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January 05, 2015 : Barb’s Bulletin - January 2015

January - April 2015

Dear Quilters,

I have wished this for you every year:  Happy New Year to you and your family.  May you be blessed with good health and happiness!  (And of course, may you be blessed with the desire to quilt!)

Recently, I was watching the news one night, when the sports reporter showed what he thought was the best play of 2014.  Well….it got me to thinking about 2014 here in the shop.  The best notion that we discovered in 2014 was Grip Strips.  Every quilter from beginner to the most experienced should have these strips on their rulers.  They are little vinyl adhesive strips that you adhere to the edge on the wrong side of your ruler. You know how your ruler can slide a little bit when you’re rotary cutting?  One hundred percent guaranteed - no slipping and sliding if you have the Grip Strips on your ruler.  You don’t even have to move your hand up the ruler while you are rotary cutting.  The best $10 you can spend with no guilt!
   
I’ve decided to make a New Years resolution this year.  I’m going to make a quilt using leaders and enders.  I’ve always used a leader when I sew.  You know how the thread can bunch up into a bird’s nest under the fabric when you start out sewing or the fabric gets sucked down into the bobbin area, or the fabric doesn’t move and the needle keeps going up and down and creates a little thread ball….well I use a small piece of material to start my sewing with to prevent those problems and continue using it every time I start sewing so eventually it is covered in thread.  I toss it out and start with a new scrap.  So, I’ve decided to cut 2” squares from my scraps and sew two together at a time as my leader and also now sew one on the end of whatever I’m sewing to become my ender - but it becomes the new leader- a purpose now for those leaders and enders.  It’s sort of like sewing two quilts at the same time. I’m going to continue doing this throughout the year to hopefully end up with enough 16 patches to make a quilt.  I’m going to set it together with black. Years ago my mom made a scrappy 16 patch quilt set with black which was very striking.  Another reason now for thinking of my mom as I’m sewing. If this “leaders and enders’s” business sounds confusing, I’ll show you what I mean when you come in.  Have you made a New Year’s resolution?

• Quilt Away Weekend, Feb. 20th - 22nd.  Balance due Jan 16th.  There are still openings.  Give a call if you would like more information on our Quilt Away Weekends.  Remember no cleaning, no cooking, no obligations….only sewing!
• Quilt Away Weekend, Mar. 20th - 22nd.  Balance due Feb. 16th.
• Many of you want to make the Christmas Celebration Tree Skirt, and some of you have the kit, do not fear, I will be scheduling that in the next newsletter.  We need to wait until our 2015 Christmas fabric has arrived.

Check out the Monthly Sale page-there’s a sale every month.  Hopefully, there’s a class or two that strikes your fancy too. Enjoy the winter 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

September 02, 2014 : Barb’s Bulletin - September 2014

Dear Quilters,

    Where has the year flown to?  I can’t believe I am writing the last newsletter for 2014.  But I guess, if you’re busy - time flies! Thank you for keeping Mt. Pleasant busy.

    Quilt Away Weekend: Oct. 3rd-5th.  Balance due Sept. 10th. There’s still room, if you want to sign up. Call or email for more details.
    Quilt Away Weekend: Nov. 7th - 9th.  Balance due Oct. 11th. There’s still room,  if you want to sign up.  Call or email for more details.

    Food, Fabric and Fun: Balance due Sept. 20th.  There is room for 2 more passengers.  Call or email for more details.

    Monthly Sales: Check out the monthly sales page. Our 12th Anniversary Sale in Sept - Wow 12 years!  Doesn’t seem possible.  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?

    As you know Mt. Pleasant is a Judy Niemeyer Certified Shop.  A new certified shop pattern is being released in January 2015 called Paradise in Bloom.  Wait till you see it…..it’s yummy! I’m traveling out to Montana in September to receive instruction on the assembly for this pattern.  In the meantime, Mt. Pleasant is busy sewing the components of this quilt because when the quilt is completed, it is going to be photographed to be shown on one of the cover sheets of this new pattern.  It’s also going to be hanging in Timeless Treasures booth at Quilt Market in Houston this fall. We are excited!

