Wednesday, October 16, 1:00 – 4:00. Learn how to transfer your pattern and to do the applique. This class is required before you can join the club. $48.00.
Looking forward to a busy, productive fall!
June 2019 at The Country Quilter!
Due to very special events at the shop this month there are some changes to the regular schedule, so read the calendar and this newsletter carefully.
Everyone should have received a news flash last week about our Nationally acclaimed quilt artist and teacher, Anne Morrell Robinson, who will be teaching 2 workshops at The Country Quilter, June 18 – 21. This is an opportunity not to be missed. kingrossquilts.com
June 1st is the deadline for the little quilts to be donated for our Orphan Quilt Sale. These little quilts (orphan blocks), will be offered for sale at the Quilt Show, June 15, with the proceeds of this sale being donated to pay school fees for AIDS orphans in Uganda. We will accept quilts after this date if you are just getting yours finished. We have some amazing little quilts already hanging in the shop, come and have a sneak preview, so you will know which ones you would like to own. Sale of these quilts will start at 9:30 on June 15th. (Not before!)
We are looking for more volunteers to help on the day of the show. We need people to sit at the greeting table, and quilters to circulate and talk to visitors. The sign-up sheet is in the shop. If you are coming to the show, volunteer to circulate and chat while enjoying the quilts.
Quilts to be displayed in the show should be dropped off during the week before the show. June 11 – 14. We need to document your quilts and label them for the show. Remember your bags and jackets that you made as well as your quilts and wall hangings. Quilts arriving the morning of the show may not be displayed.
Once again, we are having our used book sale, with proceeds to charity (CANHAVE). Bring in the books you have read during the year and purchase a new selection for summer reading. Please, no textbooks!
JC Sharpening will be on site at 11:30 to sharpen, scissors, rotary blades, knives, garden tools, lawn mower blades axes, sabers, etc.
St Paul’s Church will have a lunch available for you to enjoy on show day.
As always admission to our show is free, we hope that you will bring your friends to see the talent and creativity we have in our quilting community at The Country Quilter.
There will also be a very special quilt unveiled at the show. This is the 30th Anniversary of The Country Quilter business which started in Manotick in March, 1989, and then moved to Richmond in 1991 on the east side of McBean Street, then moving to the present location in Sept. 1993. Twenty dedicated quilters joined together, to create an amazing quilt to mark this anniversary. We have called the project 30 years of Friendships at The Country Quilter. Please come to see this unique quilt and to congratulate and thank the quilters who created it.
We are proud of the many accomplishments of our quilters over the past 30 years.
We have a special clientele of welcoming quilters willing to share talents and friendship with others. Our Finishing School is a social gathering where some quilting, knitting, stitching etc. is accomplished and talents and friendships are shared.
Our Scrappy Quilters have made many quilts for local Woman’s Shelters. These ladies donate their time and talents, supplies provided.
We have Touch Quilt workshops where quilters donate their time to make small quilts for dementia patients; there is a growing need for these quilts in the longterm care facilities and in the hospitals.
The Country Quilter has been a significant supporter of several charities over the past 30 years. Remember the Quilt Marathons for Cancer Support project? In five years of this amazing event our quilters raised more than $150,000 (that is correct! $150,000). Most recently we have supported CANHAVE the charity paying school fees for AIDS orphans, we have sent more than 18 children to school. Educating a child helps an entire family. Our quilters are very special people! Thanks to all of the dedicated loyal friends we have at The Country Quilter.
Summer hours at the shop begin after the show. Tues – Fri 10:00 – 4:00, Sat 10:00 – 3:00.
After such a busy month, The Country Quilter will be closed June 29 until July 3. This will give our staff a well-deserved rest over Canada Day.
We hope that you will also enjoy a relaxing, happy Canada Day weekend with your family and friends
We are already looking forward to the June 15th Quilts in the Garden Show, and hope that you are also deciding upon the quilts that you will display that day!
It’s going to be a wonderful event, with sunshine (promise!), blue skies, flowers, and quilts hanging in the garden! Worth checking out as well this year, is the display of little quilts that will be for sale. We are selling these little quilts that have been donated, with all of the proceeds going to CANHAVE to pay for school fees for AIDS orphans. Your donation of a little quilt block will help provide education for a child who otherwise might not be able to attend school.
When will the snow be gone?😳
You are likely aware that we have had a 15 foot pile of snow at the end of the parking lot. We are taking guesses as to when the last speck of snow will be completely gone! Make a purchase and record your guess. There is a “Gone At Last” prize for the winning guess. All the days of April, May and June are available for you to choose the winning date. JUNE?!!
Get your SPRING on…
Up-Coming Events at The Country Quilter:
PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING CHANGES:
FEBRUARY AT THE COUNTRY QUILTER
Check out what is happening at The Country Quilter this month.
Sales this month include our annual flannel sale (a good month to cuddle up!). February 12 – 16 all flannels are 20% off, even the 108 inch wide flannel. February 19 – 23 books are 25% off.
Join us for a Mini Retreat Day of sewing. Bring your own project and share in the fun. Wednesday, February 13, 9:30 to 3:00 pm. Lunch is included in the price of $20.00.
The Wool Applique Club is for those who have taken the Wool Applique beginner class. The Wednesday, February 20 Wool Club is full. The next one is Saturday, March 2, from 9:30 to 12:00. You must resister with the shop to attend. There is a Wool Applique Beginner class on Saturday, March 9, from 10:00 to 2:00.
Join us to help make Touch Quilts for dementia patients. There is a growing need for these quilts. All materials are supplied, just bring your machine. Friday, February 22, from 10:00 to 2:00 pm.
Beginner Quilting starts on Saturday,February 23, from 12:30 to 2:30. There are 8 two hour classes. Choose the size of quilt you want to make. This is the place to star t.
OWN A LITTLE QUILT CHALLENGE
You are challenged to make a little quilt (not a miniature) for The Country Quilter Quilt’s in the Garden Show June 15, 2019, when they will be available to purchase for $10.00 (what a deal!).
We hope to encourage visitors to purchase one of these little quilts in support of CANHAVE, the charity that pays for school funds for AIDS orphans in Uganda.
All the non-quilters attending the show will be able to own a little quilt.
Size 7 – 9 inches square (approximately)
Technique Your choice – i.e. fuse, embroider, applique, piece, wholecloth
Sleeve All quilts require a sleeve for hanging in the garden. Use a 4.5 inch strip to make the sleeve 2 inches wide.
Finishing Use any edge finish – i.e. bound, envelope
Signature Sign the back of your quilt
Entry Date Bring your little quilt to The Country Quilter by Tuesday, June 2nd. Enter as many times as you wish. Think of all your orphan blocks and finish them to support the orphans.
The New Year is a great time to join one of our monthly groups!