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Celebrating

our

38th

year!

January - March 2012

Celebrating our 38th year! January - March 2012 Erica‘s Happenings page 1 Happenings at Erica’s
Erica‘s Happenings

Erica‘s

Happenings

Erica‘s Happenings
our 38th year! January - March 2012 Erica‘s Happenings page 1 Happenings at Erica’s page 2

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Happenings at Erica’spage 1 page 2 September Sew-ers of the Month page 3 September Runners-Up page 4 October

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September Sew-ers of the Monthpage 1 Happenings at Erica’s page 2 page 3 September Runners-Up page 4 October Sew-ers of

at Erica’s page 2 September Sew-ers of the Month page 3 September Runners-Up page 4 October

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page 4 October Sew-ers of the Month

3 September Runners-Up page 4 October Sew-ers of the Month page 5 November Sew-ers of the

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November Sew-ers of the MonthRunners-Up page 4 October Sew-ers of the Month page 5 pages 6 & 7 Buses come

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Buses come to Erica’sMonth page 5 November Sew-ers of the Month pages 6 & 7 pages 8 - 22

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pages 8 - 22 People & Projects

pages 23 - 25 Crafter Kitties

8 - 22 People & Projects pages 23 - 25 Crafter Kitties pages 26 - 30
8 - 22 People & Projects pages 23 - 25 Crafter Kitties pages 26 - 30

pages 26 - 30 New & Noteworthy Books, etc.

pages 31 - 34 Fun Stuff, Nifty Notions, Cool Tools

pages 35 - 37 New & Noteworthy Machine Embroidery

Tools pages 35 - 37 New & Noteworthy Machine Embroidery page 38 Knitters’ Notes pages 39
Tools pages 35 - 37 New & Noteworthy Machine Embroidery page 38 Knitters’ Notes pages 39

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Knitters’ Notes35 - 37 New & Noteworthy Machine Embroidery page 38 pages 39 - 42 New Clubs

Noteworthy Machine Embroidery page 38 Knitters’ Notes pages 39 - 42 New Clubs for 2012 pages

pages 39 - 42 New Clubs for 2012

pages 43 - 63 Local Happenings

Watch for our next newsletter in March.

Local Happenings Watch for our next newsletter in March. Click on “New Items” on the left

Sew-ers of

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Sew-ers of 2 the Month September T here was a tie In our evening Creative Sewing
Sew-ers of 2 the Month September T here was a tie In our evening Creative Sewing

September

Sew-ers of 2 the Month September T here was a tie In our evening Creative Sewing
Sew-ers of 2 the Month September T here was a tie In our evening Creative Sewing
Sew-ers of 2 the Month September T here was a tie In our evening Creative Sewing
Sew-ers of 2 the Month September T here was a tie In our evening Creative Sewing

There was a tie In our evening Creative Sewing Club meeting. Cookie De Laurelle, South Bend, won with her Four Patch Stacked Posies quilt. It’s a sim- plified version of a Stack ‘N’ Whack, but it sure looks impressive. And she quilted it on her Handi Quilter, and did a great job with that, too. (If you live in our area, we have a class for this type quilt this session.)The other winner was Marlene Moore, Mishawaka, who made a beautiful appliqued witch wallhanging for her sis- ter.

Our daytime meeting also had a tie! Ann Littleton, also of South Bend, made this snowman quilt. She had embroidered centers, and the whole thing was put together with decorative stitches on her Baby Lock with the Cotton Theory tech- nique. Lots of stitching in this one!! Nancy Wenstrand from Sawyer, Michigan used her Viking Diamond to make her lucky granddaughter this embroidered purse with lots of accessories Lots of stitches in this little thing, too!

make her lucky granddaughter this embroidered purse with lots of accessories Lots of stitches in this
3 September Runners-up Jackie Mann (Granger) was runner- up in the evening with a beautiful
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September
Runners-up
Jackie Mann (Granger) was runner-
up in the evening with a beautiful quilt
she quilted on her Handi Quilter. she’s
been using up scraps and making
masterpieces!
There was also a tie for runner-up at
the meeting the next morning. Carol
Gaines’ (Niles) on point scrap
quilt is another beauty! and who
wouldn’t love the log cabin quilt that
our zip liner Mary Brouette
(Plymouth) made for her grandson
Drew and Jessica in Blowing Rock,
who were married on 11-11-11!

Runners-up

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Runners-up 4 Sew-ers of October the Month Jolene Swinehart from Goshen made these adorable quilts for
Sew-ers of October the Month Jolene Swinehart from Goshen made these adorable quilts for her
Sew-ers of
October
the Month
Jolene Swinehart from Goshen
made these adorable quilts for her
granddaughters and became our
evening Sew-er of the Month for
October. Runner-up was Karen
Lindley from South Bend, and you
can see her “zippy Strippy on
Steroids” (as named by her hus-
band) below in blue.

Judy Bodjack from St Joseph, Michigan, always makes quilts for her family that depict their special interests. This one, which won top honor, is motor cross. Runner-up was Marguerite Pluta (South Bend) with a black, white, and lime green quilt. She’s made lots of black white and bright colored quilts.

Note: you can get the pattern for the Zippy Strippy with the purchase of any strip set, like Jelly Rolls or Bali Pops. Karen did her own thing on the back, which is beautiful, too!

of any strip set, like Jelly Rolls or Bali Pops. Karen did her own thing on
of any strip set, like Jelly Rolls or Bali Pops. Karen did her own thing on
of any strip set, like Jelly Rolls or Bali Pops. Karen did her own thing on
5 Sew-ers of November the Month In November we had to cancel our evening meeting
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November
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In November we had to cancel our evening meeting because of that darned win-
ter weather that afflicts us here in Michiana! But things were stable by morning, and
we had our morning meeting. Judy Felty was Sew-er of the Month with a quilt for
her granddaughter. Sydney helped her pick out colors of fabric, most of which ended
up being pink!
Runner-up was Vicki Gibson from Goshen with her Hot Chocolate wallhang-
ing. Admittedly it was a UFO for a few years, but obviously worth finishing up! Vicki
also had a satin Christening dress that was a beautiful heirloom.
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Bus Trip, Quilter’s Delight, from Michigan

6 Bus Trip, Quilter’s Delight, from Michigan Guinn, Nancy, and Karen staffed the counter with warm
6 Bus Trip, Quilter’s Delight, from Michigan Guinn, Nancy, and Karen staffed the counter with warm

Guinn, Nancy, and Karen staffed the counter with warm smiles!

Nancy, and Karen staffed the counter with warm smiles! Becky demonstrated our popular “Trees for sale

Becky demonstrated our popular “Trees for sale.”

A snack to keep energy up, watched over by Darleen from our Receiving Department

up, watched over by Darleen from our Receiving Department And a good time was had by

And a good time was had by all!

Shop Hop Winners

Department And a good time was had by all! Shop Hop Winners We can’t always get
Department And a good time was had by all! Shop Hop Winners We can’t always get

We can’t always get photos of Shop Hop Big Winners, but we were able to get one of Joan Pierce from Chesterton (at left in black with our Cathy Mark), and Rhoda Bacon from

New Carlisle at right, with our Melodye Drake who looks reluctant to give her the basket!

(Just kidding, Melodye!)

Lucky ladies indeed!

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Another Bus Trip, Quilter’s Sewcial, from Ontario, Canada

7 Another Bus Trip, Quilter’s Sewcial, from Ontario, Canada Kim gave everyone a coupon as they

Kim gave everyone a coupon as they got off the bus, as we always do.

Fun shopping

as they got off the bus, as we always do. Fun shopping Fun shopping, and munching
as they got off the bus, as we always do. Fun shopping Fun shopping, and munching

Fun shopping, and

off the bus, as we always do. Fun shopping Fun shopping, and munching And every person

munching

as we always do. Fun shopping Fun shopping, and munching And every person left with our

And every person left with our famous purple bag!

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People and Projects in our News

8 People and Projects in our News Arlene Lehman (Niles, MI) peeks out from behind her

Arlene Lehman (Niles, MI) peeks out from behind her Card Trick quilt made entirely in the embroidery hoop. Gorgeous!

Trick quilt made entirely in the embroidery hoop. Gorgeous! Cidney Walter from Elkhart, IN made this

Cidney Walter from Elkhart, IN made this beautiful scarf for a friend. Lucky friend!

She used Debbie Bliss Angel yarn and Eros II yarn knitted together.

Bliss Ange l yarn and Eros II yarn knitted together. Donna Scaravelli (St Joseph, MI) won

Donna Scaravelli (St Joseph, MI) won 1st Place in the Sr Division a the Berrien County Fair! Her Play Dress was done on her Viking serger and is absolutely beautiful. It was the first time she had ever entered the fair. Congratulations Donna!

time she had ever entered the fair. Congratulations Donna! Two ladies in Mary's Ribbon Embroidery Class
time she had ever entered the fair. Congratulations Donna! Two ladies in Mary's Ribbon Embroidery Class

Two ladies in Mary's Ribbon Embroidery Class brought along projects they’d done. Lauren Strach from St Joe, MI, brought a number of fiber art pieces she’s done. She has entered and won ribbons, and now added Ribbon Embroidery to her many skills. Betty Hamilton, South Bend, shared her amaz- ing bead quilt that meas- ures about 5" x 7"! She also showed us the paper piecing she is working on as rehab for a stroke she suffered only a week before the class!

for a stroke she suffered only a week before the class! Connie Riddle from Granger, IN,
for a stroke she suffered only a week before the class! Connie Riddle from Granger, IN,

Connie Riddle from Granger, IN, took the Tiny Town class to learn applique. She also did a great job with her Handi Quilter to enhance each block!

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More People and Projects in our News

9 More People and Projects in our News Sandy Wagner from Dowagiac, MI, made her Fanciful
9 More People and Projects in our News Sandy Wagner from Dowagiac, MI, made her Fanciful

Sandy Wagner from Dowagiac, MI, made her Fanciful Flowers from Nancy Halvorsen’s Forever Spring fabrics and used lots of decora- tive stitches on her Babylock and Viking machines. Love the back, too!

on her Babylock and Viking machines. Love the back, too! Karen Lindley from South Bend, entered

Karen Lindley from South Bend, entered 2011’s “My Handi Quilter Story” contest and was one of the lucky people to win several days at the Handi-Quilter facility in Salt Lake City. She’s one of our most produc- tive HQ Club members, having retired from many years of teaching math. Karen designed her “Tree of Life”quilt from a picture on a post card. She made “Laura’s Quilt” for her niece’s college gradua- tion.

Quilt” for her niece’s college gradua- tion. Below left you see the back of the Zippy
Quilt” for her niece’s college gradua- tion. Below left you see the back of the Zippy

Below left you see the back of the Zippy Strippy on Steroids quilt that you can see in this issue’s October Creative Sewing Club Runners-Up photo.

(Erica’s note: I am fre- quently delighted to see new photos in my email as she continues to amaze me with her progress! She just started quilting a little over a year ago!)

She just started quilting a little over a year ago!) Janie Wagoner , from Las Cruces,
She just started quilting a little over a year ago!) Janie Wagoner , from Las Cruces,

Janie Wagoner, from Las Cruces, NM, also had a story honored by Handi Quilter. And we were hon- ored that she visited our store!