    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

 

August 20, 2013 : Fall Winter 2013 Newsletter

Dear Quilters,
 
    Where has this year flown to?  I can’t believe I am writing the last newsletter for 2013! But I guess, if you’re busy time flies!  Thank you for keeping Mt. Pleasant busy.

    I got a chuckle out of the following-saw it on Pinterest.  I want you to know quilters, we all have our PHD’s.  Isn’t that great news?  PHD=Projects Half Done. Hope you’re chuckling!
   
    Quilt Away Weekend: Oct. 27th - 29th.  Balance due Sept. 14th.  Full, but can still call the shop to be put on the waiting list as life always seems to get in the way.  We have “newbies” to the quilt weekend every year.
    Quilt Away Weekend: Nov. 15th - 17th.  Balance due Oct. 1st.  Full, but can still call the shop as stated above.
    Forks and Needles: Balance due: Sept. 21st.
   
    Monthly Sales: Check out the monthly sales: Out 11th Anniversary Sale in Sept.  Wow-11 years! 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 punch able shopper card or quilt guild discount.
 
  Our Judy Niemeyer foundation paper piecing classes sure are a hot item.  Her patterns definitely have a unique look to them, don’t they?  It’s understandable what the fuss is all about.  I am so proud that Mt Pleasant is a certified shop. I’ve drooled over her patterns for years.  But Judy is the first to tell her certified shops: you have to do a variety of things, you just can’t feature JN patterns and classes…..and we are doing just that and will continue to do so-a variety of things. (Because I do drool over a lot of different patterns, techniques, and styles!)
   
    So many of you have responded to my plea about switching from U.S. Postal mail to email.  Thank you.  I’m sending out another plea again to see if there are any more of you who could do that also.  Please email me at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
 
    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

August 20, 2013 : Fall Winter 2013 Newsletter

Dear Quilters,

Where has this year flown to? I can’t believe I am writing the last newsletter
for 2013! But I guess, if you’re busy time flies! Thank you for keeping Mt. Pleasant
busy.

I got a chuckle out of the following-saw it on Pinterest. I want you to know
quilters, we all have our PHD’s. Isn’t that great news? PHD=Projects Half Done.
Hope you’re chuckling!
   
Quilt Away Weekend: Oct. 27th - 29th. Balance due Sept. 14th. Full, but can
still call the shop to be put on the waiting list as life always seems to get in the
way. We have “newbies” to the quilt weekend every year.
Quilt Away Weekend: Nov. 15th - 17th. Balance due Oct. 1st. Full, but can still
call the shop as stated above.
Forks and Needles: Balance due: Sept. 21st.

Monthly Sales: Check out the monthly sales: Out 11th Anniversary Sale in Sept.
Wow-11 years! 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 punch able shopper card or quilt guild discount.
 
Our Judy Niemeyer foundation paper piecing classes sure are a hot item. Her
patterns definitely have a unique look to them, don’t they? It’s understandable
what the fuss is all about. I am so proud that Mt Pleasant is a certified shop. I’ve
drooled over her patterns for years. But Judy is the first to tell her certified shops:
you have to do a variety of things, you just can’t feature JN patterns and
classes…..and we are doing just that and will continue to do so-a variety of things.
(Because I do drool over a lot of different patterns, techniques, and styles!)
 
