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August 03, 2017 : Barb’s Bi-Weekly Bulletin - August 3

Dear Quilters,
    I’m still eating my breakfast out on the back deck and this is one of the petunia plants that I look at each morning. 

Doesn’t this picture just make you breathe in deeply and relax?  A great way to start the day.  Of course, this is one of the petunia plants that you look at on the front deck as you enter the shop.

I have added another class to the calendar: “Twinkle Star” by Judy Niemeyer has been requested.

Twinkle Star
Thursdays: Aug 24th, 2:00 - 5:00; Sept 28th 10:00 - 1:00, & Oct. 19th 100 - 1:00
This 38” x 38” wallhanging/tabletopper is a beauty!  If you’re a newbie to the foundation paper piecing process by Judy Niemeyer or the JN addict, you will find success with this class and have it completed by the end of the 3rd class…....depending on…. if you do your homework!  You will make lone star units and learn to do curved piecing for the New York Beauty blocks.  Karen will guide you every step of the way.
Teacher:  Karen Bryant                                                   Class Fee: $45.00


    I need to make a correction for the pricing of the Tokens of Thyme BOM wool kit that was written in the July to September newsletter.  Due to incorrect information that a fabric company representative gave me, the cost can go DOWN!  Amazing - right?  The total cost of the 12 month Wool BOM kit will be $96.60 instead of $112.80.  Those who have paid the original amount will receive a credit.  If you haven’t signed up yet, stop in and see the 1st two months samples.  They are adorable!  Following is the paragraph taken from the newsletter:

Tokens of Thyme WOOL BOM
1st Thursday of every other month, starting Sept. 7th, 10:00 - 1:00, for 6 cycles, OR
1st Thursday of every other month, starting September 7th, 6:00 - 9:00 for 6 cycles
A wool applique BOM seasonal themed sampler-great for a variety of skill levels. This wool
sampler is made with 1 yard of background wool and precut (20) 10” wool squares in different
colors. The designer, Darci Schipnewski, said Tokens of Thyme reflects what she thinks of as the
months of the year unfold. This manageable completed project measures 18” x 24”. It can be
placed in a wooden frame, or displayed individually on a 6” wire rack for the changing months.
Kit necessary for class. Kit can also be shipped for non-class members.

    I’m off to a quilting retreat tomorrow with some gals from Watertown.  I was teaching a JN class there a couple months ago and…Voila….isn’t it great how we make friends through our quilting experiences?

    Until next time…......
                  Sewingly,
                              Barb  

 

July 13, 2017 : Barb’s Bulletin July 2017

Dear Quilters,
    Happy summer…(summer?)  to you.  I hope you’re taking advantage of the summer days when we get them.  I’m making sure that I eat my breakfast out on the deck each morning when it is a summer morning as I found myself not getting any fresh air at all on days when I was in the shop from morning to night and not attending a grandson’s soccer game -all four boys are involved in soccer now.

    This newsletter is covering the remainder of July, all of August and September.
Many classes are still ongoing through these months, but you will find 14 new classes listed.

    The Sale page lists the July - September sales.  To answer your questions about Christmas fabric:  I don’t have the majority of my Christmas fabric arrive until July or the 1st of August - therefore the reason for my Christmas fabric sale the end of August.  Our Anniversary sale is September 21st - 23rd.  We made it another year-sixteen to be exact!  The tent will be out front as usual with bolts taken right off our shelves and reduced to 50% OFF.  Mark your calendars - I’ll write more about it at a later time after I’ve had some time to dream up some added features! 

    Enjoy summer and as I always write in every newsletter because it’s so true: you are all fun, friendly and fantastic women! (And men-you are too!)  I sincerely thank you for attending classes and shopping at Mt. Pleasant Quilting.

    Sewingly,

    Barb

June 29, 2017 : Barb’s Bulletin June 29, 2017

Dear Quilters,

    Six months from now….Christmas will be over!  The only reason I’m saying that is because time is flying way too quickly.  Many of the conversations I have with so many of you -  is…where did June go?  I so often remember my mom’s sentence to me…“Barb - you aren’t taking time to smell the roses.”  I don’t think it’s just me, I think we’re all in a busy life style.  So - with that being said….here is July’s calendar.  Not a lot of new classes for the month because so many classes are continuing.  My two favorites for this month are Dance of the Dragonflies and Stitches From My Garden.  I’m making the second Dance of the Dragonflies because I love it so much!