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More People and Projects in our News

10 More People and Projects in our News Karen Stutzman from Mishawaka brought in the ABC

Karen Stutzman from Mishawaka brought in the ABC quilt she made for her grandsons. Karen had an embroidery software program, but she didn't like all the designs. She stretched herself to edit the designs, replacing some with pictures more suit- able for boys. She also changed the fonts and designed some number and letter blocks to fill out her rows. Karen created fringed tails, manes and a lion's ruff for her critters.

fringed tails, manes and a lion's ruff for her critters. Over the years we’ve teased Judy

Over the years we’ve teased Judy Sulok (Mishawaka) that some of her co-workers must have babies just to get the great gifts that Judy makes for them. First child gets a quilt, so this was a gift for a second or third child.

a quilt, so this was a gift for a second or third child. Joyce Cardell from

Joyce Cardell from Peru, IN, brought in her Radiant Star quilt (Quilt in a Day: Radiant Star Quilts A12270). Our Nancy Fullen had helped her pick out the fabrics and she couldn’t be more pleased. Great job, ladies!!!

and she couldn’t be more pleased. Great job, ladies!!! Paula Fisette , from South Bend, made

Paula Fisette, from South Bend, made this Soul Mates (36652) cross stitch for her husband Rick who likes wolves. The cross stitch took Paula eight months to complete. The detail, and the number of stitches in this piece make it an amazing gift. She has started a new Tigers cross stitch. We’d love to see that when she finishes it.

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More People and Projects in our News

11 More People and Projects in our News Sally Hanso n from Niles, MI made this

Sally Hanson from Niles, MI made this Triangle Patchwork quilt for her daughter Beth and her hus- band Gabe for Christmas!

for her daughter Beth and her hus- band Gabe for Christmas! Sandy Myers from Elkhart, IN,
for her daughter Beth and her hus- band Gabe for Christmas! Sandy Myers from Elkhart, IN,

Sandy Myers from Elkhart, IN, brought in two magnificent quilts. Her Wild ! Flowers (19768) quilt is larger than the original embroidered quilt and simply stunning! Blossom Time, a previous Block of the Month, is applique, so Sandy is good at both types of quilt. Thanks so much for sharing!

Cheryl Barnes from Mishawaka, IN, is

excited

grandchild as a strong motivator! She made this quilt for her grandson Cody's 7th Birthday. I’m sure he loved it!

she

FINISHED a quilt. Nothing like a

She made this quilt for her grandson Cody's 7th Birthday. I’m sure he loved it! she
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More People and Projects in our News

Doreen Murphy from Cassopolis, MI, showed us her Journal Quilt. She made a block a
Doreen Murphy from Cassopolis, MI, showed us her Journal Quilt.
She made a block a week for a year. Each block is a memory, and
there are so many techniques used that we could look at this all day
and still not be able to appreciate it all.
at this all day and still not be able to appreciate it all. Teresa Simon from

Teresa Simon from Mishawaka, IN, is another of my Handi Quilter Club members who regularly shares finished projects. We’ve known Teresa for many years and have seen her master one thing after another, from machine embroidery ro embroidery software, to quilting and longarming and Pro-Stitcher software. Her pastel quilt had each square stitched separately on her Fusion and Pro- Stitcher! Her Mermaid quilt, below, is one of the few things she’s kept for herself. It’s a combination free-motion and Pro-Stitcher quilt for her bed. And her husband, Dana, is one of her biggest fans of all her accomplishments. (I’m another!)

quilt for her bed. And her husband, Dana, is one of her biggest fans of all
quilt for her bed. And her husband, Dana, is one of her biggest fans of all
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More People and Projects in our News

13 More People and Projects in our News Wanda Farr , from Buchanan, Mi, brought in

Wanda Farr, from Buchanan, Mi, brought in two gorgeous quilts to share! She pieced and quilted them herself. We loved the quilts, and also her jaunty hat!

them herself. We loved the quilts, and also her jaunty hat! Janet Alles from Portage, IN,

Janet Alles from Portage, IN, made this quilt as a Christmas present for her daughter, Janice. The pat- tern is I Am Blue from the book French Braid Quilts, #35937. Janet said that the instructions in the book were so clear that making the quilt was "easy-peasy." Janet started on a Friday and finished piecing on Sunday! Hard to believe it was that easy, but it’s sure beautiful. Lucky Janice!

it was that easy, but it’s sure beautiful. Lucky Janice! Jane Marz brought in the cute

Jane Marz brought in the cute Baby Bunnies quilt she made for her new niece. Jane is from Edwardsburg, MI. I wish she’d peeked out from behind the quilt!

MI. I wish she’d peeked out from behind the quilt! Joy Evard had a great time
MI. I wish she’d peeked out from behind the quilt! Joy Evard had a great time

Joy Evard had a great time knit- ting these scarves for a local bazaar. She used Tinseltown Yarn and she made one a day!

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More People and Projects in our News

14 More People and Projects in our News Janis Fleisher , Baroda, MI, likes to combine
14 More People and Projects in our News Janis Fleisher , Baroda, MI, likes to combine
14 More People and Projects in our News Janis Fleisher , Baroda, MI, likes to combine

Janis Fleisher, Baroda, MI, likes to combine machine embroidery and quilting. She even does some of the quilting in the embroidery hoop!

She even does some of the quilting in the embroidery hoop! Lisa Youngquist from South Bend

Lisa Youngquist from South Bend made these baby booties for baby Amanda, who was due later in the month.

Joan Nowak from Granger, made this snowman rag quilt from flannel. All that cutting was worth it!

rag quilt from flannel. All that cutting was worth it! Jeanette Barden from Goshen, IN, made

Jeanette Barden from Goshen, IN, made Over the River (left) and Honey Bunny Quilts. Next time we want to see your smile with them, Jeanette!

Goshen, IN, made Over the River (left) and Honey Bunny Quilts. Next time we want to
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More People and Projects in our News Zippy Strippy Everywhere!

Certainly our most popular quilt in 2011, we called our version the Zippy Strippy, though it’s been known by many other names. Here are some people working on them in class, with their finished tops, and many came in with the completed quilt. Hard to make just one, we’ve done them in several sizes now. (You can get our instructions with the pur- chase of any strip collection. Just ask one of the ladies at the counter, or note it in your- internet order.)

the pur- chase of any strip collection. Just ask one of the ladies at the counter,
the pur- chase of any strip collection. Just ask one of the ladies at the counter,
the pur- chase of any strip collection. Just ask one of the ladies at the counter,
the pur- chase of any strip collection. Just ask one of the ladies at the counter,
the pur- chase of any strip collection. Just ask one of the ladies at the counter,
the pur- chase of any strip collection. Just ask one of the ladies at the counter,
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More Zippy Strippy!

16 More Zippy Strippy! Carole Skibbe , Eau Claire, MI Sue Hirshler (South Bend) added borders!

Carole Skibbe, Eau Claire, MI

16 More Zippy Strippy! Carole Skibbe , Eau Claire, MI Sue Hirshler (South Bend) added borders!

Sue Hirshler (South Bend) added borders!

, Eau Claire, MI Sue Hirshler (South Bend) added borders! Dee Schlipp , also from Eau

Dee Schlipp, also from Eau Claire

Bend) added borders! Dee Schlipp , also from Eau Claire Martha Graham (Colon, MI) added some

Martha Graham (Colon, MI) added some fancy borders!

You can take Joan’s Zippy Strippy Class on March 3rd. See details in our local news section!

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It Runs in the Family

17 It Runs in the Family In our last issue we showed you projects from our
17 It Runs in the Family In our last issue we showed you projects from our
17 It Runs in the Family In our last issue we showed you projects from our
17 It Runs in the Family In our last issue we showed you projects from our

In our last issue we showed you projects from our Sewing machine technician, Kimmy Clear, and her brother, Kelsey, who have been winning ribbons at the Berrien County Youth Fair for years. At that time we did- n’t have these photos of three more prize winning sisters! Kelsey, age 17, made a machine quilted bird panel quilt, knitted and hand quilted pillows, and the smocked dress

modeled by Kevina. Kristen, age 13, made and hand quilted an elephant baby quilt that won Reserve Champion.

quilted an elephant baby quilt that won Reserve Champion. Kevina , just 7, Pink Quilt: Kevina
quilted an elephant baby quilt that won Reserve Champion. Kevina , just 7, Pink Quilt: Kevina
quilted an elephant baby quilt that won Reserve Champion. Kevina , just 7, Pink Quilt: Kevina

Kevina, just 7, Pink Quilt: Kevina (age 7, from Niles Mi) made the pink and black Thimbleberries, embroidered the towels, and knitted her sweater!

This is clearly a very talented family!

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People and Projects from Farther Away

We also love to hear from our internet customers! Many sent us photos. We especially like the ones with people in them, but we love seeing them all.

Sue’s mini quilt mini quilt Rachel’s
Sue’s mini quilt
mini quilt
Rachel’s

Carolyn Mathies from Fredonia, WI emailed to tell us how much she and two friends enjoyed making the mini whole- cloth quilt squares. She said it was a learning experience for all three and they liked how they turned out. So do we! She recommends the mini-quilts as a great project for any- one who wants to learn whole cloth quilting, but not do a bed-size project. They used a layer of cotton batting and a layer of high-loft batting. The blue lines dissolved easily by soaking the finished quilts in cool water for about 10 min- utes. Thanks for sharing, Sue.

Carolyn’s mini quilt
Carolyn’s mini quilt
min- utes. Thanks for sharing, Sue. Carolyn’s mini quilt When I got this note from Betsy

When I got this note from Betsy Pratt from Canton, CT, I was immediately in love with her characters! She wanted us to see what she does with our wool felt. She says it is excellent to work with and it allows creativity to really take hold. It sure does for her! Wow! I’d love to see more, Betsy!

It sure does for her! Wow! I’d love to see more, Betsy! Emily Land , Franklin,

Emily Land, Franklin, TN, sent us a photo of her Crabapple Hill’s Over the River & Through the Woods quilt. She did the handwork and gave her sister the panels and the fabric for her to piece as her Christmas present. What a great idea! I love it in red, too.

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More People and Projects from Farther Away

Mary Easton from Wakarusa, IN, first sent a photo of the quilt she made for her son, Lee, serving in Afghanistan, and then we were thrilled to get photos of him opening his quilt! While looking at pictures from "The Sandbox" Mary noticed how void of color it is, so she decided to make him a colorful quilt for his birthday. Her son-in- law's mother, Judy Weldy, (also from Wakarusa, and a Handi Quilter Club mem- ber, did the machine quilting. Thank you for sharing, and thank you, Lee, for your service! We hope the quilt helped keep you warm in the winter there. We know it added color!

keep you warm in the winter there. We know it added color! Patty Sahli bought one
keep you warm in the winter there. We know it added color! Patty Sahli bought one
keep you warm in the winter there. We know it added color! Patty Sahli bought one

Patty Sahli bought one of our finished models and sent the photo of it on her bed in the sewing space she carved out in her tent in Africa! She sent more photos of tops she has pieced there, including the patriotic quilt shown by two friends. She usually just pieced, planning to assemble and quilt when she came home just before Christmas The blue quilt she completely finished in her tent. Where there’s a will, there’s a way! She said she also taught two military wives to quilt and sewed patches on sailors’ and airmen’s uniforms. Her husband is in the army, stationed in Germany. Beautiful work, Patty. And thanks again to all who serve our country. We appreciate so much what you’re doing.

Germany. Beautiful work, Patty. And thanks again to all who serve our country. We appreciate so
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Our Staff is Productive, Too.