So many of you have responded to my plea about switching from U.S. Postal
mail to email. Thank you. I’m sending out another plea again to see if there are
any more of you who could do that also. Please email me at
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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

December 20, 2012 : January-April 2013

January - April 2013

Dear Quilters,

    Happy New Year to you and your family!  Each time I write a newsletter, I keep wondering how will I ever find new classes that I love more than the ones I just scheduled since I truly love every class that I write about.  Well, the classes in this newsletter I REALLY REALLY love!  What will I ever be writing about next time in the May - August newsletter?  I guess time will tell!
    I wish to thank you for all the cards, hugs, prayers, words and kind gestures that you showed me when my mom passed away.  The support you gave at a most difficult time for me was overwhelming. I sincerely thank you from the bottom of my heart.  The redwork snowman quilt which was my mom’s last quilt that she made is hanging in the shop for the winter months.  She did all the redwork - my sister-in-law and I did the piecing.
• Quilt Away Weekend, Feb. 22nd - 24th.  Balance due - Jan. 18th.  Full, but you can still call the shop to be put on a waiting list as there always seems to be cancellations due to unforeseen circumstances.  We have new “weekenders” every year.
• Quilt Away Weekend, Mar.15th - 17th.  Balance due - Feb. 8th.  Full, but you can still call the shop as stated above to be put on the waiting list.
• Pillowcases:  Oh my - the pillowcases you donated!  They totaled 597!  Thank you so much.  The Cystic Fibrosis Department at Strong Hospital was grateful and truly amazed.  As you know from my past newsletter how the “Sixty-five Roses” logo came about- a very touching story.  A patient emailed the other day expressing her gratitude for the pillowcase she had received. When we announced this campaign originally, we said it would run through the end of 2012 - thank you very much for your contributions.  I would deem it a success!!
• It’s national “Visit Your Local Quilt Shop Day” on Thursday, January 24th.
When you visit our shop on that day and make a purchase, just fill out a   coupon to enter yourself in the drawing that will take place at 5:00 closing time. Winner will receive a $50.00 gift certificate! (You need not be present at 5:00 to win.)
• Monthly Sales: Check out the monthly sales: January Thaw Sale, Make A Deal Sale in February, Pajama Party Sale in March and a Coupon Sale in April. Now who doesn’t like a sale?
• So many of you have responded to my plea about switching from U.S. Postal mail to email.  Thank you.  I’m sending out another plea again to see if there are any more of you who could do that also.  Please email me at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
    Enjoy the winter 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                                                                  

August 13, 2012 : Barb’s Bulletin-Fall 2012

Dear Quilters,

I’m writing this Fall newsletter on July 27th. Seems a bit early doesn’t it, but to get it to the
printers and to you on time, it was a necessity. But I also had to write it early as I’m going on a
trip with my grandkids to Yellowstone for almost the complete month of August. We’re very
excited!

Probably the most grandiose thing to write about is our 10th Anniversary
Celebration Sale - Sept. 20th - 22nd. My, how these 10 years have flown! We’ve certainly shared
a lot of laughs, tears, worries, concerns, happy times, and of course the love and addictive
world of quilting with each other! Our Anniversary Celebration Sale events are listed further on
in this newsletter, but I do want to tell you about our 10 + 10 Promotion that will be happening
throughout our 10th year. As you know, you receive 10% off every purchase when you walk
through our doors. (Either 10% punched on your buyer card or 10% as a guild member.)
Well… on the 10th of every month for the entire year (8 out of 12 months at least, as it falls on a
Sunday or Monday when we are closed 4 times), we will choose either a book, pattern, notion,
fabric line, or kit, etc., and on that day you will receive an extra 10% off. That’s why we are
calling it the 10 + 10 event! You can buy it on the 10th while you’re in the shop, or call and
purchase it on the 10th.

Our t-shirt contest winners were: Cathy Judkins with the saying, “Quilting sews friendships
stitch by stitch”, and Janice Spiotta: “I feed my soul by the stitches I sew”.
T-shirts can be purchased with these quotes on them. One dollar of your purchase of a t-shirt
goes to Cystic Fibrosis. Contest winner Christina Robison’s saying is imprinted on our staff
t-shirts: “Mt. Pleasant Quilting…where it’s sew nice!”

Quilt Away Weekend: Oct. 19th - 21st. Balance due Sept. 14th. Full, but can still call the shop
to be put on the waiting list as life always seems to get in the way and we have “newbie’s”
every year.