Dance of the Dragonflies
Wednesdays, July 5th and Aug. 2nd, 6:00 - 9:00, OR
Tuesday, July 18th, 10:00 - 3:00, OR
Tuesday, Aug.15th, 10:00 - 3:00
Five iridescent dragonflies make a breathtaking statement on this 40” x 40” wall hanging. You will be able to create this beautiful wall hanging using a kit by Hoffman Fabrics that includes all the necessary laser cut, prefused appliqué shapes.  You will be able to choose your background color fabric. It looks harder than it is.  Your friends will think you slaved for days…...not so!
Teacher: Barb Miller                                                   Class Fee: $20.00

Crazy For Minis: Four-n-Square
Wednesday, July 12th, 6:00 - 9:00
Every other month, Pam has been teaching from Lynne Hagmeier’s book, “Crazy for Minis”, that uses mini charm packs (2 1/2” squares).  This month is the last in the series.  It uses 1-2 packs of the mini charms and a border fabric.
Teacher: Pam Keefe                                                             Class Fee: $15.00    

Stitches From the Garden
Thursdays, July 13th &  Aug. 10th , 10:00 - 3:00
Hand embroider a soft, cozy pillow to create the perfect accent for your favorite chair or as a gift for that special friend. A unique feature is the blanket stitch edging which completes the warm, rich accent flowers used as part of the main design.  It’s a sweet one!!
Teacher: Jeannie Gilbride                                                       Class Fee: $35.00

If You’re Stuck, Get Unstuck
Friday, July 21st, 10:00- 1:00, OR
Thursday, July 27th, 2:00 - 5:00, OR
Thursday, July 27th, 6:00 - 9:00
If you have taken a Judy Niemeyer paper piecing class at Mt. Pleasant and are stuck, or need the push to finish it, come and see us.  We will be here to help you! Remember, it’s ANY Judy Niemeyer paper piecing class. Let’s get you stitching again!
Teacher: Karen Bryant                                                         Class Fee: $10.00

Pineapple Trim Tool Technique Class
Tuesday, July 25th, 10:00 - 1:00, OR
Tuesday, July 25th, 2:00 - 5:00, OR
Wed. Aug. 9th, 6:00 - 9:00
If you purchased the Mini Pineapple Trim Tool at School House or plan on purchasing the trim tool, this is the class for you.  You will learn to make a block using this fantastic tool adaptable to 4”, 5” or 6” blocks. There are several patterns if you wish to choose from so you can utilize this tool in your future projects. 
Teacher: Barb Miller                 Class Fee:  FREE with purchase of Pineapple Trim Tool


“Sew Along”
If you would like to “Sew Along” with your friends,
or friends to be, pick and choose your Sew Along date(s).
Come and sew, talk, laugh, order out lunch if you choose-
just have a day away.  You will need to sign up though.
Cost: $7.50   The time will be 10:00 – 3:00.
The only available dates for July are: July 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th.

 


    Have a great 4th of July weekend…..and let’s all take time to smell the roses!

Until next time…...............

Sewingly,

Barb

 

June 01, 2017 : Barb’s Bulletin

Dear Quilters,
    Our Annual School House- Open House Event will be on Saturday, June 17th.  If you are unfamiliar with this event——let me tell you about it.  I will be traveling to Quilt Market in St. Louis where I will be seeing all the latest and greatest fabrics, patterns, notions, gizmo’s and gadgets.  I have no idea what I will be seeing there yet,  but will return with a lot of surprises, ideas, and products of the latest and greatest - or new to us items.  My dining room and Owen’s Office will become the warehouse until the big day of June 17th.  My staff and helpers will be busily sewing samples, getting demo’s ready, doing prep work.  On the day of the event all of this will be in the tent for you to enjoy.  We usually have around 10 - 12 demos taking place also. It’s an Open House Event -so come and go as you please on June 17th.  I do know of 2 new blender fabric lines that I love that will be arriving as a sales rep showed me a sneak peak!  (Can’t tell you though.) Also- something else I know of already that I just LOVE-LOVE-LOVE !  A sales rep from a specific company will be here to introduce it to you. (That’s all you’ll find out about it right now!)  And really - I don’t buy product for the shop unless I love it.  Hopefully, it’s what you like or love too!
    Oh well….enough of the love, love, love stuff…. when I return from Quilt Market, I will give you hints of what I found and purchased.
    Until next time…............,

January 24, 2017 : Barb’s Bi-Weekly Bulletin - January 24, 2017

Dear Quilter,
    January is just about over with.  What happened?  It seems like in the blink of an eye - we’re almost at the end of the month.  There were a lot more things I wanted to get done this month…... guess now I will just have to move them onto February’s list.

