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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!

Happy Quilting!


August is here… already!!
We had so much fun with Grace and Lynne in July that everyone wants to do it again.! Sign up for Wednesday, August 15th “More Fun with Grace and Lynne” 10:30 to 2:00 There will be lots of ideas, and Grace will have instructions for a Mug Rug, that has binding! Learn the tricks of binding perfectly!… and lots more!
Landscape Club meets again for inspiration and a pot luck on Wednesday, August 14th, from 10:30 to 2:00.
Wool Applique Club meets on Wednesday, August 21st, 10:30 to 1:30. Come and enjoy a day of stitching with Linda.
These two clubs are for those who have taken the appropriate classes. Sign up is required for the August clubs.
Don’t miss the YEAR END SALE as we get ready for the new fabrics arriving in the fall. Come in for specials Thursday, August 22nd and Friday, August 23rd. We will then be closed from Saturday, August 24th until Monday, September 2nd to do inventory and to stock the shelves for the fall. We will reopen on Tuesday, September 3rd.
Looking forward to September, here is a peek!
Beginner Class (8 lessons) will start Saturday, September 28th, from 12:30 to 2:30. Join Lynn Price for this informative series.
Lynne Rochette will do the Waterproof Bag again on Friday, September 19th, 10:00 to 2:00. This is a great gift or donation to the bazzar. Make one and then make many more in different sizes. Works for a bathing suit bag , a lunch bag, cosmetic bag or whatever.
See the awesome Log Cabin, Star Bed Runner, class coming in October. Make a Christmas one for your bed or table runner to give a fresh festive look.
These are just a few of the great classes coming in the fall.

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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

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May News:

May is a busy month at The Country Quilter!
The Fabric Portrait Class is full, the Tree Frog Class has a few openings, the Wool Club is almost full and there is the last Landscape Class for this session. Sign up quickly for the classes you wish to attend.
There will also be the last Touch Quilt Workshop for the season. As there is an increasing need for these quilts, join the workshop on Thursday, May 23 and help in the cause. All of the supplies are provided for this workshop. You can also pick up extra materials that day, so you can sew a few more quilts over the summer. This workshop is free if you donate a touch quilt.
The second week of May, from the seventh to the eleventh is a sale week. Finish any bolt and receive 20% off. The following week, all books are 20% off.

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.

The knife and scissor sharpener truck will also be on site that day at 11:30 until he has finished all of the items that you bring in. He also hones garden tools and lawn mower blades.
Looking ahead…
In June, we are hosting Anne Morell Robertson, a nationally known quilting instructor from Cape Breton, for two workshops. See our website for details and photos. She usually teaches at Quilt Canada, but this year she decided to take a break. She has agreed to do these workshops at The Country Quilter. This is a great opportunity to experience a workshop with a very talented and entertaining instructor. Check her out on her website at kingrossquilts.ca and take a tour of her studio.
Classes are filling, so don’t be disappointed.
The shop is closed the Saturday of the long weekend, May 18.
Happy Spring!

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When will the snow be gone?😳

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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?!!

A new Landscape Class will begin on Wednesday, April 10. Choose a favourite photo to reproduce in fabric. Inspiration and encouragement provided.
Wool Applique Club and Landscape Clubs are for those who have taken the appropriate classes. Wednesday, April 17 the Wool Club meets – 9:30 – 11:30. Wednesday, April 17, 10:00 to 2:00, with a pot luck lunch is the time for the Landscape Club.
Join the fun at the Mini Retreat Day on Thursday, April 25. This month you can make a “housing project” quilt, see the sample at the shop or do your own thing. Lunch is included – $20.00.
Beth Cameron’s Tree Frog Class comes on Thursday, May 2. Don’t miss this opportunity to take a class from the pattern designer.
Are you taking the challenge to make a little quilt for the orphans? Check out the ones that are hanging in the classroom. Deadline is Saturday, June 1 to have them at the shop.
Mark the date for the Garden Quilt show on your calendar, Saturday, June 15 at The Country Quilter.

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Get your SPRING on…

Up-Coming Events at The Country Quilter:

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING CHANGES:

The Wool Applique Club on Saturday, March 2 is for all those who have taken the Wool Applique classes with Linda. Come along and spend the morning working on your project. Linda will have all of her wonderful supplies available that day.
The Wool Applique Beginner Class ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED for Saturday, March 9 has been moved to WEDNESDAY, March 20th, from 1-4:00pm. Linda will have two pattern choices for you, and will lead you through the steps to complete your project. After this class, you may join the Wool Club.
The Wool Applique Club on Wednesday, March 20 is almost full. You must pre-register at the store or call 613 838 5541.
The Landscape Club also meets on Wednesday, March 20. Grace will be home from her trip with photos to inspire you! She is anxious to see everyone again. Bring your show and tell and your project to work on. Come and enjoy a pot luck together and
rekindle your creativity.
The next Landscape Class will begin on Wednesday, April 10, from 10:00 – 2:00 and will include three lessons.
The Poker Run starts on Saturday, March 23rd, drop in and pick up a card!
Think about helping with our Touch Quilt Workshop on Wednesday, March 27th.
Join in the fun of our Mini Retreat Day, Thursday, March 28.