Quilt Away Weekend: Nov. 2nd - 4th. Balance due Sept. 26th. Full, but can still call the shop
as stated above.

Forks and Needles: Balance due: Sept. 22nd.

We are having a fantastic response to our 65 Roses pillowcase drive. We started this mission
in honor of employee Lisa Miskell’s daughter, Meghann, who has Cystic Fibrosis. We have
received 260 pillowcases in about 4 weeks time! Why is it called “65 Roses”? Here’s the story:
Several years ago, a mom was talking on the phone regarding her son’s Cystic Fibrosis. He was
very young and had not been told he had Cystic Fibrosis. He thought she said 65 roses and
asked why she was talking about that. Hence, The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation adopted 65 roses
as their logo. Cystic Fibrosis patients can be in the hospital for weeks at a time throughout the
year for “tune-ups.” We decided it would be a great mission to give pillowcases to these
patients to brighten up their sterile hospital room. You get to fill out a ticket for every
pillowcase you bring in. For every 65 pillowcases, we draw a ticket for a $25.00 gift certificate-.
We’ve had 4 lucky winners so far!

As I always write in every newsletter because it’s so true….You are all fun, friendly, fantastic
women and men! I sincerely thank you for attending classes and shopping at Mt. Pleasant Quilting.
Sewingly,

Barb
Mt. Pleasant Quilting Company

April 17, 2012 : Barb’s Bulletin May - August 2012

Dear Quilters,
    Happy Spring and pre-summer to you.  I’m writing this the last week in March so all the news can get to you in a timely fashion.
    Probably one of the things I’m most excited about is an event that’s happening on Saturday, June 16th. It’s never been done before in Western New York- it’s a first!! We’ve had two Quilt Market events before with a tent out front when a sales rep has been here with swatches from 40 plus companies. You got to see the fabric as I see it when I go to Quilt Market to order. But this event is DIFFERENT. When I go to Quilt Market, they have an event that’s called Schoolhouse Series.  One day, one can rotate thru classes every 30 minutes.  All the newest patterns and books showing the newest fabric lines, new product demo’s, notions, etc. are featured.  Well….we are going to have a Schoolhouse! I’d like to give you a taste of what it’s like when I go to Quilt Market.  I ‘m writing this the last week of March, and I don’t go to Quilt Market until May 18th, so I can’t tell you what will be featured in our Schoolhouse, but I can tell you:
The Latest & Greatest One Day School House
event will be Saturday, June 16th with TWO tents out front.  Cost is $45.00 which includes a minimum of eight 30-minute classes and lunch.  Limited to 140 signups. (Car pooling would be great.) The doors will open at 9:00 am. You’ll need to give yourself thirty minutes or so to pick up your schedule packet. The events will start promptly at 10:00. There will be door prizes, give aways, special deals, coupons, and what else - I don’t know yet, because I have to attend Quilt Market to find out.  Call or email to sign up as the spots will go quickly!
    I’ve asked Penny Marble from Penny Marble Quilt Designs to screen print t-shirts for the shop to sell.  I’m asking for slogans you would like to see on the front of the t-shirt.
We will have our logo and name of course, but then a slogan underneath it relating to quilting.  We will choose 3 slogans for three different shirts and have them screen printed.  The winners of the 3 chosen slogans will each receive a FREE t-shirt.  Call or email your slogan - we will keep a running list of nominations.  Deadline is May 31st.
    A big thank-you to everyone who participated in the Hop For A Cause. At this writing, a total of $6311 in donations was received for cancer.  The raffle quilt $$ won’t be counted until May 12th, so there will be more coming. Pretty impressive for the first year!
    As you know we have a sale each month.  I’ve changed the sale for June as I’ve been thinking the book and pattern sale for that month was sort of boring.  The pajama sale in March has always been fun -so check out the monthly sales plus the new swimming attire sale in June!!
    The annual Western New York State Shop Hop is coming up, plus Fun In The Sun III, and hopefully you will find a class or two that fulfills your desires. I’ve tried to schedule a variety to fit everyone’s needs or desires.
    I’m still looking for people who would be willing to switch to email. Please let me know.
    As I always write in every newsletter because it’s so true….You are all fun, friendly, fantastic women and men!  I sincerely thank you for attending classes and shopping at Mt. Pleasant Quilting.       
                                                       