20 Our Staff is Productive, Too. Diane James , from our Sewing Deoartment, quilt- ed the

Diane James, from our Sewing Deoartment, quilt- ed the beautiful quilt that Kim Wilson (Front Counterperson) pieced for her daughter, Alex. The pieced back is fun, too!

pieced for her daughter, Alex. The pieced back is fun, too! Lisa Laskowski (Web Dept, Order
pieced for her daughter, Alex. The pieced back is fun, too! Lisa Laskowski (Web Dept, Order
pieced for her daughter, Alex. The pieced back is fun, too! Lisa Laskowski (Web Dept, Order

Lisa Laskowski (Web Dept, Order Dept and Model Dept) made this gorgeous purse using Amy Butler fabrics and a pattern from Amy Butler's Style Stitches 12 Easy Ways to 26 Wonderful Bags,

Kim also made a Lighthouse Quilt in to share. The lighthouses are machine embroidered using the Dakota Lighthouse Collection 970133.

using the Dakota Lighthouse Collection 970133 . Sharon Beaudin from our Shipping Department made a cute

Sharon Beaudin from our Shipping Department made a cute little camera bag she made. She said it was super easy and only took her 45 minutes to make! Fun and Flirty by This & That, A11588

Linda Ullery, Front Counter Staff, has been with us over 20 years! And I remember hav- ing her in a variety of my classes before that. Linda made this quilt for her daughter, Jackie. Jackie picked out the pattern and all the fabrics before she got married. Unfortunately, her husband isn’t as excit- ed about pink and brown

pattern and all the fabrics before she got married. Unfortunately, her husband isn’t as excit- ed
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More Staff Projects

21 More Staff Projects Cindy Foley , our Shipping Department Manager, crocheted lots of Christmas presents!

Cindy Foley, our Shipping Department Manager, crocheted lots of Christmas presents! They’re potholders and dish- cloths from the book More Than a Dozen Dishcloths, A10270. She also does counted cross stitch. The one on the right says, "The beatings will continue until morale improves." Hmmmm

beatings will continue until morale improves." Hmmmm On the right is Nancy Fullen (Front Counter Staff)
beatings will continue until morale improves." Hmmmm On the right is Nancy Fullen (Front Counter Staff)

On the right is Nancy Fullen (Front Counter Staff) made a version of APQ's Neutral Illusions from Stonehenge fabrics. She made the 3D quilt on the left for her niece, Sydney, from the book ABC 3-D Tumbling Blocks, A10940. Watch for Nancy’s class on 3-D in the spring!

, A10940. Watch for Nancy’s class on 3-D in the spring! Becky Adams our Sewing Department
, A10940. Watch for Nancy’s class on 3-D in the spring! Becky Adams our Sewing Department

Becky Adams our Sewing Department manager made this beautiful quilt for her sister Teresa MIller. The pattern is in Simply Charming Collection 44666.

To the right is her Rail Romp (#47344) Christmas Table Runner. She managed to make the entire table runner, including backing, using 5 fat quarters! Becky loves all kinds of sewing and needlework and her hands are always busy!

including backing, using 5 fat quarters! Becky loves all kinds of sewing and needlework and her
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More Staff Projects

22 More Staff Projects Karen Goodnough (Front Counter Staff), on the right, made this gorgeous purple

Karen Goodnough (Front Counter Staff), on the right, made this gorgeous purple log cabin quilt as a gift for her daughter, Michelle. Diane James did all the beautiful quilting.

Samantha Bond from our Shipping Department made this great T-shirt quilt for her brother. Can you tell he’s a Notre Dame fan? Diane quilted this one, too! When Diane isn’t quilting for friends, she is usually making her own huge quilts, so she’s never idle.

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23 Our Craft e r K i t ties Sadly, we lost three beloved feline
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Our Craft e r K i t ties
Sadly, we lost three beloved
feline companions in the last
quarter of 2011, bringing to an
end, the original family we had
built over twenty plus years.
We have the wonderful memo-
ries of all of them, and have
begun filling the holes left in
our hearts with our new boys,
Bernstein and Puccini.
This is Bernie, and he’s going
to be the quilting assistant.

From the beginning, he was on every piece of fabric he saw.

helping me put the accent fabric on the Giant Panda wallhanging I was work-

ing on.

this newsletter, in the New and Noteworthy Books and Patterns section.

Here he was

(you can read more about the pattern in an upcoming blog post and in

read more about the pattern in an upcoming blog post and in If you have photos

If you have photos of your Crafter Kitty that you’d like to share, please email them to me. erica@ericas.com

and in If you have photos of your Crafter Kitty that you’d like to share, please
like to share, please email them to me. erica@ericas.com Beethoven , 20 1/2, was a constant,

Beethoven, 20 1/2, was a constant, loving companion

Beethoven , 20 1/2, was a constant, loving companion Tchaikovsky , 17 1/2, was always Momma’s
Beethoven , 20 1/2, was a constant, loving companion Tchaikovsky , 17 1/2, was always Momma’s

Tchaikovsky, 17 1/2, was always Momma’s baby

Kassia, 8 1/2, lost tragically from a blood clot, a few days before Christmas, came to our home because she looked like Beethoven, the only two smoke colored kitties we’d ever seen. Early on, we had to see their eyes to be sure which one we were looking at.

We loved them all so much and their memories are blessings to us. See more Crafter's Kitties here.

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24 Local Craft e r K i t ties Animals rule in the Meadors’ home in
24 Local Craft e r K i t ties Animals rule in the Meadors’ home in
Animals rule in the Meadors’ home in Bridgeman, Michigan. Cheryl sent me so many great
Animals rule in the Meadors’ home in
Bridgeman, Michigan. Cheryl sent me so
many great photos, I had trouble narrowing
them down, but sure enjoyed them.
You can see they’re all quilt lovers, and it
doesn’t even matter to Oreo if the quilt is in
a hoop with Cheryl’s daughter Lilee trying to
quilt, or on Cheryl’s Fusion frame! You sure have
to love these guys to put up with so much help!
(As all of us animal lovers do, of course.)
active participant in the quilting process. So much so that I have to keep moving
active participant in the quilting
process. So much so that I have to
keep moving her off of the quilts while
I’m working on them because they are
hard to push around with her little
princess self on them :) ”
They obviously know they’ve got it
good!

Although these gals started out in South Bend, after they were rescued and found Lori Thompson, she took them back home to Kirkland, IN. She tells us, “ Lucy likes to sleep on the projects in the works, but Emmie is an

them back home to Kirkland, IN. She tells us, “ Lucy likes to sleep on the

So cute, Chris!

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So cute, Chris! 25 We have Fans! As soon as Arlene Forst unloaded her purchases from
So cute, Chris! 25 We have Fans! As soon as Arlene Forst unloaded her purchases from
So cute, Chris! 25 We have Fans! As soon as Arlene Forst unloaded her purchases from

As soon as Arlene Forst unloaded her purchases from the Shipshewana Quilt Show, Fiona took posession of the famous purple bag! Before that, all she had to sleep on in their Darien, IL, home was a cutting mat! (That’s undoubtedly not true, as she probaby claimed every piece of fabric, too!)

When Pat Patrick brought our newsletter into the house in Elkhart, her best friend, Maggi, knew a good thing when she saw it! Actually our online newsletter is so much better, but it’d be hard to sit on the computer screen. Pat, maybe you should print out this page for her!

screen. Pat, maybe you should print out this page for her! More Crafter Kitties Chris Hawkins

More Crafter Kitties

Chris Hawkins from Wichita, Kansas, sent photos complete with captions! Hers are definitely Crafter Kitties #1 I always have an assembly analyst when cutting out clothing or quilt parts.

#2 The first judge of my embroidered quilt gave me a paws up! #3 There's nothing better than laying on layers of fleece fabric.

#4

unless

it's laying on a freshly knitted afghan.

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N e w

&

B ook s

Not e w o r thy

Patterns

&

26 N e w & B ook s Not e w o r thy Patterns &
N e w & B ook s Not e w o r thy Patterns & Girls

Girls rule!

Girl's World makes that thought come to

life with its 21 sewing patterns geared for

girls.

hardbound book has a

pocket for the pat-

The book

The lovely

terns, as well as a colorful instruction book and pretty ribbon closure. Projects include pillows, stuffed

items, quilts, and clothing.

($24.95)

Quilt a Gift for Little Ones has 22 quilted projects for the special little person in your

life.

accessories will delight the mom, while cuddly

quilts and soft toys will make the

child smile.

for cute projects for the new arrival! A14230 ($24.99)

A14194

cute projects for the new arrival! A14230 ( $24.99) A14194 Charming nursery Perfect if you're looking

Charming nursery

Perfect if you're looking

A14194 Charming nursery Perfect if you're looking Travel the world with the beautiful book Knitting Socks

Travel the world with the beautiful book Knitting Socks From Around the World. The book is divided into regions of the world, such as The East, The British

Isles, Europe and so on.

ry includes three to seven knitted

sock patterns that are based on tradi- tional patterns or techniques from

that area.

book is for you! A14238 ($24.99)

Moving on to Ireland, we offer Contemporary Irish

Knits.

includes 20 projects with Irish traditional

Each catego-

If you love socks, this

with Irish traditional Each catego- If you love socks, this This volume details, as well as

This volume

details, as well as a modern take on

those traditions.

about Irish mills and Irish fibers.

Truly a wonderful book!

($24.99)

Crazy-Quilted Memories is one of the

most beautiful books to

come through here.

stitchery and embellish- ments used for these quilts is wonderful. Even if you don't ever put together a crazy quilt (though these designs

might inspire you), you'll enjoy this book just for the gorgeous hand tech-

niques!

tricks for laying out the stitch pattens

as well as creative ways to add but-

tons and photos.

You'll also learn

A14237

to add but- tons and photos. You'll also learn A14237 The There are some great tips

The

There are some great tips &

Wow!

A14231

learn A14237 The There are some great tips & Wow! A14231 ($27.95) Looking forjust a “little

($27.95)

Looking forjust a “little something”

to make?

Pretty Little Projects has pat-

terns for 100 great small items that

100

can be made in no time.

include pillow, pincushions, purses,

quilt art, kitchen accessories and on

and on.

you're sure to find the perfect thing

to whip up!

The Patchwork Valentine Table Runner is the per- fect accent for February. Pieced hearts and cut out

trim make this fes- tive runner very

charming.

of red, but you could soften the look by using pinks or even vintage

Items

No matter the occasion,

A14270

($19.95)

the look by using pinks or even vintage Items No matter the occasion, A14270 ($19.95) The

The pattern shows shades

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creams. A14250 ($9.50) Don't you hate it when the washer eats your

($9.50) Don't you hate it when the washer eats your socks? do with those single socks:

socks?

do with those single socks: Stray Sock

Sewing Too.

great book is filled

Here's what to

This

with the cutest crea- tures made from socks (and I'm ready to buy new socks to make some of

these).

the Wise Owl, the Cheshire Cat, Happy Monkey, and Dinosock.

are step-by-step instructions for cre-

ating 14 wonderful characters.

if you don't sew, this is one fun book! A14499 ($19.99)

Attention Fons &

Porter fans!

can find collections of their quilts in two vol- umes: Scrap Quilts and Favorite Quilts. Each book has more than 20 wonderful quilts, loads of color photos, and technique lessons. In just glancing through these books,

I'm ready to start sewing!

Quilts has beautiful ways to use up that stash: many of the designs have a

vintage feel.

variety of styles of quilts, pieced and

appliqued.

thing in one (or both) of these great

Some of the notables include

Now you

There

Even

these great Some of the notables include Now you There Even Scrap Favorite Quilts has a

Scrap

Favorite Quilts has a

You're sure to find some-

books!

