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April 18, 2019 : Barb’s Bulletin - May 2019

Dear Quilters,

I’m happy to announce that we have six new classes for the month of May!

The Jelly Roll Rug patterns have been so popular with all of you that they’ve come out with a round one! Ruthann will be teaching the Colossal Round Rug in May.

Irene will be teaching a Jay Bird Pattern called Lotus using the Hex N More ruler which I know many of you have. It’s versatile because you can choose from a baby to a king size. Irene is going to be a busy gal - she’s also teaching Camilla which is the third quilt taught from the Stripology Mixology book. Again, this one is versatile because you can choose from a wall to a king size. They both are stash friendly.

Many of you have asked for a smaller Judy Niemeyer design. Karen has chosen Poinsettia. You can make a 20” round or a square quilt.

Our third ‘mystery teacher’ is teaching Lil’ Stella which uses the Stripology Squared Mini ruler. There will be one more tablerunner in this series but you can still join in if you haven’t yet done so.

Yours truly will be teaching the “Think Spring! Workshop” again beginning May 14th. Thank you for making it such a popular class. In the future I’ll be doing Think Summer!
Think Fall! And Think Winter! to complete the series.

I just want to say once again Thank You for being a shopper at Mt. Pleasant and letting us fulfill your quilting needs!

Until next time…
Sewingly,
Barb

December 20, 2018 : Barb’s Bulletin January 2019

Dear Quilters,
    What do we all wish for in 2019?  I’ve heard people say: quality family time, health, peace, and prosperity….I would like to also add time.  It seems we all lead such busy lives.  Wouldn’t it be great to have more time to dawdle in the morning over a cup of coffee with friends, or more time to linger on a walk looking at flowers, birds, nature, etc, or more time to quilt?  That’s what I’m getting at…..quilting.  I’ve heard so many quilters say they would like more time to quilt. I guess we need to make time, we can’t wait for time to happen. Some gals tell me if they just sneak in even 20-30 minutes a day, it is very therapeutic for them. Sounds like a great goal!
    You will find ongoing and new classes for January - March.  Once again, you will find several new classes to choose from.  To name a few: Amish With A Twist IV BOM, Judy Niemeyer’s new Technique of the Month: Dinner Plate Dahlia, 3 or 4 classes using Gudrun Erla’s newest ruler, book and patterns, Knit & Purl - yes- a knitting class, and a Getting Ready for Christmas 2019 project! (Or make it a non-Christmas project using colors other than red and green.)
      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
 

June 26, 2018 : Barb’s Bulletin - July & August Newsletter

Dear Quilters,
    Welcome to summer! I’m still hearing my mom’s voice telling me to take time to “smell the roses.”  All of us pack a lot into our lives, don’t we?  I do eat my breakfast out on the back deck most mornings which I really enjoy.  Years ago, we cut a hole in the deck and placed a garden pond with a small waterfall in the cut out area.  I love the sound of the rippling water - very relaxing.  I have quite a few plants and another small garden pond on the ground right at the edge of the deck. I guess it’s my oasis!
    Attached is the Newsletter for July and August.  I have listed all the classes even if they are ongoing ones, so no one will be confused when their class is. Just make sure you read whether it is a New Class or an Ongoing Class.
    We are always closed Sundays and Mondays which makes it July 1st and 2nd.  I have decided to close on Tuesday, July 3rd and of course for the holiday, July 4th.  Therefore, Mt. Pleasant will be closed July 1st - July 4th.  See you on the 5th!  Have a wonderful July 4th holiday!
        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

February 08, 2018 : Barb’s Bulletin February 1

Barb’s Biweekly Bulletin - Feb. 1 2018


Dear Quilters,

    February already - but closer to spring…ugh…springs still too far away!
 
                        February Happenings:

I’m anxious to see how many quilters will be bringing their Tumbler Participation Challenge quilts this Saturday, February 3rd. .  Only the top has to be completed-
easy - right?  The grand winner will receive a gift certificate valued at the number of quilters who will be present with their tumbler top.  If there are 20 quilters, the gift certificate will be $20.00, if 100 quilters are present,the gift certificate will be $100.00. Also, the more participants, the greater number of door prizes there will be too! The winners will be determined by randomly drawing names of those participants present. You will be able to socialize, have show and tell, enjoy refreshments and hopefully have some fun!
    February also brings us our Annual Sweetheart’s Sale.  Any fabric with pink and red in it will be 30% off February 13th - 17th.
    Another February happening:  I am closing out our Siesta Sterling Silver Jewelry.  We have chains, pendants (and these are quilt blocks), bracelets and spacer beads to put on chains or to separate charms with.  All of the Siesta Sterling Silver Jewelry will be 40% off.  Remember you have to store sterling silver jewelry in a resalable plastic bag to keep out moisture to prevent tarnish.  You also need to buff it with a soft cloth.  A great gift for yourself, your friend or tell your significant other where a personalized gift can be purchased at a wonderful price!
    Until next time…...

Sewingly,
    Barb

November 14, 2017 : Barb’s Bulletin - November 14

Dear Quilters,

    It’s time for that Bi-Weekly Bulletin again.  How time flies!  This
Saturday - already——will be November 18th with our Holiday Extravaganza Open House from 10:00 - 3:00.  The elves stepped up their game (after I gave them more chocolate) and completed more samples and cut kits.  We will be ready for you on Saturday.  Shop is decorated too!  The decorating elves have been busy too!

    The second in the monthly series of “Two Halves Make A Whole” will be ready for pick-up and shipping on Saturday too!  You still can get in on the whole series if you haven’t already done so.  Just let us know.  There will be a patchwork and complementary part to each pattern…(.that’s where the two halves make a whole comes into play). I hope you will like “The Christmas Ball.” 

I hope to see you Saturday.  You will receive a free gift, can partake in some refreshments, and hopefully a lot of inspirational ideas.

Sewingly,
Barb

 

September 21, 2017 : Barb’s Bulletin - September 2017

Dear Quilters,
    Happy extended summer!  I’m writing this on September 21st - 77 degrees.  Remarkable! 
    I’m just going to give a quick over view of this newsletter.  You will only find 8 new classes for the next three months, as there are so many continuing classes that are occurring.  A Hand Embroidery/Open Hand-Stitching class and a Hand Embroidery POM—make sure to read the difference in the write-up,  3 different Christmas project classes,  the beginner’s class which is called Do-Re Mi - you know the song….“let’s start at the very beginning…”, Debbie Thomas is back with a new class using one of Deb Tucker’s ruler,  and of course the If You’re Stuck class for our Judy Niemeyer addicts!
    Save the date: Saturday, November 18th for our annual Holiday Open House
Extravaganza!  The elves have started their projects!  More details will follow!
    We are always closed Sundays and Mondays- additional closings are Thursday, Nov. 23rd and Dec. 26th.
    Enjoy the great extension of summer weather into fall!    Until next time….
Sewingly,
      Barb

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  

 

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

 

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