      Had I scheduled our Annual January Thaw Sale for this past week-end, it certainly would have equaled the 50 plus degree weather we had, but our sale is this week on Friday and Saturday, the 27th & 28th. 20% OFF on most everything in the shop- very few exceptions apply.  Been wishing to get that specific piece of fabric, notion, or kit….well now’s the time.  Hope to see you here!

  Good news for you!  There is availability in our February 17th, 18th and 19th ( Friday thru Sunday) Quilt Away Retreat.  It is being held at the Valley Oak Event Center in Geneseo, NY, which is attached to the Quality Inn.  Mt. Pleasant held the November Quilt Away at this facility and everyone gave it raving reviews from the ballroom where we sew to the lighting, to the food, the ambience, the personnel and to the newly refurbished rooms.  It starts at 9:00am, Friday morning and concludes on Sunday at 3:00pm.  The cost is $168 which includes all your meals - Friday and Saturday’s lunch and dinner, plus Sunday lunch, use of the ballroom, and your individual table.  A FREE continental breakfast is included for all overnight guests. You have to make your own reservation for a room by calling the Quality Inn: 585-243-0500.  To obtain your room, you will need to call the Inn directly:  Rooms are:  Single: $90 + 11% tax=$99.90 per night and say you’re with Mt. Pleasant Quilting to obtain that special rate. Double : $90 + 11% tax = $99.90 per night.  2 double beds in rooms, no smoking.  Each extra person after 2 people in the room adds a $10.00 charge to the room, plus the tax.  Depending on the number in the room, you would divide the total charge between yourselves. You are responsible for your room cancellation if need be.  A lot of fun, laughter, sewing time, and no cooking, laundry, or cleaning responsibilities.  It will be on a first come, first serve basis.  Mt. Pleasant’s number is 585-243-0767.  Hope you can join us. 

Until next time…...
Sewingly,
Barb
   

January 06, 2017 : January - May Newsletter Bulletin

Dear Quilters,
    Happy New Year to you and your loved ones.  May 2017 be a happy, healthy and blessed year for you.  I was visiting my daughter yesterday who was curled up under a soft cuddle quilt writing in her journal.  She has the most beautiful calligraphy writing skills and I enjoy looking at her creations.  She has been commissioned at times to write on quilts or write specific letters or certificates for various people. Anyway, I was looking at her journal and she was playing on the 365 blank page book that was penned by Brad Paisley and all over social media. The following was written on Dec. 31st by Brad Paisley: “Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365 page book.  Write a good one.”  Food for thought, isn’t it?  I’m sure some people will record their days, others will reflect what took place,  make a mental note what happened and give it a thumbs up, or maybe decide to tweak their reactions a little.  Regardless…I keep remembering a quote from my mom: “Make your good - better, and your better - best.”  Good philosophy to live by…right?
    Once again, there are lots of new classes listed.  I always schedule a snowman class in this newsletter as I feel snowmen aren’t a holiday item but a winter beauty.  Who doesn’t love snowmen?  The new Judy Niemeyer Technique of the Month pattern “Vintage Rose” will be arriving during the month of January with classes starting in February.  We’ve got butterflies, a Christmas BOM that you will have done in time for Christmas 2017, a patriotic wallhanging, a fusible workshop, three Debbie Tuckers classes using the Hunter’s Star tool, a free Arrowhead block technique class, a hand embroidery club, a Spring Bouquet Trio (JN placemats), a Mini’s class,  and a Cathedral Window Club , plus the two constant classes we always offer:  Do Re Mi -a great beginner’s class, and the popular-Stack-n-Whack class!  I hope I’ve planned something that will spark your interest.
    Check out the monthly sales:  January Thaw Sale, February-Deal A Day Week, March’s Pajama Sale, and April’s Coupon Sale.
    Please note: Mt. Pleasant will be closed, Saturday, May 27th, so my staff can enjoy the holiday weekend.
  As I always write in my newsletter because it’s so true: you are all fun, friendly and fantastic women! (And men-you are too!)  I sincerely thank you for attending classes and shopping at Mt. Pleasant Quilting.
  Sewingly,
  Barb