Favorites A14517, Scraps

A14518

($24.95 each)

Favorites A14517, Scraps A14518 ($24.95 each) Yum! Kitchen is one book you'll want just for the

Yum!

Kitchen is one book you'll want just for

the recipes.

mind that they have great gift packaging ideas for those

The Creative

Never

yummy treats, the more than 100 food items will have your stomach growl-

ing before long.

candies, cookies, jams and much

There are breads,

more!

I'm ready to take home my

copy!

With this book you'll always

have the perfect gift and the perfect

way to package it.

A14574

($19.95)

gift and the perfect way to package it. A14574 ($19.95) What fun to Make Your Bed

What fun to Make Your

Bed!

has nine different bed

runners as well as matching and accent

pillows.

This quilt book

Give your

bedroom a whole new look with the variety of There are fun brights,

designs here.

elegant florals, and pretty seasonal

options.

change the feel every time you change

the linens!

If you're ready to try something new with your knitting, we have two new books to expand your skills:

Cable Ready and Fair Isle Basics & Beyond

(shown here).

ume has 10 or more projects that

range from simple to more complex, to teach you as you knit great items. Accessories as well as cardigans will have you practicing these techniques and growing in your knitting knowl-

edge.

A14584

Make several and you can

A14576

($26.99)

knowl- edge. A14584 Make several and you can A14576 ($26.99) Each vol- Cable A14587, Fair Isle

Each vol-

Cable A14587, Fair Isle

($14.95 each) Stash Happy Felt

Cable A14587, Fair Isle ( $14.95 each) Stash Happy Fel t offers 30 fun projects for

offers 30 fun projects for those of us who love working with felt

or wool.

Some proj-

ects also use fabric, like the Vintage Trivet or Hexy There are practical items,

stuffed

Stocking.

like the Lunch Bag or E-Reader Case,

and fun things such as the

Woodland Bears and Tree Trio.

There

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are also accessories, jewelry, and

home items, all with a touch of whim-

sy.

($16.95)

Welcome to Babyville! Baby Essentials Made Easy is the book that has all the wonderful projects you can make for your little one. There are also fabrics, buttons, labels, trims, and more, to complete the look! You can welcome the baby with a nursery filled with one-of-a-kind items, made just for him or her. A14596 ($10.99) Tilda's Studio offers a sweet range of projects for you & your home. The more than 50 items have a lovely gentle

What a fun book!

A14625

than 50 items have a lovely gentle What a fun book! A14625 Scandinavian feel. Angel dolls
than 50 items have a lovely gentle What a fun book! A14625 Scandinavian feel. Angel dolls

Scandinavian feel.

Angel dolls are charm- ing while the home

The

accessories will add a freshness to

your decor.

beautiful inspirational photos, so even if you never sew a stitch, you'll still

enjoy looking through it.

($24.99)

There seem to be lots of cute things for little girls, but boys can sometimes be overlooked. Now we have Sewing for Boys to help those of you with little guys. This book includes 24 projects with pattern sheets to create cute jackets, pants, pajamas, play clothes and totes. You can make him a one-of-a-kind wardrobe! A14817 ($24.99)

The book is filled with

A14626

wardrobe! A14817 ($24.99) The book is filled with A14626 I embellishment to a project, and the
wardrobe! A14817 ($24.99) The book is filled with A14626 I embellishment to a project, and the

I

embellishment to a project, and the book Enhance Your Quilts- Embellish was made to help with that process. Inside you'll find over 100 ideas for adding

love

to

add

a bit

of

fibers, buttons, stitching and other

embellishments to your piece.

are loads of photos to inspire you and

get that creativity going!

($26.95)

If you enjoy crochet,

but wish you could

knit, the Knook may

be just the thing.

crochet hook with a pointed end uses a cord to hold stitches

and creates a fabric that looks just

like knitting.

lar to Tunisian crochet, but with a few

differences.

well as several project books, which

also teach the basic technique.

have to try this myself.

($9.95), Books A14879-A14884 ($9.95

each)

Add a new dimension to your knitting with

Knitting Pleats

There

A14821

dimension to your knitting with Knitting Pleats There A14821 This The technique is simi- There are

This

The technique is simi-

There are 3 tools, as

I may

Tool A14885

technique is simi- There are 3 tools, as I may Tool A14885 pleats! will show you

pleats!

will show you how to create stunning gar- ments by adding all- over pleats or just a few perfectly placed The technique is fairly sim-

pleats.

ple, but the results are amazing.

Make

yourself a piece of wearable art

today!

The “Silver Darts” T-shirt is

especially cute, and the “Borderlines” Jacket is beautiful. The 15 other projects are equally distinc- tive. A14811

($24.95)

The 15 other projects are equally distinc- tive. A14811 ($24.95) A good reference boo k is

A

good reference book

is

often a great place

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New & Noteworthy Books & Patterns (continued) to start a project as well as to find

to start a project as well as to find help. We have Knitting Stitches and Crochet Stitches, Visual Encyclopedias. Here you’ll be able to see 350 or 300 stitch pat-

terns, respectively. Each stitch pattern is shown in a chart as well as written

out.

idea of what the stitches will look like. These useful volumes should be

on every stitcher's shelf! A14815, Crochet A14816 each)

Do you love color?

you think modern-style

quilts are amazing?

sure to take a look at

Colorful Quilts.

new book from Blue Underground offers 10 easy-to-sew quilts that feature clean

designs and bold colors.

Station” uses a Rail Fence kind of

block with strong colors to make it

modern.

Chinese Coin quilt done in modern

The color photos give you an

Do

Be

This

Knitting

($24.99

The color photos give you an Do Be This Knitting ( $24.99 “Union “High Rise” looks

“Union

“High Rise” looks like a

book has loads of basic information on doing English paper piecing and applique. A15126 ($27.95) As a knitter, I like quick “do-able” proj-

ects.

is filled with 25 wonderful hats in a variety of styles and skill levels. There are pretty lace hats,

interesting cable styles, fun and easy stockinette styles, lovely tams and

more.

offer a great place to try a new tech-

nique or stitch pattern (and you have a useful item when you're done). A15053 ($22.95)

have a useful item when you're done). A15053 ($22.95) Weekend Hats Hats are quick to do,

Weekend Hats

Hats are quick to do, and they

contributed by Cathy Mark

Additions:

We

With Ms. Pinny

Erica’s

I’ve always enjoyed Amy Bradley patterns

that incorporate her sense of humor.

have three new ones.

Cush, you could make this pincushion for all your sewing friends! It’s fusible applique 5 1/2" tall and there are two ver- sions included for hair or a hat. The letters are included for the side-

band which reads "ouch!" and "darn!".

Of course you could choose whatever word

"darn!". Of course you could choose whatever word prints and colors. “Loft” and “Snaps” you

prints and colors.

“Loft” and “Snaps”

you want!

A15171

have an Amish feel with black back-

(15.00)

The piec-

ing is basic, and the color choices do

all the work.

grounds and bright colors.

A15117

($21.43)

do all the work. grounds and bright colors. A15117 ($21.43) I love English paper piecing, so

I love English paper piecing, so I was happy to see the book New English Paper Piecing. This volume shows a faster technique for making your patches, and offers 10 pretty I especially like the quilt

The

projects.

pictured on the cover and the cute

“Shannon's Bag” shown inside.

the cover and the cute “Shannon's Bag” shown inside. 1 Little, 2 Little, 3 Little Quilters

1 Little, 2 Little, 3 Little Quilters is a 24 1/2" wallhanging that can grace your sewing studio or be a gift for a sewing sis- ter. A15170 (15.00) Then there’s Ms. Moody 2 Shoes. This is a mood quilt, to let everyone know your mood. The instructions let you make a two-sided pillow, two separate wallhangings, or an apron, with this quilt

know your mood. The instructions let you make a two-sided pillow, two separate wallhangings, or an
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New & Noteworthy Books & Patterns (continued) on your sewing room door. You can use either

on your sewing room door. You can use either fusible design to let peo- ple know how your day is going. A15169 (15.00) Of course one of my all time favorites is the Quilter's Yearbook. There are mix and match hairstyles, glasses, fea- tures, and shirts. Make

your own crazy quilters! What a fun quilt

to make with quilting friends.

could make “portraits” of herself and the others and have really customized quilts!

did one of myself as soon as it came in. 34297 (20.00)

I made Sue Pelland’s

I

Each one

it came in. 34297 (20.00) I made Sue Pelland’s I Each one Christmas Ribbons (A11221), using

Christmas Ribbons (A11221), using her Grande Leaves Galore Templates (59786).

There’s another beautiful pattern that uses two of

the templates.

Promise Ring was inspired by the tradi- tional wedding ring

The

Ring was inspired by the tradi- tional wedding ring The It’s perfect for couples who have

It’s perfect for

couples who have promised their love to one another, but

also just beautiful on

its own.

quilt.

A13751

(9.95) It uses the Grande and Petite

templates. Beth Ferrier’s More! Hand Applique by Machine is her second using her clever

applique method to make machine applique more like needle turn applique. She writes with humor, which always makes learn faster and

easier.

if you use the Wash-Away Applique Sheets I mention in the New and

Noteworthy Cool Tools and Nifty Notions column.

Book A15128

Noteworthy Cool Tools and Nifty Notions column. Book A15128 And it’s better yet, (24.95) I finished

And it’s better yet,

(24.95)

Notions column. Book A15128 And it’s better yet, (24.95) I finished the Giant Panda wallhanging from

I finished the Giant Panda wallhanging from Rob Appell’s Endangered Species collection and just love it! A13717 (18.00) I’m working on the Bengal Tiger now.

You can see Rob talk

Rob

working on the Bengal Tiger now. You can see Rob talk Rob A13718 (18.00) These are

A13718 (18.00) These are really much easier and quicker than

you would think.

about making them on YouTube.

uses Michael Miller’s Fairy Frost fabric, and Rob and Michael Miller donate $3 from each pattern to help support the endangered animals and those who take care of them, so you can have fun, have a fabulous wallhanging, and help the animals all at the same time.

I

have never paper pieced a cat quilt! So along comes the Curious Cats top- per and runner pat-

So along comes the Curious Cats top- per and runner pat- tern. It has three cats.

tern.

It has three

cats.

As an added

touch, you could applique whatever

color you like to represent your own cats. There’s also

a mouse toy you can make for your

fur people. I’m going to have to do that for our Bernie. Even with those short Munchkin legs, he kicked the stuffing out of three store-bought mice in just a week! A15025 (7.95)

almost every day!

Any page of our

website has a column on the left that tells you where to find things, and all you have to do is look for “New Items” in purple, and click to find out.

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Cathy Mark picked out these items:

Notions & Fun Stuff Cathy Mark picked out these items: We've started receiving some wonderful new

We've started receiving some

wonderful new hand dyed wool

charm packs!

have many in now,

We

and more are on

the way.

These

At

little packages have five 5” x 5” squares in one

color and different textures.

$8.50 these are a great way to

add to your wool stash!

A14876)

While you’re work- ing with fabrics and fibers, your hands can dry out and we have a solution. Lavishea Bars offer soothing moisture without a greasy feel. Shea butter is what makes them feel so good, and even with my sensitive skin, I can use these. There are a variety of scents available including a new one for men. ($8.00 each) Want to add applique to your project? How about a super fast & easy

(A14870-

to your project? How about a super fast & easy (A14870- Use the Slice Fabrique !
to your project? How about a super fast & easy (A14870- Use the Slice Fabrique !

