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October 6, 2015
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Scissor Sharpening and a BIG Batik Sale!  

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 A Message from Marilyn
Scissor Sharpening!
We're excited about our SSS - Scissor Sharpening Saturday - it's finally close at hand!  Scott and Ruth Clark will be here at 10:00 a.m. in their fully equipped van, ready to sharpen all your scissors and knives.  While they work, please come in the air conditioning and enjoy our Saturday sale - 30% off all Batiks and all Fall fabric!  

Yes, you heard that correctly, 
30% off all Batiks and Fall Fabrics
Saturday, October 10th

We are starting up some of our fall clubs.  See below for details on The Mod Squad, The Paper Dolls and the Kim Diehl Whatnots Club.   
And the Country Quilts and Bears Shop Challenge winner, 2015, is......
Doris Drown
 Second place went to Janet Ward and third place went to Robin VanScoy. Thank you so much, everyone, for participating. Every single project that was submitted deserved applause. Well done, all of you!
Remember, if you didn't get your Country Quilts and Bears Row by Row kit, you can still call and reserve it today for purchase AFTER November 1st.  They are $9.00 each.  Don't dilly-dally.  Supplies are limited!     
We just received a new shipment of License Plates - we can sell those to you right now.  If you want to purchase one, for $5.00 each, please call and reserve yours today and then you can pick it up at your leisure.  Or, simply stop in and get yours now.  Again, supplies are limited and I wouldn't dilly-dally where these are concerned, either!  

While in the shop enjoy our Halloween display.  We love Skelly and he will be sure to make you smile.  As an added incentive you will receive a free Halloween Pattern with the purchase of two yards of any Halloween fabric. 

We now have our Christmas fabric on display - it is so beautiful it really makes you want to sew for the holidays.  Remember, Christmas is only 79 days away....
"Like" us on facebook!  
We have entered the world of social media.  Come on by and like our facebook page!  We will be posting class photos, shop events, and new stock items on our wall as these things occur.  Can't wait to see you there!  Click the link below to go to our wall:
Country Quilts and Bears Facebook Page
Classes and Clubs
Mod Squad with Susan Freebery
The Mod Squad
The first Saturday of every month, starting October 3rd, The Mod Squad will descend on Country Quilts and Bears.

This is a club for Modern quilt lovers or wannabes!  We will be working through Tula Pink's fantastic book, 100 Modern Quilt Blocks.  You will love this book,  the 6 ½" blocks are sorted by shape, and numbered only - enjoy adding your own name and meaning to the blocks you make.  We will be starting with Block 1 (unless your name is Becky, and then you will be hopping all over the place, all pell-mell helter-skelter) and working our way through the 100 Blocks - making all of them, or just a few.  It's up to you! 
Marilyn has generously agreed to minimize the cost for this club - your entrance fee will be as follows:  
1st Month:  Purchase the book, 100 Modern Quilt Blocks
2nd Month onward:  Purchase of any 2 fat quarters you want!  That's it!  No class fees, and who doesn't need a few more fat quarters?
We can't wait and are all busy choosing our fabrics.  What will you come up with ?
 Oh - one more thing - you don't have to make these blocks out of modern fabrics!  Oh no!  They are so cute and would be marvelous in any style fabric from repros to seasonal.  Simple piecing, lots of choice - this is a book for beginners and advanced stichers alike. 

It's going to be a fun Saturday Sewing club, and a nice chance to hang with other quilters and do something different.  If you can't make it for October, no worries.  You really won't miss anything.  We will see you in November!
The Mod Squad will meet the first Saturday of the month, 
Saturday, November 7th
December will be scheduled during November's class due to a conflict with our Christmas Mystery Weekend.
Saturday, January 2nd
From 10-2:00
Call today to reserve your book and chair!

A Note about The Mod Squad:  The intention for this club is that it take the form of a stitch-along rather than a classic class.  Susan will help us get started each session, but then we will be stitching along together and helping each other.  

Kim Diehl's Whatnot Club with Becky or Linda
Henry Glass Fabrics and Kim Diehl have teamed up to bring you a new club featuring miniature quilts stitched from Kim Diehl's newest fabric line, Gathering Baskets.  Each month you will receive a pattern to complete a miniature quilt.  
Starting in October, the group will meet the 2nd Friday or the 2nd Saturday of each month.  Becky Madasz will teach on Fridays, and Linda Zebrowski will teach on Saturdays.
It's a 6 month program.  Each month club members receive a new pattern of Kim Diehl's that is not yet on the market.
At the club meeting, patterns will be distributed.  Helpful hints will be given by teachers, Becky or Linda. 
Friday, October 9th
Saturday, October 10th
Friday, November 13th
Saturday, November 14th
Supply list available at the shop. 
10:00 to 12:00
Paper Dolls with Susan Freebery
The Paper Dolls
Love that name!  
We are c alling all of you quilters who say you can't paper piece!  
Susan's method for paper piecing is simple, logical and it WORKS!  Continuing on from her very popular Basic Paper Piecing Class, we are starting a club to explore this technique further.  Each month we will work on a different skill, building on what we have already learned.  Very soon we will be working on some pretty ambitious patterns!  Start looking through all those patterns you have passed by because you thought you couldn't do should pick them up again and hear us tell you that,  "YES you CAN!"  

Month 1 (October):  Pickle Dish  - Yes we can do it!  In Month 1 we will work on the wedges.
 Month 2 (November), we will be setting the arcs, and finishing the block.
Again, this is a club with a minimal fee - $5 each class to cover the cost of club materials, handouts, etc.  
A Note about Paper Dolls:  The intention for this club is that it take the form of a stitch-along rather than a classic class.  Susan will help us get started each session, but then we will be stitching along together and helping each other.  

The Paper Dolls will be meeting the 3rd Saturday of each month, beginning October 17th.

Stop by the shop for a supply list
Saturday, October 17th
The November date needs to be discussed in class due to a conflict with a Northern Grandchildren Visit...
Beginning Quilting with Becky Madasz


This class will take you from fabric selection to binding your projects with the beautiful sample shown above.  You choose your own colorway and fabrics.  


This is a four session class with the dates listed below.  

Cost of all four classes $40

10 - 2:00

Book required  

 Supply list available at the shop.

Watch our newsletter for the January dates!

Country Quilts and Bears is open Monday through Saturday, 10:00 to 4:00
Marilyn Humphries
Country Quilts and Bears
1983 Drew Street
Clearwater, FL 33765