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Happy September everyone!

Fall is just around the corner, my favorite season.  I love the changes fall brings; perfect weather, beautiful colors outside, Halloween, pumpkins, mums, comfy sweaters and getting the old crock pot out for soup!  But there are also things I will miss from summer; sandals, longer days, sunshine, farmers markets and grilling outside.  Luckily sandals and grilling don’t necessarily need to stop after Labor Day, I will continue to enjoy both until the snow falls.

Thank you to all of you that completed our survey.  Vanetta and I want our shop to be a place where everyone enjoys their time and feels welcome.  We also want to make sure we are meeting your needs with our fabric, patterns, notions and classes.   Based on the survey results a lot of you are happy with what we are doing but we want to do more.   The biggest area of improvement is fabric.  You want more.  Rest assured we want more too.  We will continue bringing in more bolts, new designers, more solids and blenders as we can.   Last week we received ~30 bolts (Apricot and Ash by Corey Yoder, Crackles, wool and cork).  In the next few months we have several new lines coming in: Yesterday, by Jo Morton, Dover by Brenda Riddle, Bittersweet by Riley Blake as well as more crackle, a holiday mask panel and a few bolts of Animal Cracker line by Sweetwater.  The good thing is Corey Yonder, Riley Blake and Sweetwater were specifically asked for in the survey.  As we continue to grow we will work on getting the other designers you have requested as well as adding to our notions and pattern walls.

Here are the results from the two questions based on classes:

Q4: What type of classes do you prefer (select all that apply)? %
Quilt 58%
Bags 32%
Table Runners / Mats 47%
New Tech 63%
Demos 68%
Other 26%
Other Classes
Christmas ornaments and gift ideas. Use a demo format
I like that you have added help sessions.
small projects, take home
Tuffet
Wool appliqué

The good news is we do have a Tuffet class scheduled for the 2nd week of September.  There are also several quilt, bags and table runner classes scheduled for the next few months.    In November we have a beginner’s class for Free Motion quilting on your domestic machine and we are planning a Holiday demo day for November 20th.  To ensure we follow Covid guidelines there will be 3 sessions for the demos; noon, 3pm and 6pm.  You can sign up for the time slot that works for you.

Q5: What day/time do you prefer to take classes ?(click all that apply) %
weekday 79%
Weekend 45%
Daytime 84%
Evening 42%

 

Take a look at our calendars, we have added both weekday daytime and evening classes.  There are also a few mini retreats.  In September Michelle will be teaching her Greater Love quilt. The class will be Friday (18th) evening and Saturday(19th) during the day.  You’re sure to complete the quilt top in the two days.  In October we are bringing back our in-house retreat.  Its Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday daytime the first weekend of October.  Best of all, we feed you during our retreats.

Class and retreat sizes are limited to ensure we follow safe guidelines.

Think of all the gifts you can complete with all these classes!

As we start our year “2” we are looking forward to increasing our inventory, having more classes and events that keep everyone sewing.  Let’s all pray that our Covid numbers stay low and we can continue to enjoy seeing each other in the shop and in our classes.

We are so proud of The Village Quilt Shoppe and look forward to sharing the dream with you.

Vanetta & Monique

 

Tip of the month

Applique tip

Prevent appliqué from shifting, use washable fabric glue to help hold pre-fused appliqué shapes in place before pressing.

Have a tip to share, send it to us, if we publish we will give you a store gift certificate.

September Class Highlights

(see Calendar page for details)

Tuffet

Quick and cute. Kits will be available.

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Bag Class

Open Wide: Quick and fun to make. These zippered bags come in 3 sizes and  open wide for easy access.

open wide

and many other classes ...

Greater Love
Greater Love
Bzzz
Bzzz
Bear Tracs
Bear Tracs
Emma
T-Shirt Quilt
Winter Bell-Pull

October Class Highlights

(see Calendar page for details)

In-house Retreat

First weekend in October,

Who doesn't love a weekend of sewing with friends, especially without home distractions!  Bring your latest project(s) and come join us for a weekend of sewing. 

Friday 3pm - 9pm (Dinner will be served)

Saturday 10am - 5pm (Lunch will be served)

Sunday 11am - 5pm (Lunch will be served)

 

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 four weeks, students will learn the basics such as understanding quilting vocabulary, cutting fabric, piecing, ironing and finishing a quilt with binding.

and many other classes....

Stripes Quilt
Stripes Quilt
Holiday Heartland
Holiday Heartland
Diamond Gem
Diamond Gem
Sweet Jane
Sweet Jane
Feathers
Feathers
Holiday Manor
Holiday Manor
Run About Fall
Run About Fall
Crazy Christmas Tree
Crazy Christmas Tree