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

2015 Winter Newsletter -- Class Schedule


 9th ANNUAL FAT QUARTER SALE
at COUNTRY TREASURES
December 26 – 31, 2014

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

Special Bundles of 20 Fat Quarters – $35.00
Supplies Limited
$6.00 per yard sale fabric

Don’t miss this opportunity to add to your stash!

Additional parking in rear of building.

We will be open Christmas Eve Day until 2 pm.
We will be closed Christmas Day and New Years Day.
We will also be open Monday, Dec. 29.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Good-Bye Fall & Hello Winter 2015!

We had a very busy and productive fall at Country Treasures ending with a small but fun-filled fall retreat full of fellowship and, of course, plenty of quilting! We are now busy gearing up for the Holidays and Winter Classes.

We are offering many new classes to help keep your machines warmed up while we wait for the first of many snowy days. Changing bobbins is a lot more fun than shoveling the walk! Sue has been sewing double time creating new samples to demonstrate new techniques. Carolyn is enthralled by Cotton + Steel, the new fabric line from RJR Fabrics. Carolyn will lead a 6-week Sunday afternoon class based on Tula Pink’s book: 100 Modern Blocks. This will be a great winter class filled with 100 blocks of new ideas perfect for using your stash of modern or traditional fabrics. The staff at Country Treasures is joining in the fun to surprise Carolyn with their own interpretation of the Tula’s blocks. Sarah, our Deb Tucker certified instructor, has been working very hard with some beautiful Studio 180 designs to develop more fun classes for us to enjoy this winter.

Please note that we start our schedule early in January to allow for the occasional “Snow Day.” In the event of a weather cancellation, make up days may extend the schedule beyond that described in this newsletter.

Our enthusiasm in the shop will be on display with our very own trunk show of the book “Animal Parade.” We will have a super display of each of the baby quilts in this delightful book, pieced by the staff at Country Treasures. We will be sure to post photos on our blog and on Facebook. Heather is our social media diva. Like us on Facebook!!

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 sue@vermontquilting.com and we will make the switch.

Weekly Quilt Classes for Winter 2015

100 Modern Blocks (6 weeks)................................................................ $42.00
Starting: Sunday, January 4th, 1 – 4:00pm
Instructor: Carolyn Niesuchouski
Every Sunday for six weeks we will make blocks from the marvelous, best-selling book by Tula Pink: 100 Modern Blocks. Try using our new collection of Cotton + Steel or, if you are feeling more traditional, one of our many Moda bundles. Each session will be chock full of hints and tips! All quilters are welcome: beginner to advanced.

All Level Quilting (6 weeks).................................................................... $42.00
Starting: Tuesday, January 6th, 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Instructor: Sue Ashe
Our first project will be the Battlefield quilt, see below for description. Suitable for all quilters but not recommended for first-time quilters.

Beginners and Advanced Beginners (6 weeks)..................................... $42.00
Starting: Wednesday, January 7th, 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Instructor: Carolyn Niesuchouski
Our first project for the beginners will be a tablerunner based on the “Southern Comfort” quilt, a modern twist to a traditional nine-patch block. Two sizes are available: tablerunner or large lap quilt. This class is perfect for beginning or more advanced quilters who would like to improve their accuracy! All quilters are welcome.

All Level Quilting (6 weeks).................................................................... $42.00
Starting: Thursday, January 8th, 9:30am – Noon
Instructor: Sue Ashe
Our first project will be the Battlefield quilt, see below for description. Suitable for all quilters but not recommended for first-time quilters.

Sampler Quilts (6 weeks)........................................................................ $42.00
Starting: Friday, January 9th, 9:30am – Noon
Instructor: Sue Ashe
Chase those winter blues away by working on a sampler quilt! You have your choice of eight quilts, some more involved than others. You will learn easy piecing methods while you work on your blocks. Before you know it you’ll have a beautiful quilt and spring will be on its way! Kits are available for all eight quilts: Middlebury, Women of Courage, Primrose Hill, Vintage Rouge, The Mill Girls, Hampton Ridge, House Warming Party, and Civil War Tribute. Suitable for all levels of quilters but not recommended for first-time quilters.

KITS AVAILABLE FOR MOST CLASSES
Parking and classroom entrance in rear of building -  Bring your Lunch.

Weekend Workshops

Reserved – THE QUILTING DIVAS
Saturday, January 3rd, 9:30am – 3:30pm
 
Lemoyne Stars........................................................................................ $40.00
Saturday, January 10th, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Instructor: Sarah Furrer
Do you want to learn how to make Lemoyne Stars with no Y seams? You will be able to make the star in TEN different sizes with just one tool. This is just the beginning of what you can do with this tool. For intermediate and advanced quilters, but not intended for beginners.

