Friday, December 12, 2014

2015 Winter Gallery

A Preview of Winter 2015 Class Projects!

First, here are the initial projects for each of our Weekly Quilting Classes.

Carolyn is teaching a class on six Sunday afternoons based on the marvelous, bestselling book by Tula Pink:  100 Modern Blocks. She has been working on not one but two sets of blocks: one using Cotton + Steel and another set using only tones of black, gray and white.  (She also has a third set with Civil War fabrics; but we’re not supposed to mention that one.)  Sue has finished a set of blocks using fabrics that are definitely “outside of the box” but she wants to keep it a secret until her quilt is assembled.  Sarah is also using Cotton + Steel.  Linda is using her stash of Christmas-themed fabrics.  Heather has just started her own blocks using Stepping Out, a black/red/white fabric line from Henry Glass.  (You can see this fabric line in Carolyn’s Southern Comfort quilt below.)  Even Jim is doing a set using the Bittersweet fabric line from Benartex.

The All-Level Quilting classes will start out with the Battlefield quilt, a lovely pattern for either Civil War or modern fabrics.   The Battlefield pattern will also be taught as one of the Weekend Classes.

The Beginners and Advanced Beginners class will start with a table runner/lap quilt based on the Southern Comfort quilt.

Sue is teaching a class of Sampler Quilts and students can select any of eight magnificent quilt kits (or patterns) offered at the shop.  How much fun is that?  Here are photos of Middlebury, Women of Courage, Primrose Hill, Vintage Rouge, The Mill Girls, Hampton Ridge, House Warming Party, and Civil War Tribute.

Sarah, our in-house Certified Deb Tucker Instructor, will be teaching three classes this season.  In the first of our Weekend Workshops, she will show you how to make perfect Lemoyne Stars with no Y seams.  The following week Sarah will show you how to use Deb Tucker’s Diamond Rects ruler to create Deb Tucker’s Sea Glass pattern.

Need a quilt finished in a flash?  Sue will show you how to race up the Shaker Ladder.  The following week she will share her very own interpretation of a Tweed Bag from Ireland.

Log cabin quilts are a perennial favorite but the Log Cabin Bead pattern is one with a twist that gives the appearance of curves.

Who of us has not had a problem with flipped corners?  Sue will teach you how to use Deb Tucker’s newest ruler, the Corner Pop, to make perfectly shaped blocks.  You won’t believe how versatile this ruler is!  This is one ruler that will not spend its days lost in a dark corner.  Your seam ripper may end up in that dark corner instead!

Star Rubies is not your ordinary quilt pattern.  Join Sue for a fun day! 

Sarah returns for the last class, a two day class, to show you how to make Deb Tucker’s Northern Neighbors quilt. With a combination of precision trimming and precision piecing using Deb Tucker’s Corner Beam, Split Rects, and WingClipper-I rulers, you too can sew this stunning quilt. 

If your schedule, or distance, does not allow you to join us in person, why not try one of our online classes:  Farmer’s Wife or Dear Jane?  Here are photos of Sue’s first Farmer’s Wife quilt (yes, she is working on another one) and some of her Dear Jane blocks.  Here also is a Farmer’s Wife quilt made in batiks by Rosalie, one of our online students!

More soon at Threading the News.

Yours in Quilting,
Sue and Staff

2018 Winter Newsletter -- Class Schedule

December 26 – 31, 2014

All individual fat quarters in the store will be on sale for $2.00.

One Yard  cuts are specially cut @ $6 per yard
Buy 2 get the 3rd one free!
Don’t miss this opportunity to add to your stash!
Additional parking in rear of building.
We will be closed Christmas Eve Day and Christmas Day, December 24th & 25th
We will be open Tuesday, Dec. 26 from 10 am until 5 pm.
We will be closed New Years Eve day and New Years Day, December 31st to January 2nd
We re-open Wednesday, Jan 3rd 2018

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Good-Bye Fall & Hello Winter 2018!

