Pieceful Gathering Quilt Shop

Pieceful Gathering Quilt Shop

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Pieceful Summer Classes

Hello Pieceful Quilters!

Registration has started and I am really pleased with our class offerings for the Summer Session (May - August). Our teachers have come up with some really neat quilts and projects that are sure to tempt you into spending some Pieceful time with us. The samples are all up in the classroom so I will give you a little tour.

First, let's take a look at a couple of things that every quilter needs, the thread catcher is being taught by Deb, and the Mat & Ruler Bag is taught by Theresa.

Next we have Stacie's Quilter's Essentials classes. How cute is the Origami bag? It is a perfect size to hold your small hand stitching projects or a beer. :) The Quilter's Journal is done in wool - isn't it pretty? There are several designs for you to choose from in this pattern from Country Threads. Every quilter should have a journal to keep notes and pictures of their projects. The little thing you see is an adorable needle case, which Stacie has made to match the Origami bag, and the big bag is the perfect size to carry a quilt or several project boxes. Sign up for one of these classes, or get a 15% discount if you choose to take all four! Such a deal!

Now we come to some wonderful bags that are being taught by Jean. Many of you know that Jean has been helping us by designing a lot of our Seasonal projects. She has a wealth of knowledge about sewing of all types, and we have finally talked her into teaching and sharing some of that knowledge with you. These two bags are both nice sized totes that are great for all sorts of things. With the "Green" movement, you can always use a larger bag, and wouldn't it be nice to have some pretty ones?

Moving farther down the wall you will find my Tumbling Blocks. The classes were so popular last session that we decided to do them again. Besides, I wanted to put a couple of pictures of the quilt in - they look so cool! The next is another technique class. Deb will teach you various methods to use when making half-square triangles. The quilt pattern is from Jo Morton and uses her Fairfax County line. We have a couple of kits available if you want to make it in these fabrics. Isn't it pretty?
Moving along to the back, we come to the first section of Katie's new wool Block-of-the-Month. I am sorry the picture isn't better. It doesn't photograph very well. I guess you will just have to come in and see it yourselves! The sweatshirt jacket is something I dreamed up. The strips are actually woven and then sewn onto the sweatshirt. It is fun to do, and easy. Demi is teaching the class, since I don't really sew clothes, so she can help you with any adjustments that might be needed. Next in the lineup is Deb's Pineapple Technique Table Runner, and Jolene's Star from Nickel Club. Both of these scrappy projects are perfect Stashbuster projects!

ext we have a couple of our ongoing clubs - Civil War Diary & Love Letters, and Baltimore Applique and Ladies of the Sea. Jump into either of these clubs at any time and create one or more of these beauties!

And - this is Joanne's new project for Beginning Hand Applique. She actually has 4 blocks for you to choose from. Do one, or all four. They are all just as cute and fresh as these ones!

Our Jo Club is planning to wrap up Club 8 this month, so they will be starting a brand new set of projects in the Summer Session. Jo's next club isn't available yet, so we will be doing our own thing using Jo's beautiful fabric. We are planning to choose patterns for several small quilts - probably Lori Smith patterns, or Carol Hopkins. I may even design another Pieceful Gathering Exclusive, since you all liked my Circle of Friends so much. I have a couple of ideas - I just need to find some time to write them up! This is the current Medallion project the club is working on. I love the way it looks with the wool applique in the center. Deb has chosen some great fabrics to do her rounds in, and the quilt is turning out to be quite a stunner!

There are several other classes and clubs, but if I mention them all, you won't get anything done today, and neither will I. Stop by the shop to see everything and register for your favorites. Our classes are filling up fast, so don't wait too long!
Have a Pieceful Day!

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