Use the

Slice Fabrique! This electric cut- ter is wonderful! Choose a design from one of the design card collections, insert into

the cutter, prepare the fabric, push

a button and there you go!

shape is cut and ready to fuse. The Starter Set has everything you need to get started, and we carry the extra supplies and

design cards to continue creating

Starter Set

one-of-a-kind projects!

method?

The

59750

Fantastic Elastic will change how you use elastic for- ever! Now you can master elastic with a ready-to-wear look! Fantastic

Elastic is 1-1/2" wide but can be cut lengthwise to virtually any width, down to 1/4", without raveling or

compromising the stretch.

(8.00)

What a handy little iron the Handi-Iron

is!

under 10oz,

so

fect for classroom use and sewing and crafting while traveling. The non-stick coating on the sole makes it good for all types

of fabrics, hot wax art, or setting hot

fix crystals.

“hot plate mode” to use if you get hungry in the hotel room. LOL. A14520 (39.90)

($149.99)

get hungry in the hotel room. LOL. A14520 (39.90) ($149.99) A14501 It weighs it is per-

A14501

in the hotel room. LOL. A14520 (39.90) ($149.99) A14501 It weighs it is per- You can

It weighs

it

is

per-

You

can

also

set it

up in

A14501 It weighs it is per- You can also set it up in Wash-Away Applique Sheets

Wash-Away Applique Sheets are water soluble, single-

sided fusible sheets that are

eco-friendly.

motifs or print them with an ink-jet printer, fuse the paper

Draw applique

to your applique fabric, sew

on the motif, then just wash away the paper after stitching. Appliques are soft and flexible with- out the need to cut your quilt or

They also can

be used for applique Beth Ferrier’s

way, that looks like needle turn

applique.

New & Noteworthy Books and

Patterns column.

remove freezer paper.

I mention her book in the

25 Sheets -

8 1/2"

x

11" A15129 (15.95)

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We’ve added the new colors in popu- lar 30 weight Blendables to our

thread assortment.

These threads

work well for so many things on all the sewing machines we’ve

seen use it.

many things on all the sewing machines we’ve seen use it. We are closing out the

We

are closing out the less popular 12 weight, so if you’ve used and liked it, you can get discounted prices on the ones we have left.

Almost any way to use Blendables can be found in the book Fun with Sulky Blendables. Joyce Drexler has compiled great designs from national designers that include everything from a longarm shawl to punch needle mitten coasters and everything in between, including

serger thread and knitting.

delightful assortment of both hand and machine projects, with 7 bonus

projects on the included CD.

I’ve been in this industry a long time when I remember Eric Drexler, Joyce’s designer son, now with gray- ing hair, as a young child pictured in their early patterns and books!) A14752 (19.95)

I love to use Quilter’s C Clamps (47992) when working on my Handi

Quilter Fusion.

C Clamps (47992) when working on my Handi Quilter Fusion. There’s a (I know They’re so

There’s a

(I know

They’re so handy for floating, or putting on practice fabric. Now we have some for the HQ

or putting on practice fabric. Now we have some for the HQ Portable Professional Frame that

Portable Professional Frame that the

HQ16 uses (or other 1” poles), A14984 (18.99) and for the HQ Studio Frame (or other 1 ½” poles) and we

carry them exclusively!

(19.99)

The latest addition to the Quilter’s

Academy’s instructional video series Longarm Basics is

A14985

instructional video series Longarm Basics is A14985 Micro Quilting shows lots of micro designs, how to

Micro Quilting

shows lots of micro designs, how to mark

for them, and when to

use them.

tion to any quilter’s

It

Great addi-

tool box!

A14930

(16.95)

Of course when I saw the Mama and Her Kittens 35" x 41" wallhanging in the Thangles booth at Quilt Market, I knew I’d have to make it! The pattern comes with a full package of

the 2”

make both Mama and her kits (with lots left for more or

other projects).

Since my mature eyes don’t enjoy working with black, I made mine with

dark purple for the background, sash-

ings, borders and binding.

made up fabric packs with the brights

that we used A14100

made a “finishing kit” with the dark purple, A15201 and one with black, which is more dramatic, for those who

prefer black.

I first saw a “Cling-On” when some- one brought one in from one of her

“Cling-On” when some- one brought one in from one of her thangles that A14957 (10.00) We’ve

thangles that

A14957 (10.00)

We’ve

(12.99) and

Either is 12.99.

that A14957 (10.00) We’ve (12.99) and Either is 12.99. travels. the simplicity of the design, and

travels.

the simplicity of the design, and how decorative it was, without even thinking about its use for holding pins,

I loved

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33 New & Noteworthy Fun Stuff, etc. (continued)
33 New & Noteworthy Fun Stuff, etc. (continued) scissors, thread clips, etc. magnet that is encased

scissors, thread

clips, etc.

magnet that is encased in high- impact plastic that

It’s a

is strong enough to hold small tools and still light

enough to wear comfortably.

attached to clothing with a second

magnet inside so it doesn’t damage clothing.

I use a light box a lot, especially for

paper piecing.

light box is just the right size for crafters on the go or for this size piece. The slant- ed surface is tucked in an 8- 1/4” by 9-1/2” by 3-1/4” organizer case with a pull out multi-purpose palette with a storage compartment. It comes with a long life fluorescent bulb and 9v (ac) power but can also be operated using six AA batteries (not included). Of course, besides drawing guide lines

for paper piecing, you can trace designs, patterns, stencils, photos and lettering for greeting cards, scrapbook

pages, etc.

When I made my first wonderful Lazy Girl Candice Purse (50524), I used our new Studio Kat rectangular

It

is

The

5”

x

9”

GloBox

our new Studio Kat rectangular It is The 5” x 9” GloBox A12046 (49.99) rings .

A12046

(49.99)

Kat rectangular It is The 5” x 9” GloBox A12046 (49.99) rings . four in the

rings.

four in the package, so you only need one

package. A14768

(5.00)

feet, which I do with

any purse I make.

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are silver or nickel,

There are

I also added

(4.00) Mine

but there are gold and

brass versions also. we’re displaying that

purse in the store, I want- ed to make myself anoth-

er.

purse in the store, I want- ed to make myself anoth- er. Since I love my

Since

I love my Margo purse, but I’d made Candace to have

something a bit big-

ger.

So when I made

Candace to have something a bit big- ger. So when I made my second, I made

my second, I made one side Candace

(I do hope

I’ll show you

more about the bags in an upcoming blog post. I hope you read our

blogs!

and take a look.

you’re there, sign up to get email notifica- tion of our new posts.

put up a new one every other week, but got behind during the holidays. have a few almost ready to go now, but needed to work on the newsletter.

I

Candace doesn’t mind.

and the other side Margo!

I Candace doesn’t mind. and the other side Margo! We generally If not, please While It’s

We generally

If not, please

While

It’s always nice to have labels in items we give away. We have some new

ones. on Made with Love by Grandma

away. We have some new ones. on Made with Love by Grandma There’s iron- Lovelabe l.

There’s iron-

Lovelabel.

four 100% polyester, washable and dry cleanable labels in

There are

the package. A15056 (1.50) We also have three-yard cards that you can cut each one off and sew on. 100% Handmade Labels A15319 and Made With Love. A15320 Those are 5.99From bluefig, we have some new project and machine bags at a great price and quality. Of course my choice would be purple, but we also

, we have some new project and machine bags at a great price and quality. Of
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have lime and hot pink.

carrier holds most small to mid-size machines. Constructed of heavy poly, with a rugged ball-bear- ing wheel set, there are multiple interior pockets for additional storage. 19.25w x 14h x 9.5d A15113 (89.00)

I love ruler work with my Handi Quilter, and think of it more as

Ruler Play, not work!

(templates) somewhere in almost

every quilt I do!

The wheeled

) somewhere in almost ever y q uilt I do! The wheeled I use rulers In

I use rulers

In my Christmas

Ribbons quilt I used two of Ronda’s Rulers a lot! The Mini Arc

A13654

(10.50) and

nda’s Rulers a lot! T he Mini Arc A 13654 (10.50) and th e small Double

the small Double "S" Ruler A13655 (15.76) were invaluable for stitching in the ditch around the ribbon, and for feathers. There’s a book by Karen McTavish, Custom Curves A12808 that shows wonder- ful uses for all Rhonda’s rulers.

(24.95)

Dusty Farrell has some rulers he calls

rulers. (24.95) Dusty Farrell has some rulers he calls “ Radical Rulers , ” and I’m
rulers. (24.95) Dusty Farrell has some rulers he calls “ Radical Rulers , ” and I’m
rulers. (24.95) Dusty Farrell has some rulers he calls “ Radical Rulers , ” and I’m

Radical Rulers,and I’m going to try to use his Weave A15097 (14.75), his Flourish A15098

(16.75) or his Flex A15099 one (or more) of my

2012 quilts.

have a sampler with his tools so you can see how he used

(15.75) in

sampler with his tools so you can see how he used (15.75) in We them. N

We

them.

his tools so you can see how he used (15.75) in We them. N ancy Johnston

Nancy Johnston’s feather tools look interesting, too. There’s one that’s 5.25"

A15100

er that’s 7”.

(16.50) You can see how to

use them on our site. As I write this, the new

(12.50) and anoth-

A15101

book from Cedar Canyon, Rubbing Plate Roundup hasn’t come in yet, but it

should be soon.

(22.95)

plates with Paintstiks,

and I can’t wait to see

the new book!

meantime, we have the newest, Doodles Rubbing Plates and

In the

we have the newest, Doodles Rubbing Plates and In the A1264 5 I love rubbing they

A12645

I love rubbing

Doodles Rubbing Plates and In the A1264 5 I love rubbing they look amazing! Just look

they look amazing! Just look at these

samples!

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soon as the book, I’ll

There are

in

the set, and as

I can see

decide what project I want to use

some with.

Have you seen all our new precuts? Talk about making

things easy!

course Moda makes us hungry with all its jellyrolls, honey

buns, layer cakes, etc., but we also have our own build- ing blocks and logs and many other

and books now that use precuts, that

it really saves time!

of the strip sets, please ask for our

pattern for the Jiffy Strippy.

sure anyone who’s made one was able to stop at just one!

If you order any

A14860 (11.95)

Of

able to stop at just one! If you order any A14860 (11.95) Of There are so

There are so many patterns

I’m not

almost every day!

Any page of our

website has a column on the left that tells you where to find things, and all you have to do is look for “New Items” in purple, and click to find out.

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& Not e w o r thy

E m b r o i d e r y ,

e t c .

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& Not e w o r thy E m b r o i d e r

When Jenny sent me the photo of A Place in the Sun, I loved it immediately! I can see it in purple and yellow, but I know blue and yellow are a really popular combi- nation. It isn’t due in the states until next month, but we’re taking pre-orders. This latest book by Jenny Haskins features the quilt, step-by-step directions and photos along with all the embroidery and quilting designs to make it. All the embroidery and quilting are done in a 200mm x 200mm hoop including: blocks, sashing, scalloped borders and cornerstones, all of which incorporate built-in stitch cutting lines, pieced with the Jenny Join for perfectly flat seams. A14864 (59.99)

In the meantime, Jenny and Simon have been busy compiling special editions. These are wonderful collections with the designs and instructions for the project shown on the cover, and sometimes some bonus ideas as well.

