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News from Quilter's JEM for the week of 6/26/19

1525 Central Ave NW / East Grand Forks MN 56721 / (218) 399-0159 /
Quilter's JEM will be closed on Thursday, July 4th!

Hello Friends!

We're just past the summer solstice, and it's so nice to be in these days when it stays light until 10pm! I always feel like I can get so much more done in the summer - I'm not saying I *actually* get more done, but it does feel like I could.

In anticipation of the 4th of July, we'll be sewing up a classic Rag Time quilt in red, white, and blue plaids in the shop - stop in to see our progress! Dig out your Rag Time quilt pattern and start your own!

I'm excited to tell you about a new class coming soon: Learn to Sew! This class will teach the basic skills needed to use your sewing machine and follow written directions to make a pattern or two. You'll need a working sewing machine. We'll have a class for youth ages 11 and up and one for adults. Class will meet Wednesdays, July 24, 31, August 7, and 14, from 3-5 for youth and 6-8 for adults. Here is a great chance to get a friend or young person involved in your favorite hobby! Supply list provided at registration.

Now, get comfy, because here come lots of pretty pictures of all the new fabrics in the shop this week!

Let me start by showing you this fun new panel from the Saved by the Bell collection:

we also have coordinating bolts, including backpacks and words!

Mandala Tango from Blank - adorable little pigs and gorgeous coordinates!

Striking Australian designs from Kathy Doughty at FreeSpirit!

Frosted Flannels from Holly Taylor!

Pheasant Run is just begging to be made into something fun for your favorite hunter!

And from Laura Heine, fabrics perfect for use in her collage patterns!

From Sewn! we have the pattern Roam

and from Elizabeth Hartman, Spectacular Savannah joins many of her other patterns at Quilter's JEM.

Our JEM of the Week is the Boro pattern from Moda - we've got all the fabrics you need to make this beautiful quilt, too! (It would also be fabulous and in the bright, saturated colors of Kate Spain's Calypso Batiks!)

Save the Dates! August 1-15 A Minnesota Christmas comes to Quilter's JEM! The shop will be filled with holiday fabric, projects for your home and for gifting, decorations, treats, and Christmas cheer!

Congratulations to Jerilyn R. for being the closest to the right answer for how many years the staff of Quilter's JEM have been quilting! Be sure to stop in for your prize!

Next Quilter's JEM Trivia question: Of our regular staff of nine, how many attended high school in either East Grand Forks or Grand Forks? Stop in to enter your answer!

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:

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. There's still time to join!

Use the fabrics of your choice to create a beautiful quilt! Learn and practice piecing, applique, and paper piecing skills! Class will meet each third Thursday of the month.

Stella Block with Jennifer Halbur! July 16 & 17, 6-9pm. Save the dates!  Would be very beautiful made with some of our new Christmas fabrics that will be arriving soon!

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 102 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) or the evening class 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 of stripes and dots to swap!). Join us any time!

Happy sewing!
~ Kim