It was a quick fun fall season with lots of great classes. There were many new students learning new techniques.  Lots of changes happening this fall at Country Treasures.
Our business manager, James Adams, is moving from Chester, Vermont to Italy!  We will miss Jim very much and wish him much success in his new endeavors.  Jim became a very talented quilter during his employment here.  No pattern was too difficult.  He thrived on challenges!!
Heather Allen has taken over his position and is doing an excellent job at transitioning over into the office area.  Good luck to Heather in her new roll.
Carolyn will be welcoming her first grandchild into her family in early January.  She has decided to take a break from the classroom for awhile so she can spend some time in her new role of grandmother.  Carolyn will still devote her time to long arming and keeping the shop up to date with new notions, books and patterns.  New rulers from Quilters Select are in stock.  A must have!  These rulers have a unique non-slip coating, easy to read lines for measuring as well as multiple angles.  You never loose your place or have to count backwards.
Sue has been rearranging the store with Laurie.  You can no9w find our Flannel area downstairs in the front room.

SAVE A TREE! If you use email and have an email address, we would like to be able to make this available to you through your email. Please send us an email at and we will make the switch.
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Weekly Quilt Classes for Winter 2018

All Level Quilting (6 weeks).........................................................$42.00
Starting: Tuesday, January 9th, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Instructor: Sue Ashe
First project is Autumn on Maple Lake. (84" x 84") A beautiful cozy scrappy quilt made with the Heartspun Quilts Pattern. This quilt can be made with scraps or Fat Quarter Bundle. Sizes can be changed with Sue's guidance.  Any new quilter will be given an easier project.  All quilters are welcome including first time quilters.

All Level Quilting (6 weeks).........................................................$42.00
Starting: Thursday, January 11th, 9:30 am - Noon
Instructor: Sue Ashe
1st project is Pineapple Star. (38" x 38") This striking wall hanging is made up of 8 paper pieced diamonds. The center and points are fussy cut which adds a lot to the design element. All quilters welcome, beginner to advanced.

Weekend Workshops

Quilts of Valor .......................................................................Priceless!
Friday, January 5th, 9:30 am - Noon
Instructor: Sue Ashe
If you don't want to sew alone at home, come join the group to work on a Quilt of Valor. There is nothing I like better than working on Quilts of Valor., It is such a good feeling knowing that one of our Vermont Veteran recipients will cherish the quilt. We need quilters to cut fabric, iron, sew, bind and /or attach labels. Bring your own fabric or work on one of the many kits I will have ready.  All quilts made will be donated to veterans from Vermont. I appreciate any and all help! Please sign up in advance to ensure everyone has a seat!  All quilters are welcome, beginner to advanced.
Reserved - The Quilting Divas
Saturday, January 6th, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Color Splash.........................................................................$40.00
Saturday, January 13th, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Instructor: Sue Ashe
Always a favorite! This beautiful quilt is made using florals in the Trip Around The World pattern. You will be amazed at how it is constructed. Your choice of sizes ranging from crib to king. Class is also for people who have one started and would like class time to finish.  Suitable for all levels but not recommended for first time quilters.

Open Sew with Sue........................................................................$20.00
Sunday, January 14th , 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Work on anything! For all who have a project to finish or just beginning a new one, this class is for you.

Floral Menagerie (72 1/2" 96 1/2" )..............................................$40.00
Saturday, January 20th , 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Instructor: Sue Ashe
Block size 24" x 24". What a fun way to spend the winter piecing simple blocks with a cute animal applique in the center of the block. My sample is done in these beautiful spring colors from In the Beginning's Floral Menagerie line. Sue is havi9ng so much fun with this pattern!. All quilters are welcome, beginner to advanced.

Pineapple Star (38" x 38")..............................................................$40.00
Saturday, February 14th, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Instructor: Sue Ashe
This striking wall hanging is made up of 8 paper pieced diamonds. The center and points are fussy cut which ads a lot to the design element.  Not recommended for first time quilters.

Quilts of Valor.........................................................................Priceless!
Friday, February 2nd, 9:30 am - Noon
Instructor: Sue Ashe
Second winter session. Please sign up in advance to ensure everyone has a seat! All quilters are welcome, beginner to advanced.

Reserved - The Quilting Divas
Saturday, February 3rd, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Open Sew with Sue..........................................................................$20.00
Sunday, February 4th, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Instructor:  Sue Ashe
Come spend the day sewing on projects to finish or start a new one. All quilters are welcome, beginner to advanced.

Homestead Betty.............................................................................$40.00
Saturday, February 10th, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Instructor: Sue Ashe
This modern sampler quilt uses easy piecing techniques to create twists and turns through the chevrons. It's a unique way to do sampler. Not recommended for first time quilters.