December 20, 2016 : December Bi-Weekly bulletin with January Classes

Dear Quilter,               
    I know a lot of your family members and friends are receiving quilts as a present this year.  How do I know this? ........by the number of quilts my elves have longarmed! They have worked long hours to complete the guaranteed Christmas list,  plus the Christmas Wish list has been completed too! Thank you for keeping our longarmers busy!
    Many of you have been asking about the new newsletter that starts in January.  I don’t have it written yet, but will get right on it after Christmas.  For the time being though, the first two weeks of January are posted on our classes/calendar tab on our website, plus written below:

Judy Niemeyer Potpourri Workshop
1st Tuesday of the month for 5 months, starting Jan. 3rd, 10:00 - 3:00, OR
1st Tuesday of the month for 5 months, starting Jan. 3rd, 5:30 - 9:00
Is there a Judy Niemeyer project that you want to do, but we haven’t scheduled a class for it yet?  This class is for you!  Karen will guide you every step of the way.  Some gals tell me they are afraid to start…..don’t be…..if you can sew on a solid line, use a rotary cutter and ruler… you can make a Judy Niemeyer quilt, wallhanging or tablerunner. Choose the pattern you want to do and sign up!
Teacher:  Karen Bryant                                   Class Fee: $15.00 per month
(50% due at sign-up=$37.50.  Remaining balance due midway thru classes.)

Hand Embroidery Club
1st Thursday of the month for 5 months, starting Jan 5th:  10:00 - 1:00
Love to hand embroidery or want to learn how?  Barb Higgins will guide you through all the necessary stitches and techniques needed.  This class is for any project you are working on or want to work on.  NOTE:  this includes wool projects and cotton projects! Come and relax at this 3 hour session to learn or brush up on your hand embroidery stitches. 
Teacher:  Barb Higgins                           Total Class Fee for 5 months: $37.50

Snowfall Mixers Classes: Friday-January 6th & Thursday-January 12th:
Reminder to all students in these classes: this is the last class for this project.

These classes are still continuing: Faux Thimbleberries, Love At Home, and the Fusible Workshop. If you have been in these classes, you are still registered.

Crazy For Minis-MC Sampler
Wednesday, Jan. 11th ,  6:00 - 9:00
Every other month, Pam has been and will be teaching from Lynne Hagmeier’s book, “Crazy for Minis”, that uses mini charm packs (2 1/2” squares). January features the 30” MC Sampler mini quilt. (Probably my most favorite one). It uses 2 mini charm packs plus background, borders/binding fabric.
Teacher: Pam Keefe                                                     Class Fee: $15.00

Sew Along Dates for the 1st two weeks of January:
Jan 4th, Jan. 7th, Jan. 12th, Jan. 13th,  and Jan. 14th.

Shop Holiday Hours:  Regular hours the remainder of December,  but will be closed Saturday, Dec. 24th, plus our normal closing on Sundays and Mondays year round. So, if someone is giving you a Gift Certificate - they need to do it before the 24th.

From all of us here at Mt. Pleasant Quilting to all of you:  We wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  May you all be blessed with love, happiness and good health!

Until 2017…...Sewingly,
Barb

August 25, 2016 : Barb’s Bulletin - September 2016

    In the blink of an eye, it was time to write my newsletter again for the fall semester.  What happened?  I guess we have all been “phewing” because of the heat.  It certainly has been a summer.

    This past week found my oldest grandson going off to college and my youngest grandson will be starting kindergarten in a couple weeks.  Again, it makes one pause to reflect on what has taken place over the past few years from infancy to the present time.  Great memories!  Any way on to the newsletter…. We all love sales, so do take time to read about the monthly sales.  Our 15th Anniversary Sale Celebration -(yes- 15 years - doesn’t seem possible)  is coming up so make sure you read how some lucky quilters will receive an extra 15% off their total sale purchase!

