Welcome to the first edition of the WV Quilts newsletter! We’re glad to have you as one of our customers and want to tell you about the exciting things that will be happening here in the next couple of months.
WV Quilt Show in Summersville
This is not happening in our store, but we will be part of it! We’ll be at the show from June 23 through June 25, showcasing several new “short arm” sewing machines that Handi Quilter is unveiling. Also, we will have the new Simply 16 long arm. There are two very special things about the Simply 16: one is the price (only $5990) and the other is that it sits on a 5’ (yes, 5 foot) metal frame. Come to the show and try out this affordable, space saving long arm. If you do have the room, we can upgrade to a studio frame (just like the one my Avante is on) and the cost would only then be $6990. You could also add a pro-stitcher (the computerized quilting program) or you can add back handles so that you can do edge to edge quilting with pantographs.
Talking about machines, now is a good time to purchase. HQ is offering a special sales promotion through May 23 – 0% financing and $20 shipping. Or you can skip the 0% financing and get $500 off the price of any long arm machine. And, of course, any purchase of a HQ machine comes with education, education and more education. I am the Queen of Education!! I want my machine owners to love their machines and know everything about all of the capabilities of these fantastic quilting machines. I want you to be able to use every wonderful feature. I bring in HQ educators about four times a year to hold weekend seminars. You do not have to own a machine to come to these classes. It’s a great opportunity to learn about quilting on a long arm, get some actual hands on time, and find out if a longarm would help you to get those quilt tops done!! Our next seminar will be July 15 and 16 with Mary Beth Krapil. She will be teaching everything you need to know about quilting with the Simply 16 and the Avante. And of course our staff is always available to help you with your machine whether you come into the shop for help, call us on the phone for help, and/or need us to come to your home for help.
We are offering some fun classes here at WV Quilts. We’ve already held a square tuffet class and that was great! The class members went home with some beautiful tuffets and we hear that grandchildren especially love these “seats”. Another class is scheduled for the square tuffet on June 3 and 11 and a round tuffet class is scheduled for June 4 and 11. The classes are filling fast, so please contact us soon if you are interesting in making a tuffet.
Not wanting to have only one fun project, we are also offering a BOM quilt entitled “Stitchers Garden.” Besides being beautiful, this floral appliqued quilt top gives quilters the opportunity to use both the decorative stitches on their sewing machines and those feet that have been in the sewing box for years, sadly neglected and unused. Our first and second set of classes filled up very quickly. We are now taking reservations for a third set of classes. This set will be held on the first Tuesday of each month beginning on August 2. Come in and take a look at the quilt top, get the details and sign up if you would like to make this quilt. Linda Terry is teaching the classes and reports that it is the most fun quilt she has ever made.
New fabrics are coming in each month. I love backings, so I try to buy every one that I can get my hands on. I’ve also ordered new Halloween prints (with glow in the dark skeletons), Christmas fabrics, more batiks, some great solids, a lovely floral from Eleanor Burns and some beautiful florals from Quilting Treasures.
Row by Row
We are participating in the row by row experience this summer!!! Our row is ready to display, our patterns are ready to hand out, our kits are made up , our license plates are ordered, and the row by row fabric has arrived. June 21 is the official start of the row by row experience and we can hardly wait!
We have a big rack of new patterns that recently arrived at the shop. Marty has been busy making samples of these. There are table runners, little zipper pouches, bags, a car organizer (you can add our WV Quilts Row by Row license plate to this – makes it really cute and great for a quilter) and a changeable pillow. There is also a darling elephant quilt and a mermaid quilt. Come in and get inspired with these projects!
We always provide lunch at our HQ seminars and Marie brings in a home-made dessert. At the last seminar she brought in a lemon dessert that was absolutely scrumptious. Here’s the recipe:
MARIE’S LEMON DESSERT
Combine 1 ½ cups flour, 2 sticks of butter at room temperature and 1 cup chopped nuts. Pat this mixture into a 9 x 12” plan. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes. Let cool.
Combine 8 oz cream cheese and 1 cup confectioners sugar. Fold in 8 oz Cool Whip. Spoon onto cooled crust.
Mix 3 small boxes of instant lemon pudding and 4 ½ cups milk. Gently pour on top of cream cheese mixture. Refrigerate until serving time. Do not expect any leftovers.
Dates To Remember
June 23-25 WV Quilt Festival in Summersville, WV
June 3 and 11 Square Tuffet Class
June 4 and 11 Round Tuffet Class
June 21 Start of the Row by Row Experience
July 15th and 16th Long Arm Seminar with Mary Beth Krapil at WV Quilt
August 2 new set of BOM stitchers garden classes begin