Happy Fall! I love this time of the year. The air is so fresh and crisp, every where you go you can smell apples and spices. In a week or two my granddaughters and I will go on our annual apple picking. Oh, what fun…. It’s also when I start to go in overdrive to get everything done for the holidays. I don’t know about you, but I have a tendency to think I can get more completed than I actually have time for. Why do I do this? If you have any answers, feel free to share but if not and you are like me and have lots of projects that need to be completed, we can help. For the next two months we have added an extra help day (2nd Thursday & 4th Tuesday, 11am – 3pm). Plus, on most Fridays we have an open sew.
Its not too late to join our challenge. The Guidelines can be found on the home page of our Website.
Our October spotlight quilter is Nancy Yretberg
Nancy tell us about yourself...
When I was eight, our family moved to Webster, and I have lived there ever since. While I was still at an early age, my grandmothers taught me to sew, and I worked mostly on doll clothes. My grandmothers also taught me to knit and crochet, which came in handy when I worked at Yarns Unlimited in Webster years later. During my time working there, I learned how to do needlepoint and counted cross stitch and progressed to teaching cross stitch to others.
Who taught you to quilt?
The sewing continued when our girls were young. They wore many outfits which I made using the Stretch and Sew technique. I took my first quilting class at Betty’s when our son was around two years old, and I was hooked in spite of the fact that at that time doing quilting work involved using templates and hand stitching! Over the years, I have also taken classes at Scarlet Thread, Cross Town, and Patricia’s, and have learned many important quilting techniques.
What do you like best about quilting?
When I am quilting, I love to see how each pattern develops, depending on the color choices I make, and where in the quilt I decide to place the blocks. I have made many quilts for family and friends, and I have also made many quilts for various organizations as a donation. One of the things I like best about quilting is the special friends I have made, and how we all help each other in so many ways.
What's your quilting advice /mantra?
To anyone who is new to quilting I say: Ask lots of questions, take advantage of classes. Go on retreats and have fun! We’re all ready to help!
Here are some pictures of some of her beautiful work.
There are several classes this month and the remaining of the year. The links below take you to our October, November and December classes. If you are interested in any classes give us a call, send an email, or better yet stop in and see us.
And in honor of Halloween a little fortune telling:
We are so proud of The Village Quilt Shoppe and look forward to sharing the dream with you.
Vanetta & Monique
Don't use the lines on your mat to measure your fabric for cutting the pieces for your quilt. Mats can be affected by humidity and over time the markings are less and less accurate. Also, the lines on your mat have a width and depending on which side of the line you place your fabric your pieces may be slightly wider or narrower than intended. Always use your ruler to measure your fabric, not your mat.
Our newest club Kim Diehl / Scrap club Do you have scraps? Debbie Lester will be helping you use them on with our Kim Diehl / Scrap club on the 2nd Wednesday of the month. The projects will come from Kim Diehl's Whats Not book. One of the great things about the patterns in this book is that the pieces look good in any fabric. No need to sign-up for every month, you can sign-up based on the project of the month.
Learn to Quilt: Have you always wanted to learn to quilt? Or, are you still new to quilting and do not yet have the confidence in your understanding of the basic principles? Our Basic Learn to Quilt class is the class for you! The class will be five weeks, students will learn the basics such as understanding quilting vocabulary, cutting fabric, piecing, ironing and finishing a quilt with binding. Students will complete a small quilt top from start to finish in the five-week class.
Beginning Coloring & Embrodiery: Have you been wanting to learn how Michelle adds color to her beautiful embroidery projects? In this class Michelle will show you how she uses colored pencils to add depth and color. A kit will need to be purchased
Spring Garden, an Advance Begginer class: A great class for beginners! Spring Garden is a beautiful star quilt, you will learn how to make 6 different star blocks. The quilt can be made in two different sizes quilt (51 1/2 x 66 1/2) or wall hanging (27 1/2 x 34 1/2). There are lots of options for fabric placement in the designs, bl0cks can be made with one. two or a variety of prints to create a scrappier feel.
Each week you will learn two stars, there is a week between the 3rd and 4th week to give you time to complete all your blocks. The 4th week you will be adding the sashing to complete the quilt top.
Luminous: Luminous from Quilted Garden Designs. Create a beautiful topper or tree skirt for your holiday decorating. The table topper can be made in various fabrics for any holiday or everyday use. In this class you will learn how to do stacked machine applique.
Free Motion Quilting: Do you want to learn how to do your own quilting? Sherrie , founder of the Rochester Modern Quilt Guild , will teach you how to do your own quilting on your domestic machine.
Poinsettia Banner: It is not too early to start making holiday items for your home or as a gift. The background is one fabric (or you can make scrappy) and the poinsettias are appliqued on.