    Jo Morton’s “Gratitude” fabric line has arrived with charm packs and jelly rolls.  A new look for Mt. Pleasant.

    Who doesn’t love blue and yellow together?  Walking On Sunshine by Joanne Porter of Wilmington.  One can’t look at it without smiling!

    Enjoy the remaining days of summer. We will be closed on Saturday, Sept. 3rd, so my employees can enjoy the long week-end with their families. 


Sewingly,
Barb

August 04, 2016 : Barb’s Bi-Weekly Bulletin - August

   
    As I sit down to write this Bi-Weekly Bulletin to you this morning, it’s sort of a scary though to think that summer is almost half over with. Have I accomplished half of what I wanted to this summer?  Have I “played” enough? Have I taken the time to “smell the roses” as my mom would say?  There’s 3 days left in July so I guess I’d better do double time in the next 3 days!

    I did “play” for ten days in Portland earlier this month.  My friend and I went on a bus tour with Stitchin’ Heaven Travel Company to the Sister’s Quilt Show in Sisters, Oregon. A grand time was had by all!  Leading up to the quilt show which is always held on the 2nd Saturday of July, we visited 7 quilt shops, an alpaca farm, a lavender farm and the Multnomah Falls which is the 2nd highest fresh water falls in the U.S.  But of course, the highlight of the whole trip was the quilt show in Sisters on Saturday.  Quilts are only hung 1 day from 9 - 4, on the outsides of the buildings all over the town.  It took us the entire day to walk the streets to see the 2300 quilts! All week long, it had called for rain on Saturday so thought we had traveled the long distance for naught, but woke up Saturday morning and the rain forecast was gone.  It turned out to be a beautiful sunny day-fantastic quilt show-my batteries were energized and another item crossed off my bucket list. 

  Now back to reality….....Following are 3 lines that have arrived at Mt. Pleasant from Quilt Market:
    The NEW colors of Grunge by Moda:  Do you know you can use the “wrong” side of the Grunge for a solid? Check it out when you’re in!


  Sweet Tea by KariAnne Wood by Hoffman. A very pretty “sweet"line!

    Welcome Home by Maywood.  A Mixed Bouquet Quilt Kit is available too!

    If you like sunflowers, you will enjoy this class: Sunny Trio.  It is Thursday, August 4th. The 28” x 34” wallhanging is made using Moda’s Sunflower Song Charm Pack.  There are a few openings left.

 

    In a few weeks, I will be writing my Sept- Dec. newsletter- doesn’t seem possible.  Remember to evaluate your summer goals and see if you need to do double time in the next month to accomplish them or…. cross some off and say “Nope-I’m relaxing!”

Sewingly,

Barb

 

September 05, 2015 : Barb’s Bulletin September - December 2015

Dear Quilters,

    Where has this year flown to?  I can’t believe I am writing the last newsletter for 2015! But I guess, if you’re busy time flies!  Thank you for keeping Mt. Pleasant busy.

    Quilt Away Weekend: Oct. 2nd-4th.  Balance due Sept. 4th.  Some availability left. Call or email if you are interested.
  Quilt Away Weekend: Nov. 13th - 15th.  Balance due Oct. 9th.  Full, but can still call the shop if your interested to be put on the waiting list as life gets in the way sometimes, so we have “Newbies” at every retreat.

    Monthly Sales: Check out the monthly sales: Our 13th Anniversary Sale in Sept. Yes, we will still have the tent in the front yard with hundreds of 50% off bolts that we take right off our shelves and carry out side. Remember it’s 25% OFF total purchase STOREWIDE INSIDE too.  We are still continuing with all of our annual sales: The Annual Food for Fabric Sale in Oct., The Age Category Sale in Nov., and the Apron and Twelve Days of Christmas sale in Dec.  Now, who doesn’t like a sale? 

  10% discount: A quick reminder that every time you make a purchase, you always receive 10% off your purchase of regularly priced merchandise, whether it be by our punchable shopper card or quilt guild discount.

  Have a wonderful autumn adventure and a blessed holiday season.  As I always write in my newsletter because it’s so true: you are all fun, friendly, and fantastic women! (And men-you are too!) I sincerely thank you for attending classes and shopping at Mt. Pleasant Quilting. 

Sewingly,
Barb

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