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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 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

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

April 28, 2015 : Barb’s Bulletin - May 2015

Dear Quilters,
    Happy Spring and pre-summer to you!  If there was anything to be in agreement about this past winter- it was that it was a long one!  We certainly are looking forward now to the wonderful rebirth of flowers and foliage.

    I wrote in my past newsletter about my new years resolution of making a quilt using leaders and enders. Did any of you take up the challenge?  I’m still sewing away with leaders and enders.  My pile isn’t as big as I want at this point as sometimes I’ve forgotten to do it-must be senior moments!  So, if you haven’t taken up the challenge yet, cut 2” squares from your scraps, sew two together,  and then continue with whatever project you are sewing on, and end with two 2” squares sewed together.  They will become the new leader for you.  Doesn’t make any sense to you?  Stop in and I will show you.  In the end they will be put together in 16 patches sashed with black.

    We are still doing School House, but in a revised format. Here’s the info on it: 

SCHOOL HOUSE-OPEN HOUSE-EXTRAVAGANZA!

Saturday, June 20th - 10:00 - 3:00
NEW FORMAT *  NO REGISTRATION FEE *  COME WHEN YOU WANT

I have decided to change the format for School House this year. We will still have a tent out front where you can see the demos - there will be some in the shop too! The day is structured as an Open House. The demos will be going on constantly from 10:00 - 3:00, so you can plan your day accordingly. I can’t tell you what the demos will be, as I haven’t been to Quilt Market yet.  I will bring back the latest and greatest notions, patterns, gadgets - whatever it is that I find!  You, the attendees will be the first to see all of the “goodies” that we haul back here.  Every attendee will receive a door prize. As you know from past years, you receive a sale price on all the “goodies” too.  We also will have special sales in the shop!  An event you won’t want to miss!

    The shop will be closed Saturday, July 4th and Saturday, September 5th.  Enjoy the summer…. and 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
   

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

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