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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

The 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.

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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.


IMG_6522The New Year is a great time to join one of our monthly groups!

The Scrappy Quilters meet on the first Friday of the month to make quilts for the Women’s shelters. Supplies are provided. Consider donating your time to help with this project.
There are three hand embroidery groups that meet monthly to explore new patterns and to learn and share in a relaxed and supportive environment. Join one or all of these groups. There are the Friday Morning Stitchers, The Friday afternoon Knotty Girls and the Saturday morning Saturday Stitchers. This is an entertaining way to renew your embroidery skills or to learn various stitches to enhance your projects. Remember handwork is portable and can be taken away with you!
The monthly Wool Applique Meeting is for those who have taken the Wool Applique classes. Linda will have her patterns and supplies at these monthly meetings.
The Landscape Club is for those who have completed the Landscape classes with Grace. It gives an opportunity to continue to explore further techniques and to share ideas.
The Fusible Club is an opportunity to explore all of the wonderful patterns available for machine applique with fusible web. You can choose to do any pattern that uses this technique. Beginners are welcome!
Touch Quilt Workshops are another charity event. All supplies and instructions are provided for making these quilts for dementia patients. There is a growing need for these quilts so consider helping with this ongoing project. The next meeting is Friday, January 25.
A Beginner Class will again be offered starting Saturday, February 23. Come to learn the latest methods of quilting. Many new techniques make piecing easier. This is the place to start to learn quilting techniques or to renew your skills. You may choose the size of quilt you wish to make or treat yourself to a new bed scarf or table runner

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Join us for our Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 1 from 12:30 to 2:30 to see demos, quick gift ideas and decorating tips. Enjoy some goodies and Christmas cheer. Bring a recipe to share.
On Thursday, December 6 from 12:30 – 2:30 the launch party for the Thirtieth Anniversary Celebration Project will take place. Sign up to join this exciting event – you will explore new techniques and creative ideas.
The Landscape Club on Wednesday, December 12 from 10:00 – 2:00 is for those quilters who have completed the course. Continue with your project or start a new one. Join the fun of sharing ideas.
The store will close on Saturday, December 22 and will reopen on Thursday, January 3, 2019.
Wishing you all a happy holiday with family and friends. Time to relax and enjoy quiet time together.
From all of us at The Country Quilter.

November at The Country Quilter:

Check out the calendar for all the on going events at The Country Quilter during November.

Touch Quilts: Saturday, November 3rd, from 10:00 to 2:00. Please consider donating some time to this worthwhile project. There is a growing demand for these quilts which are given to dementia patients. Bring your machine, all materials are supplied.

Landscape Club meets on Wednesday, November 14th from 10:00 to 2:00. This is a pot luck get together for those who have taken the Landscape classes.

Mini Retreat Day: Friday, November 16th, 9:30 to 2:30. This is a day to bring along your project and enjoy quilting, sewing or knitting with friends. Lunch is included. $20.00.

Lynne’s Purse: Friday, November 23rd, 9:30 to 2:30. Check out this new purse by a Canadian designer whom Lynne met during her vacation in New Brunswick. It goes together quickly, and is perfect for gifts. It can be a project bag or a fancy purse.

Stained Glass Place Mats: Saturday, November 24th, from 9:30 to 2:30. Last chance to make these mats before Christmas. You can choose to use seasonal fabrics or not.

Holiday Celebration: Saturday, December 1st, from 12:30 to 2:30. Join us for holiday inspirations. There will be demos, gift ideas, decorating ideas and goodies. This will motivate you to get started on your holiday preparations. Bring a holiday recipe to share with others. Please sign up for this event.

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October at The Country Quilter

First, let me express my gratitude to all who inquired about my safety, and the many offers of accommodation, warm beds, hot showers and food during my six days without power under the debris in Arlington Woods. I was fortunate compared to many on my street – my house and garden were damaged, but I still have a livable home.

Thank you,

Ann

Looking forward to a busy October with many classes and events planned.

The shop will be closed on Saturday, October 6th for the Thanksgiving weekend. Enjoy the turkey!

If you are attending the Wool Applique class on Wednesday, October 17th, please make sure that you have signed up for your choice of kit, as Linda needs time to prepare them. There are still a few places left in the class if you are interested.

Linda will be hosting a “Wool Day” when anyone who has taken the class is invited to attend, on Wednesday, November 21st. You need to sign up for this event.

For the Thread Painting Class, Friday, October 19th, you need to choose either the cardinal or the chickadee kit. Please call 613 838 5541, or email thecountryquilter@hotmail.com, before Friday, October 5th with your choice.

