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December 19, 2019 : Barb’s Bulletin- Retirement!

Dear Quilters,

    ......and now….. it’s my turn.  I’m going to retire!  After 48 years of working, 30 years teaching school and 18 1/2 years in my shop- I’ve made my decision - I’m finally going to retire! Mt. Pleasant Quilting will be closing its doors at the end of January. When I turned 75 this past August, it made me stop and ponder about my life and future.  I decided I wanted to stop making business decisions and let go of all the responsibilities that come with owning a shop.  Yes, I’ve had some “pretend retirement” times away from the shop in the past few years, but never without the knowledge that I still had a business I was responsible for.
    I’ve been very blessed to have had the staff that I have.  Without them, I could not have had my shop run as efficiently as it has.  I’ve been very blessed to have had you for customers.  You did find my shop “in the middle of a cornfield” as some customers have referred to it.  We are a destination shop, so thank you for making the effort to drive here for the sole purpose of shopping at Mt. Pleasant.  I certainly appreciate you and thank you for making my shop a success!


Now on to the nitty-gritty:

• The retail doors will close on Friday, January 31, 2020.

• The Quilt Away Retreats will still continue.

• THE FOLLOWING CLASSES ARE THE ONLY CLASSES THAT WILL CONTINUE:  (The ending month for those classes is listed below.  I will keep my commitment to those students to complete their projects.)

    Faux Thimbleberries Class taught by Jackie Roberts :
    thru April.

Judy Niemeyer Classes taught by Karen Bryant:
Karen is a Judy Niemeyer Certified Instructor.
      Amazon Star: thru February.
      Bali Wedding Star/Flowers For My Wedding: thru May.
      JN Potpourri: thru May
      JN Mixers: thru May
      If You’re Stuck, Get Unstuck: thru May.

Judy Niemeyer classes will continue thru the Spring at Mt Pleasant Quilting.  Karen is looking into options for teaching locations for the future.

Around We Go Class taught by me - Barb- until completion.

• Longarm Quilting Services:
• Gammill Classic Longarm Quilting Machine.   
            I am selling one of my two Gammill Classic Longarm
            quilting machines. It is the stitch regulated Classic
            model. I am selling the ten-foot table that has a
            hydraulic lift attachment which allows you to adjust the
            table to any height. The machine has had the properly
            scheduled maintenance for it’s lifetime. The girls will
            be using it until the doors close on January 31st. Please
            call the shop at 585-245-0767 if you’re interested in
            purchasing it.

• SALE for the month of December: Storewide: 35% off.
  ( It does not include what you have pre-ordered or what we have placed in the drawer for you.)

December Holiday Closures:
Sunday and Monday, the 22nd & 23rd (closed as normal.) We will also be closed Tuesday & Wednesday the 24th & 25.
    I’m happy about my retirement decision.  I’m healthy and well and looking forward to the next phase of my life.  Yes, it’s extremely bittersweet, but all of us have to make difficult decisions throughout our lives. I’ve told my grandboys that I’ve never worked a day in my life because I loved teaching for thirty years and have loved every moment of being a shop owner for eighteen and a half.  I thank you for the many laughs, jokes, tears that we’ve shared and the friendships that that have been formed. I certainly appreciate each and everyone of you and thank you for making my shop a success all these years. As I’ve always said in my newsletters: 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.
    Until next time…... you’ll still hear from me over the next month or so…....



October 21, 2019 : Barb’s Bulletin 10/21

Dear Quilters,

It doesn’t seem right that I am typing November’s newsletter now. What’s
happening? I saw a wooly caterpillar the other day and it seemed to have
a wider stretch of the orange in the middle than the dark on both ends.
So I looked it up. Here’s what I found:

“Cherokee would tell winter tales by the wooly worms. If the orange
on the back is larger than the black - it will be a mild winter.
If the black on the back is larger than the orange - it will be dark
and cold.” Have you seen one yet? I hope it looked like mine!

There are only 3 NEW classes for November with 10 continuing
ones and of course our
November 16th!

Until next time…..

June 18, 2019 : Barb’s Bulletin - School House 2019

School House 2019
July 26th & 27th

*New Format*

Choose 1 session either day:
10:00 - 12:00
1:30 - 3:30

Call and reserve your spot!

A $10.00 reservation fee will be refunded to you on your
School House day. 
32 people will be seated
per session.

Demos, demos, demos! Presentations of items brought back from Quilt Market that are brand new or new to Mt. Pleasant!

Guest presenters, plus Mt. Pleasant faces too!

Many, many door prizes!

Call today to reserve your spot!

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.

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.

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.



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….

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…......


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.

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. 


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