Fiesta is a quilt made and designed by Simon. It reflects Simon's love of vibrant colors and exquisite fabrics inspired by his many trips to Mexico. This festive quilt is made of luscious silk in keeping with Simon's love of working with this luxurious fabric but can be just as beautiful in cottons. 50560 (49.99)

I Need a Little Christmas is a romantic Advent Calendar (for next year!) that incorporates Jenny's Magic Quilting in the hoop (with cutting lines so no measuring is required), Jenny Join (for perfectly flat seams) and Jenny's Embroidered

Join (for perfectly flat seams) and Jenny's Embroidered Decoupage technique! You cannot get much easier than
Join (for perfectly flat seams) and Jenny's Embroidered Decoupage technique! You cannot get much easier than

Decoupage technique! You cannot get much easier than this. 50561 (49.99)

Simon designed the Quilt- a-Matic Special Edition. He’s known for his love of vibrant colors and progres- sive quilting techniques which are gloriously shown in this latest quilt aptly named Quilt-a-matic. There are just four steps: Hoop and stitch all three layers, cut on the built-in stitch cut- ting line: piece with the easy Jenny Join, and bind your finished quilt. Almost auto- matic! 50575 (49.99)

Simon designed and pieced the striped blocks for this quilt with another collection in mind and Jenny and Robbie added these beautiful red floral designs and put them on Simon's pieced fabric. What a beautiful outcome! (However,

there was quite a discussion before it was finished - thus the name War Of The

Roses).

Cottage Rose, a unique double-sided quilt, not only looks amazing, it also teaches so many new & dif- ferent techniques. It fea- tures 6mm twin needle quilt- ing, stipple quilting as well as template placement for embroidery, applique and a scalloped edge binding which completes it beautifully. This quilt is quick and easy. A15428

it beautifully. This quilt is quick and easy. A15428 A15427 (49.99) (29.99) Roses For Mary is
it beautifully. This quilt is quick and easy. A15428 A15427 (49.99) (29.99) Roses For Mary is

A15427 (49.99)

This quilt is quick and easy. A15428 A15427 (49.99) (29.99) Roses For Mary is dedi- cated
This quilt is quick and easy. A15428 A15427 (49.99) (29.99) Roses For Mary is dedi- cated

(29.99)

Roses For Mary is dedi- cated to, and in memory of, Jenny's mother. It was a very popular collection pre- viously, with the instruc-

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tions in now unavailable Creative Expressions magazines. The Roses For Mary quilt designs and combinations are not confined to a quilt but can be used in many other applications such as pillows, wall hangings, table quilts and clothing. A15433 (39.99)

Renaissance is a very easy quilt to make with the blocks being straight for- ward to embroider and the piecing simple. This quilt is dedicated to Robyn Wilson, long-time friend, colleague and co-worker of Jenny and Simon in the studio. A15432 (39.99)

Peaches & Green is not only a beautiful quilt but also a teaching quilt with Jenny sharing some of her techniques. This quilt was one of the inspirations for her Heritage quilt and book. You will learn her Embroidered Decoupage technique to cre- ate free standing embroideries and The Jenny Join quilt-as-you-go with decorative satin stitches to piece the quilt sections together. A great quilt for the beginner through advanced. A15431 (39.99)

Jenny got inspiration from a number of sources for the Creative Fantasy CD. It’s a summer quilt, evoking the lovely scent of lavender perfume, gentle breezes and hazy days of calm and tranquility. A15429 (39.99)

and haz y da y s of calm and tranquility. A15429 (39.99) The Splendor Special bedspread
and haz y da y s of calm and tranquility. A15429 (39.99) The Splendor Special bedspread
and haz y da y s of calm and tranquility. A15429 (39.99) The Splendor Special bedspread
and haz y da y s of calm and tranquility. A15429 (39.99) The Splendor Special bedspread

The Splendor Special bedspread combines net, linen and lace, and features one of Jenny's signature designs - beautiful machine

embroidered lace. This is a creation by Jenny's good friend, Lucie, and it speaks for itself - simply stunning! A15430 (49.99)

A Little French Chic is a stylish table runner by Jenny and her fellow artist, Robbie, and it reflects their love of working with silk fabric along with the color pink and all things romanti- cally chic. These designs used on the table runner pictured are glori- ously large applique designs made up of two interlocking designs. 50668 (49.99)

The I Feel Pretty table or wall quilt is the perfect proj- ect for the time when you want to learn new tech- niques, play with tactile products and create an eye catching quilt to hang in your sewing studio to remind yourself of how pretty you really are, inside and out! 50648 (49.99)

At the Fall Quilt Market, I found a new company with really unique designs! These designs are digitized for use with Mylar. A color change chart is included with each collection with instructions about when to place the Mylar on the design and when to remove the excess. (This special fill is not recommended to be resized.) Here are a few of the ones we picked up, and we will add more if you like them as much as we do:

There are 16 Mylar Snowflakes, 15 for the 4 x 4 hoop and , 1 for the 5x7 hoop. Until you see one sewn out, you can’t imagine how beautiful it is. I’d gladly trade the real thing for these lovelies! A14996 (49.99)

trade the real thing for these lovelies! A14996 (49.99) But if we have to deal with
trade the real thing for these lovelies! A14996 (49.99) But if we have to deal with
trade the real thing for these lovelies! A14996 (49.99) But if we have to deal with
trade the real thing for these lovelies! A14996 (49.99) But if we have to deal with

But if we have to deal with snow, there’s no more fun way than embroidering the 12 5 x 7 Mylar Snowmen

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on everything! A14999 (49.99)

The Curly Mermaids collection has 12 Designs for the 5 x 7 hoop. These little beauties would be perfect for towels and little girl’s clothes. A14997 (49.99)

The Mylar Snowtime Penguins, 10 Designs in 2 sizes:

4 x 4 and 5 x 7 hoops will charm all ages. Their antics will have everyone smiling! A14998 (49.99)

Mylar 10 Fall Leaves for 5 x 7 hoops are beautiful! We made up a wallhang- ing that shows you the elegant side of the Mylar designs. If you live in the area, come see our sam- ples. If you don’t, you’ll have to trust us! You won’t be disappoint- ed! A14995 (49.99)

Laurel Burch designs always make the world A Brighter Place. This collection has an alphabet with the Laurel Burch feel and 10 typical Laurel designs, along with 4 designs to make up a fun birth sampler or wall hanging. A15130 (98.00)

make up a fun birth sampler or wall hanging. A15130 (98.00) One of our favorite gal-
make up a fun birth sampler or wall hanging. A15130 (98.00) One of our favorite gal-
make up a fun birth sampler or wall hanging. A15130 (98.00) One of our favorite gal-
make up a fun birth sampler or wall hanging. A15130 (98.00) One of our favorite gal-

One of our favorite gal- pals, Angie from Lunch Box Quilts, looks for- ward to summer with

Picnic Time.

designs are included to make a 24" x 48" table runner or a 60" x 60" quilt. They look deli-

Applique

cious! (And she tells me she’s hard at work on more collections for Spring!) A15131 (50.00)

Another new company from Quilt Market is also thinking warm! The Summer's Dance quilt is 58" x 75". Have fun stitching these lovely dragonflies and swirl bor- der blocks. You can use these blocks to piece this colorful quilt and enjoy the summer’s dance. A15058

(35.00)

And still thinking warm, is Wildflowers Gone Wild, a 50" x 63" lap quilt or wallhanging. Spring into this colorful garden quilt with bright fabrics or sweet pastels to add a touch of spring to any space. A15057

(50.00)

Color Garden also con- tinues with the warm feeling. You can stitch the colorful spring flower blocks and piece this 52 1/2" x 62" beau- ty in no time! There is a simple embroidery flower and an applique' flower included so you can change the look. An outline flower and an applique flower are included meas- uring 4" x 5". A15062 (20.00)

I’m for the warmth! When I write my next column, it should be warmer here in Indiana!

I write my next column, it should be warmer here in Indiana! You can see what’s
I write my next column, it should be warmer here in Indiana! You can see what’s
I write my next column, it should be warmer here in Indiana! You can see what’s

almost every day!

website has a column on the left that tells you where to find things, and all you have to do is look for “New Items” in purple, and click to find out.

Any page of our

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Knitters’ Notes ~

My Turn!

by Cathy Mark

A new year, a

new project for you!

~ My Turn! by Cathy Mark A new year, a new project for you! Since the

Since the holidays are past, I'm planning on knitting something for myself (the

last few months have been devoted to gifts). While I enjoy being able to give hand-

made gifts, I often neglect making anything for myself. change.

I've decided that needs to

I have a preference for small projects – the odds of getting them finished is so

much better than trying to complete a large project. Having said that though, I

would like to do an afghan and a long vest (we'll see how that goes).

moment, hat and gloves or mittens to go with a new coat will be first on the list. We have a great new book for hats! “Weekend Hats” (A15053) has a wonderful selection

of hats in a variety of styles, skill levels and yarns, so there's many to try.

I like hats

especially because they are small, portable, and are great places to try new things. You can play with different yarns, interesting stitches, or new techniques without

being tied to a major undertaking. Sometimes that play can lead to good ideas for a future project. “60 Quick Knits” (59151) is another book filled with small projects such as scarves, hats, gloves and mittens. Worsted weight yarn is used for most projects, so

the knitting goes relatively quickly.

The sequel, “60 More Quick Knits” (coming soon)

is just as useful, with 60 more small projects – perfect for yourself (or gifts – yes,

we'll all continue to give). The latest special issue from Interweave Knits Magazine follows the trend for

small projects.

It offers 42 little projects including hats (I can't help myself), gloves, fingerless mitts

and cowls (must make one). There are also sock patterns too, which I want to try

again – I have one pair of knitted socks at home, but I need to try this again, I hear

it can be very addicting.

(we could consider ourselves collectors, that sounds better than addicted).

Of course, for some of us, yarn and knitting is ALL addicting

As soon as I saw “Knits Accessories” (A15175) I knew I had to buy it!

At the

I want to try a big-

ger project, hoping I can get myself to stick with it.

and a vest seems like a good way to add something to my wardrobe without over-

heating myself.

love here at the store.

yarns in a range of prices, there's something for everyone! A cozy afghan always sounds wonderful for our Northern Indiana winters, but

some pillows for the sofa sounds good too.

(have I mentioned that already?)

and that gratification as I bind off and have a useable item is a wonderful feeling.

Now I'm ready to go home & knit! Remember to be good to yourself.

pass that feeling along. Take care of others, but remember to take

care of yourself too.

I found a pattern for a simple long vest in an older book.

I like the look of longer lines,

I'm still trying to decide on color, but I'm sure I'll find something I

Our selection has grown over the years, offering a variety of

Smaller projects seem to better for me

I like the idea of playing with stitches and color

If you're feeling good, you'll

Happy Knitting!

me I like the idea of playing with stitches and color If you're feeling good, you'll

by Cathy

Mark

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New

Clubs

for

2012

Join us for an Erica's Exclusive Club! One wonderful book includes 6 great seasonal projects, all wall hanging size. The projects include simple piecing for the backgrounds, and applique to create the charming images. The first project will ship complete in January, the other 5 projects will be sent in two shipments each, keeping the price more consistent.

There is a membership fee of $22.00. The book ($14.95) will ship with the 1st project. Other shipments will be in the $25 - $30 range. We'll have more information on actual pricing when we get closer to the start date. Shipping and handling will be extra, but we only charge what it actually costs to ship to you.

An email will be sent each month to let you know when your package will ship and to offer "member only" specials. You may also order other items to be shipped with your club package, saving a bit on shipping.

