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News from Quilter's JEM for the week of 6/12/19

1525 Central Ave NW / East Grand Forks MN 56721 / (218) 399-0159 /

Hello Friends!

I have a couple new things to tell you about! We have the 17" square felted wool pressing mats now available - these are terrific for pressing blocks and getting those seams as flat as can be!

We have more Tilda books, including Hot Chocolate Sewing, Tilda's Studio, Sunshine Sewing, Seasonal Ideas Collection, and Homemade & Happy!  Each one is full of projects from quilts to softies, small household items to whimsical gifts. Just browsing through these books will cheer you up and spark your sewing mojo!

Our new Halloween kit is here! I know, Halloween seems like a long way off right now, but that makes this the perfect time to start a Halloween project!

The JEM of the Week is our All Star Bundle featuring Tula Pink dots and stripes and matching grunges, five 1yd cuts! If these colors make your heart sing, this is a great time to pick up this set of coordinates! Usually this bundle is $55.00, but this week it is $49.50!

Why take a class at Quilter's JEM?
I also want to say a few words about our classes and our amazing teachers. Because I have a "backstage view" I can tell you that our teachers work hard to make and master the projects they teach, they try things different ways to figure out the tips and tricks that will help you make it best the first try, and they put a lot of heart into their preparations for every class. So, what are the reasons for you to take a class at Quilter's JEM?                    * knowledgeable instruction!
* tips and tricks!
* camaraderie with other quilters!
* 15% class day discount!
* try something new (zippers? English paper piecing? embroidery?) in an encouraging &  helpful environment!
* make something you always meant to make but keep forgetting to squeeze in!
* get to know your LQS (Local Quilt Store) family!

That last one is important to us, because we want to get to know you, too! We enjoy learning your name and what types of fabrics and projects you like, seeing friends that you come shopping with, and hearing about your latest project.

Quilter's JEM Summer Trivia!
And because we want you to get to know us, this summer we'll be asking you a Quilter's JEM trivia question each week this summer. Come in with your answer - closest answer wins a $5 gift certificate; if there are multiple correct answers we will draw a winner! Here is our first question:

What is the cumulative number of years of sewing and quilting experience for all Quilter's JEM employees?

Our Sew in Love Quilt-Along starts later this month! More details below in the class listings!

Be sure to check the class listings below, especially if you are interested in learning to quilt using your home machine (6/19)!

The Stella class with Jennifer Halbur in July (details below!) gives you a chance to learn how to use the Stripology ruler, make a quilt from the new Stripology Mixology book from Gudrun Erla, and learn from one of Gudrun's very own test quilters (you can see her name in the back of the Quilts of Iceland book!). Jennifer has traveled to Iceland with Gudrun, and is sure to have lots of tips for using the Stripology ruler to its full potential!

Our Summer Moon Quilt-Along will be starting up in August - sign ups are open and we have the book and FQ bundles in lots of different styles - modern, traditional, vintage, neutral, you name it! Join the club for weekly emails with tips and examples!

Shop hopping this summer? If you and your friends or small group are shop hopping this summer, be sure to let us know you plan to stop by the shop - we would love the chance to plan something fun for you!

Summer Hours Reminder: Monday-Friday 10:00-5:30, Saturday 10-3, Sunday closed

Upcoming classes:

Reverse Applique Pillow with Jan! Make this beautiful pillow from Tilda Fabric's Sewing by Heart book - learn a fun new technique! Class is July 11, 1-5pm. Come in and see the sample!

We'll also have an embroidery class starting soon! Details are in the works!

Jelly Roll Rug
with Alana - July 10 and 17, 10-2pm. This is a two-session class and you can be just as happy with your finished rug as this class participant is! What does it look like when a Jelly Roll Rug class is rolling along? Like this:

Snowdrop Bag
with Alana, June 18, 10am-2pm

Quilting on Your Home Machine with Lorraine, June 18, 6-8pm

Sew in Love Block of the Month with Connie and Barb! This class will use Edyta Sitar's new book. Over the course of 12 months you'll meet to share your blocks and get tips and instructions for the next month.

Use the fabrics of your choice to create a beautiful quilt! Learn and practice piecing, applique, and paper piecing skills! First meeting is June 20 at 6:30pm. Class will meet each third Thursday of the month.

Stella Block with Jennifer Halbur! July 16 & 17, 6-9pm. Save the dates!

Improv Elements with Colleen Carlson! July 13, 10am-4pm!

Quilting 201 by Connie, for those looking to expand their skills. A four week session beginning July 29th at 6:30pm. Class dates: 7/29, 8/5, 8/19, 8/26,

Quilting 101 with Connie, an 8-week class that takes you through making a quilt from choosing the fabric to finishing the binding. Begins July 22nd (1:30pm). Quilting 102 is the evening version and begins July 23rd (6:30pm).

October 27th: Pam Dinndorf!
A full day class on a project from Pam's Parallel Lines book, lunch included!

Ongoing classes (classes that happen recurrently and/or that can be joined at any time):

First Friday with Connie June 7 at 6:30pm, must pre-register!

Note: There will be First Friday in July!

Scrap Masters with Barb and Jan, the 4th Thursday of the month, 6:30-8:30pm (June 27: bring a baggie of scraps in the pink or purple family to swap!). Join us any time!

Happy sewing!
~ Kim