Sea Glass (54” x 63”)............................................................................. $40.00
Saturday, January 17th, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Instructor: Sarah Furrer
Back by Popular Demand! Didn’t get a chance to make this beautiful spinning-diamond quilt the first time, here is your chance. You will use Deb Tucker’s Diamond Rects ruler to make this beautiful quilt. Choose a focus print; gather some coordinating fabrics, mix together with a light and dark and you will get a unique quilt with perfect diamonds and an interesting border. For intermediate and advanced quilters, but not intended for beginners.

Shaker Ladder (Lap, 45” x 65”, add an additional border to make it 54” x 72”)......... $40.00
Saturday, January 24th, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Instructor: Sue Ashe
Fun! Easy! Fast! Need to have a quilt done in a couple of days? This is the one. Choose a Bali-pop or cut your own 2 ½” strips. Suitable for all quilters, including beginners.

Tweed Bag.............................................................................................. $40.00
Saturday, January 31st, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Instructor: Sue Ashe
A few years ago, on my trip to Ireland, I bought a bag made from scraps of flannel, tweeds and cottons at the quilt show. I have since written up the pattern! Simple piecing creates a fun, uncomplicated project. Learn a neat way to make pockets on your bags. Suitable for all levels of quilters.

Reserved – THE QUILTING DIVAS
Saturday, February 7th, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Log Cabin Bead (Lap to King).............................................................. $40.00
Saturday, February 14th, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Instructor: Sue Ashe
Behold the ever versatile log cabin block!  Get the optical illusion of rounded shapes, by using smaller width strips on one side and larger width strips on the other side of your block.  Once the blocks are pieced they can be arranged in numerous combinations. Suitable for all quilters, including beginners.

Corner Pop (Crib, 42” x 52”)................................................................ $40.00
Sunday, February 15th, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Instructor: Sue Ashe
So many quilts now have flip corners in their construction. Marking your line across the square can be a pain! Deb Tucker’s new ruler, Corner Pop, takes all the marking out, and you end up with more exact corners! I made this quilt using scraps from another quilt (except for the background fabric). Suitable for all levels of quilters.

Star Rubies (Lap 56” x 68”).................................................................. $40.00
Saturday, February 21st, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Instructor:  Sue Ashe
Explore an efficient way to achieve the look of patchwork through machine appliqué using the starch appliqué, heat-resistant plastic templates, and a tiny blanket stitch. Voila, the desired results without all the headaches! Suitable for all quilters but not recommended for first-time quilters.

Battlefield................................................................................................ $40.00
Sunday, February 22nd, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Instructor:  Sue Ashe
Two basic blocks (an hourglass and an eight-pointed star) combined with solid spacer squares create a maze of movement in this Civil War inspired quilt. The quilt is also stunning in modern fabrics, too. Suitable for all levels of quilters.

Northern Neighbors (70” x 96” or 104” x 104”).................................. $65.00
Two-day class: Saturday, February 28nd and Sunday, March 1st, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Instructor:  Sarah Furrer
This stunning quilt is made up of intricate maple leaves and flying geese. It looks stunning in two colors, scrappy fall colors, or even in whites and purples; any color you want comes out beautifully. You’ll use Deb Tucker’s Corner Beam, Split Rects, and WingClipper-I tools to make this captivating quilt. For advanced quilters only.

***KITS ARE AVAILABLE FOR MOST CLASSES***
PICTURES OF THE CLASS PROJECTS
ARE PRESENTED ON OUR WEBSITE
Please let us know at least one week in advance of your class if you would like a kit made.

*** ON-LINE CLASSES!! ***

For those of you who cannot come every week we have made it possible for you to complete a few of our classes via the Internet! The online version of Sue’s Farmer’s Wife class has been a big hit: twenty quilter’s are piecing away. Sue always enjoys seeing the photos of a completed lesson arrive—each in its own colorway. Check out our blog and Facebook for completed blocks and quilts. One big plus of the online class format is that you are not tied to our schedule but you can start and proceed through the lessons on your own schedule. Both Dear Jane and Farmer’s Wife are available as on-line classes 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!

QUILTS OF VALOR
Thank you to all who have participated in our Quilts of Valor program for our returning veterans. We have lots of completed tops which Sue and Carolyn will be busy quilting through the winter. We will pass them on to our volunteer binders before presentation. For more information, please go to www.QOVF.org.

COMING EVENTS
January 19
Martin Luther King Day, Country Treasures open 10 AM– 5 PM
February 16
Presidents’ Day, Country Treasures open 10 AM– 5 PM
March 20 – 29
Vermont Shop Hop
March 30 – April 17
Country Treasures closed for “Mud Season,” re-opens on Saturday, April 18
April 21 – 25
Paducah Rotary Quilt Show
May 15 – 17
Quilt Market, Minneapolis, MN
May 28 – 31
Country Treasures Spring Retreat
July 25 — 27
Greater Hartford Quilt Guild, “Rock & Roll is Here to Stay,” Oakdale Theater, Wallingford, CT

Registration Form for Classes
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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