There is no in-store class for this club. Customers may sign up in the store or online and pick up

packs in the store or have them shipped.

online and pick up packs in the store or have them shipped. ~ s t a

~ starting now ~

Create 4 stunning wall hangings from Laurie Tigner Designs. The Seasonal Angel series are beautiful, done in wonderful Hoffman 1895 Bali fabrics. Each project has a pre-printed face and hands, making these lovely ladies even easier. These are applique projects, you may choose your favorite method. Club will begin in January and run for 8 months.

There is a membership fee of $16.00. You'll receive the pattern and face/hands in the first shipment for the seasonal angel, then the fabric pack in the next shipment. We'll take 20% off the price of the fabric packs as a special just for joining the club! Patterns are $24.00, face/hands are $12.95 and fabric packs vary from approximately $70 - $98 (minus 20% would be $56 - $78).

An email will be sent each month to let you know when your package will ship and to offer "member only" specials. You may order other items to be shipped with your club package, saving a bit on shipping.

There is no in-store class for this club. Customers may sign up in the store or online and pick up packs in the store or have them shipped. ~ starting now ~

Customers may sign up in the store or online and pick up packs in the store
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New

Clubs

for

2012

2

New Clubs for 2012 M o nt h l y M i n i 's 2

Welcome to our second year of quick, easy, and cute monthly projects. Each 12" x 14" mini quilt will fit on a basic table stand. Each month there will be a different topper for the stand, making these projects even more special. Each month you'll receive the pattern, pack, stand topper (and button set or other accessories if applicable) for the next month - so you can have your mini ready to display during the correct month. Club will begin in February 2012 with the March project. In March, members will receive the April project and so on through the year.

There is a membership fee of $20.00, but the basic stand is included free! Monthly fees for supplies will be approximately $25.00. Some months have button sets or Paintstiks and stencil, so the cost of these months will be slightly higher. Shipping and handling will be extra, but we only charge what it actually costs to ship the package.

An email will be sent each month to let you know when your package will ship and to offer "member only" specials. You may order other items to be shipped with your club package, saving a bit on shipping.

There is no in-store class for this club. Customers may sign up in the store or online and

pick up packs in the store or have them shipped.

them shipped. ~ starting in February ~ Merry, Merry Snowmen Fans of Bunny Hill Designs (Tiny

Fans of Bunny Hill Designs (Tiny Town, All Things Christmas) will enjoy her latest Block of the Month. This nine month club, which begins in March, offers basic piecing for the background blocks and border, and applique for the wonderfully charming snowmen. Celebrate the season with the very current tones of red and taupe - we're using the exact fabrics from the Rouenneries Duex fabric line by French General for Moda. The finished quilt measures approximately 62 " x 66".

There is a membership fee of $18.00. The pattern ($20.00) will be sent with the first month's shipment - we'll have more information on actual pricing when we get closer to the start date.

Shipping and handling will be extra, but we only charge what it actually costs to ship to you.

An email will be sent each month to let you know when your package will ship and to offer "member only" specials. You may order other items to be shipped with your club package, saving a bit on shipping.

There is no in-store class for this club. Customers may sign up in the store or online

and pick up packs in the store or have them shipped.

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2012

41 More New Clubs for 2012 Amish With a Twist Meetings in the store : This

This club is for those of you who love piecing and the look of Amish quilts. The 8 month club will begin the second Tuesday evening in April, and each month you'll work on 2 quilt blocks. Solid color fabrics are used, with black for the sashings and outer border. Each month, the 2 blocks will relate to each other in the type of piecing they use, and your skill level will increase as the club progresses. The borders will be discussed in one class, and the pictured applique flowers are optional. The quilt finishes to approximately 88 3/8" x 105 1/2". Club fee is $40.

Meetings start April 10th and the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30pm for 8 months total

There is a membership fee of $16.00 for the Internet club. The complete pattern pack ($36.00) will come with the first shipment - we'll have more information on actual pricing when we get closer to the start date. Shipping and handling will be extra, but we only charge what it actually costs to ship to you. An email will be sent each month to let you know when your package will ship and to offer "member only" specials. You may order other items to be shipped with your club package, saving a bit on shipping.

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Fabric Lover’s Clubs

If you're a "fabric collector" you'll love our newest clubs! Beginning in January we'll have two Fat Quarter Clubs,and two Fat Eighth Clubs.

*** Bali Fat Quarter Club ***

Each month you'll receive 5 coordinated fat quarters (18" x 21") in one particu-

lar color range.

Some will be more of a tone-on-tone style, while others will

have a design.

The 5 Fat Quarters will be $15.00 each month.

*** Bright Prints Fat Quarter Club ***

Each month you'll receive 5 coordinated fat quarters (18" x 21").

We'll alter-

nate fabrics from a specific fabric line one month with a mixed group in a sin-

gle color the next month.

The 5 Fat Quarters will be $ $14.25 each month.

*** Reproduction Fat Eighth Club ***

Each month you'll receive 10 fat eighths (9" x 21")

in a single color range.

The 10 Fat Eighths will be $14.00 each month.

*** Old Fashion Fat Eighth Club ***

Each month you'll receive 10 fat eighths (9" x 21") 30’s prints.

We'll alternate

fabrics from a specific fabric line one month, and a mixed group in a single

color range the next month.

The 10 Fat Eighths will be

$13.50 each month.

receiving and offering "member only" specials.

month or cancel at any time. on our web site.

We'll send an email each month letting you know what you'll be

You may choose to skip a

Get more information and sign up in the store or

Save with Rewards Program Get details on our website: www.ericas.com/rewardsprogram
Save with
Rewards
Program
Get details on our website:
www.ericas.com/rewardsprogram
and sign up in the store or Save with Rewards Program Get details on our website:
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Erica’s Craft & Sewing Center

South Bend, Indiana

574-233-3112

HOURS

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday

9:30-5:30

Thursday 9:30-8:30

Saturday 9:004:00

Sunday 12:00-4:00

Where You’ve Come to Expect the Best

Celebrating

our

38th

year!

January through March, 2012

Celebrating our 38th year! January through March, 2012 Erica‘s Local Happenings page 44 Sewing Celebration
Erica‘s Local Happenings

Erica‘s

Local

Happenings

Erica‘s Local Happenings
January through March, 2012 Erica‘s Local Happenings page 44 Sewing Celebration Sale page 45 We Need

page 44

Sewing Celebration Salepage 44 page 45 We Need Help in the Cutting Department page 46 Watch Nancy Zieman

page 45

We Need Help in the Cutting Departmentpage 44 Sewing Celebration Sale page 45 page 46 Watch Nancy Zieman TV Baby Lock’s Diana

page 46 Watch Nancy Zieman TV Baby Lock’s Diana Watch Nancy Zieman TV Baby Lock’s Diana

page 47

page 46 Watch Nancy Zieman TV Baby Lock’s Diana page 47 Trunk Shows page 48 Designer

Trunk Shows

page 48 Designer Days Embroidery Clubs

page 47 Trunk Shows page 48 Designer Days Embroidery Clubs page 49 We Love our Handi

page 49

We Love our Handi Quilters!Trunk Shows page 48 Designer Days Embroidery Clubs page 49 page 50 Erica’s Credit Card Are

Days Embroidery Clubs page 49 We Love our Handi Quilters! page 50 Erica’s Credit Card Are

page 50 Erica’s Credit Card Are you a Sewing Club Member?

page 50 Erica’s Credit Card Are you a Sewing Club Member? page 51 We Need More

page 51 We Need More Teachers New Machine Owners’ Classes

page 51 We Need More Teachers New Machine Owners’ Classes Teaching Staff page 52 Club Dates

Teaching Staffpage 51 We Need More Teachers New Machine Owners’ Classes page 52 Club Dates pages 53,

page 52

New Machine Owners’ Classes Teaching Staff page 52 Club Dates pages 53, 54 Class Schedule page

Club Dates

Machine Owners’ Classes Teaching Staff page 52 Club Dates pages 53, 54 Class Schedule page 54

pages 53, 54 Class Schedule

page 54 Weather Advisory pages 55 - 62 Class Descriptions
page 54 Weather Advisory pages 55 - 62 Class Descriptions

page 54 Weather Advisory

pages 55 - 62 Class Descriptions

54 Weather Advisory pages 55 - 62 Class Descriptions page 63 Special Notes about Classes Watch

page 63 Special Notes about Classes

Watch for our next Newsletter in March.

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Celebrate

Sewing!

44 Celebrate Sewing!
January
January
Special Offers Trade-ins
Special
Offers
Trade-ins

Sergers, Sewing & Embroidery Machines

Floor Models
Floor
Models

Classroom

Machines

& Embroidery Machines Floor Models Classroom Machines Great Buys! Full Warranties! (not including trade-ins)

Great Buys!

Full

Warranties!

(not including trade-ins)

Machines are available only in the store, not by phone, or internet.

Quantities limited at these prices!

trade-ins) Machines are available only in the store, not by phone, or internet. Quantities limited at
trade-ins) Machines are available only in the store, not by phone, or internet. Quantities limited at
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Watch
for
an
email
from
Nancy
Zieman
and
Erica’s
Craft
and
Sewing
Center
inviting
N a n c y
you
to
watch
Z i e m a n
T V.
inviting N a n c y you to watch Z i e m a n T

On the second Tuesday of each month (unless you have opted out) we will let you know about another free episode of Nancy Zieman TV. In that email you’ll also get a coupon which we can honor in the store or online, for something she shows that month.

in the store or online, for something she shows that month. If you come into the

If you come into the store, you’ll see Nancy in the Sewing Department with a display of the project for the month. Sewing Consultants will be able to answer any questions.

Sewing Department with a display of the project for the month. Sewing Consultants will be able
Sewing Department with a display of the project for the month. Sewing Consultants will be able
Trunk Shows!
Trunk Shows!

Merry Merry Snowmen

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January 18 - 28

Very "Merry, Merry Snowmen" grace this lovely quilt. Done in a fabric line from Moda and French General, it has those wonderfully rich reds, warm taupes and creams. We're offering a club for this quilt, so be sure to come in and see what a beautiful piece YOU can make! (We also have the club available online.)

YOU can make! (We also have the club available online.) February 6 - 27 Just when
YOU can make! (We also have the club available online.) February 6 - 27 Just when
YOU can make! (We also have the club available online.) February 6 - 27 Just when

February 6 - 27

Just when we're getting tired of winter, come enjoy a walk through a Bella Garden! Pine Needles has a beautiful quilt that offers a view of water lilies, wildflowers, birds and butterflies. We'll have the complete quilt, but you may do any of the blocks as a smaller project. We carry the patterns and the fabric packs so you can take a bit of spring home with you!

48 Designer Days - Free Financing! Up to 36 months free financing on Husqvarna Viking
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Designer Days - Free Financing!
Up to 36 months free financing
on Husqvarna Viking Designers!
Now through February 15th
Designer sewing/embroidery
machines start at 1999!
Stop in the Sewing Department
for details.
Embroidery Clubs at Erica’s!! Join an Embroidery Club now! We have space in some of
Embroidery
Clubs at Erica’s!!
Join an Embroidery
Club now!
We have space in some of our
embroidery clubs! If you bought your
embroidery machine from us, there is
probably an Embroidery Club you can
join. Embroidery Club is the best
thing you can do for your machine.
We do things you might not try on
your own, like metal punch, foam, cut-
work, different types of applique,
dimensional embroidery, even toi-
letries! and more to come!
Check the “Club Dates” on page
52. Those with * after them have
space. Be sure to get your sheet of
what to bring to the next meeting when
you sign up.
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Erica’s award winning training will help you really use your Handi Quilter!

training will help you really use your Handi Quilter! Only 8 representatives in the world were

Only 8 representatives in the world were

given this award when we were!