There will be another teaching session of the Landscape Class, November 8th, 15th and 22nd, from 10:00 to 1:00, for anyone who missed the first one.

The Landscape Club (for those who have taken the classes) will resume on Wednesday, October 24th. This is the pot luck club! Please indicate if you will be attending.

The next Mini Retreat Day will be Friday, October 26th, from 9:30 to 3:00. These days include lunch. Bring your project and sew with friends.

There will be a Touch Quilt Workshop on Saturday, November 3, from 10:00 to 2:00.

Happy Fall and happy quilting!

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Get ready for Fall: September at The Country Quilter!

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Beginning September 4th, 2018, The Country Quilter will return to regular shop hours:

Tuesday – Friday: 9:00 – 4:00pm

Saturdays: 9:00 – 3:00pm!

And all our activities are ready to go!

The Scrappy Quilters meet Friday, September 7, 9:30 – 1:00. This group of ladies donate their time once a month to make quilts for the shelters. They welcome new members.

Another charity project is the Touch Quilt Workshop. The first class is Saturday, September 22, 10:00 – 2:00. All supplies are provided for this class, just bring your machine and sewing kit. There is a growing need for these quilts for dementia patients. Consider joining the group.

Note that the Landscape Class has been moved to Wednesday, September 19, 10:00 – 2:00.

The Beginner Quilting Class starts Tuesday, September 25, 1:00 – 3:00, for 8 two hour classes. This is the place to start or restart your quilting career.

Friday, September 21 is a Mini Retreat Day (10:00 – 3:00). Bring along your project and enjoy the company of others while working. Lunch is included in the $20.00 registration.

The Wool Applique Class on Wednesday, October 17 has a few places still available. Those who are signed up need to choose the pattern they wish to do for the class, so Linda can prepare the kits. Please drop into the store to choose yours.

Check the calendar for our ongoing groups – Saturday Stitchers, The Friday Stitch Club, Knotty Girls and The Fusible Group.

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August at The Country Quilter!

Thank you for all of the generous donations that were brought in for Iqaluit. Ann will post a final inventory, but to date we have collected over 100 quilts and 127 pairs of sleepers! And many, many other things as well.

Join us Wednesday, August 8 for a Christmas Open House. Pick up some easy decorating and gift giving ideas. Stay for a visit and enjoy some “Christmas Cheer” and perhaps some treats!

Lynn has a lovely Stained Glass Place Mat that could inspire your holiday table, or help with your gift list. Wednesday, August 22, 10:00 – 2:30. Don’t forget to bring your lunch.

The two day sale on Thursday, August 23 and Friday, August 24 will help us with the inventory counting. There will be lots of specials, up to 50% off!

The store will be closed August 28 – September 4th.

A brief look at the upcoming months…

Landscape Class will start again Wednesday, September 12, 10:00 – 2:00 for three classes

Touch Quilt Workshop Saturday, September 22, 10:00 – 2:00

Beginner Quilting Tuesday, September 25 1:00 – 3:00 for eight classes

Wool Applique Wednesday, October 17, 9:30 – 3:00

Thread Painting with Bridget O’Flaherty! Date: Friday, October 19th, 12:30-4:30pm. Cost of class: $30. Kit with all supplies: $48

Sign up now for these classes, as spaces are limited and they are filling up quickly.

Phone The Country Quilter at 613 838 5541.


July at The Country Quilter

Happy Canada 151! I hope that all of those Canada 150 quilts are completed and on display for Canada Day!

Quilts in the Garden photos are up on our Facebook page!

The Friday Stitchers continue during the summer. The July classes are on Friday, July 13th. This is an opportunity for you to join in and discover what fun they have. Stitchers come from 10:00 to 12:00 and then Knotty Girls sew from 1:00 to 3:00.

Touch Quilts Another workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, July 17th from 10:00 to 2:00. Consider donating four hours of your time to this worthwhile project. The need for these quilts is growing as we are receiving more appeals for them. We even have had requests from dentists who use them to help calm autistic patients. The Grace Manor was thrilled to receive our donation and now want them for all of the patients. All materials are supplied for this workshop…please help us make these a reality for those in need.

Landscape Open House Wednesday, July 25th. Come along to see what is involved in making a beautiful landscape quilt. Please sign up if you plan to attend this open house to find out what fun we have designing these wonderful landscapes.The next class for landscape art starts Wednesday, September 12th, for three classes.

Christmas Ideas Coming in August…you can never start too soon. Look for various ideas!

Iqaluit Mothers Don’t forget your donations for the mothers who have to go to Iqaluit for delivery of their babies. Baby food, quilts, blankets, sleepers, baby and toddler clothes, school supplies and books are all welcome. Items are being collected at The Country Quilter for delivery in August.

A Thread Painting Class with Bridget O’Flarhety is being planned for the fall. Call to put your name down to be notified when the date is confirmed.

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Quilts in the Garden 2017!

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