    Sewingly,  Barb

August 19, 2011 : FAll 2011

September – December 2011

Dear Quilters,

    I’m writing this Fall newsletter on July 31st.  Seems a bit early doesn’t it, but to get it to the printers and to you on time, it was a necessity.  When you finally get it, summer will be just about over.  Where did the time fly to?
    “Barn Quilts”: I’ve been hatching an idea!  Hopefully, many of you have seen the two “barn quilts” that I have.  Wild Goose Chase is on the front of the garage and Flower Basket is on the shed at the end of the garden.  Penny’s Stitch n’ Print made them for me.  They are digitally printed on vinyl and laminated to protect them.  You can have your favorite block pattern made, or choose one of the many block patterns Penny has.  The “barn quilts” can be any size you want.  Hang them outside any place: your porch, garage, house, shed, barn, etc. Let’s get to the idea I’m hatching:  We know how great the Barn Quilt Trail is in the Kendall area-let’s extend it all over.  Spread the word wherever you are. Wouldn’t it be great, no matter where we travel, to see a “barn quilt” displayed?  If you order them through Penny, I will be able to keep track of where they are and someday will be able to publish a Barn Quilt Trail listing.  Wouldn’t it be great to have “barn quilts” showing up everywhere? Penny’s website is www.pennystitch.com.  Phone #:585-591-8149.

Quilt Away Weekend: Oct. 21st – 23rd.  Balance due: Sept. 21st. Full, but can still call the shop to be put on the waiting list as there always seems to be cancellations due to unforeseen circumstances.

Quilt Away Weekend: Nov. 4th – 6th.  Balance due: Oct. 4th. Full, but can still call the shop as stated above for the waiting list.

Forks and Needles Cuisine: Balance due Sept. 15th.

Longarm Machine Quilting: Many of you have asked about our cut-off date for Christmas Longarm Machine Quilting.  As of this writing, I am not establishing a cut-off date.  I have 5 girls who work a considerable number of hours to quilt for you in a timely fashion.  We have been able to turn our pantos or edge to edge around in a MAXIMUM OF 6 WEEKS, and custom in about 2 months.  If it is really close to Christmas, give the shop a call and we can tell you where we are at that point.

Fabric prices: I’m sure we all are aware of the rise in fabric prices. Many of you and I have had discussions about this very topic. I have always bought the latest fabrics instead of close-outs. Close-outs certainly would be priced lower, but I am listening to you when you tell me you want the latest and newest fabrics.  I will continue to honor your wishes. Thank you for your input.

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.

9th Anniversary Celebration Sale: It doesn’t seem possible we will be celebrating our 9th year in business.  The tent will be up as usual! Make sure to mark it on your calendar as well as our other monthly sales.

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                      

July 19, 2011 : Great things are happening this summer!

NEW YORK STATE ROW BY ROW QUILT SHOP HOP

A fun shop-hop-like event. No passports and no cost to the customers.

Each participating shop designs a row pattern. Customers travel to the shops to collect the row patterns. Customers create unique quilts using at least 8 different shops’ patterns.

Prizes:

Each shop will award a bundle of 26 fat quarters to the first customer who brings in a completed (quilted, bound, and labeled) row quilt using rows from at least 8 different shops. When you pick up our row you will receive a list of other participating shops.

Challenge expires December 31, 2011. Limit one prize per quilter/quilt.

Here’s Mt Pleasant’s row for the hop:

Have you noticed the two “Barn” Quilt Blocks outside our shop?


   

More info will be coming in our September – December Newsletter regarding an idea I’m hatching…stay tuned!

       

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