Free Demo Saturday with Sue
Saturday, February 17th, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Enjoy a free demo with Sue on several techniques and notions.  For all quilting enthusiasts.

Please let us know at least one week in advance of your class if you would like a kit made.

Parking and classroom entrance in rear of building - Bring your lunch.


For those of you who cannot come every week we continue to offer our on-line versions of Farmer's Wife and Dear Jane for $48.00. Here is how it works: after you have paid for the class, we will email the first lesson. Once you have completed the homework, you send us a picture of the completed block(s) and we send you the next lesson!

Please join us Friday morning, January 5th and Friday morning, February 2nd to help complete Quilts of Valor for our returning veterans. For more information, please go to

December 24 -25
Country Treasures will be closed.  Country Treasures will be open on Tuesday, December 26 from 10 am until 5 pm.
January 9, 2018
Country Treasure's, Winter 2018 Classes begin.
March 8 - 10
9th Annual Fabric Extravaganza, Nashua, NH.  Sue is vending at the show.
March 16 - 25
Vermont Shop Hop.  For more information, please navigate to
April 1 - 17
Country Treasures closed for "Mud Season".
April 18
Country Treasures re-opens.
April 18 - 24
Paducah Rotary Antique Quilt Show, Paducah, KY.  Sue is vending at the show.
May 31 - June 3
June 22 - 24
Country Treasures Spring Retreat.
Vermont Quilt Festival, Essex Jct., VT.  Sue is vending at the show.  For more information, please navigate to

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Minimum of 6 students per class
No telephone registrations unless you use a credit card.
Should the class be cancelled, class fee will be refunded.
NO refund of class fee should a student cancel without a two week notice.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Gallery of Fall 2014 Class Projects

A Preview of Autumn 2014 Class Projects!

First, here are the initial projects for each of our Weekly Quilting Classes.

The All-Level Quilting classes will start out with a simpler project to warm up your skills: the September Row Quilt. 

We now have club classes for Dear Jane, Farmer’s Wife, and Judy Niemeyer Paper Piecing.  WHAT ARE OUR CLUBS ABOUT?? —You pay a one-time fee of $48 and receive a Club Card that entitles you to come back to any class of your club forever more!! New members are welcome to start. The Farmer’s Wife and Dear Jane classes are also available online. The Judy Niemeyer Club allows you to pick any of eight patterns we have for sale in the shop.  We have samples of six of the patterns on display in the shop: Cappuccino, Compass Rose, Cactus Flower, Arizona Cactus, Feathered Star and Snowflakes.  The other two patterns which may be selected are: Sunflower Illusions, and Summer Solstice.

Sue is teaching a Row Quilt for Beginners and All Levels of quilters based on her set of calendar tablerunners.  I have not seen Sue have as much fun as while designing this set of calendar tablerunners. Each row quilt will introduce you to a new piecing technique: flip corners, triangle paper, flying geese, etc.
Sarah, our in-house Certified Deb Tucker Instructor, will be teaching three classes this season.  In the first of our Weekend Workshops, she will show you how to use Deb Tucker’s Diamond Rects ruler to create Deb Tucker’s Sea Glass pattern.

Carolyn teaches a workshop perfect for beginners using the Autumn Tablerunner.

Sue will teach you the secrets of making one of the most popular quilt patterns: Colorsplash. 

Bring a bit of Italy home!  The Bargello quilt pattern is inspired by the well-known style of needlework found on the chairs in the Bargello Palace in Florence, Italy.

Sarah will show you how to make Little Houses, Square-in-a-Square units, and Migrating Geese. With a combination of precision trimming and precision piecing using Deb Tucker’s Square2 ruler, you will create a gorgeous quilt called Southern Hospitality.
Sue will show you how to make Tiny Baskets using the Zig-Zag “mini” ruler.

Come join Carolyn for a fun, exciting class on making Fabric Bowls, baskets, or plates with fabric and clothesline. You must have a zigzag stitch on your machine. It is very easy to do and stress free!  We do caution you that it can be addicting.

Perhaps you have admired the Carolina Lily design but have shied away because of all the Y-seams.  Sue has taken all but two of the Y-seams out of the Carolina Table-Topper pattern!  Learn how to make a diamond star and bias stems as you complete this 23” x 36” table-topper!

