What's New At PSQ

Thursday, June 30, 2011

What's New Week of June 26

Hi all!  Did you ever have one of those days when you had a list of "Things to Do"?  Well, today (my "Day Off" - she writes with a giggle) involved about 6 errands and the Long Arm quilting of a King Size quilt, writing the email and processing payroll.  By 2 pm I had finished all 6 errands (plus one extra I threw in for good measure), the quilt was more than half way quilted and I was getting cocky.  By my figuring, I would have the quilt, email and payroll done by 7 and I'd have the whole evening to watch re-runs of "Bones"!

Well, as we all know, just when we think we've got it all together, Fate steps in and trips us!  I won't go into the details but with literally HALF a row of quilting left, I got a call from the shop and....long story short, it is now nearly 8 pm and I'm just sitting down to write the email, payroll isn't done (but it will be to all my staff who just gasped!!) and I'm trying to eat my dinner as I type away so...I would say I'm going to keep the email short and sweet but the ship has already sailed on that one.

Nevertheless, I'll get it all done (sleep is overrated)...here's what's new at PSQ this week!
Quilts of Valor this Tuesday
Each month, PSQ welcomes a wonderful group of ladies who cut, press and sew quilts for soldiers returning from service.  This month, the Quilts of Valor Sew In will take place this Tuesday, July 5 beginning at 10 am and running until about 2 pm.  Many hands make quick work and result in lots of quilts.  Bring your sewing machine (or don't and instead help to cut and press) and join us for this wonderful cause.  We need all the help we can get to keep up with the number of returning soldiers.  Stop in and help us make a difference.

Northern IL Quilt Fest Shop Hop Starts Friday
This summer the collar counties of Northern IL are hosting a three month long Quilt Fest and Shop Hop (and they've welcomed a few of us quilt shops a little bit farther south to join in too!)  We have passports available now for the hop that will starts tomorrow, Friday, July 1 and runs through September 30.  We have our gift basket set out so stop in a see what you could win.

There are 22 participating shop AND when you visit a shop and get your passport stamped, you get 15% of all regularly priced items (excluding class fees and gift certificates) at the shop that day.  So, to get all the details, a list of participating shops and a list of all the great prizes including a Bernina 350 PE sewing machine and travel tote clink on this link to the passport siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/00875201106230633148577.pdf or stop in the shop and pick one up.  Lots of fun and lots of time to visit lots of shops.  Excellent!  There are also several quilt related events happening in conjunction with the fest all summer long so click here for more information on that, toowww.northernillinoisquiltfest.com

Prince Charming by Free Spirit Fabrics - This fabric line is fresh and crisp in gorgeous shades of coral, green, blue, teal, pink and more.  The fabric designs are bold and graphic and would make a perfect quilt for a tween or teen. 

Kaffe Fassett Collection - We just got in more bolts of the wonderful Kaffe Fasset line of fabrics.  Kaffe fabrics are known for their deep rich colors, bold designs and modern looks.  They play nicely with other fabrics and work fabulously together (even though they are very different in color and feel).   Check them out but be forewarned, once you try them, you'll want more and more!  And, that's okay!

The Quilt Life with Alex Anderson and Ricky Timms - This is one of the most beautifully printed quilting magazines out there.  This issue's cover is gorgeous with a fabulous tomato quilt in red, yellow, black and white.  Inside there is a great article on how to make your best lone star ever.  There is an article (with stunning photos) of a quilt show at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City that featured 651 red and white quilts.  And, another feature that brings nationally known quilter, Paula Nadelstern and her piecing genius to you through an informative question and answer session.  The Quilt Life is not your ordinary quilt magazine but, in my opinion it's an extraordinary quilt magazine that belongs in your quilting library.

Xanadu from Blue Underground Studios - The ladies at Blue Underground Studios continue to create one fabulous and unique quilt pattern after another.  When I saw one of their newest releases, Xanadu, I knew we had to make a sample from our gorgeous batiks.  And, I was right.  Check out this gorgeous, bright and beautiful quilt that is good size (a large lap/twin) that is easy to assemble and so appealing.  We have kits (but they are going fast so we're busy cutting more!).  

Scrabble Jack by Happy Hollows - Last week I told you about all the great Christmas kits we had gotten in.  Well, I didn't want you to think that I had forgotten about Halloween.  Check out "Scrabble Jack" - a fanciful, patchwork Jack O Lantern that is stitched together quickly and easily using the fusible grid method.  "Scrabble" like tiles serve as his teeth and spell out Happy Halloween.  So cute and a wonderful addition to your Halloween decorations.  

Hand Applique Primer
Saturday, July 2 from 1 pm to 3 pm and July 9 from 10 am to 12 pm
You've asked for it and now you've got it...a comprehensive course to learn everything there is to know about hand applique.  Instructore Leanne Hurley will walk you through the step by step process to learn needle-turn applique.  Each class will include terrific tips and tricks on how to handle points, inside and outside curves, bias strips and more.  Find out what tools work and don't work and get guidance from a true expert in the technique.  This class is the pre-requisite to the New Applique Sampler class.
Class Fee: $35 (includes kits)
Instructor:  Leanne Hurley
Level:  Beginner

New Applique Sampler

Saturdays, July 9 and 16 from 1 pm to 3 pm; Saturday, July 23 from 10 am to 12 pm; Saturdays, September 10 and 24 from 10 am to 12 pm; and Saturday, September 17 from 2 pm to 4 pm
Learn the more advanced techniques of needle turn applique while creating a beautiful sampler quilt.  Be amazed at what you can do!  Must have taken pre-requisite Applique Primer class.
Class Fee: $78
Instructor: Leanne Hurley
Level: Beginner

The Basics
Sundays, July 10, 24, and 31, August 7, 14 and 21 from 12 pm to 4 pm
Learn the basic techniques of quilting that will give each student a solid foundation to use as a spring board to more complicated projects.  Students will make a sampler quilt of 16 different blocks while learning numerous techniques and building a wealth of quilting knowledge.  Students who take this class will have learned the skills to tackle just about any quilting technique.  The Basics is an excellent opportunity to start at the beginning no matter how long you've been quilting.
Class Fee: $135
Instructor:  Barbara Rippel
Level:  Beginner

Have a wonderful long weekend and a Happy Fourth!  The Deerings will be enjoying our annual viewing of our favorite musical "1776".  Who knew our Founding Fathers were also fabulous singers!  Remember, PSQ will be closed on the Fourth but we're open all weekend and will re-open on Tuesday morning at 10 am.


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"Quilting With a Mission"
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BataviaIllinois 60510
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