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News from Quilter's JEM for the week of 9/18/19

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

Wasn't the Valley Shop Hop a lot of fun? Thank you so much to everyone who came and visited us! We have just a couple of our Sock-It-to-Me kits left, stop in soon if you didn't get one on the hop. These kits proved very popular, and when we re-kitted we had to change out some of the ombre colors - still just as striking and fun!

The next big event on our horizon is the North Star Quilters Guild's Quilting on the Red show, October 25-26. We'll be vending at the show, and on October 27 one of the show presenters, Pamela Goecke Dinndorf (Aardvark Quilts), will be teaching a class from her Parallel Lines book here at Quilter's JEM!

This is a great opportunity to learn from a national teacher and to get terrific advice and tips, specifically about using stripes. Stripes are attractive, dynamic, and open up lots of design possibilities,but sometimes we are timid about using them! This class will give you the confidence and knowledge to put these powerhouse design elements to good use! Lunch will be provided at the class - more details below in the class listings.

New in the shop are Garden Delights III jelly rolls and layer cakes from In the Beginning

and bolts from the Beauty in Bloom collection from Studio E.

Also new in the shop is the amazing Bernina 880 Plus!

The advantages and features of this top-of-the-line machine are numerous - from the embroidery capabilities to the fully automatic threading system,

the huge sewing and embroidery area to the speed, precision, and quiet machinery - and, OMG, can you say JUMBO BOBBIN?!, 

from the enormous stitch library to the ability to create your own stitch! Come in and see it for yourself!

p.s. That jumbo bobbin has 70% more thread capacity than your average bobbin!

Summer Moon Quilt-Along - last Kick Off meeting!
You can participate even if you couldn't make a kick off meeting, but sign up very soon so you don't miss out!

We are getting ready to start up our Summer Moon Quilt-Along in the third week of September- sign ups are open! All you need to play along is a book, a bundle of FQs, and some background fabric.

We have the book and FQ bundles in lots of different styles - modern, traditional, vintage, neutral, you name it! We'll have quarterly meetings to share blocks and progress, but this is primarily a sew-on-your-own event, with weekly emails in your inbox full of pep talk, tips, and examples! Give us a call, send an email, or stop in to sign up!

Upcoming classes:

Machine Quilting on Your Home Machine with Lorraine, new dates coming soon. Supply list available when you register for this fun and informative class!

Pincushion Party! Come join Alana for coffee and goodies as we launch our Pincushion Party Class on Monday, October 14 from 6-9pm. This class will meet monthly and will use the book Pin Pals to make a variety of pincushions that are fun and practical. Bring your sewing machine and we will provide all the materials you need to complete your pincushion for the month! There might even be surprises along the way! Think beaded pins...teacup pincushions... Sign up now to reserve your spot! $20/month, supplies included.
(October's project is this spooky-fun pincushion! Remember - all supplies are included - just bring your machine and your tools!)

Daphne bag with Pam! This handbag features an exterior accent, faux piping, zipper closure, an adjustable crossbody strap, two interior pockets, and optional rivets. We will have kits available for purchase, too! October 7 & 14, 7-9pm

Jelly Roll Rug
with Alana - next class 9/21 & 9/28, 10am-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:

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. Here is a great chance to get a friend or young person involved in your favorite hobby! Supply list provided at registration.  Dates coming soon!

Quilting 201 with Connie, for those looking to expand their skills. New sessions coming this fall!

Quilting 101 with Connie, an 8-week class that takes you through making a quilt from choosing the fabric to finishing the binding. New sessions this fall! The evening session starts 9/24, 6:30pm. The afternoon session starts 9/30, 1:30pm. Both run for 8 weeks.

Sunday, October 27th: Pam Dinndorf!
A full day class on a project from Pam's Parallel Lines book, lunch included!
We are so pleased to be able to offer a class on Sunday 10/27 with Quilting on the Red quilt show presenter Pamela Goecke Dinndorf. This will be an all day class, lunch provided, on the cover project from her Parallel Lines book. All the projects in this book are stunning, and we can't wait to learn more about using stripes to create dynamic quilts! Be sure to register soon; spots are being claimed!

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

First Friday with Connie October 4 at 6:30pm, must pre-register!

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. Next meeting: September 19 at 6pm.

Scrap Masters with Barb and Jan, the 4th Thursday of the month, 6:30-8:30pm ($5 per session) - next meeting is September 26. Join in the fun anytime! Bring a sandwich baggie of scraps to swap!

Happy sewing!
~ Kim