Garden Stroll is an easy-pieced twin- to king-size quilt featuring a panel for the center.  Sue’s sample was made using the Bella Collection by Paintbrush Studio. 

Sue is teaching another of her delightful Mystery Quilts.  Click here ╬ to see the finished quilt.  Gotcha!  Of course, we can’t show you the quilt!

Cappuccino is a Judy Niemeyer pattern that makes either a set of 14” x 20” Placemats or a 14” x 40” Tablerunner.
Learn how to make one of the most common design elements in quilting, the Lazy Angle, with the Lazy Angle Ruler.  No math is required!  Wouldn’t we all like to be Lazy and Loving It?

 Sarah will show you how to use Deb Tucker’s Tucker Trimmer to make a unique star. Add to that a unique setting, and you will create this beautiful and unique 30” x 36” quilt called Stars in Grey and Yellow.
Make a large lap- to king-size spectacular quilt featuring a unique center medallion with nine stars. Sue has taught Irish Mist before, but when she made a sample using our 2014 Shop Hop fabric, the response was so overwhelming she decided to teach it again. 
We do not have photos of class projects for Carolyn’s Machine Quilting classes because the quilters often bring in their own projects.  If you do not have a suitable project pieced, please let us know and Carolyn will help you select a project.  Machine Quilting I provides an excellent foundation to the world of machine quilting. Machine Quilting II explores the world of free motion quilting. Machine Quilting III and IV journey outside the box with zig-zag appliqué and free-motion, echo quilting.

More soon at Threading the News.

Yours in Quilting,

Sue and Staff

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A Year of Row Quilts

Row by Row Experience
We are participating in the Row by Row Experience for the first time this year.  We apologize for not anticipating the interest in the license plates, but the Country Treasures license plates should be here in about two weeks.  If you stopped by during the first few weeks, please give us a phone call at 802-875-4377 or send us an email and we will be happy to take your name and address and mail you one when they arrive.  We still have not had a winner, so hurry and finish your binding!

A Year of Row Quilts
When Jim (my business manager) saw my Row by Row Experience sample he said ‘you should make one for each month.’  What a great idea, thanks, Jim!  The ideas for each month just came bursting out.  Here are a few of the months we have ready so far.  The patterns are free when you purchase the corresponding mini-bundle of 5 fat quarters for $14.95.  As you can see I am having a wonderful time designing a row for each month.

Summer Sale
There is still a week left in our summer sale.  The sale ends next Sunday, July 27.


July 10 – Oct. 5                New England Quilt Museum, “Down by the Old Mill Stream: Rhode Island Quilts & Historic Fashions,” see
Aug. 1 – Sept. 21             Billings Farm 28th Annual Quilt Exhibition, Woodstock, VT, see
Aug. 11 – 17                    The Art of Vermont Quilts, Vermont Festival of the Arts, White Horse Inn, Fayston/Waitsfield, VT, see
Aug. 14 – 16                    World Quilt Show – New England, Radisson Center, Manchester, NH
Sept. 13 – 14                   Bennington Quiltfest, Mt. Anthony UMS, Bennington, VT
Sept. 27 – 28                   Cape Cod Quilters: Made in America, So. Yarmouth, MA, see
Oct. 11 – 12                     Milk & Honey Quilter’s Guild Show, Middlebury Union High School, Middlebury, VT
Oct. 18 – 19                     3rd Annual Deerfield Valley Quilt Show, Wilmington, VT
Oct. 24                            Ellington Country Quilters, 2014 Annual Gathering: “A Quilter’s Dream Come True,” Ellington, CT, see
Nov. 6 – 9                        Country Treasures Fall Retreat
Oct. 24                            Ellington Country Quilters, 2014 Annual Gathering: “A Quilter’s Dream Come True,” Ellington, CT, see
July 25 — 27, 2015           Greater Hartford Quilt Guild, “Rock & Roll is Here to Stay,” Oakdale Theater, Wallingford, CT


Here’s another reminder that Country Treasures is CLOSED ON MONDAYS.  Our hours remain the same on the other days: Tuesday through Saturday 10 am to 5 pm, Sunday 12 noon till 4 pm.

More soon at Threading the News.

Yours in quilting, 
Sue and staff