The

inscription says “HQ Way Award ~ Delivering Results through Superior Service, Education, and Inspiration, Erica’s Craft & Sewing Center”

We’re so proud to have earned this award, and I thank my students, whose evaluations helped make this happen!

We Love Our Handi Quilters!

Find out why we’ve fallen in love with our HQ 16 Sitdown machine, our HQ18 Avante, and our Fusion!

our HQ 16 Sitdown machine, our HQ18 Avante, and our Fusion! * You can pull out

* You can pull out all those unfinished tops and get them

done, make charity quilts, quilt for friends, or even start a business!

* It’s nearly twice as fast as most home sewing machines

* It has a full 16”, 18”, or 24” throat depth, over 8” vertical clearance

It has long arm capabilities and optional Stitch Regulator at less than half the price of other long arm systems.

*

at less than half the price of other long arm systems. * It has a wide

It has a wide variety of the same kind of fun tools, and the ProStitcher computerized option!

*

* We have great training and Handi Quilter Club!

option! * * We have great training and Handi Quilter Club! It was a double pleasure

It was a double pleasure for me to teach Cheryl Meadors how to use her Handi Quilter Fusion, since she taught me all about the Viking Sewing Machine line about 27 yeas ago. At that time she was the Viking representative who granted us our dealership. Though she has a different job now, she’s still enjoying sewing, and now quilting! What a beautiful setting she has in Bridgman for her Fusion! She’s already finished several large projects and is looking forward to Handi Quilter Club.

Recommended by Kimmy Brunner, two time Machine Quilting Teacher of the Year winner, and author of two of our best selling longarm DVDs Machine Quilting for Beginners and Twirly Whirly Feathers. got a Kimmy says, “I've been longarming since 1998, have owned two 26 inch machines, have quilted over 3000 quilts for customers, have taught on pretty much every machine out there and I can honestly say that my Avante is the best machine I've ever laid hands on

pretty much every machine out there and I can honestly say that my Avante is the
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Are you a Sewing Club Member?

If one of your gifts in December was a sewing machine or serger, you probably are a Sewing Club Member. Most new sewing machines and serger purchases at Erica’s give you a year’s free membership in Erica’s Creative Sewing Club. (Some beginning-of-the-line models have the option to join, but not the

free year.) If you got your machine over a year ago and let your membership expire, we’d love to have you back. Renewal for a year is $25, and you get several written instruc- tion sheets, door prizes, and special discounts at each meeting, so you get your invest- ment back quickly by coming to the meetings. You also receive tips, hints, updated information on sewing techniques and aids, and have a fun time with a great group of people. The Bring and Brag session is always inspirational! (See our Sew-ers of the Month!) Those who bought their machines through June ‘89 are our Charter Members, with membership for as long as they own their machine. If it hadn’t been for their sup- port and encouragement in the beginning years, Erica’s Creative Sewing Club might not have been what it is today!

Why you need an “Erica’s Credit Card”

There is no annual fee.it is today! Why you need an “Erica’s Credit Card” You don’t tie up other credit

You don’t tie up other credit cards.need an “Erica’s Credit Card” There is no annual fee. Option of 6 months no interest

Option of 6 months no interest with monthly payments on purchases overis no annual fee. You don’t tie up other credit cards. $100! If you apply by

$100!

If you apply by January 31st and are approved, we’ll give you 20% off a purchase that day, of regularly priced merchandise, using your new Erica’s Credit Card. Easy application, quick decision, any sales person can help you. (New applications only.)cards. Option of 6 months no interest with monthly payments on purchases over $100! New Year

New Year Special Offer (in store only)

quick decision, any sales person can help you. (New applications only.) New Year Special Offer (in
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We share new items, new
techniques, and fun
things going on
at Erica’s!
blog.ericas.com
We need more teachers
Teaching
Staff
This
Session
Erica Broecker, Becky
Adams, Sarah Chidister,
Tekla Coar, Mary Ann
Lienhart-Cross, Joan
Duvall, Sandy Fawley,
Linda Gugliotta, Abby
Gutierrez, Diane James,
Janet King, Lynn
Kinney, Nancy Koski,
Judy Nowicki, Angie
Ortiz, Mary Parmalee,
Mary Ripple
The right people will have not only
the technical knowledge, but a warm,
friendly and encouraging attitude.
The wonderful thing about being able
to teach is to share the accomplish-
ments of eager students!
Do you love to knit? We are looking
for another warm, friendly, patient
person to teach our students--
everything from just beginning to
learn to the more advanced stitches
and projects.
For more quilting classes, we’re look-
ing for people who enjoy piecing,
appliqué by machine, and
trying new tech-
niques to be able to
teach them to oth-
ers.
If any of these sound
interesting, please fill
out our teacher's application.
Sign up for
classes now!

Have you taken your sewing machine class yet?

Our Sewing Department has on-going classes for all our sewing machine and serger own- ers. If you haven’t had your class yet, check in the Sewing Department and schedule yours. This is part of the reason you bought your machine at Erica’s! And be sure you don’t miss Sewing Club meetings. We’re happy to help whenever you need us. And we love to see what you’re creating!

Zippy Strippy!!

In our Zippy Strippy morning class, you’ll put the strips together in a special easy way of joining strips on the bias. Take a break for lunch, then come back for the Zippy Strippy Race in the afternoon. You can actually work at your own pace (no pressure) to sew the five seams that make the quilt! It’ll be fun to see all the different versions. Saturday, March 3rd 9:15-11:45am, 1:00 - 3:00 pm

that make the quilt! It’ll be fun to see all the different versions. Saturday, March 3rd
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Club
Dates
Find your Club
and
put
the dates
on your
calendar
NOW
so you
don’t
miss
anything!
Amish with a Twist
Club*
Stitcher’s Garden Club
Tuesday, April 10th, 6:30pm
January 19 or 20
February 16 or 17
March 15, 16
Best of the Bunch*
Thursdays 6:30pm, Fridays 9:45am
(Embroidery Club)
Wednesday, February 15
Wednesday, March 14,
9:45am
Stitchin' Sisters *
9:45am
( Embroidery Club)
Erica’s Creative Sewing Club *
January 31, February 1
February 28, 29
March 27,28
Saturday, January 28, 9:15am
Saturday, February 25, 9:15am
Saturday, March 31, 9:15am
Viking Digitizing Club*
Tuesdays 7:00pm, Wednesdays 10:00am
Handi Quilter Club*
January 17, 18
March 13, 14
Saturday, January 21, 1:15pm
Saturday, February 18, 1:15pm
Saturday, March 17, 1:15pm
Tuesdays 6:15pm, Wednesdays 9:00am
Wednesday's Wizards *
(Embroidery Club)
Nifty
Novices* (Embroidery Club)
Saturday, January 14, 9:15am
Saturday, February 11, 9:15am
Saturday, March 10, 9:15am
Wednesday, February 8, 9:45am
Wednesday, March 7, 9:45am
Wednesday, April 4, 9:45am
* These Clubs
have
space
available
for new
members!

Check out our classes and get signed up now!

April 4, 9:45am * These Clubs have space available for new members! Check out our classes
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Classes

&

Events

at

Erica’s

Knitting Basics *

Mon Jan 23

2 weeks

6:45-9:15pm

20.00 + class pack & yarn

296A Machine Quilting Basics *

Mon Jan 23

2 weeks

9:45a-12:15pm

20.00 + class pack & materials

611A Kids' Sewing - Pajama Pants 8-12 yrs + *

Wed Jan 25

2 weeks

4:00-6:30pm

20.00 + materials

696A Crochet Basics *

Wed Jan 25

2 weeks

6:30-9:00pm

20.00 + class pack & yarn

387A Preparing a T-Shirt Quilt

Thu Jan 26

1 class

6:15-8:45pm

10.00 + class pack

207A How To Quilt-From Start To Finish *

Sat Jan 28 Skips Feb 18

4 weeks

12:45-3:45pm

48.00 + class pack & materials

382A Scrap Therapy Cutting Workshop

Sun Jan 29

1 class

1:15-3:15pm

12.50 See description

608A E-Reader Cover * +

Mon Jan 30

2 weeks

6:30-9:00pm

20.00 + class pack & materials

593A Knitting-Mittens with Cables * +

Wed Feb 1

3 weeks

6:30-9:00pm

30.00 + class pack & materials

616A Kids' Sewing - Let Me Pick + *

Thu Feb 2

4 weeks

4:00-6:00pm

32.00 + materials

613A Quick Clothesline Carry All *

Thu Feb 2

2 weeks

6:15-8:45pm

20.00 + materials

607A 4-Patch Stacked Posies Quilt Top *

Fri Feb 3

2 weeks

10:00a-12:30p

20.00 + class pack and materials

322A Hand Embroidery Basics

Sat Feb 4

1 class

9:15a-12:15pm

12.00 + class pack & materials

602A Knitting - Choose Your Own Project *

Sun Feb 5

4 weeks

1:15-3:15pm

32.00 See description

606A Raw Edge Applique & Freehand Quilting Mon Feb 6

3 weeks

9:45a-12:15pm

30.00 + class pack & materials

277A How to Sew-A Great Beginning *

Mon Feb 6

4 weeks

6:30-9:00pm

40.00 + class pack & materials

207B How To Quilt-From Start To Finish *

Tue Feb 7

4 weeks

9:45a-12:45pm

48.00 + class pack & materials

610A Teen Sewing - Pajama Pants 13-18 + *

Wed Feb 8

2 weeks

4:00-6:30pm

20.00 + class pack & materials

224A Choose Your Own Needlepunch Project * Thu Feb 9

1 class

6:15-8:15pm

8.75 + class pack & materials

499A Pack & Go Bags *

Sun Feb 12

2 weeks

1:00-3:30pm

20.00 + class pack & materials

126A Silk Ribbon Embroidery +

Wed Feb 15

2 weeks

6:30-9:00pm

20.00 + class pack

145A Knitting-Beyond Scarves + *

Mon Feb 20

2 weeks

6:15-9:15pm

24.00 + class pack & materials

394A Knitting Fancy Socks from the Toe Up + *

Wed Feb 22 Skips Feb 29th

2 weeks

7:00-9:00pm

16.00 + materials

009A Professional Tote * +

Mon Feb 27 Skips March 5th

2 weeks

9:45a-12:45pm

24.00 + class pack & materials

607B 4-Patch Stacked Posies Quilt Top *

Thu Mar 1

2 weeks

6:15-8:45pm

20.00 + class pack & materials

833A Hand Quilting

Thu Mar 1

1 class

6:15-8:45pm

10.00 + class pack

614A Embroidered Jenny Table Runner +

Fri Mar 2

2 weeks

10:00a-12:30p

20.00 + class pack & thread

396A Zippy Strippy Quilt Top

Sat Mar 3

9:15- 11:45am, continues 1:00-3:00pm

18.00 + materials

604A Crochet - Beyond the Basics + *

Sun Mar 4

3 weeks

1:00-3:30pm

30.00 + class pack & materials

847A Knitting-Wave Pattern Shawl + *

Mon Mar 5

3 weeks

7:00-9:00pm

24.00 + class pack & materials

574A Applique of All Kinds!

Tue Mar 6

3 weeks

6:30-9:00pm

30.00 + class pack

612A Twister Patchwork + *

Tue Mar 6

2 weeks